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[The Weekend Poll] Who’s Going To Make The Biggest Splash At This Year’s CES?

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With CES just days away, we’re about to head into a dense week of tech product news. New devices across the board – phones, tablets, accessories, TV’s, speakers, cameras, and more. A large chunk of those product announcements will probably, at least in some roundabout way, be relevant to Android.

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But it’s the phones and tablets I think that we’re all most excited for, and that will probably make the biggest bang during this year’s show overall. And though we won’t see a Galaxy S IV, a Nexus product, or likely anything really game-changing in the Android sphere during CES, there will be products that could shift the balances of power in the mobile universe.

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[The Weekend Poll] Who’s Going To Make The Biggest Splash At This Year’s CES? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Sony Xperia Z leaked again: Video stills show off water resistance and sexy skeletal frame structure

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Ahhhh… The Sony Xperia Z. The equivalent of a smartphone Megan Fox for a smartphone whore like myself, I’ve been itching to get my hands on her -erm, it for weeks now. We’ve gotten a few good looks at the Xperia Z in a few recent leaks, but this time we’re learning of a few added features Sony will be advertising with the device (mostly marketing speak, but fun none-the-less), shown off in a few stills from an upcoming promo video.

The Sony Xperia Z’s latest trick? Water resistance. That’s right, you can drool, splash, or spill whatever liquid you’d like onto the Z — she’ll take it like a champ and come back for more. When it comes to the 13MP Exmor RS camera, turns out it will be capable of both HDR in either photo or video mode, something that should make bathroom for more interesting bathroom selfies. I’ve been waiting for an Android OEM to pick up where HTC left off, focusing on great camera hardware equal (or better) to that of the iPhone’s.

We also get another clear look at the rear of the device, showing a sexy, all glass battery cover. That would naturally lead you to assume the device would be prone to breakage ala the Nexus 4 (a phone now synonymous with fragility), but Sony promises the new “skeletal frame structure” of the Z will keep everything safe and sound. We’ll have to see.

Couple these latest features with what we already know from the device — 1080p full HD display, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor with Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB RAM — and the Sony Xperia Z is shaping up to be the smartphone of the year. Well, at least for now. More pics at the source link below. What do you guys think so far?

[via XperiaBlog | ePrice]

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ZTE blows the door down with the beautiful and beastly Grand S with 5-inch 1080p display, Quad-core S4 CPU, 13MP camera

ZTE has never been known for high quality phones, but  today the Chinese manufacturer pulled out all the stops and unveiled a new and stunningly beautiful super phone known as the Grand S. The unveiling comes a few weeks earlier than the big electronics trade show, CES, and is bound to make a big splash. This is truly a top-of-the line phone in every respect. The Grand S sports a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (APQ8064) processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 2,500 mAh battery, and a 13MP camera all squeezed into an extremely svelte body coming in at only 6.9mm thin. It’s rumored to be built out of some sort of super-strong ceramic material and has a highly futuristic design with clean lines and nice curves. Best of all, it is said to come at a pretty affordable $450 (after exchange rates). We’ll know more at CES and will hopefully get some hands on time with this beast of a phone. If you want to see some more images, hit the break.  Does the Grand S change your view of ZTE? Will you buy one? 2013 is shaping up to be a pretty awesome year for Android enthusiasts!

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Source: Unwired View

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ZTE blows the door down with the beautiful and beastly Grand S with 5-inch 1080p display, Quad-core S4 CPU, 13MP camera

ZTE has never been known for high quality phones, but  today the Chinese manufacturer pulled out all the stops and unveiled a new and stunningly beautiful super phone known as the Grand S. The unveiling comes a few weeks earlier than the big electronics trade show, CES, and is bound to make a big splash. This is truly a top-of-the line phone in every respect. The Grand S sports a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (APQ8064) processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 2,500 mAh battery, and a 13MP camera all squeezed into an extremely svelte body coming in at only 6.9mm thin. It’s rumored to be built out of some sort of super-strong ceramic material and has a highly futuristic design with clean lines and nice curves. Best of all, it is said to come at a pretty affordable $450 (after exchange rates). We’ll know more at CES and will hopefully get some hands on time with this beast of a phone. If you want to see some more images, hit the break.  Does the Grand S change your view of ZTE? Will you buy one? 2013 is shaping up to be a pretty awesome year for Android enthusiasts!

