Sony Xperia Z2 20.7MP camera and 4K video shown off in shots of Tokyo at night
The Xperia Z2 went for a little walk about Tokyo, snapping up beautiful photos of the night and some 4K video too. The Chinese blog Ring HK shared the 20.7MP photos and short 4K video clip on their site. They were sure to let us know that the Z2 in use was an engineers test unit, not the finished retail unit that you or I will eventually put in our pockets.
2014/03/12 06:42 Android Authority
Klipsch Image S4A & S4i review
Video: Modder builds a one-handed PS4 controller for disabled gamers
Ben Heck has been the face of the game console modding scene for quite some time. He managed to turn a hobby into a full-time gig with The Ben Heck Show, and his latest creation is one of the coolest we’ve seen yet. On the next episode of his show, Heck will introduce the one-handed PlayStation 4 controller to the world. The modified controller was requested by one of his viewers, and Heck hopes that the accessibility controller will allow disabled gamers to play PS4 games with a single hand. All the buttons on the left side of the controller have been reassembled on the right side, including the left analog stick, which has been situated on the back of
2014/03/12 04:30 BGR
Share content on multiple social networks at once with Polarbear Beta [App of the Day]
If you’re like most people who use social networking, odds are you would like to post to multiple sites and accounts at once. The process of copy and pasting your text and posting it on different sites can get monotonous very quickly. Polarbear Beta for Android is here to help with that problem. This app... Read more »The post Share content on multiple social networks at once with Polarbear Beta [App of the Day] appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2014/03/12 04:14 AndroidGuys
Casts Against Civility is a Cards Against Humanity Chromecast game now available on the Google Play Store
Cards Against Humanity is a party game, that brings hilarity, just the right amount of immaturity, sometimes a little awkwardness, and tons of fun to any adult party. A new Android app dubbed Casts Against Civility aims to bring the popular party game to largest screen in your house, thanks to Chromecast.
2014/03/12 03:57 Phandroid
Why our politicians won’t lift a finger to stop the Comcast-TWC merger
Lots of people hate the idea of letting Comcast and Time Warner Cable merge but don’t expect our esteemed elected officials to care. Politico documents how Comcast really does have all its bases covered in the Capitol when it comes to making campaign contributions to influential members of Congress. In fact, Politico’s examination of public records reveals that Comcast has donated money to “almost every member of Congress who has a hand in regulating it,” including “all but three members of the Senate Judiciary Committee” and “32 of the 39 members of the House Judiciary Committee.” In all, Politico says Comcast has already spent $2 million for this year’s campaign cycle after spending roughly $3.5 million in 2011 and 2012. Direct
2014/03/12 03:15 BGR
TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 11, 2014
With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!! Apps WhatsApp sends update to Google Play with new […] Come comment on this article: TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 11, 2014
2014/03/12 02:19 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
AT&T sends out Moto X soak test invites, possibly for Android 4.4.2
AT&T is the last carrier who hasn’t released Android 4.4.2 for the Moto X, but it seems like that’s about to change. The carrier today sent out soak test invites for a new software update for Motorola’s flagship phone. While nothing is confirmed, all signs point to 4.4.2, but we will keep you updated. Source: […] Come comment on this article: AT&T sends out Moto X soak test invites, possibly for Android 4.4.2
2014/03/12 02:03 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
Video: What if True Detective was an 8-bit video game?
Now that the first season of True Detective has ended, we’re all anxiously awaiting season 2. Which sleuthing duo will replace Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson? Has the story of the Yellow King truly ended? Will Rustin Cohle ever shave that awful mustache? It’ll be months before we have the answers to any of these questions, but for now, at least we have some very creative fans to take our minds off the extended departure of HBO’s best new series. In this video, YouTuber CREWgaming has “gamified” True Detective, shrinking Rust and Marty down to 8-bit (or so) proportions. It’s a fun distraction, but nevertheless contains plenty of harsh language and a few spoilers. You have been warned.
2014/03/12 02:00 BGR
Indie app of the day – Per-App Modes
The Android and Me podcast is LIVE!
We’re back for another episode of the Android and Me podcast. You can sick back and watch it right here, but you can always head over to Google+ and join in with others who are also watching. Be sure to ask us questions and we’ll do our best to answer them.
2014/03/12 01:38 Android and Me
OnePlus One will feature a 5.5-inch screen in a 5-inch body smaller than Sony’s Xperia Z1
That’s a picture of Sony’s Xperia Z1, which is a great phone. The important thing, though, is that there’s a OnePlus One below it. According to a recent announcement on their forums, OnePlus has chosen a 5.5-inch screen to be used in their upcoming device, but thanks to some some really crafty engineering (and probably […] Come comment on this article: OnePlus One will feature a 5.5-inch screen in a 5-inch body smaller than Sony’s Xperia Z1
2014/03/12 01:29 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
[Bonus Round] First Strike, Bardbarian, Block Legend, OLO, PuzzleBits, And Cristiano Ronaldo Footy
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a game about nuclear stockpiles, a mixture of hack-and-slash and music gaming, a trio of interesting puzzlers, and a licensed soccer game.
