Dec 17, 2010 - 9:57 AM - by WenWM
We have seen many stories of the rumored Sony Ericsson PlayStation phone, well now Sony just gave us a little something to feed our simplest needs. The application is made for not only us Android users, but iPhone people alike. The application is simple a PlayStation Network(PSN) client in the sense that it only allows you to view information and edit certain things. Sorry if you anticipated a new gaming platform for Android, this is not it, but let’s keep our hopes up that rumors of Sony putting something together for Android 3.0 might come true.
Here are the features the application has to offer:
Check out your PlayStation Network trophies and keep up to date with your friends’ games and online status.
Discover all the latest games, news and hardware for your PlayStation 3, PSP and PlayStation 2.
Read all the announcements on the European PlayStation.Blog.
Share your favorite products or news with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or via e-mail.
Sony says you should expect the software in the market “very soon” for any Android devices running version 1.6 or later. The app will primarily be available in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands, with additional markets to follow.
Any PlayStation users like myself here? Anyone planning to give this application a try when Sony finally releases it?
News via: BGR
Dec 16, 2010 - 9:06 PM - by WenWM
The humble "one display fits all" world seems to be slowly dying and a new ‘every device gets its on technology’ world is quickly coming into play with every new handset that becomes leaked. The latest case of this is with the new LG B, a device that is not the recently announced LG Optimius X2 (I know, I thought it was too) but a completely different device. This device comes with a display technology called IPS display that gives off 700 nits, which creates a truly bright experience. Now the word nit is not something currently well known, but to put thing in perspective, it is brighter than the iPhone 4 and even the Galaxy S line of devices.
Now on to the handset itself. The picture taken is of the next “Thinnest phone in the world”, a title currently held by Apple with the iPhone 4. In the below picture you see the two device being put next to each other, and from there you can clearly see the 9.3 mm size of the iPhone is obviously beat.
Next year will be a hard year to pick a device to stick with from what all these rumors show, but at any rate we are guaranteed to be getting some great new hardware to run our great new Gingerbread and or Honeycomb software.
News via: Phandroid
Well, it is officially official! How's that for redundancy? The LG Optimus 2x... the artist formerly known as "LG Star", had it's official press release today, and the first dual-core phone will start hitting Asian and European markets soon. One of LG's many CEO's had this to say, "Dual-core technology is the next leap forward in mobile technology so this is no small achievement to be the first to offer a smartphone utilizing this technology," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO and President of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "With unique features such as HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) mirroring and exceptional graphics performance, the LG Optimus 2X is proof of LG’s commitment to high-end smartphones in 2011."
Man, this phone looks sweet! If any of our members make it out to CES 2011 in January, tell him us "yankees" need some LG Optimus 2x lovin' too! The following is the official full press release:
LG LAUNCHES WORLD’S FIRST AND FASTEST DUAL-CORE SMARTPHONE
LG Optimus 2X with Tegra 2 Offers Top Multimedia Features for a Better User Experience
SEOUL, Dec. 16, 2010 — LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled the LG Optimus 2X, the world’s first smartphone with a dual-core processor. Along with more powerful multimedia features, the LG Optimus 2X’s high-performance Tegra 2 processor makes for faster, smoother web browsing and applications and lets users multitask with virtually no screen lag.
"Dual-core technology is the next leap forward in mobile technology so this is no small achievement to be the first to offer a smartphone utilizing this technology," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO and President of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "With unique features such as HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) mirroring and exceptional graphics performance, the LG Optimus 2X is proof of LG’s commitment to high-end smartphones in 2011."
Developed by graphics processor powerhouse NVIDIA?, the dual-core Tegra 2 system-on-a-chip found in the LG Optimus 2X runs at a clock speed of 1GHz and boasts low power consumption and high performance for playing video and audio. Users will experience faster web browsing and smoother gameplay compared with single-core processors running at the same speed as well as instantaneous touch response and seamless multitasking between applications.
