They have done it again, and this time it’s huge. 10 million is the number of Galaxy S II devices sold. Not to the consumers per se, but to the retail channel. We can sum up this statement by Samsung as a boasting. This press release comes in the wake of the massive all-operator U.S launch that has been impending release for quite a long while. What Samsung wants to convey to us is, the retail market in the U.S i.e the operators are very happy to have that device in their shelves. So, mass booking has happened and hence the spike in sales for Samsung.
Samsung have positioned the timing of the Galaxy S II devices to roll out spot on at the time of the iPhone 5/4S launch. Sprint is the only carrier that has already launched the Sprint Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G ( LOL 😛 ). Every other carrier has stocked it up already, but yet to launch. They are waiting for iPhone to launch, i think. (idiots, i say).
Full PR after the break.
Yesterday we got to know about the Xoom 2 through some pics and vague info regarding the specs. But more specs are now surfacing thanks to the folks at the verge.
The supposed leak includes specs such as :
- An unspecified Dual core processor
- 1 GB of faster RAM – does it mean ddr2 ? like in Atrix ?
- 1080p Video recording with Netflix streaming (does this suggest OMAP4 ?)
- Stylus and optional keyboard accessory planned
Other details include Adobe flash player 11 support (Supposedly the first tablet to feature this), Home automation software to be included (IR support in hardware ? ) and some built in moto apps for wirelessly syncing with your PC. Let’s just hope all these rumors are true.
Source The Verge
The Xoom 2 has been rumored for a long time now. Finally, it has leaked in pictures. The image you see above is the face of the new Motorola Xoom 2, or should i say, Googorola Xoom 2.
Anyhow, the next version of the original Xoom, is codenamed MZ617. According to DroidLife’s sources, the Xoom2 weighs similar to the original, has HDMI and micro USB at the bottom, and a HD camera on the back with big buttons for power and rotation lock. A SIM card slot is present, assuming LTE is supported. No mention about the processor, screen size looks like the same 10.1″. And look at those angled corners, they definitely remind me of Nokia’s design styling with the N8,E7 and X7. Also, the Nokia patent design for tablet looks *very* similar. Come on Nokia, sue google/motorola NOW 😛
Let’s hope atleast this Xoom is good for a tablet experience. But for this to succeed, Android honeycomb has to be good, i don’t see that happening. Check source link for the picture of Xoom 2’s backside.
Source Droid Life
This is in line with a series of patent spats that Apple has started with droid manufacturers, specifically Samsung wand HTC. While HTC has retorted back with some new patents that it bought from Google, Samsung is still battling it out in various continents, mainly because Apple claims Samsung is an iClone manufacturer.
It has won the case in various european countries and has completely blocked sale of the Galaxy range of devices. Now, it wants to do the same in Japan. Apple has filed the case in the Tokyo district and seeks to ban the sales of Galaxy devices and wants compensation of 100 million Yen ( around 1.3 million $ ).
It’s game on. Either Samsung should change their designs or just use the stock Android UI so that the devices don’t look the same.
Ice cream sandwich, the next big thing in the droid world after “Honeycomb” is set to arrive in October or November, according to Google’s ex-CEO Eric Schmidt.
Apparently, during a Salesforce conference, at which the ex-CEO of el goog was present, mentioned to Marc Benioff ( CEO, Salesforce ) :
We have a new operating system, internally known as Ice Cream Sandwich for some reason, which is being released in October/November, which everyone’s really excited about.
According to Google, the ICS version of Android is THE version that will integrate the user experience of both Gingerbread and Honeycomb. Apart from the UI, there are many changes under the hood too, nothing unveiled yet.
The first device that will run the latest version of Android is of course, the next Nexus, which is rumored to be called as Nexus Prime, made by Samsung.
With that said, head on past the break to see the actual video of the conference, which spans more than an hour. You can see Eric making that statement at the 30th minute of that video.
Source Salesforce via TIMN
Slightly lesser than the LG optimus 3D that launched a while ago for Rs.37,000/- , the HTC Evo 3D is a product created for a niche segment, the segment which is in awe of 3D as the future of technology. While i am not debating the 3D as the technology standard of the future, but as of now, the present, it is not yet mature for creation or consumption. Anyhow, the HTC Evo is still an impressive device in terms of raw specifications, the usability is a personal opinion though.
