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HP Slate 8 Pro Business tries to be a very serious tablet

Trying to make up for lost time in the Android market, HP is starting to out more and more devices for various market tiers. With a name that has both “Pro” and “Business”, one might expect an even bigger enterprise focus, but buyers might be a wee bit disappointed by the truth.

As the name might suggest, this a variant of the HP Slate 8 Pro, itself announced only late last year. In fact, the two devices share almost similar specs. You have an 8-inch display with a high screen resolution of 1600×1200. Both are powered by an 1.6 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4, one of the few Tegra 4 devices in the market, but strangely only has 1 GB of RAM. An 8 megapixel rear camera, a 720 front shooter, 16 GB of internal storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, and Miracast support just about rounds up both tablets’ specs.

What makes the Slate 8 Pro Business tablet different may fail to impress consumers. On the software side, this newer incarnation runs Android 4.4 right out of the box, instead of an older Jelly Bean. In terms of hardware, the only difference is now there is support of NFC. Considering NFC adoption hasn’t been as widespread and in many cases only an optional feature, that might not exactly be a convincing feature.

But perhaps what buyers may notice more is the difference in availability. The HP Slate 8 Pro Business, as one might expect, is listed under HP’s business site, instead of home and office for its predecessor. It also has a price tag of $349, which is higher, though not significantly, than the Slate 8 Pro’s $330.

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38 Best New Android Apps And Live Wallpapers From The Last 2 Weeks (3/25/14 – 4/7/14)

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AOC outs three budget tablets

Trying to once more bring its display experience into the Android market, TV and monitor maker has unveiled three Android tablets. But while these tablets may boast of AOC’s brand, the tablet themselves are marketed more towards the low-tier segment of the market.

AOC might be more known for its computer displays but it certainly hasn’t dived into the portable consumer electronics space completely. Its last foray with tablets was way back in 2011 with the AOC Breeze. Perhaps envying its rivals’ continued presence in the market, the company has decided to test the waters of the tablet world. While that may be an interesting proposition, the tablets may not be, unless you’re in the market for affordable devices from a relatively reputable brand.

These three tablets come in three sizes of 7, 8, and 10.1 inches. Curiously, the 7- and 10-inch models are more similar to each other. All three are powered by a quad-core Rockchip RK3188, which can run up to 1.6 GHz. Both the smallest and the largest of the batch have 3 megapixel front-facing cameras and a 5 megapixel rear shooter. The 8-inch tablet has the resolution down to 1280×800 pixels and boasts of 3G WCDMA connectivity. The other two are completely dependent on WiFi networks only.

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It remains to be seen whether AOC will be able to make a name for itself in this mobile space that is already crowded by big names. For now, the Taiwanese company seems to be more interested in offering these three tablets in Taiwan and China and has not given any word if a global launch should be expected soon.

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HP quietly launches an 8-inch Android tablet for $170

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Hewlett Packard is trying to pull off a flanking maneuver on the Android market, through low-profile launches of low-cost devices. We recently came across the company’s VoiceTab phablets during a side-show at Mobile World Congress, and now we’re looking at a more traditional 7.85-inch tablet called the HP 8. In return for $170, you’ll get a plain-looking device that, aesthetically, has more in common with last year’s Slate 7 than with the faux-metal VoiceTabs. However, since we’re making comparisons, we should also point out that the HP 8 has a worse display than both the Slate 7 and Dell’s rival Venue 8, with fewer pixels (1,024 x 768) spread out over a larger area. The software and internals seem functional enough, though: Android 4.2.2 running on a quad-core ARM chip made by the Chinese company Allwinner, with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, stereo speakers, and a just-about-okay 3,800mAh battery that promises up to seven hours of use.

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Samsung has 55% of Android web use — the same as their market share

How we use our smartphones can provide some interesting statistics. A recent Chitika report shows that, when it comes to Android, Samsung is running away with the mobile web use numbers. Over half of the mobile web use from Android can be attributed to Samsung, and their closest competitor is far, far behind.

These numbers are for North American web traffic from mobile devices, and we can start with those devices. According to the study, 78.6% of us our smartphones, while 21.4% use tablets. Of those devices, Samsung commands 55.5% of Android web traffic.

The closest to Samsung in regard to percentage points is Amazon with 8.2%, and some will likely argue they’re not really Android. Setting them aside for a moment, we have LG with 8.2%, Motorola with 7.0%, and HTC with 6.2%. What is being listed as “Google” checks in with 4.6%, which Chitika tells us are Nexus devices — an odd notation, considering Google isn’t really the OEM, there.

