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Archos Child Pad

Tablet PC’s have really become quite popular that even kid’s now would want to play with them. Unfortunately, most tablets today are not designed for use with kids in mind. It is because of this that a new tablet niche for makers has sprouted up. There are now devices like the new Archos Child Pad specifically designed for kids.

The new Archos Child Pad is introduced in the market in order to fill the void for tablets that kids can safely use. It comes with a 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM and runs with the Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS. It also comes with a 7 inch touch screen display and uses a colorful kid-friendly interface with colorful icons and direct access to a number of apps and games designed for kids to enjoy and play with. The new Archos Child Pad is expected to come out by the end of this month. It is expected to cost around US$129.

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Just as we were getting ready to get it on March 15, we got even better news. Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II will be receiving an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on March 10 – less than 48 hours from now.

The globally available I9100 will be the only version, which will receive the update at the moment. The TouchWiz-ed firmware will be available both on Kies and OTA.

As you can see in the screenshot above, Face Unlock, Android Beam, and mobile data usage are among the major improvements which will come with the update. In a rather interesting fashion, flash support and Bluetooth 3.0 HS will not be supported due to an “ICS OS feature.”

Samsung also warn against updating your device while running a customized or unofficial firmware on it. Apparently, unexpected problems might arise during installation.

It is needless to tell you that we will be checking regularly our office I9100 for the update. In case you upgrade your own handset, feel free to drop us a line with your impressions in the comments section.

Thanks to everyone, who sent this in!

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Mobiado has partnered with luxury car manufacturer Aston Martin to create their latest Grand Touch Aston Martin edition.

Just like the previous Grand Touch smartphone, this one, too is a Samsung Nexus S underneath, but it’s pimped out with a really expensive case on top. It can be made out of a solid aircraft aluminum or solid brass with yellow or rose gold. Below that some ebony wood or mother of pearl can be inserted depending on your taste.

Of course, the other part of the phone isn’t so exquisite and packs the usual Nexus S hardware, like the 4-inch WVGA screen, 5MP camera at the back, 1GHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. Quite unfortunately, the device comes with Gingerbread pre-installed, but being a Nexus device, you can easily update it to the latest Ice Cream Sandwich.

Not that you are going to be bothered, because to buy this device, you’ll need to have more money than sense. Official pricing is not unveiled, but we imagine yellow gold, aircraft aluminum and ebony wood don’t come cheap.

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Android fans are still struggling to get their hands on Ice Cream Sandwich, but Google is already working on Jelly Bean and now Key Lime Pie.

Product codenames are part and parcel of the technology world, with many companies choosing to go with mythological figures (Zeus, Athena), place names (Chicago, Vienna), rivers (Tualatin, Willamette), or animals (Snow Leopard, Lion) to refer to their products before they get a “real” name. With Android, Google whimsically chose to go with desserts, and has been bumping Android codenames one letter along the alphabet with each release: Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo (for “frozen yogurt”), Gingerbread, Honeycomb, and now Ice Cream Sandwich. Now comes word that the next two Android releases will be “Jelly Bean” and “Key Lime Pie.” But with the Android ecosystem still struggling to get its hands on Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich,” what can folks expect future releases to bring?

Google itself has had absolutely nothing to say publicly about future versions of Android, and — as expected — declined to comment. So these represent educated guesses about Jelly Bean and Key Lime Pie… sprinkled with a a few things we’ve heard through the grapevine.

Jelly Bean

The “Jelly Bean” name isn’t news: It’s been kicking around since mid-2011, with strong confirmations only landing when Google started gearing up for Ice Cream Sandwich. Just like ICS, Google is being tight-lipped about what it plans to include in Jelly Bean. Expect these key features.

samsung-series-5-chromebookTablets… and notebooks? — As with Android HoneyComb, Google is expected to be optimizing Jelly Bean for tablets and other large-screened devices, potentially including notebooks or netbooks that could dual boot Windows and Android, and possibly run them live side-by-side without requiring users to shut down one or the other. Although noted by only one source in the Android device industry, the rationale is apparently two-fold: Google’s Chrome OS have so far failed to gain traction amongst consumers, and tablet makers haven’t considered Ice Cream Sandwich to be a game-changer for Android in the tablet arena. If Android wants to take on the iPad, Jelly Bean will need to bring a better proposition to device makers.

Google Galaxy Nexus Tablet

What’s in a name? Call this guilty by association – for now – as Google has yet to confirm anything, but the company’s name has been showing up quite a bit in recently registered domains. And, if recent rumors are anything to go by, the domains just might tell us quite a bit about the search giant’s upcoming plans.

Judging by the registered domains, Google’s so called Nexus Tablet may actually come to be known as the Google Play once it begins production this April. The unknown tablet is rumored to become a direct competitor to Amazon’s Kindle Fire with a 7-inch screen of its own. And because it’s Google we’re talking about, you can bet the device will come with a nice vanilla flavor of Android 4.0.

