Last year's Note 10.1 was a first for Samsung. It was the first 10-inch tablet to carry the Note name, and the first consumer tablet that made good use of a stylus. It brought about many innovative, though not perfectly executed, features that changed the way Android worked. Multiple apps on the same screen, handwriting input and palm rejection, and the like were all relative newcomers to the tablet scene. And for the most part, they were all well received by those who bought the tablet. Read More
Just a few days ago, we saw Google expand the reach of Play Books to New Zealand and a handful of countries across Asia. Continuing its arduous march of international availability, Google today expanded Google Play Music and its All Access service to seven new countries. So, who's been added to the list of those able to jam out with Google's on-demand music streaming service/store? Here's the full list:
- Czech Republic
If you're in one of the above countries and have been waiting for Google's music service to open up, go listen to some music! Read More
Hangouts was one of many Google apps that received pretty significant updates last week. Version 1.2 finally brought availability statuses for people on your contact list, better organization of contacts, and several other improvements. Under-the-hood, however, I spotted a few more additions that don't seem to be live just yet, which is exactly what we have APK teardowns around here for.
. Don't forget to check out the Gmail teardown
I did on Saturday and voice your opinion on ads that are coming to the Android app.
Samsung first posted open source kernel files for the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear just before the weekend, only a couple of days after both devices became available internationally. There weren't many models available at the time, just two for the Note 3 and one for the Gear. Now Samsung has introduced eight more for the Galaxy Note 3, including the SM-N900, SM-N9005, SM-N900K, and many others.
These devices haven't launched in the US yet, but these files enable developers and open source enthusiasts living stateside to play around with things before anyone else, in a sense. Read More
Verizon may have been last out of the gate with the HTC One, but at least it's getting some update love. The One is getting its first OTA update on Big Red with a few notable improvements. You can start mashing the update button, if you like.
More than a few Android users are lamenting the fact that high-end phones seem to be approaching the size of small billboards. For all you hoping for a true superphone that you can actually hold in one hand, Sony appears to have heard you. XperiaBlog is showing off what appears to be a catalog for Japanese Carrier NTT DoCoMo with a listing for the 4.3-inch Xperia Z1 f, which may indeed be the rumored Xperia Z1 Mini. Read More
Japan loves vending machines. You know those machines with iPods and Bose headphones at the airport? Japan had them first, among, many, many others, including machines for liquor, live bait, produce, Pokemon, and various other slightly insane things. Now it looks like Google is joining the fray with a promotional machine that dispenses Android games right to your phone. What?
Engadget was on-hand at a Google event where the company showed off one of three vending machines that will soon go into service. Read More
AT&T has finally nailed down the date for its Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear launch. Ma Bell will be making Samsung's latest phablet available for purchase October 4th through its website and in stores. That'll give you a few days to take all your pants to the tailor to have the pockets let out.
The last time AT&T had anything to say about its Note 3 launch it would only commit to around October 1st. Read More
Motorola has a more economical alternative to the flagship X on the way, referred to in a previous FCC filing and a few Republic Wireless documents as the "Motorola DVX." A revised Permissive Change filing with the Federal Communications Commission has revealed a few more photos of the device itself, including the assembled front and rear. According to Reddit user Danrant, the update is for compatibility with advanced hearing aids.
The DVX is a dead ringer for the Moto X, looking basically identical to the slightly older phone in the filing documents except for a speaker module flipped to the left side on the rear panel. Read More
Now that the insane week of Google app updates has passed (gotta love those Rollout Wednesdays, right?), I've had some time to dig into the APKs and have found a number of interesting things in some of them.
We'll start with Gmail, which received a fairly significant Card UI update with version 4.6.
Ads are coming to Gmail
The most significant under-the-hood and probably not active yet addition to Gmail 4.6 is ads. Read More