When Sprint and HTC show us their new collaboration tomorrow in NYC, we fully expect it to be the HTC EVO One. Well at least part of the event. Who knows what other tricks they may have up their sleeve. Thanks to Pocketnow we have a press shot to look at. The EVO One will be an extension of the global version of the HTC One. It will be LTE based so it won’t have the Tegra 3 chip, but instead a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chip. As to some really nice additions, it’s rumored to have a 2650 mAh battery and the famous kickstand that was on the original EVO. Add in some NFC and improved haptic feedback and Sprint has true flagship here.
Stay tuned to Talk Android tomorrow night because we will be there to get all the juicy details for what will be the best EVO ever.
OnLive, everyone’s favorite cloud-based game-streaming service, is holding some killer specials right now. How about Batman: Arkham City, Duke Nukem: Forever, or F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin, all for half off? Or maybe Orcs Must Die or Divinity II The Dragon Knight Saga for a whopping 75% discount?
Unfortunately, the newer, more current games, such as L.A. Noire, are still at their normal prices, but that still leaves us with over 40 great deals. Hit the break for the source link.
Need a powerful Office suite that allows you to create and edit Word, Powerpoint, and Excel documents? How about a good PDF reader? Look no further than OfficeSuite Pro 5 by developer MobiSystems. This version works on both phones and tablets and also includes integration with Google Docs, DropBox and Box. It’s a pretty solid app with a pretty solid deal going on right now.
Normally, this app costs $14.99, but from now until April 4th, it is on sale for only $2.99. That’s an 80% discount! Sure, it was Amazon’s free app of the day last October 26, but if you missed that deal, jump on this one. Why are they bargain-binning it? The app’s description gives us a clue:
“View, Edit and Share your office documents on the go! 80% off Until April, 4th. Expect OfficeSuite 6!“
Yup, seems like a new version is coming out soon so they’re putting this one on sale. Not sure if buying this version will get you a free upgrade, but still, this app is certainly worth a measly three clams. So get it while it’s hot! Download link and QR code after the break.
By now, we are all conditioned to make online shopping decisions based on previous buyer’s reviews. Amazon taught us that over the years, and as Android users, we continue this behavior in the Google Play Store. Community reviews help us make the decision to download an app or skip it and keep looking. That’s why it’s so important that these reviews are real and accurate. Google has a policy in place for just this reason. It states that developers “should not attempt to change the placement of any Product in the Store by rating an application multiple times, or by offering incentives to users to rate an application with higher or lower ratings.”
Now it seems developer Noosoft Games ignored that policy and used Amazon’s Mechanical Turk system to crowdsource 5-star ratings for their game The rise of the Aliens, resulting in a near-perfect 4.9 rating in the Play Store. For those who don’t know, Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is a platform for businesses to farm out tedious, menial tasks to the masses. Users perform these tasks for a very small fee. The more tasks they perform, the more money they make from the comfort of their own homes. In this case, Noosoft was paying around $1.35 for a 5-star rating and favorable review of their game in blatant disregard of Google’s policy.
Following complaints from Xperia S users, Sony has acknowledged that some of the phones have developed a yellow tint to the screen after being exposed to increased temperatures. While Sony says the problem is only in a limited number of handsets, the yellow color may appear if the phone is exposed to temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius. Sony also stated that the manufacturing process has been corrected so this won’t happen in the future.
If you have a phone that has already developed a yellow hue, Sony encourages you to contact your local customer service center. Sony promises they will fix the phone at no cost to the customer.
It’s a shame that there is a problem with the Xperia S‘s screen, since that is its best feature and selling point. The 1280 x 720 pixels resolution HD display is well-known for its beautiful images. Nonetheless, Sony is addressing the issue and ensuring it will be fixed.
source: CNET UK
Times are certainly tough and we love our budget-friendly devices, but here’s a tablet that’s sure to raise an eyebrow or two. And no— this isn’t an April Fool’s joke either. The ESER A10 tablet is a 7-incher which features
seriously outdated modest specs. You’ll find a 800 x 480 “resistive” touchscreen, 1.2GHz BoxChip CPU, 4GB of internal storage, microSD out, HDMI out, WiFi and a front-facing camera. Oh and the device is capable of decoding 2160p video (can your tablet do that?!). All of this will be powered by Gingerbread 2.3 and feature 3G connectivity– though you’d need to buy a separate USG dongle. While the specs don’t come anywhere close to competition such as the Amazon Kindle Fire— the ESER A10 tablet is going for an astounding $51. You read right folks… the device will be available for a little over 50 bucks. Not too bad at all.
