Samsung Galaxy Discover Spotted In The Wild, Brings A Pure Android Experience For Budget Customers

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Samsung has officially taken the wraps off its newest budget-level device that’s headed straight for Straight Talk and Net10′s wireless networks. The device is called the Galaxy Discover and comes with some modest specs including an 800MHz processor, 3.5-inch HVGA display, 2.7GB of storage built-in and a 3-megapixel rear camera. While those specs leave a lot to be desired— the Galaxy Discover does have one thing most (Samsung) devices don’t— a unmolested Android experience. That’s right friends— the Galaxy Discover comes loaded up with stock Ice Cream Sandwich running the show, which gives a surprising treat to potential customers. Of course the Galaxy Discover probably doesn’t have the specs to run a TouchWiz-flavored Ice Cream Sandwich experience, but we don’t think too many potential customers would complain about having stock Android and all.

So while the device is officially out in the open– it is still unclear of when it will be available for purchase for Straight Talk and Net10 customers, but here’s hoping we see the device sooner than later.

source: The Verge

HTC Reports January Sales Down 6 Percent Year-On-Year

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Who said Android manufacturers didn’t deliver on their word? OK, maybe not always on software updates but HTC is living up to its promise of crappy sales. Earlier this week the Taiwanese giant announced it expected this quarter’s sales numbers to be down as much as 17% over the first quarter of 2012. It turned out January wasn’t quite so bad. HTC reported sales revenue of T$15.54 billion ($527 million US) for the first month of 2013. That figure is 5.9% less than the T$16.52 billion for January 2012. So yes, the M7 is big for HTC.

Source: UK Reuters

 

New HTC teaser lets us know they’re bringing something to life very soon

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That’s HTC’s latest attempt at keeping us salivating over whatever their next announcement is going to be, whether that’s the M7 or something completely different. If nothing else, it’s creepy. A heart melding together with a circuit is an odd choice for attracting attention to a smartphone, but it does seem to fall in line with calling something the Droid DNA, (if they release a phone named after a kidney, I’m not buying it, I don’t care how awesome it is) so this might be a trend for HTC in the future. Or it could be something software related, like a living personal assistant along the lines of Siri or S-Voice. It’s really anyone’s guess at this point, at least until HTC wants to fill us in during their event scheduled later this month.

source: Android Community

Ice Cream Sandwich finally finds its way to HTC’s Thunderbolt

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Yes folks, this post isn’t a flashback to a year ago. The HTC Thunderbolt is actually receiving the much elusive ICS update for the device. This update upgrades the Thunderbolt to Android 4.0.4 with Sense 3.6. Head to Settings > About phone > Software update to see if your update is ready.

Considering ICS came out almost a year and a half ago, I’d like to say it’s better late than never… But this is as late as you can get. Anyone still using this as their primary device?

Thanks, Josh! 

Latest Android Distribution Chart Shows Gingerbread Still On Majority Of Android Devices, But Jelly Bean And Ice Cream Sandwich On The Rise

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It’s February friends– so that means it’s time for the latest edition of the Android Distribution Chart highlighting what OS it is that us Android folk are using on our devices. Similar to what we saw in the last edition, Gingerbread is still on the vast majority of Android devices, but the overall number continues to decline at an almost free-fall rate. As of the time of this writing, Gingerbread is found on about 45% of all Android devices, down over 2% from the number seen in the previous Distribution Chart. In addition, the number of Jelly Bean devices continue to creep upwards as we are now seeing just a shade under 14% of all devices featuring a variation of Jelly Bean, while Ice Cream Sandwich also creeping upwards to 29%.

So yes friends we can finally breathe a sigh of relief— more and more of our devices are featuring current software (finally). Let’s just hope we see the overall number of Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich devices continue to creep upwards before Google’s next dessert arrives.

source: Android Developers

Samsung introduces the entry-level Galaxy Young and Galaxy Fame

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Samsung just pulled the wraps off two entry-level devices called the Galaxy Young and the Galaxy Fame. They both resemble the Galaxy S III, but are much smaller. The Galaxy Young (above left) will feature a 3.27-inch (480 x 320)  display and a 3MP camera while the Galaxy Fame (above right) will sport a 3.5-inch (480 x 320) display and a 5MP camera. The Fame will also get NFC. The rest of the specs are identical for both phones: 1GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, microSD slot, 1300mAh battery, and Android 4.2.1.

