Acer expected to debut $99 Iconia B1 Android tablet next year

As expected, Acer is planning on releasing a $99 Android tablet come 2013 in hopes to directly compete with Android’s other low-budget tablets such as the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7. According to the Wall Street Journal, Acer has already submitted the 1.2Ghz dual-core tablet for approval with the FCC. Interestingly enough, the tablet mat not even see a North American launch.

The device will look very similar to its A110 brethren and will include 512MB RAM, 8GB internal storage plus a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and a 1024×600 pixel screen. The B1 is expected to launch with stock Android 4.1.2.

Any of you guys willing to give this low budget tablet a shot?

source: WSJ

With such a successful 2012, Samsung plans on shipping 510 million handsets in 2013

It’s an understatement to say Samsung had a successful 2012. With their global success of the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note 2 this past year, Samsung has fiercely placed themselves at the top of the totem pole when it comes to mobile device manufacturing. Thus, it’s widely expected that Samsung plans on moving forward and having an even better 2013. So far, even though Samsung’s Q4 totals aren’t made available just yet, the company is expected to hit around 410 million units shipped for this year. Due to this, reports are saying that Samsung is planning on upping the ante and shipping a whopping 510 million units for next year (a 20% incremental increase from this year).

Of those 510 million, Samsung plans on having about 390 million of that to be smartphones and the rest to be feature/budget phones. While there’s no breakdown on how many of that estimated number will be Android or Windows handsets, I’m sure we can all assume a huge bulk of that is Android. After all, Google’s Android OS has been Samsung’s proverbial cash cow for the past couple of years.

What are you guys specifically expecting from Samsung for 2013?

source: Korea Times 

AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to receive multi-window update tomorrow

Do you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 from AT&T and have been patiently waiting for the multi-window update? Now you just have to wait one more day as AT&T plans on releasing the update on December 27th (tomorrow). Here’s AT&T’s official statement regarding the update:

AT&T plans to begin rolling out a software update for Samsung Galaxy Note II customers that includes the Multi-Window feature, which allows the user to divide the screen into two active “windows” creating a split screen that enables fluid multitasking between applications. The update will be available for download over the air beginning Dec. 27.

The multi-window functionality has been popular for Samsung’s devices and I’m sure it won’t disappoint you! Once you have the update let us know how it goes!

source: Engadget

 

T-Mobile Galaxy S III LTE on the horizon?

At this point, nothing surprises us when it comes to the Samsung Galaxy lineup of devices and its variants. This latest rumor comes by way of the Bluetooth SIG database. It looks like we’ll soon see the SGH-T999L Galaxy S III on T-Mobile’s network if the screenshot above holds true. At this point it’s anyone’s guess as to what exactly the “L” stands for or introduces in the model number. Of course the first thing that comes to most of our minds is LTE. Is T-Mobile readying Samsung’s flagship phone with LTE compatibility? We do know that in 2013 they plan on rolling out their LTE service, so what better way to introduce that than with a shiny new Galaxy S III wielding LTE? Hopefully we’ll find out more about the mysterious “L” model soon.

source:  Pocketnow

Samsung GT-I9500 talk surfaces again

Talk of the Samsung GT-I9500 device isn’t really anything new. Way back in March, we saw this model number pop up on a Tizen developers’ device. However, a tipster over at SamMobile has confirmed that there will in fact be two variants of the 9500 model: the aforementioned GT-I9500 and the GT-I9505. Exactly what these devices will end up being is still anyone’s guess. The tipster was able to procure the full model numbers of both of these variants, but even he doesn’t know exactly what they are. Common sense would tell us that the Galaxy S II being the 9100 and the S III being the 9300 would mean that the as-yet announced S IV (i.e. 4) would naturally be the 9500 with the 9505 possibly being an LTE version. However, apparently the number ‘4’ is an unlucky number in Korea, so who knows what they have up their sleeve. This talk will certainly heat up as we approach January’s CES, and we’ll be there to provide any updates.

source:  SamMobile

Samsung Releases The Jelly Bean Source Code For Verizon Galaxy S III Smartphone

 

Many of you Verizon Galaxy S III owners are just recently enjoying that awesome Jelly Bean goodness, but there is additional good at hand. Samsung has quietly dropped the latest Jelly Bean source code (version LK3) for Verizon’s popular device– so this brings all of you developers and fiddlers one giant step closer to custom mod glory. Interested parties can find all the juicy deets once they hit the source link below.

source: Samsung Open Source

ZTE Nubia Z5 Quad-Core, 5″ 1080p Device Drops Today In China

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the Nubia Z5 other than than the ‘December release date’ update back in early November. All of that changes today as the release of the ZTE Nubia Z5 has officially arrive in China. It looks like the early leaked information was correct regarding some of the specs including the device rocking a 5-inch, 1080p display and a 13MP rear camera. We now know that it’ll also have 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and also Dolby Digital Plus sound to go along with that 1.5Ghz quad core processor.

