Microsoft has its own Project Glass – augmented reality glasses/wearable computer combo
Nov22

Microsoft has its own Project Glass – augmented reality glasses/wearable computer combo

Microsoft has it’s own Project Glass cooking in the R&D labs. It’s an augmented reality glasses/heads-up display, that should supply you with various bits of trivia while you are watching a live event, e.g. baseball game. The device was made public via Microsoft’s patent application published today. Microsoft is taking a much more gradual approach than Google, which already has a working wearable computer/augmented reality glasses prototype, and will start selling it to early adopters in a few months. The device described in Microsoft’s patent application is not intended to be used throughout the day as you are getting around. It focuses on live events like sports games or concerts, and tries to enhance your experience by beaming text and audio overlays to the action in the field. Which makes the device much more simple, since Microsoft knows you should be relatively stationary while wearing it, and won’t have to worry about you walking into stuff while trying to read information hovering in front. Of course, it is just one patent app, and filed in May 2011 at that. Who knows what other projects Microsoft’s R&D department is working on, and where they went in 18 months since the application was submitted to USPTO. Especially after seeing all those cool demos of Google’s Project Glass this summer. Now that Microsoft is moving into the hardware biz, I’m pretty sure that if Google’s AR device shows even a moderate success, we’ll have something similar from Redmond very...

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MediaTek intros Cool 3D suite for its chipsets. $200 3D smartphones on the way?
Sep13

MediaTek intros Cool 3D suite for its chipsets. $200 3D smartphones on the way?

Taiwan-based MediaTek has officially announced Cool 3D, which is presented as “the world’s most complete 3D suite of solutions for smartphone platforms.” The new suite supports 3D displays and 3D cameras, plus real-time 2D-to-3D conversion. MediaTek proudly touts two distinguished features that are included in Cool 3D: 3D Cool Shot (which supports cost-effective 5MP dual-lens cameras that can provide 1080p, 24 FPS 3D images), and 3D Cool Show (which enhances stereo 3D effects, enabling “convenient switching between the 2D and 3D displays”). According to MediaTek, Global Industry Analysts, Inc. believes that close to 1 billion 3D-capable smartphones will be shipped yearly by 2018. MediaTek says that Cool 3D is enabled on its MT6575 and MT6577 chipsets. Both these chipsets are developed for sub-$200 smartphones, so we’ll probably see very affordable 3D handsets soon. Maybe from Acer or Lenovo, since they seem to like MediaTek lately. Via Press...

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Sprint’s HTC Evo 3D and Evo Design will get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich “by early August”
Jul17

Sprint’s HTC Evo 3D and Evo Design will get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich “by early August”

If you’re the proud owner of either Sprint’s HTC Evo 3D or the Evo Design, here’s some good news for you. In just a few weeks, your device (whichever of the two you happen to have) will get upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The word comes via an official announcement from the carrier. The update will apparently start rolling out “by early August”. A more exact timeline isn’t available at the moment, but we’ll keep you posted. Of course the update will come over-the-air. So your phone will notify you once it’s there waiting for you to download and install it. Unfortunately for you, a newer version of Android is already out. And there’s no word on whether the Evo 3D or Evo Design will ever get to run Jelly Bean. Don’t get your hopes up. Although hardware that can run ICS surely can run JB too, Sprint and HTC have to think about this from another point of view. And the truth is, they’ll probably decide that selling you a fancy new device will be the way to go. We’ll see. Via Android...

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Nokia and Samsung working on 3D mobile displays
May17

Nokia and Samsung working on 3D mobile displays

Until now, only two major smartphone makers launched devices with 3D displays: HTC and LG. And while 3D is still a marketing gimmick rather than something really useful on a smartphone, it looks like Samsung and Nokia want to join the party, too. Today we found out that both companies have filed patent applications with the USPTO a while ago, proving that they intend to have 3D handsets in the future. Nokia’s patent application describes a “Dual-mode two-dimensional / three-dimensional display.” Just like the screens of HTC Evo 3D and LG Optimus 3D, Nokia’s display would use a trigger to switch from 2D to 3D mode. Also, stereoscopic 3D images would be obtained thanks to the fact that the display (which is, in fact, a 2D one) is able to show different images for the left and right eye. Samsung’s patent application talks about a display that shows 3D images in a relatively similar manner: A touch screen panel display comprising a display, a touch screen panel sensor film stacked on top of the display, and a window stacked on top of the touch screen panel sensor film, the touch screen panel display comprising: a viewing angle difference barrier film stacked between an upper surface of the touch screen panel sensor film and a lower surface of the window and for transmitting light of a pixel corresponding to a left eye and light of a pixel corresponding to a right eye to a left eye and a right eye, respectively. Of course, for now we cannot know exactly when we’ll see the first 3D handsets from Nokia or Samsung. But, when they come, I assume Nokia’s will run Windows Phone, and Samsung’s won’t use anything else than...

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LG Optimus 3D Max starts shipping in Europe, costs around €500
Apr23

LG Optimus 3D Max starts shipping in Europe, costs around €500

LG has just announced that its second 3D Android smartphone, the Optimus 3D Max, is now shipping in Europe. While LG didn’t mention the handset’s official price, we found it at Amazon Germany, where it costs as low as €494 (about $650). The new Optimus 3D Max is lighter and thinner than the first Optimus 3D, measuring 126.8 x 67.4 x 9.6 mm, and weighing 148 grams. It features a 4.3 inch 3D WVGA display with Gorilla Glass 2, NFC, HSPA + 21Mbps, GPS, Wi-Fi, DLNA, 3D Converter, 3D video editing, HDMI, 5MP dual-lens camera (for 3D photos and videos), 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, and MicroSD card support. The LG Optimus 3D Max runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread at the moment, but it will get Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich sometime later this year. Via Press...

