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Internals of BlackBerry Z10 revealed

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BlackBerry has totally lost the market and the only hope for the company’s survival is BlackBerry 10 OS. BB10 seems to be very well designed and the company has concentrated more on touch screen rather than its traditional qwerty only interface.

We have two BlackBerry devices coming up, namely the BlackBerry X10 and BlackBerry Z10. Pictures of both the devices have been leaked and now pictures of BlackBerry Z10 have leaked again. The new leak pictures show not just the exterior of the BlackBerry, but even the interior, which makes it more believable. To start with, folks at BusinessInsiders have acquired two photos of the BlackBerry Z10 being compared to the iPhone 4S. According to their source, the build quality and excellent, which is expected from RIM, and the back cover apparently sports a nice rubbery feel.

The above video shows all the parts of upcoming BlackBerry Z10. The 4.3″ screen looks outstanding and according to the person, the redesigned AppWorld looks similar to Google’s Play Store. Folks at ETrade Supply, which supplies parts, have got their hands on parts for the BlackBerry X10 and BlackBerry Z10. Taking a look at the images of parts, they are in sync with previously leaked images, and it may be safe to conclude that the leaked images were indeed genuine. Each of the part is apparently available for sale, so if you can’t wait to lay your hands on the actual device, you can choose to buy parts instead!

Here are rumored specs and features of BlackBerry Z10:
• Processor: Dual Core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470・ Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 (US and Canada)
• Radio: Quad Band HSPA+ / UMTS (850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz) ・Quad Band GSM / GPRS (850/900/1800MHz) ・Quad Band LTE: Bands 2,4,5,13,17 (700, 850,1700, 1900MHz)
• Display: 4.2″・1280×768・356PPI ・24 Bit Color ・15:9
• Camera: 8MP Auto Focus ・2MP Front Facing ・Flash ・1080p Video Recording
• Memory: 2GB RAM ・16GB Internal Storage ・Hot Swappable microSD Slot
• WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n ・2.4/5GHz
• GPS: Autonomous ・A-GPS
• Battery: 1800mAh Removable
• Sensors: Ambient Light Detector ・Accelerometer ・Magnetometer ・Gyroscope ・Face Detect for phone calls
• Connectivity: NFC ・microUSB ・microHDMI-Out ・Bluetooth 4.0 LE

Looking at the above specs, it’s strikingly similar to what’s under the hood of Dev Alpha units which are in the hands of 7,000 lucky developers out there. Nevertheless, the above spec sheet should be still taken with a grain of salt since we don’t have any official confirmation. BlackBerry Z10 will be a full touch-screen device whereas the BlackBerry will have a QWERTY keypad and a 720 x 720 OLED touchscreen display.

The devices are going to be launched along with BlackBerry 10 operating system. RIM has definitely taken a note of things that they need to do in order to compete with other manufacturers. Another good thing about BB10 is that it takes less than a minute to boot up. The anticipation is high. What are your thoughts on this?

Source: GSMArena

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Top 3 Free Antivirus Apps for Android

Online security is one of the first things that should come to any person’s mind when they try to get to the Internet. There are a lot of threats out there today that it is always a priority to protect not only your data but your system as well. It used to be that computers, especially those running on the Windows platform, were being targeted by viruses, malware or Trojans. This has changed though with the popularity of smartphones that even Android device are now being targeted by malicious content.

Top 3 Free Antivirus Apps for Android

To protect your Android smartphone from viruses you will need an antivirus app installed to it. While there are paid versions available over at Google Play there are free versions that are great to use too.

AVG Antivirus Free

AVG is a popular antivirus software that started over at the Windows platform for PC’s. This software is now available for Android users to use for free to protect their devices. The same quality protection offered to PC users can now be availed by smartphone users. AVG Antivirus Free protects your device in real time from all known threats which includes viruses, malware, spyware and malicious apps. It also provides you with suggestions on various settings to make your device more secure. Aside from the security feature there’s also an anti-theft and phone locate feature.

avast! Mobile Security

From the makers of the popular PC security software comes avast! Mobile Security which provides your Android device with protection against any known threats. This highly recommended app scans your device in real time and alerts you of any threats. Any app that you install in your device is scanned first before it can even proceed. Aside from automatically scanning your system there’s also an on-demand scan featutre that’s useful when you want to run a full scan on your device.

Lookout Security & Antivirus

This simple to use app is recommended for people looking for a no nonsense protection for their smartphones or tablets. The free version offers you complete protection while a paid upgrade gives you additional features. Lookout Security & Antivirus is able to detect any threat to your device in real time and prevent it from wreaking havoc.  It is also able to block any unsafe website that you may visit.

