Featured Android App Review: Dance for YouTube [Entertainment]

I’ve gotta simple and fun app that will most likely cater to the younger crowd. It’s called Dance for YouTube and it was created by Fresvii. If you like music, dancing, and creating avatars, you will want to check it out. In this app, you create your own custom avatar and watch it dance to any song from YouTube or on your device. Your avatar is actually what Fresvii calls a Frenbee, which is a mystical alien creature that is from the planet Alima-75A. Frenbees love music, dancing, and playing games.

Upon opening the app, you have two main choices, My Room and the Dance Floor. There is also a settings option for setting the lighting quality and to restore your avatar to the default. It is in the My Room section that you will create your avatar. It’s pretty full-featured as you can alter face shape, eye shape, eyelash colors, eyeshadow colors, eyebrows, eye colors, nose, lips, lip colors, ears, hair style, skin colors, and cheek colors. You can also choose from different clothes including tops, bottoms, shoes, and full outfits. For accessories, you have your choice of different glasses, earrings, bracelets, and watches.


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Foxconn rumored to be making the Amazon Phone

Amazon has had quite a lot of success selling their Android-based Kindle Fire tablets, and we’ve long heard rumors that the online mega-store will continue to build on that momentum by adding an Amazon Smartphone to the mix. Well, today those rumors are heating up.  According to industry sources, Amazon has struck an exclusive deal with Chinese manufacturer Foxconn (who is famous for manufacturing Apple’s iPhone and iPad, among other things) to build 5 million units of the yet unnamed Amazon smartphone. The phone is said to be released in quarter two or quarter three of 2013, and is rumored to be very affordably priced at $100 to $200. Amazon has become well known for selling good hardware at low prices, relying on content sales (books, magazines, music, etc) to make up the majority of their profits. If Amazon is able to deliver a high end phone at such a low off contract price-point, they are really going to give Google’s Nexus line a run for its money.

Source: CENS

Sony announces timeline for Xperia Jelly Bean updates

Good news for Sony Xperia owners; Sony has followed up on a time frame for when it’s going to upgrade Xperia devices to Jelly Bean. It’s in line with what they’ve previously told us, so that’s a plus. The Xperia T, Xperia TX and Xperia V will be receiving the update in February and March, which isn’t too far off. The Xperia P, Xperia J and Xperia Go will be receiving the update  towards the end of March, and the Xperia S, Xperia SL, Xperia Ion and Xperia Acro S will follow shortly afterwards. We had heard a sooner date for the Xperia S, but better late than never. Unfortunately, the Xperia U, Xperia Miro, Xperia Tipo, and Xperia Sola will not updated from Android 4.0.

So who’s excited about this latest update on their Sony device?

source: Sony Mobile

Sprint to acquire full ownership of Clearwire, offers $2.97 per share

Confirming news reported last week, Sprint and Clearwire made it official today that Sprint will acquire full ownership of Clearwire. Sprint announced they will pay $2.97 per share, or about $2.2 billion, to shareholders who own the almost 50% stake not currently owned by Sprint. The share price represents a 128 percent premium compared to Clearwire’s closing share price on October 11th, the day before discussions between Sprint and SoftBank were confirmed.

According to the press release issued today, Clearwire’s board of directors unanimously approved the definitive agreement. In addition, commitments were received from Comcast Corp., Intel Corp and Bright House Networks LLC to vote their shares, equal to a 13 percent stake, in favor of the agreement. The transaction is subject to the usual closing conditions, including regulatory approval. The deal is contingent on Sprint and SoftBank closing on their previously announced deal. Both agreements are anticipated to close sometime in mid-2013.

source: Sprint

Samsung Expected To Unveil New Audio Docks At CES Or MWC 2013

 

Considering that we know Samsung has a thing or two up its sleeve for the first half of 2013, it should come off as no surprise that Samsung is clearly intent on continuing its seemingly never-ending momentum by introducing some revolutionary and cool accessories for its products. Thanks to SamMobile, we now that that Samsung plans on unveiling a few audio docks compatible with smartphones that have a micro USB connection at the bottom. Here’s a complete rundown of the specs that are expected:

 

• USB Audio Class
• Universal dock station
• Bluetooth version 3.0
• Power: 6W (3W x 2)
• Power volume button
• Charging Port
• 3.5mm Audio Plug-in

 

 

Being able to hear quality audio from a quality brand? Count me in. Expect to see the new line of audio docks either at CES or MWC 2013.

