Jelly Bean Rollout Beginning For Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S III (GT-I9300) Smartphone

 

Fresh off other variants getting some Jelly Bean lovin’, Sammy has begun to push the coveted Android 4.1.2 update to the international variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. It is confirmed that the official rollout has begun worldwide, though it’s currently being pushed out in phases— so it’s unclear which GT-I9300 models will get the update first for now. The update will bring the Jelly Bean build to JZO54K and will bring the usual goodies like Google Now, Multi-View capabilities, Smart Rotation and a customizable Notification Panel among other things.

Owners of the unlocked model can check for the update through Kies Desktop software or OTA through their device’s Settings. If it’s not available don’t fret— the update will certainly be here before you know it.

source: SamMobile

Sony introduces Xperia E budget phone for Europe with option of dual SIM

Today Sony announced the Xperia E, a budget device that’ll sport a 3.5-inch HVGA 320 x 480 display and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The device will be available with either a single or dual (Xperia E dual) SIMs. Sony is marketing the device as, “affordable access to the quality and functionality more traditionally associated with high-end Android smartphones.” They also mention using the device while being able to “stay on top of your data and battery usage.” Apparently there is software which manages battery usage in order to get the most out of it. The E dual, dual SIM version, will offer the ability to switch between carriers with a single touch in order to  “to stay on the most cost effective plan,” according to Sony.

As far as specs, we’re looking at a 1GHz processor, wireless DNLA connectivity, and a 1500 mAh battery. To beef up the sound quality, it’ll come with Walkman xLOUD and HD Voice. You can grab the Xperia E in either black, white, or pink flavors and the Xperia E dual in black or gold. There’s no word on pricing, but it’ll launch in Q1 2013. Hit the break for the full press release.

T-Mobile to raise smartphone insurance rates in March 2013, introduce new tier for Galaxy Note II

A new leaked document suggests T-Mobile is gearing up to increase smartphone insurance rates next year. Additionally, it seems as though ole’ Magenta is prepping an entirely new tier for its incredibly overpriced $370 Galaxy Note II.

Beginning March 17th, T-Mobile will be raising the monthly insurance payments through its partner, Asurion. Replacing phones will become much more expensive, with the Galaxy Note II costing a full $175 to replace, including the usual monthly payments that run between $6 and $12. Regular smartphone deductibles will also be increased, with all other devices on the carrier costing an extra $20 to replace, effectively raising the price from $130 to $150. If there’s a bright side to this whole fiasco, monthly payments are slated to remain the same.

Source: Phandroid

Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour to arrive ‘shortly after’ December 6th release on iOS

After what feels like an eternity, Gameloft has finally provided some insight as to when its next first-person shooter, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, would drop. According to a spokesperson from the gaming studio, the title is set to launch “shortly after” iOS gets its official release on December 6th.

There’s no word on how long we’ll have to wait to get our hands on the fourth installment in the Modern Combat quadrilogy, though were sure there’s a valid reason to hold up the Android launch. For now, be sure to check out the official extended reveal trailer after the break.

How to download CyanogenMod ROM updates faster by using only 10MB of data

I’ll admit it; I’m a flashaholic. The only problem is that I don’t like that each nightly update is at least 150MB for my particular device. Even though I have unlimited data, it’s still not cool to either wait a while for the latest update to download via my carrier (non-LTE) or having to wait until I get home to do so via WiFi. Granted, this is probably not an issue to most, but if you like your nightlies, then you’ll definitely like this little gem of an app called CyanDelta which makes managing those various CyanogenMod updates a much more easier process. Hit the break to see how you can grab your precious updates without using up too much data.

Microsoft tries to drum up trouble for Android with provocative Tweet

It’s no secret that competition between the major phone platforms (Android, IOS, and Windows Phone) is pretty stiff, with each company doing whatever it can to get a leg up on the competition. Things can get pretty ugly sometimes, with competitors trashing one another and tarnishing each other’s reputation in whatever way they can. Tonight Microsoft joined the fire-fight with a tweet from their Windows Phone twitter account. In it they are calling for their followers to send tweets telling the world about their worst malware story while using an Android phone. These tweets should also include the hashtag #DroidRage. Something tells me that the very vocal Android community won’t take this sitting down and will turn Microsoft’s provoking tweet on its head. After all…when you think of viruses and malware, you tend to think of Microsoft products. Let’s see how this unfolds. If you want to reply to the tweet yourself, check it out at the source link below.

