Android celebrates its fourth birthday with 75% of the world’s smartphone market

Android celebrated its fourth birthday since the launch of the T-Mobile G1 last month, but it seems as though the company may be receiving a belated gift in commemoration. A new market research report suggests that Google’s Android OS currently holds 75 percent of the entire world’s smartphone market, up from 57.5 percent the previous year.

This number is astronomical in relation to the relatively short period of time the OS has been around. Of course a large percentage of this figure can be attributed to budget phones running outdated versions of the OS, but in reality isn’t that an integral part of the Android platform? IDC, the company behind the Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, notes that these numbers are preliminary, but are expected to be irritably close to the actual number.
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Apparently, Google Now tracks the distance you’ve walked and biked each month

Well this sure was something that surprised me. A buddy of mine sent me a screen shot of his Google Now in which it apparently tracked the distance he’s walked in the past two months. Other reports have also cited that it tracks you when you ride a bicycle. I actually had no idea Google would be implementing this so I find it pretty cool that it tracks that for you each month by using your Android device’s location from time to time.

I know there’s people out there that are creeped out by the fact of how much info is sent back to Google, so I can see if this bugs a certain few. As for me, I think it’s great and kind of cool to see my total pace month by month.

Has anyone else seen this in their Google Now on their Android device? Let us know!

Thanks, Justin

Google set to release a physical Google Wallet credit card

Thanks to Android Police, latest information upon Google’s next venture in their Google Wallet project has surfaced. According to AP’s sources backed with multiple images, Google is set to launch an actual Google Wallet credit card. The physical Google Wallet credit card will work just like a regular credit card, whatever your current selected default card on the Google Wallet app is, the physical Google Wallet card will be charged. This should work in any store that accepts any major card.

I think this is pretty nifty and quite convenient. Imagine just having one card instead of carrying the multiple ones in your pocket. I feel like Google really has something here with the combination of phones with NFC that have the Google Wallet app plus the emergence of an actual physical Google Wallet card. This could be a great convenience for users.

Only time shall tell if this truly becomes mainstream and something the average consumer will use, but one definitely can appreciate Google’s efforts. No word yet on when Google will officially announce this, but we’re sure it’s in the near future.

Check out AP’s post on this in the source link for more info and pictures regarding Google’s upcoming physical Google Wallet credit card!

source: Android Police

Android 4.2 Camera app with Photo Sphere now available for Galaxy Nexus

Introduced on Monday, Android 4.2 brings a slew of new enhancements and features that rectify the minor jump in the version number. One of the most–if not the most–heavily touted features is Google’s entirely redesigned Camera and Gallery interface. The new build brings with it an intuitive options ring that pops up wherever you place your finger, allowing you to easily control the focus and various user settings. Also new is Photo Sphere, which has the ability to capture 360-degree images, similar to Google Maps Street View.

You may be thinking, “all this is great, except I don’t have a Nexus 4.” This may be true, but if you have a Galaxy Nexus, the entire new app has been ripped from Android 4.2, and  packaged into a nice .apk for easy installation. Hit the break for download links.

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Source: Android Police

 

 

Android 4.2 Wallpapers now available for download as well as full system dump

Whenever Google releases a new version of Android, we all get excited about the new features, but surprisingly the new wallpapers are always a hit. Well we have all four new wallpapers for you to download and use to your heart’s content. Just click on each image for the full size and then right click, save image as, pick your location, and you will be all set. If you do it this way, you will have to transfer them to your phone. Alternatively, if you want to download them directly to your phone, just load this page on your phone and long press on each download link below, then choose “save link”. These wallpapers come courtesy of the Android 4.2 system dump, which you can also download with the link provided below. Hit the break for more images and the download links.


