A couple of days ago we told you about the rumored specs for the upcoming Galaxy Note 2, which will probably release in the Fall. Now a newspaper in Korea is reporting that it will sport a 5.3-inch flexible display. We’ve heard a lot about flexible displays by Samsung, but they aren’t expected to be in production till next year. This seems like someone just spreading rumors. Like that hasn’t ever happened before!!
Anyways, if you really want to spread a rumor, it seems more likely that the Galaxy S IV will sport a flexible display in May of 2013. I’m not making any predictions nor is that from any information. I’m just trying to be realistic. What do you guys think? It would be cool to see the next Note in a flexible display, but I’m just not buying it.
For those of you literally scouring the web for any and every bit of DROID Bionic news you can find, here’s a big tidbit for you. With the previous soak tests now complete, update 5.9.905 is well underway to a DROID Bionic near you. You should be receiving the update via OTA shortly so keep checking. Compared to other updates, it’s a rather small one however, it will address a number of bugs such as the LTE data issues most have been experiencing. Remember, to check for an update go to Settings–>About phone–>System updates. Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the update in the comments below.
source: Droid Life
Google TV’s growth might be slow, but it’s definitely not dead, especially since newer partners like LG and Vizio jumped onboard earlier in the year. Google I/O is all about development, and from looking at the lineup of sessions, Google really wants to show developers the benefits of Google TV apps.
I’m still a believer in Google TV so I’m hoping sessions like “Bring Your App To The Big Screen”, “Get Your Content On Google TV” and “Command and Control in Your Living Room: Building Second Screen App for Google TV” will spur developers into implementing some really special stuff.
I still think they need more standalone set top boxes. We know Vizio has one on the horizon, but they still haven’t announced a date. Maybe we will find out more at I/O, and hopefully it will at least have DLNA capabilities, which was lacking with the Logitech Revue.
I have to be straight forward with you guys. We should have never posted anything about the supposed Samsung Facebook rumor. It sounded absolutely ridiculous at the time, but we are a news site, and yes news is news. Plus you never know if something just might be true even if it seems completely impossible.
Today Samsung said that its “not true and the the rumor is groundless.” They also provided a little insight as to where this ridiculous notion might have come from. They already have a service called “Family Story” that was launched back in February 2012 on Samsung Smart TVs, Smartphones, Tablets, and the web. It’s family-oriented and does focus on storing and sharing those special family moments. They do plan on upgrading it and making it better as any company would do with services such as these, but they went on to say it’s far from a “Samsung Facebook” as sites were claiming it to be. Let’s move on to some actual news shall we.
Remember all the hype surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S III before the actual May 3rd announcement? Everybody was guessing and guessing, but except for some obvious expected things (like an Exynos quad-core), nothing ever really leaked.
Samsung just posted about how they went about keeping things on the down low. Like agents from TV shows and movies, many Samsung engineers found they were living a “double life.”
“I got so many questions about the GALAXY S III from friends and family”, said Senior Engineer YoungDoo Jin (S/W R&D). “But I’d say ‘don’t ask me or you’ll get me fired.’ I told them to check it out after it was officially made public.”
It’s official gang– AT&T’s Sony Xperia Ion on June 24th. While we already saw a hint or two indicating the device would be here by June, there was no official statement from either until now. It is now confirmed the Gingerbread-powered 4G LTE device will arrive for a mere $99.99 on-contract and will be available both in stores as well as the AT&T website. In case you might have forgotten, the smartphone will feature a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of onboard memory, a whopping 12MP camera and of course that sexy 4.6-inch 720p HD Reality Display screen. For those of you that loathe the fact the device will ship with Gingerbread— fear not for Sony already confirmed the smartphone will have the Ice Cream Sandwich update in the future… though no one know when the future is exactly.
You’ll find the full details of the announcement once you hit past the break.
Android gaming big shot Gameloft has just released a teaser trailer on IGN of their upcoming summer treat, The Dark Knight Rises for Android and iOS. Graphics look good but we’ll still have to wait and see about controls and gameplay. Gameloft looks to unleash Batman upon us sometime during the summer, and I wouldn’t doubt if the release coincides with the film’s mid-July due date. Hit the source link below to check it out.
After losing its ITC complaint against Apple a few months ago HTC immediately appealed the decision to a higher court. HTC has now decided the case isn’t worth pursuing further, and has filed a motion to dismiss the case. This doesn’t mean that the war between HTC and Apple is anywhere near a resolution though. As both companies have complaints filed against each other all over the world, you can be sure the war will continue on for the foreseeable future.
source: FOSS Patents
Aviary has announced the latest photo editing tool for Android, and it looks good. What started as a plugin on Android has now become a standalone app that looks to be a strong competitor to Adobe’s Photoshop Express. As phones replace point-and-shoots as the camera of choice for most people, having apps that allow editing photos on the device becomes more important. Aviary Photo Editor features one-touch enhancements, instagram-like filter effects, color balancing, crop and rotate, red-eye removal and a lot more. The free app is available now on the Play Store, stay tuned for a full review but for now, hit the break to head on over and try it out yourself.
As VoIP services grow, so does the number of apps that appear on Android devices. Rebtel is an example of this: it was first available on smartphones only, but thanks to its latest software update, the app has now expanded its availability to tablets as well. In case you’re not familiar with the app and it’s features, here’s a quick rundown of what it has to offer:
- Optimized Tablet Experience - Inspired by Rebtel 2.0 for Android smartphones, the new Android tablet app features optimized high-resolution graphics and takes full advantage of the larger tablet screen real estate to give the user an immersive Rebtel experience.
- Free Rebtel to Rebtel Calls - Rebtel 2.0 for Android tablets incorporates free calling between users running any one of Rebtel’s apps for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android smartphones, PC, or starting today, Android tablets. Calls are seamlessly connected using Wi-Fi or 3G (applicable to 3G-enabled Android tablets only).
- Low-Cost Calls to Any Phone - Users of the Rebtel Android tablet app are not limited to our free Rebtel to Rebtel calls. Browse through your native tablet address book, select any contact with a number and get talking at rates up to 98 percent lower than an average carrier, and up to 60 percent lower than current Skype Out rates.
- Native Address Book Integration - No more syncing issues that mess up your address book. Rebtel for Android tablets seamlessly integrates with the regular native Android address book, providing a clear view of which contacts are available to call for free, and which contacts can be reached at very affordable rates.
- Low-Cost SMS - Prefer texting over talking? Send low-cost international text messages to friends in more than 196 countries with an average cost savings of up to 60 percent when compared to your regular carrier. If you want to ensure your friend can reply without being charged, tick the Collect Reply box and include a link in your message that lets your friend reply via a mobile web page while you pick up the tab.
Yes friends, you have yet another reason to throw away those outdated phone cards if you happen to make a ton of international calls or just want to make cheap calls. We know this strikes your interest and fancy, so make sure you hit the break to get both the Play Store and QR code links.