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There’s a new app available now on the Google Play Store that will help you conserve and save that precious battery life. We all know our smartphones don’t last as long as we’d like, so why not try to save a little at night. There’s plenty of “battery saver” apps available — but none are like Deep Sleep Battery Saver. Their motto is “reclaim your battery” so lets take a look at why it’s so special.
Like we mentioned above, there’s tons of different apps available to try and save battery life — especially at night. Today however the new Deep Sleep Battery Saver Pro is giving this an entirely new spin. Instead of just essentially killing your smartphone and night to conserve battery, this app will do everything the others do in a smarter fashion.
Most of these apps simply stop your device from vibrating from alerts, turning on the screen for notifications, and usually kill data or Wifi to preserve the battery life. Problem with that is you won’t get Gmail alerts, Facebook notifications, Twitter mentions or anything else for that matter. The phone is merely an alarm clock at that point. With Deep Sleep Battery Saver it does all of this, yet still finds time to occasionally wake up and pull that important information we all want.
“During deepsleep mode, Wifi, 3G are turned off, background apps are stopped. Therefore, most apps are not working, including Facebook, Google Service, etc,. It then constantly wakes up in order to download email, sync Facebook status, etc,. It’s defined by deepsleep frequency and woke up duration.”
The main sentence being “defined by deepsleep frequency and woke up duration.” Instead of completely killing all features and functions til say 6 AM, it will occasionally pull the phone out of sleep and wake up to check for emails, notifications, Facebook messages and more for you — then go back to sleep and save mode. For those that want total control they even offer Deep Sleep Battery Saver Pro where the user can define and set any and all parameters. Want to get important emails periodically in the night but not Facebook and Twitter, Pro will do exactly that. They offer 5 profiles on first install: Gentle, Balance, Strong, Aggressive, and Slumberer. Then it even features weekday and weekend profiles for those wanting a little leeway on the weekends.
More details, information, changelogs and both versions can be found over at XDA Developers.
[via AC Forums]
Parachute pants, big hair and pastel sport coats might not be the height of fashion these days, but ten years ago gamers were in the midst of a digital revival. Grand Theft Auto Vice City rode on the massive (and well-deserved) success of GTAIII with a fresh setting, a more character-driven story and a refined sandbox world that makes it a series favorite even today. Those who want to relive the glory days of the 1980s (and 2002) can download the game on Google Play for just five bucks.
Does Vice City live up to expectations? Well, yes and no. The technical aspects of the game, and Rockstar’s ambitious commitment to the sandbox style, haven’t aged well.
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Coming To Android, Nostalgic Rampages Scheduled For Fall
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Returns, Now With Play Store Asset Downloads
- Wholesale Destruction: Grand Theft Auto III On Sale For $1 (80% Off)
- Grand Theft Auto III On Sale For Only $0.99 Till May 28th, 80% Off Standard Price
Grand Theft Auto Vice City Review: A Classic Never Goes Out Of Style was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
We have survived the dreaded apocalypse for the time being, but the year’s end is right around the corner. As CES looms on the horizon, it’s nearly time to look ahead to an entirely fresh slate of new gadgetry. To usher in 2013 in proper fashion, our weekly takes a look back at the major happenings of 2012 along with insight from a few of our editors. But that’s not all. We also count down the top 10 CrapGadgets of the year and compile the best CE-Oh No He Didn’t mudslingin’ of the last 365 days. Eyes-On visually fondles the MakerBot Replicator 2, Recommended Reading gets Netflixed, and director / photographer Timothy Saccenti stops over for the Q&A. Jump down below to grab a copy of your very own, as a truckload of reminiscing is but a few clicks away.
With the biggest day of the year for Santa quickly approaching we might as well help him out a little. Let Santa make a few phone calls to our friends and family instead of flying everywhere. Just like last year Google’s launched their Send a call from Santa site for your enjoyment. We can send phone calls, emails, and even share the funny results right to Google+. More details below.
In the usual fashion Google is showing how awesome they are by adding to their holiday goods. Earlier this week we reported on their Santa Tracker app, and now they’ll let you make calls to friends and family with a unique yet personalized message right from Jolly St. Nick himself. At the end they’ll even let you call Santa personally and leave him a message. Fun!
It’s extremely simple and everything is neatly done with a few quick drop-down menus and commands. You can be as funny as you want, and Google handles everything. Simply go to www.sendacallfromsanta.com to get started. You’ll have to answer a few questions, agree to Santa’s terms since he has his own legal team, then in seconds you’ll be making a personalized message or custom tailored phone call from Santa himself.
