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If you like the Tetris style of game you will love Candy Bombs for BlackBerry 10. Although an Android port you don’t really notice it as it runs so beautifully. Where the game is different from Tetris is that instead of different shapes falling down the screen – with Candy Bombs we get two different colored circular bombs. The idea is to get four or more of the same colored bombs in a row and they will explode as you don’t want them to reach the top of the screen.
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Since Android is winning the race for device market share, analysts and CEOs alike have turned their attention to other aspects of the battle between iOS and Android. There are of course a whole range of different ways to measure market share and user satisfaction including looking at market share in different countries, across different demographics and according to the relative wealth of the purchasers. Another way is to look at how much people use their smartphone or tablet. New data from Flurry suggests that Android users spend less time using apps than iOS users.
According to the raw numbers there are about 10 percent more active Android devices in use around the world than iOS devices. That is a significant number and it looks like this trend is likely to continue. At the recent All Things D conference Apple’s CEO Tim Cook spoke on stage with Walt Mossberg and naturally the issue of Android came up. Since Cook couldn’t deny the numbers his attention turned to how much time people spend using apps on their iOS devices. According to Tim Cook and the new Flurry report Android users spend 20 percent less time using apps on their devices compared to iOS users.
In spite of Android’s rapid rise and current lead in device market share, iOS continues to lead in terms of time spent in apps.
Mary Ellen Gordon of Flurry
This hasn’t always been the case. Back in 2009 Android was an unknown force lurking in the shadows and as a result iOS app usage was vastly greater than app usage on Android. By 2011 Android was gaining rapidly on iOS but the total time Android users spend using apps was still 50 percent less than for iOS users. However once Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was released and Android tablets started to make an impact, Android app usage was just 5 percent less than that of iOS. But since then the total time spent in apps has decreased steadily to its current 20% difference. Flurry suggests that the release of the iPad 3 had a big part to play in this.
So what are the reasons for this? One reason could be that Android phones are becoming so prevalent that many users are switching from feature phones to Android smartphones but actually they don’t want/need/know about the smartphone features and so spend less time in apps but more time using the phone as just a simple phone.
Another possibility is that the total user experience for some Android devices isn’t very high. It is still possible to get Android 2.2 and Android 2.3 phones for free on a contract both in the USA and in Europe. Android 2.x was great, but it is now old and Android has moved on. The truth is that no one would recommend an Android 2.x based phone to a friend today. This means that these buyers will join the Android community with a lesser overall experience.
What do you think? Have you tried iOS and Android, did you spend more time using apps on iOS or is this data just plain wrong? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
It looks like HP might be preparing a major Android push in the near future. With the HP Slate 7 now out the door, there have been two new HP Android devices allegedly revealed today, both thanks to AnTuTu benchmarking scores. Earlier we reported on the HP Slate 21 AIO, and now it looks like a device called the HP SlateBook 10 X2 is also in the cards.
Just like the HP Slate 21 AIO, the SlateBook 10 X2 benchmark reveals a device equipped with a Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and running on Android 4.2.1. While they run the same processor, the SlateBook X2 actually scored a bit higher on the posted results with a 27,259 versus the Slate 21′s 23,584. Of course, benchmark results can vary wildly from test to test, so the difference in scoring might not mean much.
So is this legit? Hard to say, as benchmarks can certainly be faked. If they are indeed real, it’s interesting to see HP is not only embracing the high-end of Android, but doing it with Nvidia as a partner. So far the only other potential partners we’ve heard about for the Tegra 4 are Toshiba and ZTE.
It is worth mentioning that HP’s two newly benchmarked devices seem to be a bit “different” from the rest of the pack, with the Slate 21 being a massive tablet and AIO, and the SlateBook 10′s name could perhaps be hinting that it might be some kind of convertible Android tablet/notebook– of course that’s just a bit speculation, as the ‘book’ part of the name could mean absolutely nothing.
What do you think, would consider a premium tablet from HP considering their mixed history in the mobile sector?