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Though impressive when you put it in chart form, it correlates really closely with market share. According to Localytics, Samsung holds on to about 55% of the Android market, while LG has about 7%. HTC has around 6% of the Android market share, and Motorola has 4%. Sony has 5%, according to their numbers, but compromises a slight 0.7% of web traffic on the Chitika report. For all the work we put into discussing Sony’s products, they’re actually behind Barnes & Noble, ZTE, Huawei, and Kyocera in the web use study.

Samsung, in both sales and use, reigns supreme. The study regarding web usage serves to show that web usage across devices is similar as it relates to sales. We’d take exception to “Google” being a line item, here, but it won’t help the rest of the lot — they’re too far behind Samsung for it to make much of a difference.

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Google Play getting ready to celebrate its 2nd birthday with apps and games on sale

Happy Birthday, Google Play! It was two years ago that Google rebranded the Android Market to Google Play, and little did we know that it would take off to become what it is now. Not only are great apps and games made available from this vast repository of digital goodness, but you can also buy the latest Nexus devices, Google Play Experience devices, Chromecasts and accessories, books, movies, TV shows, music and so much more.

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So what’s Google going to do to celebrate? They’re holding a sale, natch. Early evidence of a Google Play Store sale has trickled into the atmosphere, though it doesn’t appear things are quite ready for everyone just yet. Heading to this page should soon take us to a promo page, but for now it’s a dead link. Some folks at Reddit were able to catch which games and apps will be on sale, though. Here’s the list so far:

FIFA 14 is Free.

Disaster Movie is discounted to 99 cents

GQ Australia Magazine Subscription is 30% off

“Theme Park” By EA is Free

“I Came To Say Goodbye” the Book is $4.99 (looks like it hasn’t been discounted yet)

“Heroes of Dragon Age” By EA is Free

“Tiny City by Chillingo” International is Free

“Outback Dreams” the book is $4.99 (looks like it hasn’t been discounted yet)

“The Sims Free to Play” is ….. free

Taste.com.au magazine issue is $2.99

“Need for Speed” by EA is $5.49

“Vanity Fair the Movie” is $0.99

“Bejeweled Blitz” by EA is Free

“The Luminaries Book” has been discounted to $4.99

“13″ The Movie is now $0.99

“Blurring Lines” the Book is $4.99

“Dungeon Keeper” by EA is free

“Super Food Ideas” Magazine is $1.99

“Dead Ahead Game” by Chillingo International is Free

“NBA Jam” is $5.49

Google will also have specific landing pages for books, movies and music. The following links are currently dead as far as we can tell, though we’re sure they’ll point somewhere relevant once this thing officially kicks off. Here’s what they’ll be serving up before too long:

We’re not sure what’s going on beyond that, but we have a feeling we’ll be finding out in the hours and days to come (Google Play’s official launch is billed as March 6th). We’ll be sure to keep you guys in the loop as we dig deeper.

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Should Apple run Android on their iDevices?

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The controversial Steve Wozniak has spoken time and again about Android. Apple’s co-founder, and the engineering genius behind the earliest Apple products, is actually quite fond of Android, it turns out. Woz says he uses an iPhone as his primary device, and has actually admitted being “frustrated” by Android in its early iterations. However, Android has since matured, and Woz has lauded the advantages of the platform in terms of functionality and customization. In an interview a couple of years back, he highlighted that iOS devices are ultimately more user-friendly, but Android offers much more “if you’re willing to do the work to understand it a little bit.”

Interestingly, in a recent interview with Wired at the Apps World North America conference, Wozniak has made a wild suggestion, at least coming from the Apple co-founder. He says Apple should run Android. “There’s nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market,” he said, highlighting that the company “could compete very well.”

Better design?

Woz highlights Apple’s manufacturing prowess, saying the company does better in terms of “stylings and manufacturing” compared with other handset manufacturers. True enough, Apple’s product lines are built with precision, engineering quality and user experience in mind. The design and manufacturing process actually goes through dozens and dozens of tweaks, dummies and prototypes, all under stringent secrecy, before the company actually announces a product or an update. While not everyone might be satisfied with iPhone designs and specs, these devices undoubtedly have “admirable build quality” compared with other devices.

Of course, there’s nothing really stopping Apple from launching an iPhone that runs Android instead of iOS, or Android alongside iOS for that matter. Android is meant to be run on a wide array of devices, and Apple would likewise have to license Google services, in order to provide the best Android experience with the likes of official Google Play, Gmail, Maps and other services.

