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4 years ago

NVIDIA partners with Nyko to launch game controllers for Android tablets

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Peripheral makers Nyko have announced a partnership with NVIDIA and have unveiled a line of game controllers for use with Android tablets. The controllers, the Playpad and the Playpad Pro, are optimized for use with Tegra devices and should work flawlessly with the Tegra 3 chipset. Devices are also required to be running Android 3.0 and above with Bluetooth capabilities.

The controllers will be useable right from the outset, no rooting, hacking or tweaking is required. Through a free application too known as Playground, support for legacy apps that aren't optimized for Tegra devices will be possible as well providing they meet the necessary criteria.

The Playpad will be the smaller of the two devices, and will come with dual analog sliders, a carry case and a collapsible tablet stand. The Playpad Pro by contrast is a full sized gaming controller, with dual analog sticks, a D-pad, shoulder buttons and face buttons. 

Source: Nyko via Pocket Gamer

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4 years ago

PlayStation Suite rebranded PlayStation Mobile, HTC named as first third-party hardware partner

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Sony has taken the stage at this years E3 and like Microsoft they came with some mobile news to share with everyone. Back when Sony Mobile was known as Sony Ericsson they launched the PlayStation Suite SDK to the masses however, it was only available for "PlayStation Certified" devices which naturally were all Sony devices. That has all changed now though as Sony has just announced PlayStation Suite will be rebranded to PlayStation Mobile and to help get things off right, they've gone ahead and named HTC as the very first third-party hardware partner. That begs the question. Will we finally get the PlayStation phone of our dreams now?

Source: Sony

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 review

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The most-anticipated Android phone of the year is finally upon us. Find out whether Samsung's new flagship lives up to the hype in our definitive Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) review.

Last year’s Samsung Galaxy S II came out of nowhere to dominate a generation of Android phones, selling over 20 million units in the process. It was instrumental in securing Samsung the 2011 smartphone crown, and cementing its place as a rival not only to other Android OEMs, but to the almighty Apple. At the time, in our own review, we proclaimed it “a supremely impressive device,” and that remains true to this day -- the Galaxy S II has become a vintage Android handset.

So how do you follow up such a technological marvel? There’s been no shortage of Samsung phones since the S II’s launch in the spring of 2011, but it wasn’t until twelve months later that the wall of secrecy surrounding its true successor began to crumble. And in early May, at a glitzy (and frankly surreal) event at London’s Earl’s Court arena, Samsung finally unveiled the Galaxy S III (S3).

The initial reaction was a unsurprising mix of excitement and jubilation, tempered by the revelation that after all the hype, the Galaxy S3 was just another high-end smartphone with its own imperfections and compromises. Well, now the phone’s out in Europe, and enough time has passed for the initial novelty to wear off, so let’s get right down to business. Just how does the Galaxy S3 shape up in the fiercely competitive smartphone market of 2012? And can it hope to match the stratospheric success of its progenitor?

We’ve got all these answers, and so much more, in our definitive review of the Samsung Galaxy S3.

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4 years ago

Corning promises flexible displays with its new Willow Glass technology

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Corning today introduced its newest display technology, a thin and flexible surface its calling "Willow Glass." The glass maker says that its latest design will support thinner backplates and color filters for OLED and LED technologies, but most importantly it will be flexible, enabling curved displays for smartphones, tablets, and notebooks. Corning, the makers of the popular and durable Gorilla Glass, is using a fusion process to shrink the thickness of its glass down to that of a sheet of paper, which also translates to high performance under high temperatures. What does all the gibberish mean? Well, for Android, it means more options for phone displays, and more curved screens à la what we've seen most recently on the Galaxy Nexus. While phones that mold to the shape of your hand are probably still a way's away, Corning is making sure that its glass is ready for evolving technologies. The full presser can be found after the break.

