Google’s Pokemon Map Hunt winners to receive surprise gifts for completion

Google Maps Pokemon

Google gave us some laughs with its Pokemon / Google Maps April Fools’ Day joke. As it turns out, those who successfully completed the “quest” and found all 151 Pokemon (including the secret Mew) are being contacted by Google to receive a small mystery gift.

The link (redacted in the above picture) leads the “Pokemaster” to a Google Drive form where you’ll have to verify that you actually completed the quest by providing the location of where you found the secret Mew.

Google will take a month or more to ship out the gift — let us know if you know what it is and if you completed the quest!

Source: Android Police

Redbox Instant adds Chromecast support


The list of Chromecast compatible apps keeps growing every day. The latest addition is Redbox Instant. With Redbox Instant, you could already stream movies on your phone or tablet, but with the latest update, you can cast them to your big screen via the Chromecast. You don’t need a subscription with Redbox Instant because they also offer rentals. Give them a try and let us know how it works out for you. Download links after the break.

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Nexus 6 could sport a fingerprint scanner


It has already been rumored that the Nexus 6 will be manufactured by LG and that it will be based on the G3, but Android Geeks is reporting that the Nexus 6 will sport a fingerprint scanner. Interestingly enough, we aren’t expecting the G3 to sport one, so this is a little surprising. The word is that Google is already talking with several Asian fingerprint sensor suppliers.

How this fingerprint sensor would be implemented is a big question. Will it be on screen like the Galaxy S 5 or will it be more like Apple’s Touch ID? That remains to be seen, but it’s expected to be on the front of the device, unlike the HTC One Max.

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LG G3 and possibly the G Watch to be unveiled May 27


It was just yesterday that I said that we should be getting invites very soon for an LG event in either the 3rd week or 4th week of May. I am not sure I meant this soon, but LG has already sent out invites for a pretty big event on May 27. It will take place in six major cities. The main event will be in London, but they will have simultaneous events in New York and San Francisco, followed by Istanbul, Seoul, and Singapore on May 28.

If you’re looking for clues from the invitation, you will notice a “G” highlighted in the “To be simple is to be Great” quote. We already heard that the LG G3 would be announced in May, so it’s safe to say that we will see the device. However, let’s not forget about the G Watch. That one is going to launch in Europe in June so it’s very likely we will get the official unveiling on the same day. 

What to expect in this week’s Google Glass updates


In this week’s Google Glass update, you can expect several new features to be added. You will now be able to automatically backup your photos and videos when you’re plugged into Wi-Fi, rather than wasting your bandwidth on the go. You’ll also be able to clear all photos and videos from your timeline in one simple step, which was apparently a much desired feature from Glass users. Last but not least, Google has taken steps with Glass to be a little smarter about answering your phone calls.

For a little more info and a better description of the updates, check out the source link below!

source: Glass Google+

Huawei Ascend P7 set to be announced on May 7th; Several photos of device shown off


The Chinese manufacturer Huawei plans on unveiling their new Ascend P7 smartphone on May 7th, but not before posing for a couple of pictures. You can expect a 5-inch 1080p device powered by a quad-core 1.6Ghz processor accompanied by 2GB of RAM. As for the camera, a 5MP FFC and a 13MP rear camera will be on the device. The P7 will also have a 2,400mAh battery and comes with 16GB of on-storage space, but is expandable via a micro-SD card slot. Check out some of the photos below after the break!

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‘Explore Nearby’ command feature for Google Glass is live and is paired with ‘Field Trip’ app


Google Glass users can now use the “Explore Nearby” voice command to launch the Field Trip app. The app is essentially a great way to learn more about the environment that you’re currently in. Certainly a great way to become more immersed into what you’re currently doing. Check out the promo video below after the break to get a better idea of what it’s capable of!

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LG G Watch launches in Europe this June; priced at €199


LG has announced the date of which their new LG G Watch will be released in Europe. It looks like June is the tabbed month and will come at a price of 199 euros. While 199 euros equates to about $275, we’re probably looking at the same 199 number when it hits the U.S. and should be available to the public for $199. LG’s smartwatch is also said to come with a 1.65-inch screen and 4GB of internal memory and will come with Android’s brand new “Android Wear” OS that’s specifically for smartwatches.

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Latest update on the Samsung vs Apple patent infringement case


As we all know, Apple and Samsung have been in court for a couple of years now because Apple claims that Samsung has infringed on numerous mobile device patents. The device in question for this one is Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus, which we all know is part of Google’s Nexus program. In a nutshell, Apple claims that Samsung has copied the iPhone and demands more than $2 billion in “damages,” while Samsung, on the other hand, claims Apple has infringed on no such thing. After Samsung concluded its defense, it even claimed that Apple themselves has infringed on Samsung’s patents.

Samsung’s main defense is also that the Galaxy Nexus employed Google’s Android OS and that they had nothing to do with the software side of the Galaxy Nexus device. Seems like we’re going to have these kind of court battles for more years to come at this rate, right? If you wish to look more into this trial, hit up the source link for more info and updates. Also, let us know your opinion on this matter, do you think Apple should be taking Google to court instead of Samsung considering it’s their OS that Apple is angry about?

source: recode

OnePlus gives a production update that points to June for “increased general availability”


Waiting to get your hands on the new OnePlus One? You may be in it for the long haul. The company has provided a roadmap for the device’s production. It should be of no surprise that the OnePlus One’s very low price tag (starting at $299) garnered a ton of interest from consumers. For this reason, OnePlus had to modify its production schedule. While those phone smashers are starting to get their handsets, the bulk of consumers will have to wait until late June or even July to get the OnePlus One.

This is the new OnePlus One production schedule:

  • Ready now – 100 for phone smashers
  • Mid to late May – Larger batch 16GB Silk White for the first batch of invites
  • Early June – Larger batch 64GB Sandstone Black
  • Later in June – Increased general availability, people who want it should be able to get an invite without much trouble in June

Are you going to wait to purchase a OnePlus One?

Source: OnePlus