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Google And Audi Will Reportedly Announce A Collaboration At CES To Build An Android-Based In-Car Entertainment System
We all know about Google’s experimental self-driving cars, but according to a report by The Wall Street Journal, Mountain View is partnering up with Audi to tackle the entertainment aspect of the automobile first. The companies are expected to announce a new Android-based in-car entertainment system at CES in January to combat Apple’s already tight relationship with auto manufacturers.
Google hopes to establish Android as a core element of future cars to provide music, navigation, apps, and Google voice search.
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- Ford Releases Very Cool MyFord Mobile App For Android, Works With Ford Focus EV And C-MAX Energi
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- Sony Opens Android Developer Registration For Sony Internet TVs
Google And Audi Will Reportedly Announce A Collaboration At CES To Build An Android-Based In-Car Entertainment System was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
GrabCAD is an online collaborative community of engineers and partners who design physical products, and GrabCAD Workbench is a cloud service for sharing and collaborating with others around individual CAD projects. Today, a fresh Android app makes it possible to access over 200,000 CAD models that have been shared through this community from the field.
GrabCAD lets users view CAD models in full 3D regardless of the format they were created in. Users can also use the free app to communicate with other collaborators and upload photos to a GradCAD workbench project. In addition to CAD models, people can share images, sketches, and PDFs with the added perk of getting instant feedback from others.
- [New App] Autodesk Brings Instructables To Android With Over 100,000 Projects On Board
- [New App] HP Releases Snapfish For Android, Lets You Access And Share Your Photos On The Go
- Your Lunch Goes Viral: Full Instagram Feeds Are Now In The Web Browser
- [New App] Photo Calendar – Browse Photos According To Date, Save A Ton Of Time
[New App] GrabCAD Makes Online CAD Collaboration Simple, Extends Access To Online Community was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
ZTE and Nuance have entered into another multi-year deal for voice activated services on ZTE devices. This time around, though, we’ll see a larger focus on in-car services using ZTE’s yet to be released Car Mode app — which will be available in more than 25 languages at launch. Like most in-car setups the focus is of course remaining safe while driving but not giving up the interaction with the services on your mobile you’ve come to love. Using Nuance’s stellar voice to text magic drivers will have access to text messages, calling features and music control without the need for a data connection. Car mode is activated with a wake-up word at which point you’ll be assailed with a soft spoken barrage of information from your set without requiring eyes or fingers-on to get tasks done. Users can quickly interrupt any current command or incoming audio as well as put the system in a “do not disturb” mode if you just need a little peace til you arrive at your destination. Car Mode will come pre-installed on ZTE sets shipping this year.
A new Asus tablet has been spotted on the website of a Russian retailer called Oro 1. Called the Asus ME371MG, it is one of the 7-inch devices that Asus is releasing following the success of its collaboration with Google last year on the Nexus 7.
Some of its specifications are already available on the website, which is selling the tablet on a pre-order basis. These specifications, however, have not been confirmed by Asus, so they cannot be called official yet. In the past, some pre-order websites incorrectly have already given wrong sets of specifications, so it is best to take these with a grain of salt.
According to the Oro 1 website, the the Asus ME371MG features a 7-inch in-plane switching (IPS) display like the one found on the Nexus 7. Said display has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, as well, like the Nexus 7.
Inside, it boasts of an Intel Atom Z2420 Processor running at the speed of 1.2GHz. It also comes with 1GB of RAM as well as a 16GB SSD for its internal storage. Its operating system is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The device supports various modes of connectivity, including Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, and 3G. Also onboard are a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera. Listed in the website are two color options for the tablet: gold and silver. Oro 1 is selling the device for 9,490 rubles or around $284.
This device is considered to be the upgraded version of the ME172 tablet, another budget tablet which also comes from the same ME product line. For its part, the ME172 does not support 3G cellular connectivity. It also features an inferior processor and screen, namely a 800 MHz VIA WM8950 CPU and a TN-type display with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution.
Are you interested in the Asus ME371MG?
We’ve been hearing a lot about Redbox Instant as of late. It has been rumored to be a collaboration between Redbox and Verizon, a natural marriage considering the “red” nature of both companies. A competitor to the likes of Netflix, Redbox Instant will allow you to access a nice collection of movies instantly via streaming. It’s a paid monthly service that Redbox seems to claim will provide more value than Netflix, and checking it out for the first month will cost you no more than the time and bandwidth it takes to download.
One problem is that the app doesn’t seem to be working for rooted devices. Since the error message rooted users receive is a generic error code we can’t tell if Verizon and Redbox meant to implement this restriction, but as it stands Redbox is enjoying an unhealthy dosage of one-star reviews in the Play Store due to the restriction.
The Redbox instant app goes beyond the streaming aspect of it as it has incorporated mobile Redbox reservation features. You can reserve movies at your local box to ensure the movies will be there before you drive out to pick it up. The free month you get will also net your 4 DVD credits so you can check out the physical Redbox service in full.