The domains were said to have been registered by brand-shielding firm MarkMonitor, who Google regularly employes so it can hide behind Whois privacy. Some of the captured domains include: googleplayapps.com, googleplaybooks.com, googleplaydownloads.com, googleplaygames.com and googleplaymovies.com. If we were to assume this is in fact evidence of a Google-branded device, it certainly sounds like a tablet to us.

Of course, merely registering domains could mean diddly-squat. Or, and this is a big or, the company might just be preparing an announcement for a tablet called Google Play. A visit to googleplayapps.com yielded no further information. But the names themselves might be enough to go on already.

[via Geek.com]

Rumors continue to pile up as to when we’ll see the Samsung Galaxy S III launch, but it appears a source that should definitely be in the know is now pegging it for April.

Speaking with Samsung’s marketing and advertising agency Cheil WorldwideZDNet Korea has learned that the agency is preparing for an April debut of the Galaxy S III.  Apparently the big push is going to be in the U.K., one of the launch territories for the follow-up to the ultra-popular Galaxy S II line.  This is partially planned due to the impending Summer 2012 Olympics to be held in and around London, giving them the perfect opportunity to raise awareness for the phone with people from all over the world.

Samsung Galaxy S III back

When we learned that the phone would not debut at Mobile World Congress, the only hint we were given to a launch date was there would be a dedicated press event in the first half of the year.  Well, April falls in that time frame, and it also happens to line up with another rumor we heard back in January.  Perhaps April truly will be when this highly anticipated phone will finally see its big debut.

Tegra 3-powered LG X3 impressive benchmark scores leak

After the Optimus 3D 2 the other day we now got some extra info on the other hot droid, which LG will unveil at the MWC. We stumbled upon the benchmark results of the LG X3 – the quad-core beast with an impressive 4.7″ HD screen we first saw in January.

According to the author of the leak, the specs we heard last time around were spot on. This means the LG X3 will be built around the Tegra 3 chipset, featuring four Cortex-A9 CPU cores, running at 1.4GHz. A 2000 mAh battery will make sure that there’s always enough power to keep the X3 going, while the impressive AH-IPS screen will fill in at the front.

The LG X3 is said to have 16GB of expandable thought the microSD card slot internal memory, an 8 MP main camera and a 1.3 MP front-facing snapper. As it to be expected, the LG X3 will run the latest version of Android, 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, out of the box.

With specs like that it’s no wonder the LG X3 puts the Samsung Galaxy Nexus to shame in the performance department. The quad-core LG monster achieves more than twice the score of the Android ICS flagship at Quadrant with the results distribution staying consistent over the different categories.

The LG X3 will certainly be a handset worth keeping an eye on and it might be a huge step towards improving the LG position in the smartphone game.

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Asus: Original Transformer Android 4.0 Update Now Coming in March

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ASUS Transformer

It looks like Asus may have over promised when it said Ice Cream Sandwich would be hitting the original Transformer in early February. In fact, owners may have to wait as long as March, as Asus made a statement on its Singapore Facebook page saying the Android update is being pushed back, although no reasons were given. The Transformer Prime previously received Android 4.0 treatment, although TechnoBuffalo saw mixed results.

Here’s the statement in full from Asus:

Dear fellow Asus members, we would like to say that we appreciate all the support we see in our Asus Facebook page every day. It makes our contributions worthwhile and fulfilling.

We are informed that the ICS upgrade for TF101 will be ready within the Feb/March 2012 period. You will be able to receive the upgrade notification via FOTA once we have a confirmation date.

We thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter

It’s frustrating news for Transformer owners patiently waiting to experience Ice Cream Sandwich, but if a delay is what it takes to get a compatible, bug-free port, then an extra few weeks wait won’t sting too much. Hopefully this time Asus will hit its predicted timeframe, though.

[via Android Police]

LG Optimus 3D 2 photo surfaces, some specs in tow

The LG Optimus 3D was the star on the LG booth on last year’s MWC and it appears its successor will be the key announcement this year. We just got the first photo of the LG Optimus 3D 2 and it’s even garnished with some specs.

The LG Optimus 3D 2 will, reportedly, be using a higher resolution IPS screen than its predecessor. Given that this will be the company’s next flagship, we are almost certain that it will feature the HD AH-IPS display we know from the LG Optimus LTE.

The Optimus 3D 2 is also said to be considerably slimmer than its predecessor at 9.8mm and at least 20 g lighter. Given that its chubby body was one of the main issues with the original Optimus 3D, this can only be good news for the LG Optimus 3D 2.

The MWC kicks off in exactly two weeks, so we should soon find out if those rumors are true soon enough.