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4 years ago

Jolla announces Android launcher for Sailfish OS

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Jolla announces Android launcher for Sailfish OS

Jolla

You'll be able to pop the gesture-friendly Sailfish onto your Android device as a launcher or an OS replacement

Mobile World Congress

The folks at Finland-based Jolla announced that their mobile OS Sailfish is now commercially available for distribution after hitting their 1.0 release and will soon be available as a launcher for Android. For those unfamiliar, Sailfish uses a lot of what was left behind by MeeGo, an operating system built by Nokia before they went all-in with Windows Phone.

They've adapted it to run Android apps not unlike BlackBerry 10's set-up and what Windows Phone is reportedly considering, which is an experience Jolla claims to have polished since a limited release in November. For those that have a spare Android device kicking around and are looking for more than a launcher, Sailfish can work on popular Android-based hardware, including Samsung, Nexus, and Sony handsets.  

4 years ago

NVIDIA announces Tegra Note 7 with LTE connectivity

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NVIDIA announces Tegra Note 7 with LTE connectivity

Tegra Note 7

Tegra Note 7

Both Tegra Note 7 models updated to Android 4.4 with Gamepad Mapper functionality

Those looking for a portable 7-inch tablet with mobile data access now have another option — the Tegra Note 7 LTE. While it may not be the hottest-selling tablet out there, the Tegra Note 7 offers a pretty solid set of specs — Tegra 4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a quality stylus setup all for $199. This new version with HSPA+ and LTE capabilities will set you back just $299, and as an added bonus it's shipping with Android 4.4.2 — which brings new Gamepad Mapper functionality — as well.

Providing the connectivity is a new NVIDIA i500 LTE modem, which is just 40 percent the size of the average modem but is four times as powerful as its predecessor. That pairs up with the Tegra 4 perfectly, of course, to provide speed and efficiency when connecting to mobile networks.

The Tegra Note 7 LTE will be available in a variety of regions in the second quarter of 2014: North America, U.K., Western Europe, Ukraine, Japan, Korea, India, Brazil and China. The original Wifi-only Tegra Note 7 is also expanding to Western Europe, Brazil and Ukraine to match the new model's availability.

There will be three different models, depending on where you purchase the Tegra Note 7 LTE, with the following radio bands:

  • LTE-US: LTE: 700/850/1700/1900/2600 (Bands 2,4,5,17,7); HSPA+: 850/1900/2100 (Bands 1,2,5); EDGE
  • LTE-EU: LTE: 800/1800/2600 (Bands 3,7,20); HSPA+: 850/900/1900/2100 (Bands 1,2,5,8); EDGE
  • 3G (non-LTE markets): HSPA+: 850, 900, 1900, 2100 (Bands 1,2,5,8); EDGE+Voice

Source: NVIDIA

4 years ago

'The Next Galaxy' is coming at Samsung Unpacked 5

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'The Next Galaxy' is coming at Samsung Unpacked 5

Surprise

Surprise

New teaser shows the power of five

Mobile World Congress

Continuing its focus on the "power of five," Samsung's teaser for its Unpacked 5 event next Monday in Barcelona leaves little doubt that we'll see the Galaxy S5 on the first day of MWC. Intercut with buzzwords, artsy photos and gratiutous use of the number five, it's not immediately clear what many of these slogans have to do with "The Next Galaxy," but you can bet we'll be on the ground to find out on Feb. 24.

Check the teaser out after the break, and don't forget to share your thoughts and theories down in the comments!

4 years ago

Huawei MediaPad X1 and Ascend G6 leak ahead of MWC

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Huawei MediaPad X1 and Ascend G6 leak ahead of MWC

MediaPad X1
G6
G6

MediaPad X1

7-inch tablet and mid-range phone revealed

Mobile World Congress

Thanks to its bizarre MWC teaser trailer, we know Huawei wants to make a splash at Mobile World Congress next week. And now we have a good idea what two of its new products will look like, as the Huawei MediaPad X1 and Ascend G6 have leaked out online ahead of their expected arrival in Barcelona. The MediaPad X1 is Huawei's latest 7-inch Android tablet, with previous leaks suggesting a the presence of a 1.6GHz quad-core CPU, a 1920x1200 display resolution, 6,000mAh battery, optional LTE connectivity and a price tag around $200. Images leaked today on Weibo show a white chassis with relatively trim bezels and an S View-like cover for the device.

Meanwhile Twitter leaker @evleaks has gotten hold of renders of the Huawei Ascend G6 — pictured after the break — the company's latest mid-range smartphone, which sports an Ascend P6-like look. Specs for the slim, multicolored handset are said to include a quad-core 1.3GHz CPU from Mediatek, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera and 5-megapixel front-facer.

We're still waiting for a good look at Huawei's new high-end handset, the Ascend P7, said in the company's teaser video to include all-day battery life, a high-quality front-facing camera, and support for next-gen LTE networks. No doubt we'll learn more at the Huawei MWC press conference this Sunday.

