We all know how popular and awesome GO Launcher already is– but the maker now has a new launcher up its sleeves for the masses to try out called Next Launcher. It’s a 3D-based launcher which has full 3D elements and 3D effects, while featuring items like an unlimited screen layout, stereoscopic screen preview and of course, those fancy 3D widgets that compliment the 3D screen. Essentially– Next Launcher is GO Launcher in full 3D— and who doesn’t want to see a cool 3D launcher to cover up their awful skin on their Android device?
The new launcher is up for all Android 2.2+ devices, but will run you about 16 bucks— which might be a bit hefty for some. Still– the launcher is intriguing enough, so if you’re willing overlook the steep price and give it a try, head on down to the Play Store today and give it a try.
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Those of you in the market looking for a modest phone on a modest wireless carrier may want to pay attention right now. Alltel Wireless has launched the Alcatel One Touch Ultra 960C that is now available both in retail stores and online. The device looks to allow Alltel customers to do the absolute basics without too much hassle thanks to a 1.4GHz processor, 5MP camera plus 720P video, built-in DLNA and Gingerbread 2.3 (sigh).
While the device’s specs are not exactly the most desired, the price may be. The device will be priced at $19.99 on-contract or if contract’s don’t tickle your fancy, the device is available for a desirable $199.99. Yup— the price of the Alcatel One Touch Ultra 960C suddenly made it look pretty appealing for many folks out there– especially since . You’ll find additional details of the device once you check out the full presser after the break.
Samsung Bulgaria has just provided an interesting tidbit of news for owners of the Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy S Advance smartphones. According to the gang at GSM Arena, when asked if both devices would get Android 4.0 on its Facebook page, Samsung Bulgaria surprised all and confirmed both devices would not be getting Ice Cream Sandwich— instead both would be updated to Jelly Bean. Of course there’s the understandable speculation that Samsung Bulgaria may be out of its mind and is providing incorrect information. However if this is true (and that’s a BIG if), then Samsung is confirming its intentions of being the top Android manufacturer when it comes to updating and providing support for its devices.
While this is exciting and all, first things’ first— we need to see Samsung roll out the Jelly Bean update for its flagship device first. Once that’s done, then we’ll wait and see if or when Samsung rolls out the Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Ace 2 and Galaxy S Advance smartphones.
source: GSM Arena
MetroPCS announced today the availability of the Coolpad Quattro 4G – the first phone with Coolpad Americas as a MetroPCS partner. The device is being described by MetroPCS as a “new, affordable” device for “cost-conscious consumers.” The phone’s specs won’t be setting any records, however that’s obviously not the intent here. The Quattro 4G will run Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), sport a modest 4-inch display, a 1GHz processor, and a rear 3.2 megapixel camera coupled with a VGA front-facing camera.
The phone will run $149, while the 4G LTE plans begin at $40 a month. Also for a limited time, MetroPCS is also is offering a $50 mail-in rebate on the second of any two 4G smartphones purchased. So you could effectively buy two Quattros for $248 after the rebate, which is not too shabby of a deal.
It’s no secret that Verizon has major intentions to bring its FIOS service to Android devices. We first had a glimpse of this notion when Verizon announced its FIOS app for smartphones and tablets. Then we saw the always Verizon-friendly brand Motorola try to sneak out an Android TV tablet for TV rooms. Now there is actual proof indicating a WiFi-only tablet is on the way for Verizon FIOS subscribers. Apparently FIOS subscribers were sent a survey recently which sought some opinions and feedback of a new device which “may be available in the future”. This device will feature Android 2.3 (sighs)– while allowing users to run a full assortment of apps and of course the ability to stream certain channels. All in all, all signs point to the Corvair finally becoming a reality.
Of course Motorola and Verizon are still trying to see how people feel about the device and whether it’s necessary or not. My guess is that many (if not all) subscribers wouldn’t mind having a new toy to play with. Let’s hope we see this thing sooner than later.
Those of you living in the UK have yet another budget-level smartphone now available. Samsung’s Galaxy Pocket smartphone is now listed on wireless carrier Three UK’s webpage and is due to arrive in September. In case you’ve forgotten, the Gingerbread 2.3-powered smartphone has an 832MHz processor, QVGA (240×320) display and a 2MP camera— all in a 2.8-inch frame. All of this should easily suffice for most basic-level Android users.
No word on how much the smartphone will cost or when exactly in September it’s due— but those details should leak out sooner than later.
source: Three UK
Those of you in the UK can finally look forward to the elusive Samsung Galaxy Beam smartphone— no seriously this time. Since seeing it in action at MWC this year, the phone has been incredibly anticipated and has even been up for pre-order for quite some time. Samsung has finally gone ahead and announced the projector smartphone will be available in various British outlets, starting today. In case you’ve forgotten, the Gingerbread-powered phone is humming on a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4-inch WVGA display and a projector capable of displaying content— all in high-definition and up to 50’’ wide.
There is no word on pricing in Samsung’s announcement, though we’re expecting it to be somewhere in the neighborhood of £442.80 including VAT ($590). But hey— you can’t put a price on a device that allows you to share those special moments, right? Hit the break to see the full presser from Sammy.
The next generation of the T-Mobile MyTouch smartphone series are on their way everyone. The devices known as the myTouch and myTouch Q are developed by Huawei and will each feature a 1.4GHz processor, 4-inch WVGA screen, 5MP camera and Gingerbread 2.3. Both devices are identical except for one thing— the myTouch Q will sport a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for those of you into having physical keys on your devices.
Both devices are expected to be available from August 8th and either phone will run you a mere $50 on contract— after a $50 mail-in rebate of course. Want more details? Ok fine— you’ll get additional details found in the presser once you hit past the break.
Motorola has just unveiled a new entry-level device for those of you living in the UK. This device called the MOTOSMART, will operate on T-Mobile UK’s network and will feature modest specs including a 3.5-inch screen, 3MP camera and Gingerbread 2.3. Okay okay, so the specs are nothing to sneeze at, but wait a minute— T-Mobile UK is offering the device for a meager £7 per month on contract. Oh and Carphone Warehouse will be offering the device on a pay-as-you-go premium of only £89.99. That’s likely to turn a few heads for those who are looking to save some money.
You can get more details of the device in MOTO’s presser once you hit past the break.
It’s time for another episode of Android’s current distribution everyone. In this segment, we’ll see Gingerbread’s long-standing domination
finally being challenged by Ice Cream Sandwich. Since Android 4.0′s introduction back in October, there’s been the clear trend highlighting the significant increase of devices operating on the latest OS. Currently, the percentage of Gingerbread 2.3 – 2.3.7 devices is around 64% out of the total number of devices, while the number of Android 4.0 – 4.0.4 devices is around 10.9%. Keep in mind folks— there have been an insane amount of newly released phones such as the HTC One Series and Samsung Galaxy S III and newly pushed updates of existing devices which helps to increase the totals for ICS devices.
While it’s exciting to see ICS’s expected growth in the Android distribution chart, you’ll notice the newly unveiled Jelly Bean is noticeably absent. We suspect once the Nexus 7 is released within a few weeks coupled with the immediate updates of the developer devices (Nexus S, Galaxy Nexus and Xoom WiFi tablet), Jelly Bean will make its mark in the next round of the distribution charts. Hit the source link for more details from the fine developers at Google.
source: Android Developers