Wednesday, 29 February 2012

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Dolphin Browser adds Sonar voice control

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 09:37 AM PST

The best third-party browser for Android just got a little better. Taking a cue from Ice Cream Sandwich itself, the latest Dolphin Browser update adds a host of voice control features all rolled into a system called Sonar. Far from just translating your voice into text (which you could already do by combining the standard Android keyboard with any text field) Sonar adds browser-specific commands to its interface, allowing for more precise touch-free control. You can download the latest version of Dolphin Browser HD for free in the Android Market.

Naturally Sonar is focused on search, but since that’s already integrated into Android, there’s a host of other, more browser-specific functions. Navigation by voice is now possible, with back, forward, bookmark and even whole URLs capable of being dictated – though the latter seems to work with basic home pages only. Sharing any website is easy, too, with hooks into Android’s share API for just about any major social networking or bookmark app. More complicated commands, like “Facebook search Mary Jane Watson”, are built in sparingly.

Check out Dolphin’s commercial for Sonar here:

Other minor additions to Dolphin Browser HD include small UI adjustments and tweaks to the Webzine feature (don’t worry, it’s not returning to that controversial privacy issue from a few months ago). After quickly trying it out on my Galaxy Nexus, it looks like the gestures for Dolphin’s trademark side panels have been refined, making accidental activations a lot more rare. With the latest update, Dolphin once again shows its place at the top of the 3rd party browser game, and makes a compelling case against the excellent stock Ice Cream Sandwich browser and Google’s own Chrome – most importantly, that you can use it on Gingerbread and Honeycomb devices.

Google Music celebrates leap year with 29 albums for $2.99 each

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 08:36 AM PST

It doesn’t take much for the folks behind Google Music to throw a party. Just a couple of weeks after their romantically-themed Valentine’s Day sale, they’ve put on a promotion so special it only comes around one year in four – lucky for us that Google Music is less than a year old. The Leap Year sale starts today, February 29th, and may or may not end today, too. Take your pick of 29 different popular albums for the low price of $2.99 each.

Like previous sales, Google has tried to include an eclectic mix of artists in the promotion. That said, they’re leaning pretty heavily on pop, rap and R&B this time around. Albums from Drake, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Lady GaGa, Big Sean, Jay-Z, Van Halen, Maroon 5, Mary J. Blige, David Guetta, LFMAO, Snoop Dogg, Pink Floyd, Dr. Dre, Eminem, Taylor Swift, The Band Perry, Lady Antebellum, Ellie Goulding, Lana Del Rey, Amy Winehouse, Bob Marley, The Rolling Stones, Jay Dee, Dia Frampton, Elton John, Marvin Gaye and Selena Gomez fill out the ranks, plus NOW 41. (No Frank Sinatra or Willie Nelson? For shame, Google. For shame.)

Considering that most of these albums have 10 songs (giving you a cool average of $.30 per song or lower) and would cost at least twelve bucks in a retail store, it’s a steal if there’s anything you want. Remember that you can download and play Google Music form any PC or Android device, in addition to uploading up to 20,000 of your own songs or for  free. To play your Google Music from a third-party app, check out Cloud Music Sniper. Get on it already – there’s no telling when this one will close.

[via 9to5 Google]

Samsung releases version 2.0 of S-Pen SDK

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 08:07 AM PST

Just in time to prepare your apps for the Galaxy Note 10.1, Samsung has released the first major revision to its stylus SDK to developers. The S-Pen Software Development Kit 2.0 expands on the tools first released even before the original Samsung Galaxy Note, allowing for various enhancements to pen input accuracy and new APIs for third-party applications to take advantage of. You can download the updated SDK at Samsung’s Innovator developer hub.

The additional resources come just one day after Samsung announced its S-Pen app contest, with a whopping $100,000 as a top prize. Developers can submit their completed apps before April 2nd to be in consideration, and there are also large cash prizes for runners-up. Earlier this week Samsung revealed its second major pen-based product, the Galaxy Note 10.1, an expansion of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab line to include the Wacom digitizer technology found on the original Note. There’s no word on price or availability, nut the WiFi version should hit retail in the next couple of months.

Building on the 1.5 release, the 2.0 SDK adds SCanvasView for animations and special video and sound effects, and Samsung Animated Multimedia Messaging Library Class for decoding various snippits of drawing and contextual data. Various bug fixes and enhancements are also along for the ride, most notably in stroke rendering and the undo function. Happy coding, developers – be sure to check out our hands-on look at the Galaxy Note 10.1 for a preview of your target hardware.

[via IntoMobile]

Toshiba’s Excite gets a new name, date and price

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 07:11 AM PST

Toshiba’s Excite X10 made a splash when the company unveiled it at CES, and for good reason: it’s one of the most stylish tablets we’ve ever seen, something made even more impressive when considering that the original Thrive was universally panned as dull. See if you can hang on to your excitement as the tablet comes to market; the re-christened Excite 10 LE will be availablie in the United States starting on March 6th, starting at (gulp) $529.99.

That’s for the entry model, which gets you 16GB of internal storage. The 32GB version will be bumped all the way to $600 USD. Both versions get the admittedly awesome magnesium alloy chassis at an incredibly thin 7.7mm, plus 10 inches of Gorilla Glass screen on the front at 1280×800. Sadly the Excite will launch with Android 3.2, but Toshiba promises an update to Ice Cream Sandwich at some point later this year. The tablet runs on the TI OMAP 4430 1.2Ghz dual-c0re processor – speedy, sure, but it’s not going to outrun the latest from Nvidia or Qualcomm. At least storage fans can expand with a user-accessible MicroSD card slot. a 5 megapixel reas and 2 megapixel front camera round out the specs. At this point the Excite 10 LE is only planned for a WiFi release.

The tablet is jaw-droppingly beautiful, and no doubt that will get it a few sales – but the style-conscious without an OS preference are sure to be more inclined to buy that other tablet, especially since it starts at $30 less than the Excite. I had really hoped to see this one hit the market at $399, combining cutting-edge style and affordability. It’s been proven time and again that Android tablets can’t move in huge volumes when priced like the iPad; I wonder how many generations it will take Toshiba to realize this? Oh well, we can hope that the new 7.7-inch AMOLED tablet gets a more market-friendly price when it launches.

Doro PhoneEasy 740 is Android meets Jitterbug

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 06:52 AM PST

As someone who has personally tried to teach basic operation of a DROID 3 to a septuagenarian, let me tell you, it’s not an experience to be relished. Despite manufacturer’s claims to “Simplify” the admittedly complex Android user interface with a new skin, it’s just as hard if not harder for the non-technically inclined to learn basic smartphone operation these days. Enter Doro and their PhoneEasy 740, an Android slider handset that’s designed with an eye towards people who are, uh, rich in years.

Recalling similar but less capable devices like the Jitterbug, the PhoneEasy 740 combines a simplified interface with big, easy-to-push buttons to make for a smartphone that’s got more in common with the standard landline cordless handsets. Naturally the primary focus is on making and receiving calls, but those who want access to texting and web browsing won’t be left out. The phone is designed as a T9 vertical slider, a form factor that’s still pretty popular among feature phones.

Sweden-based Doro didn’t give up much in the way of specifications, but honestly, for a phone like this it doesn’t really matter – it’s not like the target audience is going to be playing Shadowgun any time soon. And that’s just as well, since it appears that the standard Google apps (including the Android Market) won’t be included in the phone’s software. The PhoneEasy 740 should be available in Europe sometime in the summer.

[via UberGizmo]

Less than one million Google TV devices sold so far

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 06:28 AM PST

We had hoped that CES last month would bring better news for Google TV, but things only seem to be getting worse since Logitech abandoned the platform. According to Google’s first party Google TV apps in the Android Market, no single app – including seemingly essential ones like Youtube, Photos for Google TV and the ubiquitous program guide TV & Movies, has been installed more than a million times. That would seem to imply that less than a million total Google TV units have been sold and activated worldwide, despite being available for almost 18 months.

While adoption has been increasing since Google updated the software on Sony TVs and Logitech Revue devices, it apparently hasn’t been rising nearly fast enough. App research firm Xylogic agrees, stating that the most popular app for Google TV is music service Napster, with just over 900,000 users. Google itself has been mum on the subject; the last official word we heard from the big G was that Samsung, LG and and Vizio would come out with Google TV hardware this year, but the only company to actually show a consumer device at CES was Sony.

