Samsung to Launch the Pink Galaxy Note In the Coming Months

Just last month, right before Valentines day, we got wind of a ‘Berry Pink’ colored Samsung Galaxy Note. At that time we were unsure whether or not the device would actually make it to markets, but given that we have already seen the Galaxy S II receive the feminine treatment, it wasn’t completely out of the question. While visiting the Samsung booth at CeBIT this year, the folks at Engadget were exposed to a pink Galaxy Note prototype confirming the device was in fact going to be a reality.

As large as the Note is, it’s going to be hard enough to get women interested in the device, but adding the cheery pink hue as an option will surely draw some female attention. It is expected to land in Germany sometime in the next couple of months, but there is no word of a stateside release as of yet.

Ladies, would a pink Note be just what you need to call the huge smartphone your own? Let us know in the comments below.

source: Engadget

Need ideas from the most riveting people in the world? Grab the Official TED app in the Android Market

“Ideas worth spreading” is the tagline for TED so if that doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know what will. The official TED app is now available in the Android Market. It allows you to stream videos or audio talks to your smartphone or tablet. There are more that 1200 TEDTalk videos and audios available. Some titles include, Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity, Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology, Arthur Benjamin does “Mathemagic”, Elizabeth Gilbert on nurturing creativity, and Dan Gilbert asks, Why are we happy? The app is pretty straightforward and simple to use so hit one of the download links below to start some inspiration.

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Harris RF-3590 Brings Honeycomb-Powered Tablets To Combat Zones

Android devices are everywhere. Heck, the devices can even act as a watch if we’re interested. There’s an interesting and innovative concept which places Android in combat. Yes, you read that right— Android devices which can be used in battle. Let me explain: the Harris RF-3590 is a Honeycomb-powered 7-inch military-grade tablet which is specifically intended to be used in combat zones. There’s a lot of beef inside needed to power this puppy during battle too. You’ll find a 1024 x 600 multi-touch display, a snappy dual-core 1.5GHz CPU and two 8-megapixel front and rear-facing cameras which helps commanders get a ground-level view of the combat zone.

There’s even more to the tablet too. Soldiers who are equipped with the tablet can have live updates of enemy positions and new orders at a touch of the screen. There’s also the ability to access various intelligence sources like live feeds from video cameras, satellite data and other pertinent information. As mentioned earlier, the device is a military-grade tablet. This means it can withstand rough conditions and still be a trooper. Moreover, it supports most military communication platforms, which would help to prevent any sort of issues before they even have a chance to begin. How soon before military bases around the world have their hands on this puppy?

source: PSFK
via: Android Authority

Dark Legends Gameplay Trailer Released, Makes Us Yearn For More Blood And Gore

The next great MMORPG game is almost here folks! Spacetime Studios recently teased us with an intro trailer for Dark Legends, but now the developer wants us to drool even more by showcasing some of the awesome action found in the game. In addition to the fluid and smooth look of the gameplay, you’ll be able to see details such as blood, fallen limbs and just plain gore goodness. But don’t take our word for it— check out the gameplay trailer in the video below.

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source: Phandroid

Samsung Galaxy Pocket to be an entry-level Android smartphone for the UK

It hasn’t even been a week since Mobile World Congress closed its doors, but that won’t stop manufacturers from announcing new devices. Samsung made some announcements at the event which included the Galaxy Beam and the Galaxy Note 10.1, but today they have another one for you – The Galaxy Pocket. You guessed it, it will definitely fit in your pocket. It’s actually an entry level device, and I think at this point in the game, any phone under 4-inches is pretty much entry-level or at best, mid-level. This one has entry-level written all over it as the full specs include:

  • 2.8-inch (320 x 240) TN LCD display
  • 832MHz Processor
  • 2MP rear camera, with video recording at (320 x 240) 15fps
  • 3GB internal memory
  • Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, and USB 2.0
  • Dimensions: 103.7 x 57.5 x 12 mm
  • Weight: 97 grams
  • 1200mAh battery
  • Network: HSDPA 3.6UMTS 900/2100 EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900
  • Android 2.3 with TouchWiz

Samsung says it will be available in the UK later this year. Pricing wasn’t mentioned.

