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ASUS Unveils The MeMO Pad 10 With A Quad-Core Processor

Asus has officially unveiled the MeMO Pad 10 for apparently only Thailand. As the name suggests, the MeMO Pad 10 sports a 10.1-inch WXGA (1280*800) display,  and is powered by a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz.

Other specs of the tablet include 16GB of on-board storage, 1GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, a 1.2MP front-facing camera and a 5MP snapper at the back. The usual bunch of sensors and connectivity features are also on-board, except for 3G connectivity. On the software side, Asus has blessed the MeMO Pad 10 with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

At the moment it looks like the tablet will only be available in Thailand for the time being. Asus may announce a global version of the MeMO Pad 10 at the upcoming Mobile World Congress. In Thailand, the tablet will be available in a bunch of colors including Black, Blue and Pink for around THD 10,900 (roughly $360).

New Nexus 4 Ad From Google Shows The Power Of Google Now

Google has shown off the power of Google Now in its latest advertisement for the Nexus 4. The commercial was aired during the Grammy’s thus garnering a lot of eye-balls.

While the Nexus 4 should have been the highlight of the ad, it is Google Now that steals the spotlight with its smartness. Below is the full 1-minute video of the advertisement -:

With the Nexus 4 back in stock in Play Store of different regions of the world, Google could not have found a much better time to show the Nexus 4 advert.

Google’s Project Glass Gets Patent

It’s reality like you’ve never seen before. Google has just acquired a patent for Project Glass which is aimed at changing people’s lives forever and how they view it. Google’s Project Glass has already received space here on this blog with my colleagues Chinmoy and Pallab writing about it here and here. Very recently, a test report described the prototype for Google’s wearable computing project was released. It described all the cool features of the Project Glass ‘smart glasses’ headset.

Sky divers tested Google Glasses while freefalling. (Courtesy: Google)

A new paradigm to hearing

Google recently sought – and obtained – patentfor their audio transmission technology titled ‘Wearable Computing Device with Indirect Bone-Conduction Speaker’. It doesn’t use earplugs, as that might interfere with the ambient sounds, but transmits sounds via the skull bones into the inner ear. This is a refined version of what Beethoven is said to have done about his own deafness – he put a rigid rod between the piano and his head, so that he could pick up vibrations from the piano. While the success of that experiment is unknown, Google has certainly impressed people with their bone-conduction technology. Reviewers however rate the quality of sound to be slightly lower than the earplug sound quality, but it is good enough for most purposes.

More things to be packed in!

The Heads-Up Display is also being modernized. Google plans to incorporate most features of the Android OS onto the display. Its concept video shows all sorts of cool additions, like Google Maps, Video chats on the go and sharing display while video chatting, but these will take a long time to incorporate.   Google showed off the glasses by having skydivers sound and video test it. A group of skydivers relayed live photos from the glasses last year as they dropped down towards the Google developers’ forum. Publicly promoting the glasses was Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin who was spotted sporting these shades!

The future?

The market seems to be ripe for picking. A lot of companies are vying for the Head-Up display eyegear, and Microsoft and Motorola have filed their respective patents in order to bite into the massive potential market pie. However, Google seems to be heads and shoulders above these companies when it comes to this market share. Only time will tell whether Google can create – and rule over – this niche in the highly competitive hardware market.

Nexus 4 Makes An Appearance In White; Coming Soon?

It looks like LG and Google are soon going to unveil a white Nexus 4. The folks over at Tinhte have managed to get their hands on a white Nexus 4.

Externally, there are no changes in the white Nexus 4, except for everything being white compared to the black variant that is available now. The crystal reflection as seen on the black Nexus 4 is also visible on the white Nexus 4 under the right angles and lighting conditions.

Like the Galaxy Nexus though, the front of the white Nexus 4 is absolutely black, making for a nice (or weird) contrast.

