It looks like Google has just unleashed a minor Play Store update for Android users— well unofficially at least. According to our friends at Android Police, the version brings the software version to 3.10.14 and doesn’t appear to include any significant changes or anything that pops out, indicating that this is a minor update including some bug fixes here and there. Unfortunately, there’s no change log available at this time– but the latest update is ready for you to download at the source link below. If you do happen to grab the update and find anything special— be sure to let us know in the Comments section when you hit past the break.
source: Android Police
Sure you may live in one part of the world and own a sweet 4G LTE device, but unfortunately that LTE device may support frequencies only specific to the region you live in and would likely not work elsewhere in the world— causing some angst to say the least. Fortunately Qualcomm has taken note of this significant problem and has introduced its RF360 unit, the world’s first global LTE solution. What this special solution does is effectively allow users of LTE-based devices to use RF360-enabled LTE devices anywhere in the world, being able to read and transmit all sorts of RF data. In short, the RF360 unit will allow LTE users to use the hyper-fast 4G LTE speeds, regardless of the wireless bands a network may be on. As exciting as this is— there will be a minor wait before we see the first devices featuring this sweet technology as Qualcomm has confirmed we’ll see the first few products sometime in the second half of 2013.
More details about this awesome achievement can be found once you hit the break.
Not too long ago Pantech unveiled their Discover for AT&T. It’s a pretty powerful little device with a low price point, which tends to win customers over pretty well. Now we’re getting a sneak peek at Verizon’s version of the device, named the Perception, which we can pretty safely assume will have the same or similar specs and pricing as the Discover, although it’s worth noting that the Discover has a 13 MP camera, and the FCC shots show an 8 MP shooter. Aside from that, the device looks slick as ever with what appears to be a brushed metal finish and a very thin profile. We’ll be sure to keep you updated as we hear more about the availability of this device.
via: Unwired View
Are you a fan of HBO or Cinemax? You’ll be pretty happy with the latest updates to the HBO GO and MAX GO apps, which have added in incredibly convenient HDMI support. Now you’ll be able to get your favorite television shows on your big screen television easier than ever. This is a definite improvement over having to watch content on your phone screen all the time. Hit the link below to get your hands on the update.
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LG’s Optimus G is the company’s current flagship device, but it hasn’t had much global market penetration so far. Not too long ago, LG announced they were moving to release the device in more markets, and it looks like they’re following up on that. Several European countries are confirmed to be getting the device starting this month, with Sweden leading the launch, followed by Italy, France, and Germany. This global release should definitely help device sales, which have already passed the million mark.
While the Optimus G isn’t going to be quite as impressive after the next batch of devices come to market in the next few months, but it’s still a solid device with a 4.7 inch HD screen and a Snapdragon S4 processor. Anyone plan on picking up one of these with the Optimus G Pro release so close?
We recently told you about a leaked mid-range Sony device, features above on the left. So far all we knew was that the Xperia SP had a slightly larger screen, probably around 4.5 or 4.6 inches, and had a Snapdragon S4 under the hood. The latest leaks confirm those rumors, and we now know that the SP will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960T chip with a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor. The 4.6 inch screen will be built around an aluminum body with plastic back, that does indeed house a micro SD card slot, in addition to an 8 MP camera and 8 GB of internal storage. Pretty standard these days. Be sure to keep an eye out for more from Sony at MWC next week.
source: Xperia Blog
Google Plus user Joshua Perry earned a spot on a lot of people’s Android circle today. He decided to get creative with an x-ray machine, the Nexus 4 and its wireless charging orb. The results are some pretty cool images for casual and obsessed Android fans alike. Hit the source to check out the full set of his handy work.
Via: Android Central
Source: Joshua Perry Google +
A patent application originally filed in August 2011 by Google for what has become Google Glass was published to the USPTO web site today. There has been a buzz around Google’s wearable computer project after a new video was released yesterday showcasing some of the capabilities of the system from the user’s point of view. The new patent provides details about how Google is going about making the magic happen.
Just yesterday we covered a bit of speculation over whether or not Google would release touchscreen laptops this year. Apparently, Google took the hint and released a fairly powerful laptop dubbed the Chromebook Pixel in the Play Store. It’s a little different from the usual suspects in the Play Store, primarily because of the whopping $1299 price tag. It’s definitely a different breed of the cheaper Chromebooks we’re used to seeing, but it also features some pretty lofty specs that the lower end models don’t offer either. You’ll also get a free 3 years of 1 TB Google Drive space, as well as 12 free GoGo in-flight internet passes.
The Pixel sports a 12.85-inch touchscreen display at 2560 x 1700 resolution, 32 GB flash storage, 4 GB of RAM, Intel’s mobile i5 processor with integrated HD4000 graphics, and 2 USB ports, among the other standards like an HD webcam and SD card slot. The screen has adopted an odd 3:2 aspect ratio, but does offer the highest resolution available on a laptop. In April, a (Verizon) LTE version will hit the Play Store with a bigger 64 GB flash memory, however. And, of course, it runs Google’s open-source Chrome OS. It’s definitely a niche product, and the high price tag only reinforces that. We’ll just have to see how well it does in the next few months. Anybody plan on picking up one of these?
source: Chrome Blog
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The Photo Sphere option was added to Android 4.2, but it has only been available to Nexus devices. The fact that it’s a stock camera app, it’s unlikely Android OEMs can use it in its current state since they incorporate their own camera software. So far it appears HTC has no plans to implement a similar feature since it would have been mentioned at the One launch event. What about Samsung? Well it appears they might be prepping their own version called Samsung Orb. Supposedly it will give you the same 360-degree panorama photos and according to one engineer, will be even better since it will utilize the S4 camera. For Orbs or Photo Spheres to takeoff, Facebook support would be huge, and word is Samsung is already working with Facebook so users can share their orbs via the social giant.