Featured Play Store Newbie: Fetchnotes [Productivity]

Fetchnotes just hit the Google Play Store about a week ago. This app allows you to make quick notes for yourself that might include todos, shopping lists, ideas, or whatever you might use a sticky note for. If you’re a hardcore tasker, this one is probably not for you, but if you’re looking for something simple and easy you might one to take a look. Each note can include a hashtag for easy organizing. Fetchnotes will show you all your notes or you can just show notes with certain hashtags. What’s also nice is they have a website that syncs with the app. You can enter or look at your notes from your desktop or phone/tablet and it’s always synched.

Overall the interface and UI is simple, in fact it might be a little too simple, but if you’re looking for something quick and easy, give Fetchnotes a try. It’s free. Download links and more screenshots after the break.


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[Rumor] Redditor Claims to Know When the HTC Rezound and Motorola Xoom 3G/4G are to Receive ICS

Part of my editorial duties here at Talk Android include perusing various obscure outlets trying to find newsworthy information. Making my daily rounds this morning I stumbled across some interesting info in a not so obscure place – Reddit. As it goes with many things on Reddit, this bit of news should be dashed with a dose or Mortin’s but either way I figured it looked plausible enough to pass it along.

According to a Redditor who claims to work for Verizon in some capacity, they say that the HTC Rezound and Motorola Xoom 3G/4G have scheduled ICS release dates. Curious to know what they are? Join us after the break and I will give you the full low-down.
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T-Mobile (UK) and Orange Customers to see ICS update for Samsung Galaxy S2

Time to get just a little excited if you’re a customer of T-Mobile or Orange in possession of a Samsung Galaxy S2. There is now word that your device will be upgraded to Android 4.0 aka Ice Cream Sandwich! Great news for all those that have been holding out for such a long time. As it seemed time was passing you by while watching other carriers receive this update such as Three, O2, and Vodafone. Finally your day has come. It was reported that a T-Mobile spokeswoman said the following when asked about ICS:

“We’ve been working closely with Samsung on this, and we can confirm that we will be rolling out the ICS update for Samsung Galaxy S2 from 22nd April”

This is very welcome news for many of you. Ice Cream Sandwich is deliciously packed with a completely new user interface, and chock full of new features that you’ll love. So stay tuned, watch that status bar for the notification you’ve been waiting for, update accordingly and let us know what you think of the Android 4.o.

source: techradar

 

LG Optimus 4X HD Smiles For The Camera In White

With word of the Optimus 4X HD coming to the market in February, LG has introduced the monster handset now available in white.  The guys over at ePrice gave the handset a one-over and it looks fairly impressive.  Not to mention, white seems to be all the craze these days.  Like the black version, the 4X HD also sports Android 4.0 ICS, houses a 4.7-inch IPS HD display and sports Nvidia’s quad-core 1.5 GHz Tegra 3 CPU.  There’s also an 8 mp camera, 1.3 mp front shooter, 1GB of RAM and 16 GB’s of internal storage.  There’s also the ability to add an sd card up to 32 GB’s all wrapped up in a slim 8.7mm form factor.  Check out ePrice’s video demo of the device in action as well as the pics and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  
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Wirefly slashing prices on preorders for Sprint’s upcoming Galaxy Nexus and LG Viper 4G

Many a penny pincher, myself included, at one time or another has come across one of Wirefly’s awesome deals on their online smartphone inventory. It’s always for new lines of service, however, so not too many of us have been a regular Wirefly shopper unless you change carriers as often as you change pants. That said, anybody that is considering trying out Sprint for the first time or returning to the Now Network to try out their new Android offerings should definitely give Wirefly a look. For the next three days only, Wirefly is offering the Samsung Galaxy Nexus for $150 and the LG Viper 4G for $20 on preorder. This is a $50 savings for the Nexus and $80 back in your wallet for the Viper. For prospective Nexus owners, this discount coupled with the $50 in Google Wallet you will receive brings the final price of the G-Nex to a mere $100. Do keep in mind that these prices are for preorders and that these LTE badboys are going to be released in stores this Sunday on April 22nd. Hit the source links below to get the goods before it’s too late.

source: wirefly1  wirefly 2

Android continues to dominate in the UK, Samsung closing in on Apple, and fifty-somethings starting to drive sales

Kantar Worldpanel Comtech just released their stats for smartphone sales for the 12 weeks leading up to March 12, 2012. It’s not surprising that Android continues to grow, now at 50% of the market share, up from 42.2% a year ago. Although Apple is further behind, they were able to increase their share by 9.5% to a total of a 29.2% market share.

