Rovio teases next Angry Birds game, ‘something PIG is coming’

Angry Birds for Android

Rovio’s Angry Birds franchise has proven itself to be a successful venture, and a new video suggests the developer could soon be expanding its portfolio. Titled ‘something PIG is coming’, the video shows a single bird being pounced upon by numerous little green pigs. It seems as though the tables have turned, this time putting the pigs in charge.

Actual gameplay isn’t shown, and a release date wasn’t mentioned. Although, if you’re the anxious type, you can check out the official video after the break.

Leak shows US Cellular ready to release LG Splendor

Sources scouring the LG US web site stumbled upon some product information for a new LG smartphone. Dubbed the LG Splendor, the model number is US730. The information was found on the support pages of the LG US site and included some product images and specifications. No news on a release date or the cost for the device. The pages have since been taken down.

The LG Splendor is similar to the LG Optimus L7. Equipped with an 800×480, 4.3-inch screen, a 1GHz cpu, and 2GB of built-in memory, the new phone will come loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

source: Unwired View

UK carrier O2 refuses to release Android 4.0 update for trio of Sony devices

Late last week, UK wireless carrier O2 announced via their company blog that they had decided to not rollout an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich for a trio of Sony smartphones. O2 indicated they had conducted extensive testing of ICS on the devices and determined the impact on the phones’ speed and performance would lead to a negative user experience. The devices impacted are the Sony Xperia Ray, Sony Xperia Arc and Sony Xperia Neo. Amidst claims of putting customers first, O2 indicates they will keep the devices on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

source: O2

Samsung Rumored To Have 3 Devices On The Way: The Galaxy S III Mini, Galaxy S II Plus And Galaxy Premier Smartphones

 

While Samsung has the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II  as its heavyweights for 2012, it has plans on bringing in more players to the fight as well. Reports of no less than 3 Samsung smartphones have now surfaced: the Galaxy S III Mini, Galaxy S II Plus, and Galaxy Premier. First thing’s first— the Galaxy S III Mini is expected to go toe-to-toe with Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5, but be priced significantly less at €250. Upon its release this year, it will feature a 5-megapixel camera, dual-core processor and a 4.0-inch Super AMOLED display. The Galaxy S II Plus on the other hand will feature a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 1GHz single-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera and have 16GB or 32GB variations. Finally, the Galaxy Premier looks to be the most appealing as it will be identical to the Galaxy S II Plus, but feature a 4.65-inch screen and Jelly Bean loaded up.

Of course these devices may be complete fiction, but Samsung has a notable history of releasing a boatload of devices in a calendar yet. If the above mentioned devices are indeed true, do any of you plan on grabbing one?

source: Android Guys

Additional Details For The Samsung Galaxy Stellar 4G LTE Smartphone On Verizon Leaks, All Signs Point To A September 6th Launch Date

 

While Sprint is quietly planning on launching a modest Samsung 4G LTE smartphone sometime in the near-future, Verizon too also has plans on launching a simplified Samsung 4G LTE device on its network as well. According to a source courtesy of the Engadget team, the mysterious Samsung Galaxy Stellar 4G LTE smartphone is set to launch this Thursday, September 6th. The smartphone will have budget-line features such as a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 3.2MP rear camera + 1.3MP front-facing cam and 800 x 480 WVGA display. While it’s exciting that Ice Cream Sandwich is running the show, the real kicker is Samsung’s Starter Mode: which is a “new, simple way to interact Access apps and control device settings with ease”.

The device probably generate too much interest in terms of specs, but it is expected to have a rather attractive $100 price tag. We’ll see final details as the days lead up to the device’s launch this week.

source: Engadget

Details And Training Documents For Upcoming Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE Leaked For Your Viewing Pleasure

 

We know that Sprint has certain Samsung 4G LTE smartphone on the way, but details have been scarce until now. Thanks to our friends at Android Central, we now know the specs of the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE smartphone– and it certainly is a modest little mid-range device too. The Ice Cream Sandwich-powered device will feature noteworthy items such as a 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 Lite chip, a 4-inch screen with 800 x 480 resolution,  4 gigs of ROM and a 5MP camera with 1.3MP front-facing camera. Sure the features are slightly dated, but hey— they’re still more than enough to get the job done.

While Samsung and Sprint are still mum on the actual device, we think we may have an idea of when the phone will be released. The gang at Android Central also obtained internal training documents have leaked highlighting Sprint reps will be training for a September release— which happens to coincide with the start of the Fall season. Those of you interested in checking out the training documents can hit the source link and see everything in all its glory.

source: Android Central

3G Nexus 7 to arrive in “about six weeks”

A new report claims ASUS is preparing to launch a 3G version of its incredibly successful Nexus 7 tablet. A “very well-placed insider” has confirmed this is the case, and says that the company has already begun production on the new model.

“There’s not a huge amount to say… a 3G version of the Nexus 7 is coming, with no other hardware changes. Asus is currently ramping production in preparation for launch in around 6 weeks, with the exact launch date and territories still to be confirmed.”

As with anything unofficial, be sure to take it with a hefty grain of salt. It looks like we’ll just have to wait until ASUS comes out with the official word. In the meantime, be sure to check out our in-depth Nexus 7 review.

