PlayStation Suite becomes PlayStation Mobile, HTC officially certified

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When Sony introduced the PlayStation Suite a little over a year ago, their plan was to have other manufacturers jump in. So far the adoption has been slow, but HTC is one company that sees a benefit in getting PlayStation Certified. We heard rumors about this a few months ago, but it was just officially announced that HTC is now onboard. HTC might not be the biggest presence when it comes to Android, but they’re definitely a major contender. This deal can only help Sony get the PlayStation experience to more devices in the coming months. We can expect to see HTC One customers benefit from this deal.

Sony also announced that the PlayStation Suite has been renamed to PlayStation Mobile. This change reflects the fact that Sony is now positioned to bring the PlayStation experience to many mobile devices with this HTC deal along with other developers and publishers.

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AT&T officially announces the Samsung Galaxy S III, Pre-orders to begin June 6th with an exclusive Red color

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AT&T dropped their press release for the Samsung Galaxy S III this afternoon. They announced pre-orders will start on June 6 with pricing of $199 for the 16GB version, but no 32GB version. If you want an additional 16GB, they will sell you the phone and a 16GB micro SD for $238.99. To make things more confusing, they are using “Pebble Blue” terminology for the blue version as opposed to T-Mobile using “Metallic Blue.” Of course they are also offering the Marble White version, but they have an exclusive Red version that will be available later in the Summer. They didn’t offer any release dates, but we expect the Marble White and Pebble Blue (or Metallic Blue) to drop by the end of this month, possibly June  24. The exclusive Red one probably won’t land until sometime in July. Other than that, the specs are the same as the Sprint and the Verizon version in that LTE is onboard, but of course AT&T has the advantage of HSPA+ for people who don’t live in LTE areas.

Now all we need is Verizon’s presser.

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ASUS reveals ‘Next Transformation’ as the Transformer AiO, a dual-booting Windows 8 / Android 4.0 desktop PC

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Last week when ASUS teased us with their Next Transformation we kind of knew that it was a dual-booting Windows 8 / Android device. Earlier they announced their partnership with BlueStacks, and I was hopeful that wasn’t the tease. Thankfully it wasn’t as they just revealed the Transformer AiO at Computex.

It’s an all-in-one desktop PC that features an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, a discrete graphics card, and an 18.4-inch multitouch display for Microsoft Windows 8. Nothing extraordinary there, but here’s where things get interesting. If you lift the screen out of its base, it becomes a behemoth tablet. Okay what else? While in tablet mode you will be able to switch to Android 4.0. It can also be used as a Windows 8 device in tablet mode by communicating with the dock by some sort of remote desktop.

As of right now, we don’t know much more as far as any other specs or pricing. I’m sure it won’t be cheap though. The folks over at The Verge are at Computex and they grabbed a quick hands on. Hit the break to check it out.

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U.S. Cellular officially announces the Samsung Galaxy S III, Available in July with pre-orders starting June 12th

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U.S. Cellular is the third major carrier to officially announce the Samsung Galaxy S III. If you want their version, you will have to wait a little longer because it won’t be available till July. No specific date was offered, but pre-orders start on June 12. They didn’t offer any pricing either, but did say it will be available on June 12. It will most likely be inline with others, $199 for 16GB and $249 for 32GB.

Interestingly enough their presser refers to the blue version as Pebble Blue while T-Mobile and Sprint refer to it as Metallic Blue, which we believe will be the actual color. The 16GB version will be available in both the Marble White and Pebble Blue (I  mean Metallic Blue) and the 32GB version will only be available in Ceramic White.

U.S. Cellular’s version will be 4G LTE capable and will have the same specs as the other U.S. counterparts.

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Samsung changes Galaxy S III Pebble Blue to Metallic Blue [Updated]

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As I said earlier, this must be National Galaxy S III day because it seems like every post today is about the most popular phone right now. Remember last week when we reported that the Pebble Blue version would be delayed from manufacturing issues? Well it appears that they made a change and Pebble Blue is no more. We now have Metallic Blue. In the video below you will see that it has a more grayish look to it and doesn’t look like the original Pebble Blue unless the light hits it ever so right.