2014/03/12 01:00 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Google buys Green Throttle Games in quest to develop set top box
According to recent reports, Google has acquired Green Throttle Games and aims to use the parts and labor of the company in their quest to develop a set top box. Google has confirmed the reports, but no specifics about the deal have been released. Green Throttle Games was founded in 2012 with the goal of […] Come comment on this article: Google buys Green Throttle Games in quest to develop set top box
2014/03/12 00:56 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
PSA: This is how easy it is for your kids to make additional in-app purchases, even if Google Play is password protected [VIDEO]
To further illustrate how easy it can be for a child to make in-app purchases after their parent has just purchased an app or game -- even if the Google Play Store is set to password restrict purchases -- we decided to make our own video. Enjoy.
2014/03/12 00:53 Phandroid
iTunes Radio is popular but not even close to a ‘Pandora killer’
It hasn’t taken very long for Apple’s iTunes Radio to rise up in popularity. Via MacRumors, a new survey of American consumers conducted by Edison Research and Statista has found that iTunes Radio is now the third-most popular music streaming service and has leapt ahead of Spotify. Overall, the survey found that 8% of people surveyed said that they’d listened to iTunes Radio within the last month, more than the 6% who said that they’d listened to Spotify and the 3% who said they’d listened to Google Play All Access. However, iTunes Radio still faces a big gap with Pandora, which still reigns as the king of music streaming services. According to Edison Research and Statista, a whopping 31% of
2014/03/12 00:45 BGR
Cosmos Android app updated, should now work with tablets
Softbank CEO plans to start a massive price war if Sprint is allowed to buy T-Mobile [VIDEO]
Softbank CEO plans to spark massive price war if Sprint is allowed to buy T-Mobile [VIDEO]
It’s no secret that Sprint, as well as new parent company Softbank, are licking their lips at a chance to buyout T-Mobile. Sprint has long been vocal about their interest in T-Mobile, and in an interview with Charlie Rose, Softbank CEO (and Sprint chairman) Masayoshi Son further echoed this sentiment. A bit apprehensive at first, […]
2014/03/11 23:52 Phandroid
[Update: Google Bought Them Months Ago] Google Buys Carcass Of Game Controller / Smartphone-Powered TV Console Company Green Throttle For Some Reason
Update: It's come to our attention that, according to the LinkedIn profiles of two of GreenThrottle's founders, the company was almost definitely bought by Google last November, when GreenThrottle announced its impending shutdown. Both Matt Crowley and Karl Townsend list Google as their sole employer since November of 2013: This almost definitely means the company was purchased last November, not more recently. Granted, there was still very little news coming out of Green Throttle at that time, so who knows what kind of situation they were facing when Google swooped in, though I can only guess it probably ended up being a good deal for Google more than it did GT.
2014/03/11 23:43 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Google might finally be readying its competition for the Apple Store
Looking for a one-stop shop for all your Nexus needs? According to Crain’s New York Business, retail experts believe that Google is close to signing a lease at 131 Greene St. in New York City, half a block from the Apple Store that has become a staple of the high-end SoHo district. “This could do for cobblestone Greene Street what the Apple store did for Prince,” said CBRE retail leasing broker Richard Hodos. “This is going to be an attraction that will generate excitement for Greene Street, that people will want to come and see.” Unfortunately there don’t appear to be any details regarding what Google might carry in a brick-and-mortar location, but the abundance of smartphones, tablets and the upcoming
2014/03/11 23:30 BGR
Google acquires Green Throttle Games, could aide in future set-top box efforts
Flappy Bird could flap again with a “warning,” inspired games coming soon
2014/03/11 22:43 AndroidGuys
Humble Mobile Bundle 4 expands
Flappy Bird may flap again with a “warning,” no sequel coming anytime soon
2014/03/11 22:43 AndroidGuys
Preview for Glass scans movie posters and shows you the trailers
A new Google Glass app called Preview for Glass has been announced, which essentially allows users be shown a movie trailer simply by looking at the poster. The app users image recognition, and uses the command “Ok Glass, preview the movie”. The software will instantly recognize the poster and show you the trailer. The app should […] Come comment on this article: Preview for Glass scans movie posters and shows you the trailers
2014/03/11 22:16 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
Huge Titanfall update could bring 1080p gameplay
We’ve been reading a lot about pixels lately, as they pertain to new video game consoles from Sony and Microsoft. This game is true 1080p, that game isn’t true 1080p, the other game is 1080p on one console but not on the other… it’s all a bit tedious for outsiders, but it’s obviously an issue for hardcore gamers. And rightfully so — suggesting 1080p doesn’t offer any advantage over lower-resolution gaming is akin to suggesting 720p video is just as clear as 1080p video. When it comes to the Xbox One’s biggest title to date, the bad news is that Titanfall definitely does not support native 1080p right now. As it turns out, however, there may be some good news
2014/03/11 22:15 BGR
Smarty Ring V2 promises scrolling display
Following the outstanding success of their first Indiegogo campaign, Smarty Ring has launched a second campaign which brags “upgrading to scrolling display.” The rest of the Indiegogo page is pretty similar to that of the first campaign. There are a couple of contribution options. The $60 option being reserved for those who have already ordered... Read more »The post Smarty Ring V2 promises scrolling display appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2014/03/11 22:14 AndroidGuys
