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ComScore: Android, Samsung still holding strong as market leaders

According to the latest data put forth by ComScore, Android’s meteoric rise began to slow, if not peak, towards the tail end of last year. Wrapping up the three month period ending with November, Android saw a modest increase to a 53.7 percent share of the overall smartphone market. While it’s still a comfortable lead over Apple, whose share grew to 35 percent, it’s only a few ticks higher than ComScore rankings for summer 2012. Android finished with 52.6 percent of the market for that period.

It’s a similar story for Samsung. The company also saw an increase in market share of about 1 percent, leading to 26.9 percent overall. The company also maintained its lead over Apple. In a separate report by Reuters, analyst Neil Mawston projects the lead will grow greater in 2013, with Samsung’s smartphone sales increasing by 35 percent.

 

Apple’s iPhone 5 has no doubt helped to keep the margin close, but the same can’t be said for other mobile platforms and manufacturers. The three operating systems ranked below Android and iOS — BlackBerry, Windows Phone, and Symbian — all saw decreases in share. The same goes for the manufacturers bringing up the rear. LG, Motorola, and HTC all saw declines.

[via Engadget]

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Agenda Calendar app released for Android

The Agenda Calendar app has made the move into the Google Play Store. The app, for those unfamiliar with the name, has been a favorite for iOS users for some time now. Yup, another story about an iOS app making the transition to Android. But the burn of Android users having to wait aside, the Agenda Calendar app does seem like a nice alternative to the standard Google Calendar app.

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The basics of the Agenda Calendar app is this — simplicity and ease of use. In fact, according to the Play Store description, the “main focus is to show you what’s happening now.” Overall the app has a rather minimal appearance, but it does give a several view options. Some of the views include an at-a-glance layout as well as the ability to view by events, day, week, month and year.

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Additionally, the Agenda Calendar app touts fast event creation with the ability to repeat events, a ‘Jump to Day’ picker, swipes and gestures to move between views and tapeable email addresses, URLs and addresses. The Agenda Calendar also syncs using the regular calendar settings for your device, which really just means that moving should be rather simple.

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The app has been released as version 1.0, is selling for $1.99 and currently available for devices running Android 4.0 or later. Finally, while there is no specific mention of tablet and/or smartphone device support, we can say that the Agenda Calendar app looks equally nice on a Galaxy S III and a Nexus 7.

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ComScore: iPhone up to 35 percent of US smartphone share in November, Android steady

ComScore iPhone up to 35 percent of US smartphone share in November, Android on an even keel

Smartphone launches sometimes have to build up steam before they can go full speed ahead. Apple might be learning this first-hand, based on ComScore’s figures. After a lackluster October, the company’s just-reported November smartphone market share in the US was up sharply, to 35 percent; while the spike isn’t directly credited to the iPhone 5, rapidly growing availability of the company’s newest smartphone certainly didn’t hurt. Android was still comfortably ruling the roost at 53.7 percent, although its share was only a slight increase over October. As such, most of Apple’s gain during the month came from smaller rivals’ pain.

It was a more familiar story among individual phone makers. Samsung had a comfortable lead at 26.9 percent of the larger American cellphone market in November, while Apple padded its advantage over a sinking LG to hit 18.5 percent. With Motorola and HTC also on the downward slide, the US market this fall was increasingly mirroring its global counterpart, where it was really Apple and Samsung’s game to play — others might have to be content watching from the sidelines in the future.

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Corning announces the tough as nails Gorilla Glass 3

Corning is the leader in hardened and strengthened glass that’s been protecting all of our favorite smartphones and tablets over the past few years. At least from keys and the occasional scuff. Last year at CES they announced Gorilla Glass 2, and this year they’re set to announce the strongest most durable glass yet — Gorilla Glass 3.

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Just as expected, Corning has used the past year to perfect their technology and provide some of the most durable yet thinnest glass available to keep our smartphones and gadgets strong — and sleek. While their glass won’t save you from a long and depressing drop right onto some concrete. It’s those keys, purses, pockets, and daily wear and tear that sets Corning apart. Check out our hands-on from last year with Gorilla Glass 2.

With Gorilla Glass 3 they’re claiming their product to once again be thinner than previous generations which makes phones thinner and displays more crisp, then they have improved the glass on a molecular level. This means that the appearance of scratches will also be harder to see, and less noticeable. They’re calling this Native Damage Resistance (NDR).

So while it’s thinner, lighter, and stronger, it will also help hide the “appearance” of flaws and scratches on your smartphone. Gorilla Glass 3 is said to be 3 times stronger than GG2, 40% more resistant to scratches and the visibility of said scratches, and then 50% stronger once the display becomes flawed. Meaning scratches won’t continue to get worse. We can expect Gorilla Glass 3 to make its way into most of the popular smartphones of 2013, and we’ll get some more details and hands-on at CES next week so stay tuned.

[via CNET]

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Say Hello to the “Dandroids,” the Temporary Original Android Mascot

Last night on Google+, Android engineer Dan Morrill shared the four colorful little robotic creatures that I have included in this post, along with their backstory. The short form of the story goes like this – these were the original, yet unofficial Android mascots which were at some point dubbed “Dandroids.” While their internal history [...]

