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3 years ago

Google officially announces Ice Cream Sandwich

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Google has officially announced version Android 4.0, a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich.  It's packed full of new features and has a new look, and unifies the Android experience between tablets and smartphones.  Matias Duarte took the stage to go over all the highlights, which include great features like a buttonless design, new gesture controls, and stacked and resizable widgets.

He also made sure we know that Google set out to give Android a "soul" -- make it fit you, and help people love it even more.  "Android is enchanting.  Something beautiful, seductive, and something you can easily fall in love with."  With a new "mechanical skeleton" including a font named Roboto, based on TV motion graphics, web design, and print, it brings a new way to do things with simple typographic layouts and bold spaces.  It looks amazing, with new and rich subtle animations, and an all new launcher design that has easy customization features and the running applications preview we're used to from Honeycomb.  Notifications can now be dismissed, and the new music player notification allows you to control the music player without leaving any app.  The keyboard has been improved, becoming more accurate and has an all new look and feel. Voice input has been updated, and it's now almost instant.  Something many have been waiting for, screen capture, is now built in so apps that need root no longer has the ability to do it through software.   And while the demo for facial recognition unlocking didn't go exactly as planned, that's coming as well and we'll all have a lot of fun with it.

We're itching to have a look for ourselves, but that will have to wait just a little while longer.  For now, we can all discuss and enjoy what we know is coming.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus launching in US, Europe and Asia this November

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Update: Three has announced that it'll carry the Galaxy Nexus in the UK.

Samsung and Google have just announced the initial launch plans for the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus on-stage at the Samsung Unpacked event in Hong Kong. The phone will launch in November in the US, Europe and Asia, including Japan, where it'll be available on NTT DoCoMo. No word on network availability for the US or EU just yet -- often carriers like to make these announcements themselves.

We'll keep you posted as more details of network availability emerges.

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3 years ago

Samsung and Google introduce GALAXY Nexus

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Samsung and Google introduce GALAXY Nexus

World’s First Smartphone to feature Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and a HD Super AMOLED display

Hong Kong – October 19, 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a leading mobile device provider, and Google, today announced GALAXY Nexus™, the world’s first smartphone running Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest release of the Android platform. GALAXY Nexus features a 4.65” HD Super AMOLED display technology at 720p resolution and a 1.2GHz dual core processor.

“Samsung and Google have closely collaborated to push the mobile experience forward. We are pleased to deliver the best Android smartphone experience for customers with GALAXY Nexus. We will continue to move forward with Android to provide the compelling consumer experience in mobile world,” said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.

“Ice Cream Sandwich demonstrates the Android platform’s continued innovation with one release that works on phones and tablets and everything in between. Features like Android Beam and Face Unlock show the innovative work our team is doing, and GALAXY Nexus showcases the power behind Ice Cream Sandwich,” said Andy Rubin, Senior Vice President of Mobile for Google.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus specs

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Specifications

  • Network: HSPA+ 21Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps 850/900/1900/1700/2100, EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
    Specifications above may differ on the LTE version.
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Dual-core Processor (OMAP 4460)
  • Display: 4.65-inch 1280x720 HD Super AMOLED
  • OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Main (Rear) Camera: 5MP AF with LED Flash with zero shutter lag and fast shot2shot
  • Sub (Front) Camera: 1.3MP for Video Call
  • Sensor: Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, Light, Proximity, Barometer
  • Memory: 1GB RAM + 16/32GB Internal memory
  • Size: 135.5 x 67.94 x 8.94 mm, 135g
  • Battery: Standard battery, Li-on 1750 mAh.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus announced

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Samsung and Google have just announced the latest in the latest entry in the Nexus line of phones at the Samsung Unpacked event in Hong Kong, handing out press kits a bit early. It's the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, powered by stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Galaxy Nexus is the device we've previously heard called the Nexus Prime, a phone that's appeared in a number of leaks over the past few months.

The star of the show is Ice Cream Sandwich, of course, the new version of Android which includes such tasty features as "brand new People app with Google+ integration", as well as panoramic photo support, and "face unlock" facial recognition capability. But the hardware itself is also highly impressive -- the body of the phone is just 8.94mm thick, and the front is dominated by a massive 4.65-inch HD SuperAMOLED display running at 720p resolution. Inside there's a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU, along with 1GB of RAM and 16 or 32GB of internal storage. Camera-wise, you've got a 5-megapixel shooter on the back, along with a front-facing camera for video calls and HSPA+ and LTE connectivity.

Needless to say, we can't wait to get our hands on this one, and we're sure most you can't, either. The Galaxy Nexus is due to arrive in November in the US, Europe and Asia, with a global rollout following later.

Be sure to follow the latest developments over on YouTube, as well as our Phonepocalypse Perpetual Liveblog.

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3 years ago

Another Galaxy Nexus hands-on video

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Our Dutch is a little rusty, but we sure do know how to say "thin."

Source: AndroidWorld.nl; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Nexus shows off its back side as we near the official unveiling

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We've seen quite a bit of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus in the past little while but as we get settled in for the full unveiling things are starting to come together -- like the Galaxy Nexus website. When that happens, people tend to get nosy and start poking around and oh what wonders they find. Along with a good look at the front side of the device we can now get a better peek at it's back side. All will be revealed in a few hours.