Tip: Add a multitasking button to the LG G Pro 2
The LG G Pro 2 unfortunately has a legacy menu button included on the on-screen navigation keys that you cannot seem to get rid of, but whilst you cannot hide it completely, you can add a dedicated multitasking button alongside it. LG have enabled the ability to add up to two more buttons and that... Read more »The post Tip: Add a multitasking button to the LG G Pro 2 appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2014/03/11 21:54 AndroidGuys
Pandora still the top streaming service, Spotify drops to fourth
A couple years ago leaders in technology, including the late Steve Jobs, thought that music streaming would never really take off. Despite that, streaming is now many people’s preferred method of listening to music. Much of this is because of the improvement in mobile data speeds, making music streaming much more possible than it was […] Come comment on this article: Pandora still the top streaming service, Spotify drops to fourth
2014/03/11 21:53 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
All new HTC One sell sheet reveals new hardware and software details
With over 50 articles on the all new HTC One (M8) in our archives, you’d think that all the phones mysteries would have been revealed by now. The all new HTC One brochure leak we posted this morning revealed what the phone’s Duo Camera is capable of, but a new sell sheet has [...]
2014/03/11 21:53 Android and Me
Woman sues Google after her kids rack up $66 of in-app charges without her consent
It was only in January earlier this year that Apple found themselves in hot water after the FTC held the tech giant responsible for kids making in-app purchases without their parents’ consent. According to the complaint, this was made possible thanks to Apple’s now revoked 15-minute window policy, a security feature that made it possible […]
2014/03/11 21:52 Phandroid
New Samsung patents point the way to flexible display devices
New patents from Samsung were recently published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office revealing a little bit about some of the ways the company sees flexible displays being deployed. One such device appears to resemble the slap bracelets that were popular back in the 90′s. The display when rolled out is flat, but can […] Come comment on this article: New Samsung patents point the way to flexible display devices
2014/03/11 21:48 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
[Best AOSP Bug Ever] Hi Guyz, Android Performance Problems To Be Fixed With New 'Performance Boosting Thing'
Have you noticed that your devices get slow sometimes? Is your memory usage out of control? One user was having these problems, decided to take matters into his own hands, file a bug report, and get this problem FIXED! User "Amit", clearly frustrated by the fact that his phone runs slower than cold molasses, took to Google's AOSP issue tracker for some help downloading more G-Bs.
2014/03/11 21:35 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Samsung, Microsoft join the Wireless Power Consortium to adopt Qi wireless charging
Both Samsung and Microsoft today have announced that they are joining the Wireless Power Consortium. In doing so, the companies will adopt the Qi wireless charging standard. Samsung already belongs to, and in fact co-founded, the Alliance for Wireless Charging group; however, the A4WP agreed to work with the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) last month […] Come comment on this article: Samsung, Microsoft join the Wireless Power Consortium to adopt Qi wireless charging
2014/03/11 21:30 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
Flappy Bird’s creator has three new games in the works, may bring back Flappy Bird
Humble Mobile Bundle 4 adds three more games to the mix, brings the total to nine
Didn’t jump on Humble Mobile Bundle 4′s deal last week? Well now is your chance to get an even better deal and give some money to charity. Last time around there were four games that came with any donation and two if the donation exceeded the average. Now, three additional games have been thrown in […] Come comment on this article: Humble Mobile Bundle 4 adds three more games to the mix, brings the total to nine
2014/03/11 21:17 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
Archos 64 Xenon moves buttons to rear
Recently at the Mobile World Congress, French electronics brand Archos released a bunch of new products, and Archos 64 Xenon was part of the release, and it’s a ‘phablet’ of its own kind. It features a huge screen of 6.4-inch, 1GB RAM and a 2,800 mAh battery, which will last for a day on a single... Read more »The post Archos 64 Xenon moves buttons to rear appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2014/03/11 21:05 AndroidGuys
Lawsuit filed against Google over in-app purchases by minors
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Google by a New York mother who alleges Google is unfairly profiting from in-app purchases by permitting minors to make them without parents’ knowledge. The action is similar to an issue that Apple just recently resolved over a similar business model. According to one of the attorneys […] Come comment on this article: Lawsuit filed against Google over in-app purchases by minors
2014/03/11 21:02 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
The HeadWatch is a smartwatch that you can put on your ear (WTF)
We're always for interesting ideas here at Phandroid, so that's why the HeadWatch caught our eye. It's a smart watch. That can go on your ear. I know... weird, right? This thing runs Android with a touch-screen color display, giving you a nice, open platform for apps (should the demand for those exist).
