Kickstarter backed GameStick yet again delayed; Now pitted to be released alongside the Sony PS4

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While this is starting to become a little redundant, the Kickstarter backed console GameStick has yet again been delayed due to “production and logistical” issues. What’s even worse is that now the newly targeted released date of November 15th has the $80 console pitted against Sony’s powerhouse in the PlayStation 4 release. While I don’t think having the device released during the same day as the PS4 will affect its sales whatsoever, keeping the customers who pre-ordered the device constantly in flux isn’t a good idea.

Either way, have you pre-ordered the GameStick? If not, any plans of grabbing it once it’s released?

source: Engadget

XDA devs look to improve Nexus 5 camera via software mods

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Disappointed in the quality of your Nexus 5’s camera? A developer by the name of Jishnu Sir over on XDA created a flashable .zip file in hopes to vastly improve the quality of your camera. It’s essentially a whole new  app that replaces the stock camera that you currently have. Obviously doing this will require you to unlock your bootloader and have some sort of custom recovery (i.e. ClockworkMod or TWRP). Here’s a full list of what the new camera app adds or improves:

1) Sound Recording now in Stereo with the secondary Mic.
2) Faster Focusing for the camera.
3) Front Camera also records 720P Videos@ 20 Mb/s.
4) Front camera Audio Bitrate@ 192000 Kb/s.
5) AntiBanding default set to 50Hz
6) Focus Range Adjusted.
7) Enhanced Smooth Zoom.
8) Turned Edge Enhancement ON.

If you’d like to read up on some user feedback on how the hack has worked for some, check out the source link which directs you to the XDA thread. If anyone out there is willing to give this a shot, report back in the comment section and let us know your results!

source: XDA

Verizon to hold November 19th press event in Minnesota

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Today Verizon announced that they will be holding a press conference on November 19th in Minnesota at the Mall of America. Don’t expect devices at this event, but rather news on possible new contract plans as Verizon claims it’ll be a “reinvention of the wireless customer experience.”

No further details so far, but once we have more information we’ll be sure to relay it back ASAP. The event will start at 1PM CST.

AT&T to be first US carrier to offer the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom come November 8th

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If you’re in the market for a an Android phone with a great camera, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom may just be for you. This device is slated to be released from AT&T this November 8th with an on-contract price of $199. While the Zoom has the “S4″ name, the specs are more like the S4 mini with its 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB’s of RAM, and a 4.3” 960 x 540 display.

Obviously, if you’re in the market for this device, it’s more about the camera rather then the specs. With the Zoom, you get a 16MP camera and 10x optical zoom  with an F-Stop range of F3.1-6.3, and ISO goes from 100 up to 3200. The phone also has a true xenon flash rather than the standard LED ones that other phones have.

If you decide to pick one up through AT&T, you may also be eligible to receive a Galaxy Tab 3 for free, so make sure you inquire if you qualify. For more info on this device, check out the YouTube video right below after the break!

Official Twitter app finally catching up to their 3rd party counterparts with recent update

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The official Twitter app for Android has been updated and finally brings forth inline previews for videos and pictures. Of course, if you’re using a 3rd party Twitter app chances are is that you’ve had this luxury for quite sometime now. Nonetheless, it’s always good to see things like this being implemented into the official application. The update also brings forth a reply, retweet and favorite button under each tweet for the convenience of the user.

The new version is 4.1.9 and is available now. Out of curiosity, do you use the official Twitter app? If not, which 3rd party Twitter app is your choice?

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Nexus 5 pre-registration page goes live for WIND mobile; full specs also finally confirmed

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With still no word from Google, seems like other companies are taking the next step in regards to preparation of the upcoming Nexus 5 announcement. WIND mobile threw up their pre-registration page for the Nexus 5 and also revealed the full (official?) specs of the device. While it seems like WIND has taken the page down, we do have a screenshot of the page which I’m sure they’ll throw back up once it’s been officially announced by Google. Until then, here’s the full spec list rundown.

