While Twitter is certainly doing its best to lay the smackdown on Falcon Pro, it doesn’t mean that the awesome Twitter client should be left for dead just yet. Developer Joaquim Verges recently announced that while Falcon has used up all its tokens, the app can still be used— albeit in a few unorthodox ways. If you are an app user and still happen to have a token through Falcon Pro, you can use the 2.0.4 version of the app. If you don’t— there’s a hidden way to log on from within the app, so you can still get in on the Falcon party anyways.
You’ll find more deets at the source links below.
source: Falcon Pro
via: Android Central
Sure Sony’s mysterious Honami may be a dream for us at this point, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t take advantage of some of its sweet camera features in the meantime. Crafty XDA user krabappel2548 took some time and was able to successfully port the Honami’s camera app for other premium Sony devices like the Sony Xperia Z, Sony Xperia ZL, and the Sony Xperia Tablet Z. Among the cool goodies users of the camera app will be treated to some nifty goodies like augmented reality capabilities, built-in filters, an awesome time shift function and superior image processing.
If you’re on any of the above aforementioned Sony devices and happen to be on Android 4.2.2, give the camera app a try today by checking out the source link below.
source: XDA Forums
Groupon is no stranger to having some pretty sweet deals every now and then, but who would’ve guessed it would offer what some of us thought was hands-down the best phone for 2012? That’s right gang— Groupon is offering an unlocked variant of the HTC One X smartphone last year for a reasonable $349.99. Unlike the traditional unlocked version that features a Tegra 3 chip plus HSPA+ radio, it appears that this unlocked model (HTC-PJ83100) will “only” sport a dual-core Snapdragon clocked at 1.5GHz and Ice Cream Sandwich (ugh!). Fortunately, this model will have the same 4.7-inch 720p display, the sweet 8MP camera and oh yes— a built-in 4G LTE radio… though it’s probably likely it will only be made for AT&T bands should you choose to take advantage of the capability. Otherwise, the HSPA+ bands should be compatible for both AT&T and T-Mobile.
Naturally there are other $349.99 options out there like the Nexus 4, but keep this in mind: the Nexus 4 doesn’t feature LTE and an unlocked One X model is more than developer-friendly, meaning that there’s plenty of potential for you tinkerers out there. Nonetheless, interested parties will want to act soon— as of now, there’s only 8 days left for the awesome deal.
via: Droid Life
In other not-so-surprising news, Android is the dominant platform in most major markets worldwide. According to Kantar Worldpanel, Android-based devices are away and by far the dominant devices in Italy, Spain, Great Britain, France and Germany— countries which account for over 70% of the European market. Oh and don’t think Android’s dominance is limited to just Europe either— Kantar Worldpanel indicates that over 70% of all Chinese smartphones run Android, also placing Android head and shoulders above iOS and Windows Phone devices. The perceived culprits for the explosive growth? In Europe, it’s Samsung as it is responsible for almost half of all smartphones sold in the top-5 countries; in China, it’s probable that the likes of ZTE and Huawei help to spark the growth of the Android platform.
While Android has a healthy lead outside the States, it is still worth noting that the other platforms are still alive and kicking as well. Kantar highlights iOS-based devices currently hold a 41.9% market share in the U.S., an increase of 3.5% over the same period last quarter. Conversely, Android saw its existing market share lead grow only marginally, from 51.9% to 52.0% over the same period last year. Oh and despite Windows Phone’s lack of popularity out here in the States, it too is experiencing significant growth in Europe as it saw its market share grow an average of 2.5 percent points in the measured top-5 European countries.
source: Kantar Worldwide
We’ve been seeing an awful lot of Galaxy Note 3 news lately, so it’s only fitting that we hear more about the upcoming device’s imminent release date. If you recall, we previously indicated to you that the phablet would be released at IFA 2013, which is sometime in September. Well according to the gang at Android Geeks, we won’t see the Galaxy Note 3 at IFA 2013. Instead, the Galaxy Note 3 will be unveiled on September 4th at a Samsung Unpacked event, slightly ahead of IFA 2013. Considering Apple will also unveil its iPhone 5S around that time, Samsung will roll the dice and hope its upcoming device will be the phone to beat for the Fall and holiday seasons.
