Hi, everyone. I'd like to introduce you to the Samsung Muse. This is a music player with no screen and a mere 4GB of storage that requires a phone with music on it in order to sync. It costs $50 and is going on sale in the U.S. soon. Why is this handy little thingy going to be made available here? Because screw you, that's why.
After our review, the Galaxy Camera may not be high on your wishlist this holiday season, but if you're set on Samsung's smartphone-meet-camera mashup, and AT&T's HSPA+ version isn't quick enough for your fast-paced shutterbug lifestyle, you may be in luck: it looks like the Verizon Galaxy Camera is for real.
A Samsung product page appears to have inadvertently gone live for the device (model EK-GC120), boasting Verizon's 4G LTE connectivity, along with everything else the standard Galaxy Camera does.
After an unexplained delay, the One VX is finally available for just fifty dollars on contract at AT&T. Not a bad price for such a pretty phone - even if it is running Ice Cream Sandwich. To recap, the VX is packing a 4.5" qHD SLCD display, MSM8930 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, AT&T LTE, an 1800mAh battery, microSD slot, and NFC. It's a fairly robust device for not a lot of money.
We've heard mixed reports about international availability of the HTC J Butterfly/Droid DNA beyond Japan and the U.S. (respectively). Today, HTC saw fit to announce some new countries. For starters, the device with the retina-melting display will be coming to China as the HTC Butterfly X920e in mid-December. Additionally, a 3G version of the device simply called the Butterfly will be released in international markets.
The Chinese version of the device will launch on China Unicom for ¥4,799 (roughly USD$770) and will come in three colors: brown, red, and white.
Motorola has once again updated its device update page, clarifying the Jelly Bean situation for a number of pieces of hardware. The following notable devices have had their update schedules changed or more precisely laid out:
ATRIX HD: Jelly Bean rollout in Dec. 2012
XOOM LTE: Jelly Bean rollout in Q1 2013
Electrify M: Jelly Bean rollout in Q1 2013
RAZR HD (Canada): Jelly Bean rollout in Q1 2013
ATRIX HD (Canada): Jelly Bean rollout in Q1 2013
RAZR i: Jelly Bean rollout in Q1 2013
There have been changes for other regions, as well, and you can check them out on the software upgrade page, here.
A redacted version of the HTC-Apple patent licensing agreement was published in the public record today as part of the Samsung v. Apple trial, and AllThingsD has a copy. It's 143 pages long (to be fair, only about a fifth of that is the actual settlement), so let me give you the skinny.
First, what has HTC agreed to? Well, it's actually not super complicated to distill down: basically, HTC can use Apple's functional software patents under the license, except those covered under an "anti-cloning" rule and which are part of the "distinct Apple user experience" - unless those features are part of the core Android OS that HTC does not control.
Back in August, Archos announced its then-upcoming GamePad, a tablet which looks to "revolutionize" gaming on Android. Featuring built-in physical game controls and custom button mapping software, the GamePad removes the need for touch controls, giving mobile gaming a more console-like feel, while its 7" display still keeps it portable enough to toss in your bag and take on-the-go. And now, it's finally available.
The GamePad is on sale in Europe for 149.99€, with North American availability coming in early 2013.
It's no secret that Sony has been a long-time supporter of the custom ROM community, but now the company has released a tool that lets owners of bootloader unlocked Xperia devices easily return back to stock firmware from a custom ROM. According to Sony's blog post, this tool has been oft-requested by the community, so it's good to see Sony deliver on that.
As mentioned, use of this tool requires the bootloader to be unlocked on supported Xperia devices, but past that, it seems pretty simple and intuitive to use.
As if the news out of Google couldn't get any hotter today, the company decided to just casually announce that it has over 500 million users with Google+ accounts, 235 million of whom are active "across Google" which means anything from +1ing things in various Google products to "connecting with friends in Search"...whatever that means. The most important stat, though, is 135 million users are active in the stream. That means, if we can assume past definitions are still true, those users either visit plus.google.com or use the mobile app to view content.
There are no shortage of image editors on Android. Even Adobe, which makes the class-leading Photoshop, has a version of its editor on the platform. Today, though, Google gets one of its very own: Snapseed. You may recall this particular piece of software when it was demoed by NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang at CES this year. At the time, it was only available on the iPad where it had won App of the Year in 2011.