source: SamMobile

Solid Explorer Unlocker Now Available In The Play Store For $1.99

 

One of the most underrated productivity apps suddenly looks like it might be better than ever thanks to a newly unveiled add-on. In case you’re not familiar with Solid Explorer, it’s an app that is like any typical file manager out there— except it has one thing that stands apart from its competition: the ability to have two independent panels for browsing. What this does is allows you to have two separate folders open at the very same time— with each folder having the ability to be controlled. While this is a cool thing and all— it appeared that the overall app was a bit limited in functionality because it was offered as a trial, until now. The app developer has come out and released the Solid Explorer Unlocker, which gives full functionality for all users of the app including the ability to open two folders at the same time, have even better root access and better support for archived files.

The Solid Explorer Unlocker is available now in the Play Store for a few bucks, so if you’re an Froyo+ user and interested in giving it a spin– be sure to head on down and try it out today. You’ll be glad you tried it out… believe us.

 

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Images Of Sony “Yuga” Prototype Surfaces

 

It’s no secret that Sony has a superphone in the works for 2013, but it appears that we now have an idea of what this device may look like. Thanks to some leaked images from Mobile Review, you can see how the Sony “Yuga” looks in plain view— and she sure is a beauty too. Similar to the Nexus 4 or LG Optimus G smartphones (as well as previous renderings we had seen before), the device is almost entirely coated in a glassy-type material coupled with a sleek black finish. In addition, Mobile Review indicates the smartphone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon-based processor— refuting any type of rumor highlighting the device would possibly be powered by a Samsung Exynos processor.

So now that we’re beginning to see more and more information pour out for this impressive device, all that’s needed now is a better idea of when Sony will finally come out and formally show this device to the masses. Considering Sony has a history of unveiling premium devices at certain January trade shows, we suspect that we’ll likely see something then.

source: Mobile Review

Exynos kernel exploit could open several Samsung devices to malware or worse

Some bad news is surfacing this weekend for owners of several popular Samsung devices. Members of XDA Developers identified a kernel exploit for devices with certain Exynos processors that could provide root access without flashing the device. According to XDA member alephzain, the vulnerability was discovered on his Samsung Galaxy S III in /dev/exynos-mem. The weakness provides full read/write rights to all physical memory.
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Google UK Managing Director apologizes for Nexus 4 delays

Google has created quite the debacle in the process of selling the ill-fated Nexus 4, with customers facing a frustrating and absolutely embarassing ordering experience through the Google Play Store. And, customers in the UK who had been promised an early shipping date, quickly found the shipping window had passed, despite any notification from Google.

Customers went on a justifiable rage, trying their hardest to get in contact with the head of Google UK, Dan Cobley. Thankfully for customers, Cobley has now responded to the thousands of complaints, offering an “unreserved apology,” as well as a notice that shipping refunds would be provided.

The letter reads:

Dear all,

I know that what you are going through is unacceptable and we are all working through the nights and weekends to resolve this issue. Supplies from the manufacturer are scarce and erratic, and our communication has been flawed. I can offer an unreserved apology for our service and communication failures in this process.

For those that originally received a 3-5 days shipping estimate, your orders are now in process for fulfillment. You can expect an email notification early this week which will include tracking information. Although you will be initially charged in full, you will receive a credit for the shipping charge soon after.

For others that received pre-Christmas shipping estimates, we anticipate processing your orders for fulfillment this week.

I realise that the people who ordered the Nexus 4 so early are among our most committed and loyal users and we are doing all we can to put things right.

Sorry again.

Dan
So, if you ordered your Nexus 4 with a shipping estimate slated for before Christmas, your order will soon ship out. Other orders have not been addressed, but were sure more information will arrive as Google gets an idea of what it is doing.

Source: EuroDroid

Lava Xolo A800 is a dual-sim, big-screen budget device going to India

Lava is the trailblazer of merging Android and Intel, launching the first Intel-based smartphone with the Xolo X900. They’ve gone back to traditional ARM processors for their latest offering, creating a high-spec’ed device at a fantastic price. The Xolo A800 features dual-sim slots, a 4.5 inch IPS screen with a 960 x 540 resolution, and a dual-core MediaTek MT6577 chip. It also features an industry-standard 8 megapixel rear-camera and VGA front-camera. Want to take a guess what a device of this caliber costs? 11,999 rupees, or $220. It’s currently only slated for Indian release, but hopefully this budget-friendly beast comes to the States.

source: Infibeam