Motorola and Verizon Unveil The DROID RAZR MAXX

Along with the Droid 4, Motorola and Verizon also announced a new member of the Droid RAZR family, the Droid RAZR MAXX. As its name suggests, the RAZR MAXX takes the Droid RAZR to the next level.

While the RAZR MAXX is not as slim as its sibling, it still has a decent waistline of 8.9mm. This allows Motorola to cram in a bigger removable battery on the handset. While the size of the battery is unknown at the moment, Motorola states that the RAZR MAXX can provide continuous talk-time of up to 21 hours on a single-charge!

The  RAZR packs in a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED ‘Advanced’ screen with qHD (960×640) resolution. Internally, the MAXX packs in a 1.2GHz dual-core processor OMAP 4630 processor, a PowerVR SGX 650 GPU, 1GB of RAM, comes with a Kevlar back, an 8MP camera at its back, a 1.3MP camera in the front, and a microSD card slot. The usual sensors and connectivity features including support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network is also present.

The Droid RAZR MAXX will cost users $299.99 on a two-year contract. The handset is expected to hit Verizon’s retail stores in the coming weeks.

Sony Ericsson and AT&T Unveil The Xperia ION; Comes With a 12MP Camera!

Along with the Galaxy Note, AT&T also announced Sony Ericsson’s first ever 4G LTE handset, the Xperia Ion. The Ion is also the first dual-core touting phone from the Japanese handset manufacturer.

The Xperia Ion comes with a 4.6-inch HD Reality Display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine with a 720p (1280×720) resolution. Internally, the handset is powered by the dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor from Qualcomm which is clocked at 1.5GHz, and is accompanied by an Adreno 220 GPU.

“With Xperia ion, we’re bringing together several firsts that will take users beyond the smartphone,” said Paul Hamnett, President, Sony Ericsson North America. “Designed to deliver a seamless experience across the multiple screens we use to play, watch, listen, and share, Xperia ion is the gateway to entertainment when and – most importantly – where you want it.”

At the back of the Ion is a whopping 12MP camera with Exmor R sensor, which is insanely fast as well. Sony states that the camera foes from standby mode to first run in just 1.5 seconds. There is a front-facing camera on the handset as well. Both the front facing camera and the camera at the back are capable of recording videos in HD resolution.

The Xperia Ion is also a PlayStation certified phone, which gives users early access to some high-quality games specially optimized for their handset. The handset will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread with SE’s Timescape UX on top of it, and will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update sooner than later. Like all other handsets announced by AT&T, the carrier did not announce as to when and how much the Ion will cost.

AT&T Announces The Galaxy Note With a Few Minor Changes

AT&T just announced the Galaxy Note at their on-going Developer Summit at CES 2012. The news of this smartphone-cum-tablet coming to the carrier had leaked quite a few times before so it’s not really a big surprise.

Externally, the AT&T’s version of the Galaxy Note is similar to its European sibling except for some minor differences. While the beautiful and HUGE 5.3-inch HD Super-AMOLED display with a mind-boggling 1280×800 resolution is intact, the 2 capactive,  1 hardware key combo has been replaced by 4 capactive keys.

Internally, the difference between the European Note and the AT&T version is quite huge though. The AT&T version packs in a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor, an Adreno 220 GPU and 1GB of RAM. All other usual features like accelerometer, gyroscope and connectivity features like Wi-Fi, GPS etc. are also present. The Note will also support’s AT&T’s new and blazing fast 4G LTE network.

Sadly, AT&T did not mention anything as to when the Note will hit its network or how much it will cost.


Sprint Announces The Galaxy Nexus; Supports Its Upcoming 4G LTE Network!

Sprint just became the first carrier in the United States to announce the Galaxy Nexus in the United States, and end Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus exclusivity on it.

The specs of the Sprint’ version of the Galaxy Nexus remain same as its Verizon’s counterpart, which includes a beautiful 4.65-inch HD Super-AMOLED screen with a 720p (720×1280) resolution. Internally the Nexus packs in a 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP 4460 processor, a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 1GB of RAM and 16/32GB of Internal memory. The usual bunch of sensors like Accelerometer, Gyroscope etc. and connectivity features like GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi etc are also present. At the back of the Galaxy Nexus is a 5MP camera with zero-shutter lag, which is also capable of recording videos in Full HD (1080p) resolution. Most importantly, the Galaxy Nexus runs on the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Galaxy Nexus will also be the first phone to hit Sprint’s network which will support the carrier’s upcoming 4G LTE network.

