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Apple renews Google partnership, Google Maps still in iOS 5

According to Engadget, in an interview at the D9 Conference Google's Eric Schmidt confirmed that Apple and Google will maintain their partnership in maps and search functionality in iOS. "We just renewed our map and search agreements with Apple, and we hope those continue for a long time."

This may mean that Apple has put a hold on plans to institute its own mapping service, or that the service was never close to deployment to begin with. Whatever the case may be, it looks like Google Maps will be the default mapping service for iOS 5 at the very least, and possibly for some time to come.

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HomePlug Powerline networks electric cars from Audi, BMW, more

We usually associate HomePlug products with straightforward ways to spread your internet connection around the house using mains cabling rather than WiFi but, if the Powerline Alliance has its way, your future hybrid or all-electric car may also be using the system to talk to your power supply. Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen have all thrown in with the HomePlug Green PHY (GP) profile for electric vehicle charging, enabling Earth-friendly cars to integrate with the smart grid.

That integration will allow cars from the German marques to intelligently take advantage of off-peak or low-rate energy supplies, negotiate for charging slots so as not to overload the system, and give feedback on performance and other data. Since it will use the same charging ports as the cars rely on for power, it will make getting connected – using regular IP standards – more straightforward too.

We’re guessing manufacturers will also be able to collect more up-to-date feedback on the car’s status, such as whether it requires servicing and the health of the batteries, rather than rely on systems checks when the vehicle is brought in (or using some sort of embedded cellular connection, which adds cost). No word on when the first 911 with a Powerline plug will pull off the forecourt.

Press Release:

HomePlug® Powerline Alliance Announces Support from Global German Auto Manufacturers for HomePlug GP Specification

Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen Line Up Behind HomePlug Green PHY for Electric Vehicle Charging Technology Standard

Taipei, Taiwan – June 1, 2011 – At its event at COMPUTEX Taipei today, the HomePlug® Powerline Alliance ( announced support from Germany’s major car manufacturers – Audi, BMW, Daimler, Porsche and Volkswagen – for its HomePlug Technology.

After intense case studies and tests, the five German car manufacturers – working together as the Coordination Office Charging Interface – chose to support HomePlug’s IEEE 1901 Profile Green PHY (GP) as the technology for the charging interface of electric vehicles. Additionally, HomePlug has invited the participation of these auto manufacturers in developing the HomePlug Green PHY certification program. The HomePlug Powerline Alliance serves as a compliance and certification body for IEEE 1901 and manages the largest compliance and interoperability certification program for powerline networking products.

“For electric vehicles to be widely accepted, they must integrate into existing and emerging charging infrastructures, connected to the smart grid,” noted Dr. Heiko Doerr, Manager of Coordination Office Charging Interface. “For charging electric vehicles, the communication interface is established via the charging connector, and the HomePlug Green PHY provides a common communications standard to support all modes of AC and DC charging.”

The HomePlug GP specification, finalized in June 2010, is a low power, highly reliable and cost-optimized powerline networking specification which targets “Smart Grid” applications such as appliances, smart meters, climate control, and plug-in electric hybrid vehicles. Utility companies and manufacturers are looking to adopt communications and networking technologies, such as HomePlug GP, to help consumers and businesses monitor and reduce their energy consumption. More details about HomePlug GP can be found at HomePlug GP is a key component of the HomePlug technology portfolio, along with HomePlug AV broadband powerline technology and the upcoming HomePlug AV2 specification. HomePlug AV is the baseline technology for the IEEE 1901 powerline standard. All three specifications are fully interoperable with each other and with IEEE’s 1901 powerline standard, and they are designed to make it easier for multiple chip suppliers and manufacturers to deliver products to support IP networking.

“The endorsement and support of these world class manufacturers is a significant step in establishing robust technology standards to deliver on the smart grid promise,” commented Rob Ranck, president of the HomePlug Powerline Alliance. “We are delighted with their decision and look forward to working with them to develop the product certification process.”

