Google Now is one of the best features of Jelly Bean, delivering accurate information in blazing fast speed. Recently, co-creator Baris Gultekin was interviewed by MemeBurn where they discussed the vision behind Google Now and its future. Google recognized that phones were getting smarter, more context-aware, and the goal was to give user’s the information they needed at the right time.
“We need to understand in what circumstance you need what type of information, and how we can give that information to you without you having to dig for it. That’s where we started. The types of things that we launched are [what you need in the moment] — you tend to check for weather in the morning so you know what to wear. You tend to check for traffic in the morning, so you know to avoid traffic and take the alternate route. That’s the high-level goal.”
Disney’s Oz: The Great And Powerful is out in theaters March 8th, and in anticipation, has released a new Android game called Temple Run: Oz. Inspired by Temple Run 2 and the upcoming Oz movie, the gameplay is simple. You play Oz and run through a magical land, outrunning crazy flying baboons while turning, sliding, and jumping to avoid obstacles or enemies.
From the Play Store description:
- Stunning environments inspired by the film – explore them all.
- Fly in a hot air balloon – earn even more coins.
- Explore different locations in Oz – follow sign posts!
- The environment changes as you run – test your reflexes.
- Compete in weekly challenges – beat your friends!
Everyone loves a good fight it seems. T-Mobile and AT&T are doing their best to ensure followers of the companies are not disappointed. The latest round involves some ads T-Mobile is believed to be preparing in response to AT&T’s ads that ran last week. You may recall AT&T ran some full page ads in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, claiming T-Mobile has twice as many dropped calls as AT&T and half the download speeds for data. According to TmoNews, proof prints of three different ads responding to AT&T have been submitted to T-Mobile for review and approval.
Not too long ago we heard about a web data compression feature Google was testing out. It was only available to Android 4.2 users, however, so not many of us got a chance to play with it. After some digging around in the source code for the latest Chrome browser, it turns out that Google has somewhat implemented the data compression feature into Chrome for anyone to try out.
It’s a little tricky to get to the setting, as there’s no actual UI for turning it on yet. In Chrome, type chrome://flags in the address bar, and from there you’ll be able to switch the flag on to start data compression. All HTTP websites you visit will then be sent to Google’s proxy server to be intelligently compressed and optimized for Chrome, then sent to your smartphone, speeding up the web loading process as well as consuming less data. Pretty handy trick if you’re dealing with a data cap from your carrier.
Hopefully we’ll see this feature make it into the stable release of Chrome before long.
source: Google Developers Blog
To say that Samsung’s Galaxy lineup is ‘diverse’ is a huge understatement. More evidence of Samsung overtaking every level of the smartphone lineup is the soon-to-be-announced Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo. As the name suggests, this little fella will be pint-sized. It’ll come in two versions: with and without dual SIM capability. This new device is very similar to the Pocket Plus as well as last year’s Galaxy Pocket which raises a little bit of confusion.
The Pocket Neo is said to launch with a 3-inch display (320 x 240) with QVGA resolution and a 2 megapixel camera. Again, these vitals are not much different, if at all, from the Pocket Plus or last year’s Pocket for that matter aside from the 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. The only color offering rumored at launch for the Pocket Neo will be silver, at least initially. We’re thinking maybe since it’s very similar to the Pocket Plus, that maybe the Neo is being targeted in emerging markets.
Sprint seems to be getting into the ‘green’ movement. The nation’s third largest carrier announced a new program they’re calling “Bring Your Own Sprint Device.” Their hope is to lessen the large amount of phones that get deposited into landfills each year by offering customers with idle Sprint phones the ability to use those devices on Virgin and Boost Mobile.
Along with the nod to the environment, this plan will also help budget conscious customers by offering more options on the pre-paid front. As to which Sprint phones will be compatible with Boost and Virgin? It hasn’t been announced as of yet, and there will definitely be a list of requirements that each device must meet. We’ll provide an update as soon as that official list of devices is published.
The Samsung Galaxy S IV hasn’t officially been announced yet, but that won’t stop us from talking about the upcoming Galaxy Note III, which won’t be announced till mostly likely August/September. The Galaxy Note is all about size and the biggest question we need answered is what will the display size be? The first Note had a 5.3-inch display, and the Note II jumped to 5.5-inches. You don’t believe for a second that the Note III won’t have a bigger screen do you?
Well Samsung might have let the cat out of the bag. An anonymous official from Samsung told the Korea Times, “Samsung is working on introducing a new phablet using a 5.9- inch organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen.” I think it’s safe to say that “phablet” will be the Note III, and I’m liking the sound of OLED.
source: Korea Times
Earlier we showed you some leaked screenshots from what was supposed to be the Galaxy S IV, but it might have only been from a leaked Android 4.2.1 ROM that will end up on the GSIV. Now we have some more screenshots out of Israel, and these look like they are definitely from the GSIV, or at least one of the variants (SCH-i337 and most likely AT&T). The screens confirm what we are already expecting and that’s a 1.8GHz quad-core CPU (on certain variants) and a 13MP camera. We also get confirmation of the expected 1080p screen, but I believe for the first time, we get the PPI, which is 441 and a touch lower than the HTC One (468). Another screen confirms the smart scroll feature, but that will end up being a feature that will end up on all devices that receive the Android 4.2.1 update. Hit the break for the rest of the screens.
It appears there is yet another Sony Xperia smartphone is on the horizon folks. Also known as codename “TaoShan“, the Xperia L (model C210x) will be a fairly modest smartphone and feature the typical run of the mill budget-level specs. The Jelly Bean-powered device will have a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon chip, a 4.3-inch FWVGA display at 854 x 480 resolution with virtual buttons, 8GB of storage and get this— an 8MP camera utilizing Sony’s Exmor RS sensor giving users topnotch photo and video quality. There’s no word on where and when the device will be launched as of yet, but you can bet we will keep our eyes and ears open for all of you prospective buyers out there.
source: Xperia Blog
Looking forward to that major Sammy device that’s set to be introduced next week? Yeah— so are we gang. With that in mind, we have some additional leaks to share with you all highlighting how the Galaxy S IV’s UI may indeed look upon its arrival. As indicated in some screenshots from the Galaxy S III’s leaked 4.2.1 firmware, we can see the Galaxy S IV will indeed have the Smart Scroll and Smart Pause features, just like we’d previously heard before. In addition, the inclusion of these features all but confirm the Galaxy S IV will utilize a full 1080p HD panel, giving users all the detail and quality they can handle on the rumored 4.99-inch display. Could it be possible that the upcoming device will have even more custom or unique inclusions to the UI? We’re certainly inclined to believe that its not that hard to fathom seeing something an even more updated version of its Touchwiz Nature UI.
It’s only another week before the big event gang. Just one more week…