Whether you want apps for sport, gaming or business, there’s something for you in our round-up of the best new Android appsBBC Sport
Updated in time for the new season, the BBC Sport app is now customisable, making it easier to get the latest news on your favorite team. Scores have also been more to the fore, helping you find the information you want as quickly as possible.
We review the Huawei Ascend P2, an Android phone with 720p screen and fast quad-core processor
Huawei seems to be launching new handsets with remarkable frequency at the moment, and the Ascend P2 appears almost at the same time as its stunning phablet the Ascend Mate and its premium, super-thin Ascend P6 are grabbing most of the attention. Sat alongside such illustrious brethren, the Ascend P2 is arguably at risk of getting lost.
That would be a shame, as the Ascend P2 is a nicely designed phone with plenty of appealing features including one that really does set it apart from the crowd: the Huawei Ascend P2 supports category 4 LTE.
This might not mean much to many people, but it means the Ascend P2 supports 4G at speeds up to 150Mbps.
We review the Sony Xperia Tablet Z, a 10-inch Android tablet that is ultra thin and also waterproof.
Android has achieved its success in the tablet space mostly through the smaller, less expensive products. For premium 10” tablets the iPad is still king. That hasn’t frightened off Sony. The company has eschewed the race to the bottom in favour of the Xperia Tablet Z, a tablet with premium design and build, and price tag to match.
The Xperia Tablet Z shares the same design language as the Xperia Z smartphone: black, monolithic, angular. We were not too keen on it in smartphone form, as the harsh corners made the device feel larger in the hand than it actually was. On the tablet it works perfectly. It’s hard to imagine a tablet with a more minimalist design, yet for all its simplicity it looks very attractive.
Almost half of all smartphones sold in Europe are Samsung – Could the S4 become the best selling Android phone ever?
According to the latest figures from Kantar World Panel, almost half of all smartphones sold in Europe are Samsung. This is a staggering figure and the success of Samsung in recent years has helped Android to gain a 70.4% share across the five major European markets, far higher than the 17.8% share for iOS or 6.8% held by Windows.
Part of Samsung’s success can be attributed to the shear amount of publicity that the brand has generated for itself. From X Factor sponsorship to the sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games, Samsung has been all over our televisions, newspapers and magazines, and its efforts have certainly not been wasted as the figures above show.
Earlier this year, Samsung managed to continue to ride this wave of publicity creating a huge amount of hype to surround the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4, their new flagship device. Andy Betts, Editor of Android Magazine, says of the S4 that ‘the device has relatively few real standout features yet put all changes together – a refined design, better screen, faster processor and a whole lot more software – and it’s clear this is a radical improvement on last year’s S III’.
Google has announced the next update to the Android operating system, Android 4.3.
Okay, so it still isn’t Key Lime Pie, but Google finally unveiled the next update to the Android operating system. Android 4.3 isn’t a monumental update, but includes a series of smaller changes which are a welcome addition. Here’s everything that was included in the latest update:Restricted profiles can be created to limit access to certain apps and in-app purchases. Bluetooth Smart introduced to be less draining on your phone’s battery. OpenGL ES 3.0 support which should aid game developers to produce blockbuster titles. Switching between user profiles is much faster. Redesigned camera interface. Android 4.3 release date
Nexus 7, Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and the Galaxy Nexus will see Android 4.3 first, with the rollout beginning today.
Details about Google’s new Nexus 7 have been leaked online thanks to Best Buy pre-oder page.
Although Google aren’t expected to lift the lid on the new Nexus 7 until later today, that hasn’t stopped Best Buy from already putting their pre-order page for the new tablet online. The pages includes a full gallery of Nexus 7 press shots and a supposed full specifications list. Below is what you can expect to get from the new version of the budget-friendly tablet:7-inch, 1920 x 1200 display 5MP rear-facing camera, 1.2MP front-facing 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor 2GB RAM Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 16/32GB variants
Best Buy has got the two variants listed for $229 and $269 respectively, which could mean we should expect the new Nexus to come in with a £179 and £229 price tag over in the UK.
We’ll update you with what we know after tonight’s Google event.
Source: Best Buy