Android Market Now Allows For Direct 4GB App Downloads

Oh, thank goodness. The Android Market has been plagued by a two-step app download process for any application that exceeded 50MB. Today that all changes, as apps up to 4GB can be downloaded in 2GB increments. While this will not change the average app’s capability or design, this is a very welcoming sign to game developers who can finally get some really 3D-intensive games on all of the new quad-core and dual-core Android devices that are being launched so quickly it may as well be raining press releases.

Also, just to note, not all devices can take advantage of this capability, however it was made clear that “most newer devices” can download the 4GB files directly, whilst older ones can do the same, but through Google’s servers once the app launches for the first time. It’s complicated, but good news.

Via: Android Developers

Android ‘Key Lime Pie’ Successor To Jelly Bean, Which Proceeds Android 4.0

(Image credit: 9to5Google).

Even though Google has slowed Android’s updates, it seems as if the successor to Android 4.0 will be called Jelly Bean (which was practically confirmed at MWC 2012 in Barcelona) and now a tipster has told The Verge (the same source that tipped “Jelly Bean”) that Android 6.0 could be called “Key Lime Pie”, or KLP for short, with an expected 2013 release. Interesting stuff, no doubt.

Via: The Verge

This Week On LaptopMemo: MWC Gave Us A Show, Windows 8, And iPad 3 Inbound

This week on LaptopMemo is pretty action-packed. Most of the news can be heard on the latest TechMemo podcast, but it mostly had to do with Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, the Windows 8 Consumer Preview being available for download (writing this post on Windows 8 using a main rig), and the iPad 3 will be announced this coming week. Also is an epic camera from Canon. And Microsoft Flight coming out for free. And last but not, least Minecraft 1.2 was released by the happy geeks at Mojang AB.

Yup. That was an epic week.

Oh, and Assassin’s Creed III. That is all.

Take To The Sky: Microsoft Flight for PC Released

This is monumental for flight simulator fans, specifically for Microsoft’s franchise. Microsoft Flight is now available for Windows PCs, for free. Keep in mind that this gets you the base planes and maps, but after that, only a few DLC purchases will get you one of the most visually impressive flight sims in recent memory, as far as initial impressions go. Get it!

ViaMicrosoft Flight

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 T-Mobile HSPA+ Review

Price as Reviewed: $399.99 on 2-year agreement with T-Mobile

This is nothing different from the other two Galaxy Tab 10.1 devices I’ve reviewed; the WiFi model was fantastic and the Verizon 4G LTE version even more so. The sole difference about this Galaxy Tab 10.1 is that it has a rather large, conspicuous T-Mobile logo at the top right, with an even more apparent Samsung logo slapped to the bottom, making it much less of a clean slate and instead an explosion of brands on what previously was a clear and crisp black slate. Performance of the NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor remains the same on Android 3.2 Honeycomb with Samsung’s Touchwiz enhancements — that is, smooth and fluid, unless there are many widgets active and a live wallpaper. Battery life also remains very acceptable, at 8-10 hours of usage with the 4G HSPA+ radio turned on, which brings down average speeds of 1-10MBps.

The only downfall I really see here on the Tab 10.1 with T-Mobile is the insane amount of carrier apps and add-ons. Verizon didn’t do it, and neither did Samsung on their WiFi model, but for some odd reason T-Mobile had to be “first”. Otherwise, this Tab 10.1 passes, but just by a notch.

Score: 8.9/10