The announcement comes on the heels of recent research reports from In-Stat, Infonetics and Pike Research pointing to the continued leadership of the HomePlug technology standard around the world. Pike Research analyst Bob Gohn commented, “The adoption of standards is a key driver to widespread smart appliance adoption, and our research indicates that HomePlug Green PHY is likely to be the power line standard that gives manufacturers the confidence to rollout products in increasingly greater numbers.”

COMPUTEX Taipei Event – June 1, 9 AM – 12 Noon
COMPUTEX is Asia’s largest IT exhibition and conference, and second largest in the world to CeBit in Germany. Today, the HomePlug Powerline Alliance will host an industry “Meet and Greet” event during the show at the Taipei International Convention Center. It will be held at 2F, Room 201 (A+B) and is open to all interested parties attending the exhibition.

During this informal seminar, HomePlug President Rob Ranck and several Board of Directors representatives will provide updates on the Alliance’s current initiatives: HomePlug AV (IEEE P1901), HomePlug Green PHY and the new HomePlug AV2 standard.

About the HomePlug® Powerline Alliance
With HomePlug technology, the electrical wires in the home can now distribute broadband Internet, HD video, digital music and smart energy applications. The HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Inc. ( is an industry-led initiative with 65 member companies that creates specifications, marketing and certification programs to accelerate worldwide adoption of powerline networking with HomePlug technology.

Sponsor members include Broadcom Corporation (BRCM); Cisco (CSCO); Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK); GE Energy, an affiliate of General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE); Qualcomm Atheros (QCOM); Renesas Electronics Corporation (TSE: 6723); SPiDCOM Technologies; and STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM).

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AMD Trinity APU confirmed for 2012; Z-Series for tablets imminent

AMD has officially unveiled its next-gen Fusion chip, Trinity, which will replace the current APU, Llano, in 2012. Presented at Computex 2011 earlier today, Trinity uses the Bulldozer APU and will drop next year; until then, of course, there’s Llano’s official launch as the VISION A-Series of chips next month, broken down into three tiers: A4, A6 and A8.

The chip company hasn’t detailed what makes those three levels different, though clock speed and cache seem likely factors. Meanwhile, the Z-Series for tablets – codenamed Desna – will target Windows based slates and have a sub-6W TDP, as per the leaked slides we saw last week. The first model to use the platform will be MSI’s WindPad 110W, launched earlier this week,

We won’t have to wait until 2012 and Trinity for the first Bulldozer products, however; AMD confirmed that the first mainstream chips – including Zambezi for desktops and Orochi for servers - will arrive in Q3 2011. The new 9-Series chipset that will support them is already available, the company said, and will be showing up in products from next month.

AMD also brought BlueStacks on stage for a demonstration of the company’s Android virtualization software for Windows-based devices. That will allow Z-Series based slates to run Android apps alongside Windows software.

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LG Revolution LTE Review

With all the Android smartphones to choose from, the field of competition is getting a little crowded. However, the 4G battle field has a much lower population. (There is a separate battle about what 4G actually means. See the SlashGear 4G section for more on that discussion). Now LG is bringing the newly released Revolution to the battlefield. The Revolution was released on Verizon’s LTE network. Since the Revolution is only the third LTE phone, there is even less competition on the LTE playing field. It is no secret that we love the speeds possible on LTE, but does the Revolution have what it takes to compete with the glossy hi-def display of the Droid Charge, or the performance of the HTC Thunderbolt? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.


