Samsung is expected to launch tablets that feature AMOLED full HD (1920 x 1200) displays in both 8-inch and 10.1-inch variants. Turns out the 8-inch size is on track to be released this year, but it doesn’t appear we will see the 10.1-inch version or the often-rumored 11.4-inch version. This doesn’t mean that Samsung won’t have a newer 10.1-inch tablet because they plan on releasing a tablet with the same 2560 x 1600 PLS LCD panel that is on the Nexus 10.
We expect both tabs to be marketed as the Galaxy Tab 3, but still no word on when we will see these bad boys. All things point to IFA 2013, but with the Galaxy Note III being the top dog for that one, they might want to limit the amount of devices for that event. I think there’s a good chance we will see them in the late spring or early summer.
Sony might not be the top Android vendor in terms of units sold, but they are winning in the number of phones department. I’m still trying to figure out when they will run out of letters. Entry-level phones have always been popular, but the specs were always meh. Things have changed since late last year as many entry-level to mid-range devices are now featuring compelling specs. Sony already offers entry-level phones such as the Xperia E, but they are looking to step it up a notch. Rumor is they are working on an entry-level device that will have a 5-inch display. Word is that it will be powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor as well. Sounds compelling, but don’t expect to see this one until Q3 at the earliest.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to find apps specifically for your Android tablet on the Play Store, especially if you’re browsing from the Play Store website. The Play Store app has had a featured tablet apps section for quite some time now, but Google is finally putting some clout behind it on the website, too.
There’s a relatively short list of apps that shows off a little over 100 apps that do a great job of adhering to Android UI guidelines. The apps aren’t necessarily written for just tablets, but they are written in a way that larger screens can take advantage of the extra space without looking just like blown up phone apps, and Google is trying to give them a nudge and a thumbs up with some extra advertising, probably to convince other developers to do the same with their applications.
Anyway, if you’ve been looking for some new apps to use on your tablet, you may want to check out the featured tablet apps. You never know, there may be a nice little gem you’ve been missing hidden somewhere in that list.
source: Google Play
Yesterday, we saw the teaser for Gameloft’s Iron Man 3 mobile game. Today, we’ve got an official announcement and teaser trailer.
The game is essentially a Temple Run-style endless running game, but with some pretty crazy, comic book twists. There’s way more destruction and bad guy blasting than you’re even going to see in Temple Run, and who doesn’t want to fly around in an Iron Man suit? The release date is set for April 25th, so we’ll be sure to keep you updated as that date gets closer and closer. Hit the source below to watch the trailer and see for yourself.
With T-Mobile officially launching their 4G LTE network in seven cities throughout the U.S., their customers may be wondering exactly how to access the new bandwidth. Owners of Samsung Galaxy Note II devices can do so thanks to an update that T-Mobile just pushed out to the devices. Another group that may be able to do so are owners of the LG Nexus 4 if they have done some work. Achieving this feat with a T-Mobile Nexus 4 requires rooting and installing a custom ROM, then flashing the radio back to the previous .33 version.
I’m very particular when it comes to the launchers that I use. I’ve been perfectly content in my Nova Launcher set up for over a year now. It looks like this is going to change however, as Chris Lacy released an update for Action Launcher today with a killer new feature. In this update, the Covers feature is taken a step further. Covers brought you your most accessed destinations quickly with the swipe of a finger and Action Launcher’s new Shutter feature looks to do the same with widgets. For example you can slide your finger up on the Gmail icon and it displays the Gmail widget, giving you quick access to your email. Chrome gives you quick access to your bookmarks (see below). Most apps with widgets have this ability and I particularly liked being able to skip tracks in the Play Music App right from the icon.
Google has been working hard at bringing public transportation information to its
source: Google Lat Long Blog
If you’re a user of Amazon Prime and own a Google TV then you’ll be excited for this next tidbit. Amazon Prime content is now viewable on Google TV’s PrimeTime TV guide. This new feature comes on top of other bug fixes. The other feature that it has now is a subscription selector that makes it easier to customize your subscriptions. Netflix, HBOGO and Amazon Prime will show up as “free” if you’re subscribe to those services. So if you have a Google TV, Amazon Prime and use PrimeTime you’ll be able to access your content easier. Happy viewing!
source: Google Play Store
It appears Google may manufacture units of their infamous Google Glass in the U.S, as opposed to abroad. According to a new report from the Financial Times, Google will work with Foxconn to produce units of Google Glass in Silicon Valley, California. This idea that Google will manufacture Google Glass locally is no surprise really. Google’s headquarters is located in Mountain View, California, while Foxconn’s manufacturing plant is steps away in Santa Clara, California— so it makes sense that an innovative product such as Google Glass would require special attention by Google and be manufactured locally, as opposed to being manufactured abroad and would almost be an expensive proposition for the search giant.
