Google IO 2016 Coverage

Sony teases new Xperia device ahead of Mobile World Congress


The Mobile World Congress rumors are flying, and we won’t see them start to slow down before the event begins next week.

Sony has released a short video teaser for their MWC event, which says that we’ll see “something extraordinary” on Feb. 24. We should expect to see either the Xperia Z2 smartphone or the Z2 tablet— if we see both, then we wouldn’t be surprised either.

Stay tuned for live updates on every bit of information coming out of MWC in Barcelona next week. Hit the break for Sony’s video below.

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LG promises 17 percent performance increase after update to KitKat on G2


International models of the LG G2 are set to receive the Android 4.4.2 update before the U.S. models, but it won’t be long before the phones finally get to have a taste of KitKat.

As we already know, KitKat brings a series of some really nice updates to the Android operating system, and improved performance on devices.

In fact, according to recent testing from LG, the update from Jelly Bean to KitKat on the G2 provides a 17 percent increase in performance when applications are running. These tests are obviously preliminary and aren’t confirmed by any third parties yet, but if the numbers are anywhere near true, it will be a great time for G2 owners come mid-March.

Hit the break for LG’s video showcasing the OS performance comparison.

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Here’s another glimpse of what Project Tango can do

Project Tango

Google has unveiled Project Tango, a 3D sensing smartphone, which can make computer vision and perceptual computing solutions like software that maps and creates 3D reconstructions of indoor spaces.

Matterport, the company behind Project Tango’s software (and now working with Google), will be present at Mobile World Congress next week, so we’ll be hearing a lot from them in the next few days.

The software is brilliant, and as you’ll see in the video, pretty accurate as well as it maps an actual room using a Project Tango prototype. There is certainly some room (no pun intended) to grow for this project, but it’s an enormous start. The possibilities are nearly limitless for this type of software, so it’ll be exciting to see how Google and Matterport move ahead here.

Hit the break for the video.

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Verizon takes another step toward Android 4.4.2 update for Moto X


Just yesterday we reported that invites had started to go out to Moto X owners on the Verizon network inviting them to participate in a soak test presumably for the Android 4.2.2 update. Another step was taken by the carrier today indicating the update could be only days away from release as a support document for the KitKat update has been posted to the Verizon web site. The document indicates the update includes some security and stability enhancements, including better synchronization of some services; better roaming connectivity; improvements to battery life and Isis Mobile Wallet; and some Verizon app updates.

For those not participating in the soak test, your patience should be rewarded shortly.

source: Verizon Wireless

Huawei Ascend G6 to be available in several colors, could launch at MWC 2014


Huawei released a teaser video the other day for their MWC 2014 presence. The video indicates a couple new tablets will be revealed along with a new smartphone. Until now, many people seemed to think the possibilities for the smartphone included the Ascend P7 or the Ascend D3. A new possibility has emerged thanks to a new leak from Twitter tipster @evleaks who posted a new image of the Ascend G6 suggesting a reveal coming up this weekend.

The image shows the device, a low to mid-tier version of the Ascend P6, in five different colors including black, white, pink, blue and gold. The Ascend G6 will reportedly be 7.5mm think which is similar to an iPhone 5S. The screen will run at 960×540 resolution and is supported by a 1.3GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. Thus far, there is no indication the device will support 4G LTE nor is there any information indicating it will make its way out of the Chinese market.

The screen shot in the image shows a date of Sunday, February 23, indicating that may be the date it is unveiled.

source: @evleaks

Photos leaked of Oppo Find 7 after certification


It’s always fun when we get to see a leaked image of a highly anticipated device before its release. Chinese certification agency TENAA, the equivalent of our FCC, has recently certified the Oppo Find 7. The documentation includes live photos of the device, one of which you can see above. The photos confirm the phablet’s design that had already been leaked.

As a reminder, the Oppo Find 7 will come  in two versions – one with a 5.5″ 1080p display and another  with a 5.5″ QHD (2560 x 1600) screen. According to leaked benchmark scores, both  will be powered by the Snapdragon 800 chipset (four 2.3GHz Krait 400 cores, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB RAM), pack 16GB storage and offer a 13MP rear and a 5MP front camera. It is still unclear whether they will come with Jelly Bean or KitKat to begin with.

Source: TENAA
Via: G for Games

Google releases public beta of Google Cast extension for Chrome



Google has released a public beta of the Google Cast extension for Chrome, in order for those who are interested to get a peek at what is upcoming for the extension. The beta release will get new features before the stable release. Right now, it doesn’t seem like there’s that much new to offer, but that will surely change in the near future.

If you’re interested, you need to go to the Chrome extension link that is in the source link, and you’ll be good to go once you disable the stable release, if you have it installed.

Source: Android Police

Sprint launches WiFi Calling, access starts today for two devices


Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S 4 Mini on Sprint’s network should be expecting a software update very soon. That is because Sprint has launched WiFi Calling and those two devices are the first to gain access. Unsurprisingly, WiFi Calling will allow all calls and messages to take place over a WiFi network. The update for the Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S 4 Mini will be rolling out over the next few weeks.

Let us know in the comments if you have gotten the update!

Source: Sprint

T-Mobile adds $15 Stateside International Talk & Text offer to avoid unforeseen roaming fees


T-Mobile is done surprising their customers with roaming fees. The new Stateside International Talk & Text offer builds upon the usual $10 plan. In a company blog post, T-Mobile Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert says “we’re introducing a new $15 Stateside International Talk & Text offer that includes all the great features of the $10 plan, plus adds unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling from the U.S. to more than 30 countries and up to 1,000 mobile-to-mobile minutes to Mexico.” But don’t worry if this new offer does not appeal to you. The $10 plan will stick around.

T-Mobile provided this solution since many customers are unsure whether they are calling another mobile phone or a landline. Sievert finished by saying “It’s simpler. It’s a whole lot less hassle. And it’s a whole lot more Un-carrier.”

Source: T-Mobile

Tegra Note 7 now comes with LTE for $299


The Tegra Note 7 now has a new member of the family. Nvidia announced that it will be adding its i500 modem to the 7-inch tablet. The tablet will come in both LTE and HSPA+ bands, and will be available on a few popular carriers. the i500 is said to be 40% more efficient while being smaller than conventional LTE modems. It will also allow for Nvidia to push new features through software rather than having to create a new chipset. 

On top of the new tablet, the company is expanding availability to other countries. It will be available in Western Europe, Brazil, and Ukraine over the coming months. The tablet will cost a $100 more than its WiFi only cousin at the tune of $299.

source: Nvidia