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January 29, 2011 Leave a comment

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Playstation Phone gets in-depth leak from Chinese website IT168

January 8, 2011 Leave a comment

There was a new chapter in the Playstation Phone legacy unveiled yesterday. Just a few days ago, I updated the original Playstation Phone article here with very clear photos that appeared on a Hong Kong forum that showed the Xperia and Playstation logos on the device. Now, the Chinese website IT168 has released a very in-depth leak on the Playstation Phone (that Sony has still yet to “announce”).

The battery has a large 1,500 mAh capacity, the 4-inch screen has a 854×480 resolution and the 5MP camera has auto-focus and an LED flash with 720p (and potentially 1080p) video recording. It has 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, a microSD slot, SIM slot, micro-USB, and a second mic on the back for active noise cancellation like the Nexus One. The Xperia-branded device is in fact powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and the Playstation app now has a name… Playstation Pocket. Although the program now has a name, there still have been no games loaded so the decision is out on whether it will be able to play PSOne games, PSP games or new games altogether. Details show that the Playstation Phone will in fact be a more powerful big brother to the PSP Go given that the specs on the Go are considerably weaker – a 333MHz processor, 64MB RAM and a 3.8″ 480×272 screen.

UPDATE 1/10

Footage has been uncovered on the web, and consequently posted on YouTube that shows the Xperia Play/Zeus Z1 actually being used to play PSOne games. The gamer in the video uses a program called Rom Buddy to launch Rage Racer and Biohazard 2. More than likely this is a homebrew application and simple ROMS downloaded from the internet but it is the first footage of Playstation games legitimately being used as a gaming device.

Android Update

December 26, 2010 Leave a comment

It seems that Android-based news is released by the hour, so here is a simple compilation of the most valid news releases in the past week 12/19 to today, 12/26 to help keep you up-to-date.

Software Updates

  • A moderator on the LG Forum made an official statement regarding the 2.2 Froyo upgrade: the LG Ally will receive the update in February.

Android Central reports that Verizon may be expecting to get Froyo on Samsung's Fascinate by year's end, supported by an internal specs comparison sheet

Samsung UK tweets:

We have good news for the festive season; 2.2 is now available for the Galaxy S on all networks.

  • Slashgear reports that Google is sending out emails revealing that the Google TV update that has been talked about over the last week is now ready for release including the following features:

1. Netflix – A totally revamped UI for Netflix on Google TV makes it easier to browse and watch movies and TV shows in Netflix’s streaming catalogue.
2. Dual View – Watch TV and the use the web how you want, now that you can resize your screens and move them around to your liking.
3. Remote Control App – Starting today you can use your Android phone as a TV remote. Even change the channel with your voice. Find ‘Google TV Remote’ in Android Market.
4. Movie Results – Find the movie you want to watch in the our new movie search results page. Finds movies that are on TV, the web, Netflix, and Amazon VOD.

  • Android Community reports that the first over the air update for the Nexus S was available just six days after its initial release that fixes various bugs and upgrades the Maps application
  • Phone Arena reports that the Epic 4G has gotten the Froyo update

 

Google’s Nexus Twitter account reassures Nexus One owners that 2.3 Gingerbread will be available over the air in the coming weeks
  • Slashgear reports Barnes & Noble’s NOOKcolor got a firmware update to 1.0.1 which includes improved wi-fi connectivity and browser experience as well as some minor bug fixes
  • Android Community reports that Vodafone’s HTC Wildfire now has Froyo update available

Handheld Releases

  • Android Police reports that the HTC EVO Shift 4G appeared in Best Buy’s system at a very reasonable $150 with contract and a hefty $550 without
  • Euro Droid reports the arrival of red and black models of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 to Virgin Mobile in January

Engadget reports that the Dell Venue was released in Hong Kong... soon to reach South Korean markets

Pantech has unveiled a new device called the Vega Express. The handheld will be packing DDR2 RAM... the same chips that go into laptops and desktop computers!

All Things Google

December 15, 2010 Leave a comment

Over the past week, Google has made about every big announcement that they could: a sexy new handheld (the Nexus S), the next installment to the Android OS family (Gingerbread), a preview of the following release (Honeycomb) on a new tablet (Motorola Everest), debuting the cloud-based Chrome OS on a new Google laptop (Cr-48), and their try at the eBook market (Google eBooks, previously known as Google Editions).

