A while back we told you about Verizon’s plans to start offering shared data between members of a family plan. That means all devices enrolled under one family plan will eventually have the option to dip out of one pot of allotted data and according to a leaked screenshot acquired by Engadget, eventually might be real soon.
The screenshot you see above is reportedly from an employee training manual and is appropriately labeled “account level data plans”, or ALP. By the looks of it, a $9.99 charge will apply to each phone line that shares from the lump sum of data, which would obviously have an additional charge in it of itself based on the amount of data chosen. There is still no ETA of when we may see this option available, but for those families or groups who don’t individually use up the 2GB data minimum, this may be a welcome option. We will keep a further eye on this and let you know when we hear more. I imagine it should be available right around the corner, though.
For those of you who were disappointed to see that the recent release of Sonic 4 Episode 1 wasn’t compatible with your ICS device, you’ll be happy to know there is a market update waiting for you right now.
Today’s Sonic 4 update brings compatibility to all devices running Android 4.0 and I was able to successfully test it out on the Galaxy Nexus and the Transformer Prime. Previously I was unable to get past the start screen but now I am happy to say that I can play the game without a hitch. Speaking of gameplay, it looks damn good and I haven’t noticed any glitches or hangs at all. Now if I only had a Big Gulp full of Slurpee in front of me I’d think I was a tween again! Hit the link below to get your well deserved update.
Today, Google made another step in the right direction in its latest effort to further engage with the Android development community by announcing the launch of the Android Developers Google+ page. The page is intended as “a place for Android developers everywhere to meet, share, and connect with the people behind the Android developer experience”. Even if you aren’t a developer this should be an interesting page to keep an eye on.
From Google’s recent addition of the Android developers Blog, Google Groups, Holo and the new style guide, and now G+, it clearly seems that the big G wants to make Android a more inviting place for developers. Not only will these outlets provide a place for devs to get together, it should prove to help Google in keeping everyone on the same page.
It kinda seems like god ol’ Andy’s all grown up now, huh? He isn’t just a cute little kid anymore… *sniffle*. So anyway, if you want to keep tabs on Google’s new Android developers G+ page be sure to hit the link below and add them to your circles. You never know if/when Andy might stop by!
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While flying back from CES a few weeks ago I was able to catch a flick on the flight back to my home state of PA. I was about to doze off on the plane when I opened one eye quick to check out the in-flight entertainment. It was Real Steel with Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo. The movie takes place in the near distant future where human boxing has been completely replaced with the more popular robot boxing. A pretty cool high tech remote controlled boxing robot was at the command and disposal of Wolverine himself. Awesome if you ask me. I’m a dork for movies like that, what can I say? So when I saw Jump Games made it available for my favorite operating system in the whole world, I jumped right on it and had to write a post about it to share with the rest of our Android fans.
Gizmodo says, “game looks fun as hell.”
iPhoneappreview says, “Real Steel is a solid winner.”
The future, robots, fighting and more! What else is there to say? So go download it already! Just kidding, here’s a little premise on the game itself first. Real Steel for Android allows you to enter the underworld of fighting high-tech machines weighing in at 2,000 lbs and battling it to the death all on your smartphone or tablet. It’s a new age Street Fighter in your pocket! The game offers two different play modes, “Tournament” and “Free Sparring”. Tournament mode allows you challenge a whole roster of bots while Free Sparring Mode gives you quick fights against the bot of your choice. Your goal is to unlock all the cool robots you can by putting a beat down and whoopin on Midas. The game will run you a buck but it’s well worth the game play. Ready for the challenge? Hit the break to check out a few screen shots of the game in action and then hit up the quick demo video from the Android Market. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below. QR code and download links after the break.
Back when it was first leaked that Sprint would be sporting a Galaxy Nexus of their own it was suggested that their version of the phone would be running a 1.5GHz processor. Considering the original runs a 1.2 GHz OMAP processor everyone was a little surprised. It caught some to question the fact that Google and Samsung would consider dropping a higher-end Galaxy Nexus on the world. Well if the benchmark folk NenaMark have anything to say about it, then a higher-end Galaxy Nexus we shall have!
