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2 years ago

LG rumored to get first crack at next version of Google TV

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Google TV has seen a bit of a resurgance the past week or so with the announcement of new hardware partners, and now Google is possibly working on a new version of Google TV and bringing the software first to Korean manufacturer LG, according to a pair of anonymous sources speaking to Bloomberg

Neither LG nor Google confirmed the report.

The Bloomberg report linkens this to a possible expansion of the Nexus line, which so far has been limited to smartphones with the Nexus One, Nexus S and the new Galaxy Nexus. There has been talk of a possible "Nexus" tablet, but nothing confirmed, and it could well just be over-eager reporting and translation issues.

That's not to say Google hasn't had what we'd call "Google Experience" devices outside of the Nexus line. The Motorola Xoom is a Google Experience device, serving as a reference platform of sorts for Android's early tablets. And with more partners getting on board with Google TV just as one of the original manufacturers -- Logitech with its Revue set-top box -- is distancing itself, it could make sense to have a single, unadulterated platform on which developers could create and tweak apps for the big screen.

But it's important to note that the story really only says that LG may get the software first. And it stands to reason that any sort of reference platform for Google TV would come in the form of a set-top box, like the Revue, and not a more expensive and less portable television. Keep that in mind before we travel too far down the Nexus rabbit hole here. 

Source: Bloomberg

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2 years ago

Droid 4 manual gives the ins and outs of Motorola's latest

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If you're eyeing the Motorola Droid 4 and want to pore over every inch of the smartphone before it goes on sale eventually, Motorola's made the Droid 4 user manual available for download. Probably the most useful part of the Droid 4 manual will be the bevy of customizations and security tweaks Moto's added. For a look at what you'll be getting hardware-wise, be sure to check out our Droid 4 hands-on from CES.

Download: Droid 4 manual; More: Droid 4 forums
Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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2 years ago

BeyondPod updated to include better support for ICS

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Over the next little while we're slowly going to see Android 4.0 ICS rolled out to a number of devices and for some -- that may cause some havoc when it comes to app compatibility. One of the more popular podcast apps on Android, BeyondPod has now been updated to include not only better support for Ice Cream Sandwich but correct a few other issues within the app as well:

  • Better support for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • BeyondPod has a new launcher icon.
  • On devices running Android 2.3 and later, you can now switch between posts in the post view by swiping left or right.
  • Small "face lift" of the player screen.
  • Added a new option that allows videos to be automatically included in the playlist the same way audio episodes are.
  • Added a new setting that allows video playback to continue when the screen is manually turned off.
  • Many bug fixes.

Whether you're an already existing BeyondPod user or just looking for an ICS compatible podcast app, BeyondPod may be just what you're looking for. There is a lite and paid version available, with the lite being free and the paid version around $7. Download can be found past the break for you -- once you're done, make sure you add the best damn Android podcast in the world!

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2 years ago

CM9 for the HP TouchPad gets previewed, still work to be done

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With webOS heading towards being open sourced and it's overall future still unknown, the HP TouchPad is still living it up on the Android side of things as a lot of folks have adopted the device as an Android tablet by running CyanogenMod 7 and now we're getting a preview of the ICS based CyanogenMod 9 running on it. It's still a bit off from being complete and as such few things are still broken but hey the HP TouchPad may see CM9 before many official Android tablets see ICS.

Source: RootzWiki

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2 years ago

Motorola Xoom 'project' starting to roll out now and to continue through the weekend [updated]

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*UPDATED* - ICS it is -- hit the break.

We've known for a while now Motorola has been prepping a 'project' not only for the WiFi Motorola Xoom but the 4G LTE equipped Motorola Xoom as well. However, there was no mention of when it may be rolling out to users and Motorola themselves claimed that due to it being a GED (Google Experience Device) they had no idea as to when either. Looks as though that time has come according to some info we just recieved. The following email was sent out to folks:

Thanks for your patience as we've waited for this project to begin. Because we are dealing with a Google Experience Device (GED) we have less insight to timing than we would usually have.
 
However, I'm happy to announce that we will start the update this evening. Because it was delayed a few days, we will also have additional time to test; we will let it run through the weekend.

Could it be Android 4.0 ICS? Likely, but don't be insanely disappointed if it's not. Either way, we'll soon find out what it is and we'll be sure to let you all know as well.

Thanks, Anon!

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2 years ago

Ford shows off updated Sync vehicle Android integration

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Ford has quite the presence at CES 2012. From the slick Evos concept car to the upcoming Focus Electric (with nice mobile app integration) and 2013 Ford Fusion, Ford has a strong showing (which is impressive, when you consider that the Detroit Auto Show is also this week). In addition to the mobile integration going with the Focus Electric, Ford's moving forward full stream with their in-car infotainment system Sync. Powered by Microsoft's Windows Embedded Automotive operating system, Sync has been leading the in-car media game for a few years now, and the latest version naturally kicks things up another notch. Sync integrates with BlackBerry, iPhone, and Android devices, allowing a driver to control apps on the device with a combination of voice commands, steering wheel controls, and the center stack and touchscreen.

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2 years ago

CES 2012: A quick look at Powerbag!

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Ashley roams the halls of CES 2012 looking for the weirdest, coolest, most fun tech on the show floor. For all of us in the Mobile Nations, the Powerbag is a must-have bag to tote around all your gadgets, since you can charge on the go.

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2 years ago

First look at the Supertooth Disco 2 Bluetooth speaker

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The original Supertooth Disco has long been one of our favorite speakers to pair with an Android phone. Whether you're using it via Bluetooth or connected with the 3.5mm headphone jack, it's got great sound, ample volume, and the price was right.

Now we have the Supertooth Disco 2, and it's undergone a pretty thorough redesign. Whereas the orignal Disco was a pretty simple rechargable soundbar-type speaker, with three drivers, a volume knob and Bluetooth controls on the front, the Supertooth Disco 2 has gone vertical, sports two tweeters, a mid and a sub -- and does so in a 360-degree format. It's got the controls on top, and the removable, rechargable battery -- yes, removable, so you can have more than one on hand if desired -- is tucked into the bottom.

It's not quite as powerful as the original Disco -- 16 watts instead of 28 -- bnd you can use two speakers at once for a seamless stereo experience.

It's tough to get great feel for the audio on the show floor at CES, so that'll have to wait until we get the Disco 2 into our Bat Cave before rendering final judgment. But for just $99, we're fairly certain this one's going to be a good buy. Stay tuned.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the first Intel Android phone, the China-bound Lenovo K800

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Your first time with a Chinese smartphone that marks the beginning of a new era of Android computing is a lot like your first time with a woman. You're pretty sure you know what you're getting into, and you sort of know your way around already. But when you get down to it, you're on your own, wondering if one wrong press of a button is going to blow up the whole damn experience, leaving you naked and alone, quivering at the thought of anyone seeing how badly you just failed at what should have been been a simple task. You had your chance. You blew it. And you're going to have to live with that shame forever. You tool.

The Lenovo K800 has a 4.5-inch display at 1280x720, runs Ice Cream Sandwich and is powered by an Intel Atom Z2460 CPU running at 1.6GHz. It's got an 8MP camera.

You'll never forget your first. Hands-on is after the break.

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