Just like the Apple and Samsung wars -- the week continues. If you have already checked out the latest news and rumors in the blogs then head on over to the Android Central forums and see what's new in there.
When we last read about the fate of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia, things looked pretty bleak. Apple had succeeded in it's plan to innovate in the courtroom instead of the engineering department, and Samsung was blocked from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the land down under by Aussie courts. Today we read about an interesting twist on this whole mess, one that's good news for Android fans. Samsung Electronics Australia has said in a statement that this particular legal action relates to a variant of the Tab 10.1 that they weren't planning on selling in Australia. They went further, saying that the Tab 10.1 will be released in Australia "in the near future".
Samsung hasn't provided any additional details, and we're left wondering exactly what this means. Could Samsung be planning on selling the 10.1v in Australia, or are there other variations that would place a Tab destined for Australia outside this legal finding? We're not sure, and Samsung isn't saying. We are sure, however, that no matter what Samsung does or which product gets released, Apple will funnel countless dollars towards getting it blocked. It should be interesting, to say the least.
If you're the proud owner of a shiny new Motorola Photon 4G and itching for some root action, you're in luck -- provided you have the HD dock, some USB computer peripherals, and access to a monitor or TV with an HDMI input. An exploit that can be delivered and run via the Webtop application has been discovered by Android hacker edgan, and it should get you rooted and ready to go as long as you have the required hardware. The exploit and the method seem simple enough, you're just uploading a few files over an SSH connection, but the setup is where things get a little hairy. Luckily, edgan has a really complete set of step-by-step instructions and links to all the needed resource files. Hit the source link, have a read, and give it a whirl.
Update: Wanna see how it's done? We've got video after the break.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's UK launch is nearly upon us, with Londoners getting the first chance to buy Sammy's latest tablet tomorrow afternoon local time (we'll be there!). Samsung is wasting no time in drumming up a little hype around the Tab 10.1, with three new British TV ads for the device showcasing its thinness, lightness and speed compared to an unnamed, fruit-themed competitor.
These ads similar to what we've seen from Samsung in other territories, but they at least show the manufacturer's committed to directly pursuing the iPad's market share on an international scale. Check the new ads for yourself after the jump.
ZOMG THERE'S MALWARE THAT CAN RECORD MY PHONE CALLS AND LOOSEN MY TEETH WHILE I SLEEP AT NIGHT!
Here we go again, folks. Look -- malware, by definition, is bad and absolutely should be taken seriously. So when Total Defense (née CA Community -- it's a rebranding thing) points out that it's possible for some rogue code to record your phone calls and even send them off to some far-away land (China, of course), well, it's something that we all need to pay attention to.
But things also need a little perspective. Total Defense tells us that it's received just four cases of this malware, from 13 unique sources, for 14 total incidents, and TD can't tell us with any specificity just how prevalent this piece of malware is. There are more than 550,000 Android devices being activated every day. Perspective, ya know.
Now, as far as your likelihood of being affected by this piece of malware, Total Defense tells us: "there are very high chances as anybody can customize this to lure their victims to fall into the trap." Scary, ain't it? Only, here's the thing, and it's an important one for most of you: Not a single instance of this malware was reported from coming from an app in the Android Market. That's not to say malicious apps haven't made it into the Market before -- it's happened, and it'll happen again, and we suspect Google will act as swiftly as it has in the past.
But unless you're wandering around app "stores" you probably shouldn't be wondering around in the first place, we wouldn't worry too much.
It's been about six months since we got our first look at NVIDIA's quad-core test platform -- codenamed "Kal-El" -- and it pretty much floored us. The initial window for seeing any sort of Kal-El device at the time was said to be August. But initial time frames are just that -- initial.
NVIDIA now tells us the following:
“Project Kal-El-powered tablets are coming this Fall, and phones around the CES 2012 timeframe.”
You read that right. We'll see quad-core phones about a year after first seeing dual-core phones and tablets. Now that doesn't mean you'll be buying a quad-core phone come CES (which is scheduled for Jan. 10-13), but figure if they're announced then, we could see them in the spring or early summer.
One other thing of note: While people have been throwing around the Tegra 3 name for the next-gen platform (NVIDIA's dual-core platform is Tegra 2), Kal-El is still just a code name, and Tegra 3's not official. Just sayin'.
Regardless, as powerful as 2011 has been, 2012's going to be even more so. Hit the break for our hands-on with Kal-El from Mobile World Congress.
Texas does things big. So does Samsung, which also happens to have a pretty major presence in Dallas. And Android Central reader DEGrubbsIII spoted this Galaxy Tab 160 184 lurking around the Terminal C gates at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. That's 16 46-inch flat-screens done up as one giant Galaxy Tab. (Not sure how he figured out the size, but we're not climbing up there.)
