Gmail for Android gets updated regularly and normally it’s just a matter of downloading and installing the update, but with the latest update (4.2), you will need to make some adjustments to your settings in order to enjoy the new features. This new update includes pinch-to-zoom for all HTML emails as well as a new swiping gesture when looking at emails in your inbox or other labels. They are both quite easy and won’t take more than a minute or two, so hit the break to see how it’s done.
The first Samsung Galaxy Note featured a display of 5.3-inches, which many considered half phone half tablet (or phablet). Then came an actual tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1, sported a 10.1-inch display. Of course more recently the original Note was upgraded to the Galaxy Note II with a slightly bigger display, at 5.5-inches. There has to be a 7-inch tablet in the works right? Well it looks like if that’s what is in your dreams, they just might be fulfilled. A recent NenaMark2 benchmark test has revealed the GT-N5100. Based on that model number it should be a Note device, and it happens to sport a 7-inch display. Other notables include a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 (same as Note II) and a Mali-400MP GPU. It will also come with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. We will most likely see this at CES or Mobile World Congress early next year. Anybody want to guess the price of this bad boy? I’m going with $299 for 16GB.
The DROID DNA is probably the best smartphone available today, at least according to me. Since Verizon is such a stickler when it comes to bootloaders and all that fun stuff, it can be tough to deal with for newbies. Well XDA member hassoon2000 has come to the rescue with an all-in-one toolkit that will unlock, root, and flash your DROID DNA with a ClockworkMod or TWRP custom recovery. It’s GUI-based and it couldn’t be simpler. At hassoon2000′s request, I won’t get into any other details, so hit the source link for more information. If you like what he has done, we encourage you to donate for further development.
A couple of months ago there were reports that a $99 Nexus 7 tablet might be in the works, but after the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 was announced, the news on that all but disappeared. Some sites are now reporting that it’s coming sooner rather than later because an ASUS made 7-inch tablet just showed up in the GLBenchmarks under the model ME-172V. On the surface, it looks plausible as this tablet has lower specs than the Nexus 7. This one sports a 1024 x 600 display, a 1GHz processor (cores unknown), 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a 4270mAh battery.
Rockstar Games already announced that Grand Theft Auto: Vice City will be coming to select Android devices on December 6, but to wet your appetite a little, they released an anniversary trailer celebrating 10 years since the original game was launched. This video is for those of you that are 17 or older, so if you are, then hit the break and let us know if you’re excited to play this one on your mobile device.
As expected, Google just posted the factory images and binaries for Android 4.2.1 (JOP40D) for the family of Nexus devices. For the Nexus 10, the factory image is still at JOP40C due to an issue. These files allow you to restore any of these Nexus devices to stock if you ever get into trouble, so download them now and keep them in a safe place. Links are below for both the factory images and the binaries.
Although there is a simple root toolkit for the Nexus 10, we always stress the importance of unlocking and rooting your device the manual way. It gives you a better understanding of how things work, but we do understand why you might want to go the easy route. If you want to give it a go the old fashioned way, we’ve got you covered with all the necessary steps to unlock and root your Nexus 10. It’s actually pretty simple and in less then the time it takes to watch a sitcom you will be well on your way. Hit the break to get started.
App Annie just unveiled the App Annie Index, which will be a monthly report that provides revenue and download analysis of the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. They have some pretty interesting things to report in their first month. The first of which is that Apple’s App Store generates four times more revenue than Google’s Play Store. That is so interesting when you consider that close to 75% of the smartphones are Android and it’s inline with the Android Engagement Paradox we wrote about earlier in the week. It’s not all doom and gloom though because Google Play revenue grew 311 percent for the year-to-date as compared to iOS revenue, which only grew 12.9 percent.
Did you ever go to the wine store and ask the salesman which wine you should buy based on what’s for dinner? I bet you never asked him what you should buy based on the phone you have in your pocket. Turns out that you might want to consider that for you next purchase. Stuff.tv gave Tim Morgan, from the Summer Chimney Wine Club, six smartphones and asked him to match wines to the typical user for each. Hit the break to find out the results
It’s been pretty popular on the PC and consoles, but now it’s available on Android Tegra devices. Hamilton’s Great Adventure by Fatshark just landed in the Google Play Store and TegraZone. If you’re not familiar with the game, it’s an action-puzzler that features some really sweet graphics. In fact, this version retains the depth and visual quality from the console.
There are two separate apps to this game, and the first part features 24 puzzles and 22 levels, located in the steam jungle of the Amazonas or the windy mountain sides of the Himalaya. The second part, called the expansion pack, is another download entirely (you must have the first part installed) and it also has 24 puzzles and 22 levels, but it’s set in the ruins of Egypt or the mysterious lost continent of Maralidia.