Sep 08, 2011 - 4:09 AM - by Malvado
If you were hoping to get another chance at snagging the ridiculously cheap HP TouchPad during their second wave of production — you may not want to get your hopes up. In an email sent out by HP’s Small and Medium Business division, HP’s motivation for the second wave of production is mainly to fulfill orders from existing customers who had placed orders for the TouchPads before HP realized they were out of stock. Seems these folks will have first dibs on the second wave with the leftovers hopefully trickling down to the rest of us. HP will fulfill these existing orders at the (ridiculously low) discounted price and plans to begin production in 6-8 weeks.
SOURCE: HP TouchPad's second wave may be taken by existing orders | Electronista
Sep 08, 2011 - 4:07 AM - by Malvado
Not to be confused with the Samsung Galaxy Note that was introduced at IFA last week, the LG Optimus Note made a surprise visit to Mr. Blurrycam today showing off its alluring physical QWERTY keyboard and 4-inch NOVA LCD display. Also accompanying the fuzzy pic is a leaked press shot for the device to make everything that much more official.
Apparently, this device will feature a 1.2GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 5MP rear facing/1.3MP front facing cameras with LED flash and 8GB of internal storage. Let’s hope this is the very same LG Optimus Slider that we’ve been hearing about supposedly making its way to Sprint. What do you guys think?
SOURCE: LG Optimus Note slider emerges from South Korea as dual-core Tegra 2 contender - Engadget
Sep 08, 2011 - 4:04 AM - by Malvado
IFA 2011 came and went and before we move on to the next big event, I wanted to show you guys this video from Softpedia of a Samsung artist using his whopping 5.3-inch Galaxy Note to draw a caricature of one of the show’s attendees. I would think drawing would be a bit wonky on a small tablet like this and if you were thinking the same — you would be wrong. Using nothing but what seems to be a native drawing app on the Galaxy Note and it’s included touch input/stylus pen, he does a pretty good job at recreating his subject in digital form. Looks like HTC is up for a little competition whenever Samsung decides to bring the Galaxy Note stateside.
Sep 08, 2011 - 4:00 AM - by Malvado
Carrier Baidu – one of the biggest in China – have created their own operating system (or faux operating system, if you will) that uses none other than our beloved Android as a base.
Notice how stylistically similar it will look to MiUi and how it compares to Meizu’s interface for their Android phones. We suppose it’s a style that the Chinese love (or they really do just like copying anything Apple). While Android will be at the core, Baidu will strip out the “Googleness” and infuse it with their own apps and services, as well as those from their partners.
Dell looks like they want to capitalize on this opportunity by offering up a device running “Yi” which is said to be the name of Baidu’s implementation. This information comes to us courtesy of Reuters. It could be a very great opportunity for Dell if approached right.
Hearing of carriers and OEMs using Android as a basis for their own “OS” is nothing new but we’re always curious to see what these different entities come up with and it’s satisfying to see them prove just how flexible Android can be for an OEM who can’t completely develop their own solution.
SOURCE:Baidu forks Android to create "Yi", Dell plans to support the new OS
Sep 08, 2011 - 3:58 AM - by Malvado
Team-Touchdroid has put the touch back in TouchPad with the creation of a set of Android drivers delivering 10-point multitouch to the bargain basement tablet. Though efforts have been earnest in getting a fully functional Android port over to the slate, the introduction of functional multitouch marks a significant advancement for those wishing to replace the abandoned webOS software found on the TouchPad with something a bit more green. Were still waiting for the whole thing to be neatly packaged into an easily installable ROM, but progress takes time
SOURCE: HP TouchPad gets multitouch drivers for Android courtesy of Team-Touchdroid -- Engadget
Sep 07, 2011 - 11:22 PM - by WenWM
This news that Google is playing favorites does not come as much of a surprise. Thanks to some legal fillings we now know that Google prefers to give over the latest versions of Android to Motorola and Verizon before even talking to their other partners. The reason for this love towards Motorola and Verizon is because devices that go that route usually follow the rules set by Google, rules similar to what Microsoft sets for WP7 except not required. So essentially, if you want to get access to the latest version of Android, you have to build your hardware and software to the specifications set by Google.
Does this news shock anyone in the room?
"Give early access to the software to partners who build and distribute devices to our specification (ie, Motorola and Verizon). They get a non-contractual time to market advantage and in return they align to our standard."
