If you've been making use of a smartphone long before they were even called smartphones then the name Kinoma should be rather familiar to you. If not, now is a great time to get to know them and what they offer. Made popular on Palm OS, Symbian and Windows Mobile, Kinoma Play is now making its way to Android with their newly announced beta media player and platform services.
Having recently been acquired by Marvell, Kinoma is hard at work. Aside from the Android Beta they also have a new SDK coming for developers and OEM's that allows them to integrate Kinoma into their content and services. The full press release is available after the break but if you're wanting to get in on the Android Beta you'll have to head on over to the Kinoma website for the full details. You can also check out their announcement post in our forums. [Kinoma]
The official Weather Channel app for Android has been updated to version 3.0, adding a host of new features to help you stay one step ahead of your local atmospheric phenomena.
Additions include voice search and type-ahead for location entry, a new swipeable navigation bar, extra video content and a "hybrid" units setup for British and Canadian users. There's also three new homescreen widgets included in the update.
A warning to Android 2.3 users, though - we tried to get this app working on several devices running Gingerbread, but it seems to have compatibility issues on the latest version of Android, resulting in crashes at startup. We've successfully tested it on Froyo, however, so Android 1.6 to 2.2 users should be just fine.
Join us after the jump for QR codes and Market links.
Chip-maker Qualcomm has announced its next generation Snapdragon chipsets, including a beastly quad-core part by the name of APQ8064 which will run at up to 2.5 GHz. APQ8064 is based on Qualcomm's new 28nm "Krait" micro-architecture, and also includes an Adreno 320 quad-core GPU.
The manufacturer says APQ8064 chipsets will deliver up to 12 times the CPU performance of the original Snapdragon and up to 15 times the GPU performance of the original Adreno, while reducing power consumption. Qualcomm likens the performance of the APQ8064's Adreno 320 to that of the current generation of games consoles. This extra horsepower will allow the chipset to power higher-resolution displays and handle 3D playback and recording, and Qualcomm will be targeting it at next-generation mobile devices.
Other new chipsets include the single-core MSM8930 and the dual-core MSM8960. The MSM8930 includes an integrated LTE modem and will be aimed at mainstream smartphones, while its dual-core sibling will appear in "multi-tasking smartphones and tablets".
Qualcomm says samples of MSM8930 and APQ8064 chipsets will be available in early 2012, while samples of the dual-core MSM8960 will emerge in the second quarter of this year. [PRNewswire]
Sure roses are nice and all, but what if you want to give your Valentine something a bit more unique? Well, the Google Maps team has your back as they have released a new service allowing you to send a digital postcard featuring a significant location from your past. Enter in "To" and "From" email addresses, choose your location, add in your personal message of love and you are good to go. Bonus points if you can get your significant location in sight with Street View. [MapYourValentine]
Got a few minutes with Samsung Vibrant 4G -- erm, the Samsung Galaxy S 4G -- and guess what. It's the T-Mobile Vibrant all over again, with a new battery cover, a new 4G radio to take advantage of those sweet HSPA+ speeds, a bigger (1650 mAh) battery, Inception instead of Avatar and ... That's about it.
Otherwise? Same phone, for all intents and purposes. And that's not a bad thing,
T-Mobile has announced that the Samsung Galaxy S 4G will be going on sale Feb. 23 (as was rumored) for $149. While it was not specifically mentioned by T-Mobile, you can probably safely assume that the $149 price tag will require a new or upgraded two-year contract. The "for a limited time" bit seems to indicate that the price will jump up after the initial launch, so any T-Mobile customers looking to get on the HSPA+ wagon (sorry, Phil!) should make up their minds about the device before the launch date rolls around. Talk about it in the T-Mobile section of the Android Central Forums. [Twitter, T-Mobile]
For those of you who don't know what in the world was just said, have no fear you are not alone. Our very own Jerry Hildenbrand has decided to serenade us with a geeked out Valentines Day poem. Let's hit the break together and take a look at some great Valentines Day applications for your favorite Android device. Especially if you've forgotten it was Valentines Day and are now rushing to figure something out.