So yes friends, it’s looking like the mouthwatering
Android 4.3 Android 4.2.2 phablet will be seen in only 2 months’ time. You folks getting warm and fuzzy yet?
source: Android Geeks
Yes friends, the Galaxy Note 8.0 has made another appearance through the FCC hallways– this time highlighting a unique cellular modem. The SM-T315 variant was recently spotted featuring HSPA+ frequencies, but an LTE frequency that is currently not compatible with American technologies. So as a result, it appears that the only American LTE variant of the device will be made for AT&T stores, though we’re hopeful that Sammy will surprise us and come out with another LTE variant for Stateside consumers who happen to be with other wireless carriers.
If you’re preparing to live it up on the 4th of July, you may want to take extra care and caution to protect your smartphone. A recent report from insurance firm Asurion highlights that while the summer months correlate with folks losing or damaging their smartphones, July 4th is actually the most dangerous month for smartphone users. The reasoning is pretty simple. People love taking photos of all the fun moments, but happen to be near a place that can potentially be hazardous, such as near a grill or a pool. As a result, the insurance firms tends to see the most insurance claims filed following the fun-filled weekend with claims of broken screens, water-damaged devices or lost smartphones.
So yes, the holiday weekend can be a potentially treacherous one for your smartphone, but fortunately there are some options you can look at to protect your phone. For starters, Asurion recommends that users invest in a screen protector and waterproof case. And naturally of course, you can always invest in a more rugged device such as the Sony Xperia Z or Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active smartphones. If you choose not to do either option though, just be extremely sure to put your phone in a safe place that will be free from harm or just consider leaving it home all together.
source: Techno Buffalo
In slightly startling news, it appears that the various Nexus 4 smartphones out there may have a significant difference with one another— and we’re not talking about the refreshed units with nipples either. The curious bunch at Phone Arena noticed that one Nexus 4 unit had a warmer display temperature than another unit. Naturally this raised some suspicion, so out of curiosity, the gang ran a bunch of tests and found that one Nexus 4 had an average color temp of 7100K, while the other had an average temp of 7900K— which more than confirmed the original suspicions. When asked about the differences between the Nexus 4 units, an LG rep confirmed “from time to time it becomes necessary or preferable to alter certain product specification if engineers and management feel the change improves the functionality or usability of the device.”
Naturally, it should be hypothetically simple to correct this by issuing a simple software update in order to ensure all Nexus 4 units are on the same page, right? Not so fast folks— the same LG rep confirmed “there is no easy way for normal users to access the setting level to be able to recalibrate the display” since “today’s smartphones are configured a specific way to give average consumers a specific user experience.” Because of this, a software fix may not be the easiest solution for LG since it would be presumably difficult and especially costly.
So yeah, it sucks that owners of earlier models will have a slightly worse color temp, but fortunately, they do have a few color calibration apps that should help to correct the minor gaffe for some of you owners out there.
source: Phone Arena
Yes, the long-awaited arrival of the first LTE-Advanced device is finally here gang. Samsung has formally introduced the LTE-A variant of its Galaxy S 4 smartphone and promises to bring an unmatched smartphone experience to users. The Korean giant certainly couldn’t wait to express its excitement of the device as it mentions the LTE-A technology would bring twice-as-fast network speeds, making room for the device to produce an unparalleled multimedia experience.
There’s more to the new Galaxy S 4 smartphone than just the faster LTE radio as well. Complimenting the higher network speeds are of course, a faster processor. Sammy went ahead and tossed in a sweet Snapdragon 800 series processor, pushing the total output to 2.3GHz for the quad-core chip. The hope is that the faster processor along with the faster LTE radio will give an enriched multimedia experience for users.
Unfortunately, this device seems to be a Korean exclusive as it will launch this summer in Blue Arctic and Red Aurora. Hopefully this updated toy will make its way to other markets sooner than later.