Source: Engadget

4 years ago

LG G Flex arrives in Canada this Spring, will be exclusive to Rogers

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LG G Flex arrives in Canada this Spring, will be exclusive to Rogers

LG G Flex

LG G Flex

Phone will have full access to 2100 and 2600MHz spectrum for fastest Rogers LTE

LG has announced that its latest big device, the G Flex, will be making its way up to Canada in short order. The wrinkle here is that it will be exclusive to Rogers, with no talk of expansion to other carriers at this point. If you are (or are willing to be) a Rogers customer, the G Flex will bring a full-speed LTE experience by utilizing both 2100 and 2600MHz spectrum for theoretical speeds of up to 150mbps (although we'll never see those in the real world).

Everything else about the device seems unchanged from the other variants that have been released — 6-inch flexible 720 x 1280 display, Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 3500mAh battery and of course a 13MP camera.

Rogers isn't spilling the beans on the exact pricing or release date — other than "this Spring" — for the G Flex, but you can head to its website to put in your reservation ahead of release, if you're so inclined.

Source: LG; Rogers

4 years ago

I could watch this LG G Pro 2 teaser all day long

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I could watch this LG G Pro 2 teaser all day long

Not that I have any idea what they're saying. It's just that Korean commercials are just so much more fun than what we usually get in the U.S.

The LG G Pro 2 launched in Korea this week for around $900 U.S. We'll get a better look at it next week at Mobile World Congress, and it's a good bet we'll see it in the U.S. at some point.

More: LG

4 years ago

Seinfeld on smartphones and texting: 'I could have called you and I chose not to'

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Seinfeld on smartphones and texting: 'I could have called you and I chose not to'

Seinfeld on smartphones and texting: "I could have called you and I chose not to."

 "I could have called you and I chose not to."

Stand-up comedian Jerry Seinfeld's been back on the prowl recently with his oddball and descriptively-titled Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, though his eponymous "show about nothing" has never been far from the public consciousness (see: iToilet and Google Wallet). Seinfeld himself showed up on The Tonight Show this week and he, as he's prone to do, talked about how we use our smartphones and the way they've changed how we communicate.

4 years ago

Ingress introduces ancient artifacts and glyph puzzles for #Recursion event

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Ingress introduces ancient artifacts and glyph puzzles for #Recursion event

Recursion glyphs in Ingress

Recursion glyphs in Ingress

Google's location-based game, Ingress, kicked off another global event recently dubbed #Recursion, and as a part of it, the're introducing some new gameplay mechanics. The first is ancient artifacts. Enlightened and Resistance agents have limited windows in which to claim, move, and deliver these items between portals in a #Recursion city. Sounds like a massive co-operative globe-spanning relay. Neat.

The other addition is Shaper Glyph puzzles. Now when you long-press the hack button on a portal, you can get the chance to decode a glyph through a puzzle mini-game. If you do it, your portal-hacking ability is improved for a short time. Glyphs have been buried in the game lore for some time already, with players already deciphering the meaning out of many. If you'd like to practice the glyph mini-game, there's an app in the Play Store where you can start training.

As for #Recursion, it's spanning 28 cities over the next 9 weeks. You can see more info on the event at the video below or get downloading Ingress at the Play link above. Anybody playing in the #Recursion cities? Anyone attend the first events over the weekend? Eager to get going on those ancient artifacts? Anyone have a good time with the last event, #13Magnus?

4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 to go on sale in March for $450, pre-orders now open

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Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 to go on sale in March for $450, pre-orders now open

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2
Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 to go on sale in March for $450, pre-orders now open

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

The Samsung Galaxy Camera has always been an odd device, but starting next month you'll be able to get a new version of the odd device: the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 starts shipping globally this March for $450. If you happen to be living in South Korea, ZDNet Korea is reporting that you can actually grab the Galaxy Camera 2 today for 499,000 won, but the rest of us will have to wait a few weeks. The Galaxy Camera 2 has appeared for pre-order on Amazon.com, priced at $449.99 with a release date of March 10, 2014.

We were able to review the original Galaxy Camera back in December of 2012, so it's been a bit of a wait for a successor. The original was an odd beast, so it's okay that Samsung's taken their time putting out version 2. The Galaxy Camera 2 was announced shortly before CES 2014, and it carries over the same decent zoom lens and sensor from the original, but with entirely new processors, software, and a much more attractive, dare we say, classic design..

The Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 up for preorder now at Amazon.com, B&H Photo, Best Buy and likely a few other places too. Let us know — does the $450 price tag seem fair for the upgraded back-end, or is it too much for a camera in which the camera part hasn't really changed?

