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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy Tab 10.1 receive FIPS security certification

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In the business sector, security has always been a concern but even more so now as businesses are allowing their employees to bring their own devices to work. Samsung who previously announced the Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 as being SAFE compatible, now have the pleasure of being able to say those devices are also FIPS certified.

“Earlier this year, Samsung took a huge step forward in setting a high security standard for smartphones and tablets by launching SAFE. The FIPS certification takes Samsung’s B2B-readiness to an even higher level and ensures our devices are now equipped for use in U.S. government agencies and other regulated industries,” said Tim Wagner, Vice President and General Manager of B2B Sales for Samsung Mobile.

FIPS is a federally issued, U.S. information security standard certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. In order for a device to be FIPS certified, it has to meet some pretty hefty guidelines so Samsung getting these devices certified means government agencies and regulated industries, such as financial and health-care institutions can make use of them.

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4 years ago

Android App Review: Circuitry Live Wallpaper

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I'm not usually a big fan of live wallpapers, and it takes a pretty good one to make me want to use it.  It has to be subtle so I can still see the icons, shortcuts and widgets on my homescreen at a glance, easy on the battery, and not make my phone slow down.  Circuitry Live Wallpaper fits that bill.  I've got it in blue above for a better picture, but you have a choice of six different color schemes (including light grey on dark grey, greyscale FTW), and each is rendered pixel by pixel to be crisp on your screen and the whole thing has been optimized in a way that keeps my phone feeling snappy and lag-free.  The jury is still out on battery life, as I've only been using it for a day, but so far so good.  Add in the geek factor of circuitry coming to life on my homescreen, and I think I'll use this one for a while.  Circuitry Live Wallpaper is 99 cents in the Market, and your phone will need to be running Android 2.1 (and have Live Wallpapers enabled) to use it.  Hit the break for a video, download link and some screen shots.

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4 years ago

Square Card Case moves into v1.1 with directory improvements and Twitter integration

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The latest Square Card Case update has now made its way to the Android Market and is sitting pretty at v1.1. The latest release adds onto Twitter integration, has an improved directory and also includes the ability to move and delete cards from with the app.

If you've not yet made yourself familiar with Card Case -- it allows you to browse daily retaurant menus, keep digital receipts and pay by saying your name at the counter where merchants support it. Check out the video past the break, if you're wanting to see the app in action.

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4 years ago

Android around the world, as pictured on Google+

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Last week the official Google+ Android account asked us all to share pictures of where our Androids have been, and the folks in Mountain View have picked a top five to display in their Google Photos album.  In addition, the people in charge have promised "a small token of our Android appreciation" to the top five.  We've no idea what the small token will be, only that it's bound to be something cool considering the source.  Hit the break to see the winners list and their wonderful pictures.

Source: +Android

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4 years ago

Huawei MediaPad to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich, and introduces a new MediaPad Color series

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Huawei has announced that their 7-inch MediaPad will be one of the first Android tablets to ship with Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed, and the availability of the new MediaPad Color series in shadow black, classic brown, and passion pink.  The 7-inch MediaPad was the first tablet to ship with Honeycomb 3.2, so Huawei is no stranger to getting things updated in a timely fashion.  Both the MediaPad and MediaPad Color come with a Qualcomm dual-core 1.2GHz processor and a 1280 x 800 pixels 217 PPI screen supporting 1080P Full HD video playback.  Battery life is estimated at six hours or longer.

Expect the MediaPad with Ice Cream Sandwich, and the MediaPad Color (with Android 3.2) to arrive in select markets in the first quarter of this year, and existing MediaPad owners should also get an OTA update to Android 4.0 in Q1.  The full press release is after the break.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Android-powered SiriusXM Lynx

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If CES has taught me anything, it's that Android can pop up where you least expect it. Case in point: the SiriusXM booth, where the satellite radio giant is introducing its Lynx portable radio system.

Announced late last month, the Lynx is a three-in-one device that can dock in your car, in your home, or act as a regular in-pocket player. It's WiFi-connected for updates and syncing -- and for content. When docked, it'll pull in all the SiriusXM channels, shows and music that you get from the SiriusXM Internet service. And it features some pretty cool features including "Tune Start", which restarts the song if you've tuned in halfway through.

And did we mention that Android is lurking beneath? You wouldn't necessarily know it, as the Lynx has a UI that's pure SiriusXM, but it's there (check out the "caution" warning below-- recognize that?). The Lynx will be hitting retailers soon for a cool $250, and the friendly reps at the booth were nice enough to walk us through exactly what the Lynx is capable of, and how Android makes it all possible. Hit the break for the video and some photos.

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4 years ago

DroidDoodle - Born at CES

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Guess how many phones were birthed at CES and win a prize!

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4 years ago

More Xperia NX and Xperia Acro HD details -- coming to Japan in February and March

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The first detailed information on the Japan-only Xperia Acro HD and Xperia NX has emerged along with promotional images, following Sony Ericsson's announcement of the devices on Monday. If you've been following Sony's CES presence over the past few days, then both phones may look strangely familiar -- the Acro HD is a 4.3-inch version of AT&T's Xperia Ion, while the Xperia NX appears to be more or less identical to Sony's international flagship phone, the Xperia S. Interestingly, the Acro HD's spec list also notes that it's a "waterproof" device, a feature that's not often seen on mainstream smartphones. Besides that, both phones feature a now-familiar spec list -- a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU, 1GB of RAM and Android 2.3 Gingerbread, running on Sony's 720p HD "Reality Display".

The Sony Ericsson branding also seems to be alive and well in Japan, at least for the moment. Whereas the Xperia Ion and Xperia S are both Sony-branded devices elsewhere, the Acro HD and Xperia NX still feature the familiar SE logo. Both phones will arrive in Japan on NTT DoCoMo -- first the Xperia NX in February, followed by the Xperia Acro HD in March.

