Monthly Archives: January 2012

Android

Samsung Galaxy Nexus sign up page for the Galaxy Nexus goes live

Samsung Galaxy Nexus sign up page for the Galaxy Nexus goes live

The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is going to be the inaugural smartphone for Sprint’s up and coming 4G LTE network.  The Galaxy Nexus represents an enticing smartphone option for die-hard Android enthusiasts as well as casual smartphone users looking for a top-notch device.

Initially, information about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Sprint leaked when Sprint published an ad for the Ice Cream Sandwich device on a CNET blogpost.  At CES 2012, the wireless carrier confirmed the device’s existence and its launch later this year when its 4G LTE is running in multiple markets.  The specs are mainly going to stay the same as the Verizon Wireless model, but there are rumblings of a possible faster processor (dual-core 1.5GHz vs dual-core 1.2GHz) and a bigger battery.  However, we will have to wait for Sprint’s confirmation on the exact specs when it launches in the coming months.

As of a few days ago, Google decided it was appropriate to launch a “Coming Soon” teaser page in which interested consumers can leave their information to be notified when Sprint is going to launch the Galaxy Nexus.  Typically, carriers do not post coming soon pages until the device launch is right around the corner, so hopefully Sprint has good news for its loyal customers in the near future.

Again, if you are interested in learning more about the Galaxy Nexus on Sprint, then you can leave your information at the link below.

[Google Galaxy Nexus Teaser Page]

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Upcoming Qualcomm MSM8960 GPU Benchmark Scores Leaked

 

Who’s ready for some nice benchmarks? GSM Arena reports it came across some rather interesting benchmarks for the upcoming Qualcomm MSM8960 SoC. Coupled with an Andreno 225 GPU and running on an unidentified device at a resolution of 1024 x 600, the benchmark showed an impressive 54.90 NenaMark 2 benchmark score. To compare it with a more familiar and popular device, GSM Arena ran a test on a Samsung Galaxy S II device, which of course features a Mali-400 GPU at 800 x 480 resolution, the NenaMark 2 benchmark score was a ‘mere’ 46.2. While the reference unit is operated by Ice Cream Sandwich, it is still impressive how it dominated the Galaxy S II in terms of raw performance. Sort of makes you excited for Qualcomm’s new jewel, doesn’t it? This will be especially true when we see more and more apps optimized for the chip.

source: GSM Arena
via: Nena

 


Mobile

Panasonic working on a WiGig-enabled tablet? [VIDEO]

Nowadays, your average smartphone or tablet comes with wireless connectivity options such as Bluetooth, WiFi b/g/n and maybe 3G as standard and each of these has its own benefits and drawbacks. Speed is the key in wireless data transfer and Panasonic are working on some tech that promises to be quick, really quick; able to […]

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Samsung Wants More Passion From Consumers, Set To Attack With Major Ad Push

 

Samsung is among the most familiar brands around, that’s a gimme. In addition to being more familiar with the general consumer because of its great electronics and gadgets, it has a bit of a niche following too— considering it has some of the most popular devices in the game. Although it is one of the more popular brands among Android users, its brand is not as popular as a certain giant from Cupertino. That’s why Sammy wants to take the next step in its popularity and have consumers become not just intrigued with Samsung products, but it wants to consumers to become passionate fanatics… or even obsessed with the Samsung brand.

Sammy has made it clear of its intentions too. In a recent interview, marketing executive Younghee Lee stresses it is ready to “change people’s attention” because “people are obsessed with Apple”. Sounds ambitious, doesn’t it? Since Samsung has some of the more popular phones around and also has some clever ads to promote its capabilities recently, I’d say Samsung is off to a great start.

It looks like Sammy is ready to unleash an all-out attack for 2012 too. It is scheduled to air a commercial spot during this weekend’s Super Bowl for starters which will likely promote is uber-cool Galaxy Note phone. Don’t forget— Samsung has a sponsorship for this year’s Olympic games as well, so you can expect the brand to launch a major product… and we think we may know what that major product will likely be too. There’s no better 2-week stage to promote a superior device, don’t you think? This will be in addition to the additional barrage of other existing products.