The LG Optimus 2X offers 1080p HD video playback and recording with HDMI mirroring that expands content on external displays to full HD quality. The LG Optimus 2X can connect wirelessly to any DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatible digital device such as HD TVs for a console-like gaming experience taking full advantage of the phone’s HDMI mirroring,... [Read More]
Dec 16, 2010 - 2:19 PM - by WenWM
If you have been waiting for the new Google Maps that was demoed on the new Nexus S to be released soon, wait no longer, it is now officially in the Market. The new version of Maps comes with 3D maps, offline routing, improved zooming, and a better functioning compass mode.
It is quite nice seeing all the work Google is putting in to get us better software and it’s even better that everyone gets this updates (well almost everyone).
Anyone updated already? How do you life it?
Excerpt from release notes:
Explore maps in 3D
Until now, Google Maps has always downloaded the map as a set of small, square images that we stitch together to form the map you see. (You’ve probably seen those gray squares getting filled in, block-by-block, as the images load over the network.) Starting today, we’ll use vector graphics to dynamically draw the map on your device as you use it, allowing you to interact with it in new ways:
• Tilting: Drag down with two fingers to tilt the map. Tilt while zoomed in on one of the100+ cities around the world with 3D buildings to see a skyline spring to life.
• Rotating: Twist with two fingers to rotate the map. After tilting to see 3D buildings, rotate around them to gain a new perspective from any direction.
• Smooth zooming: Slide two fingers together or apart, and see the map and labels continuously scale to any zoom level, stopping when your fingers stop.
• Compass mode: Center the map on your location, and then tap the compass button in the top right corner. The map will flip into 3D mode and start rotating to match your perspective, while still keeping all the labels upright and readable.
I found 3D buildings especially useful on a recent trip to New York. From my hotel to the Google office in Chelsea and bars on the Lower East Side, this richer representation of the real world made the map much more helpful. And whenever I walked out of a building or subway station, I used compass mode to get myself quickly oriented and on my way. Check out the video below to see tilt, rotation, zoom and compass mode in action
Are you a trivia buff? Are you that person in a group of friends that seems to know a ton of useless but interesting facts? Do you want to be? Here's the mobile app for you... 'Sporcle' is the name of the developer and the app. This is a dynamic, ever-evolving trivia game, because new trivia is constantly being added to it. From their official blog, "With the Android app Sporcle users now have access to hundreds of challenging trivia games they can play anytime and anywhere. Be it sports, movies, television, music, or geography– Sporcle’s entertaining quizzes will engage trivia fans of all ages. The Android app automatically delivers Sporcle’s latest brain-engaging quizzes to Android enabled devices every time the app launches."
Sounds like a great way to kill some time while you wait for your girlfriend to try on every shoe in the store. You can get it from the Android marketplace at a special introductory price of $1.99.
For those Do-It-Yourself people out there, Google's DIY Android "pseudo-programming app", Google App Inventor, is out of beta and available now. The app allows you to customize some of the things your phone can do, and it allows you to create your own custom apps, without having to write a single line of code. It's designed to help those of us who don't want to spend years learning how to program, but still want to exercise creativity and ingenuity. Supposedly, the app was actually thoroughly tested with several different target groups. Notably even their "high-school girls" group seemed to fathom its use.
The process involves dragging around code-wrapped images designed to 'piece together' tasks and actions in order to create a cohesive pattern of action. One example given was that you could setup your phone to send a specific text under certain preset conditions. You can even create simple games. The possibilities seem limitless with the power of imagination 'taking the reins'. I suspect that this will become one of the most popular downloads from the market. What do you guys think?
Get started today by following the link here: http://appinventor.googlelabs.com/learn/setup/
Source: Google via Phonearena
Dec 16, 2010 - 11:04 AM - by WenWM
Rumors are spreading around the net again, this time about a device that we have almost forgotten about. This handset being an HTC produced device called the Scorpion which comes with specs good enough to astonish the skeptics. The device is rumored to have an absurd 1.5GHz Dual-Core QUALCOMM processor, and either Verizon’s new LTE 4G (which would make this one of those devices expected soon), or Sprint’s WiMax network (which could make this the EvoShift renamed). Regardless, this is simple a rumor and as such we can just pray to get more information via leaks or HTC soon.
