Samsung engineers lived a ‘double life’ in order to keep the Galaxy S III a secret

Remember all the hype surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S III before the actual May 3rd announcement? Everybody was guessing and guessing, but except for some obvious expected things (like an Exynos quad-core), nothing ever really leaked.

Samsung just posted about how they went about keeping things on the down low. Like agents from TV shows and movies, many Samsung engineers found they were living a “double life.”

“I got so many questions about the GALAXY S III from friends and family”, said Senior Engineer YoungDoo Jin (S/W R&D).  “But I’d say ‘don’t ask me or you’ll get me fired.’ I told them to check it out after it was officially made public.”


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Sony Xperia Ion Arrives In AT&T Stores On June 24th For $100 On-Contract

It’s official gang– AT&T’s Sony Xperia Ion on June 24th. While we already saw a hint or two indicating the device would be here by June, there was no official statement from either until now. It is now confirmed the Gingerbread-powered 4G LTE device will arrive for a mere $99.99 on-contract and will be available both in stores as well as the AT&T website. In case you might have forgotten, the smartphone will feature a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of onboard memory, a whopping 12MP camera and of course that sexy 4.6-inch 720p HD Reality Display screen. For those of you that loathe the fact the device will ship with Gingerbread— fear not for Sony already confirmed the smartphone will have the Ice Cream Sandwich update in the future… though no one know when the future is exactly.

You’ll find the full details of the announcement once you hit past the break.


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The Dark Knight Rises mobile game for Android teaser trailer

Android gaming big shot Gameloft has just released a teaser trailer on IGN of their upcoming summer treat, The Dark Knight Rises for Android and iOS. Graphics look good but we’ll still have to wait and see about controls and gameplay. Gameloft looks to unleash Batman upon us sometime during the summer, and I wouldn’t doubt if the release coincides with the film’s mid-July due date. Hit the source link below to check it out.

source: ign

HTC Withdraws ITC Decision Appeal but Battle With Apple Continues

After losing its ITC complaint against Apple a few months ago HTC immediately appealed the decision to a higher court.  HTC has now decided the case isn’t worth pursuing further, and has filed a motion to dismiss the case. This doesn’t mean that the war between HTC and Apple is anywhere near a resolution though. As both companies have complaints filed against each other all over the world, you can be sure the war will continue on for the foreseeable future.

source: FOSS Patents

Aviary Announces Official Android App

Aviary has announced the latest photo editing tool for Android, and it looks good.  What started as a plugin on Android has now become a standalone app that looks to be a strong competitor to Adobe’s Photoshop Express. As phones replace point-and-shoots as the camera of choice for most people, having apps that allow editing photos on the device becomes more important.  Aviary Photo Editor features one-touch enhancements, instagram-like filter effects, color balancing, crop and rotate, red-eye removal and a lot more.  The free app is available now on the Play Store, stay tuned for a full review but for now, hit the break to head on over and try it out yourself.  
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Rebtel VoIP App Brings Free And Cheap Calls To Both Android Smartphones And Tablets

As VoIP services grow, so does the number of apps that appear on Android devices. Rebtel is an example of this: it was first available on smartphones only, but thanks to its latest software update, the app has now expanded its availability to tablets as well. In case you’re not familiar with the app and it’s features, here’s a quick rundown of what it has to offer:

