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5 years ago

Hands-on with the Acer Iconia Tab A700


We dropped in to visit the folks at Acer and have a look at the Iconia A700, and it's impressive. The first thing you notice is how thin and light it is (9.9mm and 600grams, respectively), and then you turn it on. The 1920 x 1200 resolution will absolutely blow you away, and the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 inside pushes all those pixels nice and smoothly.

Acer's also made the A700 a complete media center. You have HDMI out, as well as HDMI to VGA support so you can use a projector, and the microUSB port supports USB host mode so you can connect things like your camera through the included micro to full size USB adapter. Now the switch to MHL in Ice Cream Sandwich (which the A700 ships with -- no "update soon" nonsense here) makes more sense. Add in features like Dolby Mobile 5.1 HD audio output and a microSD card slot, and this looks like one of the tablets to buy in 2012.

Hit the jump for a hands-on video

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5 years ago

Rogers LTE now network live in St. John's, Newfoundland


When the HTC One X was announced, Rogers was on the list of carriers who would be getting the devices and now they've once again confirmed that information along with the announcement of their LTE network going live in St. John's, Newfoundland.

"We are proud to be the first carrier to bring our LTE network to St. John's," said John Boynton, Rogers Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. "With Rogers LTE wireless network coverage, customers have access to speeds similar to broadband connections, making it easier for people to use their mobile devices to download apps, stream HD videos and music or play on-line games, with virtually no delays or buffering."

The HTC One X will join their already existing line of devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note, the Samsung Galaxy S II LTE, the HTC Raider and finally, the HTC JetStream. The full press release can be found past the break.

Source: Rogers

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5 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1


The Galaxy Note 10.1 sees Samsung bringing the "S Pen" technology developed for the original Note to a 10.1-inch Android 4.0 tablet. The Note 10.1 isn't the only tablet boasting stylus connectivity these days, but it is the only one to use Wacom technology, which results in smoother, more precise input. Besides the pen input, Samsung has bumped the CPU up to a 1.4GHz dual-core Exynos chip, and introduced some new software enhancements, including apps from Adobe.

Join us after the break for our first impressions of the Galaxy Note 10.1, along with an initial hands-on video.

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5 years ago

Hands-on with the Acer Liquid Glow


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Acer's brought its brand-new entry level Liquid Glow smartphone here to Mobile World Congress. Not a whole lot to write home about -- 3.7-inch display and a 5MP camera. But it's available in pink, white or black and has NFC. So it's got that going for it, which is nice.

The Acer Liquid Glow will be available this summer.

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Beam hands-on


Normally when we show you new devices, we give you the display first. The business end of the Samsung Galaxy Beam, however, is an a decidedly different location. That's a 15 lumen pico projector tucked into the phone, meaning you can fire video from the device up to 50 feet away or so. We kept things a tad closer, and sure enough, it works just fine.

There's a dedicated projector button on the right-hand-bezel, just above the power switch, that turns the projector on and off. (It's quicker at turning the projector off than on.) It also cycles through projecting the display either in portrait or landscape mode. The projector may be a novelty, but it does appear to work fairly well, even visible in a well-lit room.

The rest of the phone is pretty solid, too. It's a Gingerbread device (boo), but it will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich (yay). It's not the thinnest phone in the world, but neither does it feel horrible in the hand. We're a little worried about how long the 1850 mAh battery will last while blasting away video.

We've got no idea if a projector phone will sell this time around. But if you've just got to have the ability to shoot video across the room from your phone, you'll soon have a new option in Samsung Galaxy Beam.

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5 years ago

Fun at Google's Android booth


Yeah, new hardware is great and all, but the Google booth is where it's at at Mobile World Congress. They've got developers, phones, tablets, smoothies and a slide.

Yeah. This is our job.

Hit the break for a slew of pics of what goes on in Never Never Land.

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5 years ago

Hands-on with the ASUS Padfone


Having teased it for over a year, today ASUS publicly unveiled the Padfone in its final form, at its Mobile World Congress press conference in Barcelona. In addition to the much-hyped phone-within-a-tablet functionality, ASUS has brought along a few surprising new features, including a capacitive pen which doubles as a handset. It's also expanded upon the Transformer concept, introducing a keyboard docking option for the Padfone. That's right, you can plug the phone into the tablet, then plug the tablet into the keyboard dock. Crazy stuff to be sure.

Read on to find out what we thought of ASUS' ambitious three-in-one device.

