Sprint and Samsung have officially introduced the Samsung Conquer 4G, a mid-range phone with specs that would have been considered top of the line not too long ago. As we recently reported, the Android device is expected to be launched on July 24th with a 1GHz single-core processor under the hood. You know, the kind of chip set that was powering some top of the line models only a few months ago.
Having Android 2.3 under the hood is not your typical mid-range manufacturing move, but then again, neither is having the phone equipped with a 1.3MP front-facing camera and 4G connectivity via WiMAX. Some of the specs, though, are genuinely low to mid-level such as the 3.2MP rear camera and the 3.5 inch screen with HVGA resolution.
With Sprint taking care of the high-end with the recent launch of the HTC EVO 3D, the carrier wanted to go after that forgotten middle of the market-too rich to consider cheap handsets with low end specs, but too poor to chase the latest dual-core packin’, Super AMOLED (or LCD, take you pick) high-res display equipped beast. The Samsung Conquer 4G sounds like this is the model for them, although pricing has yet to be revealed.
Just last Friday, the HTC EVO 3D was launched by Sprint and already it would seem that a GSM variant is being prepped to be launched on T-Mobile. The handset was spotted recently visiting the suits at the FCC wearing T-Mobile’s AWS bands. This, of course, does not guarantee that we will seen the 3D enabled device in the window of the nation’s fourth largest carrier, but it does bring up some interesting possibilities for those T-Mobile customers with a phone upgrade calling their name.
If a GSM EVO 3D does make it to T-Mobile, how will it do against its stablemate, the HTC Sensation 4G? Cannibalism, anyone? Or will the EVO 3D be seen at T-Mobile as a Sensation 4G wannabe with gimmicky 3D functionality? Will the LG G2x, currently not available online, be cleansed of all bugs and challenge a T-Mobile version of the EVO 3D by recapturing the excitement that its dual-core speed presented before its launch? While it’s great to think about all of this, the truth is that we still need to see T-Mobile actually come out and introduce the HTC EVO 3D before we get carried away.
Last week, we showed you a picture of a mystery Motorola Android device. Now we have another picture of a unnamed Motorola device running Android and despite the lack of clarity in the photo, there is some information that we can glean from it. First of all, looking at the screen, we can see that it is large. We can also spot a front-facing camera in the upper left side of the phone, and there is the lack of a physical QWERTY keyboard.
So far, this sounds like the long awaited Motorola DROID Bionic as recent leaks have revealed the front-facing camera to be on the upper left side of the handset just like the pictured device, and of course the DROID Bionic does not offer a physical QWERTY keyboard. The only thing missing here is the Verizon brand which would really convince us that we are looking at the delayed model. So perhaps this a brand new handset that has yet to have been announced.
On the other hand, the photo gallery pictured on the device resembles the one on the recently introduced Motorola Photron 4G for Sprint. The Photon 4G has more of a diamond shape to it because of the way the ends are cut, so this is NOT that device. And because of the different color of the notification bar than the one on the Froyo flavored Motorola Triumph, heading to Virgin with stock Android aboard, we can rule out that device as well.
So that leaves us with the Motorola DROID Bionic or some other unknown model. If we could somehow impose upon the photographer to focus on his subject a little better, perhaps we can solve this mystery.
Even though we reported back in early May that the HTC Desire HD is getting its dose of Gingerbread, it’s only now that Three UK’s version of the handset is receiving its fill of the tasty treat.
Being pushed out as an over-the-air update, owners of the Three UK HTC Desire HD should begin seeing that highly anticipated notification popping up on their handsets – indicating that they’re all set for download. Of course, if you haven’t seen it yet, you can always initiate the manual process yourself by checking for system updates under the Android settings menu. Once installed, you can expect to find some minor visual changes to the platform, but for the most part, it isn’t a dramatic departure from what they’re accustomed to already.
In any event though, you might want to backup your data prior to installing the new software update – just in case something catastrophic occurs during the installation process.
If you are a music nerd, you probably have been using and loving Shazam for a while now. It’s a simple concept that is invaluable once you have it in your pocket. Just hold your phone up to some music, and Shazam will identify the song for you. Of course, the functionality of the app has grown since its inception, and now it’s getting even more useful.
Version 1.5 of Shazam for Android has made updates for the specific purpose of letting you find previously tagged music more easily. The UI has been revamped, bringing bigger album art photos, and location tagging. But, the biggest addition is with 30-second previews, so you can go through your previously tagged music and hear a little clip of the song, rather than having to try to remember the song you want by name or artist. Unfortunately, the 30-second preview feature is only available in the US, UK, Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland.