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Android Central Stocking Stuffers final winners, including the Nexus 4 winners

Android CentralWe're wrapping up the huge Stocking Stuffers giveaways, and we've got the final list of winners to announce. That'd be 16 winners of $10 Google Play gift cards, one Stocking Stuffer Nexus 4 winner, and one person who wins a bonus Nexus 4 because we felt like giving a second one away.

We had a great time handing out all the goodies, and we want to take one more chance to tell you guys that you're pretty damn awesome. Without you guys and gals we wouldn't be the biggest and baddest Android blog on the planet. Above all, we're here to have fun and socialize with like-minded folks who love them some Android. 

Enough of the emotional stuff, let's get down to announcing some winners!

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Sony Xperia Z And ZL Smartphones Appear In Subtle Press Shots

 

It’s a new year so it’s officially time to see some new devices— and Sony has delivered by releasing some press shots of a few new additions to its Xperia line of smartphones. Thanks to a couple of listings on Sony Japan’s website, we finally have been treated to images of the Xperia Z “Yuga” and Xperia ZL “Odin” smartphones. While there are no concrete details of each device’s features, earlier rumors have indicated both will feature 5-inch 1080p LCD displays, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processors, 2 gigs of RAM and a 13-megapixel Exmor RS sensor on the rear. The main difference between the two? The Xperia ZL looks to be a bit smaller and more compact than the Xperia Z.

So now that the cat has been let out of the bag, it should be too long before we the devices in person at CES next week— which Talk Android will be at in full force by the way.

source: Engadget

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Sony Xperia Z And ZL Smartphones Appear In Subtle Press Shots

 

It’s a new year so it’s officially time to see some new devices— and Sony has delivered by releasing some press shots of a few new additions to its Xperia line of smartphones. Thanks to a couple of listings on Sony Japan’s website, we finally have been treated to images of the Xperia Z “Yuga” and Xperia ZL “Odin” smartphones. While there are no concrete details of each device’s features, earlier rumors have indicated both will feature 5-inch 1080p LCD displays, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processors, 2 gigs of RAM and a 13-megapixel Exmor RS sensor on the rear. The main difference between the two? The Xperia ZL looks to be a bit smaller and more compact than the Xperia Z.

So now that the cat has been let out of the bag, it should be too long before we the devices in person at CES next week— which Talk Android will be at in full force by the way.

source: Engadget

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Sony Xperia Z And ZL Smartphones Appear In Subtle Press Shots

 

It’s a new year so it’s officially time to see some new devices— and Sony has delivered by releasing some press shots of a few new additions to its Xperia line of smartphones. Thanks to a couple of listings on Sony Japan’s website, we finally have been treated to images of the Xperia Z “Yuga” and Xperia ZL “Odin” smartphones. While there are no concrete details of each device’s features, earlier rumors have indicated both will feature 5-inch 1080p LCD displays, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processors, 2 gigs of RAM and a 13-megapixel Exmor RS sensor on the rear. The main difference between the two? The Xperia ZL looks to be a bit smaller and more compact than the Xperia Z.

So now that the cat has been let out of the bag, it should be too long before we the devices in person at CES next week— which Talk Android will be at in full force by the way.

source: Engadget

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Sony Xperia Z And ZL Smartphones Appear In Subtle Press Shots

 

It’s a new year so it’s officially time to see some new devices— and Sony has delivered by releasing some press shots of a few new additions to its Xperia line of smartphones. Thanks to a couple of listings on Sony Japan’s website, we finally have been treated to images of the Xperia Z “Yuga” and Xperia ZL “Odin” smartphones. While there are no concrete details of each device’s features, earlier rumors have indicated both will feature 5-inch 1080p LCD displays, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processors, 2 gigs of RAM and a 13-megapixel Exmor RS sensor on the rear. The main difference between the two? The Xperia ZL looks to be a bit smaller and more compact than the Xperia Z.

So now that the cat has been let out of the bag, it should be too long before we the devices in person at CES next week— which Talk Android will be at in full force by the way.

source: Engadget

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Sony Xperia Z And ZL Smartphones Appear In Subtle Press Shots

 

It’s a new year so it’s officially time to see some new devices— and Sony has delivered by releasing some press shots of a few new additions to its Xperia line of smartphones. Thanks to a couple of listings on Sony Japan’s website, we finally have been treated to images of the Xperia Z “Yuga” and Xperia ZL “Odin” smartphones. While there are no concrete details of each device’s features, earlier rumors have indicated both will feature 5-inch 1080p LCD displays, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processors, 2 gigs of RAM and a 13-megapixel Exmor RS sensor on the rear. The main difference between the two? The Xperia ZL looks to be a bit smaller and more compact than the Xperia Z.

