Leaked user agent profile reveals the C650X ‘Odin’ to be the next Sony Xperia flagship

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The Sony Xperia T just came out, but you know Sony is already hard at work on their next flagship (and probably the one after that). A leaked user agent profile has revealed a phone codenamed Odin with a few model numbers; C6502, C6503, and C6506. That last number being the only different number could point towards regional variations. Unfortunately we don’t know too much more other than it’s running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.

There are also two more devices that were revealed, but not as high profile. They are similar to the Xperia tipo and Xperia miro and their model numbers are C1505 and C1604/C1605. They both sport HVGA (480 x 360) displays and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. The C1604/C1605 sports a Snapdragon S4, while the CPU for the C1505 is probably the same, but it’s officially not known.

source: gsmarena

Native Facebook app for Android in final testing

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It was only a few weeks ago when we reported that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg regretted using HTML5 for the Android app and promised a native app soon. I guess he wasn’t joking because it looks like the promised app is now in final testing so we could see it soon. I know a lot of you hardcore Facebook fans are clamoring for something decent. I really don’t care about the app, just make the widget work right. Stay tuned.

source: engadget

Reports on Android 4.2 with Project Roadrunner, updated Google Now, and Customization Center apparently false

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Last week Android and Me originally broke the story that the soon to be released Android 4.2 would feature a Customization Center, an updated Google Now, and Project Roadrunner. Just like that, they have retracted the story saying it was completely false. On the good news front, it looks the like the rumors about the LG Optimus G Nexus, or whatever they are going to call it, appear to be true as well as some some sort of Android 4.2 update.

source: androidandme

Featured Play Store Newbie: Lines & Puzzles [Brain & Puzzle]

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We recently featured Four in a Row HD +Riddles by Alberto Hernandez, and he just came out with another one called Lines and Puzzles. It’s a similar game but it’s based on Gomoku. In case you’re wondering what Gomoku is, it’s similar to Connect Four, but you need to get five in a row and pieces can be placed anywhere you want (non gravitational) as long as it’s on an intersecting line (like the picture above). Lines and Puzzles offers some variations like  3-in-line (tic-tac-toe), 4-in-line, or 5-in-line Freestyle Gomoku. You have your choice of themes which include wood, chalk, printed paper, Go-like (traditional Gomoku), or neon for boards up to 15 x 15.

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More details surface for the LG Optimus G Nexus

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The other day we reported that not only will Google change the Nexus program, but that LG will definitely have a device dubbed the LG Optimus G Nexus. Then we had a hands-on report from a tipster who claims to have the device. Now MoDaCo posted some details of their own. According to them, the actual retail name hasn’t been decided yet, but it’s definitely based on the Optimus G although it won’t look the same.

It will definitely have Android 4.2, a 1280 x 768 True-HD IPS display, a quad-code Snapdragon S4 processsor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP camera, and a non-removable battery. You’re probably wondering about the storage, and apparently Google is going the Nexus 7 route and only offering 8GB and 16GB models. Just like the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus 7, there won’t be a microSD slot. Now I know this is going to be a huge disappointment for most of you, but surveys show the average user doesn’t need more than 16GB of storage. By offering the 8GB version, it’s obvious Google is going to make that the aggressively priced version. If they come out with a $399 price tag (off contract), it will sell like hotcakes.

source: MoDaCo

 

Featured Play Store Newbie: Plague Inc. [Brain & Puzzle]

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Plague Inc. has made it’s way the the Google Play Store, and it’s likely to be a hit. It’s a mix of “high strategy” and “terrifyingly realistic simulation” from developer Ndemic Creations, and thanks to Miniclip, it’s now available for the Android faithful. It’s actually a chance for you to play “Dr. Evil” in a sense because it’s up to you to bring about the end of human history by spreading pathogens. It starts with a a simple cough, but through mutations, it will eventually take on many forms which can be deadly. You job won’t be easy because the human’s will defend themselves with everything they’ve got.

Features:

  • Stunning graphics with a highly polished interface (Contagion guaranteed)
  • Highly detailed, hyper-realistic world with advanced AI (Outbreak management)
  • Comprehensive in-game help and tutorial system (I am Legendarily helpful)
  • 10 different disease types with radically different strategies to master (10 Monkeys?)
  • Full Save/Load functionality (28 Saves Later!)
  • 50+ countries to infect, hundreds of traits to evolve, thousands of world events to adapt to (Pandemic evolved)
  • Scoreboards and achievements to track the epidemic
  • Localised in English (more languages coming soon!)

Plague Inc. is Free so give it a shot. Take a look at the video trailer below and hit one of the download links to get started.

 

 

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Samsung Galaxy S III takes best smartphone at Mobile Choice Consumer Awards 2012

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The 2012 Mobile Choice Awards was held last night in London, and Samsung came out on top with the Galaxy S III winning best smartphone for 2012. We should note that the iPhone 5 wasn’t part of the festivities, but I’m confident the GSIII would still be the winner. As to tablets, not surprisingly the iPad won, but the Nexus 7 was a close second. Hit the break for all the results.

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Sony halts sales of the Xperia Tablet S over lack of ‘water-resistance’, will fix already purchased units

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The Xperia Tablet S launched only a month ago, but Sony has already halted sales. The tablet itself is supposed to be water resistant, but they found gaps between the screen and the case that would actually make the tabs susceptible to water damage. So far, there are about 100,000 units in the wild, but Sony said they will fix any and all of the tablets sold. As to when sales will start up again, nothing was announced.

source: reuters

 

PhoneSuit announces the Lightplay, an Android-powered handheld media projector

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PhoneSuit just announced the Lightplay, which is an Android-powered handheld media projector. They are marketing it as cross between an Android tablet and a pico video projector. It will project a screen of up to 80 inches diagonally and will support up to 1080p video.

It will sport Android 2.3, which I know is probably a disappointment to most of you, but hey this isn’t a phone so does it really matter? Most importantly it will have the Play Store so you can play your favorite games, movies, and other apps on the 80-inch projected screen. Yes that means Bad Piggies, Netflix, and Facebook, among others. If you’re wondering how you will play those games or control those apps, it comes with a wireless keyboard and motion controller featuring a 3 axis gyroscope.

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AT&T to offer the Samsung Galaxy Camera in the ‘coming weeks’

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We recently saw the Galaxy Camera pass through the FCC with AT&T radios in it, so it’s no surprise that AT&T just announced that it will offer it in the coming weeks. This is the same camera that was introduced at last month’s Unpacked Event. It’s 16-megapixels and features a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD, a quad-core Exynos processor, 21x optical zoom, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. With AT&T 4G connectivity you will be able to share your photos via various social networks on the go. The Galaxy Camera also features the same features you would find on a Galaxy S III like Share Shot, AllShare Play, and Buddy Photo Share. Plus you have the Google Play Store for whatever apps you need to enhance your experience.

Pricing wasn’t specified, but they did say they would reveal it when it’s released in the “coming weeks.”

Full press release after the break

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