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Ubi voice-controlled Android device up for pre-sale

The Ubi (short for ubiquitous computer) ended its successful Kickstarter campaign back in September but it’s not too late to pre-order. The company is accepting pre-orders at the discounted price of $219. The normal price will be $269 when it launches in April, 2013. If you can’t get enough of Robin, Iris and countless other voice activated assistance then you might want to jump on Ubi. They will even cut you a deal if purchasing multiple devices.

Full Press Release after the break

Apple Offers Another Apology… Well Statement Highlighting Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Did Not Infringe On The iPad

 

Apple got away with giving a half-assed apology before online and it has done the same in print publications. After the courts telling it to give its attempt at an apology another try online, Apple went ahead and created another version of its apology in the famed UK print publication The Guardian. As you can see above, Apple clearly outlines the facts that Samsung’s Galaxy Tab did not infringe on the iPad— though Apple doesn’t say sorry anywhere in its statement. Naturally we’re all expecting to see a real apology—- you know the one where you actually say sorry— to appear soon, very soon on Apple’s website, so the courts and/or Sammy shouldn’t be too disgruntled we suppose.

source: Gizmodo UK

New Jelly Bean Build Leaks Out For The DROID RAZR HD And DROID RAZR MAXX HD Smartphones, Brings Us One Step Closer To Buttery Goodness

 

Sure it sucks that some of you who splurged on the Motorola DROID RAZR HD or RAZR MAXX HD smartphones got shafted with Ice Cream Sandwich instead of Jelly Bean loaded up, but fear not— because the Jelly Bean is officially circulating in the wild… well sorta. The gang at DroidRzr found a mysterious software system build of version 9.1.39 which brings the Android OS to version 4.1.1 and as you can see, brings all the typical Jelly Bean goodies like Google Now. Unfortunately, while the build is indeed leaked out, there is no way to tell how stable it is, so there is room for potential disaster on your smartphone. Still— we know there are plenty of you owners who are feeling lucky or ambitious, so if you’re ready to test out the Jelly Bean goodness on your device, hit the source link for the full instructions.

source: DroidRzr
via: Droid-Life

LG Optimus G for Sprint available to pre-order for $149.99 from Wirefly

The Nexus 4 may only be available for GSM carriers, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a decent selection of capable handsets on CDMA networks too. Perhaps you’ve been fancying a svelte new Optimus G on Sprint, but couldn’t justify throwing down $200. Lucky for you the 4.7-inch quad-core beast is officially available for pre-order today from Wirefly for just $149.99, a full $50 cheaper than Sprint is offering the device for on its own website. Keep in mind that price comes with a two year commitment on both new and existing lines. If you’re interested, be sure to hit the source link below.

Source: Wirefly

Latest Android distribution numbers suggest Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean are on the rise

It’s a brand new month, which means it’s time for a fresh look at the distribution of current and past Android versions. As we had anticipated, Jelly Bean has grown ever so slightly, reaching just 2.7 percent of Android users, up from 1.8 percent in October. Ice Cream Sandwich has seen a significant surgance, measuring in at 25.8 percent, a minor increase from the 23.7 percent that was reported last month. Unsurprisingly, Gingerbread still dominates the platform with a massive 54.2 percent piece of the pie.

As Jelly Bean begins rolling out to more devices (we’re looking at you One X and Galaxy S III), this number is sure to increase. And, with a full-scale Nexus assault on the horizon, things are bound to get interesting.

Source: Android

AT&T launching cloud file storage service

AT&T wants to break into the cloud storage business with their new AT&T Locker service, a cloud-based file storage that’s marketed as an easy way to share your personal files. The service is available only to AT&T customers and offers features and pricing fairly similar to Dropbox and Google Drive. To push the service, AT&T has updated the app in the Play Store to add a few new features, which is always a welcome move.

LIFX smart lightbulbs sell out Kickstarter pledges, raise $1.3 million in process

You may be dating yourself if your idea of a remote control light is clapping your hands to turn one on and off. Like so many things, leave it to technology to take a concept and turn it into something complex in a good way. Our latest example is LIFX, a company trying to bring smart lightbulbs to market. LIFX appears to have hit a nerve as their Kickstarter project, originally set up with a goal of $100,000, just hit the $1.3 million mark on the strength of over 9,100 backers who bought up all available pledges.

Android celebrates its fourth birthday with 75% of the world’s smartphone market

Android celebrated its fourth birthday since the launch of the T-Mobile G1 last month, but it seems as though the company may be receiving a belated gift in commemoration. A new market research report suggests that Google’s Android OS currently holds 75 percent of the entire world’s smartphone market, up from 57.5 percent the previous year.

This number is astronomical in relation to the relatively short period of time the OS has been around. Of course a large percentage of this figure can be attributed to budget phones running outdated versions of the OS, but in reality isn’t that an integral part of the Android platform? IDC, the company behind the Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, notes that these numbers are preliminary, but are expected to be irritably close to the actual number.