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The Nexus S

Google’s first foray into producing cell phones themselves ended quite tragically. The Nexus One was pronounced dead in the water. It had no carrier and a hefty $500+ unlocked price tag. Since then, Google has learned from its mistakes (as it has always done) and is attempting resurrection. The handheld phoenix will come in the form of the Samsung-made Nexus S, for T-Mobile. On Thursday, December 16, the Gingerbread-fueled device will hit Best Buy shelves for $199.99 with a 2-year T-Mobile upgrade or $529 unlocked. The phone has a handsome spec sheet including a 4-inch WVGA “contour display,” a 5 megapixel camera, 16 GB on-board storage, 512 MB RAM, a 1GHz Cortex A8-based Hummingbird processor (like the iPhone), Android 2.3 Gingerbread (very seasonal name eh?) and support for Near Field Communication (NFC). NFC is not very popular in the US yet, but Google hopes to set it in motion. Essentially NFC is like Bluetooth transfer without Bluetooth – simply hold the devices 4 inches apart and you can send and receive files.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread

With a logo in the shape of a gingerbread man, it can only make people smile. Not to mention, the very well-timed release/name combo of “Gingerbread.” Oh yea! And I forgot to mention the improvements to the UI, and OS overall. The keyboard now supports multi-touch and finger-sized markers for highlighting text and cutting/pasting, integrated VoIP supports, video calling with front facing camera (if device comes equipped), gyroscope support, NFC integration and *gasp* a built-in task manager. No longer will you have to immediately download the free task manager from the Market as soon as you purchase your new handheld. Gingerbread also has been complimented on its game-friendly support (hand-in-hand with the whirlwind of Sony Ericsson PlayStation Phone speculation).

Motorola Everest

For weeks, sketchy, blurry photos have been sent in to tech blogs across the web by anonymous tipsters catching the mysterious Motorola tablet on film. On December 6, Google’s Engineering VP/ Android spokesperson Andy Rubin took the stage at the D: Dive Into Mobile conference in San Fransisco, California to reveal the never-before-seen (by the public, on purpose) Motorola tablet codenamed Everest. The 10″ Everest has no buttons, an NVIDIA processor, a “dual core 3D processor,” and a more desktop-like UI complete with an icon dock along the bottom of the interface. Hardly anything was said at all about Honeycomb, except that it will be both a phone and tablet OS and it will appear sometime next year (let’s not get ahead of ourselves… Gingerbread hasn’t even been officially released yet).

RUMOR Supposedly Motorola is going to use airtime during the Super Bowl to officially announce the tablet to the public.

Google Cr-48 and Chrome OS

On Tuesday, December 9, Google held a Chrome press event to discuss improvements to their browser (soon to be Chrome 9) and the new Cr-48 (from the element Chromium-48, ahhh clever). The main highlight was the addition of Instant Search to Chrome’s Omnibox. As you type a Google search, a box will come up with an ever-refreshing list of suggestions as you finish your inquiry. Google implemented this with regular sites as well: based on your regular behavior, when you start typing an address, the site will be pulled up for you automatically. The other 3 improvements covered were the “Crankshaft,” (a JavaScript improvement 100 times faster than that of IE) super fast built-in PDF reader and full on WebGL support.

The Chrome Web Store

Google also added to the App frenzy with their own rendition, the Chrome Web Store. Transactions will process through your Google account. Most of the apps looked fairly promising and ironically similar to their iPad counterparts but the gaming was a bit lacking. However, if you purchase one of their Cr-48 notebooks then you are not likely to want to partake in hardcore gaming. The 12.1″ machine takes just 4 steps and a minute or so to set up a brand new product because it collects your themes and data from the cloud. The OS is loaded with read-only memory and can’t be altered without a tech that verifies booting. The notebook actually has a “jailbreaking switch” to allow the OS to be modified on the developer unit… it’s unclear whether it will be on the final product or not. Google also demoed Google Cloud Print which allows you to print on your home printer from anywhere, conveniently, they have an office suite Google Docs that works offline as well.

Google Books

Last on Google’s to-do list, is conquering the eBook market with Google eBooks, previously known as Google Editions. As Engadget puts it, it “seems to combine most of the positives of the primary e-book contenders while skimping on the UI flourishes, in traditional Google fashion.” The books you buy are stored in the cloud and can be accessed from your choice of device: iPad/iPod/iPhone, Android, Nook, Sony Reader and the internet on your computer. To get a leg up on the already crowded market (Apple, Amazon, Barnes & Noble),  Google is offering 3 million free books from the initial release.

And with that… I have wrapped up All Things Google for the last week.

[Sources: Engadget, Google]