Google IO 2015 Coverage

Samsung to Debut Airplay Rival, SwipeIt at CES

Well it appears the Samsung is continuing to take the fight to Apple with their newly made SwipeIt application. This app looks to take on Apple’s Airplay as a way to easily share your mobile content on your TV. Set to debut at CES, it will operate just as simply as Airplay. With one touch of a button, whatever your watching on your mobile device will show up on your TV.

Samsung started pushing this app to their internet connected TVs a week ago and the application made its way to the Android Market in quite a subtle manner a few days later. Unlike Airplay, where you have to have all Apple products in order for it to work, the MOVL developed app will work on any Android device.

So if you are rocking a Samsung SmartTV and have an Android device, not just a Samsung Android device, hit the break below to get a copy of the SwipeIt application. You will have to let us know how well it works and keep your dial locked here for any and all Android related news at CES. Stay tuned!

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Microsoft to Bring Xbox Live App to Android (And iOS Too)

If you are one of the Xbox toting folk who wanted to have the ability to play Xbox Live on your smart phone you were very much limited to having a phone with Windows Phone 7 on it. I say were because yesterday Microsoft announced that it’s gaming app will be coming to both Android and iOS devices. While it has been available for iOS, users are only able to chat with friends, update their avatars or manage their achievements. They had mentioned this move before but Business Insider received conformation yesterday. a developer told them: Read more

WiFi-Only Motorola XYBOARD Shipping January 18th, Available For Pre-Order Now

If you’ve had your eyes on the Motorola Xyboard, you’ll be happy to note that the device is going to ship sometime around mid-January.  The WiFi-only models are now available for pre-order on Motorola’s site and will come in the 10.1 and 8.2-inch varieties.  We’re even told they’ve stripped several of the Verizon specific applications along with the “Droid” branding.  Hey, we’ll take it.  Here’s what you’ll expect to pay for each respective model:

  • XYBOARD 10.1 32GB: $599.99
  • XYBOARD 10.1 16GB: $499.99
  • XYBOARD 8.2 32GB: $499.99
  • XYBOARD 8.2 16GB: $399.99

Those prices come out to be about $20 bucks cheaper than purchasing them on Verizon’s website.  If you’re ready to pre-order one now, head on over to Motorola’s site via the source link and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

[via Motorola]

 

Get Splashtop Remote Desktop Free Today as Amazon’s Free App of the Day

While I don’t use remote desktop apps all too often, as I am near my computer usually anyway, in the times I have Splashtop Remote Desktop has been my app of choice. Connections are stable and I have found little lag in use. I have yet to drop a connection through the app itself, and when I have it was something to do with my router. Well today is a good day for those that need a remote desktop app as Amazon is offering it as its free App of the Day. Given that it is normally $4.99 any other day, this is one heck of a deal. Version 1.6.5.6 offers the following features:  Read more

The Box.net App Updates to Version 1.5, Adds Widgets, Uploading From Any App

The other day we brought to you news of how you could sneakily snag yourself 50GB of free online storage from Box.net. As you know, folks who owned either a Sony Xperia or LG Android smartphone received 50GB of cloud storage for free as part of a promotional deal between Sony, LG and Box.net. Well today we bring you news that Box has updated their Android app bringing it to version 1.5. Besides updates to the interface the app boasts some awesome productivity features. They are:

  •  A widget that shows the progress of files that are currently being modified or updated.
  •  The ability to upload email attachments or files directly from the app you’re currently using.
  •  The ability to create documents in an office app of your choice and saving the file in Box, rather than in  the document editor.

