We are back again, and in full force. This week we bring to you yet another amazing selection of free and paid applications that we are enjoying. Let's hit the break and check them out without any further delay!
I've always been the first one to say that getting any work done with a tablet of any kind isn't very practical. They're great for consumption, but production was something all-together different. I've changed my mind a little bit this week. I now have a Transformer Prime and keyboard dock, and have found that you can get some work done with an Android tablet, you just have to find the right tools. Hit the break, and I'll walk you through how I wrote this blog post (and others) with my Prime.
We don't want anyone to get too excited and set themselves up for a heartbreak just yet, but a leaked document from Best Buy pins the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX for April 4, and the HTC Rezound on April 6. Anyone with a HTC Thunderbolt can tell you more about dates provided through Best Buy, and Motorola still hasn't given any type of ballpark date for the update for the RAZR and RAZR MAXX, which are still listed as being in the "evaluation and planning" stage. We've seen ICS leaks for both devices (the RAZR and RAZR MAXX run the same software) but nothing official from anyone involved. Both phones were to have ICS "soon" after release, but so far we're still waiting.
We want it to be true. We hope it's true. We're just naturally skeptical, especially when a third party like Best Buy is involved. We're sure nobody is trying to troll the Internets, but anyone who has worked in a corporate environment knows how things get fouled up. Here's hoping, and we'll know next week!
Source: Android Police
In what is certainly a surprisingly aggressive move, HTC France has undergone legal action against a French HTC enthusiast website called HTC-Hub. According to the site in question, they have seriously pissed off the Taiwanese manufacturer by publishing an unboxing video of the HTC One S roughly a week before its official release. In addition, the French division of HTC went as far as to seize the handset from HTC Hub via a court order. This entire affair is without precedent in the smartphone blogging world.
In case you weren’t aware yet, it has become much of a tradition for smartphone manufacturers to send out review units of their upcoming devices to smartphone bloggers, many days before the actual release of a phone. The reason why you never see smartphone reviews popping out long before the device hits the market is because, when issuing demo units to bloggers, manufacturers force bloggers to sign embargo agreements that basically mean they cannot post any information regarding the smartphone until a certain date and hour. This is the same model that major video-game reviewers know inside-out.
This article, Nervous much? HTC takes legal action against HTC blog for unboxing video , was originally published at AndroidAuthority.com - Your Android News Source.
Do you like playing games that require the quickness of your eyes as well as your reflexes? If you do, here’s a fun game that you might want to play on your Android device. Gravity Project is a game that involves dodging different obstacles just to get to the finish line. The thing is, it’s not like old-school Super Mario because it’s fast-paced, so you really have to keep an eye on things that might hit your character or else you are sent back to the starting line.
Gravity Project provides non-stop action and adventure, with perfectly designed venues, maps, excellent game physics, barriers, and character. Gravity Project surely will send you on a thrill ride because you don’t just need to watch out for the obstacles but also cope with the acceleration of the game. A lot of game players like it not just because of the thrilling game play but also because of the high quality 3-dimensional graphics which make the experience even more realistic.
Playing Gravity Project
The game has some similarities with Temple Run. When you start playing the game, your character is thrown inside of something that looks more like a spaceship’s hallway with zero gravity. From then on, your character will start running until he reaches the end of that level. It seems easy, but in every level you have to dodge walls, cubes, lasers and other obstacles that could hit you.
What makes this game even more exciting is that there are no save-game points which means that you have to finish the level or else you keep going back to the start . There is a time limit, so you have to be fast to beat the time and reach the finish line. If the time runs out and you have not reached the end yet, then the level will automatically restart.
Aside from the obstacles that make the game challenging, there is also some consolation for those who find it difficult. At every level you can pick up coins which extend the time limit for that level.
The graphics of the game is quite impressive. We didn’t experience any lag or freeze unlike other heavy-graphic games we’ve tried. User reviews also proved that many liked the game and some are even pressuring the developer to add new levels and release new updates soon.
If you want to play this game, you can download Gravity Project free from the Google Play Store.
What obstacle-dodging game is your favorite Android game?
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This article, Gravity Project: A fast-paced run-and-jump 3D game to test your reflexes , was originally published at AndroidAuthority.com - Your Android News Source.
