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3 years ago

Viewsonic ViewPad 4 Hands-on [MWC]

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While we've been following Viewsonic's tablets for some time now, we haven't yet paid much attention to what, if any, phone efforts they've made in the past. We can't really promise that will change in the future now that we've had some hands-on time with the decidedly utilitarian ViewPad 4. It's not that there's anything wrong with a blocky, squarish, bare-bones Android phone, it's just that there isn't anything particularly inspiring to be had here. Granted, we had a prototype here, as they hadn't yet even loaded up Google's apps on the device.

Spec-wise, we have a 4.1" 800x480 screen, a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM 8255 with Quad-band GSM, 512MB RAM and 2GB storage, Bluetooth 3.0, a 5mp camera (720p video) on the rear and VGA on the front, and a 1400 mAh battery powering it all. Sort of amazing to be ho-humming specs like that because there's really nothing to complain about. Hey, it's running Android 2.4 Gingerbread, so maybe a little more wide-eyed wonder is called for - we'll see how we feel when we find out pricing and availability later this year.

Check out some photos and a video after the break

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3 years ago

Nvidia quad-core mobile processor demo

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We're all still wrapping our heads around dual-core processors. So it only makes sense that Nvidia decided to drop the next next generation mobile processor on us at Mobile World Congress. Codenamed Kal-El (yeah, like Super Man), we're now ushering in the era (on the technical side, anyway) of quad-core mobile processors.

What you'll see in the demo after the break is not Tegra 3 -- it's a hot-off-the-press processor that's more powerful than anything you've held in your hand and that Nvidia says gets a 5x performance boost over Tegra 2. On top of that, it's got a 12-core graphics processor built in, with support for stereo 3D.

And on top of that is the capability to output video at a mind-blowing 2560x1600 resolution -- basically hotter than the sun, or something like that.

Effect on battery life -- it's really better to call it "power consumption" at this early stage -- well, Nvidia constantly stresses it's one of its main concerns. And, again, you have to remember that multiple cores doesn't mean an exponential increase in power consumption. And besides, we'll worry about that once it's in consumer facing devices.

So when will we see these quad-core chips in something we can buy? Nvidia tells us tablets around August, and phones by the end of the year. Yes, that soon.

Check out our demo after the break. You might want to sit down first.

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3 years ago

CyanogenMod V7.0.0-RC1 now available for Nexus One, MyTouch 4G and EVO 4G

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For the many folks running nightly builds of CyanogenMod 7 you'll want to hit ROM Manager or the CyanogenMod forums if you haven't already. V7.0.0-RC1 is now available for download if you're using either a Nexus One, MyTouch 4G or HTC EVO 4G. If you're not seeing it as of yet, just hold out a little bit longer as things are likely still populating across servers. Don't forget, if you happen to run into issues you can hit our forums for some help as well. [CyanogenMod] Thanks, everyone that sent this in!

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3 years ago

GetJar secures $25 Million in funding from Tiger Global Management

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When most of us think about obtaining Android applications the Android Market is most likely the number one spot that comes to mind. We can't forget about GetJar though, over the past year they've been hard at work keeping their open Android Market alternative going; all while maintaining a database of applications for various other smartphone platforms. Seeing the value in their work, Tiger Global Management has stepped in to help GetJar further innovating in their area of expertise by investing $25 Million into the company.

“GetJar has the rare combination of a differentiated, cross platform app store solution coupled with a unique revenue model,” said Lee Fixel, Managing Director at Tiger Global Management. “We’ve been highly impressed with the leadership team and their ability to disrupt the marketplace with the fraction of spend compared to the likes of Google and others. I’m very excited to see what GetJar will do next with our investment during this tremendous growth period.”

$25 Million should keep things running smoothly for a while. If you're interested in the full press release for further details you can find it after the break. [Businesswire]

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3 years ago

WebTalks brings text-to-speech to your feeds

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App developer Jose Ortega has brought text-to-speech and voice-recognition technology to the world of feed readers with his new WebTalks app, which recently launched on the Android Market. WebTalks integrates with Google Reader and reads articles aloud using text-to-speech functionality. The app also includes a voice recognition option as a quicker alternative to scrolling through a long list of subscriptions.

