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31 Dec 12 LG Nexus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Nexus: Camera shootout


We had a run-in with Google’s flagship smartphone today and we put it to work right away. The Nexus 4 is built by LG and follows the Galaxy Nexus very closely in terms of design and aesthetics. We’ll have an in-depth first impressions of the phone for you very soon, but first, how about a little camera showdown against the Galaxy Nexus. The camera in the previous phone was only good if all the conditions were ideal like a bright summer’s day. Anything else and you might as well not bother taking the phone out of your pocket. The Nexus 4 on the other hand has an 8MP BSI sensor from Sony, so we can expect great things from it, especially in low light.

We will be comparing it with other handsets like the iPhone 5, Lumia 920, etc in the future but for now, we just want to see how much of an improvement it is over its predecessor.

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We’ve shot a quick hands-on video of the LG Nexus 4, highlighting its design and build as well as a quick comparison with the Galaxy Nexus itself. We also get to see the new powerful Qualcomm SoC in action through a quick lap of NFS: Most Wanted.

Good detail on both but the Nexus 4 edges out the GNex with better depth of field

Good detail on both but the Nexus 4 edges out the GNex with better depth of field

 

In the first out door test, both cameras appear to capture very good amount of detail. However, the colours are a bit exaggerated in the Galaxy Nexus as compared the Nexus 4. Also, the depth of field is stronger in the Nexus 4 as the blue wall and shrubs in the background are more blurred out.

No real competition here

No real competition here

 

Our second test was indoors, under sufficient ambient lighting. Here, the BSI sensor come into play by offering a much better white balance as well as a lot more detail. The Galaxy Nexus is simply unable to capture enough detail and colours in this sort of lighting.

Good detail and accurate colours from the Nexus 4

Good detail and accurate colours from the Nexus 4

 

We finally come to our macro test. Once again, the Nexus 4 came out on top with better white balance and much better contrast. The detail is also a lot better.

There’s no word when the Nexus 4 will actually launch in India but latest rumours state a possibility of an early Jan launch. You can buy the handset right now from the gray market for approximately Rs 36,000 for the 16GB model. You can read our in-depth first impressions of the handset right here.

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Article source: http://tech2.in.com/features/smartphones/lg-nexus-4-vs-samsung-galaxy-nexus-camera-shootout/664542

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31 May 12 Samsung Galaxy S3 S Voice App Starts Working On Other Androids Again



Samsung Galaxy S3 S Voice(Photo: Samsung | Mobile Apps)

The most innovative feature of Samsung Galaxy S3 – S Voice – was hacked and ported to other Android smartphones last week. However, the joy was short lived as Samsung quickly figured it out and restricted the device access to servers required for functioning of the app. Surprisingly, however, the leaked S Voice app is functional again on Android smartphones other than Galaxy S3, if the latest reports are to be believed.

According to The Verge, the leaked S Voice app has started working again on ICS powered non-Samsung smartphone without any change in the code. Samsung’s voice assistant S Voice has been released on the company’s new flagship smartphone. It was hacked and distributed to the public around the same time. S Voice is an updated version of the voice assistant found in Galaxy S2. The app is widely popular due to its Siri-like functionality. S Voice can virtually do anything that Apple Siri does. You can place a call, text a friend, check weather, organize meetings, open apps and even shoot pictures on voice guidance.

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Earlier, it took less than a day for Samsung to shut down the unauthorized access to the app. However, it appears that Samsung has opened the gates to the servers and the leaked S Voice apk app is again working on other Ice Cream Sandwich devices. Folks at Android Community also confirmed the functioning of the app on Samsung Galaxy Nexus and HTC Sensation.

You can download the S Voice app in .apk file format from XDA Developer forums. However, to install it, you will need to enable application installations from non-market sources. Go to Settings – Security – Device Administration and check the “unknown sources” option on any Android 4.0 ICS powered smartphone.

In case, you have already installed the app and it is not working, it is recommended to re-install the app again.

Article source: http://www.mobilenapps.com/articles/2413/20120530/samsung-galaxy-s3-s-voice-app-starts.htm

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31 May 12 Android 4.0.4 update for Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus is imminent


Verizon Galaxy Nexus Press shotsVerizon’s Android 4.0.4 update for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus could be considered to be long overdue by some, and last we checked it was available as a direct download from Google which had to be flashed onto the device, making the update highly unsuitable for the less tech savvy. Well it looks like after all the waiting, rumors and speculation, Verizon has finally updated its website with information on the IMM76K Android 4.0.4 update. The update has since been approved so we can expect Verizon to begin rolling out the update over the course of the next few days. According to the support page, this is a relatively small update and is just under 40MB in size. It will bring about several bug fixes and shouldn’t take too long to update and install, so be sure to check your Galaxy Nexus for the notification on the update! In the mean time details about the update along with instructions can be found at Verizon’s website.