The 2012 baseball season is upon us. The opening game has been played in Tokyo already, but the rest of the league doesn’t begin until next week. That’s why we thought it appropriate to bring you our picks for some of the best baseball apps for Android. Whether you’re looking for news, scores, live streams of games, or fantasy apps, we’ve got you covered. Baseball season is a long one and therefore it’s much more important to keep up-to-date via your mobile device.
Looking for a few good baseball apps? Here we go.
HTC is leaving no stone unturned with the promotion of its One series. With three phones in the lineup, the HTC One X, One S, and the One V, HTC is hoping to get a head start on the competition (ok, on the Samsung Galaxy S3) with a worldwide release slated for next week.
As part of its promotional campaign, HTC released a brand new ad, which visibly attempts to create a personal connection between potential buyers and HTC and its products. In the ad, HTC claims to have “listened” to the users, to create a lineup of devices that will suit everybody’s needs, because “no one person is exactly the same as everyone else.” On a side note, we recently argued that HTC is, in fact, listening to users, and the results are impressive.
Check out the ad for yourself here:
The commercial doesn’t show off the phones much, but is more of an attempt at increasing brand recognition of the One series. HTC has certainly taken the One branding and run with it, with even the device unboxing revealing a screen protector with the message “I’m the one you’ve been waiting for.” I would have definitely liked to see the phone hardware and software being put through its paces in ad, at the least using the phone to show the Youtube and Facebook sequences, instead of a PC browser.
Nevertheless, it’s a great attempt at getting HTC’s new message out there – that we, the customers, are the biggest asset.
What do you think of the ad? Is HTC finally heading in the right direction with its products and advertising? Will an HTC One phone be your first choice?
This article, Watch HTC’s beautiful new One Series commercial , was originally published at AndroidAuthority.com - Your Android News Source.
If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a digital CSI expert, you should know that there’s a new software tool around the corner that should crack pretty most iOS or Android device in a matter of minutes, and also help recover data from the respective gadgets.
As you might suspect, the XRY Complete is not for entertainment and home use, but for law enforcement agencies representatives only. Regardless of that, it’s interesting to know about these things, even if you’re not a forensic specialists (watching CSI: New York does not count).
Before you start telling me that any kind of software can be cracked and used for home purposes, I find myself obliged to disappoint you and tell you that you need quite some serious references to get a hold of an XRY license number, so don’t get any funny ideas! As for the people who actually get to use the app, I would think (or at least hope) that they know what they are doing and they know better than to let it leak to potentially harmful hands.
After this unnecessary (or maybe not) long introduction, let’s get down to today’s order of business and finally talk a bit about XRY. Well, the software application runs on Windows and, according to the manufacturers, can recover data, both live and deleted, from any kind of mobile device in use nowadays.
Combining some logical and physical analysis tools that, honestly, surpass my powers of understanding, the XRY Complete is apparently the first choice among law enforcement agencies worldwide. I said “apparently”, because, while trying to dig up some extra details about XRY, I stumbled over a very interesting article posted on Micro Systemation’s blog.
Micro Systemation is XRY’s manufacturing company and, according to this article, the tool might not work so easily on “any iOS or Android device”. As a matter of fact, it might actually only work on a limited number of gadgets.
If an Android device has a passcode activated and the device doesn’t have the USB debugging mode turned on, there’s a good chance that XRY won’t work. And what devices don’t have USB debugging activated? Well, pretty much any gadget that hasn’t been jailbroken/rooted.
Also, many new smartphones and tablets released during the past year or so are supposedly unbreakable by XRY. Apple’s iPhone 4S and iPad 2, as well as many Android Gingerbread, Honeycomb (and, of course, Ice Cream Sandwich) devices are on the long list of products unsupported by the software.
On the other hand, manufacturers will be releasing an important update in the near future, according to an official announcement posted on their blog. The announcement is dated February 20, but unfortunately there isn’t any exact date hinted by the guys at Micro Systemation.
The update should offer support for many new devices, but these are themselves unspecified, so for the time being, if you own a high-end Android gadget of some sorts, you probably can keep going with your illegal activities (just kidding, guys, illegal is not cool!).
This article, XRY forensic software can crack iOS or Android devices in a jiffy, not for home use! , was originally published at AndroidAuthority.com - Your Android News Source.
Just a couple of days after finding out that the Galaxy Note “phablet” has hit a whopping five million sales in just five short months, we now have another set of impressive Samsung figures to talk about.
On one hand, according to Eldar Murtazin, a very well-known technology journalist and blogger, cited by the guys at UnwiredView, the Galaxy S III, Sammy’s future flagship, has already hit a whopping 10 million pre-ordered units.
