Availability of 3D content is an important consideration when it comes to 3D phones. While we have 3D phones in Malaysia, only a handful of Android apps make full use of its 3D stereoscopic screen. To expand its use, LG has announced availability of a 3D Game converter engine which will be unveiled at the coming IFA event in Berlin.
What this means, you can get 3D experience from existing OpenGL based Android games. This is made possible by creating 2 images (foreground + background) from existing depth information of the game. According to LG, the 3D Game Converter will be released as a software update in October with approximately 50 2D games being supported. Additional 50 games will join the list by year end. We are also hoping that LG releases Android 2.3 Gingerbread update by then.
For those who are into DIY, here’s a teardown video of the BlackBerry Bold 9900. Instead of the usual iFixit, this teardown is brought to you by DirectFix. The video shows you step by step directions from dismantling the screen and other parts as well as putting them back together.
Obviously dismantling your brand new Bold 9900 would void your warranty but it serves as a good repair guide for situations that are not covered under warranty.
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Not enough juice for your Samsung Galaxy S II? If your standard 1650mAh battery doesn’t cut it, Samsung has quietly released a 2000mAh battery kit which was recently purchased by a XDA developer forummer.
Obviously with that increased capacity, the size of the battery is bigger than usual. To fit that excess dimensions, Samsung has also provided a new back plate. With thicker sides, we wonder if the back plate remains as flexible as the original.
In terms of pricing, it only costs 23 Euro which is about RM100. Since Galaxy S II has been selling like hot cakes, Samsung Malaysia should consider bringing this extended battery into our market. We are sure that people won’t mind that extra bulge for 21% more battery life.
More pics after the break.
DiGi has finally revealed its BlackBerry Bold 9900 bundled offer with DG Smart Plan. The Bold 9900 can be yours from as low as RM1399 on 24 months contract DG Smart Plan 68. For those with smaller data appetite, the Bold 9900 is also offered on DG Smart Plan 48 which comes with 1GB/month.
As an added promo, the first 400 subscribers that signs up with 24 months contract on DG Smart Plan 68 gets RM50 off on BIS subscription.
For more info, head to DiGi’s Smart Plan page.
So Maxis, when’s your turn?
ASUS Malaysia has announced via Facebook that the Eee Pad Slider is coming to Malaysia. This is the 2nd Eee Pad series of honeycomb tablets to enter the country after the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer. No launch dates and pricing have been revealed so far.
Based on earlier specs, the Eee Pad Slider is powered with a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM and choices of 16GB or 32GB storage options. Screenwise, it has an identical 10.1″ WSVGA (1280×800) IPS. In terms of connectivity, it has a mini USB port, 1x Audio Jack, micro SD card reader, a docking port and a mini HDMI out.
We wonder which version ASUS Malaysia decides to bring in and for how much? In the earlier announcement, it was said to be priced between US$499 – US$799.
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Samsung has teased another Galaxy Tab product which will be unveiled next month at Berlin. While Samsung has both Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 in their lineup, the original 7 incher Tab that started it all is due for new update. So far no details have been revealed on the upcoming device.
Now Android Life has posted what seems to be the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 which has a similar sleek design as the Galaxy Tab 10.1. However upon close inspection, there are physical Android buttons which makes us wonder if it is running Honeycomb or perhaps Android 2.3. Who knows, it might be running on the upcoming Ice Cream Sandwich.
One more pic after the break.
This iPhone concept video is every phone you’ve ever dreamed of but nothing you’ll be able to get anytime soon. A laser keyboard and built-in pico projector all packed into a paper-thin form factor? Looks good in theory but not necessarily in real life.
Concept or not, the video is very well done. The effects look very real. Something to look forward to in the future perhaps?
Like it or not, Steve Jobs has changed the world. With his devices, with his marketing, with his vision. Jobs is a tenacious innovator and his passion manifested to become Apple. And for that he will be missed as one of the greatest technological minds of our time.
We’re writing this as if Steve has gone to a better place when in actually fact he is still here with us but the magnitude of him no longer at the helm of the world’s foremost technology company is massive.
How will Apple fare without Steve as CEO? Sentiments are split right down the middle. On one side we have those who have confident in Tim Cook continuing where Jobs left off. On the other, Apple will never the same without the man himself.
Realistically speaking however, we all know that this time would come. Everything has a beginning and an end. Sooner of later, Apple will be without its celebrated leader. The time has come and this will be the greatest challenge Apple and Steve Jobs will face. The ultimate measure of the company, the institution and man behind it will be how Apple continues capturing the imagination of its fans and the world without Steve Jobs.
While we observe diligently on how things will unfold at Apple in the coming months, years and decades, head on over to after the jump to admire an amazing visualisation of the man’s professional life, from Apple’s humble beginnings to what is today.
The device you see above is the upcoming HTC device that will be running Windows Phone 7 Mango. The device — codenamed Omega, official name possibly Radar when it hits store shelves — is expected to feature an aluminium unibody, a 3.8-inch Super LCD display (800×480 pixels) with a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor that’s very likely to be a single-core unit. There’s 512MB of RAM and 16GB of on-board storage and a 8MP camera with 720p video recording as well. The HTC Omega is said to feature a front-facing camera that is very likely to be the result of an expected deep integration of Skype in Windows Phone devices.
Looks good. Something like a Flyer mini of sorts. Let’s hope the long awaited Mango update will deliver the goods for Windows Phone. HTC is expected to make an announcement with full details on the Omega (aka Radar) this September 1.
IMCC now has stock available for the LG Optimus 3D and it is similarly priced to the HTC Evo 3D at RM2,199.
Comparing the two devices spec for spec, there’s really not much in it between the two. Most noticeable is processors. The LG runs a 1GHz dual-core processor with 512MB while the HTC is packing a 1.2GHz dual-core unit with 1GB of RAM. Another point worth highlighting is that the LG runs the older Android 2.2 where the Evo 3D is running on the very latest Android 2.3.4.
Also, HTC’s Sense UI is our favourite UI skin for Android. LG is not as polished and is no where near HTC in terms of UI features and sophistication.
On the other hand, when it comes to 3D and display quality, the LG Optimus 3D trumps the HTC Evo 3D’s definitively. The 3D effect on the LG is more natural and very comfortable to view. The Evo 3D on the other hand produced an over-3D effect that caused eye-strain and headaches. In terms of displays, despite the Evo 3D having higher resolution — at 540×960 pixels versus 480×800 pixels on the LG — the LG has better colour reproduction, contrast and viewing angle.
Other differences: THe Evo 3D has a larger battery — 1730mAh versus 1500mAh on the Optimus 3D. But the LG takes higher resolution 3D stills at 3MP versus the Evo 3D’s 2MP.
So the question is which one will you choose. We’ve had some time to with the two devices, 3D is the main selling point for these two smartphones and based on that, the LG Optimus 3D has an edge over the Evo 3D.