Inside Samsung’s booth at CES 2013, the company’s AMOLED display roadmap was spotted, effectively outing its plans to release a 5-inch 1080p display at some point in Q1 of this year. Interestingly, the same board shows current HD screens matching the sizes of both the currently manufactured Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. And while no devices have been officially announced sporting a 5-inch 1080p display (440ppi), that sized screen would line up nicely with the projected specs of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S IV.
Android 4.2.2 is beginning to become something of a common occurrence, having already been seen running on a Nexus 4 in Brazil earlier this week. Today, more evidence has arose, as the new software has once again been spotted in a Czechoslovakian hands-on video. Despite the bump in the version number, the new firmware appears to remain mostly untouched. Although there’s no way to know if this is official, the surmounting evidence is making an impending update seem highly likely.
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Popup Browser for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 allows users to browse the interwebs via a re-sizable browser that floats over the desktop. The floating app produces a very similar result as the multi-window feature found on the Galaxy Note II. XDA user pidio1 created the app for the Galaxy Tab 2 running stock ROM. Another user tried installing the app on a custom ROM but did not fare so well.
I tried flashing the app on the original Galaxy Note but was unable to get it to run. Another XDA user reported the app ran perfectly on a Galaxy S III. Here’s the Download Link if you want to give it a go or hit the source below. Although it doesn’t specifically say you need to be rooted for the app to work, those flashing through ClockworkMod recovery are experiencing the best results. If you change your mind about it, just delete PopupBrowser.apk from /system/app. Good luck!
Koushik Dutta, the famous Android developer that created Clockwork Mod Recovery (ROM Manager) and a CyanogenMod ROM maintainer, has released a beta for of his Carbon backup application. His Carbon app syncs and saves the app and its data between devices in the cloud. Syncing in the cloud certainly makes this app interesting and different from most of the backup apps out there. The app requires your device to be rooted and this beta will only be available for a week, so try it now if you wish to. Especially if you’re an avid ROM flasher!
Hit up the link below for the download link and video of the app!
source: Koush’s G+
Forgive us if you have heard this before— but rumor has it that Facebook is all set to introduce its all-new smartphone at a special event sometime this week. According to MG Siegler of TechCrunch, it is unknown if the new smartphone is custom built or an operating system built to run on another manufacturer’s hardware (probably HTC), but he does have a significant hunch on what consumers could probably see in this smartphone. The most obvious likelihood is that the new Facebook phone would likely feature a customized version of Android similar to what Amazon has done with its Kindle Fire tablet probably because it would take too much development time to develop a new OS from scratch, plus having a customized version of Android means that it would have access to the vast library of apps and titles that already exist out there for the Android platform. Having an Android-based OS would make sense too since well you know… Facebook already has an affinity for the platform already.
While news of a Facebook phone is indeed exciting, the timing is a little unusual to say the least considering we just ended CES 2013 and all. Then again— maybe Facebook wanted to take some time and have the stage all to itself in the hopes of unveiling the next, great smartphone. One thing is for sure though: expectations will certainly be high among the millions and millions of mobile users out there. All eyes are now on you Facebook (and HTC!!!).
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Verizon has a tendency to lock down phones on their network, but fortunately, Big Red hasn’t been able to ruin the developer experience on the Droid DNA. Just to show its resilience, the Droid DNA has been added to the list of supported devices in Flash Image GUI. Flash Image GUI is a neat little app that lets you flash kernels and recoveries without rebooting to recovery. If you’re the kind of person who likes to flash something new on their phone a few times a week, this app is a huge time saver. But remember that anytime you flash new software on your device, it can be risky, so be sure to keep a reliable backup just in case things go awry. If you’re a Droid DNA owner who wants to give the app a go, hit the link below.
Well friends it’s finally happened. Samsung’s all-powerful Galaxy S line has officially passed the 100 million mark. The astonishing fact is how little time it took for Samsung to reach that historic figure. From the original Galaxy S’s launch back in May 2010, it has only taken 2 years and 7 months for overall sales to break past the 100 million mark, while the Galaxy S III is selling even faster rate as Samsung has sold 30 million units in only 5 months and 40 million in only 7 months. Considering Samsung is continuing to push the envelope by introducing more speed as well as new and innovative technologies in its devices, it probably won’t take too long for us to see Sammy eventually reach the 200 million mark. Until then— we’ll just sit back and continue to see Sammy just rake in all those profits.
ASUS seems intent on dominating the budget-tablet market by introducing yet another tablet called the MeMO Pad. This 7-inch tablet features a 1,024 x 600 display, a VIA WM8950 chip clocked at 1GHz plus a Mali-400 GPU, is available in 8GB or 16GB configurations (plus a microSD card slot) and has Jelly Bean running the show. Oh and for good measure— ASUS is tossing in its some extra goodies including its cloud-based WebStorage with 5GB of storage space and ASUS Studio among other things. All-in-all, it appears that ASUS is trying to give consumers a quality tablet experience that won’t break the bank too much– which is always a welcome thing.
