Now that the iPad Mini has been announced, it’s time to pit it against the Nexus 7 in a drop and dunk test. The folks at SquareTrade always do a great job with these and this one is no exception. For this test, they created a dropbot to make sure everything is fair and even. They conducted 3 tests. The first is a drop from 4 feet where the tablets land on their corners, the second is face down from 4 feet, and the third is a dunk in a bath of water for 10 seconds. They even threw in an iPad 3 for the ride. So how will the Nexus 7 fare? Hit the break for the complete video to find out.
Google Wallet started to make some noise recently with the news that a Google Wallet physical card might be on the way, and now Google has announced that Google Wallet supports mobile websites. I don’t know about you, but I never purchase anything on a mobile site because I don’t feel like typing in all the information. WIth this new feature, if the site supports Google Wallet, you don’t need to enter your credit or debit card number, billing address or other payment information because it’s already stored in your Google Wallet.
Over the summer we heard rumors that HTC is collaborating with Facebook for a Facebook themed phone. Of course everyone denied it, but it appears it’s definitely in development. It’s codenamed the Opera UL and it popped up in a NenaMark 2 benchmark test. Pocket-Lint has a source that claims the phone has been delayed, but we’re not sure what that means. Back in the summer when we reported that HTC was working on something, it wasn’t expected to be released till 2013 anyway.
You might remember the HTC Status (or ChaCha) that was HTC’s first attempt at a Facebook phone, but it really wasn’t a collaboration with Facebook. Our understanding is this will be marketed as an official Facebook phone. From the benchmark results the specs include a 1.4GHz processor, a Qualcomm Adreno 305 GPU, and a 1280 x 720 display. As to the processor, we can’t tell if it’s dual or quad-core, but we are guessing it’s a dual-core.
Oakley released a new pair of ski goggles called Airwave. For $599.95 you’ll be able to hit the slopes wearing goggles that can best be described as half Google Glass, half goggles and all Master Chief. All kidding aside, Oakley’s Airwave brings a lot of appealing features including maps, temperature, jump analytics, speed, playlists and friend location. Oakley said, “The information will appear unobtrusively, as though you’re looking at a 14-inch monitor from a distance of five feet.”
The goggles will pair to the Android app via bluetooth and will display messages, calls and playlist information. Version 0.9 of the Oakley Airwave app is now live in the Google Play Store, but shows limited functionality. The only options listed on the screen shot are Trip Viewer, Buddy Tracking, Music Player and Device Pairing. It will be interesting to see if future generations incorporate a camera or maybe the old sci-fi favorite “distress beacon.”
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The Ubi (short for ubiquitous computer) ended its successful Kickstarter campaign back in September but it’s not too late to pre-order. The company is accepting pre-orders at the discounted price of $219. The normal price will be $269 when it launches in April, 2013. If you can’t get enough of Robin, Iris and countless other voice activated assistance then you might want to jump on Ubi. They will even cut you a deal if purchasing multiple devices.
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Apple got away with giving a half-assed apology before online and it has done the same in print publications. After the courts telling it to give its attempt at an apology another try online, Apple went ahead and created another version of its apology in the famed UK print publication The Guardian. As you can see above, Apple clearly outlines the facts that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab did not infringe on the iPad— though Apple doesn’t say sorry anywhere in its statement. Naturally we’re all expecting to see a real apology—- you know the one where you actually say sorry— to appear soon, very soon on Apple’s website, so the courts and/or Sammy shouldn’t be too disgruntled we suppose.
source: Gizmodo UK
Sure it sucks that some of you who splurged on the Motorola DROID RAZR HD or RAZR MAXX HD smartphones got shafted with Ice Cream Sandwich instead of Jelly Bean loaded up, but fear not— because the Jelly Bean is officially circulating in the wild… well sorta. The gang at DroidRzr found a mysterious software system build of version 9.1.39 which brings the Android OS to version 4.1.1 and as you can see, brings all the typical Jelly Bean goodies like Google Now. Unfortunately, while the build is indeed leaked out, there is no way to tell how stable it is, so there is room for potential disaster on your smartphone. Still— we know there are plenty of you owners who are feeling lucky or ambitious, so if you’re ready to test out the Jelly Bean goodness on your device, hit the source link for the full instructions.
The Nexus 4 may only be available for GSM carriers, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a decent selection of capable handsets on CDMA networks too. Perhaps you’ve been fancying a svelte new Optimus G on Sprint, but couldn’t justify throwing down $200. Lucky for you the 4.7-inch quad-core beast is officially available for pre-order today from Wirefly for just $149.99, a full $50 cheaper than Sprint is offering the device for on its own website. Keep in mind that price comes with a two year commitment on both new and existing lines. If you’re interested, be sure to hit the source link below.
It’s a brand new month, which means it’s time for a fresh look at the distribution of current and past Android versions. As we had anticipated, Jelly Bean has grown ever so slightly, reaching just 2.7 percent of Android users, up from 1.8 percent in October. Ice Cream Sandwich has seen a significant surgance, measuring in at 25.8 percent, a minor increase from the 23.7 percent that was reported last month. Unsurprisingly, Gingerbread still dominates the platform with a massive 54.2 percent piece of the pie.
As Jelly Bean begins rolling out to more devices (we’re looking at you One X and Galaxy S III), this number is sure to increase. And, with a full-scale Nexus assault on the horizon, things are bound to get interesting.