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A first look at Blitz Brigade – an upcoming multi-player shooter from Gameloft

This one's not for the kids — Blitz Brigade is set in WWII, and is a team-based multiplayer shooter (it reminds me of Battlefield Heros) with plenty of action, and plenty of graphic imagery. We don't know much more than that, only that it's coming to Android and iOS soon. 

From the trailer, it looks like it will offer plenty of fun and plenty of blood, which should make it a hit. We'll know more when Gameloft shares a little. Until then, check out the video and imagine this one on your Android tablet.

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NVIDIA Shield to challenge OUYA for Android console dominance

While NVIDIA GRID was big and the Tegra 4 was even bigger, NVIDIA has just surprised us all with the announcement of NVIDIA Shield. What is NVIDIA Shield you ask? It’s a new Android console from the company, and it will be one of the first devices to showcase the power of the all new Tegra 4.

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That by itself is pretty exciting, but there’s plenty more to get excited about. The image above may not look like anything special – truthfully the Shield looks an awful lot like a MOGA controller with a smartphone attached – but there’s more than enough here to get the mobile gaming enthusiast salivating. For starters, you know how you’re always craving a vanilla Android experience? You’ll find exactly that in the NVIDIA Shield.

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You’re also getting a console-grade controller, complete with face buttons, bumpers, analog sticks, and a d-pad. The face buttons in the middle of the console feature familiar Android system buttons, including back and home. The Shield is also outfitted with a dedicated Jawbone and speakers right on the controller. Finally, we’ve got a 5-inch, 1080p display attached to the controller (along with mini HDMI, USB, microSD, and a headphone jack), so you know gaming is going to be pretty awesome on it.

Not only does this run on Android, but it’s also connected to the cloud, making it a prime candidate for NVIDIA GRID, the new streaming service we just told you about. It’s certainly been an exciting night for NVIDIA fans, and you can bet we’ll be putting the NVIDIA Shield through its paces just as soon as we can. Keep it tuned here to Android Community for much more from CES 2013!

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NVIDIA GRID sets its sights on cloud gaming market

NVIDIA‘s biggest announcement of the night is arguably the reveal of the Tegra 4, but the announcement of NVIDIA GRID is definitely giving the Tegra 4 a run for its money. NVIDIA GRID marks the company’s entrance into the cloud gaming market, and though we often associate PCs with cloud gaming services, this is also a big announcement for those playing on tablets and smartphones.

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Of course, plenty of companies have failed or otherwise seem to have plateaued where NVIDIA is looking to conquer, so the company definitely has its work cut out for it. NVIDIA apparently has the power to succeed where others couldn’t, as it will be using 20 GRID servers per rack, along with 240 of its famous GPUs, which are working at 200 TFLOPS. To give you an idea of how powerful that will be, that’s equivalent to about 700 Xbox 360s.

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Seven years after the fact, the Xbox 360 can hardly be considered a super-powerful machine, but if you combine 700 of them, you’re definitely working with a lot of power. The result is what NVIDIA is calling “revolutionary cloud-gaming architecture,” and it should allow users to stream games with all of the graphics eye candy turned up to the max. That will certainly come in handy if you want to play the latest PC games but don’t have a rig that can handle max settings.

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If course, it also means good things for tablets and smartphones, all of which would probably melt if they attempted to run current PC games at max settings. Essentially, any Internet -device should be able to stream games using NVIDIA GRID, which is certainly an exciting prospect indeed. Keep it tuned here to Android Community for much more from CES 2013!

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Falcon Pro Updated To Version 1.5 With Light Theme, Multi-Window Support For Galaxy Devices, Various Enhancements

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Falcon Pro, the beautiful Twitter client born of Joaquim Verges’ Falcon Widget, got an update today, bringing the app to version 1.5. Besides the usual bug fixes, this update brings several big enhancements, not the least of which being a completely new, completely appealing “light theme,” which will switch your Twitter experience to a pleasing holo light look.

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Besides that, the update brings multi-window support for capable Samsung Galaxy devices, and a new retweet interface with “retweet,” “quote,” and “via” options. Also making the list is a faster, “more stable” image upload, an enhanced double-tap action, and plenty of other fixes.

