Welcome to the party Verizon. Samsung released the source code for the Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T over a week ago so it was only a matter of time before Verizon customers got their fix. The Samsung open source bank has been updated to include the latest kernel files for the SCH-I535, the Verizon Galaxy S III. Unfortunately you’ll still have a locked bootloader to content with however I’m sure this latest news will be welcomed by the developer community all the same. Modders, start your engines.
Samsung won a ruling in a U.K. courtroom today in one of its many cases against Apple. Judge Colin Birss ruled in London that consumers are not likely to mix up Galaxy tablets with the iPad. In the ruling, Birss indicates the Samsung products “do not have the same understated and extreme simplicity” of the Apple products. According to Birss, the Samsung tablets were thinner and possessed “unusual details” on the back. Apparently these qualities make the Apple products more “cool” according to the judge.
The Google Nexus 7 tablet has been making a lot of buzz lately, with orders from Google Play shipping in the next couple of weeks. Although Google intends to sell the bulk of their new tablets directly from their online store, there will be select retailers with in store availability. The latest to announce their intentions is Staples, and they will charge the same $199 for the 8GB and $249 for the 16GB model. According to the press release, we can expect to seem them at the end of the month.
If you want to see the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean rocking Nexus 7 in person before taking the plunge head on over to your local Staples when Google makes the tablet available.
Full press release after the break:
We just reported yesterday that Verizon had pushed back their GSIII launch to July 12 and now the pre-orders are getting hit with delays as well. The latest update from Big Red states that pre-orders will begin shipping out July 19. I’m sure this is a tad frustrating for many customers have been already patiently waiting for their dream phone to arrive. Hopefully we won’t see any more delays in the coming days.
Android 4.0 on a dongle stick is starting to become a popular thing. We’ve seen a Kickstarter project and various other versions recently released. Here’s another to add to your list, and you might want to move it to the top because it’s only $50. It’s basically a simple dongle that can be plugged into any HDMI-enabled TV. Upon doing that, you will get the full Android Ice Cream experience that you get with phones or tablets.
“The tiny iPPea TV is a fully-functioning Android super micro PC that connects to the cloud, accesses a broad range of websites and apps, and delivers a high-quality entertainment experience,” said iPPea CEO Amanda Senkowski. “We are delighted to be using the MIPS-Based Ingenic processor, which provides all of the advantages of an industry-standard architecture, including a broad ecosystem of supporting tools and software. And because of its inherent power efficiency, the device can be fully powered by a standard USB port — such as those available on most DTVs. Also, unlike many competitive PC offerings, no heat sink is necessary in the iPPea TV device.”
Ah yes custom launchers— they offer a quick and easy way for Android owners to immediately personalize and jazz up the look of their homescreens. Ice Cream Sandwich welcomed a refreshing and exciting change to the overall look of the Android OS. But as sexy as the appearance of Android 4.0 is, there are plenty of Android users (myself included) who may get bored of something like the stock ICS UI very quickly and may see the appearance of the look of ICS as dare I say, boring. Well those of you who are looking to get some pizazz on an otherwise bland UI need to look no further and check out Atom Launcher for ICS 4.0.2 devices and above.
The launcher comes fully loaded with features too. For starters, users of the launchers have the option of selecting from a variety of types of launchers such as choosing a “light and easy launcher” or a full assortment of backgrounds, icons and even themes. In addition, there is complete support for widgets and menu, the option for Changing Display Settings on Hidden Dock: Emotional Filter Effect, Various Screen Switching, Opacity Adjustment as well as Setting Point Color Changes— like changing the color for the widgets, icons, menus or guides.
The launcher is free and currently at version 0.5.2 and is a small 5.6MB in size— though it needs 10MB of total space if you want to save theme resources. If you have an ICS device, there’s no reason to give it a shot today— it won’t hurt to add some simple creativity and uniqueness to your device. You can find the Play Store link and QR code once you hit past the break.
Those of you that aren’t lucky enough to be running a Jelly Bean ROM can still get a taste of it. We showed you how to get the wallpapers, the Sound Search widget, and now we have the Jelly Bean version (4.3.605) of Play Music compliments of XDA member Steveooo7.
Now there really isn’t a lot that’s different from the ICS version, but the widget is improved with album art and the buttons have a cooler layout. You have to be rooted for this one so download the apk from the link below, copy it to /system/app, change permissions to rw-r-r, and reboot. Head over to the source links to join in on the discussion.
Download Play Music 4.3.605
sources: xda (1) / xda (2)
One of the great things about Android devices is that well, you get to modify them and put them through unusual jobs, such as putting it to use as a topnotch gaming device. Okay, so many of you are looking perplexed, so let me explain: a crafty Galaxy Note owner realized the 5.3-inch screen of the device is too good to not be taken advantage of when it comes to gaming. So in having some time on his hands, the crafty developer went ahead and did the unthinkable— he literally gathered ports of popular games like Mario on his Galaxy Note, created an attachment terminal mount on his Playstation 3 controller, mounted his Galaxy Note to the controller and successfully configured the setup to allow his PS3 controller control the games. Impressive isn’t it?
Don’t take my word for it— check out the cool achievement in all its glory once you hit past the break.
The mouthwatering Nexus 7 tablet will soon be in the hands of prospective owners around the world, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be treated to some accessories— this time in the form of an assortment of covers. ASUS went ahead and posted its tablet covers— which can be found in a variety of colors. As you can see, the tablet covers completely cover and protect the Nexus 7. However, the Facebook post definitely had something amiss— as there was no mention of the availability and how much the tablet covers would cost. It’s definitely unusual, but enter Google who helps to clear up the picture a little. While ASUS chose to omit the pricing, Google also lists what looks to be the same tablet cover on its Play Store— albeit in only one color (Dark Grey) and for a meager $19.99. Keep in mind the tablet cover is clearly listed as coming soon, so we’d imagine it would be available as soon as the first batches of the tablet are shipped.
So whaddya think? Yea or nay on the tablet cover?
source: ASUS Facebook | Nexus 7 Cover Play Store
Remember the Samsung SGH-T699 we reported about in May? We knew it was going to be a QWERTY slider, but were never sure of the name. Are you ready for this one? It’s going to be called the Galaxy S Blaze Q. Actually, an internal name of Apex Q for T-Mobile was spotted back in April for devices to get the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade.
Alright so the name isn’t too hot, but the specs looks pretty good. It’s expected to sport a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon, 1GB of RAM, and a 720p (1280 x 720) display, and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. This would make it the best QWERTY slider available. If QWERTY sliders are your thing, than mark August 15th on your calendar because that’s when it will become available. No pricing yet, but we will let you know.