2014/03/11 21:01 Phandroid
Google’s first physical retail store to open in downtown Manhattan
It’s no secret that Google has been flirting with the idea of opening it’s very own retail store for customers to physically purchase their products, much like what Apple does. If you’ve walked in your local Best Buy store, you’ll see a small Google stand that sells Google’s products that are available in the Play […] Come comment on this article: Google’s first physical retail store to open in downtown Manhattan
2014/03/11 21:01 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
LEAK: Huge new leak reveals everything you need to know about the All New HTC One
We’ve seen plenty of leaked images of the All New HTC One over the past several weeks, but a complete list of specs had not been revealed until GSMArena purportedly acquired the information on Tuesday afternoon. According to GSMArena, the new HTC One will feature a full HD 5-inch display, quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 2,600 mAh battery, 16GB of internal storage and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. As for the rear cameras, no resolution has been listed, but its safe to assume HTC will stick with 4-megapixels based on the rest of the specs. The leaked sales guide also mentions 1080p recording, which likely indicates the 2014 model will not be able to record in 4K. There are still a few
2014/03/11 21:00 BGR
Dong Nguyen, creator of Flappy Bird, is considering bringing back his wildly popular game
Thought Flappy Bird was long gone? Think again. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Dong Nguyen said that the game may be making a return in the near future. When asked, Nguyen said “I’m considering it.” But due to the stress and addictiveness of the game, he clarified that it would have a warning urging […] Come comment on this article: Dong Nguyen, creator of Flappy Bird, is considering bringing back his wildly popular game
2014/03/11 21:00 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
AT&T Moto X getting a new soak test soon
Humble Mobile Bundle 4 expands by 3 games
Outdoor Tech Turtle Shell 2.0 Review: Speaker In A Half Shell, Turtle Power
As time goes on, Bluetooth speakers are becoming more useful and less fragile. That makes sense, because who wants to worry about breaking something that's meant to be taken basically everywhere? I'll tell you who: no one. No one wants to worry about that. The most recent feature to hit many Bluetooth speakers (aside from increased durability) is a splash-proof coating. The UE BOOM has it. The Braven 855s has it.
2014/03/11 20:55 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
IMDB 4.2 Leaves Beta, Brings Revamped UI And More To The Masses
Who's that guys? You know the one. He was in that thing... umm, the thing? Better just whip out the IMDB app and make use of it's slick new interface to figure it out. Yes, v4.2 is out of beta so everyone can enjoy the updated look and feel. This app finally feels like a part of Android. Here's the full changelog for v4.2.
2014/03/11 20:45 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
HTC’s All New One specs and sales guide leaks
When it rains, it certainly pours. This can certainly be said with HTC’s not so kept secret, the All New HTC One. Today a sales guide leaked of the device giving short descriptions on several of its features and also confirmed most of the specs. The new One will weigh in at 160g with the […] Come comment on this article: HTC’s All New One specs and sales guide leaks
2014/03/11 20:42 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
Google Introduces Add-Ons For Docs And The New Version Of Sheets
With people relying on Google's office suite more extensively as a result of its Android integration or the inability to use much of anything else on a Chromebook, the company needs to do more to fill in the gaps in the software's functionality. So now the company has rolled out add-ons support for Google Docs and Sheets (the new version). Similar to browser extensions, these tools provide additional features and third-party integration that fill in some of the software's gaps.
