Word around the rumor mill has Amazon pegged as creating a 7-inch Kindle Fire model that would sell for $99. If rumors are true, it would carry the same TI processor as its predecessor and come with a 1280×800 display. With Amazon slashing prices on its current models, one can expect to see a new version coming soon. While a sub-$100 seems to be a bit on the low side, Amazon has been known for its cheaper tablets with its forked version of Android.
While it may not entice those looking for a more robust tablet like the Nexus 7, it would certainly appeal to those who don’t want to spend a lot. This would make an enticing entry in a market flooded with tablets from unknown manufacturers found at your local pharmacy or Bed, Bath & Beyond stores. IDC Research Director on tablets, Tom Mainelli, believes this to be a reasonable move. He was quoted to say:
We knew that the Galaxy S 4 would have two different versions coming out. One will house the new Exynos Octa-core processor and the other will carry the quad-core Snapdragon 600 series. While some expected, and others hoped, that the UK would see the Exynos version, that appears to not be the case. According to Samsung the UK will see the Snapdragon variety. When questioned by various UK blogs they were quoted to say:
“Samsung Galaxy S4 is equipped with a 1.9GHz Quad-core AP or a 1.6GHz Octa-core AP. The selection of AP varies by markets … In the UK, the Galaxy S4 will be available as a 4G device with a 1.9GHz Quad Core Processor.”
While most of you may not notice the difference in your day to day use of it, it certainly does deflate the “my phone can beat up your phone” argument. For those of you across the pond, does it affect you decision to buy the device? Sound off below.
Just like other Google apps (and Android has a whole) the Play Store has been going through a constant metamorphosis. The last major makeover for the Play Store was back in July of 2011 with subsequent tweaks since. It appears that it will be seeing another major facelift here soon. The folks over at Droid-Life gave everyone a taste of what’s to come with Google Play 4.0. As you’ll see from the images the UI has been redesigned with a more holo-esque theme in mind. The shift gives the Play Store a cleaner and more appealing look. Images are more prominent and eye-catching while text is used sparingly.
Have you ever sat down to watch a movie, but you didn’t have a clue what you wanted to watch? Well I have an app that will help you find that perfect movie to watch whether you’re alone, with your significant other, or with the family. All you have to do is grab Movie Twist from the Google Play Store. Movie Twist is the first real Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered movie search and exploration app. The app itself was created by Saguru and the AI platform was created by Expertmaker. It truly is mind boggling on how many ways there is to search using this app.
For starters, it will find similar movies based on another movie. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. The Explore option will let you find movies based on Loving, Humor, Violence, Thrilling, and Cleverness. Not only that, each category has a slider bar so you can set how much that category should play a role in the results. You can also select from 21 genres to include such as Action, Comedy, Family, Horror, Thriller, etc. Oh there’s still more as you can add a keyword such as an actor’s name and you can control some finer details like Pace, Sex, Drugs, and Ordinary. Last but not least, you can throw in what years you would like the movie to fall into as well as the minimum and maximum run times.
A couple of days ago, Google Keep was leaked and now it’s an official app in the Play Store. The tag line is “save what’s on your mind.” Google Keep allows you to quickly jot down a note or idea to be saved in your Google Drive account and synced across all your devices. You can even add a checklist or photo. If you can’t type it out, you can say it out loud, and Google will transcribe it. You can prioritize you notes and color code them via the home screen widget, and if you’re running Android 4.2+, you can see your notes via the lock screen widget.
You can access, edit, and create new notes on your desktop by going to http://drive.google.com/keep, and Google will allow you to do this directly from Google Drive in the coming weeks. Google Keep is available now in the Play Store for devices running Android 4.0 and higher. Hit the break for the video demo and download links.
Sports fans who use Google to keep track of their favorite teams can now enjoy a more rich experience. On Google+ today, the official Google page announced an update to its sports results that can be seen via desktop, tablets, and phones. Here are the new features:
Facebook annoyed many last week when it tried forcing users to upgrade to the latest version within the app itself. This time around, Facebook has updated the Android app, but pushed the update through Google Play. You can now upload a profile photo, better manage group messaging, and report posts for spam. The social network wants a unified experience across all users and since not everyone had the app set to automatically update, many were still using older versions. While last week’s method of pushing out an update makes sense, there are some issues. First of all, Facebook violated Google Play’s Developer Distribution Agreement. Under 4.5 Non-Compete:
“You may not use the Market to distribute or make available any Product whose primary purpose is to facilitate the distribution of software applications and games for use on Android devices outside of the Market.”
