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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Beam official, with Gingerbread and 15 lumen pico projector

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Samsung is putting out press releases this evening, and to start with we have the all new Galaxy Beam. The Beam runs Gingerbread on a dual-core 1GHz CPU, a 4-inch WVGA screen, 8GB internal storage and a 15 lumen pico projector that will crank out an HD image up to 50-inches wide. It's worth noting the official product specifications list the Beam as having 6GB of RAM, but we're sure that's simply a typo. We'll verify with Samsung while we're talking to them in Barcelona. Hit the jump for the press release.

Source: Samsung

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2 years ago

Mobile Nations Special: Mobile World Congress 2012 kickoff

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Phil, Simon, and Alex have splashed down in Barcelona and are ready to assault Mobile World Congress 2012, Mobile Nations style, and bring you back absolutely everything Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, (and even iPhone and iPad if they can find it!). Listen in!

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2 years ago

HTC One X specs leak - 1.5GHz Tegra 3 and dual-shutter cam with dedicated image chip

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We expect to see the HTC One X tomorrow in Barcelona, but if these leaked images from Greek site FullGSM are the real deal, we can discuss the specs today. And there's a lot to discuss! The leaked product sheet lists all sorts of goodies that HTC fans have been waiting for. The One X is expected to ship with HTC's version of Android 4.0, and the Tegra 3 4-PLUS-1 SoC is confirmed here as well. All the basics are covered, things like Bluetooth 3.0 and a full array of motion sensors, and we see that NFC is on-board and that the One X is said to be Google Wallet compatible. Maybe the most interesting thing is the new camera hardware. The 8MP shooter comes with a "smart" LED flash, a backside illuminated f2.0 aperture, a 28mm wide angle lens, a dedicated HTC Image chip and a dual shutter module to allow taking pictures while filming 1080p video. This one should take beautiful pictures in any lighting conditions. Here's the bullet-point highlights:

  • 4.7-inch Super LCD2 at 720p resolution
  • Gorilla Glass
  • 1.5GHz 4-PLUS-1 Tegra 3 CPU
  • 32GB storage
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1800mAh battery
  • Wireless HDMI via HTC Media Link unit
  • DLNA
  • Pogo pins
  • 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front facing camera
  • Beats audio

You can check out the full list of specs on the product sheet, and a handful of pictures after the break. Be sure to tune in tomorrow when see everything HTC has to say at Mobile World Congress.

Source: FullGSM

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2 years ago

Cloud storage apps - what are they and how do they work?

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Dropbox and Box.net have been in the news recently, updating their apps and giving away tons of free space, so it's understandable that a few of us are wondering what the heck they're all about. Sure, you know you get Gigabytes of space, and great looking apps, but what exactly do they do, and how do they work? We're about to tell you! I'll focus on Dropbox here, because that's the service we use here at AC. I'm not recommending it over any of the others, but they are all similar and we've already got all our stuff uploaded there and we're too lazy busy to switch. 

Dropbox is storage space, reserved for you, on a computer somewhere in San Francisco. Other services, like Box.net or Ubuntu One may be in different cities, but they all are in big fancy data centers where nerdy people type in the command window all day and night to keep things running smoothly. They aren't just old Windows machines sitting in a basement somewhere, they are dedicated places designed to hold lots and lots of data. They routinely make backups, and have excellent uptime -- your data is going to be there when you need it to be there. They also use things like SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) and AES-256 encryption to make sure nobody can peek at your files without your login credentials. Your stuff is safe in these types of cloud storage centers. Things like file encryption and obfuscation are best left for another day, so we're not going to discuss that type of security -- just don't do anything illegal, OK?

Most of these companies offer a set amount of storage space for free, and have yearly plans for folks who need more. The amount is different from service to service, so be sure to read those terms before you sign up for one. This storage is yours, to put any files you want there, so you can get to them from any Internet connected device anywhere on Earth. You can do this at the company's website, or more importantly for this conversation, through a program on your smartphone or computer.