Given Box.net has 1.9 million users, the company is doing what it can to provide important improvements to the user experience. This goes a long way in customer satisfaction and it’s a relief to see that some companies still value the consumer. Hit the break below to find the Market link or QR Code, and if you are truly interested to read the press release. Even if you missed the 50GB promotion you can still snag 5GB of free online storage which is more than enough for most folks, enjoy.  Read more

Got Root? The ASUS Transformer Prime Does Now

Fast on the heels of the Asus Transformer Prime announcing its bootloader unlocked tool, the device is now also capable of being rooted.  Thanks to Asus finally listening to the masses, they are making available a new root tool to give you all Superuser access.  And thanks to the viperMod Prime Tool, only available for Windows (.exe file) at this time, the impossible has now been made possible. Ok, so maybe it wasn’t impossible as much as it was annoying, but nevertheless, we’ve got root!  However, on a side note, recall that Asus has an ICS update coming this month for the device, so you may want to reconsider rooting the device just now until the update occurs.  Whichever route you take, feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.
[via RootzWiki]

Acer Announces HD Iconia Tab A200, Available in January with ICS in Tow

With the new year upon us, we’re about to see an influx of new tablets and smartphones by the handful. Acer, one of the more affordable manufacturers, has just announced the availability of their next entry to the Iconia Tab line-up, the Iconia Tab A200. The new slate will be available in the US on January 15th and will be available in two different storage sizes, 8GB and 16GB, and will run $329.99 and $349.99 respectively.

As far as specs go, you will get a dual-core Tegra 2 processor that runs Android 3.2 with a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 resolution display and it’s definitely worth mentioning that an ICS update is due in February. The tablet has no rear facing camera but is equipped with a 2MP front shooter for video chat and has battery life up to 8 hours. A microSD card slot is available for memory expansion as well as a full-sized USB 2.0 port and Acer’s clear.fi technology will provide DNLA connectivity to other DNLA devices for seamless media sharing. The Iconia Tab A200 is pre-loaded with the Tegra Zone Android app for access to Tegra-optimized games and a six-axis gyroscope will aid in advanced gaming.

I am sure we will get a better look at the device during CES next week so stay tuned for further info. To read the full press report join us after this break.  Read more

Motorola Seeks Out Lucky Fan To Join Chad Ochocinco At Super Bowl, Includes DROID RAZR & XYBOARD

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Motorola in conjunction with Chad Ochocinco are out to give one lucky individual an opportunity of a lifetime. Knowing that many football fans are also technology Android geeks, they’re looking to give someone a DROID XYBOARD 10.1 and DROID RAZR in a contest. What’s the catch? You have to hang out with Chad Ochocinco and do some reporting with OCNN from the Super Bowl of all places. Yup… you read that right gang. Check out the video above and hit up Motorola’s Facebook page below for your shot for an opportunity of a lifetime, which includes two cool Droids I might add.

[via Facebook]

CyanogenMod Gets Amazon’s Silk Browser Working on Non-Kindle Fire Devices

Though Amazon’s Silk browser may not be a perfect fit for everyone and their smartphone, you’ll be happy to know that the good folks over at XDA have managed to port the popular eReader’s new browser over to non-Kindle Fire devices.  Yep, we were thinking the same thing, these fricking guys can do anything!  And though the browser could use a few extra features, it still appears to have a decent fan base and loyal following, otherwise the dev community wouldn’t have thought it worthwhile to port over.  So far the browser has been tested on the original Motorola Atrix and the Droid X for starters.  We look forward for the extra browser alternative to hit other devices soon, so stay tuned to Talk Android.  If you’ve managed to get this working on your smartphone, feel free to let us know in the comments below.

[via XDA]

 

Get the “Waterproof” Pantech Element Next Week From AT&T for $299

The folks over at BGR have received a tip or two suggesting that AT&T will be launching a new tablet next week at CES. The tablet, the Pantech Element, will be the first to rock some AT&T 4G LTE speeds not at a kidney selling price and comes in an 8 inch variety. The tablet will run the latest variation of Honeycomb and will be waterproof. Okay it’s not the take your tablet and take pictures with it in the ocean waterproof but more water resistant/splash proof provided you close all the port doors.

Besides the 8-inch display and the water resistance it boasts the following specs:  Read more