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2 years ago

Cobra bringing more Android-related accessories into vehicles at CES

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Cobra Electronics, probably best known for its radar detectors and vehicle security systems, is bringing a couple new pieces of Android kit to CES next week in Las Vegas.

First up is the Cobra Tag G5. It's an improvement on what you see above -- a "smart" key fob with companion app that connects to your phone via Bluetooth. If they get too far away from each other, an alarm sounds. It uses the new Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (BLE) standard for an expected life of at least six months when connected to a phone. (Ed note: Whoa.)

And then there's the Cobra JoyRide for Android. It pairs up Cobra's charging accessory and is basically a car mode app. It'll initiate phone calls or voice commands, share road hazard information and live police info, serve as a music app and launch other applications.

We'll be on the ground in Las Vegas to check it all out. See our complete CES coverage here.

Source: Cobra

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2 years ago

(Former?) AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note accessories maker: Nothing to see here!

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The accessories manufacturer that prematurely confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Note is coming to AT&T has since retracted said leak. According to a new release from Anymode, the previous statement that it was "recently named [an] OEM vendor for many of [Samsung's] Galaxy Note accessories" was released in error and "the information was not provided by Anymode, AT&T or Samsung, nor did Anymode, AT&T or Samsung approve it."

Here's the full statement:

RETRACTION OF EARLIER CES ANNOUNCEMENT

JANUARY 6, 2012 --The January 5, 2012 CES Media Alert titled "Anymode Introduces First Accessories for Samsung Galaxy Note" contained inaccurate information pertaining to AT&T and the release of the Samsung Galaxy Note.

The information was not provided by Anymode, AT&T or Samsung , nor did Anymode, AT&T or Samsung approve it.

The issuing party apologizes for the publishing of the inaccurate information and any inconvenience it may have caused. 

Interesting, indeed. Is there a rogue PR rep running the streets, spilling beans by day and fighting crime by night? Has anybody checked Wikileaks latety?

And does this retraction mean we won't see an AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note? Oh, we're pretty sure it's out there. Does that mean we won't be seeing any Anymode accessories? Confidence is high. Repeat: Confidence is high.

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2 years ago

This is what the white Galaxy Nexus looks like

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This morning UK retailer Clove gives us our first proper look at the white Samsung Galaxy Nexus, with some real, official promotional images. You might notice it's a bit different to the picture that was doing the rounds previously -- turns rival retailer MobileFun fudged things yesterday and used a fan render on their site rather than an official photo.

In any case, what you see above is in fact what'll start shipping in the UK during the week commencing Feb. 6. Clove's asking price for the white Nexus is £500 (~$780), which is about the same as you'll pay for the black version in the UK right now.

Source: Clove

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2 years ago

32GB GSM Galaxy Nexus coming early February, says UK retailer

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In addition to the recently-outed white Galaxy Nexus and Sprint 4G LTE Galaxy Nexus, it seems like the elusive 32GB GSM version is now on the horizon, too. So far all the GSM-flavored Nexuses sold in Europe and Asia (and imported into the U.S.) have been of the 16GB variety, but according to one British retailer, the 32GB version should be available in a little over a month.

On its official blog, Handtec reveals that the first batch of 32GB Nexuses is expected during the week commencing Feb. 6. That just happens to be the same week the 16GB white Galaxy Nexus is due to land in the UK. Pricing is still up in the air, but we've seen the 32GB model listed elsewhere for an eye-watering £600 (~$930), so you'll likely pay a pretty penny for that extra 16GB of storage if you take the plunge next month.

Source: Handtec Blog

 

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2 years ago

Toshiba preparing a 7-inch, cost effective tablet for CES 2012

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While Toshiba's previous tablet efforts certainly didn't go unnoticed, they weren't exactly home runs for the company either. For CES 2012 though, Toshiba looks to be hoping to carve out their own portion of the tablet market by offering a cost effective device to masses.

Not a whole lot of specs have been revealed in the latest leak but from what has been gathered thus far we're looking at a 7-inch tablet with a a screen resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels powered by an Qualcomm Snapdragon processor -- that differs from the NVIDA Tegra 2 found in other Toshiba tablets such as the Thrive.

Like other Toshiba tablets before it, this one will come loaded with microUSB, microSD and Bluetooth alongside a wireless LAN. There is a camera on the back as well but, we're not expecting much from it as Toshiba has left a LED flash out of the equation. Want to see more? Jump past the break for some more images to feast your eyes upon.

Source: Notebook Italia; Thanks, Marco!

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2 years ago

It's not just Google TV ... it's LG's 3D Google TV

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Just when we thought we were done with the 3D thing, LG and Google TV drag us back in. Google announced LG as a new Google TV partner today, and LG responded with its own release that shows us the TV you see above.  Looks like it's got a tweaked version of the UI we're currently enjoying with Honeycomb on GTV. And the display itself uses the kind of 3D glasses that don't have to be plugged in. (Aka the lesser of two evils.)

LG's TV will come with a "Magic Remote Qwerty," which we assume is code for a keyboard/remote combo. We'll get our first real look first thing Monday morning. Be sure to join us.

Source: LG

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note case vendor confirms phone coming to AT&T

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We joke about the mountain of spam we get when CES rolls around, but it can pay off to read through it. The folks at Slashgear spotted more confirmation that the Samsung Galaxy Note (read our full review) will be headed to AT&T, and we've doubly confirmed in our own pile of e-mails we had no intention of reading. 

