From the LG Nexus 4 and Android 4.2, to the iOS/Android hybrid phone, here’s a round-up of everything we expect to see, and not to see, at Google’s Playground event.
There’s less than a week until Google’s Playground event on October 29th. As you’d expect, the rumours have been coming thick and fast, but we’ve sorted through the various PR to give you round-up of everything we expect to see on October 29th.
Likely announcements at Google’s Playground event
The iPad Mini is a 7″ tablet that will hope to convert people over from the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD, but is it a change you should make?
After months of rumours, rumours, and more rumours, the iPad Mini is finally here. Alongside the new MacBook Pro, the iPad Mini took centre stage in Apple’s event yesterday. So what does the iPad Mini contain that the best of the Android tablets should worry about? Well truth be told, not a lot.
The iPad Mini sizes up at 7.9-inches, which is noticeably bigger than both the Nexus 7 and Fire HD tablets. For those who were hoping to see the same retina display that featured in the full-size compatriot, would be left disappointed with the 1024×768 offering that has been implemented here. What we can’t fault Apple for, however, is their overall build quality. The iPad Mini is encased in an aluminium shell, which should be far more stable than the questionable plastic casing on the Nexus 7.
The question on everyone’s lips is whether or not the iPad Mini can compete on price with the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire HD? Again, the answer has to be no. Prices start for the iPad Mini at £269 for the 16GB WiFi model, with prices getting fairly steep after that. The usual 32GB model will retail for £329 and the 64GB version for £429, both are WiFi only. For those looking to get 3G on the smaller iPad, you’ll need to shell out £369 for the 16GB version, £429 for the 32GB version, and a mammoth £529 for the 64GB model.
EE have announced the tariffs for every Android 4G phone they’re offering. Here are the prices for the Samsung Galaxy S III LTE, Galaxy Note II LTE, HTC One XL LTE and Huawei Ascend p1 LTE.
Mobile network EE has finally announced tariff and pricing for the range of 4G phones they plan to launch on October 30th. Those looking for a new device will have a great choice of handsets to choose from, even though the prices are pretty steep.
All the tariffs come with unlimited calls and texts, but vary on data allowance depending on which contract you choose.———- Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE 4G pricing
Source: Everything Everywhere
The Samsung Nexus 10 is a high-end Android tablet that will compete against the iPad and Windows Surface tablets.
A report from The Next Web has claimed that Google’s Playground event on October 29th will feature the new Samsung Nexus 10 device.
Samsung have been working alongisde Google to bring the new 10-inch tablet to the market. The device itself is rumoured to be running the Android 4.2 OS update, but the most interesting spec is that the Nexus 10 will include a a might 2560×1600 resolution, offering 300PPI. With the Nexus 7 doing so well in the budget market, the Nexus 10 will compete at the higher end against the iPad and the Windows Surface tablets.
Other devices and software to be unveiled at the event include a full rundown of the Android 4.2 OS update, a 32GB Nexus 7 and the quad-core LG Nexus 4.
Source: The Next Web
The LG Nexus 4 and Android 4.2 are likely to debut at the next Google event on October 29th, just hours before Windows Phone 8 launches.
Google’s next Nexus phone is set to be LG Nexus 4, with the phone likely to be announced at Google’s next event on the October 29th. Chances are the latest OS update, Android 4.2, should also be announced alongside it.
The extensive coverage of the LG Nexus 4 means that most of the specs have already have been released. It’ll include a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 1280×768 display and also an 8-megapixel camera.
With the device heavily favoured to be running Android 4.2, the launch event will be a perfect time for Google to announce the next update.
Add some tweaks to your home screen by changing your app’s icons. Here’s how to do it.
We know that Android is almost infinitely customisable. You can change how it looks almost completely through installing custom ROMs or adding third party launchers that support themes. If you don’t want to make significant changes to your device’s UI, but would nonetheless like to a few subtle tweaks to give it its own look, then a simple tweak you can make is to change some of the icons on your home screen.
To do this you will need to install a custom launcher – we’re using Apex Launcher here, due to the way it maintains the classic Ice Cream Sandwich look – and also an icon pack, such as the free Metrostation, with its flat monochrome icons. There are lots of icon packs in the Google Play Store across a huge variety of different themes, and can be used to give your home screen a more individual style. All the changes can also be reversed with ease.Download the goods
You’ll need to use a third party launcher, we’re using the excellent free Apex Launcher, as well as an icon pack. Download these from the Play Store and install them. Set up the launcher with your apps and widgets if you’re installing it for the first time. Editing icons
Tap and hold your finger on one of the app icons on your home screen. A small window opens with several options, one of which is Edit. Select this. You can now edit the shortcut or change its text label. By tapping on the icon you can choose a new icon. Icon source
You will now be presented with another list of options, this time asking you to locate the type of icon you want to use. You can use a picture if you want, although we don’t recommend that. Instead choose Select from icon packs and pick the pack, in our case Metrostation. Choose an icon
Now you will see all the icons available to you within the icon pack. Pick one that best represents the app you are assigning it to. A good icon pack will have options for all common functions as well as the most popular third party apps so you should have plenty of choice. Choose a colour
Tap on the icon and then choose a colour if you want one. We’re leaving ours white, but if you do go for the colourful approach make a note of the colour code at the top of the window so that you can use the same colour again for each of your icons. Reverse the changes
Your icon will now be put in position. Repeat the process for the other icons you wish to change. To reverse the process simply repeat steps 2 and 3 but choose Use default icon instead of choosing your Icon pack. You will need to do this for all your icons.