Ever been in one of those locations where your data service has disappeared, but you notice someone on another network chugging away? It would be nice if they could create a mobile hotspot that you could jump on to use instead of resorting to roaming or just doing without service. Later on you could return the favor to someone else. The Viral Spaces research group at MIT is hoping to address these types of situations with the creation of a new community-based P2P Wi-Fi tethering market running on an app they have dubbed Airmobs.
It looks like today is get your Nexus 4 day. Earlier today we reported it was available at Best Buy and now we see it’s back on the Play Store. Both 8GB and 16GB versions are available. Ship time of 1-2 weeks is less than ideal but hey, at least Google will take your money. There’s no telling how long it will last so… GO GET IT!
8GB Nexus 4
16GB Nexus 4
Despite problems with order fulfillment from the Google Play store and gaining a reputation akin to a clear shot of a Bigfoot, there are still a lot of people that want to get in on the LG Nexus 4 bandwagon. The desire for the device comes not just from consumers, but from retailers and carriers as well who want to be able to offer it to their customers. The latest example of this is Best Buy, which now lists the LG Nexus 4 with T-Mobile service on their web site. You might be tempted by that language on the site that reads, “Usually ships in 3-5 business days.” However, using the Estimate Arrival Time link I got dates between February 6th and February 11th. Even that may still be quicker than waiting for your opportunity to place an order through the Play Store.
source: Best Buy
We’ve already seen some of the numbers for smartphones that were shipped in Q4 2012, but now we get a peek at the numbers that show just how dominant Android really was last year. According to Strategy Analytics, Google’s Android was running on a whopping 70.1% of smartphones shipped over the holiday quarter. That totals out to about 152 million phones, up from 80 million a year ago. Apple’s iOS came in second place with a measly 22%. Year-over-year, there was a 38% growth in smartphone sales in Q4, and a growth of 42.7% over the entire year. And in case you think that Android market grab was a fluke because of the holidays, 68.4% of all devices all year were running Android. which is more than triple of what its fruity nemesis sold. I think it’s safe to say our favorite little robot has achieved global domination, right?
source: Strategy Analytics
We heard rumors that HTC will unveil the M7 before Mobile World Congress and it looks that will come true. An invite just hit our inbox for an event scheduled for February 19 in New York City. I think it’s safe to say it will be the M7, and we are also hearing that there will be an event in London as well. We will be in NYC to get all the juicy details so stay tuned to TalkAndroid.
I see a striking similarity between the rock band KISS and Android. KISS was always big in marketing collectibles with their name and now the Android is heading in the same direction with the bugdroid. You remember playing with wind up toys as a kid right? Well why not wind up bugdroids? Yes they are pretty cheap and I’m don’t know if you can really classify this as a collectible, but if you’re an Android fanboy, you will want to check these out. They measure 2.55-inches high by 1.25-inches wide, and they cost $6.80 on eBay for a set of three with free shipping in the U.S. Hit the source link below to get your order in.
Google Wallet has recently been updated to be better than ever by including some nifty little features. Among the cool items to note is the fact that Google has implemented support for Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express cards, a revamped user interface, application stability and improved battery life. So while those features are greatly welcomed—- it’s easy to catch that the most eye-catching item among the listed improvements to the app is the revamped UI. The new UI seems to fall in line with the newer Holo-type theme found in Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean devices. What this means is that users will be able to navigate through the app in a much more fluid manner by now allowing users to simply swipe left and right in order to access the various sections of the app.
While the latest app is not available for a limited number of NFC-based devices, the latest update is in the Play Store now. So if you have a device that can take advantage of the revolutionary payment app— be sure to grab the latest update today.
Play Store Download Link
Pantech officially unveiled the VEGA No. 6, which sports a 5.9-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display. With the recent announcement of the Huawei Ascend Mate and this offering, all of a sudden the Galaxy Note is looking tiny. The VEGA No. 6 will also sport a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, microSD, a 13MP rear camera, a 2MP front camera, and a 3,140mAh battery. It will come in at 9.9mm thick and feature Pantech’s Flux UX on top of Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
It will also sport a rear touchpad called the V touch that will allow users to control things from the back of the phone to make one handed operation easier. Pantech is also promising the 13MP shooter will be DSLR quality. It will be available in South Korea in February for 849,000 KRW ($778). No word on if this bad boy will hit other parts of the world, but we will let you know as soon as we hear more.
