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2 years ago

ASUS announces Eee Pad MeMO ME171 and new Transformer Prime TF700T

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ASUS is bringing the Ice Cream Sandwich love in 2012 with the EeePad MeMO ME370T ME171, and a new upmarket model Transformer Prime, the TF700T.  The new Prime, which doesn't replace the existing Transformer Prime we all know and love, has a few upgrades from the original model, namely a 1920x1200 display, a 2MP front camera for HD video conferencing, and a re-designed back plate for better Wifi, Bluetooth and GPS reception.  It will use the same docking station and battery life should be very comparable to the current TF201 Transformer Prime. 

The MeMO is a 7-inch tablet with an emphasis more on media and entertainment than productivity.  Bundled are applications like MyPainter, MyNet, MyCloud, Asus Sync and other productivity and entertainment applications, making it an ideal tablet for folks who want the 7-inch form factor.  Its full specs:

  • 7.0” WXGA,  1280 x 800 resolution,  IPS panel with capacitive touch
  • Qualcomm 8260 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB/32GB storage; ASUS Webstorage options
  • Wifi 802.11b/g/n , Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, aGPS
  • Camera- 1.2MP Video Camera (front)/5MP Auto-Focus Camera (rear) with 1080P recording
  • G-sensor; e-compass; Light sensor; Gyroscope, Proximity sensor
  • MicroUSB port (client); Audio Jack (Head Phone/Stereo Mic-in); Card Reader (MicroSD); microHDMI (1.3a); SIM Card slot; Stereo Speakers
  • Li-polymer 4400mAh battery (Battery Life: 8.5hrs video playback routine)
  • Android 4.0.1
  • Dimensions/Weight- 7.8 x 4.6 x 0.50”; 14.2oz

We don't have exact dates for either of these beauties, but we expect the MeMO sometime in Q2 of 2012. 

Update: We just heard from ASUS, and there was a slight mix-up with the model numbers.  The MeMO referenced in this post is actually the ME171.

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2 years ago

Huawei introduces its flagship Ascend P1/P1S smartphone

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Huawei kicked off CES right this morning by introducing its Ascend P1 S, the world's new king of thin. It's officially the world's thinnest smartphone, though the P1 model is slightly thicker due to its LTE connectivity. Richard Hu, Chairman of Huawei devices, was on hand to make his company's intentions quite clear: Huawei is a major player in the smartphone market, and with its Ascend P1, it can compete with the big names here in the States. Hit the break for more photos from the event.

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2 years ago

Sprint Galaxy Nexus is officially official

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Update: Sprint has gotten in touch to let us know that the 16GB was posted in error, and in fact their version of the Galaxy Nexus will come with 32GB of internal storage.

Following their recent 4G LTE announcement, Sprint has a new landing page which now reveals one of the first devices to run on its shiny new network -- the Samsung Galaxy Nexus! Sprint's not offering up full specs or pricing just yet, but the site says it'll feature the Google Wallet functionality that's been conspicuously absent from other Galaxy Nexus models thus far. There was also no confirmation of the bump up to a 1.5 GHz CPU that was suggested by a leaked online ad late last week.

Besides that, it's presumably the same Galaxy Nexus we know and love, on Sprint!

More: Sprint Landing Page; press release Thanks, dtice03

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2 years ago

Intel gives brief tease of Android at CES

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We're still waiting on an official look at what's coming from Intel in regards to Intel hardware and Android software. (You'll recall how it was long ago stated that ICS would place nice with Intel processors.)

At Monday morning's CES press conference, it was all ultrabooks, all the time. Mostly. We did get a very brief look at what looks like Ice Cream Sandwich on some sort of tablet device. No great surprise to see something like this in the works, and we're chomping at the bit for a little more from the processor manufacturer.

Intel's got a keynote address on Tuesday afternoon, so stay tuned.

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus headed to Videotron in Canada

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The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is starting to make its full rounds across Canadian carriers now. With Rogers, Fido and TELUS all jumping onboard, next in line is the regional carrier out of Quebec, Videotron. All of the releative 'coming soon' information is posted on their site, well -- all the relative info aside from how much it will cost and when it will arrive but you can take satisfaction in knowing it'll be arriving soon. We'll be sure to let you all know when more details are available.

