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3 years ago

Samsung to offer MHL cable adapter for Galaxy S III

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A few weeks back we told you that the Galaxy S III would not be able to use the last-generation MHL to HDMI adapter cables because of hardware changes. Samsung has come forward with a much better solution than just telling you to buy a new cable, as they have built a 5-pin to 11-pin adapter that allows the old cable to work with the new phone. They also gave us a reason as to why the change was made -- newer accessories will need the 11-pin configuration. 

Samsung Galaxy S® III uses an 11-pin micro USB input, which allows it to support MHL output and USB on-the-go input simultaneously – an improvement over 5-pin capability. This means that customers can take advantage of new functions for accessories that are not supported by a 5-pin micro USB connector, allowing a deeper convergence between the Galaxy S III smartphone and a HDTV.

To ease this transition and to allow for greater innovation with Samsung accessories, Samsung Mobile will offer a 5-pin to 11-pin MHL Cable Adapter that will allow the original Samsung HDTV Smart Adapter to function properly with U.S. models of the Galaxy S III, as well as future Samsung premium smartphones. In addition, Samsung is offering consumers the ability to purchase the new adapter separately, or to bundle it with the original HDTV Smart Adapter. Our goal in offering these MHL adapter solutions is to provide consumers with the newest accessory technology while ensuring the highest level of device compatibility.

The adapter is available now for $9.99 direct from Samsung, and they tell us they will also be offering a bundle with an old cable and an adapter, which should be perfect if you have an older Galaxy phone or tablet and need the 5-pin cable, for $39.99. We're not seeing that one up for sale just yet, but you can hit the link below to see the adapter.

HDTV 5 to 11 pin adapter TIP

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3 years ago

Google announces Google Compute Engine - virtual Linux servers in the Google cloud

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Ever need more processing power than you currently have? Google has announced a solution for that problem with Google Compute Engine. The service was rumored to arrive this week at Google I/O, and we're glad to see it. Granted, you probably won't need something of this scale for your personal needs, but if you need "big iron" to run your apps (the demo was mapping the human genome with 600,000 CPU cores!). 

This is all done with virtual Linux servers running in Google's cloud. The hardware itself stays in some data center facility, and users (that's folks like you and me) log in remotely and do things like perform heavy math, run huge databases, or build Android ROMs. Virtual servers can do anything you could do locally.

The one thing missing here is the price. Google promises these will be competitive, but didn't throw out any numbers just yet. This isn't surprising, as an enterprise service like this is usually negotiated a bit. What we do know is that this will put Google directly in competition with Amazon on a whole new level, and we're excited to see how competition drives innovation!

Don't miss any of out Google I/O news!

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3 years ago

Google announces Chrome for iPhone and iPad, while most Android users can't even install it

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Day two at Google I/O has brought forth a lot of Chrome and Google Drive news. One highlight being that Chrome and Google Drive will be coming to iOS later today. Of course, this is a great thing to have happen but we can't gloss over the fact that most Android devices can't even access Chrome yet, now every iOS device 4.3 and up will be able to run it. Irony, this announcement was full of it. I can run Chrome on my iPhone 4S yet, not my Galaxy Note even though it's technically fully capable. In other words, Google needs to address this somehow, not sure how but it needs to happen as soon as possible.

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3 years ago

Google says that Chrome is now the worlds most popular browser

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We're knee deep into the day 2 keynote presentation at Google I/O, and we're expecting lots of Chrome news. The first piece that just dropped highlights the massive popularity of the Google Chrome browser. 

To date, there is now 310 million daily active users of the Chrome browser, which Google says makes it the worlds most popular browser. And, for the data nerds, there's some pretty impressive statistics that accompany it. 60billion words typed, 1TB of data downloaded, and 13 years saved each and every day within Chrome. Thats a whole lot. The keynote continues, so stay tuned for the rundown.

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3 years ago

HTC One V now available on Virgin Mobile

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It isn't all about Google I/O this week -- OK, maybe it is. Back in the real world, the excellent, entry level, HTC One V is now available on Virgin Mobile in the U.S. 

Packing Ice Cream Sandwich and a gorgeous, HTC Legend-eque design, the One V proves that entry level can be stylish too. The One V is available contract free, for an extremely reasonable $199.99. If you're thinking of jumping on one of these, don't forget to check out our full review, to help you make your decision. 

Source: Virgin Mobile

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3 years ago

Fast & smooth - Project Butter video uploaded by Google Mobile

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During yesterdays keynote presentation of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at Google I/O, you will have heard talk of 'Project Butter.' This is the new, 'buttery smooth,' UI coming along with Jelly Bean. To highlight just how good this is, Google Mobile has uploaded a demonstration/promotional video to their YouTube channel. 

In the video, you see a vastly slowed down comparison between two different Galaxy Nexus phones. One runs Ice Cream Sandwich, the other is packing Jelly Bean. We won't spoil the ending, but it's pretty impressive. 

Source: Google Mobile (YouTube)

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3 years ago

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Easter egg animation

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Like ICS, Honeycomb and Gingerbread before it, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean features a neat little "Easter egg" animation within the "About phone" and "About tablet" pages. On a Jelly Bean device like the Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 7, head to Settings > About phone and tap repeatedly on "Android version: 4.1" until you see the picture of the happy Jelly Bean guy filling the screen. Then long press on the middle of the screen, and you'll get a screen filled with more Jelly Beans, which you can fling around using your finger.

You'll also note the candy cane among the field of Jelly Beans. It doesn't always show up, but we've noticed it a couple of times already. We're not sure exactly why that's there, but it only seems to appear occasionally. (If you've got any wild theories, share 'em in the comments.)

