Google Offers Updated To Bring New UI And Performance Improvements

One of the coolest apps around has just gotten an update which brings noticeable improvements. The latest Google Offers update now brings items such as faster browsing and a brand new look to the user interface. And yes Google Offers still doesn’t work everywhere just yet, but at least Google is working to bring the service to more individuals by upping the number of partner sites and cities include Austin, Minneapolis, LA and NYC.

The update is now available for all Android 2.1+ devices in the Play Store. If you don’t have it, make sure you grab it… today.

 

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Over 600 MGM Titles Coming To YouTube And Google Play

Google and MGM have struck a licensing deal to feature over 600 MGM movie titles as rentals on YouTube and Google Play in North America, including titles such as Rocky, Rainman, The Terminator, and Robocop. This deal comes just a couple of weeks after their deal with Paramount Pictures for 500 movies.

MGM and Paramount are two of the five major film studios with which Google has partnered, leaving only 20th Century Fox, a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, as the lone hold out. Murdoch has had issues with Google’s hands-off approach to blocking links to pirated content via its search engine, so a deal doesn’t seem likely until one side changes position.

The addition of MGM brings Google to nearly 10,000 titles available through YouTube or Google Play. At this rate, Netflix and HBO GO better watch out.

source: youtube global blog

Is Motorola Switching to Snapdragon S4 Processors Because of LTE?

In a benchmark test posted on GLBenchmark.com, a Motorola device listed as MB886 and codenamed qinara is shown using a Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset, better known as the dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Krait. To our knowledge, this is Motorola’s first foray into Qualcomm territory, having previously used TI’s OMAP series or NVIDIA’s Tegra chipsets.

More and more devices are moving to the S4 because of its compatibility with 4G LTE technology. NVIDIA’s Tegra series has had reported incompatibilities with LTE, which is why HTC’s One X series in the U.S. dropped the quad-core Tegra 3 in favor of the S4. Though the S4 is only dual-core, not quad-core like the Tegra 3, it has shown great promise in benchmarks.

This Motorola device is running Android 4.0.3 at an HD resolution of 1196×720, and will be launching on AT&T. Could qinara be the DROID RAZR HD? Or the Atrix 3? Or something completely different? View the benchmark results after the break.


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Apex Launcher For ICS Gets a Sweet Update, Download Link Available

 

The latest launcher to rock the Android community is making great strides and now you can get your hands on a Beta version of the app to see what the buzz is all about.  Apex Launcher for Android is a jam packed feature rich launcher for your ICS smartphone.  The beta expires April 20th for those wanting to give it a spin so be sure to download ASAP.  Note the vast amount of changes the app has been given such as Widgets in the app dock and newly added two finger gestures:

  • Added pinch in gesture option
  • Added launch shortcut option for gestures
  • Added vertical dock margin option
  • Multiple configurable drawer tabs (pro)
  • Unread count notifications (pro)
  • Dock swipe gestures (pro)
  • Two finger gestures (pro)
  • More transition effects for homescreen and drawer (pro)
  • Batch add option for folders (pro)
  • Option to merge folder contents (pro)
  • Widgets in dock (pro)
  • Overlapping widgets (pro)
  • Some bug fixes

For those on-board, check out the apk below and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

Apex Launcher Beta Download Link

source: Droid Life

 

 

ASUS Padphone and Transformer Pad Infinity Receive European Pricing and Availability

Many of you are probably looking forward to getting your hands on one of the new ASUS products like the Padphone or the Transformer Pad Infinity. Although ASUS just revealed European pricing, availability is still a little ways off yet. Notebook Italia is reporting that the 32GB Padphone is scheduled to release in European markets in late May and is going to be pretty expensive. We’re talking 700 euros ($914) expensive, and that doesn’t even include the keyboard dock. The dock is going to cost you an additional 150 euros ($200) if you want to turn your duo into a trio. Still no pricing and availability on the LTE Padphone but it’s believed that it could be out sometime in September.

As far as the Transformer Pad Infinity  goes, the 64GB Wi-Fi version should arrive in European markets on June 10th with the hefty price tag of 600 euros ($780). What ever happened to the previously suggested price of $699 for the 64GB version, ASUS? And since no mention was made of the LTE version, we cant help but wonder if ASUS has delayed its launch for some reason. If we hear anything more we will be sure to let you know.

source: Notebook Italia
via: Unwired View

 

 

 

Google Drive Release Gets Pushed to Next Week

A couple weeks ago we exclusively broke the news about Google Drive’s release date and that everyone will get 5GB of storage for free. Well, according to our tipster we are on track for the free 5GB of free storage but the release date has been pushed back a week and we should now see an open enrollment on the 24th of April. Once Google Drive launches, users will gain instant usability across many devices including Android, iOS, Windows and Mac. How the process will work on a Mac is still unknown at this point.

