Google’s Experience Center to Be Hardware Ambitions Hub

Well it appears that Google is forging into new territory and continuing their attempts at pushing the “@home” brand. In addition, Google is also preparing a “Google Experience Center” that will help the search giant promote, showcase and market Google products to both VIPs and other potential customers. There will be one or more hardware testing labs built as a part of a $120 million construction project at Google’s Mountain View property. They will be used to perfect items like the recently announced home entertainment system and other mystery devices.

Google is playing their cards close to the chest by simply saying that they are only adding extended office space. This “office space” is said to occupy around 800,000 square feet and will be used as “additional meeting and work space.” A written statement provided by a spokes person iterated:

“Just as we continuously work to improve our products, it’s important to iterate on our workspace to keep us productive. That’s why we are adding additional meeting and work space to our campus in Mountain View.”

Details are being discovered in filings with the city though that suggest that Google is gearing up to increase their focus on both hardware and testing. One facility will include an “RF screen room that will be used to test the WiFi performance and development of a consumer product.” Although assigned to the Google/@home division, this building will also play host to the “X Lab” or “Project X” teams. These times work on various projects such as the HUD smart glasses we wrote about last week or help with the antenna spray we told you about earlier today. 
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Guide: Using Ringdroid App for Custom Ringtones and Sounds

The best way to get your device customized is to start loading your own ringtones and notifications. We discussed how to find your way around the Android Operating Syetem to change those last week (which you can find here).

The app to help us make our own sounds to use for our alarms, ringtones and notifications is Ringdroid. In my humble opinion, it is the easiest/most robust app to get this done at no cost to you. That’s right folks, it’s free in the Android Market. If you’d like to grab Ringdroid now, you can do that by either scanning the QR code below, or by clicking the Android Market Link.

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LG Optimus 2X, T-Mobile G2X Get (Somewhat) Working CyanogenMod 9 Build

Good news for owners of the T-Mobile G2X and its international brother the LG Optimus 2X, Ricardo Cerquiera has released a functional (albeit finicky) build of CyanogenMod 9. He mentions, of course, that these builds are not supported and do not guarantee any further updates. It seems that these builds are primarily good for testing out the look and feel of CM9 before the official release as there is no media acceleration for either encoding or decoding, and some Android 4.0 ICS graphics implementations will be glitchy. Hit up the source if you’re interested in giving CM9 a test run!

Source: ricardo cerqueira

Ice Cream Sandwich Gets Ported To The Nokia N9 (Video)


Since the Nokia N9 is such a nice piece of hardware, we totally get why you’d want to port Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich onto it. As we told you last week, Alexey Roslyakov has brought Android 4.0.3 to the Nokia N9, and now there is video to prove it. This will turn the phone into a dual booting device; if you press the volume button during the boot, it will bring up ICE instead MeeGo.

The video shows a few problems that remain. The first is the battery indicator. The N9 is obviously plugged in, but the phone shows low battery. Also, there is no data connectivity as of yet.

Another issue to be worked out is OpenGL; the N9 has 2D/3D graphics that need to function properly in ICE.

Regardless, the progress being made is pretty amazing, and we’re anxious to see what’s next.

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source: Slashgear

Anonymous Person Shares White Galaxy Nexus Unboxing Video

The wait is over for the White Galaxy Nexus everyone. Since we first spotted our eyes on the white-colored beast and found out it was being distributed to some lucky folks already, it’s been challenging to say the least to catch a glimpse of the white version in action, until now. A lucky individual was able to get get his hands on the device and was kind enough to show off share his initial unboxing of the device with us. Along with the gorgeous device itself, the anonymous individual shows us the usuals inside the box including the USB cable, headphones and actual battery itself.

Now that you’ve seen the video, what do you all think? Is the phone worth the extra money? Does the white cover tickle your fancy? Check out the video for yourself and then sound off in the Comments section to let us know what you think.


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Get A Custom Laser Etched Battery Door for Your Galaxy Nexus!

Looking for the ultimate way to customize your new CDMA or GSM Galaxy Nexus? How about a new factory replacement battery door with a design of your choosing laser etched on the back of it!? Well, right now over at IndieGoGo (similar to kickstarter), you can do just that. For a mere $45 or $55 pledge (depending on whether you have the standard battery or extended), Omar Trujillo will send you a brand new factory battery door with custom laser etching of your favorite design. Now tell me that wont make your friends envious! There are even pledge options that include a new standard or extended battery as well. One thing to keep in mind though, when thinking of a custom image it must be able to be shrunk down to a 2″ x 2″ square in order for it to fit on the door properly, you’re gonna need to put some thought into this one.

