CES 2012

Qualcomm AllJoyn peer-to-peer gaming and sharing hands-on

Earlier this month we were able to get a first hand look at an impressive technology from Qualcomm called AllJoyn. What is AllJoyn you ask? A peer-to-peer proximity based gaming, streaming, and sharing technology between devices such as Android phones and tablets. This makes device-to-device communication easy and simple for games, music, and anything else you can think of. Check out all our hands-on videos from CES 2012 below.

Samsung promises better battery life in 2012

For those of you with devices like the Galaxy Nexus and the DROID Charge, you know good and well that not all Samsung devices are top of class when it comes to holding a charge for an equitable amount of time. That's why it comes as awesome news this week the Samsung's vice president of product innovation mister Kevin Packingham has all but guaranteed they'd be making battery life more of a priority in 2012. Noting in an interview with CNET that they "don't want you to feel anxiety about your battery life" when you wake up and when you go to bed, batteries such as that which you saw in the RAZR MAXX, for example, may well be popping up in your next Galaxy.

CES 2012 Android Wrap-Up

The Consumer Electronics Show is the grandaddy of 'em all when it comes to technology conferences, and with Android's rise to the top of the mobile world, that means there was plenty of phones and tablets on hand. For consumers, the big guns at Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Asus were out in full force. most of the devices seen at the 2012 show will be appearing on shelves in the next six months or so. Here are the ones you'll want to look forward to (be sure to check our CES 2012 portal for all the stories):

Huawei Ascend P1 S “world’s thinnest phone” Hands-on

Last week the folks from Huawei announced their new Ascend P1 and P1 S Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphones. The latter of the two, the P1 S they are calling the "world's thinnest smartphone" coming in at only 6.68mm thin. The 7.1mm DROID RAZR didn't hold the title long, and neither did that Fujitsu Arrows ES phone no one remembers. At CES we got a few hands-on pictures and video of this super-thin phone so check it out and let us know what you think.

AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 4G LTE in white Hands-on

Coming to AT&T soon is the Samsung Galaxy Note that we've all seen plenty of lately. AT&T will be selling this 5.3" AMOLED HD packing smartphone in both black and white variants. While roaming at CES we were able to get a few quick pictures and video of the white version of the AT&T branded LTE Note for those interested. Check out more pictures after the break.

Coby Kyros Ice Cream Sandwich tablet hands-on

We told you so. CES 2012 was flooded with more cheap tablets than you could shake a dev kit at, most of which we neglected to report on for obvious reasons. But Coby has been steadily building a reputation for affordable (if not desirable) hardware for years, and they're jumping into Ice Cream Sandwich in a big way. A representative was kind enough to show us an early hardware version of the tablet on the show floor. The "MID9742-8", just one of nine tablets coming from the company in the next few months, is on the higher end of their Kyros product line.

Sony Slate concept tablet “grows” a kickstand

Kickstands are awesome. No arguing: a built-in angled prop is the perfect companion for a large-screen, video-friendly device. But one of the (admittedly numerous) problems with implementing them is that they mess up the smooth fascia of a device's back - while Archos and HTC are willing to have an "ugly" element turn the back of their device into a utilitarian eyesore, more style-conscious manufacturers aren't. Sony may have found a way to have its cake and eat it too. A concept device shown under glass at CES includes a metallic cloth back with an expanding kickstand that simply "grows" out of the back of the device. They call the concept Slate.

Velocity Micro investigating ICS updates for Cruz tablets

Velocity Micro, like so many smaller manufacturers at the moment, is preparing at least two new Ice Cream Sandwich tablets for 2012. The company invited us to check out its latest wares at CES, and while the the Cruz T510 and Cruz T507 weren't ready for public display, we did manage to get some interesting information out of a VM product manager. The company is currently preparing Ice Cream Sandwich upgrades for its current Android tablets, the first 10 and 7-inch Cruz models.

iLuv ArtStation Pro and MobiDock hands-on

Android is growing by leaps and bounds, especially in the tablet market. iLuv, among others, has started to take notice, and will be releasing a set of speaker docks for Android phones and tablets later this year to complement its more fruity offerings. We caught up with iLuv on the CES 2012 show floor to check out three of their new models, the ArtStation Pro for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the MobiDock and the MobiAir.

Snapdragon GameCommand Hands-on

This week at CES we've been running around like mad-men trying to get a little hands on time with just about everything. Today we had a few minutes to check out multiple new things from Qualcomm, one in particular is the Snapdragon GameCommand application. Just recently announced by Qualcomm this app will highlight games and apps that can take advantage of all the potential inside Snapdragon powered devices.
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