Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week or so, you have no doubt heard about Mozilla’s Firefox OS which is intended for lower-spec’d smartphones. While the OS is meant for “emerging markets”, Firefox OS is more than compatible with various budget devices thanks to the fact it is completely open-source, much like how the Android platform is. Sony took some time to utilize this notion for some of its upcoming devices and decided to fire up an experimental build of the OS on its Xperia E smartphone. What’s exciting is the fact that the early build is not only functional, but it actually works surprisingly well. Sony isn’t just operating this early build for just any reason, mind you. It has selected the Xperia E smartphone because it is encouraging developers and those who like to try things out to use the OS and provide some welcomed feedback. Once the feedback is received, it will begin developing and launching Firefox OS-powered devices sometime in the next year or so.
We know many of you are pretty eager to check this out, so why not hit the break and have a gander for yourself?
It’s no surprise that Samsung plans on introducing its “Next Big Thing” in just two weeks from now, but many of you have been a little blue because select members of the press will only be able to attend the anticipated unveiling… or so you think. Samsung is has unleashed one heck of a marketing strategy by using Twitter to invite the general public to Times Square in New York to “Be Ready 4 The Next Galaxy”. The event will be streamed and likely allow the public to see Samsung share something special which is pretty much the biggest signal that we should be ready for the next Galaxy S iteration.
Of course if you can’t make it to the big event out in New York, you should stay tuned with Talk Android as we’ll be there giving you guys all the juicy coverage you can handle.
source: Sammy Hub
With the announcement of Sense 5 last week, many HTC phone owners are wondering if their models will receive the upgrade. The question was asked on Facebook and HTC replied with the One X, One X+, One S, and Butterfly. The DROID DNA didn’t make the list, but I suspect that since it’s a Butterfly variant, it will also be one of the chosen ones.
As you know there are a lot of newer features in Sense 5, and some of them probably won’t make it to these other phones due to hardware limitations. One such feature is HTC TV. Since none of those devices have an IR blaster, there would be no reason to include it. The last question that needs to be answered is when? Unfortunately we don’t know, and I wouldn’t expect to see the updates before the summer, especially the carrier branded versions.
There’s a reason why Huawei has become one of the world’s top smartphone manufacturers, despite surprisingly flying under the radar: it continues to introduce all sorts of smartphones for consumers. Notorious beans-spiller evleaks has revealed the Ascend G710 smartphone— an interesting device to say the least. It is not known exactly what will be featured inside the device— though we do know it will feature a 5-inch screen with a 720p resolution, capacative buttons at the bottom (sigh) and a pretty sexy metallic backing on the back of the device.
No word yet on when this bad boy will hit the market, but interested parties should probably keep their eyes and ears open with us as it will probably be available sooner than later.
As promised by Electronic Arts, Real Racing 3 is now available in the Google Play Store. This one is highly anticipated and let’s hope it lives up to the hype. Real Racing 3 includes officially licensed tracks, including Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Silverstone, Hockenheimring, and many more. You will also find over 45 real cars from Porsche, Lamborghini, Dodge, Bugatti, Audi, and more. A new feature called Time Shifted Multiplayer will allow you to race against other people whether they are online or not. With over 900 events, this one is sure to keep you busy for a while.
We’re all ridiculously excited for Samsung to officially unveil the most hyped up phone of the year in March, but that’s not going to stop us from listening out for every little rumor that pops up. The latest comes from the Taipei Times and says the Galaxy S IV will indeed use different processors for different models of the phone, depending on the market. US variants will pack a Snapdragon 600, while international versions will use Samsung’s own Exynos octa-core processor. This was the case with the Galaxy S III, as Samsung’s in-house chip had some LTE problems. LTE is a huge selling point for US phone carriers, so it is possible that Samsung will have different models to make sure LTE performance is up to snuff in each area the device is released in.