Sep 07, 2011 - 11:17 PM - by WenWM
Google previously said they had plans to help their partners go through all these lawsuits, and now we have a good idea of what those plans are. A few days ago, Google apparently signed over some of their patents to HTC. These new patents, that were not HTC's to start with, are now the backbone to a new counter suit that HTC is filling against Apple. This move is Google doing what they can to help out a friend in need, and I'm sure we will see more things like this going on in the patent warfare.
Google: "quietly helpful"?
Sep 07, 2011 - 12:25 PM - by dgstorm
If you thought the new Nexus Prime could not get any more mysterious due to the mercurial nature of its unconfirmed name then you would be wrong. Right now we are treating this story as a rumor, because some of the info is a bit "suspect", but we are reporting it nonetheless. Apparently, the User Agent Profile doc, "nexusprime.xml", was recently leaked on Samsung's own website.
What is particularly odd about this leak is some of the facts that are presented in the document. On the one hand, several things seem to lineup with what we already know. For example, the file lists the model number as GT-I9250, which seems to jive with current intel.
On the other hand, there are a few tidbits that seem way off-base. One is that the phone in this doc has an ARM11 processor, which seems very unlikely. Furthermore, the screen info in the doc indicates a resolution of 480x800, which is way lower than the 720p we have heard about previously. It is possible that the info in the doc is simply placeholder or old, and will shake down differently later.
As always, we will try and keep you apprised as info changes. For now, the prevailing theory across the web is that the Nexus Prime will have a "multi-launch" on several carriers. For Verizon, the phone will be the SCH-I515, and will be called the Droid Prime. For other carriers, it will simply be the Nexus Prime and will use the GT-I9250 model name.
This would be an unusual event, because they have never launched the Google Nexus device in this way before; however, it might make sense. Perhaps, Google is considering marketing the Nexus devices differently than in the past, in order to make sure that their OEMs stay happy now that Google is purchasing Motorola. Share your theories in the forums.
Source: PrimeForums via AndroidPolice
Sep 07, 2011 - 11:20 AM - by dgstorm
Your Original Droid Incredible should be getting a tasty Gingerbread treat through the airwaves sometime today or within the next few days. There are reports that it started rolling out. You can check it out by going into Settings>Software update/About phone. Share in the forums when you get yours and what you think of it.
Sep 07, 2011 - 11:13 AM - by dgstorm
Here is some intriguing "non-Bionic" news for this morning... The Samsung Stratosphere (SCH-I405) should be heading to Verizon soon. It just passed through its FCC testing, and comes with the Verizon CDMA and EV-DO bands as well as a 4G LTE band 13 radio. This will probably be an excellent mind-range LTE device for Verizon, although detailed specs are mostly unknown at this time. We do know it will come with a QWERTY slider keyboard. We will keep you apprised as soon as we hear any official launch info.
Sep 07, 2011 - 11:03 AM - by dgstorm
MobileBurn have the Droid Bionic, and shared a full hands-on demo video of the device. Their first impressions of the device seem to indicate that it is very much like a Droid X2 except with LTE. They were very happy with the performance of the phone, but didn't share any benchmarks, yet. Here's a few quick quotes from some of their first impressions,
They also said,
The phone's low weight is enabled, in part, by the lack of metal parts on the BIONIC, which is different from the Motorola DROID phones of the past. The BIONIC is put together well, but it doesn't feel quite as solid as say a DROID X2, and the plastic construction doesn't seem fitting a phone of its stature (or price tag).
From their initial impressions, the phone is a solid but not stellar device. They seemed impressed with its upload speeds, and they indicated that the 1735mAh battery should give you plenty of juice for normal use. They plan to do a full test and review of the device later. You can see the phone in action yourself in the video above, and part two is below.
Performance-wise, the DROID BIONIC is no slouch, thanks to its dual-core, 1GHz OMAP processor and 1GB of RAM. The BIONIC is the first 4G LTE smartphone to launch with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, and it runs Motorola's custom interface on top of that. The interface is very similar to what we saw on the DROID 3, though Motorola has updated and tuned it for better performance on the BIONIC. Motorola's new interface offers a lot of 3D flourishes and effects when panning through home screens, swiping through the app tray, and moving widgets around. These effects are purely for show, and don't really serve any practical purpose, but they didn't seem to slow the phone down at all - at least not so far.
