Google started a little early this year with a couple today, but we can only assume there will be a lot more April Fools jokes starting tomorrow. Make sure to bookmark this page as we will update it regularly as they appear. If it’s anything like last year, expect this page to be filled up with a lot of crazy antics by this time tomorrow from our favorite Mountain View company. Hit the break to get started.
Naturally when a new device comes out, owners of the previous generation of the device are left wondering if they’ll ever see the new software features on their current phones. And, after seeing the cool stuff Sense 5 can do, I can imagine there were some envious One X owners after HTC took the wraps off the One.
Well, good news if you do own a One X. The latest leak from a trusted Twitter user, @LlabTooFeR, says that the international One X will be receiving Android 4.2.2 and Sense 5 in one update as soon as June or July. Supposedly, other members of the family will get the same update, (One S, One X+, Butterfly) but no time frame was given for those devices. I imagine HTC is realizing that to play with the big boys, you have to keep some of your older devices updated, and this is a big first step in the right direction.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as we hear anything else about these updates.
Now, the second trial concerning 14 devices that infringed on Apple’s patents will be opened up again for a second verdict. Samsung wants the jury to review whether or not those devices infringed on Apple’s patents in the first place to attempt to reduce the damages, but by doing so, Samsung admitted that Apple could “seek even more damages on these products in the new trial.” So that $600 million could come way down… or it could back up to $1 billion in damages again. Obviously Samsung’s lawyers feel pretty confident they can make a better case this time around.
As a side note, Samsung also said Apple’s claims for reinstating the $85 million Judge Lucy Koh took away were “procedurally improper and substantively incorrect.” Like with all the other patent trouble, we’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as anything else comes out of the courtroom between these two.
If you have been sitting in the wings watching the GSIII and GS4 come and go, you are probably feeling a little “left behind”. If you are still stuck in your two year contract and have fallen a bit behind the power curve of late, fear not, a refreshing new update to your old trusty handset should be just what the Doctor ordered.
Sprint announced yesterday that Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is on its way! I know this has been a long wait for those of you who have had your GSII since its release in 2011, but your wait is finally over. As you probably know, and have severely drooled over time-and-time again, the new update will bring with it:
Project Butter Animations
Lock Screen Widgets
Numerous stability and battery saving enhancements
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. The HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S 4 continue to dominate the news, but things are starting to heat up regarding the Motorola X phone as well. Google made a few updates to their apps, and word is that they are working on an all-in-one messaging system too. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
Thanks to a recent video of the HTC One by AT&T, we have now learned that the wireless company has been awarded US exclusivity of the 64GB variant of the upcoming HTC One. While it’s great for AT&T users, this is terrible news for everyone else.
My question is, if HTC is trying their best to crawl themselves out of the hole they’re currently in, why in the world would they grant any carrier exclusivity on the 64GB variant of their flag ship device? Let’s just hope this exclusivity won’t last too long.
The title certainly isn’t a mistake folks, Verizon has apparently “retired” the HTC DROID DNA after only 4 months of being on the market. I’m sure we’re all wondering why this move was made, could it have been due to lackluster sales? Or perhaps Verizon is planning on making room for the upcoming HTC One device? Either way, 4 months is just not acceptable and embarrassing for Verizon to do this to their customers.
This was first brought up when users started to notice that the DNA wasn’t available on Verizon’s website anymore. After several XDA users contacting Verizon to ask about it, several have confirmed that the device has been discontinued by Verizon. Below is a conversation from XDA user robertmoore208 with a Verizon representative that seemed to have confirmed the retirement of the DNA.
The FCC has just gave the Verzion variant of the upcoming Galaxy S 4 from Samsung the go ahead. Some things to note are the presence of 4G LTE, as expected, on both Verizon’s 700 MHz band and their AWS band which they recently acquired. Also worth noting is the presence of HSPA-3G network which could mean a better experience for consumers who travel overseas. As of now the only other carriers left to pass through the FCC’s tests are AT&T and T-Mobile, but we don’t expect that to take very long.