Would this make sense for Apple? Perhaps offering Android as an alternative might be possible as an after-market modification. Apple’s support for Windows on its MacBook and iMac lines through BootCamp come into mind. Even the third-party Parallels platform lets Mac users run Windows applications right within OS X. The fact that Apple’s notebook and desktop line is powered by Intel makes it easier for the hardware to run Windows. Perhaps the same could also be the case for iPhones and iPads, with their ARM-based SoC.

A suggestion could be for Apple to fork Android, which is the approach that Amazon has taken with its Kindle Fire line of tablets and e-readers. Apple wants greater control of the user experience, after all. And so an iOS-like UX atop Android could be ideal.

But is there an incentive?

But will there be an incentive for Apple to run Android? We have recently been featuring Nokia’s rumored Normandy or Nokia X platform, which is an entry-level to mid-range device reportedly running Android. For Nokia, it makes sense to explore the possibility of marketing an Android device, given Windows Phone’s paltry market share compared with iOS and Android. An Android-based Asha phone (or whichever brand or product line the phone ends up in) would help Nokia regain traction in the low-end market. This also gets Nokia access to the growing Android app marketplace. Even BlackBerry is taking this approach by supporting direct Android APK installation in the latest iteration of BlackBerry OS. In fact, the latest BB OS release runs a stripped-down version of Android Jelly Bean!

Apple, however, does not have a numbers problem, in terms of the size of its application marketplace, and the profitability of its platform for both the company, advertisers and developers.

For all we know, some Apple engineer somewhere might probably be running an experimental build of Android on an iDevice in one of Apple’s secret labs. But to launch a consumer-oriented device running the competition’s operating system might sound a bit crazy.

But wait, wasn’t apple supposed to be for “the crazy ones”?

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If Apple made an Android-based iPhone, would you buy it? [POLL]

We often aren’t surprised when something crazy comes out of The Woz’s (Steve Wozniak, former Apple chief) mouth, but his latest suggestion for his old friends back in Cupertino takes the cake. According to an interview with Wired, Wozniak went on record suggesting that Apple should diversify their options and look into creating a phone that runs… Android.

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There’s nothing that would keep Apple out of the Android market as a secondary phone market. We could compete very well. People like the precious looks of stylings and manufacturing that we do in our product compared to the other Android offerings. We could play in two arenas at the same time.

I’m guessing Apple’s top brass are happy that he no longer has a functional role in the company. Wozniak makes a good point, though: as much as folks clown Apple for their stagnant innovation and the over-simplicity of iOS, it’s no secret that they craft some of the best credits from a pure design and build quality standpoint.

Take HTC, for instance — the Taiwanese company turned heads with the HTC One’s build quality alone. It’s a fantastic device on other merits, but it was the beauty and durability of that metal chassis that had a ton of consumers falling in love.

We imagine anything Apple would do wouldn’t resemble Android at all. They’d likely fork Android from the publicly available source trunk and modify it to their liking, not unlike what Amazon does for their Kindle Fire tablets.

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Apple wouldn’t be the first to do something quite that bizarre. Microsoft-owned Nokia is reportedly planning to announce an Android-based phone either later this month or early March. The situations aren’t totally similar considering Nokia has a history of being platform-agnostic, but their new parent company (and previous statements about never wanting to dabble in the Android arena) makes it all the more noteworthy.

So that brings us to the big question — if Apple were to announce an iPhone that, for whatever reason, ran Android, would you buy it? It doesn’t even have to resemble an iPhone 5S.

Let’s break the rules of quantum physics, the pythagorean theorum, and everything in between for a second and dream. Imagine if Apple brought out a 4.7-inch device (which they’re rumored to be doing with the iPhone 6) that ran a very customized version of Android.

Whether that phone is a true Android experience or something so deformed that you couldn’t even recognize it, would you give Apple a shot? There’s a nice big poll waiting for you below, and we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section beyond that!

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Lenovo’s First LTE Phone Is The Vibe Z, And No, It’s Not Coming To America

lenovothumbLenovo has been hanging out in the bottom end of the Android market ever since they gave up on the ThinkPad Tablet, but it looks like they’re finally ready to ship some high-end hardware. Enter the Lenovo Vibe Z, a 5.5-inch smartphone with an LTE radio – a first in the company’s Android lineup. As usual, Lenovo doesn’t seem interested in western markets for this phone. According to the press release, it will go on sale in February in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and the Philippines for $549.

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Zedge releases version 4.0, brings slick new UI and recommendation engine

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Uber popular app Zedge now does more than deliver content – it helps you discover it

Zedge has long been an Android favorite. One of top 15 apps in the Android Market (remember that?) and Google Play since 2010, chances are you use it or know someone who uses it. 

it just got a lot better.