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ZTE blows the door down with the beautiful and beastly Grand S with 5-inch 1080p display, Quad-core S4 CPU, 13MP camera

ZTE has never been known for high quality phones, but  today the Chinese manufacturer pulled out all the stops and unveiled a new and stunningly beautiful super phone known as the Grand S. The unveiling comes a few weeks earlier than the big electronics trade show, CES, and is bound to make a big splash. This is truly a top-of-the line phone in every respect. The Grand S sports a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (APQ8064) processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 2,500 mAh battery, and a 13MP camera all squeezed into an extremely svelte body coming in at only 6.9mm thin. It’s rumored to be built out of some sort of super-strong ceramic material and has a highly futuristic design with clean lines and nice curves. Best of all, it is said to come at a pretty affordable $450 (after exchange rates). We’ll know more at CES and will hopefully get some hands on time with this beast of a phone. If you want to see some more images, hit the break.  Does the Grand S change your view of ZTE? Will you buy one? 2013 is shaping up to be a pretty awesome year for Android enthusiasts!

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Source: Unwired View

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ZTE Grand X coasts to the FCC, T-Mobile launch imminent

ZTE is supposed to make a big splash at CES this coming January, but it seems we’re getting info on all its goods well in advance. One device that might make an appearance at the trade show is the ZTE Grand X, and it looks like it has made it to the FCC right on time for that to be able to happen.

The FCC filing reveals an awful lot about where this device is looking to go. T-Mobile’s logo is plastered on the back of it so we can pretty much put a check mark in the “magenta” column. This 4.3 inch device will look to fill a spot on the “cheap” end of T-Mobile’s lineup as this package comes with some modest specs.

A 1GHz dual-core MediaTek processor sits inside to power Android along, a 5 megapixel shooter will take care of your stills, and HSPA+ looks to be available for your downloading pleasure. We’d expect ZTE customization on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, but things could easily change by the time the device launches.

The device certainly isn’t the looker that the ZTE Nubia Z5 turned out to be, but if you need an affordable smartphone to carry you into the new year this one might be worth keeping an eye on. Check out the full listing over at the FCC.

[via Engadget]

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Google adds localized graphics support to the Play Store

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Google has released today on its Android Developers blog information about localizing graphics for Play Store listings. It's no secret that Google Play is quickly expanding its reach to many new countries. Part of making the expansion to new markets successful is targeting promotional materials to specific countries. Along with offering localized translations of apps and descriptions, developers can now use different graphics and promotional materials depending on the country the user is accessing the Play Store from as well. Developers could now, for example, offer a different splash page for a country or region's holiday during a certain period, or offer language-specific graphics in each region which the app supports the language.

Google notes in its blog post that a full 2/3 of app revenue in Google Play now comes from outside of the United States, making it clear to developers that this is something important to pay attention to.

Source: Android Developers Blog

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ZeptoLab has released the Cut the Rope follow-up Pudding Monsters

Cut the Rope made quite the splash when it was released and it looks like ZeptoLab has returned with a follow-up game. We heard details of this earlier in the month when the developer announced the name, Pudding Monsters, and the fact that the game would drop on December 20. And well, today just so happens to be December 20.

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That being said, a quick check of the Google Play Store shows two version of Pudding Monsters — one for free along with an HD version for $0.99. Otherwise, Pudding Monsters is currently sitting at version 1.0 and with support for devices running Android 1.6 or later.

Pudding Monsters is described as being a “deliciously addicting puzzle adventure, with wacky characters and innovative stick-’em-together gameplay.” In terms of the gameplay, there are 75 levels (with a promise of more to come) and the player will control the Pudding Monsters on their mission to save their friends from the cold-hearted fridge owner. The game features “unique stick-’em together gameplay mechanics” along with monster shapes to include the Slime Monster that leaves behind a trail of green goo.

