Google IO 2016 Coverage

Huawei Ascend Y200 Entry-Level Phone Coming To U.S.

Huawei teased us with its high-end Ascend D Quad a few days ago at CTIA, but it still has its feet firmly planted on entry-level soil. The Huawei Ascend Y200, also shown at CTIA, is an example of a phone that’s perfect for teenagers, smartphone first-timers, or anyone on a budget. The “Y” stands for “Youth”, which is how Huawei is positioning devices with slower processors, smaller screens, and lower camera specs. The Y200 sports the following specs:

  • Single-core 1GHz processor
  • 3.5-inch 320 x 480 resolution display
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • 1,400 mAh battery
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread

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Hands on with Gestures by Qualcomm for the Snapdragon S4 [Video]

Qualcomm was on hand at CTIA this year and they were showing off their new application called Gestures. This really isn’t anything totally new since Sony is introducing something similar with the Sola. I have a feeling we’re going to see a lot of this from all device manufacturers towards the end of the year. I don’t see a huge need for this except for maybe the kitchen when you’re browsing a cookbook with messy hands, so it’s nice to have the option. Qualcomm showcased this on a prototype tablet, and it’s still in the development stage. They ‘re targeting a late 2012 launch in the Google Play Store, and of course it will only be compatible with Snapdragon S4 devices.

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Hands on with the LG Optimus 3D Max at CTIA [Video]

The last LG phone I spent some time with today was the Optimus 3D Max. This is the follow up to the Optimus 3D, and there’s a possibility that it could hit AT&T as the LG Thrill 2. HTC abandoned 3D in 2012, but LG still sees a niche for this type of product. I will say I wasn’t so much impressed with the actual display, but more the quality of 3D video that it was capable of filming. Nearby there was a LG 42-inch 3D TV showing a 3D video that was filmed using the 3D Max. I was impressed.

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Hands on with the LG Optimus 4X HD at CTIA [Video]

The Optimus 4X HD was yet another device that LG unveiled at Mobile World Congress. After a few months, it decided to visit the U.S. and show off a little. It sports a Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a 4.7-inch True HD IPS display, an 8MP rear camera, 1.3 front-facing camera, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, 2,150mAh battery, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. No word on if this beast will ever be offered in the states, but we’re hoping.


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Hands on with the LG Optimus Vu at CTIA [Video]

LG unveiled the Optimus Vu at Mobile World Congress a few months ago. I had a chance to get my hands on it today at CTIA. This is LG’s version of the Samsung Galaxy Note. The specs include:

  • 5 inch (1024 x 768) IPS LCD display, 4:3 aspect ratio
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 32GB internal memory
  • 2,080 mAh battery
  • 8 MP rear camera
  • 8.5mm thick
I have to admit, it’s intriguing, but it seems too big for everyday use. I’m still hoping we see this beast in the U.S. Let’s hope it’s not wishful thinking. Hit the break for our hands on.

Hands on with the Huawei MediaPad 10 at CTIA [Video]

The Huawei MediaPad 10 tablet is another device that was unveiled at Mobile World Congress a few months ago, but decided to take a little trip to the U.S. for a short visit at CTIA. It features a 10.1-inch (1920 x 1200) IPS display,  Huawei’s own 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera with flash, 1.3MP front-facing camera, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, HSPA+ 21/42/84Mbps & LTE support, and Dolby surround sound. It is only 8.8mm thick and weighs 598g. It will be available internationally in the 3rd Quarter and as for the U.S., no details yet.

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Hands on with the Huawei Ascend D Quad at CTIA [Video]

Huawei introduced the Ascend D Quad at Mobile World Congress a few months ago and it’s now stateside for a short visit at CTIA. We hope it will come back to the U.S. with a carrier, but no news yet.  Specs include:

  • Huawei K3V2 1.2GHz quad-core chipset and power management system
  • 4.5-inch HD Touch-Enabled screen, supporting 720p resolution at 330 PPI
  • 8MP BSI rear-facing camera and a 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound with Audience earSmart™ voice technology
  • Full HD (1080p) video recording
It will be available in quarter 3 globally, and yes, we’re hopeful for the U.S. Hit the break for the quick hands on

Hands on with Tech21 Impactology Cases and the orange goop that makes them so tough

I have to be honest folks. I never use cases on my any of my phones or tablets. It’s not that I never drop them, I just hate the bulk so I take my chances. I do have to say that after seeing this demo with Tech21, this is the case for me. It simply is the toughest case around. I actually met with them last night at CTIA, but it was so loud that I decided to set up a private meeting this morning so I could get a proper demo. These cases are the only ones in the world that have impact fabric in them. What is that impact fabric? It’s an orange goop-like substance that’s called D3O. It’s a little bit like Play Doh, but a lot tougher. Trust me. You will see CEO Jason Roberts try to injure his finger with a mallet. Will D30 protect him?

Check out the hands on after the break.

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Hands on with iOnRoad, Turn your smartphone into a your personal driving assistant

I sat down with the folks at iOnRoad this morning at CTIA. They have a really unique app for your car, and they say it’s your personal driving assistant. When it comes to driving, safety is the most important aspect so why not use your smartphone to help you out? With iOnRoad you will get:

Mount your device and iOnRoad will recognize traffic ahead and warn of potential collisions. iOnRoad warns you of collisions with audio and visual alerts, even when running in the background!

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Hands on with Smart Online’s SmartOn Mobile Platform for creating your own Android Apps

I had a chance to sit down with Smart Online at CTIA yesterday. They have a unique online app builder for Android (and iOS) that was first introduced back in January. What seems to separate this builder as opposed to others is the fact that they are really working closely with the app creators. Many of them are marketing reps in the enterprise world that have ideas for apps, but simply can’t wait until their IDT departments get the job done. Smart Online takes input provided by many of these companies and adds features as they’re needed, which provides a constant flow of updates. In fact they’re usually adding updates at least once a month. Of course as consumers, SmartOn is also available and quite easy to use as you will see in the video after the break.

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