The beautiful slider known as the Droid 4 has just earned its Digital Living Network Alliance certification. If there were any doubts of the Droid 4 getting closer to release this should put those uneasy feelings to rest. There are still no official release notes from Big Red but if the February rumors pan out those anxiously awaiting this gorgeous slider should be a happy bunch.
So who's going to pick up th Droid 4 if it releases in February?
Jan 06, 2012 - 2:07 PM - by dgstorm
Toshiba has pre-announced plans to release two new tablets at CES this year. One is going to be the exact opposite of their previous outing. The Toshiba Thrive is super-packed with tons of features, but those extra features came at the price of making the tablet notoriously thick. One of the new Toshiba tablets debuting at CES this year will go the opposite route. We have shared a few rumor articles previously about the Excite AT200, but now we have a few more interesting details about the device. Here's a breakdown:
- Initially Honeycomb OS
- Ultra-thin 7.7mm thick
- 10.1-inch 1280×800 resolution display
- 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP 4430 processor
- 5MP rear/2MP front facing cameras
- micro HDMI out and either 16GB or 32GB storage options
Supposedly, they will also be unveiling a second tablet that is even more mysterious. This other tab will reportedly be waterproof (or water-resistant), will have a 7-inch OLED display, and use a Qualcomm processor. Above is a screenshot of the back of the super-thin Excite. Intriguing...
Source: ThriveForums.org via PhanDroid
Sprint Nextel will launch LTE service in 10 markets by mid-year according to CEO Dan Hesse. He says that four of those 10 markets will be Atlanta, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston, Texas.
Sprint's extensive Network Vision upgrade will deploy LTE using the company's 1900 MHz spectrum and have plans to launch at least 12 new LTE devices this year. Thats quite a LTE line-up right out of the gate. Interesting to note that today's leak of Sprints version of the Samsung Galaxy (above) possibly arriving in February is probably a long shot based on this information.
Via: Fierce Wireless
Jan 06, 2012 - 10:20 AM - by dgstorm
Before you have "brain-splode syndrome" from seeing a 100-core processor for Android 4.0 devices, keep in mind that those 100 cores are actually 96 Stem-Cell Programmable Media Processing Cores that are designed to work in tandem with the 4 primary cores of this new ZiiLabs ZMS-40 CPU. Technically it is really just a quad-core 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A9; however, it can utilize all those "mini-cores" to offload multiple tasks from the primary cores, and is specifically optimized for Ice Cream Sandwich devices. The primary result/advantage of this design is that it will be twice as powerful, but utilize half the power of their current designs.
Supposedly we will see tablets at CES next week powered by this new tech. If their product lives up to their claims, then we could have a serious contender for the CPU market in Android devices for the future. You can read their full press release at the source link below for more details.
Source: Ziilabs Press Release for ZMS-40 "100-Core" Chip for Android 4.0 Devices
The rumors of where the Galaxy Note is heading can be put to rest. Pocketnow has just released some press shots of an AT&T branded Samsung Galaxy Note likely to be revealed at CES 2012.
Notice the date on the Time/Date widget? Could a February 14th release be on the books? We'll find out.
Samsung Electronics reported a record quarterly profit on Friday and best-ever sales of high-end phones.
This puts them ahead of Apple as the world's top smartphone maker. As HTC, Nokia and Blackberry struggle to get consumer interest it doesn't appear the South Korean company is slowing down anytime soon.
* Q4 operating profit up 73 pct y/y at 5.2 trln won vs 4.7 trln consensus
* Smartphone sales seen at record 35 mln in Q4 vs 28 mln in Q3
* One-off gains seen at more than 500 bln won-analysts
* Shares end down 1.4 pct after hitting record earlier in the week
Samsung's Galaxy S series has quickly turned into "the Android phone to have." With the tremendous success of the Samsung Galaxy SII and rumor of the Galaxy SIII right around the corner 2012 looks to be just as good if not better. Nobody, with the exception of Samsung, has been able to generate a single brand name device in regards to Android. It could be argued that the Droid line is very successful but again in that scenario there still is not one standout device that has people anxiously awaiting year after year. It would be nice to see the other manufacturers step up with one rock star smartphone while continuing to introduce other high end smartphones into the market.
