The official IMDb app for Android received an update yesterday. The update, which is now available in the Google Play store, allows you to now view movie trailers in 720P HD. Users now have the option to view movies in 720P, 480P, or “standard resolution”. With the update, you are now able to define the quality of movie trailers if you’re using Wi-Fi or mobile data.
In addition to adding HD trailers, the update also brings along some bug fixes that weren’t detailed. So, overall, the app should work better while giving you access to high quality trailers.
We won’t be seeing the first Google tablet until at least July, if the latest information obtained by the folks over at The Verge is correct. Initially, the tablet was set for a May launch, but sources close to the matter say that the device launch has been pushed back so that it could be tweaked.
By going back to the drawing board, Google is hoping to lower the tablet’s expected $249.99 price tag to something lower. The tablet is going to be produced by Asus, and is going to be a rival to Amazon’s popular $199 Kindle Fire tablet.
The tablet is expected to be a WiFi-only device with a 7-inch display and a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. The tablet is expected to run Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but with Android 5.0 around the corner, one can’t rule out the possibility that Jelly Bean could be the OS on this Nexus tablet.
AT&T will soon be getting their own iteration of the new HTC One X, only it will be coming with a dual-core Qualcomm processor and 4G LTE instead of the Tegra 3 like the international flavor. While we still wait for an official release date from AT&T the device is already starting to make its rounds online and has just posed for the camera — looking exactly like the international model.
While the HTC One X and S are both for sale across Europe we are still waiting stateside for our own. The HTC One S will be arriving on T-Mobile while AT&T gets the 4.7-inch screen packing X instead. We’ve already reviewed both and you can see both of those in detail from the links below. There is a few small differences with the AT&T model and the regular X we reviewed below. The AT&T One X will come with 4G LTE and Qualcomm’s 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, not the quad-core the UK will enjoy. This doesn’t mean it will be slower either. Check out our Tegra 3 vs Qualcomm S4 benchmark battle for more details.
While our reviews were of the international versions of HTC’s upcoming phones today both the One S and One X have leaked as US models. You can see more on the One S branded with T-Mobile here. We already know just about everything there is to know about these new HTC phones, and they are looking amazing to say the least. While these leaks don’t reveal anything we didn’t already know, it is a sign that they are coming, and coming soon.
Stay tuned for more details from T-Mobile and AT&T on these upcoming superphones.
If you’re a big fan of Beats headphones, turn down your bass and listen for a minute. Though HTC has been making a lot of its investment and partnership with the Beats by Dr. Dre brand, it looks like they’re going to be scaling back a bit, at least as far as pack-ins are concerned. That means no free Beats headphones with HTC smartphones, at least for the immediate future. HTC told Cnet that its research suggested that the headphones included with phone like the HTC Sensation XL and Verizon’s Rezound weren’t a significant factor in their buying decisions, making it a fiscally responsible decision to do without them.
HTC invested $300 million into Beats Audio, acquiring 51% of its market value and effectively controlling the smaller company. While Beats still operates independently (and licenses its technology to non-competing manufacturers like Hewlett Packard) HTC has been making the most of the association, incorporating the Beats brand into new smartphones including all three of the HTC One family. Beats amplifiers, equalizers and settings are included in these phones, and the software portions of Beats are being added into older phones like the HTC Vivid as part of their Ice Cream Sandwich/Sense 3.6 update.
None of the One series phones are getting Beats headphones out of the box, though some retailers (including T-Mobile) are using the branding association to try and sell the pricey headphones separately. Beats is doing well enough on its own – the hefty profit margin and celebrity status symbol seems to be making the conglomeration quite enough independent cash. HTC wouldn’t rule out pack-in audio equipment for good, but it’s safe to say that you won’t be seeing any for the next several months at least. Rumors indicate the HTC is planning a subscription music service with MOG Music, but nothing’s come of it yet.
Late last evening, we showed you guys a preview snapshop of Google co-founder Sergey Brin wearing Google’s latest project “Google Glass” augmented reality glasses. Well, the picture wasn’t as clear as we would like. But, as promised, I dug up these higher resolution pictures here for us to examine (or scoff at depending on your position).
As a self conscious tech enthusiast who is always excited to try out the latest gadgets — I just can’t see myself wearing something like this out in public. I admit, the idea is great. Augmented reality is the next frontier when it comes to the future of technology but coming from a geek who already looks silly enough in his skinny jeans and wacky hair… this is just too much of an eyesore for me.