There are still a gazillion great wallpapers and notification sounds to be found, but looking for them will be easier with the new slide-out menu and Android-centric user interface. It will almost make you say HOLOYOLO while looking for just the right wallpaper for your set up. Things are nice and fluid, everything is easy to navigate through, and most importantly, the focus is still on the content.

Speaking of the content, finding what you like is easier, too. You simply search for a wallpaper, or sound or game, and the recommendation engine  — which has paid attention to what you look at in the app — presents you with the results it thinks are most relevant. It seems to work well, and after some time testing things I get different results than my wife does for the same searches. And both of us think they are more relevant to our tastes than things would be if we switched phones for a few minutes.

Of course, some folks will have privacy concerns, and Zedge provides a big fat link to their policies that you need to agree to before you use the app. Read them before you click.

The app update should be pushing out right about now, and first-timers can find the Zedge app at the Google Play link above. The full press release is after the break.

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Gigaset QV830 and QV1030 Android tablets launched for the German market

Not long ago, people considered tablets to be a passing fad that would quickly fade away like the short-lived netbook. Now, almost everyone is spitting out tablets like crazy. The latest to jump on the bandwagon is German company Gigaset who is making its Android market debut with two tablets.

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Gigaset is better known in its home court for making cordless phones. But like almost any other company, it is seeing itself pining for a piece of that Android pie. But it wasn’t content with launching just one tablet and has instead opted to hit as many birds as they can with two. Both the QV830 and the QV1030 sport an aluminum shell and run a stock version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. But aside from the obvious different in size, the two tablets cannot be more different inside as well.

The 8-inch QV830 addresses the lower end of the device spectrum and carries a lower price tag. The tablet is driven by a 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek chip and 1 GB of RAM. Internal storage is set to 8 GB, expandable via a micro SD slot. The screen is limited to a 1024×768 pixel resolution, just enough for HD playback. Rear and front-facing cameras are marked at 5 and 1.2 megapixels, respectively.

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More interesting to performance lovers and those with the budget to spare is the QV1030. This one boasts of a higher 1.8 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor and an ample 2 GB of RAM. Storage capacity is double at 16 GB but can still be expanded. The 10.1-inch screen sports a higher 2560×1600 pixel resolution. The rear camera has been upgraded to 8 megapixels but the front-facing one is still stuck at 1.2 megapixels.

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The tablets are priced accordingly, with the QV830 fetching a 199 euro price tag, or around $275, while the QV1030 nearly doubles that at 369 euros, roughly $505. The Gigaset tablets are scheduled to hit shelves in Germany by early December, but an international or US launch sounds highly unlikely.

VIA: Engadget

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Android eats up 81% of smartphone market, average prices falling, says IDC

IDC has released its figures for smartphone shipments for the third quarter of this year and Android is yet again at the top of it all. The market intelligence company attributes this lead, as well as the rather surprising growth of Windows Phone devices, to steadily declining average selling price in the market.

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Compared to the same quarter last year, the smartphone market grew by 39.9 percent, shipping out 261.1 million units in the third quarter of 2013. Unsurprisingly, majority of these, about 81.0 percent or 211.6 million units, all run Android. The Android market has grown by as much as 51.3 percent from its 74.9 percent market share from the same period last year. This covers all Android devices in all prices and sizes.

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What is perhaps remarkable is the performance of devices carrying the Windows Phone OS. While still far below 5 percent, Windows Phone devices have managed to climb up to third spot with 3.6 percent, a remarkable 156 percent increase from last year, displacing BlackBerry. iOS also saw a slight decline from 14.4 percent last year to 12.9 percent. IDC, however, predicts that the fourth quarter might bring in a growth surge if the market reception of the newly launched iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c is any indicator.

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According to IDC, this growth in Android’s and Windows Phone’s shares can be attributed to both platforms’ capability to address the low-price smartphone market, a segment that Apple’s iOS is probably not interested in. Average selling prices or ASPs of smartphones declined by 12.5 percent this year at $317. Another factor to consider, says IDC, is the rising popularity of phablets, smartphones sporting sizes of 5 to 7 inches, with almost all major Android vendors and even Nokia jumping on the bandwagon. Apple’s refusal to play in that arena might have caused iOS some shares in the third quarter as well.

SOURCE: IDC

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Samsung dominates Android scene with 63 percent of market share

If there were any doubts as to Samsung‘s position among Android device manufacturers, this latest data from Localytics could disple those. As it is, Samsung practically owns the global Android market with 63 percent of the pie, which can be both a boon and a bane for the mobile platform.

