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3 years ago

Texas Instruments announces the OMAP 5 CPU platform

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Texas Instruments held a webcast today, where they announced the OMAP 5 processor.  While it's not expected to be seen until mid 2012, it brings a lot of new tech to the table.  The OMAP 5 will be a multi-core system-on-chip consisting of ARM Cortex -A15 CPU cores and a POWERVR SGX544 multi-core GPU.  According to TI, this will bring a disruptive mobile experience, akin to the way Henry Ford transformed the auto industry.  While I'm not sure I would go that far, some of the new innovations do look very interesting.  It's worth noting that smartphone technology is moving so fast that we haven't even seen the OMAP 4 platform, but we expect devices running the platform this year.  Current Android devices using Texas Instruments CPUs, like the Droid X, are still running single core OMAP 3 technology.

The OMAP 5 will help usher in stereoscopic 3D, gesture recognition, computational photography, and more.  While providing up to three times the processing performance, the new chip promises nearly a 60 percent power reduction over the OMAP 4 platform.  TI also says they are very excited to continue their strong support of open source software, and they have been, and will continue to work closely with Google and the Android platform. 

Have a look at the short presentation video, and the press release will full tech specs after the break. [Texas instruments]

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3 years ago

Sprint rolls out maintenance release updates for the LG Optimus S and Samsung Galaxy Tab

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Sprint has announced some maintenance release updates for the LG Optimus S and Samsung Galaxy Tab. Both updates will be sent out in stages so there is no mad rush to get them download but if you own either device you'll want to check out the change logs to see if anything applies. You'll find those by hitting the source links and if you're not feeling that you can just look past the break, they're listed there as well. [Sprint, 2]

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3 years ago

HTC bets on Saffron Digital, makes huge investment

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HTC has announced that it has made a large investment in Saffron Digital, a London-based digital media delivery company.

Saffron had a great year in 2010 with loads of integration in products by HTC, LG, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, T-Mobile and Paramount, mostly in Europe.

The investment from HTC will allow Saffron to expand to other markets, most notably, Asia.

“HTC’s investment increases our global expansion capabilities and provides us with an opportunity to expand into new markets like Asia and new sectors like games and music delivery,” says Shashi Fernando, CEO of Saffron Digital. “We have grown Saffron Digital into one of the best and most exciting digital service providers in the world and this enables us to take digital content delivery to a new level for our customers around the world.”

Despite the strategic move from HTC, Saffron will continue partnerships with other vendors. Peter Chou talking about the investment: 

"Saffron Digital has developed an incredible expertise in mobile multimedia delivery. This ability to deliver optimised content in the future will be a key asset as content becomes more and more complex and localised,“ said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “We are excited to be working with Saffron to increase our global service delivery capabilities and expertise.”

It will be interesting to see how Saffron expands and in which ways HTC uses the digital media delivery company. [Business Wire]

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3 years ago

Possible HTC Desire 2 photo leaks

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The HTC Desire 2 rumors certainly seem to be gathering pace. Last week we reported that the phone had appeared in Vodafone Germany's inventory system, and now we have a leaked photo which purports to show the device itself.

Leaker "Rastaman-FB" claims the Desire 2 runs HTC Sense on top of Android 2.3.1 and features a superAMOLED display, front-facing camera and capacitive buttons.

The image has since been pulled from the original post, but as you can see above it bears a striking resemblance to the leaked photo of the "HTC Saga" which we reported last week, not to mention the unnamed HTC prototype snapped on a Taipei subway a week before.

According to the leaker, the phone displays the codename "Passion 2" on its softwate information page. "Passion" was the codename for the Nexus One, which was also built by HTC, and was the phone that the original HTC Desire was based upon.

With the pace Desire 2 leaks starting to quicken, it's seeming more and more likely that we could be due an official announcement at next week's Mobile World Congress. [AndroidForums]

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3 years ago

Samsung Continuum sees first custom ROM

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The Samsung Continuum has finally entered the custom ROM scene, courtesy of Fascinate developer and Android Central adviser Adrynalyne.  It's a basic ROM, based on the DL17 release, with none of the bloat and none of the Bing.  In short, it's a de-odexed stock ROM with busybox added, and ready for others to fill in and create a masterpiece.  And Adrynalyne doesn't even have a Continuum, but was able to create this with help from bubby323 and Logan302.  Community effort FTW.

If you rock a Continuum (and I totally would if I had Verizon service here on the frontier) you need to have a look.  Hopefully this is the start of a rich development community for one of the most unique phones of 2010.  [Android Central forums] Thanks for the hard work fellas!

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3 years ago

Best Buy 'Buy Back' program free for a limited time

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Best buy used their Super Bowl ad to pimp their new "Buy Back" program.  Buyback allows you to trade in your "ancient" 12-month-old tech for the latest and greatest, helping to reduce the sticker shock for those of us who like getting a new phone more often than the Carrier "encouraged" two-year upgrade cycle.

How much you get towards your new device depends on how long you've had it.

  • For the first six months you can get 50% of the retail cost
  • 6-12 months will give you 40% back
  • 12-18 months 30%
  • And if you can't wait another day, you can still get 20% between months 18 and 24.

For example, the Evo currently retails for $599.99.  If you buy it and opt for the buy back program, you can trade it in after 13 months and get $179.99 towards the retail cost of your next device.

Sure, you might be able to get more money if you sold it yourself on Craigslist, but this is a great option for those who don't want to go that route but still want to get something for our older device.

The service is typically an optional buy-in program, but for a limited time you can get it free with any qualifying electronics purchase.  If you're on the fence about upgrading because you don't want to "waste" your discount if something cool is just around the corner, the Buy Back program might be just what you were looking for.

 For more information, check out the official Best Buy Buyback page.

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3 years ago

Reminder: We're at Sprint tonight; Kyocera hardware rumored to appear

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Just a reminder, folks, that we'll be at Sprint's event tonight in New York City. It's one of those rare occasions where we really don't have much of an idea of what's going to be announced -- heck, it might not even be Android. That said, BusinessWeek (via PhoneScoop) believes we'll at least see some sort of Kyocera Android phone -- we're hoping (really, really hoping) that's not all Sprint has up its sleeve, along with appearances by illusionist David Blaine and CEO Dan Hesse, of course..

But join us tonight as we find out, live.

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3 years ago

Angry Birds secret code revealed, decoded

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The Angry Birds secret code from the Rio trailer ad during the Super Bowl has been found, tested, and decoded.  And none of it was done by me.  Credit goes out to @AndroidThrasher for the screencap, and scarbzscope on YouTube for the details.  Spoiler alert -- the code itself, and a video of the code broken and used is after the break.  Thanks fellas!

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3 years ago

Best Buy Super Bowl ad: Ozzy and Bieber ask 'How many Gs?'

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

This isn't, strictly speaking, Android related. But Best Buy's Super Bowl "How many Gs?" ad -- hell, anything, actually -- is better than that halftime show. Even an ad with the Bieber.

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