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4 years ago

Viewsonic announces $170 ViewPad E70 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet

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Viewsonic has announced the ViewPad E70, a 7-inch tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich with an interesting price-point -- $169.99.  For under 200 bucks, you'll get a 1GHz CPU, 4GB internal storage, micro SD card slot, HDMI out and a front facing camera.  Viewsonic hasn't given out the full set of specifications just yet, so we're only sure of the above.

What you won't be getting is the Android Market or other Google Applications.  The ViewPad E70 ships with "Integrated apps and services" [that] "provide easy access to leading multimedia, entertainment content, and thousands of mobile apps offered."  The Amazon Appstore would probably work, as will other places like GetJar or SlideMe.  Of course, chances are someone will figure out how to drop the Market on this thing anyway eventually.  We'll be sure to hit ViewSonic on our travels and have a look at this one.  See the full press release after the break.

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4 years ago

Vizio expands Google TV lineup to include HDTVs and Blu-ray players

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In addition to the Vizio VAP430 media streamer we mentioned, Vizio is also looking to bring a better Google TV experience to HDTVs and Blu-ray players by expanding their efforts there.

  • Smart Blu-ray - As part of the VIZIO Internet Apps Plus ecosystem, the VBR430 Blu-ray lets users access video, audio and photos stored on any DLNA-compatible computer, network-connected hard drive or cell phone connected to a home network. Built-in WiFi makes network connection easy, and Bluetooth capability provides yet another conduit for streaming media from cell phones and computers.
  • Smart TV Plus 3D - VIZIO's V.I.A. Plus products will also include Theater 3D technology, for crystal clear, brighter and flicker-free 3D, viewable with lightweight, comfortable, battery-free 3D glasses. The TVs feature LED backlighting with smart dimming technology to achieve dynamic contrast ratios of 1,000,000:1 or greater.

Vizio is working hard with folks and announcing new partners who are collaborating to bring their content and services to the V.I.A. Platform. The full press release can be found past the break for you all.

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4 years ago

Android Central at CES 2012: Day -1 roundup

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CES "officially" starts today, but that doesn't mean that we haven't already seen a ton of new Android stuff.  Traditionally, hardware vendors and other companies showing off their gear at CES take a day to have press conferences and presentations with all the media outlets in attendance, and it's always full of good stuff.  We saw phones, tablets, televisions, heck even a refrigerator or two.  Here's a quick list in case you missed any of it

Smartphone news

Tablet news

Other news

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4 years ago

Mobile Nations + TCPJ Special: CES 2012 Kickoff

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Mobile Nations teams up with The Cell Phone Junkie to talk CES 2012 -- all the pre-show news from BlackBerry, Android, iPhone and iPad, and Windows Phone including Playbook OS 2.0, 18 new Android devices -- today! -- Apple's non-presence, and the Titan 2 and Nokia Lumia 900. Listen in!

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Got something to say? Agree or disagree with something we said? Have something you want us to discuss on a future show? Don't just sit there yelling at the screen, dammit, let us know!

Credits

Our music is pROgraM vs. Us3R by by morgantj. Introduction by Joseph Holder.

Thanks to the Mobile Nations network of stores for sponsoring this podcast.

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4 years ago

Vizio introduces Google TV powered media streamer

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GoogleTV is alive and kicking at CES 2012 in many ways and one company leading the charge is Vizio, having announced a whole line of products making use of GoogleTV. One product they're showing off is the Vizio VAP430 media streamer.

Using WiFi and HDMI, the small little box with a big remote connects to your TV and opens up access to Vizio's Internet App Plus services. It also comes complete with Google's Chrome browser on board that provides full blown internet access. Bluetooth capability allows for content from smartphones and tablets to be connected to the TV wirelessly while USB inputs provide access to USB drives and any content they may hold.

The VAP430 also has an HDMI pass-through that lets the user connect a cable or satellite box to the player and pass the signal over to the TV, granting access to the full GoogleTV experience including the Android Market. No pricing has been announced but the VAP430 media streamer will be one of the first products on the market from Vizio using their Internet App Plus services.

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4 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich ROM leaked for the Xperia Play

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In the middle of all the CES excitement, it's sometimes hard to forget about the regular Android world for a while. Fortunately the good folks over at XDA Developers never forget, and the latest goody bag to emerge from them is a leaked Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for the Xperia Play

The tweaked 4.0.3 ROM has all the look and feel of stock ICS, and takes advantage of the Trebuchet launcher. As usual with such leaks there are things that don't work, one of which seems to be the camera. But if you can live without that and fancy giving it a shot, hit the source link for the download links and instructions. A walkthrough video can be found after the break.

Source: XDA Developers

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4 years ago

Gingerbread finally available for Samsung Captivate

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It's been a long wait, but Samsung Captivate users can finally upgrade their device to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).