The Revolution has a big, black, solid feel to it; very no nonsense. Its size and weight are similar to the other Verizon LTE phones; it measures 5.03 x 2.63 x 0.52 inches and weighs 6.6 ounces. But it does not compare to the glossy plastic balloon like appearance of the Droid Charge, and its overall appearance is more sturdy than the Thunderbolt. Not everyone is looking for a phone with an ominous presence, but overall we liked the simplified Zen look. The face is covered almost completely by the display, with a small strip of matte black along the bottom. The speaker and 1.3 megapixel camera are at the top of the face with the power button and headphone jack on the top edge. The LED indicator and proximity detector are almost invisible at the top of the face. The USB charging port is under a chrome cover on the left edge. The volume control and HDMI port are on the right edge. There is a microphone on the back and another mic on the bottom edge. A speaker is on the back with the 5.0 megapixel camera and flash. The back is matte plastic that almost has a rubberized feel.

The first major disappointment was the Android Froyo OS (2.2.2). Now we aren’t knocking Froyo, it’s not like we are talking about Windows ME. Froyo is a great OS that is compatible with almost all apps on the Market right now. But the key is “right now.” With the release of Gingerbread and now Honeycomb, that makes some wonder how long before Froyo goes the way of the Laser Disk. (That cross between a giant CD and a vinyl record)

One plus is the Revolution’s custom UI. The menus on the Home screen (portrait orientation only) and the organization of the apps menu are not the plain Jane UI. With the 7-tabbed Home screen it is easy to drag-and-drop apps and widgets to personalize your phone. The UI is very intuitive and easy to get used to, but some consumers would prefer the plain Jane Android Froyo UI. Another big plus is the full HTML web browser; no need to be restricted to mobile friendly sites. Revolution comes pre-loaded with the Swype keyboard, with the LG keyboard as the default. Most at SlashGear seem to prefer the Swype. The Revolution also has WiFi and Bluetooth Stereo 3.0.

The Revolution is running a 1.0 GHz Snapdragon processor with 2 GB internal memory and a factory installed 16 GB microSD card expandable up to 32 GB. The single core was probably a battery saving decision. Perhaps LG took a lesson from the battery devouring Thunderbolt, but some consumers will be looking for the extra performance found in a dual core processor. With the Android world becoming optimized for dual core, the Snapdragon was a little disappointing.

The 4.3 inch 800 x 480 16.7M TFT display is excellent. It is definitely able to compete with the other hi-end displays on the smartphone market. Not as brilliant as the Samsung Super Amoled Plus display, but still an excellent touch screen. It delivered vivid, clean images while watching movie trailers, playing games, or streaming video. The screen is hard to see when outside in the sun, but hardly worth mentioning, since many other phones have the same issue.

Software and Performance

If you are looking for a fast network, then you have come to the right place. clocked the Revolution download speed at 7.045 Mbps with upload at 2.417 Mbps, and ping at 151 ms. That is faster than lots of households get from their ISP. You just can’t get that speed on 3G. (3G is so last year). Almost instant downloading, and Netflix streams instantly as well. If you have to have the most extreme bandwidth, then LTE is where it’s at. It can also share its connection with up to 8 devices via 4G Mobile Hotspot.

When it comes to benchmarks, the Revolution did surprisingly well despite the single core processor. Quadrant gave the Revolution an overall benchmark score of 1934. That is a much better showing than the Droid Charge at 998, but not quite as good as the Thunderbolt at 2036. Linpack gave the Revolution a decent score of 39.395 MFLOPS. The Revolution was able to run Dungeon Defender (a very system intensive app) a little better than the Thunderbolt. It ran without noticeable lag and still rendered good graphics. The Revolution is not the fastest phone in the Android universe, but it is fast enough for almost anything available right now. Based only on performance, the Revolution would probably be a good fit for all but the most Geeky.

The Revolution is being marketed as an entertainment phone, so naturally it came loaded up with lots of software that most people don’t want: VZ Navigator, V Cast Apps, Facebook, Blockbuster, Netflix, Rhapsody, Rock Band, Lets Golf 2, Yahoo Finance, Slacker, etc, etc. Most people would prefer to download the apps they want from the Market. On a side note, LG decided to go with Bing Search and Maps instead of the usual Google apps. We installed Google anyway. Both Google Maps and Bing functioned just fine. Revolution comes with SmartShare pre-installed, so it can control and share content with other DLNA devices right out of the box.