But — detach that main component piece on the right side of Sergey’s face there, and allow me to attach to my favorite pair of sunglasses/spectacles and then you may be onto something. The thing with Google Glass is that it has to be worn and that begins to blur the lines between technology and fashion. One of the few areas I don’t see Google excelling in anytime soon. But, with the help of a few of your favorite celebrities, maybe it’s possible these specs will become the next hot item.
For kicks, I’ve added a this funny video I came across while traveling around the interwebs. It shows us what the world would be like with a bunch of Android nerds wearing these distracting augmented reality glasses (NSFW for language).
The oft-rumored Nexus tablet has reportedly been delayed by a month or two as Google and Asus apply some last-minutes tweaks. The guys at The Verge are indicating that Google wants to adjust the design a bit so that they can come in under the $249 price tag that has been tied to the tablet. We've previously heard that the tablet would hit the $199 barrier that the Amazon Kindle Fire enjoys so this seems to confirm those details.
The hardware is said to feature a 7-inch display, NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core processor (or is it dual-core?), Wi-Fi connectivity, and Ice Cream Sandwich. Considering Amazon's device doesn't offer Bluetooth connection or a camera there's a little wiggle room for differentiation. Slapping a microSD card expansion slot would also go a long way to separating from the glorified ereader/tablet. Some have speculated that one reason for the delay is so that Google can load the next version of Android onto the tablet. Expected to be named Jelly Bean, we should get our first glimpses (at least a logo!) at Google IO in late June.
Just a few days after it was released to the world, the Instagram for Android app received its third update today. The update, which is now available in the Google Play Store, brings support for tablets and WiFi-only devices, such as Samsung’s line of Galaxy Player devices.
Although the app now works on tablets, it’s not a new UI just for tablet devices; the UI appears to be a scaled-up version of the phone’s UI.
In addition to support tablets and WiFi devices, the new update also allows the app to be installed on SD cards (for those of you with limited internal storage), and brings several bug fixes and improvements, including an audio mute bug that was affecting many.
Earlier this week we received more than a couple of reports that the new Galaxy Tab 2, both the 7-inch and 10-inch models from Samsung had been delayed until late April. While things still seem to be on track for a late April release we now have a leaked price too. The folks from Engadget spotted the 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 2 at Office Depot of all places, showing a price tag of only $399 for the Ice Cream Sandwich tablet.
The Galaxy Tab 2 is Samsung’s second attempt at a 10-inch tablet and has a few changes over the original. Those include a slightly thinner chassis, and front facing speaker grills similar to a few models we’ve seen in Germany as of late. Under the hood is the same 1280 x 800 resolution screen and 1.0 GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, so no quad-core here but still plenty fast.
The page has since been pulled, but the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 was spotted at Office Depot’s online store for only $399. A sign that Samsung might finally be realizing they’ve been asking a bit too much for their tablets. After a second look you’ll quickly notice that is for the 8GB model, and sadly the 16GB will probably still be $449. Most likely they’ll also offer a 32GB model priced around $499, which seems high given the price of better tablets like the Transformer Prime.
The Tab 2 has already cleared the FCC, including once with AT&T bands and should be hitting stores in the US soon. Once Samsung makes any official announcements we’ll be sure to update with all the details.
Pantech’s first Android phone on AT&T launched almost a year ago, running 2.2 Froyo – which was already six months out of date at the time. Today Pantech introduced a Gingerbread update for the QWERTY phone, making several people who had probably given up hope of ever seeing a newer version of Android very happy. Well, moderately happy, anyway – it’s not Ice Cream Sandwich after all. The standard bugfixes are present, along with a few new features.
These include support for SIP VOIP, native video chat in Gtalk, and a download manager. Naturally the user interface has been updated with Gingerbread elements, but Pantech is still insisting upon its own Android skin. Interestingly, Pantech isn’t sending out the update over the air as usual, but is sending it out via a PC update application. This is becoming something of a trend – Sony’s decided that all of its promised Android updates will need a computer to apply them.
The Crossover’s 600mhz processor and 512MB of RAM should be enough to run Gingerbread, just don’t expect it to be a seped demon. But depending on how well the software’s implemented, slightly better performance can certainly be hoped for. Oh, and if you’re waiting for Ice Cream Sandwich… don’t. Froyo was the last frozen treat this little guy’s ever going to see.
Instagram has a new update available in the Google Play Store. For fans of using bulky tablets to take photos, the app now supports Android devices of the larger variety. Otherwise we get bug fixes and the option to install the app to an SD card. You can grab the latest version over at Google Play now.