OUYA developer consoles begin shipping December 28th

It appears as though the highly anticipated and long-awaited OUYA consoles have officially been given a firm ship date of December 28th today, in addition to the news that the console’s SDK, dubbed “ODK”, would be available later that very same day. This announcement means Kickstarter backers can expect to receive the device “within a couple days” of the 28th, effectively kicking off their new year with a bang.

Production units are still expected to ship some time in March of next year, though the company has yet to announce an official release date. On the software side of things, users can expect to set up their units, including account activations by Christmas day. For the full run-down, be sure to hit the source link below.

Source: OUYA

HTC One VX to be available on AT&T by December 7th

The HTC One VX was originally poised to arrive on AT&T alongside the HTC One X+ on November 16th. The problem is that only one of the devices made that scheduled launch date. And while the HTC One X+ is currently available both in carrier stores and online, the HTC One VX is nowhere to be found.

According to an AT&T spokesperson however, that’s set to change in just a few short weeks, confirming that the carrier  “expects to be fully stocked in all channels by Dec. 7.” So, if you’re currently on the holdout for HTC’s budget handset, you shouldn’t have too much longer to wait.

Source: Android Central

[Wishful Thinking] The latest ASUS tablet (ME-172V) to show up in GLBenchmarks is NOT a $99 Nexus 7 tablet

A couple of months ago there were reports that a $99 Nexus 7 tablet might be in the works, but after the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 was announced, the news on that all but disappeared.  Some sites are now reporting that it’s coming sooner rather than later because an ASUS made 7-inch tablet just showed up in the GLBenchmarks under the model ME-172V. On the surface, it looks plausible as this tablet has lower specs than the Nexus 7. This one sports a 1024 x 600 display, a 1GHz processor (cores unknown), 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a 4270mAh battery.


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Bend The Brand Loyalty Like Beckham: Busted With An iPhone [Update]

Worse than Devine Brown, worse than Monica Lewinsky. worse than whatever her name is with the Director of the CIA: you had to cheat with the iPhone!  Just a few short months ago David Beckham and Samsung were two lovebirds frolicking about London. Their video homage to the Galaxy Note was much hotter than anything put out by Paris or Kim. And now the soccer star has been caught with another smartphone manufacturer. At least he had the good sense to say, “It’s not a Samsung, sorry.” We’re hopeful the two can put this indiscretion behind them.

Hit the break to see Beckham caught red handed.  The phone rings during an LA Galaxy press conference for the MLS Cup on Saturday. He jokes about answering but must remember he signed a contract to promote Samsung NOT Apple handsets.

Update: It turns out Posh Spice has nothing to worry about. Number 23 is NOT a cheater. The iPhone belonged to a member of the press. Beckham is still true to Samsung.


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HTC Releases Source Code For DROID DNA Smartphone

 

HTC’s DROID DNA has earned tons of praise from the Android community, but it’s certainly apparent that all the hardcore tinkerers out there have been itching to get down and dirty into the real guts of the device— and HTC has delivered by releasing the open source code and binaries to the masses. The code is based off Android 4.1 and is specifically meant for developers and should allow for some slight ‘modifications’ improvements to the device and subsequently, the various custom ROMs out there. This should especially be of major importance to those of you who went ahead and unlocked the DROID DNA’s bootloader as well.

Interested parties can grab the source code (version 1.15.605.4) at the source link below.

source: HTCDev

New Variant Of Samsung Galaxy Camera Sneaks Past FCC Hallways, Comes Dressed In Verizon 4G LTE Colors

 

It’s no secret that many of you may find the Samsung Galaxy Camera interesting, but loathe the fact that it’s currently limited to AT&T for now and it’s faux-g speeds as opposed to something else a little ummm, faster. Well potential customers may finally have a reason to smile, especially if you’re on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Samsung recently sent a new variation of its camera called the A3LEKGC120 through the FCC hallways and we now know it will come decorated with a unique difference from the original variant. According to the FCC filing, the EKGC120 variant of the Galaxy Camera will feature an LTE radio on a 700MHz frequency, giving the clear indication it will likely land come dressed in Verizon colors. Of course Verizon (and Sammy for that matter) will be mum about whether or not a camera is headed for 4G LTE glory, but in the meantime— let’s just hope we see this device sooner than later. Maybe we’ll see this toy headed for Verizon stores sometime this holiday season? Perhaps.

source: FCC

 

Sharp Aquos compared to Samsung, HTC, LG smartphones

Earlier this month we reported on a move by Sharp to capitalize on the 5-inch display they are producing for the HTC DROID DNA. Sharp plans to produce their own Aquos device with the same large 1080p screen. Initial plans were to target the device at the Russian market. This meant some tradeoffs were made in the hardware and early reviews indicated this caused the device to struggle with some activities like games and video playback. Sharp now appears to be expanding on their plans by offering the new Aquos in China. They have started that effort with the production of some promo materials comparing the device to several other top end smartphones.
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64GB version of Samsung Galaxy S III canceled by Clove, no planned U.K. release for now

As the Samsung Galaxy S III has swept through the smartphone market, there have been a few potential buyers holding out for a 64GB version. Samsung announced last summer they would produce a 64GB version and an announcement from UK retailer Clove followed in August outlining their plans to carry the memory-laden device. Excitement was somewhat tempered when Clove started taking pre-orders in early November. Normally the pre-order process would be a positive development, but Clove indicated they would only move ahead with sales if enough orders were placed.

Clove has now revealed they did not receive the requisite number of pre-orders during the two-week order period and have canceled plans to offer the device. For the U.K. at least, this means there are no retailers or carriers with announced plans to carry the device. The same is true for the U.S. market. At this point only Italy still appears to be in play to see the device actually delivered to buyers.

source: Trusted Reviews

$20 Android Tablet Introduced in India

Yes, you read that correctly. The device dubbed, Ubislate 7ci, rocks a 7″ screen, runs on Ice Cream Sandwich, and one version is WiFi only while another is a data version. It’s manufactured by the Canadian company Datawind which dabbled in low-cost devices in the past but never really caught on in the U.S. due to its slow data speeds. The company saves costs by making its own LCD panels in Montreal and having the circuit boards manufactured in China.

Apparently they can sell it so cheap due to those efficiencies along with cutting a deal with the Indian government in mass quantities. The deal includes Datawind selling hundreds of millions of units to the Indian government for about $40 a piece. The Indian goverment then turns around and sells them to schools for $20 each. The government and schools are pumped about this new kind of learning since it’ll streamline lessons and create a learning consistency for all students, while providing a technology that wouldn’t normally be available.

source:  Business Insider

Only three companies profitable at selling mobile phones during third quarter

In a Twitter post a couple weeks ago, Horace Dediu claims only three companies were profitable in selling mobile phones during the third quarter. According to his claim, Apple’s share of the global mobile phone profit pie fell to 60% from 66% during the second quarter. Samsung laid claim to 39% and HTC managed to grab 1% of operating profits.

At least one follower took Dediu to task by pointing out that LG was profitable by the slimmest of margins. Dediu tries to shrug it off by claiming LG “effectively” broke even. Readers may recognize Dediu as the author of the study on the Android Engagement Paradox that we reported on earlier this week.

source: Twitter