The Google Drive Android app just received an update that includes a much needed feature, video streaming. This means that you can now watch any of your stored videos on your Android phone or tablet. You will need Android 3.0 or above to get your stream on, which covers about 50% of the user base. They also added pinch-to-zoom support for presentations and a few bug fixes. If you already have Google Drive, head over to the Play Store to get your update or hit one of the links below to get the app.
We thought it was going to be called the MeMo Pad 10, but apparently it will be the MeMO Pad Smart 10. ASUS already confirmed the tablet last week, but now they released an overview video. This tab falls in line with the TransformerPad TF300 with a 10-inch IPS display and Tegra 3 processor. It comes with SonicMaster sound technology and a 5MP camera. Other than a pink offering, there’s nothing earth shattering here, but if priced right, it could be a decent 10-inch tablet for a lot of people. Hit the break for the video.
It looks as if Sprint has yet another ZTE device on the way— this time an Ice Cream Sandwich-powered device called the Force. This mid-ranger features a 1.5GHz dual-core chip + 1GB of RAM, 4 gigs of on-board ROM and a decent 1,730mAh battery. The real kicker about this device is that it will feature a full 4G LTE chip built-in. All of these goodies seem to bode well for customers looking for a new device soon, as the Force is set to arrive in stores on March 1st for a mere $50.
Sure looks like Sprint is trying its dardnest to get customers to its ever-growing 4G LTE network doesn’t it?
With Sony’s big announcement last night on the PlayStation 4, it’s no shocker that there would be something Android (and iOS) related. They announced a new app, simply called the PlayStation App, that will allow Android (and iOS) smartphones and tablets to become a second screen when playing PlayStation 4 games. Sega had the vision years ago with the controllers that came with the Dreamcast, but Sony is taking it to the next level.
The TV will still be the display of choice for gameplay, but you can now use your smartphone or tablet to look at maps. It makes perfect sense when playing something like football against a friend because your opponent won’t have any idea what play you’re calling. Users will also be able to purchase PlayStation titles from their devices and watch other gamers.
Today, Qualcomm made their entry level Snapdragon processors official, and listed off some pretty impressive specs for what’s going to be considered “budget phone” in the next few months. The Snapdragon 200 series is the weaker of the two, offering quad A5 CPUs at up to 1.4 GHz per core, Adreno 203 GPU, and UMTS and CDMA support. The 200 series is listed as being balanced for cost and performance and will provide excellent battery life and speed for entry level phones.
The 400 series is the big brother of the two, and comes in two variants; Dual Krait CPUs running at up to 1.7GHz per core, or a quad A7 CPU at 1.4 GHz per core. It’s paired with the Adreno 305 GPU, Miracast wireless display technology, a slew of different modem options, and LPDDR2 or LPDDR3 RAM, which will drastically improve processor performance. When this generation’s budget processors are quad-core, I think it’s safe to say that the devices to be released in 2013 are going to be pretty phenomenal.
We’ve heard rumors here and there about Google bringing a touch-enabled Chromebook to the market, but so far nothing has really materialized. Now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is definitely preparing some touch devices slated for release later this year. There’s no word on exact release dates, or what manufacturer Google will be partnering with to make these devices, but after the recent marketing push for Chromebooks in the Play Store, as well as Google’s efforts on polishing up Chrome OS, I wouldn’t expect these plans to fall through.
This does put Google in an odd position, however. On one hand, these Chromebooks could potentially eat up some Android device sales. On the other hand, after Android’s wild success, the next market for Google to attack would be the desktop computer market, which is almost exclusively dominated by Microsoft’s Windows. Personally, I think the Chromebooks, if offered at a decent price like Google’s Nexus devices, would make a great addition to Android powered smartphones and tablets. And after Microsoft’s less-than-stellar Windows 8 debut, Google has a shot at turning these niche devices into something mainstream. We’ll just have to wait and see.
source: Wall Street Journal
Remember when we showed you the Optimus F5 and F7 leaks? Well, it didn’t take long for LG to officially confirm the pair of devices. They still have differing button layouts, which is definitely an oddity, but the specs should hopefully make up for that. The F5 on the right packs a 4.3 inch qHD screen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP camera and 2,150mAh battery. The bigger device, the F7, has an HD screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP camera and 2,540mAh battery.
They both come with LTE connectivity out of the box, as well as Android 4.1.2 with LG’s custom overlay. And in case you were wondering about colors, both devices will be offered in white and black. It’s no flagship device, but if you’re planning on picking up a solid, powerful device without breaking the bank, either of these will more than suit your needs. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on pricing and availability. Hit the break for the full press release.
