Tianyu Officially Launches The K-Touch Treasure V8 In China, Comes With A Spoonful Of Tegra 3 And ICS

As more and more Tegra 3-based devices become the norm, we will see more and more devices being launched. Chinese manufacturer Tianyu is no exception to this and has launched its K-Touch Treasure V8. Among the confirmed features in the device are the Tegra 3 processor, 4.3-inch screen and Ice Cream Sandwich. Rumor also has it that this mysterious device will feature an 8MP camera and will run on China’s Unicom WCDMA network as well. Further details are scarce at the moment, but hopefully more information will come out on this device which will likely be found within China only.

source: Ubergizmo

Huawei to supply future MyTouch devices at T-Mobile

While the Chinese company Huawei has quietly released high-end devices like the Huawei Ascend P1 and the Huawei Ascend D Quad, they are still not a brand on the tip of the average American’s tongue. In an effort to change this, their next move is to produce two devices released by T-Mobile under the “myTouch” name. Starting in 2009, HTC and later LG had released phones under the myTouch branding. The new Huawei devices should be released sometime in the late spring of this year. The phones, named U8680 and U8730, are said to be identical other than the keyboard.

The only specs that have been released are the 480 x 800 WVGA  resolution, and the fact that they will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

We don’t have much information to go on, but from the picture the devices look to have a screen size of 4 inches and are probably not high-end or expensive devices. T-Mobile has also released a Huawei tablet, called the T-Mobile Springboard. Maybe this is the start of Huawei releasing some high-end phones for T-Mobile. Huawei is well on its way to being a household name in the US.

source: Pocketnow

Contest: Win one of twenty-five FREE copies of MyBackup Pro (Updated With Winners)

I just reviewed MyBackup Pro, which I think is an app that every Android user should have on their phone or tablet. The folks over at RerWare were gracious enough to provide us 25 copies to give to our awesome readers. It’s quite simple. Just head over to our forum post and tell us what phone and/or tablet you are sporting right now. You have until Monday, March 5th at 11:59EST. We will randomly pick 25 winners and announce them on Tuesday, March 6. Winners will receive an email with instructions in the email account that is attached to their username. Good Luck!!!

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UPDATE:

Congratulations to the following winners:

angelus788

 

Don Goncalves

deserted

Jason Herrington

rhagemeyer

John Moore

kaibo

eastcoastowl

Spencer Teuscher

Droidster

dct1954

johnb847

Jason Esterline

Big Al

kartha87

duoflash

gr8bizweb

Bengina

johnshibbe

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mdesousa

Puddlejumper

johnnykoko

Simon Roughley

manjot

You will receive and email in the account associated with your username with instructions.

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MyBackup Pro for Android takes care of all your backup needs [Hands on Video]

There are essential apps that every smartphone owner needs to have, and a backup app is one of those. We’ve all been in situations where we need to do a factory reset on our phone/tablet or maybe you’re buying a new phone and would like your settings, text messages, and other important files to easily move over.

Look no further because MyBackup Pro by RerWare is simply the best one out there for the money. With MyBackup Pro you can backup your applications, photos, contacts, call log, browser bookmarks, SMS (text messages), MMS (message attachments), calendar, system Settings, home screens (including shortcut positions), alarms, dictionary, music playlists, and more. The good news is that you don’t have to be rooted, but if you are, you will have more advantages like backing up apks and app data. Non rooted users can still backup certain apps if the developer integrates with MyBackup Pro. Apps like AK Notepad, Note Everything, Meridian Player, and OI apps are already integrated and can easily be backed up


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Samsung Galaxy S III to be Announced This Month, Launched in April?

Oh boy, another Galaxy S III rumor and this time it’s surrounding the device’s launch. You ready for this? So apparently, according to ZDNet Korea, the Galaxy S III will launch in April with an announcement from Samsung sometime this month. Timing of the SGSIII’s launch will be key for Samsung to compete with the iPhone 5′s release and April will fall in line just perfectly to do some serious damage. If the earlier reported specs are true, the Galaxy S III will be one hell of a machine and will definitely be the top contender in the mobile arena. But again, these are all just rumors and nothing is official as of yet.