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

Rogers' Motorola RAZR to cost just $149 on three-year contract

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We'll still never understand why Canadians put up with three-year contracts. But we're definitely feeling a $149 Motorola RAZR on the only Canadian carrier to, erm, carry it. No mention of two- or one-year pricing. Trade-offs, we suppose.

Source: Rogers Thanks, @TheSolsticeBare!

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3 years ago

Android 2.3.4 update beginning to roll out for Xperia Arc

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A new software update for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc is rolling out in Europe and the Middle East, according to reports from Xperia Blog and XDA. The new software version 4.0.2.A.0.42 brings Android 2.3.4, along with a handful of bug fixes for SE's Gingerbread-powered 4.2-incher.

The update isn't yet available in the UK, but seems to now be rolling out via the Sony Ericsson PC Companion in mainland Europe, India, Pakistan and Egypt, in addition to Nordic countries, which got the update first a couple of weeks back. If you've recently received the update on your Arc, be sure to let us know in the comments.

Source: Xperia Blog

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3 years ago

Eyes-on "Smart Actions" for the Motorola Droid RAZR

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As a lover of my couch, I didn't get too worked up with the MOTOACTV announcement. What did pique my interest, however, is the Smart Actions function that comes preloaded on the Droid RAZR. Motorola says that this nifty little feature is going to improve your battery life by 30%, which is great, since we won't be able to buy an extended battery for the device. Smart Actions will decrease processor speed, slow down data, and dim your display when the battery is approaching crisis levels.

But Smart Actions' purpose isn't solely battery related. For example, as you'll see in the video, it allows you to program a website to open when your alarm goes off. Now that's pretty cool.

A representative for Motorola said that the company hopes to include this on all future devices, but no word on whether or not it can be ported to existing Motorola smartphones. 

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3 years ago

Dear @georgiatipb: We have a watch for you

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One straps to your wrist, plays music and tracks your workout. The other does the same for almost half the price. OK, OK. So the $249 price (for the 8GB model) of the MOTOACTV is going to be a bit much for some to swallow. We get that.

But here's the thing: It actually goes one further than the iPod Nano and connects to your phone via Bluetooth. So you can see who's calling. Or what messages are coming in. All without having to dig out your phone. We know some of you have been wanting this. Right?

Is $249 just too high a starting point for the MOTOACTV?

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3 years ago

The iPhone 4S review [the competition]

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We're all waiting patiently for the Nexus event coming in a few hours, but Apple had a little event of its own recently, and has released the latest version of their mobile offering -- the iPhone 4S.  We're all Android fans here, but we can't deny the appeal the iPhone has to many people and the impact it has on the mobile space.  Plenty of smartphone geeks love the iPhone, including our good friend Rene Ritchie who cranked out one hell of a review for the iPhone 4S.  You really should read it, even if you have no interest in Apple products, because it showcases the other side of the smartphone buying public.  Most iPhone buyers have no interest in specs, or a long list of features, or even a change log -- they just like it to work as promised right out of the carton.

Rene does an excellent job covering the improvements, like the redesigned antenna and beefed up CPU, as well as the areas where it's still a bit behind the curve -- lack of RAM and no LTE support.  And of course, he takes Siri out for some tests, as well as other new features like iCloud and AirPlay mirroring.  After reading through it, I think this is surely the best iPhone yet.  Even if I would have no interest in using one, I would recommend it to more than a few people I know.  Let's face it -- the smartphone race has basically come down to two major players, and we should care about both of them.  We can pick on Apple users tomorrow, but today let's take a minute and see what so many out there enjoy.

TiPb's iPhone 4S review

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR hands-on video

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I was able to get my hands on a Droid RAZR and duck out long enough to get a video walk-through, and I'm really glad I did. Photos can only do this device so much justice, but when you get to hold it in your hands, you'll really be able to see what Motorola and Verizon are bragging about. 

While it may not be clear in the video above, the screen and size are the real stars here. The  4.3-inch Super AMOLED display is vivid, rich, and super vibrant, and the phone itself is mind-blowingly thin and light. It's unlike any other LTE device on the market today, and is a true gamechanger in 4G technology. 

Check out all of my initial impressions here, and let's all bide our time wisely until the Droid RAZR's "early November" lauch. 

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid RAZR ships with locked bootloader, says Motorola Twitter account

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Here's a bit of news that a few of you aren't going to like hearing -- the Motorola Droid RAZR will ship with a locked bootloader.  According to the official Motorola Mobility Twitter account:

The bootloader was locked per the carrier, in addition to meeting security, safety and regulatory guidelines.

We're not quite sure where regulatory guidelines come into play here, but we understand the carrier wants it locked as well as the safety aspect (even if we don't agree).  Luckily, it looks like Verizon will be offering another phone for those of you who want to unlock and fool around with the inner workings of your Android phone's software, and we should see it in about eight hours.  Android -- something for everyone.

Source: @Motorola

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3 years ago

Rogers has Canadian exclusive on the Motorola RAZR

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For our friends up north: Rogers will have the exclusive on the Motorola RAZR. Said to be available in time for the holidays, no pricing was announced. But figure it'll go a bit cheaper than the $299 two-year U.S. offering, thanks to the Canadian standard three-year contract, right? Otherwise, same slim, fast phone as was just announced.

Source: Redboard

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