So now that the cat has been let out of the bag, it should be too long before we the devices in person at CES next week— which Talk Android will be at in full force by the way.

source: Engadget

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More Huawei Ascend D2 Images Leaked

Huawei’s new 5-inch 1080p smartphone called the Ascend D2 has been spotted in a new leak, following the one that appeared earlier this month. The new photos were seen on the Sina Weibo microblogging website.

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The photos show the front, rear, and side view of the a white smartphone as it is being handled by a person. As per the images, it has a clear layer of plastic over the white plastic rear casing, similar to the one found on the Meizu MX2. A layer of clear plastic also protects the on-screen buttons.

When compared to other recent smartphones from China like the ZTE Nubia Z5 and the ZTE Grand S, the Huawei Ascend D2 looks thicker, possibly because of its massive battery which has a capacity of 3000mAh. It had been previously observed by Shine Wong, writing for GizmoChina, that the handset resembles the Apple iPhone 5.

Purportedly, the Huawei Ascend D2 will boast of a 5-inch FHD touch screen display with a resolution of 1920 x1080 pixels. Said kind of display is also found on the ZTE Nubia Z5. Under the hood, it will come with a Hisilicon K3V2 quad-core processor working with 2GB of RAM. Its main camera packs a 13-megapixel image sensor. The smartphone will have Android 4.1 OS that is overlaid with some customizations from Huawei. Some of these customizations are visible on the leaked images. It is still unknown if Huawei is including a microSD card slot for memory expansion. Likewise, the storage capacities that the smartphone will offer are still a mystery. Rumors also suggest that Huawei will sell the device for RMB 3299 or roughly US$530.

The smartphone will be unveiled during CES 2013 in January. It will likely be showcased alongside the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate phablet, another 1080p device from the China-based electronics company.

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DoorBot brings a front door surveillance system to your smartphone and tablet [VIDEO]

The latest crowd-funded sensation isn’t on Kickstarter or even IndieGoGo, but on the less popular ChristieStreet. It goes by the name of DoorBot, and it could use a lot of help meeting its funding goal ahead of its cut-off date 25 days from now. DoorBot is a doorbell replacement that will put your old one to shame. Operated via battery, DoorBot is equipped with a camera, speakers and a microphone so you’ll be able to see your visitors and speak with them remotely using your smartphones and tablets.

The magic happens over WiFi — once the doorbell is pressed your phone will alert you and allow you to respond appropriately. You can see who it is and initiate voice right from your smartphone, or you can simply choose to ignore the bell (because, you know, people can be annoying at times). DoorBot doesn’t have to be on the same WiFi network as your devices, either, so you could be halfway across the country and still keep an eye out for door activity.

The DoorBot runs on AA batteries, but don’t fret too much about power consumption as the advanced doorbell is said to be able to run about one year before needing to exchange them. That’s not a bad yearly investment at all to keep this thing’s gears churning. And if you’re worried about the DoorBot being stolen, the company promises they’ll replace them free of charge should some sticky-handed bandit happens to run off with yours.

Taking things a step further, the DoorBot will be fully compatible with Lockitron, the remote door lock that’ll allow you to provide access to your house from afar. If someone’s at your door and needs to come in, but you aren’t home and you trust that person enough to let them inside, Lockitron makes it possible to grant access to that person with the touch of a button. Since the Lockitron is a physical lock replacement you’ll want to know that you’ll be paying quite a bit extra for both in the same package. Lockitron is an entirely different beast on its own that you’ll want to learn more about here.

ChristieStreet does things a bit differently than Kickstarter. Instead of different pledge levels with different rewards, you can either pay for the cost of the device and guarantee yourself a unit, or simply donate whatever amount you wish and leave with the satisfaction of knowing you’ve helped make it become reality.

This is certainly something we want to see in the marketplace so don’t be shy with the dollars if you’re interested. You can pledge to order one of these for $169, or get it coupled with the Lockitron for $319. Delivery is estimated to be July 2013, but only if funding is met. The project needs about $120,000 before it closes in 25 days so make no delay if you’re interested.

[Thanks Lee!]

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Our Google Play Gift Card giveaway continues today!

Android Central Stocking StuffersOh, my. So … full. Can't … hardly … type. But the giving must go on. We're marching toward the final round of our month-long (ish) Google Play Gift Card giveaway, in which we're giving 31 lucky winners $10 to spend on Android apps, movies, music, magazines or TV shows from Google Play.

