We review a lot of high-end phones here on Android Police. In fact, we probably review a disproportionately low number of entry-level and mid-range devices, because many of them are, well, boring. We also know that you, our readers, are rarely interested in the often no-value value-proposition that these handsets tend to represent, especially in the US. Here, a wireless contract is two years long whether you're buying a refurbished Galaxy Nexus (ew!) or a shiny new Galaxy S4.
Get ready to start downloading, as the CyanogenMod team has started pushing out its first release candidate for 10.1. The CM team only uses the RC moniker to describe software that is believed to be stable and reliable enough for regular daily use. If you are looking for a rock solid version of Android 4.2 for your phone, this is probably the one to get.
The timing is no coincidence, as this lands exactly one week before a new version of Android is expected to be announced at Google I/O 2013 (probably v4.3).
A couple of weeks ago, we tipped you off to a pretty great deal on a 32GB Transformer Pad Infinity from Woot. The first sale must have been a success because Tech.Woot is back with the 64GB model for just $440 + $5 shipping. Amazon's price has never dipped below $480 for this exact model, and it currently resides at $530.
- 10.1" Super IPS+ Display @ 1920x1200
- nVidia Tegra 3
- 1 GB RAM
- 64 GB Flash storage + MicroSD slot
- 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera
- Approx 9.5 hours battery life (25 Wh)
- 1.3 lbs
- Android 4.2.1
Like before, these are brand new units without the keyboard dock, which can be found for $126 here.
How would you like to score a pretty sweet deal on a Galaxy S4? For today only, DailySteals is offering the international variant of Samsung's flagship phone for just $679. The same model appeared on eBay Daily Deals a couple of weeks ago for $700, but only stocked 200 units and sold out before most people could get their orders in. Amazon's current lowest price is $710 + $5 shipping.
- 5" 1080p Super AMOLED HD display (441 PPI)
- 1.6GHz octa-core Exynos processor
- 2GB DDR3 RAM
- 13 MP Rear shooter, 2MP front camera
- 16GB Storage, microSD card slot with support up to 64GB
- Android 4.2.2 (Jellybean)
- 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
- IR Blaster
- MHL 2.0
- Temperature and humidity sensors
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- 2,600mAH battery
- 136.6 x 69.8 x 7.9 mm, 130g
- Available in 2 colors: Black Mist, White Frost
This is the factory unlocked international version, which means it isn't tied to any specific carrier.
Despite not (yet) having Google Glass, I've managed to get a hold of a system dump, so it's time to have some fun for the day and see if Glass has any (more) hidden goodies for us. It'll also be fun to see just what makes Glass tick, and how the OS is laid out.
APK Teardown is usually at its best when I have a previous version to diff against and, you know, when I've actually used or at least seen the software in question.
So you got into the whole workout-on-the-Wii fad a while back, but now the Balance Board just hangs out in the corner, collecting dust. What a waste. You could choose to let it continue to clutter up your living room, or you could get it out, blow the dust off of it, and connect it to your Android phone or tablet. What?!
Thanks to an app called FitScales, that process is actually made incredibly simple.
If we showed you a picture of the rumored HTC M4 right now, you would just think it's the One. Since HTC's newest flagship has such a fantastic design, it only makes sense (I really love that pun when talking about HTC) that the company would apply the same design elements to other handsets, as well – but the M4 is essentially a direct copy, only smaller. So it should be perfect for those who don't like huge phones.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is a strange beast. Sitting more or less between the Note II and the Note 10.1, the Note 8.0 feels like a Frankenstein Android device, mixing elements of both smartphones and tablets. Of course, that's kind of the point: in territories where carriers don't have such a stranglehold on the wireless industry, the Note 8.0 is exactly the giant phone that it looks like. Here in the States, we'll have to make due with an 8-inch WiFi tablet - a mid-sized device for the category, with a premium price.
Sony's Xperia Tablet Z, the tablet first announced for Japan about three months ago, and spotted again at MWC, is finally up for pre-order for those customers awaiting the device's US launch.
When we saw the Tablet Z in person at Mobile World Congress, its super thin, super light water/dust-resistant frame impressed. Its 1920x1200 10.1" display, S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and promised Android 4.2 base also sounded good on paper, but we concluded it could still be held back by two things: a 6000mAh battery, and a $500 price point for the 16GB model.