4 years ago

LG touts its new 'True HD IPS' screen tech


LG's actually had one of the better screen technologies of the past year that most in the United States haven't gotten to experience. That'd be the "NOVA" display on the Optimus Black. In a word: Noyce. And now LG's bringing its first 720p display with "True HD IPS" on the LG Optimus LTE.

Impressive enough is the resolution -- 1280 x 720 with a 16:9 aspect ratio. The other bullet points LG is pimping:

  • More information at a glance with genuine 1280 x 720 HD resolution and 16:9 screen viewing without distortion, which are the same standards used in the television industry;
  • Sharper and crisper text thanks to 329 ppi real RGB resolution;
  • True natural colors that are the most comfortable to eyes;
  • Automatic color adjustments applied by LG’s exclusive Mobile HD Graphic Engine;
  • HD Movie Editor to create personalized HD videos quickly and easily.

We're going to have to withold judgment, of course, until we actually see the thing, which should be soon enough. But it looks like 720p is about to become the new high-end standard, and likely looking to throw LG right into the mix with the likes of Samsung and its Super AMOLED Plus displays.

Full preser's after the break.

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4 years ago

Motorola introduces the ET1 Enterprise tablet


Motorola announced its ET1 tablet this morning, which its calling an Enterprise-class tablet "designed for a variety of vertical markets." The Gingerbread-powered ET1 is designed for durability and security with some pretty respectable guts under the hood:

  • Android 2.3.4 with enhanced Enterprise functionality
  • 7 inch, 1024 x 600 display at 350 NIT, with Gorilla Glass
  • OMAP4 Dual-core processor at 1 GHz
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 4 GB Flash memory with pre-installed 4 GB microSD card
  • 4620 mAH Smart Li-Ion battery
  • 8 MP rear camera with 720p video, front camera
  • 5.14 in. H x .98 in D x 8.82 in W
  • 1.4 pounds

It might not be the tablet-of-choice for the everyday consumer, but for businesses looking for a sturdy, Enterprise-ready tablet, the ET1 is looking pretty attractive. It'll be available in January 2012 through Motorola partners only, though no word yet on price. Full specs and a product tour from Motorola are at the source link.

Source: Motorola

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Wi-Fi 5-inch now available in the UK


Samsung has announced the availability of the 5-inch Galaxy Wi-Fi, a 5-inch personal media player based on its Galaxy S line of smartphones.  It's powered by a 1GHz single-core TI OMAP processor, and runs Samsung's TouchWiz UI on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. No pricing information is included in the press release, but a cursory glance at Google Shopping shows prices of around £200 (~$310).

The 5-inch Galaxy Wi-Fi is available now in the UK, while the smaller 3.6-inch variant is slated for a UK launch sometime in November.

If you're partial to the occasional press release, you'll find one waiting for you after the jump.

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4 years ago

Sleepy Jack arrives exclusively on Xperia Play for a limited time


Another day, another Xperia Play exclusive. This time it's the popular iOS game Sleepy Jack that's coming to Sony Ericsson's PlayStation-certified device before any other Androids. Sleepy Jack is a 3D flying game where players must guide Jack through a series of dream worlds, collecting Zs as they go. We had a chance to try out a pre-release version of the game on Xperia Play last month and were really impressed with the level of polish and overall smoothness of the game.

Xperia Play owners can also get Sleepy Jack at a reduced price -- just £0.99 (~$1.55) -- for a "very limited" time. There's no word on how long it'll be before other Android devices are able to play Sleepy Jack, but in the meantime Xperia Play owners can find the Market link and QR code after the jump.

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4 years ago

Motorola and Verizon throwing down next week


Hmmm, what have we here? Motorola seems to be hosting an event on Oct 18, 2011 to introduce something "Faster. Thinner. Smarter. Stronger" but no hints as to what it could be. Could we see the new Xoom 2's coming, or maybe the Motorola RAZR (aka the Droid HD), or an early launch of a Droid 4? Keep your eyes peeled, and sound off in the comments as to what you think they'll be announcing!

