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Gameloft’s 2013 game lineup leaked?

Good news for Gameloft fans or gaming fans in general. Gameloft, one of the most well-known game developer/publishers, had its 2013 game lineup leaked last night. While we can get a pretty good idea without the list of what to expect based on their history, this leak seems all but definitive. Among the games slated for a 2013 release are: A new Asphalt game, a new Dungeon Hunter title, a new Gangstar title, and a new Order & Chaos game. Additionally we’ll see another Brothers in Arms game, Modern Combat 5, and a totally different FPS game will be introduced. Interestingly, a N.O.V.A. title wasn’t listed but perhaps the ‘new’ FPS mentioned will take its place, or will it possibly be a spin-off? Regardless, the gaming front looks nice for 2013 from Gameloft. Now, if we can only get an update on the availability of Modern Combat 4 on the Play Store…

source:  DroidGamers

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Apple Inc now ranks sixth in China smartphone market

While this story isn’t totally Android related, we’re always scoping the competition. The world is a funny place, especially when marketing is involved. Take Euro-Disney for example: Who would’ve ever thought Disney would fail anywhere in the world? Similarly, Apple is nearly having the same fate in China. Okay, maybe that was an exaggeration. Regardless, things could be better for Apple in China. Research firm IDC has reported that Apple Inc has fallen to sixth place in China’s smartphone market. Turns out that the Chinese are a loyal group and like sticking to their own brands. Not surprisingly, Samsung nailed down the top spot.

source:  Reuters

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MetroPCS launches Samsung Galaxy Admire 4G

MetroPCS is adding a new device to its smartphone lineup. The new device is an upgrade to the Samsung Admire. It adds 4G LTE connectivity to the entry-level Samsung smartphone. Besides 4G connectivity, the device also comes equipped with some other upgrades and improvements, and it maintains an affordable price tag.



To start with, Galaxy Admire 4G comes with an improved processor. It is now powered by a 1 GHz processor, which should help improve the functionality of the device. It also comes with a 3.65-inch HVGA TFT screen, which is a little bigger than the original Galaxy Admire. The battery is also a little larger, which should help keep the device running longer.

The new phone comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread installed, which seems to be one place the device was not moved forward very much. A front-facing camera was also added for video chatting and the like. With the 4G data, the device also gains access to MetroPCS Mobile Hotspot for an additional monthly charge.

The device is available online starting today and at MetroPCS retail stores starting tomorrow, December 7 for $169. It is available with plans ranging from $30 to $70 per month. Users looking for an entry-level smartphone with 4G connectivity could have just found the perfect phone.

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Android Community Nightly: December 4th, 2012

If you managed to miss all the news that happened in the world of Android today, don’t worry because the Android Community Nightly has you covered. We’ll round up everything from today that mattered most and neatly take care of your Android news addition. Today was a mild day full of Samsung news, and a few interesting updates from Google. Read on for the full days breakdown.

Today we’ll start off with what we’re most excited about, and that is Google I/O 2013. Google announced the dates for IO, and it’ll take place May 15-17th and we’re expecting tons of awesomeness. I have a feeling Google’s Project Glass will be a big part of the show this year. In software news we got a few interesting bits worth pointing out. The developers behind the wildly successful Cut The Rope announced a new game called Pudding Monsters. RockStar Games teased Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, which lands on Android this Thursday. Gameloft’s Modern Combat 4 is coming soon, and the new and improved Beautiful Widgets 5.0 is available today.

There was plenty of hardware news, all starting with Toshiba’s new mid-priced Excite 10 SE quad-core Tegra 3 tablet — but it’s nothing special. Speaking of tablets, Nabi announced their Tegra 2 Android 4.0 kids tablet for the holidays set at just $99. While we’re talking about hardware lets mention Samsung. Their S Pebble music player is now coming to the US as the Samsung Muse music player, and apparently they’re selling a Pico Projector built with Samsung Galaxy smartphones in mind.

Verizon Wireless wants to collect our data in return for “rewards” and targeted ads — something I’ll opt-out of as soon as possible — and Android distribution numbers came out again, with Gingerbread still leading the pack. Google opened a private area on the Play Store for companies, Facebook Messenger now works on all Android devices even if you don’t have a Facebook, and Apple is trying to patent wireless charging. To wrap things up the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10-inch slate is getting Jelly Bean, Samsung’s working on a Cortex-A15 based quad-core for their Galaxy S4, and the Google Wireless phone company was almost a thing — almost.