The line in question is as follows:

Anymode is introducing its accessories into the North American market for the first time at CES. AT&T recently named Anymode as OEM vendor for many of its Galaxy Note accessories. Samsung has shipped more than one million Galaxy Notes globally as of December 2011. The Note is expected to be available in the United States in early 2012 through AT&T.

So, look for this bad boy to be announced Monday at AT&T's developer event, no doubt. We'll be there as it all goes down.

Follow all of our CES 2012 coverage here!

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2 years ago

Sprint throttles data for top 1%, CEO Dan Hesse says (Update: actually, only if you're roaming)

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Update 2: Much ado about nothing, folks. Apparently Hesse said "roaming," and Dow Jones or whomever missed it entirely. Go about your postpaid, non-roaming business. 

Update: And just as a few of us were thinking, Sprint's walked this back to CNET and says it doesn't apply to postpaid accounts, which is most of us. Carry on.

At a Sprint investor conference today, CEO Dan Hesse confirmed that Sprint is throttling data speeds for the top 1 percent of users (you know who you are), and he seems to feel strongly about those that abuse the unlimited data plans on the nations number three carrier:

For those that want to abuse it, we can knock them off

As of today, Sprint still offers a mandatory unlimited data plan for all smartphones.  Hesse says they have no plans to switch away from this, and will not start offering tiered data packages.  He made no mention about switching to any sort of throttled plan after a certain cap is reached, but that's always a possibility.  Sprint will do what they have to do to manage data use on their network, and we can't blame them one bit.  Here's hoping they do it the right way and keep the consumer in mind.

Source: NASDAQ

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2 years ago

Sprint Galaxy Nexus, Streaming media help [From the Forums]

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Like we said before -- the news floating around ahead of CES is aplenty and it's only going to get better as we get closer to the actual event. New Gorilla glass, new GoogleTV and Sprint Galaxy Nexus info rounded out the news today but if you missed out on anything or are looking to discuss it further, make sure you hop on into the Android Central forums:

If you're not already a member of the Android Central forums, you can register your account today.

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2 years ago

Android Resolutions: Love the phone you're with

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There's probably absolutely nothing wrong with your phone. No, really. So what if it's a year old? Hell, so what if it's two years old? So long as it's relatively free of dings and scratches and is in reasonably good working order, chances are you've got an above-average Android smartphone. And remember that even a mid-level Android smartphone is better than, well, everything else.

Resolve that if you can't be with the phone you love, honey, love the phone you're with

The Android world moves pretty damn fast. If your phone is the new hotness today, chances are it'll seem old and busted in a month. But it's not. If we seem to forget about your phone, try not to take it personally. We love your month-old phone. Really, we do. And you should still love your phone as well.

Every now and then I charge up my Nexus One to do something or other. And I hold that little guy (remember when a 3.7-inch screen seemed big?) in my hand, feel the smoothness and contrast of the soft-touch paint and metal -- and briefly think about making it my main phone yet again. It happens every time. For me, the Nexus One was the damn near perfect device. Not flawless, but just right.

Maybe for you that phone for you is one of the versions of the Samsung Galaxy S. That was the phone to have in 2010, no doubt. We finally got it here in the U.S. in the latter half of the year, and not too long after that, Android 2.3 Gingerbread and the Samsung Nexus S were announced. Whoops. So much for that Captivate/Vibrant/Fascinate/Epic 4G, which barely got Gingerbread and in all likelihood won't seen an official upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich. 

The HTC ThunderBolt was the phone to have in the spring of 2011. The Bionic was hot for, what, a month? Now we've got the promise of quad cores and radios that work and Ice Cream Sandwich. The Samsung Galaxy S II -- which took its sweet time getting here, too -- has already given way to talk of an unannounced Galaxy S III. Same goes for the Droid 2, which was replaced less than a year later by the Droid 3. And the Droid 4 is already waiting in the wings. (Bloggers lazily love, if nothing else, the ideas of sequels.)

You get the point. It's basically like the first 15 minutes of Toy Story around here. What once was shiny and new and played with every day is relegated to the toy box. And it's a shame. There's an assumption that just because an aging Android smartphone isn't getting the latest major upgrade because the Earth turns too damn quickly, it should be put down like Old Yeller. That's ridiculous.

A Galaxy S or ThunderBolt or Nexus One with Gingerbread hardly is a worthless device. Still makes phone calls, right? Still browses the web. Still runs most Android apps. Still handles e-mail better than any device on the planet. Yeah, it might not do it as sexy as an Ice Cream Sandwich device. But it still does it. And it does it better and with more flare than any other smartphone available.

We're not helping matters any, we know. It's our job to stay up with the latest and greatest Android devices. We get to play with them all. It's insane. And we too quickly forget about what are some really great devices that are available within months for a not a whole lot of money. 

When you reach into your pocket and pull out that little glass and plastic miracle, don't look at it with disdain, simply because it's gotten a stray gray hair or two. Think of all the e-mails it's handled. All the games it's played. All the pictures it's taken. All the texts it's messaged. And how many more it has to come.

It's OK to look longingly at the next best thing. But if you can't be with the phone you love, honey, love the phone you're with.

Previously: Resolve to spend more in the Android Market

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