This Week in Android: Jun 24th – 30th

What would a week in Android be without some sort of Samsung release? Fans of continuity won’t be disappointed this week then, with the company’s family of Galaxy Tab 3s getting a United States release date. Talking of fans, those who appreciate Imgur should also be pleased with the news that the image host has launched an Android app, bringing their service to a native mobile experience on your Android handset.

Let’s launch in and take a look around…

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Samsung Launches US Galaxy Tab 3 Family

Samsung has handed their Galaxy Tab 3 family a United States release date of July 7th, with preorders already beginning.

The Galaxy Tab 3 family includes the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 for $399 , an Intel-powered Android 4.2.2 tablet with a 1280px x 800px display, 1GB of RAM and both front and rear-facing cameras. Also included is the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 at $299, with a 1280px x 800px 8-inch display running on a 1.5GHz dual-core “Exynos” processor with 1.5GB of RAM and, again, front and rear-facing cameras.

The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1

The Galaxy Tab 3 10.1

Finally, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is an Android tablet with 1024px x 600px display, 1.2GHz dual-core “Marvell” processor and both cameras too. The 7.0 model will retail for $199, competing directly with the Google’s Nexus 7.

Imgur Releases Android App

Image host Imgur has released an official Android app, following a period of beta testing. The Imgur app allows users to browse the service’s massive library of images, including those linked to by the Reddit community, and both upload and manage your own photos.



The app is available for free from Google Play, although it was an ad-based product at launch. Ads have been removed after an uproar from the community and you can now enjoy a clean look along with Imgur’s new mobile experience.

Sony Announces Xperia Z Ultra

Sony have announced the Xperia Z Ultra, a massive 6.4-inch device sporting a 1080p display. The Xperia Z Ultra is powered by an impressive 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (expandable through a microSD slot) and an 8-megapixel shooter. The Xperia Z Ultra runs on Android 4.2.

The Xperia Z Ultra is surprisingly thin, too. It’s thinner than an iPhone 5 at 6.5mm, although it does weigh a hefty 212g. The handset will be available across the world in the third quarter in black, purple and white, but pricing isn’t yet known.

Other Updates

  • The special Google Edition versions of Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and HTC’s HTC One, which run stock Android, have finally been made available to buy on Google Play, at $599 and $649 respectively.
  • Google Search for Android has been updated with new Google Now cards. The update includes a TV feature which can detect live programming on internet-connected TVs and show contextual information about a show. Also added is the ability to play music through Google Now from a selection of services including Google Play (although this seems to require a Google Music All Access subscription).
  • Google has announced that it will continue to allow paid app sales in the Argentinian Google Play Store, backtracking on a previously-announced plan to remove the paid service.
  • Google has added the ability for Google Apps customers to revoke user access to apps at will, rather than wiping an entire app, making Android better compatible with people who use personal devices in the enterprise.

Check in with us next week to see what’s going on with Google and co.