ZTE launches Avid 4G on MetroPCS, costs only $149

ZTE has always been able to make quality devices on a budget, and their latest offering on MetroPCS is no exception. $149 gets you a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, a 4 inch screen, a 5 megapixel rear camera, and most importantly, 4G LTE. It also runs Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. Anyone thinking about picking up one of these for a holiday deal? Hit the break below for the press release.
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“Press” is a beautiful new RSS reader that syncs with your Google Reader account

If you’re looking for a beautiful RSS reader that syncs to your Google Reader account, look no further. “Press” is a gorgeous new app released by TwentyFive Squares that features a heavy emphasis on good design and simplicity. The app was built using Android’s new design philosophy so it already looks natural on your Android phone or tablet, but TwentyFive Squares took the design language a step further and added some nice textures, shadows, icons and typography to really push the app over-the-top when it comes to great design. Press is simple and easy to use and utilizes the two panel navigation that has become so popular with Android apps as of late. Articles look great and you can change the article layout and font if you so choose. The only flaw in the app is that once you are reading an article, there is no easy way to navigate to the next (via swipe gesture or otherwise), so you have to back out to the main menu. The developer has acknowledged this issue and is working on a solution. There is also no widget in the current release, but we’re sure that will be addressed soon as well. The app is $1.99 in the Google Play store for a limited time. Hit the break to see a video, screenshot gallery, and QR code to get the app.


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Samsung preparing 5.5 inch flexible screen to show off at CES

Samsung hasn’t really kept their flexible displays a secret, but I guess they wouldn’t have to. Flexible screens are one of the coolest new ideas for not just smartphones, but technology in general. Now we’re hearing word that Samsung is going to demo a bending 5.5 inch screen at CES next year. It will supposedly have a 1,280×720-pixel HD resolution and a 267 pixel density, plus the fact that it’s straight out of a Star Trek episode. They’ll also have a 55-inch screen to wow consumers that are more interested in televisions. Of course, this is only one part of what makes up a touch screen display on a smartphone, but Samsung is well on the way to getting these used in smartphones.

source: CNet

Samsung Premium Suite Update Finally Reaches Galaxy S III Models In The UK

 

It’s been a slow, arduous process so far– but Samsung is getting out its Premium Suite update to the UK variant of the Galaxy S III smartphone. In case you’ve forgotten, the update not only brings a whole lot of Jelly Bean goodness, but it brings items like Multi-Window capability and of course– included Contextual Actions such as Page Buddy. The update is available from today, so all of you Galaxy S III owners in the UK who haven’t gotten that coveted update notification yet should head on down to your Settings and Software Updates in order to grab the update immediately.

Additional details can be found in the presser once you hit the break.


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VUDU releases tablet app for video streaming

VUDU is a popular streaming app for movies and TV shows. Now VUDU has launched an application for everyone’s favorite new video streaming device: Android tablets. The app has a very clean, nicely designed interface that really utilizes all of the screen space on tablets’ larger screens. It’s worth mentioning that 1080p streaming isn’t supported on tablets (yet) so that may be disappointing for owners of super high-res tablets. Either way, more video streaming apps are never a bad thing. Hit the source below for the download links.

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Need for Speed: Most Wanted gets an update and a sale price of 99-cents

Speed lovers will want to head over to the Play Store right now because Need For Speed: Most Wanted is on sale for 99-cents. That’s a great deal when you consider the regular price is $6.99. Today also brings a new update that includes new tracks, events, and cars:

  • Start trouble in the new Marussia B2 and the Pagani Zonda R
  • Test-drive your fresh wheels in 2 new Hot Rides Events
  • Race NFS Edition cars like the Hummer H1 Alpha! Get ‘em fast – each car is available for ONE week only
  • Collect as many new rides as you can to unlock brand-new milestones
  • We’ve also made some under-the-hood upgrades to keep your game finely tuned and running smooth.

If you’re itching to burn some rubber, hit the break for download links.


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$99 Nexus 7 rumors continue to swirl

We started hearing rumors of a $99 Nexus 7 several months ago, and whether they are true or not, I’m sure it will happen sometime in 2013 based on the competition between Amazon, Google, and Apple. The latest comes from DigiTimes, and they are telling us to expect to see it sometime in the 1st quarter 2013, or more likely the 2nd quarter.

This information comes from the fact that O-Film started shipping what’s called glass-film-film (GFF) screens for the Nexus 7 this month. These GFF displays will not only help cut production costs for this cheaper version, but it will also make it thinner. Although it’s expected that the tab could come in at $99, other experts are questioning if it can even be done, and think $129 to $149 is more likely. For initial shipment estimates, Google and ASUS are shooting for 500,000 to 600,000 units with mostly likely the majority of them going to emerging markets.

source: digitimes

Amazon Android App Gets Updated To Include Push Notifications For Shipments

 

Knowing that many of you are love to shop on your various devices, Amazon has gone ahead and revamped its app to include push notifications for when packages are shipped from Amazon and when they are delivered. Naturally it’s assumed that users will refer to email confirmations for these sort of things, but kudos to Amazon for giving yet another means for people to keep track of their precious items. In addition to the noteworthy shipment notifications, Amazon has also updated its app to include daily notifications for lightning deals– giving you even more additional reasons to spend, spend, spend.

If you’re an Amazon user and you’re itching to dive down and test out the new features found in the app, head on down to the Play Store link and give it a whirl today.

 

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Sega Gets In On The Holiday Spirit By Offering Major Discounts Of Its Popular Titles

 

‘Tis the season to be jolly and famed video game developer Sega is certainly trying to get into the holiday spirit by offering some great deals for some of its popular titles for those of us here in North America. Between now and January 3rd, gamers will find games such from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Jet Set Radio and Total War Battles between 99¢ and $1.99. Of course you’ll want to make sure your device has enough space to hold each game and you’ll want to set aside an hour or two (or two or three or four) in order to have time to play the addicting titles, but hey– it’s a nice problem to have, right?

Hit the break to see the full list of titles and the Play Store links for purchase and download.


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AT&T Galaxy S II receives Android 4.0.4 update

If for some reason you’re still rocking a Galaxy S II on AT&T (and haven’t already installed a custom ROM), you’ll be excited to know that the carrier is rolling out a minor update to Android 4.0.4. Keep in mind this is for the original Galaxy S II (i777), and not the Galaxy S II Skyrocket.

Considering the device already received an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich during summer, we had thought the device reached the end of its update life cycle. Thankfully, Samsung hasn’t forgotten about its 2011 customers. The update is now available for download exclusively through Samsung’s own desktop-based Kies software. While we still don’t have an official changelog, users will need to be running a recent build in order to flash the upgrade.

Source: Samsung