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5 years ago

Domino's delivers an Android app, and free with contract smartphone offer


Getting a hot pizza delivered just got a little easier, thanks to Domino's Pizza and their Android application. Getting a cool Android phone free with a new contract did as well, again thanks to Domino's Pizza. Confused? Don't be, it's simple, really. Domino's knows you love pizza (we all love pizza) and they've made it super-simple to get one. Grab the new Domino's app from the Market, click through to make your order, and wait for the delivery. You can even watch the progress of your order right from the app, just like you can from the website when you order online. It's like the best invention of the 20th century (pizza) meets the best invention of the 21st century (Android), and it's a perfect match.

So perfect in fact, that Domino's wants to help make it happen by offering free Android phones when you sign a new agreement with a US carrier. Offerings like the Motorola Droid 3 from Verizon, or the HTC Wildfire S from T-Mobile are yours for the taking from Domino's online, and fulfilled by Simplexity, and authorized agent for the carriers.

So what are you waiting for? The app is free in the Market for phones running Android 2.1 or higher, and the phones are free from Domino's when you sign up for a new agreement. We've got more screenshots, the press release, and the download link after the break.

More: Domino's

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5 years ago

Ubuntu for Android at Mobile World Congress


There's been quite a bit of buzz since the announcement of Ubuntu for Android, and there's quite a bit of buzz in Hall 7 here at Mobile World Congress. That's where Canonical is showing off just what Ubuntu can do when paired to a dual-core smartphone, and it remains every bit impressive as when we got our preview a week ago.

The basic idea is this: Your smartphone (at minimum a dual-core device) will have a custom Linux kernel. And on top of that runs Android and Ubuntu. They run in parallel; when you plug your phone into a HDMI display, it switches from Android to Ubuntu and you get a full desktop experience.

Probably the most impressive aspect is in how it handles the data and applications from your Android phone. Ubuntu's got full access to your contacts and apps. So you can search your contact book to send an e-mail or make a phone call, right there from Ubuntu. Apps run in windows form, but Canonical tells us that will be refined some by launchtime, still set for later this year.

The other remaining question is exactly how us mere mortals will be able to get Ubuntu onto our phones. It's not just an .apk that you can download. But we're more than positive some enterprising neckbeards will have it all worked out.

We've got some a walkthrough video from Mobile World Congress after the break.

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5 years ago

850,000 new Android devices now activated each day, 450,000 apps in the Android Market


Andy Rubin has just laid some Android numbers out for everyone as only he can. The last time we heard numbers from Google was on Q4 2011 conference call where it was announced that 700,000 Android activations were happening daily and today, that number has pushed to 850,000.

For those of you keeping track, that's around a 250% growth in numbers year-on-year. Apps have also been continually on the rise, back during Mobile World Congress last year Google announced there was 150,000 apps in Android Market and now that number sits at about 450,000 with around 1 billion downloads per month.

The point? The Google ecosystem is doing great. It's constantly growing and with over 800 Android devices launched to-date, it's not showing any signs of slowing down any time soon.

Source: Google Mobile

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5 years ago

ASUS announces two new Transformer tablets, finally shows off Padfone


ASUS this morning at Mobile World Congress just dropped a bombshell of a tablet on us with its new Transformer Pad Infinity Series. The Transformer Pad Infinity Series 700 is going to leave you feeling a bit moist. The 10-inch IPS display has a 1920x1200 resolution at 600 nits. It's powered either by a quad-core Tegra 3 chipset at 1.6 GHz (for the Wifi-only version), or dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM 8960 Snapdragon S4 Krait if it's rocking 3G/4G radios. It's a mere 8.5 mm thick as well, and features an optoinal keyboard dock, for which ASUS has made quite the name for itself.

ASUS also finally showed of the Padfone (it having been teased for a good year or so, it feels like). It's a 4.3-inch smartphone powered by a new Qualcomm dual-core Krait processor (same as in the Infinity 700), has an 8-megapixel camera and slips into an optional Padfone Station that turn it into a 10.1 in tablet with five times the battery life. The Padfone Station in turn has an optional keyboard dock that turns the whole thing into an Android laptop.

ASUS also announced the new Transformer Pad 300, an updated tablet it's billing as the ideal mobile web surfing and gaming platform. It's got an NVIDIA® Tegra® 3 quad-core processor and 10.1-inch IPS diaplay at 1280x800 resolution. It's got options for LTE or Wifi-only. Battery life is billed at 10 hours, or 15 hours with an optional keyboard dock.

