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As 2012 comes to an official close, Google decided to take some time and announce its picks for the best apps for 2012. While many of these have been outstanding apps for some time now, Google made its picks based off usability, functionality and most of all— the 12 apps’ contributions to more users adapting the platform. In addition, Google also touts the fact that these apps are available for users worldwide, not just out in pockets.
The full list of apps can be found below— many of them are staples among Android users while others… not so much. Regardless, here’s the full list after the break:
source: Google’s 12 Best
To cap the year 2012, Google has released a list of the best apps from the Play Store. The list is based on what Google deems to showcase the best of the Play Store in terms of “utility, beauty and accessibility,” and not on user ratings or number of downloads. According to the Google Play App Focus page, the list is a combination of apps that were launched this year as well as some that were released previously but received updates in 2012.
The list is made of ten apps, including Evernote by Evernote Corp., Pinterest by Pinterest, Inc., Grimm’s Snow White by StoryToys, Pocket by Read It Later, Expedia Hotels and Flights by Expedia, Ancestry by Ancestry.com, Fancy by Thingsd, Seriesguide Show Manager by Uwe Trottman, Pixlr Express by Autodek Inc., and Ted by Ted Conferences. All of these apps, except for Grimm’s Snow White, are available for download free of charge.
Evernote is an app that allows users to organize information like notes and photos and sync them across various devices on which the application is installed. Pinterest, which is among the largest social networks this year, is a productivity tool that lets one collect images from the web to organize ideas and fuel inspiration. Grimm’s Snow White, for its part, is an interactive storybook app for children. Expedia Hotels & Flights is an app that assists travelers in booking trips and selecting hotel rooms. Ancestry, meanwhile, is a genealogy app that encourages one to know one’s personal history. Pocket is a reader that enables users to save content and view them offline. Fancy lets users search for interesting items and share one’s style. Seriesguide Show Manager convert a mobile device into a second television and keep track of shows. Pixlr Express is a photography app that boast of over 600 effects and adjustments. Lastly, Ted connects users to lectures on interesting ideas.
CNet notes that games are notably absent from Google Play’s Best Apps of 2012 list.
Coming up with a top 5, or even a top 10 list of apps is sort of difficult these days. But not because it is hard to find 5 or 10 apps to recommend, but because there are so many worth recommending. That being the case, we decided to recommend some apps that will get the new smartphone user started. After all, it is the holiday season and we suspect more than a few people will be getting a new Android smartphone. So without any further adieu, here are the apps that I install first when getting a new device. These are also the apps that I almost always have installed.
Lookout: This is a security and antivirus app and while I appreciate that it scans apps that I install, I primarily use Lookout for the find my phone feature — you know, just in case it gets lost of stolen. With Lookout you can remotely track your device as well as remotely lock and wipe your device. This app just gives me some peace of mind.
Evernote: What can I say here, Evernote serves as my digital brain. I could easily write thousands of words about my love of this service. Evernote is free to use, available on multiple platforms and allows me to easily capture text notes, image notes and audio notes. If you are often taking notes or needing to jot things down to remember, Evernote is a good solution, especially if you like the ability to also grab those notes from a regular computer.
Runkeeper: A big part of my mobile use comes with this app. I am an avid runner and like using Runkeeper on my smartphone. Runkeeper is an easy to use app that has been more than reliable for me. And similar to Evernote, all of my runs are also stored online so I can access and view them from my smartphone as well as on the computer. I have been using Runkeeper for years, across multiple devices and have logged thousands of miles. In fact, I only have one complaint and that is so minor and specific to my use case, it is not even worth mentioning.
Facebook, Falcon Pro for Twitter and Untappd: A big part of smartphone use these days is social and given that, how can we not mention Facebook and Twitter. For Facebook I always use the official app. For Twitter I like the official app, however I have been rocking Falcon Pro lately given it seems to have a bit more feature wise. One of the Falcon Pro features is being able to see image previews while browsing the timeline. And sure, I like and use Google+, but rounding out my top 3 social apps is Untappd, one that beer lovers will likely enjoy.
Pixlr Express: In buying a smartphone, one of my must have features is a good camera. I take at least a few pictures each and every day and love to edit and share them. Filters, such as in Instagram and the Flickr app are nice, but I like to be able to dive a bit deeper with other tasks such as cropping. The Pixlr Express app is free, easy to use and with lots of features.
Slacker, Audible, DoggCatcher: Aside from running, my most common use is audio listening. I almost always have headphones plugged in and am listening to something. In my case I use Slacker, the $9.99 per month pro account because it gives me mobile caching as well as on-demand listening. And while I hate to keep recommending paid services, Audible is fantastic. It helps keep me entertained while getting in some long runs and doing chores around the house. Finally, while Audible is great, I only get one book per month with them and I supplement that with podcast listening. For the podcast listening, I have used DoggCatcher for years. I love the app and given it has been so reliable for me over the years, I cannot recommend it enough.
Netflix, Hulu Plus: Video is one set of apps that I always have installed, but often do not use. I am a Netflix and Hulu Plus subscriber and these are my go to apps. They also work nicely when on hour, or hour plus car rides as they can help keep the kids entertained in the back seat. We think most will know what both of these services offer, movie and television streaming. In fact, we think the only real limiting factor here is whether you want to spend $8 for one, or subscribe to both and end up paying $16 per month.
Flipboard, Instapaper: Rounding out my must have apps is reading. Flipboard, what can you say — it does what it should and it does it well. If you want to read news in a magazine like set-up, you cannot go wrong with Flipboard. Personally I use it on my Galaxy S III and my Nexus 7. And given I spend all day working on the web, I often find stories I want to read, but don’t have time to read at that very moment. This is where Instapaper comes in, it generally serves as an end-of-day reading list.
