Casio Developing Quad-Core LTE Handset, More g’zOne Phones for Verizon

Casio recently held a focus group to gauge interest in a number of new phone models and technologies, and as things normally go the information discussed behind closed doors isn’t staying a secret. The most interesting development is an interest from Casio to produce an Android 4.0 handset with all the bells and whistles of a top-of-the-line smartphone. The unnamed device was described as having a Super AMOLED display in excess of 4.5-inches, a quad-core CPU, and 4G LTE. Other specs would include an NFC chip, 8MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing camera, and a 2000mAh battery. Mock-ups of the device depicted a minimalistic design lacking in Android buttons, meaning the device would most likely rely on Ice Cream Sandwich’s software buttons.

Other potential devices shown to the focus group included a series of clamshell designs, a device featuring a 5-inch scree, and a new g’zOne handset for Verizon featuring a large display and the familiar rugged look of the series. New technologies such as extended waterproofing and shock resistance were also discussed.

It sounds like Casio wants to take the next step with their Android offerings, continuing to produce their niche g’zOne series while attempting to take on the elite offerings from manufacturers such as Samsung and HTC. A quad-core, 4G LTE handset certainly has my attention.

[via DroidLife]

Does having a weekend writer feel good? How about 2?

Well, did you think our buddy Raveesh was going to be all lonely during the weekends? We have news for you – Phandroid is not taking any chances, and will have two writers bringing you all the Android goodies during the weekends.

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. You may remember me from such films as… OK, I have not been in any movies. You may have seen me covering Android news else where, though. From now on, I will be covering weekend news for all you fine ladies and gentlemen, during weekend afternoons. I am very excited to join the Phandroid team, as well as its great community, so let’s start with a bit about myself.

I am 24 years old, and live in San Diego, CA. Writing Android content has been my life for over a year, now. I have not regretted a single minute of it, and am sure this is the beginning of a great experience, along with all of you. I also attended UC Davis, and studied Medieval Studies (I know, quite awesome), which is not something you will hear very often.

If you are curious about my Android habits and preferences, here are some details (I’ll follow Raveesh’s format, for the sake of continuity):

Current Smartphone: HTC Thunderbolt (This should be changing soon).
Current Tablet: Toshiba Thrive 7″ (And this one will definitely be changing soon).

Favorite Apps:

  • Google Reader: From tech to politics, this little app definitely has your back. It is about the simplest, easiest to use news reader.
  • Dropbox: When it comes to sharing and saving all your files in the cloud, this one is quite the no-brainer. Dropbox offers a great and simple way to upload all your images, videos and any files of your choice. Not to mention the fact that it is multi-platform, and works with most devices, including PCs. Great way to have all your files available on the go.
  • Google Voice: This bad boy has probably saved me hundreds of dollars. After signing up, Google gives you your personal number, from which you can send and receive text messages for free! You can also unify all of your phones by having all your calls forwarded to them. Whenever someone calls me to my Google Voice number, all my phones ring, and I can pick up calls from my phone of choice.
  • Any.Do: I have to agree with Raveesh. Any.Do has been taking very good care of me, as well. It keeps all of my to-do lists well organized and clean. It also offers a very easy to operate UI. Definitely one of my most highly recommended apps.

Favorite Games

  • Shadowgun: I am not much of a first-person shooter, but I have to say that I really enjoyed playing this game. The graphics are stunning, and the game is one of the closest to console-quality gaming, in the Android ecosystem.
  • History Great Battles Medieval: I am a medieval nerd, so there is no doubt that this game would be part of my repertoire. The game takes you through a series of medieval battles, and it looks and feels much like Age of Empires. Definitely fun for the History lovers.
  • Zenonia: I am a huge RPG fan. While I am still waiting for a good RPG to hit the Android Market. This game is probably one of the best options around.

Well, there you go, guys. You have met your new writers, and it is now time for the fun to begin. You can go ahead and follow me on Twitter or Google+. I love to stay in touch with the community, so please don’t be afraid to reach out to me.