Even though our site has quite a bit of daily traffic, 50 million people each day is a lot. With the theory of “making shareware, into freeware”, former Megaupload founder, Kim Dotcom, achieved that substantial goal.. Through his various legal troubles and protests from anti-piracy supporters, Dotcom is more eager than ever to create his Megabox application, that can possibly change the music industry.
But what does this service do, that makes it “so important”? A couple months ago, Kim Dotcam released a statement on Twitter, describing that his Megabox app would allow users to distribute media, especially music, freely. On Tuesday, he also said that his idea will, “Turn this world upside down,” and that the service will be, “Bigger. Better. Faster. Free of charge & shielded from attacks.”
After speculation already outed the device for Korean markets, LG has finally made the Optimus Vu II official. While initially little was known about the device, the Korean-based manufacturer has figuratively spilled the beans, and what spectacular beans they are.
The LG Optimus VU II will sport the same 5-inch display (4:3 aspect ratio) as its predecessor, though this time it will be accompanied by a physical home button near the bottom. Also new is a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor, 2GB of RAM and a beefed-up 2,150mAh battery. The square shaped device will run atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and will feature an 8-megapixel shooter on the rear, as well as a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The fun doesn’t stop there however, as LG has also included NFC, VoLTE connectivity and an IR blaster, complete with a dedicated QRemote app, which turns your device into a universal remote. The company is also touting its redesigned Rubberdium Pen 2.0, which offers a finer point for better precision.
Pricing is set at $865, with your color choice of either black, white or pink. Currently, there’s no word on availability outside of Korea, so it looks like we’ll have to sit tight for more details.
After announcing that its Transformer Prime and Transformer Pad Infinity tablets would be receiving Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, ASUS has finally revealed the long-awaited details. In a post on the company’s Campus Life blog, ASUS released the official changelog for the update, detailing the specific changes that will be made. Furthermore, the manufacturer has given us a time table for when we can expect the updates to roll out. For the full low-down, jump past the break.
When Samsung revealed the original Galaxy Note last year, consumers were undecided as to whether or not it was a viable option for the everyday smartphone owner. And, while that question may still not be answered, we’ve witnessed the device’s success first-hand. Regardless, Samsung introduced its successor last month in Berlin at IFA 2012, and the device packs quite the punch. With a 5.5-inch display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a quad-core processor, the Galaxy Note II is destined to be a powerhouse.
At a company briefing today in Korea, J.K. Shin, head of the manufacturer’s mobile division, speculated that the Note II would sell three times faster than the original, considering the numerous additional carriers that will be offering the device this time around. In terms of raw numbers, Samsung’s new flagship is slated to go on sale in 128 markets, and be available on 260 different network operators. The original Galaxy Note was only available on AT&T in the US, with an extremely brief stint of availability on T-Mobile. The Galaxy Note II is set to arrive later this year on at least five major US carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint an US Cellular.
Chrome is one of the most utilized web browsers on the market. When the stable mobile-version was released in June 2012, Android users took the oppurtunity to grab the app, and since then helped it achieve over 100,000 downloads! The magic of Google Chrome rubbed off on the mobile market, obviously becoming a success. But like any app, when new technology comes out, updates need to be released. And Google is constantly prepared for changes.
As “us tech fans” know, Motorola unveiled the ‘RAZR i’ about a week ago. And it is hyped for being the first mainstream Android device, with an Intel chipset. Quite an accomplishment. The one downside to owning this device, will be the lack of updated apps to work with the newly introduced chipset. However, if you are a fan of Chrome for Android, you’re in luck!
Madfinger Games has consistently developed quality mobile titles, including popular games like Shadowgun and Dead Trigger. Today, the studio has released an official teaser video for its long-rumored Shadowgun: Deadzone game for Android. For those of you that don’t remember, the developers from the studio showed off the title at CES last January, but have since been quiet regarding its impending release. In addition to the video, the company also posted a teaser image on its Facebook page, detailing the different characters. At this point, what’s been changed is mostly unknown, though the game will be free to play and offer an online multiplayer mode. In the meantime, check out the full video below.