While WebTalks a definitely little rougher around the edges than the official Google Reader app, its speech and voice integration works perfectly, offering a unique way to catch up on the news. This is an app that'll definitely be useful if you want to check up on your feeds while driving or doing anything else that occupies most of your attention.

Check after the jump for a QR and Android Market link for the free ad-supported version. There's also an ad-free paid version available for €2.99 that offers extra features like multiple languages.

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3 years ago

NVIDIA shows off project KAL-EL -- quad-core Tegra CPU

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NVIDIA rocked Barcelona with a demo of their upcoming quad-core Tegra CPU, project KAL-EL at Mobile World Congress.  It's all part of their roadmap which promises 75 times the performance of the current Tegra 2 by 2014.  Yes, you read that right -- 75 times the performance.  Back to the here and now, the KAL-EL, demoed on an prototype Android tablet had five times the raw performance of the current Tegra 2, rendering full screen video at 1440p running on a 2560×1600 display.

With it's 12 core GeForce GPU, this thing is going to be insane.  Partners have the chip in hand, and we're to expect devices, tablets naturally, using this gear by Aug 2011.  NVIDIA has more to say tomorrow, we'll be sure to stay on top of this one.  [NVIDIA]

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3 years ago

Droid X sees price, and internal memory drop

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The Motorola Droid X has just seen an across the board price drop, ranging from $149.99 (with a 2 year agreement) at Verizon's website, to a whopping $9.99 (see above) with a two year plan at Costco.  A big player in the price reduction may be the fact that Motorola has decreased the internal memory from 16 GB to 2 GB.  Or maybe it has something to do with the Droid X2 leak that came and went and the X is reaching the end of its short life.

In any case, if you've been eyeing one, now would be a good time to grab it before its too late, and maybe you'll get lucky and find one on the shelf that still has the 16 GB of memory.  [Android Central forums] Thanks anon and everyone who sent this one in!

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3 years ago

Share your Androidify creations

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Google does a lot of really cool things, but some times they just get it right the first time.  Take Androidify for example.  Making yourself, loved ones, bitter rivals, or co-workers into Androids is fun.  Using Androidify, it's simple.  When simple and fun get together, you just can't beat it. 

I know we have a lot of creative readers, and Android Central forums member jjcasillas15 (that tall drink of water you see above is his!) started up a great thread to share what ya got.  It's bound to get interesting, so jump right in and share.  Androidify yourself!! Share your Androidify avatars .

Didn't install Androidify yet?  That's an easy fix.  Hit the break for the download link.  [Android Central forums]

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3 years ago

Norwegian family finds HTC Tattoo entombed in butter

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While we're all gawping at the latest and greatest HTC phones from MWC, spare a thought for the poor old HTC Tattoo, released as a budget phone in 2009, sporting Android 1.6 and a resistive touchscreen. Its glory days have long since past, and now it's only given any attention when it shows up in bizarre or unexpected situations like this...

According to Norwegian news site VG.no, a man named Tone Thorsrud was surprised to find a HTC Tattoo buried inside in a tub of butter last weekend during a meal with his family. What's even more surprising is that the phone had survived its buttery ordeal and Thorsrud was actually able to power it on. However the lockscreen has prevented him from using it, so the newly-unearthed device may never be reuinted with its owner.

Thorsrud reflected on his strange discovery, saying "it was quite a festive dinner. It is not every day you find a cell phone in the butter."

We couldn't agree more. The offending butter company has reportedly apologized to Thorsrud and is investigating further. [VG.no via Google Translate]

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3 years ago

Costco getting ready for the Motorola Xoom on Feb 24

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If you're waiting for the Motorola Xoom, and a Costco member, Feb 24 looks to be a lucky day.  A tipster just sent us in this image of an internal Costco doc all about the new Honeycomb tablet, complete with a few juicy details:

  • Wireless reps at Costco will be receiving their demo device on on or about Feb 22.
  • A pallet full 'o Xoom will be shipped to each store for display on Feb 24.
  • You'll be forced to sign up for at least a month-to-month or pay as you go plan before they will sell it to you.
  • And maybe most interesting -- they'll have 10 reasons why you should ditch the iPad.

While pricing would have been nice, it seems like nobody has a straight answer for that one.  If we find out, we'll be sure to let ya know.  Thanks anon!

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