When Google unveiled Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, few would have predicted that one of the first devices to get it would be the Kindle Fire and yet today the Amazon got its own beta port thanks to the always helpful XDA-developers coders.
Despite being only the first beta that we’ve seen, the Kindle Fire Jelly Bean ROM does quite well supporting all of the slate’s hardware, except for the HD codecs decoder for YouTube and Netflix videos. You would also need to use ADB to enable the wireless connectivity, but that’s still a small price to pay for getting to experience Android 4.1 before all those other tablets. Read more »
HTC was among the first Android manufacturers that entered the tablet game, announcing the Flyer back in February 2011. The pen-supporting slate couldn’t quite live up to its high price tag though, and it never really became a best seller. A year and a half later the only other attempt at a tablet by the Taiwanese company was the AT&T-exclusive Jetstream in September and it did even worse, so we suspected HTC might have given up on that market.
Luckily, this isn’t the case as a spokesperson of the company confirmed in front of PC advisor that HTC is working on another tablet. There were no specifics given (understandable, since there’s no official announcement yet), but we know it’s ‘definitely’ coming, which is something. Read more »
Yesterday an interesting project launched on Kickstarter. An Android-based gaming console called Ouya promised to change the gaming world for good. The $99 console aimed to deliver cheap, high quality games to everyone by being completely open to developers, hackers and users.
Yet, what Ouya managed to achieve was probably beyond its creators’ wildest dreams. The developers were hoping to gather $950,000 to begin production, but the Kickstarter project generated a whopping $2 million on the first day alone. Read more »
The indoor maps are one of the coolest features of Google Maps, but the coverage is rather limited for now, meaning you don’t get to use it as often as you might like. It’s good to know though that the developers are working on that and have just announced newly-added map data for 22 new museums and a zoo.
The newly supported venues include the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Cincinnati Museum Center, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History and 17 Smithsonian museums, as well as the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. Read more »
Dropbox has just brough some good news to its Pro customers, doubling the available storage for the Pro 50 and Pro 100 plans. This means that if you subscribe to one of these you will get your 100GB and 200GB of storage, respectively, for the same price as before. Even if you are already a paying Dropbox customer you still get your quota doubled.
And if that still doesn’t seem enough to you, Dropbox announced the launch of a whole new plan offering 500GB of storage. It will set you back $49.99 if you choose the pay monthly option or $499.99 for a whole year if you pay in advance. Read more »
We are all well aware by now that the combination of Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 chipset and LTE network connectivity do not bode well for the battery life of a smartphone. Throw in the Sony Xperia ion’s HD screen in the mix, and its easy to guess that the 1900mAh non-removable battery has a lot to deal with.
As always we took a look at the 3G talk time performance of the Sony Xperia ion first for AT&T. Read more »
Just over 6 months ago we launched the mobile version of our website, hoping to make our articles and database even more accessible to those of you who browse through their smartphones. The feedback we got back there was great and we are pleased to say that it has been pretty smooth sailing ever since.
Virtually all of you opt to stick to the mobile version, when visiting our website from your mobile phone (tablets get the desktop version by default). That alone confirms that our coders and designers did a great job and the mobile GSMArena.com is serving its purpose well.
We also thought that you might be interested (we certainly were) to see what mobile devices are used most frequently for accessing our site. That’s why we turned to Google Analytics, who were kind enough to provide the statistics for us. Read more »
Samsung has just announced an interesting addition to its lineup of point-and-shoot cameras. Called Samsung EX2F, the new digicam features a large (by compact camera standards) 1/1.7″ 12MP sensor and a really bright F/1.4 Schneider-Kreuznach zoom lens.
The Samsung EX2F lens covers the modest zoom range of 24-79mm (in 35mm equivalent), but that’s the price you have to pay for keeping a wide-aperture lens within a reasonable size. But the advantages of having this wide an aperture, makes up for the short focal range by a mile. Even at its maximum telephoto, the lens still offers shooting at the respectable F2.7, which most digicams can hardly match even in the wide end. Read more »
Google revealed the super attractive US pricing of the Google Nexus 7 tablet at yesterday’s keynote speech, but didn’t say anything on the cost of the tablet in the UK. Fortunately, we only got to wait a few hours to find out how expensive the trip across the ocean turned out.
If you live in Britain, you are now able to pre-order an 8GB Google Nexus 7 for £159, while the 16GB version of the slate will set you back £199. This is about 25% more expensive than what US residents will pay for the Nexus 7, but then again that’s how things usually work in this business. Read more »
Microsoft officially pulled the curtain on Windows Phone 8 at yesterday’s Windows Phone Summit and we see promise of exciting times for the industry.
While it’s temptingly easy to pass verdicts before we’ve actually seen any real WP8-rocking hardware, here go a few of my thoughts on the announcements. Read more »
After seeing the Nokia 808 PureView ace our blind test and comfortably beat even a Micro Four Thirds camera, many of you wanted to see how its 41MP sensor does against higher res cameras. We now suggest you take a comfortable seat and get ready to find the answer.
This time we used the full resolution mode on Nokia 808 PureView, which is the only one that shows the true capabilities of the monster sensor. We shot the same image with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, which is our workhorse DSLR, the Olympus E-PL2 large-sensor interchangeable lens camera, which was soundly trashed in the blind test and the Apple iPhone 4S, which should serve as a reference for the improvement the Nokia 808 brings to the smartphone world. Read more »
Apple just announced the market availability of the latest version of their OS X computer platform. OS X Mountain Lion was first unveiled in February and is now about to graduate from beta and is heading towards the Mac App Store, where it will be available in July. Apple’s official repository will exclusively offer the new release so don’t bother looking for it elsewhere.
OS X Mountain Lion brings a number of new features and tweaks, most notably iCloud integration, voice dictation as well as several iPad-inspired extras. The upgrade price is the pretty reasonable $19.99 and the same fee applies for both Lion and Snow Leopard users. Read more »
Sony just unveiled the latest additions to its Android lineup, the rugged Xperia acro S and Xperia go, and we are already treated to a couple of videos, which highlight their strongest selling points.
Naturally the Xperia go promo revolves around its ruggedness as the compact fella has a higher IP rating – 67. The Sony Xperia acro S ad focuses more on the multimedia prowess of the smartphone, but doesn’t forget to remind you that it’s also water-resistant. Read more »
In our review of the HTC Evo 4G LTE, we noted that the Sprint Wireless exclusive smartphone one ups its AT&T relative – the HTC One X, on a couple of instances. The bigger, 2000 mAh battery is one of the Evo features, which is certain to make the owners of its polycarbonate bodied relative jealous.
We already put the HTC One X for AT&T through its paces in our battery test, and came quite impressed with what we saw. Naturally, the expectations towards the Evo ran even higher, given its larger battery. Hit the break to find out how it did. Read more »
As most of you probably know by now, the HTC One X for AT&T packs a different chipset than its NVIDIA Tegra 3 rocking, global sibling. A Qualcomm made, Snapdragon S4 chipset with two CPU cores is the reason for the US available HTC One X’s LTE connectivity.
This means that testing out the battery life of the two HTC One X versions is the perfect showdown of the battery efficiency, which the latest and greatest Qualcomm and NVIDIA chipsets offer. Read on to find out which one came on top. Read more »