We?ve seen a lot of blinged out phones before, sometimes by fashion design houses or sometimes by companies that specialize in high-end phones, like Vertu. Unfortunately most of the time these phones are more flash than substance, but if you were in the market for a phone that has both flash and substance, how about a Swarovski encrusted Samsung Galaxy S3? Sadly the photo above does not do it justice, but as you can barely make out, the edge of the Galaxy S3 has been lined with Swarovski crystals and if you have the spare cash and you?re willing, you can expect this Galaxy S3 to set you back a whopping $3390! Imagine how many regular Galaxy S3 handsets you could get with that price! In any case this blinged out version of the Galaxy S3 is brought to you by the folks at AmosuCouture who have blinged out iPhones and Blackberry devices if Android isn?t up your alley. So, any takers?By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Sprint to offer Samsung Galaxy S3 for $50 on contract during Black Friday?, Samsung Galaxy S3 remote wipe security issue gets patched,
The folks at Egami have stumbled across a Sony patent revealing what looks like a curved image sensor. Why is this a big deal? Well apparently a curved sensor not only leads to an increase in the lens? performance, but at the same time could reduce the size of the lens as well. There has been rumors suggesting that Sony could be introducing a full frame camera to their NEX lineup, possibly the NEX-9 if the rumors are to be believed, and Egami believes that such a curved sensor would allow the NEX-9 to go full frame. However it should also be noted that by using such a sensor, current generation A and E mount lenses will not be compatible. Could this patent just be Sony trying out new ideas, or do you think the NEX-9 (or whatever Sony will call their full frame NEX-camera) will come with a compatible lens lineup of its own? We won?t speculate too much but let us know your thoughts in the comments below!By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Sony patents player recognition, but how soon will we see this implemented?, Sony patent aims to keep you entertained while you exercise,
For those who own Kodak inkjet printers and love it and were hoping for newer inkjet models from Koak in the future, it looks like we have to be the bearers of bad news as the company has announced that they plan to end consumer inkjet printer sales, which at the same time will eliminate 200 more jobs. If some of you might recall, it was in August that Kodak announced their plans to leave the consumer industry, choosing to focus on the enterprise sector instead. If you were hoping to get your hands on Kodak?s inkjet printers, you will still be able to as Kodak will only be winding down sales of printers starting from next year, although for now they will be focusing on supplying printer ink to their existing partners. Kodak is hoping that their shift away from the consumer market and its refocusing will help boost the company?s cash flow in the US starting in the first half of 2013.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Kodak to exit the consumer industry, will focus on the enterprise instead, Apple and Google fighting for Kodak's patents?,
We know that by using one login name and one password for all your accounts is just a great way of letting hackers gain access to all your accounts in one fell swoop, but Mozilla thinks otherwise and has launched the official beta of Persona, the company?s identity management system. Basically what it does is that instead of having websites authenticate the user, the authentication will be based on a decentralized system and by choosing one password, you will have the option of logging in to multiple websites.
It was just last year when AT&T tried to buyout T-Mobile unsuccessfully, but now it looks like T-Mobile could be making the headlines again, although this time as the buyer, not the seller. If the rumors are to be believed, it has been reported (via Bloomberg) that T-Mobile could be interested in acquiring MetroPCS. Granted it?s not one of the major four but we guess they are doing something right for T-Mobile to have taken notice. T-Mobile is not the only one interested and according to the report, both Sprint and Dish Network?s names have come up as interested buyers as well.
No deal has been struck yet but it seems that executives from both companies have been meeting in past few weeks. No word on what they plan to do with MetroPCS ? refarming its spectrum is a possibility but either way, we?ll be keeping our eyes peeled on more news so be sure to check back with us at a later date for more updates!By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Verizon, Sprint, MetroPCS and T-Mobile also doing their part to help out with the Japan crisis, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 headed for Verizon, and more [rumor],
The Galaxy Nexus is almost a year old which makes sense to think that Google could be close to announcing their next-gen Nexus handset. As to who the manufacturer of the next Nexus handset is remains to be seen, although rumors have suggested that there could be multiple manufacturers this time round. We?ll be taking that with a grain of salt for now, but according to a fresh set of rumors, it seems that we can expect the next Nexus to be announced within the next 30 days.
