Jaroslav Stekl is a tech enthusiast whose favorite gadgets almost always happen to be the latest Android devices. When he's not writing for Android Police, he's probably hiking, camping, or canoeing. He is also an aspiring coffee aficionado and an avid moviegoer.
US Cellular's LTE selection just gained an additional member: the Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G. Available online today for $179 after a $100 mail-in rebate, the device comes with fairly middle-of-the-road features, such as:
A slide-out QWERTY keyboard
A 1GHz processor
A 4.0-inch touchscreen
A 5MP rear-facing camera and camcorder
A front-facing camera
In an effort to promote its LTE network, the carrier will be lowering the handset's price to a somewhat more reasonable $129 (also after a mail-in rebate) in markets where 4G is either currently available or will be accessible by the end of the year.
While it isn't exactly the next Galaxy S III, it never hurts to expand a carrier's 4G barnhouse.
It's a good time to be an Android gamer - three respectable game developers have just slashed the prices of their games to less than $1 (up to 85% off) in a wild summer sale.
First up, Gameloft's 3D MMORPG Order & Chaos has seen its price reduced to $0.99. This is a pretty significant sale considering it usually costs $6.99, and it seems like a viable option for MMORPG fans, as evidenced by its current 4.25-star rating on the Play Store.
Order & Chaos Online
Next, G-Gee's old-school side-scroller, King of Fighters, is also on sale for just $0.99 (previously $4.99).
Three new devices joined the T-Mobile guard today: two phones and one phablet.
First, the new Huawei myTouch has hit the stores, with a price of $49.99 on a new 2-year contract accompanied by the following specs:
4-inch "high-res" screen
The device is available in black and dark red varieties; if you're after a bargain, you might want to head over to Wirefly, where you can get both colors (black and red) free.
Next, the myTouch's keyboard-wielding cousin, the myTouch Q, also went on sale. Its price is $49.99 as well, and its specs appear to be identical except for the aforementioned addition of a QWERTY keyboard.
Owners of Sony Mobile's "WhiteMagic" phone, the Xperia P, have been stuck on pre-4.0 software for some time now. This, needless to say, was no fun at all.
However, as can be seen in the above Facebook post from Sony Mobile India, the device will indeed be getting its proper serving of Ice Cream Sandwich sometime between August 19th and August 25th, just as expected.
And now, the (two-week) wait begins for Xperia P users.
An Android port of the classic board game Battleship isn't, by any means, a new or novel idea - apps like Naval Clash have been offering this functionality for ages now - but once you've laid your eyes on Ships N' Battles (the latest such port), you'll never go back to the previous efforts.
Ships N' Battles, Skahal Studios' first foray into the Play Store, merges the classic board game with fancy new HD graphics. And to great effect - if the screenshots above weren't sufficient evidence of that, have a gander at this video demo:
The budding dev hasn't sacrificed function in the name of form, however; an awesome multiplayer mode is included, complete with support for both online ('Global Server') and WiFi ('local area network') gaming.
Android-using Olympics fans now have another reason to be proud of their platform - back in May, the London 2012 Join In App was released, and now, the same developer has published the London 2012 Results App.
As its name suggests, this new creation features results from all sorts of sports, including both the Olympic and Paralympic varieties. Additionally, the app will allow you to keep up on the latest news, live schedules, and athlete profiles from the games once they begin. You'll also be able to follow any specific country, in addition to "[managing] your favorites, reminders, and settings" - combined, these features enable notifications exclusively for a specific nation.
Well, would you look at what the cat dragged in: ARCHOS, the now-infamous king of cheap Android tablets, has just announced a whole new line of low-end ICS slates - aka "ELEMENTS." Though the line will eventually feature 7", 8", and 9.7" devices, today's announcement was limited to the ARCHOS 97 Carbon, which (as its name suggests) is of the 9.7" variety.
Before you get too excited, though, check out the rather extremely lackluster spec list:
1GHz single-core ARM Cortex A8 processor
1 GB of RAM
9.7" IPS display
16GB of internal flash memory
microSD card slot
Google app access, including the Play Store
The device will go on sale later this July for $229.99 - $249.99.
The One V is continuing to blaze across the US carrier trail - first, Virgin Mobile began selling the device for $200 prepaid, and now US Cellular has joined the fray.
Available now online, US Cellular's One V will cost $129.99 after one of those wonderful $100 mail-in rebates. Unfortunately, if you're new to US Cellular, you'll have to sign a two-year contract upon purchasing the device; if you're an existing customer, it doesn't appear you'll have to sign anything of the sort. If for some reason you'd prefer to get the handset from a brick-and-mortar location, you'll have to wait till July 6th.
We non-Jelly Bean plebeians have been envious of those with access to Android 4.1 for some time now, and a recent video from JLishere provides yet another reason to be jealous. The video, a demo of the much-anticipated Google Now, shows off just how accurate JB's voice recognition can be - in fact, it was able to pick up on the subtle differences between words like 'Worcester' and 'Wooster.' It also exemplifies the impressive number of commands Now (in cooperation with the Knowledge Graph) can register - from "call the Drake Hotel" to "do a barrel roll."
Enough balderdash, though - watch the 47-question demo for yourself:
Update: 20 more questions:
One last note: as JLishere notes in the video description, the demo was performed on an early build of Jelly Bean - this, in other words, should be considered a beta feature that will only get better with time.
CouchSurfing, if you haven't heard, is a service designed to allow "a global community of travelers, adventure seekers, and lifelong learners" to connect with one another so that they can arrange various get-togethers, from meals to places to spend the night. Recently, the developers of the service decided to take it to the next level with an official Android app.
As you can see, the app has a rather pretty UI. Moreover, CouchSurfing promises that behind the visual bells and whistles are a good number of features:
Search for people to connect with
Respond to and send CouchRequests
Have conversations with upcoming hosts and surfers
Easily view people’s profiles
If you're an "adventure seeker" or traveler interested in the service, just hit up the download info below - right after you watch CouchSurfing's cultural documentary intro video.