Oh, and by the way — all 31 winners (one for each day in December) will be entered to win a shiny new Nexus 4, still in its box, sitting here on our desk. (In case you had any concern for our ability to snag what remains an unsnaggable device.)

So … for today's entries: Leave a comment on this post and tell us the top Android-related feature you're hoping for in 2013. One entry per person, yadda yadda yadda.

Good luck!

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Ring in 2013 with a new device from Sprint and Android Central!

Win a free Sprint phone for the new year! What better way to start a brand new year than with a brand new phone? We can't think of anything better, so we've gotten in cahoots with Sprint to give not one, not two, but SEVEN lucky readers a shiny new device.

Up for grabs we have:

Since these are Sprint devices, you'll need to be in the US to win, and the contest is for the device only which means you're on your own for service, accessories, and anything else your heart may desire. As with all of our contests, if you've won a device in the past year from us, you're not eligible to win one of these. Gotta share the goodies with your fellow Android family! Also, one entry per person please. If we catch you trying to be sneaky and entering more than once, you will be disqualified and put on the naughty list.

So, to enter, all you have to do is leave a comment below telling us which of these fine phones you would like and why. The contest will run until just after the new year, with the winners announced on the blogs as normal. Good luck everyone!

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XDA University Is Now Live

If you’ve ever wanted to learn about everything related to the Android OS then there is one place online where you can go to and that is the XDA University.  This is your one stop place to get resources for any topic ranging from rooting your device, creating custom ROMs, modifying your Android system and a whole lot more.

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Perhaps you want to change the UI of your smartphone, or want to change the default colors used. This is often hard for the ordinary person to achieve on a stock Android smartphone but with the correct knowledge it is actually quite easy.

XDA University is not just a place for experts but beginners as well. It is described as being a limited wiki and is crowd-source. The general public cannot however add or edit the content. The site currently has tons of useful content that is aimed at everyone at all expertise levels. There are guides available for flashing a ROM, creating themes and tweaking your system.

The aim of the site is to make learning about Android fun for everyone. As this new site progresses more content will be added.

As an Android user it is usually frustrating to get information on “How to Guide’s” of your specific model. Questions such as how do I root my device or how can I install a custom ROM are usually what come into mind first. Searching the Internet for useful guides can often be difficult since you really don’t know if the guide really works. With XDA University you can be assured that the guides are really working. It really is a one stop place where almost all of your questions can be answered regarding your platform.

If you are interested in Android development and don’t know where to start then I suggest checking out this site first.  It is brought to you by the same people behind the popular XDA-Developers.

Via XDA University

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Verizon Galaxy Note 2 developer edition confirmed by Samsung

We have seen plenty of complaining about the Verizon branding on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and well, it looks like Verizon is also going to be screwing with the developer edition of the phablet. But before we get ahead of ourselves, Samsung has confirmed the upcoming availability of a developer edition Galaxy Note 2 for Verizon Wireless.

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The handset will be available direct from Samsung and while we have yet to see a price or a release date — we suspect this one will cost a pretty penny. Just to make the comparison, Samsung is charging $599.99 for the developer edition of the 16GB Galaxy S3 and that handset sells for $199.99 with Verizon. In other words, expect this developer edition Galaxy Note 2 to fall somewhere close in price.

As of now we are seeing just the 16GB model in Titanium Gray. The handset has the same features as the regular model. You know, the 5.5-inch display, quad-core processor, microSD card slot, front and rear-facing camera and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. the key here, the developer edition model will ship with an unlocked bootloader.

Of course, if getting a Galaxy Note 2 with an unlocked bootloader was you main concern, we should remind you that a method to unlock recently came available. Granted, the currently available method is not super easy, but there are some decent directions available to get you through the process. Bottom line here, if you are the kind of person that wishes to have an unlocked bootloader then we suspect you are the kind of person that is willing and/or able to follow some directions to make that happen.

[via Samsung]

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Reminder: Cast Your Votes in the 2012 Android Central Community Awards!

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Quick reminder for everyone today, in case you missed the forums announcement opening up the 2012 Android Central Community Awards for voting!

We're running the awards right now through December 21st at noon EST. If you're a regular in our forums, you'll want to head over there right now and cast your votes.

There are 8 categories to submit your input on. All you need to do is enter the username of the member you think is most deserving, and tell us a little story on WHY the person should win. If you don't have a submission for a question, no worries, you can just skip that question. Easy stuff folks.

Take a minute and cast your votes!