This still isn’t official, and there’s a little wiggle room for speculation. Benchmarks showed an S IV using what appeared to be a Qualcomm S4 Pro in both Korea and the US, which could mean Samsung will fully adopt Qualcomm’s chips for the phone. It could also mean Samsung is intentionally or unintentionally leaking some specs of prototypes that may not represent the hardware that’s in the final product. Whatever the case may be, we’re going to find out in a little over two weeks.
source: Taipei Times
LG’s newest smartphone, the Optimus LTE III (F260S), showed up in South Korea where LG is expected to release the device later this year. The Optimus LTE III will be the first device in the Optimus LTE lineup to ship with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean and features a 720p display (1280 x 720) with a currently unknown screen size. Other features include a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor, a 2,540 mAh battery powering the device and a design very similar to the recently announced Optimus F7 device. There is currently no word from LG on whether they will release the Optimus LTE III in any other country other than South Korea, but check back with TalkAndroid for updates.
Look’s like app democracy is coming to an end folks. Recently developer Joaquim Vergès was forced to take action with Falcon Pro, a 3rd party Twitter app, due to an arbitrary token limit of 100,000 users set by Twitter. Vergès then set the price of Falcon Pro to an obscene amount of $132.13 (€100) to discourage new users from downloading the app. After filing a petition to Twitter to extend the token amount, Vergès was denied the request on the grounds that Falcon doesn’t provide any features that the Twitter app doesn’t already have.
Many people who hear the word “wallet” connected to an app’s name may immediately jump to the conclusion that it can be used to make payments. That makes sense since Google has been playing up their Google Wallet app despite the reluctance of carriers to allow it on smartphones. Samsung announced today their own “Samsung Wallet” app that is in development to address some of the other stuff kept in a wallet besides credit or debit cards. The new app will keep track of tickets, boarding passes, and discount or loyalty cards. Samsung also indicates the app will have built in location awareness so it can let you know whether you have a card or discount available when you are near the retailer that issued the card.
With the LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 hitting Verizon, why not U.S. Cellular? Well U.S. Cellular just announced that it’s available in both stores and online. The Galaxy Note 10.1 was the first actual tablet (not a phablet) in the Note line, which means you get to enjoy all the great features found on the phone on a much larger display. It’s priced at $499 and as a refresher it sports a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) LCD display, a 1.4GHz Exynos quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 5MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, 16GB of storage, microSD slot for up to an additional 32GB of storage, 7,000mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, WiFi Direct, USB 2.0 Host, mHL, iR LED, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Of course you can’t forget about the S Pen. Hit the break for the full presser.
Canonical may have released the Ubuntu Touch preview last week, but its initial release was only meant for Nexus devices— which certainly caused a more than a few frowns out there. Well cheer up as the developer has announced that it plans on adding support for additional devices out there. Among the devices that have a somewhat functional build working are the Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II smartphones, ASUS Transformer Pad 300 and the Sony Xperia T smartphone. Canonical also confirmed that additional devices such as the Motorola XOOM Wifi, Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X and One X+ will also be get a functional build as well.
Of course it may be slightly difficult trying to flash Ubuntu Touch on your respective device, but if you’re feeling a little lucky—- you can check out more details and the different images at the source link below.
If you happen to own a Chromebook, then you’ll be happy to know there’s a sweet little app that’s currently on the way. Famed developer François Beaufort had revealed in a teaser that Google+ Photos is very much real and is all set for arrival on your machine in the near-future. Also known as “Pulsar”, the app is powered by Native Client technology and gives users the ability to upload and share photos from Chrome directly. Beaufort is quick to mention two major features of the Chrome app: the automatic selection of the best shots and the automatic import of photos when users plug in a camera or memory card. Of course there’s probably more to the app, but for now we won’t know very much until the app gets all of its kinks worked out.
Unfortunately, the app is not quite ready for primetime just yet, but Beaufort does encourage adventurous users to try it out if they are feeling a little lucky and all. You’ll find more deets at the source link below.
source: François Beaufort+
There’s no question that Adobe Photoshop (PS Touch) is one of the premier photo editing apps, but up until today it was only available for tablets. Those of you that would like to utilize this powerful app on your phone will be happy to know that it was just released in the Play Store. I had a chance to see a hands on demo of it recently, and if you’re wondering if this version will be toned down, wonder no more because it’s not.
Now there’s both bad news and good news, First, the bad news, if you want to be able to use it on both your phone and tablet, you will have to buy both apps ($9.99 for tablet, $4.99 for phones). The good news is that if you utilize Adobe Creative Cloud, your projects will automatically sync between devices.