Smartphones are incredible devices that have made our lives infinitely better, but they still have their problems. Like how long some phones take to charge. Sony might be solving that problem in a big way. According to Nikkei, Sony has developed a way to wirelessly charge their new Xperia that uses 10-15 watts of electricity, or twice the rate of current chargers. That would mean that their smartphone would be able to be fully charged in around one hour.
Yes, charging that fast would normally cause your phone to blow up into flames, but Rohm has developed control chips to be incorporated into Qi-compatible chargers and smartphones that keep heat generation down, and continue to let the ultra-fast charging occur.
This technology is expected to make its way to our Sony gadgets by late 2014.
We are still waiting for the DROID Charge to get updated to Android 2.3.4. It was supposed to happen in August, but for now we will have to enjoy the leaked builds. Back in July update EP1H leaked, and now My Droid World brings version EP1W. You can flash this using the Samsung Internal Flash Utility or by using Odin.
Release notes: This is unofficial and a leak. Teamblackhat, Mydroidworld, and p3droid are not responsible for what you do to your phone. Installing this firmware will void your warranty and may cause harm to your device.
You will need 7z to uncompress these files. Download
Samsung Internal Flash Utility: Samsung PST – Download Now
If you don’t want to use the official flashing software you can use odin.
Odin 1.82: Download
You will need the Samsung drivers: Download
What? A free phone!? That’s right, folks. We’ve partnered up with Samsung to give one of our lucky readers a free Verizon Droid charge! The rules are pretty simple:
The Droid Charge, one of the most popular phones on Verizon’s network, has found its way into TalkAndroid’s house, so what are we to do with it? Review it, of course! We were able to get our grubby little paws on Verizon’s pride and joy, and we must say, we’re impressed. The 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus display is gorgeous, with deep darks and vibrant brights. The interface is snappy, and, while the benchmark tests don’t come back as astounding, you would never know it. Touchwiz is present, but heavily saturated with the Droid feel we’ve come to know and love – mainly from Samsung.
All in all, Samsung did a great job with this device. The physical aspects of the phone are great as well, with a slick back and a form factor that makes it steady, although some may complain it’s too big. However, this writer found it to be well-built and worth his time.
Be sure to hit the break to see the unboxing and review videos, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comments.
Quick note – keep your eyes peeled over the coming hours, as we may have some big news involving a Droid Charge… the suspense!
The Droid Charge is, by far, one of the most popular devices in Samsung’s lineup. Running on Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network and complete with Android 2.2, a 4.3″ display, 1GHz CPU, and 8MP camera, there’s no reason it shouldn’t be. If you’ve been dying to take a look at this device without having to go all the way down the street (who wants to do that?) to your local Verizon store, then hit the break to check out our unboxing of this little nugget of gold. Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Samsung Droid Charge owners lost their personal hotspot back in may. Of course you could have it if you set the date on your phone to sometime in May.
Verizon and Samsung have released an update (EE4) that fixes this among other improvements.
Hit the break for the full list
What would make a company like TomTom or Garmin shake a little when it comes to competition? How about Google Maps with Navigation offering a downloadable offline mode application? That’s the word on the street according to AllAboutPhones who reports that Google is launching just that this summer.
The application would not require any users to connect using data when out of service areas, but still provides full map functionality with navigation. This would likely be a map package that the user would need to download in advance and store on the mobile device for access when out of data range. One thing we don’t know however is whether Google will charge for this service, or perhaps charge for the downloadable maps individually, etc. Either way, if Google launches this and only charges anything under $50, it’s still going to be a huge kick in the rear for competing GPS navigational tools currently available.
Let us know how you think this will play out, will Google charge?
[via androidandme, allaboutphones]
A couple months after the release of the HTC Thunderbolt, the first 4G LTE Android phone on the Verizon network, they’ve finally released their second one, the DROID Charge. You can pick up this new device today for $299 with 2yr contract sporting the following specs:
- 1GHz Hummingbird processor
- Android 2.2
- 4G LTE capability
- 4.3 inches Super AMOLED Plus display
- 8 Megapixels rear-facing camera /1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
- 2GB internal storage
- Micro-SD support for up to 32GB memory
Now don’t wander far off because TalkAndroid will have a hands-on video for you this week. So go on over to the TalkAndroid YouTube channel and subscribe so you’ll receive an alert for when the video will be up. Then you’ll be set for all future videos as well. Enjoy!
The Droid Charge will be available at Verizon Wireless this Thursday, April 28th, but you can pre-order it now at Wirefly. The price is $249.99 for a new 2-year contract or upgrade.
Hit the source link to make your purchase.
It’s official folks, Verizon will be launching the Droid Charge on Thursday April 28th 2011. This will be the first from Samsung which puts a huge pack of technology in an LTE device. The Samsung Droid Charge also has a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 8 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, 1.3 megapixel front camera, 1 GHz processor, HTML 5 web browser capabilities, and full 4G/LTE network connectivity.
As a bonus, those who purchase the Droid Charge will also get a free $25 Media Hub credit from Samsung for movie rentals or purchases. To see more on that promo, click here.
So many new devices….so little money after buying 3 of them!
Click here to view the full Press Release.