Google’s Project Glass is no doubt one of the most anticipated gadgets of the year. While it’s a unique and special concept/project, it’s about to get some major competition— and not from Apple either. According to Bloomberg, Oakley is currently developing a technology that can project information directly onto lenses, similar to how Project Glass projects information through a heads-up display. Oakley would be able to create the glasses for use as a standalone product or have them connect to a smartphone via Bluetooth while also featuring voice commands. Oakley is excited about the technology too. CEO Colin Baden highlights this technology would make “make hardware that’s comparable with Google’s Project Glass”. Having this technology would allow Oakley create a wide-range of items and products that can wirelessly connect to the internet like other companies are doing.
Now that we have a date in which we’re almost certain that we will finally see the Galaxy S III, it doesn’t mean the rumors will stop. The invitation says that they will show the “next Galaxy.” Of course it doesn’t even say it’s going to be a smartphone, but don’t worry, I’m not about to start a rumor that we won’t see the Galaxy S III on May 3, but CNET is reporting that this really won’t be much of an upgrade, and furthermore, it might not even be called the Galaxy S III.
I always tell people that you can find anything on Craigslist these days. I found an Ikea computer desk for $50 ($200 retail) and the owner was literally down the street from where I lived. Now for those of you who live in the LA area and are anxiously waiting for the arrival of the HTC One X for AT&T, there is a seller on CL that has just posted one for $675 for whomever is curious enough to set up a rendez-vous. The ad appears to include the phone, original box and booklets and we can assume that the charger and other accessories are included as well.
It’s safe to say that the phone should be in mint condition seeing as how it is not even released yet in the States. It’s a certainty that the seller has already received many emails inquiring about this hot item, where he got it, and so forth. My guess is that he is a developer or tester for HTC and has decided to part with it. Crazy, right? The price isn’t too bad, however it’s used. Would anyone be willing to jump on this deal to claim early bird status for the HTC One X? I know I would be jealous!
We are one step closer to a few ASUS jewels landing in the palms of our hands. For starters, we know you have been talking about the PadFone, the most intriguing of the upcoming devices for some time now. Sure there have been pre-orders available for it in Taiwan since earlier in the month, but what about the rest of us? Well for those of you in Europe at least, the wait will not last much longer. While at the ASUS Milan Design Week 2012, ASUS has confirmed the Padfone will arrive in Italy in late May– which is the same time the device should launch elsewhere in Europe. The company even gave details of the upcoming release by highlighting the smartphone and the tablet combo (which will be known as Padfone Station) will go for EUR 699 ($915 USD), while the keyboard (known as the PadFone Dock) will cost EUR 149 more ($195 USD).
ASUS doesn’t stop there either folks. The mouthwatering Transformer Pad Infinity 700 will arrive in Italy on June 10th. Also known as the Transformer Prime HD, it will arrive as a 64GB WiFi-only model for EUR 600 ($785 USD). The keyboard dock accessory will cost EUR 149 ($195) like the PadFone Dock. Oh and those of you looking for something premium, but not too premium will be able to find the Transformer Prime 300 next month for EUR 400 ($525 USD) for the WiFi version and EUR 500 ($655) for the 3G version. Ladies and gents— get ready to break open your wallets and pocketbooks.
source: Notebook Italia
The fourth largest carrier in the US has had its ups and downs over the last few years. T-Mobile’s phone plans have been redesigned over and over again in an attempt to attract more customers to what some would call an inevitable sinking ship. Things looked a bit brighter for the company during the attempted acquisition by AT&T but that flopped almost as soon as it began. So what is the next step for Magenta? T-Mobile Senior VP Peter DeLuca told reporters that “we’re working toward a brand refresh later in the year. We really can’t wait until the end of the year to make some noise in the market”. T-Mobile is planning on investing $200 million towards its new advertising campaign entitled “Alter Ego” with parent company Deutsche Telekom throwing in another $4 billion toward the future launch of their 4G network.
Included in all of this will also bring an image makeover to their spokeswoman Carly Foulkes. Carly will trade in her magenta summer dresses for motorcycle leathers and a 1000 cc Ducati superbike. This symbolizes the speed and capabilities of T-Mobile’s 4G network. The commercial has already been shot but has yet to be officially aired. Hit the break for the full presser and teaser video. We can expect to see more ads leading up to their brand re-launch this fall.
It’s been a while since TeamViewer for Remote Control landed on Android, but that doesn’t stop them from upgrading their product. If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s one of the most popular remote desktop apps for Android. They just updated it with some cool new features including:
- New design makes the software easier to use especially on tablets
- Performance improvements make operating and connecting to remote computers even faster
- New layout supports portrait or landscape mode
- Improved multi-tasking capabilities
- Improved compatibility with Android 4.x
They also upgraded TeamViewer for Meetings, which lets you participate in a web conference from your Android phone or tablet. They just added VoIP support to allow participants to communicate instantly from anywhere. In addition, they added a new pointer function and the ability to send chat messages.
Full press release and download links after the break
Google and MGM have struck a licensing deal to feature over 600 MGM movie titles as rentals on YouTube and Google Play in North America, including titles such as Rocky, Rainman, The Terminator, and Robocop. This deal comes just a couple of weeks after their deal with Paramount Pictures for 500 movies.
MGM and Paramount are two of the five major film studios with which Google has partnered, leaving only 20th Century Fox, a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, as the lone hold out. Murdoch has had issues with Google’s hands-off approach to blocking links to pirated content via its search engine, so a deal doesn’t seem likely until one side changes position.
The addition of MGM brings Google to nearly 10,000 titles available through YouTube or Google Play. At this rate, Netflix and HBO GO better watch out.
source: youtube global blog
In a benchmark test posted on GLBenchmark.com, a Motorola device listed as MB886 and codenamed qinara is shown using a Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset, better known as the dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Krait. To our knowledge, this is Motorola’s first foray into Qualcomm territory, having previously used TI’s OMAP series or NVIDIA’s Tegra chipsets.
More and more devices are moving to the S4 because of its compatibility with 4G LTE technology. NVIDIA’s Tegra series has had reported incompatibilities with LTE, which is why HTC’s One X series in the U.S. dropped the quad-core Tegra 3 in favor of the S4. Though the S4 is only dual-core, not quad-core like the Tegra 3, it has shown great promise in benchmarks.
This Motorola device is running Android 4.0.3 at an HD resolution of 1196×720, and will be launching on AT&T. Could qinara be the DROID RAZR HD? Or the Atrix 3? Or something completely different? View the benchmark results after the break.
The latest launcher to rock the Android community is making great strides and now you can get your hands on a Beta version of the app to see what the buzz is all about. Apex Launcher for Android is a jam packed feature rich launcher for your ICS smartphone. The beta expires April 20th for those wanting to give it a spin so be sure to download ASAP. Note the vast amount of changes the app has been given such as Widgets in the app dock and newly added two finger gestures:
- Added pinch in gesture option
- Added launch shortcut option for gestures
- Added vertical dock margin option
- Multiple configurable drawer tabs (pro)
- Unread count notifications (pro)
- Dock swipe gestures (pro)
- Two finger gestures (pro)
- More transition effects for homescreen and drawer (pro)
- Batch add option for folders (pro)
- Option to merge folder contents (pro)
- Widgets in dock (pro)
- Overlapping widgets (pro)
- Some bug fixes
For those on-board, check out the apk below and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.
Apex Launcher Beta Download Link
source: Droid Life