The Coolpix S800, the first Android based camera from Nikon

It looks like the popular camera company Nikon will soon be announcing their first Android based camera. The model will be dubbed as the Coolpix S800 (S800c), and the specs that you can expect on this will be:

  • 25-250 mm lens
  • 3.5″ OLED screen
  • The camera runs all Google Play apps
  • The camera will probably run Android 2.3
  • Built-in GPS
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

I think this would be great and a smart move by Nikon. Perhaps this could be a first step into seeing some really powerful Android-based camera’s in the near future. Maybe even DSLR’s?

The proposed announcement of this device is on August 22nd and we’ll be sure to relay more information as soon as we know.

Source: Nikon Rumors

IDC: Android continues to rule the smartphone world in Q2 2012

Android remains at 68.1 percent with iOS at 16.9 percent, according to IDC, while Canalys had these figures at 68.1 percent and 16.4 percent. BlackBerry follows closely in third with Symbian right on their heels. Windows Phone is trending up, but figures still show 3.5 percent with some Windows Mobile sales still included in this figure.

Worldwide Smartphone OS Market Share

It is pretty incredible to read that Samsung contributed to 44 percent of Android’s success while seven other vendors took up the rest of the 24.1 percent. I wrote yesterday about HTC and how they aren’t helping out that much with this figure. It is also impressive that iOS still showed double digit growth, 27.5 percent, given that the iPhone 4S is nearly a year old now. BlackBerry is down 40.9 percent while Symbian is way down 62.9% to just 4.4% of the market.

Source: ZDNet

HTC ‘Endeavor C2’ rumored to be a spec-bumped One X for late 2012

HTC’s flagship One X may be set to receive a minor specification bump before the end of 2012, according to reports from ​Stuff​. The re-vamped model is known only by its codename “HTC Endeavor C2” — note that the original One X was “Endeavor”. It’ll allegedly ship with a souped-up 1.7GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU, along with an “improved” battery, new color options and urBeats earphones included in the box. ​Stuff​ also claims that the new “Endeavor C2” will be compatible with all existing One X accessories, which to us implies that the chassis design will remain identical.

Essentially, the C2 could be to the One X what the Sensation XE was to the original Sensation last year — the same design, with slightly upgraded internals. The news also converges nicely with rumors we’ve heard from T-Mobile USA, suggesting an “HTC One X+” may be arriving on that network later in the year.

Some software enhancements are reported too, including ClearVoice tech for improved voice call quality, in addition to “HTC Watch 2,” a new version of the HTC movie streaming service. Though not confirmed in today’s leak, we suspect Jelly Bean and HTC Sense 4.1 may also be on the cards, depending on the timing of the eventual release.

Speaking of which, the Endeavor C2 is said to be slated for a UK release around Oct. 1, with on-contract prices reportedly around £5 more per month than the original One X. HTC isn’t expected to have a big showing at this year’s IFA event, but if this release date turns out to be accurate, it’s possible we might see an official announcement sooner rather than later.

Source: Stuff

Galaxy Note 2 reported to use flexible AMOLED panel

Samsung’s flexible AMOLED displays, long demonstrated to slack-jawed journos at trade shows, could be about to find its place in an upcoming smartphone, if reports from South Korea are accurate. In a recent article on the latest AMOLED display innovations, the Korea IT Times reports that the Galaxy Note 2, due to be unveiled in Berlin on Aug. 29, will utilize the bendy display tech. In addition, Samsung’s new, thinner Unbreakable Plane (UBP) tech is also said to be used in the Note 2, freeing up space for extra battery capacity. That’s interesting given that just a month ago the Korean press was reporting that UBP was off the table for the Note 2.

These rumors, combined with recent reports of RGB AMOLED displays reaching pixel densities of 350ppi, make for encouraging reading, suggesting that Samsung’s upcoming stylus-toting smartphone may usher in a host new display technologies. In particular, the reported use of flexible AMOLED might suggest some sort of curved device encompassing a curved screen. Samsung has dabbled with curved glass in its phones before (in the Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus, to name a couple), so it’s possible the Note 2 might develop these ideas further by curving the AMOLED display beneath. (It should go without saying that the actual phone itself won’t bend.)

We still know almost nothing about the Galaxy Note 2, but rumored specs suggest it’ll sport a 5.5-inch, 16:9 display, up from the 5.3 inches of the original Note. Whatever form it takes, we’ll be live from Berlin on the 29th to bring you full coverage of the next Galaxy Note, so keep it locked to AC.

Source: Korea IT Times

Sony Xperia Miro appears at Carphone Warehouse, due later this month

Since Sony’s social-focused Xperia Miro was announced almost two months ago it’s remained pretty elusive. However, today it looks like a UK release may be close at hand, with the emergence of a holding page for the phone over at independent retailer the Carphone Warehouse.

Alongside the usual specs and pre-registration stuff, the page points to a tentative release date later this month — that’d give the phone some time to gain traction before Sony shows off its new hotness at IFA in a few weeks. There’s no pricing or network info just yet, but pre-order pages at other retailers suggest it’ll go for between £180 and £210 off-contract.

Announced after a Facebook promotion earlier this year, the Xperia Miro sports Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on a 3.5-inch screen with a 5MP camera and an 800MHz CPU running the show. Design-wise, it’s as if someone took a rolling pin to the Xperia Tipo — the Miro sports the same design in a thinner chassis, spread over a larger surface area.

With phones like the Xperia Tipo and Miro, Sony certainly has all its bases covered at the low end. We’ll be hoping for more bleeding-edge high-end stuff at the company’s Aug. 29 IFA press conference.

Source: Carphone Warehouse

Google Maps Real Time Traffic Data Expanded Worldwide, Adds 130 U.S. Cities

First we got offline maps, then indoor maps and walking directions for museums. Now Google Maps gets even better with expanded traffic coverage worldwide. The capitals of Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama have been added, and a whopping 130 US cities will also be receiving traffic information and estimated travel times. So if you live in Kalamazoo,

Michigan or Tuscaloosa, Alabama, welcome to the party!
In addition, Google has improved and expanded coverage in Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. Hit the source link for a complete list of all cities covered.

Source: google lat long blog

T-Mobile offering HTC One S for $149.99 through August 21st

T-Mobile is offering a sale on their HTC One S for $149.99 paired with a two year agreement. While the sale will be offered through the 21st of this month, I don’t see why T-Mobile doesn’t make it a permanent price drop. Considering AT&T’s higher spec’d HTC One X has already seen a permanent price drop to $99, the One S should be offered for at least that, or perhaps even lower considering it’s dubbed as “mid-tier.”

Either way, the One S still offers top of the line specs (minus the screen size and resolution) and appeals to many. Although keep in mind that T-Mobiles rumored HTC One X+ may be around the corner so you may want to save your upgrade until then.

Source: T-Mobile