The other day it leaked out that Fido was going to be adding a few new Android devices to their lineup, one of which was the LG Optimus 2X. At the time, no pricing details were available for any of the devices but that's starting to change with the LG Optimus 2X pricing now available. When released on Fido, you'll be looking at $425 no-term, $375 on a two-year and only $100 with a new three-year contract. You will have to deal with Android 2.2 but the documentation assures us Android 2.3 is coming soon.
Telus has been going hard after Android devices as of late but their most recent roadmap shows a decline in that pattern. That's not to say it won't pick up again later but for now, they have only one new device listed being the Sony Ericsson Urishi ST18a. Although that appears to be an internal name for the device, all signs point to this device being the previously announced Xperia Ray. The Ray is a 3.3-inch phone running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, powered by a 1GHz CPU and has a 8.1MP rear camera as well as a shooter on the front.
The T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide (see our review) will be featured at BlogHer, the nation's most prominent women's blogging conference. At the event, Aug. 4-6 in San Diego, T-Mobile will have a photo booth set up to display the device's best feature: the camera.
The myTouch 4G Slide features an 8MP camera, which has a backside illuminated sensor and zero shutter leg. It can also record videos in full 1080p HD. The photo booth will allow participants the chance to try out the camera, then print or share to their favorite online sharing service.
T-Mobile is also giving some devices away via their Twitter feed to attendees and people who were not able to attend on Facebook and Twitter during the weekend.
Let's say you're looking for protection, but not quite that tank-like protection. Maybe one notch down, if we had to choose. Fortunately, there's something for everyone, and for you, we've got the Body Glove Snap-on for Samsung Droid Charge.
Boasting a two-piece, snap-on body design, the Body Glove Snap-On promises to be there for you (and your phone) when things get a little dicey. It's got a kind of hard Styrofoam feel to it, but it's definitely tougher than that.
The not-really-Styrofoam material is unbelievably light in your hand, which is great for those people who worry about their case adding lots of weight and bulk. It doesn't add much thickness to the handset, and it also leaves all of your ports uncovered, so no fumbling with gel skins here.
The inside of the back piece is covered in a soft, felt-like material (might be real felt, come to think of it), which keeps the back of your phone nice and cozy while it's wrapped up in the loving hug of protection. You've also got the speaker uncovered on the back and a slit on the bottom of the case to help you take the case apart, which isn't something we see too often.
Overall, it feels like a great case designed to meet the needs of the average consumer, but not quite the Chuck-Norris-punching-bear-in-face consumer. If you're looking to pick one up, you can find the Body Glove Snap-On for Samsung Droid Charge in the Android Central Store for $24.95.
Hey, look at that. Seems someone's training up on how to sell the Samsung Conquer 4G on Sprint. There's really nothing here we didn't already know -- 3.5-inch display, 1GHz processor, Android 2.3, 32GB of memory, Swype, and so on and so forth. Plus, it's got Sprint ID, if you're into that sort of thing.
What we still don't have is any sort of launch date -- or even an official acknowledgement that it exists -- though we do have that leak from Sam's Club that said it'd been pushed to late August. All things in due time, we suppose.
Samsung recently confirmed that its Touchwiz UX update would start rolling out to early adopters after a special launch event on Aug. 3 in New York City. For those of us who already purchased a tablet, this is the "optional" update that Samsung told us about when they launched the Tab 10.1 back in June. If you don't have a Tab yet but plan on purchasing one in the coming months, expect this to be the software your device ships with.
While the normal update isn't available yet, Calkulin over at XDA developers was able to compile a stable ROM using the Touchwiz leak that appeared long enough to be nabbed by t3rabyte before Samsung pulled it again. The ROM appears to be completely stock (all files, including "bundled software" appear to be present) so I thought it would be a good time to preview the changes you should expect, and why you just might want to accept the update when it comes. Join me after the break as I go over what you can expect.
Now, I didn't watch this entire "Naughty Cities" video, but after answering the initial questions for myself, I don't have to.
Looking for something to do tonight? Sure, but not too late.
Am I new to town? Yep.
Do I find myself going to the same clubs all the time? Yeah, but it's just so hard to find a good malted these days.
Is it time I find something really exciting to do tonight? Absolutely. Like staying up knitting.
I'm sold. Not even going to watch the rest of the video. Sure I'm not missing anything. Of course, I'm not sure what they mean by naughty -- probably just a place that's open past 8 p.m., or maybe one that has dancing.
Wanna run your own tattoo shop by have a fear of needles, navels and an aversion to tramp stamps? Maybe give Tattoo Tycoon a try. It looks to be a mix of The Sims and L.A. Ink, without the hassle having to deal with actual people. Build your shop, hire employees, then snag some ink and do some sweet tribal tattoos. Cause you can never see enough of them.
This free version of Tattoo Tycoon is free, supported by ads. Download links are after the break.
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