Samsung’s 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega is confirmed for a UK release.
Samsung’s biggest phone ever, the Samsung Galaxy Mega is set for a UK release. The 6.3-inch behemoth is currently available for pre-order from Clove Technology for the princely sum of £459.99.
For your money you’ll be getting your hands on a phone packing a massive screen, Android 4.2.2, 1.7GHz dual-core processor and 1.5GB of RAM. The Mega is also going to be 4G enabled, meaning that some people will be able to get blistering download speeds.
Let us know if you plan on getting your hands on the Mega, or if it’s just way too big!
The Chrome browser has been updated with the Google Now voice search feature.
Google has been radically evolving their voice search service recently, with Google Now including more cards than ever before. In the newest update to the Chrome browser, Google has now added a Now styled voice search for users to explore. A demo at the recent Google I/O keynote displayed a full voice search using the new service, but what has currently added to the Chrome browser is rather basic compared to the demo.
If you want to try out the new voice search you’ll need to update your browser to the 27.0.1453.93 build. To update, juse open the Settings menu within Chrome and go the About Chrome section. Here the browser will check for updates and prompt you to restart it. Once you’ve updated it successfully, you can then press the microphone in the search bar to begin your voice search.
Although this week has been dominated by Google I/O, there are some brilliant apps making waves on the Google Play store.Carmageddon
The original PlayStation classic has made its long awaited debut on the Android platform and my word is it brilliant. Destroy as many cars as possible and collect points along the way. It’s completely over the top and violence is at a premium here.
Google I/O showcased some fantastic new apps and features. Take a look as we round-up the news regarding Play Music All Access, Hangout, Play Games and the Galaxy S4 running stock Android.
If you managed to sit through the entire Google I/O keynote yesterday, then hats off to you. The event showcased Google’s plans for the year ahead and there’s never been a better time to be involved in the tech industry. But what does the event mean for the Android platform? We’ve put together a quick guide to everything new and exciting that will appear on your phone soon enough.Play Music All Access
As well as having a complete redesign, the Play Music app will now include its very own streaming service to rival that of Spotify. Although the All Access service will only be initially launched in the U.S for $9.99 per month, or $7.99 for early adopters, it’ll enable users to gather their various music playlists in one place. Google has been quick off the mark getting many big name publishers onboard to make it something that both Spotify and Rdio will really need to keep an eye on.Hangouts
Another area in which Google has looked to make big changes to is with its various messaging platforms. Hangouts looks to bring all these together, providing a single place to stay in contact with everyone. The app itself lets people share messages, photos, videos and video chats across Android and iOS devices. The downside to the app is that it doesn’t support SMS messaging, as of yet, but it’s an area which Google are looking to cover soon enough.
• Platform “lacks focus” according to expert • Concerns over built-in features • New book offers advice for all users
An industry expert has claimed that the Android platform is “beginning to lose focus and becoming too fragmented.” iCreate magazine Editor Jon Gordon states that “while there’s no questioning the huge range of customisable features of Android devices, the out-of-the-box experience often doesn’t live up to expectations, and users have no choice but to look for third-party alternatives.”
As Samsung continues to push its own apps in what could be seen as an effort to distance itself from the Google-owned platform, Android users aren’t always getting everything they might be hoping for.
The open-source nature of the platform means that there are a plethora of third-party apps on offer from Google Play, and while iOS users seem to get the best apps built-in to their devices, Android users can often find better alternatives on the Store.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 has already hit six million sales.
It’s amazing what a super sized advert and marketing campaign can get you these days, with Samsung shipping six million units of their new S4 device.
Although that figure doesn’t necessarily mean that each one of these units was sold, it does indeed show the popularity of the phone all over the world.
Samsung are hoping to reach a total of 10 million shipments by the end of May, which will make it the fastest selling Galaxy phone in history.