And similar to Cut the Rope, Pudding Monsters is noted as being suitable for all ages. In other words, able to be played and enjoyed by kids and adults alike. On that thought, we are a bit curious to see how well Pudding Monsters will stack up against Cut the Rope, which between the original and Experiments has been downloaded more than 250 million times.

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Acer Iconia B1 tablet looks to challenge Google on price and B&N on design

A new Acer branded tablet has recently made a stopover with the FCC. The tablet is the Iconia B1 and while there are still some unanswered questions, this one is not looking like it will make all that big of a splash in the geek crowd. The tablet is said to be running Jelly Bean, however that seems to be one of the few highlights.

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That being said, the tablet, at least based in part on these FCC sketches, appears to have a design similar to that of the Barnes & Noble Nook. Notice the little loop in the lower left hand corner. The specs that have been revealed include a 7-inch display at 1024 x 600 along with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. The one plus to balance out the 8GB of storage is that there will be a microSD card slot.

Other details include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. In terms of Jelly Bean, it is looking like the Iconia B1 will launch with 4.1.2. There was not much mentioned in the FCC filing about cellular connectivity, however given the diagram is showing a SIM cover, one can only assume that you will have some ability there.

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In addition to the FCC filing, the tablet was previously spotted in a GLBenchmark leak and was shown with some less than stellar results. Bottom line here, we are not all that excited about the possibility of a release here, but assuming the price is low enough, maybe say sub-$100 — there may be a market. Still, while we poke fun, this may not be a bad option if you are looking for something the kids can play around with. But again, that is assuming the price is low enough.

[via phoneArena]

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Nokia Lumia 800 gets first taste of Windows Phone 7.8

Nokia starts pushing WP 78 to Dutch Lumia 800 users

An official Windows Phone 7.8 rollout to Nokia devices like the Lumia 510, 800 and 900 seemed all but inevitable after it popped up on third party Nokia ROM tool NaviFirm, then a couple days later on Nokia’s own servers. Now, Dutch site WP7.nl is reporting that Nokia has started rolling it out in earnest to the Lumia 800, at least on that side of the pond. Provided your device is up-to-date, you may soon receive a certain “Nokia update,” which will then be followed by four larger downloads. When the dust settles, you’ll see a newfangled splash screen, customization options and Xbox Tile (among numerous other changes), heralding your not-completely-abandoned handset’s arrival nearly into the Windows Phone 8 era. Check the translated source for more details.

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ZTE Grand S announcement confirmed for January 8 during CES

With CES quickly approaching, the news and rumors are bound to begin picking up. And while the rumors are always fun, the actual news is where it is at. That being the case, it looks like ZTE has confirmed that they will be announcing at least one smartphone during the event.

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The details were posted on the official CES website, where they note that ZTE will announce the Grand S smartphone on January 8th. Granted, they have yet to offer complete set of specs, but they did reveal just enough to make us curious. According to the teaser, the ZTE Grand S will arrive as a “flagship handset” in the “high-end Grand Series of products.”

The ZTE Grand S will feature a 5-inch FHD display and will be made of ceramic and featuring a “traditional Chinese style.” Otherwise, ZTE confirmed to CNET that the Grand S will have a quad-core processor. And while we have yet to see any measurements, ZTE is teasing that this will be the ” world’s thinnest for 5 inch FHD smartphones.”

All said and done, the phone sounds interesting enough, but then again, lots of phones can sound interesting in the teasers. Bottom line here, January 8 will be when we find out just how much a splash the Grand S will make — after all, carriers and pricing will play an important factor.

[via CNET]

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Football Manager Handheld 2013 released into Google Play for $9.99

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Football Manager is the premier desktop soccer football management simulation game, with millions buying it every year. Last year, Sega brought the title to Android for the first time, in the form of Football Manager Handheld 2012. That was then, and this is now, and the latest version is here. And, it's called — you guessed it, Football Manager Handheld 2013. The price isn't cheap, and as with last year will cost $9.99 or £6.99 depending where you are. 

With a new year comes new stuff, the first of which is in-app purchases. The very thought of in-app purchases in a game that costs $10 is difficult to get your head round, but the idea kind of works. In the same way as the real football world works, if you splash the cash, you can attract wealthy investors and improve your stadium quicker. There's also 'fresh challenges' available for purchase should you ever require them. It's still difficult to swallow though having dropped all that money for the game in the first place.