In the leaks of the device last month, it was being shown side-by-side against an iPhone 5. The pictures were – not too sneakily – comparing how thin the Z5 was compared to the very thin Apple device. As it turns out, it was for good reason. This quad-core beast is only 7.6mm thin which is the clubhouse leader in the 5-inch display market.  What’s even more remarkable is that it still managed to squeeze in a 2300Mah battery all while weighing in at 126g. I know, how much right? We’re looking ¥3,456, or about $550 for the aluminum version and a bank-breaking ¥7,890 (about $1,260) for the titanium edition. There’s no official word on international availability yet, but we’ll keep you posted.

source:  Engadget

Panasonic P-02E Smartphone Outed By FCC Listing

 

NTT DoCoMo customers in Japan will have a new toy from Panasonic to look forward to in the near-future. According to a newly-surfaced FCC listing, details for a mysterious P-02E has been made available for the world’s eyes to see. According to the listing, the newly unveiled device will have NFC capability, an LTE chip and wait for it— a retractable TV antenna. In addition to the newly highlighted features of the smartphone, there have been previous rumors highlighting the new device will have Jelly Bean on-board, a 5-inch screen capable of a 1920 x 1080 resolution and a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor.

Of course NTT DoCoMo customers probably won’t need to wait long for this puppy to hit the marketplace from this point, though those of us out here in the States will probably not want to hold our collective breaths anytime soon.

source: Engadget

LEGO HeroFactory Brain Attack released on the Play Store a little earlier than expected [Video]

We didn’t expect this title to hit the Play Store until next month, but we certainly can’t complain when things come early. LEGO HeroFactory Brain Attack has been released and first reviews seem good thus far. The game seems to have some great graphics and you have to save the city when it’s being attacked. Here’s what you can expect from this game:

-Defend Makuhero City and stop the waves of brains attacking the Hero Factory
-Customise your hero with fantastic weapons and armour
-Select Furno, Bulk, Breeze or Rocka to fight as your sidekick
-Earn game points to upgrade your firepower and defences

You can also check out the video below for further descriptions! QR code and links for download will be available after the break!

ROM Manager Gets Updated To Include Ability To Download Zip Backups To Your Computer

 

As the process of flashing custom ROMs to your devices becomes an easier process, it’s only natural that we see tools to make the whole management process easier and the latest ROM Manager update strives to do just that. The latest ROM Manager update brings not only some welcome bug fixes, but it also includes the ability to download Backups to your PC using the new ROM Manager Backup Download Server feature. What this means is that users will be able to backup various files into a flashable zip file that you can then flash back to most device from a ClockworkMod recovery. Pretty neat huh?

The latest update is available in the Play Store, so head on down there now and give the latest update the ol’ college try.

 

 

Play Store Download Link

Oppo Releases The Ulike 2, Comes Decked Out With A 5MP Front-Facing Camera

 

Chinese manufacturer OPPO has just released a new device called the Ulike 2. This beast features a 4.5-inch 960 x 540 LCD screen, 16GB of on-board storage and is powered by Ice Cream Sandwich. While the device doesn’t sound like anything too exciting, here’s the kicker– the device features a full-fledged 5MP front-facing camera complimented by items like a countdown timer and face slimming among other things. Pretty freakin’ impressive indeed, right?

In case you’re wondering— no, the device won’t break the bank too much. The device is available in Chinese markets for a mere $370 USD. It’s a fairly small price to pay for a device with a better FFC than most other devices, right?

source: Engadget

ZTE Grand X gets spied at FCC, headed to T-Mobile

A few months ago ZTE launched the mid range Grand X over in Europe. Now it seems ZTE and T-Mobile have plans to bring the phone across the pond to the US. The international version of the phone had some decent specs including a stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich experience, a 4.3-inch QHD screen, 512MB of RAM, a 1 GHz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, and a 5MP camera, so we expect the US version to have the same. Of course, these aren’t exactly top of the line specs, but this isn’t meant to be a top of the line phone. We’ll more than likely see this released in the next few months with a very reasonable, lower-end price tag. I’m sure there are many people who wouldn’t mind having a phone like this…just probably not our readers.

Source: FCC

LG To Bring Line Of Google TV 3.0 Devices In 2013

Korean electronics giant LG, announced it will bring a new line of big screen TVs with Google TV 3.0 in the first half of 2013. The smart TVs, ranging in size from 42-inch up to 60-inch, will include a voice search functionality LG is saying will go beyond simple voice input to near magic-remote control levels. Users will be able to perform broad voice queries like “Will Smith new action movie coming out” and the TV will respond with a list of likely results. Quick Guide and Prime Time features will allow users to search for content and continue watching at the same time.

The new line also gets a new remote which will have a microphone, QWERTY keyboard and will be capable of gesture input. For those of you/us who didn’t jump on the Ouya Android gaming consoles, the new remote will work with OnLive on Google TV to help get you your gaming fix. We’ll get our first look at the new sets next month at CES (Consumer Electronic Show).

Source: LG Newsroom

Video Shows Jelly Bean On Sony Xperia TL

A Vietnamese video shows the Sony Xperia TL, currently on Ice Cream Sandwich, running Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2. The video also shows a new lock screen, updated launcher, ClearAudio+ mode and an Xperia V-like Superior Auto mode on the 13MP camera. There may still be updates before the final street version but this should give Xperia TL owners a good idea of what’s to come.

Source: Xperia Blog