Hot off the heels of AT&T’s successful launch back in November, Samsung has launched its Galaxy Express smartphone for additional markets worldwide. In case you’ve forgotten, this attractive mid-range device features a 4.5-inch screen with a SuperAMOLED Plus display, 1.2GHz dual-core chip, a gig of RAM, a hefty 2,000mAh battery inside, Jelly Bean and for all the markets out there that support 4G LTE— there’s a built-in 4G LTE chip inside as well. All-in-all, the Galaxy Express appears to be a solid value-driven smartphone for those who aren’t looking to break the bank too much.
While the device has formally been announced, Samsung is staying mum on how much the device will cost and which international markets will see the device first— but we’re hoping to have an answer for both questions sooner than later.
It’s funny, just yesterday I was wondering what Google will do with the Nexus 7 at Google I/O. I automatically thought they would probably step up to a full 1080p HD display, but wasn’t sure about the rest. Well word is they will definitely add a 1080p display to the second generation 7-incher. The other rumor is that it will probably be thinner with a more industrial design. No word on the internals, but since ASUS will be doing this year’s Nexus 7 again, I am thinking we might see the Tegra 4. My other prediction is that we will see last year’s version get a price drop to $149 for 16GB and $199 for 32GB. It’s still a very formidable tablet for most people.
As to the version of Android, the sources tell us it will still be Jelly Bean. I am certainly expecting a bigger software bump to Key Lime Pie, but then again, Google could wait until the fall to launch the next big version. That would certainly be a disappointment, but I guess we will just have to wait and see.
In case you’re concerned that the new OUYA gaming console is going to be vaporware, then worry no more because they recently held a 10-day “game jam” called CREATE with the hope of seeing some game prototypes. I think it’s safe to say it was an astounding success as 166 game prototypes were created from every kind of genre including RPG’s, shooters, puzzlers, dungeon crawlers, fighting, and more.
These prototypes will be judged and the top developers will receive prizes, but you can also help out by sharing your favorites. Winning developers will obviously be that much closer to finishing their game. They also reported that the OUYA software package for making games has already been downloaded 22,000 times.
You can see the full list of games in the source link.
Swiftkey has released a new beta of their awesome Swiftkey Flow app with several awesome improvements. Your predictions and corrections work in more places, (think email subjects, passwords, etc.) the corrections have improved and expanded, and a host of other bug fixes and enhancements. Great improvements to an already great keyboard replacement for your device. Hit the break below for the full changelog and a link to download the new beta.
After Samsung acquired mSpot in 2012, they revamped the music locker service and released it as Music Hub on the Galaxy S III. Up to this point, Music Hub has been exclusive to the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II, but Samsung is reportedly planning to release the application to more devices, as well as to devices outside of the US. Older Samsung devices will get the honors of being first in line, and other non-Samsung devices will receive it afterwards. No word on exactly when this is happening, but with the success Samsung is having, I can’t imagine it’s going to take too much longer.
source: Sammy Hub
Say hello to the Xperia C5303 HuaShan smartphone— Sony’s next great mid-range device for 2013. Rumored specs of the device includes a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8960T processor, an HD display and Jelly Bean 4.1.2 as some of the noteworthy features powering the intriguing smartphone. Design-wise, the smartphone features a look that’s consistent with the Xperia Z and ZL smartphones such as the on-screen virtual buttons and a circular metal power key in the middle of the right side. In addition— the smartphone seems to have some extra heft in its chassis, indicating that it is probably a device that will likely be water and dust-proof.
Despite the world now seeing this attractive phone in all its glory, Sony is staying mum for now and won’t give up any additional details about the device at this time. The good thing however is that we shouldn’t fret— Sony is expected to showcase the device at MWC this year, so it’s literally a matter of weeks before we see this thing in person.
Sprint announced today the upcoming availability of the Kyocera Torque, a ruggedized 4G LTE Android smartphone. According to their press release, the Kyocera Torque meets the 810G MilSpec for dust, shock, vibration, solar radiation, humidity, blowing rain, low pressure, salt fog and extreme temperatures. It also meets the IP67 standards for dust, sprayed water and full immersion of up to one meter for 30 minutes. The device has a 4-inch WVGA 800×480 LCD IPS screen backed by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and the ability to add microSD cards up to 32GB in size. The Torque will support both 4G LTE on Sprint’s network as well as the Direct Connect push-to-talk service. Kyocera includes their Smart Sonic Receiver technology on the device, eliminating the need for a speaker, relying instead on vibrations to transmit sound to the eardrum.
If you are interested in a device capable of surviving some severe duty, check out the full press release after the break for more information.