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Samsung Could Release Several Tizen Based Smartphones in 2013

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Samsung’s rise to fame in the smartphone industry is not a new story to us. The company started off with Android quite early and followed it up with flagships like the Galaxy S, S2 and now S3. These smartphones have been the best selling devices of their respective times and deservingly so. And with the introduction of the Galaxy Note in 2011, Samsung upped the ante in a major way. But Samsung has also thought out of the box when it came to mobile OSes. If you may recall, there was Samsung’s Bada OS which was seen on phones like the Wave, Wave II, Wave III as well as a few budget ranged smartphones. However, this didn’t make an impact on the market and Samsung didn’t bother to indulge too deep into that. But then, we heard of Samsung working on the development of the Tizen OS along with Intel. Tizen is jointly developed by Samsung, Intel and the Linux Foundation.

These companies have been working in tandem since 2011 to develop the OS and make it an easy to use open source operating system. We won’t go too deep into its history, but it is now being said that Samsung could be looking to launch multiple Tizen based smartphones in 2013. This is very good news for the team at Samsung which has been hard at work to bring the OS to the fore. It would now depend on how Samsung would market these devices, because open source platforms like these always find trouble impressing the mainstream consumer. The first Tizen based smartphone is set to arrive in Q1 2013.

The Tizen Foundation has a lot of partners which include a few carriers around the world. American carrier Sprint has agreed to be a part of the foundation and will make the devices available on its network when Tizen smartphones are launched. Also members of the Tizen Foundation are Vodafone UK and Japanese carrier NTT Docomo among others. This shows that there is plenty of support for an OS which hasn’t even launched yet, which could prove to be vital in the early days of the platform. Perhaps Samsung realizes that it can’t bank on Android for eternity, so it’s a viable option to co-develop other platforms.

It must be noted that Tizen is basically a merger of MeeGo and LiMo, so if you’ve loved what MeeGo had to offer, you will certainly take a liking to Tizen. Let’s hope Samsung unveils the upcoming Tizen smartphones at MWC or even sooner at next week’s CES event. This year will then mark the arrival of several new mobile platforms after Firefox OS, Ubuntu Mobile OS, Jolla’s Sailfish OS and of course the Tizen OS. Don’t be surprised to find similarities between the Sailfish OS and Tizen as they both have a history of MeeGo.

Source: Bloomberg
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FTC And Google Settle: Google To Stop Seeking Product Bans Against Competitors In The US, Take Disputes Out Of Court

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If you were wondering if this is the sort of legal story you should pay attention to on Android Police, let me make it easy: it is. This is probably the biggest legal story in the mobile sphere since Apple’s victory over Samsung last August. Yeah, that important.

This morning, the FTC announced at a press conference that Google had settled its antitrust claims with the agency, and that Google agreed to two very important stipulations as part of that settlement relating to mobile.

First, Google and Motorola will cease seeking product bans for standards-essential patent infringement. I cannot underline enough how important this is to the mobile industry as a whole, at least in the US.

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Featured Android Game Review: Ant Raid [Arcade & Action]

HeroCraft has a new one out and it’s a dandy. It’s called Ant Raid and it’s basically a battle in the garden. You play the ants and you need to take out armies of bees, snails, and other insects. This game was already a hit on iOS devices, but now it’s available in the Google Play Store for your enjoyment. The initial levels are quite easy, but it gets difficult in a hurry.

Each level is in a different surrounding and you’re given a certain number of ants. As other insects approach, your job is to send some or all of the ants to take out each enemy. You do this by tapping on the screen and a circle appears. As you hold your finger the circle will get larger. The ants that are within that circle will be the ones that attack. Now you just tap where you want to send them. Sounds easy right? Well at first it is, but then things get a little more interesting in that you will have to use some of your leftover ants to rescue other ants. You will also need to figure out how many ants you really need to take out a particular enemy in order to conserve your leftovers for the next enemy. Each insect is different, some are fast, and others are bigger and/or stronger.

As you progress, you will also get other powers like the ability to take on colors from fallen enemies like blue and red. Blue will make you invulnerable and red will make you faster. You will also be able to use lightning to squash insects by simply taping your finger on them. Sounds easy, but you will get penalized if you miss them.

You can advance to the next level by surviving the enemies, which will yield you a minimum of one star. The better you do at accomplishing the task the more stars you will get. You can get up to three stars, but what’s cool is that you can see if you’re in the running for the three stars. At the beginning of each round, you are given three stars (shown at the top left), but as you progress, the stars will be removed if you’re not playing up to par (or shall I say above par). If the story mode isn’t your thing, you can play the survival mode, but you will have to complete chapter 1 in the story mode (15 levels) in order to unlock it. In survival mode you simply play until your colony is destroyed, which makes it more arcade style.

Right now Herocraft has Ant Raid on sale for a a launch price of 99-cents, so grab it now and give it a shot. As always, let me know what you think. Check out the video trailer and download links below.

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  • GORGEOUS GRAPHICS! - Feast your eyes on high-definition 3D graphics and animations.
  • OFF-THE-WALL STORYLINE! - Experience an epic tale through animated cut-scenes featuring quirky characters and unexpected twists.
  • EASY-TO-GRASP CONTROLS AND UNIQUE GAMEPLAY! - Enjoy responsive and intuitive touch controls. Taste the fresh blend of action, arcade and strategy.
  • ENDLESS GAMEPLAY! - Challenge your friends and the rest of the world in four dynamic Survival modes.
  • AWESOME SOUNDTRACK! - Indulge your ears with an original soundtrack and crazy sound effects.

