Nov 08, 2011 - 11:50 AM - by dgstorm
If you are the kind of user that needs a tablet to work in virtually any environment and/or stand up to severe punishment, then Panasonic has just revealed something you will want to pay attention to. The above video shows off the truly awe inspiring durability of their newest "Tough-line" product, and it's an Android tablet. The new ToughPad A1 10-inch Honeycomb tablet and the new ToughPad B1 7-inch Honeycomb tablet don't have the fastest processors or very many fancy features, but if you need a tablet to operate in harsh conditions, or if you are just prone to breaking things, then this tablet could be perfect for you. Both of these tablets will be coming in 2012, and although the 7-inch B1 doesn't have a price yet, the 10-inch A1 will supposedly retail for a whopping $1299.99! Ouch...
Still, to get a professional grade harsh-environment friendly device that can even stand up to combat and security situations, that is probably an average price for entry. This could be the perfect tool for IT managers of corporations that have employees outside in harsh conditions, or the perfect toy for the rich guy that likes to go mountain climbing and still wants his daily fix of "Angry Birds." What do you guys think?
Source: Panasonic Toughpad A1 and B1 Officially Unveiled - Press Release and Panasonic
Nov 08, 2011 - 11:27 AM - by dgstorm
Introducing Eclipse v1.0 for the Droid Bionic! I featured the Eclipse rom for the DX2 by developer "Nitroglycerine33" a few weeks ago and I am excited to announce he has released it for the Bionic too! Nitro is calling this rom a "Gingerbread Moto Blur 893 based cleaned up Moto experience with a few modded goodies", and boy does it include lots of goodies! It is Deodexed with Bloat Removed for a tidy less bogged down experience. He has also removed lots of blur elements and replaced them with his own. The MMS, 3d gallery, news & amp weather, calendar, and camera have been replaced with the AOSP counterparts. Also, the File manager, email, and alarm clock have been replaced with CM7 counterparts. The Blur Launcher has been Replaced with a moddified Launcher 2 for a light and snappy feel.
Some custom mods include; Accurate battery, lots of edits and tweaks for performance, download crutch to help with web downloads, a custom Blue theme throughout, Eclipse Wallpapers, Eclipse ToolBox, Tab Lockscreen, Inverted Contacts, Inverted Performance manager, as well as 7 toggles in the pull down menu.
Some ICS elements included are ICS music app, ICS deskclock widget, and ICS inspired bootanimation. This is just the beginning of what is to come from Nitro and the Eclipse Rom series!
Grab the Rom and Discuss here
Nov 08, 2011 - 11:00 AM - by dgstorm
Yesterday we brought you some news about Barnes & Noble bringing a competitor, the Nook Tablet, forward to fight the impending Kindle Fire from Amazon. Today we have a great comparison chart above from PhoneArena for both products, that also includes the older model Nook Color and the HTC Flyer. Basically, these tablets are creating a new niche that could be called the "eReader Tablet", and each of them has their own strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately, the winner will likely be decided by the quantity and quality of the content that the device provides access to.
What's really interesting about this head-to-head competition is that these newer devices are going to really start pushing the Android tablet technology into the mainstream, and will solidify Android's place in the tablet market while driving forward toward market dominance. It's ironic, yet not surprising, that these devices pose the greatest threat to the reigning king of tablets, the Apple iPad series, because they technically don't really compete for the same customers. The reason for this is simply that in the final assessment, most consumers do not really care about the device. They care about what content the device provides. Once again, we see that as long as there is good competition in the marketplace, consumers are the winners.
Sound off in the forums which one or more of these tablets you are considering for yourself or your family.
Source: AndroidTablets.net via PhoneArena
Nov 08, 2011 - 10:34 AM - by dgstorm
The new version of the PayPal app is in the Android marketplace now. This update brings several new fixes and features. Here's a breakdown of a few:
- The in-app experience was enhanced with improvements to the UI
- Navigation is now easier on tablets and smartphones
- There is a new widget that allows allows you to make NFC payments if your device has the chip
The best part about these upgrades is that the new NFC capabilities facilitate the easiest way to transfer money you can imagine. You just bring up the app, type in the amount of "cash" you want to transfer, then tap your NFC device to theirs. It is the "seedling" of a cashless society! That's both scary and cool at the same time. What do you think?