Other new features for 2013 includes additional leagues — we now have leagues for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland — media improvements, player photos, player comparisons and form updates, and of course the full licensed information for the 2012/13 season. There's no MLS included though, so American managerial wannabe types will have to make do with teams from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, England, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Scotland, Spain and Wales in addition to the two new Irish leagues. 

Best of all, the file isn't huge — although there is a first time download file you'll have to get — and it's available to anyone using Android 2.2 and above. 

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HTC Butterfly trailer confirms color options, still China-only for now

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We don't yet have confirmation that the HTC Butterfly will launch anywhere outside of Asia. At the moment, it's only confirmed launch market is China, where it'll be available on the China Unicom carrier.

But what we do know is that it'll be available in three colors, as rumored, and it seems HTC will make a big marketing push for its latest high-end Asian handset. The promotional video released today by HTC China shows off a bunch of the phone's features, including splash resistance, Media Link HD sharing and fast photo capture, as demonstrated by a cast of attractive, stylish Butterfly owners.

Judging by the trailer, the Butterfly will be available in red, white and black. And the back panel on some models seems to have a slightly different, glossier finish, unlike its American cousin the Droid DNA.

We've got the trailer in full embedded after the break, if you'd like to see more of a phone you probably won't be able to buy.

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Team Boid will cease future development of its Twitter client

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Graham Macphee, one of the members of Team Boid, announced today on his personal blog that the group would cease future development of its popular Twitter client, Boid. When the group set out to create Boid, the intention was to show the development world how well Twitter clients could look and work. They wanted to be the "Tweetbot for Android," and they surely made a splash. Well regarded as an example of Google's new "holo" design guidelines, Boid was extremely popular.

Unfortunately, now without ever exiting "beta," Boid will no longer be developed by the group. Macphee explains that the Boid app wasn't meant to be an achievement for the team, but rather a tool that helped in the achievement of their true goals. They believe that what they accomplished while working on Boid is a positive result for them. The overall result, as they see it, was that other apps followed their lead and started to use design in ways that helped the overall user experience.

Macphee reiterated via Twitter after the post went up that this is not an official announcement — and there was no mention of the moves Twitter's making that's driving other clients out of business — but that this is what they intend to make official very soon. If there was any silver lining in this, it's that their intention going forward is to make Boid open-sourced for anyone to continue to work with it in the future. We'll be excited to see how Boid does as the community takes on the development effort.

Source: Graham Macphee; @gmph

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Nexus 10 Review: Good, Because Pixels And Other Reasons

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Over the past couple of years, Android tablets haven’t really lived up to their full potential. We’ve seen multiple “game changers” or “iPad killers” come and go – yet the landscape has remained the same; that is, not very good. Further proving this, the best selling Android tablet of all time isn’t an Android tablet at all – it’s a Kindle. The Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD have been selling like hotcakes, but that really has nothing to do with Android – it’s all about Amazon services. A “true” Android tablet has yet to really make a splash in the market, until the Nexus 7 came along, that is.

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Sony Xperia Tablet S to resume sales by mid November

Sony Xperia Tablet S lovers have a good news. The Japanese consumer electronics giant has said that it will resume the sales of the tablet in mid November. And for those of you who do not know why the sales were stopped, its because the design of the tablet was found to be defective. A gap between the display and the back of the device was discovered in the tablet which let water and other liquids to seep into the inside of the tablet, making it not splash proof, as it was advertised. For this reason, after the sales of almost a 100,000 units, the company had halted the manufacturing of the tablet.

But if you have already bought one of these defective tablets, you do not have to worry, because the company has said that it would check and repair the units for free if needed. And if you are wondering if you will be able to buy the new tablet which will come with this issue rectified, you will be able to do so when the company resumes the sales of the tablet in mid November.

The company’s online store marks the 16 GB, 32 GB, and the 64 GB versions of the tablet as coming soon. But if you want to be notified when the tablet gets released, you can sign up for the notifications by providing your email address on the web site.

