When Samsung released its Galaxy Note, it helped show us how introducing some technology to a plain, old stylus can really make it that much more interesting; adding a side button input to the S Pen opens up a new world of gesture commands. Samsung liked how well that worked so much that it’s continuing to offer the S Pen with newer devices. The company’s not alone, though, when it comes to finding ways to spruce-up old stylus designs for use with today’s smartphones and tablets; Texas Instruments has a technology it’s been demoing at the Mobile World Congress [...]
In just a few weeks, we’re expecting Nokia to launch the first-ever LTE Windows Phone handset on AT&T’s network with its Lumia 900. Nothing’s set in stone, but we’ve seen March 18 fielded as one potential release date. With the phone’s release creeping on up, Nokia’s getting a few formalities out of the way, like seeing to it that the 900 gets its FCC certification. This afternoon the agency published the 900’s documents, including a manual and an assortment of images.
As a smartphone destined for AT&T’s new LTE network, [...]
At this year’s Mobile World Congress, quad-core processing was the hot feature to have in a new device. We saw everyone and their brother showing-off quad-core gear, from big names like LG and HTC, to companies like Huawei and Toshiba. Not everyone’s so eager to jump on the quad-core bandwagon, though, and Sony at least may be content to stay to dual-core designs until next year, at the earliest.
Product Marketing Manager Stephen Sneeden revealed in an interview that he doesn’t see Sony rushing to join the quad-core party. By his own admission, this is his just [...]
If you bought a Motorola Droid RAZR and were disappointed when the RAZR Maxx, with it’s MUCH larger battery, you might just be in luck!
XDA-Developer wardo5757 has discovered that it’s possible to replace the RAZR’s battery with that from the RAZR Maxx, and essentially turn the former into the latter.
Of course doing so will void your warranty, requires disassembling your phone, and you’ll need the new battery a new back-plate and replacement port cover, but it can be done!
Head over to this thread on XDA-Developers to find out how to [...]
If you’ve got an Android-powered tablet or smartphone and haven’t been able to install the new Google Chrome Beta, you’re in luck!
XDA-Developer lenny_kano has put together an .apk that should let you run the browser on any device running on an ARM v7 or higher chip — so long as you’re also running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
If you are, and you’d like to try out Chrome Beta, head over to this thread on XDA-Developers, download the .apk, and side-load it onto your device. Enjoy!
Google is celebrating Leap Day with a few minor updates to some of its Android apps, delivering new versions of Wallet, Google+, and Authenticator to the Android Market today.
Google Wallet finds itself getting the most significant updates of the trio, but we’re still mainly in bugfix territory here. A couple changes have been introduced to how the app handles address input, letting you using a longer address or a PO Box when setting up a prepaid card. Reward cards linked to the app should now see improvements with keeping their data synced-up. Most of us struggle to find [...]
It’s well-nigh impossible to look at Sony’s Tablet P without conjuring up some memories of Kyocera’s Echo from last year. After all, both designs employ dual touchscreens in a convertible layout that lets you collapse the device while carrying it. Kyocera’s attempt never caught-on in a big way, so we’re anxious to see if Sony has what it takes to succeed where others have failed. We’ll be getting our chance quite soon, with Sony announcing that the Tablet P is set to land on AT&T this Sunday, March 3.
Even when folded closed, [...]
Dolphin Browser HD continues to try and attract new users by offering unique features you might not get on the other major browsers. Lately it had been promoting its Webzine layout, but enthusiasm towards the option may have soured in the wake of news of privacy concerns. Today, though, the browser gets a new stand-out feature with the arrival of Dolphin Browser 7.4 and its Sonar voice commands.
Dolphin uses the standard Google speech-to-text interface for actually interpreting your voice, so the special thing about Sonar is how it reacts to your commands. Dolphin’s [...]
Back during the CES, we learned that Toshiba was planning to bring its 10.1-inch AT200 tablet to the United States as the Excite 10. While we had pricing information for the tablet, set to be available as a $530 16GB model or a $600 32GB version, we didn’t hear any stabs at a US launch date more precise than sometime around the middle of this quarter. Today, Toshiba announces the tablet’s availability as well as gives its name a slight adjustment.
Instead of the Excite 10, the manufacturer will now release the tablet in the States as the Excite 10 LE. Toshiba [...]
Late last month, a leaked roadmap surfaced, purporting to show RIM’s hardware plans through the end of the year. Among the many models featured, the leak showed RIM intending to launch two lower-end handsets around April or May, the Curve 9220 and 9320. BGR’s division in India recently got a chance to check-out the 9320 in the flesh, snapping a couple pics in the process.
The 9220 and 9320, as the numbering should imply, are very similar handsets. They share the same form factor, 2.44-inch QVGA display, and 512MB flash. What sets the two apart is the 9320’s [...]
After taking a quick look at the Sony Xperia S in our hands-on video we thought you’d like to see the Sony flagship being reviewed so we’ve got the first video from our series here for your viewing pleasure.
The Sony Xperia S comes in white and black, inside a carton box which only features the Sony branding; interestingly, the good old Sony Ericsson logo survived. Besides the phone, the box contains a microHDMI cable (which is always welcome), USB cable for sync and charge, headphones, charger, screen protector and your usual literature.
Don’t look for [...]
