With the 2012 U.S. Open right around the corner - things get under way tomorrow - The United States Golf Association has released an official Android app to allow fans to follow the action on the go right from their phones.
The app is full of information for users to sink their teeth into, from full course details and information about each hole to biographies for each player competing.
Although the application is available to everyone, live video functionality is only available to view within the United States. For those of you in the US, you can look forward to live marquee groups and hole coverage in the app.
The HTC One X is a damn good phone. Unfortunately, the One X's overall quality seems not to have been incorporated into HTC's quality control - already there have been reports of bothersome game lag, and now XDA user bigoliver has shed light on an even more grave concern: the WiFi antenna has been acting up on many devices.
XDA also lists countless other videos to prove the point
As demonstrated in the video, finding out whether your One X is affected is simple:
Gently squeeze the side back of your phone, between the camera lens and the volume buttons, if your WIFI signal strength improves only to drop back down when you stop squeezing then you have this seemingly common fault.
Just a few weeks ago, we asked you what phone you would buy if you had to choose one today - the HTC One X, or the Samsung Galaxy S III. Surprisingly, people were pretty closely split, with the tally as of writing 56% SGSIII, 44% HOX. But that was in the sort of limbo-zone when we'd seen plenty of glowing reviews of the One X and the SGSIII had yet to be proven. Now, the field is a little more empty, with international variants of the SGSIII out for a few weeks and a number of reviews having dropped.
Running a little short on storage space with all those apps and music tracks on your phone? Today might be a good time to rectify that problem, as you can pick up a SanDisk 64GB microSDXC card up from Best Buy for $49.99. Compared to Amazon's price of $74, that saves you around 30%.
Not only will you get more than enough storage space for all of your apps and media content, you will also be able to take advantage of faster transfer speeds, as the 64GB microSD card is a class 6 device, offering speeds of up to 30MB/s.
The deal is valid today only, so you'll have to make up your mind quickly if you want to get in on the action.
It's that time again - time for the Android Police Week In Review (and probably for you to find something more productive to do on a Sunday). Don't forget, you can catch a lot of this news on our weekly podcast, which we can transmit directly to your ears, free of charge.
I'm not much of a case person. I was never very clumsy with my gadgets and didn't think the added bulk was a worthy trade-off for the added protection, especially in the day and age of ultra-durable plastics and Gorilla Glass screens. But on both fronts, that's changing; it's a lot harder to guarantee the safety of my gadgets when I've got kids (we're both likely to drop things) and there are some very sleek cases on the market. Enter the $20 Spigen Ultra Thin Air case for the One X.
The Ultra Thin Air is, as one would surmise, very thin and very light.
I'm not going to lie - I'm not much of a fisherman. I'll watch River Monsters every time it's on the tube (much respect for Jeremy Wade - what a cool guy), but when it comes to casting the line myself, I'm just bad at it. Maybe it's lack of experience, or maybe I just get bored too easily and give up. Whatever the reason, I bet I would be more interested in becoming a harvester of the sea if I had the right gear. And by "the right gear," I really mean "a gadget that wirelessly connects to my Android device to show me where all the fish are."
Wouldn't you know that someone - namely a company called Friday Labs - created such a thing?
News started to trickle out this week about a new Android build called Linaro. Basically, it takes stock Android 4.0.4 and makes it super-fast, and super-awesome(er). In fact, it can boost performance by up to 100 percent over stock. Considering how fast and fluid stock Android 4.0.x already is (especially compared to older versions of the OS), that's quite impressive. Don't take my word for it, though, here's one of the main Linaro guys, Bernhard Rosenkranzer, showing it off on a TI Pandaboard. The Pandaboard features the OMAP 4430 processor (the same one that's in the Droid RAZR), so this is definitely a real-world example of what Linaro is capable of:
As you can see, the Linaro build finishes long before the stock Android build.
Potential Kindle Fire owners, pay attention! Amazon's offering a free $30 voucher code towards the purchase of a Kindle Fire to anyone who asks right now. As a bonus, once you order your Kindle Fire, you'll receive $5 worth of Amazon Instant Video credit. Pretty sweet deal!
The current list price for the Kindle Fire is still $199, so this voucher will bring it down to the extremely palatable price point of $170. The voucher is incredibly easy to order, too, and costs nothing, so even if you're just considering purchasing the device, go grab the voucher now. Worst case, you never use it.
Although it isn't a new feature, one of Samsung's software perks with the Galaxy S3 is the inclusion of 48 GB of free space in a Dropbox account, an offer that lasts two years. Unfortunately, according to an official Dropbox support page, some U.S. users won't have the option to take advantage of this free space.
AT&T and Verizon have chosen to opt out of this promotion, though their reasoning is unclear. The page does mention these two carriers by name, and makes no mention of the promotion's availability on Sprint or T-Mobile, so there is still a chance that this offer may reach us stateside.