There’s no two ways about it: Google TV is struggling as a platform. Even though Google has enough resources and time to fund the Google TV project for years, it’s got no real reason to if it doesn’t start performing better, and quickly. Hopefully we’ll see more from Google’s hardware partners at Google IO this summer, with some new software features to compete with the hoards of Smart TVs headed into living rooms at the moment.

[via GigaOm]

Samsung’s Galaxy S II wins GSMA Phone of the Year at MWC

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 05:46 AM PST

Even the staunchest of Android detractors would be hard-pressed to call the Galaxy S II anything less than a great phone – certainly not us, since Android Community named it the best Android device of 2011. 20 million people can’t be wrong, and the GSMA (the organization that puts on Mobile World Congress in Barcelona every year) would seem to agree. They’ve named the Galaxy S II as the Phone of the Year in their annual competition, with Samsung itself taking Manufacturer of the Year.

On the subject of the phone, the GSMA had this to say: "a phenomenal success around the world, this has outperformed all its Android rivals and demonstrated the maturity of the ecosystem.” Keep in mind that devices announced at the show usually aren’t considered part of the competition, mostly because the vast majority of them won’t reach the market for weeks or months. It’s also worth noting that Samsung was a major boon to the GSMA last year, when it chose Mobile World Congress as the launchpad for the Galaxy S II itself – an honor that, for one reason or another, has been curtailed this year. The Galaxy S III will be revealed at a Samsung-only event some time later in the spring or summer.

It’s not a clean sweep for Samsung: the GSMA awarded the Best Mobile Tablet to Apple for their iPad 2, stating that in both features and sales it defined the market. That too is hard to argue with, since Android tablets have only started to dramatically increase in sales since the last quarter of 2011. That said, it’s a big leap: in the last six months, Android tablets have jumped to around 40% of new tablet sales, mirroring Android’s early rise in the smartphone market. We’ll see how well Apple does next year, when it will undoubtedly sulk in the metaphorical corner by continuing to avoid each and every major trade show.

[via SlashGear]

Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait Benchmarks: Round 1

Posted: 29 Feb 2012 04:59 AM PST

Here at Mobile World Congress there is tons of talk regarding Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon S4 Krait SoC, and with good reason. Four cores aren’t always better than two and many different elements come into play with performance in general, especially on a mobile device. Today we’ve been given a chance to break down the new Qualcomm (Mobile Development Platform) MDP MSM8960 dual-core 1.5 GHz SoC S4 and are starting with the usual benchmarks.

Obviously we have tons more coming soon, but for now we are starting with the basics you’ve come to expect from Android Community in our different reviews from past months and devices. The benchmarks that have become a standard in our mobile world such as Quadrant Advanced, AnTuTu, and Vellamo. We’ll briefly compare with similar offerings and the competing quad-core Tegra 3, then break down everything in follow up posts.

Qualcomm’s new super-phone processor that will be inside many upcoming devices with the new S4 is looking quite impressive to say the least. While we can break it down with more details later for now we’ll compare with the Tegra 3. The NVIDIA Tegra 3 uses the older larger Cortex-A9 processor and has essentially smashed four of these together. With Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 we have two newer, faster Cortex-A15 processors instead. Not only that but it also uses Qualcomm’s new Adreno 225 GPU and put out surprisingly good results. From most benchmarks the graphics performance was steadily outpacing most of the competition.


Now this isn’t a real phone, so comparisons will always be a bit subjective — not to mention we have an odd 4″ 1024 x 600 resolution display. However it does run Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, have a 13 megapixel camera, and all sorts of ports and sensors you usually wont find on a smartphone.

Most of you probably know a little about these benchmark tests, but if not I’ll explain more about what they mean for the average user. For now lets see some of those impressive benchmarks. To start I have one word for this platform — WOW! Blazing fast in terms of performance on the device with browsing the web and such, and even more impressive on these general tests. Be prepared to be blown away with Quadrant scores passing 5,100 and Vellamo going beyond anything I’ve seen before.

Qualcomm S4 1.5 GHz dual-core / Tegra 3 quad-core

5531 / 3073

6954 / 10,046

2164 / 1566

Linpack Pro
163 / unknown

Now as you can see from the benchmarks listed above (and pictured below) they are showing huge numbers for team Qualcomm. Overall performance in many key areas are just blistering fast and high. One hugely important area for smartphones and tablets is I/O results for retrieving data, accessing your photo gallery and more. Qualcomm was extremely impressive here with over 7000 in I/O on Quadrant. I’ve never seen anything reach those levels. Quadrant tests CPU, Memory, I/O, 3D and 3D. AnTuTu wasn’t as impressive but we’ve been told it focuses too much on cores on not on actual testing, so take it as you will. AnTuTu however tests memory, CPU Integer, CPU Floating point, 3D Graphics, SD card reading/writing speed, and Database I/O.

