Images Leaked Of LG’s New CX2 aka The “Optimus 3D 2″

Speaking of sweet devices like the quad-core X3, check out LG’s new anticipated flagship device, the LG CX2 aka the “Optimus 3D 2″.  This is one sweet looking handset and our friends over at Pocket Now managed to snag some shots of it.  The device appears to be a follow up to the popular original Optimus 3D device announced this time last year.  Some improvements with the CX2 involve the auto-stereoscopic display, better CPU (1.2 GHz dual-core from TI) and better conversion from 2D to 3D.  LG has also added a NOVA display for improved brightness on the device in both 2D and 3D modes.  Unlike the original Optimus 3D coming in at around 12 mm, the CX2 will shine at around 10 mm.  Not too bad for having to house dual 5 meg cameras on the backside.  Add 8GB of internal storage, DLNA capabilities, Bluetooth 3.0 and HSPA+ (21Mbps) and you’ve got yourself a pretty nice flagship handset to invest in.  To top things off, a trusted source is noting that there will indeed be an NFC chip on board.  Stay tuned to Talk Android as MWC rolls around, which is when and where we’re expecting this device to debut.  Expect the handset to launch with Gingerbread at first however.  There’s no word yet as to what’s in store for OS upgrades in the ICS dept.  Check out the pics of the device courtesy of our friends from Pocket Now and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

[via Pocket Now]

Huawei To Top The Ascend P1 S With The Launch of “Diamond Series” High-End Android Smartphones

We’ve got to say, we’re extremely impressed lately with how Huawei is stepping their game up and exiting the feature phone market much like Samsung and HTC has done since they first started playing the game.  At CES 2012 we saw a serious game changer when the company introduced their newest flagship handset, the Ascend P1 S, a device that boots the Droid Razr’s title of thinnest phone on the market (7.1mm) coming in at just 6.68mm.  Damn that’s thin.  And if you thought this was impressive, the company’s not done yet.  Huawei is planning to unveil, at MWC this year, a new “Diamond Series” lineup of smartphones dubbed by the company as being the “smartest, fastest and most high-performing smartphones”.  So, if the company is stating they can do even better than the Ascend P1 S, we’ve definitely got to see that.  The Ascend P1 S is sporting a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, a Super AMOLED display rocking Gorilla glass at 4.3-inches, an 8 meg rear facing camera and 1.3 meg front facer.  I can’t wait to see them top that with something else.  Stay tuned to TA because we’ll be covering it like white on rice.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

Huawei Ascend P1 S Smartphone

[via Ubergizmo]

Developer Stephen Erickson Open-Sources BusyBox Installer App

 

 

 

If you’re a developer, a fiddler or a hacker, chances are you’ve heard about or used BusyBox. If you’re a commoner and haven’t heard about it, BusyBox is one of the most imporant tools needed to harness the true potential of your Android device. Essentially, it’s something you install on your device which gives you additional shell commands which in turn allows you to commit actions such as renaming specific files or modifying imporant files. Developer stud Stephen Erickson wants additional masses to get in on the BusyBox action by open sourcing his BusyBox installer app. In addition to installing the app on your device, BusyBox makes it easy to customize your embedded systems in the forms of ROMs or even apps, setting you well on your way to becoming the king Android developer on your block. Now this is what the Android platform is all about.

[via BusyBox Google Code by Android Central]

 

HTC Customer Service Claims ICS Will Hit the HTC Flyer in Q1 of This Year

Beginning in December, HTC started rolling out the Android 2.3 update to the HTC Flyer, but unfortunately the end result has made some users a bit unhappy. Although the update brings a new and improved UI and access to tablet specific apps, a select group of folks dislike the new UI and the fact that they lost the use of physical capacitive buttons which have been replaced with virtual on-screen ones. Some have even stated that HTC  Sense doesn’t play well with Honeycomb either.

What does HTC have to day about this? HTC-Hub reached out to HTC for a resolution and apparently a customer service rep claims you can send your device back to HTC to have the original Gingerbread OS reinstalled, or simply wait for the ICS update to roll out this quarter. Wait, what? ICS for the Flyer? That’s news to me! Check out this excerpt from HTC-hub’s conversation with HTC:

HTC: or wait for the update to ice cream sandwich.
Bruno: When is the update expected?
HTC: the first quarter of this year.

So there you have it folks. Although this came from the horses mouth, I’m not sure you could classify this as official just yet. You never know how customer service reps get their info and whether or not it’s 100% truth. BUT.. if this does indeed hold any truth, we should be seeing the ICS update within the next 9 weeks. For now, we have our eyes and ears open and hopefully we will get an official statement from HTC sometime soon. Stay tuned.

[via HTC-Hub through Android & Me]

 

Matias Duarte downplays Android fragmentation, but I’m not drinking the Kool-Aid

Recently, Android design chief Matias Duarte sat down with Wired to talk about Android Design, which was recently launched to help developers adapt to the look and feel of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Google’s own suite of apps. During the interview, fragmentation, and particularly updates were discussed. Here’s what he had to say:

“A lot of those issues really are much more related to the hardware capabilities. Things like just how much memory you have. The reality is, right now Android is growing so quickly, it’s like it was back in the X86 days of PCs. When you got that 286 and were so excited! ‘Yes!’ And then Quake comes along and your 286 just couldn’t do the job. So right now, we have that issue people call ‘fragmentation,’ where some of the older hardware just won’t run the new OS. So trying to upgrade the OS is really difficult.”

