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Remember the YotaPhone? The delightfully kooky Russian smartphone that pairs a bog-standard LCD screen with an eInk display on its rump? It’s been teased for a launch for months now, but the company behind it has just spilled the beans at a press event in Moscow: the YotaPhone will launch in Russian and Europe today complete with a confirmed €499/19,990 RUB price tag, right in line with rumors that flew around earlier this year.
If you want Android-powered eyewear that’s readily available, you won’t have to wait for Glass’ commercial launch next year; Vuzix has already beaten Google to the punch. The company’s M100 Smart Glasses have started shipping to developers, and the …
Samsung’s flagship interchangeable-lens camera, the NX300, is by far the company’s most impressive shooter to date. It offers stellar hybrid-autofocus capabilities, excellent image quality and integrated WiFi, and it retails for a hair over $ 550. For all intents and purposes, it’s a very competitive option, if not one of the best deals on the market today. It’s frustrating, then, that Samsung opted to price the Galaxy NX — an Android-powered camera based on the NX300 — at an obscene $ 1,700, lens included. If you’re not a deep-pocketed early adopter, it’s absolutely a dealbreaker. But I still enjoyed my two-week test with the Galaxy NX, and if you manage to overlook the MSRP, you might just fall in love.%Gallery-slideshow121859%
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Convergence, the dictionary tells us, is the point where two things combine, so imagine Sceptre’s new hardware as the singles bar where speakers and Android first met. The SB301524W Sound Bar 2.1 marries dual front-facing speakers, a 35W subwoofer, 2.4GHz WiFi 802.11 b/g/n WiFi and Ice Cream Sandwich to rejuvenate any old display into a Smart TV. Naturally, users will be able to access Google Play and download apps to the machine, but there’s no word on capacity or expandability — something you’ll have to ask in the store before you shell out $ 300 on the gear.
Pry open any Android-powered game console on the market today, and you’ll likely find a mobile processor — an ARM-based chip originally designed for tablets, smartphones and maybe the odd specialty device. It seems to make sense — after all, isn’t Android a mobile OS? Christopher Price, CEO of Mobile Media Ventures, doesn’t seem to think so. “Android is the future of personal computing,” Price told Engadget. “Even on the desktop.” According to Price, developers just haven’t had a chance to play with a truly powerful Android gaming machine. So naturally, he’s building one.
Despite its Apple-esque name, the iConsole.tv claims to be the most powerful Android device to date. It’s a bold claim, but the specs add up: the company’s Unit 00 developer kit runs Android on a 3.3GHz Intel Ivy Bridge CPU, 8GB of DDR3 RAM and two 500GB hard drives. Graphics are handled by Intel’s integrated HD 4000 chipset — a surprisingly capable GPU, though still a far cry from dedicated hardware. Price stressed that these specifications are for the $ 999 developer version the company announced today. The final product’s build hasn’t been finalized. Still, with all that power, we had to wonder why MMV chose Android. Price reiterated the potential he sees in the platform. “We’re pushing the envelope and adapting it for high-performance gaming, but we see Android being the change agent in personal computing, on the TV and the desktop. People hate walled gardens, and they hate maintaining their PCs. Android can solve that, and we’re going to help make that happen.”
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So you want a console for free, eh? BlueStacks is apparently prepared to offer you just that in its GamePop game console, which costs nothing for the month of May with a one-year subscription to the service (wouldn’t you know it, that costs $ 93.83 — just below the price of an OUYA at retail). Like its counterparts, the GamePop is powered by Android (4.2) and runs mostly mobile games. The company isn’t sharing specs just yet, sadly. BlueStacks is promising “over 500″ games, and has some top mobile devs offering credence with in testimonial.
“We’ve been a featured partner in App Player since early on and they’ve delivered on every promise in terms of distribution,” Fruit Ninja studio head Shainiel Deo said, referencing BlueStacks’ App Player software. “GamePop is a great incremental channel for us.” Since games won’t be bought, but included in the subscription, devs receive a 50 percent cut of subscription revenue, determined by how often users play their games. Should you be interested in getting in early, pre-orders are now open at the GamePop website.
Luxury Phone Brand Vertu Launches Its First Android-Powered Smartphone– For Those With $ 10,000 + To Spend
Vertu, the formerly-owned-by-Nokia maker of eye-wateringly costly, leather-clad, gem-encrusted, handmade-in-the-U.K. ‘ luxury ’ smartphones, has launched an Android-powered gadget: the Vertu Ti. After leaving the Nokia fold, back in October, it was rumored that Vertu planned to do what many a Nokia fan still wishes that business would do: ditch Symbian and adopt Android. Today Vertu revealed its
first Android-powered phone, in addition to a new slogan: “ Handmade in England. Powered by Android ”. The Vertu Ti runs Android 4.0, skinned with a dedicated Vertu UI. The smartphone expenses from a whopping EUR7,900 — approaching $ 11,000 — for which you also get a 3.7 inch “ virtually scratchproof sapphire crystal screen ”; a grade 5 titanium strong-but-lightweight casing; a dual-core 1.7 GHz processor and 1GB of RAM; an 8 megapixel rear camera with 1080p video capture plus a 1.3 megapixel front-facing lens; 64GB of internal memory; and ‘ Bang & Olufsen tuned ’ sound. What you wear ’ t get: 4G. Speaking to the BBC, Vertu CEO Perry Oosting described why
the company decided to embrace Android, as opposed to follow Nokia ’ s lead and choose Microsoft ’ s Windows Phone platform. “ You have to be part of an environment, ” he stated. ” Your gadget will need to incorporate with other devices. I think the Windows phone will have success but it is still a relatively small market share. At the moment it doesn ’ t have the international reach of Android — which is about 60 per cent of the market. ” Oosting didn ’ t mention Android ’ s openness to being personalized however Microsoft ’ s rejection to allow mobile makers to
skin Windows Phone with their very own UIs might well rule out any luxury brand tie-ins, because Windows Phone currently offers restricted scope for branding — beyond being able to show a top quality homescreen Live Tile. In spite of (lastly) reaching the conclusion that ecosystems are king, Vertu still certainly sells to a very special club of buyers — with big amounts of cash to invest on a phone. There are simply 326,000 Vertu smartphone owners worldwide after 10 years in the market, according to the BBC. China is stated to be Vertu ’ s biggest market.
