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2 years ago

Google TV is alive and kicking with new partners and ARM chipsets

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The stories about the death of Google TV seem to have all been a bit exaggerated, as Google just announced a slew of new partners -- including ARM processor manufacturer Marvell -- on board with GTV.  Before I wax too poetic (I'm a huge Google TV fan), here's the list of announced partners:

  • LG - We’re thrilled to welcome global consumer electronics leader LG to the Google TV family. LG will showcase a new line of TVs powered by Google TV running on their own L9 chipset at CES.
  • Marvell - Also new to the Google TV family this year is Marvell, an innovative worldwide leader in chipsets. Marvell will be showcasing a new generation of Google TV solutions which will help bring more products across more price points to consumers.
  • MediaTek - We’re also excited to partner with MediaTek, the leading Taiwanese chipset designer. MediaTek chipsets will power yet another wave of Google TV devices.
  • Samsung - We’re excited to work closely with Samsung to bring Google-TV powered Samsung devices to market in 2012.
  • Sony - We’re happy to build on our partnership with Sony. At CES, Sony will unveil new devices for the US and plans to offer Google TV powered products in several countries around the world in 2012.
  • Vizio - Last year we announced our partnership with Vizio at CES. This year we’re excited to join Vizio as they hold private demos at CES showcasing their new line of Google TV-powered products.

We'll be sure to get as many details as we can at CES next week, where we expect Google Android news to flow like wine. 

The "big deal" here is the ARM support (here comes that poetic waxing).  The only thing wrong with Google TV as it stands now is hardware that doesn't have enough oompf to satisfy our fickle desire for speed.  The Atom chipset has had it's day, and it's time to move forward.  Give me a set-top to replace my Logitech Revue with a quad-core chip and a sizzling GPU and I'm all over it, and expect I wouldn't be alone.  We've always thought that Google TV could capture a big portion of the set-top box market, and with news like this it might just be moving into the game console market as well.  Long live Google TV!

Source: The official Google TV blog

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2 years ago

LTE Galaxy Nexus for Sprint shown off in online advertisement

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More in the Sprint Galaxy Nexus forums!

Want an LTE Galaxy Nexus, but don't want to switch away from Sprint?  That's understandable, we should always stick with the carrier who works best for us.  Here's some (possibly) good news -- just a little while after Sprint announced their initial markets for LTE, the above ad for a Sprint LTE Galaxy Nexus appeared on the web, and there's another version showing a 1.5GHz processor, slightly faster than the 1.2GHz proc in the current versions.  We've always said that each carrier would likely announce their own version of the GNex, and if this is more than just a mean-spirited prank we just may hear a bit more at CES come next week.  Or not -- CTIA often is Sprint's big show. In the meantime, feel free to speculate and/or dance with joy.

Source: Engadget; via Android Central forums

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2 years ago

Gorilla Glass 2 coming to CES, smartphones later

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Corning, the folks behind Gorilla Glass, has just announced that they will be unveiling Gorilla Glass 2 next week at CES.  They haven't let out a lot of product details just yet, but we're pretty sure all the scratch-resistant toughness will still be there, and likely made even better with the new generation.  We'll know for sure next week, as we'll be having a close look at their booth -- complete with an 82-inch multi-touch display where folks can go hands on with some tough-ass glass.  In the meantime, the full press release and promo video are after the break.

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2 years ago

Touch-based unofficial ClockworkMod recovery now available for the Galaxy Nexus

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

If you hack or flash ROMs and various "stuff" to your Android phone, you know about ClockworkMod recovery+Nathan Grebowiec has just taken it a step further, and built an unofficial version for the Galaxy Nexus (both versions) that uses the capacitive buttons while inside recovery.  It still does all the same functions as the original, and you can even restore backups made from previous versions, but now you can do it without using the volume keys.

Is it really necessary?  Nope.  But it's cool, and how open-source works.  Nathan took the source code and modified it (and we're sure Nathan will share the source code once it's out of "alpha") to do something he wanted or needed.  Seems like it works rather well, so if you're interested, grab it at the link below.

+Nathan Grebowiec

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2 years ago

TuneIn Radio updated, gets itself a car mode

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TuneIn Radio was one of my most used apps of 2011, and it's starting out 2012 strongly as they've today announced an update to both the free and pro versions of the app. 

The biggest feature of the update is the introduction of an all new car mode complete with voice commands. Using car mode it's possible to search by artist, album or even by a song name. Tell it what you want to listen to, and it will find it. 

You also get an adapted interface tweaked for use in a vehicle, with extra large buttons to make it easier to jab at the correct button while your phone is safely docked in the windscreen. 

We also get some bug fixes, a new setting that controls how long a stream will buffer before playing, and a fix to a sleep timer and alarm clock issue. 

Curious? TuneIn have produced a handy little video exhibiting the new car mode feature. It, along with download links for the free version of TuneIn Radio can be found after the break. 

Source: TuneIn 

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2 years ago

Sprint announces its first four LTE markets

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Sprint's making the jump from Wimax to LTE in 2012 (well, Wimax will keep working for some time), and CEO Dan Hesse just annouced the first markets for the new brand of 4G. They are:

  • Atlanta
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • San Antonio

Not a bad start, at least if you're in one of those cities. For everybody else, let's hope for a fast rollout -- and some device announcements.

Source: Sprint

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2 years ago

Say hello to iMore, our all-things-iOS cousins

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Look, we know how you feel about Apple. We know how you feel about iOS. We get it. We really do. But we also want you to keep your friends close, and your frenemies closer. And so we're tickled pink to tell you that our pals at TiPb have been rebranded the much more awesome iMore. They'll still be doing all the great iOS stuff that they do on a daily basis -- and, erm, (i)more is on the way. So go on over and say hi, won'tcha?

And let's all hope they don't try to lop a lawsuit our two our way. More at iMore

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2 years ago

Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire getting their own docking stations in February

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Some interesting accessory news coming out of the Interwebs for the recently released Nook Tablet and Kindle Fire today. The folks over at Readerdock have come up with some pretty sweet looking  new docks for both devices which they're due to launch in February. 

The "N-Station" will also be compatible with the Nook Color, hardly surprising given they're practically identical, and will come complete with a pair of speakers and a charging port and will hold the device at various angles. 

The "Firestation" is the similiarly featured version designed for the Kindle Fire. Both will be available to pre-order some time this month, being due to commence shipping in mid-February. 

via The Digital Reader

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2 years ago

Swiftkey X update brings some handy bug fixes

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The Android Central Editors keyboard of choice, Swiftkey X, got itself a little update today, bringing with it a couple of handy bug fixes. 

The changelog promises improved handling of low memory situations, force close issue fixes, XKDPI icons and key-press popup fix, and voice input improvements for the Droid Bionic. 

Hit the market link below to grab the update.

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2 years ago

Box Android app updated, brings couple of new features to the table

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Box have been pushing themselves in the Android world recently with a slew of 50GB account giveaways to owners of LG and Sony Ericsson devices. Today they update their Android application to bring to the table a couple of nice new features, including a homescreen widget. 

It also now offers better integration with other apps on your device, and the ability to upload content such as email attachments directly to your Box account. 

The full changelog reads:

  • Version 1.5:
  • View recent activity in your account
  • Home screen widget shows updates and provides shortcuts to create and upload content
  • If you have a compatible app installed, the ability to create new documents, spreadsheets, presentations and text files
  • Upload content directly to Box from anywhere you view a file (like an email attachment)

Hit the market link after the break to grab yourself the update.

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