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Samsung to Make Super AMOLED Displays Even Stronger Thanks to Lotus Glass

by: LucianFebruary 3, 2012

Samsung was already using Gorilla Glass in their Galaxy S devices to make them more scratch resistant and shatter proof, but they are now signing a partnership with Corning to manufacture the next generation of Gorilla Glass, called Lotus Glass. The Lotus Glass will withstand higher processing temperatures that are needed to manufacture AMOLED displays, so Samsung will benefit not just from being able to brag with a stronger display, but also to more easily and more cheaply manufacturer their panels.

The Lotus Glass will also consume less power and will support higher resolutions. In fact, beyond using them in future Galaxy S devices,  Samsung will also use the Lotus [...]

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Galaxy S 3 to Be Waterproofed by Liquipel?

by: LucianFebruary 3, 2012

Liquipel is a company that can completely waterproof your phone for about $60 with a nano-coating that is completely transparent so you won’t even notice it with the naked eye. If this rumor is true, then Galaxy S 3 may come waterproofed by Liquipel. The rumor comes from an independent UK retailer and is said to be reliable. The source also says the insurance coverage will likely be altered account for the device’s new protection against water spilling and such.

So how believable is this rumor? I think the rumor is believable because it would give Samsung a nice way to differentiate from the competition and it would make for a great bullet point in their [...]

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Comscore: Android Continues to Lead in US by a Large Margin And Is Still the Fastest Growing OS

by: LucianFebruary 2, 2012

Market research reports appear all too often, but some of them seem very different or contracting. It’s important you know what type of market share the new chart represents and what the numbers show. Some of them show market share based on last quarter alone, which is all about *new* sales market share. Others, like this one here, show how many subscribers in *total* the main platforms have, while others are simply being misleading by combining data that doesn’t make sense.

Also, some  are for US while others are for global market share, so that’s always good to recognize, too, because the US and global market shares are not always very similar, [...]

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Is The Asus TF300 a Next-Gen Transformer?

by: LucianFebruary 2, 2012

The Transformer Prime was launched about 6 weeks ago, and a couple of weeks after that we already found out about the Transformer Prime TF700, which is pretty much the same but with a 1920×1200 display instead, and $100 more expensive. And now we also get this leak about another Transformer Prime device, called TF300. So what’s going on here? Is this another slightly upgraded Transformer, or a next-gen one? And what is Asus thinking anyway?

First of all, I do think Asus is starting to use the same strategy that plagues many phone manufacturers today by releasing a new model every other month, but the truth is Asus is not new at this. As a PC manufacturer, [...]

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Qualcomm Brings Us Closer to a Future of All-IP Communications

by: LucianFebruary 2, 2012

VoLTE or Voice over LTE is something Verizon has been trying to implement in their LTE network for a while now. They realize that the future is all about using voice over the data pipeline, and they want to be the first in the US to do it. But to do that they need chips that are able to achieve that in a very efficient way, and Qualcomm is the first to make that happen. Many might not realize this, but Qualcomm used to be a company that was a lot more known for their telecommunications business than for their ARM business.

So how will this work? Before we get to that future of All-IP communications, where everything happens over the Internet, we’ll need a [...]

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AT&T Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S Are Now Able to Install Google Wallet

by: LucianFebruary 2, 2012

Well, isn’t this a surprise? It looks like one of the main backers of Isis, the carrier owned mobile payment service, is finally allowing Google Wallet on its NFC phones. The truth is this shouldn’t have been a surprise in the first place. Google Wallet should’ve been allowed from the beginning, otherwise this is a dangerous precedent for carriers if they get to “vet” what kind of applications are allowed on the market. It’s especially more dangerous if those apps are supposed to compete with one of their own services.

I think NFC is a revolutionary technology, and if the whole mobile ecosystem (OS makers, manufacturers, carriers), [...]

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Here Comes Galaxy S 2 Plus?

by: LucianFebruary 2, 2012

There are 2 more weeks to go until MWC, and we already have a leak for what looks like will be a Galaxy S 2 Plus phone that will be unveiled by Samsung there. Some believe this is not the Galaxy S 2 Plus because it doesn’t fit some benchmarks, but unless the picture is fake, this looks exactly like a Galaxy S 2 Plus would look like.

This trend for Samsung worries me a bit. They are messing with a good thing, which was releasing one great phone every year, and are starting to offer a new model every few months with a few improvements. This can only mean that once the Galaxy S 3 is unveiled just a few months from now, it might not look as spectacular, specifically [...]

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Google Reveals Bouncer and Says Malware Reports Have Dropped by 40% in 2011

by: LucianFebruary 2, 2012

Google has just revealed a new security system for the Android Market called Bouncer. They made this last year, and it’s been already running for a number of months, making sure that there are no malware infested applications in the Android Market. Here’s how Bouncer actually works:

The service performs a set of analyses on new applications, applications already in Android Market, and developer accounts. Here’s how it works: once an application is uploaded, the service immediately starts analyzing it for known malware, spyware and trojans. It also looks for behaviors that indicate an application might be misbehaving, and compares it against previously [...]

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Is Google Docs Finally Good Enough for Tablets?

by: LucianFebruary 2, 2012

People have asked for an Android version of Google Docs for a long time, but when they did get it, it wasn’t exactly what they were expecting. The Android version of Google Docs worked only online, and editing was pretty much unusable. It seems that Google is (slowly) responding to user feedback for Google Docs, and they’ve just added an Offline Mode to it, which means that you can continue your work when you don’t have an Internet connection, and it will simply sync everything when you get online. They’ve also improved the tablet experience, and added support for watching the documents in high resolution.

The question remains – is it good [...]

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Whitepaper Gives Spec Details for Sony Xperia S

by: LucianFebruary 1, 2012

The Sony Xperia S is due for launch in early March, and it looks like Sony is getting ever closer to their best competition in terms of hardware, design and software. They are not quite there yet, and I expect them to be about 6 months behind in most specs by the time of launch compared to the competition, but the Xperia S may be the first phone that really feels like it’s worth getting from Sony in 2012.

UK retail store Clove released the whitepaper that gives us all the details we need to know about this upcoming Sony device:

Operating system: Google™ Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread) Processor: 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8260 Dual Core GPU: Adreno 220 Size: 128 x 64 [...]

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