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DigiTimes: 2nd generation Nexus 7 launching at Google I/O

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According to a report from DigiTimes, Google is planning to launch its second generation Nexus 7 tablet at its annual I/O conference, slated this year for May. The report comes just a mere three months after the release of the HSPA+ Nexus 7’s and the 32GB models. DigiTimes claims the new tablet with boast a higher-resolution display, a thinner bezel and a thinner and lighter form factor. DigiTimes also reports it will probably be running Android Jelly 4.2, but could launch with Key Lime Pie if it’s released at the same time of tablet. 

 

Google I/O scheduled for a three day run starting May 15th and ending May 17th. 

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I’m moving, again!

Thank you for being a reader of my work! I’ve deiced it would be best to take my work to a group, rather than work solo I’ve deiced I’d like to work with a small group in a new start-up website, titled thisistheedge.com. We go by The Edge, but that’s our URL. We’re brand new, and we have some really great stuff on there, so please visit me and the other great writers there for tech, movies, politics, social media news and more! 

The Edge

Facebook purchases Instagram

In a report just comImageing out now, Facebook is planning to acquire Instagram for one billion dollars.The announcement comes from Zuckberg.

Android Market is done, Google Play takes over

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After first launching with Cupcake, the Android Market is now being changed. Not really, just the name, but what you currently know as the Android Market is getting a new name: Google Play. While it implies a gaming hub rather than a full-on market for all types of apps, Google feels the name should work. The update which only brings a new icon, name and a new tab in the market titled the ‘Play’ tab should be pushed out in the coming days to all 2.1+ devices. Check your devices for the update soon!

Samsung Focus S Review

Samsung Focus S Review

 

 

Here we have Windows’ newest smartphone, the Samsung Focus S. A classic Samsung look and an 8-MP camera stolen from its android brother, (the Galaxy S II) make this a top tier windows phone. There’s no doubt that Samsung has once again created a quality device, but we aren’t so sure it lives up to it’s expectations–especially when you consider the competition from Apple and Google.

 

Design

The Focus S has a sleek design, one that is very simple. Its look closely resembles the Galaxy S II (International or AT&T Model). Hide the capacitive buttons and I wouldn’t be able to tell the two apart. It has a textured back that is clearly made out of cheap material–which you may or may not like. At under a centimeter thick, the Focus S measures into a minimalistic and skinny piece of hardware. 7/10

 

Reception & Data Speeds

The Focus S runs on AT&T’s HSPA+ network, which they consider to be 4G. Truth be told, the speeds you get won’t top 5-7 megabits per second as download speeds, and 1-2 upload speeds, so if you are looking for speed, you will want to wait it out for the next batch of windows phones or just go with an android LTE phone.  The phone call reception is fantastic, and I can’t complain about muffled sounds–in fact I could hear the caller quite clearly. 9/10

 

Display

The Focus S’s display is absolutely stunning. The bright Super AMOLED Plus screen is not wasted on the devices 4.3 inch display. Colors pop out, blacks are deeper, and it is the same high quality we saw on the Galaxy S II. The display is beautiful from any angle you look at it from. Text is crisper than I’ve seen on any mobile phone. The only issue with the display on this device was that we saw a bit of pixelation when doing things like watching a movie on Netflix, or a playing a youtube video, however it was generally a fantastic viewing experience. 8/10

 

Hardware/Software

The Focus S has a camera button on its lower right side, a power button on its upper right, and volume buttons on its left. One thing I noticed was that the buttons sticked out more than other smartphones, making them easy to accidentally press. Like all Windows phones, it has three capacitive buttons below the screen; back, home, and search. Above the screen is its front-facing camera. The Samsung Focus S runs on a 1.4GHz, single-core Qualcomm processor which allows Windows Phone Mango to run very smoothly, due to hardware acceleration and the light load it takes to run the software. I think Samsung made the right choice with this SoC, and you won’t notice any lag at any time. 9/10

 