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Falcon Pro Updated To Version 1.5 With Light Theme, Multi-Window Support For Galaxy Devices, Various Enhancements was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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comScore releases November 2012 market share for US smartphones

 

It’s always fun to look back at a previous year and see what kinds of smartphones were the most popular. comScore has released their data about popular smartphone platforms from a three-month period ending in November of 2012, studying about 30,000 phones. There’s plenty of interesting information, but it’s mostly what we’ve expected. Samsung and Apple continue to dominate smartphone sales, with LG, Motorola, and HTC rounding out the top 5. (Sony is apparently not faring as well in the States.) Both Samsung and Apple are still growing over this three-month period, with Samsung starting with 25.7% and ending with 26.9%, and Apple starting and ending with 17.1% and 18.5%. LG actually started off this period with 18.2% but slipped to 17.5%, giving Apple the number 2 spot. Motorola fell about 0.8% to 10.4% and HTC fell 0.4% to 5.9%, but neither moved up or down the charts. None of the percentages are drastic, but it just backs up what we already know and expect from the smartphone market.

Android still powers over half of the 123.3 million phones in the US, and grew from 52.6% to 53.7%, and Apple’s iOS claims about 30%. Neither Android or iOS fell in market share; their positive growth came from eating up what’s left of RIM, Microsoft, and Symbian software. It’s not good news for Microsoft’s new Windows 8, but I don’t think any of us were too worried about those tiles messing up our little green friend, were we?

There’s also a third chart that shows what people do with their phones, which surprised me a bit to learn that only 28% of people use their phone to listen to music. Hit the source below if you want to get into more of the nitty-gritty statistics.

source: comScore

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The week in international Android news – Jan. 5

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Happy New Year! CES is literally days away from us now, and with Alex en-route to Las Vegas as we speak, it falls to me to round up the weeks international Android news. CES leaks and rumors have dominated the headlines as we might expect since we returned from the holiday break, but there's been plenty to talk about since our last international round up.

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comScore releases November 2012 market share for US smartphones

 

It’s always fun to look back at a previous year and see what kinds of smartphones were the most popular. comScore has released their data about popular smartphone platforms from a three-month period ending in November of 2012, studying about 30,000 phones. There’s plenty of interesting information, but it’s mostly what we’ve expected. Samsung and Apple continue to dominate smartphone sales, with LG, Motorola, and HTC rounding out the top 5. (Sony is apparently not faring as well in the States.) Both Samsung and Apple are still growing over this three-month period, with Samsung starting with 25.7% and ending with 26.9%, and Apple starting and ending with 17.1% and 18.5%. LG actually started off this period with 18.2% but slipped to 17.5%, giving Apple the number 2 spot. Motorola fell about 0.8% to 10.4% and HTC fell 0.4% to 5.9%, but neither moved up or down the charts. None of the percentages are drastic, but it just backs up what we already know and expect from the smartphone market.

Android still powers over half of the 123.3 million phones in the US, and grew from 52.6% to 53.7%, and Apple’s iOS claims about 30%. Neither Android or iOS fell in market share; their positive growth came from eating up what’s left of RIM, Microsoft, and Symbian software. It’s not good news for Microsoft’s new Windows 8, but I don’t think any of us were too worried about those tiles messing up our little green friend, were we?

There’s also a third chart that shows what people do with their phones, which surprised me a bit to learn that only 28% of people use their phone to listen to music. Hit the source below if you want to get into more of the nitty-gritty statistics.

source: comScore

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comScore releases November 2012 market share for US smartphones

 

It’s always fun to look back at a previous year and see what kinds of smartphones were the most popular. comScore has released their data about popular smartphone platforms from a three-month period ending in November of 2012, studying about 30,000 phones. There’s plenty of interesting information, but it’s mostly what we’ve expected. Samsung and Apple continue to dominate smartphone sales, with LG, Motorola, and HTC rounding out the top 5. (Sony is apparently not faring as well in the States.) Both Samsung and Apple are still growing over this three-month period, with Samsung starting with 25.7% and ending with 26.9%, and Apple starting and ending with 17.1% and 18.5%. LG actually started off this period with 18.2% but slipped to 17.5%, giving Apple the number 2 spot. Motorola fell about 0.8% to 10.4% and HTC fell 0.4% to 5.9%, but neither moved up or down the charts. None of the percentages are drastic, but it just backs up what we already know and expect from the smartphone market.