Full details here…

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[Game Sale] Cut the Rope HD on sale Today

Cut the Rope HDJust a few days a we alerted you guys that Zeptolab‘s had placed Cut the Rope: Experiments HD on sale for just a buck. It obviously had a good effect for them as we can see a HUGE spike in sales. Being that this was the second edition of the game, we wondered why they didn’t offer the original Cut the Rope HD for a similar price tag. Apparently they have changed their minds because now the first version of the game is also on sale now for just a buck.

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Just like Experiments, you have to “cut the rope” in such a way that you snag up the stars and feed the monster. It is a great time waster and a makes a person use their brain a little. If you snagged up Experiments and want to also snag the first version in illustrious HD, then click or scan the QR code down below and have at it. If you missed snagging Cut the Rope: Experiments HD, it is still on sale too.

Happy Holidays.

Application: Cut the Rope HD
Developer: ZeptoLab
Cost: $0.99 on sale from $1.99

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New spam bot discovered on Android by Lookout, sending thousands of SMS without your Knowledge

Security AlertLooks like another wonderful and super talented person, or group of people, have yet again wasted their talents on infecting devices across the globe. We just received an alert that Lookout Mobile Security has located a spam bot and they are investigating it right now. The bot is called SpamSoldier and is out to piss off more than a few people this holiday season.

They say that SpamSoldier is primarily being spread by SMS and is landing on various people’s devices in typical fashion. They advertise for a free copy of a popular paid game, such as Need for Speed or Angry Birds Space. Once the users click on the link the device downloads a file, your installer opens and appears to let you install the game. Now you are pretty much hosed. After it installs itself, it gets to work sending out spam SMS. The trojan removes any icon of it being there from your device before you even knew it was installed. All the while, installing a free version of the game you thought you were getting.

Example messages -

  • “You’ve just won a $1000 Target gift card but only the 1st 1000 people who enter code 7777 at hxxp://holyoffers.com can claim it!”
  • “Download Grand Theft Auto 3 & Need for Speed Most Wanted for Android phones for free at hxxp://trendingoffers.com for next 24hrs only!”

I know it might be hard to not click on some amazing super offer that rolls through your device, but you should steer clear. I personally never open a text that doesn’t come from someone I know personally. Better to be safe than sorry.

To get a litter deeper on SpamSoldier, head over to Lookout Mobile’s blog. Be safe this holiday season and only get your apps directly from the Play Store or reputable locations.

Source: Lookout Mobile 

 

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Smartphones with a sense of smell? IBM’s bold technology predictions for the next 5 years

Each year IBM releases its “5 in 5″ list offering five technology predictions for the next five years. This year’s list focuses on the five senses and details one new technology for each. All suggest intriguing possibilities for the future of smartphones.

For smell, IBM predicts digital “noses” that can sniff out underlying medical conditions in a person’s breath. For sight, digital visioning enhancements could also have medical applications or be used to scan uploaded photographs for advertising purposes. For taste and hearing, technology could help craft foods that are maximize both nutrition and flavor or develop better hearing implants and predict the weather. Possibly most applicable to smartphones, advancements in touch screens might allow us to feel the textures we see.

An obvious use for something like touch is retail. Shoppers surfing Amazon would have a chance to actually feel the fabric of the clothes they are browsing. But the other predictions offer more outside of the box thinking.

With a digital nose, for instance, a smartphone could act as a fire alarm or carbon monoxide detector. Google could target advertising based on local scents. Is that the scent of delicious pizza wafting through the air? Here’s a Google Offer for a nearby slice shop. This, of course, is something that is likely much further down the road.

The combined digital senses could be used to aid in another IBM prediction from 2006, remote health care access. A patient could send samples and images direct from their phone to be used in crafting a diagnosis. But speaking of older predictions, it’s worth nothing that not all of IBMs guesses have panned out.

The first two 5-in-5 forecasts to pass their fifth year have been a little hit or miss. We do have access to technology like mobile wallets and advancements in driving like Google’s computer-driven cars, but we’ve missed out on the 3D internet and reliable real-time speech translation.

The beginnings of several of IBM’s predictions for this year already exist, but even with rapidly advancing computer and mobile tech it’s hard to imagine something like a smartphone display that can simulate textures on the fly arriving within the next five years. Still, it’s fun to imagine what the world will be like when such a technology inevitably debuts.

