Those of you Sammy stans out there will be excited at the fact that the newest additions to the Galaxy Tab family have been outed for your viewing pleasure. Thanks to the studs at Moveplayer, we now know what the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 will look like, as well as some additional details regarding the specs of each device. According to the site, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 will come with an 8-inch WXGA (1280 x 800) TFT-LCD display and dual-core 1.5Ghz processor, 1.5GB of RAM and Android 4.2.2 on-board; the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 on the other hand, will likely feature a similar spec sheet— while also addition the expectation of coming in no less than 3 variants and will measure in at 243.1 x 176.1 x 7.95 mm.
Samsung hasn’t come out and addressed the latest leak just yet, but all indications point to for formal unveiling and launch of the tablets at a June 20th event.
According to the Korea Herald, high-level management at Samsung recently held a strategy meeting to talk design for their upcoming products. The members of the meeting discussed the trends in the electronics market lately, and they all agreed that Samsung devices need to remain easily recognizable by consumers. They’re reportedly working on “Design 3.0″ for their products, which is set to help keep Samsung devices ahead of the curve by focusing on “external beauty” as well as “technical practicality.”
While these details are extremely vague, it’s pretty clear that Samsung knows they can’t keep releasing the same device over and over and expect to stay at the top. Even with the Galaxy S4’s blistering sales and laundry list of features, the top complaint was how little it changed from the S3. Hopefully we’ll see Samsung shake the industry up by the end of the year. You never know, we may actually see an aluminum Galaxy device.
source: Korea Herald
After launching a new Gmail interface and updated Play Store and Play Music apps, Google still wasn’t done for the day. They have also updated their Calendar app, which now features a new UI and custom event colors. The design is totally Holo-riffic now, with snazzy redesigned date and time pickers. Customizing event colors, a feature missing until now, is very to accomplish. In addition, the update also makes it easier to schedule repeating events and schedule events in different time zones.
While the update is technically live, it will be rolling out gradually. When it’s your turn, you can grab it from the link after the break. Read more
Earlier today Steve Kondik took to Google+ to
talk about think out loud in regards to an ever popular topic of conversation: mobile security. As we see malware threats come and go, it comes back to just how secure one’s device really is. As more apps try to take advantage of folks and security exploits, people are growing paranoid with their personal data. Some read app permissions carefully, while others, like myself, just blow through them. Earlier builds of CM even developed a way to allow users to pick and choose which app permissions they were comfortable with. This idea of permission picking was short lived however as it caused instabilities and took trust away from app developers. Some have taken to say that the CyanogenMod team really isn’t looking out for its users but as Mr. Kondik replies:
“Proponents of the patches say that CM isn’t looking out for the users. I think these patches are just more security theater and don’t really solve a problem. Why do you want to run malicious applications anyway?”
He raises a good point. Why would we want to install malicious apps? Some people may do so on accident and this permission picking could essentially be a safety net but it wouldn’t solve the bigger issue: mobile security as a whole. So with that, Cyanogen has taken to the community in hopes of hearing ideas of increasing security while avoiding “smoke and mirrors.” So if you think you have a good idea on how to do just that, hit the source link below to voice your idea. While one option would be to split CM and create a secure, martial-law style version of the ROM that only helps a small group. Your ideas may help avoid that while helping everyone.
Google Play Music has been updated and given some features that I had no idea it didn’t even have. The official version is 5.0.1041J and includes:
* Added option to delete tracks
* Can share song and add to playlist from Now Playing screen
* Remove from My Library now supported
For some reason I always thought the ability to delete tracks has always been there. Either way, good to see it being added. Links to the Play Store will be right below!
Play Store Download Link
This recent video uploaded by Nvidia shows off the Shield project in its final form (firmware wise). Also in the video is Sonic 4 Episode II and Expendable Rearmed being showcased and will be part of pre-loaded games that will be on the device. The device has been up for pre-orders since May 17th and will currently run you $350. Check out the video right after the break!
The HTC One has been a great success thus far for the struggling company with more than 5 million units sold to date. While it’s a great number, HTC claims it could have sold even more if it wasn’t for supply shortages. It’s not new news that the HTC One did suffer some serious supply shortages upon its release earlier this quarter. What’s interesting about this comment by HTC is that they’re not blaming the lack of supplies via production, but yet they’re blaming other companies like Samsung claiming they use it as a “strategy” to essentially bottleneck other companies such as HTC in selling more of their devices.
HTC’s own Jack Tong used the HTC Desire as a prime example of this. 2 years ago when the Desire was selling quite well for the company, they had to halt the production and ultimately affected some of its sales because Samsung stopped supplying the company with the AMOLED screens that were being used on the device. HTC was forced to slightly redesign the phone and supply it with an LCD screen instead. It was then that Tong mentioned,“We found that key component supply can be used as a competitive weapon.”
source: Focus Taiwan
Well folks, some actual “real” facts have finally surfaced concerning the infamous Motorola X phone. Coming from Motorola’s own Dennis Woodside himself, the device will come out this October and most of it will be built in Fort Worth, Texas. Woodside even gave a slight tease mentioning the device is already in his pocket.
You can expect the device to feature a galore of sensors. One being a sensor that can detect when the device has been taken out of the pocket, and even a sensor that will detect how fast you’re currently traveling if you were to be in a car that way the phone will act differently for safety measures.
Sadly that’s all we know about the device, screen size, processor and everything else is still up in the air. I’m sure more about the device will surface sometime this summer as it will eventually have to pass through the FCC. Stay tuned!
source: All Things D
Until version 4.0, Twitter’s Android app seemed like an afterthought to the iOS version. 4.0’s overall was a welcome change, and 4.1 adds even more features, including rich notifications and simplified image sharing.
The folks at Twitter have taken advantage of Jelly Bean’s rich notification capabilities, and now notifications show profile pictures of those who have interacted with you, as well as a list of interactions if you have multiple. In addition, the compose window, which used to be a pop up, has been transformed into a real window. Image sharing is now incredibly easy through the new compose window, as you can now choose the photo you want to share straight from the app, without opening your phone’s gallery. Also the full preview is visible, instead of the cropped version that used to be shown. Twitter brags that you can now tweet a photo in under six seconds, and I just attempted and confirmed their claim.
Other tweaks in 4.1 include easier account-switching, removed borders for more reading space, and the ability to remove your location from individual tweets. You can read the full change log and download the updated app after the break.