We have to remember that Apple is one phone, unlike Android, which is a bunch of manufacturers and devices. Apple’s market share isn’t bad at all, but what’s interesting is that Samsung alone is sitting at 28%. This is tremendous for Samsung, but again, they’re doing it with a number of phones. Either way the Android freight train shows no signs of slowing down.

What’s also interesting from Kantar’s report is that the 50 plus crowd is starting to drive smartphone sales. Smartphones sales in general are already the leading type of phone for younger people, but now the older crowd wants in on the action. There’s a lot of sales to be had in this demographic so it will be interesting to see how it all pans out. I’m thinking Apple might have an advantage with this crowd since their UI might cater to them better.

source: kantar
via: eurodroid 

 

Playstation SDK Suite Open Beta Officially Begins

Android gaming is one step closer to becoming even more sweeter than it already is folks. Sony promised we would see an open beta for its Playstation SDK Suite this month, but we hadn’t seen anything about it until now. That means not just select developers in the U.S., U.K. and Japan, but all developers around the world can get right to it and use the program immediately. Developers will be able to find the tools needed at www.playstation.com/pss, which will give them the ability to create apps and games for Playstation-certified Android devices. The open beta is available now for all developers for the not-too-shabby price of free, though developers will have to sign a contract and pay a fee to use the Playstation SDK Suite after the open beta ends.

If you’re a developer and are interested in creating some snazzy apps and games through Sony, hit the source link for additional details. I’m sure there are more than a few owners of Sony devices who are eagerly awaiting the first creations from you all.

source: Playstation
via: AC

Oops! HTC’s J ISW13HT WiMAX Smartphone Makes A Quick Appearance Before Disappearing From Website

 

WiMAX may be kaput here in the States, but major manufacturers continue to churn out WiMAX devices abroad. Case in point: an HTC WiMAX smartphone that casually appeared on HTC’s website, but was quickly pulled shortly after. According to reports, the WiMAX-based device called the J ISW13HT– will be featured on mobile carrier KDDI’s WiMAX network. Details of the device includes features such as a 4.3-inch qHD screen, Snapdragon S4 chip, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of memory, a microSD slot and Ice Cream Sandwich with a topping of Sense 4.0. Yummy.

No word on the official release date of this device, but we suspect it will be out very soon.

source: HTC (link is broken now)
via: Engadget

Try out the new Spotify preview build for Android

Spotify has been working on a new build that promises a much improved UI over the current version that doesn’t even support Ice Cream Sandwich. If you’re a fan of Spotify, then hit the source link to download it and see if their work has paid off. The list of improvements include:

  • Totally new app with full support for Android 4.0
  • Top-to-bottom redesign
  • All-new slide-out navigation
  • Even more social – check out friends’ profile pages and playlists on the go
  • Artist imagery in high resolution
  • Related artist view – available for the first time on mobile
  • ‘Extreme’ sound quality setting for 320kbps listening
  • So much faster!


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Lava XOLO X900 Stakes Its Claim As World’s First Intel-Based Phone, Launches April 23 In India

 

We all knew this day was coming, so hopefully you all haven’t forgotten about the intriguing new Intel Medfield-powered Lava XOLO X900, right? Good because the device is no longer a thought, but rather a reality. The world’s first Intel-based smartphone has officially been unleashed and will be available in Indian markets. The Xolo X900 will feature a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2460 processor with Hyper Threading 400MHz graphics clock, 1GB of RAM, a 4-inch screen, 8MP camera capable of recording in 1080P HD & 1MP FFC, an HSPA+ radio and Android 2.3 (though Intel does confirm a future Android 4.0 update).

For those of you living in India who are interested, the landmark smartphone is now available for INR 22,000 ($445 USD). Intel highlights the XOLO X900 will be available for purchase to customers from Croma and XOLO starting April 23rd, other retail chains and online stores follow in early May.

source: Intel
via: pocketnow