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Unique Domain Names Highlight Potential Google Tablet Features?

There seem to be more and more hints of a Google-developed tablet on the horizon. According to Slash Gear, the following domains have been snatched up and registered by MarkMonitor:

appsonplay.com
booksonplay.com
gamesonplay.com
googleplayapps.com
googleplaybooks.com
googleplaydownloads.com
googleplaygames.com
googleplaymagazines.com
googleplaymovies.com
googleplaymusic.com
googleplaynewspapers.com
googleplaynewsstand.com
googleplaytv.com
googleplayvideos.com
magazinesonplay.com
moviesonplay.com
newspapersonplay.com
tvonplay.com

While this is pure speculation— it looks like each domain gives us insight of some of the features to look forward to on the tablet. Apps, books, games, magazines, newspapers, music, movies are some of the things a tablet would indeed feature— especially if it’s intention is go directly against something like the Kindle Fire tablet. Anyone else licking their chops and salivating at the idea of a possible Nexus-branded tablet?

source: Slash Gear

Archos ChildPad – Android tablet for children

Are you tired of your toddler leaving grubby finger prints all over your sparkling new Android tablet? Finding it difficult to relax as your new expensive gadget is thrown around the house like a toy? Worry no more Android-loving parents, Archos has got your back.

The long time tablet specialists have identified a perfect niche in the market and launched the Archos ChildPad, a device which they claim “can offer hours of entertainment for all ages, especially kids,”  The ChildPad is a 7″, Android 4.0 ICS tablet powered by a 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. Archos has also created a brand new, child focused UI featuring big, bold colours and pre-loaded with entertainment, learning and puzzle applications especially for children. The tablet will also come preloaded with a ‘Kids App Store’ powered by AppsLib which currently contains over 10,000 applications designed for the younger mind. The ChildPad was designed according to strict CIPA and COPPA regulations and includes an advanced parental control filter deemed the most efficient in the market according to benchmarks.

The ChildPad is set to hit the shelves before the end of March and will be priced at only $129. With more than adequate technical specifications, a UI and features built to suit children and a price that seems right on point, it looks like Archos may well hit a home-run with this one.

Mums and Dads of the world, will you be considering the ChildPad for your little Droid lover? Let us know in the comments and check out the full press release below.

 

ARCHOS Announces the Child Pad, a 7” ICS Kid-Friendly Tablet

The new Child Pad will provide kid’s a safe, fun, full tablet experience at $129

March 01, 2012 03:50 PM Eastern Time

DENVER–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–ARCHOS, an award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, announced today a themed 7” Android tablet for children, called the Child Pad. The 7’’ Child Pad features a compact light-weight design, the latest Android version, 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich,” a 1GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. The Child Pad will be available at the end of March for $129 SRP.

“ARCHOS strives to offer great tablets with only the best of features at affordable prices and we expect this tablet to bring a smile to the faces of kids and parents everywhere.”

“As a pioneer in the portable audio and Android tablet market we realize the importance of providing a tablet that can offer hours of entertainment for all ages, especially kids,” says Henri Crohas, Founder and CEO. “ARCHOS strives to offer great tablets with only the best of features at affordable prices and we expect this tablet to bring a smile to the faces of kids and parents everywhere.”

Key Features & Benefits

Kid-friendly features of the Child Pad include access to the Kids App Store powered by AppsLibwhich is filtered down to 14-friendly categories and 10,000 apps including games, entertainment, communication, multimedia, books, comics, sports and more.

In addition, ARCHOS has created a kid-friendly user interface with colored icons, home screen folders with direct access to games, entertainment, learning and puzzles and the top 28 kids’ apps pre-loaded including Angry Birds, Pig Rush and Flight Frenzy.

ARCHOS has also designed the Child Pad to comply with both CIPA and COPPA regulations, ensuring a safe tablet environment for kids and peace of mind for parents. The parental controls and safe web browsing is powered by Editions Profil, whose “Mobile Parental Filter” is ranked as the most efficient parental control software in worldwide benchmarks.