Other features of the app include the ability to buy and rent titles to watch on your devices, so if there’s one specific movie you want to see without being tied to a subscription option then that certainly is an option. We imagine the selection for buying and renting will be a lot deeper than the selection offered to you through the monthly streaming subscription so that’s one reason why you’d want to go that route for a movie night.
Strangely enough the app is available to non Verizon devices despite Verizon putting its stamp all over it. We’re not sure if this is an early mix-up (without an official announcement they probably didn’t expect it to matter) but let’s hope this isn’t an exclusive for Verizon customers — we would hate for anyone to be left out of the fun. Go ahead and take a look for yourself in the Google Play Store.
The makers of the Raspberry Pi, the tiny $25 to $35 Linux-based computer, have officially launched the Raspberry Pi App Store for users of the device.
According to the announcement on the Raspberry Pi website, they are “launching the Pi Store to make it easier for developers of all ages to share their games, applications, tools and tutorials with the rest of the community. The Pi Store will, we hope, become a one-stop shop for all your Raspberry Pi needs; it’s also an easier way into the Raspberry Pi experience for total beginners, who will find everything they need to get going in one place, for free.”
The blog article also mentions that the Rasperry Pi app store was created in collaboration with IndieCity and Velocix. Indiecity is an online game store for independent developers whereas Velocix is a content-delivery network.
There are currently only twenty-five titles available on the app store, all of which are free to download. These include Storm in a Teacup, Freeciv, Iridium Rising, Code::Blocks IDE, Asterisk for Raspberry Pi, GrafX2, Schism Tracker, OpenTTD, POWDER, Cricket Scores Live, despotify, LibreOffice, Raspberry Invaders, Pi3D, Hud Sprite Pack, Audio Pack, Effects Sprite Pack, and several issues of the MagPi magazine. These titles are a mix of games, apps, dev tools, tutorials, and media. To help support the makers of free apps, the Raspberry Pi app store comes with a tip jar that can receive donations. There is, however, support for paid apps, as well.
Those who own the Raspberry Pi computer can obtain the app store by downloading the Raspbian Linux operating system which comes with the app store. They can also install it via apt-get. Meanwhile, others can check out the app store by pointing their browsers to store.raspberrypi.com.
The Raspberry Pi team hopes that the app store will be a way to help developers get their work out to an audience, and possibly earn from their creations.
For the last few weeks, I’ve had the fortuitous opportunity to spend some time with the Microsoft Surface RT. I have a few thoughts I’d like to share about that experience.
Productivity on Android sucks. Productivity on the Surface RT blows it away. Not even close. Office RT still has its quirks, but Microsoft continues to show that it dominates the spreadsheet and document ecosystem for a reason: it’s had nearly 30 years of experience perfecting it. Google Docs is a middling product whose only real strength is real-time collaboration / sharing. Microsoft is well on its way to emulating this, and frankly, once it manages to hone that concept, I see no reason to care about Google Docs (or Drive – whatever you want to call it).
- [New App] CloudOn Gives You Access To Microsoft Office On Android Tablets, Stores Files In Your Preferred Cloud Storage
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- Why Android’s Greatest Threat Isn’t Apple – It’s Microsoft
Three Weeks With The Surface: An Android Perspective On The Windows Slate was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Amazon just did some price slashing on a scale we rarely see, cutting costs for all sorts of new smartphones across the board. Hit up the list to see what’s up for grabs. All of these deals are for both new customers and upgrades.
One X+ (AT&T) – $139.99 ($70 savings)
What more can you say about the One X+ than it’s a One X but better? 64GB of internal storage, LTE, and Android 4.1, all on the most beautiful smartphone display I’ve ever seen. Buy here.
DROID DNA (Verizon) – $149.99 ($50 savings)
The DROID DNA is HTC’s latest DROID creation in collaboration with Verizon, and it’s also the first mass-market 1080p smartphone in the US.
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- Motorola Droid X2, VZW’s First Dual-Core Android Phone, Now Live At VZW.com For $199.99, Amazon/Wirefly For $149.99
[Deal Alert: Combo Edition] Amazon Drops Prices On DROID DNA, One X+, Xperia TL, And More was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
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No matter how you feel at the end of the day, I guarantee you can still muster up the energy to put up a quick website to share your photos. Think I’m crazy? Then you haven’t tried Zapd, the iPhone app designed to create “real websites in 60 seconds.”
It may sound like a marketing gimmick, but it’s actually pretty accurate. Zaps are mini sites, which in their simplest form can be built, published and shared in about a minute.