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The fact that Samsung’s space occupies more than half of all the other manufacturers combined is both impressive and a bit unsettling. Fans will definitely praise the manufacturer’s efforts in helping bring Android to the consciousness of consumers and becoming a real rival to Apple and its iOS devices. Out of the 10 top smartphones, Samsung holds 8 spots, seven of which are at the top. In terms of tablets, the company has lesser representatives but still holds the top two places. Quite sadly, it is only in the tablet arena that any of Google’s devices, specifically the Nexus 7, makes an appearance, though it sits cozily at third.

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But Samsung’s success will not always translate to Android’s triumph. The Korean company has ambitious plans ahead, and some of which might not be for Android’s exclusive benefit. It has pretty much implied this at its recently held Developers’ Conference, when it enticed developers to create wonderful apps that target Samsung devices. It doesn’t necessarily mean they have to be Android devices, though, as the company has other platforms on its roster as well. Just recently, Samsung has stated that Tizen, the mobile operating system that it has adopted together with the Linux foundation, will compete in the lower-end device market, a segment that Android 4.4 has been designed to cater to.

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Samsung is a company that has undoubtedly put out its fair share of Android products, some of them great, even though plastic-covered, some of them interesting, and some rather odd. But in the end, Samsung will go where the money flows. Fortunately for now, that happens to be Android.

VIA: SamMobile

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ADVENT Unveils Vega Tegra Note 7 a Powerful Budget Tablet

It’s no secret that there is an abundance of Android smartphones and tablets in the market, with manufacturers pushing the envelope designing lightweight, narrow, big screened and powerful gadgets.  ADVENT is the newest entrant in the Android market as it launched a new 7 incher with a twist today.  The ADVENT Vega Tegra Note 7, as the name hints, is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra processor, the same chip that powers HP’s Slate 21 and Microsoft Surface 2.  Compared to these two in pricing, it is safe to say this is a powerhouse at a budget.

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The Specs

The Vegas Tegra Note 7 boasts of a 7 inch 1280 x 800 (215 ppi) display that promises a mesmerizing display and performance although it is not a full HD display thanks to the 72-core GeForce GPU in the SoC.  It comes with NVIDIA’s Cortex-A15 Tegra 4 processor, effectively making it the fastest 7 inch tablet in the market.  The tablet has 1 GB RAM (I feel for such a processor it should have been 2 GB), 16 GB internal storage, 5 megapixels rear and 2 megapixels front cameras and the standard connectivity features including Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, microHDMI and microUSB.  One more notable feature is the inclusion of the DirectStylus by NVIDIA, something that most tablets do not come with.

Advent’s 7 inch tablet will launch with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system and will have other bonus resources including NVIDIA’s PureAudio that pairs with the dual front-facing stereo speakers, a battery that promises up to 10+ hours of HD video playback as well as TegraZone gaming.  According to the folks at Android Communityhttp://androidcommunity.com/advent-vega-tegra-note-7-unveiled-with-tegra-4-and-7-display-20131106/, this tablet is also likely to bring Camera Awesome for Android, but this is unclear.

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The Android device market is becoming saturated but it is still competitive as tablets gradually edge out laptops from the scene.  This release, however, is limited to customers in the UK via PC World and Currys but there is a high chance that the manufacturer will get it to other markets, including North America, in the near future.

The Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 is an impressive device that is fairly priced at £179.99 (about $290) considering that the 16 GB version of the refurbished Nexus 7 sells for £199.  I think if or when Advent decides to join the Chinese in conquering the US Android market, this should be the first gadget they should launch.

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In 6 Months, Samsung Has Sold 40 Million Galaxy S4s Worldwide

In 6 Months, Samsung Has Sold 40 Million Galaxy S4s Worldwide

The complete domination and saturation of the Android market continues to go to Samsung with the latest comment on Galaxy S4 sales. Speaking to Korean News, Samsung CEO JK Shin reported that the S4 has already pushed 40 million units to people around the world. That is 40 million units in 6 months. Crazy. 

While still impressive, these are the kinds of numbers that we have grown to expect from Samsung. It is also worth noting that this number does not take into account the sales of the Galaxy Note 3, which is pretty popular on its own accord. This just goes to show that Samsung seems to have figured out how to manufacture and market an Android product the right way.

Do you think the other major OEMs (HTC, Motorola, LG) can match Samsung’s success? Or is there only room for one company at the top?

