Google Now never really worked to its full potential when going offline, but the latest update attempts to fix that. Google has brought offline support to Now on Android phones, meaning your cards will still be available even when you don’t have cellular reception.
It’s a small, but much needed change as Google Now continues to improve.
Samsung appears to be getting close to launching their first low-end device running Android KitKat out of the box. Sources indicate a User Agent profile has surfaced on the Samsung web site for a Samsung SM-G110B smartphone running at 240 x 320 resolution. An earlier report from the Indian tracking site Zauba reported the screen size for this model as 3.3 inches. The User Agent profile also lists the device as running Android 4.4.2.
The SM-G110B could be a new device for Samsung’s Galaxy Pocket series of devices. These smaller, low-powered devices tend to sell in the sub-$100 range and are typically targeted at emerging markets.
Google is having a Star Wars sale, and Amazon has responded with their own. From now until May 10, the Amazon Appstore will be offering deals on all types of Star Wars related content. In addition, Star Wars oriented Free App of the Day will be featured on Sunday, May the 4th.
The current deals going on include Star Wars Pinball 3 free with 50% off in-app purchases, 50% off in-app purchases for Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, and Angry Birds Star Wars Premium HD (Kindle Tablet Edition) at $0.99.
It can sometimes be difficult to find a way to stream local video files to your Chromecast, but Tekzilla is trying to change that. They’ve made an extension for Chrome called VideoStream, which allows you to push virtually any video file through to your Chromecast to play on your HDTV. Almost any file type you can think of is supported, from AVI, to WMV, to MKV and tons of others.
There’s even an Android remote control app to make it easier. You can find a link to download past the break.
Source: Chrome Web Store, TekZilla
Motorola just updated the Boot Services App today adding a new boot animation for Spring. This has become a trend for Motorola as they did the April Fool’s animation as well as the Holiday-themed version late last year.
If you have a Moto X or a Moto G, then head over to the Play Store and update the Motorola Boot Services app, then reboot your phone and enjoy. If you don’t have one of these phones, you can see what the animation looks like right after the break.
The madness has ended. OnePlus’ ongoing ‘Smash the Past’ campaign has come to a close with more than 140,000 applicants submitting ideas. Within the next day, OnePlus will be reaching out to the lucky winning applicants to buy their OnePlus One for just $1.
But rather than just smashing 100 smartphones, OnePlus is giving the winning applicants a chance to do some good. OnePlus is partnering with Medic Mobile to recycle devices for healthcare workers in remote areas. Medic Mobile said this to OnePlus:
An oft-requested feature for streaming content apps is the ability to display the picture on the big screen, but continue to receive sound through a mobile device so the user can pop their headphones on and tune out external noises. Koushik Dutta, developer of the AllCast app, indicates he is working on a solution to implement this feature when AllCast is used in conjunction with Amazon’s Fire TV set top box. Read more
3D Systems, a primary vendor tasked with creating the 3D printing processes to be used to produce Project Ara phones from Google, shared some information via their blog this week about advances they are making in order to accommodate the project. Since Google thinks modular smartphones will have a key place in the future market, they are pushing for manufacturing processes that can handle millions, if not billions, of units being 3D printed. This means 3D Systems has had to re-think how 3D printing occurs and figure out how to scale it up for mass production. Read more
Xiaomi is looking to take the Asian market by storm with its gorgeous new RedMi Note phablet. It hasn’t been released yet, but according to company officials, the phone has received over 15 million ‘signups’ on its website. These ‘signups’ are not pre-orders — they are simply requests for more information on the device via email — still a nice number.
It’s the company’s first phablet, and will feature a 5.5-inch display, a 13MP camera, and a large battery. The phone also only costs $130, an extremely cheap price for a solid device.
Source: Business Insider
Last month we received word of the upcoming successor to the Moto X, the Moto X+1.
Today, we’re getting some confirmation on those rumors. When on the Moto Maker website, if you replace the Moto X codename, FLEXR1, in the address bar, with FLEXR2, you’ll find a placeholder site for the Moto X+1, as seen above.
We still aren’t 100% sure on what will make this phone better than its predecessor, but some leaked specs of a “next-gen” Motorola device may provide some hints.
Via: Phone Arena