We know most of you love your speed and power in your tablets, but if you are pressed for cash and looking for a cheap alternative, what do you think? Would you splurge on this device?
source: The Digital Reader
The tiny device, announced shortly after the Mobile World Congress, by Samsung known as the Galaxy Pocket has made its way to the FCC. For those that missed it, this an entry level 2.8-inch (320×240) 823MHz device that is being released in the UK. It comes with GSM 850 / 1900 and UMTS Band V radios which means that it’ll work on AT&T and like-minded networks. However, this Gingerbread device hasn’t been committed to the United States markets just yet, so keep it locked here and we’ll let you know if or when it does. Stay tuned!
You remember how we had a hunch Google TV would be available outside of the U.S.? Good news folks as news has gotten out that Sony France will be developing two variations of Google TV devices and launch them in September. The first is a set-top box which will go on sale for €200 ($266), whle the second will be a box with an integrated Blu-ray player that will sell for €300 ($399). Sony France marketing director Stephane Labrousse highlights that while Sony Google TV devices are certain in France, it’s possible the devices could launch in Spain, Germany and the U.K at the same time. The devices won’t skimp on features either as it’s reported the Google TV boxes will feature items such as a Google Play button on their remote controls, giving direct access to Google’s app and content store and come with Sony’s own content offerings, including Music Unlimited.
See gang— good things comes to those who wait and are patient. Let’s just hope the price is right for consumers out in Europe.
source: Giga OM
Sure April Fool’s Day has come and gone sadly, but many of us sure enjoyed the good laughs, right? Well sadly, a particular joke has taken an unusual— albeit comical turn that has gone on for the past year. Last year a CM ROM was renamed to “TehUberDuckDistro” for a single nightly release which featured an unusual duck as its mascot instead of the usual Android. Some 29 individuals did not get the memo of “TehUberDuckDistro” being a joke and are actually logging in info with CM’s reporting app featuring “TehUberDuckDistro“. Here’s CyanogenMod team member Ricardo Cerqueira sharing his thoughts on the stunning find:
“I accidentally noticed, while checking something entirely different in our stats data, that 29 people are still running TDUD today. That one year-old, one-shot nightly is still in use, and I want to meet these 29 people just to shake their hands.”
The moral of the story is two-fold. One— some of these individuals using the CM ROM featuring “TehUberDuckDistro” really need to update their CM ROMs… immediately. Two— perhaps the 29 people still using the joke ROM may really like their duck mascots? Perhaps.
source: Android Community
Living in the US and itching to get your hands on Sony’s flagship Xperia Android phones? Wireless distribution giants, Brightstar has got you covered as it’s set to bring the Xperia S, Xperia U and Xperia P to our doorsteps. No dates have been announced as yet however watch this space as we’ll be sure to keep you posted as soon as we have more news.
President of Sony Mobile Communications North America, Paul Hamnett quoted “We are thrilled to expand Sony Mobile Communications’ presence in the U.S. with Brightstar, offering a broader range of our Xperia portfolio to consumers”
Sony is really working hard to turn around its fortunes in the Android market. Sony Ericsson never really hit the heady heights achieved by big rivals such as Samsung and Motorola, and the newly founded Sony Mobile Communications is determined to right that wrong. The new devices have arrived to critical acclaim , if Sony can back that up with a solid worldwide distribution strategy then it may well be on the verge of an impressive turnaround.
Will you be looking to pick up Sony’s latest offering over that of Smasung, HTC, Motorola et al? Let us know your thoughts in the comments and be sure to check out the full press release from Brightstar after the break.