So you’re in the U.S. and clamoring to get your hands on a Samsung Galaxy S III, except there’s a little bit of a problem. We probably won’t see it on any U.S. carrier for a few months. Hopefully it won’t be like last year’s Galaxy S II when the first release in the U.S. didn’t take place until October. If you simply can’t wait, you still have a chance. It will cost you some dollars, but happiness is more important right?
Seems like Verizon is pushing potential customers into getting Android phones instead of iPhones. On the surface, this sounds great for Android. Verizon must love Android if they keep pushing it in favor of Apple’s handset. But the folks at CNNMoney have uncovered something interesting. It’s not that Verizon necessarily prefers Android. It’s that they need to push people into using their 4G LTE network and off of their heavily trafficked and clogged up 3G network.
Last year, Big Red started offering Double Data Deals for 4G users in an attempt to shift more users in that direction. Since the iPhone does not support 4G LTE and only runs on Verizon’s 3G network, and many iPhone users tend to not want to switch to Android, Verizon is seeing their 3G network usage remain relatively high.
I’ve been a gadget geek since I was around 7 or 8 years old and got my first calculator watch. This “nerd” watch, as some people call it, was my first foray into multi-function devices and advanced personal technology. This was followed by watches that played games, were powered by solar cells, and held all my friends’ phone numbers.
Even my latest watch had to have some sort of techie gimmick to it. It’s a good ol’ digital Casio watch that also has analog hands. If that’s not enough, it would also sync to the atomic clock in Colorado to ensure it was always accurate. This simple watch has been on my wrist for years now and I haven’t really had the itch to get something new until recently when more and more companies are starting to release interesting wearable gadgets like Motorola’s MotoActv, the Pebble, the Nike+ FuelBand, and the WIMM One.
Sony’s Second Try
Among that group of manufacturers toying with the idea of wearable tech is Sony. They started with their universally panned LiveView watch. This watch was not a commercial success by any means but showed that Sony was starting to think about how to integrate watches and mobile.
Even with the slow start, Sony climbed right back on and released the Sony SmartWatch. In this second iteration, does Sony up the ante enough to have a hit? I recently decided to plunk down the cash ($118 from Expansys during a special they were having) and see for myself.
Hit the break for my review of Sony’s latest SmartWatch.
Mobile gaming heavy weight, Gameloft, looks to have some big titles headed to the Play Store this summer. We have already seen trailers and images from their upcoming N.O.V.A. 3 installment which looks pretty sick and it appears that we can now expect to see two more additions to the Gameloft library.
Asphalt 7: Heat was briefly hinted at the Galaxy S3 announcement a few days ago and will be the follow up to the well-known racing game for Android, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline. As usual with past Asphalt titles, we can expect to see even more amazing graphics, awesome levels and pedal-to-the-metal racing action. The fact that it was included in the GS3 announcement suggests that it may be pre-installed on the GS3 or might possibly be a GS3 exclusive for some time.
Just in time for its release in theaters, Men In Black 3 for Android will be available on May 25 for free. However, MIB 3 will follow the recently popular mobile game trend of offering freemium gameplay, allowing players to make purchases within the game for weapon upgrades, unlocking levels and having access to other in-game content. MIB 3 is Gameloft’s first collaboration with gaming mogul Sony Mobile, so it’ll be exciting to see what this partnership will develop together. The movie is expected do really well this summer and Gameloft is hoping to ride that train all the way to the bank.
So who is looking forward to this summer now? Whether you like movies or prefer games, it seems that you wont be hard pressed to find some decent entertainment.