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Featured Android Game Review: Ant Raid [Arcade & Action]

HeroCraft has a new one out and it’s a dandy. It’s called Ant Raid and it’s basically a battle in the garden. You play the ants and you need to take out armies of bees, snails, and other insects. This game was already a hit on iOS devices, but now it’s available in the Google Play Store for your enjoyment. The initial levels are quite easy, but it gets difficult in a hurry.

Each level is in a different surrounding and you’re given a certain number of ants. As other insects approach, your job is to send some or all of the ants to take out each enemy. You do this by tapping on the screen and a circle appears. As you hold your finger the circle will get larger. The ants that are within that circle will be the ones that attack. Now you just tap where you want to send them. Sounds easy right? Well at first it is, but then things get a little more interesting in that you will have to use some of your leftover ants to rescue other ants. You will also need to figure out how many ants you really need to take out a particular enemy in order to conserve your leftovers for the next enemy. Each insect is different, some are fast, and others are bigger and/or stronger.

As you progress, you will also get other powers like the ability to take on colors from fallen enemies like blue and red. Blue will make you invulnerable and red will make you faster. You will also be able to use lightning to squash insects by simply taping your finger on them. Sounds easy, but you will get penalized if you miss them.

You can advance to the next level by surviving the enemies, which will yield you a minimum of one star. The better you do at accomplishing the task the more stars you will get. You can get up to three stars, but what’s cool is that you can see if you’re in the running for the three stars. At the beginning of each round, you are given three stars (shown at the top left), but as you progress, the stars will be removed if you’re not playing up to par (or shall I say above par). If the story mode isn’t your thing, you can play the survival mode, but you will have to complete chapter 1 in the story mode (15 levels) in order to unlock it. In survival mode you simply play until your colony is destroyed, which makes it more arcade style.

Right now Herocraft has Ant Raid on sale for a a launch price of 99-cents, so grab it now and give it a shot. As always, let me know what you think. Check out the video trailer and download links below.

Features

  • GORGEOUS GRAPHICS! - Feast your eyes on high-definition 3D graphics and animations.
  • OFF-THE-WALL STORYLINE! - Experience an epic tale through animated cut-scenes featuring quirky characters and unexpected twists.
  • EASY-TO-GRASP CONTROLS AND UNIQUE GAMEPLAY! - Enjoy responsive and intuitive touch controls. Taste the fresh blend of action, arcade and strategy.
  • ENDLESS GAMEPLAY! - Challenge your friends and the rest of the world in four dynamic Survival modes.
  • AWESOME SOUNDTRACK! - Indulge your ears with an original soundtrack and crazy sound effects.

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Ant_Raid_03
Ant_Raid_04
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A Baby for the Storks Personalizes the Story With Voice Recording

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Developer: Makea Mobile Oy  
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Makea Mobile Ltd introduces A Baby for the Storks, a new books app that lets users read and record a story for their child. Interactive and fun, children can listen to a story read with a familiar voice, while finding hidden, animated surprises on every page. This delightful story chronicles the delivery of a new baby to a family of storks.

A long time ago it was thought that babies were brought to people by white storks that carried them in their beaks. That’s right my friend, believe it or not! Those babies don’t come straight out from the bellies of their mothers, but are sent to the door wrapped inside a towel! It just happened that a couple of storks had a baby delivered to them and look: they became Mom and Dad themselves and now they are on a parental leave.  (more…)

Finish reading “A Baby for the Storks Personalizes the Story With Voice Recording” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.

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Nexus 7 docks shipping January 10th according to retailer

We’ve all been longing for some official accessories or docks for our Nexus 7 tablets, and it looks like the wait will just be a few more days. Late last month we reported the official ASUS Nexus 7 dock should be available later in the month but that never happened. Online retailers such as B&H Video are still accepting pre-orders though.

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Today reports have surfaced that while the December 30th deadline was missed, the docks will indeed ship later this week with deliver dates ranging from January 10th and on. We’ve yet to hear from Google or ASUS regarding these official accessories, but it sounds like a few retailers know something we don’t.

Unfortunately while B&H and other retailers are claiming January 10th ship dates, those are “expected” delivery dates. Which means they probably still are awaiting stock to arrive, and we could possibly still be facing further delays on this little dock for our Nexi.

The January 10th date also matches some previous reports from AndroidWorld and a few other sources, so things are looking up for those searching for a dock come mid January. It’s nothing too special and only has micro-USB and 3.5mm audio out, but it’s an official accessory and sure will look nice on my desk. Who’s grabbing one for $39.99?

[via Android Authority]

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Leaked images show new red and brown Galaxy Note 2 versions

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It looks as though the Galaxy Note 2 is going to have some new color options for 2013 — at least brown and red as seen in a leaked image today. The official color names are "Ruby Wine" and "Amber Brown," but we think just "red" and "brown" will do. Our first reaction is to think that these may be carrier- or region-specific variants that get the new colors, but considering that the original two colors made it around the world at launch, we could see these hit the U.S. carriers as well.

This may remind you of a leaked image from a couple days ago which showed a Note 2 in svelte black casing, but AndroidSlash has updated its original story to say that the image appears to be a fan-made fake. For now, the best bet is that we'll see brown and red along with the current crop of colors. Anything more is a bonus.