Of course, all this stuff is still functionally useless, but it's a pretty cool visual treat regardless.

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3 years ago

Google I/O 2012 Day 2 Keynote Liveblog!

Here we go again! We're back for the Day 2 keynote address at the Google I/O developer conference. What's in store this time around? Only one way to find out. Ease on past the break for Google's video feed and our liveblog.

Things get going at the following times:

  • 10 a.m. Pacific time
  • 1 p.m. Eastern time
  • 6 p.m. in London
  • And other times on either side.

Hit the break as the clock strikes 10 as we get it done once more!

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3 years ago

Google Nexus 7 to be sold at Carphone Warehouse in the UK, 16GB for £200

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It looks like the Google Play Store isn't the only place you'll be able to pick up your shiny new, Google Nexus 7 tablet. Well, in the UK at least. High street retailer, Carphone Warehouse, has announced its plans to sell the 16GB version of the Jelly Bean tablet, for the same £200 as the Play Store. No specific word on when, but we imagine it'll be on a similar release schedule to Google Play. The press release can be found after the break

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3 years ago

Video: Giant Nexus Q robot stalks the halls of Google I/O

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Last year it was an oversized Android-powered labyrinth, and this year the centerpiece of the Google I/O second-floor display was a giant robotic Google Nexus Q. Attached to a robot arm and adorned with glowing, rhythmic LEDs, the 'bot played music to attendees passing through I/O.

Announced yesterday, the Nexus Q is a miniature Android-powered computer and media center for your living room. It's due out in July, and I/O attendees were given preview units yesterday. We'll be bringing you more on Google's latest foray into home entertainment over the next day, but for now you can find footage of its oversized robotic cousin after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Now official landing page now live

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One of the most impressive new features in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean shown off yesterday, is Google Now. The new, personalized search system that tries to make your day that little bit easier. 

The official landing page for Google Now has gone live -- hit the source link below to head over there -- with the official lowdown on the service. That, and the video you see here. As Jerry said yesterday, it is a little scary, but it does sound pretty cool at the same time. 

Source: Google Now

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3 years ago

Google Nexus 7 or Amazon Kindle Fire?

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And that's the question of the summer. Should you get the Amazon Kindle Fire, or the Google Nexus 7. Finally we've got a real choice between low-cost 7-inch tablets. Both are geared toward content consumption -- reading books and magazines, watching movies, listening to music. 

Amazon certainly made quite the market for itself when it launched the Kindle Fire late last year. At only $199 and promoted heavily on Amazon's website, it was sure to sell a bunch. And a bunch it did sell.

So which one should you get? Let's discuss, after the break.

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3 years ago

Google Nexus 7 developed in just 4 months, sold essentially at cost price

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So, the Google Nexus 7 is the hot ticket right about now. And so it should be. Despite the substantial leaks and rumors leading up to yesterdays announcement -- including the accidental posting of that ​video, it still blew the doors off when Hugo Barra officially unveiled it duriong the day 1 keynote at Google I/O. A stock Google tablet, running the latest version of Android, sold cheaply, and directly from Google. It's almost too good to be true, but, how did the Nexus 7 come about? In short, pretty quickly. 

Andy Rubin, and Asus Chairman, Jonney Shih, have been speaking to ​AllThingsD ​about the origins of the Nexus 7. Google provided Asus with the challenge -- build a high end tablet, that could sell at $200, and they had just 4 months to get it done. 

Shih also sent members of his team to work at Mountain View, so as to put them closer to Google, and to have a 24 hour development cycle. While it seems as though Asus may just have pulled off mission impossible, Rubin has heaped the praise onto the Taiwanese OEM. 

He said that I don’t think there would have been any other partner that could move that fast.,” and that “we went from zero to working product in four months.” Whichever way you look at it, 4 months to release a completely new product from scratch, running a completely new version of Android, is pretty darn impressive. Hats off, to Asus. 

Rubin also acknowledges the lack of a content ecosystem, has played a big part in the, thus far, poor uptake of Android tablets. With the release of a $200 tablet, and the additional content announced for Google Play, Google have themselves a device that could compete on a level playing field with the Amazon Kindle Fire. And, a high-end device at that. 

And then comes the money. In getting a high end device out at a rock bottom price, the Nexus 7 will be sold with next to no margins. Being sold through the Play Store, Google also absorbs all the marketing costs of the Nexus 7. One of the big questions on every ones lips now is, what will this do to the Android tablet market as a whole?

Source: AllThingsD

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3 years ago

European Motorola XOOM ICS update has begun rolling out

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Motorola Europe announced this morning on their Facebook page that the Ice Cream Sandwich update has begun rolling out to XOOM tablets in certain regions. XOOM owners in Europe have been patiently awaiting the new version of Android and they'll finally be able to experience it.  While the update has started today, it will continue over the next few weeks so if you don't have it yet, sit tight. To find out information about your particular region, visit Motorola XOOM Customer Support.

Source: Facebook

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3 years ago

Working Jelly Bean build available for Verizon, GSM Galaxy Nexus

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Well, that didn't take very long: our crafty friends over at RootzWiki have already brought the I/O Android 4.1 preview build to both the GSM and Verizon Galaxy Nexus. Forum member B16's original GSM dump, followed by jdkoreclipse's VZW versison, have been tinkered with throughout the night and appear to be working quite well. It's flashable through Recovery after a wipe and a cleared cache, though as always we suggest you backup before playing around. After spending the morning snacking on Jelly Bean I can report that the Verizon build is near perfection, with even LTE working beautifully. As always, bugs are possible, especially since this is merely a preview build. If you've got the guts and the sweettooth, download links can be found at the source.

Source: RootzWiki (GSM, CDMA)

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