Clink any of the links above for more details, and stay tuned for more Android news all week long. See you tomorrow!

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Google I/O 2013 to Take Place May 15-17, Registration to Open Early 2013

Today, Google has announced the dates for 2013′s Google I/O. Usually taking place at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, the event is scheduled for May 15-17 with early registration beginning sometime early 2013. Last year, we were introduced to the Nexus 7, Nexus Q, and Jelly Bean. This year, can we expect some Key Lime Pie? [...]

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Facebook Messenger aims at ubiquity, opens to users without Facebook accounts

Facebook wants their Messenger app to be the default way people communicate, and they know the only way to accomplish that goal is to open the service to as many people as possible. That is why the social media giant has stripped the account requirement for Facebook Messenger from the app’s most recent Android version.

Instead of having to log in to Facebook, users can sign into the app using only their name and phone number. From there, it’s as easy as drafting up a message and sending it off. It’s a curious approach from a company that at one point limited membership to only those with a college email address, but it’s all in the name of ubiquity.

Just yesterday, as the SMS turned 20, we asked if the text message still holds a relevant place in the smartphone era. Over 50 percent of our readers say that the text is still their primary form of communication, but 35 percent say they rely at least in some part on other messaging services such as Facebook, GTalk, and email. SMS is still in heavy use largely thanks to the fact that it is compatible with all mobile phones. A messaging service won’t do much good if your friends and family aren’t also using it.

In the end, removing an account requirement from the Messenger app is a win-win for Facebook. The service becomes more intriguing to those looking for a ubiquitous experience and should entice the few stragglers left to sign up for a full-fledged Facebook account. But there is still a ways to go. For starters, access for users without a Facebook account will be limited to India, Australia, Indonesia, Venezuela, and South Africa. The update will reach other countries (and the iOS version of the app) down the road.

[via The Verge]

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Sony overtakes HTC for second place in UK Android market

Good news for Sony, bad news for HTC. The latest figured show the Xperia manufacturers outselling HTC over the past summer in the UK. Sony moved 500,000 Android phones compared to HTC’s 440,000. They both lost market share to Samsung, however, who maintains first place with a whopping 3.2 million Android phones for comparison.

This news shows Sony’s new intense smartphone drive appears to be having some success, and if Sony does announce their new flagship in early 2013, they stand a good chance to eat up even more market share. Sony did say they though its recent restructuring to become Sony Mobile, as well as the James Bond marketing tactics, has caused a “positive reaction” with consumers, and the numbers seem to agree.

source: Mobile Today


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Android 101: The Android File Transfer app for Mac

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Want to move files between your Android device and a Mac? There's an app for that (natch)

It's OK to use a Mac if you're also an Android fan. You don't have to apologize. In fact, I'd prefer it if you don't. Use what you want. Use what works for you. Don't worry what anyone else thinks. (Chances are that's what led you to Android in the first place.)

But if you are using a computer from Cupertino, you will need an extra piece of software if you want to transfer files over USB and your device is running Android 3.0 or higher. It's not a huge deal, and it takes just a few seconds to set up. Here's the scoop:

  1. Download the Android File Transfer app
  2. Install the application. (Go to wherever it was you saved the app, and double-click it. Drag the installer file into your Applications folder. Yes. We just gave you instructions for that.)
  3. Plug in your phone. The Android File Transfer App should automatically launch if it's not already running. You'll now see the folders and files, like in the image above.

It's that easy. The only real caveat with this tool is that there's a 4-gigabyte file size limit on transfers. If you want to copy over anything larger than that — say, a movie — you'll need to do it via another method, such as adb.

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Consumer Reports Puts Verizon in First Place, AT&T Bringing Up The Rear

The latest Consumer Reports are out and as far as mobile networks go, Verizon is rated in front of the rest of the pack. Verizon scored near the top for voice and data quality which is to be expected with Verizon’s mostly reliable network. The Reports also gave Verizon props “for support attributes like staff knowledge [...]

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Personal Capital Investing helps you keep your finances in order

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Coming into the holiday season, its important to keep your personal finances in order while the spending starts ramping up. The Personal Capital Investing app is hoping to stand out from the set of financial apps that have been available for some time on Android. You create an account and link to it your other accounts from banks, credit cards and financial institutions so that everything is available in one place (similar to Mint if you're familiar). You can keep track of spending, help budget monthly allowances and track your investments all with one interface.

Its pretty handy if you're feeling overwhelmed with the number of different accounts you have. You can give it a try for free at the Google Play Store link above.

