Considering that we know Samsung has a thing or two up its sleeve for the first half of 2013, it should come off as no surprise that Samsung is clearly intent on continuing its seemingly never-ending momentum by introducing some revolutionary and cool accessories for its products. Thanks to SamMobile, we now that that Samsung plans on unveiling a few audio docks compatible with smartphones that have a micro USB connection at the bottom. Here’s a complete rundown of the specs that are expected:
• USB Audio Class
• Universal dock station
• Bluetooth version 3.0
• Power: 6W (3W x 2)
• Power volume button
• Charging Port
• 3.5mm Audio Plug-in
Being able to hear quality audio from a quality brand? Count me in. Expect to see the new line of audio docks either at CES or MWC 2013.
One of the most underrated productivity apps suddenly looks like it might be better than ever thanks to a newly unveiled add-on. In case you’re not familiar with Solid Explorer, it’s an app that is like any typical file manager out there— except it has one thing that stands apart from its competition: the ability to have two independent panels for browsing. What this does is allows you to have two separate folders open at the very same time— with each folder having the ability to be controlled. While this is a cool thing and all— it appeared that the overall app was a bit limited in functionality because it was offered as a trial, until now. The app developer has come out and released the Solid Explorer Unlocker, which gives full functionality for all users of the app including the ability to open two folders at the same time, have even better root access and better support for archived files.
The Solid Explorer Unlocker is available now in the Play Store for a few bucks, so if you’re an Froyo+ user and interested in giving it a spin– be sure to head on down and try it out today. You’ll be glad you tried it out… believe us.
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It’s no secret that Sony has a superphone in the works for 2013, but it appears that we now have an idea of what this device may look like. Thanks to some leaked images from Mobile Review, you can see how the Sony “Yuga” looks in plain view— and she sure is a beauty too. Similar to the Nexus 4 or LG Optimus G smartphones (as well as previous renderings we had seen before), the device is almost entirely coated in a glassy-type material coupled with a sleek black finish. In addition, Mobile Review indicates the smartphone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon-based processor— refuting any type of rumor highlighting the device would possibly be powered by a Samsung Exynos processor.
So now that we’re beginning to see more and more information pour out for this impressive device, all that’s needed now is a better idea of when Sony will finally come out and formally show this device to the masses. Considering Sony has a history of unveiling premium devices at certain January trade shows, we suspect that we’ll likely see something then.
source: Mobile Review
Some bad news is surfacing this weekend for owners of several popular Samsung devices. Members of XDA Developers identified a kernel exploit for devices with certain Exynos processors that could provide root access without flashing the device. According to XDA member alephzain, the vulnerability was discovered on his Samsung Galaxy S III in /dev/exynos-mem. The weakness provides full read/write rights to all physical memory.
Google has created quite the debacle in the process of selling the ill-fated Nexus 4, with customers facing a frustrating and absolutely embarassing ordering experience through the Google Play Store. And, customers in the UK who had been promised an early shipping date, quickly found the shipping window had passed, despite any notification from Google.
Customers went on a justifiable rage, trying their hardest to get in contact with the head of Google UK, Dan Cobley. Thankfully for customers, Cobley has now responded to the thousands of complaints, offering an “unreserved apology,” as well as a notice that shipping refunds would be provided.
The letter reads:
I know that what you are going through is unacceptable and we are all working through the nights and weekends to resolve this issue. Supplies from the manufacturer are scarce and erratic, and our communication has been flawed. I can offer an unreserved apology for our service and communication failures in this process.
For those that originally received a 3-5 days shipping estimate, your orders are now in process for fulfillment. You can expect an email notification early this week which will include tracking information. Although you will be initially charged in full, you will receive a credit for the shipping charge soon after.
For others that received pre-Christmas shipping estimates, we anticipate processing your orders for fulfillment this week.
I realise that the people who ordered the Nexus 4 so early are among our most committed and loyal users and we are doing all we can to put things right.
So, if you ordered your Nexus 4 with a shipping estimate slated for before Christmas, your order will soon ship out. Other orders have not been addressed, but were sure more information will arrive as Google gets an idea of what it is doing.
Lava is the trailblazer of merging Android and Intel, launching the first Intel-based smartphone with the Xolo X900. They’ve gone back to traditional ARM processors for their latest offering, creating a high-spec’ed device at a fantastic price. The Xolo A800 features dual-sim slots, a 4.5 inch IPS screen with a 960 x 540 resolution, and a dual-core MediaTek MT6577 chip. It also features an industry-standard 8 megapixel rear-camera and VGA front-camera. Want to take a guess what a device of this caliber costs? 11,999 rupees, or $220. It’s currently only slated for Indian release, but hopefully this budget-friendly beast comes to the States.