The program on your computer is usually set up to sync a folder with your online account. Inside this Dropbox folder are all the other folders and files you've placed in the cloud, and they stay synchronized -- change a file on your computer and it uploads the changes to your cloud account, and those changes are available from anywhere. You can also share these files or folders with other users of the same service, which means someone can make a change to a file and it will sync to their cloud account, through Dropbox, and into the shared folder on my computer. That makes collaboration pretty easy, and we share folders and files a lot here at Smartphone Experts (You should see Bla1ze's lolcat pictures!).

Things are different on our smartphones. We don't normally have tons of free space to sync everything, so it's a bit more selective. The data about each folder and file in your online account is sent to your phone when you start up the app, and you can see everything that's there without having to download it all. When you need a file, you can choose to download it to your phone's memory somewhere and access it through your phone. You can also upload files, which will then sync to your cloud account and any connected computers you may have. 

As you can see, there are all sorts of ways this could be useful. I have a folder in my Dropbox with names and phone numbers I may need in an emergency. If something happens, and I end up losing my smartphone while I'm out somewhere, I can still have access to them from any computer with a web browser. My wife likes to keep her shopping list in a shared folder, and either of us can add something to it from anywhere. Bla1ze likes to share his lolcats. I think just about anyone would find these services useful, and if you aren't using them yet you should give them a try. Links to Android apps for the three mentioned in this post are below, give one of them a shot!

Dropbox for Android | Box.net for Android | Ubuntu One for Android

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2 years ago

Acer CloudMobile shows itself on video before MWC

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We're almost there -- at MWC in Barcelona that is. But, as ever before we get to a big show the leaks continue to trickle out ahead of time. We're already expecting to see the Acer CloudMobile unveiled in Spain -- and naturally we'll be there to play with it if/when it appears.

The Italians are already one step ahead of the game though. At a recent press event in Milan, the guys from Celluare Magazine managed to get their hands on one. Better still they managed to shoot a quick hands on video with the device too. Before you click play though, remember that they're Italian. They're speaking Italian. But the video gives you a pretty good first look at the device. All in all, it doesn't look half bad.  

Remember to keep it locked to Android Central over the course of the next week for all the best of the goings on from MWC.

via Unwired View

More: Android Central at MWC 

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2 years ago

HTC sends greetings from Barcelona, shows a box of goodies

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On their new official blog, HTC has posted a short greeting from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona post from Director of digital marketing John Starkweather. While it's nice of him to say hello to all of us here on the Internet, and we certainly wish him well, we're more interested in the picture he attached. 54 pieces of "something amazing" are in that box (we counted), covered teasingly in pink bubble wrap. 

We don't have much to go on, but I have One good guess. We'll know more when we see HTC on Sunday. 

Source: HTC Blog

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note review (AT&T)

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In regards to this AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note review, we, the writers, editors and readers of Android Central, hereby stipulate the following:

  • It is a BIG smartphone. Anyone who says differently is just wrong.
  • Not everybody's sold on using a stylus; nor will everyone ever be - and that's OK.
  • If we never see another Galaxy Note press release, it'll be too soon. (Unless it's the one saying it's being updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.)
  • Anyone who calls the Galaxy Note a "phablet" in an un-ironic manner should be unmercilessly ridiculed even more than they likely already are.

Seriously. It's BIG. We know it. We get it. Nothing we say will change that fact.

So what it is about the Galaxy Note that's made it so popular? Samsung's shipped more than 1 million so far. That's different than "sold," but a million is not a small number. And will that popularity translate over to the North American markets? Will Samsung's aggressive marketing win out? Will it just be too darn BIG for our American sensibilities?

It's a smartphone. A BIG smartphone. With a stylus. Not so hard to wrap your head around. But wrapping your hand around it? That's another matter.


A BIG, beautiful display. Fast processor. Great software tweaks. The optional stylus is nicely hidden away when not in use. Has access to AT&T's new 4G LTE network.


It's friggin' HUGE for a phone. Not quite comically so, but it's certainly a handful. Launches with Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread instead of the newer Ice Cream Sandwich. Does not have NFC.