A new Google patent application demonstrates a method for connecting weather information with a device’s camera application. Besides the camera app and a connected weather app, the method makes use of GPS coordinates. Grabbing location data using the GPS of a device, coordinates are transmitted to a server to retrieve local weather information. When the weather data is returned to the device, ambient light info is fed into the camera to adjust the settings to optimize the picture. Some of the settings that may be adjusted include white balance, hue, saturation, sharpness, or contrast.
It is not clear how this may be better than the sensors already present in a camera, though many photographers find those to be inadequate and resort to manual settings or process their photos through software to make corrections. We also don’t know whether this concept will ever find its way into an actual product. If it does, Android users may enjoy an edge in the photography department compared to other platforms.
As expected, after AT&T announced this week they will be opening pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 in April, other carriers are following suit. U.S. Cellular has announced they will start taking pre-orders for the device on April 16th, the same day as AT&T. No pricing information was provided by U.S. Cellular. Hit the source link if you want to sign up for reminders from U.S. Cellular.
Early backers of the OUYA game console got a nice surprise this week when Julie Uhrman, the project’s founder, announced consoles had shipped already. If you were one of those supporters, your unit should be arriving any day now. When the units arrive, new owners will find:
104 titles will be immediately available with many more on the way
OUYA will require an update on first launch but it will be ultra quick
You’ll need a credit/debit card to download games… even free ones
OUYA supports up to 4 controllers and although you can buy more, it’ll work with Xbox/PS3 controllers among others
The folks at OUYA indicate they will be launching at retail locations starting June 4th. In an interesting little twist,they also announced plans are available for anyone who wants to 3D print an OUYA for themselves.
The GLBenchmark site is one of the best resources for finding out about phones in the pipeline. A new LG phone (D801) showed up in the database that is most likely the Optimus G 2. It’s powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, an Adreno 330 GPU, an FHD display, and Android 4.2.2. It has been rumored that the Optimus G 2 would carry an Odin Octa-core CPU, but this news doesn’t mean that it won’t. Just like the Galaxy S 4, it’s very likely that LG will offer variants with different processors for different regions. I would expect to see this phone to get announced at IFA 2013 later in the year, so expect a lot of rumors and leaks in the meantime.
While those of us in the U.S. will just get the Galaxy S 4 with a quad-core Snapdragon processor, other countries are fortunate enough to get the Exynos 5 Octa on-board. If you are able to get your hands on the S 4 or future Samsung device with an Octa processor, there is some good news when it comes to LTE support. According to the official Samsung Exynos Twitter page, the Exynos 5 Octa will support all 20 LTE bands allowing fast data speeds worldwide. As far as what modem it will be paired with and how many bands will be supported on a single device, Samsung has yet to release more information.
If you’ve been keeping up at home, we’ve heard a ton of reports lately that Google is releasing a unified chat client called “Babble.” Well, turns out that client is actually called Babel, but many of the other rumored features were right. Babel will be available cross-platform on Android, iOS, Chrome, Gmail, and Google Plus, but as of right now, Google Voice isn’t part of the list. It may come at a later point, but not right out of the gate.
Babel will allow you to access the same conversation list from any of those platforms, and features a new, conversation based UI, picture messaging, improved cross-device notifications, and picture messaging. That’s a pretty fully featured app, and it’s definitely going to improve our communication experience as a whole.
Babel as a name does make sense for Google’s project, though, especially if you consider the Biblical meaning of the word and the story of the Tower of Babel. However, it still might not be the official name of the app, whenever it’s released, so take it with a grain of salt. Personally, I think Google will opt for something a bit more accessible and catchy, but I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
Yup— it’s looking more and more like 2013 is shaping up to be the year of the Sony devices for Android fans. New rumors have surfaced indicating that the ever-growing manufacturer is all set to bring in some topnotch camera and sound capabilities in its Xperia line of handsets. Let me explain– rampant rumors have surfaced recently regarding speculation of Sony’s Cyber-shot and Walkman technologies into the following upcoming flagships: a 5-inch Cyber-shot-based smartphone with unrivaled camera capabilities, a 5-inch Xperia Walkman-based device featuring an integrated amplifier chip, an “iPhone competitor” with a small form factor and finally, a mysterious phablet-type device. The neat thing is the fact that each rumored device are expected to feature top of the line guts inside which presumably include a hyper-fast processing chip and a current/up-to-date version of Android.