Monday, 4 June 2012

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Temple Run: Brave by Disney and Imangi Studios coming June 14th

Posted: 04 Jun 2012 11:00 AM PDT

Whoa! If you’re a fan of Temple Run or Disney we have some awesome news this afternoon for you. Disney’s Pixar and Temple Run creators Imangi Studios have partnered up on an all new game for Android called Temple Run: Brave. This is essentially Pixar’s new film ‘Brave’ meets Temple Run. Bringing everything we love about the extremely popular game to our phones with a twist.

Brave is the upcoming animated movie by Disney’s Pixar Films and looks to be similar to the popular series Shrek. Temple Run has been extremely popular on both iOS and Android, and has millions and millions of players. Temple Run: Brave will be more than just a visual makeover too. Instead of running from Angry demon-monkeys it will all be themed around Pixar’s movie Brave with angry bears instead.

Merida is the red-headed main character in the movie, and will be the star of the new game. Along with a complete visual overhaul Brave will also have exclusive new features. Merida will have her trusty bow and arrow in a new Archery section that will tie-in closely with the movie. Everything in terms of actual gameplay seems to be almost identical other than the visual changes and the new bow and arrow. For now we don’t have too many details but the new and exciting Temple Run: Brave will be available on the Google Play Store come June 14th, most likely for free. Enjoy the game trailer below:

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[via KickedFace]

Verizon Galaxy S III 4G LTE pre-orders hit June 6th for $199

Posted: 04 Jun 2012 10:17 AM PDT

We’ll be having lots of Samsung Galaxy S III news over the next few days so be prepared to enjoy it. Samsung yesterday confirmed 5 major US carriers would all receive their new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III starting in June. Already this morning we are getting official announcements from multiple camps and Verizon has just confirmed theirs. More details on their LTE version and low price after the break.

Verizon has confirmed the Galaxy S III with their nations largest 4G LTE network will be available for pre-order starting June 6th for just $199. Previous 4G LTE devices have been bumped up to $299 so I’m extremely happy to see the price return to what I call “normal” pricing. Verizon’s model (and probably all US carriers) will not get the quad-core version, and instead will be rocking Qualcomm’s 1.5 GHz dual-core S4 Snapdragon processor, which we’ve seen in the HTC One S and One X to be very capable. Other specs remain the same with a 4.8-inch 720p HD display, 2GB of RAM, 4G LTE, 2,100 mAh battery and that impressive 8 megapixel camera.

Verizon has also unleashed their landing page for the Galaxy S III, which gives you additional details, and you can sign up for email alerts and news for when they’ll start accepting pre-orders and more. Just like others, Verizon will be offering the SGSIII in a $199 16GB model, as well as 32GB $249 flavor. We are also hearing from Droid-Life that full retail pricing (if you don’t want to sign a contract and lose that unlimited data plan) will be $599 and $649 respectively.

It appears the last few weeks on June are going to be exciting with everyone launching their Galaxy S III versions. Verizon didn’t announce an exact date for when it will be available, and only stated the pre-order date. Hopefully they don’t blow this launch like the did the Galaxy Nexus.

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[via SlashGear]

Verbatim details four new portable power packs for smartphones

Posted: 04 Jun 2012 09:54 AM PDT

If you’re like me and use up that smartphone battery way faster than you wish you did, we have good news from Verbatim today. The extremely popular global leader in data storage, Verbatim, has announced they’ll be getting into the portable charger and power pack market for smartphones and tablets. Today they’ve detailed four all-new charger and we have the details below.

Verbatim has been a global leader in USB storage, portable hard drives, and obviously CD and DVD options for years. They’ve now got 4 ways to keep your smartphones, tablets, and even Bluetooth headsets juiced up on the go. There’s many choices when it comes to power packs, so they’ve announced multiple models so surely one will fit your needs.

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They’ll offer the AA Power Pack, with 4 alkaline batteries that should give you a few extra hours at $19.99. Then the Ultra-Slim Power Pack with a 1,200 mAh battery that should give you almost an entire charge with a smartphone, the Portable Power Pack with a 2,200 mAh battery inside for $39.99 that will give you a complete recharge while on the go for phones with larger capacities. And last but not least the Dual USB Power Pack. For $89.99 this 10,000 mAh portable charger will keep your smartphone juiced up all week, or give your tablet extra juice when in need. 10k mAh for only $89.99 is a pretty decent deal compared to others, and coming from Verbatim you know it will be of high quality.