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Article source: http://www.ubergizmo.com/2012/05/android-4-0-4-update-for-verizons-galaxy-nexus-is-imminent/

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31 May 12 Sony Announces Waterproof Android Phones, the Xperia Go and Arco S


Sony Xperia Go

Sony’s Xperia Go will launch as the Xperia Advance in the U.S., and run on Android Gingerbread. Photo: Sony

Finally, a couple of phones that can survive soda spills and even accidental drownings.

Sony announced two waterproof smartphones on Wednesday. They both run dual-core processors, but one of the new handsets will ship with an outdated version of Google’s Android operating system.

The Xperia Go and the Xperia Arco S are both set for release in the third quarter of this year, though Sony officials haven’t yet said how much the phones will sell for when they launch. The Xperia Go, which will be called the Xperia Advance in the U.S., will ship running Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), though an upgrade to Android 4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) is promised.

The Xperia Arco S will ship with Sony’s skinned version of Android 4. The latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, debuted last November on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and six months later, top phone makers such as Motorola, HTC, LG and Sony are still struggling to offer software updates to consumers. The Xperia Go’s use of Gingerbread is simply the latest example of this.

The Go is aimed decidedly at the low-end of the smartphone market, with a 3.5-inch touchscreen sporting a 480×320 resolution. Inside, the Go will house a 1GHz dual-core processor and a 5MP rear camera. The Go will be sold in either black, white or yellow.

The Arco S is aimed toward the high-end, with a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, NFC connectivity, a 12MP rear camera and a 4.3-inch 720p display. The Arco S will be offered in black, white and pink. Both the Go and the Arco S feature scratch resistant screens and, impressively, the ability to track finger input even when covered in water — something most waterproof gadgets can’t do.

Sony Xperia Arco S

The Sony Xperia Arco S is waterproof. Photo: Sony

Article source: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/05/sony-announces-waterproof-android-phones-the-xperia-go-and-arco-s/

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30 May 12 Android 4.0.4 rolls out to Samsung Galaxy Nexus phones


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Galaxy Nexus owners are getting a taste of the latest flavor of Ice Cream Sandwich, aka
Android 4.0.4.

Verizon has already approved the latest Android update to start rolling out. The Verizon Web site indicates that the update is coming soon, though a fellow CNET reporter with a Verizon Galaxy Nexus confirmed that he has already received the update.

The 4G LTE Galaxy Nexus came equipped with Android 4.0 out of the box, so the new update brings it up the latest version, namely Android 4.0.4. A Verizon spokesman told CNET that the update also offers various enhancements for the phone.

A Verizon update page provides more information about the various enhancements and benefits along with instructions on how to update your phone.

Article source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57443555-93/android-4.0.4-rolls-out-to-samsung-galaxy-nexus-phones/

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19 May 12 Android 5.0 will launch this fall with five Nexus devices: Report


When Android 5.0 “Jelly Bean” launches this fall, it will appear first on several new mobile devices sold by Google itself as part of the “Nexus” line.

That’s according to a Tuesday story in the Wall Street Journal, which reports that Google is shifting its Android strategy so that it will not only give select mobile-device makers early access to new releases, but will also sell the resulting devices unlocked directly to consumers.

As many as five manufacturers may get privileged access to new releases of the mobile operating system, in fact, with an eye toward creating a “portfolio” of Nexus lead devices including both smartphones and tablets, the WSJ reported, citing “a person familiar with the matter.”

Google aims to sell those gadgets online and contract-free directly to consumers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, but retailers may be involved as well, the report suggests. U.S. Thanksgiving is reportedly the target date for the launch.

So Long, Fragmentation

While Android has clearly done enormously well, inconsistency and fragmentation are among the chief complaints about the Linux-based mobile operating system. This new strategy could ensure that more Android phones are running the latest version of the OS; it could also help other manufacturers create their own custom builds more quickly.

Such a strategy would also restore a significant degree of control back to Google, which has long been at the mercy of wireless carriers for pushing updates to consumers, as well as for decisions as to which apps can be included on the devices they carry. Verizon Wireless, for example, doesn’t allow the Google Wallet app on Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus device.

In addition, the new tactic could minimize device-makers’ concerns over Google’s pending Motorola Mobility acquisition, since it won’t be just Motorola getting early access to new releases.

Not Without Risks

Bypassing wireless carriers, of course, has the potential to enrage the carriers themselves.

Then, too, there’s the proven difficulty of selling handsets online to consumers, who have indicated in the past that they prefer to be able to touch them and try them out before buying.

Still, the shift could be an exciting one, removing as it would any disadvantage Android might face in its ongoing competition with Apple, which has always been at the opposite end of the spectrum when it comes to controlling its ecosystem.

A more unified front could also help in Google’s ongoing legal battles over Android.

