Tuesday 9 October 2012


Rumours of a new HTC phablet grow!

   There have been rumours about HTC making a challenger to Samsung's self-invented 'phablet' market for quite a while now. But, everything had gone quite quiet on that front until the rumours were reignited today by a pair of tweets from @EVleaks and @Football4PDA.
   We've heard about this, HTC DLX device a couple of times before with a very similar set of specs to what these tipsters have posted today.

   The amazing thing is that if these rumours turn out to be true, then we are looking at a phone that would have a PPI count of 480!!! That completely shatters the iPhone 5's 326PPI and the 342PPI on HTC's 4.3inch Rezound! It would also completely trump the screen resolutions of it's competitors; the Galaxy Note and the Galaxy Note II, both of which have PPI's in the high 200's! 

   We'll have to wait and see what comes of these rumours, but if HTC did launch a device like this, it's hard to see it not being pretty popular! The only concerns we have are that there's no mention of an SD Card slot, again, and the battery is non-removable. Well we suppose we can't have everything can we?!

Samsung launch their new Galaxy Music!

Samsung Galaxy Music

   The picture above is of Samsung's latest foray into the low-end phone market and it reminds us somewhat of some of Alcatel's little phones, see right.

   The phone will be offer with both single-SIM version and dual-SIM options and the specs reflect the low price point. Samsung will be offering you an 850MHz processor and 512MB of RAM to power Android 4.0 on the 3-inch QVGA screen. On top of that you'll get a 3-megapixel (fixed-focus) camera and a 1300mAh battery to power your relatively expansive list of connections, which include HSPA and Wi-Fi (with Direct abilities) connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS. On the storage front there's 4GB of internal storage but mercifully there's also a microSD card slot. 

   Ohh and the device hasn't just been randomly assigned it's, Galaxy Music name. The device has a couple of really nice features; it's got dual-front stereo speakers, Sound Alive, SRS, Smart Volume, Samsung's Music Hub, a dedicated music key and FM Radio with the antenna built in!

   Interestingly, the company has listed, on the tech specs, that there's a "WVGA Projector (9 Lumen @ 1W)" which is a very cool little feature to add in, but we've not seen much in the marketing material to confirm that one! Which is slightly strange because we'd normally expect that to be a stand out feature!

   The price for such a cool little bit of kit? We don't know yet! We can guess it'll be either high double digits or low triple digits, but we don't know for sure! If there's any updates we'll be sure to let you know!
Google releases Android 4.1.2 to AOSP!

   Google has released Android 4.1.2 to their AOSP today! After having seen this update floating around on a few LG Nexus leaks lately, the stories have had their credibility greatly enhanced by the news! We're not currently sure what features the update will bring but, if anything changes we'll be sure to let you know!

[EDIT] As the update has started rolling out to Nexus 7's it's been revealed that the update allows landscape mode!!! It also brings 'improved performance and stability and bug fixes', to quote Google directly!
  • Motorola's Atrix 2 has finally received it's update to Android 4.0 ICS today!
  • There has been rumblings today that Samsung and Google are collaborating on a new 'Nexus 10'. Which would be a 10" variant of the Nexus 7, but the killer feature is reported to be a 2560 x 1600 display with a 299 ppi. The 299 pixels per inch number beats out the 2048 x 1536 264ppi display on Apple's latest and greatest iPad. The rumour came along with suggests that there will be a $99 tablet from Google in time for christmas, looks like we'll have to wait and see how true these turn out to be!
  • Android security company, Lookout, have posted a new feature today called Lookout Signal Flare. The app will automatically show the last known location of a phone, if it has been lost or stolen and it's battery is about to die! It might not necessarily help you find your phone, but any clue to it's whereabouts is better than nothing right?
And finally, is this LG's upcoming Nexus? It's looking quite convincing at the moment, because the device is running Android 4.1.2 which was released today! Via Engadget.

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