Zapd isn’t a new app, but the most recent update makes Zapd 2.0 more social and more useful. Rather than a photographic soliloquy, Zaps can now be collaborative collages of photos, text and links. The concept is similar to a shared board on Pinterest, but customized with stylish themes. Tap into the Hive Mind and invite your friends to add to a Zap about the latest cat meme. Or invite your brothers and sisters to collaborate on a Zap at the next family reunion. It’s a simple way of sharing photos in real time that everyone can enjoy. Only iPhone users can download Zapd and contribute content, but public Zaps can be viewed by anyone on the Zapd website. Private Zaps are only available to users that know the URL. (more…)
Finish reading “Zapd’s Collaboration and Discovery Tools Take Mini Sites to the Next Level of Cool” and see screenshots for the app on AppCraver.com.
For those that use Google Drive on the daily the Android team just announced a brand new update that I’m sure many will be happy to hear about. Full spreadsheet editing has arrived for Google Drive, and the folks from Google have detailed it all on their blog. You’ll now be able to edit and tweak just about everything on the go with your Android smartphones and tablet. More details after the break.
Just like through the browser how many current Google Drive Docs users have been enjoying for a while, this update allows you to switch fonts and colos, re-size layouts, and filter through or sort data all with ease. Also just like the browser, you’ll be able to watch these updates live as they happen. This brings collaboration to a whole new level on Android. Here’s the full list:
- Edit Google spreadsheets in new native editor
- Edit contents of tables in Google Docs editor
- Formatting is maintained when copy/pasting within Google Docs
- Single tap to enter edit mode in Google Docs editor
- Add a shortcut to Drive files/folders to your homescreen for quick access
- Send Link now supports copying link to clipboard
Basically users will be able to create, edit, and tweak anything and everything just as you can on the PC and desktop experience, only on mobile. Google’s been working hard to bring their awesome desktop experiences to mobile. They’ve improved Google+, working hard to bring their Chrome Browser for Android closer to the desktop experience, and now Drive is getting the same treatment.
Most of these features have been available for some time, but the business and mobile professionals have been asking for and waiting for this update for far too long. It’s great to see Google finally delivering such a timely and feature filled improvement. All the text format fixes, shortcut options and more really makes this a great update. More details can be found on the Google Blog link above, or head to the Play Store and get it today.
- Google Docs receives update, Brings offline access and better tablet support
- Google Docs for Android update brings real-time collaboration, Improved UI
- Google Drive app now in the Google Play Store
- Google Drive hands-on and impressions
- Google Drive vs Dropbox vs Box and more
- Google Drive update brings folders, presentation viewing and more
Research in Motion announced this week that it’s already supporting voice chats on their Blackberry phones via Wi-Fi connection, thanks to a new version of their mobile social network and messaging service BBM.
The Blackberry smartphone-maker unveiled the BBM version 7, a downloadable free BlackBerry Messenger update that enables voice calls to other BBM customers as long as there is a Wi-Fi connection and the customer is BlackBerry service plan subscriber.
“BBM is the quick, easy way to stay connected to the people that matter to you, and with today’s announcement we’re expanding the capabilities of the service for deeper social engagement and even greater collaboration, beginning with voice functionality,” said T.A. McCann, the vice president of BBM and Social Communities at RIM.
Blackberry’s upgraded BBM version allows customers to interact with other users either by texting or talking. Moreover, RIM said the new version of BBM also enables users to text message and call at the same time.
BBM provides a “visual indicator” showing whether a friend or a contact is available for a voice call. The service is compatible with all BlackBerry voice call accessories, such as wired headsets or Bluetooth.
“The new BBM Voice feature is for when you’re travelling and you want to call home without worrying about phone charges,” added the RIM executive.
The Berry Voice is currently in its beta, being included as part of the BBM Version 7. Blackberry service customers can now download an update of their BBM from the Blackberry Beta Zone. Only users with Blackberry 6 OS or higher can use the feature but users of Blackberry 5 OS will soon use this new application soon.
“It’s for when you have news you can’t wait to share, for quickly explaining complicated details, and collaborating with colleagues. Whenever your ideas are too big for text, there’s BBM Voice,” said McCann.
Say hello to my little friend! Ladies and Gentleman, Scarface has landed for Android. I’m Tony Montana! What we have here is a game developed by the company Fuse Powered, and is a multiplayer game in collaboration with Universal Partnerships. One of the most epic movies from the 80′s has been turned into a blood and money thirsty MMO game for Android with over 96 missions and more. I’m getting excited.
This game has just landed in the Google Play Store, but is currently a soft-launch or beta until they officially announce the game next week. For now the full MMO multiplayer aspects of the game aren’t fully included, but will arrive with an update later next week. You’ll be able to fight, rob, and attack players and Mafia members from around the world.
Oh man, I could get in some serious trouble with some of my favorite lines and quotes from this movie. Just for fun, here’s a few:
“Another Quaalude, She gonna love me again” “She’ll be back, she’ll be back” and “I always tell the truth. Even when I lie.”