You’ve already been Samsunged. You all ready to become Samsunged and obsessed?

source: Droid Life
via: AllThingsD


Android

Samsung Launching Device With Their First Ever Super Bowl Ad

Samsung has big plans for Super Bowl Sunday. They just tweeted that a  device will be launched alongside their first ever Super Bowl ad, stating that “only an ad in America’s biggest game can do it justice.” They also mentioned that it will be one of the longest ads during the event. Taking into account the going rate for average Super Bowl ads, a 60 second spot would cost them $6 million dollars. I think they are pretty pumped about this one. But what will the ad be for exactly? Their follow up tweet specifically mentions the Galaxy Note, but the first is cryptic enough for me to believe they have something else up their sleeves. Maybe, maybe not.

Looks like we have about a week before game time. Until then, start your speculating!

source: Twitter
via: TheNextWeb 


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Some unofficial Steam Android apps removed from Market, likely for copyright/trademark violations

Some unofficial Steam Android apps removed from Market, likely for copyright/trademark violations

Valve didn’t release an official Steam app for Android devices until last week, so some folks have been relying on third-party apps to get their fix of checking the stores, seeing when their friends were online, and communicating with other gamers. But reports are trickling in that some of those apps are starting to disappear from the Android Market since the official app debuted last week.

DroidGamers first reported that Steam for Android, SteamDroid, and Steam Friends are among the handful apps that aren’t available in the Android Market. Before you put Valve to the fire, understand that the takedowns might not about a greedy corporate grab for power and money. It’s likely about copyright/trademark violations.

Many of the Steam apps taken down used the “Steam” brand in the primary portion of their names, and used the official logo in their icons for the Android Market. Look at Steam for Android, an app that we covered a few weeks ago. Not only did it incorporate the official logo, but the name itself could easily be confused with being an official app. I momentarily thought it was an official app because of the name and the quality of the design. You can’t have an unofficial app use that kind of name, especially once the official app lands on Android and might create confusion.

Neither Valve nor any of the affected developers have signal why the apps were removed, but that’s the likely explanation. There are still some third-party apps that don’t seem likely candidates for trademark violations, so I doubt the apps are being removed indiscriminately. A name change and some new graphics will probably set everything right and allow those apps back into the market.

Now, if only we could get Valve to let more people access the beta app so they don’t have to rely on third party apps.

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London Bus Checker Gives You Live Locations of Buses, Never Miss or Wait for a Bus Again

While I am certainly not one to use this app, as I live in the USA, those in London that ride public transportation may find this app to be quite useful. As the company puts it, the UK’s best-selling travel app has made its way to Android phones and you can instantly know when your bus will be arriving at any of London’s 20,000 bus stops. You can get the lite version of Buschecker by Fat Attitude LTD. which offers you a 30 day free trial of it’s full features. Otherwise you’ll be paying about $1.95 for all its features. They include:

MAIN FEATURES: 

  • Live, updated countdown display of bus arrivals.
  • Real-time GPS map of nearest bus stops.
  • Full route maps for all London Bus Routes – see exactly where your bus goes.
  • Service information – diversions/closures/cancellations.
  • Home screen widget – live arrivals for your favourite stops.
  • Tap on bus numbers to filter the list: see screenshots.
  • Details bus stop information – routes/map location/direction.
  • Map/route number display – find the right bus to get you home!

Hit the break below to get your free trial of what is considered one of the best apps for traveling by the likes of BBC Click, The Telegraph, Guardian Online, The Independent and Wired UK. While this app doesn’t work for me, I would certainly recommend anyone in or traveling to the UK in giving this a shot and letting us know what you think in the comment section below. Also if you’re interested you can check the video on it below. Enjoy!

Click here to view the embedded video.

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DROID RAZR MAXX preliminary battery results

Remember that “unplugged” teaser Motorola did before CES? They weren’t kidding because I’ve had the DROID RAZR MAXX for a couple of days now, and all I can say is if battery life is any concern to you, you can forget about anything else and just buy this phone. I’m still conducting more tests, but I wanted to give you some of my preliminary results.

Day 1

I took the RAZR Maxx off the charger at midnight and it sat idle for 8 hours. I was sleeping so I can’t verify, but it should’ve been on 4G LTE most of that time, but it could’ve switched to 3G periodically since I don’t live in the heart of the city. It lost 20% during these first 8 hours, and by the time 24 hours rolled around, it still had 5% left. I would say it wasn’t a heavy day as far as usage. I played games for a couple of hours and streamed Slacker for maybe 40 minutes. The display was on 20% of the time or about 5 hours. The display was set to automatic brightness, but I realized late in the day that the GPS wasn’t turned on. Bluetooth was on (but rarely connected) and WiFi was off. All in all, I would say the battery performance was superb, but I decided to work it a little more for day 2.

