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Back to Basics: Android versions explained

Back to Basics: Android versions explained Welcome friends to the “Back to Basics” series, where we run a fine toothed comb over each and every aspect of Android so that you can make an educated decision on which Android device is for you. This week’s edition is all about Android versions, and we’ll be releasing a new edition to the series every week, so stay tuned.But enough chit chat, it’s time to dive into the incredible world that is Android.IntroductionI’ll try a...

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Rumor: HTC One Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update coming today

Rumor: HTC One Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update coming today HTC’s Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update is rumored to arrive today, although an official announcement from HTC is not available at this time.Previously, we heard that HTC will update its flagship handset in mid-June, and it looks like the update could arrive in the following hours, at least for the international version.A few websites including Android Community and HubFr speculate that the Android 4.2.2 update could arrive today. The latter poin...

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom goes official with its 16MP camera with 10x optical zoom

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom goes official with its 16MP camera with 10x optical zoom Samsung today has officially put the wraps off the latest iteration of the Galaxy S4 smartphone, this time calling it as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. For those of you who have been following recent image leaks of this new Samsung handset, well it does looks pretty weird, thanks to the camera lens that protrudes at its back panel. Well, that camera is the selling factor of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom. It's a 16MP camera with 10x optical zoom. Bes...

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HTC Butterfly S will have 16GB of memory only and $670 price tag, report says

HTC Butterfly S will have 16GB of memory only and $670 price tag, report says The HTC Butterfly S is close to being launched, and now more details seem to have emerged about the device, if we are to believe a recent report.According to Focus Taiwan, quoting company sources, the device, which will be shown to the world at a June 19 press event taking place in Taiwan, will only come with 16GB of internal memory.Hopefully, rumors about the device will be confirmed, and HTC will add a micro SD slot to the device, which it has ...

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom official: specs, features, pricing and release date

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom official: specs, features, pricing and release date The handset will come with some interesting camera features as well, including a Zoom Ring, which will let users easily access the camera features. The In-Call Photo Share feature will let them instantly capture and send images via MMS to the person they’re talking to.Photo Suggest is a feature that “instantly connects you to huge libraries of images taken by fellow photographers” to help out with photo composion and photo location.Smart Mo...

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Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4 cheaper from Amazon Wireless

Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4 cheaper from Amazon Wireless The Verizon Samsung Galaxy S4 is now available from Amazon Wireless for you to buy at a cheaper price than what the carrier sells it for.You can now purchase the device for as little as $119.99, provided you get it with a two-year contract. The price is only for new contracts, so if you already are a Verizon customer and want to upgrade, you’ll pay $169.99 for the device. Without a service plan, Amazon Wireless sells the Verizon Samsung Ga...

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Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean updates reportedly delayed

Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean updates reportedly delayed The Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 is apparently delayed according to a publication.Sam Mobile posted on Twitter a short message to advise that the update has been delayed, with the “new TW [TouchWiz]” apparently being to blame:Samsung delayed 4.2.2 for Note II and S III. Reason new TW for S III and Note II.— SamMobile (@SamMobiles) June 11, 2013The news isn’t confirmed at this time, but the public...

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Gameloft shows off new stunning graphics of upcoming Asphalt 8: Airborne

Gameloft shows off new stunning graphics of upcoming Asphalt 8: Airborne All driving game aficionados will be pleased to hear that Gameloft is working on the next installment in the Asphalt series and the graphics look stunning! Asphalt 8: Airborne, which is scheduled to be released this summer, includes new maps, a new physics engine, and new weather effects. Dubbed “Airborne” because of the off ramps that launch your car into the air for some spectacular stunts, the new game will only cost $0.99 whe...

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Verizon Casio Commando 4G LTE press image apparently leaked

Verizon Casio Commando 4G LTE press image apparently leaked A new rugged Android-powered handset is heading to Verizon soon, according to an apparently leaked press image of the smartphone.The picture below, provided by the well-known @evleaks, who has been the source of plenty of similar leaks in the past, shows the Casio Commando 4G LTE (also known as the G’zOne Commando 811), which should be launched by Big Red in the near future. As you can see in the picture, Verizon’s logo is present, right ...

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New Google Play Store shipping options available: Ground and Saver

New Google Play Store shipping options available: Ground and Saver Two new shipping options are now officially available to Play Store users interested in buying Google hardware, just as previously rumored.Ground and Saver shipping options have been quitely added to the Google Play Store checkout shipping options, allowing you to save cash on your orders. The downside is that you’ll have to wait a while longer to get your precious gadgets.Compared to the Two Day shipping option, which ensures your device will ...

