The last time we heard news of TomTom’s arrival on Android, it was simply described as releasing “fairly soon.” Well, today the news is a little clearer. TomTom will be previewing their long awaited Android version today at IFA which will hit the Play Store in October. It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out since Google’s prepackaged navigation is both very familiar and functional to most Android users – as well as the small fact that it’s free. There are no specifics as far as pricing for the TomTom application, however with an October release, we will most likely find out more today from their official preview.
ARCHOS just announced the GamePad, which is similar to the Xperia Play and WikiPad. It is essentially a tablet with full gaming controls. I think this type of device is going to be very popular and will show significant growth in 2013. Among physical control buttons and analog sticks, the ARCHOS GamePad features a 7-inch display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, a Mali 400mp quad-core GPU, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It will also include patented automatic game recognition and mapping tools that will ensure control compatibility with every advanced Android game.
ARCHOS didn’t disclose the price, but they did say it would be available in October. It seems like a nice device, but I think at this point in the game, devices such as this need to have a quad-core processor. I’m excited to get my hands on it though.
Full press release after the break:
Could the Verizon Galaxy Nexus finally be getting its Jelly Bean update? According to one lucky XDA forum member El Madhatter, who received the OTA notification on his Galaxy Nexus, the update is available as build JRO03O – the newest available Android version to date.
I wouldn’t get too excited just yet, as this guy appears to have a test version of the Galaxy Nexus and he was one of the first to receive the 4.0.4 IMM76Q update. Nonetheless it seems an update will soon be available.
The Verizon Galaxy Nexus hasn’t exactly lived up to the true Nexus name thus far, but are you Verizon Galaxy Nexus owners excited? Has Verizon already taken all the fun out of your Nexus? Hit up the comments and let us know how you feel.
Source: XDA Forums
Earlier in the year, Motorola announced a partnership with Intel in which they would utilize their chips for select smartphones. We haven’t heard a peep until now. Motorola is sending out invites for an event in London on September 18th. As you can clearly see, the Intel logo is at the top of the invitation so I think it’s safe to say that we will finally see Motorola’s first phone featuring Intel’s Medfield chip. It will be interesting to see what Motorola and Intel have in store. So far the current crop of Intel-based smartphones are mid-level devices. Will Motorola show us a higher-end device and will it look like the leak we saw 6 months ago? Stay tuned.
I don’t know about you, but I always find myself trying to find the best Twitter client that best fits me. I have been on Plume (formerly known as Touiteur) for quite some time now and have yet to find a suitable replacement. Plume is wonderful and the abundant updates constantly brings new features and fluidity throughout the app. The most notable new feature in this recent update is a “swipe-able panel” (like the Google+ and YouTube app) on the left side that brings you several navigational options. If that itself hasn’t made you excited about the update, here’s what else you can expect:
- rework the application navigation to be more fluid
- rework the tablet UI to better fit 7″ tablets
- add a simple Draft system (automatic save/restore)
- add Facebook picture uploading
- fix Twitlonger expansion
If you’re looking for a great and feature filled 3rd party Twitter client, I would highly suggest Plume. You can grab the app for free ($4.99 if you wish to take out the ads) via the QR code or download link after the break.
One of Android’s most popular 3rd party browsers has recently been updated and brings in some much needed speed along with a native UI for tablets. Here’s some of what you can expect:
- Native UI for tablets, including faster startup and a beautiful new Awesome Bar!
- Desktop sites can now be requested from the menu
- Even better tabs experience – now includes swipe to close
- Find in page implemented
- Support for SPDY networking protocol v3
- Bookmarks and history can now be imported from the stock browser in the Settings
The update definitely brings a better overall experience for tablet users. Panning and interacting through pages should give you a better overall experience. The update is now live and ready for consumers. Have you guys tried this new update yet? If so, tell us your experience with it!
QR code and download link will be available after the break.
Editing videos on your smartphone can be quite challenging and frustrating. Magisto aims to make that easier for you with their new Android app now available for free in the Play Store. All you need to do is just shoot and upload a video from your device, choose a soundtrack, give your movie a title and Magisto will automatically edit your movie for you. Here’s what else the app can offer you:
- Unprecedented AI Technology that analyzes and edits the best parts of your videos
- Easily share to Facebook, Twitter, Email and even YouTube
- Automatic video stabilization, filters, effects and transitions
- Facial recognition detects the important people in your videos
- Upload videos from your Gallery or use Magisto as a smart video camera
- Add soundtracks from your device or from Magisto’s library of licensed music
- Access your movies from any device
If you’re into quick and painless video editing, this may be the app for you! Check out the video showcasing the app after the break.
This is certainly interesting and something I wasn’t expecting. It looks like HTC’s supposed upcoming 10 inch tablet may have found its way out into the public with several leaked photos. The design definitely looks interesting and something new compared to the other Android tablets that are currently out. The tablet offers a very slim design and a thicker bezel at the bottom where the front facing camera resides. It also looks like it’s running HTC’s Sense interface, although it may be a Sense that’s been made for tablets.
After more than a year away from the Play Store, Grooveshark has made a mighty comeback. With so many options and most importantly, free unlimited music streaming, you can expect this to be a great alternative to other apps such as Pandora. Here’s what you can expect for their free features:
- Unlimited streaming of over 20 genre Radio Stations
- Hand-tagged selections from the millions of songs in our library
- Launch a custom Radio Station based on any song you choose
- Skip and like songs
Let’s face it, we all love reading those “feel-good” internet stories, right? Samsung has given us just that by giving one lucky fan a free customized Samsung Galaxy S III. It all started when a 26 year old man by the name of Shane left a short but cute comment on Samsung’s Facebook page. He explained to them how much of a Samsung fan he is and all of the different Samsung products he’s owned throughout the years. To make things sweeter, he added a drawing of a green “Reptar” like dragon that he drew himself. Soon after, Samsung replied and added in a drawing of a kangaroo.