Source: UnwiredView; AndroidSlash

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Samsung plans building expansion in San Jose area

Samsung announced today they are planning to build some new facilities in the San Jose area. Two new facilities will be constructed, with the first one being a 1.1 million square foot headquarters for sales and R&D staff with Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. The 10-story facility, which will include an “amenity pavilion” and a parking garage will be built on the site of the current semiconductor and display panel businesses just north of downtown San Jose. The second facility will be built for Samsung Information Systems America Inc., which will relocate its R&D center to a new 8.5-acre site with two new 6-story office buildings. The 385,000 square foot facility will include two new parking garages, will overlook the Sunnyvale golf course, and will be built to LEED Gold standards.

Hit the break for the full press release from Samsung.

Samsung Continues to Expand Operations in the Bay Area

Adding to its effort to build state-of-the-art, energy-efficient campuses, the company is expanding into innovation centers to enhance its ‘soft’ capabilities

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media, digital convergence technologies and advanced semiconductor solutions, continues to expand its operations in Silicon Valley by investing more resources in its existing R&D centers and establishing new innovation centers.

Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. (SSI) announced plans to build a 1.1 million square foot sales and R&D headquarters on the current site of its semiconductor and display panel businesses, north of downtown San Jose. The building, designed by global architecture firm NBBJ, will be comprised of a 10-story tower, an amenity pavilion and parking garage. The design seeks to encourage interaction among staff, foster connections with the community and provide a space to attract employment in the highly competitive tech market, which is growing at a faster pace than overall employment.

Samsung Information Systems America Inc. (SISA), will relocate its R&D Center from its current facility in North San Jose to an 8.5-acre site and expand to two new 6-story class-A office buildings totaling approximately 385,000 square foot. (each 192,500 sq. ft.) with two 5-6 story parking structures. The new facility will be oriented around a central plaza with views overlooking the adjacent Sunnyvale golf course and will be constructed to LEED Gold standards. The 15-year build-to-suit lease will be located at Cypress Business Park, 625-685 Clyde Avenue in Mountain View, California. Entitlements are in process and anticipated for completion in second quarter of 2013, with targeted occupancy in fourth quarter of 2014.

In addition to these two major planned campuses, Samsung Electronics is expanding its Open Innovation efforts with additional space that will allow for incubating and acquiring new technologies and working with early stage companies.

Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center, located in Menlo Park, a core area in Silicon Valley, was recently established to strengthen Samsung’s ecosystem and promote synergy between the company’s various products and services. Samsung Open Innovation Center, located in Palo Alto, will be a core entity to discover innovative startups in Silicon Valley, provide space, funds and effectively leverage them for innovation of Samsung’s products through equity investments, acquisition and strategic partnership.

Following the establishment of both the Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center and the Open Innovation Center in Silicon Valley, Samsung Electronics plans to set up corresponding organizations at R&D Centers and the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology at its Korean headquarters to strengthen its global cooperative network.

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Samsung to expand US operations with two new California facilities

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Samsung will be taking several steps towards strengthening its U.S. presence with two new facilities to be constructed in 2013. The Korean handset and chip manufacturer already has some notable presence in the Bay Area, and has big plans to expand that in the coming year. The first big move is a 1.1 million square foot building to be constructed in San Jose with its current display and semiconductor business, which will be used for SSI (Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.) R&D and sales teams.

The second step will be moving the current SISA (Samsung Information Systems America) R&D Center to two new 6 story business buildings (and a 6 story parking structure) located in North San Jose. These new buildings will total about 385,000 square feet on 8.5 acres of land. The buildings are set to be finished in 2013, with full occupancy in 2014.

That's some big investment from Samsung, and these changes will surely help bring some operating efficiency to a very large company that currently has divisions spread across multiple countries. You can find a press release with some of the specifics after the break.

Source: Samsung (BusinessWire)

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Samsung plans building expansion in San Jose area

Samsung announced today they are planning to build some new facilities in the San Jose area. Two new facilities will be constructed, with the first one being a 1.1 million square foot headquarters for sales and R&D staff with Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. The 10-story facility, which will include an “amenity pavilion” and a parking garage will be built on the site of the current semiconductor and display panel businesses just north of downtown San Jose. The second facility will be built for Samsung Information Systems America Inc., which will relocate its R&D center to a new 8.5-acre site with two new 6-story office buildings. The 385,000 square foot facility will include two new parking garages, will overlook the Sunnyvale golf course, and will be built to LEED Gold standards.

Hit the break for the full press release from Samsung.

Samsung Continues to Expand Operations in the Bay Area

Adding to its effort to build state-of-the-art, energy-efficient campuses, the company is expanding into innovation centers to enhance its ‘soft’ capabilities

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd, a global leader in digital media, digital convergence technologies and advanced semiconductor solutions, continues to expand its operations in Silicon Valley by investing more resources in its existing R&D centers and establishing new innovation centers.

Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. (SSI) announced plans to build a 1.1 million square foot sales and R&D headquarters on the current site of its semiconductor and display panel businesses, north of downtown San Jose. The building, designed by global architecture firm NBBJ, will be comprised of a 10-story tower, an amenity pavilion and parking garage. The design seeks to encourage interaction among staff, foster connections with the community and provide a space to attract employment in the highly competitive tech market, which is growing at a faster pace than overall employment.

