First we see some detailed screenshots, then we see a little tease— and now friends, we may very well have an idea of how Samsung’s upcoming beast may very well look like. Thanks to Chinese forum 52Samsung, we now see the mysterious GT-I9502 smartphone up close and personal. The video highlights much of the hardware side of the device including the overall design of the device being similar to the Galaxy S III, a removable back door, the model’s dual-SIM capabilities and of course, the revamped TouchWiz Nature UX software with presumably Android 4.2.1 running the show.
Naturally what we’re looking at may very well a test model and not the final design that Samsung has hidden behind closed doors— but we’re pretty sure that we’ll be excited once the formal unveiling is here on Thursday. After all– Jeremy gives us every reason to think it will be totally amazing, right?
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Well, Google is getting closer to the Glass launch, and this latest news further confirms it. Google has just released an impressive list of apps for Project Glass. Included in the SXSW interactive release demo list were:
- The New York Times: Google Glass can display late breaking news to the headset using a unified “Timeline cards” interface. This will position short bursts of useful information in the user’s peripheral vision. Using a “look up” head gesture, Glass can show off photos and headlines…then read the text of a story to you!
With Samsung’s Unpacked Event and the official reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S IV only days away, Samsung has finally released a small bit of imagery to whet the appetites of fans. Using their Facebook and Twitter accounts, Samsung posted a mostly silhouetted image of the top half of the Galaxy S IV with the lighting barely revealing the Samsung text on the face of the device. You can see Samsung is continuing with the curved theme of their devices of the past year. The post from Samsung follows on the heels of another teaser video published by Samsung today.
source: Samsung Mobile USA Facebook, @SamsungMobileUS
Gmail users might want to check out the mobile web version of the email service after Google announced an update to the interface today. The latest update introduces several design cues found in the iOS Gmail app to the web interface for mobile devices. Google made the changes after receiving so many comments from Android users who saw the redesigned interface released by Google this past December for iOS devices. In addition to the interface changes, which closely follow Android design guidelines, the mobile web app includes better search capabilities and integration with Google Calendar.
You can check out the new interface by firing up your favorite web browser on your Android, Blackberry, or Kindle device and heading over to gmail.com. You can also get a feel for the new interface if you use the Gmail Offline Chrome extension on your computer.
As previously reported, the Lenovo K900 is a mid-range device with some impressive specs. Though the device is a mere 6.9mm thick, it packs quite a punch with its purported Z2580 Clover Trail+ Atom chipset. The CPU will be a dual-core 2GHz processor.
That’s only the beginning, the K900 will also come standard with a 5.5″, 1080p Full HD touchscreen. I know, you have heard all this before, right? So let’s get down to the good stuff!
When will the product roll out and where? Production is already underway for the K900 and reports indicate it will hit the ground in Japan on April 17.
It appears that there may spike in the number of Android activations per day, thanks to some preliminary reports. According to Asymco, the last reported number from Google was at 1.3 million activations per day in September 2012 with an overall activation of 500 million devices. It has been 5 months since Google reported anything, but Asymco is estimating that activations are now at a rate of 2 million per day with a total number of activations reaching 800 million. This influx of activations is surely impressive but there are some interesting facts to consider.
That’s right ladies and gents, the ever popular Angry Birds mobile game is hitting the big screen! For those of you that just can’t get enough of your favorite angry birds kicking pig butt, now you won’t have to. Plans are in works to release a 52-episode animated series of the angry fowls and their porky nemesis’ this month.
Back when Angry Birds first hit the scene their goal was to hit 100 Million downloads (lifetime). Well, they have far surpassed that number and are still going! Angry Birds has just broken the 1.7 Billion download mark, and there is no end in sight. They are like the Energizer bunny, they just keep going, and going, and going…. You get the point.
HeroCraft Ltd is no stranger to TalkAndroid since we have reviewed many of their games. They recently released a new one called Protoxide: Death Race, and it’s a lot like Wipeout. This one was actually shown over a year and half ago, but it didn’t hit the Play Store till about 2 weeks ago. Every game has to have a premise, and this one is based on the “world after 2012” as in after the apocalypse. Let’s face it, none of that matters because this game is all about speed and little bit of destruction. It’s a matter of either passing or taking out your enemies on some pretty fast tracks.
