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4 years ago

Qualcomm announces next generation Snapdragon chips

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 Qualcomm

Chip-maker Qualcomm has announced its next generation Snapdragon chipsets, including a beastly quad-core part by the name of APQ8064 which will run at up to 2.5 GHz. APQ8064 is based on Qualcomm's new 28nm "Krait" micro-architecture, and also includes an Adreno 320 quad-core GPU.

The manufacturer says APQ8064 chipsets will deliver up to 12 times the CPU performance of the original Snapdragon and up to 15 times the GPU performance of the original Adreno, while reducing power consumption. Qualcomm likens the performance of the APQ8064's Adreno 320 to that of the current generation of games consoles. This extra horsepower will allow the chipset to power higher-resolution displays and handle 3D playback and recording, and Qualcomm will be targeting it at next-generation mobile devices.

Other new chipsets include the single-core MSM8930 and the dual-core MSM8960. The MSM8930 includes an integrated LTE modem and will be aimed at mainstream smartphones, while its dual-core sibling will appear in "multi-tasking smartphones and tablets".

Qualcomm says samples of MSM8930 and APQ8064 chipsets will be available in early 2012, while samples of the dual-core MSM8960 will emerge in the second quarter of this year. [PRNewswire]

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4 years ago

Remind your Valentine of a significant place with Google Maps

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 Google Maps Valentines Day

Sure roses are nice and all, but what if you want to give your Valentine something a bit more unique? Well, the Google Maps team has your back as they have released a new service allowing you to send a digital postcard featuring a significant location from your past. Enter in "To" and "From" email addresses, choose your location, add in your personal message of love and you are good to go. Bonus points if you can get your significant location in sight with Street View. [MapYourValentine]

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S 4G hands-on (Hint: It's a T-Mobile Vibrant with HSPA+)

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Samsung Galaxy 4G

Got a few minutes with Samsung Vibrant 4G -- erm, the Samsung Galaxy S 4G -- and guess what. It's the T-Mobile Vibrant all over again, with a new battery cover, a new 4G radio to take advantage of those sweet HSPA+ speeds, a bigger (1650 mAh) battery, Inception instead of Avatar and ... That's about it.

Otherwise? Same phone, for all intents and purposes. And that's not a bad thing,

More pics and video are after the break.

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4 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S 4G coming Feb. 23 for $149

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 Vibrant 4G launch date

T-Mobile has announced that the Samsung Galaxy S 4G will be going on sale Feb. 23 (as was rumored) for $149. While it was not specifically mentioned by T-Mobile, you can probably safely assume that the $149 price tag will require a new or upgraded two-year contract. The "for a limited time" bit seems to indicate that the price will jump up after the initial launch, so any T-Mobile customers looking to get on the HSPA+ wagon (sorry, Phil!) should make up their minds about the device before the launch date rolls around. Talk about it in the T-Mobile section of the Android Central Forums. [Twitter, T-Mobile]

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4 years ago

Android Central Editors' app picks for Feb. 14, 2011 (Valentine's Day Edition)

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 app picks

import human.lover.man
import human.lover.woman
import bottle.french.wine
import box.belgian.chocolates
import music.cd.barry_white

public class Dinner extends RomanceProvider

private class Candles extends boom-chica-wow-wow

For those of you who don't know what in the world was just said, have no fear you are not alone. Our very own Jerry Hildenbrand has decided to serenade us with a geeked out Valentines Day poem. Let's hit the break together and take a look at some great Valentines Day applications for your favorite Android device. Especially if you've forgotten it was Valentines Day and are now rushing to figure something out.

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4 years ago

Words with Friends now available from the Android Market

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Words with Friends

At the Honeycomb announcement, we got a look at Words with Friends for Android (check out our hands-on), and it has now become available for download. If you've been dying to play cross platform with your iOS friends, the wait is over. If you're not familiar with Words with Friends, it's a competitive word game that pits you against friends and strangers alike to create the most valuable words. You can play up to 20 games simultaneously, and push notifications will let you know when it's your turn to go. It's available for free and is compatible with Android device 1.6+. Please find links after the break. Thanks, Stabicus!