And as you may have noticed, one category of apps that were left off were games. I do play some Android games, but more often than not play on my Nexus 7. I more often than not have no games installed on my smartphone. But if I were, two that I have been playing lately include Pudding Monsters and Dead Trigger.
Samsung has been on fire lately, releasing a blitz of ad spots for their Galaxy line of smartphones. We’ve all seen ‘em, barristas waiting in line for the “next big thing,” and even a more recent ad featuring a husband, wife, and very naughty video.
Looks like the Galaxy Camera is next up for some commercial love. and to help spark further interest in the camera, Samsung has enlisted the help of none other than Pineapple Express’ James Franco. The YouTube video uploaded earlier today, showcases a variety of real world situations the Android-powered camera could come in handy for. That is, if you’re James-mother-effin-Franco and live like a rock star. Watch the video below and let me know what you think.
The Galaxy Camera is the first of its kind in that it’s a fully functional Android device rocking a quad-core processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Samsung pulled out all the stops on this one, making sure the Android experience didn’t take a back seat to solid camera tech. The device can be picked up right now on AT&T with a data-only plan, and also on Verizon Wireless taking advantage of their 4G LTE network. Make it a tad bit thinner with voice calling and you got me, Samsung.
While the iPhone 5′s been out for some time already, it wasn’t until today that our friends in China and Taiwan (along with many other countries) can finally buy the device locally. Since midnight local time, several carriers and shops welcomed customers with balloons, drinks and even musical performance. But in the case of Apple Stores in China, the lines were much shorter than before as interested buyers have to first make an online reservation, before trekking to the stores once they are notified — a policy no doubt welcomed by residents of bitterly cold Beijing at this time of the year. On top of that, both China Unicom and China Telecom are simultaneously offering the iPhone 5 — with WCDMA or CDMA radio, respectively — alongside several tariff options. In China, the unsubsidized iPhone 5 starts from ¥5,288 or about $850.
Our brethren in Taipei went to check out the various shops today and saw warm reception for the iPhone 5 launch as well, with Chunghwa Telecom getting the most attention, followed by local resellers Studio A and Data Express. Including tax, the Taiwanese iPhone 5 starts from NT$21,900 or about $750 unsubsidized. More pics after the break.
Source: Apple Store (China)
The Google Play Store, as always, was abuzz with new apps last month. More than just new apps, though, the Play Store gained plenty of well-crafted, quality apps. The kind that have spurred the market’s recent growth spurt, and which allow users to discover functionalities they never knew they needed. As always, we’ve sifted through all last month’s new apps and selected our top five picks – a kind of short list for those looking to get the most out of their device with awesome apps.
Pixlr Express, despite its name, is an impressively powerful tool for on-the-go photo editing.
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- [App Roundup] Our Top Six Favorite New Apps To Check Out From August 2012
- [New App] Audio Glow Brings Highly Customizable, Highly Beautiful Music Visualization To Android
- PPSSPP Is A Prototype PSP Emulator Available On The Play Store For Your Gaming And Testing Pleasure
Our Five Favorite New Apps To Check Out From November 2012 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Clay Jam Officially Makes Its Way To Play Store, Gives Gamers The Chance Express Their Inner Clay Imaginations
Those of you who appreciate a good action game are about to be all smiles because Clay Jam is officially live, finally giving gamers the chance to have a unique action gaming experience. In case you’re not familiar with the game, players will play as Fat Pebble as he races to save Clay Jam from the fearsome Bully Beasts— all in clay form. The game comes jam-packed with features including more than 20 hand-made monsters to search for, 5 strange hills to rebuild and 5 Bully Beasts to defeat. Best of all— all of the awesome features found in the game are available for an astounding price of $0.00, though there are additional in-app options available for a nominal fee.
The game is available in the now in the Play Store, so be sure to grab it once you hit past the break. We do ask that you don’t blame us in case you know— have a sudden lack of productivity at the office because of the game’s addictiveness.
If you’re going to buy an expensive and fragile smartphone, it makes sense to buy a case to protect it from damage. If you happen to own a Samsung Galaxy S III or a Galaxy Express, you might like to know that Ballistic will soon have a new case called “Every1″ on offer. The Every1 series aims to not only keep your phone protected, but to also look good while doing it.
Looking at these shots, we have to say that the Every1 case looks pretty snazzy, and Ballistic says it will be available in a variety of colors if you’re not feeling the white. Unlike a lot of these cases meant to stand up to abuse, the Every1 case doesn’t appear to be all that bulky. That should be a pretty big draw for some consumers – it’s never nice to have the sleek look of your phone ruined by a bulky case, despite the fact that you need to keep your phone protected.
The Every1 case protects the edges of the phone from fall damage and keeps the screen safe at the same time, with port covers to keep dirt and dust from getting a little too friendly with your phone. Ballistic says that it won’t come apart when its dropped thanks to the new “Active Latches” this bad boy comes equipped with, and that it’s “customized to survive any drop or fall” since it’s comprised of four different layers that include things like shock absorbing springs and a polycarbonate shell.
It doesn’t sound like a bad case at all, and it’ll be available in early December from Ballistic’s website and retailers across the country for $50. What’s particularly cool is that Ballistic also has Every1 cases for the iPhone and Nokia Lumia 920 launching at the same time as the cases for the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Express, so the company isn’t playing favorites with its release schedule. Are you thinking about picking up an Every1 case?