That may not seem an awful lot, when Apple sold 1.7 million iPhone 4S devices in just three days of availability, but you should keep in mind that the Galaxy S III still doesn’t have one single spec or feature officially confirmed.
We also have no idea for the time being how will the handheld look, what kind of screen it will sport, and how it will be priced, so for Samsung to already receive 10 million pre-orders is pretty awesome. I mean, we have had a bunch of rumors, speculations, leaked images and these kinds of things lately, but, for Pete’s sake, we don’t even know for sure if the S3 will run Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box.
Sure, the number has to be looked at with care, as it’s far from being an official one, but I personally think that the information is at least partially true and accurate. I mean, we might not be looking at exactly 10 million S3s pre-ordered by now, but even four or five million would be impressive enough in my view.
The second piece of news comes from Strategy Analytics, one of the most recognized global research and consulting firm, who has told the guys at EE Times Korea that Samsung will most likely reach and even top 40 million smartphones shipped in Q1 2012 (which ends today).
That much we knew, or at least suspected a couple of days back, but what we didn’t know is that a big chunk of the 40 million or more figure comes from Galaxy Y sales. That’s right, those raggedy entry-level smartphones with poor screens, 2 MP cameras, and 800 MHz processors are big hits in emerging markets like Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, or South America.
No less than 1.75 million such devices are apparently being shipped on average every month all around the globe, and, while they’re not as expensive as the Galaxy S II or Galaxy Note, they still bring Sammy a considerable amount of cash.
50 million or more in Q2? Most likely!
So, we (possibly) have 10 million S3s already pre-ordered, 1.75 million Galaxy Ys being shipped every month, at least five million Galaxy Notes to be sold during the following couple of months (according to estimates), as well as millions of Galaxy S2s, and so on and so forth.
Can we therefore expect Samsung to top 50 million smartphone sales in Q2 2012, as estimates made by ET News predicted a couple of days ago? Definitely, as far as I’m concerned, with, of course, one condition. The Galaxy S III has to hit stores by the beginning of June. If it won’t, though, it will surely come in time for Samsung to have an impressive Q3, so all in all the Korean-based electronics giant can’t possibly lose.
On the other hand, I find myself in the position to once again urge my readers to not rely on rumors and speculations so much and to wait for products to hit the market and be thoroughly tested before getting overly excited. I mean, there’s still a chance that the Galaxy S3 will be a disappointing follower to one of the best Android smartphones ever, and, if that will happen, Sammy will certainly start losing momentum by the day.
Before something like that happens, though, we should hope for the best and once again bow before what certainly is the most popular and successful Android smartphone manufacturer right now. Congrats, Samsung, and keep up the good work!
This article, More impressive numbers for Samsung: 10M Galaxy S3s pre-ordered, 1.75M Galaxy Ys shipped per month , was originally published at AndroidAuthority.com - Your Android News Source.
With the American tax return filing deadline just around the corner (April 17), many people are scrambling to complete their returns on time, a tedious activity that is, at least by some, ignored throughout the year. “If only there was something that would make this whole process easier,” you say? Well, yes, there is. And it’s now available for FREE on Android (with some fine print).
Inuit’s TurboTax is a software that makes preparing and filing your taxes easy. It gives clear, easy-to-follow directions and provides a step-by-step guidance that shows you what needs to be done at each turn. The software is free to download, with payment required only at the time of filing.
TurboTax is now available as an app for Android tablets and the iPad. The app, similar to the PC or Mac software, provides you with a walkthrough of every tax deduction and credit you are qualified for.
Valued at upwards of $50, TurboTax is now free, for a limited time only, for Android devices. If you own a Honeycomb or ICS tablet, all you have to do is download the app, and just get started on your returns filing (you can complete it at a later date) before or on Sunday, April 1. You will not only be able to file your taxes quickly and easily, but you’ll also get one-on-one tax advice from the company’s experts if you get stuck along the way.
Unfortunately, there is no support for Android handsets yet, so you will only be able to use this app on an Android tablet.
So for all those people who still haven’t gotten around to working on their tax returns, and you just happen to own an Android tablet, here is perfect opportunity to get things done easily before the looming deadline.
Who ever said procrastination doesn’t pay off?
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This article, TurboTax free on Android tablets just for this weekend, procrastinators rejoice , was originally published at AndroidAuthority.com - Your Android News Source.