News via: Pocketnow
Anyone back on the HTC bandwagon for this device?
According to multiple sources, Dell is currently offering a great (too good?) deal on a new Incredible, Droid X, or Droid Pro:
With a new activation:
- the phone is free
- they waive the activation fee
- shipping is free
- they'll even throw in a $25 gift card.
I haven't found a catch yet... so, Happy Holidays! Check it out.
The Nexus S is released today and the Nexus Ninjas are back! Do yourselves a favor and check out this amazing Nexus Ninjas 2 video, and be sure to watch it several times because it has multiple endings. For those of you itching to get the new Nexus S, Best Buy Mobile has it available now. We've been telling you guys about it for a while now, so it's exciting to see it finally arrive. For any of you folks that have it in your lucky hands already... let us know what you think of it in the forums!
Click on the link to view the entire video: YouTube - ninjaunboxing2's Channel
Source: Nexus Ninjas Go Wild - Nexus S Unboxing Video - Nexus One/Nexus S Forum - Google Phone Forum
It's time to announce the winners of the Droid X OtterBox Case Giveaway! Three lucky winners are going to enjoy the best protection you can possibly get for your Droid X. As always to keep the playing field level we use Random.org to select the winners. And so, without further ado, let me introduce you to the winners!
Receiving the Motorola Droid X Defender Series Case:
Receiving the Motorola Communter Series Case:
I work in the lawn care and landscaping business. My phone is exposed to all the elements. The Otter Box would the best solution for protecting my Droid X!
Receiving the Motorola Impact Series Case:
I would love this case to give to my Dad for Christmas. Before, he had a flip phone and I got my Droid 1. I was showing him everything he could do if he had an android device. Finally, he made the switch to the Droid X. He loves it and treats it like a baby, handling it like its a piece of glass. I would love to see his face when he would open this as a gift.
We would like to thank Otterbox for providing these awesome cases and of course we thank all you that participated in this give away! Stay tuned, plenty more chances to win are coming your way!
Cause I have beat the proverbial "crap" out of the Body Glove case I have on it presently....
A recent study by mobile security vendor, AdaptiveMobile, reported first here at cellular-news.com, indicates that malware attacks are up 33% over last year for the smart-phone market, and specifically attacks against Androids are four times what they were previously. Of course, part of that data is skewed because this year has seen the largest increase in sales of Android phones as well, but the report is still very troubling. Commenting on the report, Gareth Maclachlan, Chief Operating Officer of AdaptiveMobile also went on to say, "With the increasing pervasiveness of Smartphone devices, 2010 has undoubtedly been the year that fraudsters have truly turned their attention to mobile platforms."
He further added, ""The vast majority of consumers are acutely aware of the threats that PC-based viruses, spam messages and phishing emails pose, but many are still unaware of the risks associated with their mobile devices. With Smartphone penetration reported to reach 37 per cent in Europe and 44 per cent in the US by 2012,* we predict that the number of threats targeted at unsuspecting mobile users will continue to increase at an exponential rate throughout the course of 2011. Even more significantly, the nature of the threats we are seeing will increase in sophistication. Whereas the majority of existing threats target either SMS, voice, email or web, the next year will see the emergence of the 'compound threat' - intelligent scams designed to exploit multiple phone capabilities in order to reap maximum reward for the criminals, before the user even realises they have become a victim."
So, the most troubling thing about this is that most people don't really think about the safety of smart-phones, because, psychologically, most of us view them as appliances. Unfortunately, because they are literally mobile mini-computers, they are almost as likely to get infected as a typical home-based PC, and most problems go completely unnoticed by the end-user by the time it's too late.