If the 5.3-inch display isn't too BIG for you, and if you don't have to have NFC, and if you're willing to wait for an update to the latest version of Android, the Galaxy Note is a great OVERSIZED smartphone. That sounds more negative than it should. But save for the stylus and SUPER SIZE, at its core it's a very solid Samsung Android smartphone.

Inside this review

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2 years ago

Facebook users spreading Android malware, here's how to stay safe

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

The Sophos security website has reported a new bit of Android malware, and this time it's being spread on Facebook. If you watch the video above, you'll see how an unknown person on Facebook send you a link, which you dutifully click (because we all click random Facebook links from people we don't know, right?) and it downloads a malware ridden apk file to your phone. It's a trick folks have to use now that Google has a Bouncer at large in the Market.

Unfortunately, the video stops there and leads the viewer to believe that it's another cause for panic and that we need to be up in arms over this. The reality is far different, and this is a classic case of sensationalism. What happens after the part where the video ends is really the important bit.

After the file downloads, you'll have to choose to install it. This also depends on you having disabled the security feature that prevents third party apps from being installed, and failing to read the permission warning that pops up when you verify that you want to install this random file. Of course, across the Internet you'll probably not hear this part, because Android and malware in the same title generates hits. We've seen it before. 

So how do you stay safe? It's easy:

  • Don't interact with random people on Facebook
  • Don't click random URLs from random people
  • Don't install random apps that you didn't download

With Android, you get the freedom to install apps from anywhere, not just an official store where the folks that make the OS get 30 percent. You also get notified of what every app can do, and are forced to accept those terms. With that in mind, use just a little bit of common sense and you'll be fine.

Source: Sophos

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2 years ago

The +Android team wants to see your design for a MWC pin [fun]

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The folks at Android like to have a bit of fun, especially when they're out of the office. Like we saw last year, they've designed a set of 85 Android pins and scattered them throughout the vendor booths at MWC, and collectors, bloggers, and Android nerds alike will certainly have a lot of fun collecting as many of them as they can. For the rest of us, who are stuck at home and not carousing the Mediterranean working the floor at MWC, well we can have some fun, too.

The +Android page wants to see your take on a pin design. Grab the template above, doctor it up as best you can, and drop a link on their Google+ post to the image. We wanna see as well, so be sure to drop a link to your picture in the forum thread we just set up so we all can have a look. For inspiration, here's a link to the 85 designs for 2012. Let's see what ya got!

Source: +Android

Show 'em off in the forums!

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2 years ago

ViewSonic to bring 3 dual-SIM phones and a new ViewPad tablet to MWC

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ViewSonic doesn't want to be left out of all the fun at Mobile World Congress, and today we heard about three new dual-SIM phones, and we're hearing rumors about the ViewPad G70 tablet (pictured). All four devices will ship with ViewSonic's custom version of Ice Cream Sandwich, and are decidedly entry-level.

The ViewPad G70 is said to have a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 display, 4 GB of internal storage, 1 GB RAM, a 2 MP rear and front camera, microSD card slot, HDMI port and both a micro and mini USB port. The 3G version is expected to retail around $350.

Of the three dual-SIM phones ViewSonic will show off in Spain next week, the best of the three in terms of specs is the ViewPhone 4s, a 3.5-inch device with an IPS display at 640 x 960 resolution. It will have a 1 GHz processor, a 5 MP rear camera and VGA front camera, and of course the dual-SIM card setup as mentioned. The ViewPhone 4e is a 3.5-inch device with a 320 x 480 display, has a 650 MHz processor, and a 3 MP rear camera. Last, but not least (especially in terms of raw size), the ViewPhone 5e is a 5-inch device with a 480 x 800 resolution.

We've heard nothing about price or availability, but the fact that they are dual-SIM devices probably means that we'll see these in the far east or in eastern Europe. We'll know more next week. In the meantime, the pictures are after the break.

Source: KisPlay blog (Chinese). More: Mobile-Review

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