The Samsung Galaxy S III is a phone that was instantly hailed as one of the best phones on the market and that was before the Jelly Bean update. When you have the combination of great hardware engineering and imaginative software all the praise is well deserved, now the Galaxy S III is being honored for being environmentally friendly. The Galaxy S III along with the Samsung Ace Duo in Europe were awarded the Carbon Trust PAS 2050 certification. PAS 2050 certification is based on greenhouse emissions over a devices lifetime. To put this into additional perspective, the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Note had also received this certification, so this adds to Samsung’s recent history of environmentally friendly phones. Does the environment ever play a role in deciding which phone you buy?
Source: Android central
I think we are at the beginning of a boom for smartphone/tablet controllers. With the console showing signs of decline, all eyes are on on the mobile community. There are two elements that need to be met in order for mobile to take over. First, you need quality games, and second, you need good controls. Each and everyday we are getting closer and closer to console-like games, but what about the controls? We already have a number of controllers available, and nothing has excited me too much until now. The problem with controllers is that there’s no place to put your phone. If you try to put it on a table, it’s awkward, and it just doesn’t work. The PowerA MOGA Bluetooth controller takes care of this problem and gives you a complete portable mini-gaming system for $49.99 (available October 21). Does it live up to the hype and is it worth your hard earned dollars? Hit the break to find out.
An appeals court in the U.K. has issued a ruling in one of the many Apple v. Samsung cases from around the world. This particular appeal involved a case where Apple had alleged Samsung copied the design of the iPad with their Samsung Galaxy Tab device. Apple had originally lost the lawsuit after a U.K. judge found the Samsung designs were not as simplistic as Apple’s. In a stinging turn of events for Apple, the London court had ordered Apple to post information on their web site and take out several advertisements in a variety of publications to admit that Samsung had not copied their products. Apple appealed the ruling and obtained a stay to prevent having to comply with the disclosure. The appellate court has upheld the lower court’s ruling that Samsung did not copy the iPad and they have affirmed the need for a very public statement from Apple regarding the matter.
With the Nexus 7 enjoying tremendous success, Acer is looking to crash the party with a 7-inch tab of their own. The Iconia Tab 110 is already available in the UK, but will finally makes its way to the U.S. and Canada on October 30 for $229. This one will compete directly with the Nexus 7 and it has its pluses and minus. On the plus side, it has a microSD slot for expanded storage as well as a MicroHDMI slot to connect to your HDTV. On the minus side, it’s display comes in at 1024 x 600, which isn’t as good as the Nexus 7′s 1280 x 800. The rest of the specs line up with the Nexus 7, which include a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, 2MP front-facing camera, Bluetooth 3.0, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The new 32GB version of the Nexus 7 will cost roughly $249 so it really comes down to what features are most important to you.
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Those of you living in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland can now get in on the Netflix party, courtesy of the latest update. That means those of you living there will be able to access and enjoy all the TV and movie content that you can handle. Oh and what’s more is the latest Netflix update also brings improved subtitle support for Android 4.0 and above devices. One thing we should note, however— now that the latest update is available for those regions, if there’s a sudden drop in productivity at various offices, we can only hope the blame is not placed on us.
Users can grab the latest update by scanning the QR code or clicking the Play Store link below.
As the world patiently awaits the arrival of the ASUS PadFone 2, consumers living in their respective countries are itching to know when exactly the device will be launched in their home market. Well those of you living in the UK are officially in luck as Asus UK technical PR rep Adam King has confirmed the UK “will definitely be getting it early next year“. When “early next year” is exactly is anyone’s guess, but it’s nice to know that UK residents won’t have to wait too long for the mouthwatering new tablet.
Still, it’s good to know that prospective owners will at least have a rough idea of when they can grab the tablet. All that’s left now is to wait and see the exact pricing of each variation of the phone/tablet hybrid. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long to see the exact pricing.
source: Tech Radar
Considering Sony’s upcoming Xperia T smartphone has all the typical bells and whistles of a flagship phone, it should come as no real surprise that we see features considered as innovative as well. Sony has announced the Xperia T has achieved full HD Voice certification. How HD Voice works is fairly simple: the technology differentiates mobile devices by voice call quality and the technology creates a quality hearing experience which is definitely improved from typical voice calls heard on both traditional and mobile calls. The effect is that HD Voice technology allows for a clear voice to be heard in usually noisier environments— as if the both individuals on a call are right next to each other.
So now that the technology is approved for the Xperia T, it will certainly allow us get through our various jobs and missions out there in the world— no matter how loud the circumstances may be.
source: Sony Mobile Blog
Some of you may have heard recently about the rumblings of the Chinese telecommunication giant, Huawei, possibly being guilty of espionage on behalf of China. The thought was that the equipment that was imported and sold in the US contained espionage capabilities, thus provoking thoughts of all out Cold War style tactics. I’m far from a tin foil type, but the thought is actually a little scary.
Google continues to make improvements to the Google Play Store, slowly turning it into a one stop shop for software and entertainment selections for Android devices. To help move users into their “store” and away from competitors means implementing features that users expect to be available. One such feature is the ability to create a “wishlist” within the store.
We often get the opportunity to report on all manner of snazzy apps released through the Google Play Store. Rarely do we see something seemingly mundane like a calendar app. That is probably because a calendar app is virtually assured of being a “stock” app on any smartphone, whether it be Google’s app or a manufacturer’s replacement to fit in with their overlay, like TouchWiz, Sense or Motoblur. Apparently Google believes some users may want to get their hands on the stock version, so they are making it available as a standalone app in the Google Play store.
This version is only compatible with Android 4.0.3 or later devices and according to Google, there are several known problems with HTC devices. If you are interested in experiencing a small bit of the pure Android experience via Google’s Calendar app, use one of the links below to download it from the Google Play Store.
Google Play Download Link