Sphero, our second favorite little robot, is one of the most creative ideas for a smartphone in the past few years. Some really dedicated Android users in Union Square, New York wanted to test out what they could do with the little robot ball by choreographing an entire light and dance show with 28 Sphero balls. It’s impressive, to say the least. If you want to see the coolest light show this year accompanied by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, hit the break below for the video.
A few months ago, Samsung opened its doors to their stand-alone ‘Samsung Experience‘ store in Australia. They’ve quickly followed that up by opening another store – this one dubbed the first Samsung Mobile Store – in Paris. As you can tell from the pics, the store is immaculate with plenty of blue and white contrast for eye-popping appeal that should draw in folks of all ages. As the store’s name suggests, the Samsung branded store will feature mobile solutions including smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, notebooks and accessories.
The store is managed by a team of eight sales experts that are available to assist with your current Samsung device, help with questions about their devices in the store, and provide demonstrations featuring Samsung technology found in their devices. One cool aspect of the store is a dedicated room for the little ones with devices loaded with kid’s apps primarily targeted for ages 4-8. Samsung touts they will be able to “understand technology through writing games and drawing tablets.” This will enable parents time themselves to browse the latest Samsung offerings.
source: Samsung Tomorrow
Whether you are a seasoned artist or a complete novice, you will want to check out Paintrala. This app was developed by AltamiraSoft and won 3rd place in Samsung’s Electronic Global App Challenge and 2nd place in Samsung’s Best S Pen apps. Now you don’t need a Galaxy Note device, but you will need a Samsung phone or tablet for now. No word on whether this will open up to more devices, but Samsung is the king of Android right now, so a lot of you will be able to use it.
Sure we’ve seen some other chipmakers working on a few budget processors for the masses recently, but other manufacturers seem to have their sights set on the ever-growing budget market as well. And so following its earlier onslaught of mobile processors, Broadcom recently announced its BCM21664T chip, which is a specialized SoC featuring a 1.2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, a VideoCore GPU which can support 720P video recording and full 1080P video playback. The chipset is also optimized for
faux-g HSPA+ technology and should be able to haul in downstream speeds of up to 21.1Mbps and upstream speeds of up to 5.8Mbps. Oh and best of all— Broadcom’s new SoC is specially optimized for Jelly Bean— specifically the newest Jelly Bean version. Very exciting news indeed.
So now that the chipset has been announced, we’re sure that many of you are eagerly awaiting the development of new budget-level devices featuring Jelly Bean running the show. Hopefully we don’t need to wait too long to see the first devices start to trickle down.
Hit the break the see Broadcom’s full presser.
Navigation pioneer TomTom has recently updated its app to support more than 200 new Android devices– which is more than what was seen in the original app. The update includes some important features such as the ability to save map data to your SD card and a redesigned driving view to make key information more accessible. New supported devices include the Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X, LG Optimus G and other smartphones with a screen resolution between 800 x 480 pixels and 1280 x 800 pixels.
TomTom’s Android app will run you about 38 bucks, while the various subscription packs costs anywhere between $43 and $75 depending on your region. I’m not sure why anyone would fork over that much cash when Google Navigation offers a free and outstanding solution. I suppose it makes sense for regions that are still not covered by Google Navigation. Hit the source link below to pick up the app for your region.
‘Tis the season for sweet deals on new devices. In the past, T-Mobile’s been known to run a few buy-one-get-one deals. Well Sprint is getting in on that action this season with their holiday BOGO deal. This deal is good for the Samsung Galaxy Victory, S II, and S III. The deal will run from December 7th through 24th and will be available for new and upgrading customers. Anyone signing two years of their life away and jumping on this deal?
Fresh off other variants getting some Jelly Bean lovin’, Sammy has begun to push the coveted Android 4.1.2 update to the international variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. It is confirmed that the official rollout has begun worldwide, though it’s currently being pushed out in phases— so it’s unclear which GT-I9300 models will get the update first for now. The update will bring the Jelly Bean build to JZO54K and will bring the usual goodies like Google Now, Multi-View capabilities, Smart Rotation and a customizable Notification Panel among other things.
Owners of the unlocked model can check for the update through Kies Desktop software or OTA through their device’s Settings. If it’s not available don’t fret— the update will certainly be here before you know it.
Today Sony announced the Xperia E, a budget device that’ll sport a 3.5-inch HVGA 320 x 480 display and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The device will be available with either a single or dual (Xperia E dual) SIMs. Sony is marketing the device as, “affordable access to the quality and functionality more traditionally associated with high-end Android smartphones.” They also mention using the device while being able to “stay on top of your data and battery usage.” Apparently there is software which manages battery usage in order to get the most out of it. The E dual, dual SIM version, will offer the ability to switch between carriers with a single touch in order to “to stay on the most cost effective plan,” according to Sony.
As far as specs, we’re looking at a 1GHz processor, wireless DNLA connectivity, and a 1500 mAh battery. To beef up the sound quality, it’ll come with Walkman xLOUD and HD Voice. You can grab the Xperia E in either black, white, or pink flavors and the Xperia E dual in black or gold. There’s no word on pricing, but it’ll launch in Q1 2013. Hit the break for the full press release.
A new leaked document suggests T-Mobile is gearing up to increase smartphone insurance rates next year. Additionally, it seems as though ole’ Magenta is prepping an entirely new tier for its incredibly overpriced $370 Galaxy Note II.
Beginning March 17th, T-Mobile will be raising the monthly insurance payments through its partner, Asurion. Replacing phones will become much more expensive, with the Galaxy Note II costing a full $175 to replace, including the usual monthly payments that run between $6 and $12. Regular smartphone deductibles will also be increased, with all other devices on the carrier costing an extra $20 to replace, effectively raising the price from $130 to $150. If there’s a bright side to this whole fiasco, monthly payments are slated to remain the same.
After what feels like an eternity, Gameloft has finally provided some insight as to when its next first-person shooter, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, would drop. According to a spokesperson from the gaming studio, the title is set to launch “shortly after” iOS gets its official release on December 6th.
There’s no word on how long we’ll have to wait to get our hands on the fourth installment in the Modern Combat quadrilogy, though were sure there’s a valid reason to hold up the Android launch. For now, be sure to check out the official extended reveal trailer after the break.