Samsung has traditionally seen its first-quarter profit drop from the fourth quarter, but profit will hold up well, reaching between 4.5 trillion won and 5.0 trillion won, with smartphone sales expected to rise further," said Song Jong-ho, an analyst at Daewoo Securities.
Jan 06, 2012 - 9:42 AM - by dgstorm
The Taiwanese marketing research firm, Marketing Intelligence & Consulting Institute (MIC) has come out with some predictions for 2012. They believe that global smartphone shipments will likely reach 614 Million units, up from 452 Million estimated for last year. They also indicate that Android will be leading the way and should grow to 50% of the global market, with Apple slipping to 19% and Microsoft growing to 13%.
Their predictions for manufacturers suggest that Samsung will become the top vendor, and should reach 21.7%, while Apple's share of the market will also grow to 18.7%. Despite HTC's rough 4th quarter of last year, MIC predicts that they will rebound and grow their share to 10.9%. Speaking of predictions... share your Android based predictions of 2012 with all of us in the forums. What do you think will be a hit or miss? What new Android tech do you think will pleasantly surprise or greatly disappoint this new year?
Jan 06, 2012 - 9:17 AM - by dgstorm
This is great news for mobile phone users that like the extra protection afforded by the awesome Gorilla Glass by Corning. Apparently, they shared a teaser that they will be unveiling their next gen Gorilla Glass 2 at CES this year. The new glass tech supposedly keeps its same level of damage-resistant toughness, but comes in a thinner and lighter package. Additionally, it further facilitates "broader touch technology penetration", which basically means that touch-based gestures will be easier to detect and more refined through the glass.
Here are just a few of the demonstrations that Corning is supposedly planning on having at the tradeshow this year:
- An 82-inch advanced multi-touch LCD display prototype featuring Corning Gorilla Glass as a durable, touch-sensitive, and elegant cover glass.
- Touch-enabled automobile interior and home appliance center simulators demonstrating the enhanced user interface experience that thin, durable glass can enable in new design applications.
- A centerpiece, Gorilla Glass-covered video wall, flanked by Gorilla Glass fabricated sound speakers, projecting the latest in Corning specialty glass technology news.
Here's a quote from James Steiner, Senior VP and General Manager of Corning Specialty Materials,
Source: Android.net via AndroidPolice
As we did last year, we’ll provide consumers and customers visiting the Corning booth the opportunity to test first-hand the outstanding damage resistance and flexibility of this industry-leading, ultra-thin, and tough specialty glass.
Jan 06, 2012 - 8:52 AM - by dgstorm
Here's a nice follow-up to cereal killer's article on the up-coming white version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Previously, we didn't have any press pics of the phone, so all we could find was an artistic rendering of the phone in white. Now, we have full press pics of the Galaxy Nexus in all of its pearly white glory (if you are a fan of white phones). Here's the best of the bunch, pictured above.
It'll only be available in the UK at first (supposedly on February 6th), but eventually we could see it come to the States.
This comes as a nice treat. Verizon announces Sierra Wireless's Airlink Intelligent Gateway is now certified on their 4G LTE Mobile Broadband Network.
Full release below.
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SIERRA WIRELESS LAUNCHES 4G LTE AIRLINK™ INTELLIGENT GATEWAY – CERTIFIED ON THE VERIZON WIRELESS 4G LTE MOBILE BROADBAND NETWORK
Vancouver, Canada – Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ: SWIR) (TSX: SW) today announced that the AirLink™ GX440 4G LTE rugged wireless gateway has received certification to operate on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. The Sierra Wireless AirLink GX440 delivers the higher bandwidth required by applications including high-quality wireless video surveillance, multi-data-stream wireless connections to branch locations, or mobile office applications for public safety and field service activities.
The AirLink GX440 marks a significant milestone for Sierra Wireless, as it represents a major network evolution for the latest device platform in the AirLink product family. Launched in early 2011, the AirLink GX Series brought a leading-edge combination of features to the AirLink line, providing a five-fold increase in processor performance, increased ruggedness, hosted remote management capabilities with AirLink Management Services, and an expansion slot for hardware feature enhancements such as additional physical interfaces and wireless local and personal area networking and communications.
