We all know that smartphones have been taking the world by storm, especially since the birth of the Android operating system. This past quarter alone, a total of 221 million units were shipped.
Now that manufacturers have started building devices from low to mid-range, they’re certainly becoming popularized over the high-end devices because of their affordability.
Samsung led the way this past quarter, as they shipped 1/3 of all smartphones in the world, recording a new record of 71 million shipped phones. From the most recent numbers, Samsung has shipped 23.4 million Galaxy S 4 phones— not quite what they expected, but certainly good enough.
When Google announced their Play Games service at Google I/O, it was a really cool concept that was only missing one piece; a central app to look at your games and really cement the social aspect of it. Well, they’ve finally released that final piece of the puzzle as Google Play Games on the Play Store, available to any device running Android 2.2 and up.
The app allows you to see all of your games and achievements as well as view what your friends have been playing. It also tracks every game that you’ve bought or installed tied to your account, so you can browse it and see what you’re in the mood to play. It’s a small app, and if you play many games on your device, it’s definitely worth picking up. Hit the links below to check it out. Read more
As expected Google announced Android 4.3, which will be available today on the new Nexus 7, original Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Nexus 4, and Galaxy Nexus. The GS4 and HTC One Google Editions will get the update soon. Some of the features include:
- Multi-user enhancements – Restricted Profiles – Parents can control who gets access to what apps.
- Bluetooth Smart technology – Allows you to pair to Smart devices such as heart-rate monitors and fitness sensors
- Bluetooth AVCRP
- Background WiFi location
- OpenGLES 3.0
- DRM APIs – 1080p video support and Netflix already supports it
- Faster user switching
- Dial Pad autocomplete
- Easier text input
- new languages
Sundar Pichai hosted a media breakfast this morning and Hugo Barra took the stage to announce the new Nexus 7 tablet. As expected, it’s made by ASUS, and has a 7-inch 1080p (1920 x 1200) display at 323ppi, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, dual stereo speakers, virtual surround sound from Fraunhofer, 5MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI output, NFC, wireless charging, and 9 hours of HD video playback (10 hours of web browsing).
It’s pure black on black and it’s 7.62mm thick (2mm thinner than last year’s model) and 318 grams (50 grams lighter than the original). An LTE version will also be available. The new Nexus 7 will ship with Android 4.3
The 16GB WiFi version and 32GB WiFi version will be available next Tuesday July 30 at many retailers for $229 and $269 respectively. The LTE will have 32GB of storage and will be priced at $349. It will support T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon Wireless and it will be available in the coming weeks.
You can pre-order yours now from Google Play – 16GB WiFi version / 32GB WiFi version
NVIDIA is planning to show off their forthcoming GPU, Project Logan, at SIGGRAPH this week. Project Logan based on NVIDIA’s Kepler architecture which currently powers desktop and laptop computers. NVIDIA started Project Logan a year ago as part of an effort to unify their graphics architecture across all form factors. Perhaps the biggest challenge for mobile devices was scaling things down to the mobile power envelope of a tablet or smartphone. As the project progressed, NVIDIA also recognized business models were changing and decided to build Project Logan in a way that could be licensed to others. NVIDIA claims the design of Project Logan will consume one-third the power of current leading GPUs while providing at least the same rendering capabilities. Read more
You guys didn’t think we were going stay at 2GB of RAM forever did you? In the no shocker news of the day, Samsung announced they are now producing 3GB LPDDR DRAM for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. It uses six 20-nanometer (nm) class four gigabit LPDDR3 chips that are stacked in two sets of three chips at 0.8 millimeters high. Other than more memory, it will also allow for thinner smartphone designs and more space for larger batteries. Seems like a win win to me.
Manufacturers should start utilizing the upgraded memory during the second half of the year. Hmmm, I wonder if it will find its way into the Galaxy Note III?
source: Samsung Tomorrow
I don’t know about you, but SwiftKey is definitely my keyboard of choice. The only complaint I have ever had with it is the fact that there was no option for backing up the dictionary. Who wants to start over when you get another phone or more important, wouldn’t it be cool if you could work with one dictionary across multiple devices? Well a lot of customers felt the same way I did, and SwiftKey listened. The latest Beta update for both smartphones and tablets now has what they are calling SwiftKey Cloud. It will backup all your words, phrases, and habits that SwiftKey has learned from you. It will sync across devices and if you buy a new device, it will still be right there. Hit the break for a demo video and download links for SwiftKey Beta 4.2 and let us know what you think.
If you’re any kind of a gamer, then you are familiar with Spacetime Games. Pocket Legends, Arcane Legends, Dark Legends, and Star Legends are some of the best games available on Android. They just released their latest creation, Battle Dragons, which is guaranteed to be another hit. In this game you get to command a dragon army battling hundreds of thousands of other dragon tribes. It’s a battle and build game and won’t cost you a dime. Full list of features, gamer trailer, and download links after the break.
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The newest edition of the Riptide series, Riptide GP2, is now available in the Play Store. I have already played it a little bit and it’s appears to be a winner. Whether you are a fan of the original or just new to the series, you will sure to be impressed with GP2. The graphics are improved and there is an all-new career mode. Let’s not forget about online multi-player races and dozens of new stunts. The game is available to all, but Tegra 4 (not many of you) owners will enjoy extra special effects. The game costs $2.99, which is chump change for such a high quality game. Hit the break for the full list of features, trailer video, and download links.
With each new Nexus comes at least one new Wallpaper. The image above is the new default on the new Nexus 7 that will be announced later today. There also seems to be two other new ones as well (pictured below). You can download either one of these separately, by clicking or tapping on either image to get the full size. Then, if you’re on a desktop, right click and click save as. Or, if you’re on your phone or tablet, long press, and tap “save as”. We also have the link below for the full zip file that includes all the wallpapers on the new Nexus 7.