Developer: Bartsoft Inc
Price: $1.99 Download
Announcing that Bartsoft Inc., a Canadian based company, has released new update for both the iPhone and iPad versions of eCard Express and eCard Express HD. The update includes new ecards and frames for Thanksgiving, Love and Friendship, Invitations. eCard Express offers more then 300 greeting cards and frames in 19 categories. All cards can be shared via Email, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Evernote and Flickr free of charge.
eCard Express is a simple and elegant tool for you to create and customize ecards and frames with high quality stickers, pre-written text templates, and personal photos or images from the iPhone or iPad photo library or camera. You can also save your cards to “My Cards”, an in-app library of all your creations and a very convenient way to put together eCards for iPod users on the go, since it does not require a network connection until actually sending the cards.
Finish reading “Thanksgiving Update for eCard Express iPhone and iPad Applications” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.
When I first covered Pixlr Express a few days ago, I noted that the presence of a photo editing app was odd in Autodesk’s lineup of powerful tools. Having developed apps like ForceEffect, 360 Mobile, and AutoCAD WS, you’d think Autodesk was marketing to power users who want to design, edit, animate, and engineer from the palm of their hand. Still, Autodesk’s first foray into the mobile photo editing world – Pixlr-o-matic – was a hit. So much so, it appears, that Autodesk brought to market Pixlr Express.
Despite its name, the only thing “express” about Autodesk’s new tool is the speed with which users can edit, manipulate, and overlay photos using a wide library of tools (when I say “wide,” I refer to its selection of 600+ effects).
- [New App] Autodesk’s Pixlr Express Successfully Combines Vintage Effects With Practical Photo Editing
- [New App] ‘Pixlr-O-Matic’ From Autodesk Brings Tons Of Easy To Use Photo Filters To Your Handheld
- Yahoo! Releases Flickr App For Android – Includes Camera Interface, Minor Editing Tools, And Sharing
- Instagram 3.0 Update Adds Geotag Photo Maps, Longer Descriptions, And Interface Tweaks
Pixlr Express Review – Autodesk Gets On-The-Go Photo Manipulation Right (Again) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
[New App] Autodesk’s Pixlr Express Successfully Combines Vintage Effects With Practical Photo Editing
Autodesk, known for polished, highly functional software like AutoCAD, and apps that allow users to build, manipulate, animate, and plan from their Android device, also found a hit with its Pixlr-o-matic app, an image editor that primarily touted its ability to create “cool looking vintage images.” I always thought a vintage filter app was a little out of place in Autodesk’s otherwise power user-oriented lineup, but it was still a fun app for quick antique-ification of your mobile photos.
Building on Pixlr-o-matic’s success, Autodesk brought to market today another photo editing app – Pixlr Express. From the name, you may get the impression that Pixlr Express is more limited in scope than Pixlr-o-matic, but in reality, it’s just the opposite.
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- Yahoo! Releases Flickr App For Android – Includes Camera Interface, Minor Editing Tools, And Sharing
[New App] Autodesk’s Pixlr Express Successfully Combines Vintage Effects With Practical Photo Editing was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
• Class D Stereo Amplifier - TI PurePath™
• Input: S/PDIF optical, TOSLINK connector (included)
• Outputs: Spring-loaded right & left channel speaker connectors; RCA subwoofer connector
• Sensitivity: 0.34 dBFS for 20 watts (with volume control set at max)Speaker Output:
• Power: 20 watts per channel into 8 ohms @ 0.08% THD, both channels driven
• Frequency Response: 20 to 20,000 Hz, +0, -0.34 dB
• Signal-to-Noise ratio: 95 dB
• Crosstalk: -71 dB
• Left + Right sub-bass audio
• Autoswitching when powered subwoofer is detected
• Power: Line-level output (2 V rms at 0 dBFS input)
• High-Pass Filter: 80 Hz 2nd order Linkwitz-Riley applied to L+R channels
• Low-Pass Filter: 80 Hz 2nd order Linkwitz-Riley applied to subwoofer output
• 100 to 240 VAC @ 50/60 Hz supplies both amp and power connection for Airport Express
About Griffin Technology
Founded on Paul Griffin’s kitchen table in 1992, Griffin Technology Inc., is today one of the world’s foremost creators of accessories for home, mobile, and personal technology. Unique products such as iTrip®, PowerMate®, iFM®, iMic® and Evolve® Wireless Speaker System have broken new ground in consumer electronics and created loyal fans the world over. Today, Griffin products are conceived, designed and developed in-house and continue to push the envelope of the industry they helped create. Learn more about Griffin’s entire range of ingenious designs at www.griffintechnology.com, www.facebook.com/griffintech and on Twitter, @griffintech.
Do you ever wonder if Samsung gets tired of releasing devices? While most manufacturers have vowed to release fewer superfluous phone and tablets, ol’ Sammy is still going strong, offering up new Galaxy devices almost weekly. Maybe some people like the choice. Or maybe not. Either way, I don’t see any signs of them slowing any time soon.
With more devices, of course, also comes more source code. Today’s batch of piping hot source is for the Galaxy Express on AT&T and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 on T-Mobile. Hackers, modders, and tinkerers, this one’s for you – hit the source links below to grab the download and do things with it.
