We were going through our countless emails in the Talk Android inbox and stumbled upon a Verizon announcement of its new toy— the Samsung Galaxy Camera. Though we had already seen a hint here and another one there-— we finally know Big Red’s camera is very much real and on the way. Aside from the built-in LTE radios, this variant of the camera is no different from AT&T’s version. Though Verizon fails to mention which processor is powering the device (we suspect it’s the same Exynos quad-core processor), we do know the device will have a 16-megapixel sensor plus 23mm Samsung lens and 21X optical zoom… and a whole lot of Jelly Bean running the show.
The device will go on sale this Thursday the 13th and run customers a cool $550.00 which is priced a bit higher than the AT&T version, but then again— you do get that awesome Verizon LTE radio. In addition, Verizon is celebrating the announcement of the device by offering a special promotion where customers will be able to add a Galaxy Camera to a “Share Everything” plan for a mere $5 per month, making it an attractive option to share all those precious holiday moments with your families and friends.
So any of you folks giddy or excited yet?
Similar to the Rockstar issue regarding the release of Vice City; within 12 hours of Modern Combat 4 finally put on the Play Store, it came right down. According to Gameloft, it’ll be ‘deactivated’ from the Play Store until ‘download conditions are back to normal.’ It wouldn’t have anything to do with the beastly 1.87GB file coupled with demand would it? It wasn’t an issue last night, but today when everyone woke up to read the news that it was finally available, they may have hosed the whole thing. So we wait – again. Stand by as we’ll provide an update when Gameloft gets it resolved.
Everyone knows that all things Nexus sell out quickly in the Google Play store, and that includes the Nexus 4’s little bumper case which has been out of stock for quite some time. Lucky for you, the Nexus 4 bumper has returned to stock this afternoon and is ready for you to purchase (at least here in the US). Shipping time is stated to be between three to five business days, so if your Nexus 4 has been running around naked, you could have it covered up by the end of week. Better hurry, we don’t know how long these guys will last. Let us know if you were able to get one.
UPDATE: And just like that, they’re sold out again.
Source: Google Play
The HTC One line is beginning to look like that other somewhat popular Galaxy line. It seems like a new version is announced each month. The latest version is coming to the UK in the ‘coming weeks’ and will be dubbed the HTC One SV. This nice little device will rock LTE, a 4.3-inch super LCD display, a snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a micro SD slot expandable to 32GB, and an 1800mAh removable battery. It’ll ship with Ice Cream Sandwich, but Jelly Bean has already been announced for the device. Overall, this looks like a solid device for those that aren’t into the massive displays that are beginning to dominate the market. Hit the break for the full presser. Read more
Well, that didn’t take long. Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, formerly an executive with Google, took to the blogs yesterday to announce that they’ve completely revamped Yahoo! Mail after only five months at the helm of Yahoo!. In the blog, she mentions, they “told us loud and clear” that customers wanted “fewer distractions when it comes to email.” Well, ask and you shall receive. The updated version is faster, cleaner, and more consistent across all devices. Along with the mail application running more efficiently, you can specifically expect the following:
- Rebranding: The application can now be found as ‘Y! Mail’ on your device.
- Better battery performance
- Increased stability
- More secure with SSL turned on by default
- More reliable push notifications
What are your thoughts? Do you currently use Yahoo! Mail and look forward to the revamped performance and looks? Let us know.
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Recently Google CEO Larry Page sat down with Fortune Magazine for a little interview. The first topic that came up was self-driving cars. Larry sees this as a huge “economic good” by saving millions of dollars on parking. He wasn’t just talking about the cost of just parking the car, but actually building garages. Right now the cost of building a parking garage is upwards of $40,000 per space. Larry envisions a self-driving car dropping you at the front door to the building you work at and then it would park itself. When you’re ready to leave, your phone will tell your car that it’s time to head back and get you.
As to Apple, they are both a competitor and a partner, and he said they he and Steve Jobs were friendly at times. He talked about the time that Steve Jobs tried to rally Apple employees by wanting to go thermonuclear war on Android. Larry doesn’t agree with that philosophy because it causes the employees to look at “somebody else” and what they do now and that’s not how you stay two or three steps ahead. He also talked about how Apple is a big distribution channel and they continue to talk to them to continue to provide those services and sometimes they are allowed to and sometimes they aren’t.
Sony just announced the release of the Xperia Lounge Beta app for Android smartphones. Users will be able to access new content from Sony’s world-class portfolio of partners and sponsors. You can expect content from music, sports, films, and gaming and there will be competitions to win tickets to concerts, movie premieres, and sporting events. Users can also stream live concerts, get behind the scenes footage for new films, access music, and meet celebrities.
The app has actually been around for over a year so I am not sure why there is an announcement now. Maybe it’s because there is exclusive content from Coldplay or that they are offering a chance to win tickets to see Swedish House Mafia on their farewell tour or to attend various FIFA events.
It’s available to all Android users, but only owners of Xperia smartphones get access to a special VIP area and streaming mobile content. Hit the break for download links and the full press release.
Diving into the world of rooting and modding your Android phone or tablet can feel like an overwhelming endeavor. Open a forum thread with some instructions and you’ll find yourself staring at all sorts of strange words and confusing combinations of letters. ROMs, Kernels, Nandroids, TAR images…what does it all mean?! We’re here to help! Below you’ll find the newb’s dictionary to the strange language of modding/hacking. This is not intended to be a technical definition of each concept, but an easy to understand explanation for the average Joe.
Get reading after the break:
For those still holding out for a deal on the Galaxy S III, Wal-Mart seems like the place to be as it looks like they’re offering the device for $98 for new contracts as well as qualifying upgrades. This doesn’t look like it’s any sort of promo either as we may see this price for a while. It must be noted however that Wal-Mart only offers Classic plans through T-Mobile so you’ll have to crunch some numbers and see if this deal is right for you since Classic plans are typically more than Value plans, yet you don’t have to pay the extra $20 per month on Classic. Decisions, Decisions… Let us know if you’re jumping on this deal as it’s always intriguing regarding the ‘numbers game’ when we’re discussing T-Mobile.
Sure HTC may be hemorrhaging money at an alarming rate, but at least it’s continuing to make its customers happy by providing guidance on which of its popular devices will be getting the coveted Jelly Bean update. According to a leaked update list from notorious leaker Football4PDA, owners of the following devices will get the Jelly Bean update… at some point:
This is exciting news indeed— though I’m sure owners of the above devices are eager to know when they will get the extensive update. Hopefully HTC doesn’t wait until even newer pieces of software is out before unleashing the Jelly Bean update to the masses.