A few days ago we started our watch for a new tablet device from Sony to complement their Sony Xperia Z smartphone. The wait did not take long as Sony has announced plans to release the Sony Xperia Tablet Z to the Japanese market this spring. The 10.1-inch tablet will have a full 1080p HD screen running on top of a quad-core Snapdragon S4 cpu running at 1.5GHz.
Sony has packed some other nice features into the tablet including an 8.1MP camera that incorporates some of their technology like Exmor R for mobile for grabbing stunning photos, notably in low light situations. Sony also incorporates S-Force Front Surround 3D sound, NFC capability, and a level of water- and dustproofing. The device will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is LTE capable. Initial color choices include black and white.
Sony has not released a specific date of availability nor have they released any information regarding other global markets where the device may eventually be released.
source: Sony Mobile Communications
We already know about the Galaxy Note 8.0, but in the not so surprising news of the week, it looks like Samsung is prepping Galaxy Tab 3 tablets as well as a high end tab for the first half of this year. The Galaxy Tab series has been their bread and butter, and this year won’t be any different. Going under the codename “Santos” we are hearing that the Tab 3 will again come in two sizes. We can expect the same standard 10.1-inch variant and something around 7-inches. It could end up being upgraded to 7.7-inches, but nothing is final. The only spec detail that was revealed is that they will each sport a 5MP rear camera. We also have the model numbers: GT-P3200, GT-P3210, GT-P5200 and GT-P5210. If you’re doing the math, you noticed there are 4 models and that’s because we can expect to see WiFi-only and 3G (or 4G) versions.
Next up is the is the flagship tablet, which will be the GT-P8200. It’s currently going under the codename “Roma” and will also sport a 5MP camera and come in two storage options, 16GB and 32GB. Unfortunately nothing else was given. Hopefully we will see the new Exynos 5 Octa in this bad boy and I would expect to see a display similar to the Nexus 10. Who knows, maybe it will sport the new Youm flexible display.
Last but not least, we already told you most of the specs of the Galaxy Note 8.0, but the processor is now confirmed to be a 1.6GHz quad-core.
As far as pre-announcement rumors, I think it’s safe to say that last year’s One X didn’t get quite the attention that this year’s “M7” is getting. For whatever reason, it seems as though leaks for the upcoming HTC “M7” are coming in on a daily basis. Could it be that HTC is trying to create a little hype? Yesterday we saw a render that was as close to the real thing as possible, but today we have real pictures of what looks like the final phone. It really doesn’t look much different than the render we saw yesterday, but since it’s a real phone in hand, it adds credibility. There’s also a bonus in that we have more images of Sense 5.0.
While HTC certainly isn’t happy about this tidbit of news, we know that you all will be: the mysterious HTC M7 smartphone that we have been harking about is finally out in full view and ready for us to drool over– despite us seeing another possible rendering recently. As you can see, the render above highlights the device’s sleek and jet black design… which is something that we were already expecting before. In addition, the display and Sense (5.0) UI seems to match up not only in the overall design and layout, but the iconography as well. The great thing is about this design is that while HTC is expected to launch the smartphone in various markets around the world, there should be minimal cosmetic differences of the smartphones— save for items like carrier
tramp stamps branding.
All in all if this rendering is indeed legit and the real deal, it appears that HTC will more than likely have yet another hit on its hands. We just hope that the world is ready for another hit when the time comes.
source: HTC Source
Coinciding nicely with a recent overhaul and a slew of functionality improvements, Facebook for Android has received yet another update today. This time users can expect support for voice messaging and quicker image rendering. Facebookers can now also share their friends’ stories directly on their own timelines, something that previously could only be done through the desktop site. Grab the full update from the Play Store via the download link below.
Play Store Download Link
It appears as though Opera is preparing to release an entirely new mobile browser for Android tablets and smartphones next month. According to Pocket-Lint, Opera Ice will feature baked in WebKit functionality, something the company’s previous offerings have noticeably lacked.
Like we’ve grown accustomed to with other browsers, Opera Ice will be relying heavily on gestures for controlling key aspects of navigation. The redesigned browser will also feature tabs in the form of icons on the homepage, allowing users to easily access their favorite sites.
Sony may be in the process of adding some screen calibration functions to their forthcoming Sony Xperia Z and Sony Xperia ZL smartphones. This will likely be a nice feature for those users who are interested in doing some fine tuning of the overall screen display for their device. A screen capture of the settings reveals the ability to adjust white balance, color saturation and color hue.
