In today’s not so major news, it looks like the Samsung Galaxy S III will be available in both blue and white. This is far from shocking, but news is news. GSM Arena got a tip that the Carphone Warehouse inventory system has it listed in both of these colors. This of course confirms what we reported a couple of weeks ago. There was no listing for a black version, which is quite interesting. Will anyone miss black?
Color Splash FX landed in the Google Play Store about a week ago. It’s made by Androidslide, makers of the very popular Camera ZOOM FX and Photo FX Live Wallpaper apps.
Color Splash FX turns your color photos to black and white by “painting” with you finger. You can also bring back the color with the same “painting” motion.
Google and Oracle are still going at it pretty strong and even though Page, Schmidt, Ruben and Google in general have been handing Oracle’s rear to them on a platter, quite a number of tidbits have been revealed over the course of the trail. All sorts of factoids have been coming out about the Android OS, which I’m sure Google isn’t ultimately pleased about. However, from a tech journalist’s perspective, it’s flat out juicy news. The latest to be revealed from the trial is a Google patent revealing NFC functionality between Android handsets. The only question here is, could this be referring to Android Beam or something else?
Android has had Beam since at least October of 2011 which isn’t new news, however, the patent revealed other aspects of the technology dubbed “sharing application states”, to work with apps and functions like messaging, phone call status and playback positions for video and audio. So, now that we’ve seen how Android Beam has come into play, could there be something else up Google’s sleeve with the function? We sure hope so. Stay tuned as we dig a little deeper to find out exactly how Google intends to use Beam in any other way other than just transferring items between devices.
Motorola has had quite the successful year. Head honcho Sanjay Jha highlights:
“The introduction of RAZR™ MAXX marked another successful addition to the Motorola product family and contributed to our growth in smartphones. Our Home business delivered another solid quarter highlighted by improvement in year-over-year profitability”.
We’ve got a great deal coming out of Amazon today. It’s a certified, refurbished Kindle Fire. You can pick one of these 7-inch tablets up for a mere $139. Amazon actually had this same sale in March, but it’s back again! This Fire is tested, approved and offered with the same 1 year warranty you’d get with a brand new one. This could be a great time to get your hands on a cheap tablet, or maybe as a gift for a loved one. The Kindle fire comes with great services from Amazon, free cloud storage for the thousands of videos, books, games, and TV shows you’ll be taking advantage of, and much more.
Keep in mind as you’ll see when clicking on the source, you only have till the end of the day today to get this deal, or as the promotion says: “until they’re all gone.”
As we get closer to the big day tomorrow, we are beginning to get more and more details leaked regarding the anticipated Galaxy S III. While we expect the Galaxy S III to feature an LTE chip to be used on Verizon’s network later this year, it was uncertain whether this Galaxy S III variant would carry the Sammy-built quad-core screamer or an alternative processor such as the Snapdragon line of chips. Well it looks like we have the answer folks. According to a leaked user agent profile obtained by our pals at pocketnow, a Verizon “SCH-I535″ smartphone will feature a Snapdragon MSM8960 processor— aka a Snapdragon S4 chip. While there’s no concrete evidence this “SCH-I535″ smartphone is indeed the Verizon variant of the Galaxy S III, some features of the device hints that this is the Verizon version of the smartphone on the way. For example, there is a heavy scoop of Android 4.0 and a 1280 x 720 (most likely HD) display. Oh and the “SCH-I535″ matches up with other premium Samsung devices sold by Verizon (see SCH-I515 – Galaxy Nexus as example).
This potential strategy of including Snapdragon-based chips by Samsung should come as no surprise really. Samsung previously made it clear that not all of its Galaxy S III variants would feature their in-house chip because simply put— the Exynos processor may not quite be ready to implement LTE technology just yet. So it makes sense for Sammy to include cost-effective alternatives like the Snapdragon which would allow the devices to operate on LTE (think of what HTC did with its One XL smartphone). While we do know the Exynos processor is in a class of its own compared to the competition— the Snapdragon-based chips more than holds its own against other competition. Just ask the AT&T HTC One X smartphone.
We are little over 24 hours away from what could be the biggest mobile announcement of the year, but that won’t stop rumors and leaks. Today we have a screen protector from Colorant, a South Korean company. They are releasing a new product called USG (Ultimate Screen Guard) and of course it will be for the Galaxy S III.
Although Samsung is doing a great job in keeping things a secret, unfortunately they still need to share details with manufacturers such as these so they can design protectors, cases, and other accessories. They can’t wait until the official unveiling. In this situation, the packaging states that it was made in Japan, but finished in Korea. Obviously that’s because they had to test them on demo units provided by Samsung.
One of the hottest families of custom ROMs out there these days is the Android Open Kang Project (AOKP). With over 30 builds under their belt since late last year, the project has now reached Milestone 5. What does that mean? Basically, when enough features and fixes have been added to the project to merit an official release marker, it’s called a Milestone. These builds are the recommended builds for those who don’t flash the less stable nightly builds.
AOKP has ROMs out for many devices, not all of which have received a Milestone 5 build yet. But the big boys have, including the Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Motorola XOOM, ASUS Transformer TF101, and HTC Incredible. Other devices should be reaching Milestone 5 hopefully within a couple of weeks.
The ASUS Padfone, that weird phone/tablet hybrid device, was supposed to launch in Taiwan at the end of April, and in Italy sometime in May. But now, according to a tweet by ASUS Indonesia, it seems that the launch may be delayed due to a shortage of Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processors. An ASUS spokesperson told The Verge “I believe [the shortage is] affecting all of Qualcomm’s customers.”
That’s not a direct admission of a delay from ASUS, but it’s as close as it can come. Basically, ASUS is saying that the Padfone uses the S4, and the S4 is running low on supply. Make your own conclusions. Let’s hope Qualcomm can get production ramped up soon!
via: the verge
Google released the latest Android version numbers showing the distribution of all Android versions, collected from all the devices that access the Google Play Store during the last two weeks of the month. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich saw steady gains, as did Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
- Sales of new devices with Android 4.0 contributed to a 2% increase for ICS to a total of 4.9% as compared to last month. Updates to existing phones and tablets running Gingerbread and Honeycomb have also helped keep the rise of ICS steady.
- Speaking of Honeycomb, its numbers remained flat at 3.3%, which is no surprise since Honeycomb tablet sales have been fairly slow, as have the rollouts of updates to existing Honeycomb tablets to Ice Cream Sandwich.
- The largest piece of the pie got a tad larger with Gingerbread devices rising 0.7% to 64.4%. Yep, most phones out there are still being sold with Android 2.3 on them, though that will slowly change as newer ICS-based devices begin to hit the market.
- Froyo and Eclair predictably continue their decline to 20.9% and 5.5% respectively.
Expect these trends to continue as new devices are released and older ones get updates. Now just when will Jellybean start showing up?
source: android developers