As always, Shazam also connects with Spotify (in certain European countries), so you can listen to full tracks, or with Pandora (in the US) to give you a mix of similar songs. There is a free version of Shazam in the Android Market, as well as a paid version for $4.99, which allows unlimited tagging. Check out the video below for a preview of the new update.
source: Android Authority
Two small Android OEMs, Velocity Micro and General Dynamics, each cut a check payable to the order of Microsoft to take care of licensing fees that allow the pair to use the Android OS. Even though Android is considered Google’s baby-and rightly so-the gang at Redmond still have some patents involved in the software which the company feels it should be paid for to license to users. The amount of the payments to Microsoft has not been disclosed.
While Velocity Micro and General Dynamics are two small minnows in a sea of sharks, getting the two smaller manufacturer’s to pay allows Microsoft to say that a precedent has been set and that since the smaller companies have paid to license Microsoft’s patented work on Android, the bigger manufacturers should be forced to open their wallet as well.
It is more than just a bit ironic that Microsoft could profit from heavy sales of one of the operating systems that is keeping Redmond’s Windows Phone 7 down as just a bit player in the smartphone market as of now. Microsoft is concerned that Google’s $900 million purchase of Nortel’s patents-assuming no one comes in with a disruptive higher bid-could allow Google to close the Microsoft toll booth on the Android Expressway where the latter firm has been collecting royalties like the payments made by Velocity Micro and General Dynamics. And considering the market response to smartphones powered by Windows Phone 7, at this juncture Ballmer and his crew might just be better off focusing on collecting the tolls from Android manufacturers.
Google has unveiled their new social layer today, and it is called Google+. The trouble is that it is only open to a select few invitees, and those of us who have been invited are not yet allowed to write about the product in detail. That said, if you are a lucky invitee, be sure to grab the new Google+ app from the Android Market.
The app includes the basic features of the service including Circles (how you choose who you share things with), Stream (shared items), Instant Upload and Huddle. Those last two are the really interesting features. Instant Upload does exactly what it says and automatically uploads photos and video from your Android device, so you can easily share them with others. And, Huddle is the fabled group messaging system that we have all been waiting for. Huddle looks to only be available on Android and not on the web right now.
Google+ is looking sweet, and we’ll tell you more as soon as we can. If you have an invite, be sure to grab the app from the Market. But, if you haven’t been invited, don’t grab the app because it is useless without a login.
Android activations have been a source of pride and joy for Google ever since the platform took off in October 2008, but since then the number has been mushrooming only to now reach the staggering 500,000 activations each day, according to a tweet by Google’s own Andy Rubin. Google has now turned on more than 100 million Android devices across the globe and the growth of this number continues.
In December the number of activated Androids every day stood at 300,000, which means that Google has added over 200,000 daily activations for slightly more than half a year. Just over a year ago, daily Android activations stood at 100,000.
And it’s not just the number of devices growing, but rather the whole ecosystem as Google’s Android Market now stores over 200,000 applications with more than 3 billion downloads, according to data from May 2011. With devices ranging from low to high-end, Android truly has the scale and momentum, but do you expect the growth to continue at the same rate? Feel free to share your opinion in the comments below.
source: Andy Rubin (Twitter)
The Toshiba Thrive tablet is already up for pre-order at various retail stores, but how does winning one sound to you? Well, watching this cool video below may give you the chance to grab one for free. In order to spread awareness of its upcoming Tegra 2-powered 10-incher, Toshiba has been running a promotional campaign for several weeks now, and a number of limited edition Thrive tablets have already been awarded to to a few lucky participants.
Loaded with eye candy and special effects, the video shows off several features of the Toshiba Thrive, among which its 10.1-inch display with 1280 by 800 resolution, its 5-megapixel main and 2-megapixel front-facing cameras, and the fact that it comes running Android 3.1 out of the box. Of course, we do not expect the tablet to be able to shoot paint blobs like it does in the video, yet it would have probably been a fun feature to have. Once the video reaches 10,000 views, a special promotional code will be revealed, which you can then use to enter the sweepstakes. More information on grabbing a free Toshiba Thrive has been provided for you at the link below so if you are interested, feel free to check it out.
For more details on how to win a Toshiba Thrive tablet, click here.
Fieldrunners is one of the best and oldest tower defense games for the new generation of smartphones. It is addictive and fun, and it is finally making its way to Android. And, this isn’t exactly the same old game from iOS, this version has gotten a bit of a visual bump.
Fieldrunners HD has undergone a visual upgrade, brining the graphics up to 950×540 resolution, which is almost a perfect fit for the new qHD screens (960×540) that have been popping up on various Android handsets like the HTC Sensation, Motorola PHOTON 4G and Motorola DROID X2. The gameplay will be the same as on iOS.
Fieldrunners HD will be released on Android on June 30th and will be made available for only 99 cents for the first 24 hours. Starting on July 1st, the game will go up to its regular price of $2.99.
This is definitely one of the best tower defense games out there, so if you like tower defense, be sure to grab it fast before the price goes up.