When the Nexus 7 (2013) was introduced earlier this year, it did not take long before reports of problems like touchscreen inaccuracies and GPS issues surfaced eventually leading to some fixes from Google. Another group of early adopters may be going through the same thing as Nexus 5 owners are discovering some problems with audio quality. The problems seem to be connected to the built-in microphone with the biggest impact being on call quality during phone calls. » Read the rest
Last week Google made some changes to Google Play to help users with tablets find apps that were optimized for their devices. Another change in Google Play has been discovered, this one aimed at Chromecast owners. When you drill down into the App section of Google Play, you will discover Google has added a new button for Chromecast apps. In landscape mode the button is readily apparent along the top of the screen. In portrait mode, a swipe from left to right to view the “Categories” choices will reveal the button as well. » Read the rest
Since announcing Google Play for Education at Google I/O earlier this year, things got quiet related to the initiative. However, last week we saw the official launch of the project including the addition of a specific app to support school administrators who want to deploy Nexus tablets to their students. » Read the rest
As this week of Thanksgiving in the U.S. quickly transforms into a week of unbridled commercialism, the latest deal we have learned about comes to us from Motorola. They have posted on their Google+ page a teaser about an upcoming deal for Cyber Monday. For any Moto X bought off contract, including Moto Maker and Dev Edition, Motorola will be offering a $150 discount. That will bring the price down to $349. Motorola advises potential buyers to stay tuned for details. We will definitely keep our eyes open for more information as this will probably be a high demand deal and Motorola says supplies are limited.
source: +Motorola Mobility
Yesterday Google started a phased rollout for a new version of the YouTube app on Android taking the version number up to 5.3. Immediately noted in the update were some slight changes to the user interface. However, digging into the apk for the update revealed several new features that appear to be on the horizon for YouTube including the framework for the YouTube subscription service, an offline video mode, some background music listening options, and “uninterrupted playback.” » Read the rest
Google is getting in the holiday selling spirit and another deal is out there for consumers. Following on the heels of their offer of a Google Play credit for buyers of the Nexus 7, Google is also offering a free movie from Google Play to buyers of a Google Chromecast device. If for some reason you are not interested in an HD movie rental, Google will let you trade in the offer for a $6 Google Play credit. » Read the rest
Buyers considering a Google Nexus 7 may want to grab one from the Google Play store thanks to a new offer Google is offering. For a limited time, Google is offering a $25 Google Play credit with the purchase of a Nexus. The credit will be emailed to buyers once their device ships.
If you are interested in taking advantage of this deal, just hit the source link.
source: Google Play Store
T-Mobile has started the process of rolling out the Android 4.3 update for Samsung Galaxy S 4 devices on their network. The update is available via an over-the-air update if a user is on a WiFi connection or it can be downloaded and installed using Samsung Kies.
According to T-Mobile’s support page, the update brings Android 4.3′s updates along with KNOX and Samsung Galaxy Gear support. To grab the update OTA, just go to Settings –> More –> About device –> Software update. You can hit the source link for more details and information.
Blackberry has announced another step in their move to see BBM deployed as a communication platform outside of the Blackberry ecosystem. After a successful launch of the BBM app for Android and iOS during October, Blackberry is back with news that they have struck deals with several Android smartphone OEMs to have the app pre-installed on new devices.
The companies that are named by Blackberry include Be, Brightstar, Celkon, EVERCROSS, IMO, Micromax, Mito, Snexian, Spice, TECNO, TiPhone and Zen. These companies will make the devices available in markets in Africa, India, Indonesia, Latin America, and the Middle East staring some time in December. You might note that the major manufacturers you may be used to seeing, like Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony or some of the up and coming Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi are not on the list. Of course, users with devices from other companies or other regions can still download and install the BBM app from Google Play.
source: Cult of Android
Last night we reported on one of the first smartphones slated to hit the market with a 2K screen, the Vivo Xplay 3S, which will be launching on December 12th. There is no indication that the device will be produced to meet any of the “rugged” specs, but that does not mean Vivo isn’t interested in producing a device that can withstand some occasional abuse as shown in some leaked images of testing the device underwent. » Read the rest