We all know that Samsung is the king of Android for now and the reason is simple. They have created their own ecosystem from their own branded software features. Samsung just opened up their brand new app store simply called “Content & Services.” The name isn’t all that exciting, but it’s just one more step in the “Samsung becoming Apple” game.
With Samsung, it’s not just about phones and tablets because they offer televisions that integrate as well. This app store is one place where Samsung customers will find apps and content that is compatible with all Samsung devices. Users will also be able to see their own content via the AllShare section and can locate and/or lock their lost phone via the Find My Mobile section. There’s even a ChatOn section. Just hit the source link to see what it’s all about.
source: Samsung Content & Services
EE has been making strides in the UK and just announced 4G speeds available in 13 more locations. Customers in Bradford, Bingley, Doncaster, Dudley, Harpenden, Leicester, Lichfield, Loughborough, Luton, Reading, Shipley, St Albans and West Bromwich are now covered. EE now covers 50 regions with 4G and with this latest rollout, covers 50 percent of the UK. The carrier also plans on rolling out 4G speeds to 30 more towns and cities by June. You can read the full press release below and if you’re looking to grab the Galaxy S 4, EE started pre-orders today. Read more
We already had an idea that it was very much real and on the way, but details about the upcoming world’s cheapest quad-core 1080p smartphone’s release date were slim… until now. The Neo N003 smartphone has been leaked for your viewing pleasure and news has surfaced that the mysterious device is due to arrive by the end of April— that is if Neo is able to deal with and overcome potential supply issues. Additionally, Neo has the clear intention of at least trying to get its precious smartphone ahead of competitors.
In case you’ve forgotten— the device will have some interesting specs for an insane price. The N003 is expected to ship with a MediaTek MT6589 chip inside, coupled with 2 gigs of RAM and a 13MP camera. The total cost of the smartphone should come to about 899 yuan (or $145 USD). Let’s just hope we don’t see too much pandemonium upon phone’s release.
Samsung is expected to launch tablets that feature AMOLED full HD (1920 x 1200) displays in both 8-inch and 10.1-inch variants. Turns out the 8-inch size is on track to be released this year, but it doesn’t appear we will see the 10.1-inch version or the often-rumored 11.4-inch version. This doesn’t mean that Samsung won’t have a newer 10.1-inch tablet because they plan on releasing a tablet with the same 2560 x 1600 PLS LCD panel that is on the Nexus 10.
We expect both tabs to be marketed as the Galaxy Tab 3, but still no word on when we will see these bad boys. All things point to IFA 2013, but with the Galaxy Note III being the top dog for that one, they might want to limit the amount of devices for that event. I think there’s a good chance we will see them in the late spring or early summer.
Sony might not be the top Android vendor in terms of units sold, but they are winning in the number of phones department. I’m still trying to figure out when they will run out of letters. Entry-level phones have always been popular, but the specs were always meh. Things have changed since late last year as many entry-level to mid-range devices are now featuring compelling specs. Sony already offers entry-level phones such as the Xperia E, but they are looking to step it up a notch. Rumor is they are working on an entry-level device that will have a 5-inch display. Word is that it will be powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor as well. Sounds compelling, but don’t expect to see this one until Q3 at the earliest.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to find apps specifically for your Android tablet on the Play Store, especially if you’re browsing from the Play Store website. The Play Store app has had a featured tablet apps section for quite some time now, but Google is finally putting some clout behind it on the website, too.
There’s a relatively short list of apps that shows off a little over 100 apps that do a great job of adhering to Android UI guidelines. The apps aren’t necessarily written for just tablets, but they are written in a way that larger screens can take advantage of the extra space without looking just like blown up phone apps, and Google is trying to give them a nudge and a thumbs up with some extra advertising, probably to convince other developers to do the same with their applications.
Anyway, if you’ve been looking for some new apps to use on your tablet, you may want to check out the featured tablet apps. You never know, there may be a nice little gem you’ve been missing hidden somewhere in that list.
source: Google Play
Yesterday, we saw the teaser for Gameloft’s Iron Man 3 mobile game. Today, we’ve got an official announcement and teaser trailer.
The game is essentially a Temple Run-style endless running game, but with some pretty crazy, comic book twists. There’s way more destruction and bad guy blasting than you’re even going to see in Temple Run, and who doesn’t want to fly around in an Iron Man suit? The release date is set for April 25th, so we’ll be sure to keep you updated as that date gets closer and closer. Hit the source below to watch the trailer and see for yourself.
With T-Mobile officially launching their 4G LTE network in seven cities throughout the U.S., their customers may be wondering exactly how to access the new bandwidth. Owners of Samsung Galaxy Note II devices can do so thanks to an update that T-Mobile just pushed out to the devices. Another group that may be able to do so are owners of the LG Nexus 4 if they have done some work. Achieving this feat with a T-Mobile Nexus 4 requires rooting and installing a custom ROM, then flashing the radio back to the previous .33 version. Read more
I’m very particular when it comes to the launchers that I use. I’ve been perfectly content in my Nova Launcher set up for over a year now. It looks like this is going to change however, as Chris Lacy released an update for Action Launcher today with a killer new feature. In this update, the Covers feature is taken a step further. Covers brought you your most accessed destinations quickly with the swipe of a finger and Action Launcher’s new Shutter feature looks to do the same with widgets. For example you can slide your finger up on the Gmail icon and it displays the Gmail widget, giving you quick access to your email. Chrome gives you quick access to your bookmarks (see below). Most apps with widgets have this ability and I particularly liked being able to skip tracks in the Play Music App right from the icon.