Android still powers over half of the 123.3 million phones in the US, and grew from 52.6% to 53.7%, and Apple’s iOS claims about 30%. Neither Android or iOS fell in market share; their positive growth came from eating up what’s left of RIM, Microsoft, and Symbian software. It’s not good news for Microsoft’s new Windows 8, but I don’t think any of us were too worried about those tiles messing up our little green friend, were we?

There’s also a third chart that shows what people do with their phones, which surprised me a bit to learn that only 28% of people use their phone to listen to music. Hit the source below if you want to get into more of the nitty-gritty statistics.

source: comScore

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More Sony Xperia Z leaks show off an apparent promo video confirming full HD display

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Sony device leaks are nothing new, and indeed we've recently seen plenty of the forthcoming Xperia Z. The device, known as Yuga for some time, is expected to be unveiled officially next week during Sony's CES press event in Las Vegas. We've already seen some leaked photos of the device, swiftly followed by leaked press renders. Now, we're treated to a series of slides obtained by ePrice that appear to be from some form of promo video. 

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We're expecting from the leaks and rumors seen thus far that the Xperia Z will be a 5 inch, 1080p device. What we're seeing here most definitely backs that up — well, the 1080p part at least. Other slides make mention of the "skeleton frame structure" giving a good look at the sides and back of the device. In short — it looks nice. It looks really nice. 

The 13MP Exmor RS camera is also mentioned, and it looks to have fast capture and HDR on board for videos as well as pictures. And, like some of Sony's 2012 Xperia devices, the Xperia Z is also water resistant. 

We've got a pretty good picture by now of what the Xperia Z is all about, but needless to say, Android Central will be live from Sony's press conference to bring it all to you as it happens. 

Source: ePrice via Xperia Blog

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SuperTooth HD-Voice in-car and Disco Twin Bluetooth speakers announced

It seems to reason that we are going to see plenty of Bluetooth accessories at CES. These will include the basics, such as speakers — both for in-car use and also for use around the house. And well, it looks like SuperTooth has come forward ahead of CES with an announcement for the HD-Voice and the Disco Twin speakers.

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Beginning with details on the HD-Voice, this one is deigned for in-car use. The HD-Voice will be priced at $89 and bring features to include a pair of speakers and also a pair of microphones. Additionally, the HD-Voice will have support for 12 languages which really just means that you will be able to hear the voice feedback for items such as caller announcements, battery status, connection status and GPS instructions in the language of your choosing.

Moving over to the Disco Twin and we find a pair of Bluetooth speakers. These will be selling (as a pair) for $199 and with 16 watts of RMS audio power per speaker for a total of 32 watts combined. These speakers will each have a double speaker set-up in the front as well as a bass reflex system in the back. According to the folks at SuperTooth, the Disco Twin speakers will have enough juice to power up to 10 hours of “moderately played tunes” or up to 3 to 4 hours of continuous playback.

That all being said, while SuperTooth has been pretty forthcoming in terms of specs and pricing, they have yet to mention anything in terms of a release date. Of course, maybe they are holding that bit for CES. After all, SuperTooth will be displaying these new speakers along with their previously announced models such as the Melody headphones, the Disco 2 and Disco.

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[Video] The Verge Gets First Hands-on with Ubuntu Prototype Phone

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This week, the announcement of the Ubuntu mobile OS caused quite a stir in the community. Last year we heard rumors that we might start seeing some phones running Ubuntu, and what better time than the second day of the year to unveil that mobile OS. We are not supposed to see Ubuntu running on any phones until next year, but it seems that The Verge got their hands on a prototype phone running the new Linux based OS.

The 20-minute keynote video that came out on Wednesday, showed off the many Ubuntu like features that we have seen in the desktop OS, on the mobile platform. It all ran silky smooth, but we did not see it running on an actual device. The video below shows the new OS on a mobile device and let’s face….it has its lagging issues. I know it just a prototype, but Ubuntu has plenty of work to do this year getting their OS to run as buttery smooth as Jelly Bean or even iOS. We have also been told that Galaxy Nexus users will soon be able to flash Ubuntu onto their phones, so I am sure their are many users out there that will be anxious to give the new OS a spin.

