Congratulations Samsung— the Galaxy S 4 is set to be featured on BBC’s Watchdog



There have more more than a few of us who have complained about Samsung’s habit of loading up crap unnecessary extra apps on its flagship devices, but it looks like the BBC has had enough of Sammy’s shenanigans. The famed British network will air a special episode of its Watchdog series pointing out some very serious issues that identified on the 16GB variant of the Galaxy S 4 smartphone. In fact, Host Anne Robinson poses this simple question best: “Samsung… claims that its brand new Galaxy phone has an extra-large memory, but what did it forget to mention“? Well– while the smartphone no doubt introduces some well… “unique” apps, much of the apps take up an extraordinary space on the device, resulting in roughly only half of the total storage capacity being available to brand-new owners.

Naturally, Samsung will probably want to rebuke the bold Watchdog claim by highlighting its 16GB Galaxy S 4 certainly has a microSD slot for users to take advantage of, but remember— regular apps can only be installed onto the phone’s internal memory, so there is the potential for owners to simply run out of room. Moreover, owners can always buy the larger capacity variants of the device as well because well— bigger is better anyways.

Hit the break to check out the teaser video for yourself.  
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BBC iPlayer updated with Android 4.2 support, fresh UI and improved video quality

After unleashing a breadth of information regarding future plans for its iPlayer Android app, the BBC has released an official update, bringing numerous fresh features to the radio and TV-streaming application.

Users can now experience a polished UI, keeping in line with Google’s very own Holo style guidelines. Support has also been added for Android 4.2 in version, something that many fans had been complaining about since the initial release of the Nexus 4. Perhaps one of the biggest changes, though, is much improved video quality, which should help soothe the eyes of visually picky viewers.

The app is available to download now from Google Play via the download link below.


Play Store Download Link

BBC will provide 24 live Hi-Def streams of the Summer Olympics

The Summer Olympics of 2012 is upon us. What’s your favorite sport, or which will you be sure not to miss, as long as you have access to the live event? Could it be Football, Basketball, Water sports, Rowing, Shooting, Cycling, and the list goes on. As for myself, I will pick up and watch a little of whatever I can. With the help of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) there’s a good chance you’ll get to see your favorite sport live.

The BBC is pulling out all the stops to get this year’s Summer Olympics in London broadcast in as many ways as possible. They will be streaming 24 live HD streams throughout the event. Included, you’ll be able to stream to any one of your Android devices, or web-enabled TV by way of the BBC mobile sports site or mobile applications. The Android app will support streaming HD video over 3G and WiFi, giving the ability to watch live any one of the games. So prepare yourself for overload of Olympic coverage, and enjoy the Summer Games!

Source: techradar


BBC News for Android adds home screen widgets

There are plenty of news apps available, but I won’t touch any unless they have a widget. One of Android’s greatest strengths is widgets, which makes you more efficient. BBC News just updated and now supports widgets, both big and small. You can even shuffle the order in which categories appear.

In addition to the widgets, they added a new “Send to BBC News” option so you can report anything major that happened in your area, and the ability to move the app to your SD card which is always handy for those that have limited space.

Just hit the download links below

Android Market Link

British engineers planning to send an Android phone into space

A team of engineers at SSTL and the Surrey Space Centre in Guildford want to see if the sophisticated capabilities in today’s mobile phones can function in the most challenging environment of all: space.

Why are they doing this you might be asking? Shaun Kenyon, the project manager at SSTL, said, “They come now with processors that can go up to 1GHz, and they have loads of flash memory. First of all, we want to see if the phone works up there, and if it does, we want to see if the phone can control a satellite.”

Although the specific phone model to be used hasn’t been announced yet, SSTL wants to use the phone to control a 30cm-long satellite and take pictures of the Earth in the mission later this year. If this works, it could potentially save tons of money and weight for future similar projects in space.

The team chose Android because of its open source software, which means they can tweak it if need be.

“We’re not taking it apart; we’re not gutting it; we’re not taking out the printed circuit boards and re-soldering them into our satellite – we’re flying it as is,” Kenyon explained. “And, in fact, we’re going to have another camera on the satellite so we can take a picture of the phone because we want to operate the screen and have some good images of that as well.”

All I know is I can’t wait to see pictures of this Android smartphone in space! What device do you think they’ll choose? Let us know in the comments.

[via bbc]

Vodafone Removes Branded Apps Due to Demand

Some of you may know that last week Vodafone rolled out a  surprise update last week for its HTC Desire. Many customers, expecting an update to Android 2.2, accepted the update. Only then did they realize that the real surprise was a bunch of Vodafone bloatware was installed, with no Froyo to ease the pain.

Apparently the customer/press reaction was bad enough that Vodafone has reconsidered its strategy. According to the BBC, Vodafone has announced that when the carrier does release Android 2.2, supposedly in “seven to ten days”, it will be the vanilla HTC Sense imbued Android, no carrier fluff included. The carrier applications would be made available separately for an optional download. Nifty.

This is an interesting phenomenon here, as the carrier usually sets the rules where software is concerned, including their own software whether it’s wanted or not. I’m looking at you Sprint Nascar app. If this is the first step to a more broadly implemented plan, there will be many more the happy customers. I wouldn’t hold my breath though. Many carrier installed applications are due to agreements that the carriers have with companies, software or otherwise, (like the aforementioned Nascar) and the carriers are obligated contractually to include those apps in all applicable phones.

Still, a guy can dream, and one step such as this, with the right positive customer and press attention, could have the potential, however unlikely, of making other carriers reconsider their software strategies.

[via The Next Web]