We all love Android, and we also love when Google releases a new iteration of our favorite mobile OS. Sometimes, though, even Google screws up a bit, and Android 4.2 is looking to be one of the most bug-ridden releases since Honeycomb. And, let's be honest: 4.2 isn't exactly the leap that 2.3 to 3.0 was, either. Chances are, if you're on Android 4.2, you've experienced at least one of the issues here.
If you've been waiting around to pick up Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 (or just want to follow in the footsteps of the Brussels Philharmonic), Amazon's got a deal for you. The online shopping giant is offering up Samsung's 10" slate for a discount of $50 across all models. That means the 16GB (white and grey) version will cost you $449, while the 32GB variant (available in grey only) is $499.
Google has been on an update roll lately, with Voice, YouTube, Google+, Calendar, and Music all getting updates in the last week. I've been dutifully doing teardowns on all of them, but there's been no hidden goodies, and thus, no articles. There was a Play Store update this weekend, however, and that does have some interesting, new stuff in it, so we're back!
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Update: Amazon just updated the deals and dropped many of the prices down for customers looking to upgrade. For example, the RAZR M is now also just a penny for those renewing.
If you're looking to abandon your existing carrier and move to Big Red, then the RAZR M is a great phone to choose for the transition. And now you can grab it from Amazon Wireless for only a penny (Black, White).
Just one week after bringing Play Music to France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK, Google has reached a major licensing deal with Armonia, a music licensing initiative that represents an alliance of publishers from across Europe. The deal will give Play customers access to Armonia's 5.5 million musical works licensed across over 30 countries.
For whatever reason, there are some users who absolutely can't stand Android 4.2's new lockscreen features, like widgets and the left-to-right swipe gesture that opens the camera. There's even a list of "bugs" with lockscreen widgets over at reddit, citing everything from simple widget removal to the glowing rectangle when the device is unlocked as reasons to hate the feature.
If you fall into that camp and wish you could just get rid of the new tweaks, we have good news: there's a new app that lets you do just that.
In ancient Greece, Apollo was—among other things—the god of music. In ancient 2012, Apollo became the official music app for CyanogenMod. It was gorgeous, functional, and completely customizable, as you might expect from the world's most popular ROM. At the time, we were told that this lovely bit of software would be coming to the Market "in the coming weeks." That was back when we still called it the Market.
The HTC One X was (and still is) a fantastic device thanks to its solid hardware, excellent build quality, and stunning display. But it's a little long in the tooth, partially because the newest high-end smartphones have both quad-core CPUs and LTE, and partially because in the smartphone world, anything that's 7 months old is (unfortunately) outdated.
That brings us to the HTC One X+, which is more of a mid-cycle refresh than an all-new model.
If you're looking to save a hundred bucks or so on the powerhouse Optimus G from LG on either AT&T or Sprint, Amazon Wireless is the place to be. The company just dropped the price of the device for both carriers down to $99, which is a fairly substantial savings for such a high-end device, especially compared to the $199 that both Sprint and AT&T are asking.
For those who may not be aware, the Optimus G has the same hardware guts as the Nexus 4:
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 quad-core at 1.5GHz
- GPU: Adreno 320
- Network Compatibility: AT&T: GSM quad-band with LTE, Sprint: CDMA with LTE
- Operating System: Android 4.0.4 with Optimus UI 3.0
- Display: 4.7" TrueHD IPS+ 768x1280 (320DPI, 15:9)
- Memory: 2GB RAM / 16/32GB storage (depends on model)
- Cameras: 1.3MP front, 8/13MP rear (depends on model)
- Battery: 2100mAh, non-removable
- NFC: Yes
- Ports / Expandable Storage: microUSB / microSD (AT&T model only)
- Thickness: 8.45mm
- Weight: 145g
As noted above, the big difference between the two is in the area of storage: the AT&T model comes equipped with 16GB on-board, as well as a 16GB microSD card; whereas the Sprint version has 32GB with no microSD card slot.
When it comes to gadget bags, I'm like a woman with purses: I have a selection to choose from. Not because I just love buying new bags all the time, but because I'm always on the hunt for something better, though ninety-five percent of the time, I have no idea what that "something" is. So I'm always open to new options.