The Sony Xperia Tablet S offers you a 9.4 inch LED-backlit LCD, capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 1280 pixels. Along with the three built in memory variants as already mentioned, the tablet also has an SD card slot so that you can expand the memory. It comes with 1 GB of RAM. It runs on a 1.3 GHz quad core Tegra 3 processor, and runs Android 4.0.3, or Ice Cream Sandwich, as the operating system. For power users, the tablet comes with a whopping 6,000 mAh battery which is said to offer a battery back up of up to 12 hours.

Source: Phone Arena

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LG Nexus 4 manual leaked

LG Nexus 4 and Samsung Nexus 10 are the most anticipated devices that Google will be launching on the event that will be taking place on 29th of this month.

Both the devices are no secret. Yesterday, I had posted about leaked manual of the upcoming Samsung Nexus 10 and following the bigger brother’s path is the LG Nexus 4. Apparently, LG UK has posted the manual document of LG Nexus 4 on its website.

The manual is a pretty standard document, and since we already have lot of information about the device, the document doesn’t disclose any new details about the Nexus 4. The only important revelation is that Google will be launching both, 8GB and 16GB models of the phone. It was previously assumed that Nexus 4 will be only sold in 8GB variant, which is a bit sad considering that most of Nexus devices don’t come with microSD card slot, so there is no way one can expand the storage if he requires to do so. Another interesting detail we can deduce from the document is that the diagram shows an induction coil on the back of the device, which means Nexus 4 will support wireless charging. The manual, however, just lists a normal cable charger, which means that the wireless charger won’t be included in the retail package and customer will have to buy the wireless charging unit separately.

The LG Nexus 4 popped up on LG’s product support page recently as LGE960 and the documents which were leaked today also are listed under the name LGE960. Speaking of specs, the phone was recently showcased at a UK phone retailer, Carphone Warehouse, and its legit-looking splash page contained details about the specs which are congruent with the previously leaked specs.

According to the splash page, the Nexus 4 will be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon CPU running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 2 gig of RAM, NFC, an 8-megapixel camera and a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 display. Further detailed specs list it as being 9.1mm thin.

The LG Nexus 4 is most probably the most leaked device ever. Between numerous pictures, phones left at bar, and an in-depth review, there’s nothing more to be learnt about the device, except the price of course. Talking of the price, an image of the Carphone Warehouse inventory systems shows the price of £389.95 for the SIM-free version of the Nexus 4, available in both black and white colors. We’ve already seen Nexus 7 being priced higher in the UK when compared to US, so most probably the price tag for Nexus 4 will be little lower in the US.

The device has same screen size as the best-selling Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X handsets, but with substantially higher pixel density, so this device should be a better media device and the user should be able to watch videos with better detail. The device is expected to launch with the latest version of Android, the Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie. What are your thoughts on this device? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: LG UK via PhoneArena

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A New Take On The Yoga Video – Yoga Studio 1.0 Released For iPhone

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Released this week, Yoga Studio for offers a great alternative to paying for expensive yoga classes at the local studio or gym. It has already made a splash on the App Store, being featured in the New and Noteworthy section in the U.S. and rising quickly up the Health & Fitness charts. But with hundreds of yoga apps on the app store, what makes this one ?

Most good yoga apps offer one of two key features: either they provide a great experience by showing full video routines, or they provide the ability to customize classes, usually via a photo slideshow of poses. But not both.

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LG’s Product Support page lists LGE960

Google will be hosting an event on October 29th and we are anticipating the launch of LG Nexus 4, Google Nexus 10, a new version of Android (Android 4.2), and the 32GB Nexus 7.

LG Nexus 4 is a very interesting device like all the other Nexus devices. It is said that LG Nexus 4 will be based on LG’s flagship Android device, the LG Optimus G. We have already had few leaked pics and information about the device and now we have some clues from the maker itself. LG’s Product Support page has now listed a device called the LGE960. Yes, what they are pointing as LGE960 is actually the LG Nexus 4 that will be launched in few days. If you go through the product page thoroughly, reading the warranty information on the site reveals that the LG Nexus 4 will go on sale from the Google Play Store. In addition to the Google Play Store reference, the warranty also has some information about contacting the carrier in case of a problem from which we can conclude that the device in question will be offered via a carrier, and for a subsidized price when bundled with a contract.