Source: ZDNet Korea, Via: SamMobile

4 years ago

Archos announces new phones, tablets for Mobile World Congress

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Archos announces new phones, tablets for Mobile World Congress

Archos 80 Helium 4G
Archos 50c Oxygen
Archos 64 Xenon
ARchos 40b Titanium

Archos 80 Helium 4G

Mobile World Congress

Archos today announced four new devices ahead of Mobile World Congress — a tablet and three phones. Here's what we're looking at:

  • Archos 80 Helium 4G: An 8-inch Android 4.3 tablet powered by a quad-core Qualcomm MSM8926 processor and sporting 4G LTE data. It'll have full access to Google Play and costs $249.
  • Archos 50c Oxygen: Thus guy is a 5-inch phone (at 720p) running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It's got an 8MP camera and is powered by an eight-core Mediatex processor at 1.7 GHz. It costs $199.
  • Archos 64 Xenon: As the name implies, this Xenon is 6.4 inches at 720p, powered by a Mediatek quad-core processor at 1.3 GHz. It's running Android 4.2 Jelly bean, has 4GB of storage and costs $199.
  • Archos 40b Titanium: And finally we've got a 4-inch (480p) phone running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a half-gigabyte of RAM, 5MP camera and 4GB of storage. It costs$119.
4 years ago

Verizon's Moto X entering soak-test phase for Android 4.4.2

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Verizon's Moto X entering soak-test phase for Android 4.4.2

Verizon Moto X

Verizon Moto X

And that, folks, says it all. E-mails are going out inviting folks to a soak test for Verizon's Moto X, with an update to Android 4.4.2 on the way. Not in the soak test? You shouldn't have to wait too terribly long for an official update.

More in our Moto X forums.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

4 years ago

Pebble 2.0 for Android gets a new beta as work continues

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Pebble 2.0 for Android gets a new beta as work continues

Pebble 2.0.1

Pebble 2.0.1

Work on the Pebble 2.0 app for Android continues, with Beta 10 dropping for developers this afternoon. Here's what's good:

  • Improvements to speed in MyPebble
  • Improvements to connection stability (this fixes the appmessage getting stuck bug)
  • Improvements to power use
  • Installing apps via websockets will now auto launch them
  • Improvements to JavaScript launch in many conditions, such as when the watch just lost connection to the phone
  • Improvements to pairing during onboarding

And here's what still needs some work:

  • Still some issues in onboarding
  • HTML5 localStorage gets shared between apps.
  • The onboarding process will restart if you enable Accessibility. Workaround: Do not enable accessibility in the onboarding process.
  • If you are upgrading from a pre-2.0 firmware, you will need to first upgrade your watch to 1.14. Upgrading from earlier version is not fully supported at the moment. (To upgrade your Pebble firmware, please use the Pebble 1.9.6 app available in Google Play).

You'll be installing firmware version 2.0.1 as well, so there's that. This is still bleeding-edge stuff, so we won't look down on anyone who wants to wait it out.

 More: Pebble Developer Blog

4 years ago

Samsung Unpacked 5 Liveblog [2 p.m. EST Feb. 24]

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Samsung Unpacked 5 Liveblog [2 p.m. EST Feb. 24]

Samsung Unpacked 5
Samsung Unpacked 5

Samsung Unpacked 5

Will we see the Galaxy S5? Something else? Only one way to find out!

Mobile World Congress

Join us Monday as we're live from Samsung Unpacked 5 in Barcelona, Spain, at Mobile World Congress. And on tap this evening — mid-day for those of you back home in the U.S. — is, well, the latest and greatest from Samsung!

Folks are expecting the Galaxy S5 to be announced — and that's certainly a possibility. We've already seen a pair of follow-ups to the Galaxy Gear as well. But as of right now, it's all up in the air.

One way to find out: Join us for the liveblog Monday at 8 p.m. CET — that's 2 p.m. in New York City, and 11 a.m. on the West Coast. We've also embedded the livestream to make things easy.

Strap in, folks. This is going to be one hell of a ride.

4 years ago

Google seeing issues with Drive, Docs this afternoon

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Google seeing issues with Drive, Docs this afternoon

Google down

Google down

Hang tight, folks. Looks like Google Drive is struggling. Affected are Google Drive, Google Docs and Google Sheets.

We're investigating reports of an issue with Google Drive. We will provide more information shortly.

Google Sites has been added to the list as well, and the latest update says to look for more by the top of the hour.

More: Google Apps Status

4 years ago

Project Tango is the future of Google's advanced smartphone efforts

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Project Tango is the future of Google's advanced smartphone efforts

Project Tango

Developers can apply to receive one of 200 prototype units to build software for

Google ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects), a small group of engineers inside the company dedicated to new and exciting projects, has announced its latest effort in the smartphone space — Project Tango. ATAP has been working with devices that leverage dozens of different sensors to monitor everything around you in brilliant 3D imagery. Not to be confused with Project Ara, Project Tango is coming from both a hardware and software perspective specifically focused on sensors and data collection.

"The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion."

The end result is a 5-inch phone development prototype that takes advantage of their latest technologies — multiple cameras to monitor space, dozens of sensors to pinpoint the device's location and software that maps the world around it. Google ATAP sees this technology being useful for a wide variety of applications, from helping visually impaired people navigate the world to simply mapping a room for renovations or even gaming.

Starting today, developers will have the opportunity to apply and receive one of 200 available Project Tango development phones so that they can begin building software that takes advantage of the sensors and capabilities of the device. Developers will be chosen and devices will be sent out by March 14th, 2014.

Source: Google

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