All of you Android parents out there will need to get ready to open up your wallets as there’s yet another Android tablet available for children. Just in time before the start of the holiday season, Ematic has released its 7-inch FunTab Ice Cream Sandwich tablet. While it’s no screamer like some powerhouse tablets, it should more than suffice for the kiddies as it will have a snappy 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage and both front/rear cameras. The unique thing about the Ematic tablet is the fact that it will have a customized kid-friendly skin and features including the ability for parents to record themselves reading books that the child can watch.
Oh and in case you are wondering, all of this costs only a mere $149.99, which is not too shabby at all. Hit the source link for additional details.
In something that should really come as no surprise, Samsung’s fastest selling device ever is now T-Mobile’s fastest selling device ever. T-Mobile took some and made this historic announcement on its Twitter page for all the world to see. Coupled with T-Mobile’s extensive 4G and Samsung’s own Next Big Thing campaigns, the Galaxy S III represents itself as T-Mobile’s phone to beat and flagship phone. One has to wonder though how the Galaxy S III will do once the intriguing (and sleek I may add) Galaxy Note II hits shelves in about a month’s time.
source: T-Mobile Twitter
While the Nexus 7 is a resounding success, speculation has surfaced that Google is currently partnering with Samsung for yet another Nexus device— this time a 10-inch tablet. According to NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim, this new Nexus tablet will measure in at exactly 10.1 inches and feature a display of 2,560×1,600 display with a PPI (pixels per inch) of about 299– which would trump even the Retina Display found on the iPad. Oh and unlike the the existing Nexus 7, this new 10.1-inch tablet will be positioned as a high-end tablet featuring all the bells and whistles poised to take a major bite out of the iPad’s market share.
Considering Samsung has an excellent track record with the development of past Nexus devices (see Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus smartphones), we can expect a solid offering from this collaboration with Google. Unfortunately, there are no additional details for now, but as soon as we dig up any additional info, we’ll be sure to let you know.
After weeks of countless rumors, the LG Optimus Nexus has purportedly been spotted in the wild. A set of leaked images show off a black slab styled smartphone, similar to LG’s Optimus G, though the device in question appears to be running atop stock Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
The device has been given the moniker “Mako”, which lines up nicely with the aquatic codenames of past Nexus devices. Despite the bump in the Android version, the smartphone’s homescreen, icons and status bar remain nearly identical to what we’ve grown accustomed to in Android 4.1.
On the exterior, however, several tweaks have been made to the physical body of the device, compared to the original LG Optimus G. Most notably, the rear camera and flash have been repositioned, hinting at the fact that there could very well be different internals inside.
Given that the LG E960 has already passed the stringent guidelines of the FCC, this may very well be the device that has been making headlines over the past few weeks. In terms of hardware, details remain scarce. However, you can browse the entire set of photos after the break. Read more
All of the buzz last summer about the Google Nexus 7 brought a double-edged sword with it. On the plus side, it helped generate interest in tablet apps for the Android ecosystem. On the down side, it made apparent the softness of the tablet-optimized app market. In a post on the Android Developers Blog, Reto Meier, Android Developer Relations Tech Lead, reveals Google has taken notice and wants to help address the issue. In today’s blog posting, Meier announced the availability of a Tablet App Quality Checklist to help guide developers in building better tablet apps for Android devices.
According to Meier, developers who use the new checklist can expect to reap benefits like increased user engagement, better monetization of apps, and more downloads of apps by tablet owners. These benefits can be achieved by working on focus areas included in the checklist, like optimizing layouts for larger screens, taking advantage of the additional screen real estate, improving resources like icons that are used in tablet apps, and adjusting font sizes and touch targets for tablet screens, among others. Read more
Last month we covered a new entrant to the gaming controller market, the SteelSeries Free. The device is a bluetooth-based controller that is multi-platform compatible, including Android devices. The SteelSeries Free includes two joysticks, a D-pad, and numerous buttons similar to many game controllers on the market. It does contain a rechargeable battery that is supposed to be good for up to 10 hours of continuous gameplay.
