Walkman Player from some Sony devices now for rooted ICS devices

Individuals of a certain age may remember a time when a Sony Walkman was the technological, gee-whiz gadget of its time that set the standard for other portable music players. While much has changed over the years, the spirit of the Sony Walkman lives on today in the Sony Walkman Player app. Like other manufacturer specific apps included on Android devices in an effort to differentiate themselves, the Walkman Player is limited to Sony devices like the Sony Xperia S, Xperia T, and Xperia V devices. That situation has changed thanks to XDA forum member Rizal Lovins.

Using a copy of the app he extracted from his own Xperia S, Rizal Lovins has figured out how to get the app to install and run other Ice Cream Sandwich devices that have been rooted. Some quirks are still being worked out, but for the most part users can enjoy the visualizations, equalizers, animations, and other features of the music player app.

For instructions on how to install the Walkman Player on your rooted ICS device, hit the source link below.

source: XDA Developers forum

Android amasses 48 percent of US adult tablet market, iPad slips to 52 percent

A new research study has determined that Android tablets have made a strong impact among adult tablet owners in the US. In 2011, Android tablets occupied just 15 percent of the market share. Here we are in 2012, and the number has grown to an astronomical 48 percent. Of the 48 percent, 21 percent of users own the Kindle Fire and 8 percent own some form of the Galaxy Tab. Unfortunately, this study was conducted before the Kindle Fire HD or Nexus 7 were introduced, leaving us without accurate numbers for either devices. The Pew Internet & American Life Project provided us with the following breakdown.

“Over the last year, tablet ownership has steadily increased from 11% of U.S. adults in July of 2011 to 18% in January of 2012, according to PEJ data. Currently, 22% own a tablet and another 3% regularly use a tablet owned by someone else in the home. This number is very close to new data, released here for the first time, conducted in a separate survey by the Pew Internet & American Life Project on July 16 through August 7 2012 that found 25% of all U.S. adults have a tablet computer.

The growth in tablet adoption is likely related to the advent of the lower-priced tablets in late 2011. Overall, about two-thirds of tablet-owning adults, 68%, got their tablet in the last year, including 32% in 2012 alone. That has lessened Apple’s dominance in the market. Now, just over half, 52%, of tablet owners report owning an iPad, compared with 81% in the survey a year ago.”

Source: 9to5Google

 

Summer comScore market share numbers released, Android still #1 platform

Despite, most major Android manufacturers losing users, Android continues to grow as a platform. comScore recently released its May through August market share numbers and it shows Android’s overall gain. The most recent data highlights the percent of Android smartphone users jumped from 50.9% in May to 52.6% in August, so its safe to say that Android is still the most popular mobile platform. Among Android manufacturers, Samsung is steady as 25.7%, LG is down to 18.2% from 19.1% and Motorola is down to 11.2%, a 0.8% change from May. It seems that the only manufacturer reporting any real gain is Apple, which not only boosted their hardware from 15% to 17.1%, but their software a whopping 2.4% from 31.9% to 34.3%.

While it appears that Android the platform continues to grow at a steady pace, Apple crossing the one-third share mark may indicate Android isn’t so safe after all. The one bright light shining through these hazy reports is actually HTC, who is extremely popular in the US. The Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer has boosted themselves a subtle .2% to 6.3% total share. One major thing to keep in mind about these numbers is that they don’t account for September’s iPhone 5 release, so Apple’s current share may be even higher than their current status. If you’d like a closer look at the numbers just click through the source link.

Source: comScore

Motorola drops their ITC patent infringement claim against Apple

Latest news has confirmed that Motorola has dropped their latest ITC patent infringement case against Apple where they were seeking an import ban on both the iPhone and iPad. Sadly, we have no current reason as to why Motorola has decided to drop this case against Apple. Motorola specifically stated that “There are no agreements between Motorola and Apple, written or oral, express or implied, concerning the subject matter of this investigation.”

Would you all have liked to see Motorola to see this through the end? I’m sure it couldn’t have hurt, but perhaps they just didn’t want to waste resources in fighting a losing battle? Either way, only Motorola truly knows why they decided to drop the case.

source: The Verge

MetroPCS issues a statement confirming current talks of a T-Mobile USA merger

This was definitely news that I was surprised waking up to. It appears that T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS are in heavy talks in a merger where T-Mobile will absorb MetroPCS in hopes to compete against Sprint’s #3 spot among US providers. What’s even more surprising is that both T-Mobile and MetroPCS are confirming such talks! MetroPCS has released an official statement regarding the merger:

MetroPCS today confirmed that it is in discussions with Deutsche Telekom regarding an agreement to combine T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS.  There can be no assurances that any transaction will result from these discussions, and the Company does not intend to comment further unless and until an agreement is reached.

It seems that talks are indeed going on, but no deal has yet been finalized. Sometimes it’s great when companies are straight forward right? Once this deal comes into fruition, we’ll be sure to let you all know!

source: MetroPCS

New Sony Xperia T commercial features one touch picture sharing

Sony has plenty of Xperia phones out right now, all with different specs to target different markets. The Xperia T is the most photo friendly of the bunch with a 4.6″ screen, dual core processor and of course, the 13 MP camera. Sony is pushing this angle in a new commercial which not only features the powerful camera but also the one touch picture sharing capabilities. Samsung showed the Galaxy S III using similar sharing capabilities in their commercial, so this is becoming an industry standard. Hit the break to see the commercial.


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HTC’s One X+ confirmed to arrive in Canada via TELUS

 

With HTC’s latest Android flagship in the HTC One X+ finally being unveiled today, TELUS wasted no time in confirming the arrival of the device for the network. The One X+ will  offer a powerful 1.7 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, the same 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 display, and has an 8 megapixel camera on the back. The One X+ will also offer Android’s 4.1 Jelly Bean software with Sense 4+ right out of the box.

So far no other Canadian network has announced the availability of this device, but well let you all know as soon as we find out. Any TELUS users excited for this device?

source: AC

Samsung Galaxy S III Mini could be introduced on October 11

The unveiling of Samsung’s Galaxy S III Mini could be just days away after several invites have been sent for a Samsung event that will take place on October 11th. While the invite was in German, the slogan is roughly translated to “something small will be really big”, and “get ready for a little sensation.” While it’s not confirmed to be the S III Mini, one can put two and two together and assume that it will be.

Not much is known about the S III Mini and what specs it will have, but you should be able to expect it to launch with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

source: Unwiredview

Featured Play Store Newbie: Amtrak [Travel and Local]

Amtrak just released a much needed app in the Google Play Store. With the Amtrak app you will be able to plan and book your trip via any of Amtrak’s trains or buses and check the arrival and departure status. It can display your eTicket on your display, so it’s one less thing you have to remember to bring on your excursion. It even integrates with your calendar by adding your trips or you can also share any of your trips with your contacts.

Full features:

  • Plan and book travel throughout Amtrak’s nationwide system of trains and buses
  • Check the arrival and departure status of trains
  • Display your eTicket from right in the app. Leave paper behind. eTickets are available nationwide. See Amtrak.com/eTicketing for more details.
  • Modify your reservations or upgrade your seat.
  • Search stations for location, building amenities and hours of operation. Amtrak links you to Google for maps, streetview and turn-by-turn directions
  • Connect to your Amtrak Guest Rewards account

If you’re a frequent Amtrak traveler you need to download this app today. Just hit one of the download links below to get started.

 

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