There are a lot of people that think Android is better than iOS for many reasons, but most fans won’t put simplicity at the top of the list. Well according to a survey by Siegel+Gale, Samsung Galaxy phones are simpler than the iPhone. This survey was conducted with 400 people, and while both phones scored well, Samsung’s Galaxy line came out as the winner. According to the survey, Samsung’s high-speed file transfers and instant photo tagging and sharing made it simpler for users to share information. Also, since the Galaxy series is compatible with proprietary apps, it came across as simpler to use.
Siegel+Gale is a branding company that also came up with the Global Brand Simplicity Index. In this survey, Google came out on top while Apple came in at number 5. Samsung didn’t even make the top 10, but this is company brand recognition. So reading between the lines, the Apple brand is recognized at simpler than Samsung, but at the product level, the Galaxy phones are recognized as simpler than the iPhone.
EE, one of the UK’s most advanced communications company, has announced it will double its current 4G speeds for its customers. They plan to launch the faster network in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, and Sheffield by summer 2013.
In order to increase speeds to what they are calling “4GEE“, they will need to increase both their network’s capacity and coverage. EE will double the amount of 1800MHz spectrum capacity bandwidth from 10MHz to 20MHz. According to EE’s Chief Executive Officer, Olaf Swantee, “We are ensuring that the UK remains at the forefront of the digital revolution. Having already pioneered 4G here, we’re now advancing the country’s infrastructure again with an even faster, even higher-capacity network, and at no extra cost to our customers.“
ASUS created much buzz with the announcement of its FonePad smartphone/tablet hybrid, but has created tons of mystery about its launch date and pricing for prospective customers since then. Fortunately, it has finally come out and given us all the launch details we have been eagerly waiting for. The manufacturer has confirmed the FonePad will come in at £179.99 (about $276 USD). Additionally, the device will be available for pre-order at retailers like Carphone Warehouse, Amazon and Sainsbury’s from April 12, with stock due to arrive on April 26.
We’ll give more information as we hear anything.
Google’s Play Music service has been one heck of a godsend to plenty of Android folk out there, but unfortunately— people in parts of Europe and the southern hemisphere haven’t been able to get in on the awesome service… until now. The awesome service has been launched in Austria, Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Portugal. This means that many users in those countries will finally have the ability to shop and store up to 20,000 songs in Google’s library. Sweet, right?
Of course there are still many countries still without access to Play Music, but hey— access to the service one country at a time will work out for now.
source: Play Music
If you happen to extensively travel abroad and are an AT&T customer, then you’re probably going to be excited at this tidbit of news. Boingo and AT&T have announced that it has gone into a special global roaming agreement with one another, allowing AT&T customers to access wireless hotspots at locations worldwide for free. It’s pretty straightforward too: all customers need to do is simply use the AT&T WiFi International App in order to use Boingo’s global network. Also part of the agreement, Boingo customers who happen to travel into in the United States will also be able to access AT&T WiFi hotspots throughout the US.
One small thing to note is in order to use AT&T’s WiFi International App, AT&T customers will need to ensure that they already have the appropriate 300MB or 800MB AT&T Data Global Add-On package as part of their mobile plan. Once that’s done, customers will be able to access up to a gig of Boingo service. Sweet.
More details can be found once you hit the break and check out the presser.
When we last reported on PlayJam’s Gamestick project, they had started to take pre-orders for the $79 device after their successful Kickstarter campaign. Unfortunately, it appears that success has come at a price as PlayJam has announced they have delayed delivery of the Gamestick until June. PlayJam opened their Kickstarter project in January with a goal of $100,000 to be able to start delivering devices in April. However, they ended up pulling in $650,000 via pledges from around 5,700 backers. The Kickstarter fundraising effort was so successful, PlayJam was able to add a goal to provide a fourth color option for buyers. All of the additional units to be produced have resulted in some changes to production and shipping methods. According to PlayJam,
Dan Rosenberg’s bootloader unlocking tool for Motorola devices is a pretty fantastic hack. Unfortunately, it does a painful requirement that some Motorola devices can’t get; root access. Many Motorola devices upgraded to Android 4.1.2 simply can’t be rooted. Well, before today, anyway. Dan Rosenberg, once again, has released a little hack to get your Motorola device rooted and prepped for that unlocked bootloader. This method was designed with the Droid RAZR HD in mind, but it will work on many other Motorola devices running 4.1.2.
Like always, rooting your phone does come with upsides and downsides, so be sure to read up on it before you make any hasty decisions. When you’re ready, hit the break below to get the instructions.