We’ve seen some pretty exciting new phone announcements lately, but none of them are running NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 chip. ZTE is looking to be the first to market with a line of “super phones” powered by the powerhouse quad-core Tegra 4. They plan on debuting the phones in the first half of 2013 in China, and thanks to the new i500 LTE chip, they’ll sport global LTE voice and data. Cool, right? ZTE has always had a knack for making affordable, but powerful phones, so hopefully this new lineup will have some success. Fingers crossed we see it in some other markets, too. Hit the break below to check out the press release.
Kyocera and Virgin Mobile have paired up once again to bring another low-cost pre-paid device. The Event can be had for a low $79 with no contract. When paired with Virgin’s $35 300 minute and unlimited data plan it can be a viable choice for new users looking for a decent device without having to pay a huge retail price. The Event brings a modest set of specs to the table which include a 3.5-inch HVGA (320×480) display, a 1 GHz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), 512 Mb of RAM (Micro-SD card expandable), and a 3.2-Megapixel camera. There seems to be little presence of an OEM skin which is nice. Although the specs are far from blowing anyone away, it could be one of Virgin’s top sellers based on price. You can read the full press release after the break.
Google has just posted a new changelog that shows all the new features and enhancements made to Android 4.2 Jellybean. Along with the lock screen widgets, redesigned clock, and quick settings in the notifications bar there are even more tweaks that have been included in the latest version of Android. Some of the lesser known updates include added tweaks to TalkBack such as the ability to enable it from the power menu, ‘Gesture Mode’ to reliably navigate the UI using touch and swipe gestures in combination with speech output, and BrailleBack for full braille services. Hit the source link for the full list and let us know what changes you like most in the comments below.
Source: 4.2 JellyBean Changelog
ASUS has released an odd teaser video this morning, depicting what appears to be an alien mothership making its way to Barcelona, Spain in preparation for Mobile World Congress 2013. While no smartphones or tablets are directly identified in the video, ASUS says to join them on Feb. 25,” when Pad and Phone come together,” denoting the possibility of new Padfone hardware at next week’s electronics show. Don’t just take our word for it, you can catch the full video after the break.
Online retailer Expansys has officially made the newly announced HTC One available for pre-order through their website. Expansys is offering unlocked HTC One models with 32 GB or 64 GB of storage along with either black or silver colors for £520. Of course that is a pretty hefty cost for a device, but if you’re dying to be one of the first to get your hands on HTC’s new stunning flagship device, click the source to head on over to Expansys website where you can pre-order your device today.
Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 1.0 is nothing to sneeze at when it comes to better power management and faster charge times with Snapdragon-based devices, but Quick Charge 2.0 is looking to blow the original way out the water. The newest iteration of the revolutionary charging and power management system that is offered as a standalone IC solution or as part of the PMIC power management integrated circuit of Snapdragon 800 processor. According to Qualcomm, the new Quick Charge 2.0 technology can charge enabled devices up to 75% faster than non-Quick Charge-enabled devices. All that’s needed is a Quick Charge 2.0-compatible device and a standard micro-USB AC/DC wall chargers— unfortunately we won’t see both until sometime in 2014 (sigh).
Still, you can’t help but gush and look forward to yet another piece of innovative technology. If you’re reading this Qualcomm, don’t make us wait too long before we can actually see this in action. Pretty please?
CNN has updated their Android app that now includes the ability to live stream the official CNN TV channel. The only setback is that it also requires an active cable subscription with one of CNN’s partnered cable companies. The typical clips and content provided from CNN still exist in the app, however you will now find a “watch live TV” menu that will take you to the live stream. Due to the beginning stages of this new feature, expect there to be some bugs with the feature, but also expect CNN to fix those bugs as soon as they come up. It’s also worth noting that at the time this article was written, the app update only seems to be for phones and not yet available on tablets. Click the link below or snap the QR code to be directed to the Google Play store and check out the new features.
Play Store Download Link
Beautiful widgets has just gotten updated to version 5.1 and gives it even more options and flexibility for users—making the awesome app even better than ever. In addition to having a few new widgets available (such as Barebone for tablets), the developer has finally removed the geolocation option in the widget— finally allowing users to manually enter their desired home location manually. Another noteworthy feature is the inclusion of the Lifestyles widget which in conjunction with AccuWeather, helps users to show different ratings in order to help you plan those fun outdoor activities like going out for a run or finally having that long overdue cookout.
There are more neat improvements and new additions to the app, but you’ll need to hit past the break to get an idea of what each are and grab the updated app from the Play Store as well.