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2 years ago

Court docs hint at plans for 11.8-inch Samsung Tab with 2560 x 1600 display

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With the Samsung/Apple trial well underway, court documents have been unearthed indicating that Samsung may be hard at work on a new, high-resolution tablet. The Verge​ found references in documents made public in the California trial to a device dubbed the "P10," which would apparently incorporate a 11.8-inch, WQXGA (2560 x 1600) display, in addition to 4G LTE connectivity. If accurate, those numbers would equate to a pixel density of around 256ppi, all but matching the new IPad's 264ppi. The news follows pre-MWC rumors that such a device was being developed by the Korean manufacturer.

The prospect of an Android tablet with such a high-resolution display may be tantalizing, but let's remember that plans often change over time, and there's no telling exactly how this "P10" might have been translated into an actual product. Regardless, with the IFA show in Berlin just a month away, we'll be keeping crossing our fingers and hoping this mysterious Galaxy Tab 11.8 appears sooner rather than later.

Source: The Verge

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2 years ago

Wikipad gaming tablet specs revealed, Tegra 3 and Jelly Bean

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What we see here is the Wikipad, a gaming centered Android tablet that first made an appearance at CES in Las Vegas. In an interview with the guys over at Venturebeat, the hardware specs of the device were revealed in full. And it reads pretty nicely. 

Powering the Wikipad is a 1.4GHz Tegra 3, RAM is set at 1GB and onboard storage sits at 16GB. The storage could still be increased however prior to any actual launch of the device. Which version of Android will we see, Gingerbread? Ice Cream Sandwich? No. At launch the Wikipad will be running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Cameras, they're included too and there is an 8MP shooter on the back, and a 2MP on the front.

The key to the gaming credentials lie within that pretty spectacular looking gamepad dock peripheral. Many might be expecting to have to shell out some of their hard earned green for it, but happily that isn't the case. The gamepad will be included in the box with every Wikipad purchased. It doesn't hide away any of the tablet's ports or speakers either, so it can pretty much live in this state round the clock if desired. 

Talk of a gaming focused device wouldn't be complete with talk of the screen. There isn't anything groundbreaking, but what there is should do the job well enough. The 10.1 inch display is an IPS panel running at 1280x800. For future models, glasses-free 3D may be considered -- although personally, we kind of hope it isn't. 

But what about battery life, a potential stumbling block for a device such as this. Apparently the battery is good enough to power 6 hours of continuous gaming, and 8 hours of video playback. Again, not groundbreaking but adequate for most prospective buyers. 

No specific pricing or release dates were discussed, although the intention is to ship the Wikipad before the end of the year. That leaves plenty of time to get it on to your Christmas lists. 

Source: Venturebeat

 

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2 years ago

Galaxy S Duos is an entry-level dual-SIM phone wrapped in an S3-like chassis

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Popular in developing countries, dual-SIM phones allow users to use multiple pre-paid networks on a single handsets, which can be useful where coverage on each individual network can be spotty or unreliable. Over the past six months, Samsung has released a few of these handsets in Indian and other countries, notably the Galaxy Ace Duos and Galaxy Y Duos. Now it's bringing a brand new design and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the table in its latest dual-SIM phone, the Galaxy S Duos.

Specification lists and official renders for the Galaxy S Duos have emerged from a variety of sources around the web, showing a Galaxy S3-like exterior with ICS and the latest version of the TouchWiz Nature UX. On the inside, things are a little less mind-blowing, with a single-core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 5MP rear camera. Nevertheless, it's sufficient for basic smartphone tasks, and that's what you'd expect form such a device. The big deal here is the premium design and the inclusion of ICS, a rarity in this kind of handset.

Details of pricing and availability have yet to emerge, but we'll keep you posted with any further info, but bear in mind any release outside of India and Central Asia is fairly unlikely.

Source: mobilephone.co.in; via: Engadget

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2 years ago

ICS updates reportedly starting for some Galaxy Tab 10.1 models

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Updated: ICS now pushing out to UK Wifi-only Tab 10.1, as well as Italian 3G version.

Good news for anyone living in a country where the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has yet to be banned from sale. Reports from SamMobile​ indicate that the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the venerable Tab 10.1 is now complete, and has started to roll out to customers' devices. Updates have begun on the Wifi-only version in the UK, and the 3G version in Italy. In addition to bumping the 10.1-inch tablet up to the most recent version of Android that's not Jelly Bean, you can also expect some visual changes to the TouchWiz UI, bringing the software experience in line with Samsung's Tab 2 range.

If you've got an Italian Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 3G (GT-P7500) or a UK Wifi-only model (GT-P7510), you can update now by heading to Settings > About Tablet > Software Updates, or by plugging your tablet into a PC running Samsung's Kies desktop software. Alternatively, if you're feeling adventurous, you could flash the firmware directly onto any 3G Galaxy Tab 10.1 -- you'll find an ODIN-flashable version version over at the source link.

We'd recommend most Tab owners outside of Italy and the UK sit tight and wait for the official update to roll out, though. It's been eight months already, what's another few days?

