Thanks to a leak from The Verge, Microsoft staff are said to be testing early versions of Windows Phone 8 running on a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, or the MSM8960. "At least one" phone would have the combination sometime later in the year.
Sprint was also said to be interested enough in Windows Phone 8 that it was courting Nokia about the prospects of an LTE-based Windows Phone 8-powered device. Sprint has skipped most newer Windows Phones since the HTC Arrive last year, and might not want to go back without there being an LTE-powered device to keep them competitive.
Microsoft's jumped into a minimum of a dual-core processor should help them along, but Microsoft have always used Snapdragon-based processors in their Windows Phone chassis spec, so this shouldn't change.
The National Security Agency (NSA) have developed an ultra-secure Android phone built using off-the-shelf parts which will allow the US government to discuss "top secret" materials. 100 of the Fishbowl phones were developed, and released, to government staff.
The new NSA Android-based phones are built by the NSA's 40-year-old Information Assurance Directorate, who are responsible for providing secure communications to the US government, including the Department of Defence. The division's head, Margaret Salter, has said that anyone could reproduce the phone using specifications posted online, because it uses off-the-shelf components.
The plan was to buy commercial components, layer them together and get a secure solution. It uses solely commercial infrastructure to protect classified data.
Salter adds that she would previously "speak in code" if she was using a commercial mobile device, when she was discussing classified information. Users can install defence applications on the device from an enterprise app store which is run by the US Defence Information Systems Agency. This ensures that only secure applications were installed, and remove the need for NSA staff to worry about the integrity of third-party applications.
Yet another RumorTT on Apple, but today we're talking about the long-time rumored mini iPad, where according to DigiTimes' supplier sources, have sample units in the wild. Production is said to be some time away, and won't start until summer "at the earliest".
If the mini iPad does get released, we should be looking at it hitting head-to-head with Amazon's much better priced Kindle Fire, so around the $249 to $299 mark. Apple is right now, the only company that can compete with Amazon's Kindle Fire, or Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet.
Steve Jobs famously dismissed the idea of a smaller iPad, due to the number of interface elements that they would have to sacrifice to make it happen. But the market is changing, and unfortunately, Steve is gone. A 7.85-inch iPad would sell well in my opinion, just by price alone.
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Talk is circling that HTC could make the Nexus handset, with HTC's Jeff Gordon telling Tech Rader that Google "hasn't chosen its Nexus partner", but he also notced that "all the manufacturers are crossing their fingers".
These comments are being taken as acknowledgement that HTC are included in the group of companies hoping to score the Nexus-making deal. HTC did play a huge role when Android first hit the market with the G1, and built the first Nexus-branded device, the Nexus One, which shipped in early 2010.
Google's Nexus branding is considered the pinnacle of what Google expects from the Android experience. The latest Nexus-branded product, Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, is still considered a niche product, but it does represent one of the most advanced, refined Android-based devices on the market.
Corning are famous for their scratch-defying Gorilla Glass technology, with the announcement from Corning at CES that Gorilla Glass 2 had shipped to device makers, where consumers should be able to purchase products with Gorilla Glass 2 in Spring.
The new damage-resistant glass is said to be not only slimmer than its predecessor, but it will offer brighter images, and have greater touch sensitivity. Various companies have confirmed their tablets will sport Gorilla Glass 2 at Mobile World Congress this week, including ASUS and Acer.
ASUS are one of the companies truly dedicated to Gorilla Glass 2 for its new tablets unveiled at MWC, including the just-announced Infinity, and Transformer Pad 300. I'm looking forward to seeing products roll out with Gorilla Glass 2.
After a rumored March 7th announcement, it has finally been confirmed: Apple have finally begun to rollout invitations to relevant media outfits (except me, boo) in preparation for a media event on March 7, in San Francisco. The media event is all about the new iPad. Where in San Francisco exactly? Well, it's at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
After years of Samsung-produced screens, Apple have finally changed hands and shifted to Sharp for the production of the iPad's Retina Display. With the new high-res display, we should expect a much better camera on the iPad, considering how (in my opinion) poor the iPad 2's snapper was. We should expect a minimum of 5- but I'm guessing more along the lines of an 8-megapixel camera on the iPad 3.
Yes, that's 41, forty-one, four-plus-one (and not NVIDIA's Tegra 3 SoC 4-PLUS-1). Nokia have announced the Nokia 808 PureView, a new smartphone which features a 41-megapixel camera, capable of 7152x5368-pixel shots.
Spec-wise, it's not that great in the other areas: a 4.0-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 360x640, a 1.3GHz single-core ARM 11 chip, 512MB RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSD upgradeable, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and weighs in at just 169g.
Surprisingly, it does not feature Windows Phone 7 as its OS. Considering Nokia more-or-less went "all-in" with Microsoft and Windows Phone, it's a huge surprise. The OS featured? Nokia's Bell OS.
