Monthly Archives: January 2013

Android

Swiftkey Flow beta inches toward final release with new update

Swiftkey Flow moved on step closer to a final, official release today with the rollout of a new beta version of the keyboard app. As one might expect, the 4.0.0.76 update includes even better predictability and easier changing or correction of previous words. Additionally, the new build also lets users “flow” in just about every text field imaginable.

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A brief history of Android smartphone display resolutions

If you’ve been following Android news over the last few years then you’ve undoubtedly noticed the advances in hardware. Indeed, processors are getting faster and phones are getting lighter, but there’s another component that has evolved over time. We’re talking, of course, about the display sizes and resolutions.

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Strategy Analytics: Android gobbled up 70% of global market share in Q4 2012

android_logo_nexus_wallaper_720Android accounted for seven in ten smartphones shipped around the globe in the fourth quarter of last year, according to Strategy Analytics. With an estimated 152 million smartphones shipped in Q4 ’12, Android nearly doubled in volume over the previous year. Last year saw the platform raking in 51 percent of the market however the surge now puts it at a massive 70 percent.

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Android is clearly the undisputed volume leader of the smartphone industry at the present time. Android’s challenge for 2013 will be to defend its leadership, not only against Apple, but also against an emerging wave of hungry challengers that includes Microsoft, Blackberry, Firefox and Tizen.

The coming quarters will be interesting to watch as Windows Phone continues to step on the gas and BlackBerry tries to muscle its way back into conversations. Of course, Apple is not going anywhere anytime soon; things could be much different in Q4 ’13.  Speaking of which, iOS accounted for 22 percent of the pie, leaving only 7.9 percent of the global market to split across everyone else.

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Fox Digital Entertainment begins hyping Alien Vs. Predator: Evolutions

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Fox Digital Entertainment has started up the hype machine for the latest release in the ongoing saga of Alien Vs. Predator. The game, Alien vs. Predator: EVOLUTION (AVP: EVOLUTION), is developed by Angry Mob Games (Muffin Knight, Predators) and looks to raise the bar in terms of visually stunning and flashy mobile games.

Using the Unity Engine, AVP:E is 3rd person action-shooter/melee combat title, that lets plays choose either the Alien or Predator. Immerse story? Check. Vicious battles? Check. Upgradeable weapons, armor and abilities? Check, check, check.

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KEY FEATURES:

  • Play as an Alien & Predator: Two distinctive gaming experiences, incorporating unique characters with numerous abilities
  • Rich Sci-Fi Universe: A gripping campaign draws players deeper into the world of AVP: EVOLUTION
  • 5 Unique Environments: Kill or be killed as you advance through the Temple Arena, the Marine Base, the Alien Hive, and more!
  • A Proven Developer: Angry Mob Games has a proven track record developing popular titles like Guerrilla Bob, Muffin Knight and PREDATORS
  • Upgradeable Characters: Create your own ultimate killing machine with character upgrades and enhanced abilities
  • Unity Graphics Engine: Rich detail, advanced character models and distinctive lighting makes AVP: EVOLUTION a showcase title for new iOS & Android phones & tablets

Unfortunately, we have no idea as to when this game will arrive as the press release only mentions Q1 2013. That said, we’ll be watching for more details in the coming weeks.


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Verizon, AT&T consider monthly installments for devices

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Verizon and A&T are both considering the switch to full-priced cell phones, according to a recent Reuters report. The two carriers are are weighing whether to follow T-Mobile into the non-subsidized smartphones territory and offer monthly installments.

“That’s something we’ve looked at on several occasions. I kind of like that idea…It’s something we’re going to be watching.” AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, a tad guarded, says the idea is “very intriguing” but worries customers won’t want to pay full-price for devices.

T-Mobile is expected to sunset Classic Plans this year and will move to full-priced handsets though it isn’t clear when this takes effect.

Via: Electronista


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ZTe Blade C to be released soon with Android Jelly Bean

ZTE, who’s Blade line of phones is becoming increasingly popular, is set to release another Blade device. The company from China is going to be releasing the Blade C, or V807, and it will be the first from ZTE to come out of the box with Jelly Bean.

According to the specs, the phone will come with:

  • 4 inch WVGA display
  • 3G
  • 3MP rear camera
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • dual-core 1 GHz MediaTek MTK 6577 processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of internal memory
  • 1,600 mAh battery

The V889S is already available in China, and should be coming to European markets soon.

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New Google patent may hint at Nexus or Motorola phone with multiple LED flashes

In a new patent, Google has released their idea for a device (or devices) with multiple camera LED flashes.This leads us to the possible conclusion that, perhaps, a new Nexus or Motorola phone may be in the works with this new feature.

For those wondering what good multiple flashes would do, consider this. Xenon flashes are much better than the LED flashes, and that’s a fact. However, a system of multiple LED flashes could, in theory, give greater depth to he pictures by illuminating things differently that are at different distances.

Be sure to check out the full patent here, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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HTC schedules press event for February 19

HTC is sending out invitations to a press event for February 19 where it is expected that a new flagship smartphone will be announced. Presumably, this is the day where see the official unveiling of the long-rumored HTC M7. Very little is known about the event as of now however HTC does plan to start at  7 a.m. PT (10 a.m. ET) with a simultaneous HTC conference taking place in London.

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Get this look for your Android home screen: Holo Cards

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One of our absolute favorite things about Android is the fact that you can bend and tweak the platform to your needs.  Sure, there’s rooting and modding for deep level personalization, but that stuff does not always concern the everyday user. Some of just want to change the home screen around a bit and create a new user experience. To that end, we present our weekly series of Get This Look posts.

In a nutshell we will show you a new look for your Android handset and tell you which apps you’ll need if you want to mimic the feel. Note that the following details are but the ingredients to which you can create your own delicious Android dish – results will vary.  But that’s awesome. In fact, many of the designs we highlight tend to use the same apps

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 photos leaked ahead of MWC

Samsung looks to be gearing up for Mobile World Congress  and may soon deliver a next generation Galaxy Tab 3. We first heard about it just a week ago and now our friends over at PhoneArena got their hands on some leaked screenshots of the tablet.

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Rumor has it that Samsung is planning to launch a 10-inch and 7-inch version of the Galaxy Tab at MWC. Judging by the photos, the 7-inch model looks to be retail-ready. We expect Samsung to throw an Unpacked mega event in the end of February and should see this (or these) along with the Galaxy Note 8.

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Source: PhoneArena


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