We told you that The Dark Knight Rises had been released for BlackBerry 10 – so in true CrackBerry fashion it’s time to show you on video what the game is all about. Costing £1.50/.99 (Yes, I got the price wrong in the video) many of you may be in two minds whether to part with your cash, so I’m hoping that after seeing the video it may help make the decision easier.
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Verizon today announced that upgrades will now take longer, extending the wait time from 20 to 24 months, and that they’ll be harder to get, disallowing upgrades between device types. Here’s the new deal, according to Verizon:
In alignment with the terms of the contract, customers on a two-year agreement will be eligible for an upgrade at 24 months vs. today’s early upgrade eligibility at 20 months. This change aligns the upgrade date with the contract end date and is consistent with how the majority of customers purchase new phones today. The first customers impacted by this change are customers whose contracts expire in January 2014. As always, customers may purchase a new phone at the full retail price at any time.
Customers also have the option of purchasing a phone at full price at any point before their contract expires and beginning April 21, some devices will be available for purchase through the Verizon Wireless Device Payment Plan.
The New Every Two program ended in January of 2011. Verizon Wireless has continued to allow customers to utilize these expired credits. However, as of April 15, these credits will no longer be available.
Customers may continue to share an upgrade with another person on an account if that customer is upgrading to a device within the same equipment category. Customers can utilize a phone upgrade to purchase a new phone; however, the option to transfer upgrades from non-phone devices (such as a Jetpack or tablet) will no longer be available.
The reason for the changes, apparently, is that competition is so strong in the US, networks so equally robust and performant, consumers enjoy so many and such varied choice, that Verizon feels confident they can be even less customer friendly and anyone who doesn’t like it can just switch to any of the other dozens and dozens of options.
No, wait. That’s an alternate universe. Verizon’s doing it because they can, and unless you’re lucky enough to work, live, and play in a place where one of the other carriers is cheaper and better, they know you’re stuck with them.
Or maybe that’s just me. How do you feel about Verizon’s new upgrade policy?
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Long gone are the days when only Apple would get special sections of stores to demo its products, and a serious clue is the fact that Best Buy Samsung stores will be established by the time the Galaxy S4 makes its way into the retailer’s stocks.
The battle between the two giants isn’t taking place only on the market share field; even retail space is something to be contested between them. Samsung is making a huge step, because Best Buy locations will also have Samsung stores, along with the Apple stores it already has, as geek.com has found out.
The move will happen in a first batch of high-traffic Best Buy locations by the time the Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available, and the same source says that two aisles in the mobile departments will be cleared to make room for the new, Samsung-branded stores; also, employees who will work there will go through special trainings.
Of course, not only the S4 will be demoed in said store areas – all important Samsung tablets and smartphones will be available there, and, while this only happens for a number of high-traffic stores, the same source says that all Best Buy locations will end up having a Best Buy Samsung store later this year.
What do you think about this idea?
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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is not yet official and there are important blanks to be filled when it comes to its design and even spec sheet. And yet something tells us it’s going to be a big hit, no matter how it’ll look.
But will the S4 gallop to worldwide fame on its own, like the S3 did? Or will it have some competition for a change? And if we’re going to see a race, will it be a two-way battle with the HTC One, a three-way with the One and Sony Xperia Z or a four-way with LG’s Optimus G Pro involved as well?
Hard to say, but the Optimus G Pro, who fell off the radar a little after MWC, is definitely back in with a shout. And it seems to have at least two aces up its sleeve: the 5.5-inch Full HD screen, which was recently compared to that of the GNote 2, and a humongous 3,150 mAh battery.
Humongous battery indeed, but enough to handle the pressures of a state-of-the-art display and quad-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 processor? Apparently so, at least according to GSM Arena.
The online publication has taken the G Pro through the same test as Sony’s Xperia Z a few days ago and LG’s beast has unsurprisingly come out on top. The 5.5-incher has impressed in talk time autonomy the most, running for a full 20 hours and 45 minutes on a single charge.