Samsung's Galaxy S III has been long-rumored, the phone to get this year. BGR have come out and reported some exclusive details on Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S III, and wow, wow, WOW. Samsung's flagship Android-based phone is really set to kick some serious ass in the specs department.
We should expect the Galaxy S III to sport a 1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor, a 4.8-inch 1920x1080p Full-HD display with a 16:9 aspect ratio, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and 2-megapixel front-facing camera, a ceramic case, 4G LTE and lastly, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Holy heck is that a gem of a phone. If that's what we receive, it'll be a day-one purchase upgrade from me over my already-fantastic Galaxy S II. We should expect more details on this superphone over the coming weeks and months, but other than that, there's nothing more to report. I will note that the screenshot above is a mock-up from BGR, and if that's what we get, it'll look impressive. Edge-to-edge screen? Tasty.
ASUS rebrands its tablets 'Transformer Pads', announces high-end Infinity Series, sports either Tegra 3 of Snapdragon's S4 chip
ASUS have just one-two punched the world and renamed their Transformer series of tablets the 'Transformer Pads', on top of this, they've announced the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity tablet. What does the Infinity have, that the other Transformer tablets are jealous of?
Well, it sports a 10.1-inch 1920x1200 Super IPS+ display, 600 nits out door readable, scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 2 display, Android 4.0 ICS, either Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 dual-core chip, or NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core SoC, 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, up to 10 hours of battery life, and up to 16 hours when docked, just 586g in weight, Wi-Fi, 32/64GB of storage (Wi-Fi only), with the 3G/LTE version sporting 16, 32 and 64GB variants.
ASUS have a few tablets in the wild now, the original Eee Pad Transformer, the Transformer Prime (TF201), Transformer Prime (TF700T) and now the Transformer Pad 300. That's alot of transforming, and a lot of tablet hotness right there.
Transformer Pad 300 is ASUS' new foray into the tablet market with a new name for their Transformer range of tablets. Transformer Pad 300 sports a 10-inch IPS (not Super IPS+) display, 16GB of storage, Tegra 3, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.0 ICS, 1280x800-pixel display, dual 8- and 2-megapixel cameras. Some models will sport LTE radio, some won't. Transformer Pad 300, if you didn't know any better, was the original Transformer Prime.
But ASUS have cut away the Super IPS+ display, and the higher 32 and 64GB models. ASUS seem to be going crazy with their tablets, which I can't figure out is a good thing, or a bad thing.
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ASUS have unveiled their superhero-like Padfone at Mobile World Congress, and what a phone it is. ASUS' Padfone sports a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD display, Snapdragon's new dual-core S4 processor, an Adreno 225 GPU, Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich, an 8-megapixel rear-facing with an LED flash and f/2.2, autofocusing lens.
This is all backed up with between 16 and 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded through microSD cards, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, GPS, A-GPS, a gyroscope, 1,520mAh battery and a compass. Connectivity-wise we're looking at WCDMA (900, 2100MHz), EDGE/GPRS/GSM (850, 1800 and 1900MHz) and HSPA+, with theoretical download speeds of 42Mbps.
This all slides into a beautiful 9.2mm frame, and that's not all. Apart from a set of steak knives, it does everything, including the near-exclusive way of sliding into a tablet-like device. This will let you use the device like a 10.1-inch tablet, and also extends the battery by, oh, just 9-fold. Yes, 9-fold. ASUS will also be selling a keyboard dock, so you can slide that 10-inch phone-tablet into an actual physical keyboard. In the shot above, you can also see a stylus. Say what!
ASUS, hey, you know, slow down. You release your first phone and you just throw everything but the kitchen sink in. Kinda cool, and I love it.
The smartphone industry is one of the toughest to stand out in, and HTC hope to stand proud with their latest and greatest handset, One. HTC CEO Peter Chou, said in an event in Barcelona:
You want a phone that is sleek and eyecatching, so that when you pull it out, your friends go, 'Wow, what is that?' Today, I am proud to introduce just such a phone - the HTC One.
Chou took a minute to note that taking photos is the second thing that people do on their phones, after making phone calls, and that HTC One will be good enough to replace your standard camera. He continued "it is the one phone you will need, it is the one camera you will need".
HTC's flagship One X device sports a 4.7-inch screen, as well as NVIDIA's Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip, in the LTE-powered models, it will feature a Qualcomm chip. Chou says "HTC One is a speed and performance beast", and that it is. HTC One will come in different sizes and flavors, including a thinner HTC One S that sports a 4.3-inch screen and the HTC One V that is set to be aimed at the broader mass-market audience.
The big players in touch-based devices, Synaptics, Atmel, N-trig, Raydium, Cypress and Focaltech, have all just donned the Team Green shirts and agreed to get on board NVIDIA's DirectTouch platform.
DirectTouch offloads some of the work required to track and process finger input from the controller on the Tegra 3 chip, which then improves battery life and response. DirectTouch was talked of a few months ago, but at the time there was no mention of partners, or support.