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OpenFeint Shutting Down Their Doors On December 14th

Well isn’t this a surprise? OpenFeint seems to be closing their doors and shutting down their service starting on December 14th. OpenFeint was a cross-platform game platform that allowed developers to integrate leaderboards, achievements and the ability to compete against your friends. It seems that its competitor — Gree — is the one that is shutting down the platform. While all of this is going on, Gree is hoping that developers and users who once used OpenFeint would use their service instead. With it being one of the more popular platforms, it’s a high possibility, but there are plenty of other platforms out there as well. Regardless, I think I can speak for everyone when I say that there won’t be a lot of people sad to see OpenFeint shutdown.

Upon OpenFeint’s shutdown ”all OpenFeint network calls will be non-functional.” That, of course, means that nothing will be functional when OpenFeint shuts down on December 14th. Although, the actual shutdown date may be moved further past December 14th, but developers that have this platform integrated into their games are urged to put something else in place. All game information is said to be lost after shutdown, so there will be no getting it back. If developers are wanting to keep all of that information, Gree has advised developers to use their platform ahead of the December 14th shutdown date.

Keep in mind that this shutdown includes iOS users as well. Since it is a cross-platform service, it affects just about everybody in the mobile world that plays games with OpenFeint

Do you think OpenFeint closing is really a big thing despite how many games its integrated in? Are you a developer? Does this affect you in any huge way? Are there other platforms other than OpenFeint and Gree that you would suggest to other developers?

Sound off in the comments below!

source: Android Central

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Skype updated to version 3.0 for Android devices, adds tablet UI improvements

Skype released an update today that focuses on Microsoft’s move to use the service in place of Windows Live Messenger and to introduce improvements in the tablet experience. Skype’s tablet UI changes include little things like re-positioning navigation buttons and menus to better use the screen real estate afforded by tablet devices. The window for video is larger as well. However, early adopters of this new version are already complaining that the app forces the use of landscape mode.

Readers may already be familiar with Microsoft’s decision to abandon their Live Messenger application and move their user base over to Skype. To help with that change in direction, Skype now makes it possible to sign in to your Microsoft account. Besides the improvements to the tablet UI and easing the Microsoft login process, Skype also made improvements to audio quality and incorporated some bug fixes in this latest version. To get a copy or upgrade your existing install, use one of the Google Play download links below.

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APK Teardown reveals new features coming to Google Play

It looks like some big changes are coming to Google Play. In an APK Teardown from the folks at Android Police, they discovered some pretty massive changes coming to the service. The first one involves a more heavy implementation of Google+. It looks you will have to have a Google+ account in order to leave app reviews on Google Play. This means when you leave a review, your name and photo will probably appear next to the review. It also looks like some tweaks are coming to the way you share apps, probably in form of sharing your reviews with Google+ circles.



It also looks like you will be able to pre-order things from Google Play on Android. It’s not clear if this feature is ready up and running but just not used by anything yet, or if its a feature that is coming along soon. Either way, it looks like the feature is coming soon.

It also looks like a new design for Play might be coming. It appears that the template may be coming from the web version of the Google Play Store. This should be nice, as the Play Store is not necessarily the most well designed app store out there.

The last change is the ability to report an app as harmful. This feature has been around on the web Play Store for a while, and it looks like it’s coming to the Android store soon. Hopefully, this will encourage more people to report malware infested apps and make the Play Store a safer place.

[via Android Police]


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How to unlock and root the Nexus 4

Nexus 4 shipments are starting to arrive for the very lucky souls that were able to get an order in. If you plan on unlocking your bootloader (and subsequently rooting) you Nexus 4, we recommend doing it first thing since unlocking the bootloader will reset and erase everything on your device. If you’re ready to go, you’ve come to the right place, just hit the break to get started.

**These instructions are straight forward and easy, but things can go wrong so we don’t take any responsibility.

Requirements

  1. You must have the sdk installed and be able to access and use adb and fastboot.
  2. You must have USB debugging enabled on your Nexus 4. If this is the first time going into developer options on your Nexus 4, just go into “About Phone” from your settings and tap the build number seven times. You will now see all developer options from now on.