Source: Madfinger Games (Facebook)
Today MetroPCS announced that sometime in October they would be releasing the Samsung Galaxy S III to their customers. The MetroPCS version is very similar to Verizon’s version of the phone, packing a 1900MHz radio in addition to 4G LTE, 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, and 1.9MP front camera. For those of you who are looking for a good 4G device that doesn’t come with an expensive contract plan from Verizon or AT&T, this might be your best option.
If you’re feeling lucky, you can head on over to MetroPCS’s website to sign up to win a Galaxy S III.
Android app developers have a new tool available courtesy of the Google Play Store to help streamline app authentication against Google. Announced on the Google Developers site today, Google is starting the process of rolling out new Google Play services, a framework for integrating applications with Google Play through use of a services component running on user devices and a thin client library packaged with apps.
Chances are by now, you’ve probably heard of the iHeartRadio music app. From being constantly beaten into your head while listening to our favorite radio station, to the endless promos for the iHeartRadio music festival that just wrapped up in Vegas, you’ve no doubt at least heard the name. In my opinion, this app alone is worth the ‘price of admission’ into the smart phone world.
There are many things that Android fans have in common. Indeed good taste in phones, great conversions, and support are among the common ones, but they also enjoy “bashing” Apple products in advertisements. The variety of people that watch television have probably seen Samsung’s new Galaxy S III ad, called “The Next Big Thing is Already Here“. The 90 second-long commercial features a simple story:
People are waiting in line for a new device (in this case the iPhone 5), and see Galaxy S III users showing off their features, like Android beam and the spacious 4.8″ display.
To go along with that, a man waiting in line is teased by iPhone fans that his “Galaxy S III didn’t work out for him”… while he is actually saving the spot in line for his parents.
ASUS began rolling out an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Transformer Prime in Sweden yesterday, and today the company has followed with a statement regarding the rest of the world. Announced via the company’s official Facebook page, ASUS says global users can expect an update to the latest version “soon”. In addition to the Transformer Prime (TF201), the Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700) will also be getting in on the upgrade action. While an exact time frame wasn’t given, the update will reportedly arrive within 72 hours. Considering ASUS tends to make this type of announcement the same week (or even days before) it plans to roll out an update, we have no reason to doubt its legitimacy.
The long-awaited update for the T-Mobile HTC One S is finally rolling out to users nationwide. Of course, the software upgrade consists of the infamous “Android 4.0.4” alongside its companion, 4.1 Sense. There is no doubt that the One S is one of HTC’s most popular devices, leaving users very anxious for some perfomance fixes and bug tweaks. And that is exactly what the update brought! You can now expect “more smooth” transitions with performance improvements, as well as wireless tweaks, involving Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Connectivity issues with wireless devices and networks have been a huge problem with the orginal build for the HTC One S, but we are happy to say, those are gone. Even though that the update isn’t 4.1 JellyBean, the OTA fix will help a lot of users in their daily tasks. All in all, the update will round up at about 150mb, so if you are locked into a “tiered” data plan, we recommend that you utilize your home wireless connection.
What do you think of the update? If you already installed it, are you noticing improvements? I would love to hear your comments, and… Happy Updating!
Source: Android Central
The British website Clove has announced the Samsung Galaxy Camera for pre-order at a price of £399 ($650) including VAT and £332 ($540) without VAT. The camera runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and features a quad core Exynos processor, a 16 megapixel sensor, 21x optical zoom, and pop-up xenon flash The Galaxy Camera looks to spearhead a new era of “Smart Cameras”.
The Galaxy Camera adds most of the features we are used to in our phones such as 3G, a touchscreen display and HDMI out for the smartphone-loving Instagram nut. It’s meant to satisfy the casual point-and-shoot crowd, but is this preliminary pricing too much for general consumers to swallow?
Even with the disappointment of Apple winning its litigation on their “special patents”, it looks like executives from both Google and Samsung will meet in Seoul on Thursday. Thats right! Eric Schmidt, alongside Samsung “big-wig”, Shin Jong-kyun, will discuss numerous details about their company companionship.
But it seems that it is very likely that this meeting is focused on, none other than Apple’s patent strikes against Samsung. Lets not forget that just a little over a month ago, Apple won its case in the United States against the company, exclaiming various factors of how the South Korean manufacturer infringed on Apple design and “style”.