[IBM via Slate]

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Samsung Galaxy Note II: S-Pen Review [Part 1]

As you know, the S-Pen is one of the key features of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. I personally see the S-Pen features as the perfect fit for entrepreneurs out in the world. In most cases, entrepreneurs are constantly working and trying to get their business started up, and most entrepreneurs are always having good ideas. The S-Pen is an extremely handy tool for this type of person with them being so busy, as it is extremely easy to just pull the S-Pen out, jot down a note to think about at a later time, and then you won’t have to worry about forgetting the idea. This is just one of many ways that the S-Pen is extremely helpful with the Galaxy Note II specifically (if you didn’t know, the S-Pen is integrated in other Note products as well).

The S-Pen is an outstanding piece of hardware. It fits nicely in your hands, and really isn’t that large. It’s extremely easy to send text messages or emails with or more simply put: it’s extremely easy to write with in general. Consumers that are looking at the Galaxy Note II for writing down notes easily, looking for extra functionality in a smartphone or are just someone that wants to doodle in an app, the Galaxy Note II’s S-Pen features will fit perfectly. The S-Pen is very lightweight, it isn’t bulky and fits into the Note II’s S-Pen slot easily with little-to-no force needed. At first it seemed like a tool that I personally wouldn’t use a whole lot, but I find myself taking advantage of Samsung’s S-Pen apps a couple of times a day, specifically S Note.

The S-Pen isn’t “just” a stylus. It’s essentially its own piece of hardware integrated into Samsung’s Android-based TouchWiz interface. As a consumer, one may not think that the $299 (a good $699 or so depending if you’re going on a new contract or not) the Galaxy Note II currently costs is actually worth it. It’s okay to think that, as it is a subjective opinion, but people need to keep in mind that your getting a very large package for what you’re actually paying. The features that the S-Pen brings to the Galaxy Note II, to me, is worth a good $299 alone. The technology that is there is simply amazing, and the potential that developers have with the S-Pen SDK is even greater.

I do have a minor complaint about the S-Pen, but it’s really not about the S-Pen itself. It’s more of the fact that there does not seem to be a whole lot of developers on board with the idea of a S-Pen SDK, which is very unfortunate, as the S-Pen does have a lot of potential if developers got a hold of it. We may see some community-built S-Pen apps in the future, most likely when the price of the device itself goes down. For now though, I will keep an eye on S Suggest hoping a genius developer will come out of the woodwork with a great idea for the S-Pen.

Now, the question is: is the S-Pen worth the $299 or $699 that the consumer would pay for on the Galaxy Note II. That’s entirely up to the individual to decide. We all value different things differently. For me, the S-Pen alone was worth the price of the device, simply because of the potential that it has with the SDK and the apps that are already built-in with it.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II Camera Review

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The Galaxy Note II has surpassed my expectations on the quality of camera that would be offered in the device. It captures images of the highest quality, even in low-light situations. In example, our Christmas tree was recently put up. Just about all of the lights were off, and the tree really wasn’t generating a whole lot of light at all. I turned on the “Low-light” feature in the options and managed to take a picture like all of the lights in the room were suddenly turned on and focused around the tree. There are tons of different camera options to choose from, including what they call “smile detection.” When smile detection is on, the camera will automatically take a picture when it detects that the person in front of the camera has smiled. It’s just small little things like this that make the Galaxy Note II’s camera great.

Camera features were definitely not the first thing I checked out when I first managed to get the device. In fact, camera features were not a huge worry for me simply because I didn’t use it a whole lot on my Motorola Atrix II due to how terrible the quality was. I was used to using a bad camera on my phone, so it wasn’t a huge worry. Now that I’ve been able to experience all of the features that the Note II offers in its camera, I doubt I’ll be going back to any other device aside from anything in Samsung’s Note lineup.

Features like “best face” and “best photo” allow the user of the camera to take multiple images in a short span of time and then choose which image they see as the best shot. After choosing what image was the best shot, the Note II will delete all of the images that didn’t make the users approval. While I have seen all of the ads and videos that showcase the camera features on the Note II, I didn’t expect it to actually have such good facial detection due to ads tending to over exaggerate things.

The camera does have an 8-megapixel shooter, which actually takes some nice pictures that are nicer than my 8-megapixel shooter on the Atrix II. I’m no camera geek, but I tend to think that a lot of the image quality is on the software side of things instead of the hardware itself. Sure the hardware has a lot to deal with the image, but I’ve honestly never seen such a clear image on a smartphone before. The Note II surpasses all of my expectations in this area.

Now, if someone were looking for a smartphone that had a good camera, I’m not sure I would suggest the Note II to that person. The device sits at a $299 price tag and is loaded with all types of features that I’m sure not everyone would be interested in using (e.g. the numerous S-compatible apps). If I were to suggest a Note-like device for camera features, I’d point that person in the direction of the Galaxy S III. Yes, it has a lot of features the Note does, but isn’t as expensive, especially for someone looking to use their smartphone as their main camera device.

