Archive for August, 2011
Well, if you thought Samsung was done tweaking the Galaxy S II with three unique versions for each three carriers, you were very mistaken. The Korean company is getting ready to unveil the Galaxy S II LTE at IFA in Berlin this week, alongside an LTE version of its still elusive Galaxy Tab 8.9 — and we’ll be there to get some hands on time. Both devices are sporting an updated dual-core processor running at 1.5GHz, while the S II is also getting a size bump and moving up to a 4.5-inch screen. The Tab remains otherwise unchanged, rocking the same 1200 x 800 screen and super-svelte (8.6mm thick) design. Honestly, we’re not sure what else you need to know — 4G LTE and an over-the-top processor? Now the only thing left would be the price!
SOURCE via Samsung
Samsung’s already given us a few tidbits about its upcoming Galaxy W, but none pertaining to color. Lending credence to a bleached variant of the upcoming “Wonder” smartphone is a bevy of shots from Mai Nguyen, depicting the gizmo and its textured derriere in exquisite detail. Thus far, all that’s been confirmed are its 3.7-inch WVGA display, 1.4GHz CPU, 5 megapixel camera and that it’ll sling HSDPA packets at speeds of up to 14.4Mbps. More will be told at IFA next week, but in the meantime venture past the break for another snap, or hit the source for the full monty.
The Xiaomi Phone managed to pique our interest by packing a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor into a fairly sleek, inexpensive package — and, like all interesting new devices, it’s now been torn completely apart. You can thank the folks at LeiPhone for doing the hard work in this case, the results of which can be found at the source link below.
It looks like Xiaomi will be giving its own forum members the first crack at pre-orders for the device. Those start at 10PM Eastern tonight for those with the requisite number of points, and we’re told that the first 600 orders (200 each day from the 29th to the 31st) will receive an “engineering special edition” version of the phone — not to mention a slight discount off the list price.
SOURCE via leiphone
HTC is about to launch a new phone called the HTC Bliss, and that particular phone is said to be loaded with the new Sense 3.5. The folks at XDA.cn who got hands-on time with the Bliss have now come forth with possible screenshots showing the phone is indeed running on a beta version of Sense UI 3.5.
What’s new here? Even though the lock screen uses the same ring-style unlocking feature as its predecessor, it appears that the new UI will feature two dedicated buttons at the bottom of the home panel — for the app tray on the left and phone on the right — and refreshed widgets (including a larger weather panel), among other minor changes.
Word also has it that HTC is removing hardware requirements that restricted version 3.0 to the company’s highest-end devices, which gives hope to millions of Sense users still on an older, more streamlined UI. More screenshots can be found at the source link.
SOURCE via xda.cn
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Wednesday LG Electronics revealed plans to showcase its new LSM-100 hybrid at the IFA 2011 tradeshow in Berlin which begins September 1. The device is a combination of a mouse and a handheld scanner, allowing the user to simply hold the Smart Scan button on the left side of the mouse, and then swipe over any material (artwork, document etc) on a flat surface. The resulting scanned image can then be saved as PNG, JPEG, TIFF, BMP, PDF, XLS and DOC, or dragged and dropped into the desired application.
“The LSM-100 is also equipped with LG’s Optical Character Recognition technology, which converts scanned text into a Microsoft Word document that can then be edited and manipulated as the user sees fit,” the company said. “By eliminating the need to retype text from print media onto the screen, Optical Character Reader saves users a great deal of time.”
LG said that the scanner aspect can take in sizes up to A3 (11.7 x 16.5-inches) which is larger than most conventional portable scanners. The LSM-100′s scanning technology has also reportedly been upgraded to handle faster pass-over rates, meaning that scanning an A3 sheet won’t take forever – it can actually be done “smoothly and quickly.”
A court in the Netherlands has issued a Europe-wide preliminary injunction against several Samsung smartphones as part of an ongoing patent lawsuit between Apple and Samsung.
A Dutch Court in the Hague has issued a Europe-wide preliminary injunction against Samsung’s Galaxy S, Galaxy S II and Ace smartphones. The court is said to have rejected the majority of Apple’s claims in the company’s patent infringement suit against Samsung. However, the judge found that Samsung did infringe upon an Apple patent related to swiping gestures to view photos in a gallery application and, according to FOSS Patents, has issued a ban that will apply in any country where that patent is valid.
Though Apple’s patent was initially designated to 30 member countries of the European Patent Organization, FOSS Patents reports that Apple failed to “make the administrative efforts and pick up the related costs” to ensure it was turned into a valid patent across all of Europe.
“Those countries in which Apple didn’t successfully pursue and complete a local registration include Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, and Spain,” FOSS wrote. “Local registrations have apparently succeeded in Germany, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK — as well as the Netherlands, obviously.”
As a result, the ban will only cover countries in which Apple completed local registrations. The ban is set to come into play on October 13 but will not have any bearing on the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was temporarily banned earlier this month as a result of a ruling from German courts. FOSS reports that Samsung will attempt to alter its software so it can avoid infringement of the patent in question before the October 13 ban becomes active.