Sundar Pichai, the guy who replaced Andy Rubin as the head of Android, was recently interviewed by Wired. It’s not a long piece, but long enough that most of you probably aren’t going to make it to the bottom, which is a shame, because that’s where the meat of the interview is.
Around the time Samsung announced the Galaxy S4, SamMobile said the company would release a ruggedized version of it later in the year. At first I didn’t believe them, but a few weeks later the Wall Street Journal published an article confirming that it was indeed going to launch.
Sony announced a phone back in March called the Xperia L. In short, it’s a device that looks like the company’s flagship Xperia Z, except that the specs have been ratcheted way down. Forget about 1080p, or even 720p, we’re talking 4.3 inches of 854 x 480 pixels here.
When Google announced that they were going to buy Motorola in August 2011, everyone thought it would usher in an age of smartphones running pure Android. Fast forward to May 2012, and the deal finally got approved. So here we are, one year later, where’s our new phones?
Sony has just announced a new phone called the Xperia ZR. It’s not a flagship device since it doesn’t have a 1080p screen, but something tells me it’ll get a lot of love. Starting with the screen, the company’s press release says it has a 4.6 inch panel, but Sony’s actual website says 4.55 inches. From the headline alone, you can tell which source I trust more. Said display pushes 720p, so according to my math that’s 322 pixels per inch; roughly the same as an iPhone 5. Like the iPhone 5, it also has the touch sensor integrated into the panel itself. Sony calls this “OptiContrast” technology.
Two videos were uploaded to HTC’s YouTube channel over the weekend. They’re ads for the company’s Sense 5 skin, specifically the feature known as “BlinkFeed”. For those not aware of the feature, think of it like Flipboard integrated into your home screen. So when you unlock the phone, the first thing you see is news. Sounds like a great concept, but there’s no way to add your own sources, plus most people are used to seeing icons and widgets.
When Samsung announced the GS3 last year, they launched it in two colors: blue and white. Over time, the company added several more hues, including black, red, and even purple.
This year the South Korea company launched the GS4 again with only two color options: black and white. And now, thanks to what appears to be a sales brochure, we have evidence that there’s going to be a blue GS4 coming soon. To be specific, it’s “Blue Arctic”.
According to the rumors floating around the web, Samsung is going to announce three new variants of the Galax S4 by the end of the first half of 2013. One of them will be a ruggedized version of the GS4 called the GS4 Active. Another will be a smaller version of the GS4, but with a 16 megapixel sensor and 10x optical zoom called the GS4 Zoom. And finally there’s the GS4 Mini. As the name suggests, it’s a smaller GS4 with downgraded specs.
Nova Launcher, probably the most popular third party launcher in the Play Store among Android 4.0+ users, got a major update to v2.1 today. The update brings with it a number of enhancements including the ability to drag folder drawers to desktop, which was perhaps one of the most requested features among Nova users.
Here is some good news for Android users residing in Germany. It looks like Google has silently flipped on the switch on its “what’s thing song” music recognition feature in Google Now in Germany.