We know that Sony is not pulling any strings when it comes to its intentions to really take a bite out of the overall smartphone share. Their newly revamped Xperia line of smartphones are no doubt impressive ones and we know they are clearly intending to appease even the most technical smartphone users, but aside from some news here and there— we hadn’t seen a real marketing or advertising push for Sony’s top line of devices, until now. Sony has given a sneak peak of their first commercial, which is a stop-motion animated piece done by none other than Wes Anderson.
The commercial has a unique background of how it was developed too. Anderson interviewed several children and asked them how they thought a smartphone worked. Their response gave him the idea to highlight smaller robot workers working under a head honcho big robot in order to ensure the (Xperia) smartphone is operating at the best level possible which includes getting different types of content including video and music in the device. The way it’s presented in the commercial piece shows an interesting way of describing how how phone operates. Creative indeed.
You can find the video available for viewing now, so be sure to check it out below.
There seems to be something going on with the Android Gmail app for many users out there, and it doesn’t appear explainable. It started sometime yesterday afternoon for both rooted and non-rooted users. Upon opening Gmail from your Android phone or tablet, it gets stuck in a loop of trying to refresh and it flickers. It obviously can’t be the app itself because there hasn’t been an update in the last day, so it has to be an issue with Google. Users of the following devices are reporting the issue: Atrix 4G, Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, Optimus S, EVO 3D, Acer A500 tablet, Photon 4G, Epic 4G, Nexus S 4G, Thunderbolt, and most likely others. Here’s a quick video showing what the issue is.
I haven’t noticed any issues with my Galaxy Nexus, how about you guys?
Google has acknowledged the issue with the following statement from Googler BrittanyBee
Beginning this morning, we’ve received reports of a bug causing some Gmail users on Android to experience screen flickering when they open the app. We are in the process of fixing it and the issue should be resolved shortly. We apologize for any inconvenience.
source: google code and google product forums
Dang it, as if we weren’t already addicted to physics games like Angry Birds and Shoot The Apple, now we’ve got Dude Perfect, an addicting as heck physics game too that calls for ballers everywhere to download. If you love taking trick-shots and are a huge fan of the Dude Perfect following, you can now bring it to your smartphone with this all new time passer. Bathroom breaks are sure to be extended as the game allows you to create and take trick-shots with all sorts of obstacles and in the most bizarre of places.
We’re Dude Perfect™—the YouTube guys that bring you the world’s craziest basketball shots—and we’re thrilled to introduce the first ever trick-shot basketball game! Prove you have what it takes to master the art of the trick-shot by taking, and making, the most epic shots imaginable!
The new puzzler offers a slew of cool trick-shots to take and even furthers game play by allowing you to create your very own levels with their new custom level editor. In addition, you can challenge friends online as you try to beat their high scores to show off to the world. Some are calling it the new Angry Birds and some are just touting how awesome and rich the graphics are. Judge for yourself by heading past the break for the download links and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below. More screen shots and a video demo after the break.
Here’s your chance to save $290 on an unlocked, 16GB Galaxy Nexus. Negri Electronics is selling the unlocked Galaxy Nexus for $459.50. This is a sweet deal, and you can feel better if you missed out on the temporary Daily Steal yesterday.
There are a couple of details to take note of: there will be a small NTT Docomo logo on the back cover. Also, this is the Yakju build, and will have Android 4.0.2. Hit up the link below to order your own Galaxy Nexus.
source: Negri Electronics
Dev’s are about to get an early Christmas gift as Google has announced a new revision to its SDK with a number of anticipated bug fixes as well as some new and improved features. You can expect to see some improvements in areas such as “Lint” and the emulator itself.
Lint is a static checker which analyzes Android projects for a variety of issues around correctness, security, performance, usability and accessibility, checking your XML resources, bitmaps, ProGuard configuration files, source files and even compiled bytecode. It can be run from within Eclipse or from the command line.