We still don’t know too much about the mysterious Motorola X phone, but as we get closer and closer to the speculated August or October unveiling— we’re starting to get a better idea of what to expect from the device. The gang at Phone Arena recently got a tip on a XT1056 model, which seems to be unique from other Moto devices as it looks to feature around an estimated 4.5 to 4.7-inch display, (seemingly stock) Android 4.2.2, 16GB of internal storage and a removable battery— matching up with what we’ve heard previously. More importantly— this device features “5G WiFi” and is believed to have been tested on Sprint’s 4G LTE network, giving us the clear indication that this is the same model that recently tried its darnedest to tip-toe past us through FCC hallways.
Of course this mystery XT1056 unit could be some sort of other Motorola unit that’s in the works, but we’ll go ahead and speculate that yeah… we’re probably looking at the X phone.
source: Phone Arena
The key to Huawei’s
The Honor 3 on the other hand, plans to cater to a more mainstream crowd. In addition to a Android 4.2.2, the device will utilize a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 720p display, 8GB of on-board memory and a 13MP camera. Unfortunately this device doesn’t appear to be headed to the States, though it should see an imminent release in other markets soon.
source: Unwired View
We already knew about one of Sony’s worst-kept secrets of the year, but the manufacturer has finally come out of the shadows and introduced its Xperia Z Ultra handset— which will probably shape up to be one of the most influential devices of the year when all’s said and done. The device is ultra in every sense of the word as it comes jam-packed with tons of premium goodies inside. Right off the bat, you’ll probably notice the large bright and colorful display, which is understandable because it the display is actually measured in at a whopping 6.44-inches. What’s even more astounding is that it isn’t like the display is an average 1080p display either— the display features Sony’s Triluminous display technology (found in Sony’s TV sets). The end result is a display with deep blacks, bright colors and incredible detail for any image it is you see on the screen.
There’s much more to the device than the large display as well. Sony is pulling no stops to introduce cutting edge technology into the Xperia Z Ultra and is the first to utilize a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor that’s marked at a scintillating 2.2GHz, easily making it among the fastest smartphones in the smartphone game. Rounding out the additional goodies are a built-in 4G LTE radio (with HD voice capabilities), 2GB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery and 16GB of on-board storage (complimented with a microSD out). As if those juicy specs weren’t enough to tickle your fancy, this might: Sony managed to cram all those features into a 6.5mm profile— effectively making it the world’s thinnest Full HD smartphone. Oh and yeah, the device is IP58-certified, making it completely waterproof.
The device is set to arrive sometime in Q3, though there’s no concrete cost of the device just yet nor do we know which markets will receive the new toy, but we should see more information as we get closer to the Xperia Z Ultra’s release. While we wait for more information, why not hit the break for the full presser.
It’s looking more and more like LG can’t wait to unveil its Optimus G successor to the general public and unveil the upcoming device sooner than we think. According to various reports, despite the fact LG already sent out press invites for an August 7th event, LG plans on introducing the successor— also known as the G2 smartphone— sometime in July for Korean markets, followed by a more gradual worldwide launch. In addition, other reports indicate the G2 smartphone will utilize that suddenly popular Snapdragon 800 chip that all the other cool manufacturers are starting to use and as well as of course, LTE Advanced support.
Naturally we’re all inclined to hope that LG will include some serious hardware packed inside since ummm y’know— it’ll probably have a hand in developing a special variation of the upcoming toy for Google and all.
Considering Huawei is on a little bit of a tear with its latest newest smartphone release, it should come as no surprise that it will be much more aggressive with its positioning as one of the world’s top brands, while creating a little bit of controversy in the process. While showcasing its new Ascend P6 smartphone to the general public last week, CEO Richard Yu made it clear that the company as a whole intends to make devices better than the world’s top brands, while making them cheaper and thus, more attractive for consumers in the process. Oh and Yu also highlights that Sammy’s Galaxy S 4 is not only painfully average, but Huawei is on the path to making its devices much more user-friendly for its consumers:
Considering all the other cool kids on the block
Considering Sony is expected to utilize the same chipset in other upcoming flagships like its quietly-hyped Xperia ZU smartphone, we’re going to go ahead and take this leaked information as true. Hopefully it won’t be too long of a wait before the refreshed device hits the Android world.
source: Xperia Blog