Source: BionicForums.net via MobileBurn
Sep 07, 2011 - 10:28 AM - by dgstorm
The folks at PhoneArena got their lucky hands on the Droid Bionic prior to launch at treated us to some synthetic benchmarks of the device. Most of the results aren't mind-blowing, but are solid, putting the phone on par with the Droid 3. This isn't surprising because the primary guts of the two devices are very similar. Both use the same TI OMAP 1GHz Dual-core processor, but the Bionic comes in with 1GB Ram instead of the Droid 3's 512MB. This won't make much of a difference in some of the benchmarks, but we should see an improvement in performance in many apps and games on the Bionic. Here are the benchmark scores:
- Quadrant = between 2,098 and 2,389
- AnTutu benchmark app = 4,993 (performance was much better here, and closer to the LG Optimus 2x and SGS2, which is more indicative of the increased RAM)
- Ookala’s Speed Test app = 8.5Mbit/s and 2.0Mbits/s (during the morning when the LTE network was busiest) & 22Mbits/s download and 10.54Mbits/s upload (later in the day with less network saturation)
Those afternoon network speeds were very impressive! The overall impression of the phone's performance that was given was, "...the real life operation of the handset appears to be tight and responsive thus far."
It looks like the phone will be a solid and powerful addition to the Droid lineup.
Source: BionicForums.net via PhoneArena
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today announced DROID BIONIC™ by Motorola will be exclusively available beginning Sept. 8.
DROID BIONIC is the first Verizon Wireless smartphone to combine 4G LTE with the power of dual-core 1 GHz processors, 1 GB of RAM and a stunning 4.3-inch qHD display – all in a sleek form factor that makes it the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone from Verizon Wireless. Customers can expect to fly across the Web on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network with download speeds of 5 to 12 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE mobile broadband coverage areas.
DROID BIONIC introduces a host of groundbreaking applications and accessories that turn the device into a multimedia hub, a ruler of remote access and a purveyor of virtuality. DROID BIONIC introduces ZumoCast™ by Motorola, an application that lets customers bring their digital world of videos, music, pictures and documents stored on their computers to their handset via remote access. With its revolutionary Webtop application, DROID BIONIC can beam a full-featured Firefox® Web browser 4.0, email or documents to a TV or monitor, like the separately purchased Lapdock™ with a 11.6” screen, keyboard and integrated trackpad.
Accessories such as the HD Station let DROID BIONIC users turn the phone into an entertainment center or home office. Customers can view pictures, video, and content from the DROID BIONIC on any HDTV or monitor by connecting a separately sold HDMI cable. They can also take a conference call while editing documents and surfing the Web. And, of course, the DROID BIONIC lets customers share their 4G LTE signal with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices when they activate the Verizon Wireless Mobile Hotspot. The device of the future today, the DROID BIONIC also includes the following features:
· Powered by Android™ 2.3.4 Gingerbread
· Dual-core 1 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM
· 4.3-inch qHD screen using scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass with dual-layer anti-reflective coating
· 8-megapixel autofocus camera with flash and 1080p HD video capture
· Front-facing camera for video chat over 4G LTE, 3G or Wi-Fi
· MOTOPRINT app to print via Wi-Fi-enabled printers
· Mirror Mode with HDMI out (HDMI cable required) supporting 1080p HD video playback
· Multi-window options for multitasking with ease when using the Webtop application
· Business Ready with advanced security policies; resizable and scrollable email, calendar and task widgets; device and SD card encryption; and Citrix® GotoMeeting® and Citrix Receiver™ for Android
· Adobe® Flash® pre-loaded
· ... [Read More]
Sep 06, 2011 - 11:38 PM - by WenWM
Sense 3.5 was revealed in a video a few weeks ago and a ROM was leaked containing it promptly after, well now a port has been accomplished for Droid Incredible users. The Droid Incredible and Droid Incredible 2 just received the Sense 3.5 port today. The team of 13 over at XDA got the latest version of Sense booted on both devices and so its just a matter of time before we see a test build available for all you patient DINC users.
Fun Fact: HTC builds Sense backwards rather than forward. This means every previous version of Sense has codes for the next version in it somewhere. I learned this from a cook that makes a ROM that has over 200,000 users. This method is very unorganized, but much more powerful and makes devices able to handle the upgrades, like in this case here.
Sep 06, 2011 - 11:27 PM - by WenWM
The latest Verizon ad for the Bionic is one testosterone pumping promo. Unlike the typical random display of images, this new ad has quite the story line. A fairly attractive lady with a sword, who let her in the kitchen, goes around killing machines and collecting parts. She kills the first robot and takes his 8MP/1080p camera, the next robot loses his HDMI port, followed by a dual-core processor, and lastly a robot loses his powerful 4G LTE chip. These all go together to make a new device, a device coming in a few days, a Droid Bionic.
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