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4 years ago

Gameloft shows some love on Valentine's Day, discounts ten games at 60% off

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Valentine's Day is all about taking the time to let the people in your life know that you care and love for them. It's filled with candy, balloons, hearts, flowers, kisses -- basically, mushy stuff. Though, Valentine's Day isn't only for lovers, it's for Android game publishers, too! Gameloft has announced on their blog, that ten of their HD Android titles will be 60% off their regular price. Isn't that so sweet of them? Aww. You can download the titles via their mobile store. Here is a list of games on sale: 

  1. Spiderman Total Mayhem

  2. GT Racing

  3. Oregon Trail

  4. Splinter Cell Conviction

  5. Modern Combat Sandstorm

  6. UNO

  7. Gangstar West Coast Hustle

  8. Shrek Kart

  9. Let’s Golf 2

  10. Dungeon Hunter

[Gameloft Blog via Twitter]

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4 years ago

Foursquare now available in French, German, Italian, Spanish & Japanese

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A new Foursquare update is now available in the Android Market and rather then it being just a small a small change, it is one that Foursquare is quite happy about. During his mini keynote today at Mobile World Congress CEO and co-founder of Foursquare, Dennis Crowley announced that Foursquare would now be able to support a broader audience by including French, German, Italian, Spanish & Japanese languages within Foursquare. Other then downloading the now available update, users don't have to do anything else to see the changes. Foursquare will auto-detect your devices default language and display that within. Download can be found after the break. Also, check out the new notification system in this release.  [Foursquare]

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4 years ago

LG Optimus Pad hands-on [updated with video]

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LG Optimus Pad

In the realm of Android Honeycomb tablets -- and it's not like there are all that many out there yet -- things pretty much have, well, looked the same. But the LG Optimus pad brings a bit of differentiation to the burgeoning tablet market.

Start with its size -- 8.9 inches, not the 7 of the original Galaxy Tab or the 10.1 inches of the Motorola Xoom or the new Galaxy Tab 10-inch. And we're very much on the fence about the size. LG claims its the perfect compromise, and maybe it is. But to us it felt like an oversized Galaxy Tab, so far as the basic size goes. A little bit unwieldy, but the screen size is still darn nice. The 1280x768 resolution is plenty adequate.

And then there's that whole 3D thing LG's pushing. And pushing, and pushing. And the Optimus Pad, just like its Optimus 3D smartphone cousin, as on the 3D train as well, with a pair of 5-megapixel camera on the back and a 2MP shooter up front.

It's plenty fast, thanks to an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, and we didn't see much lag at all in Honeycomb or the apps, which is nice for a pre-production unit.

Hands-on video and more pics are after the break.

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4 years ago

Vodafone UK announces new phones and Galaxy Tab 10.1 exclusivity

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Vodafone has announced via Twitter that it's obtained UK exclusivity for the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. No release dates or prices were made available, but Vodafone promises more details soon.

The carrier also announced that it'll be carrying the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Xperia Neo, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S II. While there was no mention of exclusivity deals for these phones, Vodafone will be stocking an exclusive red version of the Xperia Neo.

We've gotten up-close and personal with all of these devices in Barcelona over the past couple of days. Check out our hands-on coverage of the Xperia PlayXperia Neo, Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 10.1 for more info. [VodafoneUK on Twitter]

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4 years ago

Three and Orange to carry LG Optimus 3D in the UK

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Orange     Three

British networks Three and Orange have announced that they'll be carrying the new LG Optimus 3D when it's released in the UK later this year. Both carriers' official sites offered a run-down of the Optimus 3D's specs and features, however specific release dates and prices were conspicuously absent.

