The most anticipated phone so far this year is probably the Samsung Galaxy S III. The spec and release date rumors are numerous. We were expecting it at MWC in Barcelona, but Samsung said to expect an announcement at a separate event in the first half of the year, and to follow their Twitter account for news.
Since Samsung has been mum on the details of the follow up to the very successful Galaxy S II, sites that are already advertising pre-orders for the device make us wonder. Are the pre-orders real?
The latest advertises the “Samsung GT-I9300 Galaxy S III (3G 850/1900MHz AT&T) Black Unlocked Import” for $799. Check out this screenshot:
The devs over at XDA are always up to something… and it’s usually something good. Developer Chainfire decided to take the most basic of root access management tools, Superuser (SU), and make it, well… truly super.
If you have rooted your device, you have access to apps that require superuser permissions, and the typical SU gets the job done. But SuperSU adds more functionality, including per-app notifications and temporary unroot.
SuperSU is now available in the Play Store in two flavors, free and pro. Check out the full feature list after the break for the differences.
Huawei, everyone’s favorite come-from-nowhere Chinese manufacturer, recently unveiled their quad-core MediaPad 10 FHD ICS super tablet. They’ve been getting major geek-cred recently with their many device releases this year. Now it seems a much more conservative mid-level 7-inch tablet, code-named the MediaPad S7-301c, is getting Bluetooth certified.
According to the Bluetooth certification documents, the tablet will feature CDMA2000 1X/EVDO support, 3G voice and data, Wi-Fi, and will disappointingly run Android 3.2 Honeycomb at launch. We can safely assume Huawei will most likely upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich soon after release.
Besides that, no other information is known about this 7-incher, though it seems it will be fairly stylish, according to the Bluetooth filing:
The HUAWEI MediaPad (MediaPad for short) is a new model of touchscreen information terminal from Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. The MediaPad supports 3G voice and data services and provides rich applications and experiences using Android 3.2, an operating system dedicated to tablet computers. It also delivers you convenient and high-quality network and multimedia services, making life better in work or at play.With a full touchscreen and an ultra-thin design, the technically advanced MediaPad has an original, elegant, and stylish appearance.
The Huawei MediaPad S7-301c will be released worldwide, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America. No word yet on when that will be, or how much it will cost.
source: bluetooth sig
You can’t be a good deal. Well you can when you make it one hell of a deal. The folks at Newegg are doing so by having a sale right now where you can get a refurbished Eee Pad Transformer (TF101) and Keyboard dock for the steal of a price of $329.99. Normally you’re looking at getting this combination for around $500+ brand new. As you all know when you get the device you’ll get a chance to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich and depending on when you get it Asus should have the kinks worked out. I recommend jumping on this deal for this amazing tablet and dock as it’s surely to sell out quickly. Hit the source below to get in on this amazing deal.
I don’t know about you guys but I love remakes. Movies, TV shows, Cell phones, I like the idea of taking a once popular idea and modernizing it. Some may claim that this is a lack of creativity but I disagree. Why not bring back an ad campaign that worked before? Well Google is looking to do something similar as they plan on announcing a project that looks to recreate four classic ad campaigns. The announcement will be made at the South by Southwest Interactive Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas. The ads that look to be created include:
However rather than just recreate them Google plans on modernizing them by adding Gmail, YouTube, Maps, and Translate into the mix. Each campaign will have interactive features. For example, the Volvo ad that allows you to track Irv Gordon, the Volvo owner who put 3 million miles in the past 50 years on his Volvo in real-time. You can hit the break below to check out a few of the making of videos and you can check out all the campaigns at Google’s Project Re:Brief site. Like I said, I’m a fan of this idea, what about you guys?
Intel has recently been talking a lot about its Medfield platform, the Atom Z2460 processor, and the Orange “Santa Clara”, a European phone that will feature the Intel chipset. Cascheys Blog has run some benchmark tests on the Santa Clara, and while the processor is only single-core, it bested several other devices.
I’m sure that Intel would readily agree with these results, as they’ve been talking nonstop about the greatness and improved power consumption of Medfield-powered devices. We do have to remember, though, that benchmarks aren’t everything, and ultimately the overall user experience is the most important thing.
source: Caschys Blog
via: Android Central
Most of the time the subject of patents can be dreadfully boring, but when looking at recent patent filings, it can give you a glimpse of what the future holds. We’ve already seen things like flexible displays, which could come to market by this time next year.
Another very interesting patent from Samsung is an invention that allows users to completely customize their smartphone (or other device) skin. Users will be able to take a digital photo or other graphic and electronically wrap it around their device’s skin or film layer that’s associated within the device’s display unit.
HTC Sensation owners in Nordic Countries and Sensation XE owners in Germany are reporting the receipt of an OTA update that isn’t just some bug fixer. That’s right, it appears Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich has arrived. The 297mb update brings you to build number 3.32.401.5 and includes Sense 3.6. Since there’s no changelog, the question is whether this is an accidental push or not.
As we told you Wednesday the Huawei Prism has passed the FCC inspection in its journey to T-Mobile. What you see above is the Prism press shot with the T-Mobile branding. The newly dubbed T-Mobile Prism, or the U8651 (Astro) as it’s internally known, is still a bit of a mystery but we do know that it will launch with quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and HSPA connectivity on the 850,1700 and 1900 bands. It will also come with microSD support and sport a 1,400mAh battery. Add this to the 3.5-inch screen and Gingerbread OS we told you about and you’ve got yourself a decent “mid-range” device coming your way. No word on release date yet but given its recent pass through the FCC and official press shot I would say that it should see a release sometime in the near future.
As we mentioned yesterday, Samsung will be showcasing the upcoming Angry Birds Space game on the Galaxy Note starting today at SXSW. We also had an idea that it’s going to be integrated with the Galaxy Note in some way, and now we can tell you what the story is.
Angry Birds Space will launch on March 22, and there will be a level exclusive to the Galaxy Note and a special package called, “Danger Zone,” will include 30 levels and will be free to all Samsung Galaxy users for a period of 3 months. If you don’t own a Galaxy device, it will be an in app purchase. Galaxy users will be able to to access the “Danger Zone” through Samsung Apps and the Google Play Store (level pack compatible above Android 2.1) for three months starting on the March 22 release date.
Samsung is also introducing a new character called Lazer Bird, and it reflects the personality of the Galaxy Note. “The bird’s lazer vision resembles the best viewing experience on the crisp and expansive screen and its lazer strike super power the high performance.”
So who’s excited for a little bird-launching in space?
Full press release after the break: