We certainly know that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 is very much real and on the way, but it appears that Samsung seems intent on going in a different direction with the tablet by using an Intel-based processor. According to Reuters, Samsung has gone ahead and selected Intel’s Clover Trail+ processor for at least one version of its Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, instead of using an ARM-based chip as we’ve previously come to expect. The use of an Intel chip in the upcoming tablet is seen as a major achievement for both companies since Samsung will get to employ the use of a more energy-efficient infrastructure, while Intel secures business from the largest mobile manufacturer in the world— which kinda sorta helps to offset all those losses it has dealt with lately thanks to the tablet business and all.
There is no word on how fast the Intel-based chip will be clocked at, but we’ll find out soon enough once Sammy gives up all the details at its June 20th launch event.
Earlier today we showed you another leaked photo of LG’s upcoming flagship the Optimus G2, and now we have another LG device to show off. The LG Optimus L9 II is making the rounds and its posed to make waves in the upper midrange tier of Android devices coming out. The L9 II will feature a 4.7″ 720×1280 pixels HD IPS display, a 1.4 GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor, and will run Android 4.1.2 Jellybean. Other than that, not much is known about the device but as usual, check back with us for updates as we get them.
Via: Phone Arena
In a move that is sure to become a trend, Acer is due to announce a new all-in-one computer running Android (presumably 4.2 Jellybean) sometime next week.
The computer will house a 3GHz Core i5 4430 “Haswell” processor and 1GB of RAM, with storage options as small as 8GB. We can expect to see more similar outings from other PC manufacturers soon as they announce systems based on Intel’s Haswell and Bay Trail chips. Intel has also hinted at low-priced Android laptops running these chips later in the year.
Yet another image of the upcoming LG Optimus G2 has been making the rounds on the internet, resembling leaked images from before. While the photo doesn’t tell us anything new about LG’s next flagship, it does provide another look at the extremely thin bezel and it’s almost edge to edge screen. Curiously, the device has no buttons on the front, but it is rumored to have touch areas on the back for navigation, and will presumably have onscreen buttons as well.
The G2 is also expected to feature a full HD display and a Snapdragon 800 processor and is set for release sometime in the third quarter of 2013.
If you’re an avid root/modder in the Android community then rooting tool-kits should be nothing new to you. Today an all-in-one root plus recovery installer has been made available for the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 4. The instructions seems relatively easy (if you’re familiar with this kind of stuff), so just make sure you follow the directions thoroughly.
After Earth, the latest Will Smith summer sci-fi action movie, has gotten its game tie-in in the form of an endless running-esque game. It’s a visually appealing game filled with 20 missions with unlockable secrets, and even an “infinite mode,” so there’s enough meat on the bone to keep you busy on more than a few lunch breaks. The game also features a bit of customizability and multiplayer, by giving you different suits to collect and leaderboards to challenge your friends. And best of all, there’s achievements!
The game only costs a buck, so if you’re looking for something to hold yourself over until you can get to see After Earth in theaters, hit the links below to grab the game.
Play Store Download Link
These days, Sundar Pichai is a very important man. He’s Google’s senior vice president for Android, Chrome, and Google Apps, so he’s probably one of the most equipped people to talk about what’s going on in Mountainview. Earlier today at the D11 conference, Pichai talked about everything from Google as a company in general to today’s news of a stock Android version of HTC One.He explained that he isn’t disappointed that third parties like Samsung and Facebook have so much power in reshaping Android, because Google has services like Google Now and Play Music All Access that others simply cannot match.
You can view the entire interview with Walt Mossberg after the break.
Earlier today the rumors that HTC was working on a Google Edition of its current flagship, the HTC One, were put to a rest with an official announcement of the actual device. It looks like HTC isn’t done there though as it also mentioned that the company was looking for a way to bring AOSP software to those early adopters of the device that are wanting the Vanilla flavor. How they’re going to do it is up in the air.