The screen captures come from a Sony Xperia ZL handset. Assuming the function remains available on production units, it seems likely it would also be available on the Xperia Z.
source: Xperia blog
Fans of classic arcade games may be pleased to know Namco Networks has released a new title, Galaga Special Edition, in the Google Play Store. Namco describes the game as being based on the classic title, but with some new twists like better graphics and special weapon power-ups. The game contains 25 levels plus boss battles. The game is free, but several early adopters are complaining the ads that help maintain that price point are extremely annoying and intrusive into the gameplay itself. Check out some screenshots after the break and a download link if you are interested in trying out Galaga Special Edition.
The Samsung Galaxy Camera has gotten its first major software update which brings some significant improvements and goodies to the camera. In addition to bringing the Galaxy Cam’s Android software to version 4.1.2, the update brings a few new “smart” shooting modes including a dawn, food and snow settings which all aim to enhance whatever picture or image you are trying to capture— as well as some additional minor bug and lag fixes. While the update is available for users now— it will need to be flashed manually, so it’s advised that Galaxy Cam users take extreme caution in doing so. Or users can ummm, you know… wait for the update to be pushed out over the air and all.
The complete update file can be found at the source link below.
The Nexus 4 has been pretty hard to come by and, if LG is to be believed, Google’s terribly inaccurate sales predictions are the biggest reason. According to Cathy Robin, head of mobile communications for LG France, demand has been 10 times higher than what Google expected. LG and Google have played a blame game of sorts but it’s hard to fault LG too much if Google did, in fact, give drastically lower sales estimates. Robin said the estimate was based on sales numbers for previous Nexus phones.
It’s easy to play Monday morning quarterback and point to things like price and an enhanced consumer awareness of Android as factors that differentiate the Nexus 4 from its predecessors, but to miss the mark by so much is almost unGoogle. This phone came off the heels of Samsung’s Galaxy S III‘s great success. In the minds of many consumers, this was the next big Android phone. It launched at about half the price of other top tier phones. Yeah, I think there’s going to be a bit of a demand. If the Nexus 4 doesn’t make it back to the Play Store, at least we have Qualcomm’s X phone to look forward to.
Thanks to some documents from the FCC, it seems as if HTC’s One SV smartphone is heading to Sprint’s NOW network. The FCC recently approved an HTC device with the model number of PL80110 which nearly identical to the model number of HTC One SV for Cricket Wireless.
The device will have a modest (in today’s standards) 4.3″ screen with a Snapdragon processor and Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich firmware.
source: The FCC
With the Google Nexus Q all but abandoned by Google, CyanogenMod and the rest of his team have worked hard to give it some life to the few that actually do own the device. A nightly build for the device has been made available to the masses and provides some added features that definitely prove useful such as the ability to access some apps. If you’re interested in trying this out hit up the source link for a download!
Is it now time to finally say that a phone is just too big? Samsung will soon announce a whopping 5.8″ Android smartphone that is based off of the Galaxy Player 5.8. If a smartphone this size is your thing, don’t get too excited yet because if it is based off the Galaxy Player 5.8, then you should expect that 5.8″ screen to don a TFT qHD screen. Definitely a let down in the resolution department. The model number of GT-I9152 does indicate that this device will have DUAL-SIM support.
Samsung is expected to announce this device in Europe in the near future and probably won’t see a release in the US.
Here’s a rumor to get your Friday Happy Hour going. We have already heard about the Motorola X phone and some think it’s a Nexus device, while other reports say that it won’t be. The latest rumor coming out of the Droid Forums is that won’t be a Nexus device, but it will be the first device to feature Key Lime Pie. Furthermore, it will be announced at Google I/O. Now Google generally doesn’t announce non Nexus devices at Google I/O events, but lets not forget that they own Motorola so this isn’t so far-fetched. I have heard from my sources that it won’t be a Nexus device, but it will be a stock Android device so this information does line up.
Users looking for a backup solution for their Android devices should probably be keeping an eye on Carbon. The app comes to us courtesy Koushik Dutta, creator of Clockwork Mod Recovery and a CyanogenMod ROM maintainer. Earlier this week he released the first beta of his newest creation that will backup apps and data between devices in the cloud.
Today he released the second beta that adds support for Dropbox, though that feature is limited at the moment while Dutta waits for “production” status from Dropbox. New features in this second beta include the ability to save groups and batches of apps, the ability to select all apps for backup, and the ability to backup data only. Fixes included in this second beta address backup/restore windows popping up once per app and some button click issues.
The new Carbon beta will work through January 25th. This version requires a rooted device, but Dutta says the next beta will work on non-root devices. If you want to try out Carbon Beta 2 and you have a rooted device, use the link below:
Carbon Beta 2 APK: http://download.clockworkmod.com/test/Backup.apk
source: Koush’s G+