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$99 7-inch Android tablets could arrive in Q3, new report says

$99 7-inch Android tablets could arrive in Q3, new report says A new report indicates that even cheaper Android tablets may be hitting stores in the very near future.According to Digitimes, 7-inch tablets priced at only $99 could be launched in the third quarter of the year, although the publication doesn’t list any model by name, nor does it mention the OEMs that would create sell such devices.However, the site indicates that “many brand vendors” are apparently interested in Asus’s MeMo Pad HD 7, th...

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Additional Huawei Ascend P6 specs and Emotion UI images leak ahead of next week’s launch event

Additional Huawei Ascend P6 specs and Emotion UI images leak ahead of next week’s launch event The Huawei Ascend P6 isn’t exactly the net’s best kept secret. Not only has Hauwei confirmed (and teased about) the phone’s existence, we’ve also seen several leaks giving us new information and showing the phone in various colors such as black, white and even pink.Still as much as we know about the Ascend P6, there are still plenty of things we haven’t seen. That’s where popular tech news leaker @evleaks comes in. Taking to h...

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Mad Catz Reveals the M.O.J.O. Android Micro Console at E3

Mad Catz Reveals the M.O.J.O. Android Micro Console at E3 Mad Catz just announced at the E3 gaming event in Los Angeles their new Android micro-console named M.O.J.O. This new contender on the market will make Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4 to tremble with excitement. Not. Or at least, I'm not sure. Yet. Actually, the M.O.J.O.will be competing with other Android consoles, like the Ouya and GameStick. As Mad Catz told us, the M.O.J.O. is intended as an open platform-open source for Andr...

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AMD Just Announced the FX-9590, World's First 5GHz CPU to be Commercially Available

AMD Just Announced the FX-9590, World's First 5GHz CPU to be Commercially Available Advanced Micro Devices, AMD for short, just made public their latest processor, the FX-9590, to be commercially available. What is new about this latest baby in AMD's portfolio is that it's the first CPU in the world running at the blazing speed of 5 GHz. The announcement was made in the perfect spot for such breaking news, at the gamer's conference in Los Angeles, the E3 2013 event. AMD's Bernd Lienhard, the chief  of the client-products de...

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Apple may have finally figured out what they are

Apple may have finally figured out what they are Heading into WWDC, Apple made no bones about what we’d be getting from them. Unlike I/O, which is full of delightful mystery in the months leading up to it, Apple is fairly straightforward about WWDC. Walking into the event, banners with “7” and “X” decked the Moscone center. Anyone who was there, or cared to keep tabs on Apple, knew what they were about to see.They copied everything!You heard it, I heard it, and everyone said it. The w...

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Google officially acquires Waze

Google officially acquires Waze Over the weekend, we told you about Google’s bid for Waze being on the horizon. The reported $1.3 billion price tag would eventually marry Waze with Maps, providing a better real-time traffic picture.As it turns out, those reports were pretty spot on.Today, Google announced they have inked the deal for Waze. While terms weren’t disclosed in the official blog post, most of the other news was. The two will operate separately for now, opting to ...

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Defeat the Wizard and Save your Girl in One Tap Hero from Coconut Island Games

Defeat the Wizard and Save your Girl in One Tap Hero from Coconut Island Games The developers at Coconut Island Studio made a lot of gamers happy when they released Finger Balance for Android, and last week they dropped another brought another excellent game over to Android with One Tap Hero. One Tap Hero is the story of love, evil wizards, and teddy bears. It’s also a one-touch game which means anything you need to do in the game simply requires you to tap the screen. Whether you want to jump, climb a ladder or flip a sw...

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4 Pics 1 Wrong

4 Pics 1 Wrong You're already a fan of 4 Pics 1 Word and get excited just hearing the name? Then try 4 Pics 1 Wrong. These two games are very similar, but with this one you will be provided with 4 photos and need to find one to exclude. Whether 4 Pics 1 Wrong can make you as happy as the original will be exposed in today's app test review.(This is a preview - click here to read the entire entry.) ...read more Via: Android Pit...

