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).
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.
The folks over at Poweramp reached out to us for a little Holiday Giveaway. We have 15 copies of the full version of Poweramp ($3.99 value) to give to our lucky readers. We are going to pick 5 random winners on Christmas, December 26, and December 27. All you have to do is head over to our forum post and reply to it with what your favorite song is right now. You only need to enter once, but you obviously can’t win more than once. Good luck!!!
Note: Make sure to use a real email address for your account because that’s how we will contact you if you win.
Never before have we seen such a glorious Christmas present from Verizon, but it appears as though the original Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX are now receiving an over-the-air update to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. A large number of users are reporting that the update is quite hefty, though we still have yet to hear anything official from Verizon.
It seems the update is rolling out in stages, so if you aren’t prompted right away, it shouldn’t be too much longer. Alternatively, you can manually check for the update by heading into Settings > About Phone > System Updates. Be sure to let us know if you’ve managed to snag the update in the comments below.
The source we cited a couple weeks ago indicating the Nexus 10 Pogo charger would be available within 10 days on Amazon and eBay came close to being accurate. A magnetic charger from MagNector has not turned up on Amazon yet, but it has made an appearance today on eBay for only $19.99. The seller indicates units will ship from Korea starting December 28th for the four foot long power-charging only cable.
If you’re not happy with the protection that the official bumper case provides for your all-glass Nexus 4, you may be excited to hear that popular case maker, CruzerLite, is gearing up to release their very own Nexus 4 case. The company leaked this teaser shot of what we can expect, and as you can see it’s definitely a design geared toward the Nexus crowd, with microchip details engraved on the back. It looks as though the case has cut outs for all the buttons as well, meaning you wont have to press your buttons through the rubber, which is always a burdensome process. Everything is looking good so far! We’ll have to wait for more details from CruzerLite for now, but hopefully they’ll be releasing the case soon. Clumsy people everywhere, rejoice!
It’s that time of year where many developers put their apps on sale to celebrate the Holidays. We have put together a comprehensive list here to make things easier for you. There are a lot of apps already, and we will try and update as more get added. Some of these sales will last for a few days and some will run through the New Year. If you see anything we are missing please add it to the comments. Hit the break for the full list and links….
Remember when those benchmarks showed up a few weeks ago that sparked some rumors about a 7-inch Galaxy Note? We’ve got a little more fuel for the fire. This time it’s a GLBenchmark confirming the GT-N5100, sporting an Exynos 4412 chip and a 1280 x 800 resolution screen. It’s pretty doubtful Samsung would revamp the Note 2 so early with how well it’s selling, so this device is likely going to be tablet sized. It makes sense for Samsung to offer a Note in a 7-inch form factor; the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire are both extremely popular options with a comfortable screen size, and offering the S-Pen on top of that would be a smart move by Samsung. Anyone else hoping it does turn out to be a Note 7?
French electronics powerhouse, Archos, has long proven that it can consistently build quality Android tablets at affordable prices, but this time around it appears as though the company has gone too far. The manufacturer announced today a brand new entrant into its luscious tablet offering, effectively bringing its portfolio full circle.
Despite just being announced, the Archos 97 Premium is nothing new. The device’s sole purpose is undoubtedly to compete head-to-head with Apple’s popular iPad. And while competition is a good thing, the 97 Premium is almost a direct copy of Cupertino’s slate, something you could only expect from a Chinese manufacturer selling $50 tablets on eBay.
A few days ago Google announced that it was selling the set-top box division of Motorola to ARRIS for a combined stock and cash price of $2.35 billion. This event has triggered a look back at the original purchase of Motorola by Google for a publicized price of $12.5 billion by the folks over at Forbes. According to their analysts, two items of value can be backed out of the original purchase price.
Apple has acquired a reputation for being overly-aggressive in taking its competitors to court over patents (as demonstrated by this awesome video called “Apple Kills Star Trek”). In fact, it was just a few months ago that Apple took Samsung to court and won a whopping $1 billion dollars for supposed patent infringements. Well, today it seems the tables have turned for the Cupertino company. In a strange role reversal, Samsung is suing Apple in Korea over IOS 5’s Notification Center. If your not up on Apple lingo, the Notification Center is a blatant rip off of Android’s intuitive notification bar, which pulls down from the top of your screen to reveal your most recent notifications. It is not apparent which specific feature Samsung is suing for, but it’s more than likely something that Samsung has added to the notification bar, since the original code was created and is owned by Google. Since the court case will be in Korea, Samsung will have the home court advantage and may even win back a portion of its hard earned 1 billion dollars. Apple has some good lawyers though, so we’ll see how this pans out. While we wait, feel free to kill some time by watching Apple Kills Star Trek after the break.
Huawei’s Chairman of Devices, Richard Yu, couldn’t wait any longer and whipped out the upcoming Ascend Mate. The highlight of this beast is the 6.1-inch display that might make the Galaxy Note II look rather small. It also sports a 1.8GHz HiSilicon K3V3 quad-core CPU and a 4.000mAh battery. At 9.9mm of thickness and a price of ¥3,000 (about $480), could this push Huawei over the top? Stay tuned because we will be there live to see this one along with the Ascend D2 and Ascend W1.
The Nexus Google+ account posted four “Happy Holiday Cards” for you to share or dowload. You can share the post with your friends or download the full high-resolution files as wallpapers for your phone, tablet, or desktop. Hit the source link for the original post and to grab the full size images.
Hardware manufacturer Acer is likely familiar to Android fans thanks to their tablet devices. Recently a new device appeared on GLBenchmark indicating Acer is planning to get into the smartphone market. Dubbed the V350, the device is powered by a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor running at 1.5GHz and has a 720p screen, although there is no indication what the screen size will be. Other details like the amount of memory is still unknown, but the unit submitted to GLBenchmark was running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Acer submitted another model earlier this week, the V360, but the V350 appears to be the higher end unit, projected to end up somewhere in the mid to upper-tier of the market.
Moveover ASUS PadFone 2, it appears that you have a new competitor in the smartphone/tablet hybrid market. A device called the TransPhone has recently been announced and brings a modest smartphone and tablet dock into an affordable package. The new TransPhone is a “Pro” model that features a 3.5-inch 960 x 540 display, a dual-core 1GHz MediaTek dual-core processor and Android 4.0 among the noteworthy features— while the tablet dock features a display of 1024 x 600 7-inch display. Not the prettiest or glamourous features, but hey— at least the device comes with a not too shabby $240 price tag when you pre-order.
We know you’re all itching for more details, so you’ll be able to find them when you hit past the break.