Your Move, Tizen

I spoke briefly with Google spokesman Christopher Katsaros this morning for confirmation, but he declined to comment on the story.

Meanwhile, I can’t help but wonder what effect all this may have on the other mobile players, including most notably Linux-based (and Samsung-backed) Tizen along with Mozilla’s own Boot to Gecko. If nothing else, it seems to me it might encourage them to step up their own efforts.

It looks as though competition in the mobile market just became tighter.

Article source: http://www.itworld.com/it-consumerization/277142/android-50-will-launch-fall-five-nexus-devices-report

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15 May 12 Windows Phone smokes Android, iPhone, but no one wants it


During Microsoft’s recent Smoked by Windows Phone challenge, Microsoft-based devices were almost always faster at completing everyday tasks compared to Android and iPhone handsets. But even the fastest Windows Phone can’t run away from the fact that nobody’s buying Microsoft-powered handsets.

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Despite critical acclaim, cheap phones, and a novel take on the Pepsi Challenge, few people in the U.S. want a Windows Phones and its market share may be slipping faster than its predecessor, Windows Mobile.

Smoked, by the Numbers

Microsoft recently wrapped up the Smoked by Windows Phone promotion claiming Windows Phone devices beat out more than 50,000 challengers in 36 countries. During the challenge, your smartphone would participate in a head-to-head race against a Windows Phone to complete a basic task such as uploading a photo to Facebook, searching for movie times, or checking weather forecasts. If you won, you’d typically get $100, although Microsoft did offer a new laptop and $1,000 at one point. Microsoft only had to pay out 2 percent of the time, claiming a win rate of 98 percent. The software maker will now use its crushing victories to cover the Internet with video ads showing how awesome a Windows Phone can be.

The Fix is in

Smoked by Windows Phone was also accused of being an unfair challenge and Microsoft even tried to wrangle one crushing defeat against a Samsung Galaxy Nexus into a win, citing a technicality. Tech writer Sahas Katta took his Samsung Galaxy Nexus into a Santa Clara, Calif., Microsoft Store and was challenged to look up the weather in two different cities. Katta had two weather widgets on his Android home screen and had set up his phone to bypass the lock screen so all he had to do was turn on the phone and he’d win. That’s exactly what happened, but Microsoft employees quickly tried to wrangle out of giving Katta the prize with several excuses such as he had to show the weather in two different states. After the rest of the tech media picked up the story, Microsoft apologized and offered Katta the prize.

Soon after Katta’s experience, The Verge tried the challenge and claimed Microsoft stacked the deck in its favor by picking tasks that favored Windows Phone features such as social networking and search baked in to the OS.

No Escape

Despite Microsoft’s best efforts, its new smartphone platform is not popular with consumers. In fact, Windows Phone appears to be less popular in the U.S. than Microsoft’s aging Windows Mobile platform, according to Nielsen. The metrics firm issued a report Monday claiming that during the first three months of 2012, Windows Phone had a market share of just 1.7 percent, far behind fourth place Windows Mobile at 4.1 percent. The top smartphone operating systems in the U.S. are Android (48.5 percent), iOS (32 percent), and BlackBerry (11.6 percent).

Less than a week earlier, NPD Group said Windows Phone 7 had just 2 percent market share in the U.S. during the same period as Nielsen’s report. But more recent numbers from metrics firm comScore recently claimed Microsoft has about 4 percent of the U.S. smartphone market; however, comScore did not differentiate between Windows Mobile and Windows Phone devices.

Article source: http://www.itworld.com/276094/windows-phone-smokes-android-iphone-no-one-wants-it

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10 May 12 Windows Phone Smokes Android, iPhone, But No One Wants It


Windows Phone Smokes Android, iPhone, But No One Wants ItDuring Microsoft’s recent Smoked by Windows Phone challenge, Microsoft-based devices were almost always faster at completing everyday tasks compared to Android and iPhone handsets. But even the fastest Windows Phone can’t run away from the fact that nobody’s buying Microsoft-powered handsets.

Despite critical acclaim, cheap phones, and a novel take on the Pepsi Challenge, few people in the U.S. want a Windows Phones and its market share may be slipping faster than its predecessor, Windows Mobile.

Smoked, by the Numbers

Windows Phone Smokes Android, iPhone, But No One Wants ItMicrosoft recently wrapped up the Smoked by Windows Phone promotion claiming Windows Phone devices beat out more than 50,000 challengers in 36 countries. During the challenge, your smartphone would participate in a head-to-head race against a Windows Phone to complete a basic task such as uploading a photo to Facebook, searching for movie times, or checking weather forecasts. If you won, you’d typically get $100, although Microsoft did offer a new laptop and $1,000 at one point. Microsoft only had to pay out 2 percent of the time, claiming a win rate of 98 percent. The software maker will now use its crushing victories to cover the Internet with video ads showing how awesome a Windows Phone can be.