At the moment it is unconfirmed as to when Google and LG plan to release the white variant of the Nexus 4. Up until now, LG and Google had been struggling to meet the demand of the Nexus 4, and it was only yesterday that the handset went back in sale on the Play Store in the United States and Canada.

Head over to Tinhte for more pictures of the Nexus 4 in white.

Motorola Releases The Non-Android Motogo! In Mexico

Motogo! Announced For Mexico

Motorola has just announced the Motogo!, a new feature phone exclusive to the Mexican market. The device doesn’t run Android, though Motorola was acquired by Google in mid-2012. The device features a full QWERTY keyboard with navigation controls and doesn’t sport a touchscreen. Motogo! looks to be a decent phone for SMS and social networking. As far as connectivity goes, the Motogo! supports 3G cellular networks and has a Wi-Fi chip.

The Motogo!’s software is where the device truly gets interesting. Even though the phone isn’t running Android, it seems to have a strong Google influence. The phone is integrated with many Google services like Google Talk, Google Search and Gmail amongst others. The device even has a hardware Google Search button which can be used to quickly start a Google Search.

The device is supposed to feature a small price-tag and seems to be a pretty good purchase for those who want a basic phone. With Google integration, an MP3 player and a camera, this could be one of the best feature phones on the market. As of now, we’re not sure if the device will launch outside of Mexico.

Am I the only one that thinks this device looks a lot like Google’s early Android prototype?

Source: Motorola via The Verge

LG Optimus G Pro Specs Leak; Confirms Its Existence

The LG Optimus G was among the first Android phones to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked at 1.5GHz and an Adreno 320 GPU. The Nexus 4 from Google and LG is also based on the Optimus G and sports similar specs as the Optimus G.

Even though the Optimus G is not yet widely available, rumors of LG working on the Optimus G successor has been floating around for quite sometime. Today, Blog Of Mobile have managed to get their hands on some leaked pictures that suggest that LG will soon be releasing the Optimus G Pro in Japan.

The Optimus G Pro is more of an iterative upgrade over the Optimus G. It packs in a 5-inch 1080p HD display and a Krait CPU from Qualcomm clocked at 1.7GHz. Other specs of the handset remain more or less the same – 13MP camera, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 2GB of RAM, 32GB storage space, LTE, GPS with A-GPS, dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, NFC and a bunch of sensors. LG has also beefed up the battery of the Pro to 3000mAh to take into account the increase in screen size and a power hungry processor.

In all probability, LG will announce the handset at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that is just a month away from now.

Via – Engadget

LG France Mobile Director Talks About The Nexus 4 And Rumors Surrounding It

The Nexus 4 launch has been nothing short of a disaster for Google and LG. The handset sold out minutes after being up for purchase on the Play Store, and since then the supply of the handset is still erratic. To make matters worse, both LG and Google have been absolutely mum about this matter frustrating potential buyers.

Now, in an interview with Challenges.fr, LG France’s Mobile Division director – Cathy Robin – has spoken in detail about the Nexus 4, its shortage issues, and regarding the rumors of LG shutting down production of the handset. She even rubbishes the 375,000 estimated sales figure of the Nexus 4 saying that it is way lower than the actual figure.

While the interview is originally in french, it has been translated into English by a floflo81 on Reddit. Below are some excerpts from the interview -:

What’s happening with the Nexus 4, a very competitive but unavailable product?

The Nexus 4 indeed offers an excellent technical specs/price ratio. The stock issues aren’t complety related to LG. Google submitted us some sales predictions calculated from their sales history for the previous Nexus.

However they were lower than the actual demand. The current shipments from LG to Google match what had been preordered on the Google Play site. We still ship them regularly. But it’s “just-in-time”. That’s why the Nexus 4 is always shown as sold out and the potential buyers have the feeling they can’t buy it.

As an example, the initial predictions of Google were 10 times higher for the United Kingdom and for Germany. So we ship a lot more to these countries than to France. There was a happy medium that was badly anticipated. But mind that I’m not blaming anyone. Between Google and LG, everything is going smoothly. Today, if we want to increase the shipments pace, there will be a 6-week delay.