Last night’s presser announcing that all five major U.S. carriers would offer the Galaxy S III had “Pebble Blue” as the second color choice (other than ceramic white), but this morning’s pressers from T-Mobile uses “Metallic Blue.” So it’s obvious that Samsung has changed the color, at least ever so slightly. In looking at comments on reddit, there are some that don’t see it as different and other’s that do. It’s also possible that the some of the original Pebble Blues could actually have been sold since they obviously had production units. Not to mention that store demo units in Europe are probably still the original Pebble Blue. Check out the video after the break and you can even learn a little German while you’re at it.

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Sprint officially announces the Samsung Galaxy S III will be available June 21 for $199, Google Wallet pre-loaded and unlimited data available

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Well it looks like Sprint is jumping on the bandwagon as they just announced June 21st as their release date for the Samsung Galaxy S III. The good news is that it will come with Google Wallet and LTE, but the bad news is that Sprint’s LTE network isn’t going to grow any faster. Other good news is that Sprint will offer the GSIII with unlimited data, which is something you won’t find on other carriers, unless you’re grandfathered. They will of course offer the 16GB and 32GB versions priced $199 and $249 respectively, and both colors: marble white and pebble blue (metallic blue was used in T-Mobile’s presser). Pre-orders begin tomorrow June 5th.

The rest of the specs are the same as the U.S variants.

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Samsung Galaxy S III jumps ahead of the iPhone 4S as the most popular phone in the UK

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The white edition of the iPhone 4S was the King in the UK, but while it has only been available for a few days, the Samsung Galaxy S III is now the new crowned King according to the uSwitch Mobile Tracker. Unfortunately for Apple, the iPhone 4S’s reign was only for a month, which was last month. Before that, the Galaxy S II was the leader for 11 consecutive months while selling 20 million units. Not only that, the Galaxy S II still holds the three spot even after 15 months of it’s first sale.

Where’s the HTC One X you ask? Well they came in at number 4. I think that’s a little disappointing when you consider it’s behind the Galaxy S II. I would expect that by this time next month, it will at least have moved into the three position. The HTC One S and One V show up in spots 8 and 9 respectively just behind the black edition of the iPhone 4S, which was at 7.

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T-Mobile officially announces the Samsung Galaxy S III, Available June 21st

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Looks like we were off by one day. It was rumored that T-Mobile would launch the Samsung Galaxy S III on June 20th, but they just officially announced it as June 21st. No pricing was offered, but from Samsung’s earlier press release, it’s likely to be $199 for the 16GB version. They will offer both 16GB and 32GB, and of course both color options, ceramic white (what happened to marble white) and metallic blue (pebble blue appears to be eliminated due to manufacturing issues). Of course this version won’t have the Exynos quad-core, and instead have the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4. Last but not least, as expected 2GB of RAM will be onboard as opposed to 1GB with the international version. Everything else appears to be the same.

“We have a tremendous history of working with Samsung to bring cutting-edge devices to market, and we know our customers are excited to get their hands on the Galaxy S III,” said Brad Duea, senior vice president, product management, T-Mobile USA. “As we continue to aggressively compete, this device is yet another example of how T-Mobile delivers amazing devices and 4G experiences to our customers.”

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Featured Play Store Newbie: Instapaper finally comes to Android [News & Magazines]

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Another popular iOS app finally made it’s way to the Google Play Store. Instapaper is another app that allows you to save web pages for later offline reading. I always wondered if people really read these stores they “plan” on reading later. To me it seems like another something to clutter up with stuff you will never look at, or at least mostly never look at. Instapaper allows you to save up to 500 articles and even has folder options to organize your hoarding.

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[Leak] Photos of the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III surface

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I guess we might as well make today National Galaxy S III day because if you thought the buzz around it was major before, it just got bigger with the announcement that all five major U.S. mobile carriers will be offering the Samsung Galaxy S III starting this month. We already have a good idea that T-Mobile will probably be the first one on the list with a June 2oth date, and Sprint seems close since they have an event scheduled for next week.

So you want more goodies don’t you. How about pictures of the Verizon version? Well the boys over at Android Police obtained some photos. Ahh yes the blurry variety, but definitely seem legit. Of course there really isn’t much information to gather from these photos other than the Verizon logo will be on the back just like the Galaxy Nexus. Also, we can confirm that the placement of the capacitive buttons will be the same as the international version. Hit the break for more images.

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