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iOS 7 vs. Android 4.2: Head-to-Head in our Comparison

iOS 7 vs. Android 4.2: Head-to-Head in our Comparison Apple has given us a taste of their newest operating system for their mobile devices, such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod. While Apple totes it as being one of the biggest game changers in their history since the introduction of the iPhone back in 2007, it has definitely taken some pages out of the playbook of Android. Here's a comparison between the two operating systems as they stand today. ...

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PlayStation 4: No forced online connection

PlayStation 4: No forced online connection The gaming community has been waiting with held breathe for the release of information in regards to the Sony's next generation console, the PlayStation 4. With some details dropping in February, it was an enticing promise of what was to come. Yesterday, during E3, Sony finally announced and presented the PlayStation 4 in all its glory. ...

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AMD Just Announced the FX-9590, World’s First 5GHz CPU to be Commercially Available

AMD Just Announced the FX-9590, World’s First 5GHz CPU to be Commercially Available Advanced Micro Devices, AMD for short, just made public their latest processor, the FX-9590, to be commercially available. What is new about this latest baby in AMD's portfolio is that it's the first CPU in the world running at the blazing speed of 5 GHz. The announcement was made in the perfect spot for such breaking news, at the gamer's conference in Los Angeles, the E3 2013 event. AMD's Bernd Lienhard, the chief  of the client-products de...

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Disney releases Monsters U: Catch Archie

Disney releases Monsters U: Catch Archie Summer is a great time for blockbuster movies and hot new video games. Monsters U: Catch Archie may not be considered “hot”, but it is tied into an upcoming Hollywood Blockbuster from Disney by the name of Monsters U. Monsters U: Catch Archie is an endless runner that follows Mike as he tries to catch a pig over at the University. It’s no ordinary pig – its Archie the Scare Pig, and he’s the mascot for the rival school Fear Tech. If you...

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What does your smartphone cover case say about you?

What does your smartphone cover case say about you? Your smartphone home screen, like we say in our past report, is like a peep hole into your personality. The same could be said for the protective casing that you've chosen, which is also an identification of who you want to present yourself as. After the study we undertook about the various home screen stereotypes, it's now time to check out what your cover case has to say about your character. Whether you're the Playboy bunny teen...

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Intel CloverTrail+ processor mops the floor with its competitors

Intel CloverTrail+ processor mops the floor with its competitors There’s no denying that smartphones are becoming pretty powerful; quad-core processors are now the standard in high-end handsets and clock speeds are creeping up into laptop territory as well. However, the one big problem that mobile technology still faces is the limitations imposed by running processors on a battery.With the likes of the The results show a benchmark score followed by the average and peak current draw during the test. IntelR...

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Softbank increases offer for Sprint to $21.6 billion

Softbank increases offer for Sprint to $21.6 billion Just when we thought the Sprint-Softbank marriage was a done deal, issues arise. Dish Network, who made a late charge to acquire Sprint from under Softbank, threw a big wrench into the plans. Their offer, which was $25.5 billion to Softbank’s $21 billion, made Sprint shareholders take notice.Citing Dish’s inability to create “an actionable offer”, Sprint is again looking to Softbank. While the Dish offer provided enough reason to consider...

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Nvidia Shield Showcase: Cribs Edition

Nvidia Shield Showcase: Cribs Edition There’s plenty of gaming news coming out today thanks to E3, but rather than big fancy presentations, Nvidia has taken a slightly more laid back approach to advertising its new gaming platform with its latest promotional video.This latest Nvidia Shield ad, if you can call it that, comes in the form of a “Cribs Edition” show, featuring a behind the scenes look at Gearbox Studios and tour of Gearbox CEO and President Randy Pitchford’s home....

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Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 and Sony Xperia M get UK release dates

Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 and Sony Xperia M get UK release dates The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 and Sony Xperia M are probably two of the most expected devices by those buyers looking for an affordable Android smartphone that offers some decent specs. Now they both have UK release dates, according to retailer Carphone Warehouse.The retailer revealed on its website that the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3, a device very recently announced, will be available in July, so you’ll have to wait about a month for it, provided it...

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Official Samsung accessories store to launch in Europe in July – report

Official Samsung accessories store to launch in Europe in July – report A dedicated online store for Samsung accessories is the next step in the Korean company’s extensive marketing efforts.Samsung is doing  its best to make the Samsung Galaxy S4 and its other flagships ubiquitous, by opening Samsung Experience Shops in over 1400 Best Buy locations, which are set to be available for at least three years.The next step is for the company to capitalize on its extensive range of mobile accessories, some of which...

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