Although LG made the Optimus Vu “phablet” available as a Korea-only device back in March, we suspected that things won’t stay the same for a very long time. However, seeing that the 5-incher was nowhere to be found in the US or Europe almost four months after that, we pretty much lost hope for the gadget to ever become globally released.
That’s until we spotted a set of FCC approval documents for a mysteriously codenamed LG VS950 device, which has every chance to be the first US version of the Optimus Vu. How can we tell? Well, it’s pretty easy. Just take the stripped down phone schema that appears in the certification papers and compare it with the Korean Optimus Vu [...]
While Acer and Asus recently came out with a couple of very interesting and powerful 10-inch tablets, namely the Iconia Tab A700 and the Transformer Pad Infinity TF700, and Samsung seems to be getting ever closer to the launch of the much-awaited Galaxy Note 10.1, the Nexus 7’s release seems to be turning the Android tablet supremacy fight into a whole new ballgame altogether.
But it’s not a real ballgame unless the number one team has some competition, and, to be honest, the Iconia Tab A700, Transformer Pad TF700 and even the Galaxy Note 10.1 seem to be clearly overshadowed by the Nexus 7 mostly due to the new 7-incher’s price and “bang for the buck”.
We’re not sure if Samsung is trying to pull a Galaxy S3 on the Galaxy Note 2 – keeping all information about the phablet on a lock down until introduction day – but it sure feels like it. All we got so far of the Galaxy Note 2 are speculations that tech pundits have been throwing about, with Samsung seemingly staying quiet – save for one tweet. Here’s an update on the phablet phenomenon straight from the usual anonymous source.
GSM Arena has gotten in touch with an insider who said that the next-gen phablet will be out in September. This, of course, contradicts earlier reports that hinted of an October [...]
The app store wasn’t Google’s focus until 2011 or so. In the beginning they were focused more on how to get more manufacturers to release more phones with Android, the core features, and overall performance of Android. But not focusing on the app store led to a poor browsing experience, for both users and developers, because their apps were harder to discover.
Google have tried their hand at a few different iterations of the mobile market app, and it looks like they will try again with the release of JellyBean at I/O. Personally, I’ve never been much of a fan of the latest 3.xx iteration of the market, for 2 main reasons.
HTC’s high-end One X has been available for quite some time in Australia, but the mid-range One S and low-end One V are nowhere to be found at any Aussie major carrier right now. However, we knew that it was only a matter of time until Australian tech users will be able to enjoy HTC’s entire One series of smartphones, and now ausdroid.net has gotten an anonymous tip confirming the coming of the S and V.
According to the source, the One S and V will be made available in the near future via Optus, Australia’s second largest mobile carrier right now. Optus is one of the carriers offering the One X on contract with no upfront payment and starting at $44 monthly payments [...]
Pinterest is a fast growing social sharing website that let you “pin” various items you find online and then share them with your friends. A lot of people seem to like this new social network (especially women) and its popularity has been growing quickly lately, mostly through word of mouth.
I believe Google will be very focused on content and services with their upcoming Nexus 7 tablet that they will unveil at Google I/O two days from now. Therefore, it makes sense for Pinterest to have an app ready for the occasion, as this image leak seems to suggest:
People have even suggested that Google should buy Pinterest after Facebook [...]
Samsung doesn’t plan to let anyone get ahead in the mobile industry, so now the Koreans are pushing to be the first ones on the market with a phone that has both a quad-core (Exynos) chip and LTE support. This version of the Galaxy S3 will arrive first in South Korea, and Samsung says it will “include a quad-Core Exynos application processor and an LTE modem chip separately”, which could explain why the version is 0.4 mm thicker than the regular models.
Because the Koreans don’t have yet a SoC that is integrated with an LTE modem, like Qualcomm has done with their Snapdragon S4 chip, Samsung is forced to sell the Galaxy S3 with Qualcomm’s [...]
Motorola has a long and proud history of making feature phones. But now that cheap Android smartphones can replace feature phones that cost down to $80, and even less in the future, there’s little reason for Motorola to stay in the feature phone business. The feature phones segment implies razor thin margins, if they even exist at all, and require manufacturers to push massive volumes just to cover expenses. Therefore, the rumor that Motorola will get out of the feature phone business by the end of the year won’t surprise any market watcher.
Motorola has just been acquired by Google, the maker of Android, so Google will naturally want to [...]
Well, you won’t have to wait much longer, since we’re just two days away from Google I/O, when the tablet will be unveiled together with Android 4.1 Jellybean. You should be able to get your hands on the Nexus 7 tablet from the same day (if you’re going to Google I/O) or a couple of weeks later, in July, when the tablet is set to start selling.
We now know a lot more details about this [...]
Mere days away from the official unveiling of the first Nexus tablet, a collaboration between Google and Asus, we’ve already got the low down on several aspects of the tablet. Granted, the specs haven’t been confirmed, but the 7-inch tablet is expected to be powered by a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor and offered at a very inviting $200 price point.
We’ve reported before how Quanta Computer has been appointed as the exclusive ODM production partner for the Google Nexus tablet. The latest information from DigiTimes provides a glimpse of how successful Google is hoping the slate will be. According to various supply chain sources in Taiwan, as many as three million [...]