Google’s integrated their growing social network Google+ this year, and just like years past we’re able to send a personalized call (US only it appears) to friends and family, send it as an email, or share the results to Google+. If you’d like to hear a sample, here’s what to expect. Google’s always doing fun and creative things and we’d recommend you give this a try. Enjoy!
Are you one of the lucky people out there sporting a brand new shiny and super amazing Samsung Galaxy Note II through T-Mobile? If you said yes, then you are in for a treat coming in just two days. That would be December 19th, it is Wednesday. Looks like the update will be landing in traditional fashion via an OTA and Samsung Kies. Kies might be a better option for some since OTA’s can take a few weeks to get to every device.
The improvement notes for the update isn’t extremely long, but does bring one great new feature to your device. You will finally get to have and use that super amazing Multi-Window Feature. If you are totally clueless on what that is, take a look at the video below.
You know you want it. So keep an eye open on the 19th for a OTA update to hit your notification section. If you hate to wait, then you might want to grab Kies now and get it ready for Wednesday, Now where the heck is the Premium Suite update for the Galaxy S III?
This year has seen many iconic events take place, most of which have been recorded by Google in its large database. And Google has now decided to share some of the finest moments of 2012 with a new app published by the company in the Google Play Store. The Zeitgeist 2012 Year In Review app shares some of the best memories of the year and has a video which is heart warming to say the least. The app basically is a one stop access to all the popular trends of the year, in almost every category.
The app gives top 10 lists in categories like fashion, sport, lifestyle, science with several sub categories inside each of them. We’ve seen several new changes this year, and it’s certainly a great way to recall all those memories with the tip of our fingers. There’s a global list of top 10 headlines and also an all American list. Either way, you will be treated to some neatly collected data which will take you down the memory lane.
Needless to say there’s a lot of Google related products in the technology category, mainly Nexus devices. The Nexus 7 brought forth a revolution of sorts in terms of Android tablets and completely changed the way people looked at tablets, so its entry is justified in every sense of the word. When you check out the pop culture category, there’s obviously PSY in the list (from the Gangnam Style fame). Users can also check out the most searched songs, the most searched celebrity breakups (yes, that too) along with trending people, trending TV Shows, trending movies, trending athletes and so on.
Now for some relevant information. Among the trending electronics of 2012, the iPad 3 was ranked first followed by the Galaxy S III and the iPad Mini. The Nexus 7 and the Note 2 took the fourth and fifth places respectively. When it comes to events, Hurricane Sandy was trending the most as it garnered the most eyeballs right before the presidential elections. Make sure to download the app on your Android smartphone and let us know what you think of it. And watch the video montage too. The app is a free download on the Play Store as with any Google app. The app requires your device to be running on Android 2.2 or up.
The new Samsung Galaxy Camera was recently launched through AT&T just last month. Coming in at an insane $500 price tag with or without a contract. Since carriers aren’t subsidizing prices on tablets anymore, it was expected that the camera wouldn’t get a price cut for a contract either.
Now the Galaxy Camera is getting ready to head to Verizon Wireless. Still sporting the 21x super long optical zoom, 23mm wide-angle lens 4.8-inch HD touch screen and Android Jelly Bean 4.1. Not to mention Wi-Fi and access to the Google Play Store. No doubt Verizon will add in a few of their very own apps to the device in true bloating up fashion. It will come equipment with access to Verizon’s super fast 4G LTE data connection as well. We are pretty sure we will see the same price tag with or without a contract that AT&T is offering up the device for. The page went live only for a short time an since has been taken down. As soon as we get more information such as price points and release date, we will let you all know.
Don’t forget, the developers already got this thing rooted, so clearing out that bloat is a pretty easy task. Samsung also released the source code for the AT&T version at least and the Verizon model should be soon to follow. Still, at $500 we can think of a few things we would rather pick up. Anyone out there entertaining the idea of the Samsung Galaxy Camera? If anyone out there already has one, what do you think of it?
SnapSeed has been one of the most popular mobile applications there is, and with Google’s purchase of the developers who makes it an Android release was only inevitable. We last caught wind of an Android version being in the works back in October when Vic Gundotra teased us with some photos taken from the Android version of the app, and now all of us can join in on the fun as SnapSeed is officially available in the Google Play Store.
The app — which, in typical Google fashion, is now free for all to use on any platform — puts a great deal of image filters and editing tools at your finger tips. It’s an “Instagram on steroids,” if you will. It’ll give you even more image editing freedom than Instagram.