Source: Android.net via AndroidMarket - PayPal App
Nov 08, 2011 - 10:09 AM - by dgstorm
While in Korea this week, Eric Schmidt reiterated that Google will let Motorola run itself independently from Google. Here is his statement, "In general, with all of our partners, we told them that the Motorola deal will close and we will run it sufficiently and independently, that it will not violate the openness of Android … we're not going to change in any material way the way we operate." Furthermore, Motorola's VP of Software Development Ruth Hennigar, added his two cents worth indicating that Moto still doesn't even have the source code of Android Ice Cream Sandwich yet.
This is some interesting news on a couple of levels. First, it's obviously important to both Google and Motorola to squelch the rumors that Moto will get preferential treatment for Android OS support in the future. This should alleviate some of the trepidations that any of the other Android OEMs might have. Second, this is also a bit of sad news for Motorola users. It means it could be a while before Motorola is able to get Ice Cream Sandwich running on their hardware, since they don't even have it to test with yet.
Share your thoughts in the forums.
Nov 07, 2011 - 1:43 PM - by Malvado
If this leaked image of a box is to be believed, Motorola Mobility is working on a tablet computer that also doubles as a TV controller. Codenamed Corvair, the 6-inch touch-screen tablet running Android 2.3 is currently in testing with cable companies, according to a report by The Verge. The box in the image calls it a "dedicated controller" and shows it wirelessly displaying the same user interface as the TV.
We don't know much specs-wise, but the box says the design is "optimized for low cost," so we wouldn't expect anything high-end inside. It also looks like it says something "OS" in the upper left, so it seems like a fairly custom version of Android. There's also IR control and RF4CE, which is a ZigBee-based RF control protocol, as well as a high-capacity 4,000mAH battery -- makes sense if you've got to keep this thing on a coffee table for days on end.
The device could be a big shot in the arm for the TV efforts of Google, which announced a $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility in August. While handset know-how and patents was the primary objective, the acquisition made Google one of the world's biggest set-top box makers and part of the cable industry's distribution chain. Jeff Greenhouse, a veteran digital strategist and marketer, wrote in a blog post in August that the acquisition held many opportunities for Google, including greater access to the TV ad market. "Set-top boxes offer Google an opportunity to offer new distribution for video content, enhanced integration with its other services (especially nascent Google+) and potentially expand its ad-serving and optimization empire by partnering more closely with cable companies."
Oddly, the device carries the same moniker as the 1960s Chevy that was targeted by Ralph Nader's "Unsafe At Any Speed."
SOURCE: Exclusive: Motorola Corvair Android-based TV controller leaks out | The Verge
Nov 07, 2011 - 1:35 PM - by Malvado
Now that dual-core phones are a dime a dozen, what's next? Quad-core phones, like this leaked HTC Edge, if the photos are correct.
A Nvidia Tegra 3 processor accounts for the 1.5GHz quad-core processing prowess, according to PocketNow. The Edge also supposedly boasts a 4.7-inch display with 720p HD resolution, an 8-megapixel camera with a backlit sensor and 28-millimeter, f/2.2 lens. It's also reputed to have 1GB RAM and measure about 0.4-inch thick. Sound a lot like the freshly announced HTC Rezound? As this rumor pans out, expect the specs to line up with the Rezound (except for the quad-core CPU), including LTE and a bump to an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. But don't expect to see it until 2012.
SOURCE: HTC Edge: First Quad-Core Phone Revealed (Images)
Nov 07, 2011 - 1:05 PM - by dgstorm
There are already several notable reviews for the Droid RAZR available even before the phone has been launched. We thought it would be useful, especially for those folks that are still undecided, to have a post and thread with a master compilation of RAZR Reviews from around the web. We are including 8 of the most noteworthy reviews compiled from reputable sites in the main story of this post. However, we also want you guys to either write your own mini-reviews in the thread, and/or add links to more reviews that you have found beyond the 8 in the main article. That way, we can compile a true master list of RAZR Reviews. Also, it's important to note that we did not choose these particular reviews over others for any particular reason. These were simply a smattering of the many well written reviews available and serve as a broad sample of what is out there.
Obviously, we can't include every detail from the reviews on these sites, so here is how we are organizing it. At the top, there will be a list of links to the 8 different reviews. Then, below that, we will list each one with a brief summary of notable features in their article, and a synopsis/conclusion quoted directly from their respective review That way, if you just want to read some brief final thoughts, or you want to pour over every detail in their articles, you will have options.
Droid RAZR Review Links:
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Nov 07, 2011 - 10:59 AM - by dgstorm
According to the latest news from the Barnes & Noble press conference from this morning, not only will we see the new Android-based Nook Tablet for $249.99, but B&N has also indicated the Nook Color will now be competitively priced versus the Kindle Fire at the same $199.99 price point. Furthermore, they announced that the Nook Simple Touch will be available for only $99.99. It seems as if B&N is really trying to get competitive again.