Just in case you wanted further evidence, The Next Web is also reporting the same thing, claiming to have an inside source as well. They recently reported something similar to what we heard, a launch next Tuesday or Wednesday, leaning more towards Tuesday. So barring any unforeseen delays, we should all be heading to www.drive.google.com on the 24th to sign up for what could be the perfect cloud storage integration for all Android devices. We’ll see you there!

source: The Next Web

 

Could the Galaxy S III Launch Reveal Multiple Models?

Well we finally got some official confirmation on this years most anticipated handset and it looks like May 3rd will be its big unveiling. As the release date gets closer, leaks are going to become more prevalent and the most recent set of Galaxy S III “details” come from sources close to BGR. According to BGR, Samsung plans for a huge GSIII release not only in London, but we could also see a simultaneous launch in New York City, Seoul and Dubai. The Galaxy S III is even said to be the official device of the 2012 summer Olympics. This would mean a ton of advertising opportunities for Samsung and should prove beneficial when trying to compete with the upcoming iPhone 5 launch.

As far as details go, we get further confirmation of what we have heard before such as a 1080p HD display, a quad-core Exynos processor and 4G LTE. What’s interesting is that BGR also mentions that the phone will come with options, one being its color (blue/black or white) and the other being its storage size (16GB or 32GB). As it usually goes with anything unofficial, we will take this with a dash of Morton’s… Although the thought of having options when it comes to the next superphone sure does sound nice! Which combo would you chose? Shout it out in the comments below.

source: BGR

 

New Updates Rolling out for the Sprint Branded ZTE Optik, Build V55V1.1.0B09

We all jump for joy when we see updates pop up in the status bar on our Android devices, don’t we? Well, that’s what Sprint has brought to all of you ZTE Optik owners out there today. The ZTE Optik 7-inch tablet is Sprint’s very budget friendly Honeycomb sporting device that arrived to the Now network back in early February. Released today was build V55V1.1.0B09. Below you’ll find a list of the the fixes, updates, and enhancements:

  • Google DRM solution
  • Google Music
  • Google+
  • Persistent notification after BT transfer
  • Software version corrected in x-wap profile
  • Sim City closes when attempting to purchase while connected to Wifi
  • Sim City download issue fixed
  • Response when connected to a computer via USB cable

The update will be rolling out over the next couple of days. If you’re like me, you may need to check and make sure your automatic updates are working.  Just go to Settings>About tablet>System updates>Update Android>Check now and enjoy all the glory that is new updates!

Source: sprintcommunity

Download the DROID RAZR Smart Actions application to your DROID Bionic

 

If you own a DROID Bionic and you’re growing tired of staring enviously at your DROID RAZR toting companions and their immensely useful ‘Smart Actions’ application, we’ve got you covered.

Dana Davis AKA iNsAnEmOd took to his twitter account to generously share his work with the world in the shape of an APK download. You don’t need to be rooted to get going, you can simply side load the application and you’re good to go. Feedback online suggests that the APK will only work on Motorola ROMs, I’ve tried it out on my GSM Galaxy Nexus and can confirm that it didn’t work.

Click the link below to download the application and be sure to let us know how it works out for you in the comments below.

download : SmartActions

source : Twitter

Need a Mother’s Day gift idea? Try Gift Wizard Lite for Android

A while back I did a review on Gift Wizard, which helps you when you can’t figure out what to give as gift to someone special. I remember it vividly. My wife turned to me and asked what to buy someone as a thank you gift, and I immediately opened up Gift Wizard, punched in some details about the person, and it spit out a bunch of ideas. We immediately settled on one of them. The whole process took less than 2 minutes. The funny thing is that I realized Gift Wizard really didn’t tell me anything I didn’t know, but many times when trying to think of a gift for someone, the obvious never seems to come to mind.

We’ve all been in situations where we just can’t figure it out and the panic starts settling in. It’s time to get rid of all that stress and give Gift Wizard Lite a try. Gift Wizard Lite is totally free so you don’t have an excuse. Back when I reviewed it, I had the paid version, which is .99 cents. To me, it was worth every penny, but with Mother’s Day coming up, SockMonkeySolutions just released this free version. What a perfect opportunity to give it a try. It has all the same features as the paid version except you won’t be able to load/save profiles or share your results via SMS or other social networks. If you try it out and it works for you, I recommend jumping right in to the paid version. It will make your life a lot easier with the saved profiles. Hit the break for download links.

 

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Play Store Download Link – Lite

 

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Play Store Download Link – Full