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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Polaroid SC1630 Android camera

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No longer can you complain about Android devices not having proper cameras. Polaroid has taken care of that with the SC1630. It's a proper-looking digital camera with an honest to goodness 3x optical zoom, 16MP sensor and Android user interface. The short version is that it's a digital camera with an Android back end. 

The slightly longer version is that you've got a digital camera with an Android 2.x.x back end and a 3.2-inch display. It's got a monster amount of storage -- the unit we played with had about 54GB on board. There's no doubt that you're using Android -- Polaroid hasn't done much to skin it. It's got full access to the Android Market, so you can get in a game of Angry birds before worrying about aperatures. And, yes, it's got Wifi for all the photo sharing you can muster, and cell versions certainly are possible.

It's also got a bevy of camera features, including various scene modes, face detection and a number of sharing options. That, obviously, is where the Android back end comes into play. You get to the camera side of the equation with a little button on top of the device. The lens extends in a couple seconds, and then you hit the giant red shutter to get down to business.

Speaking of getting down to business, we've got our full hands-on after the break. Check 'er out.

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2 years ago

Snapseed photo editor coming to Android

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During the NVIDIA presentation this evening at CES, Manuel Wille, developer of the popular iOS application Snapseed showed it off running on the ASUS Transformer Prime.  Powerful chips like the Tegra 3 means real-time photo editing works great on Android, and we're excited to see more of it showing up.  The application will be available in the Android Market soon (early 2012) for devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and have a Tegra 2 or Tegra 3 chip only, and cost $4.99.  A demo video, the full press release and some screenshots are after the break.

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2 years ago

Slacker and Verizon show off new tablet optimized version of Slacker Radio

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A new, tablet optimized version of Slacker Radio has made an appearance at CES. Currently being shown off using the Motorola XYBOARD's from Verizon coupled with 4G LTE to take advantage of fast load times.

This new version of Slacker Radio is looking pretty pleasing to the eyes as it incorporates new visual styling with the navigation layout occupying the maximum amount of viewing area that tablets provide. You can preview before playing stations, browse for content in either a vertical or horizontal position making song lyrics, artist profiles, album reviews and more easy to find, and share with others as well.

Sadly, Slacker hasn't mentioned when it will be available for everyone as of yet but like most things from CES -- something to look forward to in the next little while.

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2 years ago

Orange UK announce their own Android tablet, naming theme continues

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This, ladies and gentlemen, is Orange UK's first venture into the world of Android tablets. Following on from their own label smartphones the San Francisco, Monte Carlo and company, this ones called the Orange Tahiti, and is available across the UK from today.

The 7-inch tablet is packing a dual core 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor, a 5MP camera, and compatibility with the Orange 3G+ network as well as MicroSD support and HDMI-out. Storage is limited to 8GB, and the RAM is a mere 512MB. It comes with Android 3.2, which isn't that surprising, and at the moment theres no mention of if or when we'll be seeing Ice Cream Sandwich on the Tahiti. 

Orange will be hoping to catch a few eyes with the price. The Tahiti comes in at just £69.99 on a 24 -month contract at £25 a month. The data allowances aren't that great though, with just 1GB of anytime data and 1GB of "quiet time" data per month for your £25. 

Source: Orange UK

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2 years ago

Tunein Radio app now compatible with Ford SYNC; control over 50,000 stations with voice commands

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Just as we saw yesterday with the NPR Android app, the Tunein Radio app joins the growing list of applications that are compatible with Ford SYNC AppLink.  The TuneIn application allows people listen to more than 50,000 AM, FM, HD and Internet radio stations as well as more than 1 million on-demand programs.  All hands-free via Ford SYNC AppLink.  This is the future, folks.  No word on exactly when the Android app will be updated, but the iTunes app should go live soon, and we expect the Android app to follow shortly.  Hit the break for the full press release.

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2 years ago

Nuance’s Dragon Go heads to the Android Market, ready to handle your demands

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Nuance’s Dragon voice recognition applications have been around for a while but they've been working on a new project for Android recently and with CES 2012 in full effect, they've gone ahead and taken the wraps off Dragon Go for Android.