Last I want to mention in terms of what it tests in Vellamo. It is built in-house by a third party for Qualcomm and we’ve been assured its extremely accurate on all levels, not just for Qualcomm. Initially it was highly favoring the NVIDIA Tegra 2 but with the latest from Qually things are starting to change. It tests a little of everything from rendering, JavaScript, HTML 5, browser load times, rendering, scrolling, 3D, and much more. It is highly comprehensive and is only just getting started. Read our initial hands-on here.

So what does all this mean to the end users? Even if you are an average smartphone user or a diehard gamer that wants the best, we can assure you the Qualcomm S4 is one of if not the best option available. Once we get it on different devices, carrier or manufacturer overlays like HTC Sense UI and more things will obviously change thingd and these results could drastically change. From our initial first impressions Qualcomm and their new Snapdragon S4 processor is not only extremely fast and stable, but highly impressive and really taking things up a notch for the dual-core crowd.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 promises console-quality gaming, high-end performance, faster web browsing, and an overall much better experience across Android. This developer unit doesn’t have much for a battery so that isn’t something we can actually test, but we’ll be sure to look at this on actual released devices in the next few months.

This is only one in a series of tests, benchmarks, and hands-on with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait SoC so stay tuned for more details.

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Sony exposes launch details for new Xperia devices

Posted: 28 Feb 2012 10:47 PM PST

Clove has just released that the Sony Xperia P and Xperia U should be available on April 23rd. The Xperia P will retail for £315 ($425) and the Xperia U will set you back a bit less, at £199 ($268). These prices reflect the black versions of both handsets, but it’s likely they will carry over to other colors.

As for both models, and including the Xperia S, we’ll find they’ll ship with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). If that’s a ‘deal-breaker’ for you, then san update to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) should be ready and rolled out by Q2 of 2012. Most noticeable from each of these devices is the transparent strip found near the base of each. There resides the phone’s antenna, and it will also pulse as a notification LED.

It will be nice to see how customers like its transparency. After handling the Xperia S at CES this year, it looked and felt great. Be sure to check out our hands on with both the Xperia P and Xperia U. You’ll notice that between all three, only the color and sizes differ.

[via PocketNow]

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 arrives at FCC

Posted: 28 Feb 2012 09:31 PM PST

We just had some hands-on time with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 here at MWC, and it seems it just arrived over at the FCC just recently. This tablet has the same on-screen setup as the 5.3″ version, yet isn’t capable of making phone calls. It sports a 1.4GHz dual-core processor and will ship with Google’s Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).

It will also include the Adobe Photoshop Touch and Adobe Ideas applications, preinstalled and free of charge. They work perfectly with the Note’s included stylus. The stylus, though larger on the 10.1 version, is actually much more precise then when used on the original Note. The new digitizer allows for better recognition of pressure sensitivity.

We’ll be sure to let you know as soon as the device passes through the FCC; it will likely hit store shelves around the same time as the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. And if you’ve taken a look at both devices, you’ll notice they look practically identical. However, the Note’s processor is quite a bit faster.

[via liliputing]

Verizon CFO states family data plans should arrive mid-year

Posted: 28 Feb 2012 08:32 PM PST

If you have a family, paying a monthly smartphone fee for each individual can cost an outrageous amount of money. We had thought Verizon family share plans would be here already, and now Verizon CFO Fran Shammo unveiled that they should launch by mid-year. This was revealed during an investors conference today, yet they’ve neglected to let us know projected plan prices.

Shammo disclosed that Verizon had been contemplating family data plans for the past year, and they were tying to determine if they would be profitable for the company. But as you all know, when Big Red finally initiates them, families will flock from all over so they can take advantage of their 4G LTE network at an affordable price.

Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean every Verizon customer can instantly switch over to their family share plan on a specific date and time. He stated this would be a rather long-term migration but will definitely commence midway through the year. Shammo didn’t reveal much more information on the plans, but when it hits, it will benefit both Verizon and its customers.

