The Google employee Manu Cornet confirmed the name of the next Android (5.0) version – Key Lime Pie. He did this in a pretty funny way – drawing a comic showing the evolution of Android.
As you can see the last Android mascot in the picture holds Key Lime Pie. Read more »
Samsung has made a couple of attempts to integrate a pico projector into a phone, but if you those are not to your liking, the company has started making a separate projector accessory too. The Mobile Beam Projector is about the same size as a Galaxy S III and can be hooked up to a smartphone, laptop, media player – anything with MHL or HDMI out really.
The projector measures 116 x 60.4 x 12.2mm and weighs 108g, making it reasonably pocketable. It projects an image with nHD (640 x 360) resolution at up to 20 lumen brightness (15 lumen in normal operation). That’s comparable to what the Galaxy Beam has. Read more »
SMS messages turn 20 years old today and while the cell network technologies have changed, the usefulness of those 160 character texts hasn’t diminished. If anything it has increased – there are 8 trillion (yes, with a t) texts being sent each year.
Twenty years ago on this date, the first SMS message was sent – the message read ‘Merry Christmas’, typed on a computer by Neil Papworth and sent over the Vodafone network to one of its employees, Richard Jarvis, who received it on an Orbitel 901 phone. Read more »
Nokia made a pretty big deal of the stabilization feature of its Lumia 920 flagship smartphone. The handset comes with the Floating lens technology, which is real optical image stabilization, as opposed to the digital solution of its competitors.
Naturally, we were very curious to find out how big a difference the new technology makes, so we decided to pin the Nokia Lumia 920 against the Apple iPhone 5 (which has the most efficient digital video stabilization we have seen so far). Read more »
The first time I experienced a pair of V-Moda headphones was back in 2008 when I enjoyed my time with a pair of the company’s earbuds. At the time, V-Moda headphones were already well known for their blend of premium quality and sound despite the company’s young age.
This time around, I got a chance to spend some quality time with a pair of the V-Moda Crossfade M-80 on-ear headphones. Priced in the $200 range, V-Moda’s premium offering aims to sway potential users away from the well-established Beats Audio Solo, and therefore enough to get me curious. Read more »
Predators is a hack and slash action game based on the movie that came out back in 2010. It’s not a particularly new game, though, because the iOS version came out back in 2010 along with the movie.
As it often happens in the mobile world, the Android version is late, more than two years late this time. Still, it’s finally here and since the iOS version of the game was well received back when it came out we decided to take the Android version for a spin and see how it fares. Read more »
ASUS has unveiled a new docking station for the Nexus 7 on their Japanese website and is expected to go on sale some time this month for 3,480 yen ($42).
The docking station uses the golden connectors on the side of the Nexus 7 to interface with it. It has a microUSB port on the back along with a 3.5mm audio jack, which lets you charge or connect the Nexus 7 to a computer as well as output audio from it. Read more »
The Kickstarter funded Android-based game console OUYA has gone from being just an idea to an actual product in the past few months. Now the creators of this console are ready to start shipping out the developer consoles to those who backed the Kickstarter project.
The first OUYA units will start shipping on December 28 and will reach in the next couple of days. These will be running an early version of the hardware and software and are meant for developers to create their games for OUYA. Read more »
It’s that great time of the year for the Angry Birds fans again. Rovio has just released the annual winter update to the Angry Birst Seasons game with 25 themed levels one for each day until Christmas.
The update also brings 3 secret and one bonus levels as usual. Read more »
Facebook Photo Sync feature is now available to the Android and iOS client apps. If you used them just recently you should have already got a notification about the new extra.
It does exactly what the name suggests – automatically uploads your captured photos to a private album on Facebook. You can share them with your friends later if you want. Read more »
The 3100mAh battery unit of the Samsung Galaxy Note II already propelled it to an impressive endurance rating in our battery test. I do however, reckon that there might be some users out there who would appreciate some extra juice at their disposal – just in case they need to jump start their car in a cold winter morning. Mugen Power’s humongous 6400mAh battery is aiming at those Galaxy Note II owners.
The laptop worthy battery unit is scheduled to ship on December 21, priced at a hair less than $100. Read more »
Nokia’s Scalado acquisition continues to pay off as the company just announced the PhotoBeamer app. The software is exclusive app to the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 and allows you to stream photos quite easily.
You can stream your gallery to any device with a web browser and internet connection. What you need to do is open the PhotoBeamer website on the target device, scan a QR code with your phone’s PhotoBeamer app and your gallery will be shared immediately. Read more »
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is coming on December 6 and to remind fellow gamers and fans of the series, Rockstar has released a new trailer for the title.
The trailer is full of nostalgic moments of the highly addictive PC game from 10 years ago and reminds us of the action packed missions that we are about to re-experience in a week. Read more »
Everyone is talking about how fast the 4G LTE data speeds are but most people seem to have forgotten that 4G was supposed to bring a new VoIP-based calling to replace the old circuit-switched 2G and 3G systems. So, why isn’t Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) here yet? The answer seems to be battery life.
In the US, one carrier does support VoLTE and Spirent-Metrico ran tests comparing it to good ol’ CDMA. Read more »
Samsung previous released a couple of flip covers for the Galaxy Note II and the S III, where you had to replace the back cover with the case that also acted as a back cover and had a flap to protect the display. The problem with them was that the back cover was the same glossy material as the standard cover and was just as easy to scratch.
Enter these new protective flip covers. Available for both the Note II and the S III, these new covers feature a soft touch material for both the front as well as the back so you don’t have to worry about scratches any more. These new flip covers are available in multiple color options and Samsung will even give you a discount if you buy them in bulk. Read more »