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2 years ago

Possible 7-inch Motorola tablet shows up on blurrycam

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Thats right folks, our old friend Mr Blurrycam is back in town and this week brings pictures of a Motorola Android tablet that could well be a 7-incher. 

Thisismynext obtained the image that shows a much slimmer and sleeker design than the Xoom, and very barely shows the tablet running the Honeycomb camera app. The Motorola logo in the top left corner seems to point towards a possible portrait orientation, similar to that of the Acer Iconia A100

No official details, or specs were leaked with the image, so we'll just have to wait and see on this one. 

Source:  Thisismynext

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2 years ago

NVIDIA releases project Kal-El whitepapers, unveils fifth companion CPU core for low-power use cases

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NVIDIA has let loose some more technical talk about the upcoming project Kal-El chip, and are showing off a new patented process they call vSMP (variable Symmetric Multiprocessing).  As part of this new tech, they tell us of a new fifth CPU core that resides on the silicon designed to maximize the power savings of multi-core processing.  I'll leave the tech talk to the whitepapers themselves (be sure to check them out at the source link), but we can break it down in human terms, after the jump.

Source: NVIDIA

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2 years ago

HTC officially announces the Rhyme for Verizon, Europe, Asia

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And here it is, folks: the HTC Rhyme (aka the Bliss). Coming to Verizon on Sept. 22, the 3.7-inch smartphone has Android 2.3, a 3.7-inch WVGA (480x800) display and a 5MP camera, along with the latest version of HTC Sense, seen only in leaks until now. It's also got a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 768MB of RAM.

The real story, of course, are the accessories. There's the plugless dock (the trio of gold contacts is a telltale that you just place the phone in it), a glowing "charm cable" that plugs into the 3.5mm headphone jack, a sports armband and a Bluetooth headset. Note that the tangle-free earbuds are NOT of the Beats Audio variety.

The Rhyme -- which will cost $199 for all that purple goodness -- will be hitting Europe and Asia next month as well.

We're at HTC's event now -- hands-on impressions coming up.

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2 years ago

Getting your apps ready for Ice Cream Sandwich [developers]

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With the release of Ice Cream Sandwich looming on the horizon, Android lead tech writer Scott Main has taken some time to talk to developers about how to get Honeycomb-only apps ready for the smaller screen.  When ICS is released, and going forward from that point, the Android code for phones and tablets will be the same, just displayed differently based on screen size.  Because of the different devices available, tools and methods were built into Android to handle how things are shown to the user.   Using fragments and the action bar, apps can be built that show information in one big view, or split into separate screens for devices with lower resolutions.

Scott goes over all the tecnical aspects well at the Android Developers blog (see the source link below), and gives developers a lot of ideason how to get started when the ICS SDK finally arrives.  What you can do right now if you've developed and app for SDK 11 or higher is make sure it's only available for large screen devices in the Android Market, at least until you can implement some of the new changes coming with ICS.  Now all that's missing is the update, which should be pretty soon we think.

Source: Android Developers

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2 years ago

Announcing the winners of the Tegra Madness giveaways!

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It sure was a big week for contests!  We gave away a bounty of great Tegra 2 powered Android devices of all shapes and sizes, and now it's time to announce the winners.  Thanks everyone for entering, and be on the lookout for more awesome contests here at AndroidCentral.  And now, without further ado, the winners:

A hearty congratulations to each of you, and we'll be getting your prizes out in the next day or two.  We hope you enjoy (and know you will!) the cool Android devices headed your way, and would love to see a picture or two once you get them and have them all set up!  We also want to thank the good folks at Nvidia for making the whole week of Tegra Madness possible.  Shout out your own congratulations in the comments.

 

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2 years ago

Notion Ink CEO 'confirms' Ice Cream Sandwich in Oct., OMAP as reference platform; says Adam will update in Nov.

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The CEO of Notion Ink, Rohan Shravan, has "outed" some more news about the Ice Cream Sandwich release.  Yes, this is the same fellow who told us about Gingerbread a few days in advance last time around (which is why we looked twice).  In a post at the Notion Ink blog about plans to improve the graphics performance of the Adam, Shravan says a couple really interesting things -- Google will be releasing Ice Cream Sandwich in late October, OMAP devices will be the preferred platform (and receive the update before Tegra devices), and the Notion Ink will have the Adam updated by November.