[via SlashGear]

Android Community Evening Wrap-Up: February 28, 2012

Posted: 28 Feb 2012 07:47 PM PST

We’ve seen a few more hints at the future of Android today from Google’s MWC keynote. Eric Schmidt spoke for roughly an hour on what to expect for the future of Android development, how Android will become even more economically friendly than it already is, and how Chrome for Android is already the most secure/safe browser on the Android Market. We should see Android devices reach the $70 range by next year. More specifically, he stated “Last year’s $400 phone is next year’s $100 phone”. Apart from the keynote, Google’s vice president of engineering for mobile, Hiroshi Lockheimer, hinted for Android 5.0 Jelly Bean to have a fall release instead of the earlier summer rumor. This is somewhat comforting, considering Android 4.0 is finally starting to show up on non-Nexus devices.

We managed to get some hands on with the HTC One V, the most affordable of the three devices recently released by HTC. Most noticeable about the One V is that it brings back the ‘chin’ that was somewhat iconic for the international version of the Hero and Legend. It’s not nearly as powerful as the One X and S, but still a decent looking mid-range device. And yes, just like the other two you’ll find it will ship with Android 4.0.

Qualcomm showed off the Snapdragon S4′s 3D capabilities today, and they look extremely promising. There’s still no ETA of when we should see it implemented into mobiles, but it makes prior 3D renderings on a mobile device look prehistoric. It was a completely glasses free setup, and we snapped a video clip to show it off as best as we could. And as a reminder, be sure to check out the final winners of the WIMM Spring Developers Project. The list of all 10 winners is now up, so if you entered to win a WIMM One of your own, take a look to see if we picked you!

Reminder: our WIMM Spring Developers Project is complete – claim your device!

Posted: 28 Feb 2012 04:37 PM PST

Just this last week we’ve had a fabulous WIMM Spring Developers Project project going on in collaboration with SlashGear and WIMM in which we had you, the everyday average and awesome brainstormer, think up and write down Micro App idea’s for the WIMM One developer kit. This project had us checking and working to find the greatest ideas of the pack and selecting the top 10 to receive the WIMM One developer kit for themselves! Have a peek at the winners once more and make sure, if you’re one of them, to contact us asap!

What you’ll be seeing here is the full list of all TEN of the best ideas from the entire contest listing who will receive WIMM One developer kit units once they contact us with their contact information. If you are one of the ten folks below, please be sure to contact us at giveaway[at] as soon as possible with your name, shipping address, and phone number so we can ship your unit out soon!


1. Allistair Lee

“As I am a frequent traveler, I have been using Google Maps on my Android phone to navigate around all the time. Taking my 4.5″ phone out and putting it back into my pocket all the time can sometimes be a hassle, especially when I am carrying my luggage. With this, I see many possibilities. Instead of having to check my phone regularly, I can now pair the WIMM One with my phone and navigate around with only WIMM One. I can even expand it even more, with a touch of a menu, I can have all the nearest POI shown on my WIMM One.”

2. Tommy Thompson

“Since a lot of the Smart watches have the ability to get text notifications I think it would be cool if you could setup quick responses, choose one on the watch and have it send it from the phone. Instead of having to pull out your phone for every single reply. Also have the app be a part of the phone so you can edit the quick responses to say what you want them to say.”

3. Micah Madru

“An emergency information app. Incase you ever get into to trouble, like you’re knocked unconscious and bleeding, this app will have all the most vital information that would be accessible. Who to call if it’s an emergency, your blood type, what health procedures you’ve had and so on.”

4. Chad Peiper

A micro app I have been developing on the emulator for the last month is an app called MindfulWatch.
This app is for persons with ADHD and other behavioral-related issues. MindfulWatch has two modes of interaction:
Training Mode and Reminder Mode.

In training mode a user selects one self help message and is alerted at a fixed interval throughout the
day to, for example, the message Relax might be scheduled every 15 minutes within a time span (e.g. 9:00am – 4:00pm)

1) The user selects a a relevant phrase {list of 15 items} and the ability to create a custom phrase
2) The user selects a fixed interval in minutes/hour for the message alert (1, 2, 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, 60 minutes)
3) The user selects a start and end time (e.g. 6:00am to 5:00pm)

A training alert (vibration) will last 10 seconds and will automatically repeat again in 20 seconds.

