Samsung appears to be hot on the heels of Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chip set as news and details of an Exynos quad-core System on a Chip (SoC) emerge. Tidbits of the 4412 quad-core chip have been spotted on the Kernel Git page and Samsung has provided support for it on their development boards. According to the support page, the 4412 is close to that of the Exynos 4212 and takes its ques from the ARM Cortex A9 platform, touting four CPU cores. Each core reportedly has a clock speed of 1.5 GHz, like that of the 4212. No word yet, of course, on a release date or a device that the technology might show up on but it’s sure exciting to be in a time when chips like this are hitting the market. Clearly Nvidia has their work cut out for them as they begin to release devices housing the Tegra 3 such as the Asus Transformer Prime. In addition, it’s also reported that Samsung is working on the next gen Exynos CPU based on the ARM Cortex A15 with support for the big.LITTLE technology.
[via Sammy Hub]
If you are anything like us, you have been waiting
patiently for your chance to get your hands on the official build of ICS. In these trying times we will grasp at just about about anything that will keep us occupied until the big day hits. Fortunately , XDA member, for.digit, has given us a little somethin-somethin to keep us excited and recently released a free app in the Android Market containing ICS’ predictive keyboard. Now you too can have Google’s redesigned keyboard on your very own device without the need to root.
In case you missed Google’s ICS launch, the new keyboard has seen a visual face-lift and has better prediction capabilities. Now when you type, not only does it predict which word it is that you are trying to spell, it bases its prediction off of the surrounding words as well. If you are at all familiar with Swiftkey than you know exactly how this works. It will be interesting to see how the ICS keyboard stacks up against the competition and whether or not people will opt for a replacement keyboard instead.
They only downfall with using this app is that the keyboard’s voice input button doesn’t work, you will not be able to use the speech-to-text function. Another thing worth mentioning is that this download only works with phones not tablets, and since the package isn’t signed by Google it isn’t exactly official. To give the new ICS keyboard a try, hit one of the market download links below. Be aware that it requires Android 2.2 or higher and will more than likely have a few bugs. If you give it a try, let us know what you think in the comments.
UPDATE: The Market app has been updated and now supports voice to text! I tested it using fast speech and included multiple punctuation words and it passed with flying colors. I might go out on a limb and say it works better than most alternative keyboards that I have tried. I really suggest trying it out!
The ASUS Padfone was first shown several months ago, but continue to wait patiently to get our hands on one. It’s looking more like an early 2012 launch. I had my hopes that it was going to have a quad-core processor like the Transformer Prime, but unfortunately that won’t be the case as recent OpenGL benchmark tests reveal that it has a Qualcomm MSM8960 SoC (Snapdragon S4) running at 918MHz. Since it wasn’t the final retail unit, it will probably be 1GHz and only two cores. We also found out that it as a qHD (960 x 540) display.
Android 2.3.5 was present, but we are expecting Ice Cream Sandwich when this badboy is released. I would hope we should see an almost final product at CES in January. I’m looking forward to it.
It seems that the Galaxy Nexus is fraught with will it/won’t it rumors. We posted an article on Saturday suggesting that Verizon would only offer the Nexus in the 16GB internal storage variety. This caused quite a stir for those who were excited about the phone. Given that the phone has no external storage support, people were worried that 16GB isn’t enough space for apps and media. People have suggested that this amount of storage is more than adequate given Google Music’s cloud storage capabilities. This however, may be an issue given Verizon’s 2GB data cap. So Verizon dropping the 32GB model seemed surprising.
Well worry not. It appears that Verizon has released a document that highlights Verizon’s top three LTE phones versus AT&T’s two LTE phones. This document sheds some light on the Nexus storage dilemma. If you look at the document it shows that the Galaxy Nexus has 32GB of storage, highlighted in red. Given that this is a document that was given to their employees, it appears that Verizon has made this 16GB rumor moot. For those of you that were worried, this document should ease your doubts.
[via Droid Life]
We should probably be used to this by now but every time it happens it seems like it’s too good to be true. Amazon is now offering two of Verizon’s brand spankin’ new, top tier phones for only a darn penny. That’s right folks, right now you can get either the HTC Rezound or the Motorola DROID RAZR from Amazon Wireless for only a penny.