The device has a glass free 3D 4.3 inch display with a qHD resolution, it can toggle between 2D or 3D mode in the camera using a hardware switch. Other specifications include :
- Dual 5 Megapixel cameras
- 1.2 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3
- 1 GB of RAM
- Runs Android Gingerbread
- Battery capacity is 1730 mAh
Looking forward to buying this phone ? You better read some reviews first –
Myriam Joire from Engadget –
Ultimately, we’ve come to think of the EVO 3D as a Sensation with a lesser camera, cheaper materials, worse battery life, and without the ability to roam worldwide. But hey, it’s got 3D and the best dedicated two-stage camera button that’s ever graced a phone. That’s gotta be worth something, right?
GSMArena team –
The HTC EVO 3D is a device that strives to do it all and we are pleased to report that for the most part it delivers. However, competition is so intense today that it would be impossible to beat everyone at every level. The EVO 3D gets points for trying. Winners don’t pick their battles, you’d just be wise to pick your priorities.
Ross miller from thisismynext lists out the Pros and cons
3D optional (but does work!)
Small viewing angles for 3D
Some nasty software glitches
Symptoms of 3D can include dizziness, eye strain, nausea…
Decide for yourself 🙂 Let me know in the comments if you actually bought one of these
Recently, we came across a weird story that Android ran on some person’s touchpad out of the box. The person even put it on eBay for sale.
Well,forget that, no need to buy a droidPad now that CyanogenMod has really got Android working on a touchpad already.
This all started with the HP TouchPad firesale that happened the last before weekend. More than 60% of the people who bought it wanted Android running on their TouchPad.
If you are not aware, the CyanogenMod team is responsible for making the most stable Android aftermarket firmwares like the CM7, currently the most popular too. They are the persons responsible for making Android, i mean CyanogenMod 7 ( Based on Gingerbread ) running on the HP touchpad. The OS is in the alpha stage right now.
Major kudos to the team. Apparently they dont want that bounty of 2000$ thats going the rounds. They say ” We are motivated to do it right, not do it fast “. Aren’t they so cool ?
Anyhow, here’s the video of the alpha Android that is a few weeks old, seems they already have a much better version running now. Take a look :
They say they’ll provide a final solution that allows to multi boot our choice of the OS. Sounds great for all you TouchPad power users who would want some of the Green Robot’s vast catalog of apps.
Sense is a beautiful UI overlay, that has been applied over all the HTC Android smartphones. Timely updates are one of it’s strengths.
Not too long ago, the HTC sensation marked the arrival of Sense 3.0, a revamped version of the much fancy UI. It has been now demoed in a video , take a look :
As you can see above, it just got a lot smoother and fancier with new widgets, animation and a boost in framerate.Bigger change though, is the lack of a bottom bar which is replaced by two buttons.
Oh, here we go. The next version of the *flagship* pure Google phone has been rumored as manufactured by Samsung, but never had any concrete proof. Well, talking about proof, see this image below.
The above email you see is a cease and desist letter sent to a developer to stop using the “Nexus Prime” firmware. Yup, the Nexus Prime is made by Samsung, you can now shut down the LG/HTC rumors and start guessing whether if it will be a SGS2 clone like the Nexus was a NFC clone of the galaxy S.
I guess the Samsung legal time will have a hard time explaining this to their bosses.
The Firesale of the HP touchpad was so crazy, right ? Well, things just got crazier, apparently one guy who bought the fiercely sold from an online retailer, says he got the TouchPad running Froyo(yeah, Android) out-of-the-box. Say what ?!
Here’s the proof :
This guy, wants to sell his DroidPad ( i call dibs on this ! 😛 ) on eBay for 499$ . May be you can get it from him and claim that bounty for running Android on the touchpad. Oh, and another person got hold of a similar DroidPad and has dumped the rom on Rootzwiki.
There are no theories on how this build on Android has landed on the TouchPad, this is no hack or mod. Engadget thinks it may be an internal dev device in Qualcomm. But how the heck did it go on retail ? Apparently it’s the Fire Sale to blame.
Read on to see lots of videos of Android running on Touchpad [Video]
Source eBay , Via Engadget