Sadly, Sprint did not announce anything as to when the Galaxy Nexus will exactly hit its network, and how much $$ it will cost. What Sprint did announce is that they will be releasing nearly 15 4G LTE devices in throughout this year

Ubuntu TV- TV for Human Beings, Revealed at CES 2012

Canonical has recently revealed a concept for a fully featured TV application, based on Ubuntu. It is known as the Ubuntu TV, and has been revealed at CES 2012. Ubuntu TV competes directly with Google TV in its attempt to redefine the entertainment experience on television. It has some amazing features and the first commercial appearance of the TV is expected by the end of this year.

From the CEO’s Desk

In an interview with PC Pro, Canonical CEO Jane Silber says,

It is a simple viewing experience for online video, both your own and routed over the internet. OEMs and ODMs are increasingly wary of the walled garden [approach] that certainly Apple takes – and increasingly Google, although it is much more open than Apple. We see a lot of demand for a neutral player.

Jane Silber knows Canonical is up against Google and Apple with this technology, and therefore, it are offering the software free of charge to gain a competitive edge. The source code for Ubuntu TV will be released later today, allowing developers to customize and modify it, as they want. Jane Silber takes pride in saying “Ubuntu TV will provide viewers with a neutral player”.


Ubuntu TV will let you stream media content like music, videos an photos from your PC to your TV. You can search, watch, record and play streaming videos. It will also allow media sharing with portable devices using Ubuntu One. You can also share your screen with tablets and smartphones. Like the Software Center in Ubuntu, Ubuntu TV will have an online store where developers can submit their apps for Ubuntu TV. Besides, the application will be controlled with a smartphone or with a TV remote.

Ubuntu TV for Content Providers and Hardware manufacturer

Canonical is calling the technology a Smart TV. Canonical will need to partner with OEMs to enter into production with this new product. This can be an excellent deal for TV manufacturers, now that global content distribution rules, OS development and software engineering  will be handled by Canonical completely.


This is Canonical’s first attempt to move beyond the PC. However, this technology of  smart TV has only seen sluggish growth so far, and there is definitely something wrong with the feeble attempts that everyone is making at enriching our TV viewing experience. In spite of a strong marketing force, Google TV has not reached many houses yet.

Initial markets of interest for this product will be the US and China. Canonical plans to extend it to the UK later. However, these markets will prove to be profitable only when Canonical makes local-content deals.

Acer Unveils The A700 Tablet Packing a FullHD Display and Running Ice Cream Sandwich

Acer has unveiled a bunch of new devices in a pre-CES event in Las Vegas, including ultrabooks, a new cloud service and a new tablet – the A700. The tablet had made a pre-CES special appearance in Russia late last year.

The A700 is among the first Android tablets to come with a 10.1-inch display with a whopping FullHD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Internally, the tablet packs in a gig of RAM, a microSD card slot, an HDMI port, Wi-Fi and a bunch of sensors. While not the thinnest, the A700 is relatively thin with a 9.8mm waistline.

The A700 is powered by a 1.3GHz Tegra 3 quad-core SoC from Nvidia and runs in the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich – with some minor modifications from Acer.

Acer did not announce anything about the pricing of the tablet or as to when the A700 will hit the retail stores. Compared to all the previous tablet offerings from Acer, the A700 is definitely a step up. Now, if only the company can price the tablet right and release it quickly as well.

Nokia’s Qt on RIM’s PlayBook

Nokia’s defunct Qt software stack is headed to RIM’s dead PlayBook tablet. Will 2 wrongs make a right?

In an email to the Qt Project mailing list, Nokia’s Strategic Account Manager, Adam Weinrich has voiced his plans to coordinate a Qt keynote at RIM’s BlackBerry DevCon in Amsterdam, as well as developer outreach at Mobile World Congress in February 2012.

There is a Qt port for QNX/BBX/RIM devices.

Lets get this ecosystem involved in the Qt-Project!

