Christine Torralba(339 posts)

Christine Torralba has been a freelance writer for the past couple of years. While most of her work has been ghostwritten, she has also contributed articles to magazines such as SPARK, Monday, Vault and Epic. In her spare time, she cooks, takes photos of food, and manages to write about it on her food blog.

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Waterproof: The Future of Android

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 17, 2012

Here’s one thing we realized: during CES 2012, there were a lot of waterproof devices unveiled. One of the waterproof devices we found was the Fujitsu smartphone and tablet. But apart from that, HzO is a new company hoping to tap onto the smartphone and tablet market. During the event, Hzo demonstrated their superhydrophobic waterproof coating designed specifically for phones from their technology called HzO Waterblock. Currently, HzO is in talks with Apple to come up with a waterproof iPhone 5. But as for the Android arena, HzO is still unsure who will end up getting a license for the technology.

‘We expect Hzo to be in next season’s phones.’ HzO said.

Samsung [...]

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Android Quad-Core Smartphones!

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 17, 2012

If you’ve been secretly planning to change your smartphone, you may want to wait until February as the new line of quad-core Android superphones are about to take centerstage. Although most were nowhere to be found at CES 2012, rumor has it that they will be making their launch at the Mobile World Conference to be held in Barcelona.

AndroidAuthority has previously talked about upcoming quad-core smartphones but now, we give you a full list (so far) of the devices that are powered by this mega-experience.

HTC Edge

Although silent, HTC has been rumored to have the first ever Android quad-core phone to reach US shores. With the leaked information about the features [...]

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Microsoft May Soon Be Collecting Royalty Fees From Pantech

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 17, 2012

On the topic of patent infringement cases, the latest to enter the news is the issue between Microsoft and South Korea’s third largest handset manufacturer, Pantech. According to an earlier report by Yonhap News, camps between the two companies are discussing patent usage issues. However, details have not yet been finalized.

It is highly possible that Pantech will be signing a royalty agreement with Microsoft containing a payment of $5 for every sold Android device. This is the same fee rumored to have been required from other Android OEMs such as Samsung, LG, and HTC.

At CES 2012, Pantech launched their new devices the Pantech Burst 4G LTE smartphone and the [...]

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Verizon Slices $100 From Droid 3 Price With 2 Year Contract

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 17, 2012

If you’ve been planning to get the Motorola Droid 3, now’s the time to do so.

Before Motorola announced the upcoming release of the Droid 4, prices for the Droid 3 were still pretty high coming from a two-year contract with Verizon for $199. But now that Motorola has confirmed the Droid 4 and even launched it at CES 2012 last week,  things are changing real quick.

You can now get the Motorola Droid 3 for $100 cheaper!  Yes, before Verizon discontinues the device, you better get it now at only $99.99 if you’re really interested in its features: 1GHz processor, 4-inch qHD display, 8MP camera, and a 5 row slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

There is still no exact [...]

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Lenovo K800 Spotted at CES 2012

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 17, 2012

With the recently concluded CES 2012 event, we’re still having a pretty good hangover on the products that caught our attention. One of which, is the new Lenovo K800. We particularly liked this device because it was unlike the others who ran on dual or even quad-core processors.

Even though the Lenovo K800 has a single-core chip, it is still the very first Android device to operate using the new Atom Z2460 chip by Intel, clocked at 1.6GHz. Other features of the phone include a 4.5-inch 720p display, 8MP camera with 1080p video recorder, and a front-facing camera. The phone currently runs on Android 2.3 but it may get updated to Ice Cream Sandwich before it launches in [...]

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CES is ‘Irrelevant’

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 17, 2012

So what’s this we hear about the CES becoming an ‘irrelevant’ event? With the recently concluded CES 2012, there were a total of 153,000 attendees who witness over 20,000 new product launches. If this isn’t successful enough, we don’t know what else is anymore.

But regarding who dominated the event last week, the recognition goes, hands down, to Google for their Android. In fact, it has been growing stronger every year at CES. It just goes to show that we believe Rafe Needleman (CNET) was right when he said next year’s event will be populated by Google devices. Considering the fact that there is a daily count of 700,000 Android activations, this is a huge [...]

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Valentine Camera+ App for Love Birds

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 16, 2012

With Valentines Day fast approaching, it is no longer a surprise for love birds to start chirping. As more and more people come up with unique gifts to their loved ones, Android users now have a simpler way to do this. Instead of going all out with flowers and chocolate, Android users can simply use their device and beautify their photos through an app called Valentine Camera+.

With over 20 Valentine themed frames including a rainbow of lights, love hearts, red/purple roses, and love ornaments, users can easily choose the theme they would like to put on their photo. Afterwards, they can easily share these photos with their Facebook, Twitter and email [...]

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Why the Android Market Coming to China is Unlikely

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 16, 2012

Despite a contradicting report made by The Wall Street Journal, a source who’s more familiar with the issue said that the Android Market will not be making its way to China anytime in the near future. It was just last week when The Journal reported that Google had a goal of bringing the Android Market into the country, thus they are pursuing partnerships with the local carriers who would like to offer the app store on their devices. However, an unnamed source mentioned by InsideMobileApps disclosed that ‘such a move is still in the exploratory phase and isn’t as far along as the Journal suggests.’

One of the reasons why this isn’t happening, is because of its own [...]

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus Available at Telus for Less Than $100 With 3 Year Contract

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 16, 2012

Finally, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus with Ice Cream Sandwich is now available with Telus. Comparing to the previous model, the handset has a new look, feel and functionality. Apart from the latest OS, the device is powered by a 1.2GHz dual core processor and a 4.65-inch super AMOLED touchscreen display.

The unit also has new Android widgets, notifications, multitasking and a lock screen option. Plus, Gmail, Google+, and Google Maps are integrated onto the device. Games, websites, apps and contacts can easily be shared by simply accessing the Android Beam.

As for the camera, the Galaxy Nexus has a 5MP full featured camera with automatic focus,zero shutter lag, and a [...]

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Playbase Go Offers Kid-Friendly Tablet at $270

by: Christine TorralbaJanuary 16, 2012

For parents who are looking for a friendly Android tablet for their kids, there is a new entry that they should consider. Karuma’s Playbase Go tablet was created with the learning benefit of kids in mind. As such, it is pre-loaded with several kid-friendly apps, including the highly popular kid-friendly apps by Zoodles.

The Playbase Go tablet has a 7-inch capacitive touch display and is powered by 1.2GHz single-core processor, 1GB RAM, and 8GB internal storage memory. Apart from this, the tablet has a 4-hour battery life, .3MP front facing camera, aluminum backing, protective cover (known as playcover) that comes in color options of pink, blue, yellow, green, or [...]

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