For instance, instead of applying a general “high contrast” effect to a photo that may or may not be what you were looking for, SnapSeed will let you change the intensity of the contrast. Instead of defining one area of an image for a “blur” effect, SnapSeed will let you select the area of the image, the intensity of the blur and the size of the blur.
All of this is done with very intuitive controls so you’ll have a vast array of options without a daunting user experience. The best part of SnapSeed is that it allows you to share your creations with pretty much any app on your phone that allows photo sharing.
SnapSeed does have a bit of bias for Google+ and that’s understandable, but I could just as easily share my pictures to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or via age-old methods like MMS and email, if I wanted. Heck, even Instagram will accept the photo if that’s something I wanted to do. I could even just save the new version of the photo to my SD card for safe keeping if I decide I don’t want to share it with the world.
SnapSeed definitely isn’t the end all, be all of image editing — after all, Photoshop Touch gives users even more control. But when it comes to delivering a blissful, simple experience with a powerful set of tools and an interface that’s intuitive for mobile devices nothing beats SnapSeed. The fact that we won’t have to pay the $5 the app was previously being offered for is another big bonus that should have everyone wanting to download it. Find your download in the Google Play Store.
In the lead up to a decision on whether or not to seek an antitrust lawsuit against Google, chairman Eric Schmidt sat down with The Wall Street Jounral to discuss the current state of affairs at the internet giant. As can be expected, a good part of the conversation focused on Android, its partners, and the competition. Apple was a topic of discussion, and Schmidt put a new spin on the ongoing feud between the two companies.
The once Google CEO described the two as countries rather than the “teenage model of competition.” Apple and Google still conduct business with one another but understand they have disputes to work through. Apple might disagree with his assessment, as it continues to cut Google services from their iOS lineup and moves away from sourcing parts from Android partners such as Samsung.
Speaking of Samsung, Schmidt said he found it “curious” that Apple has chosen the indirect route, attacking the manufacturers of Android devices rather than Google directly. The statement came in typical Eric Schmidt fashion, giving us just enough to pique our interest but not diving much deeper.
The entire interview is worth a read and contains more comments on topics ranging from the acquisition of Motorola to Android fragmentation and app monetization. Head over to the source link below to check it out.
Samsung Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III owners looking for a colorful way to protect their device are in luck. Samsung is offering a bundle of Protective Flip Covers for the two devices. With the bundle, users get a bunch of colors at a discounted price.
Samsung is aiming this bundle at people who look at their smartphones as a fashion statement. With a multicolored bundle like this, users can have their phone match their wardrobe. Samsung is offering colors including titanium gray, marble white, light blue, pink, mint, lime green, and orange. That’s seven different colors to match whatever you are wearing.
The cover offers a one piece folding design with a glossy snap on the back and a front cover. The front cover keeps the screen safe and the back keeps the phone free of scratches and helps save the phone from drops. The covers also prevent fingerprints and dirt from getting on the device.
The Protective Flip Covers are designed specifically for the two Samsung smartphones to add as little bulk as possible. The covers sell for $39.99 each with a bundle of four different colors coming in at $99.99. For users who want a little less variety, two colors are available for $49.99. That price is the same on both the S III and Note II.
Google has just begun notifying customers on their Nexus 4 watch list that the handset will be back on sale today, November 27th, at 12:00 noon PST via the Google Play Store. For the East Coasters too lazy to do math (like me), that’s 3PM EST.
Here’s the pertinent text from the email:
“Nexus 4 will be available for purchase later today!
Order yours from Google Play starting today, November 27 at 12:00 noon PST (U.S. only).”
The Nexus 4 initially went on sale on November 13th and sold out in record fashion. The phone has been unavailable direct from Google since, though those willing to sign a wireless contract could pick up the device from T-Mobile. As the above email states, the newly available Nexus units are reserved for US customers only. Google has not announced any availability plans for other regions just yet.
Google’s handling of the Nexus 4 launch has left more than a few customers miffed. Hopefully a replenished stock will come with an improver customer service experience, but there are no guarantees. You will want to act fast if you plan on buying. There are still plenty out there just itching to get their hands on the flagship Android 4.2 device.
[Thanks to all who sent this in!]
Glu Mobile has just announced that Contract Killer Zombies 2 will be headed to the Google Play Store later this week. The sequel to the original (which, in turn, was originally a spin-off) will bring a lot of great new changes and features, including things like a survival mode, rankings tracking with leaderboards, multiple types of missions and more.
You assume the role of heroine Evelyn this time around, and you move her around from the third person perspective in an open world that’s yours for exploring. At your disposal are a number of weapons and combat skills to take on the many different zombified enemies who will be throwing themselves at you to find their next feast of brains with a side of blood.
