Nokia Lumia 900 available on AT&T for $99.99 on April 8th

Oh, ’tis wonderful. Nokia and AT&T have finally come out with a solid release date for the Nokia Lumia 900 with 4G LTE. It will retail for $99.99, which is extremely aggressive considering it is a flagship phone (with the specs to back it) and launches this coming April 8th. Both the black and cyan versions launch the 8th, whilst the white version launches on April 22nd. Pre-orders start online and in stores this Friday, March 30th.

With all of that comes the dawn of a (possible) reign from Microsoft and its Windows Phone software backed by Nokia, since the Lumia 900 is such a formidable smartphone. Video after the break. Via: AT&T

Microsoft Acts Cowardly: Android 4.0 Beats A Windows Phone In Challenge At Santa Clara (update!)

In a rather interesting report by Sahas Katta from SkatterTech, he heads to a Santa Clara Microsoft Store to participate in the “Smoked By Windows Phone Challenge” created by Microsoft. It is simple: perform a task faster than a Windows Phone device, and you get the bragging rights. Keep in mind that all the tests are in Microsoft’s favor, but when the brave Sahas stepped in and beat a Windows Phone device by fetching weather from two different cities faster on his Android 4.0-powered Galaxy Nexus (by turning the lock screen off), it infuriated the staff members, and they denied his victory. Personally, I find this rather distasteful, as they had Sahas pose in a photo stating “My Android was smoked by a Windows Phone”, before he left the store.

Really, Microsoft? Are you so desperate for one victory that you need to do this? Tell you what, release the Lumia 900 and then you can go around bullying society into thinking your mobile OS is superior. Via: SkatterTech

Update: Now they’ve offered the true victor a free laptop and phone. Classic PR move.

Galaxy Nexus Review: Everything Is In Sync

This is Android 4.0. The first time I ever laid eyes on it in person, I was intrigued by how Android changed so much, so quickly. Only then did I realize that the Galaxy Nexus was built perfectly around it, for instance, having no touch capacitive buttons to perform functions; everything is done using the 720p HD, 4.65-inch Super AMOLED screen. Then it was soon realized that the 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM was more than adequate to keep the system running at full speed and smoothly transitioning with all the animations and effects seen in Ice Cream Sandwich. Then came the 10MBps+ 4G LTE speeds on Verizon. And then lastly, I soon found out that the cameras (both the front 1.3MP and 5 megapixel back-facing) were both built perfectly around the software, to the point where recording 1080p HD footage can be taken with speed, all the while taking photos while recording, thanks to Android 4.0.

If only all Android manufacturers could perfectly sync the software to the hardware, per the way Apple has for so many years. This is why I will say right off the bat, that the Galaxy Nexus is one of the best Android phones ever produced, and it deserves the 9.5/10 I’m bestowing upon it Read the full review after the break!

Gaming Memo: New Assassin’s Creed III Screenshots

Great news, fellow assassin’s! Some new screenshots have been released for our Assassin Creed III hero, Connor. In this case, he’s killing redcoats during the American Revolutionary period, hiding in plain sight, and other stuff assassin’s are good at. Check out the source link for all the (beautiful) shots. An interesting note to make is that in this time period, camouflage was for cowards, which probably explains why Connor is still wearing the white assassin’s attire seen on Altair and Ezio, the previous stars of the Assassin’s Creed series.

Via: PC Gamer

Instagram for Android sign-up page now live…

Oh my. It’s Instagram for Android!

A sign-up page of all things! It’s not incredibly important, but if you sign-up with your email address on the popular photo-sharing service with 27 million users using the iOS app, then you will be granted a “first in line” privilege, either for a beta or for just as a alert for when the app is available. Check it out for yourself at the source link.

Via: Instagram, TNW

U.S. Army Software Marketplace debuts for iOS approved apps, Android coming

Since the United States Army has been trying to create their own smartphone for soldiers on the field, it is only mandatory that there be an app store with Army approved applications inside. Introducing, the U.S. Army Software Marketplace, a mobile website with links to approved iOS apps on the App Store. An Android version is in the works. The approved apps so far are 12 apps, including the Soldiers Blue Book (the initial training guide for all members of the Army), a benefits guide, and a social media handbook. On the flipside the army is looking into third-party submissions, and the marketplace is available to the public, as well.

Via: U.S. Army, The Software Marketplace