This is more than just a game too. This is an MMO, a soundboard, and much much more. Fuse Powered has added official pictures, video clips, and sounds from the movie right into the game so you can enjoy all the famous quotes. You’ll be able to visit six different Miami locations (including South Beach, Downtown and the Club District) as well as interact with many of the other stars in the film. It looks like this will be a free-to-play game with some in-app purchases, but we aren’t fully sure. You can add friends and make allies to boost stats and more, but will probably be able to buy your way to the top too.
Give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments down below.
[via Google Play Store]
Are you tired of your antagonistic friend Kevin berating you for not having played Capybara and Jim Guthrie collaboration Sword & Sworcery? “You’ve never played Sword & Sworcery? Dude, you should probably play Sword & Sworcery,” he says, in his mocking tone. Well enough of that — today is your first chance to snag Sword & Sworcery on your Android device for a potentially very low price. That price, of course, is up to you, as Sword & Sworcery is just one of six excellent games included in the fourth Humble Android Bundle, which launches today. Paying any amount nets you not just Superbrothers Sword & Sworcery EP, but also Waking Mars, Eufloria, Crayon Physics Deluxe, and Splice. Paying over the (variable) average amount will also get you a copy of (gorgeous) adventurer Machinarium. Beyond just Android, you’ll also get copies on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux (pay $1 or more and you’ll even get Steam keys for each game) — it’s a pretty great deal. Even better? That money goes to charity! Just think how good that’ll feel to rub in that jerk Kevin’s face.
Humble Bundle introduces Sword & Sworcery to Android, packed with five other games originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 08 Nov 2012 13:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The South Korean technology titan, LG, makes some great smartphones; in fact the recently announced Google Nexus 4 is made by Google in collaboration with LG.
The LG Optimus L9 is a pretty neat handset. Yes, it’s not the most powerful handset out there, but it does have some decent specs and the price point at which it is being sold at makes it a good buy. T-Mobile got the Optimus L9 on October 31st for a mere $80 on a new two-year contract.
The LG Optimus L9 comes with a 4.5 inch qHD display protected by Gorilla Glass 2, along with a 1GHz dual-core CPU, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, front-facing camera, HSPA+ (42Mbps), 1GB of RAM, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. There’s a 2,150 mAh battery in the battery compartment which should last at least for a day. Design wise, L9 is a sleek device and has a subtle mid-range punch.
After United States, LG has launched this mid-end smartphone in Europe. LG has been very slow at rolling out the Optimus L9 in Europe when compared to U.S. and Asia. Interested buyers from Germany can now buy the device for 299 EUR (converts roughly to US $384) on Amazon. For 299 Euros, you will be receiving an unlocked Optimus L9 from Amazon. Both, black and white versions are available. The pricing is pretty reasonable, but you can always wait a few days so that carriers start offering at a subsidized price, or even free.
After Germany, LG will soon bring this device to other European countries, including the U.K, and there’s no doubt it because the holiday season is fast approaching and LG surely doesn’t want to lose on the revenues that the holiday season can generate.
Again, the L9 boasts 4.7-inch qHD screen, dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz, 5-megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing one, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, HSPA, Wi-Fi, GPS, 2,150 mAh battery and a microSD memory card slot. There’s nothing really groundbreaking about this device, and perhaps LG has cannibalized the Optimus L9’s sales by launching the Google Nexus 4 device which has far better specs than the Optimus L9, but starts at £239 SIM-free. LG has to price Optimus L9 competitively so that it proves to be decent mid-range phone. The L9 is apparently the most powerful handset in LG’s L-Style range. The LG Optimus L7 has been nothing but a huge disappointment, which the Optimus L3 is not that inspiring. There’s also something called Optimus L5, but nobody talks about it. Optimus L9 is indeed the best LG can do at the moment for its L series and all we can hope is that it doesn’t fail like other L cousins.
LG’s Optimus G is the most appealing device from LG per se. The device packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of Ram, a beautiful 4.7-inch IPS+ display along with a 13-megapixel camera on board. Optimus G is one device that is worth the wait. What are your thoughts on this?
Via: Unwired View
On October 29th, Google postponed the event in which it was supposed to launch few new Nexus products, but the event was cancelled last moment, thanks to hurricane Sandy. Nevertheless, Google went ahead and launched the products on the same day without much fanfare, and the newly launched products include the Samsung Nexus 10 tablet and much popular LG Nexus 4 smartphone.
Apart from the 10” tablet and a new Nexus smartphone, Google also unveiled an updated version of Nexus 7 tablet, the Nexus 7 32 gig version and 32 gig + 3G version. We all know how popular the Nexus 7 tablet is. The 7” tablet is built by Google in collaboration with very popular Asian technology titan, ASUS. When initially launched, the 8 gig version was priced at $199 and the 16 gig version was priced at $249.
