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Face-off: S Voice vs Google Voice Search (Video)

by: Bams SadewoJuly 6, 2012

A little bit of sibling rivalry is never a bad thing if it fosters innovation and improvement.

What we have here is a video posted by Android Authority’s Clayton Ljungberg , who put to the test two high-profile voice assistants — Samsung’s S Voice on the Galaxy S3 and Google Voice Search on the Galaxy Nexus (running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean). Let’s see how the two performed when subjected to your typical daily grind.

Summoning the applications on the two phones can be done easily, thanks to the adequate shortcuts provided to start speaking and demand results. So both passed with flying [...]

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New Sony Xperia LT30 spotted, to come with metallic body and a 4.6-inch HD display

by: Bams SadewoJuly 6, 2012

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Sony’s Xperia-churning machinery has been working non-stop in 2012, as it can’t seem to pass a week without reading about yet another Xperia phone. If it’s anything as good as the leaked specs below, we don’t mind at all.

The latest Sony phone to be unveiled by Bluetooth SIG is one that carries the model number LT30, also codenamed as Mint.

Sony LT30 shares some similarity with the LT29i, otherwise known as the Hayabusa or the Sony Xperia GX in Japan. From the SIG website, here’s what the LT30 will bring to the rather full Xperia table:

“Mobile Phone with Bluetooth Technology. This design is part of the premium product line. The main features [...]

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Are we finally going to see an Android-based console?

by: LucianJuly 6, 2012

In many of my past articles about Google TV, I’ve suggested that one of the best ways for Google to make its set top boxes popular is to promote them as some sort of “mini-consoles”, that are powered by the latest and best ARM chips, while costing only $99. Google should not try to compete directly with the PS3 or the Xbox 360, but to “disrupt” the market, by completely changing the rules of the game.

All Google would need to do to make this happen is employ the same strategy they’ve used in the smartphone market, which enabled Android to beat the iPhone in market share. Simply get all TV and set top box makers to put the Google TV [...]

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OTA update to international Galaxy S3 brings improved stability and some minor features

by: AdrianJuly 6, 2012

Although we haven’t heard many complaints about the Galaxy S3’s software, or any kind of bugs or glitches, Sammy seems to be pulling all stops to ensure that the users of the super phone are happy with its performance and stability.

Less than a month after rolling out the first couple of OTA updates and just a week after issuing a software upgrade specifically for Sprint’s version of the S3, Samsung is pushing out a new update with the usually ambiguous changelog. The fresh software package, reported to weigh in at around 72 MB, is said to “improve stability”, just like the first updates from June.

However, this particular software package does come with a [...]

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“Find and Call” spamming app discovered on Android and iOS

by: AdrianJuly 6, 2012

Android’s security issues are well-known, documented and much debated, but even with the introduction of a new “Bouncer” system, the number of malicious apps in Google Play doesn’t seem to be dropping.

The latest malware app to be discovered is called (or rather was called) “Find and Call” and has already been removed from Google Play. What’s interesting is that the spam-sending app managed to make its way to iOS as well, a platform that has been praised as much more secure than Android.

In fact, the discovery of “Find and Call” in Apple’s App Store can be called iOS’ biggest security vulnerability ever, questioning what many thought to be the best designed and [...]

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Samsung to debut Galaxy Note 2 at IFA in August, with Jelly Bean and 13MP camera on board

by: Bams SadewoJuly 6, 2012

After being shrouded in mystery for so long, it seems we are nearing the official announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Korean news agency MK has reported that Samsung is going to debut the Galaxy Note 2 at the upcoming IFA 2012 in Berlin, a consumer electronics show that will be held late next month.

A source close to the development team has confirmed that the sequel to the multi-million selling Galaxy Note will indeed come with a 5.5-inch display, as reported a while back. And we hope you’re sitting down, because there are more juicy details on the Galaxy Note 2 below.

The Galaxy Note 2 is likely to come with the same quad-core processor found on the [...]

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HTC’s profits drop in half in the second quarter, Customs ban and weak sales blamed

by: LucianJuly 6, 2012

HTC warned a few weeks ago that its Q2 earnings will not be that great, and it looks like they were right. HTC’s profit dropped by 57.8% in the last quarter, compared to a year ago. This means that more than half of their profit has evaporated, leaving the Taiwanese with only $250 million in profit for this quarter. In the meantime, Samsung achieved an amazing $5.9 billion in profit for their phone division, thanks mainly to the launch of the Galaxy S3, which increased their profits by 79%.

So why was Samsung so successful and why was HTC’s evolution so lackluster in the past quarter? HTC blames customs issues, referring to the injunction that the ITC [...]

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Camera launcher app for Google Nexus 7 released on Play Store

by: Bams SadewoJuly 6, 2012

For a $199.99 tablet, Google and Asus have packed the Nexus 7 with a chock-full of features that you wouldn’t normally expect to see at such price point, especially on a device that’s released by major brands. One of the things that is lacking on the tablet, which shouldn’t be missed too much by many, is a camera on the back, though the Nexus 7 does come with a front camera for video chatting.

The lucky few who got their hands on a Nexus 7 before its official outing, however, found out that the tablet doesn’t come with a camera launcher. Luckily, MoDaCo’s Paul O’Brien has come to the rescue by releasing a camera launcher app for the Nexus 7, which allows users to [...]

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Could Google’s Nexus 7 Tablet start shipping next week?

by: AdrianJuly 6, 2012

Although Google put the Nexus 7 Tablet up for pre-order both in the US and the UK just hours after officially unveiling it, few of us actually hoped to get the tab before the end of the month. However, it now seems likely that we’ll see the 7-incher start shipping next week, based on a couple of hints picked up by the guys at Phandroid.

First off, you can see on Staples’ official website a very intriguing announcement saying that the tablet “will ship between July 12th and July 17th” and that “expected delivery is 1-3 business days, arriving no earlier than July 13th 2011”.

Ignoring that spelling error which takes us back in time one year, we have no reason to [...]

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Qualcomm to increase supply of 28nm chips with help from UMC and Samsung

by: LucianJuly 6, 2012

By now, we all know that Qualcomm has trouble satisfying the high demand for its S4 processors, which come integrated with LTE. The Snapdragon S4 is the only chip with this feature, so most manufacturers that want to launch their phones in the USA right now have no choice but to go with Qualcomm. That includes even Samsung and their Galaxy S3 phone, although Samsung makes its own chips usually.

Qualcomm doesn’t want to leave so much money on the table, knowing that the longer the chip demand is higher than the supply, the more (potential) revenue they stand to lose. We’ve heard persistent rumors that Qualcomm is looking to diversify its manufacturing [...]

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