Yesterday, the bootloader was unlocked on some major Motorola phones by Dan Rosenberg; the RAZR (MAXX) HD, RAZR M, and the Atrix HD. Motorola devices are notoriously difficult to unlock, so that was a pretty big deal. Today, that unlock tool was released to users. As a warning, it does void your warranty, and the tool cannot relock the bootloader, only unlock it. Motorola also will probably fix the exploit used in a future software update, so if you want to unlock your device, it’s best to do it sooner rather than later.
To get started, you’ll simply have to have a rooted, supported device, then follow the instructions below, and remember that as of right now, this is irreversible.
Well that didn’t take long did it? Google officially announced the redesigned Google Play Store earlier, and the APK is already available to download for manual updating. All phones and tablets with Android 2.2 or higher will get the new update over-the-air, but unfortunately it will take roughly 3 weeks to hit every device. If you’re like me, you’re impatient and don’t feel like waiting around, so all you have to do is grab the APK from the download link below and install it just like any other APK. In case you’re not familiar, just make sure you have “unknown sources” checked under settings/security. Then from your phone/tablet, tap on the download link below, then tap Download (5.9MB) and it will save it to your phone/tablet. Tap on “com.android-vending-4.0.25.apk” in your notification panel, answer OK to replace system application, and tap Install. After it’s installed, just tap open to start enjoying the new card-themed Play Store. Enjoy!!
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Last week the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 went on sale in the U.K. Fans of the Galaxy Note devices in the U.S. will be glad to know the WiFi only version of Samsung’s latest tablet will be available on Thursday, April 11th at major retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, h.h. gregg, Newegg, P.C. Richard & Son, Staples and TigerDirect.com. The Galaxy Note 8.0 will be Samsung’s first device with their Samsung WatchON software that is supposed to make it easier to channel surf both live TV and streaming video sources. The Galaxy Note 8.0 also comes with a built-in IR blaster, meaning the tablet can be used as a remote control.
Similar to the U.K. deals, Samsung is throwing in some extras for initial buyers of the device. Pick one up for $399.99 and you can get access to 50GB of DropBox storage for 2 years, a free month of unlimited music streaming in Samsung’s Music Hub, and for a limited time buyers will receive a $25 Google Play credit when they register their device.
Check out our hands on video of the Galaxy Note 8.0 from this year’s Mobile World Congress and the full press release after the break.
We’ve covered a few apps that help with security for children’s phones, but I wanted to tell you about another one I came across called MMGuardian Parental Control from MMGuardian.com. It seems like the age that kids are given phones is getting younger and younger as time goes on. Of course you can give them a dumbphone, but with newer shared plans, it’s not out of reach to go for a smartphone. For some kids it might be an overkill, but a smartphone can give you a lot of features like knowing your child’s whereabouts, and with apps like MMGuardian Parental Control, it gives you the peace of mind you need when you give that shiny new or used smartphone to your child.
I think when it comes to apps such as these, a lot of parents don’t want to bother with them because they think it will be overwhelming and difficult to set up. I think that’s true for a lot of these apps, but nothing could be further from the truth regarding MMGuardian. All you really need to do is install the app on your child’s phone and activate it with your password of choice. Then it’s a matter of going through each area of the app that you want to control. Your child won’t be able to uninstall or deactivate the app without the password.
Yesterday we reported on rumors that Google may be looking to purchase the popular messaging app WhatsApp. According to WhatsApp business guy Neeraj Arora, sales talks with Google are not being held. Arora says there are no plans, or even discussions, at this time around Google buying WhatsApp for approximately $1 billion. Other than denying the rumors, Arora provided no other information. Next week WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum is schedule to speak at a conference in New York City. Hopefully he will be able to share some new information about the future direction and plans of the company in light of these recent rumors as well as last December’s rumored buyout by Facebook.
Xiaomi is a Chinese manufacturer of MIUI-powered smartphones, and has announced two new smartphones. Predecessor to the Mi2, the Mi2S has been upgraded with a better processor and camera. The Mi2A is more affordable and also features a slightly larger display. Here are the specs of both phones:
- 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 display
- 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor
- Adreno 320 GPU
- 2GB RAM
- 16 or 32GB internal storage
- 13 megapixel rear-facing camera
- 2 megapixel front-facing camera
- MIUI running on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- 2,000 mAh battery
- Available in five different colors
The new version of the Play Store that
source: Android Blog