Additionally, the folks at Phone Arena have confirmed with Shravan that Google has already supplied OEMs with Ice Cream Sandwich, and that Notion Ink is not one of the manufacturers to be seeded with an early release of the source code. 

We're still going to be on the lookout for something a bit more official, and none of this news is really surprising -- it has been regurgitated across the Internet for the past few months.  We'll see Ice Cream Sandwich when it's ready, and if that means next month none of us will be complaining.

Source: Notion Ink; via Phone Arena

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2 years ago

Reminder: win the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 grand prize pack from Nvidia and Android Central

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It's been a week packed full of great prizes in the Tegra Madness giveaway, and we're closing it out with a bang -- a grand prize pack made up of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, a Jambox Bluetooth speaker, a Samsung Galaxy Tab keyboard dock, a Samsung Galaxy Tab desktop dock, and a $25 AmEx gift card!  Not only is the Tab 10.1 the thinnest and lightest 10 inch tablet on the market, it also chews through video and games like nobody's business, thanks to the Tegra 2 chip it's rocking.  This one's more than just a great tablet, the accessories are killer as well.  With the keyboard dock, the desktop dock, and the Jambox Bluetooth speaker you'll have the complete package for work and play.  To round it all out, you'll be getting a $25 AmEx gift card you can use to buy all the awesome games from the Tegra Zone!  You don't want to miss your chance on this one.

It's easy, just hit the forums and drop a note in the contest thread, and you're entered.  Each contest runs for 24 hours (midnight to midnight, Eastern Time), and we'll pick the winner at random, then announce them all in one big blog post Sunday (Sep. 18).  Good luck to all, and be sure to enter!

Win the Galaxy Tab 10.1 grand prize pack

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2 years ago

Announcing the winners of the Waze and Android Central device giveaways

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A couple weeks back the good folks at Waze got together with us and had a blow-out of a contest.  The huge list of prizes -- tablets, and the best smartphones on the planet -- got everyone excited, and now it's time for seven folks to get even more excited, as we present the winners.  Playing was fun for all, and yours truly discovered a great app with Waze for Android, but the following folks get the added pleasure of some new Android gear to add to their experience:

Congrats ladies and gents!  The folks at Waze will be in touch shortly, via the contact information you provided through the app.  They just shared the winners with us so we could congratulate you ourselves.  Have fun with your new Android devices, and be sure to use 'em to munch some Androids while you're out and about.  Let's all wish them well in the comments guys.  And once again, thanks to Waze for the awesome contest!

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2 years ago

Not even Android can save the BlackBerry PlayBook, has shipped just 200,000 units

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We're going to let our pals at CrackBerry do the legwork on this one, but it's a number that needs to be noted here: RIM just announced in its Q2 earnings call that it's shipped just 200,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets -- and that's shipped, not sold -- in three months. We care, of course, because RIM's hacked a sort of Android emulator (they call it an "Android Player") onto the thing. But at this point, we're not even sure the might and muscle of Android can salvage things.

More: CrackBerry

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2 years ago

Google launches new developer site, kicks it off with the Google+ API

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Google has launched a new developer portal where it can share news about events and updates, as well as offer examples and use cases for developers of all their products -- including Android.  To get things started, Google just released the Google+ API and has shared a couple methods to retrieve public data from Google+.  Initially, the API will only collect public data, which should alleviate any privacy concerns and give the folks in Mountain View some time to get a secure method worked out for data that isn't shared with the world.

You might be asking what all this API mumbo jumbo means for you and I.  Think of it as  code that developers can use in their programs, across various platforms like Windows, Mac OS, Android, even ChromeOS.  They can plug this code into their programs and collect data and display it however they like.  This means the third-party applications, like Twitter clients, will be able to hook into Google+ like they currently can with Twitter or Facebook.  As we've seen so far with Google+ itself, this will take some time to get a viable solution worked out; one that addresses users privacy, yet makes things easy for web and mobile developers to use.  We're looking forward to see how this all develops, and of course to see what enterprising developers can come up with.  For more information, visit the links below.

Google Developers; Google+ API. Via +Reto Meier

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