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We all love Humble Bundle, don’t we? Not only can users get a bunch of games at an uber-cheap price, they can also donate certain amount of money to charity as well. And to top it off, the games you purchase will be cross platform i.e. if you purchase an Humble Bundle for Android, you also get copies of the all games free for Mac, Windows and Linux.
Today, Humble Bundle released their fourth bundle for Android devices. As of now, the bundle contains six popular Android games including Crayon Physics Deluxe, Eufloria, Splice, Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP, and Waking Mars. The sixth game i.e. Machinarium will only be unlocked if the users pay more than average.
The total bundle originally costs around $119, but thanks to Humble Bundle, users can get all these games for whatever price they wish. All these games are DRM-free, and users can also redeem these games from Steam or from Ubuntu’s Software Center.
The Humble Bundle is for Android is there for the next 13 days so users have a lot of time to decide whether they want to purchase the bundle or not. Humble Bundle usually adds a couple of more games to their bundle for people who have already purchased the bundle for free, so do keep that factor in mind.
Sprint has started rolling out a minor software update for the Motorola Photon Q. Before you jump with excitement thinking its the Jelly Bean update, read the last statement again. The update is only a minor one and brings some bug-fixes, improvements and enhancements.
Below is the full change-log of the update -:
Improved text messaging when requesting usage and upgradeability through Sprint Zone
Select number of users to access Wi-Fi hotspot
Random power cycle when using Wi-Fi Direct
Manually send or auto-sync emails from outbox
seamless international text messaging
Faster launch and playback using the YouTube application
Improved browsing with Google Chrome for Android Mobile Browser
Improved MMS functionality
Well, Photon Q owners need to content themselves with this OTA update until Motorola and Sprint prepare the Jelly Bean update for the device. Considering that Motorola has not mentioned any exact timeframe as to when the Android 4.1.1 update will be available for the handset, the wait might just be a long one.
The OTA update will be available to all Photon Q owners within a couple of weeks. Alternatively, Q owners can keep tapping the Check for updates option under About Phone to manually pull the update from Sprint’s server.
After rolling out the Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 in quite a few regions of the world, Samsung has turned its attention to the Galaxy Note 10.1. Beginning from today, Samsung has started rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the Note 10.1 in Germany.
The update is only available via OTA at the moment and weighs in a whopping 300MB, so make sure you are connected to a Wi-FI network before proceeding with the installation.
So what does the Jelly Bean update bring for the Galaxy Note 10.1? Early reports suggest that Project Butter is in full-flow here, giving the tablet and its user a lag-free experience. All other Jelly Bean enhancements like an enhanced notification bar, same S-Pen features as on the Note 2 including Air View, Pop-Up Play, and a bunch of new Mini apps from Samsung.
Samsung will be slowly rolling out the Jelly Bean update for the Note 10.1 in other regions of the world. This can take quite sometime, up to a couple of months, so please be a bit patient. if you are bold enough, you can always manually update your Note 10.1 to Jelly Bean.
Sony may have received a lot of love from Android community, developers and Android’s lead engineer – JBQ – himself, but the company has consistently failed to release a true “hero” device.
The Xperia S, Xperia Ion and the much more recently released, the Xperia T, are all decent phones, but they are always a step or two behind the competition, in terms of software as well as hardware.
However, it looks like Sony is working hard on changing that with the ‘Yuga’ handset. The C6603 ‘Yuga’ sports a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 5-inch display with on-screen navigation buttons with a resolution of 1080p. While these specs won’t put the ‘Yuga’ ahead of its competition, it will definitely put Sony’s flagship handset on par with the competition when Sony announces it at CES early next year. Now, if only Sony got the release date and timing of the device right!
The leaked pictures of the handset show the unibody enclosure of the device along with an odd-looking power button. The unibody enclosure means that in all probability the handset will not have a user-removable battery. Another leaked picture shows the handset running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean albeit with a newer kernel version (v3.4), which is found on the Nexus 4.
The folks over at Android Schweiz have got a bunch of pictures of the handset showing off the device in all its glory.
One of the key new features in the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is the multi-window multi-tasking. This feature allows Note 2 users to simultaneously use two different apps on their device at the same time.
However, the recently released U.S variants of the Galaxy Note 2 from T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon and AT&T lack this feature out of the box. Since, this is a software feature, it is bound to be available to all the U.S variants of the Note 2 down the line via a software update.
Today, Sprint became the first operator to offer this software update to its brand new Note 2 users. Along with multi-window multi-tasking, the update also brings a bunch of other bug-fixes and minor enhancements including GPS improvements and SMS notification improvements.