Talking about the specs of the upcoming LG Nexus 4 or the LGE960, it’s no great secret, in fact we can say that LG Nexus 4 is the worst kept secret of this year. The phone popped up at a well known UK phone retailer Carphone Warehouse, and its legit-looking splash page (which has of course been taken down) contained details about the specs which are congruent with the previously leaked specs.

If the splash page of Carphone Warehouse are to be believed, the Nexus 4 will be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon CPU running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 2 gig of RAM, NFC, an 8-megapixel camera and a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 display. Further detailed specs list it as being 9.1mm thick. The big screen which the device is roughly of the same size as the best-selling Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC One X handsets, but with substantially higher pixel density, so this device should be a better media device and the user should be able to watch videos in better detail.

We loved the specs at the first look, but what we didn’t like is that according to Carphone Warehouse, the device will be offered only in 8 gig trim, and like most of the Nexus devices out there, this one won’t be housing a microSD card slot, so there is no way you can be increasing the memory space should you need more, which is very disappointing, but let’s not forget the fact that the device hasn’t been launched yet and Google may also launch 16 gig variant of LG Nexus 4.

The LGE960 is expected to run Android 4.2 Key Lime Pie out of the box. What are your thoughts on this device? Are you craving to own one? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: LGAusdroid

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Samsung 10″ Nexus Tablet Won’t Be Seen Until “First Half of Next Year”

Google is planning on making a splash in the next few months with their Nexus program. We all know about the Nexus phones that are supposed to be dropping soon, but we are pretty certain that Samsung has a tablet up their sleeve to add to the Nexus portfolio. CNET is reporting that the two [...]

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HTC One X+ up for pre-order in UK

The smartphone scene is currently dominated by Samsung with its numerous Android phones and Apple with its iPhone. There are several other manufacturers who make great smartphones, and one such company is HTC. HTC set a benchmark in quality department with its flagship device, the HTC One X. The device has great hardware specs which translate into pure performance, however, the company has not been able to sell enough units of these, thanks to Samsung’s flagship phone for 2012, the Samsung Galaxy S III.

Taiwan based technology titan recently made a splash by announcing HTC One X+. HTC One X+ is basically a successor of HTC One X and is touted to be one of the most powerful smartphones that is available in the market right now. HTC and AT&T have a close relation and when the company announced two high-end and midrange phones for the holiday season, namely the One X+ and One VX, they also announced that these phones will be available exclusively through AT&T in U.S. The phones will be obviously available internationally and pre orders for HTC One X+ have already begun in the United Kingdom.

Buyers from U.K. will be able to buy SIM free HTC One X+, which is a good thing, but it does come along with a hefty price tag. The device can be pre ordered from Clove Technology for £474 (which roughly converts to $764). The price is inclusive of VAT and buyers will be getting a SIM-free, unlocked 64GB HTC One X+. The first stock is listed to arrive on October 22.

HTC One X+ can also be pre-ordered through Expansys, though at £490 (roughly converts to $790), the price is a bit higher than what Clove is offering for. The HTC One X+ will be sold in U.S. by AT&T, which will only be offering the 64GB model.

Speaking of HTC One X+, it’s a very interesting device. If somebody would ask me to describe it in a sentence, I would say it’s a beefed up version of the popular HTC One X device. It makes use of Nvidia Tegra 3 which is clocked at 1.7 GHz and runs in conjunction with Qualcomm modem. Yes, it will have access to the exclusive Tegra Zone game library. It is also the first LTE non-Qualcomm phone in the market. HTC’s One X+ is a tad slimmer, weighs lesser, and offer 64 gig of onboard storage even though it features the 4.7-inch screen size that is present on One X. An 8 megapixel camera on the rear takes care of the photography department, whereas a 1.6 megapixel front front-facing camera can be used for video chatting and likes. On the software front, it will be running Sense 4+.Being a premium device from the house of HTC, it will of course feature Beats audio.