  • Screen: 4.95-inch 1920×1080 display (445 ppi) Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Cameras: 1.3MP front facing 8MP rear facing OIS
  • Weight: 130 grams
  • Dimensions: 69.17 x 137.84 x 8.59 mm
  • Operating System: OS Android 4.4, KitKat
  • Chip Set: 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n/ncNFC (Android Beam) / Bluetooth 4.0
  • Storage / Memory / Ram: 16GB or 32GB internal storage 2GB RAM
  • Ports & Connectors: microUSB, SlimPort enabled, 3.5mm stereo audio jack, Dual microphones, Ceramic power and volume buttons

source: Facebook
via: Mobile Syrup

 

Mirror your Android device to your browser: Koush teases his latest project

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Ever wanted to mirror your Android device in your browser? Such a thing is quickly coming into fruition as the famous Android developer, Koush, teased all of us a short video of his latest project which does just that. Before watching the video, I expected it to be a bit choppy, but to my surprise it looks great and very fluid for an early preview.

Sadly Koush reveals no other information about the project, much less a release date, but I’m sure he will when the time is right. Check out the video after the break and let us know if it’s something you would use yourself!

T-Mobile announces the Samsung Galaxy Light

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T-Mobile has announced their latest entry-level Android device, the Samsung Galaxy Light. The device will sport a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor along with 1GB of RAM, a 5MP camera, LTE support, and 8GB of built in storage expandable with a micro SD card.  The Light will sport a 4″ WVGA display powered by Android 4.2.2.

The Galaxy Light is expected to go on sale for as low as $.99 upon release. This seems to be a great device for someone who needs a cheap and reliable phone.

US Cellular’s Moto X set to receive OTA update

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While this update has already hit other Moto X’s from other carriers, US Cellular’s is due up next and offers the same big update that’s supposed to improve the camera among other things:

  • Camera – Improves photo quality, focus and faster switching between rear and front facing camera.
  • Enhanced touch-less control
  • Improves Motorola Migrate experience
  • Google Drive (50GB promotion)
  • Lost device finder
  • Driving detection

The update should be live, but if you haven’t gotten the notification yet, you can either wait or try to manually pull it by going to Settings/About Phone/Updates.

source: Android Central

Lenovo semi-unveils new hybrid 10.1 inch Android tablet/laptop

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To give their new device some hype, Lenovo leaked the manual to their upcoming 10.1″ Android tablet/laptop which revealed a couple of shots as well as the proposed specs. First off, the device will be dubbed as the Idea A10 and will sport a Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor with Android 4.2 intact. The 10.1 inch screen can fold back 360 degrees and will also have a front facing camera. The hybrid device will come with either 16GB or 32GB of native storage, and 1GB or 2GB of RAM. 

Samsung Galaxy Mega headed to MetroPCS

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Samsung’s behemoth Galaxy Mega smartphone is slated for MetroPCS thanks to a couple of leaked images. The device will be sim-locked to Metro, thus no word on whether it’ll eventually make its way to T-Mobile or not.

If you’re unfamiliar with the device, the Galaxy Mega offers a dual-core 1.7GHz processor paired with 1.5GB or RAM, available in 8GB or 16GB internal memory, expandable to an additional 64GB with microSD, a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, Android 4.2, and a 3200mAh battery. Of course what gives the device its name is the monstrous 6.3″ screen for all your viewing pleasures.

No news on when the device will hit stores, but sometime between the end of this month and November is my best guess.

source: TmoNews

T-Mobile unveils ‘Simple Global’ which brings international unlimited data plans for customers

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In a bold move that’s part of T-Mobile’s UNcarrier Phase 3 plan, “Simple Global” has been announced and brings unlimited global data at no extra charge for customers in well over 100+ countries. Starting October 31st, eligible Simple Choice and business customers will automatically receive unlimited data and texting in over 100 countries. This plan also has the customer paying an industry-low flat rate of 20 cents per voice call when roaming in the same country.

Android 4.4 Kit Kat SMS and phone app leaked; What do you think of the new color scheme?

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With Android 4.4  Kit Kat being all the rave at the moment, leaks seem to be coming in regularly. Today, KitKat’s proposed messaging and phone app have leaked and right off that bat you can see that Google has changed the color scheme of Android up a bit as compared to ICS’s and JB’s blue/grey hue. I for one like the new look and the screenshots indicate that the status bar also changes color in conjunction with what app you’re currently on. Definitely a nice touch in my opinion.