The update is being rolled out via OTA by Sprint and most users will be automatically notified once the update hits their phone.
A few days ago the Nexus 4 review embargo was lifted and all the popular websites including The Verge and Engadget posted a review of the handset. However, AnandTech — one of the most respected tech website out there – only posted an ‘in-depth’ preview of the Nexus 4, giving us a sneak peek into its performance and battery life.
AnandTech’s preview painted a very disappointing picture of the Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core Krait processor used inside the Nexus 4. On paper, the S4 Pro SoC should absolutely blow the competition apart. But, in AnandTech’s benchmark the handset performed very poorly, sometimes being bested by its own dual-core sibling – the S4. Brian Klug clearly mentioned in the preview that it looked like the Nexus 4 was constantly throttling itself down due to over-heating whenever he was running benchmarks on the phone.
Well, since we are all curious as to how the Nexus 4 performs without the throttling issues, Brian decided to put the Nexus 4 inside a freezer in a zip bag and re-run the benchmarks. So, how did the Nexus 4 perform when there were no throttling issues?
The updated benchmark score clearly reflect what the SoC inside the Nexus 4 is capable of doing. The full updated benchmark scores are not yet available, but should be soon, once Brian is done with his full review.
So do we really need to worry about the Nexus 4 over-heating and throttling itself to prevent frying itself? Sadly, I am in no position and an expert to answer this. However, Brian did tweet that “the Nexus 4 thermal limits seem rather low, the phone doesn’t get *that* hot externally to me.” It might very well be possible that the retail units of the Nexus 4 have a higher thermal limit to solve this issue.
I will suggest our readers to wait until AnandTech posts a full in-depth review of the Nexus 4 before jumping to conclusions about the performance and over-heating issues of the Nexus 4.
After months of speculation and rumors, it looks like ASUS and Google are finally bringing the Nexus 7 to India. Croma, a popular electronics megastore in India from Tata, listed the Nexus 7 on its website for sale just a few moments ago with a shipping time of 7 working days.
Sadly, the tablet won’t be coming with its tempting price of $199 or roughly Rs 11,000 in the Indian market. Instead, the 16GB variant of the tablet will cost around Rs. 19,999, which is a bummer. At the moment, it is unclear whether ASUS and Google plan on launching the 8GB/32GB variant or even the 3G version of the tablet in India or not.
The Nexus 7 packs in a 7-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1280×700, along with 1GB of RAM. The tablet runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box, and is powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor. Other specs of the tablet include NFC, Wi-Fi, a 1.2MP front-facing camera and Bluetooth.
What do you do when you ship phones with locked down bootloader and receive community backlash for it? You start releasing a developer variant of every phone you announce that comes with an unlockable bootloader.
Motorola has taken this formula to heart and has released a developer variant of all the RAZR handsets it announced earlier this year with unlockable bootloaders. Today, the company announced that it is soon going to release the Developer edition of the ATRIX HD. Like all other developer edition handsets from Motorola, the ATRIX HD bootloader will be locked by default. Once the developer unlocks it, he will be essentially be saying good bye to the phone’s warranty.
I am not really sure what is the point of releasing Developer edition handsets. Motorola could very well release a bootloader unlocking tool for all its existing devices, using which will void the warranty of the handset.
Anyways, interested developers will have to purchase the ATRIX HD at its full retail price which Motorola will announce sometime soon, along with its release date.
Back at IFA this year, Sony announced its updated Xperia line-up of handsets including the Xperia T and V. Back then, Sony had stated that it will release the Xperia V in late-November/early-December.
However, it looks like Sony has decided to push back the release date of Xperia V to early-January. The company announced via its Sony Xperia France Twitter account that it will be releasing the Xperia V in January 2013 now. The reason behind this delay is that Sony wants to release the handset with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on-board instead of Android 4.0.4 as it had originally announced.
Along with this, Sony will also be reducing the price of the handset to €529 from its original intended price of €549 to compensate for the delay.
It is not yet confirmed whether the Xperia V will be delayed in France only or the whole of Europe. The handset will, however, go on sale in Japan this week under the KDDI network as announced.
The Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 are important handsets for Microsoft and Nokia. With the Finnish giant suffering huge losses every quarter, the company has offered the best of everything it can with the Lumia 920 which includes an 8.7MP PureView Camera with optical image stabilization and Windows Phone 8.
While Nokia announced the Lumia 920 and 820 back in September, it has been mum on the final pricing and availability of the handset, especially in the United States. The Lumia 920 is already available for sale in certain regions of the world, including Russia where Nokia’s CEO, Elop, himself is at the store greeting customers.
