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2 years ago

ASUS EeePad Transformer Prime ICS update arriving today! [updated]

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Update - The update is now fully rolling out, you can discuss it in the Android Central Forums.

We're live at NVIDIA's CES 2012 press conference, where it's just been announced that the ASUS EeePad Transformer Prime will receive its Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update today, instead of the previously-announced date of Jan. 12. This makes the Prime the first Android tablet to be upgraded to ICS, so head over to that software updates menu to see if your update is ready to roll out.

Prime owners, be sure to shout out in the comments when that all-important update arrives.

More: NVIDIA CES 2012 Liveblog

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2 years ago

Sony announces the Xperia S -- 1.5GHz dual core, 12MP camera, 720p screen [updated]

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It's been extensively leaked for a few months, but now the Sony Ericsson "Nozomi" has an official name -- the Sony Xperia S. As with the Xperia Ion, the Sony Ericsson name has been dropped in favor of the new Sony Xperia branding. Most of the specs from the Xperia Ion have been carried over to the Xperia S, with the notable exception being LTE support -- the Xperia S is a HSPA-only device.

Other specs are exactly as we've heard from all the pre-release rumors and leaks. There's a 720p zero-air-gap display on a 4.3-inch chassis, powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. The beastly 12-megapixel Exmor R camera from the Ion has made it across too. And like its big brother, the Xperia S ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with the promise of an update to 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Other notable features include panoramic photos and PlayStation certification.

The Xperia S will arrive globally in March. Join us after the jump for the full press release, along with promotional videos and photos.

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2 years ago

Sony announces two new smartphones for Japan -- the Xperia Acro HD and Xperia NX

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Alongside the Xperia Ion and Xperia S, Sony has announced two new smartphones aimed at the Japanese market. The new Xperia Acro HD and Xperia NX are both exclusive to Japan, and appear to be based upon the manufacturer's American and international offerings. The Acro HD is described as a successor to last year's Xperia Acro, while the Xperia NX is said to be an Xperia S variant for Japanese consumers.

So far no images or specifications are available for either devices, but we'll keep you updated as further information emerges.

Source: Sony Ericsson Press Release

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2 years ago

HTC adds Desire HD, and additional versions of Desire and Wildfire to its bootloader unlocking database

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HTC took a few minutes away from their time at CES and updated the bootloader unlocking tool database with a few more devices this evening, namely the Desire HD and additional versions of the Desire and Wildfire.  The list is growing at a nice steady clip, with over 40 listed models and support for other devices not yet listed.  Nice job HTC, keep it coming!

Source: HTCdev; via @HTCdev

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2 years ago

Live - Sony Press Conference at CES 2012

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We've escaped the Sands at CES 2012, and are in the Las Vegas Convention Center to see some of Sony's latest announcements. Some things are already official, but maybe there will be some other surprises, too. Expect a lot of gaming, camera, TV, and audio news too... If you're into that sort of thing. 

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2 years ago

Ford announces voice-controlled NPR Android app using SYNC AppLink technology

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Ford's SYNC system is pretty cool, and it just got a bit cooler with on-demand playlists and programming from NPR, all controlled via voice using SYNC AppLink.  NPR is the first major player to embrace the Internet-Enabled Car market, releasing a dedicated NPR News app.  The NPR News app lets users create playlists of stories and programs for later listening, and lets you pick a topic and hear the news without touching a thing.  With hands-free laws becoming prevalant, it's high time we see voice automated apps for the car.  We imagine this is a trend that will continue, and it's great to see NPR on board.  You can grab the updated NPR news app after the break, as well as read the official press release.

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2 years ago

NVIDIA announces 7-inch tablet - Tegra 3 and Ice Cream Sandwich for $249 [updated]

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This just in from the ZOMG! department -- NVIDIA has announced that a 7-inch version of the Transformer Prime will be available, complete with the Tegra 3 processor and Ice Cream Sandwich (wait for it) for $249.  We don't have the full details just yet, only what we've said above.  But isn't that enough to get you excited?  I'm ready to get in line tonight!

Update: We just heard back from ASUS, and the model number for this tablet is the M370T.  That model was used incorrectly in a press release for the ME171 earlier this morning.  It still has the Tegra 3, and it's still $249.  I know most of us weren't really concerned about the name or model number, but now everything is all cleared up.

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2 years ago

NVIDIA CES Liveblog!

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We're back for another liveblog, this time from everybody's favorite system-on-a-chip-maker, NVIDIA. The company certainly has scored big in the last year, first with the dual-core Tegra 2 system, and now with the quad-core Tegra 3. 

Join us after the break for the liveblog, starting at 4 p.m. PST, 7 p.m. EST.

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2 years ago

Samsung Media Hub extends on-demand streaming from phones and tablets to TV

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For over a year, Media Hub has offered owners of Samsung smartphones and tablets access to on-demand streaming of TV shows and movies. Today at their CES 2012 press conference, Samsung announced that they would be expanding the service to their selection of smart TVs, so if you buy a show on one device, it would be available on others. NBC Universal is one of the premiere partners in this endeavor, and they'll be showcasing Battlestar Galactica through Media Hub.

It's a sensible move to include TVs in Media Hub, considering the breadth of Samsung's business, and a great way to get people on the hook to buy other Samsung products if they already own one. While I'm sure the selection isn't quite up to snuff with Netflix, if you're just interested in renting titles a la carte rather than signing up for a subscription service, Samsung Media Hub might be for you. 

Samsung had a few more interesting announcements in their press conference that at least indirectly effected smartphones, in addition to the AT&T LTE handsets and the Verizon Galaxy Tab 7.7 announced earlier today. Stick around for all the rest of our CES 2012 coverage! Remember kids, the show hasn't even technically started yet... 

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2 years ago

Video hands-on with the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note

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Oh the hugeness. The Samsung Galaxy Note is finally destined for AT&T and we took some time to give it a video tour. If you are looking for something big, and by big I mean REALLY big, check this out!

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