Galaxy Nexus 3,800mAh Extended Battery Available For Only $13.99

Listen up if you’re a Galaxy Nexus owner folks because we’ve got a doozy for you. We all know the standard 1800 mAh battery is average by most standards and the 2100mAh extended battery is only slightly better, so many of you may have been longing for something you can feel confident in when it comes to battery life. Sure we’ve highlighted some hefty alternatives, but they may come at a premium price. Well friends I come bearing great news: CellularFactory is listing a sweet 3,800mAh extended battery for wait for it… wait for it— a whopping $13.99. That’s right folks, a 3,800mAh extended battery is available for under $14. There’s more too: if you use code GOFF5SW during your purchase, you get an extra 5% off. There were earlier reports indicating the extended battery was available for $7.99, but we wanted to double-check and confirm this for you all, but found the battery is in fact available for $13.99 only.

Keep in mind this extended battery does not feature NFC capabilities, so you’re out of luck if you’re looking for some Beam action. It might be a negative for some, but I think the vast majority of those interested in this battery will gladly give that up for an improved battery life at that steal of a price.

source: Cellular Factory
via: Phandroid

News Flash! Tablets Are A Hot Item – 155% Gain between Q4 2010 and Q4 2011

Tablets are hot. The numbers don’t lie.  According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker, worldwide media tablet shipments into sales channels rose by 56.1% on a sequential basis in Q4 2011 to 28.2 million units worldwide. That’s a whopping 155% increase  over the fourth quarter of 2010. Ultimately this all equates to a total  of 68.7 million units worldwide for the entirety 2011. The results have shocked analaysts and promped them to up their 2012 forecast to 106.1 million units, formerly a  forecast of 87.7 million units.

So where is Android in all this?

As predicted, Android gobbled market share in Q4 2011, thanks in no small part to the Amazon Kindle Fire’s resounding success. Android grew its market share from 32.3% in Q3  to 44.6% in Q4. As a result, iOS slipped from 61.6% market share to 54.7%. It appears the tables are continuing to turn. Looking ahead, IDC expects Android to continue to grow its share of the market at the expense of iOS.

Of course Apple won’t necessarily be hurting much. Tom Mainelli, the research director, had this to say:

“As the sole vendor shipping iOS products, Apple will remain dominant in terms of worldwide vendor unit shipments. However, the sheer number of vendors shipping low-priced, Android-based tablets means that Google’s OS will overtake Apple’s in terms of worldwide market share by 2015. We expect iOS to remain the revenue market share leader through the end of our 2016 forecast period and beyond.”

For better or worse, tablets are claiming the future.

source: IDC
via: BusinessWire 


Fujitsu to bring Android version of the Raku-Raku to Europe and the U.S. by the end of the year

Many of you many not be all that familiar with the Fujitsu Raku-Raku unless you live in Asia. It’s a simple clamshell dumb phone (pictured above) that’s marketed to the elderly crowd. Word is they’re going to add a little Android 2.3 to it with plans for a Japan release in the early Summer, but would also land in Europe and the U.S by the end of the year.

Details are sketchy, but apparently they will keep the simple design, and it will most likely be waterproof, dustproof, and have dual cameras with the front-facer being 8MP. Could you guys get into a clamshell Android phone? I might if it’s anything like the Samsung W999, but of course without steep price tag.

source: androinica


Neiru Keyboard by Miselu Is Powered By Android, Ready To Help You With That Next Phat Beat

With the latest technology in both hardware and software, it seems like anyone today can be a superstar in the music industry.  With phat beats and sounds being produced on tablets and smartphones, the digital music production era is well under way.  Silicon Valley start up, Miselu, is looking to up the game a bit with their new all-in-one web enabled Android-powered keyboard.  The device is dubbed “Neiru” and comes with a 25-key, multitouch display that shows off various applications that aspiring musicians can use to gain access to an array of useful apps.  Developer Retronyms will be offering a cool collection of music learning and centric apps that will allow you to produce your own fine quality tunes.

And since the device is built with Android, Retronyms is banking on a number of developers and users to concoct their own custom applications for the device too.  In addition to having Android on-board running the device, Miselu will use Yamaha’s Audio Engine series NSX-1 sound chip which supposedly renders sounds as good as the instruments they’re attempting to replicate.  The device will also house ports for two MIDI’s, an RCA in/out, two USB ports, an HDMI out and an SD card slot.  There’s no word yet on pricing and availability but we’re working on it for you, so stay tuned. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.  In the meantime, check out the promotional video below along with a quick gallery of renderings of the cool keyboard.  
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HTC Velocity Receives ICS Update in Australia, One User Gives Us a Demo [Video]

Reports are showing that the HTC Velocity is starting to receive the Android 4.0 ICS update in Australia as we speak. In case Velocity doesn’t ring a bell, it is known stateside as the HTC Vivid and is currently available through AT&T. Aussie carrier Telstra has begun to push out the update to the device and Reddit and YouTube member demomanca has provided us with a nice little demo video of what ICS and Sense 3.6  look like running together. If you own a Velocity but reside in other parts of the world, I presume your carrier should be rolling-out the update soon. The HTC Velocity also takes on the name HTC Raider in Canada.