Last night, we talked about Google’s presence at the Mobile World Congress and the large bowl of jelly beans it had out, feeding speculation that Jelly Bean will be the company’s next major Android revision. We thought Google was just being playful, and weren’t expecting any sort of official comment on the matter, but sure enough one Google exec stopped to say a few words on future plans for Android, possibly giving us some insight into the release of Jelly Bean.
One issue we’ve seen under discussion is how the next big Android release might advance the [...]
While we may think of the web browsers that accompany the major smartphone operating systems as wholly distinct entities, many of them share common elements. At the heart of mobile Safari, the Android browser, and RIM’s browser for the PlayBook is some code known as WebKit. Browsers heavily rely on WebKit to handle page layout when rendering content to the screen. Unfortunately, that may mean that an unusually large fraction of smartphones are vulnerable to a newly-discovered exploit.
The news comes courtesy of security firm CrowdStrike, which intends to make a [...]
It was just about a two weeks ago when we were discussing Apple’s last mini-scandal over app permissions and user privacy, when it we learned that apps were gaining access to the contact books of users, despite not formally requesting any permission to do so. The ire wasn’t so much with the developers creating these apps, but at Apple for approving them for sale despite such behavior. Apple did some quick damage control, and ultimately announced that it would require apps to now specifically ask your OK before getting access to your contacts. Today we learn of another [...]
Taking a break from all the new smartphone hardware we’ve been looking into over the past few days, this evening we learn of maintenance updates in the pipe for a couple older Android handsets. Both the Droid 2 Global on Verizon and Samsung’s Intercept on Sprint will soon be getting some updated software.
The Intercept’s update, bringing the phone up to system build FB01, looks like relatively minor one, by all accounts. Considering the fiasco Sprint went through when delivering the QWERTY slider’s Froyo update, keeping things short and sweet sounds like [...]
Back in November of 2010, before we even had the Nexus S and its NFC transceiver, we heard about a plan involving most of the major US carriers to offer mobile payment services conducted over NFC, called Isis. Well-over a year later, we’re still waiting for the service to materialize. Today we get a few updates on its deployment, learn about some new partners, and get our first look at the user interface.
Wide-scale testing for the system is set to take place in Salt Lake City and Austin, beginning sometime this summer. Assuming everything goes smoothly following this [...]
First there was the ZTE Tania Windows Phone and then came the ZTE Orbit, the Chinese company’s second smartphone powered by the Microsoft platform, this time in its Tango iteration. Same as with the Tania, the Orbit is aimed towards those who don’t want to spend a huge amount of money on a device.
The specs are modest with a four-inch WVGA screen, five-megapixel camera with LED flash, 1GHz processor and 4GB of internal storage with no front-facing webcam (sorry future possible Skype users). Whether you will want to buy one largely depends on your location and you [...]
Unfortunately the situation with the Transformer Pad Infinity 700 is the same like in the case of the HTC One X. Those of you who will be out buying a 3G or a WiFi-only version will get the nVidia Tegra 3-powered version but those looking for the LTE variant will have to settle for the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU clocking at 1.5GHz.
Other than that, there’s great stuff like full HD resolution screen, Gorilla Glass 2 to protect it, two-megapixel front facing camera, eight-megapixel main shooter as well as a metallic back, opposed to the Pad 300 which has a plastic back [...]
Asus has quite a number of tablets already on the market but that doesn’t seem to stop the company from announcing and later on releasing even more. At this year’s MWC the company introduced the Padfone which we’ve seen ear lie and now we’re taking a look at the Transformer Pad 300.
It’s a more budget tablet but it still has what it takes in the specs department. nVidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 SoC is powering the device with a 1280 x 800 resolution screen of 10.1 inches in diagonal. There’s a 16GB version of the Pad 300 but there will be [...]
We love LTE for its just-short-of-ridiculous data speeds, oftentimes even exceeding our home, wired connections. That breakneck speed is just one part of the story, and there are plenty of other aspects of LTE that we’d be doing the technology a disservice by forgetting. One that keeps coming up but has yet to make a big impact is voice service over LTE, or VoLTE. We’ve heard carriers talk about it, and we should be seeing increased testing throughout the year. VoLTE should not only deliver higher-quality audio than we’re used to for cellular voice calls, but will [...]
Regardless of whether you love the “PadFone” name or not, chances are you’ll love this device. Why? Because it’s an awesome concept! You have a smartphone which turns into a tablet and then a tablet which turns into a notebook.
Everything you do on the tablet is basically done on the phone because the tablet acts just like a docking station with an external display, speaker and charger. The brains still remain with the enclosed phone and the situation is the same once you dock the keyboard on. The only difference is that both the keyboard and the tablet [...]
We are seeing a ton of new Android tablets revealed to the world at the MWC, but don’t forget that some managed to break cover early, first showing-up at last month’s CES. That was the case with Samsung and the 7.7-inch version of its Galaxy Tab, which we learned would be making a retail appearance on Verizon LTE. Since then, we’ve had the opportunity to check out the international version of the Tab 7.7, available as both a WiFi-only model and one with HSPA+ connectivity, but the details for the LTE version on Verizon hadn’t been available. Today the carrier [...]
Nokia Drive is the Finnish company’s take at navigation which is included with all of the phones coming from Espoo, including the recent Windows Phone line-up. However, the initial iteration of the software, while working perfectly, had a couple of missing features.
The new version of Nokia drive will support full offline navigation, which means that if you have the proper maps necessary for your trip already downloaded on your phone, you can put the device in Airplane mode of disable data while you’ll still be able to take advantage of navigation. Finally! Check out [...]