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3 years ago

Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" video preview posted by Google

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Whoa! Here we go, this is what we were wanting to see. The Android Developers YouTube account just went live with an Android 3.0 preview video -- and then quickly took that sucker down. That's alright though, you'll find the embedded video after the break to drool over. Sadly, it looks like the rumors of it being tablet only were accurate. [Engadget]

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3 years ago

Britannica Encyclopedia hits Android Market, gets shown off at CES

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Paragon Software Group and Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc. have teamed up to bring Britannica Concise Encyclopedia 2011 to Android. If you've picked up a encyclopedia in the past 300 years, you've probably used one of Britannica's HUGE books. The company is no stranger to knowledge.

Now, instead of lugging around that monster of a volume, you can access all the same great information on the go. The app is a free download, but requires $19.99 activation charge. Sure, 20 bones may seem like a lot of money for an app, but if you consider the wealth of information given to you all within a little-bitty app, it's rather cheap.

The app is also being shown off at this week's CES, in Las Vegas. For a full list of features and the full press release, make the jump over the break. 

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3 years ago

Vlingo Voice Control Comes to Android

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Fresh from CES comes the news that voice software company Vlingo has extended its partnership with Bluetooth peripheral manufacturer BlueAnt to provide a voice control application for Android smartphones. The BlueAnt application, powered by Vlingo, as it's snappily titled, will allow users to control their phones using only their voices and a Bluetooth headset.

Features include:

  • Voice Search,
  • Social Networking Updates,
  • Voice to Text "Note2Self,"
  • Voice Dialing,
  • Open Key Native and Third-Party Applications,
  • Compose SMS and emails with your voice, and
  • Integrated Text-To-Speech reading of incoming SMS and email messages.

The app is due to arrive in the first quarter of 2011 for Android, Blackberry and iOS devices. [Press release]

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3 years ago

Tegra 2 brings console-quality gaming to mobile, Verizon to demo with LTE

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Nvidia got on the stage today at CES to talk about a number of things, but number one on their list was the Tegra 2 processor. They demoed the LG Optimus 2X and showcased how powerful the Tegra 2 would be for gaming. One of the coolest features was watching the online multiplayer dungeon-crawler Dungeon Defenders being played by players on a desktop PC, a PlayStation 3, and the 2X. Not only were they running the same game, they were actually playing together on the same multiplayer server in real time. 

Verizon got on stage shortly thereafter and talked about how the low latency of their LTE network would be perfect for gamers. They also promised live multiplayer sessions of Dungeon Defenders played between the Nvidia and Verizon booths over LTE when the show floor opens up. They did not specify what exact device or devices the game would be running on, so it could be anything from a LTE tablet or phone to a laptop with a LTE broadband card. Even so, gamers should be comping at the bit to get their hands on a Tegra 2 phone or tablet once they are released. Check out more pictures and the full press release after the break. [Android Central liveblog]

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3 years ago

NVIDIA and LG demo the Optimus 2X -- the first Tegra "superphone"

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At NVIDIA's CES press conference today, LG and NVIDIA gave us all the first look at the LG Optimus 2X, which they call the "world's first Tegra 2 superphone".  It's the first phone to use NVIDIA's Tegra 2 chipset, and it's impressive to say the least.  The plan, according to LG's Yongseok Jang, was to create beauty on the outside, and a monster on the inside, and it looks like they succeeded.  The specs:

  • 1Ghz Dual-core Processor (NVIDIA Tegra 2)
  • 4-inch WVGA screen
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo), upgradeable to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 8GB memory (up to 32GB via microSD)
  • 1,500 mAh battery
  • 8 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera
  • HDMI mirroring
  • 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 playback and recording

No word on carrier, or pricing, but we're on the lookout.  Hit the break to read the official press release, and see the Optimus 2X pass the latest in smartphone benchmarks -- Angry Birds on the big screen.

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3 years ago

Live at Nvidia's press event

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We're here at the Venetian in Las Vegas for Nvidia's presser. Expect a lot of hard-core processor nerd-talk, some Tegra 2 and maybe even some Honeycomb. Join us after the break!

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3 years ago

HTC Inspire 4G brings more 4.3-inch power to ATT

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ATT has had quite the morning, announcing that they'll have 12 new Android phones this year, including at least three high-end devices. One of those three is the HTC Inspire 4G, which is the first HTC 4G phone that has been officially announced.

The HTC Inspire 4G will have a 4.3-inch touchscreen, next-generation HTC Sense, 8 MP camera with 720p recording, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor with 4 GB on board memory as well as 8 GB on an SD card.

ATT, which has thus far sported relatively quiet and uninspiring Android lineups, has suddenly bounced back big time with the Inspire 4G, Atrix 4G and Infuse 4G. [ATT]

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3 years ago

Motorola Atrix specs

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3 years ago

LG Optimus Black to come with WiFi Direct, will be demoed at CES

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Hot on their announcement of the Optimus Black, LG has announced that the device will be one of the first consumer devices to feature WiFi Direct. What is WiFi Direct you ask? Well, it's a system to connect two different WiFi-enabled devices directly for sharing data -- think Bluetooth on steroids. The technology allows people to skip using a traditional WiFi hotspot or router to connect devices and could have big implications for local sharing of data and mobile gaming.

LG promises that they will be demonstrating the technology "for the first time on a mobile device" at CES so expect more coverage of this soon. Also, the WiFi Alliance, the group that creates all the WiFi standards, has whipped up a short video explaining exactly what WiFi Direct is and does. Find it and the full press release past the break. [LG Newsroom, WiFi Alliance]

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3 years ago

Motorola and AT&T announce the Atrix 4G

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Motorola and AT&T got together this morning at CES to announce the Motorola Atrix 4G, what they are calling the world's most advanced mobile device.  Without question, the specs are impressive:

  • Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core 1 GHz processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal memory and microSD card slot
  • 4 inch QHD display
  • 5 MP rear camera and VGA front facing camera
  • Fingerprint scanning security
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) with MotoBlur
  • All the assorted radios and sensors

It also is dockable in what they're calling a Laptop Dock,which has a full keyboard and puts the Atrix 4G into "webtop mode".  While in webtop mode, users can enjoy a fuller computer-like experience via apps like Firefox web browser.  This looks like a winner, and we can't wait to get our hands on one.  [AT&T]

Update: Hit the break for the Motorola presser [Motorola Mobility]

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