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AccuWeather App Gets Severe Weather Push Notifications

AccuWeather has updated their Android app with severe weather push alerts. After the weather issues we’ve been having lately, this one feature alone could make a huge difference between life and death. Timely alerts can give you the extra time you need to take cover in severe weather conditions. AccuWeather push notifications vibrate your phone and display in your notifications even if the app is not running.

The Android Market page displays the following changelog:

What’s in this version:

  1. This is a major release, so make sure you update your app !
  2. Severe weather alerts are now sent to your device. You can opt-in during the first launch or in settings.
  3. New lifestyle section to help you make better decisions.
  4. Option to upgrade to AccuWeather Platinum
  5. User navigation changes to be more aligned with other Android applications
  6. Option to “Exit” the application (found in device menu button). Note that this does not turn off notifications.
  7. Fixed widget issue

Screenshots, download links, and more after the break.


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Growing Data Demands Are Trouble For Verizon, LTE Capacity Nearing Limits

In a filing made to the FCC in support of Verizon’s planned $3.9 billion purchase of nationwide AWS spectrum licenses held by SpectrumCo, Big Red’s executive director of network strategy Bill Stone said that Verizon’s current spectrum holdings do not provide enough capacity to meet growing 4G demands, in some places hitting full capacity by 2013. More places will hit capacity by 2015.

Our usage projections suggest that traffic on our LTE network will surpass data usage on our EV-DO network in early 2013. By year-end 2015 our LTE data traffic is projected to be 5 times the peak data traffic ever carried on our 3G EV-DO network. The impact of that growth rate compounds, resulting in a more than 20-fold increase in LTE data traffic from year-end 2011 to year-end 2015.

Currently, only 5 percent of Verizon’s customers use LTE, but the company is trying to migrate as many customers to LTE as possible. Even though Verizon is trying to move more users to their LTE network, their EV-DO network is not seeing a drop in usage either. Stone stated:

…overall traffic continues to increase on the EV-DO network even as some customers migrate to the LTE network. Thus while traffic is migrating to LTE, spectrum deployed for EV-DO is not fallow, but is filled by the growing data demands of remaining users. Put another way, customers are not yet moving to LTE fast enough to stop, and reverse, EV-DO traffic growth.


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Sharing Made Better With Andmade Share

Sharing is an integral part of Android. The built-in share menu is simple, useful, and ubiquitous on every build of Android. But how much has it really changed between versions? Not much. Sure, it does the job, but it’s just an alphabetical list of apps that can accept a share request. Over time, the list gets very long and unwieldy. How can it be made better?

Developer Andmade Software has an answer with their Andmade Share app. This app replaces Android’s basic share menu with one that has a few more features.

  • Share to multiple applications at once
  • Reorder the app list
  • Fast share to Evernote.

Screenshots, download links, and more after the break.


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Android Platform Distribution Biweekly Update

It’s been two weeks. Do you you know what that means? It’s time for another break down of Android platform distribution. When we last left our pie chart, Gingerbread had seen significant gains from 44% in November to an absolutely dominating 58%.  Meanwhile, Honeycomb held 3.4%, Ice Cream Sandwich held 1%, and all other versions (Froyo, Eclair, Donut, Cupcake) accounted for the remaining 37.6%. It’s interesting to analyze the shifts that have occurred over two short weeks. From the data posted yesterday, Gingerbread has steadily risen to 61.5%. While it may not be the latest Android OS, it is, luckily, stealing share from the likes of Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, and especially Froyo which in particular has dipped 5% since the start of the year. Honeycomb remained largely consistent save for 0.1% who obviously updated to Ice Cream Sandwich.  Android 4.0 gained 0.6% adoption since our last update. Check out the chart  for a tabular display of the data. 
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Adobe Flash Player Receives Update With Security Fixes

Well, the company that said they will no longer be supporting their product on future Android devices is keeping good on its word however, to support Adobe Flash on devices it’s already running on.  That’s right, Adobe brings an update to the Flash app for Android bringing with it a slew of welcomed security patches.  Fixes include code protection in the event of a crash, preventing someone from taking over your system.  The company is usually fairly quick to fix issues like this and rarely have we seen them take so long that someone would have the opportunity to take advantage of the breach.  If you’re ready to update head on over to the Android Market for the download.  We’ve also provided the QR code below for convenience.  Now, if we can only change Adobe’s mind about support for Chrome on Android!

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