For many of you, this weekend is not only the culmination of yet another week of Android news but also a time of Easter celebration. Let’s dive in and take a look at what’s been going on in the world of Android then!
US carriers have begun announcing preorder plans for the Galaxy S4 this week, the new flagship smartphone Samsung unveiled recently.
The S4 will be available on contract with AT&T for $249.99, preorders of which will start on April 16th and require a new 24-month commitment. AT&T is the first carrier to announce specific preorder details, although other US-based carrier have expressed their commitment to offering it.
The Galaxy S4.
T-Mobile also said this week that it plans to offer the smartphone on May 1st, although whether this is an availability or preorder date is not known. Pricing was not specified by the carrier.
The Ouya will be available initially in the US, Canada and the UK, with retailers such as GAME, GameStop and Best Buy marked to carry the device.
Origins: Ouya’s initial Kickstarter page.
Kickstarter backers who are eligible to receive a device were informed that shipments will be rolled over the coming weeks for early access.
Google Alters Nexus 4 Design
The design of new models of the Nexus 4 has been altered slightly, it was revealed this week. New runs of the phone feature a modified design that addresses issues in which the phone would slide on surfaces easily, increasing the risk of dropping and damaging it.
The Nexus 4, who’s design some complained of being too “slippery”.
The design update is very minimal, but is said to negate the need of purchasing Google’s official case to address the problems.
Google introduced an update to its wider Maps service to offer real-time information on the New York City subway service for a number of lines. Google also introduced transit information for buses and trams in Salt Lake City and service alerts for metrorail riders in Washington, DC.
The Google Translate for Android app was update this week to introduce offline language support for fifty languages. Android 2.3 is required for the free update, available through Google Play now.
In another Google update this week, the Google+ mobile app received improvements to the UI of the overall app which is said to increase prominence to common actions on the social network in addition to location sharing features in both iOS and Android.
Enjoy the rest of your [potentially long] Easter weekend and catch us next week for another edition of This Week In Android!