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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Beam - hands-on with pico projecting goodness

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Phil got his mitts on the Samsung Galaxy Beam at Mobile World Congress 2012, but it's definitely worth seeing the built-in projector in action.

Just to recap, the Samsung Galaxy Beam is running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has a dual-core 1 GHz processor, 768 MB of RAM, 8 GB of local storage, 4-inch WVGA display, and a 2000 mAh battery to keep the projector humming along.

Outside of professionals that need to do a lot of presentations in the field, I could see the Beam being a good choice for those that tend to watch video before going to bed; just plug it in, prop it into a stand, and project some sleepy videos onto the cieling. It's still a pretty specific niche, though; are any of you guys particularly excited about a fresh device with a projector? The last time we saw a smartphone remotely like this was the LG Expo

Video after the jump!

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 is/isn't coming, Part VII

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If you wonder why we scoff at all these rumors regarding phones that haven't been announced, it's because of things like this: A day after ZDNet cited some marketing sources as saying the Galaxy S3 would be released in April after being announced in March, Korean website MT is now quoting Samsung as saying that ain't gonna happen, at least not before the summer.

In other words, nobody knows when the hell it's coming, except maybe Samsung (and quite possibly it hasn't even decided yet).

Source: MT (translated); via Unwired View
More: Rumored devices forum

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4 years ago

YouTube app update brings HD quality to capable Froyo and Gingerbread devices

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It seems that Google have gone and snuck another little YouTube update into the Android Market. This one is directed towards anyone on Android 2.2 and 2.3, and brings HD video streaming to anyone on those platforms with a capable device. That isn't going to be a good portion of you, but if you're one of the lucky ones then with this update you should see some better looking videos. 

It seems to be a hit and miss update too. Not all devices have been showing it up -- which sounds very familiar. There are also reports that not all devices are able to install it via the Market either.You can find some handy download links can be found after the break. 

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4 years ago

PowerAMP on sale this weekend for only $2

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Looking in the Android Market to see what apps are possibly on sale this weekend? If so, you'll want to check out PowerAMP. The folks from Max MP have are celebrating their success and wanted to give the community a little something back for all the love they've been shown.

Rarely do we get users that make us so proud of what we've created. We have received ratings that have constantly staid above the 4.5 mark even after 100,000+ rating on top of that, we have received over 15,000,000 downloads. As thank you, we are doing a 48 hour application sale for $1.99. So if you love our player and want to get it for a bargain price (only time you'll get this chance this year), here you go guys. Thanks for using our player!

PowerAMP  normally goes for $4.99 has been reduced down to only $2 in the Android Market and will stay that way up until Sunday. We've checked out PowerAMP in the past and were more then pleased with it's offering, so if you're looking to get better control of how you listen to music this would be the time to do it. You'll find the download to the free trial version past the break, from there you can purchase the upgrade unlocker.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with ZTE's two Android 4.0 LTE phones - PF200 and N910

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Prior to Mobile World Congress 2012, ZTE had announced two LTE phones running Ice Cream Sandwich, and we got a chance to play with at least one working unit in Barcelona. A rep at the ZTE booth told me that both of these phones are due to drop in North America, but considering the sizable language barrier, they may have been mistaken. 

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4 years ago

Mobile Nations Fitness Month is over ... so what happens now?

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The really easy thing to do with Mobile Nations Fitness Month being over would be to go back to being a couch potato, but is that the right thing to do? Simply put -- no. Likely you worked hard and laid out the foundation for success and that needs to be continued beyond just February. Just because the official Fitness Month is over doesn't mean that the content will be gone, instead we here at Android Central plan to continue to deliver some great content to you and help keep you motivated. From accessory reviews to apps and more, we plan to keep the fitness content rolling. 

Having already dropped over 20 pounds in just one month, my motivation is at an all time high, so what do you say -- let's make 2012 the year of fitness? With a wedding approaching, and a five year old full of energy I have no time to relax anymore, so let's kick it into high gear!