Google has brought many great concepts to reality and an application published by the US Patent & Trademark Office, shows off Google’s invention of simple backside device touch controls. Apple introduced the idea of backside touch controls on tablets in a patent from 2006 and Google seems to have explored the idea in significantly more detail. It could eventually make its way to future devices such as phones, tablets, e-book readers, Chromebooks, and more. To make backside touch controls on devices more responsive, Google mentions there could be visual, audible, and/or tactile feedback to let the user know an action was completed. Google’s patent application was originally filed in Q3 2012 under serial number 593117.
Source: Patent Bolt
The HTC6445LVW passed through Bluetooth SIG over the weekend to get certified, and could be the next DROID DNA or even Verizon’s own HTC One. Back in February, a new HTC device with the codename “DLXPLUS”, was said to be heading to Verizon. There’s no mention of a codename with the HTC6445LVW, but considering the DROID DNA’s model number is HTC6435LVW and was codename “DLX”, it’s very possible this phone could be the next DNA.
However, examining the specs from codename “DLXPLUS”, it matches up with the specs of the HTC One. If this upcoming device is in fact Verizon’s own HTC One, consumers could see it branded as the DROID One considering the carrier’s love of using DROID for naming smartphones.
Source: Official Bluetooth SIG
Popular smartphone case maker OtterBox is preparing to step things up a bit in the world of device cases with an upgrade to their Defender Series to include a built-in battery. To help make the new case more effective at extending battery life, OtterBox developed an app to run on a smartphone to monitor both the phone battery and the case battery. The new app, iON Intelligence Battery App, is now in beta and is available on the Google Play Store.
HTC Sense 5 was debuted in the Taiwanese company’s latest flagship device, the HTC One, and brings a much updated UI. While HTC hinted at a few phones receiving Sense 5, the Droid DNA was left out. Since it’s a fairly new device, the upgrade will happen at some point, but if you can’t wait, a developer by the username newtoroot has you covered. Porting Sense 5 to the Droid DNA has begun and a ROM is available. Everything is working except MMS and Zoe which is HTC’s new feature that allows you to snap still images and record HD video simultaneously.
Sprint Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 customers will be happy to know that upgrades to Jelly Bean 4.1.1 are gradually rolling out starting today. Over the next few weeks, users will finally get access to exclusive Google features such as Project Butter, Google Now, more in-depth notifications, and an improved home-screen. As with any software upgrade, we recommend your device have a solid charge and you’re using WiFi. You can read the full press release below:
Several Droid 4 owners who opted to try out for test software builds are receiving emails inviting them to try out an early preview of new software for their devices. The emails never explicitly said the update was Jelly Bean, but a thread has popped up in the Motorola forums with a friendly reminder to make sure IMEI numbers are correct on user accounts because the update was, in fact, Jelly Bean. While there’s still no official date for mass rollout, or even a change log for that matter, this is definitely good news for Droid 4 owners. While we know the device is slated for a Jelly Bean update, getting it sooner rather than later would be a nice surprise.
source: Motorola Forums
Update: Due to such a massive demand that overloaded servers, the promotion through Comixology’s Android app has been postponed indefinitely.
Comic book fans can rejoice with a very cool promotion going on until March 13th at 4 AM GMT. By downloading the Comixology app available on Android for both tablets and smartphones, you can get access to 700 Marvel Comics for free. It includes very early issues of Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, Wolverine, Captain America, and many more. There are many Marvel Now issues from the past several months and comics can also be viewed from a web browser.
Marvel announced the promotion at SXSW (South By Southwest) in Austin, Texas as well as its new subscription service, Marvel Unlimited. The service gives access to over 13,000 comics for $9.99 per month and is currently only available on iOS with an Android app coming soon. What makes Comixology different from Marvel Unlimited is that comics don’t hit the app until six months after publication, and you have to pay so much per comic.