Galaxy Mega 2 gets benchmarked, confirms quad-core CPU and 5.9-inch screen

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Samsung’s Galaxy Mega 2 has broken cover a few times, so everyone knows that the sequel to that enormous Galaxy Mega is definitely happening. However, thanks to the latest benchmark scores from a rumored Galaxy Mega 2, we know what kind of hardware the phablet will have whenever it does launch.

The benchmark says the Mega 2 will have a 5.9-inch, 720p screen, down from the 6.3-inch screen on the Galaxy Mega that we saw in the US last year. Other specs include a quad-core CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal space, an 8 megapixel rear camera and an impressive 5 megapixel front-facing camera. Nothing to brag about, but it’s shaping up to be a solid device.

The original Galaxy Mega is starting to show its age, so it shouldn’t be too much longer until Samsung officially takes the wraps off of this year’s iteration.

source: GFXBench

via: GSM Arena

Google Play Music gets updated with UI tweaks and Android TV support

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Google’s Play Music app is getting an update with a handful of small tweaks, bringing it up to version 5.6. It’s not a complete material design update, but it does include some new UI changes that bring it closer to Android L’s design language. You’ll see a new toggle in the sidebar for viewing downloaded music, as well as the circular account switcher that we’re seeing in plenty of newer Android apps. » Read the rest

Android L’s new camera API will come with several new features

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Google is overhauling a ton of things in Android L, one of which will be the camera API. Fortunately, this means you can expect to see several new features and improvements to the standard Android camera application, which has honestly been lacking up to this point.

The biggest thing to come from this new camera API will be pure performance. Thanks to better synchronization between the physical camera and the software, devices should be able to capture better images as well as 30 FPS videos at full resolution. The Nexus 5 on Android L, for instance, can capture a 30 FPS, 8 megapixel video, which is a big improvement over what it could do on previous versions of Android.  » Read the rest

Chromecast will use ultrasonic noises instead of WiFi to connect to unrecognized devices

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Google announced some new features for Chromecast yesterday, including the ability to connect to devices that aren’t on the same WiFi network. Turns out, the little device is going to use ultrasonic sounds to communicate with devices instead of the traditional WiFi connectivity. These sounds will be completely inaudible, so you won’t have to worry about any high pitched buzzing noises, but it should also keep any strangers off of your device. » Read the rest

Galaxy Note 4 may have 12 megapixel OIS camera

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We’ve heard a ton of rumors about what type of camera Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 4 will have, including some speculation about a 20 megapixel shooter and benchmarks that seem to confirm a 16 megapixel camera similar to the Galaxy S 5. It looks like both of those may be inaccurate, however, and Samsung will be going with a 12 megapixel camera with OIS implemented.

Samsung has been struggling to get an OIS camera on one of their smartphones for a while now, originally trying to ship the Galaxy Note 3 with an OIS camera before supply constraints made it too difficult. This time around, Samsung has partnered with several other companies to guarantee that they’ll be able to produce at least 5 million sensors in time to ship the Note 3 whenever it arrives later this year. » Read the rest

Runtastic will integrate with Android Wear, Google Glass, and Google Fit

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Runtastic has officially announced that they’ll be fully supporting all of Google’s upcoming wearable tech, including Android Wear, Google Glass, and the upcoming Google Fit service. Since the wearable market focuses very heavily on fitness tracking, it’s good to see one of the top fitness tracking services commit to the platform so early.

For Android Wear, you’ll be able to download Runtastic apps to do the traditional step counting, heart rate monitoring, etc. There will also be full integration of Android Wear’s voice features. On the backend of things, Runtastic will be one of the first developers to use Google Fit’s APIs to store user data. » Read the rest

Gameloft announces 9 titles have been optimized specifically for Android TV

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Android TV was one of the bigger announcements at I/O this year, especially if you’re into Android gaming. Not long after the keynote, Gameloft has announced that they have 9 of their best titles optimized specifically for Android TV.

These titles will see enhanced graphics for larger screens, adjusted gameplay controls that will likely work well with gamepads, and some extra features that will take advantage of Android TV’s capabilities.

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New video shows how Google plans to bring Android to every screen in your life

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Today at Google I/O, one of the major takeaways from the event was that Google wants to bring Android to every screen you own. Android is already prominent on smartphones and tablets, but there’s plenty of room to grow. Google announced Android TV for your television, Android wear for your wrist, and Android Auto for your car.

To show all of this in action, Google has released a short clip demonstrating Android on every major screen you see during the day. It’s only about 2 minutes long and really is a great way to see Google’s vision for Android in the near future. You can check it out after the break, and view the rest of our I/O 2014 coverage here. » Read the rest