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2 years ago

Samsung washing machine pings your phone when load is done

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One of the more interesting things to come out of Samsung's CES 2012 press conference was a quick glimpse at this Android app which would connect to one of their smart washing machines and notify you when your load was done. Details were skimpy, but I got the impression that you would be able to a bunch of other tasks on the washing machine remotely with the app. 

The running theme for big electronics manufacturers like Samsung has been tying up all of their various businesses into one another, and though there are some really obvious synergies between, say, TVs and tablets, utilities like this washing machine Android app are much more unexpected and interesting. LG's thinking very much the same thing; during their press conference, LG showed a fridge which could shunt your grocery list to your phone.

My big worry is that these manufacturers will close themselves off so that unless you're an all-LG house or an all-Samsung house, you won't be able to enjoy a fully-connected home. A washing machine is a big purchase, so if you buy it for this Android utility, then you're more or less locked-in to buying Samsung phones for the indefinite future, right?

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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 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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2 years ago

Sony announces the Xperia S -- 1.5GHz dual core, 12MP camera, 720p screen [updated]

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It's been extensively leaked for a few months, but now the Sony Ericsson "Nozomi" has an official name -- the Sony Xperia S. As with the Xperia Ion, the Sony Ericsson name has been dropped in favor of the new Sony Xperia branding. Most of the specs from the Xperia Ion have been carried over to the Xperia S, with the notable exception being LTE support -- the Xperia S is a HSPA-only device.

Other specs are exactly as we've heard from all the pre-release rumors and leaks. There's a 720p zero-air-gap display on a 4.3-inch chassis, powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. The beastly 12-megapixel Exmor R camera from the Ion has made it across too. And like its big brother, the Xperia S ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with the promise of an update to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Other notable features include panoramic photos and PlayStation certification.

The Xperia S will arrive globally in March. Join us after the jump for the full press release, along with promotional videos and photos.

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2 years ago

Sony announces two new smartphones for Japan -- the Xperia Acro HD and Xperia NX

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Alongside the Xperia Ion and Xperia S, Sony has announced two new smartphones aimed at the Japanese market. The new Xperia Acro HD and Xperia NX are both exclusive to Japan, and appear to be based upon the manufacturer's American and international offerings. The Acro HD is described as a successor to last year's Xperia Acro, while the Xperia NX is said to be an Xperia S variant for Japanese consumers.

So far no images or specifications are available for either devices, but we'll keep you updated as further information emerges.

Source: Sony Ericsson Press Release

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2 years ago

HTC adds Desire HD, and additional versions of Desire and Wildfire to its bootloader unlocking database

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HTC took a few minutes away from their time at CES and updated the bootloader unlocking tool database with a few more devices this evening, namely the Desire HD and additional versions of the Desire and Wildfire.  The list is growing at a nice steady clip, with over 40 listed models and support for other devices not yet listed.  Nice job HTC, keep it coming!

Source: HTCdev; via @HTCdev

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