ASUS reveals changelog for Transformer Prime and Transformer Pad Infinity Jelly Bean updates, rollouts begin tomorrow

After announcing that its Transformer Prime and Transformer Pad Infinity tablets would be receiving Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, ASUS has finally revealed the long-awaited details. In a post on the company’s Campus Life blog, ASUS released the official changelog for the update, detailing the specific changes that will be made. Furthermore, the manufacturer has given us a time table for when we can expect the updates to roll out. For the full low-down, jump past the break.


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Samsung: Galaxy Note II to sell three times faster than the original

When Samsung revealed the original Galaxy Note last year, consumers were undecided as to whether or not it was a viable option for the everyday smartphone owner. And, while that question may still not be answered, we’ve witnessed the device’s success first-hand. Regardless, Samsung introduced its successor last month in Berlin at IFA 2012, and the device packs quite the punch. With a 5.5-inch display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a quad-core processor, the Galaxy Note II is destined to be a powerhouse.

At a company briefing today in Korea, J.K. Shin, head of the manufacturer’s mobile division, speculated that the Note II would sell three times faster than the original, considering the numerous additional carriers that will be offering the device this time around. In terms of raw numbers, Samsung’s new flagship is slated to go on sale in 128 markets, and be available on 260 different network operators. The original Galaxy Note was only available on AT&T in the US, with an extremely brief stint of availability on T-Mobile. The Galaxy Note II  is set to arrive later this year on at least five major US carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint an US Cellular.

Source: Bloomberg

Chrome for Android updated to support Intel x86 devices

Chrome is one of the most utilized web browsers on the market. When the stable mobile-version was released in June 2012, Android users took the oppurtunity to grab the app, and since then helped it achieve over 100,000 downloads! The magic of Google Chrome rubbed off on the mobile market, obviously becoming a success. But like any app, when new technology comes out, updates need to be released. And Google is constantly prepared for changes.

As “us tech fans” know, Motorola unveiled the ‘RAZR i’ about a week ago. And it is hyped for being the first mainstream Android device, with an Intel chipset. Quite an accomplishment. The one downside to owning this device, will be the lack of updated apps to work with the newly introduced chipset. However, if you are a fan of Chrome for Android, you’re in luck!


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Madfinger Games’ Shadowgun: Deadzone reemerges, set to launch as free to play with online multiplayer mode

Madfinger Games has consistently developed quality mobile titles, including popular games like Shadowgun and Dead Trigger. Today, the studio has released an official teaser video for its long-rumored Shadowgun: Deadzone game for Android. For those of you that don’t remember, the developers from the studio showed off the title at CES last January, but have since been quiet regarding its impending release. In addition to the video, the company also posted a teaser image on its Facebook page, detailing the different characters. At this point, what’s been changed is mostly unknown, though the game will be free to play and offer an online multiplayer mode. In the meantime, check out the full video below.

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Source: Madfinger Games (Facebook)

Samsung Galaxy S III launches on MetroPCS in October

Today MetroPCS announced that sometime in October they would be releasing the Samsung Galaxy S III to their customers. The MetroPCS version is very similar to Verizon’s version of the phone, packing a 1900MHz radio in addition to 4G LTE, 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, and 1.9MP front camera. For those of you who are looking for a good 4G device that doesn’t come with an expensive contract plan from Verizon or AT&T, this might be your best option.

If you’re feeling lucky, you can head on over to MetroPCS’s website to sign up to win a Galaxy S III.

Source: Unwired View  Enter contest: MetroPCS

New Google Play services adds updated authentication method to Android using OAuth

Android app developers have a new tool available courtesy of the Google Play Store to help streamline app authentication against Google. Announced on the Google Developers site today, Google is starting the process of rolling out new Google Play services, a framework for integrating applications with Google Play through use of a services component running on user devices and a thin client library packaged with apps.
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[Review] iHeartRadio Music Application

Chances are by now, you’ve probably heard of the iHeartRadio music app. From being constantly beaten into your head while listening to our favorite radio station, to the endless promos for the iHeartRadio music festival that just wrapped up in Vegas, you’ve no doubt at least heard the name. In my opinion, this app alone is worth the ‘price of admission’ into the smart phone world. 
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Samsung releases two more ‘Next Big Thing’ advertisements

There are many things that Android fans have in common. Indeed good taste in phones, great conversions, and support are among the common ones, but they also enjoy “bashing” Apple products in advertisements. The variety of people that watch television have probably seen Samsung’s new Galaxy S III ad, called “The Next Big Thing is Already Here“. The 90 second-long commercial features a simple story:

People are waiting in line for a new device (in this case the iPhone 5), and see Galaxy S III users showing off their features, like Android beam and the spacious 4.8″ display.

To go along with that, a man waiting in line is teased by iPhone fans that his “Galaxy S III didn’t work out for him”… while he is actually saving the spot in line for his parents.


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ASUS confirms Jelly Bean for Transformer Prime and Transformer Pad Infinity coming soon

ASUS began rolling out an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Transformer Prime in Sweden yesterday, and today the company has followed with a statement regarding the rest of the world. Announced via the company’s official Facebook page, ASUS says global users can expect an update to the latest version “soon”. In addition to the Transformer Prime (TF201), the Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) will also be getting in on the upgrade action. While an exact time frame wasn’t given, the update will reportedly arrive within 72 hours. Considering ASUS tends to make this type of announcement the same week (or even days before) it plans to roll out an update, we have no reason to doubt its legitimacy.


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Android 4.0.4 for the T-Mobile HTC One S is rolling out!

The long-awaited update for the T-Mobile HTC One S is finally rolling out to users nationwide. Of course, the software upgrade consists of the infamous “Android 4.0.4″ alongside its companion, 4.1 Sense. There is no doubt that the One S is one of HTC’s most popular devices, leaving users very anxious for some perfomance fixes and bug tweaks. And that is exactly what the update brought! You can now expect “more smooth” transitions with performance improvements, as well as wireless tweaks, involving Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Connectivity issues with wireless devices and networks have been a huge problem with the orginal build for the HTC One S, but we are happy to say, those are gone. Even though that the update isn’t 4.1 JellyBean, the OTA fix will help a lot of users in their daily tasks. All in all, the update will round up at about 150mb, so if you are locked into a “tiered” data plan, we recommend that you utilize your home wireless connection.

What do you think of the update? If you already installed it, are you noticing improvements? I would love to hear your comments, and… Happy Updating!

Source: Android Central