Sierra Wireless AirLink™ GX Series of Intelligent Gateways
Flexible and powerful enough to meet the needs of a wide range of applications in the transportation, industrial machine-to-machine (M2M) and enterprise markets, the Sierra Wireless AirLink GX Series makes solution deployment faster, easier and less expensive for mobile network operators, OEMs, application service providers and end customers. With the AirLink GX Series, system integrators can standardize on a single gateway platform to serve the needs of all of their customers. Key features include:
- Rugged hardware design – Engineered and verified to comply with industry and wireless requirements including Mil-STD 810-F, IEC60068, IP64, Class 1 Div 2, and e-Mark
- High processing performance – ARM 11-class microprocessor architecture with high-capacity DDR memory provides a powerful foundation for high-bandwidth application.
- Security – Support for security protocols that enable integration in IPsec-compliant VPNs and PCI-compliant solutions
- ALEOS™ embedded intelligence – Provides a
Jan 06, 2012 - 8:39 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like fans of LG phones may get to see a new flagship device at the end of January. The LG Spectrum has been previewed a bit previously, but now we have some press shots and full specs. The phone is jam-packed with high-end features, which goes against the normal grain of the typical LG product. Here's a quote from Droidmatters with a breakdown:
For now this is mostly rumor, as Verizon hasn't officially announced anything yet, but the industry intel seems to suggest that we will see this device on January 19th. What do you guys think of this one?
- 4.5? True HD IPS display, protected by Gorilla Glass
- 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor
- 8MP rear camera, shoots 1080p video
- 1.3MP front camera
- 1GB of RAM
- 4GB of on-board storage, 16GB micro SD card pre-installed
- 4G LTE
- Mobile hotspot shares up to 10 connections
- Android 2.3
- 1830mAh battery (optional 3000mAh extended battery available at launch)
- Bluetooth 3.0
- Dimensions: 5.33? x 2.71? x .41?
- Weight: 4.99 oz.
So If you have flashed the official Clockworkmod recovery to your unlocked rooted Galaxy Nexus you may have noticed that the volume rocker is incredibly sensative, and the font is incredibly small. It feels clunky and it is really easy to click the wrong thing, and who knows format an sd when you meant to do something else. oops. Not any more thanks to dev "Nathan Grebowiec" who has put together a much cleaner easier to use Recovery for your awesome phone. The moddified recovery adds a back button, an up button, a down button, and an enter button where the soft keys would be if the phone was on. This eliminates the need to use the volume rocker and power button to select things. This is just as easy to install as the official Recovery.
Check out this Thread for more info and the download link
Jan 05, 2012 - 2:32 PM - by dgstorm
If you have been missing Swype on your Samsung Galaxy Nexus, you may not have to wait much longer. Of course, many users have been able to use third-party community based "workarounds" to get it working with their G-Nex, but now beta testers will soon be seeing an end-of-month beta from the company. It shouldn't be too long after that before we actually see an officially launched version. Get your slider finger ready!
Source: Android.net via PhanDroid
Now this is something that every country on Earth should stand up and take notice of... the Department of Telecommunications of Chile just implemented a new rule that requires all mobile phones that are sold in the country to be unlocked. Besides the fact that it makes modding devices much easier in Chile, it also means that you can take any phone and make it work with any carrier within that country.
In fact, the Chilean government has even taken it to the next level, and the rule is pseudo-retroactive. It is worded such that any locked mobile phone purchased prior to the January 16 date is to be unlocked by the carrier free of charge. They implemented a formal procedure to make the process easier for customers. The carriers will be required to put up a webpage where the user can enter the IEMI, device model, and some other info for security purposes, and the phones can then be unlocked by the carrier. Reportedly, they are even working towards creating rules that would make all numbers portable as well.
It would be fantastic if something like this were passed in the United States, but what do you wanna bet that the various carriers would spend millions lobbying Congress to stop it from happening...
Jan 05, 2012 - 10:29 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like the newest Acer Iconia A200 Android tablet will likely go on sale on January 15th. Additionally, there are reports that the slate is scheduled to get Android 4.0/Ice Cream Sandwich in mid-February. The 8GB version will likely sell for $330 bucks, and the 16GB version will go for $20 bucks more. Just as a refresher, here are the specs on the tab:
- microSD slot for expansion
- NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 SoC
- 2MP front-facing camera
- 10-inch 1280 x 800 display
- eight hours runtime battery
- Full-size USB 2.0 port
For all the features, this price seems to be a decent bang for the buck. What do you think?
Source: AcerTabletForum via Engadget
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