“Remember when you got the new version of Windows, and you couldn’t run it on your PC? You just had to get a new computer, right? It’s something that happens at certain inflection points of computing, where the capabilities just grow so quickly that they outpace everything else.”

Before I go on a rant, let me say that I love the work that Matias is doing with Android. Ice Cream Sandwich is a wonderful UI, and I’m excited for the future of the OS. With that said, I have to disagree with Matias on this. In principle, he’s correct when it comes to old hardware and what we’ve experienced with PCs, and I can’t blame him for this response as he’s trying to downplay the issue. Gingerbread was announced in late 2010 and it took six months for the first top tier phones to get it. I’m sorry, that doesn’t have anything to do with old hardware. Now, with Ice Cream Sandwich, the SDK was released in October 2011. It has already been 3 months and companies like Motorola won’t have the ICS update until quarter 2. This is for devices like the DROID RAZR which doesn’t have hardware limitations, and it doesn’t appear Samsung and HTC are going to be any quicker.


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Sony Ericsson’s Upcoming ST25i Smartphone To Be Called Xperia U?

More details are beginning to surface about one of Sony Ericsson’s upcoming devices. You recently heard about the ST25i— also known as “Kumquat”, but now it looks like Indonesians may know something we don’t about the phone. Xperia Blog is reporting they came across an interesting reference of the upcoming device. The Indonesian Postel website (which represents the Indonesian Telecoms Regulatory body) shows a listing of a number of handsets and which network they will appear on. According to Row 232 the ST25i is also known as the Xperia U.

Do we now know the full identity of the upcoming 1GHz dual-core powered device? Stay tuned with Talk Android for more updates and rumors regarding the upcoming “Kumquat”.

[via Xperia Blog]

App Inventor Gets Open Source Treatment Thanks To MIT

Inventors and app developers are about to get an early Christmas present courtesy of MIT. The WYSIWYG app building tool is back thanks to MIT and with this, received a donation from none other than Google to create the MIT Center for Mobile Learning. One of the first items on its agenda was to resurrect the infamous App Inventor— you know the landmark app creator tool that was sadly shut down by Google. MIT has followed through with the resurrection of the app and has released the initial source code to the masses. In addition, they with occasionally update the source code to match what it is doing in-house.

Don’t expect to hear about too much detail about the source code for now. MIT does not have much documentation of the source code at this time as they are focusing their resources on getting a large-scale public server up by April. However, there’s an ever-growing community already started which likely includes information for those wanting to get up and running today.

Interested folks ready to jump in and try out the source code can go ahead and register at the MIT link below. If you don’t hear an immediate resposne from MIT, know that it’s likely because they already have a long list of interested users and perhaps don’t want to overload the service— especially because it’s in its infancy. Is anyone else excited about the idea of users being able to create the next big app again? Sound off in the Comments section and let us know what you think.

[via MIT Blog by Android And Me]

 

iGR Study Shows Samsung Android Devices Are Most Preferred Among Consumers

 I hate to say it and sound cocky while doing so but this post will come as no surprise to the Talk Android community.  A recent study put out by the folks over at iGR shows pretty compelling data indicating that among all of the smartphone OS’s available today, Android is used on almost 50 percent of the handsets.  In addition, the study further showed that among those Android users, preferences sided with a Samsung device as the manufacturer of choice.  As a present day Galaxy S II user on T-Mobile Im highly inclined to agree.  Im guessing it has something to do with the build quality, beautiful displays and awesome screen sizes for streaming video.  After Samsung, manufacturers like Motorola, HTC and LG come in at a close second.  In addition, the study reveals that 45 percent of Android users  actually studied up on the OS before making their decision.  Glad to see many didn’t just jump on the Apple Kook-Aid.  Check out the presser below for more information and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the study.  
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Galaxy Nexus ROM Review: Codename Android v1.1.4

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When I first bought my Galaxy Nexus I was thoroughly impressed. In fact you can read both mine as well as other authors’ 24 hour and 48 hour initial thoughts on the matter. As I used the phone more and more I have found that the one aspect of the phone that really got me down was the battery life. Even with the extended battery I still had to plug the device in about half way through my day just to make it through the rest of my work day and I’m not even in a 4G area.

I went through the process of rooting the device, perma-installing Clockwork and backing up my stock ROM and that was it. I still suffered through horrid battery life. While yes Samsung does pledge to bring better battery life and an extended battery helps, I was quite sad at the matter.
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Verizon Assuring Their Customers Have Plenty Of Service For The Super Bowl, Bringing In Three COWs

Verizon is going above and beyond for their customers this year when it comes to making sure that they have plenty of coverage while at the Super Bowl.  Big Red has made it a priority to bring in three LTE enabled COW’s (Cell-on-wheels) for the event ensuring that you all will be able to Tweet your brains out.  With an expected attendance of 85,000 visitors heading to Indianapolis for the game, this should be more than ample.  In addition to the COWs, the Lucas Oil Stadium where the event will be held is now wired with over $69 million dollars in Verizon tech to meet the need of the masses.  If only every carrier bent over backwards for their customers like this.  I’m personally not a Big Red fan because of their pricing, however, I’m compelled to tip my hat towards the carrier as this is definitely going to get them in with the fans.  To break it down, Vz is providing 400 mobile antennas within the stadium for carrying voice and data in addition to 600 different WiFi stations able to support 28,000 simultaneous connections.  Damn.  Check out the video below where GottaBeMobile covered the entire set up.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  Are you jealous that your carrier isn’t doing this? I sure am.

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[via GottaBeMobile by Engadget]