What are your thoughts on HTC One X+? Do you think of it as a viable alternative to other high end smartphones in the market? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: Clove Technology

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Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 land stateside on AT&T’s 4G LTE network this November

Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 land stateside as AT&T exclusives

Surprise, surprise — well, not really. Nokia’s Lumia 920 and 820 will be making a splash stateside on AT&T’s lineup with the former as an exclusive. Like most of the carrier’s other announcements as of late, there’s no concrete ship date set for the devices outside of a November bow. As a refresher, the Lumia 920 is the undoubted Windows Phone 8 flagship here, bearing a 4.5-inch Pure Motion HD+ 1,280 x 768 display, 1.5GHz dual-core S4 CPU, 8-megapixel PureView camera with OIS and a 2,000mAH battery. While the line’s mid-ranger, the 820, reps the same chipset as it elder sibling, a 4.3-inch 800 x 480 ClearBlack OLED display and 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss camera. Both are set to launch with LTE radios in tow, with the 920 available in red, white, black, yellow and cyan and the 820 in a lone black hue. Stay tuned for official word on pricing and release. In the meantime, check out the PR below.

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iOS Tower Defense Hit Lich Defense Discounted Under a Dollar

Lich Defense  
Developer: Jellyoasis Inc.  
Price: $0.99   Download

JellyOasis made another splash in the genre, rivaling its own Elf Defense with a new and more darkly styled title: Lich Defense. Now Lich Defense is ready to rack up higher fan numbers thanks to an exceptional limited time discount. The game is available for $0.99, 50% off its usual price.

Lich Defense turns the tables on the good guy/bad guy dichotomy, with the player’s goal being the defense of the Lich warrior-king. -esque elements allow gamers to develop the Lich itself as a formidable foe, learning new special area of attack abilities alongside unlocking new varieties of defensive tower. With scores of enemy types to defeat, hours of gameplay potential in challenging levels, and the high quality game design that JellyOasis is known for, Lich Defense is a deal at its usual price – at 50% off, it’s a steal.

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Zeebox TV Companion App Comes To The US With Comcast/NBC Backing

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Zeebox, a social TV companion app that’s already found popularity in the UK has officially hit the US, aiming to make a splash thanks to monetary and promotional backing from both NBC and Comcast.

Essentially, Zeebox serves as an auxiliary guide to TV enjoyment as well as a social platform where users can see which shows are hot, who’s watching them, and what they’re saying in response. Users can see what their friends (and everyone else) are viewing or planning to view, chat with friends, start a viewing party, or tweet reactions.

What’s interesting about the service’s arrival in the US is that it’s being heavily backed by broadcast giant NBC as well as Comcast Cable, meaning you aren’t likely to see this app fade out of conversation very soon.

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AMD Re-Launches BlueStacks As The AMD AppZone, Complete With Google Play And Amazon Appstore Compatibility

bs smallBlueStacks made quite a splash when they released their alpha x86 Android app player for Windows late last year. When AMD invested millions of dollars into the company, it was clear that they were planning on leveraging the ever-expanding Android platform to put a shot into the arm of their PC chip business. Nearly a year after the initial investment, they’re ready to make good: head on over to www.amd.com/appzone to check out the shiny new AMD App Zone. Download your first app from a Windows-based PC to install the new version of the BlueStacks player (along with the app), no sign-in required.

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Rovio releases Bad Piggies, let the construction mayhem begin

Every Android and yes, iOS user, knows the name Rovio very well. Hard to miss that big Rovio splash screen pop up when you have launched your various versions of Angry Birds. Rovio has finally swung away from the Angry birds franchise and started offering other titles for us to get addicted too. First we had Amazing Alex. While cool, didn’t keep many of us occupied for very long. Then they started teasing us with Bad Piggies. We knew it would star the famous bad pigs from Angry Birds, but we figured they would roll it into a back story and hae you egg snatching or something. We couldn’t have been more wrong.

Not to long ago they released a game teaser that showed a little bit about the game. Basically you will be manually building various vehicle contraptions used to transport a piggy through a level collecting stars. you will have various objects just as propeller, helicopter rotors, motors and rockets. It looks to be pretty entertaining and rather challenging. Take a look.