The Galaxy Young will be offered in white, deep blue, wine red, and metallic silver and the Galaxy Fame will be offered in pearl white and metallic blue. Last but not least, both phones will be offered in either dual or single SIM versions. No word on pricing, but we hear that they will become available in March.


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Amazon Coins to be used as app currency on Kindle Fire

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Amazon has announced a new currency system, appropriately titled Amazon Coins, for its Kindle Fire lineup. The Coins can be used on the Kindle Fire (and presumably other Android devices as well) to buy apps, games, and most importantly, in-app content. And when it launches in May, Amazon’s going to be giving away “tens of millions of dollars” of Coins to users to kickstart the program. Afterwards, the coins will be available to purchase normall. All applications submitted to the App Store before April 25th will be able to exchange the Amazon Coins automatically.

This isn’t a new concept, as it’s similar to what Facebook does for their games and apps, but I think it’ll be interesting to see how Amazon puts its own spin on the idea. In their press release, they made a bold claim that they see higher revenue per user than any other Android platform. Although they didn’t give any specific numbers for us to dissect, if its true, this Coins idea is definitely going to help change the way we view application stores and markets, which is better for consumers and developers. We’ll be sure to let you know if any more details pop up between now and May.

source: Amazon

Ouya Gaming Console To Be Available In Retail Stores By June For $100

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Some lucky developers may already have what is the most revolutionary console to hit the market in quite some time— but it looks like the rest of us normal folk will have a chance to purchase the device by late spring/early summer. During an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman took some time to address the major questions that many of us have been seeking an answer for, while also giving us an indication of how much hype the console is getting at this time. Uhrman mentions right off the bat that the console will launch for the general public for a mere $100— with controllers being available for another 50 bucks and should be available at most major retailers such as Amazon, Gamestop, Target and Best Buy sometime in June; conversely, kickstarter backers will see the console by sometime next month. In addition to highlighting the cost and availability of the Ouya gaming console, she is quick to mention how much support the device is getting from not only developers, but gaming fans alike:

 

“We haven’t made any significant announcements for our line-up for our launch in June or our unveiling. We have about half a dozen to a dozen community sites with lists of as long as 200 titles coming to OUYA. We feel we’ll have a large suite of titles and titles from developers that are exclusive to OUYA.

You can expect games from every genre, from publishers you know, triple-A publishers. We already announced that Final Fantasy 3 is coming to OUYA from Square Enix. We are definitely working on exclusive content, Final Fantasy 3 has a lot of exclusive features — it’s the only version that’s made it to the TV. It’s a unique version that will be available only on OUYA”.

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“We 68,000 backers, and we’ve been selling units every day. The number of orders have grown each month. We haven’t disclosed any numbers. I think it’s fair to say to get established players in the retail space excited about pre-selling OUYA speaks to the excitement in the marketplace. We’ve had 68,000 backers, we have more than that in pre-orders today”.

 

So there you have it folks— the Ouya gaming console is literally growing by the day— so it shouldn’t be too far-fetched to see some immediate success upon its release. Ladies and gents– feel free to commence the June countdown at this point.

source: Wall Street Journal

 

 

Verizon Galaxy S III Gets Leaked Android 4.1.2 Build

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We know it’s been a long, arduous wait for that Android 4.1.2 update for you Verizon Galaxy S III owners, but it appears that owners can at least get a sample of what’s to come in that update. Thanks to some crafty individuals, a new Jelly Bean build called VRBMA2 has been leaked and while it may have some minor bugs here and there— it’s currently ready and waiting to be flashed by those of you who are feeling a little lucky and all.

We know you’re all just itching for more juicy details– so head on down to the source link below and check out the full XDA thread.

source: XDA

DROID RAZR M Platinum edition now available from Best Buy

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Best Buy has announced exclusive availability of a special edition DROID RAZR M for Verizon today. Priced at $50 on contract, the “Platinum” DROID RAZR M features a prominent grey color, with blue accented buttons outlining the edge of the device. Other than the fresh coat of paint, the device remains identical to the same mid-range handset we’ve come to know and love. If you’re interested, you can head to the source link below for the full run-down.

Source: Best Buy
Via: Droid-Life