Day 2

GPS on, Bluetooth on (rarely connected), Wifi off, and Auto display off and turned up to about 2/3′s brightness. I took it off the charger at 7:00am and by midnight (17 hours later) it had 5% left. A lot less, but I did a lot more with it. Other than doing a little gaming and Slacker again, I played 4 hours and 15 minutes of video. The display was on a total of 42% of the time or a little over 7 hours. It was mostly connected to 4G, but some 3G was probably thrown in. 17 hours is tremendous considering the amount of video and the fact that the brightness was set fairly high, not to mention it wasn’t officially dead yet. It might have lasted another 2 hours with light usage.

To give you an even better comparison, my Galaxy Nexus also came off the charger at 7:00am, and it was dead by 7:30pm, 12 1/2 hours later. My Nexus has extended battery (2100mAh), was on WiFi the majority of the day, Bluetooth off, GPS on, auto brightness off and set to 2/3′s brightness. The display was on 42% of the time or roughly 5 hours. I didn’t play any games nor did I play any video. Again, this was on WiFi all day except for about 2 hours.

Seriously, I never expected it to be a competition. It’s 3300mAh vs 2100mAh. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out who’s going to win.

Motorola has really changed the game with the DROID RAZR MAXX. At 8.9mm thick and a 3300mAh battery, no competitive phone comes close. The DROID RAZR MAXX is the only phone I’ve used in which I don’t need to panic when it’s down to 10% remaining battery. It could easily go another 3 plus hours with light usage.

I will continue to conduct more tests and add those results in my full review.

 

 

 


Mobile

BlackBerry Bold 9790 battery life tested, details inside [TEST]

We welcome another BlackBerry smartphone to our battery test arena. The Curve 9380 hardly aced our benchmarks, but maybe the more expensive Bold 9790 would be a better match for the other top dogs. Web browsing came in second, but we didn’t get to see a major improvement in the performance of the Bold 9790. […]

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Does RIM Have What It Takes To Catch Up To Android, iOS and Windows Phone?

As many know by now, the mighty duo of CEO’s at RIM, Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis have stepped down only to promote one from within.  Taking over as single and only CEO of Research in Motion is Thorsten Heins, a four year COO who worked closely under Jim and Mike.  In recent news, he’s been given the cold stare thanks to making such statements as “I don’t think there is some drastic change needed,” and  “We are evolving. We’re evolving our strategy, we’re evolving our tactics, our processes.”  As one standing from the outside looking in, I’d argue in favor of a drastic change, personally.  But hey, RIM’s the competition so I’m not pressing the issue.  However, the question does arise, should Google’s Android be afraid?  As much as I would love to shout from the roof top “hell no!“, I”ll try to keep it professional here.  

With RIM falling drastically behind every quarter, Android, iOS and Windows Phone pretty much occupy the top three OS’s of choice when thinking of purchasing a smartphone in the US, it’s very likely there’s no room for a fourth.  RIM would have to seriously step up its game if they want to penetrate the top three and make a serious come back in the market.  And the only way they are seriously going to do that is with a major wow factor.  And by “wow factor” I mean both in the software and the hardware department  There’s simply too much talk going on and as much as Blackberry fan-boys want to defend the new CEO, it doesn’t look like he’s on-board with any kind of “change”.  So, should Android be worried?  While BB10 or BBX (QNX) does look promising as well as some of the hardware floating around like the Blackberry London, it’s hard to say.  However, the newly anointed CEO states that he wants to focus more on current Blackberry owners and how to get them upgraded in a timely manner rather than focusing on a new innovative product.  On the one hand you want to think that the combo of hardware and software appears to be promising but on the other, even if they were to release such a device like this tomorrow, specs under the hood would be an entirely new post altogether.  RIM is notorious for releasing yesteryear’s specs and in my opinion Android and iOS are in no immediate danger, not by a long shot.  The company has barely introduced 1GHz CPU’s while most new Android devices will be launching quad-core processors.  However, everyone knows competition is good and more is usually always better.  So, on behalf of the Android community, I’d say to Thorsten and RIM, get it together if you want to play with the big dogs.  You’ll have to do better than devices like the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note and Droid Razr Maxx if you want to stay relevant in the industry.  And who knows, there’s speculation that maybe Microsoft will buy them out, increasing their market share instantly while simultaneously benefiting the Enterprise industry.  It’s either that or quietly die.   Only time will tell if Heins’ new road map for RIM will keep them in the game.  We’ll see what the company can produce at MWC.  Stay tuned as we follow our competition closely and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.