Who’s ready for some nice benchmarks? GSM Arena reports it came across some rather interesting benchmarks for the upcoming Qualcomm MSM8960 SoC. Coupled with an Andreno 225 GPU and running on an unidentified device at a resolution of 1024 x 600, the benchmark showed an impressive 54.90 NenaMark 2 benchmark score. To compare it with a more familiar and popular device, GSM Arena ran a test on a Samsung Galaxy S II device, which of course features a Mali-400 GPU at 800 x 480 resolution, the NenaMark 2 benchmark score was a ‘mere’ 46.2. While the reference unit is operated by Ice Cream Sandwich, it is still impressive how it dominated the Galaxy S II in terms of raw performance. Sort of makes you excited for Qualcomm’s new jewel, doesn’t it? This will be especially true when we see more and more apps optimized for the chip.
source: GSM Arena
Samsung is among the most familiar brands around, that’s a gimme. In addition to being more familiar with the general consumer because of its great electronics and gadgets, it has a bit of a niche following too— considering it has some of the most popular devices in the game. Although it is one of the more popular brands among Android users, its brand is not as popular as a certain giant from Cupertino. That’s why Sammy wants to take the next step in its popularity and have consumers become not just intrigued with Samsung products, but it wants to consumers to become passionate fanatics… or even obsessed with the Samsung brand.
Sammy has made it clear of its intentions too. In a recent interview, marketing executive Younghee Lee stresses it is ready to “change people’s attention” because “people are obsessed with Apple”. Sounds ambitious, doesn’t it? Since Samsung has some of the more popular phones around and also has some clever ads to promote its capabilities recently, I’d say Samsung is off to a great start.
It looks like Sammy is ready to unleash an all-out attack for 2012 too. It is scheduled to air a commercial spot during this weekend’s Super Bowl for starters which will likely promote is uber-cool Galaxy Note phone. Don’t forget— Samsung has a sponsorship for this year’s Olympic games as well, so you can expect the brand to launch a major product… and we think we may know what that major product will likely be too. There’s no better 2-week stage to promote a superior device, don’t you think? This will be in addition to the additional barrage of other existing products.
You’ve already been Samsunged. You all ready to become Samsunged and obsessed?
source: Droid Life
Samsung has big plans for Super Bowl Sunday. They just tweeted that a device will be launched alongside their first ever Super Bowl ad, stating that “only an ad in America’s biggest game can do it justice.” They also mentioned that it will be one of the longest ads during the event. Taking into account the going rate for average Super Bowl ads, a 60 second spot would cost them $6 million dollars. I think they are pretty pumped about this one. But what will the ad be for exactly? Their follow up tweet specifically mentions the Galaxy Note, but the first is cryptic enough for me to believe they have something else up their sleeves. Maybe, maybe not.
Looks like we have about a week before game time. Until then, start your speculating!
While I am certainly not one to use this app, as I live in the USA, those in London that ride public transportation may find this app to be quite useful. As the company puts it, the UK’s best-selling travel app has made its way to Android phones and you can instantly know when your bus will be arriving at any of London’s 20,000 bus stops. You can get the lite version of Buschecker by Fat Attitude LTD. which offers you a 30 day free trial of it’s full features. Otherwise you’ll be paying about $1.95 for all its features. They include:
- Live, updated countdown display of bus arrivals.
- Real-time GPS map of nearest bus stops.
- Full route maps for all London Bus Routes – see exactly where your bus goes.
- Service information – diversions/closures/cancellations.
- Home screen widget – live arrivals for your favourite stops.
- Tap on bus numbers to filter the list: see screenshots.
- Details bus stop information – routes/map location/direction.
- Map/route number display – find the right bus to get you home!
Hit the break below to get your free trial of what is considered one of the best apps for traveling by the likes of BBC Click, The Telegraph, Guardian Online, The Independent and Wired UK. While this app doesn’t work for me, I would certainly recommend anyone in or traveling to the UK in giving this a shot and letting us know what you think in the comment section below. Also if you’re interested you can check the video on it below. Enjoy!
Remember that “unplugged” teaser Motorola did before CES? They weren’t kidding because I’ve had the DROID RAZR MAXX for a couple of days now, and all I can say is if battery life is any concern to you, you can forget about anything else and just buy this phone. I’m still conducting more tests, but I wanted to give you some of my preliminary results.
I took the RAZR Maxx off the charger at midnight and it sat idle for 8 hours. I was sleeping so I can’t verify, but it should’ve been on 4G LTE most of that time, but it could’ve switched to 3G periodically since I don’t live in the heart of the city. It lost 20% during these first 8 hours, and by the time 24 hours rolled around, it still had 5% left. I would say it wasn’t a heavy day as far as usage. I played games for a couple of hours and streamed Slacker for maybe 40 minutes. The display was on 20% of the time or about 5 hours. The display was set to automatic brightness, but I realized late in the day that the GPS wasn’t turned on. Bluetooth was on (but rarely connected) and WiFi was off. All in all, I would say the battery performance was superb, but I decided to work it a little more for day 2.