OpenSignal Releases Android “Fragmentation” Report, Counts Almost 19,000 Different Devices

That chart, situated at the top of this post, represents 18,796 different Android devices that are in the wild, according to OpenSignal’s latest Android “fragmentation” report which looks at the number of devices that have downloaded their app over the last couple of months. That, is a lot of devices. In fact, in last year’s report, OpenSignal reported that there were 11,868 different devices, which means we saw a 60% growth year-on-year. In 2012, that number stood at 3,997 individual Android devices. Calling the growth of the Android platform “impressive” would be an understatement.

So what’s the point of this report? OpenSignal wants to show the level of “fragmentation” in Android devices, to somehow relate that back to the benefits and negatives it creates for developers. Mostly, they point out the negatives, but do note that the range of devices in the Android world also makes the opportunity for developers greater than any other platform.

We really just like looking at this report for the neat charts and to see which devices and manufacturers are leading the Android charge.  (more…)

Verizon Announces 14 Additional XLTE Markets

Verizon announced fourteen new XLTE markets this morning, adding to its already impressive 350 markets currently live in the US. The markets range from Oregon, down to Texas, up to Montana, so a few subscribers among us will definitely be benefiting from this light up.

XLTE is Verizon’s attempt to broaden bandwidth on its existing 4G LTE network, which has seen quite a drop in performance over the past couple of years.

For a peek at the new markets, take a look below.  (more…)

Freebies: AVAST Mobile Security Passes 100 Million Downloads, We Have 100 Licenses to Give Away

AVAST! Mobile Security, a leader in providing protection for Android devices, recently eclipsed the 100 million download mark on Google Play. To celebrate the occasion, AVAST! has provided us with a redemption code that will unlock its premium features for its security app for 100 of our readers. This is a 1-year premium unlock code, which would normally run you $14.99.

For those new to AVAST!, think of it as the ultimate security suite and protector for your phone. It can do things like provide insight on privacy issues for apps, block numbers from contacting you, measure network usage, lock apps, backup important info (call logs, photos, music, video, apps, etc.), and also act as a “Find My Phone” solution should your phone get stolen or lost.

The premium version adds unlimited app locking, detects ads, allows you to remotely send SMS from your phone or recover data, and also brings in extra backup features.  (more…)

Galaxy Note 4 Camera Software Info Leaked, Samsung Continues Tradition of Bloating

Leading up to any major device launch, we always see a plethora of leaks, which is always fun for us. The newest, posted by SamMobile, gives us a few major details for the camera software that will be baked into the Galaxy Note 4 from Samsung. As a reminder, this device is set to be announced on September 3 at IFA in Berlin, Germany.

Thanks to the detailed leak, we can take note of the different picture and video resolutions Note 4 owners can shoot in, as well as all of the insane camera modes that Samsung has included for the camera. To list just a few, which are not exactly new, Samsung has added in a “Create a GIF” mode, Selfie Alarm, Wide Selfie, and Eraser camera modes.

Sources claim that the Note 4 will feature a 3.7MP front-facing camera, and as for the rear-facing 16MP sensor, it is a Sony IMX240; the same one used in the Galaxy S5 LTE-A variant.   (more…)

Mophie Juice Pack for Galaxy S5 Coming September 8, Available for $99

Mophie, leaders of all things attachable battery packs, announced today the availability of the Juice Pack for the Samsung Galaxy S5. I’m not exactly sure why it has taken them six months to make this available, but hey, it’s coming! Potential buyers can pre-order the GS5′s Juice Pack today for $99.95 at Mophie’s site with an expected ship date of September 8.

What is a Juice Pack? Put simply, it’s a case with a built-in battery pack. Mophie has made a living and name for itself by creating these cases for the iPhone, since iPhone’s don’t have removable batteries and people often need to charge throughout a day. But they have also found some success on Android, even though a handful of Android devices (like the Galaxy S5) have removable batteries that can be easily swapped without the need of a massive battery case.  (more…)

Sprint Calls It a “New Day for Unlimited Data,” Announces $60 Unlimited Plan

Many thought that Sprint was going to kill off unlimited data after announcing their new double-data share plans on Monday. In an announcement this morning, claiming today as a “new day for unlimited data,” it’s clear that they still believe in an unlimited way of life. Starting tomorrow, new and existing Sprint customers can sign-up for their new unlimited data plan, which includes unlimited talk and text as well, for $60 per month(more…)

Dong Nguyen’s Follow-up to Flappy Bird, Swing Copters, is Now Live on Google Play

The follow-up game to Dong Nguyen’s Flappy Bird, Swing Copters, is now available on Google Play for everyone to enjoy. Or hate. Probably hate. In the game, you use your finger to tap a little helicopter through swinging hammers and platforms. To say the game is hard is quite the understatement, as I personally find the game nearly impossible.  (more…)