With Halloween rapidly approaching it is time to get in the spirit and spice up your device with a little Halloween flavor. One of the many fun features of Android is the ability to run live wallpapers, and what better way to show a little bit of Halloween fun than to have some skulls flying across the screen, and some cobwebs? This live wallpaper, like most others that offer options to customize the speed, direction, and size of the objects will set you back only 99 cents, but that's a small price to pay to get in the spirit. Hit the break for download links.
We've already heard HTC's thoughts on Ice Cream Sandwich, and now Sony Ericsson has revealed its plans for the next version of Android. According to a statement on the manufacturer's Dutch Facebook page, SE plans to bring Android 4.0 to its 2011 Xperia line, which includes phones like the Xperia Arc and Xperia Play.
Here's a translation of the statement from Sony Ericsson Nederland --
We are planning to upgrade our 2011 Xperia smartphone portfolio to the next Android platform, following Gingerbread 2.3.4. The official Sony Ericsson communication about software upgrades will always be what my international colleagues publish on our Blog: http://blogs.sonyericsson.com/
So great news for owners of those devices, and proof that SE wasn't kidding when it promised to step up its game back in January. Looks like we'll be avoiding a repeat of last year's unpleasantness.
See what we did there? Look, we're not saying anything new here, but we have a feeling we're going to have to keep saying it over and over. Megapixels -- i.e. resolution -- aren't everything when it comes to camera quality. Image size, yes. Image quality, no. There are other factors at play.
Hopefully you saw the demo during the Galaxy Nexus launch. Shot by Google's Romain Guy -- whos's certainly no slouch with a full SLR, if you've ever seen his other work -- it's an incredible example shot a new smartphone. You can see an extended version at the source link below.
No, megapixels aren't everything. When you see that one phone (whether it's the Galaxy Nexus or something else) has fewer megapixels than another, it doesn't necessarily mean that the camera will be "worse." It just means that it doesn't shoot in as high a resolution, and you might not be able to make a 4-foot poster out of the thing. Get a real camera for that.
We've long cast a wary eye toward AT&T when it comes to Android (and rightfull so, between an initially tepid adoption rate, suspect devices (and devices), an odd apps policy and the whole faux-G thing. But there's no denying this: Sales of Android smartphones more than doubled on the U.S. carrier in the third quarter of 2012 2011 when compared to Q3 a year ago.
AT&T didn't give specific numbers, but it did say that non-iPhone devices (Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry) made up almost half of its 4.8 million smartphone sales for the quarter. By comparison, AT&T activated 2.7 million iPhones in Q3. Some 52.6 percent of AT&T's 68.6 million postpad subscribers have smartphones.
AT&T also saw an increase of 2.1 million subscribers, to surpass 100 million total. Its stable currently includes the Samsung Galaxy S II, Motorola Atrix, Samsung Infuse, HTC Inspire 4G, Samsung Captivate and Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, among others.
Johnny Shih, chairman at ASUS, had a few things to say of interest to Android fans about the popular ASUS Transformer tablets at the AsiaD conference in Hong Kong this morning. When asked about the next generation Transformer (check out the teaser video here), Shih said to expect the formal announcement on November 9, and tonight was a sneak peek of what he dubbed the "Transformer Prime". He went on to mention the quad-core NVIDIA chipset, a 10-inch display, USB and mini-HDMI ports, SD card slot, and the Transformer Prime's 8.3mm thickness. He also let the cat out of the bag for the original Transformer and any Ice Cream Sandwich plans, when asked if ASUS would have it by the end of the year he replied "Maybe earlier than that". Finally, he talked about the Padfone -- a combination tablet and phone that should come around early next year after carrier testing. That's all great news, let's hope it works out that way. In the meantime, we're all waiting patiently for a couple weeks until the Transformer 2, err Prime, gets official.
