While malware seems to be a rampant problem in the world of Android, Google has taken extraordinary measures to ensure smartphone and tablet users are not affected by corrupt apps. So with that, Google has heard the cries and angst from affected Play Store users and is now fighting back— except it’s now fighting back against small, independent developers in addition to the untrusted ones. Google recently introduced stricter terms and conditions into its Developer Distribution Agreement, which allows it to maintain better order in its Play Store. As a catch however— Google’s automated crackdown also affects small developers such as Cory Trese by sending individuals like Trease automated emails, informing him that he is violating the spam provisions of the new developer terms and conditions.
A belief of Google’s attacks on devs like Trease may have to do with a simple fact: his app gets updated frequently— almost too frequently. The only catch is that it’s just pure speculation— there’s no concrete reason for Google’s newfound threat nor is Google responding to Trease and his brother. Nevertheless, Android users of all certainly have something to look forward to with the much-needed control and order of the Play Store in order to make the overall user experience better for all. But at the same time, Google will need to be careful with what type of precedent it intends to set if it does go after talented and innocent indie developers.
source: Wired UK
If you have been anxiously awaiting your chance to get your hands on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, Negri Electronics has just what you need. Earlier today, Negri took to Twitter and effectively announced they had shipped pre-orders via a question for followers about receipt of tracking numbers. This followed a tweet yesterday in which Negri posted a picture of one of the units they had in hand.
The news gets even better. A visit to the Negri Electronics web site reveals availability as “In Stock” for $749.50. I’m not sure how fast they are turning orders around, but if they get right on it and you select express shipping, you could possibly have the device in your hands tomorrow.
source: Negri Electronics
You have to hand it to Microsoft. As Apple fights it out with Android manufacturers, Microsoft is quietly signing licencing deals. This all started last year when they were able to grab deals with HTC, Samsung, Acer, and ViewSonic. In fact, back in October they had a total of 10 deals.
As of today that total is at 15 with the latest one involving Honeywell International, Inc. It’s based on their digital assistant called the Dolphin, which is meant for field workers with data capture being its primary use.
All 15 of these deals generate quite a bit of money for Microsoft, and since they can’t sell any phones, this really helps their bottomline.
With 15 deals, you would think there really isn’t a company left to go after, but there is one major player yet to sign anything, and that’s Motorola. Microsoft recently scored some victories here in the U.S. and Germany, but Motorola continues to fight long and hard. It really makes me wonder why Motorola’s patents were worth so much when they’re forced to defend themselves constantly. Microsoft would rather Motorola sign a deal just like everyone else in order to save on legal fees, but kudos to Motorola for not giving in.
A couple of days ago Google announced a major update to Google Wallet and one of the major changes was the ability to use any major debit or credit card. They mentioned Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, but apparently American Express wasn’t officially part of the program. An American Express rep said that users a free to load American Express cards into Google Wallet and use them, but they never agreed to anything.
“We want to make sure Google’s mobile wallet product meets the standards we set for our Cardmembers in terms of transparency and clarity about transaction detail,” AmEx social media VP Bradley Minor told me. “Right now, American Express does not have an agreement with Google for our cards to be used in the Google mobile wallet.”
Later Google made this statement:
It is so hard for manufacturers to keep secrets these days. It’s amazing when you think about where you can dig up stuff. Take the upcoming Sony LT30 Mint. We know it won’t be called that, and it has to go through various certifications before it can be brought to market. One such certification is for the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) Organization. It so happens that the LT30 just got certified under the name, Sony Xperia T. This certainly isn’t a shocker since Sony adopted the single-letter scheme for 2012.
The Xperia T will sport a 4.6-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, and a 13MP camera. We should see this bad boy later this month in Berlin so stay tuned.
A few days ago we told you about how Android already has some built in functionality for multiple user accounts, but just not complete. If you’re not familiar with what this concept is, it allows you to have separate log ins for your tablet or smartphone. For example, you could set up your tablet the way you want as far as home screens and whatever apps you use, but other family members could log in under a different account, and they would get their own set up of apps and home screens.
This is something that is within the AOSP, but not something that is ready for prime time. It only means that it’s something we will probably see in a later version of Android like 4.2 or 5.0. None of this will stop the amazing Android development community as XDA member zanderman112 was able to setup multiple accounts using Terminal Emulator. Unfortunately there isn’t too much functionality, but this is a major start. Check out the video after the break.
Yesterday we reported that Samsung sent invitations for an Unpacked Event on August 29th at the IFA Conference in Berlin and we were 99.9% sure that it was going to be all about the Galaxy Note 2. We just moved to 100% as Samsung confirmed it to Reuters. Usually Samsung doesn’t confirm such details, but Samsung is probably looking for a little media attention since Apple will probably unveil the iPhone 5 a couple of weeks later in mid September.
If you’re hoping Samsung unveiled their specs as well, forget it. They need to have some surprises for the event don’t they? We do expect a quad-core chip and a 5.5-inch display, but maybe they will surprise us with the display being a Super AMOLED Plus and a 12MP shooter. It seems like the perfect way to end the Summer.
I love a great Twitter app. I have often found myself using a few at a time just to find the best one, and now my search could be over. Slices is a new Twitter app developed by OneLouder, the makers of Tweetcaster, and aims to make your tweeting easier and more robust. Two core properties stick out to me when deciding what app I’ll use: beauty & functionality. To say Slices meets my expectations would be a huge understatement. OneLouder has provided just enough beauty to draw in the user experience and functionality that both Twitter pros and newbies alike will be satisfied.
Ting, a MVNO (Mobile Vitural Network Operator) running on Sprint’s network, is now offering the Samsung Galaxy S III for pre-order. You will have a choice of either Marble White or Pebble Blue and as this is prepaid, (no discounted handsets) the device will cost $529 (16GB) or $579 (32GB).
One drawback: you have to wait 3-6 weeks for your shiny new phone to ship. The good news is, for those who live in a Sprint LTE market, you’ll be able to browse the web at stunning LTE speeds! We have yet to confirm the official specs; Ting says their version will have only 1GB of RAM Vs. 2GB on other variants. Either this is a method to cut costs, or there was an error–hopefully the latter.
The Samsung Galaxy S III has been available for quite some time and is selling at record numbers, leading to Samsung destroying their shipment record in quarter two of this year. Widespread ability, and specs that leave nothing to desire are likely the main cause of its popularity. I know if I wasn’t packing a Galaxy Nexus, I would definitely pick one up! Are you on the Ting network? Let us know if you plan on picking up this powerful beast! Hit the break for the full press release.
Canadian developer Teknision, makers of Kickstarter-funded Chameleon Launcher, said the beta version would be ready the first week of August, and they are right on target. If you pledged on Kickstarter, you can now find and install Chameleon Launcher Beta from the Google Play Store.
The interesting thing about this home screen replacement is how it treats the overall experience, covering every inch of the screen with widgets and apps. You can then create different home screens based on different situations (work, home, commute, etc) and have Chameleon show you the most relevant one based on GPS location, Wi-Fi network connected to, or time ranges.
Hit the break for screenshots, a video, and the download link.