Camera

The Focus S’s camera is easily one of the best mobile cameras on the market. Its stunning 8-megapixel sensor takes breathtaking pictures. The Focus S’s photo quality and color accuracy is incredible. The Focus S has a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front. Yes, I know it seems dull compare to the back-facing camera, but it’s definitely decent enough for video chatting. The Focus S is not only a smartphone, but a great camera as well, and when Microsoft releases integrated Skype support, be ready for a mind blowing experience. 9/10

 

The Bottom Line

I can’t stress enough the specs that this phone packs into a nice “Samsungy” design. That being said, I can’t recommend it over any of the newer Windows Phone devices coming out int he next few months. Even if you are getting a Windows Phone powered device, I would have to suggest something like the Lumia 900 on AT&T over this. At the end of the day, all Windows Phones are guaranteed to have the same hardware requirements and run perfectly smoothly, so why not take the one with the better camera, design and reputation. The answer is that you should take that one. 8/10

 

 

Pros: design, camera, 4G, Mango OS, AMOLED+ display, and more

Cons: 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, buttons on side of phone stick out too much

Nexus S Ice Cream Sandwich update rolling out now!

Described as the best version of Android ever, Ice Cream Sandwich is slowly rolling out to the Nexus S today right here right now! Google has said that the GSM version will be getting the update first and then the Sprint version (AKA 4G) will be getting the update ‘soon’. So if you own a Nexus S, run to your phone and check for updates!

Galaxy Nexus on Verizon December 15th (tomorrow) for $299.99

Finally!! Verizon confirmed it! The Galaxy Nexus, Googles flagship Ice Cream Sandwich phone is launching with LTE on Verizon the tomorrow! It’ll run ya’ 300 cold ones on a new or upgrade 2 year contract.

Reviews-Decemeber 2011

We hope you out there love reviews just as much as we love reviewing them, so that’s why we’re gonna organize our current reviews we’ve done this month, and give you a list of what are going to review this month!

What we’ve reviewed:

  • Blackberry Bold 9900
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket

We we’re gonna review:

  • iPhone 4s
  • LG Nitro HD
  • Anything else can get our hands on!

Also, don’t forget, if there is anything you want to see reviewed, leave us a comment or email us “allegrotechie.com@gmail.com”

 

 

Motorola goes a selling spree, announces an array of Droids

As we finish reading Motorola’s PR, we tell you about it here. Moto has just announced a bunch of new products. First up is the XYBOARD 8.2. As you can guess, it’s an 8.2 inch tablet that looks just like an 8.2 inch Xoom 2. It boasts a 1.2GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM and an IPS display. It’ll have LTE, but only if you sign a new 2 year agreement. It comes with 16GB and 32GB of on board memory with no slot for more. The next tablet is the same exact tablet, just with a 10.1 inch screen. This one though has a 64GB option. The 16GB 10.1 will run at 529.99, 32GB for 629.99 and the 64GB for 729.99, respectively. Each claim to be ‘very thin’ and were promised to get the Android 4.0 ICS update. They also each have two cameras, rear one at 5MP and front one at 1.3MP.
The final thing in the PR was a product that we already had was the Droid RAZR. This time though in white. It’ll run for 299.99 on a 2 year contract.

All products available this month.

PR and more pictures after the break!

Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review

Galaxy S II Skyrocket Review:
By: SamSavitt
“This is probably thebest LTE offering from AT&T of the Year…and yes, that includes the LGNitro”
As the legacy of the Galaxy S IIline lives on, AT&T has added the Skyrocket as one of their first two LTEdevices, alongside the HTC Vivid. This device packs some pretty hefty specs,and being the part of Sammy’s flagship line, we have come to expect high thingsfrom this type of device. Running Android 2.3.5 along with Touchwiz 4.0, theSkyrocket measures at 129.8x.68.8×9.5. The Skyrocket has great hardware, andLTE, but is it enough to keep up with the competition from Verizon?