For additional details, compatibility, and pricing head to the source link below if interested. That Dual USB Pack is looking really good right about now if you ask me.

[via Verbatim]

T-Mobile Galaxy S III announced with 1.5 GHz dual-core, Coming June 21

Posted: 04 Jun 2012 09:09 AM PDT

We already knew this was coming sometime soon but this morning the folks from T-Mobile have officially confirmed the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone “Designed for humans and inspired by nature” will be arriving on T-Mobile with blazing fast HSPA+ 42 speeds coming June 21st. More details after the break.

Late last night Samsung confirmed their new flagship Galaxy S III would be arriving for 5 major US carriers starting in June. This being excellent news considering the Galaxy S II was available in Europe and the UK for months and months before it arrived stateside. If you’ve been eying this new superphone, and are on T-Mobile, it can be all yours starting June 21st.

With Samsung’s Exynos 4 Quad quad-core processor in the international SGSIII, not compatible with LTE, we were hoping T-Mobile’s version would come with a quad-core processor. Today T-Mobile confirmed that their model will be equipped with the very capable Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and will be offered in 16 or 32GB models. Everything else is as amazing as before with the same 720p 4.8-inch screen and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Hit our links, hands-on, and reviews below for additional details on this device. For more details and pre-order information head to

Instapaper hits Android!

Posted: 04 Jun 2012 03:02 AM PDT

If you have any experience with iOS, you may be familiar with the app called Instapaper. The developer of that application has long stated that he was only interested in iOS for development. The developer had a change of heart and Instapaper is now available for Android devices. Granted, the development of the Android app was farmed out.

If you are familiar with the application from the iPhone, Instapaper is an app that allows you to save web pages for reading later. The web pages are saved off-line and optimized for readability on the tablet or smartphone screen. That means you can grab some stories from some your favorite websites while you’re at home, and then read them in office or you may not have access to data or Wi-Fi networks.

The core features of the app include the ability to save most web pages as text-only, stripping away the page layout. The fonts are adjustable along with text size, line spacing, and margins. The app also offers dark mode and brightness control for reading at night. The app is configured for automatic dark mode switching to change itself depending on the time of day. The app also offers rotation lock and allows you to share the stories you download with other people. The application is on Google Play right now in version 1.0 requires Android 2.2 or higher and costs $2.99.

Galaxy S III confirmed for five major US networks starting in June

Posted: 03 Jun 2012 09:23 PM PDT

Samsung just sent out the news that you’ve been waiting for: the Galaxy S III will be available on all four of the US’ big cellular networks, plus regional network US Cellular. The rollouts will begin in June (probably with T-Mobile) and prices on contract will begin at $199. Precise dates, prices and other details weren’t mentioned in Samsung’s press release – the individual networks will make their own announcements “in the coming weeks”.

We’ve already seen leaks for AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and US Cellular, with T-Mobile also getting a bonus for leaking photos of their version. Verizon will be rocking the Snapdragon S4 processor, and AT&T, The Now Network and US Cellular will probably follow, so that the phone is compatible with their LTE networks. Samsung has confirmed that all United States models will use the Snapdragon S4, though T-Mobile won’t be using any LTE bands for a while. According to the press release, all the US models will see the same 2GB boost as the Canadian version.

Other than that, it’s the same Galaxy S III that you’ve seen elsewhere – 4.8-inch Super AMOLED 720p screen, Android 4.0, a new version of TouchWiz with extra apps like S-Voice, et cetera. The carriers haven’t confirmed dates yet, but since all the major carriers in Canada will be launching the phone on June 20th, it’s likely that some of their southern counterparts will launch the Galaxy S III along with T-Mobile. Start saving your pennies, Android fans.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info
    Device Name : Galaxy S III
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : May 03, 2012
    Release Date : May 29, 2012
    Also Known As : The Next Galaxy, SGSIII
  • Screen Size : 4.8 Inch
  • Resolution : 720x1280
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED HD
Dimension & Weight
  • Height : 5.37 Inch
  • Width : 2.77 Inch
  • Depth : 0.33 Inch
  • Weight : 133 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 2100 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • SMS
  • MMS
    CPU : Exynos 4 Quad
    CPU Clock Speed : 1400 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 1024 MB
    Internal Storage : 32 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
  • A2DP
  • Bluetooth 4.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

Wallee M Kickstarter campaign succeeds, works with Galaxy Nexus LTE too

Posted: 03 Jun 2012 08:57 PM PDT

When we reported on the Wallee M modular case/mount system this week, I made an impassioned plea for more support, as the creators were running out of time to reach their Kickstarter goal. I’m glad to say that after a last-minute push, they’ve raise the $35,000 necessary and will begin shipping out Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4S magnetized cases and mounts in July. Hooray for quality Android accessories!

