Samsung might finally put something other than bloatware on your next smartphone. According to 9to5Google, Samsung is planning to preload third-party apps on to devices sold at its retail locations based on the career, traits and hobbies of the buyer. A businessman might receive spreadsheet and finance applications, a teenager could get a Galaxy Note 4 tablet with several games installed and a runner can buy a Galaxy S5 smartphone preloaded with fitness apps.
Once upon a time there was a leaked memo regarding Verizon beginning to load “a suite of Amazon apps preloaded on one dedicated home screen for all newly launched Android devices.” Wit the launch of the HTC Droid DNA, we now now exactly what that entails. And the results are not nearly as scary as some had feared.
There seems to be a crop of fake apps from “Apple Inc” on the Google Play store. The six apps are masquerading as Apple’s Garageband (erroneously called Garage Band on the faked version), iPhoto, iMovie, Keynote, Numbers and Pages.
AT&T’s (T) Windows Phone 8-powered Nokia (NOK) Lumia 920 is very affordable at $99.99 as long as you’re willing to bite the bullet with a two-year contract. But as it turns out, AT&T will also be selling the Lumia 920 without any commitments for $449.99 with preorders ready to go. BGR reviewed the Lumia 920 and concluded that it is a great phone, albeit a bit too heavy, but Windows Phone 8 still lacks a strong catalog of apps and compelling differentiation. AT&T’s website didn’t provide any details on whether or not the Lumia 920 would include a wireless charging plate if purchased at full price, or when the off-contract phone would ship.
If you’re a game developer, or the sort of fellow who just has to get your hands on cool stuff as soon as you can, you might want to have a look at OUYA’s page today. The Development Kits — an OUYA console, two controllers, and access to the ODK (software development tools) — are now available for preorder. The kits check in at $800 US per piece, and should be available in January 2013.
The Android developers crew has released a new build of the Android Developer Tools plugin for Eclipse, and ADT 21 preview 5 is now available for download. As the ADT is getting older and more robust, we’re seeing less glamorous changes and more maintenance “stuff”, but that doesn’t mean this build isn’t feature rich.
Gameloft isn’t the only one putting their Android wares on discount for the long weekend; Google Play has an official end of summer sale that has quietly started, with many apps already discounted. Check out this search to see what’s currently discounted, and expect that list to grow as the weekend wears on. We’ve received a few tips about the impending sale, but we’re still waiting for a big promotional banner on the front page of Google Play, or some equally obvious place to find all of the discounted apps in one spot. (Update: Ahh, here we go.)
Watch out, Las Vegas: app developers are aiming to take your most tech-savvy and/or lazy customers away from you. Bloomberg reports that mobile gambling apps, which turn iPhones into mini-slot machines that let users place bets with real money, are on the rise and will soon be in fierce competition with one another over which ones get to separate the most fools from their money. Indeed, Bloomberg notes that Juniper Research estimates that smartphone and tablet owners will use their favorite devices to place upward of $100 billion of bets by 2017.
Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.
Apple on Monday made the near-final Gold Master version of its upcoming OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion operating system available to developers. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion includes hundreds of new features, most notably the additions of a revamped Messages app with iMessage support, enhanced iCloud support, new notifications and new productivity apps. Apple will release OS X 10.8 to end users later this month for just $19.99.
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