Google's neat-o Goggles app has just been updated to 1.6, and brings intelligent photo recognition to the table. What exactly does that mean? Well, I can't put it much better than the official announcement:
Sprint's LG Optimus S may be a budget Android device, but apparently that isn't going to stop Sprint and LG from providing Android updates going forward. Today, Sprint announced via its Community Forums that an update to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) is rolling out to some devices beginning today, with all devices being updated within 10 days.
Verizon just keeps pumping out LTE connectivity in new areas across the country -- we saw no less than 15 cities get their piece of the LTE pie last month, and now 26 more are all set to get lit up tomorrow, September 15th. VZW already dropped the names of 15 of those cities last month, but here's the list in its entirety:
- Fort Smith and Jonesboro, AR
- San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, CA
- Daytona, FL
- Bloomington, Champaign/Urbana, Rockford and Springfield, IL
- the Quad Cities, IL/IA; Iowa City, IA
- Shreveport, LA
- Kalamazoo and Saginaw, MI
- Reno, NV
- Las Cruces, NM
- Fargo, ND
- Canton, Lima and Mansfield, OH
- Dyersburg, TN
- the Tri-Cities, TN/VA
- Austin, Beaumont/Port Arthur, Wichita Falls and El Paso, TX.
VZW customers in San Francisco, CA; Indianapolis, IN; and Cleveland/Akron, OH can also expect an expanded LTE coverage area.
We already know about NVIDIA's Kal-El project which will bring quad-core chips to phones and tablets beginning later this year, and now Qualcomm has stepped up its game as well, announcing plans for its own quad-core badassery.
I'm just going to get right to it: we could start seeing 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon processors powering devices sometime in early 2012. Not only that, but these new powerhouse chips will also be sporting Adreno Graphics, 3D, full 1080p, and LTE connectivity as a standard.
HTC Merge users on US Cellular, your day has come. Forget about Froyo, aka Android 2.2, and zoom straight to the latest version of Android available for non-Nexus phones - 2.3.4 "Gingerbread" (HTC version 3.10.573.1 to be exact - the image below taken from the update guide is outdated).
The update will need to be applied on a computer using HTC Sync and will wipe your device clean of emails, contacts, calendars, apps, bookmarks, and any other personalization - it'll basically be back to stock.
If you head over to FOSSPatents this morning, you'll find a rather lengthy article about Google's acquisition of Motorola that ends with the following conclusion:
Google bought MMI to prevent the worst for Google's strategy, not to make things better for everyone else.
In a way, the $12.5 billion price represents protection money. But not in the way most people seem to think.
This statement is obviously contrary to the heaps of coverage the Motorola-Google deal received from major news outlets, blogs, and Android enthusiasts.
If you've been waiting for the pricetag on the ultra-sleek Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to hit sub-$400 before picking one up, then your waiting ends now -- Daily Steals is offering 16GB models for a mere $350 (it's worth noting that these are refurbished units, though).
The Tab 10.1 packs a punch under the hood, with specs that rival (and in some cases, best) all the current Honeycomb tablets on the market:
- 10.1-inch 1280x800 LCD
- 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB storage
- Android 3.1 with TouchWiz
This deal ends at 8:00PM PST, so if you plan on taking advantage of it you better hurry and make it happen!
HTC has officially announced the previously-rumored update to the Sensation, dubbed the XE. We heard about it a few weeks ago as the "Special Edition" (or SE), and it looks like the leaked details were spot-on, right down to the Beats Audio integrations.
The press release for the XE touts it provides "the ultimate audio experience." When using the included Beats earbuds (pictured), the phone will switch to a special sound profile, "delivering audio tracks tuned specifically for the headphones."
Other specs of the XE:
- 1.5GHz dual-core CPU
- 4.3" qHD SLCD
- 8MP rear camera, VGA front
- 1080p vidoe recording
- microSD card (8GB or 16GB) in-box
The phone is scheduled to launch in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Asia Pacific later this month.
Sprint announced its version of the LG Optimus Black earlier today, which will be known as the LG Marquee. It's a solid mid-range phone, with an appropriate pricetag:
- 4-inch 480x800 NOVA display
- 1GHz single-core processor
- 512MB RAM
- 2GB built-in storage
- 5MP and 2MP cameras
- Android 2.3
- $99 with a two-year agreement
This definitely seems like a worthy contender if you're looking for a solid smartphone on Sprint but don't need the power (or pricetag) of the Photon, EVO 3D, or Epic 4G Touch.