Sony’s Xperia Play has been out now for quite some time and it can still be frustrating when you come across a game and the device’s built-in gamepad isn’t supported. If you are a Xperia Play owner I am sure this is rather frustrating and let me tell you, you aren’t alone. Enter LocNet’s GameKeyboard 2.0, the answer to all your Xperia Play gaming woes. As long as your device has root access, GameKeyboard 2.0 will allow you to map any game’s on-screen controls onto the gamepad instead. Setting up the app has been said to be a bit difficult the first time around but after you get the hang of it everything is smooth sailing. There is even an XDA thread full of experienced users who can lend a hand.
GameKeyboard 2.0 sells for $2.49 in the Google Play Store and if this sounds like something you’d be interested in, jump past the break for download links and to see a quick demo video of the app in action. I have a feeling this is what you hardcore Xperia play gamers have been looking for. If you end up checking it out, be sure to come back here and give us your opinion in the comments.
Whenever anything gets a tremendous amount of hype, it’s usually a letdown more than not. The Galaxy S III had a lot of hype over the last few months so the question is did it meet expectations?
As far as the specs, it came up a little short. I think a lot of people were expecting more megapixels, but honestly 8MP is fine as long as it takes great pictures. Knowing Samsung’s history, I don’t think we should have any worries here. The quad-core processor is on par as well. The letdown has to be the display. Unfortunately we didn’t get a “Plus” after Super AMOLED, so that means PenTile. It will still be a great display, but unfortunately it won’t be as good as the HTC One X’s Super LCD 2 display.
You didn’t think we were done with the Galaxy S III news did you? OK, good because this time it’s something you might want to pay attention to – the official GSIII sign-up page. Sammy has launched the phone’s sign-up page for everyone who want’s more device availability information as it is released. We still don’t know exactly all the carriers who are going to carry Sammy’s new flagship handset, but if the sign-up page is any indication you U.S. folks might be pleasantly surprised.
As it was with the Galaxy Nexus sign-up page, the GSIII’s page asks for your personal contact info along with your zip code and carrier preference. Among those carriers listed are; AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, C-Spire Wireless, U.S. Cellular, and Metro PCS. Now this doesn’t mean for sure that all those carriers will get the device, it’s just nice to see when your carrier is a listed option. Don’t forget, we’ve already seen the device listed in a Verizon User Agent profile so that one is most likely in the bag. We are also hearing that the GSIII should land in the U.S. in June so hopefully we will have more details very soon. Stay tuned and we will fill you in as we learn more but in the meantime, head to the source link to get signed up for future information from Samsung themselves.
I just told you about Three UK’s pre-order deal for the Galaxy S III so what do you say we up the ante a little on the next one? Carphone Warehouse is also taking pre-oreders but this time it is for the unlocked, SIM-free version of the phone and will retail for £499 outright, or for as little as £36 a month. What makes this deal so much better than Three’s you ask? How about a free Galaxy Tab, Zagg screen protector, and car charger for the phone sound? Not too bad huh?
This deal is only valid for the first 1000 people who place a pre-order so if an unlocked GSIII is what you are looking for, I would act fast because this great combo deal will definitely go quick. For further details and to get your order in now, hit up the source link below.
source: Carphone Warehouse
It’s only a few weeks before we see the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone in Europe, so it’s safe to run out to your local mobile carrier to grab the 32GB version, right? Wrong. Most carriers will likely carry a 16GB version of the device at launch, but there’s one carrier that has an exclusive model that will be available. Vodafone UK announced through its Twitter page that it will indeed carry the 32GB model exclusively, in addition to the standard 16GB model. It looks like Vodafone is trying to have the leg up on attracting customers to its network thanks its newfound exclusivity.
The 16GB and 32GB versions of the smartphone will be available on May 30th. Feel free to start drooling in the meantime.
source: Vodafone UK Twitter
Folks who live in the UK are apart of the fortunate group that gets to grab the Galaxy S III on May 30th. If you live in the UK and know you are going to buy the new device, Three UK want’s to give you a good deal on a pre-order. You can reserve your very own GSIII for a monthly tariff of £34, and includes all the data you can eat. Not only will Three start taking your money first thing tomorrow, May 4th, folks who pre-order will get their name thrown into a drawing to win 1 of 26 Samsung Smart TVs. We’re not too sure what model they are giving away but if you have seen Sammy’s new Smart TVs lately you know it’s gonna be bad-ass. Jump past the break to read the full press release for further details or hit up the source link tomorrow to place your order.
source: Three UK
You want to know how Samsung intends on enticing potential customers now that it’s Galaxy S III smartphone is out? No, it isn’t the quad-core processor built-in nor the sweet lineup of accessories. My friends, Sammy is offering an attractive 50GB of free storage courtesy of Dropbox— similar to what HTC has done in the past. The key difference is HTC offered “only” 25GB, while Sammy is offering double the storage space.
Keep in mind as awesome as this is, it won’t last forever. Samsung and Dropbox will be offering this awesome promotion for Galaxy S III owners for a limited time only— owners who take advantage of this will have free storage for only 2 years. But hey— by the time 2 years comes around, we’ll probably be seeing a bigger and better promotion by then.
source: Venture Beat
Given that as we’re moving away from Desktop computers to a mobile web browsing experience it’s only a logical step that malware should do the same. Well Lookout Mobile Security has found this to be the case as they have recently discovered new sites that act as a drive-by malware node. What this means is that if an Android device that isn’t fully patched visits one of these sites, the site would download and install malware without your knowing. This Trojan could then pose as a system update file which in turn acts like a proxy redirect. This could cause problems for IT and Network folk should that device be connected to their network as once secure information could be now accessible.
The Trojan, known as “NotCompatible” shouldn’t be a problem if you have your devices updated and any one of the various virus scanners out there, like AVG or Lookout for example. Like I said, the risk is low as these sites are few and far between. However, while the risk is low now, the risk is out there and it could potentially grow. But if you make sure to have the “Install from Unknown Sources” unchecked combined with a virus scanner, you should be more than alright as Lookout is working on an update as you read this. They say:
For those of you patiently waiting for the popular Flipbard application, one of Google Currents‘ direct competitors, you’ll be happy to know that the app has finally made its way to the Android platform. To kick things off, the app will be exclusive to Samsung Galaxy III devices initially before finally rolling out to the rest of the platform. We weren’t told exactly how long the rest of the world will have to wait but we’ll do our best to find out for you. The UI looks pretty similar to what the iPhone currently has today, and as expected, allows gestures for navigating through your aggregated content. However, unlike the iPhone, the Android version will of course sport a cool widget which takes up an entire page providing the day’s latest and popular news feeds. If you think you’ll most likely be on board come launch day, you can sign up at the link below to receive the update once the application is available for Android. And by the way the devs stated the app will be available for “Android mobile phones” we’re not banking on a tablet version right off the bat. So, here’s to hoping we don’t have to wait for the app too long. And if we do, lets hope our boys over XDA will have something to say about it. Are you looking forward to the app or are you content with Google Currents and other news aggregation apps already on the Android OS?
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Those of us here in the U.S. felt a little left out today since nothing was mentioned about a U.S. release during the big unveiling. As I previously wrote, we can’t expect to see anything stateside for several months. The question is what carriers and what will be different? Samsung had this to say:
Samsung Mobile is planning a U.S. version of Galaxy S III, optimized for the fastest LTE and HSPA+ networks in the U.S., which will be available in the summer of 2012. Exact timing and retail channel availability is not being announced at this time. We believe the Galaxy S III is the most anticipated product in the 20-year history of Samsung Mobile; therefore, we will continue to share information as it becomes available.