Android is a platform that can simply make our lives easier– and I’m not just talking about smartphone use either. Lockitron is a company well known for security at a residence or business. How it works is simple: there’s a smart deadbolt system that will unlock and lock doors all by using your smartphone and a WiFi network. The great thing is that Lockitron is a unit that fits over an existing deadbolt, meaning there’s no complicated installation for the unit to work. In addition, there’s an app that’s available which allows for one or multiple users and their access levels.
The new unit is available for pre-order at a reasonable $150, with the first batches being shipped out by March. If you’re itching to get in on the action, hit the source link for more details.
I never thought sales of the Galaxy S III would suffer dramatically, but honestly, I thought that they would have slowed right after the Apple vs. Samsung verdict and right after the announcement of the iPhone 5, but neither did. If anything, they helped. The above chart is from Localytics, and it shows an average weekly growth of 9% from July 31 through October 1.
What’s most interesting is the two biggest spikes. The first one was a 16 percent jump during the period of August 21 to August 27 (Tuesday to Monday). On August 24, the verdict came down in the famous Apple vs. Samsung case, and you can clearly see it was the best week. The second example was during the period of September 11 to September 17, which showed 15 percent growth. It was on September 12 that Apple unveiled the new iPhone 5, but growth was the second biggest.
It’s official Android gamers— Playstation Mobile is now live. This means select Sony and other Playstation-certified Android devices will be able to access the Playstation Store in order to access all of the Playstation games and content you can handle. The cool thing too is if you’re an users of the service will only need to buy a game once— the games will be playable on any certified device or PS Vita.
Playstation Mobile is now available for users in Japan, the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Australia. If you don’t see your country listed, don’t fret— Sony pledges additional countries will follow.
Playstation Mobile .apk
source: PSN Stores
Smartwatches don’t seem to be as popular as I thought they would be, but I still think there’s going to be a lot of growth in this area. It looks like Google might be thinking the same thing. A Nexus smartwatch just might create the excitement to get mainstream consumers to jump in. It so happens that in October 2011 a patent for a smartwatch was filed by James Brooks Miller and Richard Carl Gossweiler III on behalf of Google. What makes this smartwatch a little more interesting is that it would feature a transparent flip-up display. This flip-up display could be used to get information on buildings or landmarks that it sees or even to get directions.
This patent was just approved, and although this doesn’t mean that Google will ever work on a Nexus smartwatch, I’m hopeful they will. Hit the break for the abstract.
HTC made the One X+ official yesterday and promised an October release in Europe. Clove just announced that they will offer the new HTC flagship starting October 22 for £395 or £474 with VAT. To give you an idea in U.S. dollars, that comes to $630 without VAT. Certainly not cheap, but still cheaper than the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy S III. They are taking pre-orders now so if you want to jump in, just hit the source link.
It is should be no surprise that every day, threats are targeted towards all desktops as well as mobile platforms. Unfortunately, Android in particular is known to see more malware opposed to other mobile operating systems, due to the ease of installing 3rd-party applications and software.
The threat level for Android is always a “win/ lose” situation. If you have unknown sources enabled to download files from the web, you are invulnerable against cyber attacks. However by only downloading software from trusted users, you may be introduced to less clutter. In any case, you have to owe it to great developers from companies like Kaspersky’s Mobile Security, for around the clock mobile security. Especially with some new improvements and tweaks that the dev team had upgraded under the hood.
Smartphones are meant to simplify everyday life. What happens when the thing that simplifies everyday life starts to cause problems? Most of the people that read this blog are well versed on all the jargon that comes with the technology locked away in these small plastic rectangles, but HTC is starting a service to help beginners who think Jelly Bean only refers to the candy. “Get Started” as HTC is calling it allows customers to set up their phone easily from a computer. It will be available on Sense 4+ devices like the One X+. Setting up and connecting your Google, HTC and email accounts are as simple as opening them on your computer. After setting your phone up on your computer, just log into your HTC account on your phone and everything just falls into place. Does this service make you want to suggest an HTC phone to technologically challenged friend or loved one?
It is common sense that the longer a phone sits on the market, the more the value is depreciated. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus is a great example of this. Upon release, I remember the phone selling for well over $250 on a two-year contract, and over $600 to purchase the device without any agreement. Luckily the folks over at Verizon Wireless have made a deal to good to refuse. That’s right, some sort of wizardry has changed the price of the Galaxy Nexus, to a low of $50! Of course you need to sign on to a contract to obtain this deal, but if you are willing to go with Verizon no matter what, this seems like the deal for you.
It probably makes sense why Big Red is throwing upgradable customers this type of promotion. Perhaps a new, better, and stronger device is to come in to play on the Verizon network? I would love to hear your comments.
Source: Verizon Wireless
The United Kingdom’s first 4G LTE carrier, Everything Everywhere, has announced that it will be receiving the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The 5.5-inch beast will join the carrier’s other LTE-capable handsets, including the Samsung Galaxy S III and Huawei Ascend P1 LTE, which are both available beginning today. Customers interested in the Note II LTE, however, will have to wait until October 15th to get their hands on the device.
While the Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE will have access to EE’s newly introduced 4G LTE network, there’s no word on when exactly the new service will officially launch. This means users who sign up for a new contract will have to do so under an Orange or T-Mobile plan, and then proceed to switch to Everything Everywhere once its LTE network is ready. Pricing remains a mystery, though its expected to set you back a pretty penny when it’s all said and done.
Barnes & Noble has updated its official Android app today, bringing several new features like improved fonts, zooming for comic books, a full dictionary and a much-needed fix for pre-ordering directly from the application. This new and improved version comes just a week after the company announced its new Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets. So, if you’re a reading junkie and can’t seem to get your e-book fix from Google or Amazon’s offerings, hit the download link after the break.
Play Store Download Link