The 8 gig version is indeed too low on memory, and if you are one of those who likes to carry reasonable amount of music and videos when going around, Nexus 7 8 gig won’t be meeting your data space requirements. You may be thinking that you can always use microSD card slot to extend the memory capacity of the tablet, but unlike most of the Android tablets out there, Nexus 7 doesn’t have a microSD card slot. Yes, the hardware of microSD card slot may be cheap, but the $15 licensing fee that the manufacture has to pay Microsoft for licensing exFAT file system isn’t, and that pretty much explains why Google doesn’t include the card slot in its Nexus products which are intended to be sold at very low price point.
The Nexus 7 is already the cheapest no-compromise fully featured tablet, and the price point which it is sold at, you get more than what you expect. When Google launched the 32 gig version, it decided to phase out the 8 gig version which was being sold at $199 then. Google replaced the 8 gig version with 16 gig edition, and yes, the 16 gig edition costs $199 on the PlayStore. The newly launched 32 gig version now retails at $249 on the PlayStore. The $249 price tag for 32 gig Nexus 7 is value for money, but what if I said you can get it for cheaper? Yes, you can pick your 32 gig Nexus 7 from RadioShack for $229 only! RadioShack has apparently started a coupon code deal that brings the value of gadgets down by $20, and for the already affordable Nexus 7, it’s a great news.
According to the RMN20 coupon code, the customer is eligible for a $20 price cut on any gadgets costing $125 or more, so the offer is not limited to Nexus 7, but 32 gig Nexus 7 for $229 is the best deal around. Lastly, don’t confuse this device with 32 gig Nexus 7 + 3G as the deal is for the 32 gig version which won’t be including 3G radio. What are your thoughts on the deal? Are you grabbing one for yourself?
When leaks and news get rolling on a given device, it seems that it just arrives in droves – which we definitely enjoy. The hot device of late, since the Nexus 4 has died down a bit, is the DROID DNA. Seeing as the DNA news and leaks are coming fast and furious, coupled with this promo shot of a ‘collaboration’ between HTC and Verizon, we can only assume that this ‘collaboration’ will be the official announcement of the DROID DNA in some fashion. Granted, it could be an 8x event as that has happened in the past, but we’re hoping for the official unveiling of the DNA. After all, the timing seems right, or maybe that’s just my selfish enthusiasm. In any event, we’ll keep you posted as we learn more. Also, do you find it an odd coincidence that they’re holding this event on November 13th?
Between Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and a few other odds and ends, this fall has been jam-packed with splashy press announcements leading up to the holiday shopping season. Looks like we’re not done just yet: Verizon and HTC announced they’ll be holding a press event in New York City on November 13th. Now, the $64,000 question is: what OS will be on display? Will it be the Android-powered Droid DNA that just passed through the FCC? And here’s another question: does “our latest collaboration” imply an exclusivity agreement? Or what if this is just a coming-out party for HTC’s 8X Windows Phone flagship? It’s not a far-fetched idea: we already know it’s coming to Verizon, but the exact pricing and on-sale date have yet to be revealed. Then again, the 8X has already been shown off at a press event or two, and we’re not sure a Verizon-branded variant would merit such a high-profile news conference. We’ll find out next week, where several of us Engadget editors will be reporting live.
HTC and Verizon to hold a press event in New York City on November 13th originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 06 Nov 2012 13:22:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Hmmmmm. HTC and Verizon are having a little get-together on Nov. 13 in New York City.
The invite doesn't exactly lend itself to interpretation, just "come experience our latest collaboration." Chances are pretty good we'll see the Droid DNA, the 5-inch smartphone we brought you the first pictures of a few weeks ago under its Droid DLX codename. The phone has since all but been confirmed through a couple of leaked renders as well.
Set your alarms, boys and girls, cause we'll be there.
An invite just hit our mailbox for a November 13th event co-hosted by HTC and Verizon, which implores us to come check out the duo’s “latest collaboration.” While little is revealed, given a lack of much on the radar from HTC over the next few months we are led to believe we will see the unveiling of the long-rumored Droid DNA (AKA the Droid DLX).
The HTC Droid DNA is expected be Verizon’s equivalent of the recently announced J Butterfly for Japan, a 5-inch device to rival the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2. Specs are rumored to include a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and 13MP camera. The handset recently made an appearance at the FCC, suggesting a release is timed for the holiday season.
Whatever it is that HTC and Verizon plan to show off in Manhattan on the 13th, we’ll be there covering it all live. Those looking forward to what should be the best HTC device we have seen on Verizon in some time name should circle the date on their calendars now.
Over the summer we heard rumors that HTC is collaborating with Facebook for a Facebook themed phone. Of course everyone denied it, but it appears it’s definitely in development. It’s codenamed the Opera UL and it popped up in a NenaMark 2 benchmark test. Pocket-Lint has a source that claims the phone has been delayed, but we’re not sure what that means. Back in the summer when we reported that HTC was working on something, it wasn’t expected to be released till 2013 anyway.