Via: SamMobile

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[New App] µTorrent Gets A Premium Ad-Free Version Of The Android Client For $3

unnamed (21)This is what I like to see in an Android monetization model: options. The BitTorrent company released a full-function version of µTorrent (AKA uTorrent or MicroTorrent) a little more than a year ago. The beta app was free, but now there’s a paid version that drops the beta tag in favor of a “Pro” label. The new app is $2.99 and includes all of the improvements made to the original app, with a little extra.

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Bendy LG ‘Z’ Smartphone Possibly Spotted at GFX Bench Under F340 Moniker

The age of the flexible smartphones is upon us, ladies and gents, and there’s officially no way to stop it anymore. Not that anyone would ever want to do that, given the kind of benefits a curvable, bendable handheld could bring to the table.

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But who will be bestowed the honor of kicking the elastic festivities into gear? Will it be the mighty leader of the Android market, Samsung, with its limited edition Galaxy Note 3 Active, or traditional local foe LG, with a bad boy supposedly codenamed “Z”?

Hard to say just yet, though believe it or not, LG is in a good position to undercut Sammy… for once. A mystery device of the Optimus makers’ creation has recently been benchmarked through GFX Bench and while its model number looks too cryptic even for Sherlock Holmes at a first glance, a little digging makes me fairly confident this is indeed the Z.

For one thing, the letter Z is oddly prominent in LG F340’s system logs, making appearances in the Android OS build fingerprint, product, display and device lines, last of which reads simply “zee”.

Furthermore, albeit I wouldn’t really call this proof, there are only so many things the F340 could be based on its model number. Considering the recently unveiled Vu 3 is also known as F300 and the G2 top dog has an F320 alias, the logical assumption is the F340 is a more advanced high-ender in certain ways.

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So a G3, G2 Pro, Vu 4, Vu 3 Pro or the pioneer of a fresh breed of upper class LG gadgets. And there’s no way in hell work is so advanced on a G2 or Vu 3 follow-up already that someone thought it right to take it for a quick benchmarking spin.

All that being (apparently) clear, let’s see what GFX Bench reveals about the potential specs of this potential first flexible smartphone. You want the bad news first? Fine. The bendy AMOLED panel will likely not go all in on resolution and instead clock in at a modest 1,280 x 720 pixels.

Let’s not sugarcoat it, that sounds like a dumb strategic move for LG, who’s risking once again to be left in the dust by Samsung. On the bright side, this particular flavor of the Z (intended for Korea’s LG U+ carrier, by the by) runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and packs quad-core power courtesy of a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU. Still, 720p? It’s as if LG is not even trying anymore…

Via [GFX Bench]

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Mobile Roar Podcast: iOS 7 available, Nexus 5 leaks galore, and Tim Cook trash talk

It was a good week in mobile! This time we are covering a very good list of topics. Apple’s iOS 7, Tim Cook’s Android bashing, Sprint One Up, Nexus 5 and Jony Ive’s dream job are all included in the list of topics. We had a lot of fun, so join us!

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Plants vs Zombies 2 for Android lands in China

There will probably be much rejoicing, scampering, and loss of productivity as the coveted Android version of Plants vs Zombies 2 finally appears. The catch, however, is that it officially only available in China through Baidu’s AppSearch Android market.

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The rest of us will have to wait for this next wave of zombies to really hit Google Play Store. But those who are lucky enough to grab it will not only be met with a new map-based progression system, but also a mix of themes and costumes ranging from pirates to mummies to the wild, wild west.

The game is available for free on Baidu’s AppSearch and the APK can actually be downloaded by anyone using the link indicated in the screenshot below. Be warned, however, of the permissions that this game requires, including, among other things, the capability to send SMS messages. This could be used for various purposes such as in-app purchases or receiving advertisements. So if you’re willing to take that risk and install the game anyway, you might want to play it offline. One more thing, when the game asks for a name during the first launch of the game, you will have to tap Enter or Done on your keyboard first before being able to tap the Confirm button.

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Those of us who might not be so ready make the jump or don’t want to play the game in Chinese will just have to wait for the proper Android port to arrive. And if this Chinese version of Plants vs Zombies 2 for Android is the real deal, hopefully that will come before the zombies really do arrive on our lawns.

SOURCE: Baidu AppSearch

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Facebook Updates Android SDK, Provides Developers With Streamlined Sharing Dialog, New Login UI, And More

Facebook-ThumbI’ll admit, I tried to avoid signing into apps using Facebook back when doing so first became a thing. I figured the company already had enough information about me, and I didn’t want them getting more. Now I wager that consolidating my information is probably no less safe (or unsafe?) than leaving my contact information scattered across many different servers, each maintained by scattered companies of varying size that may or may not exist this time next year.

