Android 4.2 brought Multiple user account support, which is a welcome addition. It’s only available on tablets since they are more likely to be used by more than one person in the household. This means yourself, your wife, your son, and your daughter can all use the same tablet and keep their own settings and app data. You can even set a pin or pattern to individual lockscreens to ensure privacy. For starters, this is only available on the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, so if you own one, you will want to most likely utilize this feature. In a matter of minutes, you can get everyone up and running. Hit the break for a video highlighting the few simple steps.
Fed Ex just delivered a package from Motorola, and it was definitely a surprise since I wasn’t expecting a review unit. I knew if wasn’t a device since it was so light, so I opened it right away to find out what it was. In the box I found a bunch of silver tinsel, a bag of red and black jelly beans from Jelly Belly, and a picture card of the DROID RAZR HD display with a text message conversation about the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. As you know the update is rolling out this week to DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD users.
I know jelly beans and tinsel doesn’t cost a lot of money, but this was no cheap endeavor when you consider these were sent Fed Ex to many media outlets. Motorola is certainly proud they have been able to deliver Jelly Bean to their latest devices ahead of most of the other manufacturers. Hopefully this will be a trend that continues (and improve). So lets see, Key Lime Pie should be announced next May. Does that mean I can expect a pie on my doorstep shortly thereafter?
By now, you’ve probably heard of the Chameleon Launcher for tablets. Well now they’re looking for a few good testers (25 to be exact) to put the launcher through its paces on select phones. The main draw with the launcher is the context-based UI used to change the home screen. These contexts can be defined in different ways such as time of day, IP address, or location. It’s not quite like live tiles, but at the same time, your home screen won’t be static all the time.
The devices they want to test the launcher on are:
- HTC One X
- Samsung Galaxy Note II
- Samsung Galaxy Note
- Samsung Galaxy S III
- Nexus 4
- Galaxy Nexus
- MOTOROLA RAZR HD LTE
- LG OPTIMUS G
- HTC DROID DNA
- MOTOROLA RAZR MAXX HD
They’ve more than likely targeted the big boys for this test to make sure hardware wasn’t an issue. If you’ve got one of the devices listed above and are willing to assist by giving feedback, and not solely interested in just having the app early, then click through the source link below for more information.
source: Chameleon Beta Forum
Those of you who are on T-Mobile’s network and have been itching to get your hands on the sexy Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphone are in luck as it has announced on heck of a promotion. The nation’s 4th-largest wireless carrier is offering an “Unlimited Cheer” promotion— in the form of a contest where the winner gets a free Galaxy Note II. All users will need to do is follow T-Mobile on Twitter or Foursquare, pay attention to where T-Mobile checks in and then be the first to check in at the store. Sounds simple enough, right?
The contest will be going on from right now until Thursday, December 20th at 11:59pm so if you’re interested in getting more details, just head on down to T-Mo’s Facebook to find them. Good luck and may the force be with you.
source: T-Mobile Facebook
One of the most popular cloud storage solutions out there has received an update. Their last major update brought the popular Photos tab. This newest update, I’m sure, will be a popular one also as they’ve finally added the ability to move files and folders from within the app itself – no other device necessary. Nice. Besides this long-awaited feature comes the usual bug fixes and performance improvements. If you’ve already got the app loaded, go ahead and update. If not, you can grab the app below.
Sphero, our second favorite little robot, is one of the most creative ideas for a smartphone in the past few years. Some really dedicated Android users in Union Square, New York wanted to test out what they could do with the little robot ball by choreographing an entire light and dance show with 28 Sphero balls. It’s impressive, to say the least. If you want to see the coolest light show this year accompanied by Trans-Siberian Orchestra, hit the break below for the video.
A few months ago, Samsung opened its doors to their stand-alone ‘Samsung Experience‘ store in Australia. They’ve quickly followed that up by opening another store – this one dubbed the first Samsung Mobile Store – in Paris. As you can tell from the pics, the store is immaculate with plenty of blue and white contrast for eye-popping appeal that should draw in folks of all ages. As the store’s name suggests, the Samsung branded store will feature mobile solutions including smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, notebooks and accessories.
The store is managed by a team of eight sales experts that are available to assist with your current Samsung device, help with questions about their devices in the store, and provide demonstrations featuring Samsung technology found in their devices. One cool aspect of the store is a dedicated room for the little ones with devices loaded with kid’s apps primarily targeted for ages 4-8. Samsung touts they will be able to “understand technology through writing games and drawing tablets.” This will enable parents time themselves to browse the latest Samsung offerings.
source: Samsung Tomorrow
Whether you are a seasoned artist or a complete novice, you will want to check out Paintrala. This app was developed by AltamiraSoft and won 3rd place in Samsung’s Electronic Global App Challenge and 2nd place in Samsung’s Best S Pen apps. Now you don’t need a Galaxy Note device, but you will need a Samsung phone or tablet for now. No word on whether this will open up to more devices, but Samsung is the king of Android right now, so a lot of you will be able to use it.
Sure we’ve seen some other chipmakers working on a few budget processors for the masses recently, but other manufacturers seem to have their sights set on the ever-growing budget market as well. And so following its earlier onslaught of mobile processors, Broadcom recently announced its BCM21664T chip, which is a specialized SoC featuring a 1.2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, a VideoCore GPU which can support 720P video recording and full 1080P video playback. The chipset is also optimized for
faux-g HSPA+ technology and should be able to haul in downstream speeds of up to 21.1Mbps and upstream speeds of up to 5.8Mbps. Oh and best of all— Broadcom’s new SoC is specially optimized for Jelly Bean— specifically the newest Jelly Bean version. Very exciting news indeed.
So now that the chipset has been announced, we’re sure that many of you are eagerly awaiting the development of new budget-level devices featuring Jelly Bean running the show. Hopefully we don’t need to wait too long to see the first devices start to trickle down.
Hit the break the see Broadcom’s full presser.
Navigation pioneer TomTom has recently updated its app to support more than 200 new Android devices– which is more than what was seen in the original app. The update includes some important features such as the ability to save map data to your SD card and a redesigned driving view to make key information more accessible. New supported devices include the Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC One X, LG Optimus G and other smartphones with a screen resolution between 800 x 480 pixels and 1280 x 800 pixels.
TomTom’s Android app will run you about 38 bucks, while the various subscription packs costs anywhere between $43 and $75 depending on your region. I’m not sure why anyone would fork over that much cash when Google Navigation offers a free and outstanding solution. I suppose it makes sense for regions that are still not covered by Google Navigation. Hit the source link below to pick up the app for your region.