Phil Nickinson, Rene Ritchie, and special guest Michael DeGusta -- you might know his work from this post with a little chart in it -- talk about fragmentation, legacy, forks, and flexibility and how they challenge developers, designers, but most importantly -- consumers. This is a Mobile Nations Special Edition!
A few days ago we were introduced to the Tegra 3-powered HTC Edge, rumored to be one of the first quad-core Android smartphones. Today sees the emergence of renders showing another rumored quad-core HTC phone, the "HTC Zeta". According to Engadget, the Zeta's striking design isn't the only remarkable thing about the device, as it reportedly packs a quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064 CPU at a whopping 2.5 GHz.
Other reported specs include 1GB of RAM, a 4.5-inch 720p display of some sort, 32GB internal storage and an ample 1830 mAh battery. The phone is also said to include an 8MP rear camera capable of 1080p recording, along with the standard 1.3MP front-facer. As you'd expect from a premium HTC handset that's likely to launch in 2012, Sense and Beats Audio are also included, along with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Interestingly the phone is said to weigh just 146 grams, significantly less than many other HTC devices around the 4.3-4.7-inch mark. To put that into perspective, the recently-launched Rezound weighs in at 170 grams, while the Thunderbolt tips the scales at 175.
For the moment, of course, all this is well within rumor territory, and that'll remain the case until such time as HTC announces this device. It could turn out to be little more than a fanciful render of a product that might never come to market. But if it isn't, we certainly look forward to getting our hands on the Zeta, most likely at CES or Mobile World Congress next year.
With lots of device reviews now going up and more on the way, surely you've been busy reading up on them all but there is plenty of other stuff happening here on the blogs and more specifically -- in the Android Central forums. Make sure you check some of the threads below:
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is the latest Honeycomb tablet from Samsung, combining the Android 3.2 experience and the Exynos processor into a 7-inch package. Closely resembling it's 10-inch brothers, it's got the TouchWiz tablet interface on top of Android 3.2, which isn't nearly as intrusive as the TouchWiz of old, and actually brings enough to the table that most call it an improvement over stock Android. The 7-inch size should make the Tab 7 plus more portable and perfect for reading, and we're curious at how the speedy Exynos processor will power this one for games and media. We're planning on giving this one a real workout, but for now you can have a look past the jump for a hands-on video, a specs list, and a handful of pictures. More comes later.
The Amazon Kindle Fire has become the subject for the latest tear down from the folks over at iFixIt. Nothing insane was found underneath but unlike the Motorola Droid RAZR's super slim battery -- the Amazon Kindle Fire has a massive one taking up the majority of its backside. Overall, it's pretty basic and comes apart rather easily -- hit the source for more details.
Everybody knows Black Friday sales are coming but if you're a person like myself, who pretty much hates going to the mall ever -- let alone when it is crowded -- you likely enjoy when retailers change things up a little and start offering deals before Black Friday. T-Mobile is doing that this year by having announced "Magenta" Saturday.
On Saturday, Nov. 19, T-Mobile USA, will have special pricing for quite a few smartphones and even some tablets. Among them, the HTC Amaze 4G, Samsung Galaxy S II, T-Mobile G-Slate for as low as $49.99 as a down payment with an additional fee each month ranging from $10 - $20 but you also get mail-in-rebates as well, which vary from $50-$250 to bring the cost down.
If you've been looking into picking up a new smartphone or tablet for yourself or someone else, jump past the break for the full details.
No great surprise here, but less than 24 hours after Google released the Ice Cream Sandwich code for the Galaxy Nexus, we're starting to see ports. Here it is running on a PandaBoard -- think of it is a hacker-friendly playtoy -- and output to a television. Pretty sweet, and it's just the start of things to come. Check it out.
The Google Voice app for Android has received an update in the Market, which brings, among other enhancements, the ability to send text messages to multiple recipients. I love Google Voice and use it every day, but this is one feature I have been missing dearly. I often find myself sending the same or similar texts to multiple friends and familty and it always irked me that Google Voice did not allow this. With today's update, this is no longer an issue.
Here is the full changelog from the Market:
Prefetch voicemails so they can be listened to even when there is no data coverage
Allow sending text messages to multiple recipients
Improved text message notification
Please find links to the updated app after the break.
Remember those awesome looking Adobe Touch Apps that we saw back in October? Well they have finally reached the Android market for Tablets running Android 3.1 and above, and there are a total of 6 of them available. Each of them are available as individual purchases from the Android market for $9.99 apiece, and you can select between Adobe Photoshop Touch, Adobe Collage, Adobe Ideas, and a few others. Offering a wide variety of features, each of the applications is designed to do something a bit different, so be sure to hop into the Android market and check out the applications, and figure out which is best for you! Hit the break for the full release.
If you're an event organizer and are looking to make organizing events a little easier, maybe take a look at Evenbrite's Easy Entry Android app. It aims to make running a live event much easier on the organizers (thus the name, right?). And having gone to an event or 20 over the past few months, we feel pretty safe in saying that any help is appreciated.
Easy Entry lets guests check in by their name, or by scanning a QR code printed on an Eventbrite ticket. The app also tracks live sales and monitors attendace data, so organizers can decide when to shut the doors, and when to sell tickets at the door. Plus, all data is synced to Evenbrite's servers in real time, so you can use multiple devices at a single event.
We've got a few more screen shots and download links after the break.
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