Google Play Store credit now available for purchase directly from Google Play web store

I was wondering when Google would eventually implement this. Recently, Google has enabled credit purchases for their Google Play Store within the Google Play web in itself. If you’re in the web version of the Play Store, go ahead and jot down to the bottom and you’ll see a tab option that reads “Buy Google Play Credit.” The purchase of credits are an an increment of $5, $10, $15, $25 and $50.

Sadly, there’s no way to “gift” credits and you can only purchase for yourself, although I would imagine that option will be available in due time. Also, it looks like this is only for US customers and the option won’t seen in other countries.

source: Google Play Store

Sony announces Xperia VL; Exclusive to Japanese market

Sony has announced a new Android handset dubbed as the Xperia VL exclusive to the Japanese market. The device is set to be launched before years end and will come with an LTE chip for fast speeds. Here’s what else you can expect with the Xperia LV:

  • 4.3″ HD Reality Display screen, powered by Mobile Bravia Engine 2
  • 13 MP fast-capture camera with new shooting modes; Superior Auto feature, enabling low-light snapping and Picture Effect that lets you preview snaps using different effects
  • High levels of dust and water resistance
  • Sony’s signature tune-tech, including ClearAudio+ mode that lets you effortlessly enjoy audio quality
  • Sony’s media applications (WALKMAN® application, Album application and Movies application)
  • Ships running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • NFC enabled
  • Arc design

For me it’s disappointing that Sony chose to launch this phone with Android ICS rather than Jelly Bean, especially since it’s not evne launching until later towards the end of the year. Either way the phone seems like a great mid-range Android phone and a great portable media device.

source: Sony Mobile

 

Motorola DROID RAZR M, RAZR i, RAZR HD and Atrix HD all receive root method

As with any other Android device, root is eventually achieved. The Motorola DROID RAZR M, RAZR i, RAZR HD and Atrix HD have all received root thanks to XDA user djrbliss. The process that exploits root in these devices is called Motofail2Go and is a virtual one-click root process.

You’ll need a Windows PC, Motorola’s latest USB drivers and the program itself. If you’re brave and willing to give this a shot then head on over to the source link for instructions and more information regarding this rooting process.

source: XDA

Featured Play Store Review: Hands on with Angry Heroes Online [MMORPG - Arcade & Action]

Angry Heroes Online is a brand new MMORPG from Artibus that blends comic-style art and humor. In this world of fantasy, you will create your own character, deal with evil and clumsy bosses, go on exciting quests, play mini games, and fight other online players.

When creating your character, you have your choice of three different races: humans, elves, and orcs, You can dress him or her up anyway you wish and purchase protective gear and weapons. This is where things get interesting  and comical because the first weapon I used was a plunger, and it wasn’t too shabby because I won with it. As to the armor, again it’s not going be quite what you expect. Cardboard armor and paper bag masks usually don’t get the job done, but in Angry Heroes it does.


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Samsung issues official announcement regarding Jelly Bean update for U.S. version of Samsung Galaxy S III

As Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is taken up by more and more manufacturers on their new smartphones hitting the market in the near future, Samsung is in a bit of tight spot in trying to get their best-selling Samsung Galaxy S III updated to Jelly Bean. An update is needed to help customers who bought the popular smartphone happy and not feeling like their virtually new phone is outdated mere months after its release. Add to that news that U.K. carrier EE plans to make the Galaxy S III available with Jelly Bean pre-loaded and you have the potential to upset the early adopters.
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DROID RAZR HD unboxing and initial hands on review

The DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD are finally landing on Verizon Wireless tomorrow. It was exactly a year ago that Motorola brought back the RAZR form the dead in the form of the DROID RAZR. It was the thinnest smartphone at the time, and it quickly became one of the hottest phones on the Big Red network. It’s now one year later and time for an upgrade. This latest edition gets a bigger screen with 720p HD resolution, a faster processor, and a bigger battery.

