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Submission + - SGS4 specs leak, and it's a beast (codenametech.com)

symbolset writes: Screenshots on Codenametech show the specifics of the Samsung Galaxy S IV a few days before its official release. It will have a 1.8GHz Exynos 5410 Octa core processor. The graphics engine will be Imagination Technologies' PowerVR 544MP3 with 12 cores and 51GFLOPs of graphics processing performance — just 1/3 shy of the latest iPad's GPU. The phone's display will be 1080p and 5 inches diagonal.

The Exynos 5410 was rumored to be not be shipping in devices at retail until next year, so this is a bit of a surprise.


Submission + - Windows Phone, Symbian and Blackberry are less than a third of feature phones (allthingsd.com)

symbolset writes: As smartphones have surged to more than half of all phones sold, Windows Phones, Nokia's Symbian OS and the venerable Blackberry OS have lagged behind. Shown in the graphs of this survey is evidence that not only are these smartphone laggards not keeping up with other smartphone ecosystems, but they aren't even competing well against phones that don't even have smartphone features.

Submission + - Motorola Mobility launches Android All-In-One PC (androidauthority.com)

symbolset writes: Available only in China. Called by the charming name "HMC3260 Cloud Broadband" the device has a 1GHz ARM A8 processor and runs an unspecified version of Android. It has an 18.5-inch LED touchscreen display. It's to be made available by WASU Digital Group, one of China's leading cable providers for use as a cloud-based PC and also a TV. Is Google's new mobile device unit taking on Microsoft's PC ecosystem directly?

Submission + - India $45 Android tablet from Datawind falls to corruption (nytimes.com) 1

symbolset writes: The first Aakash tablet proposed for India schools has failed. Datawind managed to deliver the $45 Android tablet as reported here previously, but suffering a breach in faith by both their contract manufacturer and the accepting agency in India had to reset the project. Facing a loss in revenue it's turning into a disaster for the small Canadian company as they are now proving unable to deliver both the Aakash tablet and the parallel retail product.

Senior executives have begun to flee. The company has presold a great many tablets, and delivery failure reports are beginning to mount. Is this the Phantom console of this decade?


Submission + - Transformer Prime to get ICS January 12, boot unlo (facebook.com)

symbolset writes: The maker of the wildly popular Transformer Prime Tegra 3 tablet Asus announces via their Facebook page that Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) will be available January 12th. In addition they are developing a boot unlocker which will void the warranty and break Google movie rentals, but will allow modding.

There's also announced an intermediate software update to improve the camera and touch experience, and they're dropping GPS from the feature list for poor performance.


Submission + - LG and Intel Android Phone for CES (techcrunch.com)

symbolset writes: According to TechCrunch and various other sources, LG intents to show a smartphone using Android and the new Intel X86 Medfield chip at CES 2012. The two did show a phone with the prior generation of Intel Mobile chips at CES 2011, but failed to come to market citing “lack of marketability.”

Is this finally the year we get an Intel powered smartphone, as predicted in article article here announcing the LG Intel Moorestown phone?


Submission + - Carrier IQ relents (theverge.com)

symbolset writes: Update from an earlier story here, where Carrier IQ was pursuing a security researcher for pointing out privacy issues in an application alleged to track and record the activities of smartphone users. The company has relented, and retracted their Cease and Desist letter. In their press release[pdf] they say:

As, of today, we are withdrawing our cease and desist letter to Mr. Trevor Eckhart. We have reached out to Mr. Eckhart and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) to apologize. Our action was misguided and we are deeply sorry for any concern or trouble that our letter may have caused Mr. Eckhart. We sincerely appreciate and respect EFF's work on his behalf, and share their commitment to protecting free speech in a rapidly changing technological world.

Notch another win for the Streisand effect.


Submission + - Asus unleashes Transformer Prime (computerworld.com)

symbolset writes: Transformer Prime is the next evolution of the Asus Transformer Android 10.1" tablet. The tablet will ship with Android 3.2, and have 4.0 available as an over the air update soon. This is the first product announced with NVidia's Tegra 3 4+1 core system on a chip, which is amazing. It promises brilliant graphics and unmatched performance in a tablet that's slim, light and offers good battery life. It doesn't sacrifice options like MicroSD, batteries or external video ports. Let the quad-core tablet era begin.

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