Source: Windows Phone Twitter

“Andru Chill” – Charge your phone via your favorite little robot

Want to get a cool holiday gift for the Android lover in your life? Check out this awesome new edition of the Andru phone charger, shaped like your favorite little robot. The new Andru Chill charger comes in “winter white” just in time for the snowy season. The charger costs $25 and features movable arms, flexible antennae, light-up eyes (blue: charging; green: standby), a soft and smooth white finish, and its own stand and charging cable. If you’re wondering what to stuff some stockings with this year, Andru Chill might fit the bill. Be sure to check out our review of the original Andru charger for a better idea of what you’re getting into before dropping your $25. Hit the source link below if you’re ready to place your order!

Source: Power By Gen – Andru Chill

[Deal] Pick up an HTC Droid DNA on Verizon for $149.99 from Amazon Wireless

It’s safe to say HTC’s Droid DNA is the top pick for a high-end handset on Verizon, but its $200 price point may have seemed a bit steep for the average customer. Well, Amazon appears to have taken this into account and has subsequently shaved $50 off of the initial price. This means customers can pick up the device for just $149.99 with a new two-year commitment.

The offer is good for both new and existing customers eligible for upgrades. Currently, however, the device is listed as being backordered, and won’t ship for 1-2 weeks. If waiting isn’t an issue, interested parties can hit the source link below to get their unit ordered.

Source: AmazonWireless

Google’s Eric Schmidt sends message to Apple, explains the ‘adult way to run a business’

While Google’s Eric Schmidt may have once served on the board of directors at Apple, that apparently hasn’t affected his impartiality. The search giant’s executive chairman took a direct shot at Apple today in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, sending the Cupertino company a personal message, letting them know that the current way they are conducting business is laughingly based on a “teenage model of competition,” as the press would like to put it.

Schmidt also expressed his dismay with Apple’s choice to drop Google Maps in iOS 6, a choice that inevitably proved embarrassing for Tim Cook and co.

Verizon Offers To Buy Its Customers’ Privacy

Verizon Wireless is encouraging its customers to opt-in to a new program in its Precision Marketing portfolio, Verizon Selects. In exchange for all your mobile secrets (e.g., browsing history, location and app data) Verizon may offer a Verizon Selects coupon or some other yet-to-be-named goody which it says will  likely be from a popular retailer. If you own a tin foil hat: big brother is watching and this is the beginning! If you’re already posting everything online and don’t mind the occasional SPAM: this is your chance to cash in.

Here’s how Verizon says you can expect the program to work: Verizon Selects will use location, web browsing and mobile application usage data, as well as other information including customer demographic and interest data, to create specific insights. Verizon Selects analyzes this information about customers to see whether they fit into certain audiences Verizon or third party marketers are trying to reach. Depending on the results, participating customers will receive marketing messages or offers that may be of more interest to them than what they see or receive today. These messages could be delivered in various ways such as email, text, postal mail or online or mobile advertising. 

Source: Verizon Wireless

 

Private Google Play Store Opens, Brings Internal App Distribution to Businesses

We’re all aware that that the Google Play Store is the place we go to peruse the thousands of apps to do everything from entertaining us to making our lives easier. If you happen to use Google Apps for your business however, today the Play Store was updated to distribute internal apps to your employees via the Google Play Private Channel. Google is suggesting these apps can be used for things like filling out an expense report or finding an available conference room.

The apps will need to be loaded on the backend using the Developer Console. Once they’re loaded, users simply log on using their company email. From there they can find, peruse, and download the internal apps. The internal ‘Store’ looks and acts just like the normal store, including security and ratings. This should make published reviews interesting in the workplace. You can find more information in the link below.

source:  Google Enterprise Log

Set your calendars folks, Google I/O 2013 is set for May15-17

Google has formally announced that next years Google IO will be held from May 15th through the 17th at Moscone West in San Francisco California. Registration details will be provided by Google come February of 2013 so be prepared for that as well. Keep in mind that this years Google IO sold out in a mere half hour, so if you plan on attending this event I would definitely be as prompt as possible.

Any of our readers planning on attending event? Let us know!

source: Google+ Page

Backup and manage your Android phone or tablet with a desktop PC using SnapPea

We recently reviewed Moborobo, which allows you to manage and sync your Android phone with your desktop, but I wanted to tell you about another one that I found called SnapPea. SnapPea has a clean and easy to use interface that is perfect for the Android beginner, but advanced users might want to check it out as well. It has some pretty cool features and you will most likely want to recommend it to your newbie friends and family since it’s a great application to backup and manage any Android phone or tablet.