The MeMO Pad will be available this month for a reasonable starting price of only $149 and will be available in Sugar White, Titanium Gray and Cherry Pink color configurations. Interested parties will be able to get more deets once they hit past the break and check out the full presser.
I think we can all agree that mobile isn’t the focal point for the Consumer Electronics Show since it deals with all consumer electronics. Even so, there was still a lot of cool stuff announced, and the question is what’s the best of the best (for mobile)? We had new devices from Sony, Huawei, and ZTE as well as processors from Samsung, Qualcomm, and NVIDIA, not to mention other hardware like tablets, gaming controllers, gaming systems, and even Google TV.
Before we get into it, I want to thank my entire staff for the hard word this past week, especially our Editor, Roy Alugbue. I was the only one on the show floor and we managed to churn out 45 hands on videos along with a bunch of other announcements and stories. Roy kept the train moving, and our team delivered in a way that we’ve never done before. I am proud of everyone and already looking forward to next year. If you’ve missed any of our coverage, be sure to click here.
Now that the show floor is closed, it’s time for each of us to pick the cream of the crop so hit the break to find out.
Are you an AT&T customer looking to pick up a cheap tablet? AT&T’s got you covered. You can grab a completely unsubsidized, off contract Lenovo IdeaTab A2107 for only $199.99 on AT&T’s website. For this lightweight little 7-inch tablet, that’s not a bad price, especially if you don’t need the latest and greatest tech but want something to watch Netflix on the go with. And for a limited time, you can opt for a two year service agreement to knock $100 off the price of this tablet, since it sports 3G radios. Aside from the 3G, the IdeaTab packs a 7 inch HD screen, a 1GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM and a 2MP camera. It’s not going to make your jaw drop, but if CES this year made you a little envious of all the new devices, this deal might just scratch your tablet itch.
If you’re a developer, you know how important it is to get your app out there to as many people as possible. Well, Google wants to help you. They’ve created a webpage that allows you to enter your app name/URL and they’ll create a “badge” for you to put on your website (or any other website for that matter). Clicking on the badge will take people to your app on the Google Play Store so they can download it right there. Couldn’t be any easier, and Google gives you multiple size choices. Hopefully Google will expand upon this idea, and offer different color options (white would be nice), and maybe even a square corners option for those of us who like straight, clean lines. If you’re an app developer, jump on it! Click the source link below to get started.
Good news for you Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 owners. Both the 10.1 and 7.0 variants of Samsung’s popular slate are now getting a taste of Android Jelly bean. The 4.1 update includes all the awesome features you’ve been waiting for: Project Butter, Google Now, better notifications, and improvements to TouchWiz. If you’re too impatient to wait for the OTA to show up in your notification bar, you can try to force the update by going to Settings > About Tablet > Check for update. Since this is a major update, you’ll need to have your battery charged to at least 50% and be prepared to download a few hundred megabytes of data. Give it a try, and let us know how things go for you in the comment section below.
The Android Dropboxapp update to version 2.3 is now available. The update provides some UI improvements and slight updates but its focus is clearly on photo sharing. If you have the “Camera Upload” feature enabled photo sharing via Dropbox is pretty damn easy. The the app’s gallery view of your uploaded images allows you to select multiple images. Once selected you can add to an album, delete or share a link to the usual choices (Gmail, SMS, Facebook, Google+, etc.). The recipient gets a link to the images you selected. They can then decide to download or add to their own Dropbox account.
One of the questions I receive most often from my less tech-savvy friends (and iPhone owners) is about how to email multiple photos. “I tried to email the 50+ photos from my daughter’s birthday party but…” Ugh, stop. Just use Dropbox and quit bothering me. Everyone else, update via the Play Store or hit the download link below.
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Hot off the heels of an impressive showing at CES this week, ZTE is poised to make a major mark on American consumers this year. CNet reports that carrier executives have not only been impressed with flagship devices like the Grand S smartphone, but the same executives have been encouraged by the direction of the company and are even saying “show me more“. Additionally, ZTE’s head of North American business Lixin Cheng highlights that when seeing the new concepts and devices, carrier executives are seeing “there was a wow factor when they saw them“. It also doesn’t hurt that carriers are attracted to ZTE because of the shorter development process for its phones— devices only take six to eight months from the design of a phone to launch, compared to a competitor’s development time of 12 to 18 months.
While it had some bad publicity a short while ago, it’s looking like ZTE is back on track to becoming the next great brand to have major influence out here in the States. Let’s just hope it can carry the Grand S’s momentum and come out with solid offerings for consumers.