ASUS has sent around a press release earlier today for a new device that they’ve been working on. It’s not really a phone and not really a tablet, but what ASUS likes to call the Fonepad.
The 7-inch Android device is the size of a smaller tablet, yet has the phone features and SIM slot that you’d expect in your daily mobile driver. It also interestingly comes packing an Intel Atom processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a 3G radio. From the looks of it the Fonepad is yet to branch into the 4G LTE market in Australia. The Fonepad also has a 3MP rear shooter and a 1.2MP front-facing camera.
ASUS also claim 751 hours of standby battery life …
Google has gone on just a little bit of an updating spree today. Google Chrome, Google Drive and Google Earth have all gotten themselves a very nice update today, bringing in new features and some new card-inspired design.
Google Chrome now has support for full-screen browsing, with the omnibox disappearing as you swipe down a webpage and reappearing when you do the opposite. Head over to Google Play to grab the Google Chrome update.
Google Drive has a completely new look and design, an absolutely fantastic ‘tab’ view and the ability to scan pages with your camera. The editing experience has also been vastly improved and you can finally Cloud Print directly from your Android device. Head over to …
We’ve been playing around with the Google Play Store and have stumbled upon something just a little interesting. It appears that unlike with applications - where you must download them before reviewing – you are actually able to review any song, movie, magazine or book before you purchase it. I’d have to assume the same goes for Google Play TV Shows but we’re yet to access the selection down under.
We first discovered this via +Linden Darling, who reviewed an album on Google Play Music without actually purchasing it. I went ahead and tried the same to find that it could easily be done, leaving the door open in Google’s content distribution stores open for anyone to review any …
2012 was the year of 720p displays. This year saw the release of Full HD (1080p) displays with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and the Sony Xperia Z. Qualcomm is looking to push the boundaries of high definition displays even further by showing us a glimpse of a 2560 x 1440 pixel screen that is currently in the works.
In a video, Qualcomm talk about a Mirasol front lit 5.1″ screen with resolution 2560 x 1440, giving it a jaw dropping 577dpi pixel density. Now a screen with those extra pixels to light up would only drain battery faster than the ones we have now, right? If phones last less than a day, even a display like this would be useless. However, Qualcomm say it won’t. They seem to have the battery consumption problem covered too, as they say that the display will be more than six times more energy efficient than current LCD/OLED display. Impressive, but that’s not all! The display is also built with biomimicry in mind. What does this mean? According to Qualcomm, the display alters the way light is reflected off it to produce colours extremely similar to what real objects reflect in nature.
Pixels don’t exist in nature. Qualcomm is going to large lengths to ensure that they can’t be seen on their screen either. Here’s the video talking about it:
Prototypes of the screen have already been shown in a handset and smartwatch.
As we all very well know, Intel has been absolutely dying to get into the mobile processor game. Intel has previously partnered with Motorola for the RAZR i and a few other lesser-known phone manufacturers. Anyway, there’s been some benchmark results showing that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 could in fact be powered by an Intel processor, which makes it blow the Galaxy Tab 2 out of the water. However, the Tab 2 really was quite an underpowered device for its time. Check out the benchmark results below and be sure to had through to the source for more information.
Google+ has received a very welcome update today, which focuses a lot on photos and adds some integration with the new Hangouts application. Photos are in a nicer grid view and there is now some in-built functionality with Snapseed. There’s a few other niceties, such as a new and super-cool profile view and the functionality for both larger cover photos and strikethrough formatting. Yay strikethrough formatting! Hit the link above to grab the update yourself.
The latest change log for Samsung’s WatchOn TV Remote and catalogue application has revealed some very interesting news. While the app is currently available for the S4 and the Note 8.0, the change log initially told that the app is now supported on the S4 Mini, S4 Active and the S4 Mega. While we’ve heard of the S4 Mini and S4 Active before, the S4 Mega is a new-comer in the list of S4 devices.
What will this be – a larger, yet similar Galaxy S4? Somewhat of a Galaxy Note 3.0 but without an S Pen? Who knows, but the name has appeared on Samsung’s application (which has now actually been removed) so only time will tell what will come. This is by no means guaranteed just yet, but stay tuned for more.
After Samsung announced the Google Edition Galaxy S4 running stock Android at Google I/O, the Android world got just a little excited. This was the first time an OEM will bring out a phone that has their proprietary skin stripped off it and replaced with nothing but pure Android. The only issue is – the S4 isn’t necessarily the best designed phone in the market, which led to fans, fanatics and haters alike pining for an HTC One running stock Android.
An HTC employee initially let out what we took as a leak of this coming true, but was later shot down by an official HTC statement. However, as reported by Android Spin an ’HTC Insider’ called @LlabTooFeR on Twitter has let us all know that the stock Android HTC One could be in the pipeline for a future release. As always, take this with a massive grain of salt, but a man can dream.
As per usual, Samsung love to announce and subsequently bring out far too many mobile phones. Samsung’s rumoured waterproof Galaxy S4 Active has leaked before and we’re now seeing what are the first images of the device. It was apparently showcased in Croatia in the last few days too, so an announcement couldn’t be anywhere but just around the corner.
The phone looks to have a red metallic back, different to the metallic orange we originally heard of. It also appears to have three physical hardware buttons at the bottom, making it look distinctly different to the original S4. Stay tuned for more from Samsung.
It might be slightly too large for your pocket, but Kogan’s newest Android device is still a great addition to your media arsenal.
Last Friday, Kogan unveiled the worlds first Android 4.2 Smart TV. The TV gives you access to an entire realm of entertainment from the comfort of your living room. You can browse the web, watch YouTube videos and stay connected to your entire crew on FB – all without giving up your spot on the couch.
Not to mention, the Kogan TV is 3D capable. The TV can display 2D and 3D images in Full HD 1080P.
The TV will include:
- Built in Pause, Rewind and Record live TV capabilities
- 2 sets of 3D glasses
- Android 4.2
Today at Google’s I/O, Vic Gundotra had some pretty neat surprises for us -41 new features in fact. He covered them within 3 major areas – Stream, Hangouts and Images.
Google Plus is rolling out a newly designed stream to its desktop site today. Vic mentions that today’s news feeds among different social networks are extremely flat. With the new design, Google+ will display a dynamic card like design theme. This dynamic display will allow up to three columns depending on the size of your screen. Not only will the Google+ stream automatically choose how many columns to display (either 1, 2 or 3), but it will also let you choose.
Google also introduces a new feature called …
In education, There is a huge difference between what is possible and what is practical. It’s Google’s job to fix this
Google believes every student should have access to a tablet. Hence they have come out with the Google Play for Education initiative to mass deploy educative material to students. This material will be available in the form of Apps, Books and Videos and will be organised by subjects matter and grade level.
In schools that use Google Play for Education, every student will have a Google account. Upon selecting the required app, it will then be downloaded instantly onto their tablets. This means sending applications to entire grades of students with a single click.
Google believes that they will …