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LG G Pad set to launch with 8.3-inch screen and Snapdragon 800 chip

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With the Optimus Pad failing to gain any traction two years ago, LG decided the tablet market was not for them and started focusing on the smartphone, they now have a decent Android market share.

According to new rumours on the block, LG may be prepared to step in the tablet market once again, with another Android tablet. In the past two years we have seen the Kindle Fire, Nexus 7, iPad Mini and Galaxy Note 8.0, all affirming their is a market for smaller tablets.

The LG G Pad will be a little larger than the iPad Mini and a little smaller than the Kindle Fire 8.9. With a 8.3-inch screen (1920 x 1200 resolution), it looks set to be one of the highest resolution tablet displays, matching the new Nexus 7.

It will also come with a Snapdragon 800 chip, instead of the Snapdragon S4 Pro inside the Nexus 7. 2GB of RAM will be added into the tablet, this has become almost concurrent on every single Android tablet.

Originally manufacturing only 500 tester units, the LG G Pad full production will start with 100,000 to 200,000 units per month, depending on the demand for the tablet on the first few months. This could be a disaster if LG do not pick up any traction, but with the new specs it seems like a top end device.

On Android, especially with tablets, they need to be low priced to actually sell. The Nexus 10 got stick for its price on Android, even though when it came down to specs, it beat the iPad 4 in almost every area.

Source: Korea Herald

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HP Bodhi Tegra 4 Android device sighted in leaked in benchmark

HP isn’t a name that one would immediately associate with Android and yet the company has managed to release two Android tablets this year already. And it seems that HP has another Android device in its pipeline, although we’re not really sure if it’s a phone, a tablet, or a phablet.

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At the start of the year, HP announced its Slate 7 Android tablet, which we found to be a cheaper but also somewhat mediocre alternative to the first Nexus 7. Then a few weeks ago, HP launched the Slatebook x2, a 10-inch tablet/laptop hybrid that we were initially impressed with. Perhaps the company is really serious in making a dent in the Android market, as leaked results from GFXBench point to an Android device named “Bodhi”.

This HP Bodhi supposedly has a 1600×1128 resolution display, which doesn’t really tell if it’s a tablet or a phone. It is also indicated that it is running Android 4.2.2 on a 1.8 GHz processor. We can only presume here that it’s a quad-core Tegra 4 chip, similar to the Slatebook x2. Unlike the Slatebook x2, however, it scored a slightly higher frames per second rating.

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Other than these figures, we have no other detail about this device that suddenly just popped up out of nowhere. We’ll be sure to keep you updated when we get further information.

VIA: vr-zone

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[Bug Watch] Some 2013 Nexus 7 Units Suffer From Erratic And Jumpy Multi-Touch, Android Team Investigating

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Since the launch of the refreshed Nexus 7, there has been quite the rollercoaster of good and bad news. Some stores jumped the gun on the release date, which inspired Google to get an early start, as well. That was followed by the revelation that the device would never be able to support Google Wallet. Then came the really shocking news that factory images may never be published, which was almost immediately resolved after JBQ announced he was leaving his station with AOSP.

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[New App] BBQScreen Android Client Beta Launches Alongside A Major Update To BBQScreen Remote Control

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Screen mirroring on Android is still a bit of a hit-and-miss prospect. Plenty of issues can arise from environmental factors like network congestion, to the type of device being used (*ahem*, Tegra). A few months ago, we covered a recent entrant in this market, BBQScreen by XpLodWilD and nebkat. The app was able to deliver a pretty consistent 25 fps from several types of devices over WiFi, Bluetooth, or USB. Unfortunately, several bugs and incompatibilities plagued some users, but the developers have been working hard to remedy many of those issues.

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Android Market Share vs. Apple, Blackberry, Windows, Symbian

What is Android’s Market Share?

How is Android dominating the smartphone OS battle in the United States? According to the most recent data that was collected in May 2013, Android has a 52.4% market share, or 13.2% more than its fiercest competitor, Apple. Apple, for its part, only has 39.2%. Following the Cupertino company is Blackberry, with only 4.8%, then Microsoft with an even lower 3%, and finally, Symbian, which has 0.4%.

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Compared to data gathered in February 2013, the results show that Android has grown as the top smartphone platform. In February, Android had a 51.7% market share, or 0.7% less than the May 2013 data. Apple, likewise, registered a lower market share of 38.9% in February, or 0.3% less than the May figure.