This is via Android and Me?s sources who also suggested that Google?s Andy Rubin will be the one making the announcement which will be taking place at AllThingsD: Dive Into Mobile that will be held from the 29th to 30th October. No word on the specifications of the device yet, but the rumor has indicated that the device will be launched with the latest build of Android Jelly Bean at version 4.2. In any case we?ll approach this with skepticism for now but if you were planning to get the next-gen Nexus as your next handset, be sure to stay tuned for more updates!By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Iran: No love lost for Gmail block, Political YouTube video in Brazil blocked by Google,
If you were planning to get your hands on Motorola?s new smartphones, the Droid RAZR HD and the RAZR MAXX HD, well you might be disappointed. According to reports, unofficial of course, it seems that both the RAZR HD and the RAZR MAXX HD will be delayed from launching on Verizon?s network due to some issues with the antenna. This is apparently due to the both the size and location of the antennas which actually make contact with the edges of the device which means that the signal will degrade whenever the user touches it.
This is based on FCC documents of the Droid RAZR HD which show that its internals are different compared to that of the Droid RAZR M which has made it onto Verizon?s network with no issue. Word has it that Motorola is currently working on a solution and they?re still hoping to make their holiday release schedule, but if you were hoping to get it on/before Thanksgiving or Black Friday, you?d be out of luck. If either the Droid RAZR HD or the RAZR MAXX HD is the phone you?ve been eyeing, be sure to check back with us as we?ll keep you updated on the situation.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Motorola Droid RAZR HD tutorial videos leaked (Update), Motorola Droid RAZR HD rumored to feature 8MP camera and will not come in a MAXX edition,
It was a while back that suggested that Samsung could be launching smartphones in 2012 with flexible AMOLED displays. Such displays were not a myth and they have been prototyped and displayed in public before, but as to how they might translate into a smartphone device remains to be seen. Well if you were hoping your next smartphone would be a Samsung-made one with a flexible AMOLED display, that?s still a possibility although you should probably not expect to get your hands on said device this year.
According to reports from Korea, it seems that Samsung is having ?problems with the yield? regarding production of the flexible AMOLED displays, which caused them to delay the production. Word has it that Samsung could get this issue sorted out by the end of 2012 which means that if you want a phone with a flexible AMOLED display, the first half of 2013 would be your best bet ? at the earliest. Of course like the folks at Tech Radar have pointed out, this will more than likely pave way to rumors suggesting that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will feature such a display. We won?t read too much into that at the moment, but do check back with us at a later date as we?ll keep you updated!By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Samsung Galaxy Camera stops by the FCC with AT&T's radios on board, Swarovski-encrusted Samsung Galaxy S3 will set you back $3,000,
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It was just last week when we talked about how an app enabled the ?floating touch? feature throughout the Sony Xperia sola smartphone, but it seems that this was a particularly unnecessary app to install as the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for the Sony Xperia sola has introduced a feature known as ?Glove Mode? which will allow users of the smartphone to use floating touch technology even when one is wearing gloves. I guess come winter, Xperia sola owners will need not worry about removing their gloves to expose their fingers to the bitter cold when they are trying to text their family or friends. The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update arrived for the Xperia sola, Xperia Go and Xperia U, but the Xperia sola seems to be the only one that will receive the Glove Mode feature. Which is a good thing, I would say, what do you think?
Of course, others might say that having Glove Mode work with all apps via the app would be the ultimate, but how many times do you actually touch your handset’s display with wet fingers? If that is the case, you would do well to settle for a more durable handset like the Xperia acro S.By Ubergizmo. Related articles: Sony Xperia Ion from AT&T receives Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update officially, Sony Xperia Tablet S gets Android 4.0.3 firmware update,