Get a Kindle Fire for $139 Refurbished, Tested and Certified

 

We’ve got a great deal coming out of Amazon today. It’s a certified, refurbished Kindle Fire. You can pick one of these 7-inch tablets up for a mere $139. Amazon actually had this same sale in March, but it’s back again! This Fire is tested, approved and offered with the same 1 year warranty you’d get with a brand new one. This could be a great time to get your hands on a cheap tablet, or maybe as a gift for a loved one. The Kindle fire comes with great services from Amazon, free cloud storage for the thousands of videos, books, games, and TV shows you’ll be taking advantage of, and much more.

Keep in mind as you’ll see when clicking on the source, you only have till the end of the day today to get this deal, or as the promotion says: “until they’re all gone.”

 

source: amazon

 

Is This Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III? A User Agent Profile Suggests, Yes It Is

As we get closer to the big day tomorrow, we are beginning to get more and more details leaked regarding the anticipated Galaxy S III. While we expect the Galaxy S III to feature an LTE chip to be used on Verizon’s network later this year, it was uncertain whether this Galaxy S III variant would carry the Sammy-built quad-core screamer or an alternative processor such as the Snapdragon line of chips. Well it looks like we have the answer folks. According to a leaked user agent profile obtained by our pals at pocketnow, a Verizon “SCH-I535″ smartphone will feature a Snapdragon MSM8960 processor— aka a Snapdragon S4 chip. While there’s no concrete evidence this “SCH-I535″ smartphone is indeed the Verizon variant of the Galaxy S III, some features of the device hints that this is the Verizon version of the smartphone on the way. For example, there is a heavy scoop of Android 4.0 and a 1280 x 720 (most likely HD) display. Oh and the “SCH-I535″ matches up with other premium Samsung devices sold by Verizon (see SCH-I515 – Galaxy Nexus as example).

This potential strategy of including Snapdragon-based chips by Samsung should come as no surprise really. Samsung previously made it clear that not all of its Galaxy S III variants would feature their in-house chip because simply put— the Exynos processor may not quite be ready to implement LTE technology just yet. So it makes sense for Sammy to include cost-effective alternatives like the Snapdragon which would allow the devices to operate on LTE (think of what HTC did with its One XL smartphone). While we do know the Exynos processor is in a class of its own compared to the competition— the Snapdragon-based chips more than holds its own against other competition. Just ask the AT&T HTC One X smartphone.

source: pocketnow

Screen protector confirms Samsung Galaxy S III screen size and shape

We are little over 24 hours away from what could be the biggest mobile announcement of the year, but that won’t stop rumors and leaks. Today we have a screen protector from Colorant, a South Korean company. They are releasing a new product called USG (Ultimate Screen Guard) and of course it will be for the Galaxy S III.

Although Samsung is doing a great job in keeping things a secret, unfortunately they still need to share details with manufacturers such as these so they can design protectors, cases, and other accessories. They can’t wait until the official unveiling. In this situation, the packaging states that it was made in Japan, but finished in Korea. Obviously that’s because they had to test them on demo units provided by Samsung.


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Android Open Kang Project Milestone 5 Reached

One of the hottest families of custom ROMs out there these days is the Android Open Kang Project (AOKP). With over 30 builds under their belt since late last year, the project has now reached Milestone 5. What does that mean? Basically, when enough features and fixes have been added to the project to merit an official release marker, it’s called a Milestone. These builds are the recommended builds for those who don’t flash the less stable nightly builds.

AOKP has ROMs out for many devices, not all of which have received a Milestone 5 build yet. But the big boys have, including the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Motorola XOOM, ASUS Transformer TF101, and HTC Incredible. Other devices should be reaching Milestone 5 hopefully within a couple of weeks.


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Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Shortage To Delay ASUS Padfone?

The ASUS Padfone, that weird phone/tablet hybrid device, was supposed to launch in Taiwan at the end of April, and in Italy sometime in May. But now, according to a tweet by ASUS Indonesia, it seems that the launch may be delayed due to a shortage of Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processors. An ASUS spokesperson told The Verge “I believe [the shortage is] affecting all of Qualcomm’s customers.

That’s not a direct admission of a delay from ASUS, but it’s as close as it can come. Basically, ASUS is saying that the Padfone uses the S4, and the S4 is running low on supply. Make your own conclusions. Let’s hope Qualcomm can get production ramped up soon!

source:  @ASUS_Indonesia
via: the verge

Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread Show Gains in Latest Android Version Numbers

Google released the latest Android version numbers showing the distribution of all Android versions, collected from all the devices that access the Google Play Store during the last two weeks of the month. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich saw steady gains, as did Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

  • Sales of new devices with Android 4.0 contributed to a 2% increase for ICS to a total of 4.9% as compared to last month. Updates to existing phones and tablets running Gingerbread and Honeycomb have also helped keep the rise of ICS steady.
  • Speaking of Honeycomb, its numbers remained flat at 3.3%, which is no surprise since Honeycomb tablet sales have been fairly slow, as have the rollouts of updates to existing Honeycomb tablets to Ice Cream Sandwich.
  • The largest piece of the pie got a tad larger with Gingerbread devices rising  0.7% to 64.4%. Yep, most phones out there are still being sold with Android 2.3 on them, though that will slowly change as newer ICS-based devices begin to hit the market.
  • Froyo and Eclair predictably continue their decline to 20.9% and 5.5% respectively.