In Reminder Mode a user can create up to 10 reminders a day. These alerts remind you to do specific tasks
throughout the day at pre-specified times. These alerts occur daily.

5. Matthew Gasbarre

How about some clocks? I mean the ones that are already on there are nice, but I’m thinking that they could be more. Using a client on a computer a user could customize their clock with an UI, picking from a variety of watch faces, hands, numbers and the like they could make a watch to their liking. This could also be done for a Digital face, allowing for color change, position, and sizing. Same for a binary style, and possibly even some watch faces inspired by the famous TokyoFlash line. Things like weather and Inbox micro-widgets could be placed on the face allowing for even more customization. And once the user is done using the UI to build it they can sync it over Wi-fi like the rest of the settings. I think it’d be really awesome if users could also use custom background images, I’m sure this device needs more cats on it.

6. Edward Ferguson

I would love to see a kid tracker GPS feature with a call mom and dad panic button.

7. Michael Olson

This would work well as a wrist-born multimedia controller. You could use it to control your favorite music app when your phone is docked or in your pocket/purse, manipulate a movie when your tablet is propped up for watching or docked to a TV, or as a wireless control for Google TV.

8. Harry Levene

The ability to use the wimm as a viewfinder for the camera on your phone for when your holding out the phone catch an angle you can’t see or when you are taking photos of yourself..

9. Jens Neubauer

A museum guide. A multi-language, location-aware app that can tell you in-depth information on the the exhibit you are currently viewing. Audio can be added via a bluetooth headset.

Ideally, this should work without the need for a phone, so the WIMM devices can be rented out to visitors for the duration of their stay. Since GPS will not be available in this setup and would probably not work indoors anyway, I’m thinking something like Bluetooth beacons for determining location.

10. Sarvesvara Dasa

Find my car: We can store the GPS co-ordinate when the car is parked (of course on a outdoor environment). The,the device can show the car’s position in direction wise – where is my car? This can show distance from car, time of parking, direction,elevation etc. If GPS in WIMM doesn’t work, can use GPS of the device.

Remember to contact us as soon as possible so we can get you your WIMM One developer kit in a timely manner – lets start railing out those Micro Apps!

Samsung announced S-Pen app contest to spur Galaxy Note development

Posted: 28 Feb 2012 04:14 PM PST

A platform is only as good as the software available for it – just ask your nearest bitter WebOS fan. And while Samsung’s Galaxy Note (and soon it’s big brother the Galaxy Note 10.1) have been met with mostly positive buzz, there’s still only a few apps in the Android Market that take advantage of its unique S-Pen stylus and active digitizer. Samsung hopes to change that, encouraging developers to create new apps for the S-Pen with the Galaxy Note S Pen Challenge. Devs, listen up: this could be worth your while to the tune of $100,000.

The idea is simple. Create an application using Samsung’s S-Pen SDK, then submit it for the company’s approval between now and April 2nd. Samsung will choose the top apps, highlight them, and distribute the moolah between the top 14 winners. The best app (as judged by Samsung) will get $100,000, with 2nd and 3rd place getting $50,000 and $25,000 respectively. Ten Honorable Mention runners up and onw winner of a publicly selected popular vote will get $2,000 each. Considering that even very good apps in the Android Market carry no assurance of financial success, that’s some very compelling incentive.

Prospective applicants, keep in mind that Samsung has the drawing, notation, and other fairly standard uses of the pen-based medium included with the Galaxy Note. Try for something new: game designers could try an Operation-style surgery game, or engineers could come up with a circuit board simulator.  A utility for teaching calligraphy in Japanese, Chinese or Korean would go over well, or you could use the S-Pen’s ability to sense proximity for a mine sweeper-style game with an extra dimension. These ideas are on the house folks – get to work and submit your apps to Samsung by April 2nd.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : GALAXY Note LTE
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : AT&T
    Announced Date : January 09, 2012
    Release Date : February 19, 2012
    Also Known As :
  • Screen Size : 5.3 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280x800
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 5.78 Inch
  • Width : 3.27 Inch
  • Depth : 0.38 Inch
  • Weight : 183 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 2500 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 250 hours
    Android OS:
  • 2.3.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • SMS
  • MMS
    CPU : MSM8660
    CPU Clock Speed : 1500 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1024 MB
    Internal Storage : 16 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

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