Samsung Galaxy S Advance Delayed Until The End Of The Month In The UK

Apparently, the absurdly priced Samsung Galaxy S Advanced has been delayed and we won’t be seeing it until sometime around the end of the month. The guys over at Clove are pointing towards a March 26th release.  Clove is offering the SIM-free device for a price of £354 ($557) which really isn’t much of a sale if you ask us.  Come to think of it, we’re not sure why this device is even on the market and we’re all wondering who’s going to fork over the serious cash for this “in-between” device when they could be getting a bigger and better devices at a cheaper price.  We’ll let you all decide.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.  In the meantime, check out the specs for device comparison.

Features of Samsung Galaxy S Advance I9070

  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread with TouchWiz UI
  • 4.0” Super AMOLED display
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 768MB RAM
  • 8GB Internal Storage
  • MicroSD card slot (Up to 32GB)
  • Wi-Fi, quad-band 3G, Bluetooth
  • GPS with Google Maps
  • Find My Mobile Service
source: Clove

U.S. Senator Asks FTC To Look Into Apple And Android Over Concerns About Private Information

U.S. senator Charles Schumer has requested that the Federal Trade Commision investigate reports that applications on both iOS and Android platforms are able to steal private photos and contacts and export them to their servers – without the user’s consent. Schumer is concerned about a New York Times report that iOS and Android apps can obtain access to the user’s private photos and contacts.

The senator says that it’s his understanding that the uses in question violate the terms of service of both Apple and Google platforms. “These uses go well beyond what a reasonable user understands himself to be consenting to when he allows an app to access data on the phone for purposes of the app’s functionality,” Schumer said in a letter to the FTC. Schumer also suggests that “smartphone makers should be required to put in place safety measures to ensure third party applications are not able to violate a user’s personal privacy by stealing photographs or data that the user did not consciously decide to make public”, and that phone manufacturers have an obligation to protect the private content of their customers.

This is an interesting allegation, and it’s definitely a little worrisome. Whether or not this holds a severe case I’m sure we’ll find out in the coming days and weeks. It’s common sense that only what the application needs or what you consent to relinquish to the application should be accessed and used, and only according to how you agree for that content to be used.

source: reuters

New Budget Friendly Tablet Takes Its Design Ques From A Woman’s Handbag

 

Cheap tablets seem to be all the craze lately as we have yet again another device making its way into the clutches of the budget friendly mind. Remember the Rhyme?  A handset from HTC that attempted to get in with the ladies?  Well, meet the Rhyme of the tablet market, the F8 series device was made by L-Y and aims to look like a woman’s purse or handbag.  The device has a 5-inch 800 X 480 res display sporting a 1.5 GHz Allwinner A 10 CPU.  Also under the hood you’ll find 512 MB’s of DDR3 RAM and a Mali 400 GPU.  All of your standards are there as well such as Bluetooth, Wifi and even 3G connectivity. The tab comes equipped with a 3500 mAh battery to keep you going all day long and will come running with everyone’s favorite OS version, ICS 4.0.  Wrap that up in a $94 package and you just might make a few sales.  Stay tuned to see just how well the device does.  Unfortunately, if you want one, you’ll either need to smuggle one out of China or move there yourself.  Choose wisely.  Feel free to let us know what you think of the devices in the comments below.

source: Shanzai

 

Huawei Vision U8850 Possibly Headed To North America

And Huawei continues its impressive 2012 rampage by giving its Vision U8850 smartphone an appearance here in North America. The phone has been available in select markets since the end of last year, but it was nowhere to be seen in North America until it made a subtle appearance at the Bluetooth SIG website recently. The unit looks to feature an HSDPA 850/1900MHz signal, so it would most likely be featured on AT&T’s sexy 3G network or on Rogers’/Telus/Bell if it’s headed for Canadian boundaries.

The Gingerbread-powered device could make a solid option for some with its decent specs too. You’ll find inside a 1GHz single-core Snapdragon processor, 3.7 inch WVGA display, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 5MP rear camera with 720p video recording, VGA front-facing camera, 512MB of RAM, 2GB of ROM, MicroSD card support, and a 1,400 mAh battery. No further news for now, but stay tuned with Talk Android for additional news as we hear it.

source: Bluetooth SIG
via: Unwired View

Samsung goes after Apple again with a new lawsuit filed in South Korea

The battle between Samsung and Apple doesn’t appear to be losing any steam as Samsung filed another lawsuit in South Korea claiming the iPhone 4S and iPad 2 infringes on three of its patents. The three patents are utility-based and involves methods of displaying data, the user interface, and short text messages.

