We’re not sure what to think of LG’s phone updating strategy. First they said the Optimus 2X will get Ice Cream Sandwich, only to flip-flop at a later date, with their Canadian branch saying the opposite. Now we have another proof that the update will actually be released; the information comes from LG’s Korea office, which is telling the world that the new firmware with Android 4.0 is currently in the testing phase.
Now it is possible that Optimus 2X owners in some regions will get the Ice Cream Sandwich, while in some others won’t have the same luck. Then again, that would be a stupid thing to do and we’re pretty confident LG doesn’t want to take that road, which will eventually produce a ton of bad PR for the company. In other words, we think every Optimus 2X owner around the world will get its serving of Ice Cream Sandwich sooner or later. As soon as we get the exact date, we’ll let you know. Stay tuned in the meantime…
After Facebook announced its $1 billion purchase of Instagram earlier this year, the UK’s Office of Fair Trade (OFT) announced it was launching an investigation of the deal. Today, the OFT issued a brief statement that it will not pursue the case further with the Competition Commission, effectively giving the deal its stamp of approval. The concern was that the deal would result in Facebook limiting access from alternative sharing sources, thereby reducing consumers choice in photo app products. The OFT concluded in a statement to The Next Web that “while they may have the ability to do so, the evidence we received doesn’t suggest that the parties would pursue such a strategy.”
With UK approval, Facebook now turns its sights to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which has previously issued what’s known as a “second request.” A second request lengthens the process by which Facebook must gain regulatory approval, pushing the final closing of the deal to sometime later this year.
[via The Next Web, OFT]
After first appearing in a series of forum posts late in July, more images of Sony’s unannounced Xperia Tablet have made their way online. The images, posted over at xda-developers, offer a better look at the device itself than the old presentation slides did, showing the “folded magazine” design that has carried over from the Tablet S to the Xperia Tablet. We can also see some power and volume buttons on the side of the device, and on the back there’s a small bit of Xperia branding.
While still unofficial, the Xperia Tablet is said to feature a 9.4-inch 1280×800 display, 8-megapixel rear and 1-megapixel front cameras and a Tegra 3 core. A release for this Android 4.0-powered slate is currently expected to be going down in September, with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions all on tap. With a launch rumored for September and a Sony event scheduled for the end of August, it’s possible that we’ll see the Xperia Tablet made officially official at the shindig that Sony is hosting right before IFA 2012. Until then, at least we’ve got these newly-leaked shots to ogle.
Via Xperia Blog, xda-developers
Samsung has shared details on the Exynos 5 Dual, a system-on-a-chip with a dual-core 1.7GHz processor based on ARM Cortex-A15 architecture.
The Exynos 5 Dual uses Cortex-A15, which has DMIPS 40 percent higher than the Cortex-A9 core commonly found in most quad-core devices today. The increased power and efficiency of the A15 means that a dual-core processor may outperform this generation of quad-core products that use the older A9 processor architecture.
The 32nm Exynos 5 Dual also supports WQXGA display, 1080p 60fps video capture, 3D graphics, USB 3.0 and SATA 3. Its media capabilities are boosted by 3D noise reduction, video digital image stabilization, optical distortion compensation, and a quad-core GPU. Samsung also claims that the Exynos 5 Dual has been designed to handle the “worst case scenarios” in WQXGA bandwidth issues, maintaining a smooth UI and visual performance thanks to 12.8GB/s memory bandwidth.
Samsung has not revealed which device will be the first to ship with its Exynos 5 Dual processor, but the SoC is likely to factor heavily into products the company releases next year.
source: Samsung Exynos, via:The Verge
Dropbox has updated its app for the Apple iPhone and iPad to version 1.5, finally bringing the automatic photo upload feature to the platform.
Android users have enjoyed automatic photo uploads to their Dropbox accounts since February, but iOS users have not had such a luxury. Now, with version 1.5 of the app, users can opt to upload the entire Camera Roll on their phones or just new pictures that are added to it. As a bonus to those that enable the feature, Dropbox is providing up to 3GB extra free storage, doled out in 500MB increments.
Other new features in version 1.5 include the ability to view photos and videos uploaded to Dropbox in a gallery, move and delete batches of files, and upload files of any size.
Dropbox for iOS version 1.5 is free and available in the iTunes App Store now.
source: iTunes App Store