Featured Play Store Review: Hands on with Robin, the Siri Challenger [Voice Assistant]

Ever since Siri launched on iOS, a lot of developers started introducing similar apps for Android. You will find some decent ones, but a newer one called Robin, the Siri Challenger from Magnifis looks very promising. The fact that it’s in Beta and it already works very well has me excited for what lies ahead. Now lets face it, Google really stepped up their game with Google Now, but I know a lot of users want something that is more of a virtual assistant, and that’s where Robin comes in.

Robin was created for drivers so they keep their hands on the wheel, but it’s useful anywhere because she’s so versatile. You can ask her some of the simple stuff like find the nearest coffee shop, directions, and where to park your car, but you can get more sophisticated information like the cheapest parking lot or the cheapest gas station nearby. Robin can also update your Facebook status, send a Tweet, set reminders, tell you the score in a game, or even get you movie showtimes. It will even tell you a corny joke if you so wish. You can even teach Robin a few things like your name, where your home or work is, and even your birthday for horoscopes. Do you want a male voice instead? You can change that as well.

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Leaked Samsung Galaxy Premier (GT-i9260) press shot shows it’s not a Nexus

We heard rumblings about a Samsung phone baring the model GT-i9260 for a couple of months now. It was referred to as the Galaxy Nexus Superior when it first leaked. From the leaked image above, we can clearly see it’s not a Nexus since it has TouchWiz on top of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Some even thought that it would be called the Galaxy Nexus Premier, but just take “Nexus” out of the name and we have the Galaxy Premier. It will sport a 4.65-inch 720P Super AMOLED display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 8 or 16GB of storage, and a microSD for expanded storage.

I had a hard time believing it was going to be a Nexus device because leaked documents did show that it would have a microSD slot, and we all know that Google is against those. However the model number of GT-i9260 did make it plausible since the Galaxy Nexus was the GT-i9250.   I’m happy to see this was finally cleared up, which means that the LG Nexus 4 still seems to be the only Nexus on the table this fall unless rumors of an HTC device based on the DROID Incredible X hold true.

cheers Justin!!

source: mobilegeeks

Gaikai To Begin Streaming Sony Playstation Games, Causes Minor Speculation We May See Them On Android Devices Eventually


Now that Sony is full speed ahead with items like its Playstation Mobile, what else is there for Sony to do? Acquire another gaming giant to bring more and more titles to a broad window of gamers of course. It was recently announced Sony absorbed Gaikai into its gaming family and it’s now speculated that we’re about effects of the new union. As Gaikai will begin streaming popular titles like Gears of War, Metal Gear Solid and Mass Effect, we will see a greater trend of playing games on not just our PS3 consoles, but portable devices like the PSP.

However— since Gaikai is well-known for streaming content and games onto our Android devices and Sony is looking to give more and more Android devices Playstation Certification, there is the hope that we will eventually see bigger and better hits being streamed to our Android devices. There’s nothing concrete from Sony or Gaikai, but one has to imagine the possibility could be real, especially with Android devices becoming more and more powerful. Naturally we’ll need to wait and see how successful Sony is with streaming games onto its consoles before we can even think about seeing those types of games on our Android devices. But then again, one can only hope and dream, right?

source: Playstation Lifestyle
via: Droid Life

Google updates mobile homepage with expandable menu

Google just introduced some nice enhancements to their mobile homepage. It now has the look of the Google+ and YouTube Android apps with an expandable menu to the left. This menu includes links to other Google services like Google+, Images, News, Gmail, etc. You can open this menu by tapping the new button at the top left corner. You will also find a redesigned top bar that includes shortcuts to post to Google+ and get your notifications.

Unfortunately this new homepage isn’t available to all just yet. I just checked on my Galaxy Nexus running Jelly Bean and it wasn’t there, but I’m sure it will be available to all within the next few days.


When It Rains… It Pours: More Leaked Photos Of The LG Nexus Surface


As we get closer and closer to the inevitable announcement of Google’s newest addition to the Nexus family, we now see yet another leaked photo of the Nexus 4 (or Optimus Nexus, whatever you prefer). Belerusian website Onliner.by obtained some sweet photos of the LG E960. As you can see off the bat, the device seems to feature a special coating and the traditional Google & LG logos on the back, while the front is all screen, nearly identical to the existing Galaxy Nexus smartphone. All in all, these photos seem to line up with the previous shots that we’ve seen before.