- [Download] Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Kernel Source Code
- Samsung Releases ICS Kernel Source For The Unlocked Galaxy Note (GT-N7000)
- Samsung Drops ICS Kernel Source For Galaxy Note 10.1 (N8000, N8010, N8013), Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Galaxy Tab 10.1 (P7500, P7510)
- Samsung Releases Kernel Source Code For The Just-Announced Galaxy Stellar 4G, Galaxy S Duos
Samsung Releases Kernel Source For The AT&T Galaxy Express And T-Mobile Tab 2 10.1 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Power and NFC? That’s The Ticket
From our friends in lovely Costa Mesa, CA, PowerSkin, we have some new treats for the technophiles out there, NFC enabled PowerSkins for HTC One X+, the Galaxy Express, and Windows Phone 8X by HTC. Those are some nice additions to the already deep line-up carried and manufactured by these humble folks.
For those of you who don’t know what a “PowerSkin” is, they are the only company in the market that offers shock-absorbing, NFC Capable, battery extending skins. These skins are complete with a battery indicator on the rear of them so you always know what sort of power you’ve got left, or don’t have left, however you want to look at it. They debuted this new product a couple months ago in September with the Galaxy SIII as their initial case, they’ve now moved on to making this cool case for several more devices for all of us (that own these devices) to enjoy, or buy for someone else to enjoy.
“NFC technology is gaining momentum with the launch of all of these enabled phones, and the proprietary technology integrated into our battery cases allows for uninterrupted transmission of NFC signals,” said Shaun Ng, Product Manager for XPAL Power / PowerSkin®. “PowerSkin® has a competitive edge in the market, being the only brand to provide portable power and NFC capabilities within a protective case.”
The HTC One X+ case launched on the 7th of November will blessedly work with the originally launched One X and provides a power boost of 1500mAh of battery power. This comes at a reasonable cost of $79.99 through PowerSkin, but for the time being, it is on sale for $69.99
The Galaxy Express is shipping on November 20th with a 2000mAh battery supply and is slated to be at the same price level, $79.99 as the HTC One X will be when it goes off sale.
For you HTC Windows Phone 8X users looking for some PowerSkin NFC capable love, cases for yours are slated to start shipping on the 28th of November and they come with a 1500mAh battery capable of boosting talk time by up to 60%, all for the easy to remember price of $79.99 as well.
Before I head off into the wild blue yonder for now, I leave you with a little bit about PowerSkin and XPAL (A company that helped PowerSkin make this all happen), so without further ado…here ya go:
PowerSkin’s® smooth silicone cases with built-in batteries provide up to twice the power for popular Apple, Android, Windows and RIM smartphones, featuring sleek, protective designs that fit your phone and fit your style. PowerSkin® is Powered by XPAL™, meaning it’s charged by patented battery technology that reflects the highest standards for safety, quality and performance. Designed to be your go-to, go-anywhere, go on-and-on power source, PowerSkin® has got you – and your phone – covered. For more information, visit www.power-skin.com.
About XPAL Power
XPAL Power, a subsidiary of TennRich International, is a California-based corporation with its sales and marketing team located in the United States. The TennRich design team is located in Taiwan, and the company-owned factory in Shenzhen, PRC is the first factory in China to focus on rechargeable lithium polymer batteries and is currently one of the largest manufacturers of portable power packs in Asia. The Powered by XPAL™ seal stands for quality, safety and efficiency – a guarantee that these traits are inside every product that authenticates through the XPAL verification service. XPAL Verified™ is an authentication process that underscores our commitment to quality, using complex algorithms to detect and transfer battery serial numbers to verify its legitimacy – a safeguard customers can trust. For more information, please visit www.xpalpower.com.
So, ah, what are you waiting for (maybe the release date? LOL) get out there and find that extra power that can help push your device a little farther while looking cool as hell.
Samsung has over the past year ensured that it has a galaxy smartphone for all kinds of users – from the geeks seeking power with the S3 to the most basic Android smartphones and soon to come Windows phone. Today, we are covering news of a new Samsung Galaxy Smartphone – the Galaxy Express Android phone that will be available on AT&T network starting next Friday, 16th November. Samsung, it seems, want to cover all market corners with all kinds of smartphones already in its domain including 5 inch phablets, super smartphones, rugged smartphones for outdoor lovers, entry level budget phones, mid-range smartphones, dual SIM smartphones and even mini-phones for popular phones. But where does the Galaxy Express fall?
For a price of $99.99, you can get the mid-range 4.5 inch Galaxy Express phone on the AT&T network (on a contract) in just a week. This, to me, is a very good deal considering that it is a phone with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, a 5 megapixels camera, 4G LTE network capability and an impressive 2,000 mAh battery.
The Galaxy express phone comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, which, frankly, is a disappointment considering that the newest tablet from Google (with Samsung), the Nexus 10, comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. I am on the opinion that all phones and tablets from such a major manufacturer should come with at least Jelly Bean out-of-the-box from now on. Anyway, AT&T markets the phone as a ‘perfect gadget for first-time smartphone users’ or for those ‘looking to upgrade to a new Android smartphone’. That is a combination of a great price and high performance. The most touted features are of course the 4.5 inch Super AMOLED screen, the 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, the 5 megapixels rear camera and the 2,000 mAh battery.
In their press release, AT&T did not mention how much RAM or internal memory the Galaxy Express has, and neither did they mention whether Jelly bean operating system upgrade will be coming anytime soon. However, based on Samsung’s current devices in the market (even with other carriers), the Express is most likely to have 1 GB RAM, 8 GB onboard memory and a Jelly Bean upgrade of the operating system may be coming towards the end of the year or early next year.
