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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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2 years ago

LG Spectrum rumored for Verizon on Jan. 19

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While nothing is official until Verizon says it's official -- especially when you're talking about Verizon -- it looks like we'll be seeing the LG Spectrum hitting the shelves at Big Red soon.  It's a worthy upgrade from the LG Revolution, with hot specs on a hot network -- 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon, 1GB RAM, full HD 4.5-inch IPS display, LTE radio and special HD content from Netflix and ESPN.  The only thing not to love here is that it looks to launch with Gingerbread, and we know all about LG and updates.  Look for a possible announcement at CES -- we'll be there, ready and waiting to find out more.

Source: Droid-Life

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2 years ago

Google TV is alive and kicking with new partners and ARM chipsets

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The stories about the death of Google TV seem to have all been a bit exaggerated, as Google just announced a slew of new partners -- including ARM processor manufacturer Marvell -- on board with GTV.  Before I wax too poetic (I'm a huge Google TV fan), here's the list of announced partners:

  • LG - We’re thrilled to welcome global consumer electronics leader LG to the Google TV family. LG will showcase a new line of TVs powered by Google TV running on their own L9 chipset at CES.
  • Marvell - Also new to the Google TV family this year is Marvell, an innovative worldwide leader in chipsets. Marvell will be showcasing a new generation of Google TV solutions which will help bring more products across more price points to consumers.
  • MediaTek - We’re also excited to partner with MediaTek, the leading Taiwanese chipset designer. MediaTek chipsets will power yet another wave of Google TV devices.
  • Samsung - We’re excited to work closely with Samsung to bring Google-TV powered Samsung devices to market in 2012.
  • Sony - We’re happy to build on our partnership with Sony. At CES, Sony will unveil new devices for the US and plans to offer Google TV powered products in several countries around the world in 2012.
  • Vizio - Last year we announced our partnership with Vizio at CES. This year we’re excited to join Vizio as they hold private demos at CES showcasing their new line of Google TV-powered products.

We'll be sure to get as many details as we can at CES next week, where we expect Google Android news to flow like wine. 

The "big deal" here is the ARM support (here comes that poetic waxing).  The only thing wrong with Google TV as it stands now is hardware that doesn't have enough oompf to satisfy our fickle desire for speed.  The Atom chipset has had it's day, and it's time to move forward.  Give me a set-top to replace my Logitech Revue with a quad-core chip and a sizzling GPU and I'm all over it, and expect I wouldn't be alone.  We've always thought that Google TV could capture a big portion of the set-top box market, and with news like this it might just be moving into the game console market as well.  Long live Google TV!

Source: The official Google TV blog

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2 years ago

LTE Galaxy Nexus for Sprint shown off in online advertisement

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More in the Sprint Galaxy Nexus forums!

Want an LTE Galaxy Nexus, but don't want to switch away from Sprint?  That's understandable, we should always stick with the carrier who works best for us.  Here's some (possibly) good news -- just a little while after Sprint announced their initial markets for LTE, the above ad for a Sprint LTE Galaxy Nexus appeared on the web, and there's another version showing a 1.5GHz processor, slightly faster than the 1.2GHz proc in the current versions.  We've always said that each carrier would likely announce their own version of the GNex, and if this is more than just a mean-spirited prank we just may hear a bit more at CES come next week.  Or not -- CTIA often is Sprint's big show. In the meantime, feel free to speculate and/or dance with joy.

Source: Engadget; via Android Central forums

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2 years ago

Gorilla Glass 2 coming to CES, smartphones later

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Corning, the folks behind Gorilla Glass, has just announced that they will be unveiling Gorilla Glass 2 next week at CES.  They haven't let out a lot of product details just yet, but we're pretty sure all the scratch-resistant toughness will still be there, and likely made even better with the new generation.  We'll know for sure next week, as we'll be having a close look at their booth -- complete with an 82-inch multi-touch display where folks can go hands on with some tough-ass glass.  In the meantime, the full press release and promo video are after the break.

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2 years ago

Touch-based unofficial ClockworkMod recovery now available for the Galaxy Nexus

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

If you hack or flash ROMs and various "stuff" to your Android phone, you know about ClockworkMod recovery+Nathan Grebowiec has just taken it a step further, and built an unofficial version for the Galaxy Nexus (both versions) that uses the capacitive buttons while inside recovery.  It still does all the same functions as the original, and you can even restore backups made from previous versions, but now you can do it without using the volume keys.

Is it really necessary?  Nope.  But it's cool, and how open-source works.  Nathan took the source code and modified it (and we're sure Nathan will share the source code once it's out of "alpha") to do something he wanted or needed.  Seems like it works rather well, so if you're interested, grab it at the link below.

+Nathan Grebowiec

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