Here at TalkAndroid we’re counting down the days until we can get our hands on the Nexus 7 and the Jelly Bean goodness that comes with it. With around a week to go before the world can grab the latest and greatest Android tablet direct from Google’s Play Store, a number of high street retailers will also be joining the party. Best Buy, Future Shop and Staples have all added pre-order pages to their respective websites. Curiously only the 16GB variation is available at this time and it remains to be seen as to whether or not the 8GB model will make a belated appearance. At $259.99 the price is identical to the price you pay if you buy direct from Google however it doesn’t appear that you’ll get your hands on that $25 Google Play credit sweetener. If you’re itching with anticipation then you might want to order from Staples who claim stock will arrive on July 14th. Both Best Buy and Future Shops list August 10th for stock.
Have you got your pre-order in already? Will you be going direct through Google? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
The folks over at Pocket-Lint have apparently gotten a glimpse of a new game by Rovio, makers of the ridiculously popular Angry Birds series of games. This new game is also part of the franchise, but sees you playing on the pigs’ side rather than the birds.
The rumored gameplay will see your pigs having to protect the eggs you stole from the birds. The familiar catapult and wooden and stone structures will still exist, and a variety of different pigs with special powers can be launched at incoming birds. At least that’s what Pocket-Lint expects the gameplay to be like judging from pictures of the game they have seen.
Will the success of the Angry Birds properties translate when changing sides? After rooting for the birds this long, it might be tough to switch teams, but it will certainly be interesting to see if porcine beats avian.
Personally, I like both sides. Can’t beat a nice plate of bacon and eggs.
Good news from Koush of ClockworkMod fame… an alpha test build of ClockworkMod version 18.104.22.168 has been released that greatly speeds up device backups, and also reduces the file size of incremental backups to around 20MB.
For those who don’t know, ClockworkMod Recovery is a replacement for the stock recovery of any Android device. The recovery is basically a partition on the device’s memory that you can boot into and perform some basic functions, like a factory reset or a restore of the stock ROM. Besides that, stock recoveries don’t usually let you do much more.
ClockworkMod Recovery, however, allows you to perform several advanced recovery, restoration, installation and maintenance operations that aren’t usually possible with the stock recovery. It can be used used to help gain root access, back up device data, install custom ROMs and kernels, install themes, mods and more. ClockworkMod, built by Koushik Dutta, has been one of the most popular recovery replacements in the modding community.
Head on past the break for download links and more info.
You folks remember how a lucky Irishman’s brand new Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone literally got a little too hot for his pants? Well Samsung did indeed look into the serious mishap and after a complete and thorough investigation, it determined the exact cause of the damage inflicted on the GALAXY S III unit, which is it had allegedly been affected by heat caused by an external source. More specifically, Samsung found:
“The energy source responsible for generating the heat has been determined as external to the device and the device was not responsible for the cause of the fire.”
The forum user who originally posted story also went ahead and retracted the claim adding “a large amount of external energy” was the cause of the faulty unit, while adding “it was a stupid mistake”.
So there it is folks— the worrysome situation is actually a silly mistake— whatever it was. All Galaxy S III smartphones owners in the world can now breathe a little easier knowing their devices will be ok.
source: Samsung Tomorrow
Those of you that pre-ordered your Nexus 7 should be receiving it in the next week or so. If you plan on unlocking and rooting it, you’ve come to the right place. We have all the instructions and download links to get your Nexus 7 primed and ready for customizing it to your delight. Just hit the break to get started
Last week, Samsung motioned to stay the preliminary injunction of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but Judge Lucy Koh denied the request. Samsung then appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in hopes of stay at the federal level. Samsung’s motion for an immediate stay of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 injunction was denied by the Federal Circuit’s Motions Panel, with no reasons given, but since the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is nearing the end of its shelf-life, it’s presumed that the circuit judges feel the harm to Samsung is minimal.
The Federal Circuit has ordered Apple to respond to Samsung’s motion to stay no later than July 12 by noon (Eastern Time) for the Tab 10.1.
In contrast, Samsung did win a stay on the injunction against the Galaxy Nexus. At least there’s that.
source: foss patents
Well it looks like Google didn’t waste any time after being granted a temporary stay of ban on their Galaxy Nexussmartphones. The GSM G-Nex is once again up for grabs directly from Google themselves with an updated ship out time frame of 1-2 weeks.
So if anyone out there was bummed about not being able to pick up one of these awesome smartphones sans contract, now is the time to get on it, and I would certainly do it soon as possible given that the stay of ban is only guaranteed through July 12.
Sony Mobile is now delivering on its promise to deliver their NXT lineup of Android devices unlocked in the U.S. The Xperia S with a dual core 1.5 Ghz Qualcomm CPU, 4.3″ (1280 x 720) HD display, and capable 12MP camera is available for $469.99 from Newegg in black or white. The Xperia P rocking a 1Ghz dual core CPU, 4″ (960 x 540) qHD display, and 8MP camera is up for $388.99 from Newegg. While the budget friendly Xperia Sola with its 1Ghz dual core CPU, 3.7″ (854 x 480) display, “floating touch” technology, and 5MP camera can be had for $299.00 from Newegg.
All three models will receive Sony Mobile’s ICS update and will work on AT&T’s 3G network. The Xperia U is not yet available, but should be up sometime soon. These are all capable devices and should only get better once they have the Android ICS update installed. Anyone interested in one of these devices?
source: Xperia Blog
Just in case you weren’t completely sold on Samsung’s newest flagship phone, the company has aired a new video reminding people about one of its many great features. Share Shot is Sammy’s new way of sharing photos instantly with friends and family as long as they also have a Galaxy S III. Using Wi-Fi direct, the Galaxy S III can instantly share photos once a photo or video is taken. Simply add the people you want to share with before snapping pictures and voila! Instant media sharing. Now if you could just talk all of your friends and family into getting a new GSIII. Check out a perfect use scenario in the video below.
While Samsung generally makes developer-friendly devices, Verizon Wireless went ahead and became a party-pooper by locking the bootloader of the Galaxy S III smartphone. Of course people didn’t take too kindly of that and immediately went to work and take it to Big Red. Well a landmark achievement has been accomplished by a tireless developer who hates the needless extras and bloatware on Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III. Thanks to superstud invisibleK of RootzWiki, interested parties of the Verizon variant of the Galaxy S III will now be able to slap on some root action, with little to no trouble. Looks like that recently-released stock image is looking just a little more tantalizing, isn’t it?
Naturally, those of you who are interested will want to take extreme caution as rooting the device will not only void the warranty, but any mishaps or stumbles could possibly result in an unusable or bricked device. Now that we gave you Verizon Galaxy S III owners a full disclaimer, hit the break to see the full detailed instructions on how to get in on some sweet, sweet root action.