Today, Nokia and AT&T announced the availability and pricing of the Lumia 920 and 820 in the United States on the carrier’s LTE network. The Lumia 920 will set users back by $99 on a two-year contract, while the Lumia 820 will cost them only $49.99. The pre-orders for both the handsets start on November 7th, with the phone hitting the retail stores on November 9th. For a limited time, AT&T will also be offering a wireless charging backplate with the Lumia 920.
The Lumia 920 is going to remain an AT&T exclusive for sometime, but the Lumia 820 will be available on Verizon’s network albeit with some slight radio changes and a different name – Lumia 822.
When Motorola unveiled its 2012 line-up of DROID RAZR HD devices, it promised that it will be updating them to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean before the year end.
While the official update from Motorola is not yet available, the folks over at DroidRzr have managed to get their hands on a leaked Jelly Bean firmware for the DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD owners.
For a leak, the firmware is pretty stable and includes all the Jelly Bean goodness including Project Butter and Google Now. Some users do report that there is a bit of lag here and there, but that is given considering that this is not the final firmware.
If you own a DROID RAZR HD or the RAZR MAXX HD, then head over to the DroidRzr forums for the download link and the installation instructions. The installation steps are pretty easy, and there is also an automated tool which will flash back Ice Cream Sandwich on your RAZR HD/MAXX HD, if you feel like doing so.
Yesterday, Samsung Poland announced via their Twitter account that the Korean company has managed to ship more than 30 million units of the Galaxy S III since it was originally launched.
It was only less than two months ago that Samsung announced that it had sold 20 million units of the Galaxy S3. Considering that the iPhone 5 was launched in the last two months, shipping 10 million units in the same time span is not an easy task.
Keep in mind that Samsung has not confirmed whether it has actually managed to sell or ship 30 million units of Galaxy S3s. If its the latter, the overall sales figure of the handset will be just a bit shy of the 30 million mark.
With the holiday season coming up, Samsung might just be able to sell more than 40 million units of the Galaxy S3 in less than a year of its launch. The handset is all set to overtake the sales figure of the Galaxy S2 and become the highest selling smartphone to be released by Samsung, ever.
Google has once again updated its Android Platform Distribution numbers for the recently ended month of October. Sadly, the numbers are not as impressive as Google would like them to be with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which was released back in late-2010, still capturing 54.2% of the market share.
Android 4.0 and Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean still occupy a relatively low 28.5% of the market share. The Jelly Bean numbers in itself is pretty low at only 2.7%, and has increased by less than 1% compared to the last time Google updated its platform distribution chart.
With the release of the Nexus 4 and Android 4.2, the Android update scenario is going to become worse. However, with the One X Jelly Bean update rolling out and the Galaxy S3 update being rolled out to more countries, Android 4.x adoption rate should see a nice boost the next time the chart is updated.
The Nexus 4 from Google is still a couple of weeks away from being available to the public, and so is Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
However, as time has passed by, more and more Android 4.2 goodies have leaked on the Internet including the GMail app, updated keyboard with gesture typing, and the updated Camera and Gallery app.
Today, the folks over at Android Task Force have managed to get their hands on the Nexus 4 System dump. The whole system dump includes all the sounds, wallpapers, and other APKs that will come preloaded on the handset.
If you are of the curios type and want to tinker around with the system files of the Nexus 4, head over to Android Task Force to download the system dump and fulfill all your desires.
Samsung keeps announcing new phones every passing week that look similar to its current flagship, the Galaxy S3. If the Galaxy S3 Mini was not enough, yesterday Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Premier.
The Galaxy Premier is a successor of the Galaxy Nexus with design cues borrowed from the Galaxy S3. The specs of the handset include a 4.65-inch Super-AMOLED HD (1280×720) display, 1GB of RAM, 8 or 16GB of internal memory, a microSD slot, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, NFC and a beefy 2100mAh battery. The dual-core OMAP 4470 processor inside the Premier is clocked at 1.5GHz, and is accompanied by a PowerVR SGX544 GPU.
At the back of the handset is an 8MP camera with an LED flash, while a 1.9MP camera in the front takes care of all your video calling needs.
Even though the Galaxy Premier is a successor to the Galaxy Nexus, it does not carry the Nexus brand with it. Samsung has made full use of this opportunity and has infested Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean with its TouchWIZ enhancements like S-Beam, Pop-Up Play, S-Voice, Smart Stay and more.
The Galaxy Premier will go on sale from next month in Ukraine and other surrounding regions for around 5,555UAH ((650$). It is not yet clear whether Samsung will be releasing this handset in other regions of the world or not.