Dragon Go takes the best of Nuance’s Dragon voice technology to create a compelling offering that allows direct voice access to what is now over 200 content providers, such as AccuWeather, Bing, ESPN, Facebook, Fandango, Last.fm, LiveNation, Spotify, Twitter and more.

Instead of going hands-on with your device, you can simply intiate Dragon Go and tell it what you want. As an example: Need to play a song? Spotify voice commands are supported so you can simply just say "Play Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO" and Dragon Go will start Spotify and beging playing the requested song.  Dragon Go is available for free in the Android Market right now, jump on past the break for their press release and download.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with Motorola's Televation

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Motorola made it clear before CES even kicked off that this year's focus would be on connecting your entire home, or "staying unplugged." This morning we got a look at Motorola's approach to making live television accesible in every room: Televation.

It's a handy little system that differs a bit from what we've seen from other manufacturers: instead of streaming content from your main TV, Televation brings cable subscription right to your Xoom or Xyboard tablet. That means that you'll be able to choose what show you want to watch directly from your tablet, as your device will have its own dedicated cable feed. Everything is wireless, and it'll work as long as you've got a WiFi connection. It's built for Moto tablets, but big M says that it's working on making the system available on different manufacturer's device.

If you're still hooked on live TV and prefer appointment viewing to Netflix, Hulu, and DVR, this might be what you've been waiting for.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Intel Android reference phone

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One of the more exciting pieces of mobile news for 2012 -- Intel's introduction into the Android ecosystem -- is also one of the more difficult ones to show you. Well, that's not entirely true; we got a nice look at Intel's CES booth with the new Medfield reference phone. And we got ourselves a pretty cool look at some of the early graphics capabilities.

But that's just it. We've seen great graphics before. We've seen smooth graphics before. We've seen mobile graphics that have made our heads spin. That graphics are going to become smoother and faster and more realistic every year is a given.

So when you watch our early hands-on with the Intel platform, keep in mind that we're still a little ways away from actual phones hitting actual hands. Don't worry a whole lot about the look of the device. You're not going to see the Intel Droid RAZR III XL in stores anytime soon. But the bottom line is that Intel's ready to power smartphones and tablets, apps are ready to work out of the box, and we've now got a whole new world of horsepower to explore. Will Intel be the battery life saviour we're all desperately wanting? Dunno yet. But one way or another, with Intel now in the mobile game, it's going to be an exciting year.  See the video after the break

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2 years ago

Viper announces SmartStart 3.0: the Cloud-connected Car

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The automotive sector at CES is always interesting and as the years have gone on we've seen more integration happening between people's smartphones and their vehicles. One group who has been around for a while now is Viper and their SmartStart system and just in time for CES they've now let us know what to expect from the upcoming SmartStart 3.0 release:

“Viper SmartStart 3.0 is going to change the way people start their day,” says Mike Simmons, President of Directed. “The new features offer drivers unprecedented connectivity with their vehicles, and introduce the promise of the Cloud-connected car, providing a robust, real-time 2-way link between cars and smartphones.”

One of the key new features of SmartStart 3.0 is SmartSchedule which allows users to tell SmartStart their daily routine and then from there -- Directed Cloud Services (DCS) will continuously monitor temperature, location and schedule variables in the Cloud and push Smart Alerts to their phone as well as vehicle diagnostics and more. The update isn't available as of yet but if you're looking for the full details, you'll find them past the break.

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2 years ago

Seagate and Verizon introduce LTE enabled wireless storage

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Seagate and Verizon will show off an LTE enabled wireless storage device today at CES.  As part of the GoFlex Satellite line, the device not only allows network streaming and storage via Wifi, but with LTE enabled users can download content directly to the device or use it as a hot-spot for up to three other devices. 

This sounds like the perfect companion for your Wifi only Android tablet on those long road trips.  We'll drop by and have a closer look to get all the details.  The press release is after the break.

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