2014/03/11 20:37 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Titanfall launch event attracts huge lines at SXSW
Microsoft hosted a huge launch party at SXSW on Monday night in order to celebrate the release of Titanfall, and it appears to have been one of the most-attended events of the show so far. Tiernan Ray of Barron’s took a few photos of the around-the-block lined that formed for the event, attracting hundreds of gamers and curious passersby trying to get an early look at the most hyped game of 2014 so far. According to one security guard, Microsoft was letting in blocks of 150 attendees at a time, a sign of the enormous crowd. The mech-wrangling FPS has drawn the attention of gamers and investors alike as Xbox One sales continue to lag behind the PlayStation 4. It’s
2014/03/11 20:36 BGR
BikeConsole Power Plus for Galaxy S4 review
Don’t look now, but we’re just about out of the winter and finally into warmer weather. With the friendlier temperatures comes our favorite outdoor activities, such as biking. I love nothing more than to toss my handset into a bag and put in some miles on the mountain bike. Very few things beat pairing some... Read more »The post BikeConsole Power Plus for Galaxy S4 review appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2014/03/11 20:25 AndroidGuys
Shaquille O’Neal claims to spend around $1,000 a week on mobile apps [VIDEO]
Former NBA athlete Shaquille O’Neal made a stop by this year’s SXSW in Austin, Texas. After speaking during Qualcomm panel, the basketball star took some time to talk gadgets with Engadget’s Sarah Silbert. During the interview, Shaq professes his love for all things tech, even going as far as calling himself a “geek.” His favorite […]
2014/03/11 20:17 Phandroid
How one Mac user cooked his Macbook Pro back to life
Faced with the “Mac equivalent of the Blue Screen of Death” situation – a MacBook failing to boot and showing a blue screen only – a developer decided to resort to extreme measures to try to bring his MacBook Pro back from the dead: cook it at 170 degrees for precisely seven minutes. Ales Kocjancic, founder of Live Systems wrote on his blog that he followed an extremely simple recipe to bring back his Mac from the dead since he didn’t have any AppleCare and other fixes around the web proved to be useless. The three simple ingredients required for success are a “freshly broken MacBook,” “lack of AppleCare,” and “lack of care.” Kocjancic admitted he had successfully tried the
2014/03/11 20:12 BGR
Sprint chairman claims carrier will start 'massive price war' if T-Mobile buyout allowed to go through
Use Bitcoins for in-app purchases with InAppCoins for Android
BitCoin has grown exponetially in its popularity and use as a virtual currency, and now a new app is launching called InAppCoins that easily integrates Bitcoin payments into mobile apps and games on Android. In-app purchases form the freemium model for many apps, so InAppCoins has launched an SDK and web dashboard for developers who... Read more »The post Use Bitcoins for in-app purchases with InAppCoins for Android appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2014/03/11 20:05 AndroidGuys
Mother sues Google after her son purchased $65 worth of game currency
WhatsApp updated with new privacy settings and features
If there’s a messaging application we all really love and use, then I think it would be none other than WhatsApp. It was recently acquired by Facebook for a huge amount, and now the app just received its first update after the deal. First spotted by Android Police, the app now have following new features:... Read more »The post WhatsApp updated with new privacy settings and features appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2014/03/11 19:55 AndroidGuys
Google Docs and Sheets get official add-ons in Chrome
Google is ramping up their productivity suite by bringing add-on extensions to Google Docs and Sheets. This means users will now be able to browse different extensions for Docs and Sheets that can do things like add a built-in bibliography to a paper, or create labels within a document, all through several third-party add-ons. These […] Come comment on this article: Google Docs and Sheets get official add-ons in Chrome
2014/03/11 19:54 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
Another tantalizing detail revealed about 2014′s most intriguing Android phone
OnePlus has been revealing the specs of the One phone in a precisely orchestrated marketing campaign meant to further build hype around one of the most anticipated Android handsets of the year. After explaining processor choice and battery size in previous days, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau posted the first official picture of the OnePlus One on the company’s forums… although unfortunately the device is completely covered by the Sony’s Xperia Z1 smartphone. This clever marketing trick was used in connection with an actual OnePlus One revelation: The screen size of the phone. The OnePlus One will have a 5.5-inch display with Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) at 400+ pixels-per-inch (PPI), Lau revealed. But even so, the phone will actually be smaller
2014/03/11 19:51 BGR
Humble Mobile Bundle 4 Updated With Three More Games For Those Who Pay Above The Average
The Humble Mobile Bundle 4 was already really great. Zombie Gunship, Riptide GP2, Badland... I mean, these are games you should have already picked up from Google Play, but you can save money with the bundle. Now the deal is even sweeter with three more games for those who pay more than the average price (currently sitting at $3.69). ) The new titles are OLO, Color Sheep, and Gunslugs. OLO is a modern multiplayer board game, Color Sheep is an arcade shooter, and Gunslugs is a platformer.
2014/03/11 19:48 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
How to add a multitasking button to the LG G Pro 2
Apple’s end goal: Cripple Samsung’s ability to profit from smartphones
Florian Mueller, the leading phone patent maven, writes about a fascinating new twist in the handset industry patent wars. Mueller has in the past been harshly critical of Samsung’s own royalty demands but now he finds himself aghast that Apple is demanding a staggering $40 fee for smartphones and tablets using a suite of five Apple software patents. The patents do include some central and crucially important features such as slide-to-unlock and tap-the-phone-number-to-call features. But that $40 fee would mean that making a profit on any phone or tablet sold under $400 without subsidies would be impossible. And eking out even a tiny profit on $650 to $750 models would be extremely challenging. Naturally, a vast and rapidly growing portion
2014/03/11 19:30 BGR
Google Add-ons expand the capabilities of Drive Docs and Sheets
Instagram v5.1 Dropping Today With A More Android-Friendly UI [Update: It's Live]
For an app people use so heavily, the official Instagram app for Android has been a bit of a UI disaster since it launched back in 2012. It's about to bet much better today with the release of version 5.1. The design is cleaner and flatter with a bit of an Android vibe. It's not super-holo, but it's a start. The update hasn't hit Google Play yet [Update: should be live now], but the Instagram blog says it's only a matter of time.
