Speaking in the Czech Republic today at a press event, Microsoft product manager Petr Bobek revealed a native version of Office 2013 for Android will be released in March 2013. Reporters at the event indicate they were provided with a press release from Microsoft’s Czech Republic team that seems to confirm Mr. Bobek’s claim. According to the release, Microsoft will be releasing versions of Office 2013 for Android along with native apps for iOS, Windows Phone, Windows RT, Mac OS, and Symbian. A new version of Microsoft’s Office Web Apps is also in the works.
The timeline set forth in the press release indicates Office 2013 will be available starting in December 2012 for business customers with a consumer release scheduled for February 2013. That will be followed by availability of the mobile versions in March 2013 and updates to the Office 365 application. A U.S. representative for Microsoft confirmed versions of Office will be available for Windows, Android, and iOS devices, but retail availability has not been announced.
source: The Verge
One of the best things to come out of the smartphone/tablet boom is there are a lot of educational apps for kids. It’s amazing how much further ahead my son is than I was at his age. We all want our children to read ASAP, but they need to learn the letters first. Montessori ABC Game For Kids is a new app for toddlers and pre-schoolers that will help them learn the letters, the sounds of each letter, and words that start with each letter.
What makes any education app successful is the combination of education and fun. If the app can give your child entertainment, then he or she will be eager to learn. Montessori ABC makes things interactive with an alphabet game through beautiful flash cards. Your child will tap images and blinking areas to see the spelling of the words as well as hear the sound each letter makes in a word. Every time a letter or object is touched, a cute animated video will appear which will continue to encourage them to keep playing.
It seems near impossible for a company to have an official announcement these days without details of said announcement getting leaked ahead of time. Coincidence or creative marketing? In this day and age of viral marketing, I wouldn’t put it past companies to go with the latter. And let’s face it, we love it regardless. The latest in the line of leaks is in regards to the “mini” Galaxy S III (GT-I8190) that was just confirmed by Samsung late last night. A lot has been revealed today courtesy of a German website about what exactly that mini version of the Galaxy S III will encompass ahead of its official reveal on October 11th in Germany.
In a move that will result in a good portion of the Android community saying “Finally”, Google is now offering a trial period for in-app subscriptions. This is obviously very useful for those subscription offers that you aren’t quite sure what you’ll get when you sign up for them. You will still have to enter all payment information as if you’re making the purchase, however Google will initiate a charge of $0.00 at that time. Once the trial period is up (minimum of 7 days), your credit card will then be charged for the full amount. Of course if you don’t like what you’re seeing with the trial, you’ll have to cancel your “purchase” before your trial period is up to avoid the full charge. This move not only offers a little protection for the consumer, it may also boost subscription sales with a try-before-you-buy setup.
source: Android Developers
And just like that, Motorola devices are no longer listed for sale in Germany. Despite Motorola not being found to infringe on some Microsoft patents, Motorola has all but begun its exodus out of the German markets. As of this time, no Android smartphones or tablets are listed on Motorola’s website. There is the belief that Motorola may have pulled the devices in order to rework the software in order to avoid infringing on any patents, but then again— Motorola has a clearly stated the following:
“As we have previously stated Motorola Mobility is focusing on fewer mobile devices. As a result we have phased out some of our lower tier devices in Europe/Germany.”
A focus on selling fewer mobile devices huh? Considering the Motorola Android devices are wildly popular in Germany, we can only hope that
Google Motorola knows what it’s doing.
source: The Guardian UK
Motorola recently announced that the Atrix 4G will not get Ice Cream Sandwich, but it appears they at least gave it a shot. A leaked build has appeared in the XDA forums, and it can be installed relatively painlessly. Now obviously this build is going to have issues since Motorola decided not to continue development on it. They may have stopped it because they felt ICS wasn’t going to jive with the Atrix 4G, or possibly it was budget constraints. We will never know, but if you own an Atrix 4G and want to give it a shot, hit the break for the instructions.
Another action thriller is about to make its way to Android gamers’ hearts. Gameloft has released a trailer for its upcoming Zombiewood game. Unlike other action games, Zombiewood takes place with players taking control of a stuntman who you guessed it— specializes in kicking some serious zombie keister. You’ll have a full arsenal of weapons available at your disposal and you’ll use that to kill anything and everything that tries to eat you. As you can see in the trailer below, the game features some awesome graphics and what appears to be almost non-stop action. Considering there’s a ton of zombies that seemingly is relentless with trying to destroy you, this should make for what could potentially be limitless gameplay.
The trailer also indicates the game will arrive by Halloween, so it’s only going to be a few weeks’ time from now. We know most of you zombie haters are itching to get a tease of the action, so be sure to get your fix and check out the trailer once you hit past the break.
Following the lead of MetroPCS, Verizon Wireless is set on bringing voice over LTE (VoLTE) to its customers by late 2013 or 2014. According to Nicola Palmer, VP of network and CTO for Verizon Wireless, Verizon will begin a formal consumer trial at some point within the next year, with a subsequent formal rollout shortly after. Verizon is quick to point out the benefits of its testing of voice over LTE too. As opposed to using an old-school 3G voice-based network, voice over LTE has voice calls broken into data bits and transmitted across the LTE network— similar to an email transmission or song streaming over the internet. The hope is this technology will be more efficient than traditional wireless voice services, allowing for clearer calls and other services that can be linked to it. In addition, this feature will finally allow for Verizon customers to surf the internet while on a call using their cellular device.
While VoLTE is exciting news, this may possibly bring not just confusion to the average customer of how this works— but it will likely end traditional cellular minutes as we know it. Because VoLTE does not utilize a traditional voice network to transmit voice over an LTE network, mobile users are actually using 4G data packets to make and receive phone calls. This means that if you’re on one of Verizon’s Data Share plans, you’ll need to pay special attention to how many phone calls you make as it will certainly contribute to your overall monthly data usage and thus— those unlimited minutes would likely be well you know, useless.
The good thing is while we have our fair share of concerns with Verizon’s intentions, we have at least a year to see Verizon work out its various kinks and issues. This means we should see much more clarity as we near its release hopefully around this time next year.
Information regarding the upcoming LG Nexus device doesn’t appear to be slowing whatsoever. The latest is from a tipster who sent the above Carphone Warehouse inventory listing to The Verge. You will notice the device is referred to as the LG Nexus 4. Although this sounds plausible, we really don’t know if this is the final name or not. Earlier rumors suggest that it will be called the LG Optimus G Nexus, but I’m not feeling that one. The other interesting thing to note is it looks like it will be offered in both black and white, but I am surprised that we don’t see different SKUs for different storage sizes.
So far it looks like this LG Nexus just might be the only Nexus phone offered this fall based on the fact that we haven’t seen any major leaks for any other devices. Of course, the LG Nexus leaks could be “planned” if you know what I mean. Stay tuned.
Samsung has officially revealed its plans to announce a miniature-sized Galaxy S III on October 11th. In a Korean press conference earlier today, head of Samsung Mobile Communications JK Shin, told reporters that the company would be unveiling a 4-inch version of its current Galaxy S III smartphone.
“We’ll be launching a 4-inch Galaxy S III on the 11th in Germany. There’s a lot of demand for a 4-inch screen device in Europe. Some call it an entry-level device, but we call it ‘mini.”
Unfortunately, details remain scarce, as Shin neglected to talk about any of the device’s specifications. However, it was made clear that the move was brought on by a massive demand for smaller devices in Europe. Shin went on to reiterate that the device would not be entry-level device, but rather a “mini” Galaxy S III with a “full form factor.”
Source: INEWS 24 (Korean)
Via: The Verge