Samsung Information Systems America Inc. (SISA), will relocate its R&D Center from its current facility in North San Jose to an 8.5-acre site and expand to two new 6-story class-A office buildings totaling approximately 385,000 square foot. (each 192,500 sq. ft.) with two 5-6 story parking structures. The new facility will be oriented around a central plaza with views overlooking the adjacent Sunnyvale golf course and will be constructed to LEED Gold standards. The 15-year build-to-suit lease will be located at Cypress Business Park, 625-685 Clyde Avenue in Mountain View, California. Entitlements are in process and anticipated for completion in second quarter of 2013, with targeted occupancy in fourth quarter of 2014.

In addition to these two major planned campuses, Samsung Electronics is expanding its Open Innovation efforts with additional space that will allow for incubating and acquiring new technologies and working with early stage companies.

Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center, located in Menlo Park, a core area in Silicon Valley, was recently established to strengthen Samsung’s ecosystem and promote synergy between the company’s various products and services. Samsung Open Innovation Center, located in Palo Alto, will be a core entity to discover innovative startups in Silicon Valley, provide space, funds and effectively leverage them for innovation of Samsung’s products through equity investments, acquisition and strategic partnership.

Following the establishment of both the Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center and the Open Innovation Center in Silicon Valley, Samsung Electronics plans to set up corresponding organizations at R&D Centers and the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology at its Korean headquarters to strengthen its global cooperative network.

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Samsung announces 1.1 million square foot R&D center for Silicon Valley

Today Samsung has announced that they’ll be bringing their large buildings and R&D department to California and the ever so popular Silicon Valley once again. They’ve announced today that Samsung Semiconductor will be expanding operations in San Jose and opening two new facilities. One being over 1.1 million square feet. More details below.

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Silicon Valley is where it’s at right? That or Mountain View. Samsung is looking to beef up their production stateside and have confirmed some big plans for 2013. The first being a 1.1 million square foot 10 story Sales and R&D department for Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. It will offer covered parking for all employees, an amenity pavilion and much more. This will be just north of downtown San Jose, California.

Samsung states that the 1.1 million square feet sounds bigger than it really is, and that the layout will actually be designed to “encourage interaction among the staff” along with several other key design elements. This new R&D center will actually be slightly bigger than Apple’s new 3,600 employee center in Texas.

Then Samsung is also preparing a new building for Samsung Information Systems America Inc. This facility will be quite large too, and their R&D center will be relocated to an 8.5 acre 6 story building with quite the view of a nearby golf course. We thought it was nice to work for Google, now Samsung might be starting to offer their stateside employees the same goods. Both new facilities will be “state of the art” and have innovative energy efficient offices. Go big Samsung, go big!

[via TalkAndroid]

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Review: Amelia and Terror of the Night is a Superbly Interactive Storybook

Amelia and Terror of the Night  
Developer: OhNoo Studio  
Price: $2.99   Download

In terms of interactive story books, iPad and the App Store may be the best combination for building a comprehensive library with an array of titles and genres. Amelia and Terror of the Night is just one example of how a well-developed story can come to life and while not the most charming storyline ever, is still a truly intelligent delivery of interactive storytelling with an amazing amount of interaction. Amelia and Terror of the Night introduces readers to a curious and enigmatic little girl who lives in the Mushroom Clearing with her random animal friends. As the story progresses, it tells a slightly scary tale, but focuses on friendship, loyalty and bravery.

Amelia and Terror of the Night is superbly animated, with an immersive feel enhanced by tilt viewing, interactive objects and hidden animations. The characters are interesting, including the Cheshire cat-like teddy bear, and they support Amelia’s position as the antagonist of the story bent on saving the soul of her tortoise friend. Together, they take readers along on an adventure with so many interactive aspects, including mini-games, that it easily gains rapt attention by readers of all ages.  (more…)

Finish reading “Amelia and Terror of the Night is a Superbly Interactive Storybook” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.

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Samsung expands Silicon Valley crib with 1.1 million square foot R&D center

Samsung expands Silicon Valley crib with 11 million square foot R&D center

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the most extravagant flashy lifestyle, the deluxe villa, the fly palace of Samsung Semiconductor Inc. It only exists as a pile of architects’ drawings right now, and probably looks nothing like the Minecraft wonderment shown above, but when it’s finished the 10-story San Jose structure will boast the following:

  • A new sales and R&D center, built in the stead of some existing Samsung offices, with floor space totaling 1.1 million square feet.
  • A layout that seeks to “encourage interaction among staff” and “foster connections with the community,” while ultimately improving Sammy’s “soft capabilities
  • A parking garage and an “amenity pavilion” (whatever that is, we just know we can’t afford one)

So, that’s pretty much it in terms of detail. But to put all this into perspective, we’re talking about an HQ that will be slightly bigger than Apple’s recent 3,600-worker expansion in Austin, Texas — or around a third the size of an infinite loop.

[Image credit: MinecraftModsDL.com]

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OUYA Developer kits shipping today, could arrive tomorrow

The highly anticipated open-source game console OUYA developer kits are shipping sooner than expected, and today we’ve learned some lucky developers could be receiving theirs as soon as tomorrow. According to our good pals at SlashGear instead of the developer consoles shipping tomorrow, they’ve already sent many out and they’ll be arriving all weekend long.