If you’ve got the money to throw out though, the Note II is something you don’t want to pass up.

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Are you having problems buying apps from the Play Store? [POLL]

Late last night, Gameloft released Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour for Android. All was well in the world… that is, until the highly anticipated first person shooting game was eventually pulled. Folks were experiencing download issues in the Play Store, apparently. It turns out most were met with error “941.”

Well, it looks like that problem might not have been exclusive to Gameloft. Nova Launcher’s developer reached out to us to let us know that users of his app have had trouble purchasing it, as well. He apparently received numerous emails from customers complaining about error 941 last night.

Despite initial errors it seems those downloads resumed early this morning without fail. Early indications are that the problem has been cleared up — the emails to Nova Launcher have subsided and I personally didn’t have a problem trying to purchase a paid app prior to writing this article — but we’re curious to know if a few of you experienced this with trying to download other paid apps in recent hours.

If error 941 was, in fact, the main cause for Gameloft’s Modern Combat 4 woes and the issue has been resolved on Google’s end then it’s possible we could see the title relaunched as early as today. In the meantime, though, we’re just interested in knowing how many of you might have experienced this problem, and if it’s still going on.

Be sure to leave a vote in the poll below, and comment with any more information you might have that could help us figure out just how widespread this issue turned out to be. Also, if you happen to be experiencing issues don’t forget to get in contact with Google using one of several options at their support site — no one wants to pay for something they can’t use, after all.

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[Deal Alert] 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD for $250

Those that may be holding off on a pretty sweet deal on the Kindle Fire HD may want to pull the trigger today. Today only, Amazon has the 8.9″ tablet as their ‘Deal of the Day.’ That deal will land you $50 off if you enter coupon code ‘FIREHD89′ at checkout to score the deal which will make the price of the 16GB version $250. The deal is limited to one per person and will be available through today, or until stock runs out whichever happens to come first. Anyone been holding off and possibly jumping on this deal? 

source:  Amazon

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[Deal Alert] 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD for $250

Those that may be holding off on a pretty sweet deal on the Kindle Fire HD may want to pull the trigger today. Today only, Amazon has the 8.9″ tablet as their ‘Deal of the Day.’ That deal will land you $50 off if you enter coupon code ‘FIREHD89′ at checkout to score the deal which will make the price of the 16GB version $250. The deal is limited to one per person and will be available through today, or until stock runs out whichever happens to come first. Anyone been holding off and possibly jumping on this deal? 

source:  Amazon

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Vic Gundotra ceased tweeting at request of boss, at least he still has Google+

After an arguably harmless tweet back in 2011, the higher-ups at Google weren’t feeling all the comfortable with Vic Gundotra’s use of the social media platform. So they asked him to stop. The tweet in question came shortly after details of a deal between Nokia and Microsoft started to surface and said simply, “Two turkeys do not make an eagle.”

Gundotra attempted to remain cryptic, but it was obvious what he was referencing. On the surface it doesn’t sound all that bad, but considering that the person posting the message was a high-ranking Google employee it’s a bit easier to understand why the bossman cracked down on Vic’s Twitter habits.

Lucky for him, Google launched their own social media platform shortly after Gundotra’s Twitter ban. He has grown to be somewhat of a Google+ ambassador and is quite active on the network. Without another incident since Turkeygate, it would also seem he has reigned in his use of social media to his boss’ liking.

[via Mashable]

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[Download] SwiftKey Flow Beta available for your testing, it is pretty Slick

The day that some have been waiting for is finally here. SwiftKey has made the first beta of the new Flow keyboard available for both phones and tablets. The new keyboard offers quite a bit more than one might expect. Some are calling it the first real competitor to Swype. That should tell you something right there.

One of the most attractive features is the ability to write entire sentences without lifting your finger off the keyboard. The predictive ability is the best I have seen on any keyboard. After only writing a few messages it was already telling me my next words and they were always right. Much like Swype, you can also still chicken peck your way through your messages too. In the settings you can set it up to learn messaging style through Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, RSS feeds and of course SMS. It even offers you stats to how much more efficient you are becoming with the software over a traditional keyboard.You really need to see the video and check it out in person to see how awesome it is.

Another slick option also offers up various themes for you to customize the keyboard look a little bit more to your liking. A total of 8 at the moment. If the whole Flow aspect isn’t to your liking, you can disable it in the settings and still utilize the keyboard as a normal.