You might remember the HTC Status (or ChaCha) that was HTC’s first attempt at a Facebook phone, but it really wasn’t a collaboration with Facebook. Our understanding is this will be marketed as an official Facebook phone. From the benchmark results the specs include a 1.4GHz processor, a Qualcomm Adreno 305 GPU, and a 1280 x 720 display. As to the processor, we can’t tell if it’s dual or quad-core, but we are guessing it’s a dual-core.
Now you and I have no interest in this phone, but do you think it will sell like hotcakes or just be another dud?
Google was supposed to launch three new devices today – Nexus 4, Nexus 10 tablet and updated Nexus 7 – but the event was canceled, thanks to hurricane Sandy. Though today’s event was canceled, Google has decided to go ahead and launch the devices anyways.
Speaking of Nexus 10 tablet, it has all you would ever want in a tablet device. The Nexus tablet has been built by Google in collaboration with South Korean technology titan, Samsung. Samsung made this 10.05 inch tablet, and what appears is that this tablet shares DNA with Samsung’s flagship tablet device, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Android chief Andy Rubin announced the device saying the device is equipped with a 2,560 x 1,600 display which will have a pixel density as high as 300 ppi. According to claims made by Google, the all new Nexus 10 has 9,000mAh lithium polymer battery which will be good for nine hours of continuous video playback and 500 hours of standby. Google also unveiled Android 4.2, and Nexus 10 being a nexus device will be shipping with this new operating system. Below are the specs of Nexus 10:
Screen 10.055” 2560 x 1600 (300 ppi)
WQXGA, HD PLS
Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2
Size W: 10.39 in (263.9 mm)
H: 6.99 in (177.6 mm)
D: 0.35 in (8.9 mm)
Weight 1.33 lbs (603 g)
Cameras 5MP (main), 1080p video
1.9MP (front), 720p video
Memory 16 GB or 32 GB (formatted capacity will be less)
CPU/GPU CPU: Dual-core A15 Eagle
GPU: Mali T604
Sensors Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Pressure, GPS
Wireless Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n (MIMO+HT40)
Dual-side NFC (Android Beam)
Connectivity Micro USB
3.5mm headphone jack
Battery 9,000 mAh Lithium polymer
Standby: up to 500 hours
Music playback: up to 90 hours
Video playback: up to 9 hours
Web browsing: up to 7 hours
OS Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
The official specs are in line with the details that were leaked during past few weeks. Coming to the software, as said earlier, the Nexus 10 will be running Android 4.2. What’s interesting is that the new version of operating system will still be called Jelly Bean and not Key Lime Pie as thought before. The leaked pictures of the tablet which we had posted few days back also were running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and we reasoned thinking it was just a testing prototype, however that doesn’t seem to be the case now that it is official. Android 4.2 will be featuring multiple user accounts, a revamped camera interface, and quick settings. Android 4.2 also brings Photo Sphere panoramic camera, gesture typing, and wireless HDTV streaming, which the Nexus 7 can take advantage of as is not equipped with a HDMI port.
Nexus 10 will be made available from November 13th on Google Play in the US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, Spain, Canada and Japan. The 16 gig version will be costing $399 (£319 in the UK) and the 32 gig version will come with a price tag of $499 (£389). Share your thoughts in the comment section below.
On Wednesday night, we were skeptical that we would see Samsung and Google’s collaboration on the next Nexus tablet at Google’s event next Monday. After the supposed user manual for the Nexus 10 leaked yesterday, things looked a little more likely. Now that today has arrived, things look pretty clear that we’ll be seeing a [...]
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Nexus range of devices from Google are one of the most sought after devices in the Android market, mostly because they are certified and built by Google themselves in collaboration with various hardware manufacturers. One more interesting feature of these devices is that they get updates directly from Google and the updates don’t have to go through manufacturer’s modification and approval, which also means that Nexus devices get the latest version of Android up and running within few days of official release.
Recently, we had written about Google’s plan to launch a new Nexus smartphone built in collaboration with South Korean electronics major, LG. The device from Google & LG will supposedly be called as LG Nexus 4. If you have been tracking news related to Nexus devices, the word on the internet few months back was that Google is planning to launch a number of Nexus devices. To support that news, the new news is that besides the LG Nexus 4 smartphone, Google will also be launching a new 10 inch Samsung Nexus tablet during the October 29th media event.
Previously, it was thought that the rumored Nexus 10 tablet device won’t be making an appearance until the first half of 2013, but it looks like the news was wrong and the latest rumor suggests that the tablet will be indeed announced by the end of this month.