Here are the benefits of updating your device, according to the Samsung page:

  • Download management
  • New layout for larger fonts
  • Word prediction, multi-touch for numerical input
  • One-touch word selection and copy/paste
  • Fixed Top-menu in Gmail
  • Voice Search added into the search categories
  • Vertical play mode added to YouTube
  • 3D graphic driver updates
  • Additional Khronos standard such as OpenSL ES, EGL for better multimedia performance
  • Concurrent Garbage Collector  technology embedded to reduce lags in games
  • Being able to show your face in public

Unfortunately, to get this update you'll still have to go through the dreaded Kies system, but Samsung has put step-by-step directions on their site. Hit up the source link for the instructions. For more info or to see how the update is going for others, please hit up our Samsung Captivate Forum.

Source: SamsungThanks, Bruce, and everyone else who sent this in!

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4 years ago

O2 and Three to carry Xperia S in the UK, white version to be a Phones4U exclusive

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Following last night's Sony Xperia S announcement, the first information on where you'll be able to get hold of the device in the UK has started to emerge. So far Three and O2 have confirmed that they'll be carrying the phone when it arrives this March. In related news, retail chain Phones4U has announced that it's secured nationwide exclusivity of the white Xperia S in the UK.

We've got Phones4U's press release after the jump.

Source: Three UK, O2 UK on Google+

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus versus Nokia Lumia 900

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Take the best Android smartphone and put it next to the best Windows Phone. Know what you get? A couple of big-ass phones. Hit the break for a quick look at the Samsung Galaxy Nexus against the Nokia Lumia 900.

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4 years ago

Video hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

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Words don't really describe just how nice the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 really is, and images only capture some of the beauty. Check it out in full action here, and no -- we don't know when it is released, but we want one now!

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4 years ago

The Motorola Droid RAZR in black -- and purple -- and white

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What's better than one Motorola Droid RAZR? How about three Motorola Droid RAZRs, in all three colors. The black and white RAZRs are old news, we supposed, but the purple one is brand new. And it's purple.

Oh, and the 16GB versions of all three have dropped in price to $199, so they've got that going for them, which is nice.

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4 years ago

Motorola Droid 4 hands-on

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The worst-kept secret of the season has got to be the Motorola Droid 4 on Verizon. And here it is in our hot little hands. The Big Deal here is that the keyboard once again has been redesigned. The keys are now laser cut (as opposed to whatever medieval method was used previously), and they're backlit. And they're pretty nice. Maybe a tad slick, but they're also pretty new. The backlight's definitely a nice touch.

The other surprising feature on the Droid 4 is its weight. Or, lack thereof. Whereas the previous members of the Droid line were, more or less, known for their heft, the Droid 4 is surprisingly light. You're not going to mistake it for a RAZR anytime soon, but it's not going to cause you to list to one side while you're walking.

One odd feature: The battery door is removable so you can get to the SIM card. But the battery itself is not removable.

The slider mechanism is decent enough, and Motorola's implementation of Gingerbread is speedy and full of features like MOTOCAST and Smart Actions, and all the business-type software Moto can muster. The suits are going to love it. The IT department is going to love it. And even after brief use, we're pretty sure we're going to be pretty pleased with it.

The only question we have is this: How long until the Droid 5?

We've got a full hands-on after the break.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7

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If you thought you'd get through CES this year without a new decimal-sized Galaxy tablet, you were wrong. Tonight here at Pepcom we got our hands on the upcoming Galaxy Tab 7.7 with Verizon LTE connectivity, slated to hit Big Red "soon." Formally announced just a few hours ago, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 has a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor hidden beneath a 7.7-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, the true star of the show. It's a 720p HD display at 1280 x 800 resolution, which is sure to knock your socks off. It seems like each iteration of the Galaxy Tab line comes packed with a more gorgeous display, the 7.7 is no exception. It's really, really nice. I'll tell you what else is nice after the break.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX

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One of our biggest worries in our review of the Motorola Droid RAZR was with the non-removable battery. A 1780 mAh power source that can't be replaced on a power-hungry 4G LTE device is just asking for trouble.

That fear has been addressed with the new Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX. In a nutshell, you've got a slightly thicker Droid RAZR with nearly double the battery life of the orginal RAZR thanks to a 3300 mAh battery. 

Now, normally when you have that kind of capacity, you've also got an unsightly wart or huge humpback that makes you embarrassed to take the phone out of your pocket. But the Droid RAZR MAXX beefs up in style, adding just a milimeter or so of thickness. In fact, if you stare at the two phones long enough, you start to forget which is which.

Otherwise, same old (excellent) RAZR. Hope you early adopters aren't kicking yourselves too much right now.

We've got a full hands-on after the break.

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4 years ago

ASUS EeePad Transformer Prime ICS update arriving today! [updated]

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Update - The update is now fully rolling out, you can discuss it in the Android Central Forums.

We're live at NVIDIA's CES 2012 press conference, where it's just been announced that the ASUS EeePad Transformer Prime will receive its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update today, instead of the previously-announced date of Jan. 12. This makes the Prime the first Android tablet to be upgraded to ICS, so head over to that software updates menu to see if your update is ready to roll out.

Prime owners, be sure to shout out in the comments when that all-important update arrives.

More: NVIDIA CES 2012 Liveblog

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