 

Unlocking the bootloader

**By unlocking the bootloader you will completely reset your device so make sure to back up anything you want to keep.

  1. Connect your Nexus 4 to your PC via the USB cable that came with it
  2. Launch Terminal / Command Prompt
  3. Navigate to the fastboot/adb folder which will be inside the location where the Android SDK is installed (On Windows, it should be in C:\program files (x86)\android\android-sdk\platform-tools)
  4. Enter the following command: fastboot devices (You should see your device ID. If you don’t, you don’t have the proper driver installed and you can’t move forward unless you get this resolved. See below for help. If you see the device ID move on to step 5)
  5. Enter the following command: fastboot oem unlock  (If you didn’t get a device ID from step 4 and you moved to this step by mistake, it will be stuck on “Waiting for Device.” If this is the case, just hit CONTROL-C to stop it and see the below driver information)
  6. It should say Start in the top right. Hit the power button to reboot.

**If you ever want to lock the bootloader you can simply enter fastboot oem lock instead for step 5.

 

Gain Root Access

  1. Turn on USB debugging again
  2. Download and place CWM recovery for the Nexus 4 in the fastboot folder (again this location should be C:\program files (x86)\android\android-sdk\platform-tools in Windows)
  3. Download and place SU_Busybox_Package.zip directly under /sdcard on your device
  4. Enter the following command: adb reboot bootloader
  5. Enter the following command: fastboot flash recovery-clockwork-6.0.1.8-mako.img
  6. Tap the volume down so it shows Recovery Mode in the top right, then hit the power button.
  7. At this point you can perform a backup from the “backup and restore” option in case anything goes wrong. If you need to restore this backup ever, just use the restore option.
  8. From the main menu, navigate to install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > SU_Busybox_Package.zip
  9. From main menu, select reboot system now
  10. After reboot you should see SuperSU in your apps drawer, open it and tap on continue to make sure your installation is successful. 

If you followed these instructions correctly, your Nexus 4 bootloader is now unlocked and you should have permanent root. Congratulations!!!

 

**Driver Issues


You might find that even though you can access your Nexus 4 via Windows, you might have a problem with the driver not installed correctly from terminal mode. You will know you have this problem because the device ID didn’t appear in Step 4 or for Step 5. it’s stuck on “Waiting for Device.” You can’t unlock the bootloader until you get this resolved. The following may help…

Make sure the Google USB drivers are installed from the SDK.

Go to your Control Panel then Device Manager. You should see Android Phone with a Yellow ! mark on it. Right click on it and choose update driver, choose browse my computer, then Let me pick from a list. Select Android ADB Interface. You should be good to go. Return to Step 5 under Unlocking the bootloader.

If you’re having any other issues, make a comment below or head to this XDA thread.


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HTC DLX reportedly coming to China on December 6

HTC is going to bring its 5-inch monster phablet to China. With China’s massive population, it seems like the perfect place for HTC to bring it’s incredibly powerful smartphone. China has long been considered a market where entry-level phones rule the roost, but there is a growing segment of the market seeking high-end devices, and HTC is looking to capitalize on that growing demand with the HTC DLX.



The HTC DLX (aka the Droid DNA) is an absolute monster of a smartphone. It comes with a 1080p, 5-inch touchscreen that looks impressive. It also features 2GB of RAM and a 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor. Of course, it’s a risk for HTC to bring such a high-end device to the Chinese market, but it could prove to be a great success for them.

The device is also slated to have a 12MP camera on the back, and a 2MP camera on the front. As with most high-end devices, it comes equipped with Android Jelly Bean installed, so Chinese consumers will be able to take advantage of the latest Android features. Our own Cory was impressed when he got his hands on the Droid DNA, and he said he “can’t stress enough how amazing this screen looks.”

We shall have to wait and see how well this phone does in China. We expect it be a huge success in the US as the Droid DNA, where high-end smartphones are all the rage, but this is kind of a new venture in China. We shall wait and see what kind of response it receives on December 6, if this rumor actually comes to pass.

[via Intomobile]


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Nexus 4 Launch in the U.S Hindered by Annoying Play Store Issues

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The LG Nexus 4 is upon us and Google is gracious enough to offer it for a more than decent price tag. However, the price is limited only to Google Play Store purchases, also it’s the only place you can currently get it from. Sales for the device went live yesterday in the U.S and expectedly people were looking forward to placing an order for their beloved Nexus device. The LG Nexus 4 and the Samsung Nexus 10 tablet both went on sale yesterday. If you were one of the people looking forward to placing an order for the device, you might relate with what we’re going to share next. It seems that the Google Play Store couldn’t handle the pressure and was unconvincingly slow and failed to proceed with the checkout in many cases.