Check out the video below and let us know what you think.

Source: The Verge

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BEST DEALS: Nexus 4, 1GB data and unlimited calls/texts for £29 a month

Online phone specialist Mobiles.co.uk has plenty of Nexus 4 phones in stock, and has removed the upfront phone cost from a few of its deals. There’s now a very useful Nexus 4 contract available for “free” including unlimited calls and text messages alongside 1GB of mobile data, which could be yours for £29 a month.

Ideal for people who don’t stop talking.

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We’re still annoyed by LG and Google’s continued inability to stock the Nexus 4, so have decided to SNUB it in favour of something else. Not sure what yet.

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Mobiles.co.uk is also offering the Galaxy S III Mini for a rather insane £17 a month, although that’s a pretty poor SIM you get bundled with it. This one’s only of use if you already have a decent SIM to stick in it once it’s arrived.

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Hyundai adds Google Maps and Voice Search to BlueLink car options

It looks like auto makers are finally starting to truly come around and use our favorite mobile technology. The features provided stock on vehicles hasn’t moved quite as fast as many expected, but many are now starting to get with the times. From NFC capable door locks, to Google Maps integration drivings about to get a lot easier. Especially in a Hyundai.

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Earlier today we reported that Kia has partnered with Google for their Google Maps, which will also add Google Places to their in-dash displays for plenty of useful information. Just a few hours later and now we’re seeing a similar report from Hyundai. Today they’ve just announced their BlueLink services have been integrated with Google Maps, and Google Voice Search.

Now we’re not expecting any Android 4.1 Jelly Bean like search functions, although that would be awesome, but Hyundai’s upcoming vehicles will surely enhance in-vehicle search options. As well as mapping and navigation features. Then Hyundai will also take advantage of the “send to car” feature so you can map it on your smartphone or computer, and send it to your car while planning a trip or vacation. Awesome!

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Hyundai and Google’s partnership will feature Voice Search, Google Maps, Send to Car, and point of interest. They don’t specifically mention Google Places (like Kia) but most likely that will be integrated into the entire Google Maps platform. Now that Google’s opened up their API we expect to see plenty of news like this in the future. CES should be fun. Obviously BlueLink features hands free, audio streaming, and everything else we’ve been enjoying in our loaded vehicles as of late.

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Engadget’s CES 2013 Preview: Smartphones

With CES looming like an electrically charged storm of news and announcements, it’s time for us to give you our best bets on what you’ll see come January. During the month of December, we’ll bring you a series of CES preview posts, forecasting what you can expect when the news deluge begins. For more of what’s to come, check out our hub.

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It goes without saying that smartphones are now an integral part of the consumer electronics industry, and each January plenty of them are exhibited at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. While many companies are understandably silent about their plans for the massive trade show, we’ve been able to gather a pretty solid idea of what we can expect to see as the show descends upon us. Join us after the break as we tell you what types of products will delight or depress us at next month’s event.

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Happy New Year from Android Community!

We wanted to take a quick moment and drop a hello to everyone this fine Tuesday afternoon. This Tuesday being the first of many fun Android days of 2013. It’s all over folks! 2012 is all over. We hope all of our friends, readers, and partners had an excellent, safe, and fun filled New Years Eve this year.

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Happy New Year!!!! Android in 2013 will be extremely exciting. We’ve been taking the past few days to reflect on Android as a whole over the past year. That goes from smartphones, tablets, apps, rumors, predictions and everything else in between. While I’m sure many of you are nursing hangovers, cleaning up party favors, or hanging out with friends and family enjoying a nice lunch we wanted to ring in the new year with a few quick posts.

As mentioned above, we’ve taken the past few days to look back at everything 2012 had to offer in the world of Android. So here we wanted to share in one post a few of our round-ups for you all to enjoy. We’ll start with our Android in 2013: Expectations and Predictions. It’s a good read where we wrap up 2012 and discuss many of the things we’re hoping for, and expecting to see from Google and everyone else next year. Then we took a moment to reflect on Android the OS, and where it’s headed as 2013 hits full stride.