Considering the specs of this phone, do you think the $99.99 price tag AT&T placed on the Galaxy Express is fair and would you buy it at that price? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Processor: Dual-core 1.5 GHz
Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Display: 4.5 inch 480 x 800 pixels Super AMOLED Plus capacitive touchscreen ((~207 ppi pixel density)
Memory: 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory (unconfirmed), microSD card slot
Cameras: 5 megapixels rear, 2 megapixels front (unconfirmed)
Connectivity: 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, Bluetooth, microUSB, WiFi, GPS
Battery: Li-Ion 2000 mAh
Does a new mid-range Android phone on AT&T get your juices flowing? And by new, I mean one that was actually already announced last month? Fantastic, because I’m here to tell you about the Galaxy Express, Samsung’s newest phone on AT&T that isn’t a Galaxy S III. Here’s a really big picture of it:
Not actual size.
Still interested? Then you may want to know what’s inside this 4.5″ middle-of-the-road monster.
- 4.5″ SAMOLED+ WVGA (480×800)
- Dual-core 1.5GHz CPU (I’m guessing TI OMAP – but hey, it could be an S4)
- 5MP rear camera, front camera of some resolution (probably VGA)
- 2000mAh battery (pretty good for a mid-ranger)
- Android 4.0
- 4G LTE
- MicroSD slot
You’ll be able to get your hands on this beast starting November 16th, for just $99.99 on a new 2-year agreement.
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AT&T: The Samsung Galaxy Express Will Be Available Nov. 16 For $100 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Yes, you’re reading that title correctly. Samsung is releasing yet another device rocking the ‘Galaxy’ tag. I have nothing against Samsung as a Samsung device is my daily driver, but really? Why not just call it the Mini-Mini? Although not too much of a surprise seeing as we caught wind of this device back in September, it just seems like we’ve been bombarded with Galaxy titles this fall. This device at least makes a little sense as it fills the entry-level, first-time smartphone buyer segment. Samsung now seems to have a well-rounded portfolio as it were. Strike while the iron’s hot, as they say. The Galaxy Express will have a 4.5-inch screen backed by a 1GHz dual-core processor and a 2000 mAh battery powering Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. A 5MP camera and the ability to run on AT&T’s LTE network will round out the package. I realize this is for first-time buyers and $99 seems a little high these days on contract, as there are certainly other deals to be had out there.
AT&T will have more to come after its Windows Phone 8 launches are underway this month, as it’s has committing to launching two of its previously promised affordable devices on November 16th. Its mid-tier Samsung Galaxy Express will go on sale that day with a $100 contract price to satisfy those who want a Galaxy S III-like experience at half the cost. Those who just want LTE and HSPA data should also find Novatel’s MiFi Liberate touchscreen hotspot on sale for $50 under similar terms. Neither will necessarily shake up the mobile world, but they won’t have to at their prices.
AT&T ships $100 Samsung Galaxy Express, $50 MiFi Liberate hotspot on November 16th originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 08 Nov 2012 10:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
AT&T this morning announced that its entry-level Samsung Galaxy Express will be available Nov. 16 for $99 on contract.
As you'll recall from our hands-on with the Express last month, it's a pretty basic Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone, with a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a 1GHz dual-core processor and a 2,000 mAh battery. It's got a 5-megapixel rear camera, and a few of the software tweaks seen in more powerful (and expensive) Samsung phones, like the Galaxy S3. It also runs on AT&T's LTE network, if you've got it where you live.
The month of November just keeps on for AT&T and Samsung. With devices like the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 on their way you would think the Samsung party would soon come to a halt, but alas another new devices has been announced.
Ma Bell has announced forthcoming availability of the Samsung Galaxy Express, a mid-range smartphone that should appeal to those not looking to pay the $200-300 for a Samsung Galaxy S3 or a Samsung Galaxy Note 2. It’ll cost you $100 after a new two-year contract and any rebates to walk away with the package, and the specs actually get pretty close to what the Samsung Galaxy S3 is offering.
You can look forward to a 1.5GHz dual-core processor (likely of the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 variety), a 4.5 inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a 5 megapixel rear camera, a front-facing camera, a 2,000mAh battery, Android 4.0, LTE, NFC and more. You can also expect TouchWiz, though we’re not sure to what extent.
Samsung has done well to offer a variety of devices for a wide range of budgets, and this latest offering is one of the most powerful mid-range priced devices we’ve seen yet. Just a year ago a device like this would be considered top-of-the-line, cutting edge hardware so it’s interesting to see how far that side of the smartphone has come.
The 16th of November is a Friday so you’ll have plenty of time to play with it on the weekend should you decide to buy one. Read on for full press details.
Samsung Galaxy Express and AT&T Mobile Hotspot MiFi Liberate Arrive at AT&T Nov. 16
Dallas, Texas, November 08, 2012
Beginning Nov. 16, AT&T* customers will be able to pick up the new AT&T Mobile Hotspot MiFi® Liberate for $49.99 with a two-year agreement and the Samsung Galaxy Express™ for $99.99 with a two-year agreement. For a limited time, customers who purchase a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, including the Galaxy Express, will receive up to $100 off a second connected Samsung device (details below).†
AT&T Mobile Hotspot MiFi Liberate
Developed by Novatel Wireless (NASDAQ: NVTL), and powered by the nation’s largest 4G network, the MiFi Liberate is the first mobile hotspot device with a touchscreen display. Its vibrant 2.8″ color touchscreen display takes ease-of-use to the next level. Customers can easily connect up to 10 Wi-Fi devices. They can also view data usage, manage connected devices, change network and device settings, and more-all directly from the touchscreen.
