Google listens to developers, improves Play Store developer console

Developers have uploaded countless apps to the Play Store, however that doesn’t mean that they’re 100 percent satisfied with the experience. Issues such as app publishing and the design of the console itself have been among the complaints from developers. With the update however, Google is hoping that with “streamlined publishing flow, new language options, and new user ratings statistics, you’ll have better tools for delivering great Android apps that delight users.” It must be noted that the console is not completely finished yet, but features like user ratings are working and are very helpful. You can grab the new console via your current console by clicking “Try the new version.”

source:  TechCrunch

Android 4.2, Double Notification Pulldowns?

First there was that Gmail 4.2 leak. Now we’re beginning to see some really juicy details about Android 4.2. Turns out,the guys over at Android Police are holding a little more than a leak of Gmail 4.2. They’re sitting with a full system dump of Android 4.2 from the LG Nexus. While we’ve seen reports of the LG Nexus containing Android 4.1.2, their leak has the full version of 4.2, and full tear-downs have ensued. Hit the break for the juicy details.
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Pre-order for LG Optimus G from Sprint begins November 1, Available November 11


All of this LG talk lately will certainly make your head spin. From the plethora of leaks and information regarding the LG Nexus 4 to this bit of news regarding that beast of a device, the LG Optimus G. This time the good news comes courtesy of Sprint. Sprint customers will be able to pre-order the Optimus G on November 1st with a release on November 11th. This is excellent news seeing that it was just announced not even two weeks ago that the device would be coming to Sprint “in the coming months.” I suppose “the coming months” means “coming weeks.” You won’t see us complaining however. And who would complain with these montrous specs:

 

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 True HD IPS Display (with Zerogap Touch)
  • 1.5-GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • 2,100mAh battery
  • 13 -megapixel rear-facing camera with a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 32GB internal memory
The LG Optimus G will be available for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade in all Sprint channels. Sprint customers, what do you think? Have you been holding out for this device? Will you be picking it up day-one? Let us know your thoughts, and reservations if any.

 

Source:  Sprint

Life Fitness announces new fitness equipment compatible with Android

We are seeing all sorts of technology that connect to our Android devices giving us more capability than the average app can perform. Game controllers, credit card readers, you name it, it’s being updated for users to succeed in a more comfortable lifestyle. One important field, that hasn’t really evolved much besides average application usage is fitness activity.

Health and fitness technology has seen a majority of ups and downs. Sure you have popular fitness equipment, but the majority lack the connectivity to sync with your Android device. In fact there really hasn’t been a lot of development in the Android fitness community since the MotoACTV. Fortunately thanks to Life Fitness Android-compatible fitness equipment is in the stages of development. Just announced today, it looks like the company will manufacture more updated equipment from standard machines, such as:

  • Discover SE and Discover SI Treadmills
  • Cross-Trainers
  • And Lifecycle Exercise Bikes

Unapproving shareholders look to block MetroPCS and T-Mobile merger

T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom, was poised to merge with MetroPCS for a purchase price of $1.5 billion, until the shareholders stepped in. MetroPCS, who has been successful with their low-cost LTE service, is currently sitting at around $11.33 per share. Deutsch Telekom’s original offer of $1.5 billion would hand over 74% of the stock, which works out to around $12.48 per share, as well as include a 1-for-2 reverse stock split. The remaining 26% would stay in the shareholders hands.

The current shareholders are feeling a bit undervalued, which you can’t completely blame them since the company was once valued at $10 billion. They feel that the small asking price is a far cry from the $39 billion AT&T dropped for T-mobile itself, and T-Mo doesn’t even offer LTE service. This barricade by stockholders could potentially affect not only the mobile service business, but also increase the value of the MetroPCS stock on the New York Stock Exchange.

Source: Phandroid

Android 4.1.2 update now rolling out to GSM Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S handsets

While the update to Android 4.1.2 may have arrived for Nexus 7 owners last week, the new software is now making its way to specific Nexus handsets. The latest iteration in Jelly Bean is currently rolling out to select GSM Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S smartphones. Users are reporting that only “yakju” variants of the Galaxy Nexus are currently seeing the update, though it’s expected that the “takju” model (the one officially sold through the Google Play Store) will be getting in on the action over the next couple of days.

As expected, version 4.1.2 is a minor update for phones. Other than a slight performance increase, no incredibly significant changes are noticeable. Despite the Nexus 7’s update having unleashed landscape mode, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S users will continue to be limited to portrait, sans any custom launcher.

If you simply can’t wait for the update to hit your device, you can always head to the source link below to flash the OTA manually.

Source: XDA

AT&T Optimus G available Nov. 2 for $199, pre-orders start tomorrow

LG’s hottest and newest flagship device in the LG Optimus G will be available on AT&T starting November 2nd with pre-orders starting tomorrow. Here’s a small list on what you can expect with this device:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 True HD IPS Display (with Zerogap Touch)
  • 1.5-GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • 2,100mAh battery
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0

While LG doesn’t exactly have the best track record with its customers, the Optimus G will definitely be a device to be reckoned with. Preliminary reviews of the device are showing great things, especially when it comes to its IPS display.

Anyone out there willing to give LG another shot with the Optimus G?

source: AT&T

Contest: Win a Nexus 7 courtesy of Security Coverage and TalkAndroid [Updated With Winner]

We recently reviewed Password Genie Data Protection, which is a fantastic app for keeping all your accounts and password information safe. It’s one of the must have apps for every Android user. The makers of Password Genie, Security Coverage would like to reward one of our loyal readers with a brand new 8GB Nexus 7. Who’s going to argue with that? Just complete the following two steps to enter for a chance to win.

  1. Like Password Genie on Facebook.
  2. Head over to our forum post and tell us if you have ever been a victim of password theft (I know I have).

What could be simpler? You have until Thursday, October 18 at 11:59pm EST to complete the tasks at hand. On Friday, October 19 we will post the winner. If you are the lucky winner, you can expect an email to the account associated with your username. Good Luck.

Click here to enter

UPDATE

Congratulations to eureb who luckily never suffered from password theft. We hope enjoy your Nexus 7 and keep that trend going.

Thank you all for playing and look for another TalkAndroid contest soon.