Death is certainly something that comes suddenly and without notice for us humans, making the management of items such as profiles and different accounts a nightmare to manage for loved ones. Fortunately, Google has thought about the tedious process that the masses will have to deal with, so it is trying to make things easier for us by implementing the Inactive Account Manager. Basically what it does is by accessing your Google Account settings, users can instruct Google on what to do with Gmail messages and data from other Google services if your account becomes inactive for any reason. Think of it like this— if you’re dead, then your account probably won’t be accessed after a certain number of months, so data from the different services can be deleted automatically or accessed by a secondary contact. Sweet.
Let’s just hope that some of you out there don’t have too many incriminating items that can be revealed once you hit the afterlife.
source: Google Public Policy Blog
The last information we heard about the fabled X Phone’s release date had it pegged for July. Unfortunately, that release date appears to have been pushed back to at least August, but it could possibly be even later before we see the device. The device is reportedly still in the early prototype phase, so it just wouldn’t be ready for a mid-summer release. Unfortunately, this probably means we won’t see it at Google I/O, either, but I suppose it’s best for Google and Motorola to put out a device that can storm the holiday season instead of rushing something out the door that doesn’t live up to Google’s standards.
source: Phone Arena
Vivid Games S.A., developer of the Real Boxing title, released the official FIM Speedway GP 2013 game to the Google Play Store today. The new racing title promises console-quality graphics, lifelike physics, and improved controls. Players race against computer generated opponents, which are supposed to be smarter in this update for the 2013 season, modeled on real-life riders across 16 different real-world tracks. Along with traditional views, the new title adds a “Helmet Cam” that provides a first person point-of-view. Hit the break for some screen shots and short video highlighting game features. If you want to try Official Speedway GP 2013, use one of the Google Play download links to grab the $1.99 title that required Android 2.3 or higher.
The LG Optimus F7 was unveiled at Mobile World Congress, and will make its way to Boost Mobile. This new F-series of devices from LG feature mid-range performance and LTE connectivity. There are currently no details on pricing or when the Optimus F7 will arrive on Boost Mobile, but it’s said to be “soon”. Here are the specs:
- 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 HD display (312 ppi)
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 2GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage with microSD card support up to 32GB
- 8-megapixel rear-facing camera
- 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
- Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
- 2,540 mAh battery
The CyanogenMod team has officially released some milestone builds for CM 10.1. Dubbed “M3” builds, these should be a little more stable than the current batch of nightlies. As of right now, the Nexus devices, the US Galaxy S III, the international One X, and a few Galaxy Notes and Galaxy S IIs are the only devices receiving these builds today, but, like always, more devices are sure to follow in the next week or so. Be sure to keep an eye on the CM page for when your device gets added. Happy flashing!
Well what do we have here? It’s looking like Huawei has yet another flagship device in the works that looks like it’s going to possibly redefine the brand as we know it. A mysterious EDGE smartphone has been leaked that features a 4.9-inch 1,920 x 1,080 display, a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 2,600mAh battery and a 13MP camera. Sure that sounds ho-hum compared to the competition but Huawei has managed to squeeze all those sexy specs into a 6.3mm profile and a sleek aluminum body.
Rumor has it that Huawei expects to release this Android 4.2-powered device sometime in the second half of 2013, but we’ll be sure to provide more deets as we get them.
via: Phone Arena
Real Racing 3, one of the premier racing titles by EA has just gotten a major update. If you thought the original number of events and cars were a lot to handle originally, the new update bring even more delicious goodies by tossing in an additional 100 new events, as well as more cars as well. Oh and more importantly— gamers will have the ability to save their game’s progress on one device and continue it on another device, thanks to the ability to save a game’s progress to the cloud.
Unfortunately, the latest update hasn’t hit the Play Store just yet, but you can expect to see the new version on your device soon… very soon.
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Samsung has started mass producing 128GB flash memory chips that feature the highest density in the industry, and are made with a 10nm process. Such high-capacity flash memory chips already exist in the marketplace, and the South Korean company is looking to not only bring smaller flash memory chips to mobile devices, but also replace traditional hard drives. These new flash memory chips are rated for 400Mbps throughput and according to Samsung, will be utilized in its high-capacity microSD cards, as well as solid-state drives with over 500 GB of storage. For consumers, this introduction of new flash memory chips means lower prices for current high-capacity, flash-based storage that is still out of reach for many.
The LG Optimus G Pro is an answer to Samsung’s Galaxy Note II, and offers rock solid specs at a similar price point. Starting April 12, the Optimus G Pro will receive a “Value Pack” upgrade which brings Smart Video, Dual Camera, and Pause & Resume. Smart Video utilizes eye-tracking technology and if a user is watching a video and looks away, the video will pause. Once the user looks back at the screen, the video will then start playing again. Dual Camera uses the front and rear-facing camera at the same time when taking photos. Pause & Resume is very similar to Vine functionality where you hold to record and release to stop recording, creating videos with very simple edits. You can watch the LG Optimus G Pro “Value Pack” upgrade video and catch the full press release below.
South Korean manufacturer Pantech is reportedly on the verge of releasing a new high-end device that will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core chip. The device will come with a 5-inch screen and a “bezel-less” design to help keep the overall device size down. The smartphone is model number IM-A870 and will be part of the Vega R Series of devices. According to sources, the device will support “giga Wi-Fi” at speeds equal to four times normal WiFi. The only other detail provided is that the device is expected to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The new phone is Pantech’s attempt to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S 4. No pricing or market information was provided, although the device is expected to be released by the end of April.
Those of you that own a Nexus 10 will be happy to know that official flip covers are finally available in the Google Play Store. You have your choice of Scarlet or Dark Grey, and they will run you $29.99 plus tax and shipping. Orders will take about 3 to 5 days to hit your doorstep so hit the source link to get started.
source: Google Play
Teardown videos are a great resource if you want to repair (or hack) a phone yourself. TechnoBuffalo was able to obtain a video of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 getting torn apart, and it appears to be a lot easier to fix than the HTC One? There’s no question the build of the HTC One is of higher quality, but unfortunately the unibody design limits the ease of repair. While many knock Samsung for their quality of build (including myself), you can’t underestimate the importance of easy fixing. In fact, the source of the video said it’s one of the “most repairable smartphones.”
The Samsung Galaxy Mega is official folks. As we previously reported, it will come in two sizes: The Galaxy Mega 5.8 and The Galaxy Mega 6.3. Both of these are aimed at budget-conscious consumers who want a large phone.
The Galaxy Mega 5.8 will feature a 5.8-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, a 1.4GHz dual-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, microSD slot for expanded memory, 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, and 2,600mAh battery. It will be 9mm thick and have HSPA+ 21Mbps connectivity. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 will have a 6.3-inch 720p (1280 x 720) LCD display, a 1.7GHz dual-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 8 or 16GB of storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 8MP rear camera, 1.9MP front camera, and 3,200mAh battery. It’s 7.9mm thick and will have support for LTE as well as HSPA+.
It’s been almost a full year since Google took $1,500 commitments from those that wanted to be among the first to test Google Glass. These Beta versions, now known as Explorer Editions, will finally ship next month based on an announcement made at Google Venture’s Glass Collective event. Those of you that were winners of the “If I Had Glass” contest will also receive your Explorer Editions (for the same $1,500) at the same time, but you will have to travel to either San Francisco, Los Angeles, or NYC to pick them up.