Everyone is trying to get in on the tablet phenomenon. The craze has everyone and their mom salivating after a slate of glass and plastic, so manufacturers are capitalizing on the demand. Today, Polaroid even released a tablet for your kids. The durable, 7-inch tablet seems to be nameless at this time, but boasts some decent specs: a 1gHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 8 gigabytes of internal storage, an SD card slot for additional space, and of course wifi, so your kids can browse the web and download new content. Amazingly the device is running Android 4.0 but does not have access to the Google Play store, so that your kids can’t get their hands on the wrong content. In place of the Google Play store, Polaroid has created a kid-safe app store, and has even loaded the tablet up with some kid-friendly apps and books to get you started. All of this comes at a fairly low $150 price tag, so if you messed up with the Christmas gifts, you might be able to make it up to your kids with one of these. You can pick one up at the source link below.
Source: Polaroid Store
A few months ago ZTE launched the mid range Grand X over in Europe. Now it seems ZTE and T-Mobile have plans to bring the phone across the pond to the US. The international version of the phone had some decent specs including a stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich experience, a 4.3-inch QHD screen, 512MB of RAM, a 1 GHz dual core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, and a 5MP camera, so we expect the US version to have the same. Of course, these aren’t exactly top of the line specs, but this isn’t meant to be a top of the line phone. We’ll more than likely see this released in the next few months with a very reasonable, lower-end price tag. I’m sure there are many people who wouldn’t mind having a phone like this…just probably not our readers.
You knew it was only a matter of time before the rest of the world got a variant of the uber cool and Intel-powered Motorola RAZR i smartphone. Well the time has come as Motorola proudly announced the RAZR i MT788 that will operate on China Mobile’s wireless network. The RAZR i MT788 is nearly identical to the original RAZR i: it features the same 2GHz Intel chip, has a 4.3-inch 960 x 540 AMOLED display, 8MP camera and a microSD expansion slot. The only major difference is the RAZR i MT788 will only have 4GB of on-board storage, but will have a 1.3MP FFC.
As expected, the device will launch right in the middle of the holiday season. Motorola confirmed the device will be available sometime in mid-December, but did not specify how much the device will cost just yet. You’ll find additional details once your hit the source link.
source: Engadget Chinese
Another day, another leaked Android device. This time we find the unannounced ZTE Grand X Pro in a render leaked by our friends over at evleaks. No information has been provided regarding the specs of this device, but considering the “Pro” moniker found in its name, we should expect it to be a refresh of the ZTE Grand X LTE that was launched earlier this summer. From the render, it looks like the device will be running a slightly altered version of stock Android 4.0.
There’s too little information at this point to really get excited about the device, but I’m liking the new design philosophy that ZTE is taking. Much cleaner lines, smaller bezels, and a bigger screen. Hopefully the improved design will be matched by improved specs. Maybe we’ll get some more details at CES or MWC in early 2013.
Own a cool GoPro camera, but fancy an app that compliments the camera too? Well great you’re in luck because GoPro has officially unveiled its Android app, giving Android users the green light to control their app remotely. The app gives you a full listing of controls and options as well, making those candid shots of you hitting the waves or slopes look that much sweeter— especially since you don’t need to use your camera.
The app is available in the Play Store today for all Android 2.2+ devices, though GoPro strongly recommends that users are on Android 4.0+ devices for the best frame rate. Additionally, the app is not compatible with the Original HD HERO, while the app compatibility with the other editions likes the HERO3: Black Edition, White and Silver Editions will be available later in the year.
Play Store link
Motorola’s Photon Q 4G LTE for Sprint is now receiving a much welcomed OTA software update. No, it isn’t Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. However, the incremental firmware upgrade bumps the version number to 7.7.1Q-6_SPR-125_ASA-10 and brings some enhanced functionality along with several important bug fixes.
- Improved text messaging when requesting usage and upgradeability through Sprint Zone
- Select number of users to access Wi-Fi hotspot
- Random power cycle when using Wi-Fi Direct
- Manually send or auto-sync emails from outbo
- Seamless international text messaging
- Faster launch and playback using the YouTube application
- Improved browsing with Google Chrome for Android Mobile Browser
- Improved MMS functionality
Right in line with the official launch of the DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD, Motorola has uploaded a series of software guides and tutorials to help new users better understand the Android OS. The videos cover various different topics, mostly ones that a familiar user would already know, but it might not hurt to take a look at some of the RAZR’s exclusive features after the break.
The game that encourages gamers to fight Apple thieves has recently been updated to be bigger and better. In the latest update, Granny Smith will not only chase those darn apple thieves through terrestrial surroundings, but she will be taking off to space to try to save the day and save her apples. Game developer Mediocre has found a way to incorporate 12 new levels, which gives the game even more longevity than it already had before.
Granny Smith version 1.1.0 is now available for Android 2.3+ devices now in the Play Store. So if you’re interested in a unique gaming experience, hit the Play Store link below or scan the QR code to get in on the action.
Those of you in the UK who went ahead and splurged on the Orange San Diego smartphone may want to listen up to this tidbit of news. It’s no secret that while the Intel-powered smartphone has a fast chip that resulted in a generally stellar performance, the phone was held back because of its software. So after seeing a few teases before, owners of the Orange San Diego can now scream utter joy. Yes– the smartphone was launched with none other than Gingerbread 2.3, which definitely caused more than a few individuals to scratch their heads or sigh disappointment. So Intel has finally made things right and reports are surfacing that the device has finally begun receiving the much-needed Android 4.0 update. Sure it’s not Jelly Bean, but we’re sure owners of the smartphone will be happy. I’m sure they can attest to the fact that anything is better than Gingerbread.
source: Android Central
Following a disappointing weekend for Motorola customers, the company has initiated a soak test for last year’s Atrix 2. Initially believed to be a minor Gingerbread update, the new firmware is actually Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Interestingly enough, Motorola’s official software update landing page still lists the handset as “further plans coming soon.”
Participants of Motorola’s feedback program have begun receiving invitations to take part in a preliminary test of the smartphone’s new software. The message reads:
Thanks for signing up for the Atrix 2 software test. Our apologies for the delay in starting this test! The software will begin to be pushed out later this afternoon; however, it may take several hours for all targeted devices to receive the update.
We’re eager to hear your feedback. Please share your experience on the private community provided, and via the survey I will send out after you’ve had some time to work with the software.
Regardless, it’s great to see Motorola actually make an effort to rectify its mistakes. Now let’s just hope other devices (like the Atrix 4G) get some update love.
Source: Android Central