2014/03/11 17:54 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
OnePlus One display officially detailed by CEO
OnePlus today continued the steady trickle of spec updates for its OnePlus One smartphone by announcing details about the device’s display. In the official OnePlus forums, CEO Pete Lau today revealed that the OnePlus One will feature a 5.5-inch 1080p display. Manufactured by Japan Display Inc., the screen will feature Touch On Lens modules to [...]
2014/03/11 19:22 Android and Me
Video: HTC exec says his company is the Rolex of smartphones
Samsung has been eating HTC’s lunch in terms of sales for a long time now but HTC isn’t all that worried about raw market share numbers. Droid Life draws our attention to a new CNBC interview with HTC America President Jason Mackenzie, who says that HTC doesn’t concern itself with market share numbers because its smartphones are much better designed than Samsung’s and are akin to Rolex watches. “Really, you pick up an HTC phone versus a competitor, it’s literally like comparing, you know, a Rolex to a Timex,” he said. “Unlike some of our competitors who really focus on mass marketing, we pour our soul into our phones and so we believe that at the end of the day, if
2014/03/11 19:15 BGR
Run an Empire is like Ingress and Civilization put together [KICKSTARTER]
We’ve been wondering how long it would take for more Ingress-esque games to start popping up after its addictive nature hit the best of everyone, and it looks like another interesting augmented reality location-based game. It’s called Run and Empire, and its name is as straight forward as one could be. The goal of the […]
2014/03/11 19:14 Phandroid
More new HTC One features and specs leak out
Sony offering downloadable themes for Xperia smartphones
Sony seems to be one of the few smartphone manufacturers realizing that one user interface is not a good fit for everyone. With it latest 4.3 Jelly Bean update (yes, not KitKat yet), Sony introduced a new native feature, essentially baking a theme engine right into the Xperia firmware, allowing you to skin your smartphone in... Read more »The post Sony offering downloadable themes for Xperia smartphones appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2014/03/11 19:03 AndroidGuys
Nokia’s dirt cheap Android phone is now on sale
Two weeks ago, Nokia launched the Nokia X, a smartphone that runs a forked version of Android that’s been redesigned to look like Windows Phone. While no one is sure if the Nokia X is a decent phone, it has certainly not been ignored. Questions have been raised about whether it will be able to run Google Play apps and whether it will be killed off once Microsoft completes its acquisition of Nokia. Now, two weeks later, the phone is on sale for the first time in India, selling for 8,559 rupees ($140), according to India’s Economic Times. Mid-range smartphones are priced between Rs 7,000 and Rs 15,000, so at Rs 8,559, the Nokia X is near the cheaper end
2014/03/11 19:03 BGR
Nexus 5 ‘Always-On’ compatible with Ok Google command
The Moto X has a great feature which allows Google Now to be triggered with a simple ‘Ok Google’ voice command, which is made possible due the device always listening for that particular phrase to be announced. Other devices such as the Galaxy S5 can be trigged using the ‘Ok Galaxy’ voice command, but only... Read more »The post Nexus 5 ‘Always-On’ compatible with Ok Google command appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2014/03/11 18:55 AndroidGuys
Invite for Oppo Find 7 event is equal parts showy as it is friggin’ cool [VIDEO]
This is why Apple might never need to release a cheap iPhone
Analysts and pundits have claimed that Apple simply needs to release new low-priced iPhones to better compete for smartphone market share, but the company is still choosing not to compete in that particular segment of the mobile business — or at least not actively by launching cheaper new iPhones each year. Instead, Apple keeps around older models that are sold for cheaper prices alongside brand new releases. And a new patent discovered by AppleInsider reveals how Apple may increase performance of aging devices, keeping them around for longer and potentially making them interesting choices for budget device buyers who could purchase second-hand iPhones instead of cheap new Android devices. The patent – titled “Modifying operating parameters of a device based on aging
2014/03/11 18:48 BGR
Woman sues Google after her kid blows $66 on in-app purchases
In-app purchases are apparently becoming big problems for parents who let their children play free mobile games on their tablets. GigaOM brings us word that a woman in New York has filed a lawsuit against Google after her son spent $65.95 on digital crystals that he used to help him play the Marvel Run Jump Smash! game. Essentially the mother wants to see Google make it so that you need to enter your password for every in-game purchase so that children won’t be able to rack up huge bills just by clicking “yes” when asked if they really want to buy virtual goods. Right now you can make an in-app purchase through Google Play without entering your password as long as
2014/03/11 18:30 BGR
Flappy Bird developer tells Rolling Stone new games are in the works
Instagram receives a new update, brings a refreshed user interface and faster performance
Instagram, the world’s largest and most popular social networking, photo and video sharing service, released a new version (5.1) of its app that brings many new changes. Among these changes is a revamped user interface bringing a more flatter look to the app. In addition, the developers have reduced the size of the app by […] Come comment on this article: Instagram receives a new update, brings a refreshed user interface and faster performance
2014/03/11 18:15 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
Apple wants to milk some serious cash from Samsung in new patent suit
New documents uncovered by FOSS Patents reveals that Apple may be asking for as much as $40 per Samsung device found to be infringing on Apple’s patents that are in play in the second U.S. lawsuit between the two companies that’s set to start later this month. That works out to an average of $8 for each of the five Apple patens that are used against Samsung in this trial, ”which relate to (but don’t even fully monopolize) the phone number tapping feature, unified search, data synchronization, slide-to-unlock, and autocomplete.” On the other hand, both parties had to cut the number of patent claims for the upcoming trial, with each side selecting its strongest ones for the trial. Apparently a damages expert
2014/03/11 18:14 BGR
HTC ‘Power To Give’ project helps cure Aids, Alzheimer’s Disease and Cancer through your smartphone
A few weeks ago, HTC announced the ‘Power To Give’ project which is aimed at utilizing the unused processing power of your smartphone to process data and solve scientific problems. This means that when your phone is idle, you can put the unused processing power into good use by donating some of it to help […] Come comment on this article: HTC ‘Power To Give’ project helps cure Aids, Alzheimer窶冱 Disease and Cancer through your smartphone
2014/03/11 18:07 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
So, you want to adopt BYOD?