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4 years ago

HTC releases new APIs for Beats, Sense lockscreen, device management and MediaLink

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HTC has announced that they are opening up a bit more of the OpenSense SDK, and including APIs for Beats Audio, the Sense 4.0 lockscreen, Mobile device management, and the MediaLink HD system. This opens many new features to application developers, and apps can include these calls so that they are differentiated on HTC Sense phones, yet function on all phones with the same software build. 

In layman's terms, this means the people who build apps can now include things like Beats Audio support, lockscreen widgets and shortcuts, remote control through websites like htcsense.com, and leverage the media streaming ability of the MediaLink HD docks. If you have a Sense 4.0 phone, you'll get all these perks, and the apps can be written so users without a Sense 4.0 phone get the same exact app, without the Sense features and functions. That's less work for developers and it means faster and better updates -- something all Android junkies love.

The new OpenSense SDK will be available in the coming weeks, in the meantime we can prepare for things like a video player that uses Beats Audio, with a lockscreen widget or Web app to control it, streamed to your television via MediaLink. I think we're ready.

Source: HTC

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4 years ago

NSA builds Android phone for 'Top Secret' communication

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The NSA (National Security Agency) has developed an Android phone that meets "Top Secret" criteria using off-the-shelf components. Dubbed the fishbowl phone, 100 units were built and deployed by IAD (Information Assurance Directorate) and division head Margaret Salter says that anyone can recreate the phones using the specs published at the NSA website.

The plan was to buy commercial components, layer them together and get a secure solution. It uses solely commercial infrastructure to protect classified data.

 -- IAD Department head Margaret Salter

The new phones, which even have their own secure enterprise application store, mean that users no longer have to speak in code when talking about government secrets. Using IPSEC VPNs, and having voice sessions use Datagram Transport Layer Security and the Secure Real-time Transport Protocol means that calls are safe from prying eyes, and this was published because Salter thinks the voice application security specification would be useful to everyone. Voice calls are encrypted twice, and all go through the NSA enterprise servers to maintain control and keep communications safe between only the parties involved. 

It appears that choosing the components was a bit difficult, and Salter urges her colleagues to "demand vendors improve unified communications interoperability". The parts weren't chosen by brand, and instead were chosen for the way they supported the required functionality. This means that a part from one vendor had to work well with a part from another vendor, which proved difficult. None of the compromises that had to be made reduced the security of the phone. In addition, a "police app" was designed to monitor all operations of the device in case any portion was compromised. 

'Droid does top secret.

Source: SC Magazine; via Android Central forums

Thanks, DenverRalphy!

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4 years ago

Get a Motorola Xoom 32GB WiFi for only $299 from 1Saleaday

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Just in case you're still not settled in with an Android tablet yet and don't really feel like forking over $500+ for a new one, if you hurry you can head on over to the 1Saleaday site and pick yourself up a Motorola Xoom on the cheap. They come factory refurbished with all the retail packaging intact for only $300 plus when you get it out of the package and up and running, you can load up Ice Cream Sandwich. Motorola may not have sold a lot of Xoom's but either way it's still a pretty fine Android tablet.

Source: 1Saleaday; Thanks, Dan!

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4 years ago

German court says enough is enough, throws out two patent cases between Samsung and Apple

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A Manheim regional court in Germany today threw out two patent disputes between Samsung and Apple: the first regarding Apple's infrigement on Samsung's 3G/UMTS technology, the second regarding Samsung's use of slide-to-unlock gesutres on its devices. The ruling against Samsung is the third in a row in Germany, while the ruling against Apple is the first of two, the second scheduled for a March 16 hearing.

The court decision comes just a few weeks after a Munich court ruled that Motorola had indeed infringed upon Apple's slide-to-unlock patents, resulting in alterations being made to Motorola's unlock feature. 

Today's ruling is just a drop in the bucket, as there is upwards of at least 14 disputes between Samsung and Apple pending in Germany, with more waging around the world. Samsung has already promised to appeal today's decision, while Apple will likely do the same. 