That makes the G Pro the second most impressive phone ever to be tested by GSM Arena, slightly behind Motorola’s Razr Maxx, but ahead of the Droid Razr Maxx (!!!). Meanwhile, the Xperia Z lasted four and a half hours less (sic).
But hold your horses, because it’s not game over yet. The second and third parts of the battery test have been less kind to the G Pro, who’s considerably slipped in the ranks. 6 hours and 40 minutes is not a bad result in web browsing autonomy, but it’s certainly not extraordinary either.
LG’s newest flagship has been beaten to the punch here by the Razr Maxx, iPhone 5, Galaxy Note 2 and HTC One X+, among others. On the flipside, the G Pro still topped the Xperia Z by more than an hour.
The video playback result (8 hours and 40 minutes) is slightly better, but again just short of greatness. Surpassed by the Razr Maxx, Note 2, iPhone 5 and even Samsung Galaxy S3, the Optimus G Pro beat the Xperia Z by a couple of hours.
Overall, the G Pro got out of the battery test with a very encouraging 50h endurance rating. That’s two hours better than the Sony Xperia Z, but will it be enough to undercut the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4? We don’t know yet, which makes the next few weeks that much more exciting.
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Remember how freaked out we were of HTC Droid DNA’s apparently meager 2,020 mAh battery at first? And how we thought the 5-inch Full HD panel, quad-core Krait CPU and 2 GB of RAM will squeeze the juice out of that “ticker” in no time?
Only our concerns proved illegitimate soon after the big guy’s release, courtesy of a GSM Arena battery test. Well, today is time to bust another myth, aided by the same online publication. The myth that the 2,330 mAh battery inside the Xperia Z won’t be capable of holding its own for a very long time due to a similarly snappy hardware configuration and a pretty much identical display.
As usual, the battery test has been split into three to evaluate the autonomy in continuous talk time, video playback and web browsing.
The first part of the test is by far the most flattering for Xperia Z’s battery. Here, the 5-incher has lasted a full 16 hours, which is very close to Galaxy Note 2’s performance. It’s even two whole hours more than Sony’s official rating of the 3G talk time, which is probably a first.
And if we pit the Z against the Droid DNA, it’s a win by knock-out for the new guy – 16 hours vs just 11.
The second number is far less impressive and actually seems to signal a pretty big issue – only 5 hours and 39 minutes of autonomy in video playback. That’s not only three times less (!!!) than Razr Maxx’s result, but also less than half of GNote 2’s autonomy and two hours beneath DNA’s performance.
And it’s not even the fault of the Mobile Bravia engine, because even with that turned off the Z didn’t considerably boost its numbers. Meaning the DNA can get back on its feet now and push the battle to the last round.
A last round that we’re forced to call a tie. The Z ran for 6 hours and 37 minutes in web browsing, just three minutes less than the Droid DNA back in November of last year. That’s an average result, putting the two ahead of the Galaxy S3, BlackBerry Z10 or Oppo Find 5, but below the iPhone 4S, HTC One X+ or Galaxy Note 2.
On the whole, the Xperia Z got a 48-hour endurance rating from GSM Arena, which is almost tied with DNA’s 49h score. Disappointing? Definitely not. But not very impressive either. In fact, this kind of makes the DNA look better than before, considering the Z had a 310 mAh battery capacity edge and failed to prevail.
It also makes the 2013 battle for supremacy wide open, at least as far as battery life is concerned. Because if neither of these two can impress, maybe the HTC One and/or Samsung Galaxy S4 will. Remember, the One has a 2,300 mAh battery packed into a 4.7-inch body, while the GS4 is rumored to come with a 2,600 mAh ticker in tow. It’s so on!
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Another great game from Vector Unit has hit BlackBerry World overnight. Shine Runner has been around on other platforms for some time but now graces us BlackBerry 10 users. If you haven’t heard of it before it’s a fast packed flatboat game where your aim is to collect as many items and money as possible as you race through the swamps.
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