Update: Moto's just published a teaser video for the Oct 18 event on its MotorolaTV YouTube channel, promising "four reasons to get excited". Hit the jump to check it out.

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4 years ago

Netflix changes its mind again, abandons Qwikster before it launches


Netflix has killed its DVD-only spinoff Qwikster, less than a month after it introduced the world to its new business plan. Facing major backlash for increasing prices, Qwikster seemed to be a way for Netflix to deflect some bad publicity, but much like everything for Netflix lately, it backfired with less-than-stellar reception from current customers. So what does this mean for your Android device? Not much: you'll still be streaming on the go, but with a single account that manages both your Instant Watch and DVD queue.

Here's the e-mail that's going out:

It is clear that for many of our members two websites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as one place to go for streaming and DVDs.

This means no change: one website, one account, one password…in other words, no Qwikster.

While the July price change was necessary, we are now done with price changes.

We're constantly improving our streaming selection. We've recently added hundreds of movies from Paramount, Sony, Universal, Fox, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, MGM and Miramax. Plus, in the last couple of weeks alone, we've added over 3,500 TV episodes from ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, USA, E!, Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC Family, Discovery Channel, TLC, SyFy, A&E, History, and PBS.

We value you as a member, and we are committed to making Netflix the best place to get your movies & TV shows.


The Netflix Team

Oh, and yes, those price adjustments are still in effect. I guess we can't have our cake and eat it too.

Source: Netflix

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4 years ago

Verizon announces the Samsung Stratosphere, available Oct. 13


Verizon this morning announced its first 4G LTE-capable smartphone with a slide-out keyboard -- the Samsung Stratosphere. It'll be available Oct. 13 for $149 after two-year contract and a $50 rebate.

It's got a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, powered by a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor. It's all running Android 2.3, with a wealth of business features, including Exchange Active Sync, Cisco AnyConnect, encryption services and Sybase Afaria for IT device management.

It's got a 5MP camera on the back, capable of shooting video up to 720p, and a 1.3MP shooter up front. And it'll serve as a mobile hotspot for as many as eight devices over 4G, and five over 3G.

Full presser's after the break.

Samsung Stratosphere forum | Samsung Stratosphere specs | Stratosphere gallery

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod 7.1 is released, brings Android 2.3.7 in pure form


We teased the Breaksclusive™ last week from the CyanogenMod panel at the Big Android BBQ (check out the video if you haven't already), and today CyangenMod 7.1 has been released. The changelog is pretty massive, of course, with fixes and tweaks galore. But chief among them is that you'll be first on your block to be rockin' Android 2.3.7.

The CM team also notes that it's added support for more than two dozen more devices since CM 7.1. And currently in beta status are builds for the HTC Pyramid (Sensation), Doubleshot (myTouch 4G Slide), HTC Shooter (EVO 3D), HP TouchPad and the LG Optimus 3D. So if you've yet to give CM a whirl, you're running out of excuses.

Source: CyangenMod blog

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4 years ago

T-Mobile announces a pair of tablets - the Springboard and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1


T-Mobile tonight announced a pair of new Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablets to its lineup -- the T-Mobile SpringBoard With Google, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 (seen above) we're all familiar with, of course. It's the same 10.1-inch tablet we've come to know and love, and this one will have T-Mobile's 4G data thrown in. Plus it's got a cadrea of apps -- T-Mobile TV, Qello, Samsung Media Hub, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline HD demo, SIM City Deluxe demo, Blio eReader and Zinio.

The obtusely named T-Mobile SprintBoard with Google (seen here at right) is a 7-inch tablet made by Huawei. It's got a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front-facing camera.