We've got more pics and the full press release after the break. Stay tuned for some hands-on action!

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5 years ago

Motorola Mobility making it easy for business owners to switch to Android with new trade-in program


Motorola Mobility has been making some big moves when it comes to capturing business customers and ensuring they become Android users. Their latest efforts are set to kick off on Feb. 28th as noted in their press release:

Starting tomorrow, the company will be offering up to $200 cash back for a consumer’s old device when a Motorola Business Ready smartphone is purchased, providing an instant online quote, pre-paid shipping label, and payment within four to six weeks of receipt. In addition, Motorola Mobility will be offering the MotoAssist™ IT service to give business users access to IT professionals who can help set up accounts, transfer contacts seamlessly, and even work directly with corporate IT departments.

We've seen a rather large push for Android in the business sector recently and if Motorola can continue to offer new devices while saving business owners money it has the potential to put them in a very good place. The full press release is past the break for you all or you can check out the source link below for more details.

Source: Motorola

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5 years ago

Carrier IQ unveils tool operators can use to open up about data collected from your phone


Carrier IQ cares. Or, rather, for Carrier IQ, it's all about care. The much-maligned California analytics company has weathered the Great Privacy Scandal of 2011 and today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona announced a new product for its customers -- the operators -- to give greater transparency to consumers -- that's you and me -- regarding data being collected from your smartphones and tablets.

Let's be clear here: You are not Carrier IQ's customer. It provides network and hardware analytics capabilities to companies that sell smartphones by the millions, not folks like you and me who buy them every year or so (or, in our case, more often). That's not to say that CIQ is deaf to the recent surge in the push for privacy. Far from it. And that's not to say it hasn't learned a thing or two since everybody started to care about on-board analytics. It most certainly has.

And that brings us to today's announcement.  

Dubbed the "Customer Experience Dashboard," CIQ will begin offering -- again, to operators, not to end-users directly -- tools that the operators can then use to show their users basic fault explanations. Is your phone's battery draining? Dropping a lot of calls? Constantly rebooting? CIQ's new tools would all the operator to better explain to you what's going on with your phone, as well as with the network it's on. CIQ would essentially provide APIs to the operators, who then could build into their own websites the ability to see exactly what's going on with your phone.

It's a twofold proposition. At its core, the idea is to place some of the customer care onus back onto the customer, specifically to cut down on customer care phone calls. In other words, to help you help yourself. That, in turn, saves the operator money. It's also a great opportunity for the operator to show exactly what sort of data it's harvesting from your phone. But -- and this is a pretty big "but" -- it's up to the operator to implement any or all of this. As with Carrier IQ's current suite of products, it's completely customizable to for each operator and platform. It doesn't (and probably wouldn't) look like what you see in the picture above. Operators would be free to customize and present as much data as it sees fit, and in whatever manner it sees fit. And as of right now, it's still completely optional (and in fact will raise the cost of the CIQ platform for the operator).

For our part, we believe that would be money well spent by the operators. As much as the operators need analytics, the end-users need greater transparency. And done right (there's always a catch, right?), the operators could conceivably kill two birds with one stone here: continue to learn about the devices it supports in a real-time manner, and do so in a way that doesn't scare the hell out of its users.

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5 years ago

Orange announces the first Intel Medfield-powered Android phone for Europe, known as the Santa Clara


We heard some rumblings in the build up to Mobile World Congress that Orange would be getting set to announce a Intel powered device under their own brand and today, they've gone ahead and done just that. Codenamed Santa Clara, Orange is planning to have this device in the hands of customers in Europe by the time summer rolls around and while it comes preloaded with Gingerbread, there is a upgrade path to Android 4.0 planned for the future. Specs are calling for:

  • Processor: Intel® Atom™ processor Z2460 platform
  • Display: 4.03”, 600x1024 pixel
  • Camera - 8MP Front: 1.3mp rear
  • Video capture: 1080p with HDMI Out
  • Memory: 16GB
  • Mobile Features: GSM bands 1900 / 1800 / 900 / 850 MHz , UMTS bands: 2100 / 1900 / 900 / 850 MHz, GPRS / EDGE Class 10, Bluetooth: V2.1, A-GPS support, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Dimensions: 123 x 63 x 9.99
  • Weight: 117g

The device looks similar to the Intel reference device we saw previously at CES 2012 but with a more polished look to it. You can jump on past the break for the full press release and devices images.

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