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4 years ago

Intel show off their reference device, highly optimized version of Android

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We've already seen the Intel Medfield reference device with our hands on earlier today, but during the Intel Keynote they took it out on stage to show it off to the world. 

The device itself is pretty fully loaded. NFC, HDMI, and an 8-megapixel camera that can take 10 high resolution pictures a second. The design also supports upto a 16-megapixel camera. While running Gingerbread, it's clear that this is a highly optimized version of Gingerbread, that performs amazingly well on the device. 

The 1080p video playback was shown alongside an HTC device in a time lapse video, which illustrated how the Intel device outlasted the HTC one by hour in terms of battery life. The claim is that 1080p video playback is offered without sacrificing battery life. 

In browsing and Javascript, the device was shown against a competitor product and the results were impressive. The Intel Medfield offered a significantly better experience than the competitor phone and because of the optimizations, existing Android Market applications will work without needing a re-compile. 

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4 years ago

Intel and Motorola enter into 'multi-year agreement', Intel-powered Moto devices coming in 2012

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We're live at Intel's CES keynote, where Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha has just announced that Moto's entered into a "multi-year agreement" with Intel to bring x86-powered mobile devices to market. Jha adds that Motorola will have devices in carrier validation this summer, with product launches shortly thereafter.

That, of course, means we can expect more Intel-powered Motorola/Android smartphones and tablets towards the back end of 2012, as the chip inceases its mobile presence. Join us after the jump for the full press release from Motorola.

More: Intel CES Keynote Liveblog

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4 years ago

Google Maps updated, transit beta and battery optimizations aplenty

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The latest update for Google Maps is now showing up in the Android Market and according to the updated change log it's mostly optimizations of already existing features and battery optimizations -- not that we're complaining.  As noted:

  • Improved battery performance for Latitude and Location History users, and fresher locations for friends in Latitude
  • Transit Navigation (Beta) can use vehicle speed to estimate location if GPS signal is lost
  • Increase route options for public transit directions from 3 to 4.
  • Report feedback to Google from the settings menu

You'll find the download link past the break and be sure to let us know if you happen to notice any other changes, since Google has a tendency to sneak in some unnoted changes here and there.

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4 years ago

Kindle for Android updated to v3.3.2, fixes startup freezing issues on ICS

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If you're making use of Kindle for Android on an ICS equipped device then you may have noticed it has some slight issues with freezing when you launch it. If you never noticed it -- awesome but if you have, there is now an updated version available the addresses the issue. It's labeled as v3.3.2 and you'll find it readily available in the Android Market right now. Download link is past the break.

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4 years ago

Just how strong is Gorilla Glass 2? See for yourself...

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We know you want to see just how strong the new Gorilla Glass 2 is, not just hear about the fanciness of it. Lucky for you, the folks at Corning took to the stage at CES today to show off just how strong the product is, and we've got it all on camera. Check it out and see how well the new Gorilla Glass 2 holds up in our video above.

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4 years ago

Hands-on video with Vizio's 10-inch tablet

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As stated, we had a chance to get accquainted with Vizio's upcoming 10-inch tablet today here in Las Vegas, and while details are sparse, this video will at least give some dimension to what we're dealing with. Keep your ears and eyes peeled: we think this one's coming down the pike any minute now.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with Vizio's 10-inch tablet

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Tucked away deep within the Wynn Hotel here in Las Vegas, Vizio has set up a command center for its CES offerings, one of which is its upcoming 10-inch tablet. Still unnamed, the device is running Honeycomb underneath a pretty slick custom skin-- see our review of Vizio's 8-inch tablet to get a true feel for the experience. Unfortunately Vizio reps were tight-lipped when it came to details. They wouldn't divulge processor speeds, RAM, or screen resolution, though they did mention that while it's shipping with Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich isn't out of the realm of possibility. Hit the break for more impressions.

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4 years ago

Sony Walkman Z-series coming to U.S. and Europe in February

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Following its Japanese launch late last year, the Sony Walkman Z-series is due to arrive in Europe and the U.S. from next month. The NVIDIA Tegra 2-powered personal media player comes in 8, 16 and 32GB flavors, and supports HDMI, DLNA and Wifi connectivity. Besides that, you get all the benefits of Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a 4.3-inch screen, albeit without cellular connectivity or any cameras.

According to the Sony Store pre-order page, U.S. prices will range from $249.99 for the 8GB model up to $329.99 for the 32GB version. We've got the full presser from Sony after the break.

Source: Sony; More: Sony Store

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4 years ago

First look: Gorilla Glass 2 sheds 20% thickness but keeps all the strength

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Pop quiz: What's new, thinner and still made of Gorillas? Gorilla Glass 2, of course. A few days ago we saw the announcment that Corning was bringing the well-named scratch-resistant glass back to CES thinner than ever -- while also keeping it just as structurally strong.

Sure, 20 percent thinner may not seem like a lot, but keeping the glass thinner is something that many manufacturers want for reasons such as enhanced color reproduction -- color isn't displayed oddly because of the screen, and believe it or not the thinner screen will also allow for more accurate touch sensativity. With their glass on more than 600 product models you would think that these guys know what they are doing, and that "thin is in" and Gorilla Glass 2 is going to be something we definitely look forward to. While adoption times will differ by manufacturer they do anticipate to see Gorilla Glass 2 replacing the original within the next six months.

Hit the break to check out our full interview with Corning.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the Motorola Motoluxe

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Motorola continues to iterate with every new device, and the Motorola Motoluxe is no exception. It's got a 4-inch display and is rocking Android 2.3 (lame, but not surprising), has the usual Motorola UI improvements and sports an 8MP camera with autofocus and flash.

Picking it up, you'll be struck by the weight -- or lack thereof -- and the cool little quick-launch apps widget that's planted on the homescreen. (There's a similar widget for your favorite contacts.)

And save for a VGA front-facing camera and 1400 mAh battery, that's about it. Not to say that it's a bad phone -- it's a solid mid-level device, which is what Motorola was aiming for. This is definitely one you folks in Greater China, Europe and Latin America will want to check out when it's released in February.

We've got a full hands-on after the break.

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4 years ago

The Daily coming to select Verizon devices starting with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

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Verizon has been rolling out quite a few exclusive deals today and their latest announcement brings a long-time iOS app to select Verizon wireless Android devices, namely -- the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 as a start.

"Verizon Wireless has been a key partner since we launched on iPad, and we're thrilled to now be available to Android customers as we continue to expand and grow throughout the mobile space," said Greg Clayman, publisher for The Daily.

The Daily, which offers national news in an easy to read tablet format is a subscription service that publishes more than 100 pages of original content each day, 365 days a year. Customers will be offered a free trial and after that, you will have the option of subscribing to the service for $3.99 a month or $39.99 a year.

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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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