Been living every day in a mixture of misery and jealousy of iOS-exclusive Vine? How about having trouble resisting the urge to dunk your Samsung Galaxy S4 in up to a metre of water? Well it’s your lucky day as This Week in Android forms an end to your woes.
This week has been dominated by a wealth of hardware announcements, plus a few notable software releases including the aforementioned Vine from Twitter. Lets jump in and take a look!
Vine, the video capture app and sharing network from Twitter, has finally been released on Android, allowing users to join iOS-ers on the service.
The app requires Android 4.0+ but lacks some existing features such as support for front-facing cameras, mentions and hashtags. These features are planned for the next few weeks and Twitter has hinted at future options that “can only exist on the Android platform”.
Vine, now available on Android.
Android users do enjoy one exclusive benefit, however, the ability to zoom that remains nonexistent in the current iOS version of the app.
Asus Unveils New Hardware
Asus has taken this week to reveal a bunch of new devices at Computex 2013.
The Transformer Pad Infinity has been refreshed with a 10.1-inch 2560 x 1600px IPS display showing off the power behind a Tegra 4 processor with 2GB of RAM. The tablet also sports a USB 3.0 port, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera and 32GB of internal storage with an SD card slot for expansion. Asus spokespeople have quoted a price of “roughly” $399 (or $499 with the bundled dock) and a launch date in the autumn.
One of ASUSs several announcements this week. Image credit: The Verge.
Asus also announced the FonePad Note, a 6-inch device with a 1080p display, 1.6GHz processor with 2GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear shooter and built-in 3G, DC-HSPA+ radio. Finally, Asus also launched the Memo Pad HD7. This device has been described as “almost identical” to the Nexus 7 but with the addition of multiple colour options and a 5-megapixel camera. The 16GB model will be available for $149.
Toshiba Shows off New Excite Tablets
Toshiba has revealed this week three new Excite tablets, starting with the $299 Excite Pure, a 10-inch 1280 x 800px tablet with a Tegra 3 processor. Above that sees the $499 Excite Pro, featuring a similarily-sized 10.1-inch screen but with a resolution of 2560 x 1600px instead and a Tegra 4 processor. Finally, the Excite Write, at $599, brings a Wacom digitizer and stylus to the mix, aiming to bring handwriting features to the lineup.
The new tablets will be available from June 25th.
Samsung Reveals Galaxy S4 Active
Samsung has revealed the rumoured rugged variant of its flagship Galaxy S4, now named the Galaxy S4 Active. The device boasts higher levels of dust and water protection than its regular commercial brother, although it comes with a tradeoff by swapping the 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display for an LCD display instead.
The Galaxy S4 Active.
In related news, the Galaxy S4 received an update this week adding the ability to move apps to a microSD card and a number of big fixes. It’s already begun rolling out, although it could take a while to hit your device.
Evernote has updated its Android app to include to-do lists, a feature first brought to iOS some weeks ago.
Facebook has updated Facebook Home, the custom Android launcher, with a new tray that holds your favourite, most frequently-used apps in your full app listings. The update also brings the ability to send multiple photos within a single message, amongst general fixes and improvements.
Catch us next week for another look at This Week In Android!