It's likely -- though not confirmed -- that other major UK carriers will also be picking up the Optimus 3D at some point in the future, however Three and Orange are first with their official announcements.

In addition to the Optimus 3D, Orange announced that it'll also be offering the Optimus Black on selected plans in the second quarter of the year.

Be sure to check out our awesome hands-on feature from MWC to find out what we thought of the Optimus 3D. [Three Blog, Orange Newsroom]

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4 years ago

Acer Iconia Tab A500 Hands-On [MWC]

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We briefly saw the Acer Iconia Tab at NVIDIA's booth at CES, but they limited our experience to Dungeon Hunter. Here at MWC, the Tab is having a slightly more official coming-out, letting us view it's Android 2.3 skin. Honeycomb is supposedly coming in April and we are assuming that both Acer and Verizon are going to hold to that LTE launch of the device - perhaps even in the same timeframe? Who knows.

What we do know is that this is a 10.1 inch tablet with a 1280x768 display running on that aforementioned NVIDIA Tegra250 Dual-core CPU. There's a 5mp camera on the back, 2mp on the front, HDMI-out, and a nice brushed metal unibody casing. 

Until Honeycomb arrives, we have a very-slightly-modified version of Android 2.3 - you can bring out the home, menu, and back button by swiping on the lower-right - swiping again equates to a long-press to multitask.  

Catch a hands-on video and a few more photos after the break!

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4 years ago

Acer Iconia Smart Hands-on [MWC]

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Sometimes you just want a phone that's crazy, crazy tall. Enter the Acer Iconia Smart, which sports a 4.8" 1024 x 480 screen at a 21:9 aspect ratio. Toss in an 8mp camera on the back with 720p recording and 1.3mp on the front, a unibody metal casing (but as you can see in the video below, it doesn't quite feel as awesome as other unibody phones), Android 2.3, HDMI-out, DLNA, and Acer's can't-get-no-respect-but-it's-not-bad Breeze UI and you have a phone that's pretty indicative of where Acer is in the Android market right now: an interesting underachiever that deserves a second look but is still waiting for US carrier to invite them to the dance. In other words - pricing and availability not yet known.

More photos and (a shaky) video after the break!

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4 years ago

LG Optimus 3D hands-on

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LG Optimus 3D

We all knew it was coming -- LG was going all-in with 3D screen technology, and they've done it with the Optimus 3D. And, surprisingly, it's not horrible.

The phone itself is fairly unremarkable -- your basic black slab. It's got a 4.3-inch touchscreen powered by a 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4 processor, and flipping through Android 2.2 (it'll get a Gingerbread update at some point, LG says) was plenty fast.

But 3D is what this phone is all about. And not just playing 3D videos, which was pretty cool, but recording them as well. The Optimus 2D has not one but two 5MP cameras on the rear for stereoscopic recording. And you can even see what you're recording in 3D in real time on the touchscreen display.

So how's the 3D look? It's ... different. Your eyes will have to adjust to it some, but it's not the worst thing in the world, and some content looks better than other. Battery life, we're told, is boosted by the dual-core processor. But you know how those things go -- you'll need to use it to see.

There's a handful of 3D-capable games on board, and the phone has a dedicated hardware button that takes you to a special 3D gallery, from which you access all your 3D content, including 3D content on YouTube.

You're going to have to see this to believe it, truly. We're not completely sold on the idea of 3D content, but LG certainly is.

More pics and video are after the break.

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4 years ago

Motorola Atrix Car Dock Eyes-on [MWC]

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The Motorola Atrix 4G is as much about its accessories as it is about the phone itself. Sure, it's not as magical as the Atrix Laptop dock or even the standard Atrix Media dock, but just for the sake of completeness, here is the official Motorola Atrix Car Dock. Comes with the suction cup and looks easy to position - you simply set the Atrix in there and snap the top down on it to lock it in. Looks like this is charging only, however, no audo-out or fancy Bluetooth or other fangles-that-are-new. 

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