Two of the biggest makers of touchscreen controllers, Synaptics and Atmel, are putting their support into DirectTouch, and N-trig is going as far as using the processing power to improve the response of capacitive styli by combining DirectTouch with DuoSense.
This week should be jam-packed full of Mobile World Congress 2012 news, and it's starting off quite well indeed. We've already heard about Samsung's Ice Cream Sandwich-packing Galaxy Tab 2, but now we're hearing about the projector-packing Galaxy Beam.
Yes, an integrated projector... in a smartphone. The Galaxy Beam sports Android 2.3, a 1GHz dual-core processor, 768MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The integrated projector is not bad at all, capable of 15 lumens of brightness, which is said to be enough to throw up a high-definition image up to 50-inches wide.
Included, is a dedicated app that activates the projector, which lets video and photos be thrown onto it, as well as the ability to interact with games on the projector, you know, in case the 4-inch WVGA screen isn't enough.
Samsung have just taken the invisible robe off their just-announced Galaxy Tab 2 range, which includes both a 7.0- and 10.1-inch model. The Galaxy Tab 2 tablets sport Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and are both available in 3G and Wi-Fi models.
Both tablets feature 1GHz dual-core processors, 1GB of RAM and while the 7.0-inch models only has a 1024x600 display, the 10.1-incher sports a 1280x800-pixel screen. Both tablets feature a 3-megapixel rear-facing cam, a VGA front-facer, and the 10.1-inch model features a great 7,000mAh battery (up from the 4,000mAh battery in the 7.0).
Both models come in either 16 or 32GB, and can be upgraded with the usual microSD slot. Samsung plan on putting these on retail shelves in the UK in March, and everywhere else shortly after (hopefully).
Oh the sheer horror! An Apple iPhone can be cracked into! Well, iPhone Islam have found a new bug that allows you to bypass the lock screen on the iPhone 3GS, 4 and 4S. The trick is shown in a three-minute YouTube video, below, where if it is successfully completed, allows you to get unauthorized access to the handset's full contact list, recent calls and favorites, as well as the ability to make standard or FaceTime calls.
The hack does require you to jump through some hoops: where you must return a missed call through the iOS notification screen while the device itself is searching for a network. The above video notes that it is actually easier to do if you're in an area with next to no signal, but you can also use another trick: repeatedly eject and reinsert the SIM card to get the same effect. If this is timed properly, the handset will lock itself to the phone application.
Have you heard of this flaw before? Have you tried it? Are you going to try it?
Fujitsu set to show dust/water-proof Tegra 3-powered ICS-sporting smartphone with 13.1-megapixel camera at MWC
Hey, Fujitsu, where the hell have you been? Oh wait, you've been working on a super-smartphone. We should expect to see at next week's Barcelona-based Mobile World Congress, the return of Japanese phone makers to the world market. One of these, will be Fujitsu.
Fujitsu are set to blow some socks off people, with a super-powerful smartphone packing the following specs:
- NVIDIA Tegra 3 (Maximum 1.5Ghz Quad Core + Companion Core) CPU + 12GPU
- 4.6" display
- 13.1 megapixel camera
- Water-resistant and dust-resistant
- Fingerprint sensor
- OS: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Even though it has a big screen, and the Tegra 3 chip, Fujitsu are promising a long battery life on the phone. Fujitsu will only bring a few "sample units" of the new phone to MWC, so let's hope we get a retail release not too far away from MWC.
Ah, leaks. I love thee, sometimes. But, the latest from Android Community is that the GT-i9300 is not the unannounced-but-probably-awesome Galaxy S III. Why is that? And how would we know, if it hasn't been announced?
Well, listed in the user agent profile, are stats for the device, where it has a model number of "GT-i9300", which would lead us to believe its the Galaxy S III. This is because the Galaxy S III is the i9200 and the Galaxy Nexus is the i9250... so the logical step to this would be... the i9300. No.
You'll see in the above shot, that the "ScreenSize" is just 1024x600. Sob. What will this device be? Could we expect a smaller Galaxy S III Mini or something? Time will tell, and that time is getting shorter: Mobile World Congress is just around the hopefully higher-res corner.
We teased of this last week, but ahead of Mobile World Congress next week, Samsung have just announced two new handsets to their mid- and low-end lineup: Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy Mini 2. Both of the original phones were among Samsung's most successful phones in 2011, and now each phone gets an increased chunk in power.
First up we have the Galaxy Ace 2, which is a mid-range Android phone sporting a 3.8-inch 800x480-pixel PLS display, which should be powered by an unspecified 800MHz dual-core processor. 4GB of internal storage is to be had, as well as expansion through a microSD slot, it also has 768MB of RAM. Filling the phone out is a 5-megapixel rear-facing snapper, as well as a front-facing 0.3-megapixel camera, a 1500mAh battery, and weighs in at just 122 grams and is 10.5mm thin. Optional NFC support will be made available and it will sport Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch, and possibly receiving Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich later this year.