If you spent the early to mid 90s tapping away on a Neo-Geo controller, you're probably familiar with Samurai Shodown II. This classic fighting game was much loved at the time, and it's seen a bit of a comeback in recent years on Xbox Live Arcade and Wii Virtual Console. Now this title has arrived on Android thanks to SNK Playmore, but nostalgia doesn't come cheap.
Unless you've been carefully monitoring your tech blog bylines for years (or are a devout and longtime Engadget / Pocketnow reader), you've probably never heard of a man named Evan Blass. This has actually been a good thing for Evan, who for over a year (with a long break during 2012) has operated the now quite-well-known @evleaks Twitter account, leaking various phones, tablets, and product names to an eager public.
So here's a new one: a carrier-branded device is going to get an Android version bump while its Wi-Fi only counterparts are stuck on an older version. This is against everything we've seen in the Android world since the dawn of time, where Wi-Fi devices normally surpass their cellular-connect brethren on a regular basis. To make the situation even more interesting, we're talking about Verizon devices here.
Here's the skinny: Motorola recently updated its upgrade page for the Verizon Xyboard twins, stating that they would each get updated to Android 4.1.
K-9 Mail is what you get when you take the default Android email client and make it, erm, better. It made the jump this week to version 4.4 and now sports a more holo-themed user interface, rich notifications for Android 4.1+ devices, an altered unread widget, and a whole bucket-load of nitpicky features that may or may not make your day, depending on how anal you are about how you like your email.
Update 6/29/13: The original price for these was $539.99, but it's since been dropped to $499.99.
The Galaxy S4 Mini isn't as powerful as the original S4, its screen isn't as nice, nor is it as easy to find. That said, an unlocked version of Galaxy S4 Mini is available today-only on eBay for $499.99. It's not that much cheaper than the full-sized version, but that may not matter for people with smaller hands or tighter pockets.
The Big Android BBQ 2013 is just a few months away at this point (October 10-12), and if you missed out on the early bird special, tickets are now officially on sale a the regular prices. Like with years past, there are a variety of packages to choose from, including an all new [x] option.
Each package offers its own set of perks, with each one building off the last. For example, the General Admission package will get you in the door, access to the pool party, and an all-you-can-eat plate at the BBQ, but not much else.
We've seen Android running on a lot of things lately (outside of phones and tablets, that is) – ovens, game consoles, and a lot more. With people wanting more and more out of their TV, we've also seen an influx of devices that aim to turn that boring old HDTV of yours into a "smart" TV. But Sceptre is doing something a little different – it released a soundbar that runs Android and turns your TV into something more intelligent than it currently is.
So the Google Play Edition Galaxy S4 is for sale now, but if you want the Samsung version with all the custom features? Well, you can get it on the cheap today. The international Galaxy S4 is on eBay Daily Deals again, and it's come down in price since last time. Now it's only $549.99 with free shipping, down from $575 last time. The Google Play version is $100 more.