If you happened to be a member of the World Intellectual Property Organisation and the year was 1977, you’d no doubt be celebrating the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure. Of course, this is 2013 and you’re reading Android.AppStorm where the date signifies the end to another week of Android news. Let’s take a look!
Google Play reported at the start of this week that, in the first nine days since launch, Facebook Home has hit 500k downloads. Facebook Home, the social network’s replacement Android app launcher, launched on Google Play for select devices in addition to the HTC First handset.
Facebook Home launched to a fairly positive reception.
Galaxy S4 Release Rollout
AT&T announced this week that the 16GB Samsung Galaxy S4 will be available on the carrier from yesterday in retail stores, meaning you should finally be able to walk into a brick-and-motar AT&T store and pick one up today, earlier than originally expected.
The Samsung Galaxy S4, available now (or soon, depending on your carrier).
With Samsung citing “overwhelming demand”, Sprint also announced that S4 availability in retail will come at an unspecified future date, although online sales should have went ahead on April 27th. T-Mobile too is experiencing delays, with online availability now expected to commence tomorrow, April 29th.
Verizon will bring the S4 to their own network a little bit later on May 30th, beginning with the 16GB model for $249.99 — down to $199.99 with a $50 mail-in rebate.
More Google Glass Details Emerge
The release of the Google Glass Explorer Edition has revealed some further details about the wearable computer which we found out last week runs on a version of Android.
Google Glass is finally growing up
Jay Lee, a Google+ user and Google Glass Explorer Edition owner, revealed the device runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, has 682mb of usable RAM (up to 1GB total) and is powered by a dual-core OMAP 4430 processor, a SoC from the same family as the heart of the Galaxy Nexus and first-generation Kindle Fire.
Samsung Electronics announced earnings this week, including a revenue of $47.6 billion with $6.45 net profit. Samsung has cited smartphone sales as one reason for the strong quarter.
Google closed a Android loophole this week that allowed apps, most notably Facebook, to update software outside of Google Play’s own update systems. A new line in the developer Terms and Conditions reads “An app downloaded from Google Play may not modify, replace or update its own APK binary code using any method other than Google Play’s update mechanism”.
Swype, the well-loved third-party Android keyboard, has been made available for download in Google Play. The app costs $0.99, although a free trial is available.
Tumblr updated its mobile apps for iOS and Android this week to include sponsored posts in user’s feeds. The ads, which come in a style not foreign to Twitter mobile users, are currently exclusive to ABC Entertainment, ABC Family, GE, Pepsi and Warner Bros.
Check in next week for another look at This Week In Android!