Apparently, Google Now tracks the distance you’ve walked and biked each month

Well this sure was something that surprised me. A buddy of mine sent me a screen shot of his Google Now in which it apparently tracked the distance he’s walked in the past two months. Other reports have also cited that it tracks you when you ride a bicycle. I actually had no idea Google would be implementing this so I find it pretty cool that it tracks that for you each month by using your Android device’s location from time to time.

I know there’s people out there that are creeped out by the fact of how much info is sent back to Google, so I can see if this bugs a certain few. As for me, I think it’s great and kind of cool to see my total pace month by month.

Has anyone else seen this in their Google Now on their Android device? Let us know!

Thanks, Justin

Google set to release a physical Google Wallet credit card

Thanks to Android Police, latest information upon Google’s next venture in their Google Wallet project has surfaced. According to AP’s sources backed with multiple images, Google is set to launch an actual Google Wallet credit card. The physical Google Wallet credit card will work just like a regular credit card, whatever your current selected default card on the Google Wallet app is, the physical Google Wallet card will be charged. This should work in any store that accepts any major card.

I think this is pretty nifty and quite convenient. Imagine just having one card instead of carrying the multiple ones in your pocket. I feel like Google really has something here with the combination of phones with NFC that have the Google Wallet app plus the emergence of an actual physical Google Wallet card. This could be a great convenience for users.

Only time shall tell if this truly becomes mainstream and something the average consumer will use, but one definitely can appreciate Google’s efforts. No word yet on when Google will officially announce this, but we’re sure it’s in the near future.

Check out AP’s post on this in the source link for more info and pictures regarding Google’s upcoming physical Google Wallet credit card!

source: Android Police

Android 4.2 Camera app with Photo Sphere now available for Galaxy Nexus

Introduced on Monday, Android 4.2 brings a slew of new enhancements and features that rectify the minor jump in the version number. One of the most–if not the most–heavily touted features is Google’s entirely redesigned Camera and Gallery interface. The new build brings with it an intuitive options ring that pops up wherever you place your finger, allowing you to easily control the focus and various user settings. Also new is Photo Sphere, which has the ability to capture 360-degree images, similar to Google Maps Street View.

You may be thinking, “all this is great, except I don’t have a Nexus 4.” This may be true, but if you have a Galaxy Nexus, the entire new app has been ripped from Android 4.2, and  packaged into a nice .apk for easy installation. Hit the break for download links.

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Source: Android Police

 

 

Android 4.2 Wallpapers now available for download as well as full system dump

Whenever Google releases a new version of Android, we all get excited about the new features, but surprisingly the new wallpapers are always a hit. Well we have all four new wallpapers for you to download and use to your heart’s content. Just click on each image for the full size and then right click, save image as, pick your location, and you will be all set. If you do it this way, you will have to transfer them to your phone. Alternatively, if you want to download them directly to your phone, just load this page on your phone and long press on each download link below, then choose “save link”. These wallpapers come courtesy of the Android 4.2 system dump, which you can also download with the link provided below. Hit the break for more images and the download links.

Sprint to launch LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 November 11th

November 11th will be a busy day for the folks at Sprint. About three weeks ago, Sprint announced four new LTE devices to be added to their stable, one of them being the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Today we’re learning that the LTE-enabled Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will launch on November 11th for $549.99 on a month-to-month plan. You can check out our review of the 10.1 here, but for a quick recap, here are some of the vitals:

  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core processor (Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset)
  • 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 display
  • 1 GB RAM, 8GB ROM and microSD card slot
  • 3G / 4G LTE mobile hotspot capability supporting up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously
  • Face Unlock uses state-of-the-art facial recognition technology to allow the user switch on the phone and look at it to get past the lock screen – no passwords to remember, nothing to type or swipe
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

Are there any Sprint customers that are lucky enough to be within range of LTE service that may be eying this device?

Featured Play Store Game: My Kingdom for the Princess 3 [Gaming-Casual]

 

Interested in building a fairytale kingdom and win the love of a princess? Then look no further than My Kingdom for the Princess 3, which is the third installment of the series. The first two didn’t make it’s way to Android, but iOS users know how popular they were. It was created by one of the top developers, Nevosoft. We’ve covered a lot of game from these guys so it’s no surprise that you will find fantastic landscapes and interesting gameplay. This one is all about time management, simulation, and strategy.

The premise is that three heroes are fighting for the beautiful princess Elizabeth’s hand. All three of them happen to be brothers and it will be up to you to decide who gets the prize. It’s quite simple, just perform multiple tasks, survive treachery, and save the country from ruin. Can you handle that?

Nevosoft does promise some surprises:

Your workers are more diligent;

  • Buildings bring in more resources;
  • five magical artifacts;
  • Unexpected bonuses;
  • More charming mini games;
  • New colorful interface;
  • Unique trophies;
  • Beautiful comics;
  • Well balanced levels, that gradually become more challenging;
  • A wonderful new castle to build – this time with a bear!

You will find both free and paid ($3.99) versions of My Kingdom for the Princess 3. The free version includes a decent amount of the 60 levels that are on the paid version.  Check out the trailer video below and hit one of the download links to get started.

 

 

 

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