Hands on with Alcatel Idol and Idol Ultra smartphones [Video]

Along with its new line of Evo tablets, Alcatel is dipping its toes into the higher-end Android smartphone market with the introduction of its Idol and Idol Ultra handsets.

The company is touting its One Touch Idol Ultra as the thinnest smartphone currently on the market, measuring in at just 6.45mm thick. It also sports a 4.7-inch OLED HD display and an 8-megapixel camera. The One Touch Idol is aimed more towards the lower-end market, featuring a 4.7-inch qHD panel and an 8-megapixel camera. Both devices run atop Mediatek’s 1.2GHz dual-core 6577 processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Hands on with the Polaroid M Series 7-inch and 10-inch tablets [Video]

In addition to the Polaroid Kids tablet that was being shown at CES 2013, TalkAndroid was also able to spend some time checking out a couple new grown-up versions of tablets that Polaroid is bringing to market. The two tablets are part of their M Series with devices in both the 7-inch and the 10-inch class. Check out our hands on video after the break to see the devices.

Hands on with the Polaroid Kids tablet [Video]

A few days ago we reported on Polaroid’s foray into the tablet market with a device designed specifically for kids. With a large bezel and kid friendly buttons, the 7-inch screen is backed with a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM capable of running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Polaroid even took the step of removing access to the Google Play Store so kids won’t get themselves into trouble.

Polaroid had the device on hand at CES 2013, so we were able to gets some hands on time with the Polaroid Kids tablet as seen in the video after the break.

Hands On With The Lenovo IdeaCentre Horizon Tablet [Video]

 

While some of us may feel a little iffy about Windows Surface Tablets out there, Lenovo is out to change that perception by introducing the IdeaCentre Horizon tablet. While the massive 27-inch display, “Aura” custom UI and the ability to play air hockey are each nothing to sneeze at— the real noteworthy aspect of the device is the fact it can operate Android apps, thanks to the Bluestacks Android player which comes preloaded. And before you ask— yes— the apps work like a charm and operate as if you’re on a traditional Android device.

If you’re in the market for a Windows-based tablet, but want something that’s Android-friendly— the IdeaCentre Horizon may be a compelling option. Hit the break to check out the hands-on video in all its glory.

ViewSonic 24-inch Smart Display tablet shows up at CES

Throughout our CES 2013 coverage, we have seen manufacturers continue the trend of pushing screen sizes larger and larger for smartphone devices and blurring the line between phone and tablet, like the 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate. These devices have nothing on ViewSonic though. How about a 24-inch Smart Display tablet? No, you won’t be pulling this out of your pocket or even your laptop case. However, if you have the need for a flat surface that functions like an Android tablet, but on a much larger scale, a ViewSonic Smart Display may be just the ticket.

The newest member of the family is the VSD240 with a 24-inch, 1920 x 1080 HD LED screen. The tablet runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is powered by a 1.7GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor. The VSD240, like its 22-inch sibling the VSD220, includes HDMI and USB ports, SD card slots, and a 1.3MP camera. Using the variety of ports, Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities, the device can double as a display for a traditional PC.

You might think a device like this might cost an arm and a leg, but ViewSonic has indicated it will be available in April for only $499.

Be sure to check back here at TalkAndroid as we continue our CES 2013 coverage.

source: CNET

Estimated 103 million LTE-enabled devices shipped in 2012, numbers to surge within the next few years

Everyone knows 4G LTE is becoming the new standard technology, replacing older 3G networks. According to ABI Research, adoption of 4G in 2012 wasn’t quite as fast as 3G adoption was a few years ago, which is surprising considering all the incredible devices we’ve seen launch in the past year. They estimate about 91 million LTE handsets to be in circulation, with 95% of that coming from North America and Asian markets. That percentage isn’t surprising, since North America is miles ahead of most other markets with LTE coverage. That 91 million, however, is expected to skyrocket within the next few years, with predictions of  785 million LTE subscribers by 2017. That seems like a lot, but when something is the standard for technology like LTE will be, high adoption rates are normal. You don’t see very many people bragging about their new 2G phones anymore, after all.

source: ABI Research

Hands on with the Acer Iconia B1-A71 tablet [Video]

Yesterday Acer announced the release of their new Acer Iconia B1-A71 tablet device. Coming loaded with a dual-core 1.2GHz cpu, 512MB of RAM, a 7-inch screen, and 8GB of storage, Acer is aiming this device squarely at the budget-minded tablet buyer. The expectation is that the price will come in at less that $150. If you are wondering how a modestly equipped tablet from Acer will perform, you can check out our hands on video after the break.

Android to outpace Apple to 1 million available apps by June 2013

Back in the day, people used to talk about app numbers a lot. The Android platform was constantly attacked for having less available apps than iOS and thus, they’d say, iOS was a better platform. As Android adoption sped up, so did app development, and today we see that both Android and iOS have more apps than we even need. All of the major products and companies have great apps for both platforms, so its really not a numbers game anymore, but people still like to play that game, so let’s play:

Just a few months ago, Google announced that it had crossed the 700,000 apps threshold and more recently we’ve heard that the Mountain View company is only a few thousand apps away from the number that’s available in iOS’ App Store. According to a new report by The Sociable, Android app development is outpacing iOS and Google is expected to reach the 1 million app milestone before Apple does. That would be an exciting and unexpected turn of events for our favorite underdog. Really though, app numbers don’t matter as much as app quality, and in the arena of app quality iOS has had Android beat for years. Thankfully Android developers have begun stepping it up recently, and things will only continue to get better. For some examples of great Android apps, check out our most beautiful apps list. Then sit back and wait to see who crosses the 1 million app finish line first (probably Android in June 2013 if the reports are anything to go by).

