[Deal] Get a $25 Google Play credit with Nexus 7 order from Google Play store

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Buyers considering a Google Nexus 7 may want to grab one from the Google Play store thanks to a new offer Google is offering. For a limited time, Google is offering a $25 Google Play credit with the purchase of a Nexus. The credit will be emailed to buyers once their device ships.

If you are interested in taking advantage of this deal, just hit the source link.

source: Google Play Store

T-Mobile pushing out Android 4.3 update for Samsung Galaxy S 4

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T-Mobile has started the process of rolling out the Android 4.3 update for Samsung Galaxy S 4 devices on their network. The update is available via an over-the-air update if a user is on a WiFi connection or it can be downloaded and installed using Samsung Kies.

According to T-Mobile’s support page, the update brings Android 4.3’s updates along with KNOX and Samsung Galaxy Gear support. To grab the update OTA, just go to Settings –> More –> About device –> Software update. You can hit the source link for more details and information.

source: T-Mobile

Sega releases Sonic Dash in the Play Store, no price attached

After being available on iOS for quite some time, Sega has released Sonic Dash into the Play Store. In true Sonic fashion, he’s running; however, unlike other editions of the popular franchise, this one doesn’t have the hedgehog traveling from left to right. Sonic Dash is like Temple Run in that you are running forward, dodging enemies and obstacles that enter your path. It is free-to-play, so you can give this a whirl without having to pay anything.

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Samsung customizing phones for corporate clients

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Samsung has announced that they will be customizing phones for their corporate clients including Pepsi, Coca-Cola, and FedEx. According to The Korea Times, Samsung “believes its smartphone solutions reached a level sophisticated enough to serve corporate clients.” For each of the aforementioned companies, Samsung will tailor the experience specifically.

An official explained that the company is exploring new ventures because of the pressure to maintain its growth. Another official said that “selling just smartphones and tablets can’t guarantee margin sustainability. The B2B business will give us a good chance to get into mobile device management.” BlackBerry was considered the go-to for corporate mobility but Samsung is challenging that with its Knox mobile security solution. It is unknown whether or not Samsung will expand this to other large companies as well.

Source: The Korea Times
Via: Cult of Android

Blackberry lands deals to put BBM on Android smartphones “out of the box”

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Blackberry has announced another step in their move to see BBM deployed as a communication platform outside of the Blackberry ecosystem. After a successful launch of the BBM app for Android and iOS during October, Blackberry is back with news that they have struck deals with several Android smartphone OEMs to have the app pre-installed on new devices.

The companies that are named by Blackberry include Be, Brightstar, Celkon, EVERCROSS, IMO, Micromax, Mito, Snexian, Spice, TECNO, TiPhone and Zen. These companies will make the devices available in markets in Africa, India, Indonesia, Latin America, and the Middle East staring some time in December. You might note that the major manufacturers you may be used to seeing, like Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony or some of the up and coming Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi are not on the list. Of course, users with devices from other companies or other regions can still download and install the BBM app from Google Play.

source: Cult of Android

Screen testing of Vivo Xplay 3S caught on video

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Last night we reported on one of the first smartphones slated to hit the market with a 2K screen, the Vivo Xplay 3S, which will be launching on December 12th. There is no indication that the device will be produced to meet any of the “rugged” specs, but that does not mean Vivo isn’t interested in producing a device that can withstand some occasional abuse as shown in some leaked images of testing the device underwent. Read more

CheapCast update brings free Chrome tab beaming

cheapcast_tabCheapCast, a free Chromecast alternative, has been missing a key Chromecast feature since its beginnings. However, today’s update to version 0.4.1 brings that missing feature – the support to beam browser tabs straight from your device to your television via HDMI or WiFi. This apparently only works with tabs and not fullscreen casting, and DRM’d services like Netflix and Google Play Movies “actually might never work,” but this is a free solution that will allow you to stream most Flash-based video content.

Check out the Play Store download link after the break to enjoy the new feature.

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Moto G now available in the U.S. through Motorola.com

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The Moto G will hit U.S. carriers in January, but Motorola is making the phone available starting today for $179 at their website. Right now, they are only offering the GSM version, and of course it’s unlocked as in contract free. It also has an unlockable bootloader. The CDMA version will become available this January with carriers. If you need a refresher on the Moto G, here are the specs….

  • A brilliant 4.5-inch HD display – the sharpest in its class – that goes edge to edge so you can enjoy movies, photos, video chats and more.
  • The newest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor featuring a quad-core CPU for seamless multitasking and enjoying the web, videos and games, with all-day battery life.
  • Android 4.3 Jellybean, the most up to date Android of any phone in its class, with a guaranteed upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat in the beginning of 2014. No skins to clutter or slow the experience and great performance with Google’s unbeatable mobile services such as Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Chrome and Hangouts.
  • Stylish design with a comfortable curved back and 19 customization options, including interchangeable backs (coming soon) – Motorola Shells and Flip Shells in seven colors as well as Grip Shells in five colors.

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Samsung adds SMS/MMS support to ChatON because they don’t want you to use Hangouts

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You have to love Samsung. They love to take other ideas or apps and re-market it for themselves. Google recently added SMS/MMS support to Hangouts, but Samsung doesn’t want you to even know about Hangouts. They want you to use ChatON so that’s why they just added SMS/MMS support to it. This means that you can now expect ChatON to be the default messaging app on upcoming Samsung phones with KitKat.

If you’re into ChatOn and want to give it a try, just go ahead and update your app if you have Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or higher. According to Samsung, it works the best on the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy S III, and  Galaxy S 4. Download links after the break.

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Samsung could offer their own multi-party video conferencing feature very soon

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Looks like Samsung is readying a video conferencing feature of their own. Samsung recently filed a document at the Korean Intellectual Property Rights Information Service giving us a glimpse of what they are planning.

From the image above, you can see that it supports multiple people along with video from either the front-facing or rear-facing camera. I suspect this would be part of a ChatON update and could debut on the Galaxy S 5.

Of course, one has to wonder why we would need yet another app like this, but you know Samsung…they love to take other apps and give it their own spin to create differentiation. It’s obvious they are trying to get people to use ChatOn instead of Hangouts since they just added SMS/MMS support to it. This is just the next step.

source: SamMobile