Whether or not you are heavy user on Google+, one thing we have to agree on is the Hangouts feature is pretty cool. Hangouts can be just a simple one on one with your friend, or there are a number of on-air live Hangouts that you can check out regularly. Even President Obama has appeared in Hangouts in the past, but Google and the President have something different in store for next week.
After President Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address to Congress, he will “travel” the country in a virtual whistlestop tour on Friday, January 31 via Google+ Hangouts. People from across the United States will get to ask President Obama questions regarding his State of the Union address.
We’re not sure if this has anything to do with LogMeIn’s announcement that their service will no longer be free, but RealVNC has dropped the price on VNC Viewer from $9.99 to Free. VNC Viewer allows you remote access to your desktop, but it’s not as easy to setup as something like LogMeIn. However, I prefer it over anything else because it’s just more robust. The fact that the RealVNC is now free makes it all the more worthwhile. The other good news is that it will connect to other branded VNC servers, but they are hoping you will buy a licence for their VNC 5. Hit the break for download links and screenshots.
Yesterday, it was brought to our attention that the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Galaxy Note 3 broke compatibility with a few third-party accessories. If you find yourself with an accessory that doesn’t work anymore, the only way to get it working again would be to root, but how many people are willing to do that? Samsung did make a statement regarding this issue, but I am not sure anyone is going to feel better about the situation…..
Last year, LG announced the Optimus G Pro in February, so it’s no surprise that ETNews is reporting that the LG G Pro 2 (or G2 Pro) will be announced next month. It very well could be announced at MWC, but last year’s announcement was about a week before the big event.
As to the specs, it’s now expected that this beast will feature a 6-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 800, 3GB of RAM, and Android 4.4. I know some people might be disappointed that the display doesn’t support QHD (2560 x 1440), but with the display being that large, it’s certainly not surprising.
Apparently the new Beats Music service wasn’t fully prepared for the amount of registrations it received after its initial announcement yesterday— the service had to temporarily halt any new registrations because of the influx of demand.
Here’s the drawback to Google recently implemented voice recognition into Chrome; malicious websites can utilize that voice recognition to listen in and possibly record you.
Before you freak out, that sounds significantly worse than it actually is. The “exploit,” according to developer Tal Ater, involves a website asking for your permission to use your microphone for whatever purpose. Afterwards, that site can exploit a bug in Chrome’s voice recognition to listen in on you. A site may launch a pop-up to continue listening in even if you’ve closed the tab for that particular site.
OnePlus, the Chinese company from Oppo executives, has recently announced they’ll be releasing their first phone in 2014 with CyanogenMod pre-installed. Fortunately, it still looks like mid-2014 is going to be the release date, and CM will still be the default OS. On their Facebook page today, they’ve clarified that the device is also going to launch with the top specs and design for a 2014 flagship device, which likely means at least a 1080p or 2k screen and a processor with more cores than you can shake a stick at. I’m not sure exactly what they’re planning on doing in the design department, but they’re aiming big, and that’s always a good thing.
Hopefully we’ll hear more about this device in the near future, including when we can expect to see it hit shelves (and if it will be released outside of China at all) and what’s going to be included under the hood.
via: Phone Arena
Are the Nexus 5’s two color options just too boring for you? You may want to keep an eye out for Google to announce a few more colors for the stock Android handset. According to a leaked video showing a new Play Store listing for the Nexus 5, Google may begin selling the Nexus in 8 different color schemes; black, white, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. That’s enough colors that just about anyone should be able to find one that they like.
There’s not much else in the video, but if this is real, it’s definitely going to be a big announcement. Personally, I like the red option. Check out the video below and let us know which color looks the best to you.
Just like that, out of nowhere, Google was found guilty of five claims of U.S. Patent No 7,025,914 involving push notification services. The patent in question is owned by SimpleAir, an inventor-owned technology licensing company that holds eight issued U.S. patents. The Google services involved are Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) and Android Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM). These services are used to send instant notifications for Android apps such as Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter.
The verdict took place this past Saturday, January 18th after a week-long trial in Marshall, Texas, and was presided over by the Honorable Rodney Gilstrap. Although the jury found Google guilty on all five claims, they weren’t able to reach a unanimous decision on the amount of damages. It will now be decided by a new separate jury that will hear a limited second trial. SimpleAir is seeking over $125 million in damages.
Over on XDA, there are people reporting that their Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is not working with third-party accessories. Back in October, we heard that Samsung may be implementing a system to block third-party accessories without their certification. The reports are coming from devices running Android 4.4 KitKat, meaning that Samsung may have activated the system with the update.
The first accessory that falls victim to this seems to be Spigen’s S-View Flip Cover. This leaves owners of the accessory without a way to use it properly and thus making them feel their money has been wasted. Spigen is currently working on a Slim Armor View case; however, its production may be halted until they sort things out with Samsung. So for the moment, avoid buying third-party accessories for Samsung devices.
Along with the WiFi-only Sony Xperia Z Ultra and LG G Flex, Japanese carrier KDDI is adding a few more devices to its lineup today. These devices, however, will likely never leave Asian markets. First up is the Sharp Aquos Phone Series Mini smartphone. Pictured above, Sharp is offering the device in a few different colors. Inside is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. A 13MP sits on the back and the Phone Series Mini runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. Incredibly, this 4.5-inch smartphone has a 1080p display that allows for 487ppi.
The other device, also from Sharp, is the Aquos Pad. This 7-inch tablet also has Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Like the Nexus 7, it has 1920×1200 display which is great for a 7-inch tablet. Like the aforementioned smartphone, it has a 13MP camera. Hit the break to see the Aquos Pad.
AT&T continues to add and expand new markets around the country to their 4G LTE coverage— just today, the carrier added “several” new markets, including the ones after the break.
With a new patent trial scheduled to start on March 31, 2014 between Apple and Samsung, Judge Lucy Koh has entered a summary judgment order on some motions from the two parties. Judge Koh denied some requests from Apple, but did rule that Samsung infringed an Apple patent on “word recommendations” aka autocomplete. At this point, Samsung will now have to argue at trial that the patent itself should be ruled invalid. Considering the ubiquity of autocomplete on any smartphone, this ruling could be a problem for manufacturers of other Android devices. Reportedly, Google is involved with an anonymous reexamination request of the patent. As the parties prepare for trial, Apple still has five patents at issue with one of them ruled as being infringed upon by Samsung even before the jury starts to hear the case.
Samsung has a new device, model number SM-S780L, that appears to be very close to the end of the development and certification pipeline and is thus ready for an official launch. At this time though, we still don’t have much information about the device’s specifications or what name the device will be marketed under. According to a User Agent profile located on the Samsung web site, the SM-S780L is running a screen with 1280×720 resolution, although we do not know what size the screen is. The device also received Wi-Fi certification and appears to support both W-CDMA and GSM wireless connections. Thus far specifics like processor, memory, storage, and camera information remain a mystery.
Given the lack of support for full 1080 HD resolution, the device will likely be targeted at the mid-tier smartphone buyer. Perhaps we will see the SM-S780L make an appearance at MWC 2014 next month along with other new Samsung devices like the Galaxy S5.