It’s obvious that Intel is gunning to get some mobile traction in arising markets, and the chipmaker does not seem to be squandering any time in 2013. Kenyan cordless driver (and Intel partner) Safaricom has just formally disclosed Africa’s first Intel smartphone, the Android-powered Yolo at an occasion in Nairobi.
Yeah, you read that right: the Yolo.
Now despite what you make from its name, the phone isn’t really really encouraging young, tech-savvy Africans make poorly-considered life choices. Instead, it seems more like the continuation of some unusual existing naming practices– Intel’s first Atom-powered Android smartphone for example was called the XOLO X900 when it made its debut in India in April 2012.
The statement doesn’t come as much of a surprise because Intel’s Mobile and Communications VP Mike Bell pointed out at CES that Safaricom (among other providers in establishing regions) would launch smartphones based upon the business’s value-oriented smartphone reference design in Q1 2013. That concentrate on highly cost-sensitive markets means that the Yolo and its order don’t precisely have a spec sheet that will set your globe on fire– the Yolo sports a 3.5-inch touch display, and its Atom Z2420 processor could hit speeds of up to 1.2 GHz, encode and decode 1080p video, and support HSPA + information speeds. Normally, that sort of performance is reminiscent of the kinds of gadgets you can discover on domestic shop shelves a few years ago (a sentiment Engadget echoed when they got some short hands-on time at CES), however it’s still a rather convincing plan considering the competitors in Kenya.
Of course, there’s constantly the problem of expense to handle. Safaricom will quickly begin selling the Yolo (and 500MB of free of cost records gain access to) for Kshs. 10,999 (about $ 126)– seems like a rather sweet offer, however companies like Huawei have already waging a cost war with gadgets like the $ 80 IDEOS smartphone on the cutting edge. Actually, with the explosion of even less expensive smartphones in Kenya and past, one has to question how much of a market Intel will really be able to carve out in Africa.
It’s no secret that Intel is gunning to gain some mobile traction in emerging markets, and the chipmaker doesn’t seem to be wasting any time in 2013. Kenyan wireless operator (and Intel partner) Safaricom has just officially revealed Africa’s first Intel smartphone, the Android-powered Yolo at an event in Nairobi.
Yeah, you read that right: the Yolo.
Now despite what you make of its name, the phone isn’t actually encouraging young, tech-savvy Africans make poorly-considered life decisions. Instead, it seems more like the continuation of some weird existing naming practices — Intel’s first Atom-powered Android smartphone for instance was dubbed the XOLO X900 when it made its debut in India in April 2012.
The announcement doesn’t come as much of a surprise since Intel’s Mobile and Communications VP Mike Bell pointed out at CES that Safaricom (among other carriers in developing regions) would release smartphones based on the company’s value-oriented smartphone reference design in Q1 2013. That focus on highly cost-sensitive markets means that the Yolo and its ilk don’t exactly have a spec sheet that will set your world on fire — the Yolo sports a 3.5-inch touch display, and its Atom Z2420 processor can hit speeds of up to 1.2GHz, encode and decode 1080p video, and support HSPA+ data speeds. Naturally, that sort of performance is reminiscent of the sorts of devices you can find on domestic store shelves a few years ago (a sentiment Engadget echoed when they got some brief hands-on time at CES), but it’s still a pretty compelling package considering the competition in Kenya.
Of course, there’s always the issue of cost to deal with. Safaricom will soon begin selling the Yolo (and 500MB of free data access) for Kshs. 10,999 (roughly $ 126) — sounds like a pretty sweet deal, but companies like Huawei have already waging a price war with devices like the $ 80 IDEOS smartphone on the front line. Really, with the explosion of even less expensive smartphones in Kenya and beyond, one has to wonder how much of a market Intel will actually be able to carve out in Africa.
It’s HiFi, over WiFi. Got that? Now cross your fingers and repeat that 3 times, lest you forget precisely what the Phorus PS1 speaker and PR1 receiver enable you to do. So it’s a WiFi speaker and receiver combination? Well, virtually. There’s also an Android application that ties it entirely. Load it up on your phone, or whatever Android you select, and it’ll smell out all the (90dB) Phorus speakers you have. You could utilize multiple with one gadget, or separate speakers with separate phones– and stream your new music wirelessly around your pad. Just in case, there is additionally Bluetooth and USB connectivity, if you prefer to keep your choices open. The receiver basically lets you transform any sort of old HiFi into a wireless network user, meaning you can easily bypass the conical speakers entirely must you want to do so. You can easily get ‘em now, with the PS1s weighing in at $ 199 a pop, and $ 149 for the PR1s. Forgotten that rhyming mantra from the top? Cue the video clip after the break to remind you.
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