Source: Venture Beat

Free Dropbox storage on many future Samsung devices

Dropbox is an incredible product that keeps all of your files synced across your different devices. Samsung took note of the company and began integrating the software back when they released the Galaxy S III, giving users a free 50GB pass. Yesterday, Dropbox announced that it will be strengthening its partnership with Samsung (the fastest selling smartphone manufacturer in the world) by adding Dropbox integration into many future Samsung devices (smart cameras, tablets, smartphones, computers, etc). The Samsung integration will begin in March of 2013. Dropbox recently reached 100 million users, so it seems the partnership is working quite nicely for them. If you’re a Dropbox user who’s planning on buying a future Samsung device, then you better start thinking what you’re gonna do with all that free storage! To read Dropbox’s press release, hit the break.

Google Glass gets some Android-powered competition from Vuzix

It looks like the future is going to consist of wearing lots of funny looking technology on our bodies and everyone is joining the party. Today at CES, Vuzix showed off its own version of smart eye wear which will stand in direct competition to Google Glass. The irony here is that Vuzix is basing their eye wear off of Google’s Android software in order to directly compete with Google. The Vuzix’s M100 will connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth and house a small display that hovers over one eye. Vuzix is expecting to launch the product for $500 later this year, which is significantly cheaper and sooner than Google’s plans. Inside the M100’s you’ll find a WQVGA color display, an OMAP processor, 4GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a 1080p camera all running atop Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. For more information, you can hit the source link. To stay up with all our CES 2013 coverage, click here.

Source: Vuzix

Phones4U Confirms It Will Release The Sony Xperia Z In March

 

Well— it certainly didn’t take very long for us to find out about when we have an idea of when that sexy new Sony Xperia Z would be available to order. UK retailer Phones4U has announced that residents in the UK will be able to order the phone from March 1st. In addition, Phones4U will be offering select customers the option to pre-order the device in order to ensure that they will be able to secure a device– just in case well you know— it sells out and all like other devices. There’s no word on how much the device will cost as of now, but we’re pretty sure it will more than likely cost a pretty penny…

source: Engadget

 

 

 


Qualcomm Announces New Snapdragon Chips, Highlights Clear Intention To Trump The Competition… Again

 

Not intent on letting NVIDIA grab all the attention here at CES, Qualcomm has introduced a pair of new processors called the Snapdragon 600 and 800 series. First off the bat, the 600 models will feature some incredible specs including a quad-core Krait 300 CPU at speeds up to a whopping 1.9GHz, an Adreno 320 GPU and will offer up to 40% better performance than the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. Sure the 600 series chips sound like they’ll be beastly as heck— but that’s just the tip of the iceberg for Qualcomm.  The 800 models will take specs a step further and include a quad-core Krait 400 CPU at speeds up to a sizzling 2.3GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU, UltraHD resolution support (4096 × 2304), full support for DTS-HD, Dolby Digital Plus and 7.1 surround sound and wait for it— up to 75% better performance than the Snapdragon S4 Pro chip. Incredible.

Just when you think the Snapdragon S4 Pro reaches the pinnacle— Qualcomm comes out of the blue and ups the ante yet again. The Snapdragon 600 series of chips are expected to be available in devices by Q2 of this year, while we’ll see Snapdragon 800 series are expected to be available by the year’s end. Hopefully you all can contain yourselves— but in the meantime, check out the presser after you hit the break. Oh and don’t forget to check out our continuous coverage of CES by clicking here.

Belkin reveals new NetCam HD WiFi camera

Belkin announced today the release of a new high definition wireless camera to their product line.  The NetCam HD will retail for $149.99 and offers full 720p HD resolution, digital audio, a wide-angle lens, infrared night vision capabilities, setup via mobile devices, movement detection email alerts and the ability to record live video to mobile devices. The camera will also be WeMo SMART capable. WeMo is a wifi based home control platform for other devices in the home using a wireless network. Using the WeMo capabilities with the new camera, users could setup rules for certain actions to occur when the motion sensor is activated. Belkin has developed a free NetCam app for Android and iOS devices that let you monitor the video feed on your mobile device. Belkin expects the new camera to be available in spring 2013.

Hit the break for the full press release and then be sure to check back here at TalkAndroid throughout the day for more coverage from CES 2013.

Hands on with the Huawei Ascend D2 [Video]

Earlier today Huawei announced the Ascend Mate and the Ascend D2. The Ascend D2 sports a 5-inch 1080p IPS display with 443ppi, Huawei’s K3V2 1.5 GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 13MP camera, 3,000mAh battery, microSD, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and the latest version of the Emotion UI. It’s 9.9mm thick and weighs 170g. We expect to see this bad boy on sale in China this month followed by Japan. Hit the break for the hands on video.