Expect these trends to continue as new devices are released and older ones get updates. Now just when will Jellybean start showing up?

source: android developers

Verizon Finally Begins Rolling Out Android 4.0.4 to the Galaxy Nexus, Grab Your Flashable Zip Now!

Yes folks, the time is finally here. Verizon has officially begun to roll out the latest 4.0.4 update for the Galaxy Nexus. You rooted users are lucky and don’t have to wait for the OTA to hit your device because the amazing developer named Droid Th3ory already has a nice little flashable package for you. Once flashed, you will be upgraded to the official build number of IMM76K and will get new radios and bootloader in the process. The update requires that you are on the official 4.0.2 (ICL53F) build but lucky for you if your not, Droid Th3ory has worked his magic and his script will revert your build to the required version before flashing the new build. Pretty slick huh! You should definitely drop by DroidHive.com to pay the man his due respects and while you are there, check out his amazing line of custom Axi0m roms. You will not be disappointed! They just happen to be the only thing that I will run on my Galaxy Nexus… Just sayin’ :-)

Grab the download below and flash through your custom recovery. That’s it! The wait is finally over!

Download: IMM76K_RADIOS_BOOTLOADER.zip

March comScore MobiLens Report is in, Echoing Samsung’s Reign

Earlier today we posted IDC’s analytics which heralded Samsung as champion among vendors  for both units shipped and market share. Now, the latest comScore has just became available and it too spouts the resounding success of Samsung. To that end, IDC cited the company’s  ridiculous 267% year-over-year change. As far as just this past March, though, Samsung has found itself on top with 26% ownership of the market. The leader is followed by LG at 19.3%, Apple at 14%, Motorola at 12.8%, and HTC at 6% with the remaining percentage points being tussled over by “Other.”  Also of interest here is the breakdown of mobile operating systems. As of this past three month average, Google Android acquired 3.7 points bringing it to 51%: an insurmountable majority in the making. Bravo to Samsung for leading the charge.

source: comScore

Manage All Of Your Cloud Storage With SanDisk Memory Zone, Also Makes For A Decent SkyDrive Client (Video)

 

Now-a-days cloud storage is beginning to become the norm and several of you by now have probably caught on to the fact that you can open several cloud storage accounts to get yourself a decent little chunk of the storage space in the sky.  Well, how do you manage so many accounts at once?  SanDisk wants you to take the guesswork out off wondering how much storage each of your services has left thanks to its application, SanDisk Memory Zone.  While we’ve written about this app in the past before, Memory Zone has been given a few updates and allows you to keep even better tabs on not only how much storage you have left but also serves as a file browser for each of those storage services.  The application assists in helping you control and manage all of your content seamlessly and with very little effort.  Whether you have content on your memory card, your phone’s storage or directly in the cloud, you can easily move files to and from with just the click of a few buttons.

SanDisk Memory Zone offers you more memory management functionality than any other application available for the Android™ phone.

SanDisk Memory Zone puts you in complete control. Manage and backup both your local and cloud memory with one free app. Move files back and forth from your memory card to select cloud services, or from the cloud directly to your phone. Cloud services supported: Box, Dropbox, Google Docs, Picasa, SugarSync, SkyDrive and Facebook.

So, if your device is getting bogged down due to limited storage space, then maybe it’s time to better manage your device. In addition to the integrated functionality you’ll also have the opportunity to secure your content while on the go by applying a password protection feature.  You can also backup/restore all of your files on command.  So, without further ado, what are you waiting for?  Get the application now and start uploading your videos, photos, music, docs and whatever else you want.  In addition, when initially surveying the application, I noticed that it had pretty decent SkyDrive support, something that is lacking a bit on the Android platform.  This application is the closest I’ve seen in  the Google Play Store that will allow you to seamlessly navigate through your SkyDrive files, all for the price of free.

SanDisk Memory Zone not only allows you to transfer and back up your files, it also allows you to secure them through a password protection feature. So you have the peace of mind knowing your videos, photographs, music and other files are not only available, but they’re available only to you.

Get seamless, integrated storage connectivity between your phone, your memory card and your files in the cloud. It’s never been easier to enjoy, manage, share and protect your digital assets.

Unlike utilities with awkward and difficult to navigate folder structures, SanDisk Memory Zone has an intuitive, graphical user interface that lets you get the job done, fast.

Check out the quick video demo below as well as the screen shots of the app in action.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  
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AT&T HTC One X unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

The phone to buy is going to hit AT&T on May 6 for an incredible price of $199. The HTC One X has been impressing the media ever since it was launched. Will it be the phone of the year? Or will it be the soon to be announced Samsung Galaxy S III? If you’re in the U.S. and in the market for a phone now, I would have to recommend the One X because no matter what Samsung shows us, it’s unlikely to land in the U.S. for several months.

The One X is absolutely hands down the best phone on the market as far as performance and looks. This is the best phone I’ve put my hands on. It’s impressive across the board, but nothing is perfect. If there’s anything that I would say is a negative is HTC’s UI skin, Sense. Now don’t get me wrong, Sense has improved with 4.0, but I’m more of a stock guy. I think Sense is perfect for the average consumer and it adds more than it takes away.


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