Monthly Archives: August 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 gets priced on Vodafone Germany


Poking around the Vodafone booth at IFA 2012 in Berlin, some new information appeared regarding the newly announced Samsung Galaxy Note 2. A price. What we see here is the pricing for the 16GB LTE version, but the non-LTE Note 2 seems to be carrying the same price.

It’s the off contract price that’s of particular interest here. That €639.90 price tag translates to £508 or $804 in UK and U.S. pricing respectively. While not necessarily an accurate representation of what the cost may be when the Note 2 makes it to the U.S. it isn’t too far off the price we would expect for such a device in the UK.  by androidcentral

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Posted by on 31/08/2012 in IT


Eyes on with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 2 accessories


So, we’ve seen the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, we’ve played with it, what’s next? How about a look at the accessories that Samsung has shown off in it’s giant booth at IFA 2012 in Berlin to go with the device? Sound good?


As you would expect from Samsung, there are cases. A lot of cases. First up is the protective case, which partners a hard shell rear with a kind of rubberized bumper that will cover the sides and top of the Note 2. These look to be available in the same colors as the device itself, along with a kind of baby pink if you should so desire.


Next we have a selection of pouches which may or may not be leather — hard to tell from behind glass — available in a few colors, including brown.


Then comes the huge selection of flip covers. These look pretty much like the Galaxy S 3 flip covers, and pair a hard shell rear with a front cover that flips over and completely encases the device. Purple. pink, orange, white, green, blue, there’s a pretty broad spectrum of color choices available.

Additionally, there will be a vehicle dock available, additional S-Pen’s and desktop docks and battery chargers to cater for every occasion.


They’re some pretty nice looking accessories, and of course we have pictures for you which you’ll find after the break. by androidcentral

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Posted by on 31/08/2012 in IT


Hands-on with the HTC Desire X


The HTC Desire brand has a history stretching back to the dark depths of early 2010. The original Desire was the flagship of its time, but since then the name has been re-purposed for HTC’s entry-level and mid-range smartphones. The latest phone in this range is the Desire X, which the company’s showing at IFA 2012 this week.

The Desire X incorporates a classic HTC design, with rounded corners in a polycarbonate chassis. Around the back there’s a large, stylized camera lens alongside branding from HTC and Beats Audio. Incidentally, as a Sense 4.1 device, the Desire X comes with Beats pre-loaded, as well as many features from the company’s premium HTC One line of phones. It’s packing a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 768MB of RAM and a 4-inch WVGA SuperLCD display, which actually stacks up favorably against the higher-end One S’s SuperAMOLED. For image capture, there’s a 5MP BSI camera on the rear.

Software-wise, you get Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 4.1. This means the Desire X benefits from all the performance enhancements introduced in the latest version of HTC’s software layer, as well as features like menu button remapping and quick settings in the notification bar.

On the whole, it’s a pretty compelling device for mid-range buyers, and a much more attractive proposition than the lower-end One V. Look for the HTC Desire X on European store shelves within the next month. by androidcentral

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Posted by on 31/08/2012 in IT


Samsung Galaxy Camera full specs


Complete specs of the Samsung Galaxy Camera

    Also: Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Camera

    Image Sensor: 16.3 effective megapixel 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS
    Lens: F2.8, 23 mm, 21x Optical Zoom Lens
    IS: OIS
    Display: 121.2 mm (4.77″), 308 ppi, HD Super Clear Touch Display
    ISO: Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
    Network: 4G, 3G (HSPA+ 21Mbps): 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 MHz
    Processor: 1.4GHz Quad-Core processor
    OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
    Memory: 8GB + memory slot : micro SDSC, micro SDHC, micro SDXC
    Image: JPEG format  16M, 14M, 12M Wide, 10M, 5M, 3M, 2M Wide, 1M
    Video: MP4 (Video: MPEG4, AVC/H.264, Audio: AAC); Full HD 1920×1080 30fps; Slow motion Movie 720×480 120fps
    Video Output: HDMI 1.4
    Value-added Features: Smart Pro : 10 modes (Macro, Rich Tone, Action Freeze, Waterfall Trace, Light Trace, Beautiful Sunset, Blue Sky, Natural Green, Silhouette, Vivid Fireworks); Share shot, Auto Cloud Back-up; Smart Content Manager, Photo Wizard, Movie Wizard; Voice Control, Slow Motion Video, S Planner, S Suggest; AllShare Play, Family Story, Drop box
    Google™ Mobile Services: Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Latitude
Google Play Store, Google Plus, YouTube, Google Talk,
Google Places, Google Navigation, Google Downloads, Google Chrome browser, Google Play Books, Google Play Movies
    Connectivity: WiFi a/b/g/n, WiFi HT40; GPS/GLONASS; 
Bluetooth® 4.0
    Battery: 1,650 mAh
    Dimensions (WxHxD): 128.7 x 70.8 x 19.1 mm
    Weight: 305g

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Posted by on 31/08/2012 in IT


LG Optimus L9


Here we have the LG Optimus L9, the fourth and newest phone in the series LG unveiled at Mobile World Congress in February. The specs, as you’ll recall:

    4.7-inch IPS display
    Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
    1GB DDR2 RAM
    4 GB onboard memory
    2,150 mAh battery
    5MP rear camera
    9.1mm thin

The big talking point on this one, though, is the Quick Translator app that uses optical character recognition for some serious translation.

Hands-on video and photos can be found after the break. by androidcentral

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Posted by on 31/08/2012 in IT


Jelly Bean makes a surprise appearance on Vodafone’s Samsung Galaxy S III LTE


Blink and you might have missed it — we almost did. It’s Android Jelly Bean (4.1.1), running on a German Samsung Galaxy S III LTE — what seems to be a plum colored model, to be exact. It’s not the first time we’ve seen it in some official form, but playing with the handset on display at Vodafone’s IFA booth certainly made the inevitability of the upgrade all that much more real. Using the handset next to one running ICS, the differences in the buttery smoothness weren’t too apparent, though the OS certainly felt quick. Video evidence after the break.  by engadget

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Posted by on 31/08/2012 in IT


Apple and publishers offer deal to put price fixing scandal behind them in EU


In the US, the e-book price fixing scandal appears to be winding towards its inevitable conclusion. Many of the publishers settled with the DOJ right off the bat, and now the states themselves have gotten three publishing houses to cough up $69 million in their own agreement. (Of course, Apple, Macmillan and Penguin have all decided to go the trial route, but we’ll have to wait till next year to see how that plays out.) In Europe, the battle is still raging on, but Reuters is reporting that the accused are offering concessions in a bid to put the antitrust allegations behind them. The only name missing from the list is Penguin, which may or may not be part of the plea deal. Not all the details of the proposals have been revealed yet, and there’s no guarantee the commission will accept them. The heart of the settlement, however, would involve allowing Amazon to sell e-books at a discounted price for two years. Would cheaper Kindle books be good, clean fun for the whole family? Sure, but it certainly pales in comparison to the potential penalties if Apple and their publishing partners go to trial. by engadget

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Posted by on 31/08/2012 in IT

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