Asus offers sneak peak of Padfone

With only one week to go until the 2012 Mobile World Congress kicks off, the rumours and speculation are hitting fever pitch. Android tablet trailblazers, Asus has decided to add to the frenzy today by giving the world a look at it’s forthcoming Padfone.

“Divided we stand, together we rock” is the catchy tagline chosen to emphasize the three piece combo of phone, tablet and docking station. The latest teaser shows that the Padfone has gone through a complete redesign when compared to the original leaks late last year. The original concept of a phone that docks into the back of a tablet remains however the new info suggests that Asus will also be offering a keyboard dock as per it’s hugely successful Transformer series.

The Padfone is a 4.3″ Android Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone that docks into, and powers, a 10.1″ tablet. The tablet is set to be compatible with the TF201 keyboard dock from the Transformer Prime. The full technical specifications aren’t known at this point however I suspect we won’t have to wait long to find out.

The timing of the announcement is certainly opportune with the web awash with rumours that Android 5.0 Jelly Bean is set be an all encompassing, dual-boot Operating System. Perhaps the innovative Padfone trio is exactly the kind of hardware Google has in mind whilst working on Android’s next big release.

Asus tells us that “1 + 1 + 1 = Endless Possibilities” and with their stellar track record in Android tablets, we’re certainly looking forward to seeing the combo in action.

Check out the teaser video below and be sure to keep tuned in to TalkAndroid for news from MWC 2012 as it breaks.

 

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ASUS Transformer Prime Review

There’s no question that ASUS has become one of the most popular brands for Android tablets in just a short amount of time. The original Transformer had top-notch specs at an affordable price which resulted in short supplies right out of the gate. Fast forward about 6 months, and the follow up, the Transformer Prime launched with the best specs of any tablet in the world. With its Tegra 3 quad-core processor and sleek metallic styling, its no wonder it’s the most demanded Android tablet other than the inexpensive Amazon Kindle Fire.

Just like the OG transformer, you would be hard pressed to find a Transformer Prime in stock anywhere (at retail price), even if you were ready to drop at least five bills. This thing is sweet. Albeit it had a rough start given all the software glitches the early adopters had to deal with, now that it has seen a few updates (including ICS), I can totally understand why this is the tablet to beat. At first, when I was waiting for my Transformer Prime to arrive from backorder, I would sit back and read all the forums that were discussing the Prime. There were so many people who just couldn’t deal with the software problems it was having, threw in the towel, and got a refund before it was too late. So many people were complaining, ASUS even went as far as extending the return period so that they could drum up an update in hopes of changing peoples mind. A few updates came and went but it wasn’t until one of the most recent updates hit that the device started to truly shine.

What makes the Transformer Prime so special you ask? I am not saying the device is without faults by any means, but it is most definitely the best Android tablet to date. Let’s break it down, showing the good and the bad. And if you haven’t seen it already, you can check out our initial hands on as well.
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Here comes the Special Edition ‘Red Carpet’ DROID RAZR MAXX, You could win one starting tomorrow

Motorola is going all out with the DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX with various colors and special editions. They just announced their latest creation, the Special Edition “Red Carpet” DROID RAZR MAXX. Apparently they have given them to select Acdemy Awards nominees and presenters.

To top it off, Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress nominees received the special edition phone within a glamorous, gold sequined pouch. Nominees for Best Supporting Actor, Best Actor and Best Director were given a high-end shaving kit as well. Each recipient also received the Motorola Elite Sliver Bluetooth headset.

Unfortunately since most of our readers probably aren’t part of the biggest night in Hollywood, everyone will have a chance to win one as Motorola will be giving away 5 of them via Twitter in a contest that starts tomorrow, February 23. The contest will involve retweeting #RedCarpetRAZR, but check out their Twitter page for more info. You can also check out our full review here.

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HTC Shows Off Teaser For New Line Of Devices On Their Facebook Page

HTC is bringing the thunder this year at Mobile World Congress and it looks like they’re enjoying a little teasing with the masses before the big event.  The company’s Facebook page is touting the image above and we’re not really sure what to make of it.  At first glance I thought it could possibly be their top tier device getting ready to debut with a 5-inch display however, that’s unlikely since we already know there’s at least going to be three devices.  Another possibility could be that they’re actually gearing up to release five devices rather than three, but who knows?  In any event, we’ll see soon enough for ourselves.  In addition to the pic, they’ve supplied the following one liner:

“This Sunday you’ll discover something fast.”

 What’s my guess?  I’m guessing they’ll reveal their highly anticipated quad-core device and tout the fact that it actually has five cores where one will be primarily used when the others aren’t for low power consumption.  But that’s just me speculating at this point, what do I know?  Only time will tell as to whether or not their talking about the HTC One X (Edge) or whether it has something to do with the other devices they’ll be showing off like the One S and One V.  In addition, there’s talk about the Taiwanese manufacturer dropping a tablet on us too.  So, stay tuned to TA as we bring you MWC coverage around the clock.  Feel free to speculate along with me in the comments below as well.

source: Facebook

 

Google’s Flight Search Goes Mobile

Back in September Google brought Flight Search to the desktop world. There was no mobile version in sight but as with most Google products the desktop version is implemented first and then a ways down the road we see implementation on the mobile front, much like Google Docs. Well today Flight Search is finally seeing its debut on mobile devices everywhere. The mobile flight search is said to have the same features as its desktop counterpart and they include:

