Wednesday, 29 August 2012

LG Optimus L9 announced with 4.7-inch display

Original posted By Zachary Lutz

There will soon be a new Optimus L-Series smartphone on the prowl, as LG has just announced the Optimus L9 as a followup to its Optimus L3, L5 and L7 handsets. This series is viewed by LG as a budget lineup that places an emphasis on style, and the L9 will undoubtedly be the leader of the pack, as it boasts both a dual-core 1GHz CPU and a large, 4.7-inch IPS display. The phone will be outfitted with Android 4.0, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a beefy 2,150mAh battery.

New software is also set to ship with the Optimus L9, which includes both a redesigned keyboard and a language translation app. The new keyboard is dubbed the My Style Keypad, which allows users to adjust the key placement for easier one-handed typing -- like we've seen in Android 4.0 for the Galaxy Note -- along with a separated layout for landscape view (that you can peek in the gallery below). Meanwhile, the language translation service is dubbed QTranslator, which leverages OCR to translate sentences and phrases from 44 different languages into 64 native languages. There's no word yet on pricing or availability, though we'll be sure to let you know the moment those final tidbits become known.

Source: (Engadget)

Monday, 27 August 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to come with Jelly Bean?

A Korean newspaper has reportedly published leaked specifications of Samsung's rumoured Galaxy Note 2 smartphone

By Ross Catanzariti (PC World)

A concept impression of what the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 could look like. (Image credit: Ubuntu

A concept impression of what the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 could look like. (Image credit: Ubuntu
A Korean newspaper has reportedly published leaked specifications of Samsung's rumoured Galaxy Note 2 smartphone, just days ahead of a widely predicted launch. According to the leaked specifications, the Galaxy Note 2 will ship with the latest version of Google's Android platform, 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The leaked specifications, published by a newspaper in Seoul, suggest Galaxy Note 2 will come with a slightly larger 5.5in display, up from the 5.3in screen on the current model, as well as a faster quad-core processor. The screen is expected to be a Super AMOLED panel with a resolution of 1280x720 and the phone will be powered by Samsung's own 1.4GHz quad core Exynos 4412 processor.
The Galaxy Note 2 should also come with an 8-megapixel camera, be available in 16GB or 32GB variants and is listed as running the latest version of Google's Android software, 4.1 Jelly Bean. The latter comes despite suggestions last week that the Galaxy Note 2 would be running the older Ice Cream Sandwich Android software.

The leaked Korean specifications sheet of what appears to be the Galaxy Note 2.

The leaked Korean specifications sheet of what appears to be the Galaxy Note 2.
Curiously, the leaked specifications sheet also appears to suggest the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will come with 4G LTE connectivity. However, it is unknown whether the phone will be compatible with Telstra's 4G network in Australia, which runs on the 1800MHz network band.
The Galaxy Note 2 is expected to be unveiled by Samsung at the IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) consumer electronics trade show in Berlin later this week.
Last week, Samsung released a teaser video showing brief glimpses of the Galaxy Note 2. Tagged with the quote "your magical moments will come alive on 29th August 2012" the teaser video didn't reveal any specific details of the rumoured device, but showed multiple glimpses of what appeared to be a stylus being removed.
The original Samsung Galaxy Note, only released in Australia back in March, is best described as either an extra large smartphone or a small tablet. It has a 5.3in screen and includes a stylus called the "S Pen" that allows users to take notes, draw onto the screen and annotate images and PDF files.
Despite initially expected to be a niche device, Samsung announced earlier this month that it has sold 10 million units of the Galaxy Note worldwide. The milestone came four months ahead of schedule, as the company initially forecasted it would sell 10 million units by the end of 2012.
Samsung's teaser trailer for the second generation Samsung Galaxy Note can be seen below:

Source: (pcworld.idg)

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Motorola Photon Q Hands-on and Unboxing

By Chris Burns

Motorola is bringing on a brand new slider to the market with a QWERTY keyboard and the ability to connect to 4G LTE in the Motorola PHOTON Q. We’ve got our hands on this device today and are finding its lovely 5-row keyboard to be just as nice as past DROID products we’ve seen from the manufacturer, brought on here with the speed of a dual-core processor and some nice rounded corners to keep you comfortable. The bright and sharp 4.3-inch 960 x 640 pixel resolution qHD display as well brings on a powerhouse for the manufacturer’s line of like-minded smartphones.

You’ll find that this device falls right in line with the whole Motorola family that’s been released over the past few weeks and months. This means that if you’ve got a XYBOARD or a RAZR in one hand and this in the other, you’ll know good and well that they’re part of the same Motorola design generation. The slider is strong, the keyboard is lit all around each of the keys, and the whole package brings on the best Motorola device in this form factor that the manufacturer has ever produced.

The dual-core processor inside comes from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon S4 – an impressive beast in and of itself. You’ve also got a large LED notification light above the speaker grill that lights up whenever you’ve got something new coming in via email, Twitter, or whatever else you’ve got popping in on the mobile web. The back of the device is curved so as to allow easier gripping – new and a bit unique for the OEM.

There’s 1GB of RAM here, 8GB of internal storage, and a microSD card slot to expand your memory by 32GB. You’ve also got a VGA camera on the front, an 8 megapixel camera on the back, and a beast of a device all-in-all ready for your summer and fall season of mobile computing. Stay tuned as we give this device a once-over here on SlashGear with a full review coming up next week!

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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Report: iOS 6 May Confirm Taller, 4-Inch iPhone

Original posted by Kyle Wagner

Well this is interesting. iOS 6, pictured above on the left, is now able to scale to show five full lines of apps when displayed at 640x1136—the resolution a reported 4-inch iPhone would have.
iOS 5.1, which is on the right, only shows four app rows when run in the same iOS simulator app. That's telling, since there would be little reason to add the support for an additional row if the screen was not going to get bigger. 9to5mac also reports that the simulator will not display the five rows at any resolution other than 640x1136, suggesting that Apple's not just trying to squish as many apps into the current screensize as it can. Other higher-than-current-iPhone resolutions scale iOS 6 to the iPad's home screen.

This is just the latest evidence that we'll see a 4-inch iPhone. There is a phalanx of iPhone rumors cramming itself down our throats, and almost all of them point to a taller, 4-inch model with the aforementioned 640x1136 resolution.
So! Looks like big iPhones come September. That or some extra real estate on your favorite iOS simulator's home screen, at least. [9to5mac]


Tuesday, 7 August 2012

ICS update for Tab 10.1

Original posted by Huei
Thursday, 02 August 2012 10:21 AM

Remember when Samsung announced that the Android ICS update is coming to its Galaxy Tab range of devices by this month? Well, they kept their promise all right so if you own the original Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, do check for an update now. I know, many are looking forward for some Jelly Bean treats but ICS is better than nothing on this 1-year-old tablet.
As for the rest of the Galaxy Tab users such as the Galaxy Tab 7.7 Wi-Fi, Galaxy Tab 7.7, Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and Galaxy Tab 7.0 Wi-Fi users, do be patient because the update will be arriving to your device soon. No dates were mentioned of course, but a little over a month ago, Samsung did promise that the update would be rolled out in August.
To update your Tab 10.1 now, connect your beloved tablet to your computer and update via Samsung Kies, or you could wait for the over-the-air update to appear, just make sure you’re connected to Wi-Fi.