Though it has yet to be officially acknowledged on the CyanogenMod blog (and Cyanogen himself posted an official progress update on CM9 just a few days ago), it appears that CM7.2 Release Candidate (RC) 1 is nearly here - an official changelog has been posted to the CM source review.
Smartphone cameras have quickly taken over as the primary point-and-shoot for many people, and while they offer up a quick way to take a shot, their use is still fairly limited. If you're looking to get more out of your smartphone's camera, then these add-on lenses may be just what the doctor ordered.
What Are They?
They're small lenses that bring three commonly used mods to your smartphone camera: wide angle/macro, fisheye, and telephoto.
Seeing as I'm hopelessly addicted to Portal and Portal 2, I was pretty excited when we came across Asantee's new game Magic Portals. Basically, it's a physics-based puzzler that revolves around the whole portal concept. While it obviously isn't exactly unique, it is absolutely entertaining and fun to play.
So as I said before, the whole game is based on portals - hence the title. As we all know, portals aren't really a magical phenomenon, though.
Nowadays, it's not often that we come across some blurrycam shots of a device and don't know what it is, but that's exactly the case here. Luckily, the shots do reveal some information, and there a few other things we can surmise from there.
Assuming they make it into the final product (this is, after all, a prototype), here's what we're looking at for organs:
1.2GHz dual-core CPU
8MP camera on the back, VGA front-facing camera
WiFi (presumably up to 802.11n) and Bluetooth
Android 4.0.1 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
HTC's Sense 4.0
All in all, nothing really impressive, but a respectable showing for a mid-range smartphone.
Over at Amazon, they're currently offering the DROID 4 for $99 on a new 2-year agreement, and $149.99 for upgrades.
At Wirefly, you can get it for $149 on a new agreement, and at the same price for an upgrade.
The latest RAZR-looking, 5-row-keyboard-sliding, LTE-packing Droid incarnation - the Motorola Droid 4 - went live today on VZW.com and at Verizon Wireless stores nationwide. The Droid 4 is the first LTE-enabled device in the family which makes it much more appealing to those of you who have been shying away from Moto's iconic line due to data speed constraints.
The Droid 4's full specs include:
- 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP4430 processor
- 1GB of RAM
- Android 2.3.5 (Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgradable in the future)
- 4-inch qHD "scratch-and-scrape resistant" display with Gorilla glass
- 16GB internal memory, up to 32 GB microSD card supported
- Full 5-row LED edge-lit laser-cut QWERTY keyboard
- 8MP rear shooter with 1080p HD video capture
- 1.3MP 720p HD front-facing camera
- 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
- 179g (6.31oz)
- 2.8 (w) x 5.0 (h) x 0.5 (d) inches
- CDMA 800, 1900 EVDO REV A/LTE B13 700
- 1785 mAh battery
- Talk time - 12.5 hours, standby time - 8.5 days
Compared to the Droid 3, this device is faster and better all around - it has a faster processor, supports faster data speeds over LTE, and doubles up on the RAM (1GB vs 512MB).
Earlier today, when I read comments from Motorola executive Christy Wyatt over on PCMag explaining that lagging software updates could be blamed in large part on hardware variation, my first response was "really?" Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Motorola has iterated so much hardware in the last year that it has actually promised to cut down on the number of versions of Android handsets it will make.
Specifically, Wyatt made a point of the obvious fact that when Google releases the source code for Android, the only devices it will readily compile on fall into the "Nexus" category.
Remember the LG Phoenix? Yeah, the kind of lackluster little handset that hit AT&T back in April of 2011. Well, turns out that AT&T/LG didn't actually forget about this little guy - in fact, LG just announced an update that brings it up to Android 2.3. It's not coming in the same OTA fashion that we've all gotten spoiled to over the last couple of years, so you'll actually have to work for it if you're ready to say goodbye to Froyo forever.
Yesterday, a security firm called zvelo demonstrated a vulnerability within Google Wallet, cracking its PIN verification system using brute force, giving Wallet access to anyone who had the exploit. It was also revealed that the hack only worked on rooted devices, and Google swiftly reported that a fix for the bug was already being worked on.
Adding to Google Wallet's security worries, a new hack was posted online today, claiming to give access to Google Wallet (sans PIN) on non-rooted devices, requiring just a few steps to gain user information (and funds).
Remember the "entertainment device" that Google has reportedly been testing out at employees' homes? Well, it looks like El Goog could be rolling that same kit out to the retail market sooner than we thought.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Google could push a product later this year used to stream music wirelessly throughout peoples' homes. What's more, it's said that this device will be sold under Google's brand, making it the first full-Google device to reach the consumer market.