Dragon Quest VIII for Android Incoming, and Gets its Own Phone from Sharp

Dragon Quest VIII for Android Incoming, and Gets its Own Phone from Sharp

Oct 16, 2013

In case you wondered just who is excited for the launch of Dragon Quest VIII on mobile devices, the answer is the Japanese.

So much in fact, that Sharp is developing a phone, based on the Aquous Phone Zeta, branded exclusively with Dragon Quest. Here are the phone specs:

  • 5-inch 1080 x 1920 resolution touchscreen display
  • 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 4.2
  • Apparently water proof
  • Here is also some gameplay of Dragon Quest VIII on Android:

    Source: Geek.com

    HTC One Google Edition Now Available from Google Play

    HTC One Google Edition Now Available from Google Play

    Jun 27, 2013

    Google’s push to release more “Google Edition” phones continues with the HTC One now available on Google Play as a Google Edition device. This means that minimal manufacturer modifications have been applied – it’s all about the stock Android experience on this flagship device from HTC that has been praised as perhaps the top Android device available.

    Of course, this comes at a steep price: $599 unsubsidized. While this can wind up saving money, with options like T-Mobile prepaid plans or MVNOs like Straight Talk available as opposed to more expensive post-paid plans, it’s still a high upfront cost for Google’s phones. Perhaps a partnership with a carrier like T-Mobile in the future may help increase the sales of these phones.

    The HTC One on Google Play joins the Samsung Galaxy S4, along with the Nexus 4, as phones available from Google Play unlocked and with stock Android. Whether the Nexus line will continue remains to be seen.

    The Hills Are Greener: Not Buying What Google’s Selling – Because They Can’t Sell It

    The Hills Are Greener: Not Buying What Google’s Selling – Because They Can’t Sell It

    Dec 3, 2012

    Let’s compare the approach of Apple and Google.

    So Google has a hot new phone on their hands. It’s been sold out for weeks. They finally get in, or at least release, new stock of their new phone. They announce when they’re selling it. It sells out in seconds. Literally: I’m sitting at my iPad shortly after I notice the clock turn to 2:00 pm central on a Tuesday afternoon, and the Nexus 4 is sold out. Already. And there’s no recourse, no preorder process for future batches, nothing. In short, if I want a Nexus 4, I’ve got to wait.

    Now look at Apple’s website. Try to buy an iPhone from them. Why, they are quite happy to sell you an iPhone well in advance. They’ll give you an estimate of how long it’ll take to get your shiny new piece of Apple ephemera. They’ll even let you go to pick up your shiny new toy from an Apple Store if there’s one in stock. It works all too well.

    I suppose that as a tech addict, it should fail to surprise anyone that I have an iPhone 5 now, considering that the unlocked one finally went on sale? Yup, I’m back on the dark side. Sure, it makes sense for me considering I also love doing iOS reviews, but I also admit that it was something of an impulse buy because I couldn’t get the Android phone I wanted. The Galaxy S III is still a really nice phone, but something was calling me elsewhere. The lure of a cleaner, stock experience, and if Google wasn’t going to give it to me, Apple was.

    Now granted, in this situation of selling phones directly to customers, Google doesn’t have the kind of retail and e-commerce experience that Apple does. But still, to be in a position where people that want your product pretty much can’t buy it? It seems like a bad experience. It may build up hype, yes (their phone sold out in an amount of time best measured in seconds), but it’s also a bad experience for people who actually want the phone and not just the hype. And if the reports that Google’s probably backordered for a month during one of the biggest shopping periods, when people will be wanting new phones, are true? Well, it’s just a mess. Good for Google that they have a phone that people want, but they need more stock. They can provide it with the Nexus 7 – it’s time they do it with the 4 as well.

    I’m still rocking my Nexus 7, as it is: it’s still a great tablet, after all. But it is weird, making the transition back to iOS as my primary phone and notification source. If only you could have sold me a Nexus 4, Google, I was ready!

    Does The Xperia Play’s Lack of Ice Cream Sandwich Signal the End for the Gaming Phone?

    Does The Xperia Play’s Lack of Ice Cream Sandwich Signal the End for the Gaming Phone?

    May 29, 2012

    It appears as if the end of the line may be coming for the Xperia Play. After last year’s announcement that there were no immediate plans for a followup to the phone, now it seems that a full release of Ice Cream Sandwich won’t be coming to the phone.

    While a beta version was released, and custom ROMs are available, the fact that Sony appears to be ceasing development on the phone does signal that the end is near. Gingerbread is still a ‘modern’ OS of sorts, considering that the majority of Android phones still run that 2.3 OS.

    If this is the end, it’s a shame. The phone did a better job at attracting exclusives and developer support for an external control standard than any other phone or device. This may be in large part due to Sony promoting the phone. The Xperia line is continuing, and the lack of a gaming-focused phone, at least one that continues Play controls support, seems like a curious omission. For fans of mobile gaming who can’t get over touch screen controls, the eventual demise of the Play without a successor will leave a definite gap in the market.

    The Hills Are Greener: All About the Presentation

    The Hills Are Greener: All About the Presentation

    May 7, 2012

    Samsung’s presentation of the Galaxy S III (I’m using the Roman numeral only because it reads a lot nicer than the Galaxy S3) was painful to watch. In the literal sense, the livestream was janky and stuttery, and it made me physically ill to keep watching. I wasn’t alone – our own Jeff Scott thought he had ingested too much caffeine. Well, we as if there’s such a thing, but that wasn’t the excuse. It just was part of how Samsung doesn’t get how to do a product launch, especially compared to the company they idolize: Apple.