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Sprint to launch LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 November 11th

November 11th will be a busy day for the folks at Sprint. About three weeks ago, Sprint announced four new LTE devices to be added to their stable, one of them being the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Today we’re learning that the LTE-enabled Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will launch on November 11th for $549.99 on a month-to-month plan. You can check out our review of the 10.1 here, but for a quick recap, here are some of the vitals:

  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor (Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset)
  • 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 display
  • 1 GB RAM, 8GB ROM and microSD card slot
  • 3G / 4G LTE mobile hotspot capability supporting up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
  • Face Unlock uses state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to allow the user switch on the phone and look at it to get past the lock screen – no passwords to remember, nothing to type or swipe
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

Are there any Sprint customers that are lucky enough to be within range of LTE service that may be eying this device?

Featured Play Store Game: My Kingdom for the Princess 3 [Gaming-Casual]

 

Interested in building a fairytale kingdom and win the love of a princess? Then look no further than My Kingdom for the Princess 3, which is the third installment of the series. The first two didn’t make it’s way to Android, but iOS users know how popular they were. It was created by one of the top developers, Nevosoft. We’ve covered a lot of game from these guys so it’s no surprise that you will find fantastic landscapes and interesting gameplay. This one is all about time management, simulation, and strategy.

The premise is that three heroes are fighting for the beautiful princess Elizabeth’s hand. All three of them happen to be brothers and it will be up to you to decide who gets the prize. It’s quite simple, just perform multiple tasks, survive treachery, and save the country from ruin. Can you handle that?

Nevosoft does promise some surprises:

Your workers are more diligent;

  • Buildings bring in more resources;
  • five magical artifacts;
  • Unexpected bonuses;
  • More charming mini games;
  • New colorful interface;
  • Unique trophies;
  • Beautiful comics;
  • Well balanced levels, that gradually become more challenging;
  • A wonderful new castle to build – this time with a bear!

You will find both free and paid ($3.99) versions of My Kingdom for the Princess 3. The free version includes a decent amount of the 60 levels that are on the paid version.  Check out the trailer video below and hit one of the download links to get started.

 

 

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Sprint to launch LG Mach on November 11th

Slide-out keyboards seem to be filling the news today. We just received an email stating that Sprint will roll out the LG Mach on November 11th for $99 on-contract. Sporting a nice slide-out keyboard, the device also is respectable on the features front. Here’s what we’re looking at:

  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 4” WVGA touch screen (480 x 800)
  • 8GB eMMC and microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
  • Battery: 1700mAh Li-ion
  • 3G/4G LTE Mobile Hotspot capability supporting up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
  • Wi-Fi® 802.11 b/g/n
  • Dual Cameras: 5-megapixel rear-facing with flash and video capture and 0.3 megapixel VGA front-facing camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0

Slide-outs aren’t for everyone, but there are still a lot of you out there that prefer these devices. What are your thoughts on this particular device?

 

Samsung Stratosphere 2 images leak out

There are still quite a few users out there that prefer a real keyboard on your phones as opposed to a virtual one. After all, there’s a reason manufacturers still release this type of device. Today, courtesy of @evleaks (once again), we’re seeing some pictures leaked which look very much like the Stratosphere 2. It was about this time last year that Version released the original Stratosphere, so the timing seems to be right. As it’s merely a leaked picture, there’s obviously nothing to report as far as specs or pricing but we should see something official very soon. However, based on last year’s version, we can expect modest mid-range specs as this is an important variant in Verizon’s stable.

source:   @evleaks

Featured Play Store Review: Hands on with ConnectiXX [Brain & Puzzle]

I’ve got a really cool new puzzle game to share with you guys. It’s called ConnectiXX and it was created by Matthias Lange. We recently reviewed one of his other games called Candy Racer, and I’m quickly becoming a fan of Matthias as this latest creation is a doozy. This one is a connect the dots type of game and is similar to the Japanese game called Hashi. In this game you are presented with a bunch of circles or islands. Each circle has a number in it which represents how many connecting points it must have. You will draw lines between any two circles, and when the line is completed, the numbers in both circles drop by one. So for example, if you have one circle with a 3 in it and the other has a 2, when you connect them with a line, you will now have two circles with a 2 and a 1 in them. Your job is to connect all the circles until you get down to zero for each circle and you can’t cross any existing lines. Are you confused? It’s really hard to explain, but it’s really quite simple. If you watch my hands on video below you will get the idea.


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