We recently told you that the Samsung Galaxy S III was on track for an April launch but then followed up the next day with insider reports that conflict with that theory. When dealing with rumors and speculation in the mobile industry it is always hard to know what can be reliable, and obviously the best thing is to wait for some sort of official word from the respective manufacturer. Well that’s what we have today, an announcement from Samsung denying that an April launch was anything but confirmed. According to @samsungtomorrow’s Twitter account, the highly anticipated Galaxy S III’s launch date isn’t set in stone, causing one to believe the device may see a later announcement. That doesn’t mean to say we need to rule out April all together, but Samsung says they will once again take to Twitter when everything is finalized.
Samsung issued a statement to The Verge reiterating what we already know, that the Galaxy S III “will be unveiled in the first half of the year.” Given that announcement, it could technically be up to 4 months before before we see anything official. If you’re anything like me, you like the sound of April much better. I guess we will just have to keep our eye on the @sumsungtomorrow Twitter account for official details.
via: The Verge
The Galaxy Nexus smartphone no doubt has a stunning and sexy display to the casual Android user. However, there are some crafty individuals who believe you can always squeeze out just a little more from what you have. That’s why XDA Forums member mumchristmas was out to improve the display for interested Galaxy Nexus owners. He was curious of the actual screen performance of the phone, so he decided to do some investigating. Using the Voodoo Screen Test application, a x-rite i1 Display 2 Color meter and HCFR software, he found some startling results:
- “Average Gamma value is about 1.9, far from the ISO stand 2.2. So the color is just too bright (I’m not saying screen brightness).
- The shadow part (0-40% gray level) of 3 color curve were almost out of trim. In another words, inaccurate color balance.
- As the color unbalance. The color temperature is starting from lower than 5500K to 6500K, which the ISO stand is 6500K at any color level.”
To sum it all nicely: the results are underwhelming to say the least, but he decided to do something about this. While he couldn’t change the gamma value, he fixed the color balance and color temperature by using a custom kernel with ColorControl function and added a new file to the Android structure. The outcome was a much better color balance. Exciting news indeed. Be sure to hit up the XDA Forums at the link below to find out even more specifics of this impressive find.
source: XDA Forums
Own an HTC phone, but can’t get enough of the latest dessert with the smooth topping? Well cheer up kids, we have a follow-up to the custom Endeavor ROM we previously saw on the HTC Sensation . The ambitious Virtuous team managed to snag an early build of the HTC One X software (also known as the HTC Endeavour RUU 0.96.401.2 build) and created an S4X ROM for the HTC Sensation smartphone. While the ROM is unsurprisingly buggy and some features are missing as the ROM is in its early stages, you can see in the video below that Sense 4.0 runs just fine on the Snapdragon S3-based phone. So much for HTC only bringing a diet version of Sense to the older smartphones when they are updated to ICS.
While this is only a ROM, you can see the positive outlook in the direction HTC is taking with its Sense UI. Among the apps that are highlighted are Tasks, Notes, PDF Viewer, Video Editor and the new Car Mode. But Enough of my jabber, why don’t you see the Sense 4.0-based ROM in action by checking out the video below?
source: Mobile Syrup
There has been a lot of speculation on a Google Nexus tablet over the last year or so, and things really started heating up this past week when news came out that Google is working on a 7-inch tablet to go head to head with the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook series. If this in fact true, the big question is who is making it? Well the latest rumor from Android and Me suggests that ASUS could be the lucky company.
This really isn’t surprising because not only does ASUS have the most innovative tablets, but they also update them timely. The Transformer Prime and the original Transformer already have ICS. There’s also the fact that ASUS said they expect to be one of the first manufacturers to offer the Android 5.0 Jelly Bean update. There’s no question they are working very close with Google, so this rumor adds up in my opinion.
Wait!! There’s even more good news: It’s expected to be priced at $199, have the quad-core Tegra 3 (4-Plus-1) processor, and have a 1280 x 800 display. Production is expected to start in April with a June release. This really doesn’t seem out of the realm of possibility since ASUS recently showed off the MeMo 370T at CES, which is a 7-inch Tegra 3 device that’s expected to retail for $249.
I think we will see this tab at Google I/O for sure, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was this year’s gift handed out to attendees.