Now the next frustration: no video calling. Skype and the Verizon branded Skype still do not make mobile video calls. Even though the Revolution and the LTE network support video calling, there is no way to make video calls out of the box. The release of VoLTE (Voice over LTE) is still rumored to be late this year or early 2012, so we will all continue to wait impatiently.


The 5 megapixel camera is a step down from the 8 megapixel on both the Droid Charge and the Thunderbolt. But it can still capture in 720p HD. The Revolution takes decent pictures and video, but we can’t recommend it over the Droid Charge.

But there are some very cool features that come with the camera. Some of the more common features include Sepia, Mono, and Negative mode, along with zoom and flash settings. Some less common tools also come with the camera like crop, rotate, edit, adjust contrast, add text, and face morph. This allows some edit and touch up to photos on the go.

Phone and Battery

The call quality is excellent, even if it is not video calling. The speaker phone gets quite lispy at max volume, but that’s not a major issue. The only issue with calls has more to do with the phone design than the call itself. There is a slight ridge around the edge of the display. Unless the phone is held at the correct angle, that ridge can pinch or dig into the top of the ear. We didn’t notice until after we made a couple of longer calls. Some people hardly noticed while others couldn’t stand it. Probably a good idea to hold it to your ear and try it out for a few minutes in the store.

The battery life is what we were more interested in. LG lists up to 435 minutes of talk time and 335 hours of standby. In the SlashGear tests the revolution lasted 9 hours of frequent use before the battery indicator turned red. One charge should be able to make it through an entire work day. But be warned, there are some sure fire battery killers. After 3.5 continuous hours of non-stop internet radio and video, the battery was down to 13%. Mobile Hotspot will also drain the battery fairly quick. Overall we can definitely recommend the battery life of the Revolution over the Thunderbolt. The Thunderbolt ate batteries like a hungry hungry hippo.

Wrap Up

Retailing at $249 with two year agreement, the Revolution is the same price as the Thunderbolt, and $50 cheaper than the Droid Charge. All three phones have the same killer speed from the same LTE network, and they also share some of the same problems like no video calling. The Thunderbolt was the first to Wow the world with the blistering speeds of LTE. But the battery life, or lack of battery life, quickly killed the excitement. With similar performance and noticeably better battery life, we can definitely recommend the Revolution over the Thunderbolt. The Revolution is a more polished, more market-ready device.

But be warned, heavy use can still drain the battery on the Revolution (or any Android for that matter). And it still has some of last year’s Android inside: namely the single core processor, and Android Froyo. Even though LTE is on the cutting edge of speed, the processor and the OS make the Revolution a bit behind the times in those two areas. The Revolution is slightly limited in terms of future expandability when compared with some of the new dual core phones.

When discussing the Droid Charge, it is almost impossible to compete with the super bright, Super Amoled Plus display. There is also the Charge’s superior 8 megapixel camera. If someone wants to replace their camcorder with their smartphone, then the Droid Charge would probably be better than the Revolution. If someone is looking for a solid all-around phone on the fastest 4G network, we could recommend the Revolution, (but only after holding it against your ear in the store).


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Motorola XOOM 2, Slimline, Targa, Zaha, and more Leaked in Web Mishap

Someone is very likely in trouble at this very moment as we see a nice little handful of Motorola items leak via an early reveal by a webmaster testing his wares out in a real live environment. Either this fellow didn’t realize that the internet is turned on all the time and people are constantly on it, or this was a very oddly planned out leak for the purpose of stacking Motorola up as the overnight sensation in the Android news world. In this leak you’re going to find images (and sparse details) about the Motorola XOOM 2, Slimline, Zaha, Targa, and a Dick Tracy watch by the name of Tracy XL. Sound like a good roundup?

