Verizon Chimes in on the Nexus 7 LTE Certification Hoopla

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What would the internet be without an uproar over something that’s not fully understood? Yesterday the internet went up in arms over an issue with not being able to run the new Nexus 7 on their LTE network. While Big Red got ahead of themselves yesterday with a certain tweet, it appears that they’re in full damage control mode. Debi Lewis, director on the Verizon Wireless Corporate Communications, posted this today on Verizon’s news blog:

“Verizon Wireless’ certification process, which generally takes between four and six weeks, is one of the most rigorous testing protocols of any carrier, and is focused on guarding the safety and security of our network. Certification is done by third party labs approved by Verizon, and selected by the device manufacturer. “

According to the post, the new Nexus 7 went into the certification process in August. As you just read, the process generally takes four to six weeks to finish. That means that if everything goes well, we should see Verizon’s LTE grace the new Nexus here in just a few short weeks. Of course, that’s if everything goes well.

Regardless, everyone can calm down because it appears that Verizon will be allowing those with the new Nexus 7 to use its LTE network. While the fact that this wasn’t already in the process when Google announced the tablet is anyone’s guess, but it looks like we’ll have to wait a little while longer. Everyone please… Put down those torches and pitch forks and go about your daily internet business.

source: Verizon Wireless

White House pushes FCC to mandate that carriers must unlock future devices

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In a move that would certainly boost competition, consumer choice, and overall happiness in the mobile device community, the Obama administration is pushing the FCC to mandate that US carriers must unlock some of their future devices. According to the Washington Post, activists devised a petition to garner support, and they were able to collect 114,000 signatures.

Lawrence Strickling, assistant secretary of the NTIA made a comment regarding the petition:

“Americans should be able to use their mobile devices on whatever networks they choose and have their devices unlocked without hassle.”

However, the move would likely only affect GSM devices, leaving CDMA phones alone in the dark. However, we’ll just have to wait and see.

Source: Washington Post

Gameloft to release ‘GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience’ this fall for Android

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Gameloft recently announced that they will be partnering with Mercedes-Benz on the next installment of their GT Racing series, ‘GT Racing 2: The Real Car Experience.’ The cars in the game won’t only be branded by Mercedes, however, as Gameloft announced that there will be around 67 different cars from 35 different manufacturers around the world. In-game tracks will also be based around real-world locations.

The game will feature both single-player and multiplayer content, and is set to come out sometime this fall, most likely for free in the Google Play Store. Check out the promotional video after the break.

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Dead Trigger 2 release date set for October 23

dead_trigger_2The sequel to one of the best graphically rich zombie games, Dead Trigger, finally has a release date. October 23 is the day that you will be able to download Dead Trigger 2 – that’s just before Halloween. The sequel is pretty similar to the original, except that it’s going to take place in “real-time,” whatever that means.

Along with the release date, Madfinger Games also released a promo video, which you can see after the break. Read more

Samsung releases My Galaxy app for U.K. customers

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U.K. owners of Samsung devices have a new option to find accessories, get questions answered, and generally “get the most out of” their devices thanks to a new app released by Samsung. The My Galaxy app has options for users to access Samsung World articles, shop an online store for accessories, receive exclusive offers, or receive support. Samsung indicates the app is capable of directing support requests to someone who can help if the device assistant is not able to answer a question.

Hit the break to check out some screenshots and get to the Google Play download link. Read more

Moto X and Droid Maxx Developer Edition devices arrive for AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile for $650

moto_x_devAs soon as the Moto X was released earlier in the summer, we heard that a Developer Edition device was on its way. It’s finally here. The device comes in two 32GB variants, the GSM version for use on AT&T and/or T-Mobile, and the Verizon version. They are each $650, and do not come with SIM cards. The GSM version is listed as “coming soon,” while the Verizon device is currently available.

Also, the Droid Maxx is now available as a Developer Edition device, also for $650. You can purchase any of the phones from the source links below.

Source: Moto X Verizon | Moto X GSM | Droid Maxx

Cyanogen Inc. is the new company for CyanogenMod, hopes to compete with Apple, Google

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The team at CyanogenMod announced today that they have formed a new company, Cyanogen Inc., to keep the mobile platform moving forward. The formation of the new company actually took place earlier this year in April, after several months of pitching the idea to potential investors. Part of the impetus for this move was to remove the barriers and challenges present in trying to scale the kind of growth the CyanogenMod community was experiencing.

Steve Kondik, the CTO for the new company, says the goals are “straighforward”:

* Organize, lead, and support our community
* Create amazing user experience centered around how YOU work
* Security solutions that really work
* Stay committed to building the features our users need
* No junk
* Constant updates
* Available on everything, to everyone

Cyanogen indicates that they still recognize their biggest asset is the community and they intend to continue to support the community. The change in structure will help put the next steps for CM within reach. That includes becoming a player in the market on the level of Google and Android by offering a mobile platform that avoids the problem of closed platforms like iOS for Apple and some of the issues that Google’s Android is subject to, like bloatware.

What do you think of this move by the CyanogenMod team? Do you think they will succeed in gaining a significant portion of the mobile operating system market?

source: Cyanogen Inc.

Sony unveils Bravia Smart Stick with Google services

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Remember that Sony Google TV dongle (NSZ-GU1) that hit the FCC last month? Well Sony officially took the wraps off of it today. They aren’t calling it a Google TV device, but it does offer Google services such as Google Search and the Play Store. However, there is one major drawback, and it’s the fact that it appears to be only compatible with 2013 Sony Bravia TVs. It connects to the MHL port on the back of the TV, with a USB cable for power, so I’m not sure why it wouldn’t work any other branded TV or AV receiver that has an MHL port. Sony only mentioned 2013 Bravia TVs in the press release.

It has 8GB of internal storage, HDMI passthrough and an IR blaster. The remote control features a keyboard and a pad for pinch-to-zoom as well as a microphone for voice commands. It will come with Netflix, Pandora, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, YouTube, the Chrome Browser and more pre-installed. Of course, users can add more apps via the Google Play Store. Chromecast functionality wasn’t mentioned in the presser.

The Bravia Smart Stick is priced at $149 and is already available at Sony Stores and select retailers nationwide. Hit the break for one more image and the full presser.

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Galaxy Note 12.2 stops by Bluetooth SIG with similar specs to the updated Galaxy Note 10.1

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That 12 inch Galaxy Note tablet showed up just before the Note announcements at IFA, but we didn’t see an announcement alongside the Note 3 and Note 10.1, and, honestly, I think many of us had forgotten about it afterwards. It looks like the massive 12.2 inch tablet is persistent, though, as it recently appeared in a Bluetooth SIG filing under the model number SM-P901, as seen above.

Now, this filing doesn’t necessarily confirm the device, since it could technically still just be a device that Samsung is toying with and may not widely release. But considering this filing does give some weight to the rumors that suggest it’ll use the same 2560 x 1600 display that the Note 10.1 uses, it might be something Samsung is readying for a massive holiday launch. The filing also shows Android 4.2 on board, as well as Bluetooth 4.0. (obviously.)

We still don’t know when Samsung plans on announcing this device, but we’ll be sure to keep you filled in on anything we hear.

source: Bluetooth SIG

via: VR-Zone

Google updates Chromecast to build 13300, includes kernel update and security fixes

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If you’re a Chromecast owner, you should be expecting an update to your device relatively soon. Google is pushing out build 13300 to Chromecasts that updates the kernel and includes improvements for security and stability. It’s pretty much just a maintenance release,  but hey, at least it’s an update. Your Chromecast should automatically update over the next few weeks as the build is gradually pushed out.

source: Google Chrome Team