Peacock Imports promised Android/Linux dual boot devices to backers who pledged $99 or more on indiegogo.com, a kickstarter-like site. They received 517 backers and easily met the $49,000 goal with a total of $72,707. The campaign ended yesterday but PengPod is taking pre-orders on the 7-inch (PenPod 700) and 10-inch (PengPod 1000) tablets as well as the 3.5-inch miniPC (PengStick). Pre-orders are live now and will ship in January 2013.
All three devices are powered by a 1.2ghz Cortex A8 ARM single core processor and have hdmi and USB ports. The tablets have front facing cameras and a 3300 mAh battery for the 7-inch and 6000 mAh for the 10-inch. For comparison’s sake, the Nexus 7 comes with a 4,325 mAh battery and the Nexus 10 comes with a 9,000 mAh battery. The PengPods and PengStick will run Android 4.0 and KDE Plasma Active to help with the Linux touch interface. Android will be installed on internal memory while Linux will boot from an SD card.
Today, Sony began rolling out an update to Ice Cream Sandwich for the Xperia P, Xperia U, Xperia go and Xperia sola devices that’ll come packed with ‘bug fixes’ and ‘performance tweaks.’ It’s unclear what exactly those tweaks are, but who among us doesn’t like a little tweaking?
As we noted in a recent post, Android has come a long way in the last five years, and we have truly seen an evolution of the operating system. As a spoof of this concept, Google employee Manu Comet posted a little drawing to his Google Plus page. In it we see our little green friend evolving from a weak, frail, hunched-over blob, into a happy, healthy, upright and robust robot. In each phase of the evolution process he is eating the dessert that coincided with that particular Android release. Most interestingly, the last evolutionary phase of the process has our little green friend eating a slice of Key Lime Pie (long speculated as the next release of Android). This is by no means an official confirmation from Google, but it is pretty strong evidence to that end. We don’t know what kind of features we will find in Key Lime Pie, or how much of a jump it will be from 4.2, but seeing all the great new features Google has cooked up in each of its recent releases gives us hope that we have a lot to look forward to! Now the waiting game…
Source: Google +
Soon, we should all see better maps within some of the apps that we use. Today, Google launched an update to their Maps API that developers will use to incorporate Google Maps into their apps. This new API version will benefit both developers on the front-end as well as users on their end. It’ll allow developers to create their map features with less code and also provide them with the ability to incorporate satellite, hybrid, terrain, traffic and indoor maps into their apps, much like Google Maps currently does. It’ll, in turn, offer end-users more robust options in their applications when viewing maps. The overall goal is to make in-app maps look very similar to Google Maps for a seamless experience for all, and this update is getting us closer.
source: Google Blog
Google released an update to the Gmail app in the Play Store, bringing it up to version 4.2. That brings the application up to speed with the version that ships with the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10, and updated Galaxy Nexus. Some of the improvements include auto-fitting text in emails and pinch-to-zoom within emails. Pinch-to-zoom must be enabled by going into settings and checking Auto-fit messages. They’ve also added some cool new swiping features to archive and delete messages. Those features are only available on Android 4.0 and above, though, so if you’re below that, you’ll still get some performance improvements, but not the new gestures and swiping. Hit the break to get your hands on the update.
Not too long ago SwiftKey showed of its new keyboard, appropriately titled SwiftKey Flow. There’s still no word on beta invites, but today we’ve got a new video showing a pretty unique, new feature in the keyboard. While typing out words, you can trace down to the spacebar and then keep going with the next word. No need to lift your finger at all for your sentences. Couple that with SwiftKey’s fantastic prediction engine, and I imagine this new keyboard is going to be a huge success. Hit the video after the break to see the feature in action.
Apparently just asking Sony for an ETA on software updates works sometimes. Sony responded, via its Sony Xperia News twiter account, to a tweet regarding the pending Jelly Bean update for the Xperia S by saying it would provide details in mid-December. The update news falls in line with Sony’s statement regarding updating most 2012-release Xperia devices to Jelly Bean.
Users of the ever-popular keyboard app, SwiftKey, are reporting problems after updating their devices to Android 4.2. For many users, the keyboard disappeared entirely from devices after installing the Android 4.2 update. In some cases, the keyboard is simply soft-disabled, but others found the software to be uninstalled completely from their device.
SwiftKey is aware of the problem and is working closely with the Android team to get it solved. For now, the quick fix is to simply re-download the app and go through the installation process again. Unfortunately, this will not restore the lost user data or all the predictive word sequences that you worked so hard to build up. Hopefully SwiftKey will have this resolved soon. To read Swiftkey’s response for yourself, hit the source link below.
The first Samsung Galaxy Note featured a display of 5.3-inches, which many considered half phone half tablet (or phablet). Then came an actual tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1, sported a 10.1-inch display. Of course more recently the original Note was upgraded to the Galaxy Note II with a slightly bigger display, at 5.5-inches. There has to be a 7-inch tablet in the works right? Well it looks like if that’s what is in your dreams, they just might be fulfilled. A recent NenaMark2 benchmark test has revealed the GT-N5100. Based on that model number it should be a Note device, and it happens to sport a 7-inch display. Other notables include a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 (same as Note II) and a Mali-400MP GPU. It will also come with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. We will most likely see this at CES or Mobile World Congress early next year. Anybody want to guess the price of this bad boy? I’m going with $299 for 16GB.