Is the Nexus 4 sold at a loss, as it has been said?

We have no incentive to sell it at a loss. However there was an agreement between Google and LG to sell it at a very compelling price. And it’s true that €299 for the 8GB and €349 for the 16GB, that’s a super attractive price.

The whole interview clears up a lot of rumors regarding the Nexus 4, and how the handset has helped increased LG’s reputation among international carriers. Head over to Reddit to read the full interview in english.

Android 4.2.2 Shown Running On A Nexus 4

Rumors about Android 4.2.2 running on a Nexus 4 started floating around since last week, when an image of a Nexus 4 running Android 4.2.2 surfaced in Brazil. The rumor indicated that the latest batch of Nexus 4 rolling out from LG’s factory in Brazil is already running Android 4.2.2.

Today, a Czech site – SmartMania.cz – casually showed off Android 4.2.2 running on a Nexus 4 in an overview video of the phone. The previous image and this video all but confirm the existence of Android 4.2.2. Don’t expect Android 4.2.2 to bring any new features or UI changes though.

The minor bump in the Jelly Bean version is only aimed at improving the overall performance, stability and battery life of all the Nexus devices, that has gone down considerably in Android 4.2.1.

If you think that the above video is fake and just a build.prop edit, then check the video again. The leaked picture and the video show the Nexus 4 using a newer .44 radio/baseband that at least, for me, proves the authenticity of the video and image.

Samsung Exynos 5 Octa SoC Uses PowerVR GPU Instead Of ARM’s Mali GPU

One of the highlights of this year CES was the announcement of an Octa-Core mobile SoC from Samsung – the Exynos 5 Octa. This absolute beast of an SoC makes use of ARM’s big.LITTLE implementation and packs 4 Cortex-A15 based cores, and 4 lower-power Cortex-A7 based cores, manufactured on the 28nm HKMG process.

The use of ARM’s big.LITTLE technology will allow this SoC to provide the best of both worlds – performance and battery life. On the GPU side, it was assumed that Samsung went with ARM’s Mali GPU, which was found inside the Galaxy S II and the Galaxy S III.

However, it looks like Samsung may have had a change of heart and has instead used PowerVR’s Imagination GPU on its latest SoC. AnandTech has confirmed from multiple sources that the Exynos 5 Octa SoC packs in three cores of PowerVR SGX543 GPU, with each core clocked at 533MHz.

This is the same GPU that Apple uses in its A5 and A5X SoC, with the latter being found inside the third generation iPad. Considering the PowerVR SGX543 inside the Exynos 5 Octa SoC is clocked so high, it should be able to beat the 3rd generation iPad in benchmarks. However, it won’t be able to surpass the performance of the A6/X SoC found inside the iPhone 5 and the fourth-generation iPad.

There is a very strong possibility that Samsung will end up using the Exynos 5 Octa SoC on its upcoming Galaxy S IV smartphone.

Beta Version Of Chrome For Android Hits The Play Store

Google introduced Chrome for Android with Android 4.1 and the Nexus 7. With the launch of the Nexus 4 and Android 4.2, the company ditched the stock AOSP browser for Chrome. While Chrome for Android is feature-filled, it has some major performance issues even on devices with a dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM.

Google aims to bring Chrome for Android on level with its desktop counterpart in terms of security and performance. Keeping this in mind, the company has released a beta version of Chrome for Android in the Play Store. Like the beta channel for the desktop version of Chrome, the beta version of Chrome for Android will provide users with some new experimental features, under-the-hood changes, bug-fixes and much more.

The official blog post from Google states that the beta version of Chrome for Android should already feature at least 25-30% improvement in Octane benchmarks on average. Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 users who have already tried the beta version of the browser have also reported an improvement in the performance of the app.

The beta version of Chrome for Android can be installed side-by-side with the stable version available on the Play Store.