Mobile tech giant, Samsung, has always been one to push the envelope when it comes to developing exciting new advancements in technology, but its latest plans just might alter the future of the modern smartphone as we know it. According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is now in the final phase of development for its new flexible display technology, with plans to use them in consumer products in the first half of 2013. Samsung has accomplished this amazing feat by opting for plastic over glass, which not only makes the displays flexible, but lighter and less likely to shatter. The new screens are said to use Samsung’s OLED Technology which it is currently using in its top tier devices such as the Galaxy S III.
Now that Android 4.2 is officially out, next comes the requisite statements from manufacturers stating which of their devices will and will not receive Google’s latest offering. In other words, the ones that will not receive the update are officially dead – at least officially in the manufacturers eyes and physically based on the devices’ hardware specs. Google’s lead engineer, Jean-Baptiste Queru , had this to say about the two devices regarding Android 4.2 and their compatibility:
“There is no support for 4.2 on Nexus S and Xoom. Those devices should
continue using 4.1.2. I can’t comment about the future of Nexus S and Xoom, sorry.”
Both devices were recently given the upgrade to 4.1 but apparently that extra jump to 4.2 was just too much for the legacy devices to crunch. The devices certainly had a fantastic run and I’m sure users will continue to enjoy and use them in the coming year even though they won’t be rocking the shiny new OS.
source: Google Forums
There’s a cool little feature that’s just been implemented in Google+. Whenever a user links to an app in the Play Store on G+, that post will have a direct download link that users can download the app from without being redirected to the Play Store page. Not a huge feature, but little things like that make the user experience that much better.
Google+ has done an excellent job of setting up new ways to share content with friends and family, from music, movies, and now applications. And with Google+ naturally growing in size, it’s great to see Google trying to help it along and adding new features for users.
Thinking about picking up Verizon’s latest superphone? Well, hopefully you’re a fan of Amazon. According to Amazon, Verizon will start preloading a suite of applications on their handsets, with the Droid DNA being the first phone to receive the Amazon treatment. Now if you absolutely despise bloatware – which Verizon loves to put on their phones – this is probably awful news for you. But if you don’t mind some useful, preloaded applications, you can do much worse than what Amazon is offering. The entire Amazon experience is fully integrated into Android, and gives you access to Amazon’s enormous library of music, movies, books, etc. » Read the rest
Not too long ago we reported Spacetime Studios had shown off a new MMO for Android in the form of an awesome cinematic trailer. After a soft launch in Canada and Australia, the free MMO is now available for American users as well. Unfortunately, that also means servers are going to be a little backed up, but that always sorts itself out.
If you’re looking for a free, hack-and-slash MMORPG to waste some time on your Android device, this should be at the top of your list for games to try. Hit the Play Store link after the break to give it a shot. » Read the rest
Vuzix announced its take on Google Glass called Smart Glasses M100. Although it has the familiar cyborg-like single-eye view screen, the M100 looks more like a Bluetooth device than a pair of glasses. Vuzix is calling the Android device, which will run Ice Cream Sandwich, a smartphone display and communications system. It’s set for an early 2013 release and will be able to do the things you’d expect from a hands-free device like calling and sending text messages as well as accessing email, and recording video and still images with its 720p HD camera.
Navigation and augmented reality apps should be interesting on the M100 as it contains an integrated head tracker and GPS for spacial and positional awareness. Smart Glasses M100 will function with any Android or iOS app that supports output to an external monitor. That monitor is a WQVGA resolution screen with a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Its field of view is 16 degrees and the image will appear as though looking at a 4-inch display from a distance of 14-inches.
The battery life probably isn’t going to allow for any Life Blogging (do people still do that?) as it will only give you an hour of recording time with the screen on. Standard use should give you up to 8hrs. With the display on, the M100 will give you two hours of use. No pricing yet but Vuzix is offering developers the chance to get in early with a Vuzix Smart Glasses SDK, which includes a pre-production M100 for $999.
Following up on the story from last week regarding the supposed T-Mobile two-day sale that begins Friday November 16th; it turns out there’s definitely some truth to the sale. Today we’re getting wind of the full device rundown as well as the official pricing of each Samsung device, given you sign on the dotted line for that two-year contract.
First the bad news: These prices are after a mail-in rebate. Now, what we’re looking at is the Galaxy Note II and the 32GB Galaxy S III for $199.99 each with a two-year classic plan after rebate. All other Samsung devices will be free on contract after rebate including but not limited to the 16GB Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II, Relay, and Blaze 4G amongst a slew of others. Additionally, you can pick up the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for $299.99, after rebate of course.
Granted, the contracts aren’t for everyone, especially this day and age. However, there are still a ton of folks out there that rely on these sales every couple of years to score a nice device at a great price.
So you didn’t land a Nexus 4 on launch day? Join the crowd. I know of at least two members of the staff here that weren’t lucky enough for the stars to align and land the device either. Turns out 12:00 p.m. EST really means 11:46 a.m. EST, or somewhere along those lines. Not that it would’ve made a difference anyway, most likely. Most folks were faced with either ‘Coming Soon’ option on the Play Store at the stroke of Noon EST, or they were just sitting there with nothing in their cart after selecting their device. Not that it was a surprise either however, after what happened in Australia and the UK.
Google has taken to Google+ in its first statement since the release regarding the shortage. Get ready to play the waiting game, folks. Google mentioned that they’ve “sold out of some of our initial stock in a few countries” and they are “working hard to add more Nexus devices to Google Play in the coming weeks to keep up with the high demand.” A few countries? More like most major countries including Australia, the UK, the U.S., and Canada. So what’s the real story – a real shortage, limited supply to generate more hype, or essentially earliest of adopters ‘beta testing’ the device for a week or so? And so it begins. The waiting game.
Android Central is reporting the freshly released Android 4.2 update for the Nexus 4 is breaking Google Voice. Attempting to add a recipient to a new Google Voice message is causing the app to force close every time. The GSM Galaxy Nexus began receiving its update today as well but we’ve yet to see any reports of any Google Voice issues on the GNex.
Source: Android Central
The source code for the latest version of Jelly Bean, Android 4.2, is now available on AOSP (Android Open Source Project). This means manufacturers and custom ROM developers can start using this code to build Android 4.2 ROMs for current device upgrades and, of course, future devices. We’re all that much closer to getting Photo Sphere, built-in gesture typing, the updated notifications with a new settings tab and a few other new features. For those of you who can’t wait, you can try out the new Android 4.2 apps via a flashable zip file for the Galaxy Nexus.
Great news for all, or a consolation prize if you missed out on the Nexus 4 during the short window it was available this morning. The one bit of bad news is for the Nexus S which will not get updated past Android 4.1.2. The Nexus 7 3G and Nexus 4 are not yet supported in this AOSP source code release due to licensing issues.
Source: Android Central