Source: Corning

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4 years ago

AT&T Galaxy S III, Camera quality on the EVO 4G LTE [From the Forums]

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Well, it's certainly been an exciting Moday especially for those looking to pick up a Samsung Galaxy S III in the U.S. Of course, plenty of other Android news happened as well today. A couple of Google acquisitions, some funky announcements from Computex and even some possibly unexpected E3 news. Missed out? Get yourself caught up and then discuss it all in 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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4 years ago

AT&T's Galaxy S IIIs stick with 16GB of storage, but you can get it in red, too

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And then there was AT&T. While the likes of Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and even US Cellular dropped deets of their Samsung Galaxy S III launches this morning, AT&T's kept  us waiting with bated breath most of the day. But we've finally got half an announcement. The phone goes up for presale on June 6 (that's this Wednesday) for $199. What has us more than a little miffed is that AT&T's opted to only go with a 16-gigabyte version, whereas every other carrier that announced today will have 32-gigabyte options. Is that the end of the world? No. It's still got a microSD card slot and a 16GB card is available at an extra $39, so you can have 32GB of total storage when you proudly unbox this guy. But when your Verizon and TMo and Sprint and USCC friends are showing off that extra 16GB of storage, don't come crying to us.

Oh, but AT&T does have one other trick up its sleeve. In addition to the white and pebble blue options, AT&T will have its own red model as well later this summer. So there's that. Otherwise, we're looking at the same hardware as the other carriers.

And stay tuned for an actual availability date.

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

Google all set to acquire social startup Meebo

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Google it seems is on a little bit of an acquisition streak at the moment. First up was the Magnolia Broadband patents and now the news has broke on the fact they've started the acquisition of the social startup, Meebo. As noted on the Meebo blog:

We are happy to announce that Meebo has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Google!

For more than seven years we've been helping publishers find deeper relationships with their users and to make their sites more social and engaging. Together with Google, we're super jazzed to roll up our sleeves and get cracking on even bigger and better ways to help users and website owners alike.

We've had a blast building Meebo so far and we're really excited to start the next leg of our journey.

The acquisition had been rumored for quite some time now, with All Things D having shed light on the subject before any official announcement. Google has confirmed the Meebo team will be working with Google+ but how much Google paid for Meebo is still a mystery at the moment. It'll be interesting to see what comes from this one over time, let's just hope it doesn't involve some weird toolbars.

Source: Meebo, via: The Verge

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4 years ago

CyanogenMod Team introduce a slightly newer boot animation for CM9

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With the CyanogenMod new mascot long since been chosen it was time to go ahead and put a fresh new look on the CyanogenMod 9 boot animation. As such, Cid has now taken his place and looking rather spiffy. You can check out the video below and by all means, hit the source link and let the team know what you think.

Source: CyanogenMod

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4 years ago

Magnolia Broadband selling off RF patents to Google

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Looks as though Google is quietly picking up some RF patents for themselves according to a new press release put out by Mooreland Partners. In it, Mooreland Partners notes they'll be heading up the financial advisory position as Magnolia Broadband plans the sale of its patent portfolio to Google. Looking around, Magnolia Broadband holds a large amount of patents and with their focus being RF technologies and better networking, its easy to see why Google would want to own their work.

Source: Mooreland Partners, More Info: Magnolia Broadband

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4 years ago

Watch the Microsoft Xbox SmartGlass presentation from E3!

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If you weren't watching the Microsoft Xbox keynote from E3 live online, or following the WPCentral liveblog -- which you really should have been doing might we add -- then fear not. Thanks to the WPCentral guys, the bit that might interest Android fans is here for you to view at your leisure. 

We're only really interested specifically in the Xbox SmartGlass announcement, which Microsoft today said will work with Android devices turning them into a second display for your Xbox. There's a chunk that might not end up being useful for us, but the wireless video streaming and second display stuff, well that looks mightily appetizing. 

We're looking forward to hearing more about this service and just exactly how it's going to pan out on Android, but in the meantime, enjoy.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 video walkthrough

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As we put the finishing touches to our definitive Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) review, why not take a few minutes to check out our complete video walkthrough of the phone. Samsung's latest flagship is a big deal for Android, and packs some bleeding edge hardware, in addition to plenty of software new tricks from the Korean manufacturer.

Move your eyes a few pixels upwards, and you'll find the video embedded for your convenience. Be sure to check back later today for the review!

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4 years ago

Microsoft unveils Xbox SmartGlass, "second screen" functionality heading to Android

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Our buddies over at WPCentral are out in LA right now enjoying the Xbox keynote presentation at E3. Microsoft presentations wouldn't really interest us much, but surprisingly there was a specific mention of Android. It seems the newly unveiled Xbox SmartGlass feature will be compatible with Android. 