Now we don’t know if this is something to do with server overload or just bad planning at the end of Google, but things certainly didn’t go down well with the users. There were people who were repeatedly pressing the refresh button on Google’s page to be among the first to get the device. After we heard reports of the device selling out within an hour of its availability in the UK and Australia, we didn’t expect any less from the U.S. Sadly though, the whole experience was marred by the Play Store’s weird functioning. And to add to the customers’ woes, Google actually put up the device for sale almost thirty minutes before the scheduled time. Basically, when the user tried to place an order for the device, the “add to cart” button took a while to show up. And when it did, there were issues with the checkout process where the error page was shown, to add to the frustration. And when the user tried to refresh the page, the item apparently disappeared from the cart. So what this meant was that the user had to repeat the checkout process and in some cases, even place the order a number of times to successfully get through. Evidently, the stocks wouldn’t last long and a few early bird buyers were actually left empty handed.

Phone Arena suggests that the Google Play Store support lines have not helped with this particular issue either. This certainly isn’t an isolated incident and the problem has been witnessed by a large number of users. Unsurprisingly, the Nexus 4 is already out of stock in the U.S with the next batch of the smartphone said to arrive in the “coming weeks”. It is unfortunate that just buying the phone would make the customer go through so much, even more so because it is Google’s premier smartphone after the Galaxy Nexus. Let’s hope the problem doesn’t persist when the Nexus 4 and 10 is back in stock again. Google, are you listening? Let us know if you went through the painful purchase/checkout process at the Google Play Store. Perhaps Google should have planned the launch better, as a massive increase in traffic was expected as the new Nexus devices went on sale. This little incident makes the company look pretty amateurish.

Source: Phone Arena

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Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 now available at Google Play Store

The wait is finally over – starting right this minute you can order both the Samsung Nexus 10 and the LG Nexus 4 from the Google Play Store. Google managed to get a lot of people excited with the announcements of these devices, so if you want one, you better act quick. Both devices come touting some solid specs, so either one would be worth a place in your tech collection.


Starting right off with the Nexus 4, you’ll have a 4.7-inch screen running at 1280×720 resolution. The phone comes equipped with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, and an 8MP rear-facing camera. Google is offering 8GB Nexus 4 models for $299.00, while it’s also got a 16GB model on offer for $349.00. Be sure to check out our review of the Nexus 4 for more information on that bad boy.

Changing gears entirely and looking at the Nexus 10, Samsung’s new tablets comes sporting a 10-inch screen that’s running at a whopping 2560×1600 resolution. As if that weren’t good enough, it’s also packing a dual-core Samsung Exynos 5250 1.7GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 5MP rear-facing camera. The Nexus 10 will be a little more expensive than the Nexus 4, with the 16GB model running $399.00 and the 32GB model coming with a price tag of $499.00. Need to know more? You’re in luck, because we happen to have a review of the Nexus 10 as well.

One of the most important things about both of these devices is that they both will be running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. That means an all-new version of Android to go along with your shiny new Nexus. Follow the links below to get to the store pages for each device. Hopefully you manage to snag one before they all sell out!

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Google Posts Android 4.2 JOP40C Factory Images for Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and HSPA+ Nexus 7

Google just posted the new factory images of Android 4.2 (JOP40C) for the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and Nexus 7 w/HSPA+. If you own or are going to be the owner of one of these devices, you will want to download these files and store in a safe place. You never know when you may need [...]

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Google Voice is broken in Android 4.2

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We're hearing lots of rumblings about Google Voice issues with Android 4.2, starting with the early Nexus 4 review units that went out, but that could've been blamed on pre-release software. Well it seems that the final 4.2 software has the same bits that make the Google Voice app crash as well. Going to the Google Voice app, hitting the button to create a new message and attempting to add a recipient causes a complete force close of the app — every single time.

Now, this is likely an issue in Google Voice itself, which if we had to choose would be the preferred place to find the error simply because it can be updated quickly in the Play Store. Its still unfortunate to see an update completely break one of Google's own first-party apps. Hopefully the fix is coming soon. In the meantime, if you're a heavy Google Voice user you may want to hold off on that 4.2 update for your Galaxy Nexus.

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CyanogenMod And Cruzerlite Team Up On Android Cases

One place where Android devices have always lagged behind iPhones has been in case and accessory selection. But as promised, by Dan Savage and countless other celebrity It Gets Better videos, it has gotten better. The success of  phones like the Galaxy SIII has made some accessory manufacturers develop Android specific lines. Today, Cruzerlite announced a limited edition CyanogenMod case for three of Samsung’s biggest Android Phones. The TPU cases are black and features, Cid, the CyanogenMod mascot who has definitely grown on me since they made the change back in April. Cruzerlite is taking pre-orders from now until early December and offering 20% off.

