The PadFone is a versatile piece of tech, a smartphone that plugs into a tablet that plugs into a dock. It's an interesting concept, and if you don't use it that often, the three pieces together could probably get you through more than a couple of days on a single charge. Now ASUS is providing a firmware update to the original PadFone, bringing about stability improvements along with stronger WiFi and Bluetooth connections.
The device will remain on Android 4.1 after the update. Nevertheless, there are enough improvements to make this a worthy update.
1. More stable system in phone and tablet PC modes 2.
Rumors have been flying around the net for the past few days that Samsung is going to skip updating the Note II to 4.2.2 for [presumably] Android 4.3. Up until now there hasn't been much that backed this rumor, but Australia's Telstra network has all but confirmed this to be the case on its device update page.
If you read the above highlighted note in full, you'll see that "Samsung have [sic] elected globally to skip the 4.2.2 update or this device and will instead go to a newer version of Android" (emphasis ours). This would seemingly indicate that no versions of the Note II will receive a bump in Android version until we see 4.3, which should be announced next week at Google's press event.
Late last month, Samsung announced an LTE-A-powered Galaxy S4 with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor for Korea's SK Telecom network. The benchmarks – along with the speedtests – were mind-boggling, but it was extremely unclear whether the rest of the world would ever get a taste of everything this new GS4 has to offer. Thanks to a new leak over at AllAboutSamsung.de (and confirmed by SamMobile's sources), we now have strong reason to think that an international version, model number i9506, is on its way.
The first look at the i9506 comes to us via some leaked screenshots of an AnTuTu benchmark, which essentially confirms the devices innards: Qualcomm's MSM 8974 CPU – better known as the Snapdragon 800.
One of the better recent additions to the Chrome browser is a remote desktop tool, developed and implemented by Google and usable between any two desktop computers running Chrome. When it showed up in the Chrome Web Store, we figured that it wouldn't be too long before some kind of Android integration was developed. Googler François Beaufort announced that work has begun on "Chromoting," an Android app that allows users to control remote Chrome clients.
At the moment there's very little to go on, just a screenshot of the app icon in a drawer. Work has definitely begun on the app itself, as noted in the Chromium Appspot code review.
It's pretty much a foregone conclusion that a new Nexus 7 is just around the corner, but a few more plausible details are leaking out. According to some info passed to Engadget, the updated 7-inch slate will come with Android 4.3, wireless charging, and SlimPort video out. It also confirms the dual cameras from the last leak.
We don't know what version of wireless charging will be featured, assuming this is legit. Qi is the most likely option as that is what the Nexus 4 supports. SlimPort is also the standard the Nexus 4 uses for video out, so at least the leak is consistent.
Fans of the preeminent dating/hookup simulator, Leisure Suit Larry have had the opportunity to be disappointed twice in the last few months. Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded was supposed to arrive in the Play Store wrapped in cheesy suede back in May. Then it was pushed to late June, but missed that deadline too. Now at long last the hunt is on – Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded has been released on Android.
The Leisure Suit Larry is a classic "adult-themed" point-and-click adventure with the goal of getting Larry some affection from impressionable young ladies. This game is a remake of the original Leisure Suit Larry, but the graphics and dialog have been tweaked to be more modern.
The weekend is upon us, and you're going to need something to do. Some new apps would do the trick, but only chumps go around paying full price for things. We've got all the app and games sales you could want right here.
I've been in this situation multiple times: a friend or family member gets their Android phone so bogged down with apps and extraneous files that I recommend a full device wipe. The first question they ask is not "Will I lose all my contact data?", nor is it "What about all the photos I've taken?" No, invariably it's some variation on this theme: "Will I lose all my three-star ratings in Angry Birds?" After years on the market, developer Rovio is finally presenting players with an easy solution in the form of an official Rovio Account.
The service works just as you'd expect it to: log in with a username and password, and your level progress is saved and accessible on any Android or iOS device.