Source: Videotron; Thanks, Fred!

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2 years ago

LG Spectrum announced, coming to Verizon Jan. 19

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Following its press conference earlier today, LG Mobile has announced the LG Spectrum, which will be headed to Verizon wireless starting next Thursday, Jan. 19. Essentially, it's Verizon's version of the LG Nitro HD. It comes equipped with a 4.5-inch 720p IPS display, and is powered by a dual-core 1.5 GHz. On the software side, you've got Android 2.3 Gingerbread, prettied-up by LG's Optimus UI, and the promise of an Android 4.0 update in the first half of the year. The Spectrum is also bundled with ESPN's ScoreCenter app, as well as Netflix HD. And, as you'd expect, it runs on Verizon's 4G LTE network.

We'll be back with some hands-on coverage of the Spectrum later today. In the meantime, we've got a couple more pictures of the device, along with the full spec and feature lists, after the jump.

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2 years ago

AT&T Developer Summit Liveblog

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We're live in Las Vegas for CES and AT&T's Developer Summit at the Palms Casino Resort. We're expecting a smattering of smartphones and tablets, including the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note, Pantech Element tablet -- and perhaps a surprise or two.

We're going to liveblog this bad boy, with the keynote starting at 9 p.m. Pacific time, or noon Eastern. Hit it up after the break!

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2 years ago

TiVo announces TiVo App for Android

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If you own a TiVo and an Android device and have been waiting for the official TiVo app to arrive for Android, then the wait is now over.  TiVo has finally announced the full release of the Android app at CES 2012.

Features of the app include:

  • Schedule – Schedule one-time recordings and Season Pass® recordings from the device at home or on-the-go.
  • Get more from your shows and movies – Explore cast and crew and other recommendations of your favorite shows without interrupting the big screen.
  • Search – Search for TV shows, movies, actors or directors across both broadcast and broadband from providers such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video and more.
  • Share comments with your friends – From within the TiVo App, comment and share your thoughts on your favorite programming on social networks such as Facebook or Twitter.
  • Gesture-based controls – Now you can take complete control of all recordings, even move forward and backward though a show with a simple tap or swipe.
  • Program Guide – Browse your full-screen TV program guide without interrupting TV viewing.
  • Guest Mode – If you don’t already have a TiVo DVR, you can still get the TiVo experience. Users can browse, search and scroll through program and channel guides and experience the simplicity of the TiVo interface.

The download is live in the Android Market right now. If you're interested in learning more, you'll find the full press release and download link past the break.

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2 years ago

Snaptronics announces new partnerships for distribution of Tagg - The Pet Tracker

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Snaptronics has announced new deals to bring their pet tracking system, Tagg - The Pet Tracker, into more homes. They have made a deal with Audiovox Electroic Corp to help distribute the tracking system. They have also announced new pricing to make it more affordable.

Here is how it works: Tagg - The Pet Tracker is a system that allows owners to see where their pets are at all times via GPS. You can purchase the master kit for $99.95, which now includes one-month of free service. After that, the cost is $7.95/month. If you have multiple pets, an Add-a-pet tracker is $89.95 with an additional monthly cost of $0.95.

The system comes with a collar clip that attaches to your pet, which allows you to follow them on your computer and Android device, which was recently announced. The Android app is free, so if you already have Tagg, then it'd be worth checking out. Please find links to it after the break.

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2 years ago

LG at CES Liveblog

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LG's made a habit of kicking things off early at CES, and so we're at their presser this morning with the hopes of seeing a little mobile fare from the Korean manufacturer. That said, we're also expecting an update on the multitude of LG's appliance and television side of the business. But it's all connected at this point, so you'll see refrigerators talking to smartphones and TVs talking to tablets.

Join us after the break for the liveblog. Things get going at 8 a.m. PST / 11 a.m. EST.