    The word that kept sticking out to me was “customers” – Samsung on one hand was trying to pitch their phone as a more natural, and more human experience, yet they kept saying how it would be good for their “customers.” The word customer conjures up the idea of money exchanging hands, and that the people who use this phone are those who spend money on it. It was rather confusing terminology, and seemed to belie Samsung’s true purpose with the phone.

    Compare this with Apple product announcements. They are similar, but Apple does a much better job at making sure that they stay on message – that this thing they are revealing can do so much for people. Not just living, breathing sacks of money. Sure, they talk about price, but it’s about so much more than that.

    It felt like Samsung was attempting a pale imitation of an actual Apple keynote – the joke being that Samsung has been accused of copying Apple. The announcement was meant to feel human, but it felt like robotic corporate-speak. The stilted marketing buzzwords used when talking about being a corporate partner of the Olympics in London fell extremely flat because it didn’t feel genuine, or even useful to the announcement. Just the words “corporate partner” threw up red flags, as they should. Again, it indicates money exchanging hands, not a genuine human experience that Samsung wants to push, seemingly.

    The other problem with mimicking an Apple announcement is that Samsung took it a bit too much to heart: oh, you have voice recognition? Yeah, Apple announced that back in October. You can stream videos and mirror your screen to your TV with a special box? Yeah, you’ve been able to do that for like a year now too with Apple products.

    The phone design itself doesn’t seem to impress – Samsung talked about it being inspired by pebbles and nature, but there’s just something off about it. Perhaps it’s the lack of symmetry, possibly demanded by legal issues as Android Police points out. Or maybe Samsung just tried to swing for a home run, and have missed so far. Maybe customers will decide that this thing is actually really nice-looking, and we’re all just freaking out.

    It’s a shame that Samsung can’t do an exciting product announcement. They’re the one company out there with the scruples to actually pull it off. They have the kind of clout to get people to pay attention, to watch a livestream of their product announcements. It’s too bad that they’re aiming for second rate Apple imitations across the board.

    Samsung’s Massive Galaxy Note Coming to AT&T This February

    Samsung’s Massive Galaxy Note Coming to AT&T This February

    Jan 31, 2012

    Samsung and AT&T have announced that the Galaxy Note is finally hitting US shores this February. This is a phone for those who believe that 4.7″ displays are just too tiny. This is a phone for those don’t care if their phone fits in their pocket or not.

    The Galaxy Note comes with a 5.3″ 1280×800 display. Yes, that’s HD resolution on a 5.3″ screen, with pixel density right below the Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4, with a 284 PPI (pixels per inch) compared to 316 and 330 PPI respectively. This is designed to be a phone/tablet hybrid, offering more workspace than most phones, while being more portable than a tablet. It might be a struggle to fit in many pockets, but reports of the Kindle Fire fitting in people’s pockets are out there, so this should fit as well.

    The screen isn’t the only HD element this behemoth of a phone boasts. The rear camera can take 1080p video and 8-megapixel photos, and the front-facing camera is 2-megapixels as well. The processor is a a dual-core 1.5 GHz one, faster than the 1.4 GHz Exynos processor in the international version. This thing is not underpowered.

    The Galaxy Note also comes with a special stylus called the S-Pen that is designed to work with the screen and with special apps, like their S-Memo app that can be used to doodle, convert handwriting into text, and more.

    The phone ships with Gingerbread, not with Ice Cream Sandwich, though it has been announced that it is coming. As well, the hacking community (who have had international versions of the device to play around with) have released custom ROMs for the device, and there is an early build of CyanogenMod 9 for the Galaxy Note that is ICS as well. However, with the S-Pen functionality, it may be preferred to wait until source code for an official ICS build is released, so custom ROMs could take advantage of special Galaxy Note features.

    The Galaxy Note for AT&T will be available in stores on February 19th, with preorders beginning on February 5th – and those preorders will be received as soon as February 17th. Will US customers respond well to this massive phone-tablet hybrid, possibly leading to a new wave of hybrid devices, or will it be a colossal failure? By which we mean it’s big. That is one big phone.

    Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play Reaches Second U.S. Carrier: AT&T

    Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Play Reaches Second U.S. Carrier: AT&T

    Jul 13, 2011

    Sony Ericsson’s gaming-focused Android phone with physical gaming controls, the Xperia Play, is starting to make its way across the US, with the phone becoming available on AT&T, which was recently revealed at an AT&T event in New York City. The AT&T version of the Xperia Play should be largely the same as the Verizon version, will come preloaded with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), and will come in a new blue color as well as the original black. While the Xperia Play has had a wide variety of games announced that will either be exclusive, or have support for its controls, it has lacked reach in the US so far; with it now being on two of the US’ top four carriers, this should prove beneficial to developers releasing exclusive content on it, and should increase the likelihood that future games and phones have Xperia Play support. However, the release of the phone has not been a huge announcement for either AT&T or Sony Ericsson quite yet, though the phone is not yet officially available for sale, nor has any announcement on a release date been made yet.

    Source: Engadget

    AppBrain Launches Android Market Stats

    AppBrain Launches Android Market Stats

    Mar 21, 2011

    As anyone looking for information on the health of the Android Market would know, Google updates the stats very infrequently. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the most recent information at your fingertips on a daily basis? Thanks to the folks at AppBrain, we finally have exactly that.

    On Monday, March 14, 2011, AppBrain launched a new service that should prove extremely useful to anyone interested in getting an idea of what’s going on in the Android Market. From the most popular apps in each category to the most popular phones, SDKs, search terms and words, it’s all available in the AppBrain Android Stats, and updated on a daily basis.