We've heard about LG's Galaxy Note-like phone, the Optimus Vu, or the Intuition, depending on which country you're from. But Android Central are in New York, where they've scored some hands-on time with the new phablet from LG.
Sporring a 5-inch IPS display with a 4:3 aspect ratio, it really does make the phone look much different to most smartphones, not just in screen size, but the aspect ratio. LG says that the Intuition is meant mainly for document and text viewing. It's not a phone for everyone, and LG are making this known right from the get-go.
Android Central had some hands-on time with the Intuition, and now we have some specs to tease you with. We're looking at a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor, no removable battery, and no microSD card slot. Quite the disappointment considering the Intuition's competition, the Note, has both a removable battery, and microSD card slot. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich comes baked into the device, but LG didn't hint at plans to upgrades of Jelly Bean anytime soon. Feel free to take a look at Android Central's first look at the LG Intuition video below.
iFixit gave us a teardown treatment on ASUS and Google's Jelly Bean-powered Nexus 7 tablet back in July, but now DirectFix have provided the world with a teardown and repair video of the slate. Pictures are great, but videos are better, right?
Sometimes when taking apart a tablet, or any other electronic device, pictures can only go so far, which is why the team at DirectFix have provided this video. DirectFix have gone through virtually everything you need to know to take apart, and repair, your Nexus 7 tablet.
After watching it, they make it look easy to rip the slate apart - but I'm not the type of person who can take apart a tablet. I feel like I'm playing some form of sick game of Operation on it, but check out the video above!
ASUS' Nexus 7's front-facing camera is nothing to write home about, with the ability to shoot just 480p video. There's no rear-facing camera, meaning that if you want to take video, your stuck with a low-quality camera to do so. Well, not anymore.
Some peeps over at the XDA Forums have made a hack, making the Nexus 7 now shoot 720p video at a hardware level. New Zealand-based developer, 'hillbeast', says that Google just didn't tell the Nexus 7 how to shoot in 720p, weird, huh?
There are some video comparisons, the first shows 480p, the second showing off the Nexus 7's new 720p shooting ability:
The FAA has cleared iPads for takeoff, at least for use in the cockpit. The iPad will be used by pilots as part of their "electronic flight kit" and will replace paper manuals which currently weigh in at 35 pounds. Apple's tablet is the only one approved for use as the electronic flight kit and has now been approved for use in "all phases of flight."
The reduction in weight, which ends up being pretty sizable due to no longer carrying 35-pound flight manuals, will save American Airlines an estimated $1.2 million in fuel costs annually. That figure is based upon current fuel costs, which are only set to go up.
This is a very exciting and important milestone for all of us at American Airlines as we work to modernize our processes and best meet the needs of our people," said Captain John Hale, American's Vice President of Flight. "With this approval from the FAA, we will be able to use iPad to fully realize the benefits of our Electronic Flight Bag program, including improving the work environment for our pilots, reducing our dependency on paper products and increasing fuel efficiency on our planes. We are equipping our people with the best resources and this will allow our pilots to fly more efficiently."
Tired of your kids dropping your expensive tablet? Well, Toys 'R' Us has your back as they are going to be selling a tablet designed just for kids, including built-in features for the drop that it is almost guaranteed to experience. The tablet looks like most of your entry level Android tablets, but comes with a few kid-centric features.
For one, the device comes preloaded with 50 games, books, and educational apps. There are also more than 6,000 additional apps available through the Tabeo Store. Children can also use the built-in Wi-Fi to browse the web safely as the tablet features parental controls that can block objectionable web content.
The tech specs side of things prove pretty marginal. It's powered by a 1GHz processor, 4GB of built-in storage, and a 7-inch multitouch screen. The storage can be upgraded through the use of micro SDHC cards. The device will be sold by Toys 'R' Us exclusively so people can't try it out in store and then buy it online cheaper.
Expect the device to hit store shelves October 21. The device is currently available for pre-order on the Toys 'R' Us website with an estimated ship date of October 1.
Nokia, fresh off an advertising scandal, is now the subject of rumors. Now that we've learned about the Lumia 920 and 820 at Nokia's press conference, rumors have started to surround Nokia's plans for lower devices. Today, we bring you the latest on all things Nokia Flame, Nokia's Lumia 710 replacement.
The Nokia Flame is rumored to be a 4-inch Windows Phone 8 device at the low-end of the performance spectrum. The screen is thought to be a WVGA screen resolution. According to KitGuru, "other known specifications include a 1.0 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, 5 MP camera, 4 GB of internal storage and a MicroSD slot."
The new device is due out sometime in the first quarter of 2013 and has already been labeled as the replacement for the Lumia 710, so it will likely come with a nice low price tag.
If rumors are to be believed, HTC's first Windows Phone 8 device would simply be called '8X'. HTC's 8X would sport a 4.3-inch display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and 1GB of RAM.
Filling out the specs, it would include 16GB of internal storage, NFC capabilities, an 8-megapixel rear camera for 1080p recording, and hopefully the One series' durable polycarbonate build quality.
