Week in Review @PocketDroid (07.01 – 13.01)


pocketdroid week in reviewSamsung updated the Samsung Galaxy S Advance to Jellybean:

Words of a Jelly Beanupdate for Samsung devices based on the NovaThor U8500 chipset were circulating since last year but no release dates were announced but right now in January Samsung has started updating some variants of the Galaxy S Advance to Jelly Bean 4.1.2. Includes Project Butter, Nature UX

NVIDIA announced the Tegra 4 SoC based on ARM Cortex A15:

In a press event held by Nvidia last night around 8:00 PM at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, company’s CEO, Mr Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled what it is right now the worlds fastest mobile processor — Nvidia Tegra 4. New SoC offers better battery life powering smartphones and tabletsgamingdevices, auto infotainment and navigation systems, and even PCs. Packs huge amount of GPU cores

Acer announced Iconia B1-A71 tablet:

Acer has made the Iconia B1-A71 tabletofficial, including specs, and something on pricing and release date. The B1-A71 has a 7 inch 1024 x 600 resolution screen, with a 1.2Ghz Dual-Core MediaTek processor, 512Mb RAM, 8Gb internal memory and a SD card slot with up to 32Gb support, 0.3 MP front cam, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 , GPS, internal speaker, 3.5 mm headphone jack, and a 2710 mAh Battery. The device is 197.4 x 128.5 x 11.3 mm, and weighs 320 g. Android Jellybean-ready

Alcatel showed off its new 2013 smartphone line-up at CES:

Alcatel has outed its new smartphones for 2013 here, at CES 2013. The one to begin with is the AlcatelOneTouch Idol Ultra, which is the new world’s slimmest smartphone, peaking at 6,45mm. The other specsinclude a 4,7 inch display of HD resolution, 1,2GHz dual-core processor, MPcamera and Android Jellybean. OneTouch Scribe is here too

Huawei presented its new flagship, the Huawei Ascend D2:

Huawei is one of the new comers in the 5 inch mobile segment this year and they are doing it big launching today at CES2013 a Full HD Androiddevice with a quad-core 1.5GHz K3V2 processor, 2GB ofRAM which they claim is the world’s fastest smartphone and a sleek metal frame. Boasts a capable battery

Sony unveiled the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL:

Rumors & speculation are finally over, Sony officially announced its next flagship device today at CES2013, the Xperia Z. A fully fledged Xperia device which closely follows  the path of the Xperia T. Built for multimedia purposes, couple with the latest quad core Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC and enjoying a gigantic 2GB of RAM under the hood along with exclusive Sony features! Read on

Qualcomm announced the next generation of Snapdragon processors:

We’re seeing an explosion of Qualcomm-power chips, from the Nexus 4 to the Xperia T,V and Z all the way down to the Nokia Lumias but things are once again going to change, set for innovation Qualcomm announced that it’ll be introducing new chips bearing the same brand name.

The Snapdragon 600 SoC utilizes four Krait 300 cores which runs at 1.9GHz with the same Adreno 320 GPu that was found in last year’s S4 Pro Chips but natively support LPDDR3 RAM & is around 40% better performance than the Snapdragon S4 Pro processor. Snapdragon 800 is the real deal

Huawei Ascend Mate was announced:

It hasn’t been a long time since the start of this year’s CES, and yet, many interesting devices have already popped up. One of the leading manufacturers at CES is undoubtedly Huawei, which is also one of the few Chinese ones that are actually moving up in a very fast rate. We’ve already encountered their next flagship phone, the Ascend D2, but this is something completely different. Enter the brand new Huawei Ascend Mate. Packs a breath-taking 6,1-inch screen

Samsung unveiled new 8-core Exynos processor based on ARM’s big.LITTLE technology:

Samsung is not just paving only the way for the future but also giving us a glimpse of what to expect in a few months with the introduction of their next GALAXY series, Samsung isn;t done yet with CES2013, the electronic giant unveiled its latest addition to their Exynos SoC lineup. – Meet the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, a beast with 8 Cores! Features up to 70% lower power consumption

Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus had finally seen daylight:

Samsung Electronics announces the upgradeversion of the GALAXY S2 GT-I9100, GALAXY S II Plus GT-I9105 which is slightly heavier (121 grams), and it comes with a different storage option: instead of being sold with a 16/32 GB built-in storage and the option to expand via a microSD card up to 32GB, the S2 Pluscomes with 8GB internal storage by default expandable for up to 64GB through a micro SD card. It has the same 4.2 WVGA (480×800) Super AMOLED Plus display, the NFC is still optional, the same MP camera, same 1.2GHz dual-core procesorr (probably the same Mali-400 GPU too although it isnt mentioned anywhere by Samsung) and the same 1650 mAh battery. Runs on Jellybean with Nature UX

LG updated the Optimus G to Android 4.1 in Korea:

Launched last year with lots of bells and whistles the LG Optimus G currently the top dog on LG Mobileline-up is reportedly receiving Android 4.1 Jellybean software update in South Korea via SKT. The upgrade to JellyBean has been announced in mid-October, last year, where LG Optimus G was scheduled for December upgrade however it was delayed until a couple of weeks (winter holidays). Available through LG Mobile Support Tool