The latest installment sports a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED 720p HD display, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 16GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 2530mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, GPS, WiFi, and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. This HD version is slightly thicker than the original (8.4mm vs 7.1mm) in order to house the bigger battery. It’s probably a good thing because to me, the original DROID RAZR felt too thin plus a bigger battery never hurts.

Will the DROID RAZR HD enjoy the same success with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S III, LG Optimus G, and HTC One X+? We will do a full review soon, but for now, check out our initial hands on video after the break.


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US Samsung Galaxy S III Not Likely To Get Jelly Bean Update Until Possibly 2013

 

Please don’t be upset with me Galaxy S III owners, for I am the bearer of bad (and possibly discouraging) news. As Galaxy S III users in Korea and Europe are enjoying the Jelly Bean update on their devices, Jelly Bean testing has seemingly been not as smooth on the carrier-branded versions here in the States. As reported by the Examiner, the US variants of the device will be among the last to get the update and will see the update by “2013″. This is definitely a bummer too because Samsung has shown its commitment to providing timely updates, but the wireless carriers continue to be a thorn in customers’ sides.

For now, we’ll just need to wait and see if the update truly will be delayed for those of us here in the US. The good thing is that 2013 is just around the corner, so hopefully the wait won’t be too long for those Galaxy S III owners.

source: Examiner
via: Android Authority

 

Another Day, Another $99 Nexus Tablet Rumor: Sources Say $99 Nexus Tablet Will Arrive In Q4, ASUS Says Don’t Believe The Hype

 

And while we’re on the topic of Google Nexus tablets, there’s now more uncertainty about whether or not the Mountain View giant will or will not bring a $99 tablet. The not-so-credible DigiTimes highlights that Taiwanese supply-chain makers claims that consumers will indeed see a $99 version of the Nexus tablet sometime this quarter, despite certain folks who think the claim is full of crap. The problem with this claim: DigiTimes also reports that ASUS has come out and clearly stated that “it has no plans to launch US$99 Nexus”. So basically you have supply-chain makers saying it’s very much real and ASUS saying it’s not real.

Boy oh boy who to believe here. Personally– I’d hold my breath on a $99 Nexus tablet, unless you know— we see it on a wireless carrier or something.

 

source: DigiTimes

 

Upcoming 32GB Nexus 7 Tablet To Cost £199.99 In The UK

 

As Google continues to be mum on its all but confirmed 32GB Nexus 7 tablet, we continue to see additional specs and info leaked out for our viewing pleasure. Just like we had reported earlier in the week, the gang at Android Central managed to get a tip that famed UK retailer Argos has created its Christmas guide and lo and behold— the 32GB Nexus 7 is listed at a cool £199.99 ($323.00 USD). The significance of this is the pricing point pretty much confirms the upcoming tablet will indeed replace the existing 16GB tablet— while also adding that Google has finally listened to its customers (like yours’ truly) and will offer up more storage space.

So now that we know it’s very much real and on the way, all we need now is for Google to just finally stop holding out on the inevitable and give up the details on when we can grab one of the tablets for ourselves.

source: Android Central

HTC reveals J Butterfly smartphone for Japan with 5-inch 1080p display and Android 4.1

Wait, can it be? Yes, HTC has finally revealed its long-rumored 5-inch smartphone, and it’s quite a device. The HTC J Butterfly is the company’s newest feat, sporting a Super LCD 3 1080p panel (440ppi), a Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, LTE and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean . Users will also receive 16GB of internal storage, 2GB of RAM, a MicroSD slot, 2020mAh batter, as well as an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing shooter. The J Butterfly weighs in at just 140 grams and measures 9.11mm thick.

While we’ve seen this smartphone before wearing similarly-suited US attire, HTC’s J Butterfly is currently limited to KDDI’s network in Japan. Of course, there’s always a chance we could see a variant of this device announced for America (probably on Verizon), we’ll have to sit still until any more information emerges.

Regardless, HTC has crafted a magnificent device–one that boasts all of the latest hardware and specs. Are you impressed? Would you pick one up if it came to the US?

Source: HTC