Have any of you found yourself jealous that your fancy Android device is lacking the Galaxy S III’s ability to keep the screen on while looking at it? I mean, how annoying is it when you are reading a webpage and your device’s screen times-out and you have to power it back up and unlock it to just keep reading from where you left off? The Galaxy S III combats this annoyance by using Samsung’s new Smart Stay feature that prevents your device from going to sleep by using the front facing camera to detect an onlooking face. When Sammy first announced the device and its nifty features, I figured it would be the custom ROM development community who would port the feature over to be used in various ROMs. Looks like I was wrong. Now everyone can get in on the action by simply grabbing the ISeeYou app from the Google Play store.
The Online Publishers Association (OPA) has just released a study of tablet users that has a number of surprises in it. The survey, which included 2,540 internet users between 8 and 64 years of age, found that Android tablets have made huge gains in the last 12 months, rising from 32% market share in 2011 to 51% in 2012. The iPad accounted for 52% (the numbers don’t add up to 100% because some people had more than one type), so they are now essentially neck and neck. The Kindle Fire can take credit for a lot of the gains, but just as we’ve seen with phones, consumers like choices once they understand the differences between them.
More after the break…
Two days ago we reported that Verizon was sending out texts to the DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX owners that an update to Ice Cream Sandwich was looming and just around the corner. And today, an ICS build running on the RAZR has leaked with the build number of 6.16.211. Reports state that this is the latest and newest build Motorola has built for the RAZR and RAZR MAXX, thus this could very well be the final build that will be sent out to the public. The Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX are two fine pieces of hardware and the upgrade to ICS will only make it even better. Any RAZR and RAZR MAXX users out there excited about this?
This one is for those of you that have a toddler(s) in the house. It’s called Samo Coloring for Kids and it’s an interactive finger painting coloring book. I don’t have to tell you how hard it is to find simple easy to understand apps for kids. Kudos to the developer, Martin Adamek, for understanding this need. It’s simple and to the point, and children can start creating works of art with little to no instruction.
There are two different coloring modes, and the FILL mode is what I really like. It allows your child to tap within lines and the color automatically fills the area. This actually teaches them to color “between the lines,” and gets them more prepared for the DRAW mode. In DRAW mode, your child paints with their finger and is more freestyle.
Earlier this month, we reported that Gameloft would release another movie/video game tie-in with their latest creation, “The Amazing Spider-Man”. Nothing here should be new as most of us are already quite familiar with the story of Spider-Man and Peter Parker. With Gameloft behind it, you can also expect some amazing game play all while using your web to scale New York City to tie up some bad guys.
The video below will show you a short preview of the action-packed game play and the graphics look incredible nonetheless. For a second there, I even thought it was for a console, not a mobile device. You should expect this to hit both Android and iOS on June 28th, just days before the blockbuster movie will be released.
The CyanogenMOD team has released a statement regarding their latest Gingerbread builds being released to the masses. The build number is 7.2 and should be ready to download through their website if your phone is supported. This new build should include numerous ICS features being back-ported to your GB device, as well as numerous fixes and enhancements. Also, this could very well be the last CM7 build for certain devices as the team will start moving some devices to CM9 (ICS) in the near future, which is certainly not a bad thing.
We’ve all enjoyed the quality and feature filled ROM that is CyanogenMOD, thus I expect nothing but wonderful things with this new update. Hit up their site to see if your device is supported with this new build! Also, keep note that they are still updating the device compatibility list. So if you don’t see your device in the supported list as of now, that could very well change in the next couple of days as the team is rolling out the update.
Sharp has announced that they have teamed up with the company Frog to help them create their new Android UI overlay. They have dubbed it “Feel UX” and they claim it to be “highly personalized” and “visually stunning”. Of course, anything should be an upgrade from their previous efforts in their AQUOS line. This whole new UI should land in their new line of AQUOS smartphone’s by this summer starting in Japan. No word yet if it will ever reach the America side as their previous smartphone’s have never made it to the US for that matter. Sharp claims that Feel UX will include photo browsing and widget functionality without unlocking devices and “real-time weather display motion experience and animation.” This already sounds familiar to Sense, but I commend Sharp for giving it a shot and creating something new. Head over to the video below to see a preview of their new UI. Personally, it looks a little too clustered for my taste, but I can definitely see it hitting a certain fan base. What do you guys think about it?
Full press release after the break:
Those of you waiting to grab the world’s thinnest smartphone will finally have the chance to do so… well in China at least. No I’m not talking about the ZTE “Athena” or that Huawei Ascend P1 silly– I’m talking about the Oppo Finder smartphone. Starting today, those of you living in the Chinese markets will be able to preorder the device for 2,498 yuan or $393 USD. Sounds like an attractive price, but I’m sure many of you are itching to know what you get exactly for that price, right? Well the smartphone features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in storage, an 8MP camera (with 1080P video recording) plus 1.3MP front-facing camera and a heaping scoop of Ice Cream Sandwich— all squeezed into a 6.65mm frame that happens to be the world’s thinnest (for now).
Interested parties will want to head on out to www.oppo.com ASAP— the preorder window will close at 11:59pm on June 24th.
source: Oppo Finder
via: Unwired View
We all understand there are things we do on our phones that will drain the battery faster. Streaming video, playing games, and using the GPS all cause the juice to flow out faster than we’d like. When we put our phone to sleep though, we expect the battery to drain very slowly. Software glitches can ruin that dream, sometimes emptying the battery in as little as a few hours. Researchers at Purdue have decided enough is enough, and set out to try to identify and mitigate the problems the bugs cause.
Read about what they found, and how they plan to fix it, after the break.
It’s no secret that HTC One X smartphone has a well-known issue with keeping a WiFi signal. While many of the One X owners out here have complained and subsequently gotten a seemingly reliable fix, owners elsewhere in the world are still having to deal with this nagging and rather irritating glitch. HTC Europe has (finally) taken notice and given out an official statement for owners of the HTC One X smartphone:
“After investigating isolated reports of WiFi connectivity issues in the HTC One X, we have identified a fix that strengthens the area of the phone around the WiFi antennae connection points. While many customers have not experienced any problems with signal strength, we have taken immediate steps to implement a solution in our production process to prevent this issue from happening in the future. HTC is committed to making sure every customer has a great experience and we apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused while we conducted a thorough investigation.”
Looks like HTC is now fully aware and is taking the necessary steps to help the minority of owners who seem to be the most affected by the glitch, except there’s a teeny catch. According to Android Central, an HTC spokesman has mentioned that only the Tegra 3 variants of the smartphone are affected by the WiFi defect. That means if you own the AT&T HTC One X or the HTC One XL versions, you should not be affected by any sort of WiFi issue. On the other hand— another thing to mention is that it seems that many of the Tegra 3 versions of the smartphone out there seem to be working fine, so it’s not quite certain as to how many phones out there are truly affected. One thing’s for sure though— if you have either version of the smartphone and you suspect you might be affected by this WiFi bug, contact HTC customer service immediately and hopefully everything will be resolved for you. In the meantime, we’ll continue to keep you all posted with any further developments regarding this developing saga.
source: Android Central 1 | 2