All kidding and interweb trolling aside, nobody really thinks the Galaxy Nexus will be a Verizon exclusive. But the site to register for more information does have something there few were expecting -- the Galaxy Nexus looks to be launching on more than just the big four in the US. Besides Verizon, we see listings you would have imagined, like Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T, as well as a few others -- Cellular South, Metro PCS, and US Cellular.
A Nexus phone on every major US carrier? Who would have imagined that two years ago. Nice work Google and Samsung, let's hope it's not a misprint or typo. We'll be on the lookout for individual carrier announcements in the coming days and weeks.
HTC has (finally) released the GPL kernel source for the myTouch 4G Slide, and they have tossed in the Gingerbread update kernel source for the Desire, and the code for the Raider 4G (Korea) kernel. It's a case of better late than never, and I know more than a few developers have been waiting for that Doubleshot kernel source code. Let the CM7 games begin.
Most of us won't be in any rush to grab these, but developers have been waiting so they can work their magic with it. Give them a few days then be ready to have a flash-fest. If you're interested or a developer, grab them at the source link.
With yesterday and today being jam packed with news we're sure a lot of you all out there have quite a bit to say about the events. You can catch up on everything here on the blogs and once you do -- make sure you hit the Android Central forums to discuss it all. Anger, Joy, frustation -- we're here for ya!
Can't wait until November for your Ice Cream Sandwich fix? You can now find eleven new high-resolution wallpapers from the recently-released Android 4.0 SDK build over on the Android Central forums! The images are same abstract backgrounds that've been spotted in a number of Galaxy Nexus photos, and we've got the high-resolution (1440x1280) originals pulled from the SDK, ready to spruce up your phone's homescreens while we wait for ICS to officially arrive.
So what are you waiting for? Head over to the AC forums to get started!
In a post on the Android-building Google group, Dan Morrill announced that the AOSP tree (the "Master" and "Gingerbread" branches) are once again available online. Because of problems with the kernel.org servers, the source has been MIA for a while, and in the downtime Google ramped up work for their own git hosting on Google's servers.
For now, only the code is available. Google is working hard to get the Gerrit code review site back in operation, then gitweb afterwards. Dan also reiterates that the Ice Cream Sandwich source code will be available as soon as devices running it are delivered.
With new servers comes new download and building instructions, which Dan outlines in his message at Google groups. Be sure to have a look and get your new repository set-up -- you can find all the information at the source link.
On Bluegrass Cellular? Want the Samsung Admire? It can now be yours for the low, low price of $49.99, if you're willing to go in for a two-year contract. But for our money, we'd do the $213, no-contract deal. And for that you get mid-level 3.5-inch device. Could certainly do worse.
Update: And the same person who initially said what we already all knew has now retracted that statement, saying what we all know is not officially known yet.
Original: We've suspected it for a while, we've even got a poll up asking what you think about the possibility. Now it seems we finally have confirmation that the shiny new Ice Cream Sandwich-powered Galaxy Nexus will, initially at least, only be offered on Verizon Wireless in the US.
On its official Facebook page, Samsung Mobile USA confirmed that Verizon "will be offering the Galaxy Nexus with the initial release." As for other carriers, Samsung says they "may support this device in the near future", meaning the door isn't being closed on other networks offering the new Nexus further down the line.
So while Verizon customers get bragging rights for now, there's still at least the possibility of the HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus gracing AT&T or T-Mobile at a later date. In any case, be sure to hit our Verizon Galaxy Nexus poll, before sounding off in the comments.
So the world has been eagerly awaiting the arrival of NVIDIA's latest mobile offering, the quad-core Tegra 3 (Kal-El). While the actual goods are still not out in the wild, a short teaser video has been leaked to keep our interest in the meantime.
While not revealing anything about any devices the Tegra 3 may be appearing in, the emphasis is as expected on performance. Although, a clear bezel on a tablet could be pretty cool.
So the Galaxy Nexus is coming to Verizon. Not like we didn't know that. And it might only be on Verizon in the U.S. for a little while. Not like we never said that wasn't a possibility. So the big question is this: Will a Verizon exclusive sway you to switch?
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