Looking for a lightweight photo gallery and portfolio app that takes advantage of the larger screen of your tablet? XDA member Apachi2k was, and when he was not satisfied with what he found, he wrote his own and called it Fotolio. Optimized for 7 or 10 inch tablets, Fotolio was created as a way for photographers and artists to showcase their portfolios. The developer explains:
I am a photographer and know a little bit of programming from high school days. I love the Xoom tablet and first thing I thought of using it for was for my photography portfolio. I soon realized that the built-in gallery is way overkill for something like a portfolio which gave me an idea to develop a simple app suited to showcase art or photography portfolios.
The app is pretty no-frills with the only real options being what folder you want to browse, what layout to show, and a slide show mode. This helps keep the app running smoothly while getting the job done. Check out screen shots and download links after the break.
Some of the most promising handsets coming out of MWC 2012 weren’t from Motorola, or Samsung, or HTC. They came from Huawei, a company I’m sure you’d otherwise pass by if you weren’t Android device or otherwise tech savvy. The company announced a whole bunch of new devices at this years MWC, and they all look really, really nice. The Chinese manufacturer has announced it will be releasing their Ascend D LTE and P1 LTE models in Europe and Asia this coming July, although no word on a North American release is available just yet.
Unfortunately the LTE version of the Ascend D will in fact NOT be shipping with a quad-core processor, the reason being that LTE doesn’t quite shake hands nicely with quad-core processors just yet. This is little to worry about though as the specifications for the rest of the phone are fairing pretty well. I for one would be very interested in, at the very least, trying one out. Hit the break for the official press release from Huawei.
It may be the weekend but you didn’t expect the rumors to take a break, did you? Get ready for this, because a source close to The Verge is claiming that they in fact know the name of Google’s OS to follow after Jelly Bean. You’re probably wondering how reliable this source may be, but apparently this is the same source to out Jelly Bean well before it was publicly known. Although no release date or version number was mentioned, Key Lime Pie, or KLP as you may decide to call it, is being rumored as Google’s upcoming-upcoming operating system. Obviously this is to be taken with a
grain handful of salt, but what better to do on a Sunday afternoon then spread a little gossip?
Sure it seems a bit early to be throwing around future OS names when we still haven’t gotten official conformation from Google about JB. Nonetheless, I wanted to pass this on because I am just dying to hear what you guys have to say. Tell me all about it in the comments below! :-D
source: The Verge
Roku has released an official app on the Android market that lets you use your phone as a remote control for your Roku streaming player. If you set both your phone and your Roku to the same Wi-Fi network, you’ll be ready to navigate.
The app allows you to launch your Roku channels, find new channels, and control media playback. You can rate the channel, enter text with the keyboard, or watch some instant replay, all with your phone. You can control multiple Roku players with the app, and add or remove channels as well.
Give this app a try, and let us know if you prefer this or other remote apps, like the Dijit Universal Remote.
The app is free, and you can download it from the Android market link below.
Android Market Link
We’re all anxious to have Ice Cream Sandwich on our phones if we don’t already have it, and Samsung says that the lucky people in Israel who own a Galaxy S II will get their wish. On Samsung’s Mobile Israel Facebook page, they announced that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich will be rolling out on March 15 for both unlocked and carrier-branded handsets.
Here’s a translated version of their post:
We promised we were working on it. You waited patiently. And on 15 March it’ll arrive: Android version 4, ICS, to tens of thousands of GALAXY S II devices purchased from cellular companies in the country or directly from us. We are very excited for the launch, hope you are too :)
There has been tons of speculation on when ICS will arrive for the Galaxy S II, including Eldar Murtazin’s guess of sometime after March 1. If Samsung’s March 15 date turns out to be true, then Murtazin wasn’t too far off the mark. The Israeli release of ICS for the Galaxy S II is also good news for people who own the unlocked international version, since the update could possibly apply to them too. Other countries will have to wait a bit longer, including those of us in the United States, since hardware is a little different from carrier to carrier.
Keep checking back at Talk Android for more information on ICS for the Galaxy S II, as it becomes available.
source: Samsung Mobile Israel Facebook page
via: Android Central
An update to the YouTube app has been made available in the Android Market that brings HD video streaming to capable Android 2.2 (Froyo) and 2.3 (Gingerbread) devices. So what devices are considered “capable”? Well, it seems like it’s a crap shoot, with some devices not seeing the market update at all, and some others reportedly not able to install it from the market if they do see it.
Market problems are not unheard of, and with over 400,000 apps it’s certainly understandable that some may have issues, but why the problem with one of Google’s own apps?
Check the market to see if you’re one of the lucky ones by clicking the link or scanning the QR code after the break.