The Samsung Nexus tablet is expected to be a monster. According to some unofficial sources, it is said that Samsung wants to go against the iconic iPad and will be featuring the latest technology which have not been featured yet on any Android tablet device. The Nexus 10 will of course have a 10 inch screen, but what sets it apart from other tablets in the category is that the screen has a resolution of 2560 x 1600, which converts to a pixel density of 300ppi. If you don’t know what that means, the latest third generation iPad boasts a display which Apple calls as Retina Display, and that screen comes with a pixel density of 264ppi. Apart from that, the tablet will be coming with yet-to-be-announced Android 4.2 OS. There’s no doubt that such a tablet is in the works, but sources haven’t been able to confirm whether it will be called Nexus 10 itself, but within Samsung, it is christened as “Manta”.
Android 4.2 is definitely something to look forward to. It will be featuring something called ‘Content in the center,’ which basically allows the user to access Google Play Store using a widget. Tablet Sharing’ is another feature which lets user share the device with multiple users where in which each user will have his own email and app settings. It will also feature panoramic camera settings which will now support both horizontal and vertical movement as the default setting, a good feature to compete with iOS 6.
What are your thoughts on Nexus 10? Do you think Nexus 10 will be as popular as Nexus 7?
As Google TV expands outside of the States and confirms its intentions to take over the world, it’s only fitting that it begins to invade itself into the homes of prospective markets in booming countries. With that said, Google has achieved a major collaboration with LG UPlus to bring IPTV set-top boxes to Korean households with Google TV preloaded. What this means is that Korea becomes the tenth country in the world utilizing the service, so users of the service will be able to dabble in all of the traditional Google TV goodies including apps like Search, YouTube, Google Play and Chrome.
The exciting this is this is the first IPTV provider to offer a Google TV experience, so this should open the door for many more offerings in the near-future.
source: Google TV Blog
For those rocking NVIDIA Tegra 3 powered smartphones or tablets, like the Nexus 7, we have a few new awesome games to share with you. In collaboration with NVIDIA two new games have just arrived on the Google Play Store and NVIDIA TegraZone exclusively for Tegra devices. Both options will cost a few dollars but Razor Salvation sure looks exciting. Check them out below.
First up is an impressive looking game called Razor Salvation where you play a Dropship commander looking to save his world from death and destruction. You’ll be in charge of the Dropship “Salvation” and you’ll be tasked with saving your homeland and then rescuing Earth’s inhabitants.
Thanks to the NVIDIA Tegra 3, with Razor Salvation you’ll be able to experience a high polygon count, great graphics, detailed textures and realistic natural lighting effects in-game. They’ve added destructible environments too and you’ll be blasting your way around the cities and through buildings with ease. We were told Razor Salvation would launch at $2.99 for Tegra 3 devices but today it appears to be on sale for the odd price of just $2.03 and you can get it now in the Google Play Store, or NVIDIA TegraZone.
Then the second game available today should make a few PS and PS Vita fans happy because the developers at ACQUIRE have released the popular SUMIONI Demon Arts game for Android. Sadly this will come at a pretty penny and run users $12.83 here on Android — but the THD graphics should make for an excellent playing experience. Sumioni is a side scrolling game where you play the Ink Demon, where swipes of the finger on screen will make various “ink” attacks as you save the world. Interesting concept and you can learn more from the Google Play Store, or NVIDIA TegraZone.
Both games look quite decent, but I’m still deeply loving the new ShadowGun: DeadZone multiplayer personally. More Tegra games are detailed below.
- Meltdown On Mars THD: Tower defense action shooter coming this month
- Sonic the HedgeHog 4: Episode II – Tegra 3 hands-on
- Dark Meadow: The Pact THD Game Review
- Renaissance Blood THD heads to Tegra Zone [hands-on]
- SHADOWGUN meets Left 4 Dead in Dead Trigger THD for Android
- Beach Buggy Blitz released to TegraZone and hands-on
- NVIDIA tops Android gaming with 5 million TegraZone downloads
- Shadowgun: DeadZone multiplayer beta hits the Google Play Store – we go hands on
Rogers and Canadian bank CIBC struck a deal for NFC-based mobile payments back in May, long enough ago that it was starting to fade out of the public consciousness. The alliance may be near refreshing our memory with a commercial launch in the cards. MobileSyrup has reportedly scored internal documents that has the two launching their e-commerce collaboration on October 15th under a slightly catchier Suretap name. Unfortunately, the text also suggests that the initial launch will require at least as much hoop-jumping from customers as for the original Google Wallet plans. Avoiding a traditional wallet will demand a BlackBerry Bold 9900 or Curve 9360 on Rogers, a CIBC MasterCard, nearby stores with PayPass terminals, a CIBC app and now a special NFC-enabled SIM card — a set of criteria that disqualifies almost everyone, especially when there’s supposedly a $50 ceiling on transactions. It remains a step forward for mobile payments in a country that has had very few options to start with, but we’d only anticipate widespread adoption once there’s a much wider selection of devices and banks.
Rogers, CIBC may launch Suretap NFC-based payments on October 15th, require a unique SIM originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Microsoft has long been rumored to be bringing its Office suite to mobile, and we’ve been throwing as many dates as we can to see which one will stick to the wall. No amount of throwing will get us anywhere without official word from Microsoft, and with today’s news we have just that.
