According to Amazon, the original (2011) model of the Kindle Fire (KF) captured 22% of the tablet market. Whether or not you believe that figure, it was almost certainly the most popular Android tablet of the year. When compared to the often-times much more expensive tablets on the market, it was easy to see why: the Kindle fire offered 90% of the experience for 50% (or less) of the price.
Welcome to the Android Police Week In Review - your source for the biggest Android stories of the week. Don't forget, you can catch a lot of these stories (and more) on our weekly podcast.
- Sprint is doing LTE in places you might be and they want you to know.
- HTC's One X+ shows up on blurrycam for T-Mobile, but it might not actually be coming at all.
So here we are - Google's 25 Billion App Downloads promotion is coming to a close. Today's deals just went live in the Play Store, and holy crap - this is by far the best day yet. There are some really great apps (and games) in the mix today, like Horn, The Dark Knight Rises, and a few others. Here's the list:
- Smart Tools
- Scramble With Friends
- Air Control HD
- Air Control
- Sketchbook Pro
- Gravity Guy
- Guns'n'Glory WW2 Premium
- Great Big War Game
- The Dark Knight Rises
- Nova Launcher Prime
- Haunted House HD Live Wallpaper
- Kids Numbers and Math
- Spy Mouse (NA and ROW)
The main promotion page hasn't updated for most of us just yet,
so there should be two one more apps to add to the list (if today is consistent with previous days, that is).
On devices without a full-size USB port (read: most), using external USB peripherals - like keyboards, mice, game controllers, etc. - is basically a non-experience. In order to use said accessories, you need an OTG cable, which essentially converts the microUSB port of a device into a full-size port.
Right now, you can get one such cable from Amazon for $0.83. Yes, eighty-three cents. That's crazy cheap. Not only is this cable useful and affordable, but the shipping's free, too.
Samsung has really been talking up the Note II lately. For good reason, too - it looks pretty amazing. While they have already showed off some of its more notable features, a new video of the Korean version is now available on YouTube highlighting a few features that we haven't seen before, like multi-window. Start around the two-minute mark below to catch it in action.
Pretty amazing, no? It's like they took everything Ron hated about the Note 10.1's "multitasking" feature and fixed it.
We've all heard the old saying "better late with a newer version of Android than never," right? That's how I've always heard it said, and apparently I'm not alone. Telstra just announced its own variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III, which will be available beginning October 9th.
The Aussie 4G version of the device is basically identical to the international edition:
- 4.8" SAMOLED display
- 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor
- 8MP Rear shooter
- 16GB storage, microSD Card slot
- 4G LTE, HSPA+ Dual Channel 3G
- Android 4.1 with Touchwiz
The good news here is that the superphone will ship with Jelly Bean out of the box, so users won't have to wait for an OTA update to become available to get the latest version of the OS.
If you've been waiting to get your hands on a 4G GSIII in Australia, the wait is over in ten days.
If you jumped on the phablet bandwagon as soon as the Intuition hit Big Red's shelves, you've probably been waiting for a root exploit to hit so you can take full control of the system. Good news! Thanks to our boy jcase, you can now have what your heart so desperately desires. Let's get started.
First off, you'll need a couple of things:
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Last week, Motorola made some changes to its ICS timeline. Most of the changes didn't sound so good - several devices that were originally on the roster to get ICS were changed to "further plans coming soon." Among those devices was the ATRIX, Photon, and Electrify, which are all basically the same phone. Now, Motorola has made yet another change to the timeline, and it's not good news for owners of the aforementioned devices.