If for some reason you’re not feeling very creative today, you can save 15 bucks and just go with one of Omar’s preselected images instead. The options that are currently available are pretty sweet and any of them would most definitely make your GNex stand out in a crowd. You could chose to go with CyanogenMod’s skateboarding Android, the Talk Android logo, or even a cool plaid-esque pattern of Androids that somewhat resemble Google’s custom Louis Vuitton style battery door.
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Contest: Win one of five Android Robot Bluetooth Sound Box Speakers [Updated with Winners]

We recently reviewed the Android Robot Bluetooth Sound Box Speaker, which looks great, but also sounds great. The folks at Mobilefun were gracious enough to provide us 5 speakers for our readers. All you have to do is head over to our forum thread and tell us what your favorite band is at the moment. You have until Thursday, February 16 at 11:59pm EST to enter.

We will pick 5 random winners and announce them on Friday, February 17. Winners will receive an email in the account associated with their username. Only one entry per username will be accepted.

If you would like to order one please visit mobilefun and don’t forget to enter coupon code PROMOCLOTH for a free cleaning cloth.

Click here to enter the contest

Good Luck!!!


Congratulations to the following winners:

ilovethebeach – Cold Play

Jtaw3 – Tally Hall and Cee Lo Green

Albert Rabuyo – Skillet

p2et – Pet Shop Boys

tbagpuss – Black Eyed Peas

We sent you each an email to the account associated with your username. Please get back to me with your info.

Thank you everyone for playing and we should have another contest up shortly.

Hands on with the Android Robot Bluetooth Sound Box Speaker [Video]

I’ve got something all you Android fanatics are going to want. Mobilefun in the UK has the Android Robot Bluetooth Sound Box Speaker and I have to be honest, I wasn’t expecting much considering it’s only about 3 1/2 inches tall. I was pleasantly surprised. No this isn’t going to take the place of your home theater system, but I guarantee you that this little guy not only looks good on your desk, nightstand, or kitchen counter, but also sounds really good. I had some friends over the other night and they saw it on my bar and asked what it was. When I showed them, they couldn’t believe how good it sounded. I’m not alone because there are 40 customer reviews with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5.

It even acts as a speakerphone for your convenience. Just like any other Bluetooth device, it will pause your music while you take the call and continue when you hang up. The top of the robot will control your tracks, play/pause music, and control the volume. The rechargeable battery is rated at 4.5 hours of talk time or 10 hours of music. It comes with a stand and a USB cable for charging via the mini USB port.

You can buy it for £19.95 ($31.50) plus about £3.50 for shipping in the UK and other parts of Europe or £9.95 ($15.71) to the U.S. You can also enter coupon code PROMOCLOTH for a free cleaning cloth.  Hit the break for a quick hands on video.

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Samsung Intros Follow-Up To Original Galaxy Tab, The Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) With Ice Cream Sandwich

Samsung is at it again and this time they’re offering a follow up to their very first Android tablet which debuted almost two years ago now, The original Galaxy Tab.  Samsung today introduced their very first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich device, the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0).  The 7-inch follow-up or as I like to call it, a “step up” device comes jam packed with more multimedia features than you’ll ever know what to do with.  And did I say it was going to have Ice Cream Sandwich? Ok, just making sure you caught that.  As for me, there has always been a sweet spot for the 7-inch platform and it’s always been difficult for me to upgrade to anything bigger.  I still use the original Galaxy Tab and can’t get away from the fact that at this size, it’s easy to hold with one hand and still completely mobile, fitting in any jacket’s inside pocket.

“Two years ago, Samsung GALAXY Tab began to offer customers more possibilities on the go. Since then, Samsung has actively enhanced our tablet line-up with several tablets in different sizes,” said JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “The new GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0) will provide people with delighted multimedia experience and allow efficient communication.”

In addition to ICS, the device will offer all of your typical Samsung Hub products for watching movies, reading books and newspapers as well as a dual-core 1 GHz CPU for fast processing on the go (why not 1.5 GHz dual-core?). The tab will offer a 7-inch display with a 1024 x 600 (WSVGA) resolution, HSPA+ speeds up to 21 Mbps and a 3 meg rear facing camera & VGA front shooter for those video chat sessions.  Hit the break for the rest of the details via the press release and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the device in the comments below.

Update: We just found a video of the unveiling that was posted on YouTube by Přemysl Vaculík. You can see his video after the break as well.

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Magical Spray Makes Everything an Antenna [Video]

We’ve all had issues with cell phone reception at one point or another. Sometimes there’s just not enough cell towers to blanket an entire area, or the antenna on our phone is just too weak. If you’re sure you’re not holding it wrong, then perhaps you could use Chamtech Enterprise’s just unveiled spray-on antenna.

At Google’s inaugural Solve For X conference, the Utah-based company revealed their nanotechnology, which can be sprayed on to trees, walls, the ground, people… just about anything, to increase and improve signal reception for any variety of uses. Currently, Chamtech is working with government customers, but plans to eventually take the technology to mobile phone and medical device makers. They say it uses organic elements to tinker with magnetic and radio-frequency fields, improving mobile energy efficiency by 10 percent. 
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