Google Drive add-ons bring more features to Docs and Sheets
Advertisement for LG G Pro 2 features Magic Focus feature
Smartphone cameras are getting more and more features over time, and one of the most recently added and popular features is auto-focusing. Near and far focus features are found on the Samsung Galaxy S 5, and the LG G Pro 2 has its own “Magic Focus” feature. The device has a 5.9-inch 1080p IPS display, a […] Come comment on this article: Advertisement for LG G Pro 2 features Magic Focus feature
2014/03/11 18:01 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
Instagram v5.1 Dropping Today With A More Android-Friendly UI
For an app people use so heavily, the official Instagram app for Android has been a bit of a UI disaster since it launched back in 2012. It's about to bet much better today with the release of version 5.1. The design is cleaner and flatter with a bit of an Android vibe. It's not super-holo, but it's a start. The update hasn't hit Google Play yet, but the Instagram blog says it's only a matter of time.
2014/03/11 17:54 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
T-Mobile CFO: Like it or not, Sprint merger is inevitable
Even though T-Mobile openly bashes Sprint on a regular basis, it knows that it’s probably going to wind up merging with them anyway. Reuters reports that T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter said this week that a merger with Sprint is “is not a question of if” but “is a question of when.” In his remarks Carter said that the government either needed to let T-Mobile merge with Sprint or it needed to come up with a fairer way of distributing spectrum so that all the prime real estate doesn’t get gobbled up by Verizon and AT&T in spectrum auctions. “The government can’t have their cake and eat it too,” Carter said. “If they think there really needs to be four players in
2014/03/11 17:50 BGR
Instagram update brings speed improvements and redesigned look
Instagram 5.1 debuts as faster, more responsive app
Instagram has announced a new version of its Android app which promises to be faster, more responsive, and cleaner than ever. Rolling out as a 5.1 release, the size of the app has been cut in half versus previous versions. Thanks to a simplified layout, Instagram now works just as well on smaller displays as it... Read more »The post Instagram 5.1 debuts as faster, more responsive app appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2014/03/11 17:39 AndroidGuys
Instagram update focuses on cleaning up design, boosting performance
OnePlus One will pack a 5.5-inch 1080p display, no wider than Xperia Z1
Samsung’s latest innovation could have a big impact on upcoming phones
Samsung on Tuesday announcedﾂ�on its blog that it窶冱 now mass-producing the 窶彿ndustry窶冱 most advanced窶� 4-gigabit (Gb) DDR3 DRAM memory which is based on a new 20-nanometer process. The new memory will be available for mobile devices and PCs later this year, Samsung confirmed, without specifying which of its upcoming mobile devices will get the new chips. 窶彜amsung窶冱 new energy-efficient 20-nanometer DDR3 DRAM will rapidly expand its market base throughout the IT industry including the PC and mobile markets, quickly moving to mainstream status,窶� Samsung Electronics executive vice president of memory sales and marketing Young-Hyun Jun said. 窶彜amsung will continue to deliver next-generation DRAM and green memory solutions ahead of the competition, while contributing to the growth of the global IT
2014/03/11 17:25 BGR
hereO GPS watch for kids seeks funding, gives parents peace of mind
If you’re a parent, you know that safety for your children is top priority. They can get lost or hurt, and it’s difficult to be wherever they are 100% of the time. That’s where the hereO GPS watch for kids comes in to play. The hereO is a GPS watch for kids that aims to... Read more »The post hereO GPS watch for kids seeks funding, gives parents peace of mind appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2014/03/11 17:20 AndroidGuys
[Bug Watch] NFC Service Repeatedly Dies On Nexus Devices Running KitKat, A Fix Is Planned
Certainly, the addition of NFC functionality into Android has been behind a plethora of useful features in recent years, from mobile payments to beaming files between devices. Unfortunately, for some users who updated their Nexus devices to KitKat, the NFC service which powers all these cool features dies repeatedly, and renders any functions tied to it useless. The good news is, Google has apparently found the root cause of the problem and has marked it to be fixed in a future release.
