Monument Valley is now available in the Play Store after a very successful iOS run


Need a new game to put your brain to work? Look no further than Monument Valley. The game, which has gotten a ton of appraisal on iOS, is finally available for us Android folks. It costs $3.99 and is well worth the price since there are no purchases beyond that. In Monument Valley, players navigate the character through architectural mazes while there are optical illusions and other obstacles. The visuals are an absolute treat.

Hit the break for a video, gallery, and download links.
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Sony expects to ship 50m Xperia units in 2014, ships 8.8 million in last quarter


Sony has announced its fiscal year 2013 results, including the figures for the last quarter. During this period, Sony reports sales of $74.5 billion and operating income of $257 million, which was largely due to PlayStation 4 sales.

In the last quarter alone, Sony missed its smartphone forecast by almost a million devices. The forecast was for 9.7 million Xperia units to sell during the 4th quarter, but the final result was 8.8 million units.

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Amazon makes Moto G LTE available via pre-order


Now that the Moto G LTE has been officially unveiled by Motorola, Amazon has begun accepting pre-orders for the device after making an appearance on its website just a few days ago.

It’s seriously an awesome deal for only $220 off-contract. The only real thing that was holding me back from recommending the original Moto G to friends and family looking for a cheap, reliable but fast device was its lack of LTE. Now, that won’t be a problem.

The device will be available everywhere on June 3 for most carriers around the world — just check with yours before you go ahead and buy, if you’re not sure.

Source: Amazon

Entry level ZTE Concord II added to T-Mobile and MetroPCS


Today T-Mobile and MetroPCS announced the availability of their newest entry level smartphone in the ZTE Concord II. The device is powered by Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, has a 4-inch 800×480 display, a 5-megapixel rear facing camera and 4GB of internal storage.

The device also features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM and a battery that lasts for 6 hours of talk time. It will be available on May 19 through MetroPCS but pricing is not yet available. It is also available through T-Mobile immediately with payment spread across 24 months. Hit the break for the press release.

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According to Motorola exec, smartwatches so far have been “pretty crappy”


According to Motorola executive Mark Randall, the smartwatch world so far has been mostly unexciting. In fact, in an interview with Trusted Reviews he said that every smartwatch release so far has been “pretty crappy”.

Randall is clearly hoping that will change with the release of the Moto 360, which has been praised for its design. He went on to say that “people are saying it is finally a device they would wear on their arm instead of being embarrassed about, and we haven’t even talked about functionality.”

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Google Glass v2.0 already in the works


With Google Glass finally being released to the public in an “open beta”, it seems that the search giant is already working on a second generation of the device.

The reports come in from Kong Wenjun of Crystal Optech, who claims that his company has already provided samples to Google’s R&D division. He also says that Google has certified LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) technology. In fact, Google decided to refrain from establishing a direct relationship with the company in order to prevent the public from finding out about Google’s plans.

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LG G3 press renders show up giving excellent look at new device


As expected, leaked images related to the LG G3, scheduled to be officially announced on May 27th, continue to surface on a regular basis. The latest set of images is a nice one compared to some of what we have seen as they are press renders of the LG G3. This means they have pretty good clarity and detail. Notably, we get a really good look at the face of the device and what the bezels should look like. LG has made a mark as having thin bezels thanks to the LG G2, so many are interested to see what the size of the LG G3 will be like despite the 5.5-inch screen. Read more

Google patent describes integration between Google+ and wireless carriers


A new patent application with the USPTO titled Integration of Carriers with Social Networks describes how a “circle-based” social network could interface with wireless carriers to make it easier for people to connect. The description in the patent application indicates the social network could scan contact information that a user has connected to their account, like contacts in Google+, and cross-reference this with information in a wireless carriers database. If a match is discovered the social network could automatically create a group (or circle) that includes those matches. For example, if a user bought a new phone and service from Sprint, upon logging in to their Google+ account, contacts would be cross-checked against Sprint’s database of users to identify other Sprint customers, all of whom would be dumped into a circle for preferred calling. Read more

Samsung offering Galaxy S 5 in two pink colors in Japan

Champagne Pink

Samsung is making the Galaxy S5 widely available all over the world, and will be treating the women in Japan with two new shades of pink for the device.

The colors include “Soft Metallic Pink” and “Champagne Pink.”

The company previously offered a rose-colored Galaxy Note II in Taiwan for a Valentine’s Day special. If you’re looking to pick one up, it looks like you’ll have to order it overseas.

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