In 2012 we had over 80 Android device reviews, almost 100 hands-on videos, and plenty of app reviews in between. For a quick look at tons of links, coverage, and our wrap up check out our Android Community Reviews Rundown for 2012. We also focused on Android apps and took a look at the state of Android apps in 2012. Then last but not least, we couldn’t think of a better way to ring in the new year then to wrap up some of the top game changing Android devices of the year. We hope you enjoyed our coverage from 2012 and look forward to serving you here again throughout 2013.

The Android Community team will be enjoying the rest of the day to spend with our friends and family, and we hope you all do the same. Don’t worry though. We’ll be back strong tomorrow as we get ready for CES 2013 taking off starting Sunday. Get excited!

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Falcon Pro Twitter update adds YouTube, mute, and spam options

The new to the scene and already extremely popular Twitter client for Android Falcon Pro received an awesome update just before the new year hit. If you haven’t tried out this increasingly popular Twitter app yet, now would be a great time to check it out. With YouTube API support, full mute features and more read on to find out all the details.

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Falcon Pro has been receiving updates and developer support at a very rapid pace, and we have a feeling that will continue deep into 2013. We know there’s tons of Twitter apps, but this is one of the better options. Earlier this month they updated the app with tons of improvements to speed and mainly bug fixes, but today’s update is bringing plenty of new features.

Today’s update added tons of features that weren’t “needed” but surely continue to make this one of the better Twitter clients on Android. We now have YouTube API support, they’ve added options to mute those obnoxious #Bieber tweets, or anything else for that matter. Double-tap featured are here, and even a log-out button. Since that was missing originally for some reason. Here’s the full rundown:

- Added YouTube api integration
- Added option to Enable double tap on tweets
- Added logout button
- Added hide keyboard on RT
- Added report for SPAM
- Added mute management from settings
- Added hashtag auto fill when searching for tweets
- Added slider for refresh rates
- New “More Actions” dialog design
- Enhanced conversation view with private accounts
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Not only do we have better mute options, but there’s full management of said feature from settings. Being able to report spam was also a much requested feature we’re happy to announce is now here. Slider refresh rates just adds polish to the user interface, and we’re expecting much more to arrive soon. You can even vote on what features you want next by heading here and voicing your opinion. It’s 2013 folks, try something new!

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Gumtree Android app now available

After struggling on with a mobile web site for the last couple of years, used stuff selling portal Gumtree has finally put together a full mobile app. The Android Gumtree app lets you set your location from its main page, which is a good start, then offers a simple ICS-style tabbed layout complete with very stylish item listings and your usual Android sharing options.

It’s pretty sweet.

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And there it is. Plenty of fun to be had in the local area for all. Check out the Android Gumtree app here. It’s free.

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Sega's Sonic Jump now on Android

After a brief and slightly annoying period of exclusivity on iOS, Sega’s Sonic Jump has now appeared on the Play Store. It’s nothing amazingly exciting, though, offering Android users an updated take on the non-stop-bouncy-bouncy genre of game, where the famous blue hedgehog springs up scrolling levels toward an end goal.

It’s a bit like plenty of other games we’ve seen over the years, but has Sonic in it so we’re a bit excited. It may end up being a Christmas-present-to-self in a few days time. Here it is:

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That’s Knuckles. Wonder if Cream The Rabbit is in it? Sonic Jump is a paid release costing £1.46 from Google Play right here.

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Huawei Ascend Mate and Ascend D2 press details leak

Huawei isn’t doing too good of a job keeping their plans for CES 2013 a secret. We’ve seen multiple leaks all of types of their upcoming smartphone and tablet plans. This year they have an impressive Huawei Ascend Mate 6.1-inch phablet in the works, as well as a 5-inch 1080p full HD Ascend D2 to replace the original. Today both devices have leaked yet again in a series of press materials.

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We already know plenty about both these devices, as they’ve leaked multiple times in benchmarks as well as the actual devices themselves. For full details on both upcoming android 4.1 Jelly Bean smartphones hit the links below. The image you see above is a press render for their quad-core 6.1-inch 1080p Ascend Mate smartphone that looks to rival the Note II. With a huge display, thin bezel, and a 4,000 mAh battery we’re expecting good things from that device.