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OUYA originally stated tomorrow, December 28th, they’d start shipping kits to developers who pre-ordered. Now however according to the OUYA forums some are actually receiving their units tomorrow, and all who pre-ordered will have their own Tegra 3 powered OUYA in hand before January 10th. What a perfect way to start the weekend and enter into 2013. Right?

OUYA was one of the most successful kickstarter campaigns of 2012, with more than 8.5 million in funding from excited backers. For those lucky developers that have one coming soon I’m sure all the early backers are eagerly awaiting their unit to arrive tomorrow, Saturday, or sometime early next week.

The official OUYA developer SDK is expected to be released tomorrow, which will be right on time for those who receive their console tomorrow as well. We are expecting tons of high profile games for the Android-powered Tegra 3 quad-core gaming console. Final Fantasy III will be launched, and earlier this month we detailed 10 new games coming soon. Expect some goodness from the OUYA, and let us know when yours arrives!

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Netflix to add social sharing features in 2013

The folks from Netflix have announced they’ll be offering multiple social features starting in 2013 for their movie and TV services. A bill was recently passed in the senate that removes restrictions on sharing movie and rental history in the US. Netflix has offered social features outside the US for some time, but this will be available stateside soon.

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According to Talking Points Memo once Obama signs the bill and everything gets the green light Netflix will be rolling out updates and new features across all their platforms in early 2013. For those looking to share to Facebook that they’ve just finished the Breaking Bad season — soon you’ll be able to do just that.

The bill that will soon be passed will overturn the current US restrictions that was preventing Netflix and others from sharing movie and TV information socially. The same way in which we share to Facebook, Twitter, and more which Spotify song we’re currently enjoying — and things of that nature.

This will amend the Video Privacy Protection Act and allow services like Netflix to integrate sharing and social features into Facebook. This might not be a big deal to some, but we know how us Americans enjoy sharing anything and everything on Facebook. Netflix expects to integrate these features in early 2013. Get ready to share your favorite seasons and shows to the social world.

[via SlashGear]

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Developer HyperDevBox Studio Slashes Prices On Its Massive RPG Games (Such As Spectral Souls) By 50%

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If you’re into massive, sprawling strategy RPG’s, HyperDevBox Studio’s Spectral Souls, Blazing Souls, and Generation of Chaos are titles you may already own. If you don’t, though, now’s probably the best time to invest, as HyperDev has slashed prices on its entire library by 50%.

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The price drop brings all three of the developer’s games down to near as makes no difference to $7 apiece, and all of them are top-quality ports of old JRPG’s from the original PlayStation. So you know you’re getting games that actually received some serious attention in terms of story, visual, and audio quality, as well as amount of playable content.

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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 extends free Gmail calls through 2013

One of the more interesting features of Gmail, as many of you already know, it that it lets you make voice calls in addition to just sending off emails. Google allows free domestic calls within the US and Canada, which is a major bonus, but today it announced that the free calls won’t be ending anytime soon. Google has revealed that it will extend free domestic calling for the US and Canada through 2013.

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So, users will have another free year of calls to look forward to at the least. We wouldn’t be surprised if Google opts to continue offering the popular feature as we move into 2014, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. For now, just know that Google isn’t planning to pull the plug in the near future.

In the surprisingly short post over on the Official Gmail Blog, Google also pointed to the fact that you can get pretty low rates in other areas of the world. Though free calling is only offered within the US and Canada, Google Voice currently allows for calling in places like Mexico, India, Germany, and France, with rates ranging from 15 cents per minute all the way down to just 1 cent per minute if you’re calling someone in the US.

We’re pretty big fans of Google Voice and Gmail in general, so it’s great to hear that US and Canadian users have more free domestic calls to look forward to. We’re sure we’ll be hearing more about both services soon, but in the meantime, be sure to have a look at our story timeline below for additional information on Gmail and Google Voice!

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Ant Raid Now Live At Google Play

Popular mobile game developer Herocraft has just released Ant Raid for the Android platform which you can now download over at Google Play for $0.99.  This title became one of the biggest strategy games when it was released over at the iOS platform. Now, Android users can experience this amazing title in their devices.

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Ant Raid puts you in control of an ant colony. You will be tasked to advance the colony while dealing with the various predators that threaten your existence. The game is a combination of both tower defense and arcade twitch. One thing that makes this at par with all of the other excellent mobile titles is that it has a story involved which you will get to see at the beginning. The characters are adorable while the graphics are just so wonderfully created.

There are various objectives that you have to accomplish for each game level depending on the scenario. This in my opinion is one way to make it more fun and entertaining, we don’t want any repetitive boring tasks right?

Defeating an enemy entails you to grab some ants and sending them to your enemy. The bigger your enemy the more ants you have to send their way. Some of the enemies include snails which knock down your ants as soon as they’re done and worms which are good at shaking your troops.

You will also have to understand the color of your enemies. Enemies that are blue in color usually have very high defensive skills which will take them longer to kill. Red enemies are very aggressive and can move quickly. The good thing about this is that if you defeat your enemies your ants get to absorb their abilities.

The story mode takes up to 60 levels to finish. Once you have finished those levels you can unlock 40 challenge levels that has 4 levels of difficulty.

Once you have finished the standard game mode there’s the endless mode where you can challenge up to four friends.