In order to qualify for such a great deal you must of course sign a new two-year contract, if you are due for an upgrade unfortunately the price jumps up to $229.99 for either phone. This is still a good deal since Verizon is offering both phones at the same price of $299.99.
Both devices are great pieces of hardware with rather similar specs. The HTC Rezound is HTC’s first crack at HD displays and sports a 4.3-inch HD 720p screen. It’s equipped with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB on-board memory, a 16GB microSD card, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front and of course an LTE radio. The Motorola DROID RAZR is an LTE device built from stainless steel, kevlar and wears Gorilla Glass over its face. Inside you will find a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB microSD card, a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED Advanced display and an 8MP rear camera with a 1.3MP front shooter.
Hit either of the source links below to get yours for only a penny. You might want to make it snappy though if you don’t want to face any backorder issues.
[via Amazon (Rezound) Amazon (RAZR)]
MetroPCS today announced that the HTC Wildfire S will be available in stores and online this week for a price of $179.99. This is the first HTC smartphone to land on MetroPCS.
“Through our partnership with MetroPCS, we hope to continue providing our consumers with the affordable, yet advanced, smartphones and multimedia content they demand, all with the flexibility of a pay-in-advance service,.” said Martin Fichter, vice president, product management, HTC Americas.
In addition MetroPCS is going to offer “deep discounts” on 4G LTE Android smartphones with a Black Friday Sale. The good news is that it’s not just limited to Black Friday only. The deals start on Thanksgiving Day, November 24 and run through November 30, 2011.
In addition to these deals, they are offering a deal on lines. You can get 4 no annual contract lines for $100 a month, and each line comes with unlimited, talk, text and Web access. If you are looking for a single line, all of these phones are eligible for their no annual contract plans ranging from $40 to $60 per month, which include unlimited talk, text, and Web access. The $60 plan will give you the Rhapsody Unlimited service.
Full press releases after the break:
In a widely expected move, Adobe has confirmed they will bring Flash to Android 4.0. This shouldn’t be too surprising considering Google already expected Adobe to support Flash for ICS. Adobe confirmed to Pocket lint that ICS will be receiving Flash support by the end of 2011. Sounds exciting, but there’s a catch– a big one. Will will not see Flash beyond Android 4.0– meaning we won’t see Flash on Android 5.0.
We’re sure you are all wondering what the reasoning may be to stop Flash support. It’s quite simple really: Adobe is dedicating their time and resources towards newer alternatives. For example, Adobe clearly states for example they are “continuing to develop Adobe AIR for both the desktop and mobile devices. Indeed, we have seen wide adoption of Adobe AIR for creating mobile applications and there have been a number of blockbuster mobile applications created using Adobe AIR”. Moreover, Adobe hasn’t backed away from its intentions to focus on HTML5, which ultimately should be a more efficient way of impacting video gaming and premium videos. Well friends, we better enjoy Flash for Android while it still lasts.
Some Canadians have been green with envy considering there’s little news of smartphone sliders heading their way. After all, those Stateside recently found out they would be getting the myTouch Q while nothing was announced for Canada. You’re finally in luck since Bell will be releasing the myTouch Q as the LG Eclypse. In case you’ve forgotten, the device will feature a 1GHz Qualcomm single-core processor, 5MP camera with 720p video recording and of course, that sweet, sweet Gingerbread 2.3 goodness. Oh and if you look at the picture carefully, there’s a specific demographic targeted for the Eclypse. We’re looking squarely at you LG Rumour owners!
(Photo courtesy of Mobile Syrup)
[via Mobile Syrup]
Everyone loves a good drop test right? We may cherish and protect our beloved devices, but once in a while we do drop them, some people more than others. So if you are more prone to dropping things, you might want to watch this video.
The folks over at Gizmo Slip did some drop tests on both the Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet and the Amazon Kindle Fire. They drop them from various heights onto carpet and concrete. The results are similar, but the difference between these two devices really showed with the face-down drop onto concrete. There is a clear winner and a clear loser on this one. Check it out.
It was only a matter of time right? Since the Amazon Kindle Fire is already rooted, has sideloading, and the full Android Market, how about some Nook Tablet love? XDA forum member, Indirect, has post everything you need to get permanent root and access to the Android Market. The bootloader remains locked, but I’m sure it won’t be for long. Hit the source link to get started.
[via xda forums]