BLU has announced their new flagship smartphone in the Life Pure XL. This device will initially be available today exclusively at Amazon.com for $399.00 for the 32GB black version, followed by a white variant on May 9th. The 16GB configuration will be going on sale for $349.00 in June, along with the introduction of Royal Blue and Glimmer Pink colors. What can you expect with this device you ask? Here are the full specifications:
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), tablet sales have showed a significant decrease for this years Q1 sales as compared to 2013’s Q1 sales. We’ll use Apple and Samsung as examples considering they are by far the two largest tablet distributors in the world. During Q1 of this year Apple shipped 16.4 million units and Samsung had 11.2 million, which is a bit down for Apple compared last years Q1 as Apple had 19.5 million shipped and Samsung actually gained at 8.5 million.
May 4th is a holiday for Star Wars fans everywhere, due to the punny “May the fourth be with you” phrase, and Google is taking advantage of that by offering deals. Named simply the “May the Fourth Be With You” sale, you can find all kinds of Star Wars games, apps, and books, discounted, or even free beginning today.
These deals will presumably run until May 4th, but it’s not clear whether the deals will change as it gets closer to the 4th. You can check out what’s available via the link below.
Source: Google Play
One of Sony’s development research employees recently unveiled their latest project dubbed as EvolutionUI. It’s essentially a phone UI that gets “better” in time the more you use it. In essence, think of it like a video game as you receive “achievements” of sorts. I’m not exactly too keen on the idea, and by the looks of the comments in the video, many share my sentiments. Nonetheless, it is something new and worth a look at. Check out the video below after the break and let me know what you think of it. Even if you may not like it, do you see any upside to it? My guess is it may fare well towards users that are just starting to use a smartphone.
With Cryten being one of my favorite icon packs, I was eagerly looking forward to what else Vertumus had up their sleeve. A couple days ago Velur was released and so far looks great. Check out the screenshots to get a sense of what it looks! Price is $1.49 and you’ll find screenshots, download link, plus a QR code after the break! If you did decide to purchase it, let us know how you like it! So far, I’m enjoying the look it gives my homescreen/device.
The Paranoid Android team have always been in the forefront when it comes to adding some awesome features into their AOSP based ROM’s. With previous features like Halo, you can expect the team to always come up with interesting features. Today they’ve released their newly developed feature, dubbed as “Hover,” into their beta builds, and so far I think it looks amazing and very practical. The video below can give you a much better idea of what it is than me explaining it, so check it out after the break and let us know what you think about it! Just remember that it’s still in beta so don’t be surprised to find some bugs if you decide t give it a shot.
With Sprint releasing the Harman Kardon edition of their HTC One M8, it left a slight bad taste to current HTC M8 users that have already bought the device. Although in due time, I figured there would be a dev(s) out there that would be able to port the software of the HK edition into regular HTC M8’s. As always, that didn’t take too long as a dev from the trusty XDA site by the name of baadnewz has done just that. If your phone is rooted and has a custom recovery, you can turn your M8 into the HK edition with a few steps. Users that have tried it are already reporting a much improved audio experience while listening to music through their headphones.
Sadly, the only part of the HK edition that wasn’t able to be ported was the support for FLAC files, although that shouldn’t be too much of a problem considering most 3rd party music players on the Play Store offer that support. Check out the XDA thread if you wish to give this a shot!
via: Cult of Droid
Going to a mall that you’re not familiar with is always quite daunting, especially if it’s a big one with dozens upon dozens of stores. Thankfully, Google Now aims to make that a little easier on you with a new feature that tells you exactly what stores are in that particular mall that you’re currently in. While Google Now only lists the stores, sadly it doesn’t provide you with some sort of a guide on how to get there. This feature should be available now and let us know if you’ve been able to use it already!
The jury in the Apple v. Samsung case is set to make a ruling (again) about whether Samsung infringed Apple’s patents and if Samsung really owes Apple 2 billion dollars in damages. To try to get some additional information before deciding, the jurors asked for more information about what Steve Jobs said when he decided to prosecute Samsung, as well as if Google was ever mentioned in his conversations. While Google isn’t directly involved in the case, one of the devices included in this trial (the Galaxy Nexus) ran stock Android software that was claimed to violate one of Apple’s patents, and Google has brought forward some employees to defend Samsung. Read more