On the software side, it includes BlockBuster on Demand, Netflix and T-Mobile TV. There's also the Blio eReader, MobileLife Family Organizer powered by Cozi, Slacker Radio and TeleNav GPS Navigator, a personal GPS navigation and local search application that provides turn-by-turn voice and on-screen driving directions.

Pricing and release dates have not been given, but both tablets are expected to be available for the holiday season. Full press release is after the break.

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4 years ago

CBS runs a fan render like it's a real Galaxy Nexus


Send me a picture of a fan's render of an unannounced phone, and you're likely to get a snide reply that, no, it's not news, not official, and we should all take a breath. What you see above is but one reason why. The news of the postponement of Samsung and Google's Nexus/Ice Cream Sandwich announcement this week at CTIA in San Diego (we're here, by the way, and the weather's marvelous) apparently has become mainstream news, garnering mention on CBS on Sunday night.

That's not a bad good thing, actually. It's nice to see a little mainstream attention. But what we really don't want to see is a fan render being used as if it's real, on national TV. And make no mistake, that's what you see above, and we should expect better from CBS News. The side view is extrapolated -- as in partially real, partially Photoshopped -- from Samsung's teaser video. And the front view is imagined from the ICS leaks. It's likely accurate enough because we're all expecting a big black slab, after all, but it's not "real," nor is it official.

And fan renders can be fun -- and they can be done really well. But they're just that. Renders. That a mainstream news organization ran one like it's official ... well, that just shouldn't happen. Like we said. This'll happen soon enough, and in due time, and we'll blow it out of the water when it does. But running fake images isn't helping matters any.

Source: Nexus Prime forums; Thanks, sushiglobster!

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4 years ago

Watch the CyanogenMod panel from the Big Android BBQ


Youtube link for mobile viewing

One of the most exciting parts of the first day of the Big Android BBQ in Austin, Texas -- next to miraculous appearance of a couple of kegs of Texas' finest -- was the panel with the folks behind, in front of and in charge of the CyanogenMod project. Yes, we said folks. It's a community project through and through, as impressive in scale as it is in organization.

If you care at all about AOSP, open-source project and, of course, CyanogenMod, you need to watch this.

Source: @mattabdou

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4 years ago

Samsung Captivate gets a new Gingerbread leak, build UCKJ1 brings 2.3.5 to the table


The Samsung Captivate has a new Gingerbread build in the works, and as evidence the UCKJ1 build has been leaked for your flashing delight.  While everyone is extolling the virtues of  AT&T's Galaxy S II, this is great news for folks who are still on that two-year contract they signed about 16 months ago and want to get everything they can out of the OG Galaxy S.  Of course, with a new build comes new custom ROMs as well, so hackers can be happy as well.  The original Galaxy S phones are no slouch with the right software, so this is welcome news!

More in the Captivate forums

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4 years ago

Qualcomm announces the S4 Snapdragon; brings performance boost, power savings, and multimode modem


Qualcomm has released the whitepaper for their upcoming S4 SoC (system on a chip), and it's features look great.  The new 28nm process technology promises "inherent advantages in frequency scaling, power consumption and size reduction", and the Krait CPU and Adreno 225 GPU should offer some serious performance, clocked between 1.5Ghz and 2.5Ghz, with a 50 percent graphics boost over the current Adreno 220 GPU.  The new 28nm manufacturing process means that not only will the be faster, but they will be smaller and run cooler as well -- allowing things to get thinner and thinner in our smartphones.  The new S4 is still an asynchronous design, which carries it's own benefits in the battery use department.

To go with the bump in performance, Qualcomm also tells us that the new SoC will have embedded support for just about every radio we want and need in our phones -- GSM, CDMA, LTE, GPS, Wifi, Bluetooth, FM and NFC.  Having support for everything on one chip means two things -- cheaper production costs, and less room needed to pack all the features into your smartphone.  Both are something we all can appreciate.  The only real question left to answer, is when we will see these make their way into our devices.  Hit the source link for the whitepaper download.

Source: Qualcomm

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