Here are some of the notable specs of the new Nook Tablet:
- Seven-inch IPS display with full lamination
- Videos up to 1080p and 11.5 hours of battery life
- 16GB of built-in memory with an a microSD slot included for more expansion.
- Multimedia content, wit Netflix and Hulu Plus pre-loaded on the device
- Access to 250 magazines and periodicals, as well as comics from publishers like Marvel
While the new Nook Tablet will be a bit pricier (by $50 bucks) than the Kindle Fire, there are some decent reasons to consider it over the Amazon product. First, it has double the storage and it is further expandable. It has a better display, more RAM, free in-store device support and is lighter. Furthermore, it doesn't have the annoying ads that will be on the Kindle Fire. What do you guys think?
Source: AndroidTablets.net via Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet Launch & More Press Release
Nov 07, 2011 - 10:37 AM - by dgstorm
It's been a while since we have heard any news regarding Apple lawsuits and Android, and it's been even longer since we have had any good news for Android on that front. Now that streak is broken. Apparently, Motorola just scored a decent victory in Germany against Apple. According to the reports, Motorola has won an injunction to bar sales of all of Apple's mobile devices in Germany due to these devices infringing on two patents from Motorola. One of the patents is related to GSM, UMTS and 3G, but the other patent was not detailed in the report.
Unfortunately, it also looks like this victory will be almost meaningless at the moment, because the legal victory Motorola scored was against Apple, Inc., not the local branch of Apple, Germany. What this means is that Apple, Inc. can't sell any mobile products in Germany, but Apple, Inc. already doesn't sell any products in Germany, only the local branch sells products in Germany. However, it does bar Apple, Inc. from shipping any "new products" to their German branch, so it remains to be seen what impact this might have in the future. We will keep you informed as more details emerge.
Source: Android.net via BGR
Nov 07, 2011 - 10:23 AM - by dgstorm
This week has been a heavy week in development for the Droid2Global! This week we bring a barebones version of Cyanogen Mod for your D2G, via Developer "aceoyame". This is Version 4 of this Rom which has become very usable but still has no GSM support for now. This Rom is built on the GB kernel which should help out with the battery life. It includes some tweaks and mods for increased speed and performance. The Egl and bluetooth are working in this build. Keyboard and Lockscreen issues have been fixed. Camera Zoom will be supported with the use of volume keys. Go launcher EX v2.39 is included.
Some things have been removed to get it working nicely with the D2G such as chinese and arabic font support. CM themes are removed, but theme support is left so that you can download your own themes. Stock apps such as mms, email, calendar, and calculator have been removed (you can use corresponding Go apps, or install gapps)
This Rom is still in the development stage but offers many things to adjust and play with. This Rom will just continue to sharpen as development continues!
Show your support for the development of CM4D2G and download the rom here
Nov 07, 2011 - 10:09 AM - by dgstorm
On their UK Facebook page, HTC kindly released a list of their first wave of phones that will receive the Ice Cream Sandwich update early next year. As you can see from the pic above, the list is the following:
- HTC Sensation
- HTC Sensation XL
- HTC Sensation XE
- HTC Rezound
- HTC EVO 3D
- HTC EVO Design 4G
- HTC Amaze 4G
How very thoughtful of them to give us a heads up!
Thanks to dzone67 for this tip!
Source: Facebook - HTC
Nov 07, 2011 - 9:57 AM - by dgstorm
Apparently, Motorola themselves have confirmed in a Tweet that they uncovered an odd problem with many of their Android smartphones. If you have a Moto phone that is running Gingerbread, you could experience weak battery life issues after the Daylight Savings Time change. Luckily, it isn't a major issue that will require anything drastic like a patch. In fact, all you need to do to fix the issue is reboot your phone. But you already do that once every week or two anyway don't you?
Source: @Motorola Twitter
Nov 07, 2011 - 9:43 AM - by dgstorm
Apparently, all the previous rumors suggesting that the Droid RAZR would be coming on November 10th turned out to be false, and the other rumor stating it would come out the day after is accurate. Verizon has confirmed "behind-the-scenes" that the release date of the Droid RAZR will be on November 11th at 11:11am. This may be a day later than we expected, but it does match up with what their DroidDoes marketing suggested. This wasn't from any official announcement from VZW; however, it is a second independent report corroborating other sources, so it looks very solid.
Nov 07, 2011 - 8:07 AM - by CJM
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