Before Facebook released their native Android app, the official Facebook app was pretty clunky and junky. Several alternative apps tried to fill that void and provide a good Facebook experience built specifically for Android. One of those apps was Facedroid, which had lots of functionality and a pretty solid design. The only problem was that up until now, Facedroid was only optimized for tablets, meaning that those with a smartphone could not even download the app. Well, today things are changing; Facedroid developers have released an update with a new layout optimized for smartphone screens, so now you can get your one handed Facebook action on. The phone layout is currently in beta, so expect a few minor bugs while the developers work to make things more stable. Also of note, is that the app is currently on sale for just $0.99! Use the QR code or download link if you want to try it out.
Google Glass made big news last year when Google introduced the wearable computer at Google I/O in a stunt-filled, live-streaming action sequence, complete with BMX riders, skydivers, and wall repellers. Since then things have been pretty quiet regarding the quirky eye-wear, but today Babak Parviz, who leads the Google Glass project, conducted a small interview with IEEE Spectrum. In the interview Parviz lets us in on both the progress and the future of Google Glass. Below are the most notable tidbits from the interview:
Just last month we completed some testing of launcher apps on tablets to replace what users may have received on their devices. Among our favorites was Nova Launcher, which just got an update to version 2.0 in the Google Play Store. Nova Launcher‘s developer, TeslaCoil Software, has included several new features in this latest version with many of them being available in the free version.
We recently stumbled upon a slew of images outing Huawei’s upcoming D2 smartphone, but today’s new evidence has all but solidified its impending release. A new press shot of the device has surfaced, showing off the 5-inch device running atop Huawei’s custom UI. If you’re unfamiliar with the device, the D2′s specs include a 1.5-GHz quad-core processor, a full 1080p display and a 13-megapixel rear camera. Huawei is expected to make an official announcement of the D2 at CES next week in Las Vegas, Nevada. We’ll be covering the event live, so stay tuned for all the latest news.
Back in September 2012, U.S. International Trade Commission Judge James Gildea issued a ruling in one of the many Samsung v Apple cases, finding Apple had not infringed on four Samsung patents being contested in the complaint. Judge Gildea also found Samsung had engaged in a pattern of patent abuse in using their FRAND patents to stifle competition by seeking sales injunctions as part of their legal strategy. Since then, Judge Gildea has been working on finalizing the ruling, including presenting it to the full commission for approval. Until recently, the date for that final action was thought to be January 14th. A notice from the ITC indicates the commission will not take up the matter until February 6th.
LG hasn’t just been focused on developing awesome smartphones, but it’s also been focused on developing awesome TV sets as well. LG has unofficially introduced its 2013 Cinema 3D TV lineup ahead of CES next week. The biggest noteworthy aspect of the new TVs is the fact that they will arrive with full NFC capabilities emphasizing LG’s “Tag On” technology– allowing users of the TVs to pair the TV sets with their NFC-enabled smartphones using an NFC sticker and effectively streaming content with minimal, if any issues. Additional features of the new TV sets includes things like a faster CPU processor, a new Magic Remote which is a motion-sensing pointer and voice-controlled device that features Miracast and of course, higher-end models featuring a near bezel-less design.
We know you’re all itching for some more details and shots of the TVs up close, so be sure to stick around with us next week at CES to get all the details and shots you can handle.
Although the game-changing Ouya gaming console has just been shipped out to select developers, we are already getting an idea of how the console looks and feels thanks to an in-depth overview and description by an excited developer. The overview highlights every aspect of the console as well, detailing everything from what is included in the box to highlighting the setup process and user interface. The setup process is straightforward and simple like any other Android device, while the UI looks to be pretty basic and easy to navigate through as well. There were no games to try out at this time, though the excited developer was bold enough to sideload a port of Deadly Dungeons which although could use some work to increase controller functionality, worked like a charm and gave us a taste of the console’s potential.
I know you’re all itching to get a taste of what the Ouya console is all about, so just head on down to the source link and check out one of the many videos to give yourselves an idea of what the console is really all about.
It’s a new year so it’s officially time to see some new devices— and Sony has delivered by releasing some press shots of a few new additions to its Xperia line of smartphones. Thanks to a couple of listings on Sony Japan’s website, we finally have been treated to images of the Xperia Z “Yuga” and Xperia ZL “Odin” smartphones. While there are no concrete details of each device’s features, earlier rumors have indicated both will feature 5-inch 1080p LCD displays, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processors, 2 gigs of RAM and a 13-megapixel Exmor RS sensor on the rear. The main difference between the two? The Xperia ZL looks to be a bit smaller and more compact than the Xperia Z.
So now that the cat has been let out of the bag, it should be too long before we the devices in person at CES next week— which Talk Android will be at in full force by the way.
The Samsung Galaxy S III managed to get some love in the color department after a few months of availability, and it now seems that the company’s Galaxy Note II is destined for the same fate. A newly leaked image shows the recently released 5.5-inch behemoth in both sleek red and brown colors, solidifying rumors that the device would receive alternate color choices in the near future. There’s no word on which carriers the fresh colors will be headed to, though its entirely possible that they cold see a simultaneous worldwide launch like the originals. So, I suppose the only question left to answer is Amber Brown or Ruby Wine?
The crafty CyanogenMod team has introduced a brand-new clock widget for CM10.1 ROMs today, offering impressive weather and calendar integration. Featuring the same bold face as the revamped clock in Android 4.2, CM’s new clock, Chronus, works on both lock screens and home screens. Also included are several nifty features that aren’t apparent in Jelly Bean’s stock clock widget, with complete control over your choice of weather data and a slew of calendar options. The best part? The new clock will be included in CM10.1 nightlies starting tonight.