AT&T’s decision to lock the bootloader of its HTC One X smartphone has definitely upset more than a few individuals. Because people are outraged over this restriction and have been offered no explanation from AT&T directly, they have taken to the chatrooms and forums to voice their anger. HTC has taken immediate notice of this terrible situation and has offered an official statement regarding this matter:
“HTC is committed to listening to users and delivering customer satisfaction. Since announcing our commitment to unlockable bootloaders, HTC has worked to enable our customers to unlock the bootloader on more than 45 devices over the past six months. In some cases, however, restrictions prevent certain devices from participating in our bootloader unlocking program. Rest assured, HTC is committed to assisting developers in unlocking bootloaders for HTC devices and we’ll continue to unlock additional devices in the future”.
In other words: HTC is ok with unlocked bootloaders on its devices, but AT&T isn’t ok with this on its new flagship phone. HTC hasn’t changed its stance on working with the developer community, but for now– it’s working on unlocking other devices instead of the One X on AT&T’s network. Looks like AT&T customers would best splurge on the unlocked Tegra 3 version if they want to enjoy the full experience of the device because it doesn’t look like AT&T will be allowing any tinkering on its version anytime soon.
Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch
Galaxy Tab 2 10.1-inch
Devs, hit the source link to start downloading and cook us up something yummy!
For root users, there’s no question that Titanium Backup has been the preferred backup app of choice. Its ability to sync your backups to Dropbox and Box.net has helped it become a must-have app. With its latest release, the paid version, Titanium Backup Pro, has upped the ante and added support for syncing to Google Drive. But how have they pulled this off since there is still no Android-to-Google Drive API yet? Apparently, the devs were able to use the “old” Google Docs API to get things working. Clever lads.
Google Drive support isn’t the only new feature. Hit the break for the full changelog and download link.
If you are an avid Facebook user then there is no doubt that you noticed the annoying camera and messenger icons that appeared in your app drawer after the recent 1.9 update for the Facebook app. After being ridiculed by app users, Facebook listened to the cries of unnecessary bloat and removed those pesky icons with a more recent 1.9.1 update and added the shortcuts to the lower left hand corner of the app itself.
After all that, now it seems that Facebook wasn’t happy with that option, issued yet another update, and removed those shortcuts from the app altogether… Finally, right?! And why would they think that 3 app icons for their app would go over well with users? Anyway, also included in the update is a few of the usual bug fixes and that is about it. So if you were upset that those shortcuts were getting in your way to take over word social networking domination, grab the latest 1.9.2 update below.
It was last month that we heard that the reason for Galaxy Note 10.1 delay was for a nice little hardware bump, replacing its dual-core chip with the faster, more powerful quad-core Exynos 4412. Now we aren’t entirely positive that this is to be the case, but remember, a Samsung spokesperson said that the device would be entirely different than when it was announced at MWC so we have no reason to believe a quad-core jump wouldn’t be in favor.
To back up that theory, a new Galaxy Note 10.1 NenaMark benchmark test result shows a frame rate of 58.8 fps. This is a frame speed similar to the one that the Transformer Prime can produce, a device with a blazing fast quad-core processor. Just to make a comparison, the 1.4GHz dual-core Galaxy Tab 7.7 scores a 44fps and the Galaxy Note brings in 48fps. This is quite a large increase in speed and my speculation suggests it’s because a quad-core chip was used in this recent NenaMark test.
As it goes with any rumors or speculation, this Exynos 4412 idea should be taken with a grain of salt. It won’t be until we get official confirmation that we will for sure know that the Galaxy Note 10.1 will be rocking a quad-core chip. Stay tuned…
We recently watched as Verizon accidentally and temporarily activated the Droid Incredible 4G LTE page on the Droid Does website. If that wasn’t enough to lead you to believe that its release was just around the corner than how about the rumor suggesting its launch on May 10th? Either way, we are about to get a new Droid phone from Verizon but it would be nice to be able to pinpoint a release date.
According to sources close to PhoneDog, the rumored May 10th launch has been pushed back a couple weeks and now the Droid Incredible 4G LTE could be released on Thursday, May 31st. There is no word on why the release date was pushed back but you can expect that we will fill you in as soon as we hear anything more.