Then as you see below, is another look at the Huawei Ascend D2. The original Ascend D Quad (we reviewed) was quite the smartphone, and they look to improve on it with the D2. Offering a 5-inch 1920 x 1080p full HD display, 1.8 GHz quad-core power, 2GB of RAM, and a 3,800 mAh battery for hours of usage. This device leaked earlier last week too, but this appears to be the official press image they’ll be tossing around in a few weeks for CES.

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Huawei hasn’t been very shy about their plans for early 2013. They’ll be bringing 1080p HD smartphones with quad-core processors and awesome batter life to market to rival their competition. Mainly being Samsung and ZTE in their respective home country. Huawei’s top end devices still haven’t made it to the US as of late, but eventually that might change. We’ll be sure and get hands-on video of both these smartphones at CES in early January so stay tuned.

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Android Community Weekly: End of 2012 Edition

Welcome to the latest round of the Android Community Weekly. The last edition ever… in 2012. This was an amazing year for the Android world at large, the Android community, and us here at Android Community. We’ll be bringing plenty of stories wrapping up the year tomorrow, but for now lets rundown everything that happened this holiday weekend in the news.

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We want to start by thanking everyone that made this year awesome, and possible. From the manufacturers, the PR companies, the wireless carriers, and of course you — the readers! Then by saying Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year — Ya filthy animal (name the movie). We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe New Years Eve. Now lets talk Android. This week was exciting for many Motorola owners, gamers, and Samsung Galaxy Note users. We’ll start with the OUYA, their developer kit game console shipped this week, and we’re expecting great things from OUYA in 2013.

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Motorola and Verizon issued the update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for their highly popular original DROID RAZR and RAZR MAXX, which made tons of people happy, and reports surfaced of a RAZR M HD for early next year. That was an awesome budget phone and a 4.5-inch variant would be a hot seller. Speaking of the M, we reviewed the Motorola Electrify M for US Cellular, so check that out by clicking here.

Samsung as usual had a fun week. We’ll try to keep their news to a minimum since it comes in bunches, but we saw some interesting Galaxy S IV stuff — albeit fake. A concept video based off of early design drafts was leaked, and looks rather interesting for the 4.99-inch 1080p quad-core superphone. We can’t wait to see it next year around March or April. Then Samsung confirmed the original Galaxy Note will receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and multi-window updates soon.

Speed round. Google Music received music scan and match features, but was cutting out explicit songs and naughty words, and here’s a fix for that. Hyundai wants to replace our car keys with NFC smartphones, and an impressive new 3rd party keyboard called the Kii Keyboard was released — and is rather nice. Last but not least Huawei’s 6.1-inch 1080p Ascend Mate leaked a few times, and we’ll be seeing more of that flagship next week for CES.

Have a Happy New Year!!! Then stay tuned because starting next Sunday CES 2013 will be in full stride with plenty of Android news.

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Videocon launches 10.1-inch Jelly Bean tablet for $205

Cheap tablets are slowly becoming more and more popular. With Google’s Nexus 7 hitting the premium side of things at $199 many have been trying to match it. How about a 10-inch dual-core tablet that’s powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean all for just $205. Well that’s exactly what Videocon has released in their new TV10 tablet.

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There’s plenty of cheap Android tablets in the world, especially from China. However this is more than just a knock off tablet, although sadly it appears to only be available in India. At least initially it will only be in India but we’re hopeful it will see other markets soon. It might not have a quad-core and maxed out specs, but for just over $200 it’s looking pretty good.

The Videocon VT10 isn’t just your average tablet though either. You’ll be rocking a 10.1-inch 1280×800 display, Rockchips RK3066 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, microSD support for added storage options, dual 2 megapixel cameras, and more. This is all powered by a decently sized 6,800 mAh battery under the hood. And all for $205.

The Nexus 7 is $199 and only rocks a single weak camera, but then again it is a Nexus. There’s no telling how the hardware and software is on this thing, but so far it sounds pretty good. We do have some goofy on-screen volume controls but otherwise Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is keeping everything smooth. We can expect plenty of budget tablets to arrive next year, but check this out if you’re interested now.