The leak came in the form of one giant scrollable page with several items on it. These items all appear to very possibly be Android in origin, but who can tell? The first device is certainly the oddest, noting as its tagline “Dick Tracy Never Saw This Coming” and being titled TRACY XL. This is a watch, and as you old Dick Tracy fans know, all detective watches such as this have a readable display and a front-facing camera for video chat. Let’s how for big power.

Next is the Slimline, a device that appears to be rather unique in its design with a single robot face (this is the back of the device we’ve decided) that must be a camera lens shield tapering down to what must certainly be a thin edge that beats out all the rest. Right? Sure thing! They say THIN IS STILL IN which means they must expect the Samsung Galaxy S II to be out of style by the time they announce this Slimline device, so don’t expect to see it any time soon.

Below this is the Zaha, a device that looks rather similar to the device from HTC that’s just made its way over to T-Mobile today, the Sensation 4G. This device has the line THE FUTURE IS NOW and looks to be a piece of Star Trek technology like we’ve never before experienced. Certainly this will be the new king of sassy aesthetics on the outside, power on the inside. Wowie what a looker! Below this are two more items that you’ll have tow squint to see because the screenshots stop here. If you’ll take the red tower in the upper right as a hint and the fact that the items continue as another hint, you’ll see that the next item is the Motorola Targa, below this (and visible in the menu that’s been below this whole time) is the second iteration of the world’s first Honeycomb tablet, this time called the XOOM 2.

Will these devices all be released before the end of the year? Sure, let’s do it! And PocketNow, you should definitely leak these screencaps out in larger style next time, but good work being quick on the screengrabbing trigger!

[via Android Community]

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T-Mobile Sensation 4G Officially Announced

The fine folks at T-Mobile have sent out a press release regarding the new king of HTC devices, the HTC Sensation 4G. This device has been released in the UK for some weeks now, flying over the pond to hit the USA directly in the T-Mobile. The HTC Sensation on T-Mobile will of course be rolling out on T-Mobile’s 4G network and will be out, as they’re saying, “by June 15th,” which means very possibly a bit sooner. This date is a bit further down the line than the original June 8th suggestion we last laid eyes on.

On the other hand, a release date and a hands-on date and a presentation date (aka a date for press release) aren’t always the same thing. That June 8th date might still prove to hold strong. That said, let’s have another look at what we’re dealing with by first listing a few specs: Android 2.3 Gingerbread is what this handset will be packing, that running on a 4.3-inch qHD display. The big gun on this device isn’t the display nor the operating system version though, of course, it’s the processor : the T-Mobile Sensation 4G will be blasting out the gate with a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor. How would such a thing add up against its competitors? We just happen to have that test for you: HTC Sensation vs Samsung Galaxy S II.

Another note to be aware of: this device may also be available at Target starting June 12th, and the price appears very much to be at $199 (certainly with a 2-year contract in tow.) For more of an idea of what you’ll be dealing with on this particular smartphone, check out our full review

How similar to the Euro version of the Sensation will this T-Mobile version be? Pretty darn close we’d expect. This stateside version on big magenta will contain several featured apps: HTC Watch for movie rentals, HTC Listen for the same situation but with music, T-Mobile TV for free and pay content in live-tv format, Qik for video chat, and everyone’s favorite radio app Slacker Radio. And of course you should note that there’s one more date to be aware of: the same as Target, this press release notes that Wal-Mart may have an availability of June 12 as well. How about that?

Another note: you should be asking yourself the following question: will this device have an unlocked bootloader like the rest of the future HTC device lineup?

Check out the full press release here:

T-Mobile USA, Inc. today announced the upcoming availability of the HTC Sensation 4G. Expected to be available by June 15, and exclusively from T-Mobile, the HTC Sensation 4G is T-Mobile’s most powerful smartphone, delivering the latest Android™ 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system with the hallmark HTC Sense™ experience and lightning-fast speeds with a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor paired with access to America’s Largest 4G Network.

