We are expecting the new Nexus 7 to be unveiled this Wednesday at Sundar Pichai’s media event. Previous rumors have indicated the release will be the following week, and this leak confirms it. This is an image from next Sunday’s (July 28) Best Buy ad. It has the new Nexus 7 listed for the previously reported price of $229 (16GB version) and it states that it will be available on Tuesday. That would be July 30th.
So what do you guys think about the price increase? A better display and processor is going to be nice, but when is the last time you saw a price increase in the mobile category? It doesn’t make sense to me, but we will know everything there is to know about the new Nexus 7 this Wednesday. Stay tuned.
Yesterday brought us the first press render of the Moto X in black and today gives us the same shot of the phone, but in white. At this point, we just want to get our hands on this bad boy, but we will have to wait until August 1st. Are you guys digging the looks?
Although these are the best pictures to date that we’ve received of the Moto X, they’re certainly not revealing anything groundbreaking to us that we didn’t already know about it. (It feels as though we’ve seen hundreds of photos of the device throughout the past few weeks.) The device will be announced on August 1st and is expected to ship later in the month. To say we’re excited would be an understatement.
Check out the second image (profile) of the device after the break.
Motorola Mobility recently posted a job listing for a senior director of industrial design for wearables, indicating the Google-owned unit is looking to ramp up their efforts in the wearable device market space. This should not be that big a surprise when one considers Google’s efforts with their Glass project and all of the smartwatch devices coming out from several vendors. The position listing indicates the person will “provide strategic leadership, champion innovation and institute best practices to create a new world class wearable’s (sic) design group within Motorola.”
The Google Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone may not be a Nexus in name, but it certainly is a Nexus in spirit and as such, will probably get early builds of important software updates before other devices. After seeing an earlier Android 4.3 build leak out last month, another build of the imminent update pops up, which naturally has been obtained by the boys at XDA. The build— identified as JWR66V— was concocted on July 11th and turned into a sweet ROM that can be flashed onto the device. It’s unsure of what exactly this build brings, but users are reporting there’s at least an improved battery charge, which also includes an improved wireless battery charging feature. Of course there may be a bug or two (or three), but we’re sure that won’t stop a few of you from trying out some of that sweet, sweet Android 4.3 glory before the rest of us.
Boy, we sure can’t wait for that rapidly approaching August 1st holiday, but in the meantime, the minor wait for the Motorola X’s unveiling won’t stop us from getting important deets on the intriguing new smartphone. According to sources with The Verge, the CDMA version of the smartphone features a 4.5-inch screen, a dual-core Snapdragon processor, Android 4.2.2 (for now), the super-cool “always-on” listening mode and a wrist-flicking gesture which opens the camera app for good measure. While the confirmed specs are based off the CDMA version, it’s probably a safe bet the GSM version will likely have the same specs as well. I mean sure, we still don’t know other important details such as what specific battery will be used, but hey— at least the phone will probably be easy on our wallets and pocketbooks, right?
source: The Verge
There are plenty of ways to access your desktop browser from your mobile device, but most don’t even get to that point because the thought of setting up a server and get it running on your desktop is too overwhelming of a procedure. Although it isn’t too hard, many don’t want to mess around with it either because it’s too confusing or for whatever other reason they may have.
However, the Chromium team is working on an Android version of their already popular “Chrome Remote Desktop” for desktop Chrome browsers, using your Google account and Chrome browser’s ability to sync. (This will give you the ability to access your desktop directly through your Android device’s Chrome browser.) Although it may be a while before it’s available and fully functional, it’s certainly a great start to something that can be an extremely powerful tool for Android.
Via: Android Central
Source: Chromium Code Reviews
The Moto X hype is in high gear and the wait it just about over. A few select journalists got to see it last week, but it will finally be unveiled to all on August 1st in New York City. We just received the above invitation, and to say we are excited, is a huge understatement. Keep it locked right here because we will give you all the juicy details.
Locket is a new application that takes a unique approach to advertisements and payment. The app is essentially a lock screen that displays an advertisement, but it pays you to swipe the ads away. Unfortunately, you get one penny per ad swipe and you’re limited to three swipes per hour, so it’s definitely not going to replace your day job, but if you just want a few extra bucks every month to pay for some gift cards or coffee, it’s worth a look.
Locket will pay your earned money in either cash, gift cards, or as a donation to charity, and they claim to be strict on what ad partners they pick so you aren’t bombarded with junk ads. Still, though, with such a small payout, it may not be worth the hassle. What do you think? Let us know in the comments, and hit the link below if you want to give it a spin.
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Rovio has finally debuted their game data-syncing solution on Android, called Rovio Accounts. The premise is simple; you create a Rovio account, and it backs up and restores your data across devices for some Rovio games. Unfortunately, there are some limitations in place. Rovio Accounts, as of right now, only supports syncing two games, including The Croods and the original Angry Birds game. Rovio’s other 7 mobile games don’t qualify yet. Hopefully we’ll see them in the future, but as of right now, you’re going to be limited just a bit.
Still, it’s a step in the right direction for cross-platform cloud syncing, which seems to be much more popular now than it used to be.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note II will apparently be skipping its update to Android 4.2.2, which, at first, sounds really, really bad for a flagship device. However, there’s a silver lining; Samsung will reportedly just skip 4.2.2 and update the device straight to Android 4.3. With Samsung’s Google Play edition Galaxy S 4, they obviously have some inside access to newer versions of Android, so this isn’t too much of a stretch to believe.
No word on the Galaxy S III, but considering its 4.2.2 update has been delayed for this long, we may see it skip straight to newer versions of Android as well.
source: Gotta Be Mobile
A couple days ago we reported on some images that were discovered of the new Nexus 7 device that is getting ready for release as well as some pricing information. The thing we could not figure out is what might justify a price increase for the device. The latest leak may answer some of those questions as it appears to confirm some specs for the device. First, the new Nexus 7 will have a quad-core processor running at 1.5 GHz. The new chip will be running Android 4.3 as the operating system. Some other new hardware may be driving the cost up a bit, including a slim port so users can connect the device to their TV to play HD content and support for wireless charging.
Source also indicate that Staples stores will get the devices on July 24th, but they are under strict orders to keep them under lock and key until the official sale date of July 31st. The possibility exists that Google may offer the new Nexus 7 through the Play Store before then.
Are you planning to buy a new Nexus 7 when they are available?
If you are one of the people who has been waiting for Toshiba to officially release the latest iteration of their Excite tablet devices, today is a good day for you as they are officially available for purchase. Toshiba released the three 10.1-inch class devices at three different price points, so one of them should fit the requirements of most buyers. The devices include the Excite Pure, the Excite Pro and the Excite Write and are available through Toshiba direct or major retailers like Amazon.com or Best Buy.