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HTC Evo 3D could be sold by Virgin Mobile as the Evo V 4G
Apr03

HTC Evo 3D could be sold by Virgin Mobile as the Evo V 4G

Virgin Mobile could start selling the HTC Evo 3D later this year. Yes, that Evo 3D, the year-old device that has so far failed to sell in any significant numbers. The most important difference between the device that Virgin will have and the one that’s been at Sprint all this time is the name. Virgin is apparently going to go with HTC Evo V 4G, for some reason. Perhaps all that 3D gimmickry isn’t worthy of a mention in the handset’s name, Virgin may have concluded. This all comes from a source that spoke with PocketNow. Alongside the Evo V 4G, Virgin will also be selling the (thankfully newer) HTC One V. The Evo V will come in both grey and the plum color that was once a Best Buy exclusive for Sprint’s Evo 3D. And aside from the new name, this is the Evo 3D, for all intents and purposes. Unfortunately there’s no info yet on pricing or a release date, but we’ll bring those to you as soon as we get...

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Sprint HTC Evo 3D now free at Wirefly for both new customers and upgrades
Mar27

Sprint HTC Evo 3D now free at Wirefly for both new customers and upgrades

If you managed to somehow miss Amazon’s great Sprint smartphone sale that started a couple of weeks ago and ended today, Wirefly would like to come to your rescue. If you’re after an HTC Evo 3D, that is. Right now the Evo 3D can be had at Wirefly for free, regardless of whether you’re a new customer or are already with Sprint and want to upgrade your gear. Upgrades very rarely enjoy the same pricing as new contracts, so in that regard this is something quite special. You will have to sign a new two-year contract (or contract extension, if you’re upgrading) though. Of course the HTC Evo 3D isn’t the top dog in Sprint’s lineup anymore, and hasn’t been for months. But for free, it is a rather compelling offering, especially since it’s not bad performing either. And let’s not forget the 3D gimmickry that may or may not appeal to you. If you’re interested in getting an Evo 3D for free, head on over to Wirefly as soon as possible, for we don’t know when this offer will...

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HTC Evo 3D reaches new low in the UK, now just £207 SIM-free
Mar07

HTC Evo 3D reaches new low in the UK, now just £207 SIM-free

Almost one month after we let you know that the HTC Evo 3D was being sold for just £229 in the UK, SIM-free and unlocked, the smartphone’s price has reached a new low. Although it may have seemed impossible, you can now get an HTC Evo 3D in the UK even cheaper than that. Just how cheap, you ask? Well, for just £207. Again, that’s SIM-free and unlocked. And you’re getting one of the first 3D smartphones to ever see the light of day. If you’re into that kind of thing (3D and all), this is probably the deal of a lifetime. But even if you aren’t fond of the 3D aspects of this device, there’s still plenty of high-end goodness in there to be appreciated by 2D-loving folk. Sure, it’s not the newest handset around, and it doesn’t run the newest and shiniest Android version. Yet if you can live with that, this is one capable phone for the price of lower-midrange offerings that are usually not that well performing. If you’d like an HTC Evo 3D for £207, head over to ASDA now and get...

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MWC 2012: LG Optimus 3D Max P720 preview (video)
Feb27

MWC 2012: LG Optimus 3D Max P720 preview (video)

Another new Android smartphone that LG brought to MWC 2012 in Barcelona (alongside the Optimus 4X HD and Optimus Vu, for example) is the Optimus 3D Max P720 (known as Optimus 3D Cube in South Korea). Measuring 126.8 x 67.4 x 9.6 mm and using a 520-nit bright display, the new Optimus 3D Max is touted as the “slimmest and brightest 3D smartphone.” The 3D Max obviously comes with some improvements over the Optimus 3D introduced last year, but these aren’t that impressive. For example, the display – although it’s brighter and renders 3D content better, has remained a 4.3 inch WVGA (800 x 480) one. Well, at least it’s protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2. There’s a 5MP dual-lens camera on the back that can take both 2D and 3D photos / videos. The new handset also brings a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 3D editing capabilities, NFC, HSPA+, VGA front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, (only) 8GB of internal memory, and a 1,520 mAh battery. The LG Optimus 3D Max will be launched starting the second quarter of the year with Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread on board. An update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich should arrive shortly after launch. Here’s a quick video demo of the Optimus 3D...

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New LG Optimus 3D Max / Cube gets official, Android 4.0 ICS update promised
Feb22

New LG Optimus 3D Max / Cube gets official, Android 4.0 ICS update promised

LG has finally announced the rumored successor to the Optimus 3D: it will be called LG Optimus 3D Cube in South Korea, and LG Optimus 3D Max in other markets. The new Optimus 3D Max / Cube is thinner than the previous model, measuring 126.8 x 67.4 x 9.6 mm. It comes with a 4.3 inch 3D WVGA Gorilla Glass display, 1.2GHz TI OMAP dual-core processor, HSPA+ 21Mbps, Wi-Fi, DLNA, NFC, 5MP dual-lens camera, 8GB of internal memory, and a 1,520 mAh battery. Users will be able to edit 3D content, including videos and photos, on the phone. The new Optimus 3D will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread at launch, with an update to Android 4.0 ICS being promised for sometime later. The Optimus 3D Max / Cube will be showcased by LG at MWC 2012, alongside other new Android smartphones (Optimus Vu, Optimus L7, Optimus L5, and Optimus L3). Starting March, the handset will be available in South Korea. Shortly after that, it will debut in Europe and other markets. Via Press...

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