If you are looking for a fun and exciting strategy game to play on your Android device then don’t miss out on this title.

via Google Play

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Light Flow adds 61 new compatible apps, and multiple calendar support in latest update

Light Flow, an app that allows you to control your notification light and sounds, got a significant update today. Light Flow is now compatible with 61 new applications and adds support for users who use multiple calendars (in Android 4.0 and above). The app can be yours for $2.49 in the Google Play store, and there is also a free version with some limitations. Hit the break to see if any of your favorite apps have been added to Light Flow, and if you decide to buy it, use the QR code below.

  1.    GNotes
  2.     Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth
  3.     SoundCloud
  4.     Snapchat
  5.     Due Today
  6.     Echofon
  7.     Tuenti Social Messenger
  8.     Bria Android – VoIP Softphone
  9.     CommuniCase
  10.     Note+ Notes
  11.     Note Everything
  12.     CallWeaver
  13.     Jasmine IM
  14.     Live Score Addicts
  15.     365Scores:Sport Scores and News
  16.     GhostSMS
  17.     MeetMe - Meet New People
  18.     Call Control – Call Blocker
  19.     Outlook.com
  20.     Klaxon Oncall Pager
  21.     Spiegel Online
  22.     Android-Hilfe.de App
  23.     Avocado
  24.     Tasker
  25.     Browser to phone
  26.     Messagerie Vocale Visuelle
  27.     Falcon Pro
  28.     Lumiya
  29.     Cisco Jabber IM
  30.     NateOn UC
  31.     IrssiNotifier
  32.     Hike
  33.     ooVoo Video Call
  34.     Rummified
  35.     Reader
  36.     Mustard MOD Beta
  37.     iSecurity+
  38.     Tasks+ To Do List Manager
  39.     Earthquake!
  40.     Farm Story
  41.     VCOrganizer
  42.     Pimlical Advanced Calendar
  43.     Zombie Farm
  44.     Bakery Story
  45.     Restaurant Story
  46.     Order Up!! Food Truck Wars
  47.     Order Up!! To Go
  48.     90elf Fussball
  49.     TriviaDos
  50.     Band
  51.     HipChat
  52.     Cozi Family Calendar and Lists
  53.     Windroid Email
  54.     Med Helper
  55.     AT and T visual voicemail
  56.     TransDroid
  57.     RenRen
  58.     K-10 Mail
  59.     TV Guide TIVIKO - EU+USA+India
  60.     Phoenix emperor
  61.     Bike Race

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Google Play Download Link 

Source: Light Flow Change Log

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Google steals Samsung’s VP of Marketing to work for Motorola

We just reported on Google’s and Motorola’s secretive and super forward-thinking X Phone, and part of that story was about the heavy emphasis that Google is willing to put into marketing the device. In the story, we heard that Larry Page told Motorola that he is willing to allocate a significant amount of funds into marketing the X Phone. Well, now we know where a portion of those funds are going: to Brian Wallace’s salary. Google just nabbed Samsung’s Vice President of Marketing, Brian Wallace, who helped push Samsung into the Android success story that it is today. Wallace spent the last year working at Samsung and is responsible for the passive-aggressive (and highly successful) “The Next Big Thing Is Already Here” campaign that took swings at Apple’s most devoted fans. Before that, Wallace worked for over ten years at RIM, where he tried to help the struggling Blackberry maker make a turn around. Today, Brian Wallace will sit at the helm of Motorola’s marketing strategies, and hopefully will push the fledgling company back into the powerhouse territory where it used to reside. Let’s hope this all ties into the thickening plot of the Google/Motorola Super X Phone.

Source: All Things D

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Light Flow adds 61 new compatible apps, and multiple calendar support in latest update

Light Flow, an app that allows you to control your notification light and sounds, got a significant update today. Light Flow is now compatible with 61 new applications and adds support for users who use multiple calendars (in Android 4.0 and above). The app can be yours for $2.49 in the Google Play store, and there is also a free version with some limitations. Hit the break to see if any of your favorite apps have been added to Light Flow, and if you decide to buy it, use the QR code below.

  1.    GNotes
  2.     Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth
  3.     SoundCloud
  4.     Snapchat
  5.     Due Today
  6.     Echofon
  7.     Tuenti Social Messenger
  8.     Bria Android – VoIP Softphone
  9.     CommuniCase
  10.     Note+ Notes
  11.     Note Everything
  12.     CallWeaver
  13.     Jasmine IM
  14.     Live Score Addicts
  15.     365Scores:Sport Scores and News
  16.     GhostSMS
  17.     MeetMe - Meet New People
  18.     Call Control – Call Blocker
  19.     Outlook.com
  20.     Klaxon Oncall Pager
  21.     Spiegel Online
  22.     Android-Hilfe.de App
  23.     Avocado
  24.     Tasker
  25.     Browser to phone
  26.     Messagerie Vocale Visuelle
  27.     Falcon Pro
  28.     Lumiya
  29.     Cisco Jabber IM
  30.     NateOn UC
  31.     IrssiNotifier
  32.     Hike
  33.     ooVoo Video Call
  34.     Rummified
  35.     Reader
  36.     Mustard MOD Beta
  37.     iSecurity+
  38.     Tasks+ To Do List Manager
  39.     Earthquake!
  40.     Farm Story
  41.     VCOrganizer
  42.     Pimlical Advanced Calendar
  43.     Zombie Farm
  44.     Bakery Story
  45.     Restaurant Story
  46.     Order Up!! Food Truck Wars
  47.     Order Up!! To Go
  48.     90elf Fussball
  49.     TriviaDos
  50.     Band
  51.     HipChat
  52.     Cozi Family Calendar and Lists
  53.     Windroid Email
  54.     Med Helper
  55.     AT and T visual voicemail
  56.     TransDroid
  57.     RenRen
  58.     K-10 Mail
  59.     TV Guide TIVIKO - EU+USA+India
  60.     Phoenix emperor
  61.     Bike Race