Those interested in placing a pre-order can now do so at the SteelSeries web site. Pricing is $79.99, though it is unclear whether that is a pre-order special. SteelSeries indicates the devices will start shipping this Friday, October 12th. If you are interested in grabbing one of these controllers, hit the source link to place your pre-order.
For those Samsung Galaxy S III owners residing in Italy that think 32GB just isn’t enough internal storage, you’re in luck. We can’t exactly say that we’re surprised at this finding. After all, we got wind of the 64GB Galaxy S III back in July and August, but the details were a little vague. However, now the 64GB Galaxy S III behemoth has popped up on the Italian retail site, ePrice. True to the Samsung spokesperson’s word back in July, the “market availability” will indeed be limited – at least initially. Obviously available in Italy via ePrice, there’s still no word on UK or US availability. As for the price of the device in Italy, you’re looking at an eye-popping, wallet-crushing €800 ($1,040). Samsung may be testing the waters in Italy so to speak, or they may have a well laid out worldwide release. We shall see in the coming weeks.
Beginning today, Google TV users will have access to Movie, TV and Music content offerings from the Google Play Store. Similar to smartphone and tablet interfaces, purchases can be made directly from your big screen, and content that has already been purchased will automatically sync over to your TV. Additionally, developers have also received a major set of long-awaited features for Google TV including subscription based billing, auto-updating and smart app updates.
These features serve as much welcomed additions to Google TV, and hopefully indicate that Google isn’t quite ready to give up on the platform. So, do you own a Google TV? What do you think of the new features?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have probably been following the ferocious legal battle between Samsung and Apple. Despite a guilty verdict, new documentation has revealed that Samsung may not have told its designers to copy the iPhone.
Documents that were initially redacted during the trial have been released in their full form, and what is contained within them is disheartening. While early reports surfaced claiming that a Samsung executive told the company’s designers to “make something like the iPhone”, the actual document quotes the senior executive as saying, “I hear things like this: Let’s make something like the iPhone.” When everybody (both consumers and the industry) talk about UX, they weigh it against the iPhone. The iPhone has become the standard. That’s how things are already.”
Unlike previous accusations, there is no actual wording to suggest that Samsung intentionally copied the iPhone. Instead, the executive lamented that in order to be successful, “you must think at least six months ahead; be the solution to the problems that related departments come looking for. Be people with creativity. Designers rightly must make their own designs with conviction and confidence; do not strive to do designs to please me (the president); instead make designs with faces that are creative and diverse.”
Samsung clearly defends its “original” industrial design in the statements above, going on to state, “our biggest asset is our screen. It is very important that we make screen size bigger, and in the future mobile phones will absorb even the function of e-books.” However, the company did admit that at one point its team faced a “a crisis of design,” as it told its designers to “do their best not to create a plastic feeling and instead create a metallic feel.”
So, if Samsung clearly touted its much larger display as a differentiator from a branding standpoint, how could the jury accurately conclude that it purposely copied the iPhone? It’s believed to be the way that Apple’s lawyers presented the evidence that swayed the jurors’ opinions, neglecting to bring up important evidence and selecting minuscule pieces of what would obviously favor the Cupertino-based company.
Regardless, there will undoubtedly be more drama in the legal battle, as things aren’t expected to cool off anytime soon.
Source: CNET, Groklaw
Good news for those T-Mobile customers wanting somewhat concrete evidence of the Galaxy Note II‘s release: According to TmoNews, they’ve come across a screen capture of an internal T-Mobile memo outlining their plans for the Note II release. According to the “unofficial blog of T-Mobile”, it looks like we’ll see this beast in the wild beginning October 24th which, maybe not so coincidentally, coincides with that little Samsung event in New York. Furthermore, it’ll supposedly come in two colors – white and gray. Please remember that we should still treat this solely as a rumor at this point.
As a refresher, the Note II on T-Mobile’s network will be its first device to ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box, as well as their first Samsung quad-core device. The device will also ship with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface sitting atop of Android 4.1 to go along with its 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD (1280 x 720) display, 1.6GHz processor, and a beefy 2GB of RAM. Let’s just hope the battery can somewhat keep up. According to the screen capture, it looks like we may find out more on October 15th. Stay tuned.