FoneFrenzy Podcast: Post CES 2011 thoughts

CES 2011 is now over and Daniel, James and yours truly discuss the Verizon iPhone announcement and Confirmation by an AT&T exec, Kevin Rose stating that iPad will have a Retina display, Motorola Atrix, Bionic, Magellan iPhone case, ray into Android phones and tablets, Samsung 4g LTE smart phone, Honeycomb 3.0 and we discuss our favorites announcements  and the ones that are not-so-much. So sit back, chill-out and listen to this funny trio of dudes just chatting about mobile, all for your listening pleasure.

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NOX Audio’s Admiral Touch wireless headphones run Android

No, you do not need new glasses, you read the title correctly.  It seems as though audio device manufacturer NOX Audio has deemed is necessary to build a pair of headphones that sport a 2.4 color touch-screen and run Google’s Android OS.  The headphones are said to support gesture based input and is to  include WiFI for wireless communication, allowing usage of VoIP technologies.  No word regarding the battery life of this little bad boy, but one has to assume it’ll include something rather sub par when size and weight are taken into consideration.  So, if you’ve ever felt the need to run Android on a device plugged into…an Android device, this is the unit for you!  Stay tuned for more information on this pointless (AWESOME) device.

CES: Honeycomb – Not just for your tablet!

It’s finally here; Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) was announced (teased) and extensively demoed on Motorola’s flagship tablet, the XOOM, earlier this week at CES.  the community immediately fell in love with the reimagined tablet interface, but one question hung about the techno-sphere like a latent fart: WHAT ABOUT MY PHONE?!  Thankfully, we have a little more information regarding the usage of Android 3.0 on smartphones thanks to none other than Matias Duarte, head of interface and design for Google’s Android OS.  The guys over at Engaget were kind enough to record the interview with Mr. Duarte, and the from what we’ve seen so far, Android 3.0 is THE milestone update we’ve craved.  Hit the link for some key new features (impressions included)as well as a video of the interview courteoussey of Engaget.
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FoneFrenzy Podcast: CES 2011 predictions

2011 CES is here and so are Daniel, James and myself with another FoneFrenzy podcast. In this podcast, we discuss the trends, predictions and all around good gadgets in the mobile tech space. So sit back and listen to our new podcast with music provided by Daniel’s bandmates Glass Fence.

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Exclusive: Ford to unveil not ONE but TWO electric cars

Not only is Ford Motor Company going to release a new electric Ford Focus at CES, but Ford will be coming out with an electric ‘work van’ hopefully to be announced at CES as well. Ford, the only American automotive company that didn’t take TARP funds due to excellent management, but they are making great strides, in a shorter amount of time (GM) in producing consumer wanted cars that are gas-free. The pony rides once again. And why do we mention this here? Cuz Ford will use Microsoft’s Hohm tool to minimize energy costs for drivers of Ford’s electric vehicles — and help limit strain on the power grid for utilities. Take that GM.


CES: Motorola “XOOM”s to the front of the pack!

It’s official, the Motorola XOOM tablet is here!  The much rumored, Android 3.0 Honeycomb powered tablet from device manufacturer Motorola was made official today in a press release at CES 2011.  Initially featured as a prototype device during a Google keynote with Android lead man Andy Rubin, the Motorola XOOM is slated to be the flagship Android 3.0 tablet, developed hand in hand with Google to highlight the new tablet centric additions to the operating system.  Hit the link for specifications directly from big “M”.

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[Video] Google outs Android 3.0 Honeycomb Tablet-only OS

Looky at what we have here? Google has thrown up a video of Android 3.0 (which was shortly yanked…but thanks to Engadget for grabbing a copy), in it Google clearly demontrates their ability with a newly redone Android 3.0 for a tablet-only format. Not only is it sleek but it’s real sexy too.

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CES: AT&T announces the Samsung Infuse, Galaxy S with new 1.2ghz Hummingbird and 4.5inch Super AMOLED Plus

Would you look at that? It finally happened. AT&T is getting serious about Android. It only took about 2 and 1/2 years, but it happened. Well, at least from my point of view, all can be forgiven. AT&T just announced the new super beast phone called the Samsung Infuse. The Samsung Infuse is, at least at the moment, the highest of high-end phones. It makes all other Samsung Galaxy S devices look pretty old (especially since they are all still stuck on Android 2.1 here in the United States). Here is a run down of what this new phone is packing.

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fonefrenzy podcast #01 January 15, 2010

In this, our FIRST episode (finally!), Daniel and I discuss CES, Nexus, Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus, HD2,  iPhone, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T, Microsoft and some other good stuff.

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Video: Hands On with Toshiba TG01

I had an opportunity to do a quick video of the Toshiba TG01 at CES. The screen was super bright and the UI felt pretty decent. The handset has had some refinements since it’s news release early last year, you and see it with some much needed improvements.

Here it is with specifications below.

General 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 2100
Size Dimensions 129 x 70 x 9.9 mm
Weight 129 g
Display Type TFT resistive touchscreen, 256K colors (65K effective)
Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.1 inches
– Touch-sensitive navigation controls
– Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
– 3D user interface
– Shake control
Sound Alert types Vibration; Downloadable polyphonic, MP3 ringtones
Speakerphone Yes
Memory Phonebook Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records Practically unlimited
Internal 256 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
Card slot microSD, up to 16GB
Data GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11b/g
Bluetooth Yes, v2.0 with A2DP
Infrared port No
USB Yes, microUSB
Camera Primary 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, autofocus
Features Video calling
Video Yes, VGA@30fps
Features OS Windows Mobile 6.5
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor
Messaging SMS (threaded view), EMS, MMS, Email
Browser WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML (IE)
Radio No
Games Yes
Colors Black, White
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Java Yes, MIDP 2.0
– Pocket Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, PDF viewer)
– MP3/MP4 player
– Facebook and YouTube apps
– Photo editor
– Voice memo/dial
– Organizer
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1000 mAh
Stand-by Up to 276 h
Talk time Up to 5 h