I am sure that the prime-movers of the smart-phone industry are working hard to counter as many security threats as they can, but we can't just rely on them to protect us from the bad guys. Perhaps one of the best solutions to this rising dilemma is for us to change the way we perceive our smart-phones. We need a fundamental shift in our thinking, and begin to be consciously aware about protecting ourselves. The guys over at Phandroid had some excellent points here, "As... [Read More]
We finally can get our hands on the new Dolphin Browser Mini, as it has been made available on the Android Market. Their intent was to create a faster and more efficient browsing experience. The dolphin blog here shows all the details. They say that it is meant to be like the mini version of Dolphin Browser HD and the upgrade Dolphin Browser. The following are some of the highlighted features:
- Speed through the web
- Browse with ease
- New fresh UI
- Speed Dial Homepage
- Infinite tabs browsing
- Innovative Menu design
- Powerful tool box
- Gesture command
You can also check out the differences between the three browsers at the link above. For those of you who give it a try... please let us know what you think of it in the forums.
Google has just released their newest update to GoogleTV, and along with a few bug fixes, it comes with some amazing new features. Here are the new features directly quoted from GoogleTV's Blog:
We’ve partnered up with our friends at Netflix to upgrade the app so that you can search, browse and watch any movie or show that is in the Netflix streaming catalog. You can even add these titles to your DVD queue if you want them mailed to you. Not sure what to
watch? The new Netflix app will also give you personalized recommendations based on what you’ve watched before. Your TV is now an unlimited source of entertainment.
GoogleTV brings the TV and web together in one seamless experience so you can easily watch your favorite TV show and browse your favorite website at the same time. With the feature, you can do things like watch Conan while tweeting about him on Twitter at the same time. Since launch, we’ve had users give us feedback that they want even more customization options for this feature, and so today we have enhanced it to allow you to re-size and move the window however you’d like.
Remote control app for Android phones
What if you could control your TV with the power of your voice? Starting today you can download the Google TV Remote app in Android Market. Apart from the standard TV remote options like changing channels or accessing your DVR, you can now interact with your TV in ways you never have before. For instance, try using the integrated voice search which allows you to find your favorite shows and movies just by speaking into your phone. Or, go from small screen to big screen by sharing videos and websites directly from your phone to your TV. We’ve included a short preview of these features below. Stay tuned for more information about the Google TV Remote for other platforms in the near future.
Say you’re searching for a movie like ‘Harry Potter’. Google TV now has a movie results page that shows you all films associated with the title so you can quickly watch what you want, wherever it’s available -- ranging from sources like live TV, Netflix, and Amazon Video on Demand. You can also read a quick summary, see photos, and find the cast list. Click on the name of a cast member and we’ll take you to a new search landing page where you can find other movies featuring that actor. Trust us, you’ll never leave the couch... [Read More]
Dec 15, 2010 - 7:44 AM - by WenWM
We have been waiting for the HTC merge for quite some time now, hoping it will be released next year with LTE support, but that does not seem to be the case. In a recent interview with Mobile World Live, Peter Chou, HTC CEO says they are working on getting an LTE enabled device in our pockets, but they are going to make you wait for it. Peter says we should expect a device after mid-2011. This means our hopes for an HTC powered device being in the LTE lunch lineup (February) is very unlikely if the CEO has a say on the matter. Now the good news from the interview is he says we should expect Near Field Communication Technology integration with the devices they release next year. He reiterated that the companies still focused mainly on Android.
How does that sound to you guys? Can you wait till summer of next year to get your hands on an HTC built LTE Android device or will others by Motorola or Samsung suffice?
News via: MBB
Spread the word guys.
Seems we read the quote wrong, so this regard the Q2 and on part, February date back on.
It seems Facebook has been periodically updating their Android app, and usually we wouldn’t write about them, but one feature many of us have been waiting for is here. The ability to chat; requested since the original Facebook app was released, and was only possible via third party solutions… well not anymore. This update just became official today, and not only do you get the chat feature, but you also get push notification, something I personally have needed and wanted for the last few months.
Anyone already running this updated Facebook software? How do you like it?
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