It’s pretty clear that Amazon has every intention of staying competitive in the mobile space for the foreseeable future. Between new devices, applications, and cloud services, Amazon is fighting their way to the top of the OEM pile, and doing a pretty good job of it. To add more to their app/cloud repertoire, Amazon has released a Cloud Drive Photos app to access any photos you may have on Amazon Cloud drive.
Remember when a UK court ordered Apple to post a notice on their UK website saying Samsung did not copy Apple’s designs? I’m sure it must have extremely tough for Apple to do that, but at least they complied, right? Well, maybe not. A UK court of appeals has criticized Apple for its choice of words, and the fact that the statement is hidden in a footer link on the website. That same court of appeals found that Apple is non-compliant with the court order.
Those of you that are sporting CyanogenMod 10 will be happy to know that they are incorporating their own file manager, appropriately named CM File Manager. It maintains the Holo UI and of course leverages root capabilities. So far it looks like it won’t have any network capabilities like the ability to access any of your network drives over WiFi. I’m sure this will be added at a later date, but if it’s something you need, you won’t be able to dump ES Explorer or File Expert just yet.
It was already forked into their project last night, and should show up in the next round of nightlies.
There’s no shortage of casino slot games for Android (or iOS for that matter), but there just might be a new sheriff in town. Blitzoo Games just released SlotSpot, which has been a major hit on Facebook since it launched a year ago. I have to be honest with you, I am not much of slots person, but I know a lot of people not only love them in the actual casino, but they love them on their mobile devices. SlotSpot isn’t your average slot game though. What I mean is that it’s not the simple 3 reels x 3 rows with cherries and gold bars on toy slot machines. SlotSpot has 12 unique slot games ranging from Showgirls, Pirates, Bloodlines, Reel Romance, and more. The slot games consist of 5 reels x 3 rows, with up to 24 combinations for payouts. Many of these combinations will need to be unlocked as you progress through the 40+ levels. If that’s not enough of a difference, how about characters, quests, and storylines that you won’t find in other slot games?
Are you looking forward to getting your hands on a new LG Nexus 4 from T-Mobile? If so, you should be aware of one feature the new smartphone will not have – WiFi calling. T-Mobile confirmed this would be the case after many potential buyers started asking questions about the feature. WiFi calling does require a specific app or code to be enabled and is usually inserted by the carriers. Considering the Nexus 4 is produced by LG for Google, it should probably not be surprising that T-Mobile was not able to get carrier specific features included on the devices.
You all remember how Sony had to abruptly halt the sales of its Xperia Tablet S models due to some wardrobe malfunctions? Well Sony Japan has confirmed that will resume production of the models by mid-November, meaning we should see the tablet models back in retailers by the holiday season. In addition to that, Sony Japan has also confirmed that it is still honoring free inspections and repair service of the tablet models in most markets, so if you’re an owner and think you may be affected— you can take the tablet to a local Sony retailer and have the device inspected and/or repaired— free of charge.
source: Xperia Blog
It seems like the UK is just getting all the good stuff lately, doesn’t it? Well Samsung continues to bring good things for the those of you living there and brings the intriguing Galaxy S III mini smartphone’s availability in the UK. This means those of you itching to grab that 4-inch, Jelly Bean-powered device will finally be able to grab the device on November 8th— meaning you will all be able to enjoy all the luxuries of Android 4.1. No word yet on which retailers will carry the device yet, but we suspect we’ll see that information surface as the day goes on.
More details can be found in the presser once you hit the break.
As Netflix continues to grow and expand worldwide, so too does its ability to work on major devices. That’s why Netflix recently expressed its enthusiasm in announcing its mobile app is now available on the Kindle Fire tablet in the UK and Ireland. This means starting today, users will be able to grab the app from the Amazon App Store and finally be able to play content of their favorite show, movie or program— right from the comfort of their tablet.
Again— Netflix is inching closer and closer to taking over the world— but it continues to do it little by little and its expansion to additional devices in the UK and Ireland is a start.
Sony knows that
all most of us are suckers for a creative promotion, so it has come up with perhaps its most creative promotion yet called the Xperia Face Off promotion. Highlighting the “one touch sharing” capabilities of their Xperia T smartphones. Using a standard Facebook profile picture, users will try to get their Facebook profile pictures to as many virtual devices as possible in a span of 2 minutes around the virtual track. Users will try to compete with one another for the chance to possibly earn lots of Sony goodies or even a chance to head on out to Vegas for a free trip.
The good news is the promotion will begin starting this weekend. The bad news— it’s only open to those out in the UK at this time, which is a bit of a bummer– but not the end of the world. If you live in the UK and are interested, hit the source link for more details.
source: Sony Xperia Face Off
One of the great things about Android phones is the ability to well… tinker with them. While most of the mod attention goes to the software side of things (i.e. rooting, ROMs, etc.), Android owners forget there is also the ability to tinker with a device’s hardware as well. With that in mind, a crafty Galaxy Nexus owner named Fenris_Ulf took some time to tinker with his device’s battery charging ability. Like most other devices, the Galaxy Nexus features a micro-USB output— which is susceptible to some wear, rendering charging of the device virtually useless and exactly what happened to Fenris_Ulf’s G-Nex.
Fenris_Ulf loved his Galaxy Nexus so much, that he bought another one— but this time, he took some precautionary measures in order to ensure his new Galaxy Nexus would charge… with or without the micro-USB out. He went ahead and ordered the extended battery and cover, a few Palm Touchstones, and a Palm Pixi touchstone cover. Using some geek wizardry (and some added luck), he managed to successfully mod the extended cover in order to all the device to charge inductively. OK in plain English: he hardwired some cables directly from the G-Nex’s innards onto the special cover, allowing for the full ability for him to simply place the modded G-Nex onto the specialized terminal and allow for inductive charging, (almost) no cables needed to charge the phone. Pretty cool isn’t it?
I’m sure you’re interested in all the deets, so hit the source link for the full details and instructions.
source: Hard Forum