Right on cue, the Canadian variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III has begun receiving a heavy scoop of Jelly Bean across the major carriers. The latest update brings the Canadian builds to I747MVLDLK4 and will bring the usual Jelly Bean goodies like Google Now and Project Butter, as well as custom items like a sizable pop-up screen and additional home screen modes. All in all, the official update being launched should make those already awesome devices just a wee bit better.
The update is available now and can be found using Kies Desktop software or if you are the impatient type— you can always go to your Settings and manually grab the update OTA. Happy updating!
The DROID DNA is probably the best smartphone available today, at least according to me. Since Verizon is such a stickler when it comes to bootloaders and all that fun stuff, it can be tough to deal with for newbies. Well XDA member hassoon2000 has come to the rescue with an all-in-one toolkit that will unlock, root, and flash your DROID DNA with a ClockworkMod or TWRP custom recovery. It’s GUI-based and it couldn’t be simpler. At hassoon2000’s request, I won’t get into any other details, so hit the source link for more information. If you like what he has done, we encourage you to donate for further development.
source: xda / donate
In some surprising news, it looks like we’ll be seeing more and more devices powered by MediaTek processors in the near-future. Hot off the heels of ZTE potentially developing a smartphone featuring a MediaTek 8-core processor, Sony has requested samples of MediaTek’s MT6589 quad-core SoC. This specialized chip is an ARM Cortex A7-based unit that can be clocked up to 1.2GHz and has a PowerVR SGX544 GPU that can handle 1,280 x 720 displays— but the catch is the quad-core chip is relatively affordable compared to other units like those from Qualcomm, NVIDIA and even Samsung.What this means is that Sony may be trying to implement the processors into potential new designs and support the possibility that consumers may see some new (budget-minded) devices as soon as next year.
Bear in mind, however– that while Sony has requested SoC samples for testing– this doesn’t necessarily mean it will actually produce new smartphones utilizing MediaTek’s quad-core processors– it is only in the preliminary stages… for now. However, if testing does indeed go well, don’t be surprised if we see some new (budget-minded) Sony smartphones on the horizon.
source: Phone Arena
And while we’re on the topic of Samsung currently developing a faster processor, it’s only natural that we share some additional tidbits of news regarding some upcoming devices for the new year. According to SamMobile, Samsung currently has no fewer than three devices that are in the works and primed for an upcoming release. The biggest item in development is Samsung’s “Project J”— which is Samsung’s codename for its new Galaxy S line (presumably the Galaxy S IV). Although SamMobile’s insider could not provide specific details of the upcoming device, there are existing rumors indicating the new smartphone will have a new quad-core processor, a whopping 13MP camera and a 5-inch screen size, giving us a nice reference point to start out with.
The next few devices are certainly intriguing ones as well. First off, Samsung has plans on developing a new tablet which is primed to compete directly with the ASUS Transformer line of tablets. The device will come in at 13.3-inches and have a full QWERTY dock as an option, for those of you who prefer that sort of thing. The next device up is a watered-down Galaxy Note II-type device, which will have a larger-than-life screen, but will feature modest specs like a slower processor and likely a reduced screen resolution, etc.
Of course we can’t take this to be factual for now, so we’ll just wait and see for this latest news to unfold.
Considering Samsung continues to churn out powerhouse after powerhouse, it’s fairly conceivable that it has its sights on developing even better and more powerful processors for future devices, right? It sure seems to be the case as Sammy is rumored to be developing an even faster version of its quad-core Exynos processor line. According to the gang at SamMobile, Sammy is currently developing a new system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor dubbed the Exynos 5440— which is based off ARM’s new Cortex A15 technology. The processor has a reference board identified as “SSDK5440” and should be head and shoulders above the Exynos 5250 processor— which is also Cortex-A15-based, but “only” a dual-core processor. Indeed it looks like the latest information seems to line up with earlier rumors involving Sammy’s “next big thing”.
Unfortunately there are no additional details like what the processor speed will be or what GPU will compliment the processor, but the thought of an even faster processor sure will many mouths salivating. We’ll be sure to provide additional details as we get them.
The Note 2 has been available on Verizon for less than a week and it’s already been rooted to join the rest of the family. Like other Samsung phones, it involves using ODIN to flash a rooted image file. Unlike the other versions of the Note 2, there are a few bugs. The phone signal indicator breaks, although data does still work, and some users report that it’s not quite as fast as the stock image. Regardless, I’m sure the bugs will be worked out soon.
The bootloader is still locked, so no custom ROMs (yet) but it doesn’t usually take too long to solve these “problems.” If you’re a Verizon Note 2 owner, hit the link below to get started.