  • Optimized Tablet Experience - Inspired by Rebtel 2.0 for Android smartphones, the new Android tablet app features optimized high-resolution graphics and takes full advantage of the larger tablet screen real estate to give the user an immersive Rebtel experience.
  • Free Rebtel to Rebtel Calls - Rebtel 2.0 for Android tablets incorporates free calling between users running any one of Rebtel’s apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android smartphones, PC, or starting today, Android tablets. Calls are seamlessly connected using Wi-Fi or 3G (applicable to 3G-enabled Android tablets only).
  • Low-Cost Calls to Any Phone - Users of the Rebtel Android tablet app are not limited to our free Rebtel to Rebtel calls. Browse through your native tablet address book, select any contact with a number and get talking at rates up to 98 percent lower than an average carrier, and up to 60 percent lower than current Skype Out rates.
  • Native Address Book Integration - No more syncing issues that mess up your address book. Rebtel for Android tablets seamlessly integrates with the regular native Android address book, providing a clear view of which contacts are available to call for free, and which contacts can be reached at very affordable rates.
  • Low-Cost SMS - Prefer texting over talking? Send low-cost international text messages to friends in more than 196 countries with an average cost savings of up to 60 percent when compared to your regular carrier. If you want to ensure your friend can reply without being charged, tick the Collect Reply box and include a link in your message that lets your friend reply via a mobile web page while you pick up the tab.

Yes friends, you have yet another reason to throw away those outdated phone cards if you happen to make a ton of international calls or just want to make cheap calls. We know this strikes your interest and fancy, so make sure you hit the break to get both the Play Store and QR code links.


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Samsung’s S Voice And Apple’s Siri Go Head To Head In A Battle Down Under

 

The iPhone 4S vs. Galaxy S III debate is a seemingly endless debate and we now have another face-off adding fuel to the intense rivalry. Sure we’ve already seen Siri go up against other Android devices— but a savvy user took some time to pit two of the most popular devices in the world against each other. While Sammy’s S Voice is nearly identical to Siri in every way, S Voice touts itself as the greatest virtual personal assistant in the world. Despite Sammy’s claim, each virtual assistant matched one another in almost every possible way— though S Voice was able to give navigation in the user’s home country of Sydney, Austrailia… while the iPhone 4S was unable to give directions unless the user is in the U.S. Looks like Sammy will have something more to brag about until Apple addresses the minor shortfall in Siri— which would perhaps be found in the latest iOS 6 update I suppose.

Enough chit chatter— you’ll see the battle in action once you hit past the break.


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Contest: Win 1 of 20 Tickets to Lookout’s “Party Your Apps Off” Bash at Google I/O June 26th in San Francisco

Our friends at Lookout are doing it again. They are throwing their “Party Your Apps Off” bash the night before Google I/O kicks off, and trust me you don’t want to miss it because there will be plenty of food, drink, and some nice gifts for those that show up early. We have 20 tickets to giveaway and you can also bring a guest. You don’t have to be attending Google I/O to go to the party, but you do need to be in San Francisco for this event. We don’t know the specific location, but we’re sure Lookout has something special planned. Here’s the full details:

  • When: Tuesday, June 26 @ 8PM
  • Where: This part is a secret :)
  • What: Lookout’s big party in San Francisco on the first night of Google I/O. Drinks will start flowing at 8PM at a hot secret location in downtown SF & one of the city’s best Food Trucks will be there serving snacks. There will be some goodies for the first folks who show up at the door. *Please note, this event is 21 and over.
To enter this contest, all you have to do is head over to our forum thread and tell us what you’re most looking forward to at this year’s Google I/O. It’s a simple as that. You have until 11:59pm Sunday June 17th. We will randomly pick 20 winners, announce them on the 18th, and email them with instructions to the account associated with their username.

Click here to enter

Max Payne Mobile now available for some Android phones and tablets including Tegra 3 devices

As promised, Max Payne has been released in the Google Play Store. Those of you familiar with the Max Payne don’t need an introduction, but in case you aren’t, it was originally published by Rockstar Games in 2001. It’s a third person action-shooter and is famous for introducing the concept of Bullet Time in video games with its stylish slow-motion gunplay. Of course the dark and twisted stories didn’t hurt either. It completely redefined action-shooter games.

As to the story, it’s about Max, who is a fugitive undercover cop framed for murder. He’s hunted by other cops and the mob. Along the way he fights to clear his name as he struggles to uncover the truth about his slain family amongst many plot-twists.


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