Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

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Last Updated: February 28th, 2012

Looks like Samsung is getting a head start on its MWC announcements, and one of the first devices to hit the scene is the Galaxy Beam. While the Beam's specs aren't all that impressive, it does have one trick up its sleeve:

  • 4.0-Inch  480*800 TFT display
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 6GB RAM (this must be a typo, but that's what the Beam's landing page says)
  • 5MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front camera
  • 8GB built-in storage with microSD slot
  • 2000 mAh battery
  • 15 lumen projector

...did you catch the kicker?

25
Feb
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We've taken a look at a few different cases for the Galaxy Nexus over the past several weeks, but they've all been the same type of case: ruggedized. However, not everyone wants a case that is constantly attached to their device.

Some people prefer a much simpler approach, like a slipcase. That's exactly what the Crumena case from SPIGEN SGP (formerly just 'SGP') is -- and it's a damn nice one.

25
Feb
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One of the biggest restrictions that we face as Android users is "device incompatibility" issues in the Market, even though the app in question may work perfectly on our device. For example, according to the Android Market, Plants Vs. Zombies is "incompatible" with my Galaxy Tab 10.1; however, when it was initially released to the Amazon Appstore (and before Popcap was bought by EA), I always played it on the Tab.

24
Feb
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A mysterious update for Chrome for Android just landed in the Market; at this point, though, it's not entirely clear what this update does, as a changelog is seemingly absent from the listing.

Update: Here's the changelog:

Chrome for Android Beta has been updated to 0.16.4215.215, picking up changes that have gone in through Chrome 16.0.912.77.  Beyond the Chrome changes, this update contains:

  • Android Beam support - now beam URLs from Chrome to other devices with NFC.

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Feb
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Last Updated: February 27th, 2012

We love giving stuff away, which is why we do it so often. As you probably know, we normally tell you guys to leave a comment, like a Facebook page, retweet a message, or something similar, and then we pick a winner at random. Today, however, we're going to do something a little bit different.

We're going to play trivia.

Not Android trivia, either (that would be too easy). We're going to play "Oscar Trivia." So, how are we going to do this?

24
Feb
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Yesterday, we took a look at the first pair of ASUS MWC teasers uploaded to the company's YouTube channel. It has now uploaded the third teaser, and, honestly, we're at a loss on this one. Have a look:

Perhaps the company is working on some sort of digital canvas? Honestly, we're not sure what to make of this teaser, and, truth be told, we're not even sure if it's Android related at all.

23
Feb
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While there are advancements in almost every aspect of smartphones on a nearly daily basis, there is one area in which phones have seemingly been the same for years: voice calls. More specifically, call quality. Sure, we have nifty tools like VoIP and the like, but, overall, the quality of conversation whilst talking on a mobile network could use some oomph.

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That's exactly what Fraunhofer IIS, looks to bring to the table at Mobile World Congress next week.

23
Feb
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Droid X users, Motorola and Verizon haven't forgotten about you; not completely, at least. You may not be getting Ice Cream Sandwich (officially, anyway), but Big Red is pushing one hell of a bug-fix update (we spotted it last week) to your device right now.

The OTA update brings fixes to a whole slew of issues that DX users have been dealing with for far too long:

Over the Air Updates

  • Prevents lockups or resets after the Over the Air (OTA) update.
23
Feb
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Like other companies, ASUS hasn't been shying away from teasing what it has in store for Mobile World Congress. While we can't say for sure what the Taiwanese company has up its sleeve, we can make some pretty good guesses based on the pair of teasers to hit its YouTube account thus far.

Divided We Stand, Together We Rock

So, what do we have here? A matryoshka doll taken apart with the words "Divided we stand," then put together with the text "together we rock" across the screen.

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Feb
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The stock launcher in ICS is, without a doubt, the best launcher that Google has ever produced. It offers some great features that previously required the use of a custom launcher, like customizable dock shortcuts and drag-and-drop folder support. Despite being a definite improved over its predecessors, it's still not perfect.

With that in mind, the devs behind WidgetLocker took the ICS launcher to the lab and made it even better.

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