It is important to point out that since the study was conducted, Nokia had announced its decision to cease shipping Symbian phones, recognizing the popularity of the other operating systems. In place of Symbian, Nokia stated that it will focus its efforts on developing smartphones based on Windows Phone OS. Although Symbian has a very small market share of only 0.4%, the death of such OS could mean growth for any of the remaining platforms.

These figures, which were taken from a comScore MobiLens study, is based on an online survey that involved a national representative sample of smartphone users with ages 13 years old and up. The study only considered the user’s primary smartphone and excluded secondary ones that the respondents may have owned.

Source: comScore

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[Bonus Round] Tetris, Home Run Derby, Le Vamp, Titan Escape The Tower, Age Of Pirates, Dark Nebula II, And MLB Dream Nine

nexusae0_bonusicon_thumbWelcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn’t get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can’t wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don’t want to wade through a whole day’s worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we’ve got yet another Tetris game from EA, not one, but two MLB titles, a cute endless runner, a new take on Breakout, a pirate math game, and another marble puzzler.

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[New App] Adobe’s Presenter Mobile Brings Fully Usable Presenter Materials Right To Your Tablet

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Seeking to make presenting rich media on Android devices a little easier, Adobe has released Presenter Mobile. As the name implies, Presenter Mobile works with Adobe Presenter which, for those who don’t know, is a tool that can take your media-packed Powerpoint deck and turn it into easy-to-manage, interactive eLearning or presentation material. Presenter’s desktop software can also create videos “capturing both yourself and your screen” for demonstrations or instructional sessions.

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Asus rumoured to be launching a new 7 inch tablet

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Leaked product listings have indicated that Asus has a 7-inch Android based tablet in the works, the new tablet is rumoured to have Bluetooth stack with v4.0 low energy. The name of this rumoured 7-inch tablet is Asus Koo8, from the mock ups that have leaked to the the internet it has a remarkable likeness to the Nexus 7.

The tablet when launched will be running the latest Android operating system this tablet seems to be the step before Asus  come out with their next trick the MeMo Pad HD 7, Asus have got a few promising tablets that just need to be refined a bit more and they would be perfect for the Android market. Asus look at the Android tablet market as something that with a little more work they could become the top dogs in. Just like Samsung owning the Android smartphone market Asus think they could do the same in tablets.

The new tablet comes after the a week of official announcements from the big tech companies, since there was no new of an iPad mini refresh at WWDC and Google haven’t made anymore announcements about new tablets. It’s time to for Asus to strike as it were with no major competition poking their heads out.

Source: Engadget

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Tip: Add A Phonetic Name To Contacts Voice Recognition Just Can’t Get Right

VoicePerhaps the most time-saving key on the Android keyboard is the microphone, but using it is more hassle than it’s worth when certain words just refuse to be recognized. More often than not, these words are contact names. Luckily, there is a way to trick your phone into recognizing even the most tongue-twisting of names. If you’re tired of your phone turning “Demonte Jones” into “Demon’s bones,” just teach it to recognize the latter as the former. Granted, this might be a problem when you’re texting a friend the location of a secret item in your favorite MMORPG.

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The instructions are pretty straightforward:

  1. Open up the People app and find your desired contact.
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PopCap games goes iOS exclusive with Plants vs Zombies 2 Launch

Plants vz Zombies 2 Its about time PopCap GamesPlants vs. Zombies from PopCap games is a fun and interesting take on a tower style defense game. You use your various plants in your yard to defend your home from brain eating zombies. The original game hit the Amazon app store as an exclusive in May of 2011 and didn’t find its way to, the then Android Market, until the middle of December that same year. Another exclusive launch deal for the sequel, that took nearly two-years to launch, is in place for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. Leaving Android users out in the cold a bit longer.

PopCap did announce last month that Plants vs Zombies 2 would be coming soon for iOS and Android. They have announced a date for the iOS launch as July 18th, a little over a month from now. How long that exclusive launch lasts is anybody’s guess. With EA owning PopCap Games, they should be pushing it out quickly to Android as well. After all, EA has had a rough go the last year in the gaming world on Android.

On another side note, they also mentioned in PvZ 2 a “vast majority of the game will be entirely free to play.” To put that in plain English, you should expect to find some more in app purchases for upgrades and items to make your game play a little more enjoyable and less frustrating.  It will also have dozens of new levels, new power-ups, supercharging plant food and new game mechanics. Judging by the trailer below, there will be some time travel involved. Nothing like traveling in time in a supped up RV.

 

We will be sure to keep our ears to the ground for when they plan to finally bring it to Android, even though we don’t expect it for a few more months.

Via AndroidCommunity

Source: PopCap Games 

 

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