The back-and-forth between Apple and other manufacturers is far from over, though it is refreshing to see a judge as fed up with it as everyone else is. With Apple, Samsung, Motorola and HTC all slated to release some heavy-hitting devices in the coming months, we'll be sure to keep you posted as the war rages on.

Source: FOSS Patents

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4 years ago

Twitter for Android updates, adds performance and security fixes, swipe shortcuts and more

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The official Twitter app for Android has today received another update, bringing it up to version 3.1.1. The latest iteration includes the usual security enhancements, bug fixes and performance improvements, particularly for Android 4.0 users. One particularly welcome change will be the increase in scrolling performance, an area in which the official app has traditionally lagged behind other Twitter clients.

Also new in version 3.1.1 are swipe shortcuts for individual tweets -- swipe left or right to show a menu for retweets or replies -- as well as support for Filipino and Simplified Chinese languages. We've got the full changelog after the break, along with the QR code and Android Market linkage.

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4 years ago

Huawei launching Ascend D LTE and P1 LTE in Europe and Asia by July

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Huawei has announced that it'll launch the 4G LTE versions of its Ascend D series and Ascend P1 smartphones in Europe and Asia by the middle of the year. The two smartphones will be joined by a range of new LTE network cards and Mifis, as LTE networks continue to expand across both continents.

The Chinese manufacturer showed off its latest super high-end smartphone at Mobile World Congress this week -- the Ascend D Quad. However, Ascend D LTE will be powered by a Snapdragon S4 chip, compared to the Huawei-designed quad-core chip in the D Quad. For more on Huawei's upcoming flagship device, check out our hands-on preview from MWC.

We've got Huawei's press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III to be released next month after it's announced this month, says ZDNet Korea

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The Samsung Galaxy S III (or now, apparently, the Galaxy S3) will be released in April, after it's announced in March, says ZDNet Korea, citing marketing sources. Could well happen. Or not. Of course, Samsung has to announce the phone, and then release dates will roll out worldwide as they always do -- slowly and gradually. And those of us here in the United States will have to wait for the carriers to make their own announcements. ZDNet's sources say it'll all revolve around some heavy Summer Olympics marketing, which would make sense.

We'll let you know when we actually see announcement invites or something ... what's that word ... official.

Source: ZDNet Korea

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4 years ago

LG confirms Optimus L3 hits Europe this month

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The LG Optimus L3 is far form the high end of the Korean manufacturer's L-Series line of Android smartphones, but it'll also the first out of the gate when it hits Europe later this month, with Asia and Russia to follow.

The L3 is the low end of the trio, with a 3.2-inch display, 3MP camera and just a couple of gigabytes of storage space, plus it's on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. But it does fit nicely in small hands, so it's got that going for it.

We've got LG's full presser after the break, and be sure to check out our hands-on from Mobile World Congress with the three phones in LG's new L-Series of Android smartphones.

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4 years ago

Samsung reportedly sells 2 million Galaxy Notes, hopes for 10 million by year's end

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Samsung has sold two million Galaxy Note smartphones since the device's debut last November, according to the latest numbers reported by Forbes. The figure sees Samsung doubling the initial million sold between late October and late December 2011, and is likely boosted by the Note's recent launch in the U.S. and Canada. Forbes also says the manufacturer is aiming for a total of 10 million by the end of the year.

We imagine this is a predicted number for all Note series devices, including the recently unveiled Galaxy Note 10.1, a product which sits firmly on the "tablet" side of the phone/tablet divide. Rumors of a 7-inch Galaxy Note also persist, despite the lack of such a device at Mobile World Congress. However, given the speed at which Samsung is rolling out new phones and tablets, we'd be surprised if we didn't see more Galaxy Notes before the end of 2012.

Samsung also announced strong sales of its Galaxy S II series recently, including global sales of 20 million units and 5 million sold in Samsung's native South Korea.

Source: Forbes

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