Yes, I know, the code is not yet in the Qt-Project repository but it should be forthcoming. The QNX/BBX/RIM ecosystem are very open to engaging with the Qt community and the Qt Project.

I am coordinating a Qt keynote and training at the Blackberry DevCon in Amsterdam in February as well as doing outreach to their developers at Mobile World Congress. They are offering discounts to these events to Qt-Project community.

The Qt Developer Experience team will also be showing off Qt on the current playbook at the Qt booth at CES and MWC. Those who already owns a playbook, develops for Blackberry devices or are interested in becoming involved are encouraged to get involved with this new Qt port.

Let me know if you have any insight or interests in making this a win-win for Qt and this new community.

Cheers, Adam

Qt is a cross-platform application and UI framework. It’s available for Nokia’s past platforms – Symbian and MeeGo, with unofficial ports for iOS, webOS and Android, as well as solid support for Linux, Mac and Windows on the desktop. While this is a good way to increase the footprint of Qt on embedded and mobile devices, the PlayBook has seen less than enthusiastic sales.

With RIM rumoured to be releasing new  BBX BlackBerry 10  devices in late 2012, there is a very good chance that Qt on QNX will be polished and highly functional; with apps and games in tow, hopefully. Although the PlayBook has hit an all-time low of $199, the BlackBerry development team are said to be providing hardware at a discounted rate for developers who are interested in the platform.

Is this a move from Nokia to make Qt relevant? Is this a push from RIM to make the PlayBook relevant, while selling devices to bolster sales numbers? Either way, it’s an effort from both companies and it’s sure to make Qt enthusiasts rejoice.

Video Calling Coming to Windows Phone

Windows Phone 7 is a fantastic operating system, one that has real potential. However, there is still a lot of work to be done, and Microsoft knows it.

In a comment to Neowin, a Microsoft employee divulged that Microsoft is currently working on a Facetime like application for Windows Phone 7.


Although details are scarce, a snippet of code from Microsoft.Phone.Media.Extended.dll confirms that Microsoft is indeed working towards supporting front-facing cameras. It’s unclear if the video calling app will be added to Windows Phone 7 itself, or if it is destined for Windows Phone 8. Rumors suggest that a front-facing camera might be added as a mandatory hardware requirement for Windows Phone 8.

It’s not surprising that Microsoft is working on a voice calling app for Windows Phone 7. After all, Facetime was one of the major selling points for the iPhone 4. It was one of the features that appealed to the common man.

Samsung and Verizon Announce 4G LTE Enabled Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy TabAt Verizon’s CES 2011 press conference, it announced a lot of new devices, including smartphones and tablets. With the Motorola Xoom, it also announced an upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The refreshed Galaxy Tab will offer some improvements over its predecessor.

It will now be powered by a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor. It will also offer 4G LTE connectivity and will have a better 5 MP camera.

Everything else will be the same as the original Galaxy Tab, including the display, RAM, OS and other specs.

No details about the pricing of the new Galaxy Tab have announced yet.

via Samsung

Acer Announces The Acer Liquid Mini Smartphone

acer liquid mini

Recently, we posted that, Acer announced the beTouch E210 QWERTY Phone, and now the company announced another touchscreen phone, the Acer Liquid Mini at the CES 2011 in Las Vegas. This handset is powered by the Android 2.2 (FroYo) operating system, which allows you to access more than 200,000 apps from the Android Market. Acer Liquid Mini is DLNA certified, which means that, you can enjoy content from your computer on your phone.

Acer Liquid Mini features a 3.2 inch HVGA touchscreen display with 480 x 320 pixels resolution, Android 2.2 (FroYo) OS, 600 MHz Qualcomm 7227 processor, HSDPA support, DLNA connectivity, Wi-Fi, 5 megapixel camera with 480p video recording, Bluetooth, GPS, stereo FM radio, 512MB RAM, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 6.5 hours of talk time, up to 20 hours of stand-by time and more.

This handset will be available in 5 vibrant colors – jet silver, royal blue, piano black, lime green and light pink. It allows you to view and edit popular office files (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and PDF) and send them through your work email with support for Microsoft Exchange. Acer Liquid Mini will be available from April 11 in the UK. The price of this handset has not been announced yet.