At the Honeycomb announcement, we got a look at Words with Friends for Android (check out our hands-on), and it has now become available for download. If you've been dying to play cross platform with your iOS friends, the wait is over. If you're not familiar with Words with Friends, it's a competitive word game that pits you against friends and strangers alike to create the most valuable words. You can play up to 20 games simultaneously, and push notifications will let you know when it's your turn to go. It's available for free and is compatible with Android device 1.6+. Please find links after the break. Thanks, Stabicus!
Valentine's Day is all about taking the time to let the people in your life know that you care and love for them. It's filled with candy, balloons, hearts, flowers, kisses -- basically, mushy stuff. Though, Valentine's Day isn't only for lovers, it's for Android game publishers, too! Gameloft has announced on their blog, that ten of their HD Android titles will be 60% off their regular price. Isn't that so sweet of them? Aww. You can download the titles via their mobile store. Here is a list of games on sale:
A new Foursquare update is now available in the Android Market and rather then it being just a small a small change, it is one that Foursquare is quite happy about. During his mini keynote today at Mobile World Congress CEO and co-founder of Foursquare, Dennis Crowley announced that Foursquare would now be able to support a broader audience by including French, German, Italian, Spanish & Japanese languages within Foursquare. Other then downloading the now available update, users don't have to do anything else to see the changes. Foursquare will auto-detect your devices default language and display that within. Download can be found after the break. Also, check out the new notification system in this release. [Foursquare]
In the realm of Android Honeycomb tablets -- and it's not like there are all that many out there yet -- things pretty much have, well, looked the same. But the LG Optimus pad brings a bit of differentiation to the burgeoning tablet market.
Start with its size -- 8.9 inches, not the 7 of the original Galaxy Tab or the 10.1 inches of the Motorola Xoom or the new Galaxy Tab 10-inch. And we're very much on the fence about the size. LG claims its the perfect compromise, and maybe it is. But to us it felt like an oversized Galaxy Tab, so far as the basic size goes. A little bit unwieldy, but the screen size is still darn nice. The 1280x768 resolution is plenty adequate.
And then there's that whole 3D thing LG's pushing. And pushing, and pushing. And the Optimus Pad, just like its Optimus 3D smartphone cousin, as on the 3D train as well, with a pair of 5-megapixel camera on the back and a 2MP shooter up front.
It's plenty fast, thanks to an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, and we didn't see much lag at all in Honeycomb or the apps, which is nice for a pre-production unit.
British networks Three and Orange have announced that they'll be carrying the new LG Optimus 3D when it's released in the UK later this year. Both carriers' official sites offered a run-down of the Optimus 3D's specs and features, however specific release dates and prices were conspicuously absent.
It's likely -- though not confirmed -- that other major UK carriers will also be picking up the Optimus 3D at some point in the future, however Three and Orange are first with their official announcements.
In addition to the Optimus 3D, Orange announced that it'll also be offering the Optimus Black on selected plans in the second quarter of the year.
What we do know is that this is a 10.1 inch tablet with a 1280x768 display running on that aforementioned NVIDIA Tegra250 Dual-core CPU. There's a 5mp camera on the back, 2mp on the front, HDMI-out, and a nice brushed metal unibody casing.
Until Honeycomb arrives, we have a very-slightly-modified version of Android 2.3 - you can bring out the home, menu, and back button by swiping on the lower-right - swiping again equates to a long-press to multitask.
Catch a hands-on video and a few more photos after the break!
Sometimes you just want a phone that's crazy, crazy tall. Enter the Acer Iconia Smart, which sports a 4.8" 1024 x 480 screen at a 21:9 aspect ratio. Toss in an 8mp camera on the back with 720p recording and 1.3mp on the front, a unibody metal casing (but as you can see in the video below, it doesn't quite feel as awesome as other unibody phones), Android 2.3, HDMI-out, DLNA, and Acer's can't-get-no-respect-but-it's-not-bad Breeze UI and you have a phone that's pretty indicative of where Acer is in the Android market right now: an interesting underachiever that deserves a second look but is still waiting for US carrier to invite them to the dance. In other words - pricing and availability not yet known.