T-Mobile’s high-speed 4G network continues to expand and is now available in 184 markets, reaching more than 200 million people nationwide. With the HTC Sensation 4G, T-Mobile customers in these areas can take advantage of 4G speeds as they download and watch premium entertainment on the device’s 4.3-inch qHD display virtually anytime, anywhere, without waiting.

“The HTC Sensation 4G’s already powerful performance is elevated by T-Mobile’s high-speed 4G network, offering customers quick download speeds, seamless Web browsing, and easy access to their favorite movies,” said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president, marketing,

T-Mobile USA. “The sophisticated and innovative design of the HTC Sensation 4G complements its rich entertainment features, making it a must-have for high-end smartphone fans.”

Designed and manufactured by HTC, the Sensation 4G features a premium design with rounded edges, aluminum unibody construction and T-Mobile’s first 4.3-inch qHD touch-screen display. The HTC Sensation 4G delivers a quality on-the-go entertainment experience with easy access to top movie titles, TV programs, music and more via the following preloaded applications:

HTC Watch™: A library of the latest, premium movies and TV shows available for rent or purchase using innovative progressive download technology
HTC Listen™: A VIP pass to a library of millions of songs with the freedom to transfer purchases to another device or computer
T-Mobile® TV: A free selection of live and on-demand TV including news, sports and kids programming, plus full episodes of popular shows
T-Mobile Video Chat powered by Qik™: Video conversations with friends and family through T-Mobile’s network and over Wi-Fi
Slacker Radio: Free, personalized radio with over 150 genre stations and the ability to create your own stations
“The HTC Sensation 4G defines the perfect balance of power and design. Its dual-core processor and qHD screen place it firmly in the superphone class, but its sleek machined aluminum housing and contoured display give it an in-hand feel unlike any superphone that has come before it,” said Jason Mackenzie, president of HTC Americas. “HTC’s history of working with T-Mobile to bring innovative new services to market continues with the HTC Sensation 4G, the first device anywhere to offer HTC Listen, an innovative new mobile music service.”

The HTC Sensation 4G comes equipped with the latest HTC Sense™ experience which includes new features and enhancements such as a customizable lock screen, allowing customers to quickly jump to their favorite features and applications with the same gesture typically used to unlock the phone. The HTC Sensation 4G also offers access to more than 200,000 applications available on Android Market™ and integration with popular Google services such as Gmail™, Google Maps™ with Places and Navigation, YouTube®, and more.

For capturing and sharing memories in real time, the HTC Sensation 4G features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with dual LED flash, digital zoom and auto-focus, as well as a front-facing camera and 1080p HD video recorder. With DLNA compatibility, HTC Sensation 4G customers can wirelessly connect to a compatible HDTV or other DLNA device for streaming full HD video content.

The HTC Sensation 4G includes smartphone essentials such as easy access to personal and work e-mail, including support for Microsoft Exchange e-mail, contacts and calendar, social networking, and instant messaging. The HTC Sensation 4G also features Trace™ for easy text input, visual voicemail, a pre-installed 8GB microSD card, built-in 3.5mm headphone jack, Adobe® Flash® Player support and a music player.


The HTC Sensation 4G is expected to be available by June 15 exclusively to T-Mobile customers nationwide at T-Mobile retail stores, online at and through select national retailers and dealers. The HTC Sensation 4G is also expected to be available as early as June 12 at select Wal-Mart locations.

Customers can visit for more information.

T-Mobile’s 4G network has expanded to 14 additional markets including Bloomington, Ind; Bremerton and Mount Vernon, Wash.; Flagstaff, Ariz.; Santa Fe, N.M.; Madera, Oxnard, Riverside and Santa Cruz, Calif.; Manchester, N.H.; Reading and York, Penn.; and Springfield and Worcester, Mass.

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