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Google ICS List - Ice Cream Sandwich Compatibility, Part 2!

clock March 6, 2012 00:03 by author Jeremy

For those savvy in the ways of the smartphone, an upgrade to Google's Ice Cream Sandwich OS (4.0) is like an early Christmas treat (pun intended). We previously posted a list of phones that would get the new operating system; since then, Verizon and Motorola have updated the list on their end, and we figured you might want to know. Check out the bolded items for the latest additions.

 

 

Samsung
Phones:

  • Galaxy S II
  • Galaxy Note
  • Nexus S

Tablets:

  • Galaxy Tab 7 Plus
  • Galaxy Tab 7.7
  • Galaxy Tab 8.9
  • Galaxy Tab 10.1

 

HTC
Phones:

  • Amaze 4G
  • DROID Incredible 2
  • Evo 3D
  • Evo Design 4G
  • Rezound
  • Rhyme
  • Sensation
  • Sensation XL
  • Sensation XE
  • ThunderBolt
  • Vivid

 

Motorola
Phones:

  • Admiral
  • Atrix 2
  • Atrix 4G MB860
  • DROID 3
  • DROID 4
  • DROID BIONIC
  • DROID RAZR
  • DROID RAZR MAXX
  • DROID X2
  • Electrify
  • MOTOLUXE / XT615 / XT685 (Asia Pacific/China)
  • MILESTONE X2
  • MT870 (China)
  • MT917 (China)
  • Photon 4G
  • Pro+
  • RAZR
  • XT605 (Latin America)
  • XT882 (China)
  • XT928 (China)

Tablets:

  • Xoom
  • Xoom 2
  • DROID XYBOARD 8.2
  • DROID XYBOARD 10.1

 

Sony Ericsson
Phones:

  • Xperia Active
  • Xperia Arc
  • Xperia Arc S
  • Xperia PLAY
  • Xperia Neo
  • Xperia Neo V
  • Xperia Mini
  • Xperia Mini Pro
  • Xperia Pro
  • Xperia Ray
  • Live with Walkman

 

LG
Phones:

  • Optimus 2X
  • Optimus 3D
  • Optimus Black
  • Spectrum

 

Asus
Phones:

  • Asus Padfone

Tablets:

  • Eee Pad Transformer
  • Transformer Prime

 

Other
Phones:

  • Meizu M9
  • Meixu MX


The Smartphones of Mobile World Congress 2012

clock March 2, 2012 00:24 by author Jeremy

It's that time of the year again when phone-enthusiasts get excited. Mobile World Congress is where the smartphone manufacturers of the world gather to show off their latest specs and shiny pieces of work. While many of these aren't quite released yet, just knowing that they're around the corner is enough to make one giddy. Engadget has put up a list of some of the best phones with their respective innards from MWC this year.


HTC One X
Processor: Quad-Core 1.5GHz (or Dual-Core 1.5GHz w/ AT&T)
Memory: 32GB internal
Primary Camera: f/2.0 8MP
Screen: 4.7-inch 720p Super LCD Display
OS: Android Ice Cream Sandwich w/ Sense 4.0 

HTC One S
Processor: Dual-Core 1.5GHz
Memory: 16GB internal
Primary Camera: 8 MP
Screen: 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED Display 

Nokia PureView 808
Processor: 1.3GHz CPU
Primary Camera: 41MP camera (!!!)
Screen: 4-inch 640x360 ClearBlack AMOLED Display
OS: Symbian Belle
Extra: Has quadband GSM and pentaband 3G connectivity

Huawei Ascend D Quad
Processor: Quad-Core 1.5GHz
Primary Camera: 8MP camera
Screen: 4.5-inch 720p IPS Display
OS: Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Extra: quadband GSM, pentaband WCDMA 

LG Optimus Vu
Processor: Dual-Core 1.5GHz
Primary Camera: 8MP
Screen: 5-inch IPS Display w/ 4:3 aspect ratio
Extra: 2080mAh battery; 8.5mm thin; optional stylus input 

ASUS Padfone (Tablet counterpart also in picture)
Processor: Dual-Core 1.5GHz
Memory: 16GB-64GB internal storage
Screen: 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD Display
Extra: designed to attach to counterpart 10-inch tablet, transitioning what you're doing from one device to the other

Acer CloudMobile
Processor: Dual-Core 1.5GHz
Primary Camera: 8MP (rumored to feature zero shutter lag with continuous shooting)
Screen: 4.3-inch 720p Display

LG Optimus 4X HD
Processor: Quad-Core 1.5GHz
Primary Camera: 8MP
Screen: 4.7-inch 720p IPS Display 

Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G
Processor: Dual-Core 1.5GHz
Primary Camera: 5MP
Screen: 4-inch Super AMOLED Display
Extra: Supports T-Mobile's 42Mbps HSPA+ network 



CES 2012 - Show Overview with Pictures - Part 2

clock January 13, 2012 23:36 by author Jeremy

Our eBatts.com staff have taken more snapshots at CES! Check out the nifty new gadgets and tech-toys that we've uncovered with our second batch of pictures!