In addition to the photos that have surfaced, the website also takes some time to confirm some specs that were previously rumored to be featured in the smartphone. As of now, Onliner.by highlights the newest upcoming Nexus will feature a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2 gigs of RAM, a 1280×768 HD display, 8MP rear camera and 8GB of on-board storage. Leave it to the Nexus line to stay consistent with featuring the best features and cutting edge technology.

In case you’ve forgotten, the device is expected to be announced at the end of the month. In the meantime, we’re sure you’re all itching to get more peeks of the upcoming device, so hit the break for all the photos you can handle.

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Is Google looking for ‘Android aficianados’ for an upcoming Nexus call center?

Well look at this. Google is actively hiring “Android aficianados” for what appears to be a call center or in the words of the ad, Helpdesk Level 1. Actually Google isn’t mentioned by name, but I think this line says it all: “a confidential client (who recently unveiled an Android tablet! I think we all know who it is!). The location is Mountain View.”

Although it doesn’t seem far-fetched that Google could be starting a call center, one has to wonder of the validity of this since the word aficianado is misspelled as afficianado. This could be a just a typo or it could be  further confirmation that Google (and probably LG) will unveil a new Nexus device shortly. Google has released a Nexus phone each of the last three years so it’s not like it’s a shocker. Rumors have the LG Nexus 4 launching at the end of the month so this ad lines up nicely though.

source: geek

EA teases new Need for Speed: Most Wanted game with new video

Need for Speed, quite possibly the most popular game in its genre is making its way yet again to the Android platform in the form of Most Wanted. If you’re not familiar with this franchise, Need for Speed offers realistic dynamic physics-based collisions, cop takedowns, and realistic visual damage. Need for Speed: Most Wanted will also feature plenty of real world cars to drive, but let’s face it, we all know we end up crashing these cars just for fun either way.

This franchise has always been one of my favorites ever since I was young, so I’ll definitely give this a shot on my Android device. Electronic Arts has released a short teaser video of the game in action that you can check out after the break!

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HTC discontinues tablets in US market, will keep an open mind in the future

Just like the competing manufacturers in the smartphone market, the tablet market seems just as fierce. Recently statistics showed that iPad devices control a whopping 52% of the market share out of all tablets!  Keep in mind that there are a lot of other tablet manufacturers that make up the other 48%. Unfortunately due to the “competitive heat”, Taiwanese-based conglomerate HTC is dropping their hopes for US tablet sales. To be honest, HTC has only released a total of three tablets in the US, over the last two years. The Flyer, EVO View 4G, and Jetstream will no longer be sold by HTC, due to the lack of sales and overall interest in the devices. What’s interesting however, is that the company’s global online communications manager, Jeff Gordon, said that tablets could return in the future, leaving an “open-mind”. The HTC spokesman said, “We’re watching that market very, very closely,” referring to a possible revival of tablet production in the US market. Hopefully HTC could tag team with Google, for a next generation Nexus 7 tablet. 
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OTA updates hit the Samsung Epic 4G Touch and ZTE Fury

Most Android users know there is nothing better than a nice software update. For some, OTA updates are like Santa coming to your house, but with just one present. Luckily Sprint is rolling out small updates for both the Samsung Epic 4G Touch, and the ZTE Fury.

Starting off with the Epic 4G Touch, the software has been updated to version S:D710.10S.FI27 which carries a few fixes and bug tweaks. There is nothing major, but here is what you should notice:

- Ability to edit internal out of office message on Email 

- VPN access over 3G fix

- MMS send/receive over 3G fix 

And to tag along, the ZTE Fury is getting some new software also. Upon installation, you will see that it’s version N850V1.0.0B14 in the phone’s settings, and it provides only a few tweaks just like the Epic 4G Touch update. The fixes include:

- Speaker phone improvements 

- Battery consumption improvements

- Updated Network Option settings

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