CyanogenMod Apollo music player now available on Google Play in both free and paid capacities

Earlier this year, the CyanogenMod team announced that Apollo would be replacing the stock music player to allow for a fully customizable and enthralling experience. When it was first announced, we were told to expect it to arrive in the Android Market within the next couple of weeks. Here we are nearly 10 months later, and the highly anticipated application has finally made its way to what we now call the Google Play Store.

It’s the same music player we’ve come to know and love, and now everybody can take part. Apollo comes in two different capacities: the regular free version and the paid Apollo+ version. Apollo+ costs just 99 cents, features quicker updates and removes pesky advertisements. Future updates are said to bring concert information, tablet optimization, personalized widgets and notifications, as well as support for Google’s Daydream service.

Be sure to scan the QR codes or hit the Play Store download links after the break to try out Apollo. Keep in mind you may need to disable your stock music player within the application settings menu. Also, let us know what you think of the CM team’s new third party music organization tool in the comments below.
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Motorola prepares an update to its DROID RAZR HD line-up, probably Jelly Bean

At Motorola’s announcement for the DROID RAZR HD and the DROID RAZR M a few months ago, the company promised that it would update its new handsets to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) sometime before the end of the year. Well, with only six weeks left until December 31st, Motorola appears to be making good on its promise. Owners of the DROID RAZR HD who are signed up for Motorola’s Feedback Network are receiving invites to beta-test a new software build. Since the Motorola DROID RAZR M already received its taste of Jelly Bean, it makes sense that the DROID RAZR HD (and RAZR HD MAXX) will be next in line to receive Google’s latest offering. Even though there is no official word on what exactly the update contains, we are guessing that DROID RAZR HD (and HD MAXX) owners are in for a tasty treat!

Did any of you RAZR HD owners receive an invite? What feature are you looking forward to most in the newest update? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Droid-Life

Featured Android App Review: Top Recipes [Lifestyle]

They say more and more people are eating out, but there is certainly no shortage of cooking shows and recipe apps. There’s still a lot of people that enjoy cooking at home and looking for new recipes. Top Recipes, from SplashPad Mobile is an app that features over 2,400 recipes for just about any category you can think of including appetizers, desserts, dinners, casseroles, dips, sides, etc.


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Samsung suing LG, claims infringement on OLED technologies

The Samsung-LG rivalry is back at it again. Samsung is retaliating for LG’s September lawsuit with a suit of their own. This time, Samsung is seeking to have seven patents granted to LG rendered invalid based upon previous infringement with some of their own. Samsung has long been producing Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) displays, and many of their current gen Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode displays (AMOLED) are being used is products around the world. This type of screen is immensely popular because of its ability to function without a backlight that many other kinds of displays require.

While both LG and Samsung produce similar displays. The function of them is quite different; LG uses their screens mainly for TV’s while Samsung focuses mainly upon mobile devices. Recently, with LG’s Optimus G line of phones and Samsung’s latest line of TV’s both companies have been stepping into each other’s territories. This dispute could potentially setting the boundary between these two markets for display technology and grant Samsung a strong monopoly in the mobile display market.

Source: Yonhap News

Samsung to introduce 3 new colors for the Galaxy S III Mini and Note 2, as well as a La Fleur edition of the Galaxy S III

There’s nothing better in life than variety, right? Samsung also seems to think so and is planning on doing just that to make their most successful device to date even better. Starting “around” January (just in time for Valentine’s day) Samsung is planning on releasing a La Fleur edition to the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy Ace DUOS and Galaxy S DUOS. These devices will essentially have a flower print on both the front and back of the device. Certainly a nice touch and gift to give to a girlfriend or wife.

In other news, Samsung also plans on release 3 new colors for the Galaxy S Mini and Galaxy Note 2. The new colors for the Galaxy S III mini are: Titan Gray, Garnet Red and Onyx Black. Samsung expects these new colors sometime in December. As for the Note 2: Amber Brown, Topaz Blue and Ruby Wine. These colors won’t be available till early 2013.

So what do you all think about these new colors and La Fleur edition of Samsung devices? Certainly, variety can’t hurt right?

source: SamMobile & SamMobile

Verizon’s Black Friday ad shows up with cranberry colored Droid RAZR, Galaxy Nexus, and LG Lucid free on contract

As the big day gets closer, we’ve started covering more and more Black Friday deals. And today we’ve got more deals for those of you on Verizon or looking to make the switch to Verizon this year. Their Black Friday ad lists a unique cranberry colored Droid RAZR (not the RAZR HD) for free on a two-year contract. This is pretty similar to last year’s red Incredible 2 Black Friday offering. Not a bad deal if you want something to stand out and don’t need the latest, greatest tech.
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Box offering free 50GB’s of storage for any LG device, including the Google Nexus 4

We already knew that Box was giving out free 50GB’s of storage to any LG user with an Android device of 2.1 and up, what we didn’t expect is that it applies to the LG Nexus 4 as well. Considering it is a Google made device, despite it being made from LG, it was assumed it wouldn’t be part of the deal. Surprisingly enough it is and it definitely goes a long way considering the Nexus 4 lacks expandable memory and only comes in two models, the 8GB and 16GB. Here’s Box’s official statement and instructions on how to claim your free storage:

Want to claim your Box 50GB? Just log into Box for Android on your device before December 31, 2012. If you don’t have a Box account yet, be sure to download the app on your LG Android phone or tablet. You’ll have 50GB of free, secure file storage and sharing for the life of your account.

Anyone planning on giving this promotion a go? Definitely can’t hurt, after all it’s free!

Enjoy guys! Links and a QR code will be provided after the break.


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Nexus 4 drop test proves that glass is breakable

I’m surprised it took this long, but we do have our first Nexus 4 drop test. Seriously folks, the Nexus 4 (and the Optimus G) is a delicate phone since it pretty much has glass all over it. The front is made of Gorilla Glass 2, but the back is a glass-like substance that does not meet those standards. It would take a miracle for the the Nexus 4 to not get damaged upon a drop on any hard surface, but I guess the question is how much damage can one expect? The video is in German so you might not be able to tell what’s being said, but it’s a drop test, you don’t need to. Hit the break for two videos.


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Sony Xperia Tablet S Gets Minor “release6a” Update

 

While the Sony Xperia Tablet S may just be getting over its physical defects, it is now getting some love thanks to a minor OTA update that is being pushed out to the tablet. This minor update dubbed “release6a” brings a major VPN fix to users who encountered issues trying to log onto corporate or enterprise networks. Sure the minor update still keeps the tablet on Android 4.0.3, but any update is better than no update, right?

If you own the tablet, be sure to head on down to your Settings and System Updates in order to grab the latest update immediately.

source: Xperia Blog

Motorola Announces The RAZR i MT788 Smartphone For Chinese Markets

 

You knew it was only a matter of time before the rest of the world got a variant of the uber cool and Intel-powered Motorola RAZR i smartphone. Well the time has come as Motorola proudly announced the RAZR i MT788 that will operate on China Mobile’s wireless network. The RAZR i MT788 is nearly identical to the original RAZR i: it features the same 2GHz Intel chip, has a 4.3-inch 960 x 540 AMOLED display, 8MP camera and a microSD expansion slot. The only major difference is the RAZR i MT788 will only have 4GB of on-board storage, but will have a 1.3MP FFC.

As expected, the device will launch right in the middle of the holiday season. Motorola confirmed the device will be available sometime in mid-December, but did not specify how much the device will cost just yet. You’ll find additional details once your hit the source link.

source: Engadget Chinese
via: Engadget