Motorola advisor Guy Kawasaki has left an interesting video on his Google+ page of the Porsche Exclusive with an insightful little comment, “Wouldn’t it be great if you could personalize your phone like this?” Now, the cool thing about the Exclusive is that you’re able to completely customize the vehicle to how you want it. Different paint jobs, stereo, whatever. However, not too long ago, we heard rumors that customers would be able to customize hardware on the X Phone, which would be a significant first in the smartphone industry.
Is it a just coincidence that Kawasaki posted this video? Sure. Maybe cars and smartphones are two of his favorite hobbies and he likes to daydream about the best aspects of both industries. But Motorola needs a kickstart and Google needs to wrangle some power away from Samsung, so something revolutionary like this may not be as far off as we think.
The folks who brought you the Andy Exploded t-shirt is at it again. Mountain View Mashers pertains to a baseball team, or shall I say appleball team, that happens to be pretty close to Google headquarters. It’s the perfect tee to advertise your Android pride, and we have five to give to our awesome readers.
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2013 is shaping up to have some great phones and Meizu is getting in on the action with the MX3. Hinted on the Meizu News Facebook page, the MX3 will feature a 5.1-inch full HD display, Exynos 5410 Octa processor, and a narrower bezel. It’s still a rumor and seems that Xiaomi has a head start with the release of the Mi-3. What separates the Meizu MX3 from Xiaomi’s Mi-3 however is the processor. While the Mi-3 packs a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, the MX3 features Samsung’s latest generation 8-core processor. We’ll keep you posted on when (and if) Meizu announces a release date, pricing, and more specs.
More evidence that Samsung likely has a smash hit with the Galaxy S 4 comes from UK retailer Carphone Warehouse which is reporting pre-registrations are four times higher than what they saw for the Galaxy S III. This follows on the heels of a report from another UK retailer, Phones4U, that reported Galaxy S 4 pre-registrations were running 40% higher in the first forty-eight hours compared to the Galaxy S III.
Carphone Warehouse’s Chief Operating Officer Graham Stapleton says the huge number of pre-registrations is a sign of “how hot the Galaxy S4 is going to be.” You can read the full press release from Carphone Warehouse after the break.
A new hack has been revealed which allows people to bypass a pin-secured lockscreen on Galaxy smartphones. Discovered by Terrence Eden who uncovered a Galaxy Note II security flaw earlier this month, by using a combination of keypresses and commands, someone can unlock the screen. The exploit comes from placing a failed emergency call where the screen is unlocked very briefly. On the flip side, Samsung is already working on a software fix and this hack only allows access for a very short period of time. Terrence uploaded a video to YouTube showing the hack which you can check out below. In the meantime, don’t leave your Galaxy smartphone just laying around.
Ladies and gents— say hello to the HTC E1 smartphone. Also known as the 603e smartphone, the E1 is going to be a dual-SIM device featuring a host of goodies inside including Android 4.1, a 4.3-inch WVGA Super LCD2 display, a dual-core chip and a 5MP camera. Unfortunately, the device looks to be destined for Chinese markets only as of this time, but if you do live out there— it’ll cost you 1,799 CNY (or roughly $290 USD), which seems like it could potentially be a steal for lots of potential folks in the market for a new smartphone.
No word yet on when the device will be available, but we suspect it’ll be in retail outlets soon.
source: Unwired View
Samsung will probably sell at least 30 million Galaxy S 4’s, so why not give a few away as part of a sweepstakes? They actually have 52 to hand out and four grand prize winners will also receive a Samsung 55-inch Smart TV. It’s quite simple. All you have to do is hit the source link below and sign up for the latest email updates for the Galaxy S 4. There is one caveat, and that is you must be a U.S. resident.
They already handed out 15 phones, but they will give away 1 per day starting today through April 21. The four grand prize winners will be selected on April 22.