Source: Cruzerlite


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Google services no longer working in China, possibly due to Chinese Communist Party

Bad news for internet users in China; reports of an outage of Google services in China are beginning to flood in. Gmail, Maps, Play Music, and anything else Google related is being blocked for Chinese users. That’s a pretty far-reaching block, and it’s likely to start interfering with many people’s daily lives and work.

This is happening right as the 18th Chinese Communist Party Congress is taking place, which is essentially where new Chinese leaders are elected. The Chinese government reserves the right to block websites that don’t comply with Chinese media regulations. Google said back in 2010 that they wouldn’t comply to those regulations. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not.

Google has looked into the situation and released a statement saying that it isn’t a problem on their end. The only logical explanation left is a block put in placed by the Chinese government. All Google searches are being rerouted through a Korean site, and consequently, Google has seen a drop in web traffic. With all of this being said, it’s highly unlikely that it’s an accident.

Google has some kind of influence over tons of the internet, and in many ways that most users don’t even realize. Blocking Google services is definitely going to have some negative effects on the average internet user in China, which is very unfortunate that they’re caught in the middle of this situation. I do think it’s a great stance for Google to take, though. Supporting a free, open web has always been one of Google’s priorities, and it’s good to see them sticking by it even in spite of this.

source: Business Week


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Curiosity developer 22cans issues video response to game bugs and downtime

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22cans' mobile game experiment Curiosity launched on Tuesday, tasking players with the goal of tapping their way to the center of a mysterious cube. However, the game attracted so many players that it's been struggling to keep up with demand over the past few days. Players have been presented with error messages when trying to connect to the game, and in addition a troublesome bug has cropped up resulting in in-game coins disappearing into thin air.

Today the developers took to YouTube to update players on their work to bring Curiosity back to life and fix the remaining bugs. The 22cans team, including head honcho Peter Molyneux, say they've been hard at work over the past few days, living out of the office as they work on the game. No timeframe is mentioned, but Molyneux says as soon as the fixes are in place, the game will become available once again.

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Microsoft Merges Windows Live Messenger With Skype

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Microsoft has begun the much anticipated transition from Windows Live Messenger to Skype. It was previously reported that the Microsoft owned Skype will now take the place of Windows Live Messenger, which has been used since ages now. This idea will come into effect in early 2013, apparently. Needless to say, this will not be a rapid process and it could take some time to migrate existing Messenger users over to Skype. However, this is something people were looking forward to especially after Microsoft acquired Skype. It was expected that Skype will be deeply integrated with Windows Phone 8. Long standing Windows Live Messenger users might not take this in the right spirit, but we’re sure MS has something big in mind. Messenger will be replaced by Skype all over the world except for China, where the Messenger service will continue. The reason for this is not known yet.

Tony Bates from Skype said – “We will retire Messenger in all countries worldwide in the first quarter of 2013 (with the exception of mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available),” He further added – “We will work with you over the next few months to help you transition and offer information and help along the way”.

With this new update, users will be able to log into Skype with their Windows Live credentials and connect with their friends there. So basically, it’s an easy process and Microsoft clearly wants to keep it that way. If the user already has a Skype and a Messenger account, then merging is even easier. Skype has published a detailed blog post explaining how the migration will work for both the new and existing Skype/Messenger users.

Skype has a wide range of users worldwide, and is still one of the most used chat applications. Coupled with the ability to make video and free voice calls to other Skype users, it’s basically a lifeline for many out there. Post the Microsoft acquisition, a few eyebrows were raised as to how exactly we would see Skype implemented in Microsoft’s products i.e. Windows Phones and the Windows desktop OS. The merging of Messenger with Skype seems to be the first step. Messenger also has a few other social features, which could be brought to Skype as well. The Skype app on WP7 wasn’t anything to write home about. But Microsoft would certainly want to change that with WP8 and the Windows 8 tablets making their way to the market. Let’s hope Microsoft makes something good out of this.

Source: Skype
Via: The Verge

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comScore delivers mobile market share report for September 2012

For many companies, Q3 2012 wrapped up at the end of September, so you know what that means: more financial and analytics reports than you know what to do with. comScore delivered its report on US mobile subscriber market share as of the end of September 2012 today, and there are a few surprises to be found within the write-up. Read on to find out more.


