It’s no secret that Samsung’s Kies desktop software isn’t the most intuitive or user-friendly, but Samsung took some time anyways to make the new update just a little better. From the surface, it looks like Sammy has gone ahead and tweaked the UI significantly in this latest update— which allows for a more organized, yet simplified appearance for users. Unfortunately there’s no change log or anything of note that lists all that’s changed in the latest update, but hey— change is always good for us picky folk.
The new update is available for both Windows and Mac users, so if you’re on a Sammy device, head on down to the source link to grab your download today.
While it’s been reported that Motorola’s Verizon-bound Droid RAZR HD had been delayed due to antenna issues, accessories for the device have begun arriving to retail stores. Specifically, Smartseries screen protectors have been spotted for the device, suggesting that a full scale launch may not be too far off. Despite previous rumors of a November release, October 18th seems to be the general consensus as to when the device will actually see a launch. However, as with anything unofficial, we’d suggest waiting for a bit of official news until you get your hopes up.
Looks like we have some bad news for Iconia A100, Acer A200 and Acer A500 owners. An Acer spokesperson has just confirmed that a Jelly Bean update will not becoming to either of these 3 devices. While the A100 and A500 are already over a year old, the A200 was only just launched earlier this year, thus it’s quite disappointing that these devices won’t officially see anything past Ice Cream Sandwich.
Will this announcement by Acer make you guys who own these devices to root them?
Yesterday, things looked all but certain for a merger to occur between T-Mobile and MetroPCS according to an announcement from Deutshe Telekom AG. One day later though the situation may have changed. Reports indicate Sprint may be in the process of preparing a rival proposal to acquire MetroPCS. Analysts believe Sprint and MetroPCS would be a good fit because their networks are compatible. Supposedly Sprint is crunching numbers and have their advisors reviewing a potential merger.
Just yesterday, Carephone Warehouse’s internal systems revealed the possibility of a 32GB Nexus 7. Today, however, the same variant has been spotted once again, this time within an internal purchasing system for a reseller’s website. It’s listed at $260, though pricing doesn’t seem too accurate, considering the 8GB model is listed at $245, whereas the same device is available from the Play Store for just $199. The reseller indicated that shipments are expected to arrive on or around October 24th, though this doesn’t necessarily mean that a global launch (or even regional availability) will happen on the same day. We suggest you take this with a grain of salt as we wait for some more official news.
Just last week Motorola announced that it would not be upgrading its Atrix 4G and Photon 4G handsets to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, despite earlier promises to do so. A new campaign called Update My Moto has been initiated in hopes that Motorola will release a leak of what has already been completed, or at least a supported Tegra 2 kernel for Android 4.0, so that devs can put together feature filled custom ROMs for the disheartened community.
“In 2012 Motorola announced an upgrade to our devices, Atrix and Photon, to Ice Cream Sandwich. Now they have changed their stance, leaving us with an outdated version of Android.
With this campaign, we are asking for a leak of what was been done already or a compatible Tegra 2 kernel for Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean. With these files, we can develop a working version ourselves.
You can help us to achieve that. Share this campaign in your blog, social network, show it to your friends or file a BBB complaint. Let’s grab Motorola’s attention!”
No, you don’t have to donate any money and you don’t have to picket outside Motorola’s corporate offices (though that would probably garner some attention). All Julian asks is that you share the campaign on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Pinterest. And, if you’re as frustrated with this mess as I am, then be sure to hit the source link below.
PhoneSuit just announced the Lightplay, which is an Android-powered handheld media projector. They are marketing it as cross between an Android tablet and a pico video projector. It will project a screen of up to 80 inches diagonally and will support up to 1080p video.
It will sport Android 2.3, which I know is probably a disappointment to most of you, but hey this isn’t a phone so does it really matter? Most importantly it will have the Play Store so you can play your favorite games, movies, and other apps on the 80-inch projected screen. Yes that means Bad Piggies, Netflix, and Facebook, among others. If you’re wondering how you will play those games or control those apps, it comes with a wireless keyboard and motion controller featuring a 3 axis gyroscope.
We recently saw the Galaxy Camera pass through the FCC with AT&T radios in it, so it’s no surprise that AT&T just announced that it will offer it in the coming weeks. This is the same camera that was introduced at last month’s Unpacked Event. It’s 16-megapixels and features a 4.8-inch HD Super Clear LCD, a quad-core Exynos processor, 21x optical zoom, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. With AT&T 4G connectivity you will be able to share your photos via various social networks on the go. The Galaxy Camera also features the same features you would find on a Galaxy S III like Share Shot, AllShare Play, and Buddy Photo Share. Plus you have the Google Play Store for whatever apps you need to enhance your experience.
Pricing wasn’t specified, but they did say they would reveal it when it’s released in the “coming weeks.”
Full press release after the break
I just stumbled upon 100 Rooms by Gipnetix, and it has me enthralled. I can’t be the only one since it has been downloaded over 1 million times and has a rating of 4.3 stars. If you’re into puzzle games, you’re going to love this one. In this game you are presented with a room for each level of which you must find your way out. From the title, you’re probably guessing there are 100 rooms (or levels), and in a sense you are correct, but for now there are 50 rooms. Gipnetix is releasing new rooms regularly until they reach 100, but trust me, 50 rooms will keep you busy