  • Find flights quickly with results that load instantly and a list that’s easy to scan.
  • Discover places to go on a map – see ticket prices for various destinations by surfing the map. You can filter by price, airline, or flight duration.
  • Find the best time to go – Click the calendar icon to see what dates will get you low prices.
Basically all you’ll have to do is point your mobile browser to google.com/flights and you’ll be able to search to and from destinations with the list of available flights going those directions. It’s available on both the Android and iOS platforms and should make getting up-to-the-minute flight data a lot easier. Add that to the Google Maps indoor mapping and you have yourself a plethora of mobile tools to help with your flying experience. This should definitely be a welcome feature for those who spend a lot of their lives traveling the globe. Hit the break below to check out the intro video and let us know what you think!
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Barnes & Noble Wants To Re-Configure Your Nook Tablet’s 16GB of Storage To A More Reasonable Allocation

The folks over at B&N must feel pretty bad about how horribly the Nook Tablet’s 16GB’s of storage has been poorly allocated because they want to make it right with you.  In very fine print, the company has stated that they will be allowing users of the Nook to come in and have their internal storage re-partitioned to a more reasonable configuration, allowing more personal space on the Tablet.  As of now, the device offers 16GB’s of storage of which 13GB’s are strictly for Nook Store content.  That leaves the consumer with a mere 1 GB of personal space to do with what they please.  The decision came in light of the release of the 8GB model of which users had a whopping 4GB’s of the 5 GB’s available to them as personal space.  The company added a quiet statement on their home page which states the following:

If you want to re-configure the internal memory of your NOOK Tablet-16GB for additional personal storage, you need to visit your local Barnes & Noble on or after 3/12/12 for help in doing so.

We’re tipping our hats towards B&N for taking the time to perform this daunting task for the consumer, as it shows where their business model lies, obviously with the customer.  And we’ll take it.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Hit the source link for more information.

source: Barnes & Noble
via:  Android Police

 

 

 

Quick look at S Pen optimized apps for the Samsung Galaxy Note [Hands On Video]

The Samsung Galaxy Note was finally made available in the U.S. as AT&T released it a few days ago. Other than having a ginormous 5.3-inch screen, the real difference between this phone and others is the included S Pen, or as some might like to refer to as a stylus. What can you do with it? Well I showed you a few things in my unboxing video, but I thought I would go through some apps that weren’t included with the phone to show you some cool stuff. Yes the Galaxy Note might just be the coolest phone in the land.

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LG Optimus VU Shows Itself on Video for the First Time

Well folks we are just a few days away from MWC 2012 and it appears that LG is trying to build up some excitement for its Galaxy Note competitor the Optimus VU.While they’ve been hinting at it and officially dropped the announcement on us last weekend we are now only seeing it on video for the first time. In the one-minute-eleven-second video you will see various closeups of the device along with its screenshot and note taking capabilities. If you are excited for this “phablet” then this video should increase your excitement even more so. Enjoy!

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source: netbooknews
via:  engadget

Review: gReader App for RSS Feeds

Not many people use RSS feeds anymore it seems, as Twitter and facebook page updates have added another mobile medium to getting the information you want by those you follow. I prefer RSS feeds myself, along with Twitter, facebook and Google+ updates. One of the best RSS apps I’ve used for Android is called gReader made by noinnion. It wasn’t much of an RSS reader back in the beginning of 2011, as there were many better RSS apps on the market such as Pulse, Google Reader (official), and NewsRob. Other apps gained users mainly because they had a much more beautified GUI along with full tablet support. It took a while for gReader to catch up. Now that they’ve done that, it is the smoothest RSS feed reader on the market, in my humble opinion.

I’ve used a lot of RSS readers on both my Android smartphones and tablets, but if you’re looking for an easy to setup RSS reader, that supports both tablets and smartphones alike, and has automatic Google Reader single sign on…grab this app, it’s free.

As you can see to the right side, the app has a nice visual interface, almost identical to what you would see in Pulse. Don’t get me wrong, I think Pulse is a great app too, but it can be slow at times, most likely to make way for the visual enhancements it shows. If you have an older Android device, this can slow your smartphone down while it’s updating feeds as well. Anther great feature about gReader (and yes, many other other RSS readers in general) are the widget options.

Along the top of your screen when you see your list of feeds, is a simple and modern interface with the options to sort by newest, oldest, and feed. You’ll also see options for podcasts, recommendations and the plus sign to add more feeds if you desire. Along the bottom is the option to refresh your lists, mark as read/unread, and show unread only or all. The gReader app also has the options of saving articles for later offline reading, which is a bonus if you happen to be out of range and have some reading to catch up on.

All in all, it’s a well rounded app, with great design options to please anyone using it regardless of your style preferences, and it’s easy on your smartphone and/or tablets resources. It has a paid Pro version as well, which cuts out any ad displays within the app, downloading podcasts option and a couple of different themes. If you already use Google Reader as your RSS feeds manager, this is the perfect companion to it helping you keep things organized and seamless between your computers and Android devices. Give it a try by scanning the QR code under the video demo, or by clicking the Android Market Link.

 

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Another Early Morning Verizon 4G Outage Hits U.S.

Another Wednesday, another 4G outage for Big Red. While it’s been nearly two months since the last hiccup users this morning are reporting that their LTE service is down and that they are receiving no data connectivity whatsoever. Verizon has responded with the following tweet suggesting that they are investigating the cause of these issues.

As it suggests 3G data, voice and text services are working just fine but users are reporting that they are also having problems with 3G connectivity. Similar to the outages on both December 7th and the 21st it has affected users frustrated. While those outages were explained there is no say as to what is affecting this current situation. Stay tuned and we will update the story as we know more. Are any of you users out there having these problems? Sound off in the comments below.

source: VzBuzz