The MiFi Liberate, which offers access to 4G LTE speeds, boasts an industry-leading, powerful battery that provides up to 11 hours of continuous use. The global-ready MiFi Liberate also offers connectivity in more than 200 countries, making it more convenient to browse the Internet, check and send email, and upload photos while abroad. Customers can also easily access and share files and media stored on the inserted microSD card** from connected Wi−Fi or DLNA capable devices.
Customers purchasing connected devices from AT&T have more options in choosing the plan that’s right for them and their mobile devices. With new AT&T Mobile Share plans, new and existing customers can share a single bucket of data across smartphones, tablets, and other compatible devices, including the MiFi Liberate. AT&T Mobile Share allows customers to build a plan to fit their devices and usage. Customers can select one of the new shared data plans or choose one of AT&T’s existing individual or family plans.***
Samsung Galaxy Express
First-time smartphone users and people looking to upgrade to a new Android smartphone will find their perfect match with the Samsung Galaxy Express, a 4G LTE smartphone that combines high performance features at a great price. The Galaxy Express is exclusive to AT&T, runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and sports a clear and bright 4.5-inch Super AMOLED™ Plus screen. The 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 2000 mAh battery helps users stay productive throughout the day; while the 5-megapixel rear facing camera lets you capture and share images easily through text messages, email and social networks.
With Samsung Galaxy Express, customers can also enjoy some of the popular sharing features introduced in the popular Samsung Galaxy S® III, like S Beam which allows content to be shared between S Beam enabled devices by simply touching them back to back.
For more information about the Samsung Galaxy Express, please visit http://www.att.com/galaxyexpress.
AT&T customers have access to the nation’s largest 4G network, covering 285 million people. AT&T has two 4G networks that work together for customers, LTE and HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul. That means AT&T customers are able to enjoy a widespread, ultra-fast and consistent 4G experience on their compatible device as they move in and out of LTE areas.**** With other carriers, when you travel outside of their LTE coverage area, you may be on a much slower 3G network.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.
**microSD sold separately. Compatible connected devices required.
*** Smartphone required. Up to ten devices per plan. Additional monthly charge per device. $15 per GB for add’l data. Unlimited talk and text for phones only. Activation fee may apply. Additional deposits and other restrictions may apply. Access to corporate email, intranet sites and apps available for $15/mo. per device.
****4G speeds not available everywhere. Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Learn more at att.com/network. 4G when used in connection with the Galaxy Express refers to the fact that the device can operate on AT&T’s 4G network.
International roaming data rates apply outside the U.S., Puerto Rico, and U.S.V.I. Visit att.com/worldpackages and select Data Plans/Packages to view rates and available discount plans.
Samsung, Galaxy Express and Super AMOLED are trademarks of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
†Offer available for a limited time while promotional supplies last at participating AT&T locations. Offer valid on second Galaxy handset of equal or lesser value or any Samsung connected device.
2-yr agreement and voice and/or data plan may be required. Restrictions apply. See store for details.
AT&T has just announced that it is bringing another Samsung Galaxy smartphone to market starting November 16. This time, AT&T is bringing the Samsung Galaxy Express along for $99 with a new 2-year agreement. It’s a pretty solid device that is available at a low price. It should be perfect for someone looking to upgrade without breaking the bank too much.
The device comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich installed. It features a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen. The screen features a 480 x 800 resolution, which is not equal to the high-end devices, but it’s solid for an entry-level smartphone, especially one with a reasonable $99 price tag. It also features 4G LTE connectivity.
The Galaxy Express comes with a 5MP camera on that back that’s capable of grabbing photos at 2592 х 1944. It also comes with a 2000 mAh battery, so it should be able to make it through a day of usage without issue. The device also features Samsung’s S Beam technology, which allows you to share media by simply tapping two phones back to back.
As part of the device’s release, AT&T is offering anyone who buys a Samsung Galaxy device $100 off another connected Samsung device. This would essentially make this phone free if you need more than one device. AT&T is also launching a new $49 MiFi Liberate mobile hotspot on November 16 as well.
A new security breach has been found in many Android apps that could compromise users’ email accounts, bank information, and social networking credentials. The cause of this is inadequate encryption protections, according to a new research study. This could cause some serious security concerns for users of these apps.
In all, there are 41 apps called to attention in this study. Sadly, the researchers did not cite specific applications that have this weakness, but they did say the apps in question have been downloaded somewhere between 39.5 million and 185 million times, based on Google’s statistics. This could definitely be something Android users need to keep an eye on, as broadcasting your private data to malicious individuals is never a good thing.
The researchers said that Google could take steps to prevent this from happening, but they did not say whether any of the apps in question were developed by Google directly. They did say that in their testing they were able to get “bank account information, payment credentials for PayPal, American Express and others.” They were also able to get access to “Facebook, email and cloud storage credentials and messages . . . access to IP cameras was gained and control channels for apps and remote servers.”
The researches downloaded 13,500 free apps from Google Play to perform its testing. Unfortunately, without specific apps listed, it’s hard for Android users to know which apps they should worry about. There’s no guarantee that your information will be compromised even if you use these apps, but it certainly something to keep your eye on when using an app that requires access to your private information.
As expected, the Isis mobile payment system backed by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon has been launched in Austin and Salt Lake City today. There are currently nine handsets that are ready to roll with the NFC-enabled app, with another 11 on the way before 2013. Verizon has announced that the Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR MAXX HD will both be compatible this week. T-Mobile has announced that the Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy S Relay, and Galaxy S2 will be compatible with Isis. AT&T will also support the GS3, as well as the HTC One X, Exhilarate, LG Escape, and Rugby Pro. As far as credit cards go, American Express, Capital One, and Chase are supported, which might not be enough of a selection for most folks, but it's a start.