In typical Glu Mobile fashion the game will feature what looks to be some pretty great graphics (well, for mobile standards anyway) so this will be one that many will want to check out. It’ll be free to download, but expect in-app purchases to entice you to use real currency to help you get the weapons and upgrades you need to help fight off the zombie apocalypse.
Unfortunately there’s no concrete date set just yet, but we’re told that “this week” is a definite goal so keep an eye out for it on the Google Play Store. In the meantime, be sure to watch a quick trailer above and check out the first game in this awesome new series to get an idea of what you’re in store for.
Does it get any more classic than this? Developer Loud Crow — which has brought the works of Sandra Boynton, Beatrix Potter and even Charles Schulz's Charlie Brown to Android — now has brought us the timeless kids book, "Goodnight Moon."
It's done in the usual Loud Crow fashion. The app can read the book aloud, word for word. Tap a word, and it's sounded out. Or you can choose to read to yourself. As you make your way through the story, you can use a magnifying glass to explore the great green room, and get a closer look at the telephone. And the red balloon. And the picture of the cow jumping over the moon. And there are plenty of animations to keep kids interested. Or, parents who love to reminisce.
If you still need more, in-app purchases will unlock letter and number features in the app. Be sure to take a look at the app after you buy it. It works fine on tablets, but not on my Nexus 4. We've got some demo video after the break.
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Skype quickly brought its Android app up to speed with a modern UI when Ice Cream Sandwich was released, but the app hasn’t been optimized for the bigger screens… until today. Skype 3.0 for Android introduces a tablet user interface for those of us who prefer to do our voicing, videoing, and chatting on a bigger device.
The scaled phone user interface worked quite fine for most, but there’s nothing like an app that makes proper use of all the screen real estate afforded by tablets. In traditional Skype fashion the UI is a cross breed between Android’s Holo UI and Skype’s own bluish style, and both come together to create a great looking and feeling experience.
Other changes include the ability to sign in with a Microsoft account. Since the tech giant now owns the IP communications company we expected some form of Microsoft integration to come along at some point. There’s also improved audio and a host of bug fixes that Skype unsurprisingly chose not to go into much detail about.
Go ahead and give it a shot on your tablet by downloading it from the Google Play Store. Skype has come a long way since the first version of its Android app was released and we’re happy to see its development team taking all facets of Android as serious as any developer should. Be sure to watch a quick video demo below.
Thanksgiving is a week away and as exciting as family and good eats may be, there’s nothing more appetizing than a good deal. Not too long ago we took a quick peek at Sprint’s Black Friday offerings and now it’s time to wrap things up. An anonymous source has served up the carrier’s remaining post-Turkey Day sales and it appears that the Now Network is having a Samsung blowout. Running November 23rd through 25th, Sprint will be offering the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Victory to new and eligible customers for free after a $50 mail-in rebate and two year service agreement. In typical holiday sale fashion, supplies are expected to be limited, so you’ll want to plan accordingly in order to cash in on this deal.
Sprint’s leaked Black Friday ad touts free Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Victory after $50 mail-in rebate originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Nov 2012 15:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Well it looks like that earlier leak of a T-Mobile Samsung device sale was spot on. For two days this weekend — November 16th and 17th — T-Mobile stores will be selling just about every Samsung device they offer for $0 on contract. In typical T-Mobile fashion, the savings come in the form of a mail-in rebate. So if you're looking to pick up a Samsung Galaxy SIII (S3) on a Classic Plan, you'll have to plop down the full $299 and wait for that rebate in the mail.
The biggest omission here is the Galaxy Note 2, which makes sense considering that it has just launched and T-Mobile's on-contract price is very expensive. They may not be willing to subsidize it this much quite yet. Regardless, a Galaxy S3 for $0 on-contract sounds like a great deal if you're in the market for one.
Source: T-Mobile Newsroom
Are all you devs out there looking for something to help occupy your time for the weekend? How about some good old fashion source code? Samsung has just loaded up another round of code for you code money’s to get your hands on. This time taking aim at a whole slew of devices. Seriously, the list is pretty impressive. Samsung seems to be keeping things updated and available for developers quite a bit more regularly than any one else. Check out the list.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 N8000
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 N8020 (LTE)
- Samsung Stratosphere II SCH-I415
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 SPH-P500
- Samsung Galaxy Camera EK-GC100
That is a lot of code to get your hands on. The most interesting one, in our opinion, is the Samsung Galaxy Camera. We figured they would release the source for it, but since the device is just freshly on the shelves in the U.K., we didn’t think it would be this soon. Wonder if some crazy coder will get CM 10 loaded to it just because. I am not even sure if it can handle it. Feel free to click on any of the links above to head straight to the device source you are interested in.