Product manager Peter Bobek has confirmed that Microsoft Office 2013 will be headed to mobile platforms starting next year. To be more specific, they say to expect the suite to rollout “from” March 2013. That verbiage suggests it’s possible not all platforms will get it at the same time, though that’s hardly anything concrete.
It’s said that the suite “will work across Windows Phone, Android, and iOS,” though we’re not sure if they mean they’ll all have the same features or if they’ll have some sort of synchronization or collaboration service.
Whatever the case may be, we couldn’t be happier to get the most complete suite of document editing tools in the game. Google Drive is great, of course, but there’s nothing like Microsoft Office in the flesh. We’ll be looking forward to it. [Ihned via The Verge]
As Bluestacks takes over both PCs and Macs everywhere, we will start to see additional exposure of the nifty tool much more in the tech world. That’s why Bluestacks has announced a partnership with famed PC chipmaker AMD, which will offer Android apps in AMD’s AppZone. What this means is if you’re on an AMD-based machine and running Windows 8, you’ll be able to not only view the software titles, but you’ll be able to run the software with no issues— as if you’re on your smartphone or tablet. What’s even better is the fact the specialized Bluestacks software on AMD machines will be CPU and GPU-optimized, so users can rest easy knowing their software is going to run as smooth and cleanly as possible.
For the time being, the apps for AMD machines will be available in English, German, Korean, Chinese Simplified and Traditional, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. That’s all for now, but additional details can be found in the presser once you hit the break.
BlueStacks Powers AMD AppZone Player to bring 500000 apps to >100 million Windows Based PCs
BlueStacks Enables New Mobile-like Revenue Models for AMD’s PC OEM Customers
Campbell, California, September 27, 2012.
BlueStacks today announced a collaboration with AMD (NYSE: AMD) to launch AMD AppZone, the largest collection of Android apps for PCs. Powered by BlueStacks, the AMD AppZone Player brings hundreds of thousands of Android apps to the next generation of Windows 8 based slates, laptops, tablets and AiO desktop PCs. AppZone is also available for AMD’s massive global installed base of Windows 7 based PCs. The collaboration with BlueStacks with optimizations for AMD GPU and APU technology enables a superior experience on AMD powered PCs relative to other app stores like AppUp. .
Starting today, consumers can directly access the AMD AppZone through their online website at www.amd.com/appzone and browse through the featured apps that are free to download. AMD and BlueStacks are also working with leading PC manufacturers to preload AppZone and popular Android apps on new PCs. The apps are available in multiple languages including English, German, Korean, Chinese Simplified and Traditional, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, across all categories like games, social, news, shopping, music, business and education.
“AMD and BlueStacks are making the emerging Android market part of the broader PC ecosystem with the introduction of AppZone,” said Manju Hegde, corporate vice president, Heterogeneous Applications and Developer Solutions at AMD. “With the new Windows 8 operating system just around the corner, we’re excited to enable exciting new solutions for our PC customers and end users to experience.”
“App stores and apps represent a multi-billion dollar opportunity. BlueStacks powered business models are ready to disrupt the PC industry by leveraging the unprecedented growth in the mobile eco-system”, said Rosen Sharma, CEO of BlueStacks. “By partnering with AMD, we are able to bring 500,000 apps to Windows 8 and the broader installed base of PCs. That’s significantly more apps than any existing PC app store including Intel AppUp or the Windows 8 App Store.”
Renowned PC analyst Tim Bajarin added, “This is the right move and a winning proposition for BlueStacks, AMD and for the entire PC ecosystem. Everyone is eagerly anticipating Windows 8, but consumers want a broad selection of familiar apps now. AMD and BlueStacks have addressed that in a big way.”
- Download free Android apps from AMD AppZone (www.amd.com/appzone)
- Learn more about AppZone for PC OEMs
- Follow BlueStacks on Twitter at @bluestacksinc
- Follow AMD updates on Twitter at @AMDSoftware
- Learn more about AMD Accelerated Processing Units (APUs)
BlueStacks is a software company that enables Android apps to run on Notebooks, Desktops, All-in-One PCs, Slates and Tablets. BlueStacks was founded in 2009 by Rosen Sharma, is privately held and headquartered in Silicon Valley with global offices in India, Taiwan and Japan. For more information visit http://www.bluestacks.com/, or join their over 1,000,000 Facebook fans at www.facebook.com/bluestacksinc
AMD (NYSE: AMD) is a semiconductor design innovator leading the next era of vivid digital experiences with its groundbreaking AMD Fusion Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) that power a wide range of computing devices. AMD’s server computing products are focused on driving industry-leading cloud computing and virtualization environments. AMD’s superior graphics technologies are found in a variety of solutions ranging from game consoles, PCs to supercomputers. For more information, visit http://www.amd.com.