LG's 3D OLED 55" TV

KICKER iPhone Docks

Nixon Headphones

 

PS3 3D TV

Samsung's booth

Nokia Lumia - being twisted!

 

And last but not least...!!!

...a boat. Thanks, Vegas.



Google I/O 2011

clock May 11, 2011 01:11 by author Jeremy

Google's I/O event was held today, impressing the world with the fresh updates and new implementations they've got up their sleeves.

To start off, Google announced that Android 3.1 would be released to Verizon Xoom customers starting today. The update will include customizable widgets, and will allow users to have their device act as a "host" for other devices: for example, connecting a digital camera to your tablet will allow you to import all of your photos, while connecting USB devices like an XBox 360 controller will let you play specific games using the remote. By summer, Android 3.1 will be getting another update to include Google TV, which will have its own section in the Android Market as well.

Speaking of new Android versions, Google's released the official name (but not software number) of their next OS: Ice Cream Sandwich (seen above). They're hoping that this will be the universal OS applied to all devices, including your phone and tablet. While not officially stated, general word amongst fan-droids is that this should help battle fragmentation.

Also new to Android versions: Google has struck a deal with a large list of carriers and OEM's to make sure that all phones released will receive updates for a minimum period of 18 months. While this doesn't explain how often the updates will occur, it's still a start in the right direction. One of Apple's main strengths over Android phones was their stability brought through regular updates; meanwhile, Android owners struggle to get minor fixes corrected within just a few months. See the picture below for just a few of the major OEMs and carriers involved.

Google's also announced two new software services (though this first one was pretty much all but "officially" confirmed): Music Beta and instant movie streaming. Music beta will hold up to 20,000 songs in the cloud and is free (for now - very important note there). Like iTunes and many other media players, you can create playlists, see lists of recently played and play counts, and even offers "Instant Mix" (like iTunes' Genius). Also, once playlists are made, they'll be available on each Android device you own - no need for wires anymore).

Instant movie streaming will have varied pricing, starting at $1.99 for regular movies and $4.99 for HD selections. Upon renting a movie, you have 30 days to start it; once started, you have 24 hours to finish. The real question is how this will play out against other major movie streaming cmopanies such as Netflix.

Music Beta is available now for everyone to tinker with (remember, it's only free while in Beta). The movie streaming app will come with the Honeycomb 3.1 update and will hit phones "in a few weeks" (2.2 and above required, though).

The last two announcements really drove Google's point home - quite literally, too. Android at Home is one of them, which will allow your Android devices to control large appliances and devices throughout the house. This includes dishwashers, thermostats, even lamps. Google realizes that these machines won't have wifi or USB docks, so they're accepting developers to come work with them to make this a relaity. They've already started working on a few examples, such as controlling lights with your tablet.

The other announcement is one welcoming everyone to test and create for ADK, Google's new hardware design. It currently incorporates USB integration, but hopefully will include Bluetooth later. With the ADK, users will be able to control any number of products with their Android devices, assuming it gets a big enough kick-start from hardware designers and developers. At I/O, Google's example was a wooden labyrinth which was controlled by a Xoom via USB.

All in all, lots of exciting things at I/O today. Probably the most famous of these was the promised updates to phones from carriers/OEMs. We've still yet to hear what software number Ice Cream Sandwich OS will be, but we're sure it'll come out in due time. For now, we have Music Beta, instant movie streaming, and soon Google TV to hold us off.

Source/Pictures: engadget.com



LG "PenTouch" TV at CES 2011

clock January 7, 2011 20:14 by author Jeremy

It really brightens up your day when you have a piece of news about something that could bring "futuristic life" that you see in movies, closer to a reality. That particular piece of news for this morning coming from the 2011 CES show was the PenTouch TV.

Now, this isn't the first time that LG has introduced a television with touch-capability. And more than likely, we'll see businesses use this equipment before it hits the regular market. And unfortunately, there isn't much to go on besides the fact that it's made by LG: how useful the touch-pen will be, whether that affects what you're watching, and if this product is actually in the works...who knows. What we *do* know, is that John Madden impersonations around the world just got a bit more real.

"Here you see the PenTouch, and you use this pen to touch the tv and leave marks, and thats why it's called the PenTouch. And if the buttons start beeping, just knock over the pinata." Oh, Madden, how I love the things you say.

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