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[Rumor] Samsung Galaxy S IV to bring Note style S Pen

Screen Shot 2012-12-26 at 6.45.49 PMRumors are always a fun way to pass the time. People’s imaginations, hopes, dreams and desires get all riled up. Ours included. We recently saw some pretty clever mock-ups and video rolling around that got the speculation flowing earlier this week. Why stop there?

A new set of rumors coming in from Korea are starting to talk about the Galaxy S IV having a S Pen included. This is seemingly confirmed by a quote from a Samsung official. (Which we couldn’t read since Google Translator wasn’t working for me) There is also more confirmation that the S IV will also be sporting a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display. Regardless if it is flexible or not, it will still be sitting behind glass. If it is the much talked about flexible screens it is likely that it will be slightly concave under the glass. Just a thought on our part with that one. With plenty of other manufacturers moving to 5 inch 1080p displays, it makes sense that Samsung would follow suite.

There are plenty of other thoughts and things that can run through a person’s mind. When the Galaxy S III was officially announced, plenty of people thought a 4.8-inch screen was way to big. Once you got your hands on it you quickly realized the whole device wasn’t much bigger that the Galaxy S II. There is plenty of room on the S III hardware to expand the screen size the additional .2 inches and still keep it slim and solid.

As or the S Pen idea. I am personally not sure how well I take to this notion. The S Pen is a trademark of the Note line. Which is a completely different device all together. It would allow Samsung to limit its work for software updates in the long run by offering the same software and abilities on two devices. Obviously the Note line having a larger screen area. I can already see the S IV being dubbed a Note Mini with a lot of people. Personally, I think Samsung needs to keep the two devices and S Pen separate. However, I can see how a smaller Note style device with all the options of its larger brother would be a success. I would prefer they just made a Note Mini and a Galaxy S IV. What do you think?

Source: Enuri via Phone Areana

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Custom ROMs for your Alltel RAZR MAXX are just a flash away

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Verizon may take most of the headlines, but the Motorola RAZR MAXX (sans Droid) also made it's way to other carriers — like Alltel. We love seeing the smaller carriers getting great Android phones like the MAXX, but folks who want to run a custom ROM are usually out of luck when this happens. Not so this time.

Forum Moderator, Alltel subscriber, and Android hacker cole2kb has you covered. He has taken the most popular ICS and Jelly Bean custom ROMs for the Verizon version of the RAZR MAXX and ported them over to Alltel. Getting them installed is as easy as flashing the original ROM and a small patch from recovery. He's even figured out how to get MMS working, so you're set there.

This is why we love Android. Users getting their hands dirty to bring more options to the folks who want them. Thanks, Chris — and I'm sure plenty of folks on Alltel are thankful as well. Click the link below to get started.

Got ROMs? Flashable ZIPs for your Alltel MAXX!

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Deep Sleep Battery Saver puts a new spin on preserving battery life

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.

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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.

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Deep Sleep Battery Saver link

[via AC Forums]

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Gumtree Android app now available

After struggling on with a mobile web site for the last couple of years, used stuff selling portal Gumtree has finally put together a full mobile app. The Android Gumtree app lets you set your location from its main page, which is a good start, then offers a simple ICS-style tabbed layout complete with very stylish item listings and your usual Android sharing options.

It’s pretty sweet.

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And there it is. Plenty of fun to be had in the local area for all. Check out the Android Gumtree app here. It’s free.

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Android Community Nightly: December 26th, 2012

Welcome back to another edition of the Android Community Nightly. We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas full of Android smartphones and tablets, delicious food, along with friends and family. Today we’re back to the Android news and we had plenty of it. Read on to find out everything you’ve missed while you’ve been opening presents.

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Probably the most exciting news on a large scale is the fact that Motorola and Verizon updated the extremely popular DROID RAZR and its MAXX brother to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Motorola’s slowly becoming on of the faster manufacturers with updates, good stuff Google. While we’re talking about Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the HTC One S is getting that update today too.

