New Samsung flagships unveiled!

New Samsung flagships unveiled!

Feb 25, 2018

We’ve waited, speculated, and created mock-ups… finally, we see that they are here.

Say hello to the Samsung S9 and S9+, which officially stepped out from behind the curtain today at Unpacked on the eve of Mobile World Conference.

Major deets:

  • The baseline versions of the S9/S9+? $720/$840 (keyword: baseline)
  • The camera is new and (seemingly) truly improved
  • Android Oreo on deck
  • AKG/Dolby Atmos collaboration on the speakers
  • AR emoji? Take that, Apple!
  • Bixby gets beefier, with live language translation, camera interoperability and more
  • The fingerprint sensor moves again (to a better position we feel)
  • All good…

    According to the presser, preorders begin on March 2nd (with a March 16th available date). In the US, it will be available on the all the major networks.

    Video intro:

    Color lineup:

    samsung lineup

    [via Samsung News]

Avast Announces Two New Android Apps at MWC 2015

Avast Announces Two New Android Apps at MWC 2015

Mar 4, 2015

Avast, a name synonymous with digital security, just announced two new apps at the ongoing Mobile World Congress.

The first is Avast GrimeFighter; it is a tool that can help Android users get rid of space-eating gunk:

Avast GrimeFighter will help the more than one billion Android users free up anywhere from 500MB to 1GB of storage per device to enjoy faster performance.
Avast GrimeFighter scans all the applications on an Android device and identifies unimportant or superfluous data for one-tap removal. This excess data comes in the form of initiated app downloads, residual data, thumbnails, and app caches. In addition, many popular applications, like Facebook and Instagram, can inflate significantly from their original download size through regular use.

The other new offering is Avast Battery Saver. 

“Everyone needs more battery life for their mobile devices – but most battery savers shut down the wrong apps,” said Jude McColgan, president of mobile of Avast. “Avast Battery Saver learns which apps are most important to the user, and shuts down only those that are less used.”

In contrast to other battery-saver applications, Avast Battery Saver automatically activates a variety of profiles based on user location and time of day. It doesn’t require users to change their behavior or usage. The result is more battery life with less hassle.

Here’s how Avast Battery Saver makes Android devices significantly more efficient:
Smart profiles — activates automatically based on time, location, and battery level.
App consumption — detects and permanently stops apps that drain too much battery life.
Precise estimate — determines remaining battery time left based on actual phone usage and historical data.

Both apps are available now for free on Google Play.

The Hills Are Greener: Why Android is a Good Thing

The Hills Are Greener: Why Android is a Good Thing

Mar 5, 2012

Mobile World Congress in Barcelona just ended, and there is no rest for those in the world of mobile gaming with Game Developers Conference happening this week – our own Jeff Scott attended MWC and is now attending GDC this week along with myself.

However, one person who was at MWC seemed to comment anecdotally on how the conference was all about Android, but patrons seemed to be carrying around iPhones and iPads, a seemingly paradoxical case.

Well, what would manufacturers focus on besides Android? It’s not like Apple is opening up iOS for developers to make their own phones with, now is it?

Apple just does their own thing, no matter what else is going on. This is the second year in a row that they’re having a big announcement smack dab in the middle of Game Developers Conference. Literally. The place where Apple will presumably announce the next iPad is right next to the convention where hundreds of developers who make up the App Store ecosystem will be meeting their fellow developers and journalists that cover them.

This third party manufacturer support will keep Android going. It allows for more customized hardware that caters to users’ desires that iOS doesn’t provide. Want a phone that projects on to a wall? Those are available. Want a phone that’s got a keyboard? They exist. Want a huge phone? Want a small phone? Both are available. iPhones and iPads are designed to Apple specifications, but what if what users want are not compatible with their specific designs?

As well, let’s be fair – the iPhone is more identifiable than the hundreds of Android models out there. Who knows how many actual Android suers versus iPhone users were there? It seems like a silly complaint to make, but remember. This is only an anecdote, but one that needs to be criticized because I am skeptical of it.

Let’s not forget the alternatives: if the third-parties stuck around, but didn’t have Android, we’d be stuck with many operating systems with mediocre and homogenized app selection, much like the old days of mobile operating systems. Or, we’d be stuck with just iOS and maybe BlackBerry, and no customer choice in hardware at all. Is a monopoly on locked-down phone operating systems really a good thing? No. Android is a good thing. It’s not easy for developers or manufacturers to make money off of, but it’s bbetter than what the mobile world used to look like, no?