Looks like Sammy has yet another rugged smartphone on the way for the masses. The topnotch sleuthing team at SamMobile got some interesting information on the GT-s7710— also known as the Galaxy X Cover 2. This modest smartphone features a 4-inch TFT display, 5-megapixel back camera, 0.3 megapixel front camera, 4 GB of internal storage and will feature Jelly Bean. Oh and best of all— the device will be completely dust and water-resistant, meaning it should survive some ummm… mishaps you may or may not encounter. Additional details are slim for now, but we do know that Sammy plans on unveiling everything in full glory at the Mobile World Congress event next month— so we won’t need to wait too long to give you a better picture of the device.
We know the LG Optimus G is one hell of a smartphone already— but we are about to see one hell of an enhanced addition to the Optimus G family. Our friends at Engadget recently got their hands on a press image of the Optimus G Pro smartphone which takes everything the original Optimus G has and makes it just a little better. The Optimus G Pro features a purdy 5-inch display with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 1.7Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064, 2 gigs of RAM, 32GB Memory and an ample 3,000mAh battery. As sexy as these specs are— this Jelly Bean-powered bad boy is set to land in Japan on NTTDoCoMo’s ever-growing cellular network.
It’s a nice device to be sure, but at least those of us out here in the States has something pretty good to look forward to this year.
Taking the concept of the network connected home a step further, the Tethercell project is working to raise funds via Indiegogo to start shipping their “smart” batteries in June 2013. The project’s principals were not content to see wireless control of devices limited only to those that are “plugged in.” They have designed an adapter for AA batteries.
Connecting via Bluetooth 4.0, users can use the Tethercell app on their smartphone to control devices that have at least one Tethercell battery in their bank of batteries. The app enables users to:
Temple Run is one of the biggest mobile games to hit the market ever, ranking right up with the likes of Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja. Unfortunately, Android users had to wait quite a long time to have the game ported, but it looks like we won’t have to wait as long for the much anticipated sequel. The Guardian reported that Temple Run 2 should sliding into the Play Store on January 24th. Developer Imangi said they wanted to make the game cross-platform right from the start, so that played a huge role in getting it to both app stores so quickly. From the stunning new visuals and gameplay elements I’ve seen (which include a zipline and a mine cart) waiting at all is torture, but better late than never, right?
source: The Guardian
Owners of Android devices hoping to turn their hardware into a streaming media set top box now have the opportunity to do so using popular open source application XBMC. To open the door to Android device owners, the developers of XBMC incorporated hardware accelerated video decoding into the application. XBMC also promises this new version is user-friendly, a claim that seems to be supported by the fact that their installation instructions are comprised of only four steps.
XBMC started out as an application to a turn a first generation XBox gaming console into a media center. Thanks to its open source nature, it has become quite popular with developers like Plex Media and Boxee. If you want to check out XBMC for Android, use the source link below to visit the XBMC for Android website.
source: XBMC for Android
Any Australian Galaxy S III users waiting on Jelly Bean? We might have some good news. Reports are that the unbranded Australian GSIII can now get their hands on the 4.1.2 update via Kies. There’s no official changelog yet, but you’re likely to see that kernel exploit fixed and hopefully a resolution to that weird sudden death issue some users were having. Both of those two things are great reasons to install the update, regardless of the other features.
Samsung has started advertising two new colors for their monster smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy Note II, in the South Korean market. Samsung seems to be fond of producing different color choices for their devices as the life cycle progresses. The two newest colors for the Galaxy Note II are Amber brown and Ruby wine, the latter of which is closer to being a red than anything else.
The color change goes beyond just slapping a different color cover on the back of the device. The front face bits are also produced in the new colors and even the S Pen matches. No word though from Samsung as to when alternative colors, including these two, may be rolled out to other markets.
source: Unwired Review
We have some Android OEMs that are bad about releasing updates for their handsets, and then we have Motorola. In a world where more and users are demanding updates, Motorola has completely failed to bring those updates, and in many cases backed out of their promises to upgrade phones. Naturally when Google acquired Motorola, we all expected some changes to be made, and it looks like we’re starting to see some of that now. New Moto VP of Product Punit Soni talked about the broken promises publicly on Google+, and left a cautiously optimistic comment concerning the company’s future.
In the 5 months I have been on this, I dont go through one day when I dont feel the impact of past promises that were made and couldnt be met. I have said this before: I cannot fix the past. However, going forward, anything we launch, we will support. Any commitment we make, we will follow up.
It’s nice to hear, but Motorola’s broken more than their fair share of promises, so it’s going to take a little more than a social media comment to fix those trust problems. Regardless, we can all hope that some things do start to change for the better at Motorola.
source: Google Plus
Speaking at Born Mobile in China, Qualcomm CEO, Paul Jacobs, presented an argument against the escalating core wars mobile manufacturers are engaged in. He called the eight cores in Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa a meaningless number intended as a publicity stunt. Jacobs argued the increased number of cores could lead to diminished returns due to a more complex management of the cores from an energy and thermal standpoint. He said he did not believe the numbers game would continue for long as the focus would inevitably shift toward the end user experience. He cited things like speedy downloads, smooth interface, performance and precise positioning as areas of focus that would yield better results.
Can I argue with him? No, not really. Would I choose eight-core over quad? Without a doubt.
Via: Phone Arena
In a recent interview conducted by The Wire on Google’s CEO Larry Page, he was asked to respond to the late Steve Jobs’ statement that Apple was going to have a “Thermonuclear War” against Android. Page simply replied with, “How’s that working out so far?”
It’s no secret that Android has been on a recent tear, especially this past year with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S III and Nexus 7. With Android exponentially rising, this gives Page no reason to worry about Apple’s constant battle with their OS regardless of their recent court wins against Samsung and Android’s other vendors.
Page also added, “Android has been very successful, and we’re very excited about it.” We’re all very much excited about Android as well, especially for what it has to offer in this year.
Taking court battles aside, do you think Apple ever has a chance at bringing Android down? Or is it far too late for that now? Sound off in the comments!
source: The Wired