Source: Modaco
Via: Android Central

Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE to hit Sprint stores later this month

A newly leaked internal document suggests Sprint could be prepping another mid-range Samsung smartphone, but this time to debut on its fresh LTE network. Ironically dubbed the Galaxy “Victory” 4G LTE, it sports a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. It’s also rumored that the device will feature a somewhat underwhelming 480×800 display, though a 4-inch screen could potentially justify the lower resolution.

The document in question shows the handset as being part of Sprint’s September promotions program, which means representatives will earn $3 in commission for every Victory smartphone sold. An exact release date is unknown, but with the GS III earning $7 in commission, reps will be less inclined to recommend it to customers with a bigger budget.

The fact that Samsung is continuing to release phones without even the slitest hiccup is a good sign, considering its ongoing patent war with Apple. Let’s just hope this device doesn’t get caught up in the crossfire.

Source: Android Central
Via: Phandroid

Amazon to limit announcement this week to 7” Kindle Fire devices

Despite all the rumors of a larger device coming from Amazon, source are now indicating this week’s announcement regarding their Kindle Fire will be limited to two 7-inch models. The information obtained by c|net indicates Amazon will introduce a slightly revamped version of the existing Kindle Fire and a new, higher-end model of the Kindle Fire. In anticipation of the announcement, Amazon has reported the existing Kindle Fire is now soldout.

The new model is expected to have a faster processor, a camera, some physical buttons for volume control, an HDMI port, and increased internal storage. Both models are expected to benefit from a slight overhaul of the user interface. As far as a larger model goes, it may still be in the works, but don’t expect to see it later this week.

source: c|net

New images hint at HTC device headed to Verizon?

Late last week new images popped up on the PhoneHK Forum showing a new HTC device. The mystery device has red accents on the side rails, popular on HTC devices manufactured for Verizon. One of the images shows a Beats Audio logo. Overall, it has a similar look to the HTC One X. No other information was available to go along with the photos. However, some are speculating it may be the HTC6435LVW which appears to have a 5-inch screen and

source: PhoneHK Forum
via: The Verge

Apple patent lawsuit targets more Samsung devices including Samsung Galaxy S III

You may have thought things were over for Samsung after last week’s loss to Apple in the highly-covered patent lawsuit between the two. Surely the $1.0+ billion judgment and ensuing stock losses for Samsung are enough to drive them out of the smartphone and tablet markets. For all the hype, last week’s jury verdict in favor of Apple was just one battle in a war. Even Apple recognizes this. Rather than sitting on their laurels and waiting for Samsung and the rest of the world’s Android manufacturers to slink off in defeat, Apple was back to work in a San Jose federal court filing documents on Friday. This time, it is a request to add more devices from Samsung to a case filed back in February 2012 alleging a variety of patent infringements. The original lawsuit covered 17 devices that had been produced between August 2011 and the filing. The new request adds four more devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S III. Nor word or response from Samsung yet regarding the latest filing.

source: Reuters

Edge-to-edge screen to be revealed by Motorola next week?

As we reported a couple weeks ago, Motorola has an event planned for next week on September 5th in New York in conjunction with Verizon Wireless. We have surmised that both Motorola DROID RAZR HD and a Motorola DROID RAZR M devices will be released. Bloomberg is now reporting that a source familiar with plans for the event has indicated one of the devices to be unveiled will be a Motorola smartphone with virtually no bezel, effectively giving it an edge-to-edge screen. If true, this will make it unique in the smartphone market. Whatever the new device is, as Bloomberg notes, this will be the first high-profile Android device release for Motorola since being acquired by Google earlier this year.

Looking back through some photos that have leaked of the DROID RAZR HD, there is some similarity with the latest image above. Could the DROID RAZR HD or even the rumored DROID RAZR MAXX HD sport the bezel-less screen? Would such a feature be something you would be interested in?

source: Bloomberg

College Football 2012 App Gives College Football Fans Their Favorite Team’s Schedule On Their Fingertips

 

Today marks the first Saturday of the 2012 college football season. So that means all of you fanatics for your favorite teams will need to have a means of keeping track of all the various schedules out there and that’s why the College Football 2012 app has you covered. The app is developed by Neverstill Mobile and brings a simplistic ability of being able to pull any and every game out on a team’s schedule. There’s no complicated information and no complicated menus— just straightforward news. This means Ohio State, Notre Dame, USC, Florida and Oklahoma fans will be able to know when their teams place, just in case you know… they didn’t print the season schedule out before.

The app is available for all Android devices and comes in at a minor 1.9MB. Considering there’s going to be all sorts of action happening around the country after today, it may not be wise to not have a complete schedule right under your fingertips if you’re a fan of a college football team.

 

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Samsung Smart TVs to launch later this year with Google TV

Samsung has built a major part of its reputation with its line of Smart TVs, but has yet to fully dip its toes into Google TV — until now, that is. While not a part of its press conference, the company is showing off new Google TV hardware on the show floor of IFA 2012.

Details are scarce, but Samsung plans to utilize its Smart Hub as the central user interface for switching between television and apps. As expected, the company has already ported some of its own Smart TV apps to the Google TV unit. With these added tweaks, the company hopes to “enhance the Smart TV experience.” 

Google TV has undoubtedly failed to catch on with consumers, but Samsung is hoping that it can make an impact with its prominent branding. Let’s just hope Samsung can actually bring this thing to market for a reasonable price. More on this story as it develops.

Source: Engadget
Via: Phandroid