The latest installment in the Die Hard series reached theaters today, but the game also landed in the Google Play Store. Based on the movie, the player takes the role of Jack McClane, the son of the famous protagonist of the Die Hard series, John McClane. In the game, it is your mission to save the world from nuclear warfare as you travel throughout Russia to take down the bad guys.
Here’s some fuel for the fire; we’ve got some benchmarks showing up from a device with a model number of SCH-I545. Could it be Verizon’s Galaxy S IV? Following Verizon’s naming conventions for their Samsung devices, like the SCH-I535 for the S III and the SCH-I515 for the Galaxy Nexus, logic says yes, this will be the Galaxy S IV, complete with a 1.9 GHz Snapdragon processor and 1080p screen. This lines up with all the details we’ve been hearing about the device. However, it does also dampen the possibility of the device launching with the Exynos 5 processor, as was the case with the Korean S IV benchmarks. Although we still don’t know anything for certain, it won’t be too much longer until the official release.
After rolling out Android 4.2.2 updates over the last few days to users, Google has now posted their factory images for the latest version on their developer’s site. The factory images are available for the:
- Nexus 4
- Nexus 7 (both WiFi and 3G versions)
- Nexus 10
- GSM Galaxy Nexus (both takju and yakju versions)
The factory images are especially useful for anyone who has been rooting their device, trying out some ROMs, or other similar activities and find themselves needing a “reset” back to stock. The new images give them a path to do that. Another group that may find some immediate benefit are those who did not receive or opted not to install the update that was being pushed out over the last few days. Now they can install Android 4.2.2 from scratch.
If you need the latest files, hit the source link for downloads and instructions.
source: Google Developers
One of the few complaints I’ve heard about Google Doodles is “I never see them!” The complaint usually stems from users who, like most of us I assume, type their searches into the “omnibox” or via a mobile device. Google has managed to spread the Doodle love to Android users via Google Now. The Doodle isn’t exactly the same as what you’d find on Google.com and you won’t be able to interact with the image in the same way but it will, at least, give you an idea of what everyone is talking about. If you haven’t updated to get yesterday’s awesome Google Now upgrades, do it now!
Source: Android Central
With next Tuesday being the big day for the unveiling of the HTC One, we do expect that it will become available sometime in March. We have heard that it could debut as early as March 8 in Europe, but what about the U.S.? Right now the word is that it will land on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile on March 22. We are hearing that there will be a 32GB model and a 64GB model and contract pricing will be $199 and $299 respectively.
What about Verizon you ask? Well back in January, we got wind that it was heading to Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, and T-Mobile was yet to be confirmed. The absence of Verizon is a little disappointing, but I guess it’s not a shocker since they just released the DROID DNA. I think it’s possible that the HTC One might still end up on Verizon, but maybe at a later date as another follow up to the DROID Incredible line. I guess we will have to wait and see.
Sony’s anticipated flagship in the Xperia Z will be publicly demoed ahead of it’s initial release at a UK retailer. While the device was unveiled during this years CES, many have been eager to see it in action. Starting tomorrow on Feb 15th, Phones4U will be displaying demo units of the Xperia Z at more than 300 of their retail locations.
Anyone willing to give Sony another shot in purchasing this Android device?
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We first saw this line of tablets back in CES. Now Archos has officially announced that the line should be available this February to consumers. There will be 3 different tablets, the 80, 97 and 116 all ranging from 8 to 11.6 inches in screen size. While different in screen size, the specs should be relatively the same with all powered by a quad-core 1.2Ghz processor with an 8-core GPU and 2GB’s of total RAM. The screens will also be powered by IPS type technology that Archos claims will have a resolution that rivals Apple’s recent iPad.
The most intriguing of the 3 is most likely the 9.7 inch Platinum tablet. The screen size is in that “sweet spot” and offers a 2048×1536 resolution display. While it’s still less than the Nexus 10, it’s still a very high resolution. Seems like Archos is certainly stepping things up int heir tablet department. Will you be interested in giving them a shot?
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Today, the popular mobile processor company Qualcomm, talked about their Quick Charge 1.0 project. It’s part of a Snapdragon-powered phone’s power management and in theory should allow your device to charge up to 40 percent faster than before.
The best part is that you don’t have to purchase any new accessories to take advantage of this new technology, your old existing USB charger and cables will suffice. Here’s the list of devices that will support this great new feature!
Last week we reported on a planned Google+ Hangout to debut the trailer for the new movie “The Internship” coming out this summer. This is a natural fit for Google since the movie takes a comedic look at the life of a couple interns working for the search giant. The Hangout was hosted by Conan O’Brien on February 13th to reveal the trailer for the movie starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson which is set for a June release in the U.S. You can check out the trailer below and note the extensive scenes shot on Google’s Mountain View campus. Clearly Google has been very cooperative with development of the movie. Director Shawn Levy has indicated that he was very interested in tapping into the culture of Google as part of the movie-goers experience. We will be able to find out how successful he was when the film opens.
Modest wireless carrier Alcatel has gotten in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and formally introduced its OneTouch Star smartphone. This device comes in a lovely pink shade and will come with all the bells and whistles found in a typical lower-level midrange device: an AMOLED display with an 800 x 480 resolution, a 1GHz dual-core processing unit plus 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and oh by the way will arrive with Jelly Bean fully-loaded.
No word on when it will be available exactly, but we suspect we’ll see it at a certain trade show coming up very soon…