Availability & Price

The Child Pad will be available in stores starting the end of March with the recommended retail price of $129.

About ARCHOS

Archos, pioneer in the portable audio and video player market, and now specializing in Android tablets, has repeatedly revolutionized the market for consumer electronics since 1988. Today, ARCHOS offers Android Tablets, Tablet PCs and MP3/MP4 players. In 2000, ARCHOS launched the Jukebox 6000, the first MP3 player combined with a hard disk. Then in 2003 ARCHOS introduced the first portable multimedia players with TV recording. In 2006 Wi-Fi is implemented and then touch screens in 2007. In 2008, Archos launched the first generation Internet Tablets, and then the first ever Android powered tablets in 2009. ARCHOS has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. ARCHOS is quoted on Compartment B of Eurolist, Euronext Paris, ISIN Code FR0000182479. Website:www.archos.com.

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Sprint is Giving Away 30 Galaxy Nexus’ with the Data Storm Sweepstakes

Are you with Sprint and jonesing for a Galaxy Nexus? Well here is your chance to win one of 30 Nexus’ being given away by Sprint. The Now Network is holding a Data Storm sweepstakes that ties in gameplay for additional contest entries. Sounds easy enough right? Play a game, win a Nexus! Head over to the source link below to get entered, you have until April 5th to get as many entries in as you can. Curious about the cutoff date? Maybe that’s the day Sprint plans on releasing the Galaxy Nexus to the masses…

source: Sprint

 

Broadcom Introduces New Chips To The Already Crowded SoC Playground

 

Smartphones processors are evolving at a rapid pace. Whether you look to your right, left or everywhere in between– you’ll see various chips sporting impressive features while trying to distinguish themselves from one another. Veteran chipset maker Broadcom is now squeezing its way onto the chipset playground by introducing several attractive chips which will be Ice Cream Sandwich-based. The first is the BCM21654G chip which is made for mid-end smartphones and features a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor, integrated HSPA modem and VGA video support. Following the 21654G are the BCM28145 and 28155 chips. Each will feature dual-core processors that can go as high as 1.3GHz, have integrated HSPA+ modems, feature support for HD (720 and 1080p) video and have an Image Signal Processor chip that will support up to a 42MP camera. Moreover, both chips will feature a “third processing core” called VideoCore. VideoCore will tackle on the load when playing HD video, freeing up the processor’s resources and helping it to run as efficiently as possible.

Broadcom isn’t stopping there either. They are also featuring BCM4334 combo chip which allows for simultaneous Internet connectivity, support for WiFi Direct and WiFi Display, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Moreover, you’ll be able to find a low-power NFC chip built-in, which can be used for payments, sharing tunes or whatever else you can think of with the technology. Finally, there is of course dual-SIM capabilities that should be noted.

So many choices, which one do we choose? Dilemmas, dilemmas— I tell ya! What chip interests you most? Let us know in the Comments section below or up in our Forums.

source: Android Authority

HTC Releases Beats Audio API Among Others

We already knew that HTC had planned on releasing the Beats Audio API for developers to integrate the music tweaking software into their own apps. What we didn’t know was that HTC also planned on granting access to a few other APIs as HTCdev announced the availability of four important HTC APIs. The announced APIs are:

  • Beats Audio API
  • Lockscreen API
  • Mobile Device Management API
  • And soon a HTC MediaLink HD API

Now developers can better create apps that integrate deeper into the HTC device experience. For example, accessing various apps directly from the lockscreen, view/listen to an apps media on the stock HTC media player, and the ability to enjoy Beats Audio from within other music apps such as PowerAMP. In addition, HTC plans on listing newly created apps that leverage the HTC APIs within the HTC Hub. A place where consumers can go to find all the apps that are tailored to their HTC device.

It will only be a matter of time before the development community starts pumping out creative ways in which to use their apps. I would be stoked to see Beats Audio tied in with Google Music. What would you like to see come out of this?

source: HTCblog