OUYA consoles to begin shipping to Kickstarter backers March 28th

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The highly anticipated OUYA gaming console will begin shipping out to Kickstarter backers on March 28th, according to a recent blog post by the newly-founded company. The $100 Android-powered gaming console managed to steal the spotlight last year when it surpassed $8.5 million in pledges, making it one of the all-time highest grossing projects on the popular crowdsourcing website. The team behind the console also revealed that a full scale launch would be initiated in June, with consoles inevitably making their way to retail stores.

Alien vs. Predator: Evolution arrives for Android, brings plenty of extraterrestrial action

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The long awaited follow-up to the hit game Predators has arrived today, bringing with it a multitude of exciting new gameplay features and impressively re-engineered graphics. The all-new title, AVP: Evolutionwas developed by Angry Mob Games–the same team behind other popular titles like Guerilla Bob and Muffin Knight.

“On a distant planet, the blood feud between Predator clans continues to rage. In a final attempt to eradicate the Jungle Hunter Clan, the Super Predators secure the capabilities of an unlikely and unwilling species, the Aliens. As an Alien, you must ultimately destroy the Super Predators and free your species from enslavement. As a Jungle Hunter Predator, you must eliminate the Alien Queen in order to prevent the Super Predators from annihilating your clan.”

Interestingly, players can take on enemies from both sides, guaranteeing gameplay as both Alien and Predator. Sure, the $5 price tag may be a bit hefty to swallow, but having played the game for an hour myself, I can vouch for its “fun” value. Jump past the break for the game’s official trailer, photo gallery and Play Store download link.

ASUS to reveal ‘Metallic Miracle’ at Mobile World Congress 2013

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ASUS has released an odd teaser video this morning, depicting what appears to be an alien mothership making its way to Barcelona, Spain in preparation for Mobile World Congress 2013. While no smartphones or tablets are directly identified in the video, ASUS says to join them on Feb. 25,” when Pad and Phone come together,” denoting the possibility of new Padfone hardware at next week’s electronics show. Don’t just take our word for it, you can catch the full video after the break.

Mozilla releases Firefox 19, adds built-in PDF viewer

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Firefox for Android has finally received a hefty update from the folks at Mozilla today, bringing massive improvements like a built-in PDF viewer to the third-party browser. The new build, version 19, also brings native support for themes, allowing Android users to customize a large portion of their browsing experience.

While most enhancements have been made to the mobile version, desktop users will also notice a few improvements like speed improvements and lower hardware requirements. Be sure to hit the download link after the break to get in on the action.

DROID RAZR M Platinum edition now available from Best Buy

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Best Buy has announced exclusive availability of a special edition DROID RAZR M for Verizon today. Priced at $50 on contract, the “Platinum” DROID RAZR M features a prominent grey color, with blue accented buttons outlining the edge of the device. Other than the fresh coat of paint, the device remains identical to the same mid-range handset we’ve come to know and love. If you’re interested, you can head to the source link below for the full run-down.

Source: Best Buy
Via: Droid-Life

T-Mobile Spring roadmap leaks, pegs Galaxy S III LTE and Sonic LTE Hotspot for March

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A seasonal T-Mobile roadmap has leaked to the masses today, outing several upcoming LTE-capable devices for the nation’s fourth largest carrier. The swath of listed devices include T-Mobile’s self-branded Sonic 2.0 Mobile Hotspot, capable of accessing the provider’s as-of-yet nonfunctional LTE network. Also on the list are several smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy Exhibit (known internationally as the Galaxy S III mini), the Galaxy S III LTE and the all-new BlackBerry Z10.

ASUS MemoPad 10 press images surface, pricing leaked

ASUS’ rumored MemoPad 10 has been revealed today in a set of leaked press photos, outing the as-of-yet unannounced tablet. According to recent leaks, the MemoPad 10 is expected to feature a 10.1-inch 1,280 x 800 IPS LCD panel, a quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU and 1GB of RAM. Also included is 16GB of on board storage, a MicroSD slot for further memory expansion, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 1.2-megapixel font facing shooter.

Judge denies Apple’s appeal against Samsung for sales ban on the Galaxy Nexus

Apple initially filed a request with the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in October asking the panel to revisit the rejected sales ban that was briefly placed on the Galaxy Nexus last year. Today the court has officially ruled on the matter, rejecting the Cupertino company’s request for an injunction. The reasoning behind the decision remains unclear as the court failed to include any sort of detailed documentation with the ruling.

Samsung reportedly prepping 7-inch and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3 models

A new report suggests Samsung may be prepping a follow-up to last year’s Galaxy Tab 2 models to launch later this year. While we’ve already heard (and seen) a hefty amount of the upcoming Galaxy Note 8.0, rumors of successors to the company’s cheaper Tab line have been few and far between.

The Korean company is reportedly gearing up to release several tablet models, including the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 and the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. The more robust 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3 is also slated to arrive later this year with LTE. There’s no word on a release date, though we’re bound to hear some news at MWC next month.

Source: SamMobile

Skype updated with portrait calling support on tablets, new languages

Skype for Android has been given a breathe of life today as a new update has officially brought portrait calling to tablet users. The majority of the application still doesn’t support portrait mode, though this is unquestionably a step in the right direction. Previously, users with top-mounted front facing cameras would be forced to use the tablet in landscape, inevitably creating a strange camera angle. Also included in the update is a slew of much-needed bug fixes, as well as a swath of languages including Norwegian, Portuguese and UK English. Be sure to hit the break to grab the new version from the Play Store.

Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa poses for its close-up

Samsung has taken to Twitter to show off its all-new eight core Exynos 5 Octa chipset. Other than the spectacular grid of spheres on the rear, there’s nothing really to see here. Although, if rumors hold true, we can expect to see the Korean manufacturer’s new Exynos 5 make its debut inside the Galaxy S IV later this year. For now, we’ll just stare and salivate.

Source: Twitter

T-Mobile says it will cover 200 million Americans with LTE by end of 2013

It turns out the nation’s third largest carrier has some exciting plans up its sleeve for the new year. T-Mobile has just announced via Facebook that it expects to have 200 million T-Mobile customers covered by the end of 2013.

“Ready to go even faster? LTE will reach 200M T-Mobile customers by the end of 2013. SHARE if you’re excited.”

T-Mobile currently relies on its HSPA+ 42 network to provide quick download speeds, though blanketed areas are few and far between. Regardless, 200 million is quite an ambitious start for the only major US carrier without an active LTE tower.

Source: Facebook

LG VS870 for Verizon passes through the FCC

The rumored LG VS870 has officially passed through the FCC today, indicating an imminent launch. The device is expected to be irritably similar to the LG Escape that launched on AT&T last year, offering a quality cheap alternative for smartphone buyers on a budget. The FCC filing shows support for Verizon’s CDMA and LTE networks, as well as approval from the WPC (Wireless Power Consortium) which could mean Qi wireless charging may be in tow. There’s no word on a release date, though we’d expect it to see it arrive fairly soon considering the already-available Lucid’s rapidly aging hardware.

Source: FCC
Via: Engadget