Starting right off with OEM market share, Samsung had the highest at 26%, which probably won’t surprise too many folks. Samsung actually made a 0.4 percentage point gain, but that wasn’t the case for LG, which lost 1.1 points between June and September to come in at 17.7% market share. LG is still in second place as far as OEM market share is concerned, but Apple is following closely behind. Apple gained 2.4 points to settle at 17.5% market share – a mere two-tenths of a percentage point behind LG. Motorola and HTC rounded out the top five OEMs, coming it at 10.9% and 6.2% respectively.

When it comes to smartphone platform market share, Google is still comfortably in first place, nabbing 52.5% market share by the end of September 2102. That’s a 0.9 point gain, and while it was enough to put plenty of distance between Google and Apple, the iPhone maker still managed to make more significant gains of 1.9 points. Apple ended September with 34.3% market share, which greatly outpaces RIM’s third-place market share of 8.4%. Microsoft came in at 3.6% market share, while Symbian is close to the bottom with only 0.6% market share.

So, the war between Android and Apple rages on, though Android is still has a big lead. Apple undoubtedly made the gains it did thanks to the launch of the iPhone 5 toward the end of September, so expect both Android and iOS to make some gains in this quarter – after all, the holiday shopping season is almost here, and we have a feeling that the iPhone and various Android handsets will be big sellers. Stay tuned, and be sure to read through comScore’s very interesting full report!


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Google’s Matias Duarte explains lack of SD cards in Nexus devices

There’s certainly a lot of excitement surrounding Google‘s new line up of Nexus devices, and Android director of user services Matias Duarte has hopped on Google Plus to answer the questions Nexus fans undoubtedly have. Android users took him up on his offer to answer questions on these new Nexus devices, with hundreds posting comments to his Google Plus profile. At the time of this writing, Duarte has only gotten around to answering two questions, but the two answers he’s given are definitely worth noting.


Duarte explained Google’s motivation for switching up the status bar and system button with Android 4.2 devices, stating that Google wanted users to have a consistent Android experience across the majority of screens. Duarte says that Google’s utility research found that muscle memory is important, as users will expect the buttons to be in the same place regardless of the device’s orientation. With Android 4.2, Google has made it so the system bar will always keep those three buttons in the same place, though while this happens “dynamically for every screen size,” he does point out that these new system bar updates won’t apply to small handheld screens (read: phones). The reason for this is that having the status bar stretch across the screen horizontally while in landscape mode would leave too little vertical space.

He also explained why Google seems to shy away from including microSD slots on its Nexus devices, which has always been a major annoyance for consumers. According to Duarte, including microSD slots makes things “confusing for users.” He brought up a litany of questions that come along with using microSD cards on mobile devices – “If you’re saving photos, videos or music, where does it go? Is it on your phone? Or on your card? Should there be a setting? Prompt everytime?” – and concluded that they just make things too complicated. We’re not sure users would agree with that, but at least now we have Google’s reasoning for not including microSD slots on its devices.

In the time since posting those answers, Duarte’s Google Plus profile has received dozens more questions, but for now, it looks like he won’t be answering most of those. Still, at least he explained two pretty important things concerning Android 4.2 and Nexus devices. What do you think of his explanation for why Google leaves microSD slots out of the equation?


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MUST-SEE: Video by The Verge Going Inside Android 4.2 and All the Nexus Products

Nexus Day has been an exciting day, no doubt. So much news to cover, we’ve been typing our little fingers off. Lots of people’s opinions out there, as well, about the new products. I just ran into this video that was unleashed on The Verge’s YouTube Channel, taking a very in-depth look into the new Nexus line and Android 4.2. I am sure some of you have already seen it, but for those that have not, you are certainly in for a treat.

The video is about 15 minutes long, and it takes place right at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View. A few of the head guys up there give us a little run through of the Nexus 4, the Nexus 7, and the Nexus 10 devices. Sexy…sexy..SEXY. And then you also get a nice look at Android 4.2. Lockscreen widgets, shortcuts in the noti bar, Google music enhancements, it is all just so nice. Don’t take my words for it though, check out the video below and be prepared to be intrigued. Let us know what you guys think.

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Google Cancels Monday’s Android Event Due to Hurricane Sandy

Google has cancelled the Android event that was to take place in New York on Monday, due to the threat of Hurricane Sandy. No new date for the event has been scheduled just yet. Once we know more from them, we’ll be sure to pass it along.

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Samsung beats Nokia to remain world’s largest phone seller

In the battle for cell phone supremacy, Samsung has come out on top yet again. This marks the third quarter in a row that Samsung was able to beat Nokia for the number on phone seller. Previously, Nokia had that title for an impressive 14 straight years. Apple brought up the rear, coming in at a respectable third place.