We also want to take this moment to let you all know if you got a new smartphone or tablet for Christmas, you’ll want to check out our top tablet and top smartphone apps posts. Now back to today’s new we have plenty again from good old Samsung. First off their Galaxy Note 7 appeared again, T-Mobile could be getting an LTE capable Galaxy S III, Verizon released their GSIII source code, and Samsung is looking to sell 500 million devices in 2013.

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Now for a quick speed round we’ll round out everything else that was important today. Google extended free Gmail calling throughout 2013, Google Search quick view is coming to mobile, and Google’s Music matching service is cutting out swear words from our favorite music. LG announced seven new Google TV set options coming next year, and Tapatalk HD for tablets hit the Google Play Store. So go get it and browse the Android Community Forums.

Enjoy the holidays, watch out for over-eating and going into a food coma, and we’ll see you tomorrow!

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Review: Leo’s Pad Appisode 1 is an Ideal Learning App for Preschoolers

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Developer: Kidaptive Inc.  
Price: free   Download

It may not sound likely, but preschoolers can actually enjoy being introduced to historical characters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Galileo Galilei. In an amazing collaborative effort put forth by Standford University education experts with Kidaptive Inc, Leo’s Pad Appisode 1 features an interactive, educational experience designed just for preschoolers that plays out in the form of a story told with games. Leo’s Pad Appisode 1 has stunning artwork and animation and plenty of activities to entertain and engage young minds.

Leo’s Pad Appisode 1 is the beginning of a series of stories that introduces to children to historical figures in a fun way. In this first “appisode,” an eight-year-old Leonardo (Leo) is going to Galileo’s (Gally) birthday party. Young kids are given an interactive experience that unknowingly teaches them significant facts that relate to this talented pair of Renaissance inventors. With songs, games and activities that focus on problem solving, logical reasoning and also creativity, Leo’s Pad debut episode is a genuine winner. (more…)

Finish reading “Leo’s Pad Appisode 1 is an Ideal Learning App for Preschoolers” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.

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Google’s Music match replacing explicit lyrics – here’s a fix

Last week we reported that Google’s finally added scan and match to their Google Music cloud service. The feature in which if Google already has the song available for Google Music, instead of uploading the entire song they’ll just “scan and match” then add the song to your library for you. Much quicker. Sadly it looks like Google music doesn’t like naughty words or those explicit Ludacris songs we all have.

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Reports surfaced this week that their scan and match was actually wrongly adding songs to users libraries that were completely edited. All the naughty words are gone and the “parental advisory” sticker has been removed by Google themselves. We’re hearing multiple reports and many users are quite upset after their 2Pac songs have all been edited. This same issue was present when Apple and Amazon both launched this service — even though theirs is a paid service — and surely Google will fix it soon just as they both did.

In the meantime, you can still fix this yourself although if you listen to lots of explicit music you might have plenty of tedious work to do. On the online Google Music player, each song has a little arrow for options, editing, or removal, and now there’s a Fix Incorrect Match button. Once you select that it will search again and choose another option from Google’s servers, which should be that version full of f words and other bad language you enjoy. Here’s a quick picture of what you’re looking for:

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Now Google won’t have all your music, and even if one song was matched, that doesn’t mean they all were. The image above came from an entire album and that was the only song matched by good ol Google. It looks like the service still needs a bit of work, but this has just been released last week and surely they’ll fix any issues in due time. If your song doesn’t have the “fix incorrect match” button then it wasn’t matched. For those having issues with naughty music being cut out by Google — give this a try.

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Verizon Galaxy S III Jelly Bean source released by Samsung

Samsung Galaxy S IIIHappy day after Christmas everyone. Hopefully your holiday was filled with good times, laughter and plenty of new gadgetry for your hands. The next week or so will be fairly slow in the way of new stuff and announcements. There are sure to be a few good press releases and things coming soon with CES just around the corner. Until all the insanity gets into full swing, we will do what we can to keep you informed of anything that might be of interest.

One little nugget that was discovered this morning was a new entry at the Samsung Open Source Center. They have just released the open source code for the recently released Jelly Bean software for the Samsung Galaxy S III on Verizon. That is sure to make some developers wish their festivities last night were slightly less adventurous.

If you want to get you hands on it you know what to do. Head over to the Samsung Open Source Center and get to downloading.

Source: Samsung Open Source Center via Android Police. 

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