    Are you ready to check it out for yourself and see how the new app is coming along? We bet you are. Flow is available for anyone to try out and use on any tablet of phone starting now. Remember though, this has been released as a beta so there might still be a few kinks to work out. Be sure to offer feedback and help solve any issues you run into.

Download – SwiftKey Flow for Phones Beta

Download – Swiftkey Flow for Tablets Beta 

More information about SwiftKey Flow can be found at their website HERE.

 

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Android fans turn #droidrage into #windowsrage

Ah, social media. When handled correctly, it can be a powerful and cheap marketing tool. When it goes wrong, it more often than not leads to the person or company responsible looking like a marketing tool. Such is the case with Microsoft and their who-thought-this-was-a-good-idea #droidrage Twitter campaign. As could be expected, things quickly went south when loyal Android fans flipped the script and created their own #windowsrage hashtag.

This is not the first time Microsoft has pushed the #droidrage tag, but we don’t remember it backfiring so hilariously. But is it really all that surprising? A quick search for either hashtag reveals gems like this:

I once thought about writing malware for a @windowsphone but then I thought, aren’t they suffering enough? #DroidRage#WindowsRage

— Mohammad Tarakiyee (@Tarakiyee) December 5, 2012

Normally we’d feel sorry for Microsoft, but they set themselves up for this one. #fail

[via Winsource]

 

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How to setup multiple user accounts on the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10

Android 4.2 brought Multiple user account support, which is a welcome addition. It’s only available on tablets since they are more likely to be used by more than one person in the household. This means yourself, your wife, your son, and your daughter can all use the same tablet and keep their own settings and app data. You can even set a pin or pattern to individual lockscreens to ensure privacy. For starters, this is only available on the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, so if you own one, you will want to most likely utilize this feature. In a matter of minutes, you can get everyone up and running. Hit the break for a video highlighting the few simple steps.

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GiftShopper 2.0 – passcode lock, events, iPhone 5 support and more

GiftShopper  
Developer: Karoly Nyisztor  
Price: $0.99   Download

The Gamma Project team today is pleased to announce a major update for GiftShopper. With GiftShopper you can easily record your gift ideas and track your holiday spending. If you plan on setting out to do some serious Christmas shopping, there will be plenty of stores to greet you with deals galore. With GiftShopper you can easily record your gift ideas and track your holiday spending. Shop around, take photos of potential gifts and save your ideas within the app for reference later.

GiftShopper automatically tracks your purchases and ensures that you stay within your gift giving budget. You will never forget a person or a gift again. With a clean user interface, the app makes it really easy to manage your gift giving needs. GiftShopper requires no instructions for use – all operations are intuitive and trouble-.

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Finish reading “GiftShopper 2.0 – passcode lock, events, iPhone 5 support and more” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.

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How to setup multiple user accounts on the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10

Android 4.2 brought Multiple user account support, which is a welcome addition. It’s only available on tablets since they are more likely to be used by more than one person in the household. This means yourself, your wife, your son, and your daughter can all use the same tablet and keep their own settings and app data. You can even set a pin or pattern to individual lockscreens to ensure privacy. For starters, this is only available on the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, so if you own one, you will want to most likely utilize this feature. In a matter of minutes, you can get everyone up and running. Hit the break for a video highlighting the few simple steps.

Click here to view the embedded video.

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T-Mobile Launches “Unlimited Cheer” Promotion

Users who are on T-Mobile’s network are in for a treat, that is, if you’re wanting one of the new Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphones. T-Mobile has announced an awesome promotion that is sure to appeal to a lot of T-Mobile users. The carrier is offering their “Unlimited Cheer” promotion, which is a contest where winner will get themselves a free Galaxy Note II. It’s fairly simple to enter into the contest as well. All you have to do is follow T-Mobile on Twitter or Foursquare. Then, you have to pay attention as to where T-Mobile checks in and then be the first person to check in at whatever store they check in at. Fairly straight forward and simple, I’d say.

This contest or “promotion” starts today and then lasts until Thursday, December 29th at 11:59pm. If you’d like a bit more information as to what you’re getting into, be sure to check out T-Mobile’s Facebook page where they have multiple posts and links regarding the contest details.

Now if only we could get AT&T and Verizon to offer some simple yet amazing promotions like this. First we had T-Mobile’s 12 Days of Value, and now this! Makes you wonder what else they have in store for their customers/potential customers.

Are you going to try and participate in the contest and win yourself a Samsung Galaxy Note II? Do you have T-Mobile in your area where you could actually use the device? Make sure to let us know in the comments below!

source: Talk Android

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