So far this decision is only mentioned to be for the initial 8,000 units meant for contest winners who won the #IfIHadGlass contest earlier this year. Whether or not Google plans to keep production within the U.S. after a global launch remains to be seen.
Source: Financial Times
Google loves their info cards they introduced with Google Now, and they love giving you access to more information in your media, like what we’ve seen in the Sound Search widget in Jelly Bean. Well, if you’re a big movie watcher, Google’s implemented a nice little surprise for you.
Whenever you’re watching a movie and you’re curious about the actor on screen or the music playing in the movie at that moment, you can simply pause your video and a handful of info cards will pop up on screen to give you actor names, other movies the actors have been in, song names, etc. Tapping the actor’s face will even give you his (or her) full biography. Resuming the movie or show will cause the info cards to disappear until you pause again. Right now the info cards won’t show up on every single movie you watch, but Google says the list is quite large and they’re adding to it every day.
Sound interested? Just update to the latest Play Movies and TV app and start playing around with it. This will give you a great excuse to catch up on all those movies you’ve been itching to see.
source: Android Official Blog
Normally I wouldn’t review a card game app because there are so many out there, but since Concrete Software is one of our favorite developers, I wanted to check it out. Now the closest thing I have played to Gin Rummy was Rummykub, which was many many moons ago. So forgetting the app itself, I had to learn how to play the game. Thankfully Concrete Software included a really nice tutorial with all the rules. At first it seemed complicated, but after one match, I wasn’t a pro, but I was well on my way to understanding how to play.
I won’t get into the rules itself, but what’s cool about Gin Rummy is the games are fairly quick. A match may consist of many games, but the games only last a few minutes. The app automatically sorts your cards and creates your melds, which makes it move really quick. Best of all is that if you need to stop playing for whatever reason, you can simply pick up where you left off.
Google Translate has just gotten a little easier for those of us who happen to encounter a foreign language or two when out and about. Android Associate Product Manager Mingi Jiang announced that Google has launched some offline language packs that will be available for all Google Translate users running on Gingerbread+ devices. Users can simply select “Offline Languages” in the app menu to see all the offline language packages available for download. Then, to enable offline translation between any two languages, users just need to select them in the offline languages menu. Once the packages are downloaded, users can take advantage of being able to translate general phrases from up to 50 different languages— especially useful for those of you that travel in places with a poor wireless signal or no internet connection at all.
As exciting as this is, don’t expect the offline language packs to tell you how to ask that smokin’ hot person you met at a coffee shop out on a date just yet— can’t say Google Translate can help you there.
source: Android Blog
Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 has rightfully arrived with much praise and enthusiasm thanks to its awesome internals and custom software, but how will the phone and its awesome features hold up in real-world use? Well friends, it appears the Galaxy S 4’s 2,600mAh battery certainly packs a bigger punch than one could have ever imagined. Thanks to our friends at GSMArena, extensive testing indicate the Galaxy S 4 excels in three testing categories that make up the average smartphone user’s daily activities:
- Talk time – 13 hours, 53 min
- Web browsing – 8 hours, 42 min
- Video playback – 10 hours, 16 min
While those results clearly place the smartphone in direct competition with other premium smartphones out there— the Galaxy S 4 essentially trumps everything out there on the “endurance ratings“, which are combined measurements showing how long a device could potentially last in real life. Hypothetically speaking, if a Galaxy S 4 owner did one hour of calling, web browsing and video watching every day— the smartphone would last for an astounding 63 hours— 3 days! Pretty impressive, right?
If you’re a Three customer in the UK, you’ll be pleased to know that Three‘s CEO Dave Dyson is excited about his company’s 4G LTE rollout, and vaguely discussed it during a quarterly earnings call yesterday. Unfortunately, he’s in “no rush for LTE,” and by that he means you shouldn’t actually expect it until later this year. Like, Q4 of this year. We know waiting is really, really hard to do, but hey, this is going to make a great Christmas present from your cellular provider.
He did also say that Three has no plans to charge their customers extra for LTE, so that’s another plus. According to Dyson, Three wants to see how competing companies set up their 4G before making any huge moves into the LTE space, so that’s a pretty sound decision. Better to do something right and take a bit longer the first time instead of rushing through it and putting out a bad product.
source: Mobile News