Samsung to make ‘major’ Galaxy announcement next month

Samsung has informed everyone that it's planning to make a major Galaxy-related announcement on August 15. Naturally, we don't know what this announcement is - that would take all the fun out of it - but our friends at SlashGear are guessing that it has something to do with the Galaxy Tab or the Galaxy Note. Since Samsung just released the Galaxy S III in May, we're tempted to agree.

Google acquires Sparrow for Gmail mobile reboot

Google has acquired Sparrow, a company that makes a popular email client for Mac and iOS. Details on the acquisition are pretty light at this moment, but it seems that Google will use Sparrow's talents to make a better Gmail app for smartphones, tablets, and Mac. This means that Sparrow will likely be helping Google create a more worthwhile Gmail client for Android, so this is something to keep an eye on. Neither Google nor Sparrow have revealed how much Google paid in the acquisition deal.

The Dark Knight Rises game glides onto Google Play Store

If you're one of the many who can't seem to get enough Batman, then you'll be pleased to know that Gameloft's The Dark Knight Rises tie-in game is available now on the Google Play Store. As we told you a few days back, the game looks pretty great, and actually seems to be one of the few movie tie-in games that's worth your time. It may be worth a purchase for that reason alone, but we imagine the solid graphics and familiar gameplay will help to further sway you.

Android telepresence robot Botiful introduced on Kickstarter

Move over OUYA, because today we've got another Android-based Kickstarter to talk about. Its name is Botiful, and its looking to infuse a little personality into those Skype video calls you make with your Android phone. Botiful is being touted as the "first consumer telepresence robot," and by docking an Android phone on the robot (and using the special Skype interface), it allows users on the other end to choose what they're looking at. For example, if you're talking to someone who is using a Botiful, you're given control over their robot, so you can remotely control what the robot does and who the focus is on.

Robert Bowling to provide first exclusive game for OUYA

Yesterday we learned that OUYA has former Kindle developer Muffi Ghadiali working on the project, but today we get a bombshell of an entirely different nature. Robert Bowling (of Call of Duty fame) has announced that his freshly-formed studio, Robotoki, will be supplying OUYA with its first exclusive game: an episodic prequel to Robotoki's upcoming game Human Element. Human Element is a post-apocalyptic zombie game set for release in 2015, and hearing Bowling describe it, this episodic prequel sounds like it will take place years and years before the events in the main game.

Google reports sky-high revenues for Q2 2012

Google has issued its financial report for the second quarter of the year, ending June 30, and boy is it a doozy. This is the first quarter that Motorola's finances are included with Google's, but the internet giant says that on its own, it enjoyed a 27% increase in revenues year-over-year. When everything is tallied up, Google's consolidated revenue came in at a whopping $12.21 billion, which was a 35% increase from the second quarter of 2011.