The list is extensive and a highly welcomed addition and revision to the current SDK. We hope to see great things from devs when new and improved tools are handed down to them. Check out the full list of features, revisions and improvements below, courtesy of Android SDK Tech, Xavier Ducrohet. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
We heard about Acer’s first quad-core tablet, the A510, last November. Then earlier this month they announced it as the Olympics Edition. Now all we needed was the price. We were expecting it to come in at $500 , but we’re pleased with the aggressive price point of $449. This is a solid price for a Tegra 3 tablet with 32GB, not to mention 12 hours of battery life with the whopping 9800 mAh battery. If there is one negative, it’s the fact that it’s 10.9 mm thick. It’s available in both silver and black and you can pre-order one now on Amazon or Future Shop in Canada. We expect shipments to commence in about 3 weeks.
The full specs include:
- Tegra 3 – 4-PLUS-1 quad-core processor
- 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) 16:10 display
- 1GB of RAM
- 5MP rear camera
- 1MP front camera
- 32GB internal storage
- microSD for up to an additional 32GB of storage
- micro HDMI and USB 2.0 port
- 9800 mAh battery
Full press release after the break:
Remember all the buzz surrounding Google Wallet last May? Unfortunately the buzz didn’t translate into meaningful growth. I have to be honest with you, I have a Galaxy Nexus, and I have yet to try it. It’s not about security for me or anything like that, I just don’t see that many places utilizing it so I haven’t bothered. Meanwhile, it’s not a big deal to pull out my credit card from my wallet.
Anyways, whatever the reason for the lack of adoption, Google is looking to get things going. Reports are that Google is considering sharing the revenue with Verizon Wireless and AT&T so they will be more receptive to embracing the technology. As we all know, Verizon and AT&T already have a similar system in the works called ISIS. Many feel that ISIS is the reason why the Verizon Galaxy Nexus doesn’t have official support for Google Wallet.
Google still feels enthusiastic about the whole project, but with so many other programs being developed, I think it’s going to be tough for a while now. What do you guys think? Have you tried Google Wallet?
If you were one of the
lucky few who purchased a Sony S or P tablet, you’re in luck. The company has unveiled next month it will be pushing the new ICS update to the pair of tabs and you’ll also get some extra features such as photo editing in the gallery application and panoramic pics. In addition, the tabs will get “Small Apps” allowing you to launch applications like a calculator or a small browser window on top of other applications already running. In addition to the announcement, Sony also intro’d a WiFi only look-a-like to the tablet P which will be available beginning April 21st for a whopping ¥50,000 ($600). It resembles the tablet P in all respects only no radios installed, WiFi only. Furthermore, the company is showing off various panels you can purchase for the device to customize it to your liking, which will run you about ¥5,000 a piece (around $60). The panels will come in gold, blue and pink colors.
source: Sony 1,2
If you’re a Samsung Galaxy Note owner, you may have been looking forward to this news for a long time. Sammy has announced it will offer a “Premium Suite software upgrade” in Q2 for owners of that device. The upgrade will not only bring extra multimedia features and a range of S Pen-optimized applications, it will bring Ice Cream Sandwich to the device as well.
Of course most of you will care solely about the addition of Android 4.0. That means users will be treated to not only a redesigned UI, but they’ll be treated to an assortment of features including Facial Unlock, Snapshot and of course the full use of Android Beam. Android Beam will be especially welcome since you can you know, share music and stuff with your Galaxy Nexus bretheren.
The Galaxy Note-exclusive apps are intriguing ones too. For starters, there’s the S Note application which “lets you combine your notes or sketches with other digital content, giving you a new way to create your own stories.” Then there’s My Story which “allows you to create personalized digital cards for friends or family using any type of content including notes, video content, photos, text or voice.” And finally, of course– there’s Angry Birds Space which you’ve been salivating over for some time now. That means soon enough, you won’t be teased anymore and you’ll finally be able to play the exciting game using the S Pen and of course, play the Galaxy Note-exclusive level.
Hit the break for the full presser from Sammy.
Well folks the wait is over as Angry Birds Space has finally landed in the Google Play store and Amazon App Store. As you probably already know by now, this is the latest release from the Rovio team and brings completely new bird mechanics with the addition of gravitational force. The game is available as a free ad-supported version in the Google Play store and a $0.99 add-free version is currently limited to the Amazon App Store. For those with a Kindle Fire you can get an HD version through Amazon for $2.99. Don’t forget, those with a Samsung Galaxy devices get access to 30 exclusive levels.
Even if you don’t have a Samsung device you really need to check this game out. I had a lot of fun playing it and it’s a fresh new take on the game we all fell in love with long ago. Jump past the break for download links.