2014/03/11 17:09 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Is Nokia about to become a giant unstoppable patent troll?
The Korea Electronics Association has submitted a petition to Fair Trade Commission opposing Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s phone unit. Koreans are restating the theory that many industry observers have been speculating about in recent months: the loss of its handset operations may unleash Nokia as a sort of megatroll with the power to cripple the profitability of most Asian phone vendors. There has long been industry suspicion that even though we already face a flurry of patent battles between leading vendors, the level of litigation is actually suppressed by the fact that biggest patent-owners are also phone manufacturers. This means the companies that own the largest number of patents are forced into cross-licensing agreements with each other, severely diluting the impact of
2014/03/11 17:00 BGR
Tuesday App And Game Sales: Pocket Informant 3, Division Cell, WeatherPro, And More
You don't necessarily have to choose between cost and quality – sales happen. Don't worry about scouring the Play Store to spot the good deals. We can do that for you. Apps Electrum Drum Machine/Sampler – $0.99 from $3.99 CWMoney EX Expense Track – $1.99 from $4.99 Pocket Informant 3 – $6.99 from $9.99 ReLoop Loop DAW – $0.99 from $3.99 WeatherPro – $1.99 from $2.99 Games The Great Fusion – $0.99 from $2.99 Division Cell – $0.99 from $1.99 Sudoku 10'000 Plus – Free from $2.49 (Amazon)
2014/03/11 16:59 Android Police - Android News, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets
Jawbone UP24 lifestyle tracker now works for Android devices
Jawbone have today announced that their lifestyle tracker UP24 and the accompanying App are now available for Android. Tracking data to help you understand how you sleep, move, and eat, the UP24 wristband can now connect to the Android-compataible App to receieve data in real-time. In addition, the accompanying App from Jawbone on Android provides... Read more »The post Jawbone UP24 lifestyle tracker now works for Android devices appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2014/03/11 16:55 AndroidGuys
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Android game will be released in April
Good news for all Spider-Man fans. Today, Gameloft released a trailer of its upcoming game, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. While the movie will be available in theaters in May, Gameloft posted a 40 seconds trailer of the game on YouTube showing spider-man web-slinging through buildings and fighting off crimes and enemies. The company announced that the game will be […] Come comment on this article: The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Android game will be released in April
2014/03/11 16:53 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
Play Alien Ride for Android, hear new Skrillex album, Recess
Jawbone brings Android support to Up24 fitness band with UP 3.0 app
While a wealth of fitness band options are coming this year, Jawbone was one of the early movers in the space, and their second generation band, the Up24, launched late last year to solid reviews. We didn’t take a look at it at the time, as one feature it was lacking was Android [...]
2014/03/11 16:41 Android and Me
WhatsApp sends update to Google Play with new privacy settings, other additions
Popular messaging app WhatsApp, recently acquired by Facebook, updated their Android app to add some new privacy settings and other enhancements. WhatsApp beta testers have had access to the new features for several days. The privacy settings let users limit who can see their status, profile photo, and “last seen.” More information on what is […] Come comment on this article: WhatsApp sends update to Google Play with new privacy settings, other additions
2014/03/11 16:38 Android News, Rumours, and Updates
Ask the right questions and Siri will tell you her entire backstory
Want to know Siri’s backstory? All you have to do is ask the right questions. The engineers responsible for creating Apple’s virtual personal assistant Siri built in a number of fun Easter Eggs, or hidden features that can be discovered by asking specific questions or giving certain commands. Apple has continued to add even more fun new features as it continues to develop Siri, but perhaps one of the most interesting Siri Easter Eggs is one that has been present since the very beginning — but has yet to be uncovered. Buried within Yukari Iwatani Kane’s new book titled Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs, a chat with one of Siri’s early engineers reveals an interesting Easter Egg that has not been
2014/03/11 16:34 BGR
Mount & Blade PC strategy game arrives for Android, only for Tegra 4 devices
Preview for Glass lets you watch movie trailers by looking at posters
The future of movie trailers is here, folks! Do you ever find yourself looking at movie posters and instantly wanting to watch the trailer? Preview for Glass aims to make that easier. It allows you to watch a trailer simply by looking directly at a movie poster. All you need to do is look at... Read more »The post Preview for Glass lets you watch movie trailers by looking at posters appeared first on AndroidGuys.
2014/03/11 16:21 AndroidGuys