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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Motorola Defy Mini

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CES isn't only a venue for the biggest and baddest technology, but also for affordable and accessible products as well, as we learned today at Motorola's booth. Introducing the Motorola Defy Mini, a shrunken version of big M's popular Defy smartphone. It's not going to blow anybody away specs-wise: inside we've got a 600 MHz single-core processor, 512 MB RAM, a 3MP rear camera, and a VGA front-facer, all underneath a 3.2-inch Gorilla Glass-coated VGA display. Those modest specs are all powered by a 1650 mAh battery, which will pack plenty of juice for days and days worth of standby time.

The Defy Mini certainly won't be running Ice Cream Sandwich anytime soon, but for those looking for a pocketable, entry level Gingerbread smartphone, Motorola has your solution. This one will only be available in China, Latin America, and Europe beginning next month, though keep an eye out for something similar to hit the States sometime down the line. Hit the break for some hands-on shots and video.

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2 years ago

Intel show off their reference device, highly optimized version of Android

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We've already seen the Intel Medfield reference device with our hands on earlier today, but during the Intel Keynote they took it out on stage to show it off to the world. 

The device itself is pretty fully loaded. NFC, HDMI, and an 8-megapixel camera that can take 10 high resolution pictures a second. The design also supports upto a 16-megapixel camera. While running Gingerbread, it's clear that this is a highly optimized version of Gingerbread, that performs amazingly well on the device. 

The 1080p video playback was shown alongside an HTC device in a time lapse video, which illustrated how the Intel device outlasted the HTC one by hour in terms of battery life. The claim is that 1080p video playback is offered without sacrificing battery life. 

In browsing and Javascript, the device was shown against a competitor product and the results were impressive. The Intel Medfield offered a significantly better experience than the competitor phone and because of the optimizations, existing Android Market applications will work without needing a re-compile. 

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2 years ago

Intel and Motorola enter into 'multi-year agreement', Intel-powered Moto devices coming in 2012

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We're live at Intel's CES keynote, where Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha has just announced that Moto's entered into a "multi-year agreement" with Intel to bring x86-powered mobile devices to market. Jha adds that Motorola will have devices in carrier validation this summer, with product launches shortly thereafter.

That, of course, means we can expect more Intel-powered Motorola/Android smartphones and tablets towards the back end of 2012, as the chip inceases its mobile presence. Join us after the jump for the full press release from Motorola.

More: Intel CES Keynote Liveblog

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2 years ago

Google Maps updated, transit beta and battery optimizations aplenty

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The latest update for Google Maps is now showing up in the Android Market and according to the updated change log it's mostly optimizations of already existing features and battery optimizations -- not that we're complaining.  As noted:

  • Improved battery performance for Latitude and Location History users, and fresher locations for friends in Latitude
  • Transit Navigation (Beta) can use vehicle speed to estimate location if GPS signal is lost
  • Increase route options for public transit directions from 3 to 4.
  • Report feedback to Google from the settings menu

You'll find the download link past the break and be sure to let us know if you happen to notice any other changes, since Google has a tendency to sneak in some unnoted changes here and there.

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2 years ago

Kindle for Android updated to v3.3.2, fixes startup freezing issues on ICS

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If you're making use of Kindle for Android on an ICS equipped device then you may have noticed it has some slight issues with freezing when you launch it. If you never noticed it -- awesome but if you have, there is now an updated version available the addresses the issue. It's labeled as v3.3.2 and you'll find it readily available in the Android Market right now. Download link is past the break.

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2 years ago

Just how strong is Gorilla Glass 2? See for yourself...

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We know you want to see just how strong the new Gorilla Glass 2 is, not just hear about the fanciness of it. Lucky for you, the folks at Corning took to the stage at CES today to show off just how strong the product is, and we've got it all on camera. Check it out and see how well the new Gorilla Glass 2 holds up in our video above.

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2 years ago

Hands-on video with Vizio's 10-inch tablet

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As stated, we had a chance to get accquainted with Vizio's upcoming 10-inch tablet today here in Las Vegas, and while details are sparse, this video will at least give some dimension to what we're dealing with. Keep your ears and eyes peeled: we think this one's coming down the pike any minute now.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with Vizio's 10-inch tablet

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Tucked away deep within the Wynn Hotel here in Las Vegas, Vizio has set up a command center for its CES offerings, one of which is its upcoming 10-inch tablet. Still unnamed, the device is running Honeycomb underneath a pretty slick custom skin-- see our review of Vizio's 8-inch tablet to get a true feel for the experience. Unfortunately Vizio reps were tight-lipped when it came to details. They wouldn't divulge processor speeds, RAM, or screen resolution, though they did mention that while it's shipping with Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich isn't out of the realm of possibility. Hit the break for more impressions.

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2 years ago

Sony Walkman Z-series coming to U.S. and Europe in February

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Following its Japanese launch late last year, the Sony Walkman Z-series is due to arrive in Europe and the U.S. from next month. The NVIDIA Tegra 2-powered personal media player comes in 8, 16 and 32GB flavors, and supports HDMI, DLNA and Wifi connectivity. Besides that, you get all the benefits of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a 4.3-inch screen, albeit without cellular connectivity or any cameras.

According to the Sony Store pre-order page, U.S. prices will range from $249.99 for the 8GB model up to $329.99 for the 32GB version. We've got the full presser from Sony after the break.

Source: Sony; More: Sony Store

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2 years ago

First look: Gorilla Glass 2 sheds 20% thickness but keeps all the strength

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Pop quiz: What's new, thinner and still made of Gorillas? Gorilla Glass 2, of course. A few days ago we saw the announcment that Corning was bringing the well-named scratch-resistant glass back to CES thinner than ever -- while also keeping it just as structurally strong.

Sure, 20 percent thinner may not seem like a lot, but keeping the glass thinner is something that many manufacturers want for reasons such as enhanced color reproduction -- color isn't displayed oddly because of the screen, and believe it or not the thinner screen will also allow for more accurate touch sensativity. With their glass on more than 600 product models you would think that these guys know what they are doing, and that "thin is in" and Gorilla Glass 2 is going to be something we definitely look forward to. While adoption times will differ by manufacturer they do anticipate to see Gorilla Glass 2 replacing the original within the next six months.

Hit the break to check out our full interview with Corning.

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