The Fix is in

Smoked by Windows Phone was also accused of being an unfair challenge and Microsoft even tried to wrangle one crushing defeat against a Samsung Galaxy Nexus into a win, citing a technicality. Tech writer Sahas Katta took his Samsung Galaxy Nexus into a Santa Clara, Calif., Microsoft Store and was challenged to look up the weather in two different cities. Katta had two weather widgets on his Android home screen and had set up his phone to bypass the lock screen so all he had to do was turn on the phone and he’d win. That’s exactly what happened, but Microsoft employees quickly tried to wrangle out of giving Katta the prize with several excuses such as he had to show the weather in two different states. After the rest of the tech media picked up the story, Microsoft apologized and offered Katta the prize.

Soon after Katta’s experience, The Verge tried the challenge and claimed Microsoft stacked the deck in its favor by picking tasks that favored Windows Phone features such as social networking and search baked in to the OS.

No Escape

Despite Microsoft’s best efforts, its new smartphone platform is not popular with consumers. In fact, Windows Phone appears to be less popular in the U.S. than Microsoft’s aging Windows Mobile platform, according to Nielsen. The metrics firm issued a report Monday claiming that during the first three months of 2012, Windows Phone had a market share of just 1.7 percent, far behind fourth place Windows Mobile at 4.1 percent. The top smartphone operating systems in the U.S. are Android (48.5 percent), iOS (32 percent), and BlackBerry (11.6 percent).

Windows Phone Smokes Android, iPhone, But No One Wants ItLess than a week earlier, NPD Group said Windows Phone 7 had just 2 percent market share in the U.S. during the same period as Nielsen’s report. But more recent numbers from metrics firm comScore recently claimed Microsoft has about 4 percent of the U.S. smartphone market; however, comScore did not differentiate between Windows Mobile and Windows Phone devices.

Meanwhile, Microsoft’s biggest Windows Phone partner, Nokia, recently reported its smartphone sales declined more than 50 percent during the first quarter of 2012 compared to the year previous. And LG has said it does not plan to make new Windows Phones because no one is buying them, according to the Korea Herald. “The total unit of Windows Phone sold in the global market is not a meaningful figure,” the company reportedly said.

Microsoft doesn’t appear to be giving up on its new smartphone platform just yet. The next version of Windows Phone is expected to offer deep integration with Windows 8, Microsoft’s upcoming touch-first OS for PCs and tablets, which could help popularize Windows Phone. Cheaply priced devices such as the $50 Samsung Focus 2 could also help the struggling smartphone OS battle back into relevance.

For the moment, however, no matter how you slice it, nobody is buying Windows Phone in the United States even with devices such as the Nokia Lumia 900 (one of PCWorld’s top-rated smartphones) grabbing headlines.

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Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/article/255298/windows_phone_smokes_android_iphone_but_no_one_wants_it.html

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08 May 12 Droid Incredible



$199 Samsung Galaxy Nexus may hit Verizon on April 5th

Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus on Verizon costs a steep $299 even after commitment to a two-year contract. If you’re willing to live with half the internal memory, a 16GB model could be heading to Big Red on April 5th for $100 less.

According to Android blog Droid Life, this lower-priced GNex will feature many of the same tasty features of its more expensive sibling including Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, an AMOLED screen, and dual-core processing, along with Verizon LTE 4G data.

It all sounds great but when you consider the Galaxy Nexus lacks a microSD slot and relies entirely on internal storage, this might not be such a sweet deal. This is especially true if you plan to fill the phone up with tons of audio tracks or high-quality video.

Another device is rumored to arrive a few weeks later, on April 26th, is the HTC Droid Incredible 4G. The handset is likely based on the previously reported HTC Fireball, another 4G LTE phone.

Originally posted at Mobile

Article source: http://news.cnet.com/posts/?keyword=Droid+Incredible

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17 Apr 12 iPhone, iPad Alternatives: 10 Worthy Android Devices


Apple’s iPhone and iPad are great buys for would-be mobile customers, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be replaced by something new and exciting. In fact, there are a host of Android-based devices on store shelves right now that might just make Apple’s products far less appealing to both enterprise users and consumers. That means that this might be a good time to examine which of the best Android tablets and smartphones on the market today could make at least some customers think twice about buying an iPhone and iPad. Granted, the following devices might not all be able to stand up against the iPhone and iPad, feature for feature, or on price. But for those who don’t want to succumb to the Apple craze, they might just be worthwhile alternatives. Flip through the following slides to find out about Android smartphones and tablets that might be worthy alternatives to the iPhone or iPad. You’ll find some obvious choices, like the Amazon Kindle Fire and Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but you might also come across some other devices you haven’t thought about.

Article source: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/iPhone-iPad-Alternatives-10-Worthy-Android-Devices-188323/

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