As they put it they are, “examining the best way to support early adopters of the One.” Could this mean software that gets rid of Sense or could they provide an AOSP ROM to install? All questions that we’re unsure of right now and ones that we’re hoping get answered soon. This should be good news for those of you who bought the device and feel somewhat slighted by today’s announcement. We’ll update you with what HTC decides. Stay tuned.
source: The Verge
Evernote is launching three new security features for its note-taking service today. First up is two-step authentication, which is always a simple but extremely effective method of adding an extra layer of security to your account. Evernote will ask for a six digit pin number that’s text messaged to your phone whenever attempting to log in to your account from a new location or device. It’s an optional feature that’s exclusive to premium and business users, but if you’re eligible, it’s worth setting up.
The second security feature is setting up authorized applications, and it’s available to all users. Basically, you’ll have access to all of your signed-in instances of Evernote from your web account, and you can manually disable them in case you ever lose a device, like your smartphone or tablet. The next time Evernote tries to run on that device, it will re-ask for a password.
The last feature is a full access history you can also access from your web account. This allows you to see when and where your account has been accessed, tracked by IP addresses and estimated locations. This can be helpful for making sure no one is sneaking into your account from somewhere you’ve accidentally left logged on. Like the authorized applications, this feature is available to all Evernote users.
As always, privacy is a huge deal when it comes to personal information. It’s good to see Evernote take some steps towards increasing security for users.
Root Explorer is one of the top file management apps around for Android users, due in large part to its straightforward approach and simplified style. Still, the user interface was a bit dated until today’s update. The app has added tabs for easy navigation, as well as a few extra interface tweaks including a new action bar and fully customizable list icons. Looks aren’t the only thing that has changed, as Root Explorer now syncs with Dropbox, Google Drive, Box.net, or any standard SMB server. In addition, processes can now occur in the background, with notification alerts to let you know what’s happening.
You can find the change log after the break, as well as a download link for the updated app.
Personally, I consider myself a “to-do list addict.” My daily routine begins with sorting through a list of things that I need/want to accomplish by day’s end, and later preparing my list for the next day. Fortunately, Android developers have been offering alternatives to the good old “pen and paper” approach since the early days of the operating system. Here’s a list of the six best to-do, checklist, and task applications currently available for Android.
Today the much popular mobile gaming company Gameloft has released their new family friendly game UNO and Friends. If you’re familiar with the game UNO then there’s nothing new here and you can expect the same style and rules of game play. You can invite other friends to play and you can even personalize your UNO game with backgrounds and other customizations. The game is free to play with download links below!
Play Store Download Link
It was only time before the specs for Samsung’s impending two devices in the Galaxy S4 Zoom and Galaxy S4 Active were to become available. Here’s what you can expect with the S4 Zoom:
- 4.3” 540x960px Super AMOLED display
- 1.6 GHz dual-core CPU, no LTE support
- Android Jelly Bean OS
- 8 GB of built-in memory, micro-SD support
- 1.9mpx fron facing camera
- 16 megapixel main camera, with 10x Optical Zoom
- Bluetooth 4.0LE, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, A-GPS
- 1900 mAh battery
With the current announcement of the two “Nexus Experience” devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, many have wondered what that will do to Google’s Nexus device line. Rest assured as Google’s own Sundar Pichai assures us all that the Nexus line will be alive and well. We can most definitely expect Google to continue, after all the sales of these Nexus devices has never been Google’s number one priority, having a pure Google device out there for developers and enthusiasts is why Google releases these phones/tablets in the first place. I truly feel that the Nexus line is essential and vitally important to Android’s ecosystem.
During the All Things Digital conference Pichai was also candid about Samsung’s huge success in the mobile industry due to Android. While some speculate whether Google should be worried about Samsung overshadowing them, Google and Pichai certainly aren’t and is happy with the success the South Korean company is enjoying. While the same can’t be said about the company that Google actually owns in Motorola, I’m sure Google’s plans for the company has still yet to be seen and with the recent announcement of the Moto X, maybe things may change in the near future.
What do you guys think about Google keeping the Nexus line alive and is happy with what it provides to the Android community as a whole?