With the mess of Apple Maps and Google Maps, it’s nice to know the latter is taking steps to make sure iOS users are comfortable. Today, Street View was added to the Google Maps web app that functions in both Chrome and Safari for iOS. It works just like it always has, and is as useful as it always has been. And now, for the official Google Maps for iOS app — that will take a little more time, but it will come.
Long story short: the LG Optimus G is probably their highest-end product, with the best chance of actually being successful in the US market. Coming out on Sprint and AT&T (with extremely vague details as to when exactly), the LG Optimus G has a 4.7-inch 1280×768 True HD IPS PLUS display, Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, Android 4.0, 4G LTE a 2,100mAh battery and 32GB internal storage (with expandable memory available). The catch? AT&T is going with an 8MP rear camera, while Sprint will rock out for the 13MP.
As much as we all love Nokia’s designs and use of color in their phones, perhaps Windows Phone and the Lumia project can’t quite pay the rent? The Espoo property is worth anywhere between $250-$400 million and resides by the Baltic Sea, but Nokia lost billions for the last two quarters. Time will tell the outcome of this rumor, however the inital hypothesis mentions Nokia may be leasing the property as well. Via: Reuters, TC
Quick update: AT&T just added the HTC One X+ – a 4.7-inch Super LCD2 720p display, 8MP BSI f/2.0 rear camera with ImageSense with polycarbonate build. Indeed, LTE-capable phone to their upcoming catalog, also including the 1.7GHz quad-core Tegra 3 chipset, and a solid 64GB internal memory. To top it all off, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sense 4+ and a nicely improved 2,100mAh battery. It will be available “in the coming months”.
However, there’s a mid-range Android smartphone announced by AT&T as well: the HTC One XV (seen on the right of the press photo). It has (quite obviously) the lesser power of the two: a 4.5-inch qHD Super LCD2 display with Android 4.0 (upgradeable to Jelly Bean, after launch), a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM 8930 processor, 1 gig of RAM, 4G LTE, a 5MP BSI f/2.0 ImageSense camera capable of shooting 1080p video, a VGA front-facing cam, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio and 8GB internal storage. All of that measures 9.19mm (0.36 inch) thick and weighs 4.4 ounces (124.7g).
This is HTC’s latest and greatest. The HTC One X+ will launch in Europe and Asia later this year, with a 1.7GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 64GB of hardy storage, a 4.7-inch screen, 1GB of RAM, LTE support, a new 8MP shooter on the bac, with an upgraded 1.6MP front-facing camera. And best of all? Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with an upgraded version of the Sense 4 UI, is included from the start, just like the red and black paint job. As for an American release? No word on that from HTC.
Besides the fantastic inclusion of NFC (simply kidding), the 4.6-inch screen smartphone, unveiled at IFA 2012 in Germany, contains a 720p HD Reality display powered by the Mobile BRAVIA Engine, a 13-megapixel rear camera capable of fast capture, all with a skinned build of Ice Cream Sandwich, Android 4.0 with a dual-core 1.5GHz S4 processor. There’s also three included media apps — Walkman, Movies and Album — alongside a bevy of exclusive content (e.g. ringtones, wallpaper, etc.) from the next JamesBond film, Skyfall – thus, it must be the phone Daniel Crag will use in the movie. The Sony Xperia TL is releasing in ”the coming weeks.”
For once, a really honest looking Windows 8 tablet has been announced (besides the Surface from Microsoft), and it looks like it could be HP’s winning machine — but they won’t sell it to consumers; in fact, it will only be sold through enterprise vendors (essentially to corporations). This, in itself, sucks. The HP Elitepad’s specs are very nice, however: a 1280×800 display (between a horrid 4:3 aspect ratio and a 16:9). For physical area, it measures 0.36 inches thin and weighs 1.5 pounds, is built on the new Intel Clovertrail platform, has 2GB of RAM, a 1080p front camea and the 8-megapixel rear camera, and the option for up to 64GB of storage.
And the design was actually pretty original considering what else is out there. HP, you confuse me.
In what dimension does a non-Razer gaming mouse conquer? Answer: plenty. But the R.A.T. 9 from MadCatz is one of the more notable competitors to the gaming mouse empire. It is wireless, comes with customizeable plating and weight management system, 3 different profile modes, a 6400dpi laser sensor, and rapid fire buttons. This all translates to a rather expensive $149.99 package. And so, the review begins.
Let’s just get this adventuring laptop out of the way — after all, it’s a short-form laptop release. The Nomad 17 gaming laptop is a 17-inch inch machine with third-gen, Ivy Bridge Intel Core i7 chips (up to 3.8GHz), a maximum 32GB of RAM, what Maingear dubs six ”hand-painted premium automotive paint jobs”, an beastly NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M or 680M graphics card, standard 1,920 x 1080 display, combo Blue-ray optical drive, b / g / n wireless along with USB 2 / 3, DVI-I, HDMI and FireWire ports — all starting at $1,599. Seems reasonable considering the package! PR after the cut.