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2 years ago

Zombie Wonderland 2 trailer pops up, makes us want to play now

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A trailer for the upcoming game Zombie Wonderland 2: Outta Time! has shown up on YouTube and it just makes us want to play the game right now. If you like addictive games that involve shooting zombies, you'll love this one.

The game is going to launch sometime this month and will be free to download, though there will be in-app purchases after that. Check out the trailer for yourself up top.

We'll be staying on top of a release date for this one, so stay tuned!

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2 years ago

Huawei breaks out two new smartphones, including world's thinnest

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Huawei has announced two new smartphones, the Ascend P1 S and the Ascend P1. They will be unveiling them at CES at 8 a.m. PST (we'll be there live blogging!)

The Ascend P1 S will be the world's thinnest smartphone, measuring in at 6.68 mm thin. The P1 is the same phone, just a tad thicker (most likely for the LTE markets).

The specs for the P1/P1 S sound very intruguing:

  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD (960 x 540)
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 8MP rear camera with 1080p recording
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera with 720p recording
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB ROM
  • Quadband (GSM/GPRS/EDGE)
  • Pentaband (UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA)

The phones will be available in a plethora of colors including metallic black, ceramic white and cherry-blossom pink. They will be available in Europe, Asia-Pacific, North America, the Middle East and China in Q2 2012 at the earliest.

These phones definitely sound interesting. Stay tuned for our live-blog at 8 am PST for more!

Source: The Unwired

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2 years ago

Monday Brief: January 9, 2012 - CES!

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Youtube video link for mobile viewing

It's time to hit the ground running here at CES 2012 and no matter what platform you're into we've got our whole Mobile Nations team here to cover every nook and cranny of the CES 2012 showroom floor.

WPCentral will be represented by Daniel Rubino (@malatesta77) while iMore will be represented by Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) and his team, Leanna Lofte (@llofte) and Ally Kazmucha (@imuggle). Phil Nickinson (@philnickinson) and the Android Central army will cover all things Android and Kevin Michaluk (@crackberrykevin), Adam Zeis (@azeis) and the CrackBerry.com crew (@isaackendall, @kasperapd, @CrackBerryJoe, @scaperfan, and @cbkerri) have a lock on all things BlackBerry.

Derek Kessler (@dkdsgn) and webOS Nation will be on site as well as cross-site collaborator Jared DiPane (@jdipane) and our brand new editor-at-very-large, Simon Sage (@simonsage) to pick up whatever tidbits of technological goodness they can find.

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2 years ago

Slacker Radio inks new deal with ESPN, will stream live sporting events

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Slacker Radio announced this morning that they have signed a deal with ESPN that will allow them to stream live sporting events in addition to the ESPN Radio shows already offered.

Back in September, Slacker launched personalized ESPN Radio stations based on your favorite sports and teams. Now, you'll be able to catch the big games right from Slacker with this new deal.

The first game to be featured on Slacker will be the BCS Championship tonight, but it will only be available via the web on Slacker.com. An update that will bring the experience to Android devices will be released soon.

The ESPN Radio station is free, but you can upgrade to Slacker Radio Plus ($3.99/month) or Slacker Premium Radio ($9.99/month) for the 'full' ESPN experience.

Slacker Radio will be prevalent at CES, so be sure to check them out if you're in Las Vegas.

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2 years ago

Unlock your T-Mobile US Wildfire S bootloader with HTCdev method [hacking]

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If you're rocking a T-Mobile US HTC Wildfire S, you were probably disappointed when you found out that HTC didn't include supported firmware to unlock the bootloader on this particular model with their recent round of updates -- I know I was.  Turns out it was a pretty easy fix, and with a bit of trickery you can use the official tool to unlock the bootloader, then have a bit of fun hacking the extremely pocketable Wildfire S.  After the procedure, you're pretty much off the standard update path so be sure this is what you want -- there's no turning back.  That being said, everything seems to be working just like it was before I unlocked it, including Wifi calling and 3G.  If you love your lil' Wildfire S but can't stand the limited application space, have a look at the link.

Source: Android Central forums

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