It’s no secret that we like things to be simplified and automated if possible— and Tasker for Android allows for us Android folks to make things simplified and automated. The great thing is for those of you who have used the app before (and those of you who haven’t) is that the development team went ahead and came up with a new beta— which includes a brand-new design of the app to bring a more modern touch. In case you’re not familiar with the app— it allows for users to perform a task (set of actions) based on a context— like a time, date, location, application or even gesture— in profiles or widgets. Think of this as an example: For example, if you want your Bluetooth to turn on when you get into your car, users can set Tasker to activate Bluetooth when your phone realizes you left your home’s GPS coordinates. The overall goal of the app is to simply give users more control over their Android device without the need for root. Of course users will actually need to take some time and actually set up each task— but believe us, once the various tasks are set up— you’ll see how much better your overall Android experience can be.
The revised beta app is now available for all Ice Cream Sandwich+ devices, so head on down to the source link to grab it today.
We know you DROID DNA owners just can’t get enough of that Sense 5 love on your superphone, so we are happy to share with you all more images of Sense 5 on the device. Thanks to some very happy (and lucky) testers, we can now see a fully functional and operational build of Sense on the DROID DNA smartphone. The build brings the Android software to version 4.1.2 and includes some additional goodies like some new icons among other things. What’s even more fascinating is that while Sense 5 is operational on the DROID DNA… it was actually ported from the Sprint variant of the M7 smartphone. Impressive indeed, right?
So now that we know that Sense 5 is out there in the wild and works like a charm on the DROID DNA, all we need to know now is when HTC will break down and give up the deets of when owners can expect the update to reach the masses. We’re waiting HTC…
source: XDA Forums
The rumors that the Sony Xperia Tablet Z would get announced by NTT DoCoMo came true today. The tab was already announced by Sony so no major surprises on the specs: a 10.1-inch 1080p (1920 x 1200) display, a Qualcomm 1.5GHz quad-core APQ8064 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD, an 8.1MP Exmor R camera, 6,000mAh battery, NFC, LTE, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Just like the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, it will be waterproof and dustproof. It’s only 6.9mm thick and weighs in at 495 grams, which makes it the world’s thinnest and lightest 10-inch tablet. It will be available in Japan in mid March, but no word on pricing. The big question is if Sony will actually sell any of them?
sources: NTT DoCoMo, Sony Mobile
NTT DoCoMo announced a bunch of phones and tablets for their spring lineup and the LG Optimus G Pro was one of them. We already knew most of the goods on it, but the specs are now official: 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 13MP rear camera, 3,000mAh battery, and LTE. It will be available in April. No official word from LG so we have no idea when or if it will be available in other parts of the world.
source: NTT DoCoMo
The Galaxy S IV rumor mill is only just beginning folks. Barring a complete disaster, it’s safe to say it will be unveiled and released sometime between April and June. Last year the Galaxy S III was unveiled in the beginning of May, but this year Samsung might want to get a faster jump ahead of whatever Apple has planned for the fall. The upcoming Galaxy S IV is codenamed “Altius” and reports show that it will be ready to be released in April. If you’re looking for something more precise, the rumor is week 16 or the week of April 15.
LG announced today they are going to expand sales of the LG Optimus G into 50 new markets this month. The new markets will join the United States, Canada, Korea, and Japan, all of which already have access to the device. LG hopes the Optimus G will be considered an “ultimate premium 4G LTE smartphone.” While the device does sport some nice hardware, including a Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, we did not find it was enough to land atop some other leading phones in the U.S. market. Still, buyers have been receptive to the Optimus G as indicated by their recent announcement that they had sold 1 million units. Google also thought enough of the Optimus G to use it as the base for the Nexus 4.
Check out the full press release from LG after the break. Read more
ASUS just introduced a low priced ($149) Jelly Bean tablet, the MeMo Pad 7. And now a German tech site, TechHive, has uncovered a YouTube video showing a pretty snappy 10-inch version. The video refers to the tablet as the ASUS MeMo Pad 10 Smart. It doesn’t show much in terms of specs but it seems to be running a skinned version of Jelly Bean. If this video is legit, we’ll more than likely see ASUS present it next month at Mobile World Congress.
Check out the video after the break
Rumors of an 8-inch version of the Galaxy Note have been sprouting for quite a while now, but it seems as though the speculated tablet has now been confirmed by Samsung. A new report suggests JK Shin has verified its existence, and wen on to claim that the mid-sized tablet would make its official debut at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. Rumored specs include a 1.6GHz quad-core Eynos processor, as well as an 8-inch 1280 x 800 display. However, it looks like we’ll have to wait a few weeks to get a clean look at the elusive device.
The Motorola X Phone is one of our favorite new rumors. We’d recently talked about how it will supposedly feature a 5 inch screen, vanilla Android, and an all-carrier approach, but won’t be a Nexus device. Some new rumors have popped up today that back that information and add a little fuel to the fire. The biggest piece of information now is that it will be available on all carriers, either through the Play Store or through the carriers, including Verizon. The catch here is that Verizon’s version of the device, which will run $299 on contract, will feature a bootloader unlock feature for the low, low price of $15 per month. Supposedly all versions of the device will be available on the Play Store with no unlock fee, but I know how much you guys like to give Verizon a little extra money for how well they treat their customers. You can even remove the bloatware once you’ve unlocked it! Sounds great, right?
It’s extremely important to remember that this is a rumor, and until Google I/O in May, (or possibly later) we won’t know any concrete details. Some or all of these details may change between now and then, but speculation is always fun.
source: Droid Life
Google’s Nexus 10 tablet has been a decent success, at least judging from how often it’s sold out in the Play Store. However, some reports are popping up that Google may be showing off a second generation of the high-res tablet with a beefed up processor to better handle that 2560×1600 resolution. The new CPU is rumored to jump from dual-core to quad-core, and an 8-core GPU to match that, in addition to the 2 GB of RAM already available.
Of course, we still have the question of when this new tab will be announced and when it will be available to consumers. With Mobile World Congress quickly creeping up on the calendar, we’re bound to see some pretty cool new tech, even after what we saw at CES. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Google join in on that excitement.