Meanwhile in Canada, Rogers is getting ready to launch their own mobile payment system based on NFC-enabled SIM cards, though it doesn't seem like they'll have the same device restrictions. Apparently we'll be able to pop that SIM into any Rogers phone and the service will work perfectly well once it's rolled out. Anyone interested in getting started with Isis apparently has to get a new SIM card too, though they won't work with rooted devices.
In any case, Isis will be competing directly with Google Wallet, which makes for some annoying repercussions. it seems like some carriers haven't been shy about blocking Google Wallet in favor of pushing Isis, but why wouldn't Google just kick Isis from the Play Store? One would assume that both sides have already talked the issue to death, but it's hard to see this kind of service not putting some friction between partners. How do you guys think the NFC payments situation will pan out between Google and carriers?
Any locals interested in signing up can check out the Isis home page.
Isis, the mobile payment service spearheaded by AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile, has launched today, bringing NFC-based payments to Salt Lake City and Austin as part of a limited rollout. The service pairs a secure SIM with the Isis Mobile Wallet app (available from Google Play) to provide one-touch payment at a plethora of retailers located in the two flagship markets.
The secure SIM is a big reason why Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T avoided Google Wallet in favor of Isis, although it does make things a little more difficult for consumers. Currently, only nine handsets are certified as ISis-ready, but the number looks to grow to 20 by the end of the year. With the ISIS Mobile Wallet app, consumers can add the credentials for any eligible American Express, Capital One, or Chase credit card directly, or by loading funds onto the included Isis Cash card.
The arrival of Isis should give subscribers to its partner networks less reason to look jealously at Sprint’s customers, who have been using Google Wallet for some time now. Isis still appears to have some catching up to do with Google’s service, but the dual-city launch is a start.
ISIS™ LAUNCHES IN AUSTIN AND SALT LAKE CITY; AS MANY AS 20 ISIS READYTM HANDSETS TO BE AVAILABLE BY YEAR END
Launch Represents Milestone for Mobile Commerce Industry
AUSTIN, TEXAS and SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH – October 22, 2012 – Isis™, the mobile commerce joint venture created by AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless, today announced the availability of the Isis Mobile Wallet™ in Austin and Salt Lake City. Starting today, consumers can visit their AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizon retail location and select from nine Isis Ready™ handsets, with an expected 11 additional handsets coming to market by year end.
“The launch of the Isis Mobile Wallet in Austin and Salt Lake City represents a milestone for both Isis and the mobile commerce industry,” said Ryan Hughes, chief marketing officer, Isis. “With as many as twenty Isis Ready handsets headed to market by year end, we are experiencing an unprecedented level of support for NFC and consumer choice.”
How to Get Started With the Isis Mobile Wallet on October 22nd:
1. Visit an AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA or Verizon Wireless retail store in Austin or Salt Lake City to receive a secure element SIM and ensure your handset model is Isis Ready
2. Download the Isis Mobile Wallet application from Google Play
3. Load an eligible American Express, Capital One or Chase credit card into the Isis Mobile Wallet or get started with the Isis Cash™ card that comes in every Wallet.
4. Get out and get tapping at any of the hundreds of locations across Austin and Salt Lake City where contactless payments are accepted, a full list of which can be found at www.paywithisis.com.
“The launch of the Isis Mobile Wallet is an important step toward accelerating mobile payments in the United States and maximizing convenience for consumers” said Bill Gajda, head of mobile product, Visa Inc. “Isis’ open approach directly aligns with Visa’s strategy of enabling consumers to make mobile payments with whatever device they choose using the trusted accounts they already have.”
“MasterCard has been working with industry partners like Isis to turn mobile phones into secure payment devices and create better shopping experiences for both consumers and merchants,” said Mung Ki Woo, group executive, mobile, MasterCard Worldwide. “The use of NFC technology is a path to an improved consumer experience, and the launch of the Isis Mobile Wallet – combined with the growing number of NFC-enabled handsets – will help make mobile commerce a reality for millions of consumers.”
“Today’s launch of the Isis Mobile Wallet is a significant achievement in terms of enabling consumer adoption of mobile payments,” said Suzan Kereere, senior vice president and general manager, American Express, Global Network Business. “Mobile commerce holds the promise of dramatically enhancing consumers’ shopping experience, and American Express’ first priority as a network is to provide choice and flexibility for all industry participants as we work together to influence the speed and growth of mobile NFC payments in the U.S.”
For more information on specific Isis Ready handsets, please visit an AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile USA or Verizon Wireless retail location in Austin or Salt Lake City.
As we have all expected, the new Isis mobile payment system that had been backed by a bunch of major carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, has just launched today in Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah. As of right now, there are nine different handsets that are ready to go with the NFC-enabled app, with another 11 devices ready to go before we hit the year of 2013. As of right now, only America Express, Capital One, and Chase are supported. That isn’t a huge selection to choose from, but at least they are starting out on the right foot, eh?
In other news, we have Rogers in Canada preparing to launch their very own mobile payment system based off of NFC-enabled SIM cards. It is also beginning to look that that they won’t be having the same device restrictions as we do here in the United States. From the looks of it, we are going to be able to pop that NFC-enabled SIM int any type of phone on Rogers network, and the service will continue to work entirely well once the system has officially been rolled out. Anyone that is remotely interested in taking Isis for a test run will be required to get an entirely new SIM card as well, but keep in mind that these SIM cards will not work if your device has been rooted.