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Google Play Download Link 

Source: Light Flow Change Log

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Google steals Samsung’s VP of Marketing to work for Motorola

We just reported on Google’s and Motorola’s secretive and super forward-thinking X Phone, and part of that story was about the heavy emphasis that Google is willing to put into marketing the device. In the story, we heard that Larry Page told Motorola that he is willing to allocate a significant amount of funds into marketing the X Phone. Well, now we know where a portion of those funds are going: to Brian Wallace’s salary. Google just nabbed Samsung’s Vice President of Marketing, Brian Wallace, who helped push Samsung into the Android success story that it is today. Wallace spent the last year working at Samsung and is responsible for the passive-aggressive (and highly successful) “The Next Big Thing Is Already Here” campaign that took swings at Apple’s most devoted fans. Before that, Wallace worked for over ten years at RIM, where he tried to help the struggling Blackberry maker make a turn around. Today, Brian Wallace will sit at the helm of Motorola’s marketing strategies, and hopefully will push the fledgling company back into the powerhouse territory where it used to reside. Let’s hope this all ties into the thickening plot of the Google/Motorola Super X Phone.

Source: All Things D

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Light Flow adds 61 new compatible apps, and multiple calendar support in latest update

Light Flow, an app that allows you to control your notification light and sounds, got a significant update today. Light Flow is now compatible with 61 new applications and adds support for users who use multiple calendars (in Android 4.0 and above). The app can be yours for $2.49 in the Google Play store, and there is also a free version with some limitations. Hit the break to see if any of your favorite apps have been added to Light Flow, and if you decide to buy it, use the QR code below.

  1.    GNotes
  2.     Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth
  3.     SoundCloud
  4.     Snapchat
  5.     Due Today
  6.     Echofon
  7.     Tuenti Social Messenger
  8.     Bria Android – VoIP Softphone
  9.     CommuniCase
  10.     Note+ Notes
  11.     Note Everything
  12.     CallWeaver
  13.     Jasmine IM
  14.     Live Score Addicts
  15.     365Scores:Sport Scores and News
  16.     GhostSMS
  17.     MeetMe - Meet New People
  18.     Call Control – Call Blocker
  19.     Outlook.com
  20.     Klaxon Oncall Pager
  21.     Spiegel Online
  22.     Android-Hilfe.de App
  23.     Avocado
  24.     Tasker
  25.     Browser to phone
  26.     Messagerie Vocale Visuelle
  27.     Falcon Pro
  28.     Lumiya
  29.     Cisco Jabber IM
  30.     NateOn UC
  31.     IrssiNotifier
  32.     Hike
  33.     ooVoo Video Call
  34.     Rummified
  35.     Reader
  36.     Mustard MOD Beta
  37.     iSecurity+
  38.     Tasks+ To Do List Manager
  39.     Earthquake!
  40.     Farm Story
  41.     VCOrganizer
  42.     Pimlical Advanced Calendar
  43.     Zombie Farm
  44.     Bakery Story
  45.     Restaurant Story
  46.     Order Up!! Food Truck Wars
  47.     Order Up!! To Go
  48.     90elf Fussball
  49.     TriviaDos
  50.     Band
  51.     HipChat
  52.     Cozi Family Calendar and Lists
  53.     Windroid Email
  54.     Med Helper
  55.     AT and T visual voicemail
  56.     TransDroid
  57.     RenRen
  58.     K-10 Mail
  59.     TV Guide TIVIKO - EU+USA+India
  60.     Phoenix emperor
  61.     Bike Race

QR Code generator

Google Play Download Link 

Source: Light Flow Change Log

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Google steals Samsung’s VP of Marketing to work for Motorola

We just reported on Google’s and Motorola’s secretive and super forward-thinking X Phone, and part of that story was about the heavy emphasis that Google is willing to put into marketing the device. In the story, we heard that Larry Page told Motorola that he is willing to allocate a significant amount of funds into marketing the X Phone. Well, now we know where a portion of those funds are going: to Brian Wallace’s salary. Google just nabbed Samsung’s Vice President of Marketing, Brian Wallace, who helped push Samsung into the Android success story that it is today. Wallace spent the last year working at Samsung and is responsible for the passive-aggressive (and highly successful) “The Next Big Thing Is Already Here” campaign that took swings at Apple’s most devoted fans. Before that, Wallace worked for over ten years at RIM, where he tried to help the struggling Blackberry maker make a turn around. Today, Brian Wallace will sit at the helm of Motorola’s marketing strategies, and hopefully will push the fledgling company back into the powerhouse territory where it used to reside. Let’s hope this all ties into the thickening plot of the Google/Motorola Super X Phone.

Source: All Things D

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