Today we heard some interesting news from the guys at Verizon Wireless. While network news and conference calls aren’t always that exciting, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo had a few comments regarding their ever expanding 4G LTE network. Today Verizon stated they expect their entire network to be fully 4G LTE compatible by mid 2013 — 6 months sooner than originally planned.
This is truly good news for the millions and millions of Verizon users that enjoy their nationwide 3G and 4G LTE network currently. The reason this is news is simply for the fact that Verizon already covers over 400 networks with 4G LTE, reaching over 250 million users. Compared to the competition they are miles ahead, and aren’t slowing down anytime soon.
With Verizon launching their first 4G LTE network just 22 months ago, it’s crazy to think they will have their entire network covered with the blazing fast data speeds by the middle of next year. Compare that 400 markets number with AT&T, who barely is getting close to 100, and then the Now Network that has a whole 20 or so — Verizon has an extremely large lead.
T-Mobile won’t even be launching their 4G LTE until early to mid next year, and Verizon will be completing theirs. Not to mention AT&T’s gaining traction, but Verizon will still have the biggest, largest, and now fastest network nationwide. I guess when Verizon said they’d roll out 4G LTE in a timely fashion, this is what they meant. For those considering a carrier switch Verizon will be looking even better in a couple of months.
- Verizon Rolls Out 4G LTE in New Cities This Week
- Verizon 4G LTE turns 1 year old today, teases Galaxy Nexus in press release
- Verizon 4G LTE hits 11 new cities today, available to over 200 million people
- Verizon 4G LTE hitting 46 new markets tomorrow, available in over 300 markets
- Verizon 4G LTE spectrum purchase approved by the FCC
- Verizon 4G LTE expands in 12 networks throughout the Midwest
In the usual BlendTec fashion today we have a treat for all of you happy tablet users. The folks from Will it Blend? have released an epic video showing off the Google Nexus 7 vs Apple’s iPad mini and the Kindle Fire HD. In their usual “comparison video” they show off just how well devices handle (or don’t handle) getting tossed into one of their popular blenders.
It’s all about the comparison right guys? I mean one might handle this better than the other, and thus sway your purchase decision right? I think my favorite part of the video is the beginning where he has to bust each tablet in half just to fit them inside the blender. I cringed during the Nexus 7 breakage, but rather enjoyed watching him smash the iPad mini — just like the Nexus 7 does.
I’m sure you’ve all seen this before so we’ll just skip the pleasantries, or unpleasantries and let you all enjoy the awesomeness that ensues in this video. We proudly present you the Will it Blend iPad mini and Nexus 7 edition — oh and that one Amazon tablet too. (Hint: They all lose!)
Smells like Google!
In the end what do you guys think. Who won this epic battle of the blenders? The fact that the Nexus 7 took more tries for the initial break gives it a W in my win-lose column, but I’m sure everyone has their own opinions here. Based off the ending it looks like the all lost this battle — just like my NFL Fantasy Football team this year. I’m a bit sad they ruined all these excellent tablets but what can you do?
The iPhone has become a fashion icon within the tech industry. Its simplistic design is what makes it so stylish. This smartphone is not the loud, in your face design begging for attention, rather, it’s the most admired piece of technology on the block that has a calm sense of self and exudes what it is to be fashionable without stating that it is. That’s why I tend to rock the naked iPhone … bare, vulnerable and exposed for its beauty.
Recently, I found an iPhone case worthy of protecting it while also showing off its own style. Created by Canadian brothers Joey and Josh Hundert, KnottyCase not only produces gorgeous hand-crafted, salvaged wood iPhone cases, but also uses sustainable practices to help give back what they use and then some.
The Hundert brothers started out making an all wood iPhone case, but quickly found that their bamboo, walnut and cherry offerings started to show design flaws in the expansion and contraction of the wood based on varying humidity. Luckily for us, they brought their manufacturing back to their home country and came up with a polymer and wood combination that offers the beauty of the wood as well as the strength and flexibility of polymer-based materials.
The salvaged wood comes from Northern California, which is also the home of the Redwood Forest. The brothers have partnered with Save The Redwoods League, who go out and replant Redwood groves to help offset the impact of the wood cases. (more…)
Finish reading “KnottyCase Produces Stylish iPhone Cases with Sustainable Practices” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.