Whatever the case, Isis is going to be competing directly with Google’s own mobile payment system, which is known as “Wallet.” This could definitely make for some very interesting repercussions. It is also seeming like that some of these carriers, whom are pretty major haven’t been hesitant at all about blocking Google Wallet on their devices in favor of pushing Isis. Of course, Google could easily kick the Isis mobile payment system off of Google Play, The question here is this though: why would Google not just kick it from the Play Store? It’s actually been there for quite a bit now.
I guess that you would have to assume that both parties have already talked about this issue extensively, but at the same time it is extremely hard to see that this service was not be putting any friction in the relationship between the two companies. It will also be interesting to see how Isis does against Google’s Wallet service. Google Wallet originally came out first, and while it is not supported on many devices, it is on a lot of the more popular ones.
That said, I wonder how mainstream Google Wallet will be because of Isis. I mean, we all know a lot of people are going to take a crack at Isis, and then later decide that they are going back to Google. What is even more interesting is that the really big carriers are the guys backing the Isis mobile payment system. Why would they back that as opposed to Google Wallet since they have been supplying Nexus phones and such for years now.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and if you want to take this for a spin, anyone local to the newly launched locations can head to the home page and find out more.
source: android central
Isis’ NFC payments go live in Austin and Salt Lake City: 3 carriers, 9 phones, 1 long way to go (video)
To say that the launch of Isis has felt drawn out would be a mild understatement. The alliance first signaled its intentions two years ago, detailed its first markets one year ago and faced a last-minute delay. All the ducks are finally in a row, however, and residents of both Austin as well as Salt Lake City can tap to pay (or score discounts) at the “hundreds” of locations that accept NFC-based purchases through American Express, Capital One, Chase and Isis’ own cash card. Launch day brings app- and SIM-enabled access for nine devices spread rather unevenly across AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon: only the Droid Incredible 4G LTE is confirmed working for Verizon subscribers, while the rest are divided more equally between multiple Samsung Galaxies and HTC devices like the Amaze 4G and One X. Over 20 phones should be Isis-aware before the end of the year. It’s a potentially strong start to one of the few truly cross-network mobile payment systems in the US, but we see a long road ahead before Isis gives Google Wallet some jitters — there’s legions of banks, cities and stores needed before Isis is widespread, and we’re not counting on that ever-elusive universal hardware support.
Isis’ NFC payments go live in Austin and Salt Lake City: 3 carriers, 9 phones, 1 long way to go (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
It looks like we were dead on for the Isis launch date, limited as the rollout may be. Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah will officially be the first areas to support the Isis starting on October 22. As is there are about 340 Isis-ready merchants in each city.
Right now, the only device that we know for sure will support Isis is the Droid Incredible, though Motorola, LG, and Sony have all pledged to create compatible hardware. Supported credit cards are currently limited to American Express, Capital One, and Chase, though I'm sure more will come in due time. Just like Google Wallet, Isis will enable tap-to-pay schemes with NFC-enabled smartphones. It can be used for coupons and loyalty cards too, but paying for stuff is the main thing. The only real difference here is that Isis is a joint venture between Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T. It's something of a strategic necessity if U.S. carriers want a solid foothold in the mobile payment game without having to play by Google's rules.
Sure, Google Wallet might have a hefty head start, but with any luck, the competition will spur on speedier development and increase adoption overall. It's still hard to imagine a nearby future where paying for everything (or even anything) on a day-to-day basis with your phone is normal, but I'm sure many of us stand to be early adopters.
How often do you use Google Wallet? What would it take for you to switch over to another service? Do you think a carrier-run solution with the support of hardware manufacturers is more likely to gain broad acceptance, or will Google's natural habit of wriggling into ubiquity win out? Anyone in these early markets willing to give Isis a go?
Unofficial rumblings have pointed to Isis Mobile Wallet’s trial getting close. If you’ve remained skeptical all the same, we’re pretty sure that seeing Isis’ Android app in Google Play will change your mind. The currently T-Mobile-only software confirms that pilot program members will tie their American Express, Capital One or Chase card (as well as a unique card) to Isis for paying through NFC at stores with a SmartTap terminal. We’re also promised streamlined loyalty cards and coupons. Before anyone rushes to try the app at the local shop, remember that it’s just one piece of the puzzle on top of the special SIM card, one of three NFC-equipped phones and that small matter of living in Austin or Salt Lake City when the service goes live. Having the official app at least lets those who qualify get a head start on what could soon be the only major alternative to Google Wallet in the US.
Isis Mobile Wallet app for Android surfaces in Google Play, you probably can’t run it originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 16 Oct 2012 18:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
If you're looking for Android devices that are headed to AT&T in time for the holiday season, look no further. At their event hosted in New York City AT&T unveiled a massive amount of Android devices and offered us a first hand look at them all. The line up hits just about every category you can imagine be it low cost all the way up to the high end offerings. So what all did they bring? Check out the full list below and hit the links to get a hands on look at the devices individually:
- HTC One VX hands on
- First look at the HTC One X+ for AT&T
- First look at AT&T's Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro
- Samsung Galaxy Express hands on
- First look at AT&T's Sony Xperia TL
- Samsung Galaxy Camera for AT&T hands-on
- First look at AT&T's take at the Samsung Galaxy Note 2
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 for AT&T hands on
As you can tell, that's a lot of Samsung and HTC love right there however, there is also the LG Optimus G that will making its way to AT&T as well. You can check out our previous hands on with that, if that's what you're holding out for. All of that said; anyone going to be picking any of these devices up? if so, which are you getting? If not, what are you holding out for?