But, at face value the 8X rumors don't seem to be exciting enough for a struggling HTC, or Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform. With the strong Samsung devices, the just-announced in-cell-based LG Optimus G, Motorola's recently announced devices, and Apple's upcoming next-gen iPhone, is this enough to swing people to HTC, or Windows Phone 8?
When Samsung's 5.5-inch 'phablet' of a smartphone launches in the US later this year, it should be hitting the AT&T network. Samsung has been very quiet about their US launch plans, which is surprising.
BriefMobile, however, have spotted some screenshots of the Note II running on AT&T's network. The Note II would run on AT&T's 4G LTE network, with the screenshots showing some juicy information.
We're looking at the US version of the Note II running the latest Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, with a screen res of 1280x720. Will you be grabbing of the 5.5-inch Note II's when it hits US shelves?
Whilst Google's Android OS will power the new Kindle Fire tablets from Amazon, there will be one, slight, but big change to its default search app. Instead of Google, it looks like Microsoft's Bing will power the Fires' search.
Amazon have confirmed to AllThingsD that Bing will indeed power the Fires as the new default search engine, pushing Google out of the Fires' spotlight that it sat pretty with on the first-gen Fire.
This is a pretty big win for Microsoft, as Amazon are really pushing the new Kindle Fire's as a start of something new for the retail giant. Bing will see a huge rise in use, and popularity, as the new Fire's go out on sale and people start running around saying "hold on, I'll just Bing that for you".
It looks like we should expect a new Samsung Galaxy Note II in the near future, but made for the Chinese market. Samsung are reportedly preparing the dual-SIM version of the 5.5-inch smartphone.
With China quickly becoming one of the biggest smartphone markets in the world, and with dual-SIM phones doing quite well in the country, it would make sense for Samsung to release a dual-SIM Galaxy Note II.
The dual-SIM Note II would be identical to the current international version of the Note II, with the only change that it sports a normal SIM slot, and a micro SIM slot next to its microSD card slot. The phone is reportedly going to be sold through China Telecom, but there's no information on price, or availability just yet.
If you're a Sprint customer using either the Galaxy Nexus or the Nexus S 4G, you're in luck. Sprint has started rolling out updates to Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. The update is delivered to users' phones via an over-the-air (OTA) update. Owners of the Samsung-made Galaxy Nexus can use the steps found on the update page to download and install the update.
Nexus S 4G users are also getting upgraded to the goodness that is Jelly Bean. This update is also available over-the-air, but could take a while to reach all users as a company employee posted on the Sprint forums saying that it would be a "slow roll out." Keep checking back often to see if you can get the OTA update.
The Verge is reporting that they have spoken with several sources close to Microsoft and Nokia and have confirmed that Nokia is shooting for November 2 as the launch date for the new Lumia 920 on AT&T. Currently, Nokia is working with AT&T running tests so that the phone will be signed off on in time for the planned launch.
This involves AT&T running tests in its labs on the Lumia 920, while Microsoft is still testing the yet unreleased Windows Phone 8 software. The latter is expected to go to RTM sometime next week. It is set to launch October 29, just a few days before the planned launch date for the Lumia 920 by AT&T.
It's important to note that the launch date could be pushed back further into to November if issues arise during testing. While there is probably a little bit of padding built into the launch time frame, a big enough issue could push it back. Just don't expect to the see Lumia 920 before November 2.
It's widely rumored, and to a degree confirmed, that the iPhone 5 will be launched next Wednesday, September 12 in San Francisco at an Apple press conference. It's also widely rumored that the iPhone 5 will be available for purchase, and start shipping pre-orders, on September 21, just 9 days after the event.
Well, now MacRumors is reporting more evidence to point to this fact. First, TechCruch reported that Verizon had put a "vacation blackout for September 21 to September 30, indicating that would be the release date for the new iPhone 5." Now MacRumors is saying that FedEx classes are being moved from September 21-24 because of a "surge event."
This "surge event" is almost undoubtedly the next gen iPhone that they are talking about, and they want to make sure they have everyone they need to get the devices to customers on the day it becomes available. So, while all of this is still a rumor, the evidence is starting to stack up pretty heavily and I would be surprised if it was all wrong at this point.
The original $25 Raspberry Pi was a success, even though it had its fair share of manufacturing hiccups, but the Raspberry Pi Foundation have just announced revision 2.0 of the micro device. We're not looking at it featuring a new processor, or any massive changes, instead we're looking at smaller concerns from the first Raspberry Pi that the team received from the original device.
Revision 2.0 will sport changes to the GPIO pin out, which will add ARM JTAG support and to present a different I2C peripheral. Revision 2.0 also features a reset circuit which can be used by adding an appropriate header to P6. The Raspberry Pi team says that shorting P6 pin 1 to P6 pin 2 will cause the BCM2835M to reset. Resetable fuses that were used to protect the USB outputs on early revision 1.0 boards have been removed, and replaced with links.
Two GPIO pins have been interchanged, while the primary and secondary I2C channels have been reversed. Revision 2.0 has also seen the removal of four GPIO signals that were used for verification identification in revision 1.0, as they were said to be redundant. In their place, will be a new connector site, P5, which the foundation says is perfect for adding a third-party clock and audio codec board.