If you’re into stats, so far Samsung and Apple’s battle royal has made it’s way to 10 different countries with over 30 cases. Pretty amazing when you consider Apple is a customer of Samsung.

source: reuters

 

Nexus S gets Sense 4.0 and ICS port courtesy of the HTC One X

If you own a Nexus S, but you’re secretly in love with the HTC Sense UI, you might want to check out the newest ROM circulating the XDA forums. It’s based on Sense 4.0 and Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s a pre-Alpha build, so expect a lot of bugs. Don’t forget that since this port is from the HTC Endeavor RUU leak, there’s more work involved since it’s based on a quad-core and a 720p display. There’s already one other ROM based on this leak for the HTC Sensation, but to port this to the Nexus S is truly a feat.

As to what’s working, not much other than it boots and a few apps run. The main priorities are the radio (which may already work for some GSM users), sound, stopping random reboots, and launcher problems. If you’re a brave soul and want to help out development, hit the source link to get started and/or join in on the discussion.

source: xda

 

FTW Will Allow Gamers To Sync Game’s Progress Across Platforms

Gaming is about to get a smidge better, no matter what your platform cup of tea is. In a “why-didn’t-I-think-of-that-?” moment, gaming service FTW has brought the ability to play one game on something like your iPad, save it— and then continue the game’s progress on your Android. The way FTW works is developers would integrate FTW into their apps/games and then FTW will sync your game’s progress across all platforms.

I’m sure you’re all excited and asking the question, “where can I sign up at?” Well, the service is not quite ready yet kids. While FTW is still in development, the necessary APIs can’t be found in games at the moment, though they are hoping for a launch within the coming months for both iOS and Android— with Mac and Windows to follow shortly after. In the meantime, FTW is urging gamers to send emails to their favorite game developers to have them jump on board with FTW by including the service into their apps and games. Don’t wait kids— make sure you email your favorite developers today. You’ll be especially thankful later.

source: FTW
via: Phandroid

ComScore Reveals Samsung Is Top OEM Manufacturer, Android Is Top OS

It’s Wednesday kids and that means it’s time for a follow-up to the previous ComScore stats we saw last month. In the newest study, ol’ Sammy continues to lead all manufacturers with a nice 25.4% market share. While Samsung is tops among all device manufacturers, there’s a bigger picture for the Android platform. The Android OS is the top OS by accounting for 48.6% of all smartphone subscribers. Read on for specific details of their latest study.
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PlayStation Suite SDK open beta to be released in April

Remember the news about the PlayStation SDK from September? It entered closed beta in November, and it looks like the open beta is finally coming in April. This means any developer can create content for the PlayStation Suite, which would become available to all PlayStation certified Android devices. This news could hopefully bring the PlayStation certification to more handsets. Obviously Sony’s products are (mostly) certified, but other manufacturers might soon jump on board. For example, HTC might already have plans for the second half of the year.

The official (out of beta) version is still slated for later this year and will carry a $99 yearly subscription with it. However, the open beta is free for anyone to use. It think this is solid news to wake up to for gamers. What do you guys think?

Full press release after the break:


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Why I Want an Android Brain Implant

In this day and age, technology is designed to make our lives simpler. We no longer need to pull over to a rest area to use a payphone. Paper maps are quickly becoming a thing of the past. We can now carry thousands of books with us without requiring years of weight training. The devices we carry with us every day are rapidly becoming indispensable.

So this is why we freak out when we suddenly don’t have access to our smartphones, either through damage or loss. This single point of failure is why we have a growing market of protective phone cases, insurance, and remote wipe software. How can we guarantee we’ll never lose or break our phones? Only one way I see…remove the device from the equation.

If there was no physical device we had to keep track of, there would obviously be no fear of losing it. But the device is what gives us the power to do all those wonderful things. So what if we natively had the same abilities our smartphones have without having to carry anything around? Enter the Android Brain Implant™ (ABI).


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