Most people that own a smartphone also use their phone to double as an mp3 player. It might not be the primary use of the phone, but it’s a popular feature nonetheless. If you only listen to just a little bit of music, storing all of your music locally on internal storage or an SD card is usually a quick, simple solution. But if you have a large music collection or perhaps your device lacks storage or an SD card slot, storing it all locally may not be an option. Like with all things Android, though, there’s always an alternative! In this case, most heavy music listeners opt for music streaming. The market for music streaming is pretty crowded, however, so the point of this guide is to walk you through some of the more popular options and choose which streaming service is the right option for you. Hit the break to find out more.
It’s no secret that the Nexus 4 is a device that’s ripe for modifications and all, so a new mod has surfaced that allows for the device to have improved video capabilities. It appears that when you have a Nexus that’s been unlocked and rooted, the video framerate improves from 12Mbps all the way to 20Mbps. All that’s needed is a quick XML change to the following:
Earlier this week HTC announced that it would be bringing its all-new One SV handset to customers in the UK over the course of the coming weeks. Today, however, new evidence has come to light, suggesting the powerful budget handset could be making its way to North American store shelves as well. The device made a stop by the FCC this week, receiving approval for use of the WCDMA bands II and V, as well as GSM network frequencies 850 and 1900, dual-band WiFi, NFC and Bluetooth. Surprisingly, LTE was nowhere to be found, unlike its UK counterpart.
As a refresher, the One SV will sport a 4.3-inch super LCD display, a Snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a micro SD card slot and an 1800mAh removable battery. On the downside, it will ship with Android 4.0, though HTC has already promised an update to Jelly Bean in the near future.
Source: Wireless Goodness
It’s been pretty obvious Samsung’s pushing their Galaxy marketing campaign pretty hard, and they’ve had some incredible success with it. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Samsung’s getting in the Christmas spirit by running a commercial with some neat origami called kirigami to show off their Galaxy Note II and those awesome flip covers. The paper shows some really amazing paper art on the huge screen of the Note II, floating around in front of a nice Christmas scene. Hit the break for the video below, and see if it gets you in the giving mood to give a Note II as a Christmas present to someone.
Best Buy has been known to have some pretty good deals, but this one should have any Android fan pretty excited. Tomorrow only, Best Buy will be offering the famed Galaxy S III for only $49.99 with a new or renewed contract. This offer is good for all four major carriers: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. You’ll be able to pick up your shiny new Galaxy S III in any Best Buy or Best Buy Mobile store. This is a great deal for any of you looking to own one of the best Android phones around without breaking the bank. You might want to get to Best Buy early tomorrow, with a deal like this they might sell out as quickly as Google’s Nexus 4 did. Anyone planning on picking one of these up tomorrow?
AT&T announced on their Consumer Blog the availability of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the Motorola ATRIX HD. The update follows the release last week of a Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy S III devices. The Motorola ATRIX HD joins the Galaxy S III, the Samsung Galaxy Note II and the HTC One X+ as devices in the AT&T portfolio boasting Jelly Bean.
The update is available as an over-the-air (OTA) update via Wi-Fi. Users can can get the update by going to Settings -> About -> Phone -> Software Updates on their device.
source: AT&T Consumer Blog
While many people were occupied in recent days with news of Google Maps return to the iOS platform, owners of Amazon Kindle Fire devices continued to make do without a pre-installed mapping app. Yesterday, skobbler announced the availability of ForeverMap2 (Kindle Tablet Edition) through Amazon’s app store. ForeverMap2 is free to download and install for Kindle Fire owners. ForeverMap2 provides the expected map functions like routing and search. skobbler claims to provide an excellent visual experience and due to the map database, the product is especially strong when off major roads according to reviews.
ForeverMap2 is based on the OpenStreetMap database, a crowdsourced project similar to Wikipedia. The OpenStreetMap project boasts 900,000 contributors using a variety of methods to update the database. In addition to the free app, users can buy downloadable maps. Doing so provides users with the ability to use the app online or offline. Hit the break for the full press release and a download link (just for Amazon Kindle Fire users).
You can never have enough games featuring explosions, machines and overall destruction, right? Well that’s what 11 Bit Studios believes with its brand-new Anomaly Korea game. The game is the follow-up to Anomaly Warzone Earth and has all sorts of new goodies like 12 new missions, new power-ups and new special units. There’s no word on whether or not the game will utilize a multiplayer mode, but based off of what’s included in the game, the single player campaigns may be more than sufficient enough for most gamers.
The game is due to arrive “Christmas Time”… whatever that means. But while the gaming world waits for the new beast to be released, 11 Bit Studios has released a trailer highlighting the game’s features and capabilities in the meantime. You can check out the game in its full glory once you hit past the break.
When it comes to releases, Carphone Warehouse seems to always give us a good indication on dates. Sony already announced the Xperia E budget phone, but didn’t tell us anything more than to expect it Q1 2013. Well Carphone Warehouse has a page to pre-register for the dual-SIM device, and it clearly states that it’s expected February 2013. Pricing should be around £130-£140 ($210 to $225).