Samsung announces Galaxy S III Developer Edition on Verizon for $599 with unlocked bootloader

For developers and Android DIYers, having a locked bootloader can be troublesome. While other Android smartphones are easier to unlock than other, the Galaxy S III on Verizon is one of those where it just is plain annoying. So, Samsung has “addressed” the problem be launching an unlocked bootloader version of the Galaxy S III on VZW — for $599.99 on their own developer site. Till then, the $199 locked bootloader version on Verizon seems like the more compelling offer, also considering that all other carriers offer the Galaxy S III with an unlocked bootloader, without the premium charge..

Via: Android Central

The Ouya console powered by Android passed $950k funding goal in 8 hours

The Ouya, a home games console powered by Google’s Android OS with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 SoC, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage, all designed by Yves Behar, has already surpassed the $950,000 fundraising goal on Kickstarter. In 8 hours and 14 minutes. Yes, it is a roflcopter situation. Apparently the Ouya’s goal is to bring mobile game developers to the TV screen, so that it would push the innovation and power behind the idea of creating richer, games that are — just awesome. Via: Kickstarter

Twitter for Android and iOS gets better in notifications and expanded tweets

With just a couple of few Internet hours passed, Twitter published refreshed versions of Twitter for iOS and Android. The updates add expanded tweets for major companies like C-SPAN, Kickstarter, and news organizations. Better notifications (for example, for a specific user) has been added, along with the new search autocomplete, new Twitter logo, following hastags being an easier process, and a variety of polished features and stability fixes for both versions of the app. Check it out for yourself at the source links.

Via: Twitter BlogApp StoreGoogle Play

Motorola Atrix HD on AT&T launches July 15th for $99 with Android 4.0

A press release just sent out details the launch date and price for the Atrix HD, another one of Motorola’s creations. The Atrix HD will launch on July 15th at AT&T for $99 on a new, 2-year contract. Besides launching with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Atrix HD has a pretty thin 8.4-millimeter profile, Kevlar casing, a 4.5-inch ColorBoost 720p HD display with scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass, a coating that protects internal components from water, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording, a 720p front-facing camera, 4G LTE data connectivity, and Motorola’s new take on interface design for Android. The press release is below.

AT&T starts sending Android 4.0 upgrades to the Galaxy Note

In the very slow upgrade process to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the Galaxy Note, a brilliant fusion between phone and tablet (read: phablet) will start receiving notifications today for an Android 4.0 over-the-air (OTA) upgrade. This particular upgrade comes with Samsung’s Premium Suite, a set of apps built to take advantage of the S Pen and the Galaxy Note’s massive 5.3-inch screen with 1.5GHz dual-core processor. Keep in mind this update is not only good news for more than 7 million Galaxy Note owners, but to Google, who will be able to show some effort for getting popular Android phones on Android 4.0, unless of course they already launched with it, like Samsung’s own Galaxy S III.

Via: Verge

Mac OS X Mountain Lion Near-Final Edition Is Available To Developers

The next era of Mac: OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. It’s the newest and best version of the operating system to date, with new features, design changes, iMessage support, enhanced iCloud support, new notifications, new productivity apps, and performance, all for the better. Mac users with a developer account now have access to the Gold Master edition (in English, the final, or at least near-final finished version). As for the Mac users without a developer account, you’ll be able to upgrade to Mountain Lion later this month for $20 via the Mac App Store.

Via: Apple

Steam’s upcoming Greenlight will let gamers choose which titles are added

Valve’s upcoming feature for Steam, the worldwide PC games download service (also intertwined with multiplayer, social networking, and in-house Valve games), will allow users to vote on which games are added to Steam. The feature will be called “Steam Greenlight”, and will not immediately just allow for users of Steam to decide on the spot which games get added, but basically will let the developer (and Valve) know what games they are interested in playing, and obviously the developer (if they’re really thinking about what the market thinks) will follow suit.

The Steam Greenlight service will launch in late August. Via: Steam