Although the Chromecast itself is only selling in the United States, those of you that imported a Chromecast overseas are in luck. The Chromecast’s Android app is now available internationally. (Confirmation that it can now be downloaded in the UK has arrived, as well as some other countries.)
While the Chromecast still can’t be purchased in the UK, the app availability change may signal something coming…
Source: Android Central
In what could just be a meaningless move by the company, Google has obtained an interestingly bizarre patent for Android. It involves pressure sensitivity on a phone’s body. The actions presented in the patent are squeezing, splaying, and shearing. As you can tell by the names, they would all initiate some sort of function. Squeezing is simply applying pressure to the phone. But splaying and shearing are a little more interesting.
Shearing is when you go up on one side of the device but up on the other and vice versa. Splaying is when you spread your fingers outward to the edges of the screen. The functions highlighted in the patent are to launch apps like e-mail, music, web browsing, and phone. Hit the break for a gallery of two other images from the patent.
According to a tipster over at Android Central, the 2014 edition of the Galaxy Note 10.1 will cost £499 for the 16GB version with WiFi in the United Kingdom. The tablet launched last week in the United States and now retailers in the U.K. are getting them as well. The tispster snapped a photo of the device on display at Currys/PC World. Although the Galaxy Note 10.1 is on display, they aren’t expected to start being sold in the U.K. until next week. Also, note that it says there is a “quad core processor” rather than the octa-core one in the United States. This is likely just a typo.
Source: Android Central
AT&T’s Aio prepaid service may not have a very long lifespan if the acquisition of Leap Wireless is successful. According to AT&T, if the acquisition goes through, they plan on merging Aio into Leap’s business under the Cricket brand. While it would be good news for AT&T in building up brand recognition for their prepaid service nationwide, it would likely mean Aio customers would have to switch over to a new plan and carrier.
Leap shareholders will vote on the acquisition on October 24th, and we’ll keep you updated on what happens. Any Aio customers disappointed to hear this news?
source: Fierce Wireless
The revolutionary Oculus Rift virtual gaming system should be making waves when it’s released— it markets itself as the one true virtual-gaming headset that immerses the user in the experience.
Oculus’ CTO, John Carmack, (the lead programmer on many pioneering video games including Doom, Wolfenstein 3D, etc.) said, “The way I believe it’s going to play out is you will eventually have a head-mounted display that probably runs Android, as a standalone system, that has a system-on-a-chip that’s basically like what you have in mobile phones.”
While the company plans to release their consumer version at some point next year, a new dev kit will be available soon. We’re looking to see how this new project pans out— it looks like it’ll definitely be something to keep an eye on. Check out a video after the break.
Incoming news from China this afternoon— some press images of a white Nexus 5, the iPad 5, and the iPad mini 2. It is expected that Apple announces the upcoming tablets on October 22nd.
If you’re interested, it looks like the iPad 5 will have the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, while the iPad mini 2 will not— the mini will also not feature a Retina display.
You can find the iPad photo after the break.
Google has updated their Hangouts application in Apple’s App Store to add support for making voice calls, and some pretty neat Google Voice integration. That’s all well and good, but those improvements haven’t made it over to the Android app just yet. To be fair, this update also bakes in some of the features Android users have had for a while, but it’s just another one of those weird cases where Google implements functionality on iOS before Android. It doesn’t usually happen that way, but it seems like every once in awhile we do see it.
The Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 are now available to order through the company’s website. Dell announced their new Android tablets earlier this month and they seem to be quite appealing, considering their specs and pricing. Both the Venue 7 and Venue 8 pack Intel’s new Clover Trail+ processor underneath a 1200 x 800 display. As you can tell from their name, the Venue 7 and 8 have corresponding screen sizes.
The Venue 7 is priced at $149.99 while the Venue 8 has a $179.99 price tag. Clearly these tablets are budget-friendly, which doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad. Hit the link below if you are interested in ordering one.
Via: Android Central
Remember when HTC America president Jason Mackenzie said T-Mobile’s One would be updated to 4.3 this week? Well, unfortunately there was a setback and Mackenzie clarified on Twitter that the update is “coming out Monday.” There it is folks. Get your HTC Ones ready for Monday, unless there’s another setback.
Over the past year, we have seen Qualcomm and MediaTek trade barbs back and forth on the value of a “true” octa core processor. This rivalry was fanned when MediaTek announced in July that they were going to produce the first processor capable of running all eight cores at one time, the MT6592. When announced, MediaTek hoped to have them in production by November. It appears they have managed to get the processor out a bit early as Chinese manufacturer UMI revealed a new device, the UMI X2S, earlier this week at the 2013 Hong Kong Electronics Fair.
The UMI X2S is a successor to the UMI X2 and as expected, is targeted at the Chinese market only. The UMI X2S will be running the MT6592 at 1.5GHz and will come with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The display is 5 inches running at 1920×1080 resolution with full HD support. The UMI X2S is expected to sell for between 1,499 Yuan and 1,999 Yuan ($246 to $328 USD).
NVIDIA used their game streaming technology as a major selling point for the NVIDIA Shield, and now they’re taking that one step further by consolidating all of their streaming technology under a single brand: GameStream. It doesn’t fundamentally change how anything works, so you’ll still be able to stream PC games to the Shield (if you have a proper NVIDIA graphics card). Now, any streaming done from PC to Shield or from NVIDIA GRID (their own cloud based game streaming solution) to PC/Shield will be titled GameStream.
The Shield will be getting a few extra tricks thanks to this rebranding, though. NVIDIA is introducing a new microconsole mode that will allow the Shield to be connected to an HDTV while having PC games streamed to it, complete with BlueTooth controller support and 1080p support. 108op streaming requires extra bandwidth, though, so if you’re planning on doing this over the Shield’s native 720p streaming, it’s going to require some type of hard-wired USB connection.
Two Verizon Samsung devices appeared at FCC recently, indicating that a market launch is approaching. The first of these devices is the Verizon Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini, which has also already passed through Bluetooth certification, leading us to believe that a launch, along with the AT&T and Sprint versions, will come very soon. The second device is the SM-W2014, an unnamed flip phone by Samsung that SamMobile believes will only arrive in South Korea and China. It has high-end specs, including a Snapdragon 800 chip, a 13-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Source: FCC (1) ,(2)
Invites for a Google event went out this afternoon, but if you’re thinking Nexus 5, you might be out of luck. The invitation only mentioned Google Play and says, “Join us for a night out with Google Play – Music, movies, games, and a special performance by Capital Cities.”
Geek is reporting that this event won’t have any hardware announcements, so we aren’t sure exactly what Google is planning here. Of course, Android 4.4 isn’t “hardware”.
This could just be an after party for an announcement that will take place earlier in the day or they could be planning a second event. We will keep you posted as we hear more.
After last night’s suprise cameo in the Play Store, possible retail packaging of the Nexus 5 has leaked as well. And the retail packaging isn’t just catching eyes because of its design. Yes, that is a white backing being shown on the Nexus 5. It was unknown that there would be a white variant; however, this and another image (after the break) completely show the Nexus 5’s back in white. The images were snapped by Korean site UnderKG (but were removed shortly after). Two Google+ users were able to obtain the the photos and re-posted them this morning. As you can tell, LG’s logo has been stamped on the side. Hit the break for the other two images, one of which clearly show the possible white backing.