Source: SamMobile

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2 years ago

Sony Xperia GX/SX Japan launch dates confirmed as international 'Hayabusa' leaks once again

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After a short delay, carrier NTT Docomo has cofirmed that Sony's new handsets for the Japanese market, the Xperia SX and GX, are due to launch next week. The 4.6-inch Xperia GX, the new Sony flagship, will arrive on Docomo next Thursday, Aug. 9, while its 3.7-inch sibling the Xperia SX is due a day later, on Aug. 10. Pre-orders for both phones will begin later this week -- Aug. 2 for the GX and Aug. 3 for the SX.

Meanwhile, the international version of the Xperia GX, known only by its codename and product number, LT29i "Hayabusa," has leaked out once again in a series of unauthorized shots. We've seen so much of this phone pre-release, and there's really nothing of note to say about this latest set of pics, besides pointing out the obvious design cues it shares with last year's Xperia Arc -- right down to its button placement, in fact. The photos, which first appeared on ePrice, also show the Hayabusa's 4.6-inch 720p "Reality" display comparing favorably against the HTC EVO 4G LTE's SuperLCD2 panel.

Elsewhere, a selection of sample shots from the Hayabusa's 13MP rear shooter have also emerged on Taiwanese site ​ePrice. ​The images demonstrate marked improvements in image clarity, and show significantly less noise than the 12MP sensor found in the Xperia S. We're fully expecting the LT29i Hayabusa to be announced at the IFA show in Berlin in late August.

Source: NTT Docomo, XperiaBlog, ePrice

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2 years ago

Mutant Roadkill review - when Temple Run goes post-apocalyptic

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Mutant Roadkill screeched into Google Play earlier this month as an unabashed homage to Temple Run with a few significant twists. Instead of being chased, you're the one chasing, and you're running over radioactive zombies in a gritty post-apocalyptic world.

Players mount up in a car and steer by tilting the device to the left or right in order to dodge debris littering the streets and nail shambling mutants. Some will be a bit more aggressive, and require players to scrape them off the side of their car by skimming walls, or rely on the odd power-up to clear the way. Players earn cash based on how long they survive without crashing, how many mutants they hit (earning bonus points for consecutive kills), and how many challenges they manage to complete. That coin can be used to buy new vehicles, improve power-ups, and purchase consumables. A premium currency can be bought through IAPs in order to access the particularly good stuff.

 

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2 years ago

T-Mobile's Galaxy Note set to get an out-of-the-box OTA update

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T-Mobile hasn't yet released their Galaxy Note, and they already have an OTA update in the works. The 5.3-inch pocket computer is set to be released on August 8, and T-Mo support says to expect an update to version T879UVLG3. The specifics are a bit thin, and the change log for the 21MB update lists three issues I'm not seeing with my review unit:

  • Error: ‘Enter MAC address’ after entering MAC address
  • Weather widget does not show current location
  • MobileLife contacts addresses combined into a single field

It's also worth mentioning that the support docs list both the current build and the upcoming OTA as Android version 4.0.3, when the current production units are running Android 4.0.4 with build number T879UVLF5. We're chalking this one up as a typo, but I've reached out to T-Mobile to verify.

To get the update, either via OTA or Samsung Kies, you'll need to have a minimum of 50-percent battery, so be ready to plug your Note in as soon as you get it out of the box a week from Wednesday.

Source: T-Mobile

 

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2 years ago

PlayUp review - get social with the Olympics

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PlayUp's sporting social network has recently updated with lots of content specific to the Olympics, and with the games just getting started, it seemed like a good time for a review. If you're looking for more, be sure to check out our round-up of Olympics Android apps, and expect another one soon. 

PlayUp curates a wide range of sports content from a bunch of different sources, including Twitter, USA Today, NBC,  ESPN, Reuters, and others. There's even some decent video content that seems to come direct from PlayUp. For the Olympics, users can drill down into individual categories, check schedules and results, as well as create hangouts, where you can publicly or privately banter with other PlayUp users about events as they happen. Users can add friends through Facebook and Twitter connections to send them direct messages and see their activity on the network. Users can also add sports to favorites for quick access later on. 

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2 years ago

Nexus 7 accessory lineup leaks, POGO dock and premium leather case coming soon

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Since the release of the Nexus 7 there hasn't been all that many official accessories made available for it and those that have appeared, disappeared just as fast. There is clearly more on the way though as shown off in some leaked documents from Nordic Hardware.

As you may have noticed, there is pogo pins on the side of the Nexus 7. They were always assumed to accommodate a dock and with the leak we're now getting a look at said dock that has a microUSB charging port, a 3.5MM line out jack and is “perfectly-angled for better movie and photo viewing, browsing, and email.”  When can you get one? August 24th if the info is accurate for $50.

If you're not really feeling the current case offerings for the Nexus 7, no matter. There is apparently more on the way. A premium leather version of the official Nexus 7 cover is shown to be arriving August 31st for $39.99 in 4 different colors. That's all in addition to more color offerings for the original grey cover. If you want to see more, look below but of course given they are leaked documents, we'll have to wait and see what shows up when.

Source: Nordic Hardware via: Droid Life

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2 years ago

Must have Nexus 7 apps, Jelly Bean camera improvements [From the Forums]

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Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

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