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5 years ago

Samsung expands Media Hub with content from CBS


Samsung Galaxy Tab

In a press release today, Samsung has announced that CBS will join the ranks and provide content for Samsung Mobile's Media Hub service.  Along side other popular providers like MTV, Paramount, Warner Bros, and NBC, Media Hub streams premium content at reasonable prices to enjoy on that SAMOLED display on your Galaxy S smartphone, or the crisp seven inch screen of your Galaxy Tablet.  Maybe Google should follow suit whenever they revamp GoogleTV.  Press release is after the break. [Samsung]

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5 years ago

WiFi only Galaxy Tab in Q1 2011 says Samsung


Galaxy Tab

We all know and love the Samsung Galaxy Tab, but many of us have been holding out for a WiFi only version.  The wait is over, as Samsung announced that they plan to make a WiFi only version available in the US during first quarter of 2011.  They give no clue on pricing, or availability, but I expect we'll see the 3G free version at major big box retailers some time in the near future, and with the prices of the 3G version dropping, let's hope Samsung can hit a sweet spot for the price point. 

We're seeing a lot of new tablets at CES already, and I can't help but think this would have been a better move on Samsung's part a few months ago.  We'll just have to wait and see how the other tablets match up in features, and more importantly -- if they get Google's blessing.  Read the full press release after the jump. [Samsung]

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5 years ago

Android 3.0 "Honeycomb" video preview posted by Google


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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5 years ago

Britannica Encyclopedia hits Android Market, gets shown off at CES


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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5 years ago

Vlingo Voice Control Comes to Android


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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5 years ago

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


 Dungeon Defenders on LG 2X

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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5 years ago

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


LG Optimus 2X

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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5 years ago

Live at Nvidia's press event


Nvidia at CES

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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5 years ago

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


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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5 years ago

Motorola Atrix specs

5 years ago

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


 Examples of WiFi Direct in action

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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5 years ago

Motorola and AT&T announce the Atrix 4G


Motorola Atrix 4G

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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5 years ago

Hands on with the HTC Evo Shift 4G


Who has two thumbs and is holding the latest phone in Sprint's Evo line? This guy, of course. Meet the HTC Evo Shift 4G on Sprint -- with its four-row sliding keyboard, 4G high-speed data all the usual HTC goodness.

Initial impressions are pretty good. We like the 3.6-inch screen size. Not too big, not too small. The phone's a bit on the portly side, but having a 4G radio and a sliding keyboard will do that. The chrome accents on the bezel, speaker and capacitive buttons are a nice touch.

There's no front-facing camera, and no HDMI out port. We can live with that. Others might not. To each his own.

But here's the really cool thing Sprint told us -- it's time to stop thinking as the Evo 4G as just a phone, and the Shift as a follow-up. They're just the start of the Evo line. More phones are coming (and fairly soon, it sounded).

We've got a bevy of pictures and a hands-on video after the break.   And while you're at it, be sure to swing by our Evo Shift 4G forums!

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5 years ago

Sony Ericsson XPERIA Arc sneaks out


 Xperia Arc

Some press shots and a quick promo video for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc have surfaced and despite our several years of feeling slightly burned by the Xperia line, we have to say that it looks pretty darn good. The purported specs suggest that the 854x480, 4.2 inch display sits atop a very thin (8.7mm in the middle) phone with a curved back, a 1GHz Qualcomm processor, Gingerbread, and an 8mp camera. 

Check out the video and a couple more press shots after the break! [Gagadget via Engadget]

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5 years ago

Samsung Infuse 4G heading to AT&T, brings 4.5-inch goodness


Well the announcements just keep rolling in from CES. Samsung has introduced the Infuse 4G, which will be heading to AT&T.  The Infuse has been described as a Galaxy S phone, just better. It sports a whopping 4.5-inch Super-AMOLED screen and a 1.2 GHz processor. Along with the 4.5-inch screen, the device will sport dual cameras, Android 2.2, and HD recording capabilities. [Samsung]

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