It offers an Airplay-esque functionality, in that videos viewed on a tablet for example can be transferred over to the big screen and picked up where you left off. When viewing on the TV, the tablet then becomes a second screen, displaying additional content. An example shown off was with popular series Game Of Thrones, where the tablet became a map tracking all the on screen action. 

The keynote has just finished, so we'll be looking forward to further coverage on this from the guys over at WPCentral. 

More: WPCentral at E3

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4 years ago

Sprint inviting VIP customers to a Galaxy S III event in Boston

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The cat is well and truly out of the bag regarding the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S III, and it seems they're keen to show it off to their customers. Android Central Forums member mercado79 just tipped us off to an invite to an event in Boston scheduled for June 12. Seems that Sprint are keen to let their "VIP" customers get an early hands on with the forthcoming smartphone. There's also talk of prizes, which from Samsung could be a whole array of goodies. It isn't a free-for-all though, to attend you have to register, and with the hype arround the Galaxy S III truly reaching a frenzy, if you're invited early registration is recommended.

We've had a lot of hands-on time with the Galaxy S III since its launch back in London. As we speak too, our very own Alex Dobie is working incredibly hard on bringing you the full, comprehensive review. 

Thanks mercado79!

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4 years ago

Asus Transformer AIO gets unveiled, dual booting, dual function Windows 8 and ICS device

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Taking things in a completely different direction to all the recent Samsung news, Asus have pulled the wraps off their latest Transformer device over at the Computex 2012 show in Taipei. We've seen teaser trailers for the "Next Transformations," along with the announcement of the Bluestacks integration with their Windows PC's that will give access to hundreds of thousands of Android applications. While the majority of Asus' Computex announcements are Windows 8 based, there is one that is quite, quite different. 

The Asus Transformer AIO is an 18.4-inch, all-in-one desktop PC complete with full touchscreen that runs Windows 8. So how does that affect us? The screen on the AIO detaches, and when it does, it turns into an 18.4-inch Android tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich. 18.4-inches. 

So it isn't really that portable. But, at the same time, it offers a fully featured Windows PC and a fully featured Android 4.0 tablet. It's potentially an unusual use case, but also an interesting one. We love Android tablets -- figures -- but at the same time there is a distinct lack of productivity when using one. The ability to finish up working in Microsoft Office, then head down to the couch and catch up with your favourite Android applications without having to switch devices is an interesting thought. 

Details are pretty scarce, as Asus is keeping pretty tight lipped on this one. There's no word on price either, but we'll go out on a limb and expect it to be relatively high. Hopefully it's packing a pretty mighty battery if Asus are expecting people to use it away from the desktop dock.

Sadly, the AC crew didn't make it out to Taiwan to play with it for ourselves. Never fear though, we've found some hands on footage courtesy of the guys over at The Verge​ to give you a quick run down on what's what. 

via The Verge

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4 years ago

T-Mobile USA announces the Samsung Galaxy S III

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T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III with dual-core ​Snapdragon S4 CPU, 2GB of RAM and HSPA+42 connectivity, coming June 21

We already knew it, but T-Mobile USA has officially confirmed that it'll be carrying the Samsung Galaxy S III from June 21. Like the other U.S. versions of Samsung's new flagship phone, T-Mobile's Galaxy S III is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. And it'll run on T-Mo's "4G" HSPA+42 network, allowing for faster data speeds than the international version, which tops out at 21Mbps.

T-Mobile will sell the Galaxy S III in pebble blue and marble white, just like the other U.S. carriers, and it'll offer the phone with 16 and 32GB of internal storage, in addition to that microSD card slot. Other specs are identical to the international version -- a 4.8-inch HD SuperAMOLED screen, 1.9MP front-facing camera, 8MP rear shooter and 2100mAh battery. (And TouchWiz-topped ICS, of course)

The network says it'll begin selling the Galaxy S III from June 21, and there's a sign-up page where prospective customers can leave their details. No word on any pre-order date just yet.

Check past the break for today's full press release from T-Mobile.

More: Android Central Forums; T-Mobile USA

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