Even better: after contacting the Australian designers at StudioProper, they told us that the Galaxy Nexus case was built with just a little bit of extra tolerance in its space requirements, specifically so that it could accommodate the Verizon LTE version as well as the thinner GSM model. That’s so awesome it brought a tear to this jaded Android blogger’s eyes. Funding is closed (with an extra $4,00 dollars or so to the creators) but you should be able to pick up a Wallee M case and the disk, desktop and car mounts later this year at electronics retailers. A case for the Galaxy S II is also planned.

If you haven’t checked out the Wallee M project on Kickstarter, it’s a combination of case and mount with a modular design, allowing it to support multiple devices. The gist is that the case has outwardly-facing rare earth magnets that instantly and securely grip their polar opposites on a mount, be it a simple flat mount for a wall, an iMac-style desktop stand or a car dock. Yours truly is a backer, so expect a full hands-on report with the Galaxy Nexus case, desk and car docks when they ship to supporters next month.

Android Community Weekly: June 3rd, 2012

Posted: 03 Jun 2012 07:30 PM PDT

As the summer starts in earnest, we’ve got some exciting news for Android fans everywhere. Most notably that Oracle’s lawsuit against Google over various Java copyrights and patents has effectively ended, and in Google’s favor to boot. While Oracle could appeal the decisions on its APIs and software patents, odds are unlikely that they will. We’ve also seen the very first reputable evidence of Google and ASUS’ Nexus Tablet collaboration, the Nexus 7, and the ASUS MeMO 370T (rumored to be the base device) made it through the FCC.

In other hardware news, Lenovo’s IdeaTab S2109 tablet will go on sale in the US this month for $350, while the HTC One S finally gets a Taiwanese release, with an older but faster 1.7Ghz Snapdragon S3 processor. Sony announced high-end and low-end waterproof phones, the Xperia Acro S and Xperia Go, respectively, and ZTE appears to have taken the crown for the “world’s thinnest phone” with the 6.2mm Athena. At least this month. The Motorola DROID RAZR HD was spotted in a Verizon internal system, ASUS teased us with the possibility of a dual-boot Android and Window 8 tablet, and Google began selling Galaxy Nexus docks on the Google Play Store.

As usual, the Galaxy S III got more than its fair share of news. The GSIII officially went on sale this week in 28 different countries, none of which are anywhere near the US. The FCC now has versions for Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. And speaking of T-Mobile, convincing “leaks” of the carrier’s version of the phone show a physical home button, like the international version – a first for a US Galaxy S phone.  The Canadian version got an upgraded 2GB of RAM to go along with the Snapdragon S4 processor, and in a minor detail, we can confirm that the Galaxy S III uses the newer, tougher Gorilla Glass 2.

On the software side of things, ICS updates were sent out for the Sony Xperia Arc and Neo, plus the long-delayed 4.0.4 update made it to the Galaxy Nexus LTE on Verizon. T-Mobile and Verizon scheduled ICS updates for the Galaxy S II and Motorola XOOM, respectively, and the LG Spectrum got a leaked ICS ROM. Pandora got a long-overdue update, gamers will be glad to know that Shadowgun creator MadFinger will release a new shooter, Dead Trigger, and we’re hearing more rumors of an Android version of Microsoft Office.

Huawei broke my heart by announcing yet another manufacturer skin, and strangely Chinese search engine Baidu released their own ROM for the Nexus S. There’s big news for CyanogenMod, which passed an amazing 2 million users for its custom Android ROM, and there are new versions of CM9 for both the HTC One X (international version) and ASUS Transformer Pad TF300.

Here on Android Community, we’ve got some star-studded gaming reviews for both N.O.V.A. 3 and Renaissance Blood THD. We also take a look at the new Flipboard beta, and examine five features from custom ROMs and skins that need to be ported over to the main Android development tree. Last but not least, we’ve got a review of Samsung’s latest media player, the Galaxy Player 4.2. As always, stay in school, don’t do drugs and always make a Nandroid backup.

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