Looks pretty good to us. The new game brings us over 60 levels of insanity, 30 additional puzzles unlocked by three-staring levels, 4 sandbox levels to unleash your creativity, some super secret and special sandbox level and 33 various objects to create with. Wow, that was a mouth full. Oh, and get this, its FREE. The best price in town. Which means ad supported, but what ever. Hopefully they release premium versions and HD versions like they did with Angry Birds Space.

If your ready to put on your thinking, and construction, cap on, hit up the QR code below and get to building. Good luck guys.

Application: Bad Piggies
Developer: Rovio Mobile Ltd.
Cost: FREE

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Verizon NFL Mobile app finally adds Jelly Bean support

I guess Verizon wanted to wait for the first official Jelly Bean rollout for this one — the NFL Mobile app that provides the latest NFL news and mobile access to certain live NFL games, NFL RedZone, live score updates, news and more is now compatible with Jelly Bean devices.

Unfortunately some reviews of the newer version still state there are several issues with the application. Those who’ve already been able to use it aren’t any happier, it seems. As for those who have been on Jelly Bean all this time, let’s just say at least you’re finally able to get past the splash screen. Download it in the Google Play Store if you dare.

Also, be sure to check out Football Beast, an NFL pick-em game where $7,000 in prizes are being awarded, as well as the Football Schedule app to help you keep track of your team’s whereabouts week to week.


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Gameloft teases Modern Combat 4 at Tokyo Game Show

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Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour was teased at the Tokyo Game Show by Gameloft the other day. While we might not all be particularly happy with the "I <3 iPhone" sessions where this video was aired, and the quality of the graphics and gameplay are hard to make out from this ground-floor video, it will be exciting to see how much has improved since Modern Combat 3. 

While the storyline isn't anything particularly riveting or original, games like this tend to push the outer limits of what's graphically possible on current smartphones, and I can only imagine Modern Combat 4 will continue to push the envelope.

Gameloft themselves haven't made an official unveiling through any of their channels, but we can likely expect them to make a bigger splash with their next title soon enough. Any gamers put a lot of time into Modern Combat 3? What would you like to see in the sequel?

Source: moderncombat4.weebly.com

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LG Optimus G hands-on redux (video)

LG Optimus G hands-on redux

By now, you should be well acquainted with LG’s glass-clad Optimus G — the Android device so nice the company introduced it twice. And while today’s stateside splash narrows the focus on its US availability and Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro SoC, there are still some software nuggets worth exploring. To help illustrate the powers of this quad-core Krait beast, we dug through the company’s take on ICS with its colorful icons and heaping helpings of convenient shortcuts. Users can take advantage of a multi-tasking feature called QSlide which displays two full-sized apps on the same screen, enjoy up to five levels of zoom during streaming video playback or even wirelessly mirror their smartphone’s content with Dual Screen Dual Play.

Like other members of the LG mobile family (such as the Vu and Intuition) you’ll also be able to take advantage of QuickMemo, which places a shortcut in the notification shade for quickly capturing a screenshot and marking it up with various drawing tools. For the self portrait-obsessed there’s also Cheese Shutter, which lets you trigger the image capture simply by saying “cheese” instead of fumbling blindly for the virtual shutter button on screen. While the UI can be a little bit busy, even by Android skin standards, everything hums a long pretty smoothly thanks to the almost excessive power of the quad-core 1.5GHz chip and 2GB of RAM. But don’t just take our word for it. Skip on past the break for a surface-level peek of the G in action.

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LG Optimus G hands-on redux (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 Sep 2012 09:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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PSA: Nexus 7 $25 Google Play credit promo ends Sept. 30

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A quick reminder in case you weren't aware — Google's $25 Play Store credit offer for new Nexus 7 purchases will expire in just under a couple of weeks on Sunday, Sept. 30. Previously buried in the small print, the expiry date for the Google Play promotion has been confirmed by a recent tweet from the @GoogleNexus Twitter account.

Nexus 7 owners are reminded that all they need to do to claim their $25 credit (£15 in the UK) is sign into their new tablet with a valid Google account and fire up the Google Play Store. For anyone yet to splash their cash on a Nexus 7, Google will be hoping the ticking clock will prove an added incentive.

Source: @GoogleNexus

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