Samsung holds a staggering 23.7% of the market. That is 3.6% more of the market than they had at this time last year. They sold 105.4 million phones in the third-quarter of 2012. This is a 21% increase over its sales in the third-quarter of 2011.

In terms of smartphones, Samsung holds 31.3% of the market, which is more than double that of Apple’s 15%. Clearly Samsung is seeing a noticeable increase in its hold on the market due to the incredible success of the Galaxy line of smartphones. With Samsung launching the Galaxy Note II on Verizon and AT&T in the coming weeks, it appears that they have no intention of releasing the spot as top smartphone seller.

Of course, Nokia’s second place numbers are nothing to scoff at. They sold 82.9 million phones in Q3 2012, which is obviously a ton of devices. That being said, it is a drop of 22.2%. Nokia currently holds 18.7% of the cell phone market. Third place Apple holds 6.1% of the market, and coming in behind them is LG, with 3.1%.

[via SlashGear]


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Corning touts 1 billion Gorilla Glass devices: that’s a lot of face-saving surfaces

Dell Streak Gorilla Glass torture test

You could argue that toughened glass is the cornerstone of the modern mobile industry: without the knowledge that our touchscreen phones and tablets could survive the everyday risks of scratches and minor drops, many of us would be terrified of leaving home with a glass-covered mobile device in our hands. Corning now has evidence to prove just how important that silicate can be. In addition to the mostly upbeat third quarter fiscal results you’ll find after the break, the firm brags to us that more than one billion devices have shipped with some variant of Gorilla Glass in place, spread across 33 major brands and 500 individual models that are occasionally very immobile. We can’t give Corning all the credit when alternatives like Dragontrail exist, but numbers like these make it hard to dispute that millions of gadgets have been spared an untimely end (or a flimsy plastic display) by some clever primate chemistry.

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Nexus 7 16GB Price Getting Slashed In The UK In Anticipation Of Google’s Playground Event

Google’s The Playground is Open event is only a few days away now, and we have already been seeing the Google Play Store ax the 8GB model of the Nexus 7 tablet.  With that said, there is a lot of proof behind the idea of a 32GB Nexus 7 device coming down the pipeline, and the removal of the 8GB model only proves to help confirm said proof. Also in the pipeline is a Nexus 7 with capabilities of 3G cellular data, which has apparently encouraged a few retailers in the United Kingdom to guess that these devices will be announced next Monday when the event takes place in New York City. In anticipation of the event, these retailers have decided to slash the pricing on the 16GB model of the Nexus 7. Sounds like a good time to start stocking up for the holiday seasons folks.

Currys has reduced their pricing on the tablet to £189.99 ($302 USD) while another retail chain known as Comet has cut their prices on the tablet down to a mere £179.99 ($287 USD). These price cuts are definitely good news for those who are looking for a bargain, but they might also hint at the rumors and evidence of the upcoming Nexus tablets being extremely true. Thus far we’ve only heard rumors, and very convincing rumors at that, and this only assures us more that we will indeed be seeing new Nexus tablets when this Playground event unveils them. Before the prices had been slashed, the 16GB Nexus 7 was selling regularly at £199.99 ($319 USD). Before the 8GB Nexus 7 was axed off of the Google Play Store, the tablet had been selling for a mere £159.99 ($255 USD). That said, the 16GB Nexus 7 appears to be headed towards that price range.

This is literally probably the best time to start shopping for gifts this year in the realm of technology, or more specifically, tablets. As we get closer to the holidays and the release of more and more tablets, prices are going to be slashed quite often, as you would probably expect.

The Nexus 7 boasts of a 1.2GHz quad core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 7″ 1280×800 display set at 216ppi, a back-lit IPS display and a 4325 mAh battery. The tablet is running the latest version of Android, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and has a 1.2 mega pixel front facing camera. If you are looking to purchase one of these bad boys, go on right ahead, but it might be very much worth waiting a few days until we see what Google has to offer in New York City at their Playground event. Whether it be a 3G Nexus 7 or a 32GB Nexus 7 (or even both!) that might be something worth waiting for. And hey, maybe Google has a surprise in store for its loyal fans as well!

Will you be getting one of the new tablets that Google is going to be announcing at their Playground event, or are you going to be getting one of the 16GB Nexus 7′s with the slashed pricing? Let us know in the comments below!

source: talk android

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