Google IO 2015 Coverage

HTC will launch two additional phones soon after the M7

You didn’t think the M7 would be the only phone HTC would offer this year did you? We just got word on two more phones, codenamed M4 and G2. We probably won’t see these guys at the launch events on February 19, but they should hit stores this spring.

The M4 is going to sit just below the M7, much like the One S was to the One X. It will feature a 4.3-inch 720p display, a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 13MP rear camera with f/2.0 lens, 1.6MP front camera, and a 1700mAh battery.

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Benchmarks For The Samsung GT-P3200 Tablet Surface, Brings Us One Step Closer To Possibly Seeing The Galaxy Tab 3 In All Its Glory

 

It certainly appears that Sammy is pulling no stops when it comes the developing some sweet tablets for 2013. We are already aware of the Galaxy Note 8.0 that’s on the way, but a leaked GLBenchmark has recently surfaced indicating yet another beast is currently in the works. If you recall, we recently told you about Sammy’s plans on bringing some new additions to the Galaxy Tab family— and we now have a nifty little benchmark which helps to prove what we’d heard before. According to the screenshot you see above, the device is currently codenamed “Santos” and has a model number of GT-P3200. In addition, the device features the latest build of Jelly Bean (Android 4.2.1), has a 1,200 x 800 resolution and has a peak frequency of something around 1.5GHz.

Additional details are scarce for now, but it’s probably a safe bet to assume that we’re getting our first glimpse of what could possibly be the Galaxy Tab 3 tablet. But then again— it could be something else entirely different. Nevertheless, we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears open of this mysterious little toy that Sammy has in development.

source: GLBenchmark

Sony Xperia Z Smartphone Is Officially Up For Pre-Order In The UK

 

Those of you living in the UK are one step closer to getting the Sony Xperia Z smartphone in their hands. At the time of this writing, the smartphone is now available for pre-order through O2, Three UK, Phones4U and Carphone Warehouse. Pricing for the device will vary by the retailer and carrier, so you’ll need to hit past the break in order to get all the juicy deets.

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Android Apps Will Make Up A Substantial Portion Of Blackberry 10 Apps

RIM Blackberry, formerly known as Research In Motion, has said its two new Blackberry 10 devices, the Z10 and QWERTY-equipped Q10, will launch with 70,000 to 100,000 apps. BlackBerry vice president Martyn Mallick said 40% of those would actually be ported Android apps. Developers will be able to use the BlackBerry 10 SDK to “wrap” Android code into something the new BB10 OS can use. The SDK also transforms menu and back buttons into Blackberry-specific gestures.

Ported apps can also use a menu overlay as in the example below. By all reports these apps are working smoothly and the interface tweaks are doing the job, although often with clunky results. Blackberry is surely hoping the Android apps act as a crutch until its app store, Blackberry World, can get up to speed with plenty of solid native apps. Blackberry has a bounty program to help spur app development. The program, for which these ported apps are not eligible, promises $10,000 in revenue for native apps for the first year.

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Judge denies Apple’s appeal against Samsung for sales ban on the Galaxy Nexus

Apple initially filed a request with the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in October asking the panel to revisit the rejected sales ban that was briefly placed on the Galaxy Nexus last year. Today the court has officially ruled on the matter, rejecting the Cupertino company’s request for an injunction. The reasoning behind the decision remains unclear as the court failed to include any sort of detailed documentation with the ruling. Read more

Samsung buys up 5% of Wacom to back up the stylus fad

Personally, I think the stylus is awesome. Fortunately for those of you that agree with me, Samsung thinks so, too. And considering the amount of marketing power Samsung has invested in their Note brand, it’s pretty easy to see why they just bought 5% of Wacom, the manufacturer of the Note’s S-Pen. That 5% turned out to be around 58 million dollars, which is pocket change for Samsung, but it’s clear that Samsung is intending to evolve the stylus into a pretty large part of their smartphone and tablet lineup. Hit the source below to read up on Wacom’s side of the story.

source: Wacom

HTC Thunderbolt finally gets Ice Cream Sandwich update

No, pigs aren’t flying. HTC and Verizon have actually, finally released the ICS update for the Thunderbolt. Sure, it took longer than it should have, but if you’re still using a Thunderbolt, your wait is over. The 380 MB update packs Sense 3.6 on top of Android 4.0.4, and comes with the standard Ice Cream Sandwich awesomeness we’ve all grown to love, as well as some slight device improvements. Verizon even removed a few bloatware apps with this update. If you’re a Thunderbolt owner, keep checking your notifications to get your hands on this OTA update. Just… don’t ask about Jelly Bean.

source: Verizon

Jelly Bean Update Incoming For Sony Xperia T Smartphone, New Jelly Bean Firmware Has Been Certified And Is On The Way

 

Those of you out there who own a variant of the Sony Xperia T smartphone are about to get a taste of some buttery goodness in the near-future. According to the PTCRB website, a new firmware version of 9.1.A.0.489 has been certified for the Xperia T (LT30p) and Xperia TX (LT29i) smartphones— which effectively moves the software up from Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean. Oh and owners of an American variant of the smartphone won’t be left out either—  the Xperia TL (LT30at) for AT&T is also getting a new firmware version certified with 9.1.F.1.120, which would also bring the device up to Jelly Bean as well.

So while the new pieces of firmware have been certified, it would still be a matter of weeks before we see the update land on the respective devices. Hopefully the different Xperia T owners out there will be able to contain themselves in the meantime.

source: Xperia Blog

Google Looking To Add Google Now Integration For Chrome Desktop Browser, Wants To Know You Even Better Than Before

 

Those of us who have a Jelly Bean-powered device probably utilize Google Now on a daily basis, but now it appears that we may be seeing the super cool virtual assistant tool integrated with Google’s Chrome browser. Thanks to some keen eyes out there, it is now known that the Chromium web browser for Windows has been updated to include a new specialized notification center. As seen in the screenshot above, the notification center is fully customizable, allowing for users to create a custom notification within the Chrome browser. What’s even more noteworthy is the fact that the screenshot clearly indicates a “clear all” function, giving the clear indication that users will be able to have multiple notifications displayed in the browser.

As it stands now– it appears that Google Now wants to not only get to know your daily phone habits, but it also wants to know a little bit more about you when it comes to your desktop computer as well. There’s no word on when we’ll see this technology implemented, but we’re willing to bet that we’ll see something live soon… very soon.

source: The Next Web

Google Play revenue growth trounces Apple’s App Store by factor of 10

App Annie released their January 2013 index today showing phenomenal growth in revenue for apps in the Google Play Store. From the third quarter to the fourth quarter of 2012, app revenue from the Google Play Store doubled. During the same period of time, Apple’s App store saw only a 20% increase in revenues. Apple does have a larger user base to begin with, so in absolute dollars Apple grew more and achieved record sales in December while maintaining a margin of 3.5 times the revenue achieved by the Google Play Store. The trend is clear though that Google and the Android ecosystem continue to close the gap and is doing so quickly. Read more