As far as when the update will arrive here in the states, well that’s entirely in AT&T’s hands now. Now that we know HTC has done there part lets hope AT&T doesn’t take too long to complete their testing period. Jump past the break to see ICS and Sense 3.6 working together in harmony. I must say, though, not too bad for a manufacturer UI overlay. 
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Xperia Sola Sports a Glove Friendly Touch Screen

A hands on with the freshly announced Xperia Sola has found its way online. As we mentioned earlier, this device features a technology Sony refers to as “floating touch.” What this does is allow the phone to track your finger movement above the screen. It also allows you to use the device with non-capacitive input or more commonly, gloved fingers. See it in action just past the break.  
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Samsung Galaxy S III Design Is Official And Ready According To Source

Looks like we’re getting more juicy details for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. While we previously reported the device would feature a ceramic body instead of the usual plastic we’ve become accustomed to on the GSI and GSII phones, there are new reports the device will not only highlight a ceramic body— but the final design of the GSIII smartphone is complete, which indicates the phone is all set for production. This is already on top of the mouth-watering specs we previously reported which includes a rumored 4.8-inch screen with HD resolution, 8MP camera and quad-core processor for starters. Looks like the phone may very well be on its way folks.

Oh and for anyone interested: there are added reports the phone should be out by June of this year. That’s only 3 months away folks. Are any of you planning on breaking open the wallet or purse for the fancy new smartphone from Sammy?

source: Eldar Murtazin Twitter
via: Phone Arena

Kernel Governors, Modules, I/O Schedulers, and CPU Tweaks – The Master List

Whether you’re a novice or a pro, when it comes to rooting and flashing things to your phone it seems there’s always something new to learn. The topics in the title are often the least understood and yet the most sought after enhancements to our devices. That being said they generate a lot of questions and typically few concise answers. For instance, have you ever wondered any of the following?

  • “OK I have flashed this xyz kernel. What’re all these governors? How do I know which one is the best for me? How do I tweak them to bias their characters towards Battery-life/Performance/Balance between the Two?”
  • “What’s this about these modules that come with the kernel? What are they? How do I use them. Are they any good? Is it OK to neglect them?”
  • “What roles does an I/O scheduler play? How do I choose a reliable I/O scheduler?”
  • “Can I have more control on CPU? Can I get more info and tweaks on dual core CPU, bus frequency, etc?”
If so, you should check out droidphile‘s post over on XDA’s forums. Droidphile writes,
“Hope this thread could give you answers for all these questions. We’re covering governors, modules, i/o schedulers that comes with Siyah kernel, plus more. That should cover almost all the popular governors/modules/io schedulers! Many people seem to get lost in Kernel dev threads without getting answers about governors and such.”
The thread is extensive! 18 popular governors are finally clearly defined. Sample Governor tweaks are given. INIT.D scripts are explained. A comprehensive list of modules and there functions are listed, and so much more. Hit the source link to be taken to a treasure trove of Android knowledge.

source: XDA

Capcom to unleash zombies in Manchester, Bristol, and London as part of an Augmented Reality hunting celebration

To celebrate next week’s release of Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, Capcom will unleash a bunch of Zombies onto the streets of Manchester, Bristol, and London. Don’t panic the world isn’t coming to an end, we are talking about augmented reality. To play you will need to live or physically be in the cities mentioned and download the Operation Raccoon City – UK Takeover app for either Android or iOS. Then you will simply hunt down zombies that will most likely be hiding or running around in various locations within these cities. You will of course need your phone and GPS to find them.

Right now there aren’t a lot of details, but in order to have a chance to play, you must head over to Capcom’s Facebook page (source link) to get signed up. It all starts on March 22 and should run through the weekend.

“We are all positive that Operation Raccoon City is going to be another successful branch to the franchise, enticing not only Resident Evil fans but also those new to the franchise,” Adam Merrett, Capcom’s PR manager, said.

“This real-world game is the perfect opportunity to bring the horror, drama, and edge-of-the seat gaming out into the real world. Operation Raccoon City – UK Takeover promises to be one the most memorable weekends of 2012.”

source: Capcom Facebook


Sony Xperia U Available For Pre-Order (Video)

The folks over at Sony have now made the Xperia U device available for pre-order should you want to get your hands on one of Sony Mobile’s newest iteration to the Xperia lineup.  The device is one of Sony’s more budget friendly handsets but offers plenty of competitive specs.  The device sports a 1 GHz dual-core CPU, a 3.5-inch “reality display” and Android 2.3 Gingerbread.  The handset will also sport a 5 meg camera also capable of capturing HD video, HDMI out and 4 GB of on-board storage.  Like all of the other Xperia devices we’ve seen from CES and on, this too will sport the cool new transparent color bar which changes according to what’s on the screen.  In addition, the exterior of the handset can also be modified with colorful caps that can be interchangeable on the device.  The phone is now available for pre-order on O2, T-Mobile UK and Three UK.  So far, it looks like the cheapest you can snatch the handset up for is on a 24 mo plan for £16.17 ($25.36) per month.  Check out the video below from Sony to get a better look at the device.  Feel free to leave your thoughts on the comments below.

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