Google IO 2016 Coverage

Taking a look at the new LG G3’s infrared auto focus


With the recent release of the LG G3, many are interested in the new infrared auto focus, how it works, and how well it works. While the camera sensor itself is the same as the G2, the imaging system of the device did see some upgrades.

The infrared auto focus system essentially times how long it takes for the reflection of the laser to come back, telling the device how far the object is. Because of the fact that the laser is extremely thin and more focused, there is a small chance of multiple returns.

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LG announces LG Optimus Vu II for Korean markets

While much of the world, including the U.S. and European markets, wait for the release of the LG Optimus Vu next month, LG is already moving on to the LG Optimus Vu II for the Korean market. LG indicates the new smartphone device will be released next month. The highlight of the device is the inclusion of an infrared control unit. Matched with a Q Remote application loaded on the device, the Optimus Vu II will be capable of controlling a variety of home entertainment systems and appliances.

Additional specifications for the device were not released. The Optimus Vu has a 5-inch screen, can carry 32GB of storage and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. LG did not release any information about pricing or future markets. Including IR remote control capabilities is one way to help consumers not lose the remote. Is the ability to control other aspects of a home like HVAC or the refrigerator via IR going to help set this device apart from the rest of the pack?

source: LG Newsroom Korea

Panasonic Lumix Phone 101p – Joining Softbank’s stable

Softbank just keeps tacking on more Androids to its fall/winter line-up. Yesterday we told you about their Dell Streak Pro 101DL, and now we bring you news of the Lumix Phone 101p. This phone, manufactured by Panasonic, is meant to really combine a phone and digital camera, more so then just adding a camera to a phone. From the picture it looks like they succeeded. That’s a 13.2MP CMOS Lumix sensor with “Mobile Venus Engine.” Of course, it’s a solid phone as well. Check out these specs:

  • Android 2.3
  • 4-inch QHD LCD screen with 960×540 resolution
  • waterproof body (IPX5/7)
  • TI OMAP4430 dual-core CPU (1GHz)
  • compatible with SoftBank’s “Ultra Speed” high-speed data communication service (max. 21Mbps)
  • microSDHC card slot
  • IEEE802.11b/g/n Wifi
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • infrared connection
  • e-wallet function
  • digital TV tuner
  • size: 64×123×9.8mm weight: 128g

No word yet on pricing or the possibility of international sale. Did I mention it also comes in pink.

[via techcrunch]

WIN of the day – Hello Kitty Android super-phone

Softbank, the mobile carrier in Japan surprised us yesterday with the announcement of a Yahoo phone running Google’s Android OS; yeah, strange. Things just get weirder. Today the Japanese carrier brings us the Hello Kitty branded Aquos. For this special Hello Kitty edition, owners will have the privilege to enjoy Kitty themed menus, screens, icons, mail, calculator, alarm clock, and more. Although the phone is heavily branded with Hello Kitty, there is a Snoopy theme as well. While it may be cute and glamorous, don’t be fooled. The Aquos is a beast. Aside from being the world’s first Android flip phone, you’ll find that the Aquos has

  • Gingerbread 2.3
  • 1Ghz 2nd gen Snapdragon processor
  • 16MP camera with 1280×720 HD video recording
  • IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0+EDR
  • GPS
  • Micro HDMI
  • microSD/SDHC slot (shipped with a 2GB card inside)
  • waterproof body
  • digital TV tuner
  • digital wallet function (Felica/RFID)
  • infrared port
  • Blu-ray recorder connectivity

Ladies, many of you commented on our previous article about the HTC Bliss with outcries for pocket powerhouse, so I look forward to reading your comments in response to this device. Guys if you think you’re too cool to rock a Hello Kitty phone, it’s also available in plain blue.

[via Engadget]

Sony Ericsson Xperia Acro presentation images leaked

xperia acro

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Acro is the latest Xperia device to join the family this year, and currently, it’s launching in Japan. The Acro is essentially a Xperia Arc with a few extra bells and whistles to make it fly in the Japanese market. hose features will include infrared, Seg TV tuner and NFC.

The Xperia Acro will come in 3 different colors for Japanese launch (black, white and aqua). Hopefully we can see these color options make their way over seas for the Xperia Arc as well since we know the Xperia Play comes in 2 flavors already (white or black). The leaked images for the Acro below are in Japanese, so either you can read the language, or you can simply let the images do the talking for you on what’s in store with the Xperia Acro.

Have a look at the images below.

Sony S1 PlayStation Tablet is real, may be shipping September


After all the tablets have been coming out at CES 2011, and now finishing off MWC 2011, there have been rumors and wonders on why we didn’t see a Sony tablet announced with all the other goodies we got. Rumors also were about that the Sony tablet would have special “PlayStation” gaming options like the Xperia Play smartphone, but again, no information came out…until now.

Apparently the VAIO section of Sony will be putting out a tablet device which will have PlayStation gaming built in, and will be 9.4 inches in size running Android 3.0. The design above is a mockup and not official, but Engadget was told that the Sony tablet may have a curved flap design to it, meant to remind us of the tablet being a personal item like a book or magazine.

The tablet will have 1280×800 resolution, IR for remote control capabilities on other devices like your Bravia TV, dual-core Tegra2 processor, USB-A port supporting flash drive input, and a volume rocker on the side all running Honeycomb OS. Price should be around $599, and meant to compete directly with the Apple iPad. We should see the Sony S1 shipping in September this year. By the time this comes out, we may even see NVIDIA Quad-Core ‘KAL-EL” chips in it. That would be awesome!

[via Engadget]