Source: Sony Ericsson Japan

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the ESI 250 Smartphone for the desktop

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Tonight while walking around ShowStoppers here in Las Vegas, I couldn't help but to notice something out of the corner of my eye -- a desktop phone running Android on it! Naturally I had to go and check it out to see what it was all about, and the things I saw were pretty impressive. Running on a 7-inch capacative touch-screen with an 800x395 resolution the ESI 250 runs a custom skin on top of Android 2.2. Now before you go ahead and complain about it running 2.2, let's remember that it is a desktop phone meant for business users who will not be taking it off their desk.

The custom skin offers a rather stock experience, and ESI has wrote a custom market for the users to be able to purchase and download applications from. On the right hand side of the device you will notice three physical buttons, one to take you to the home screen, one to take you back, and one to access the menu. Some rather popular titles will be made available for the ESI 250, such as Evernote, Stickynotes, Sodoku and more. The device will be launching in Q2 at the $300 price point, so if you are a business user who wants to get more out of their devices be sure to be on the look out for this. Hit the break for some more images and a video tour.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Toshiba Excite X10

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Toshiba dropped a bit of a bomb on CES 2012 by announcing a 10-inch Android tablet that just so happens to be the slimmest one ever. The Toshiba Excite X10 edges out the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a 7.7 mm thickness - a full 1.1 mm thinner, and on par with the Droid RAZR. As you might expect, the thing is pretty light too, weighing in at just under 1.2 pounds. Battery life apparently hasn't been sacrificed in the process, as Toshiba is aiming for 8 hours, and there's plenty of horsepower under the hood. The Excite X10 is packs a dual-core 1.2 GHz OMAP 4430 processor, 1 GB of RAM and has a solid 1280 x 800 IPS touch display. All of the usual stuff is also on there, like a 5 megapixel camera on the back, 2 megapixel shooter on the front, accelerometer, and Wi-Fi. 

Toshiba's previous tablet, the Thrive, made a name for itself by offering a wide variety of inputs, and though USB, HDMI, and SD are also found on the Toshiba Excite X10, all formats are downsized to their micro-sized cousins. On the software side, the Excite updates Toshiba's Thrive customizations with a new file manager and DLNA media sharing capabilities. It's just too bad that there doesn't seem like there's going to be a cellular version of this; if they were able to cram LTE into this bad boy, it would be pretty sweet. 

In the slimness arms race, Toshiba has done a pretty great job, even if their Android customizations don't have much flavour. With something that slim and light, I would be worried about the construction if it wasn't for the the magnesium alloy backing and Gorilla glass front face. 

Pricing will start at $520 for the 16 GB model, and $600 for the 32 GB version when it launches this quarter, which is entirely reasonable in the grand scheme of tablets. Anyone biting? Is skinny your thing? You can take a closer look at press shots and specs over here

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Kogeto iCONIC for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

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Only just a few days ago we learned that Kogeto, the maker of a panoramic lens for the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S was planning on announcing their iCONIC lens which was being made for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The software is not fully finished for the Galaxy Nexus as of now so we did have to jump on the iPhone to show how the application functions and exactly what you can expect.

As you can see the device is actually a case that clips on the back of the device and once the application is launched you can begin to record. Once the recording begins you lay the device flat and sit back while it captures 360 degrees of video. After you are finished recording you can watch the application or share it to your favorite social network where your friends and family can share the same 360-degree view that you captured. Hit the break for a few more images and a video demo.

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4 years ago

Android Central at CES 2012: Day 1 roundup

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4 years ago

Rogers introducing Visual Voicemail Plus for Android

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Rogers iPhone customers have been taking advantage of Visual Voicemail for quite some time now but the company quite honestly has been rather slow to roll the services out to other devices across their system.

If the above information is in anyway accurate, that should soon be changing for not only Android users but also BlackBerry users. Yes, BlackBerry has visual voicemail -- stop snickering. It looks as though Rogers has gone about things a different way though by switching things up and calling their service Visual Voicemail Plus and offering the capability to save visual voicemail messages rather then being forced to clear them out of the system.

The listed devices that will be supported initially is indeed rather slim on the Android side of things, breaking them down to the long in the tooth Sony Ericsson X10 and the Samsung Galaxy Q but any other device capable of receiving MMS messages can also get in on the action. No pricing is listed on the documentation so we'll see later on if it's a paid service.

Source: Technapedia

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4 years ago

Eyes on the front of the Sprint Galaxy Nexus

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So here's the thing about the Sprint Galaxy Nexus: It's a Galaxy Nexus. On Sprint. We can only show you the front of it here, because that's all we were allowed to take pictures of. And it looks just lke the front of the Galaxy Nexus. In fact, we're not even going to tell you whether the blurry one is the Sprint Galaxy Nexus, or the GSM Galaxy Nexus. Doesn't matter here.

While we weren't allowed to take a picture of the back of the Sprint Galaxy Nexus, nobody's stopping us from telling you about it. It looks like the back of a Galaxy Nexus, with a Sprint logo. But the fact that we weren't allowed to record it in digital form makes us think that could possibly change. Anyway, there you go. 

A few more less-than-ideally-lit shots after the break.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Sprint LG Viper

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

Not a whole lot to say about the LG Viper from our brief time with it at Sprint's little get-together at the Tao nightclub in Las Vegas. You're looking at a mid-level device with a stock Gingerbread UI, LTE data and Sprint ID thrown in for good measure. It's got one of LG's excellent Nova displays though, so that's a pretty big point in its favor.

We'll get more quality time in with the Viper when we're done bouncing our heads to the beat here at Tao. In the meantime, enjoy.

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