Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

03
Aug
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The long-awaited undead makeover to Glu Mobile's insanely popular first-person shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies, just landed in the Play Store. Fantastic, right? Yep! If you have a Sony Xperia Play, S, or Ion.

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That's right - Glu decided to give select Xperia devices a first go at Black Ops Zombies. The rest of us won't get our hands on this living-dead action shoot-em-up for another month.

03
Aug
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Last week, we took at a look at the best tablets for students and parents alike. Today, we've picked through the hundreds of offerings out there to pick the best overall and best on-a-budget smartphones on all the major carriers. As a bonus, we took a look at the latest offerings on some of the more popular pay-as-you-go carries, which can oftentimes be the best choice for a student.

With that, let's get started.

03
Aug
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Everyone's favorite third-party browser, Dolphin Browser HD, got a fairly major update today that not only brings some improved features, but also a name change (albeit a minor one). The browser formerly known as Dolphin Browser HD is now simply known as Dolphin Browser.

With this new name, comes some new features, including a cleaner, improved address bar that offers more search suggestions, a better interface for tablets, and "larger space for big thumbs and small keypads."

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The update also brings the option to have a shortcut directly to Sonar on the homescreen, better bookmark management (easier deletion of bookmarks), and the always important "stability and performance" improvements.

03
Aug
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Just yesterday, Samsung started sending out invites to its second Unpacked 2012 event at IFA in Berlin, where we believe the company will unveil the successor to the Galaxy Note. Just now, a second invitation just hit our inbox for the previously announced Galaxy event on August 15th.

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Giving credit to previous speculation, the flyer heavily suggests that we'll see the long-awaited Galaxy Note 10.1, along with the tagline "Meet the new way."

An official announcement is the last piece needed to complete the puzzle that has been the Galaxy Note 10.1.

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Aug
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Samsung will be holding an event on August 29th at IFA in Berlin. Sound familiar? It should, because Korean news publication Digital Daily outed this event back in mid July. At the time it was said that Samsung would be announcing the Galaxy Note 2, which seems to be highly likely considering the event invite:

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It doesn't really get any more obvious than that, so we'd be willing to put some money on the table that the next iteration of the Note will definitely be the highlight of the event.

01
Aug

Google just pushed an update v4.1.2 to the Gmail app (up from 4.1.1 and 4.0.5) that brings a few enhancements to Android 4.0+ devices, including improved support for 7" tablets. The full changelog for this update reads as follows:

Android 4.0 (ICS) and up:
- Improved 7" support
- Bug fixes and performance improvements

At first blush there don't appear to be any visual alterations, so we'll just assume that most of these enhancements take place under the hood.

01
Aug
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If you're just not happy with the current selection of Android devices on U.S. Cellular, two more options are being added to the table: the Motorola Electrify 2 and Defy XT.

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Available online today and in stores tomorrow for $199 after a $100 mail-in-rebate, the Motorola Electrify 2 is (obviously) the successor to last year's original Electrify. This successor is essentially a slightly watered-down Atrix HD, featuring a 4.3" ColorBoost display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Kevlar coating, and Android 4.0.

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Aug
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When it comes to mobile benchmarks, there are a few names that almost instantly come to mind: Quadrant, AnTuTu, CFBench, etc. However, those primarily test the CPU; when it comes to testing the GPU, one name stands above the rest: GLBenchmark.

A new version of GLBenchmark recently landed in the Play Store, bringing with it some changes that drastically increase the benchmark's relevance on modern devices. For starters, the Egypt benchmark, now known as Egypt HD, has been completely overhauled with richer textures, a new environment, varied shading, and more dynamic lighting/camera angles.

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Jul
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Slowly but surely, Samsung has been pushing ICS to several devices in the Galaxy Tab series, and it looks like today's the day for the Wi-Fi (GT-P7510) in the UK and the 3G version (GT-P7500) in Italy. The long-awaited update brings not only Android 4.0, but also an updated version of Touchwiz UX that's quite similar to the newest Tab 2 series.

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We expect that the update should become available in other parts of the world quite soon, but there's no official word as to when that will happen.

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Jul
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Verizon just announced a new handset for its 4G LTE network, claiming it's the "perfect crossover for basic phone customers switching to a smartphone." What makes it perfect, you ask? The device features a "dual-interface" setup, allowing users to choose between "starter" and "standard" mode. Basically, while power users try to get their devices to to as much as possible, the Marauder allows users to dumb-down their smartphone. How ironic.

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There's probably some appeal there, as the device also packs a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, but some rather modest specs for a budget device:

  • 3.8" display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5MP rear shooter
  • Android 4.0

For those interested, this simpleton of smartphones will be available beginning on August 2nd for $50 after a $50 mail-in-rebate.