Complain as some people might, smartphones are getting bigger and bigger. Nothing exemplifies that fact more than phablets like the HTC DLX (or other variants, such as the J Butterfly), Samsung Galaxy Note II, and LG Optimus Vu II. Packing 5"+ displays, powerful CPUs, and 2GB of RAM, these phones aren't for your grandmother.
Left to right: HTC J Butterfly (Japanese variant of the purported DLX), Samsung Galaxy Note II, and LG Optimus Vu II.
Device-specific hardware tends to get overlooked by the third-party development community, but the S Pen from Samsung's Note phones might be the exception. There are a lot of Note users out there and it has a stylus that's actually worth using. Samsung is now offering game developers a way to better utilize that feature with the Unity Extension SDK, which can be downloaded from Samsung's developer site.
In case you're not aware, Unity is a 3D game engine that's used by a number of popular titles. The new SDK will allow developers to accept input from the S Pen. The SDK provides devs with access to SCanvasView in their games.
It may be pretty hard for Apple to get away from the ruling that it has to state publicly on its website and in advertisements that Samsung didn't copy the iPad. An appeals court has ruled that the previous sentence should still be in place. The judges stated that, if Apple wasn't the one to clear up the confusion, the damage caused by the lawsuits all over Europe would be irreparable to Samsung.
Said the judges:
The acknowledgment must come from the horse's mouth. Nothing short of that will be sure to do the job completely.
The one thing the appeals court did change is that the web-based disclaimer doesn't need to take up a large amount of real estate on Apple's homepage, and instead a simple link to "Samsung/Apple judgment" will suffice.
Well, you already know it's not Jelly Bean, but T-Mo is sending an OTA update to the Galaxy S III right now. It's a minor one, mostly dealing with some Touchwiz stuff you likely don't use, as well as a behind-the-scenes tweak to pinch and zoom. Woo.
Current Version - Android version 4.0.4/Software version T999UVLJ4
Android version 4.0.4/Software version T999UVLJ4
Resolved Media Hub playback issues
Pinch & Zoom backend changes – No visible user changes
OTA and Samsung Kies update
T999UVLH2, T999UVLG1 or T999UVLEM
Device software is not rooted
50% battery life
50 MB available memory (File size of update is 12 MB)
The 12MB update is available via OTA right now, but if you'd rather use Kies for some weird reason, you'll have to wait until tomorrow.
Did you think that the Galaxy S III was the only one getting all of Samsung's Jelly Bean attention? Not so! As it turns out, the company is also working on Android 4.1 for older phones, including but not limited to the...*deep breath*...Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch. A build has leaked out over on XDA of 4.1.1 in all its TouchWiz-ified glory that's ready for the flashing looking at, if you're feeling adventurous bored.
Of course, keep in mind that this is an early build of unreleased software, so make your backups and be prepared for some problems here and there.
For the first time, Samsung's largest flagship line will be landing on Sprint with the Galaxy Note II. During the initial launch, though, you better know you want it as this device will come with a whopping $300 price tag with a new two year contract. This isn't unheard of for some major devices, but it still ranks as one of the most expensive handsets you can buy.
The Note II will be launching with Android 4.1.1, LTE, and the same Exynos processor as the international version. As we know, devices that use the Exynos 4 processor require a discrete LTE chip outside the SoC itself which can add thickness to a phone.
If you're not impressed by the leak-happy LG Nexus, and don't buy into the somewhat fuzzy rumors that we'll see multiple Nexus phones this year but you're still seeking a pure Google experience in a gorgeous, powerful frame, Daily Steals has just what you're looking for.
The popular 24-hour sale site is offering the Samsung Galaxy Nexus 16GB, unlocked for GSM networks, for just $319.99. For reference, that's about $30 cheaper than Google's current price, and with a mere $5 shipping charge, it's a fantastic deal.
In case you've somehow forgotten the Galaxy Nexus' specs, here's a quick look:
4.65" Super AMOLED display at 1280x720 (that's ~316ppi)
TI OMAP 4460 dual-core processor at 1.2GHz
5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera
Again, Daily Steals' discounts run on a 24-hour cycle, so if you've been waiting to pull the trigger on a Nexus device but aren't quite as hyped as others about what we're likely to see this year, hit the link below and take advantage of the discount.
The rich, laminated oak on an antique writing desk. The captivating sheen on a mug of Bolivian coffee. The slight give as your hand caresses the supple exterior of an exquisitely-tanned saddle. If all these things put you in mind of a new smartphone, then you're a very strange person, and the prime consumer target for the latest flavor of Samsung's Galaxy S III. The "Amber Brown" version of the Galaxy S III is now available directly from Verizon, apparently ready to ship. It's the same price as the white, blue and black models, at $199/$599 for the contract and non-contract versions respectively, in 16GB capacity only.
All of the tariffs on offer from Vodafone, Orange, and O2 offer the phone for free, although none of the plans include a data allowance over 1GB per month.
The cheapest option is available from Vodafone, giving you 300 minutes, unlimited texts, and a paltry 250MB of data per month for £25. For an extra few quid, you can bump up to Orange's Panther 36 plan, which offers 600 minutes, 3000 text messages and a 1GB data allowance for £28.50.