Amazon didn't just keep their high-end fans happy today with the announcement of the Kindle Fire HD range of tablets, or the 4G LTE-powered version, but the retail giant also announced some new lower-end tablets, too.
First up we have the revamped budget fourth-generation Kindle, which is priced at just $69. The revamped Kindle is the company's best-seller, and is now $10 cheaper, while sporting new fonts, crisper text, and 15% faster page turns. This model should ship next Friday, September 14.
Next up we have the new backlit Kindle Paperwhite, which will be priced at $119 for the Wi-Fi-only model, and $179 for the 3G-capable model. Amazon is proud to announce the Paperwhite sports patented technology that distributes light evenly across the Paperwhite's entire surface, just like ambient light. The Kindle Paperwhite measures in at just 9.1mm thick, weighs 7.5 ounces and sports an insane 8-week battery life. Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite will ship on October 1.
Amazon announced their new Kindle Fire HD range of tablets earlier, where we reported on the 7- and 8.9-inch variants. There was a higher-end model unveiled also, which finds itself known as the Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE.
4G LTE connectivity is something new for Amazon, and they've partnered up with US telco, AT&T using their 4G LTE network. It's the same as the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 model, but with the joy of having 4G LTE connectivity, and a $499 price tag. This means you're coughing up $200 more for 4G.
But, for $50 per year, you'll get 250MB per month from AT&T, which is definitely not a kick in the pants by any means. The Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE is available for pre-order today, and ships on November 20 with its siblings.
Amazon have unveiled two new tablets in the last couple of hours, dubbed the Kindle Fire HD. There'll be two sizes available, 7- and 8.9-inch. The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD will sport a 1920x1200 display with 254ppi.
It measures in at 8.8mm thickness, and weighs 20 ounces, the screen is also said to feature a polarizing feature that should reduce glare on the screen for those heavy Fifty Shades of Grey reading sessions. Inside the Fire HD 8.9, we're looking at a TI OMAP 4470 processor, dual speakers, front-facing HD camera and HDMI out.
Amazon is happy to brag that the Fire HD 8.9 is the first tablet to sport dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi technology, which the company says makes the slate's Wi-Fi 41% faster than the new iPad from Apple. The 16GB model Fire HD 8.9 will set you back $299, and will begin shipping on November 20.
We all know the new, sixth-generation iPhone is just around the corner, we've heard all the rumors, but how well will it sell? According to a Piper Jaffray analyst, we could see 10 million next-gen iPhone's sold, all within the first seven days on sale.
Appel are holding a press event next week on the 12th, where they've teased that something is "almost here". We should definitely see, at least, a new iPhone unveiled. We could also see a smaller 7.85-inch iPad mini, new iPods, Retina iMacs, or more.
We've seen Motorola unveil their Droid RAZR Maxx HD, and their edge-to-edge-sporting RAZR M, now we have the veil lifted on the Droid RAZR HD. Motorola's Droid RAZR HD sports a 4.7-inch HD display, a dual-core Qualcomm 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, and a 2,500mAh battery, of course, it also receives Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as its OS.
Motorola have built quite a large phone, while trying to keep it as slim as possible, as well as throwing a decently-sized battery in for good measure. Measuring in at just 8.4mm thick, 68mm across and 132mm tall, you'd forget there's a 4.7-inch screen sitting in front of your face. Motorola's Droid RAZR HD also features Kevlar coating which should keep it safe from most things, maybe except a bullet.
We get a micro-HDMI port, as well as micro USB and the usual 3.5mm headphone jack. Motorola are claiming that we should expect 10 hours of movie or TV show playback, and 6 hours of surfing the web. Because of its HD screen and 4.7-inch size, Moto claim that it sports the "same sharp clarity as your HDTV". Moto also claim that the RAZR HD will come with 24 hours of battery performance.
Motorola have taken the wraps off of a second phone, the RAZR M. What makes the RAZR M special? It's 4.3-inch edge-to-edge screen, that's what. Screen resolution is a little down from the bigger brother found in the Droid RAZR Maxx HD, sitting pretty with a 960x540 Super AMOLED Advanced display with a dash of Gorilla Glas on top.
We're looking at a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor cranking inside the smartphone, backed up by 1GB of RAM. The RAZR M also features an 8-megapixel rear shooter that can handle shooting 1080p video, a crappy 0.3-megapixel front facer, GSM/UMTS/HSPA+ global roaming, 8GB of internal storage and finally, a microSD slot.
NFC will ship with the phone, and its operating system will find comfort with the delicious Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This smartphone will arrive on Verizon Wireless next week.
There seems to be lots of news that pends on announcements and confirmations tomorrow, with more news that Sprint will push out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates to two of their Nexus-branded handsets tomorrow, reports Engadget.
Rumor has it the American telco will push Jelly Bean updates to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as well as the Nexus S 4G with the Nexus' software version of FH06, and the Nexus S 4G software version being JRO03R. The image above shows that the software updates will be "pushed to all handsets via Google. Customers cannot initiate a download on their own".
If you're one of these lucky people, let us know if and when you get the delicious OS pushed to your smartphone!