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Samsung Galaxy S3 might come standard with wireless charging

by: LucianMarch 19, 2012


The Samsung leaks just won’t stop these days. It seems Samsung may launch the Galaxy S3 with its own proprietary wireless charging station. The smartphone will not even need to touch the charger, as it can charge from a distance of 1-2 meters. That seems pretty futuristic, if you ask me, considering that only a few years ago wireless charging was more of a science lab experiment.

Of course, Samsung wouldn’t be the first to use wireless charging for a phone. The Palm Pre was one of the first to have to boast the wires-free charging technology. But Samsung may have improved the technology, if the information concerning the 1-2 meters charging [...]

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Humble Bundle for Android 2 is now available

by: LucianMarch 19, 2012


It seems that the Humble Bundle for Android 1 did so well, that the team behind it is revving up for a sequel, and this time, with games that are available for Android, as well, all 5 of them. The games are as follows:

Swords & Soldiers Canabalt Zen Bound 2 Cogs Avadon

The way this project works is that you can donate whatever amount you want – the minimum is just $0.01 (don’t be cheap now!). There’s one catch, though. You’ll only get the last 4 games if your amount is lower than the “average” amount, which at the time of this writing is $6.24. If you beat this average you’ll also get Swords & Soldiers, [...]

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Exynos 5 specs show up in leaked slideshow

by: LucianMarch 19, 2012

We’ve known about the Exynos 5250 for a while now, thanks to other rumors. As such, none of the specs leaked from the slideshow captured by SemiAccurate are breaking news, but it’s certainly nice to get confirmation, not just for the Cortex A15 CPU, but also for the Mali T604 MP4 GPU and the LPDDR3 1600 MHz RAM that this chip supports.

The Exynos 5 will have a dual-core 2 Ghz Cortex A15 chip, coupled with the next-gen Mali T604 GPU built on the Midgard GPU architecture, that should be several times more powerful than a Mali-400 (5x according to ARM). It will also have 2.1 Gpixels/s rendering speed and 12.8 GB/s 64 bit memory bandwidth, which should help a [...]

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Survey: 90% of people want their next smartphone to have a larger screen

by: LucianMarch 19, 2012

The manufacturers have been right to push for larger screens, because it seems that’s exactly what people want. Of course, part of this is probably because some people have already bought some large screens, and only then the others noticed how nice the larger screen is, so then they wanted one, too.

This recent survey says that 90% of smartphone owners want their next phone to have a larger screen, that includes iPhone users as well. Either they are going to buy an Android phone next or they are really hoping the next iPhone will have a much larger screen, although I doubt the iPhone will ever be bigger than 4″.

Why are they choosing a larger screen [...]

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Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700 vs Apple iPad (3rd gen) – Battle of the High-Resolution Tablets

by: LucianMarch 19, 2012

The new iPad (3rd generation) has just been launched, and it’s time to look at how competitive it is to one of the most expected upcoming Android tablets – the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700 (Asus product naming is getting a little out of hand here; it shouldn’t take a full sentence to call a product by its name). The Transformer Pad Infinity will also be a high-resolution tablet like the new iPad and it’s worth looking at their specs and their use cases to see how they compare.

Asus Transformer Pad Infinity 700 SpecsProcessor: Tegra 3 (T33), quad core 1.6 Ghz Cortex A9 / dual core 1.5 Ghz S4 for LTE version Display: 10.1″ Super IPS+, [...]
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[Updated] Delay of the S4 production may affect future consumer interest

by: LucianMarch 13, 2012

[Updated with TI’s input on the OMAP 4460]

Nobody seems to have a perfect launch in the chip industry. Sometimes they get it right, sometimes they don’t. Their only consolation is that their competitors can have the same problem. We’ve been upset with Nvidia for delaying, for months at a time, both the Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 chips, but the others have had and have delays, too.

The OMAP 4460 at 1.5 Ghz was supposed to come out last fall, but so far we still haven’t seen it yet, and they’re likely to just skip it and jump straight to the OMAP 4470 for most of their customers, although Archos will probably continue with their delayed plan [...]

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Why the New iPad 3 May Be Slower than iPad 2. Wait, What?

by: LucianMarch 9, 2012

“Quad core tablet”, “four times the graphics performance of Tegra 3”, “the second coming of Jesus Christ – again”, and of course all the usual “amazing, spectacular, magical and all the other attributes we’ve heard before about any new Apple device, appeared once again in the Apple media a couple of days ago. Except many of those are not exactly true – well perhaps the “magical” one is – I mean who can argue with that?

We don’t have any actual benchmarks done by 3rd parties yet, but from what I can tell, the iPad 3 is first of all not a “quad core tablet”. Every single human [...]

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Is Google Working with Asus on the Next-Gen Android 5.0 Transformer?

by: LucianMarch 2, 2012

Asus has just said that its close partnership with Google will lead it to become the first company to come out with “Android 5.0 JellyBean”, most likely with a tablet. In my opinion this makes almost perfect sense, and I’m glad that it’s happening. Why “almost”? Because I’d also want this tablet to have a Cortex A15 chip inside it. But going by the rumors, Samsung might be the only company with a Cortex A15 chip out this year, and certainly the only one by the end of summer, because I believe we’ll see the first Cortex A15 device by then from Samsung.

It’s not impossible for Samsung to license it out, especially if [...]

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PowerAMP, Potentially the Best Music Player for Android, Only $1.99 for 48 hours

by: LucianMarch 2, 2012

I remember when PowerAMP first came out. It was still in the days when most Android apps had a design that looked like it was made for Android 1.5. Then came PowerAMP, which besides being the most advanced music player at the time, was also by far the best looking app in the whole Market. Few other apps or games had that level of polish back then. Since it quickly became popular, I’d like to think that it also inspired better design for other applications later on.

The app has reached over 10 million downloads by now, with close to 150,000 ratings and an excellent 4.5/5.0 rating. Its polished design certainly helped it rise in popularity, but just as important [...]

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Motorola Exec: Motorola Plans for 2012 Will Not Change After Google Acquisition

by: LucianMarch 2, 2012

At MWC, Alain Mutricy, Motorola’s senior vice president of portfolio and product management said that Motorola will not have a shift in strategy once they get acquired by Google:

“I don’t see a very short term, complete change of the product direction,” he said. “I think that we have a business to run, and therefore I think that there is continuity to be expected for 2012.”

Google Wants to Separate Themselves from Motorola

I’m not sure at this point if Google and Motorola are saying this just to avoid criticism from either their partners or the press regarding the fact that they are going to sell hardware themselves [...]

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