Samsung Smart TVs to launch later this year with Google TV

Samsung has built a major part of its reputation with its line of Smart TVs, but has yet to fully dip its toes into Google TV — until now, that is. While not a part of its press conference, the company is showing off new Google TV hardware on the show floor of IFA 2012.

Details are scarce, but Samsung plans to utilize its Smart Hub as the central user interface for switching between television and apps. As expected, the company has already ported some of its own Smart TV apps to the Google TV unit. With these added tweaks, the company hopes to “enhance the Smart TV experience.” 

Google TV has undoubtedly failed to catch on with consumers, but Samsung is hoping that it can make an impact with its prominent branding. Let’s just hope Samsung can actually bring this thing to market for a reasonable price. More on this story as it develops.

Source: Engadget
Via: Phandroid

Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL hits Germany in October

Remember “the world’s fastest phone”? We got our first hands-on with Huawei’s Ascend D1 Quad XL way back at Mobile World Congress in February, though its actual existence has yet to materialize. However, a new regional launch is finally set to bring the elusive handset to German store shelves in October.

While the phone may have gained a 1 in its name, it still features the same impressive specs. The Ascend D1 Quad XL houses Huawei’s very own 1.2GHz K3v2 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on board storage, which can easily be expanded via MicroSD. Additionally, the 4.5-inch behemoth sports a 2,600mAh battery, which is rated at 500 hours of standby time thanks to Huawei’s battery saving technology.

Availability is slated for the end of October in both matte black and ceramic white colors. While there’s no word on which carriers (if any) will be receiving the handset, it will be sold off-contract for €499 (£395/$625). For the full low-down be sure to check out the official press release below.
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Google’s End of Summer Sale offers top-tier Play Store apps for just 99 cents

Google is going all out with its End of Summer Sale. Developers have teamed up with the search giant to offer some incredible deals on some of the hottest apps and games inside the Play Store. Top titles like Max Payne and Crystal Defenders, as well as Modern Combat 3 and N.O.V.A. 3 have been slashed down to just 99 cents for the special occasion. There’s also a healthy slew of productivity apps available, so you’re bound to find something that suits you.

To make your life easier, we’ve compiled a list of the apps included in the sale as well as direct links to the Play Store after the break. Yes, you’re welcome.


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Modern Combat 3, Gangstar Rio and N.O.V.A. 3 on sale for $0.99 at Play Store

Nothing like some of Gameloft’s best games on sale for just $0.99! That’s right, Modern Combat 3, Gangstar Rio and N.O.V.A. 3 are all on sale so get your trio of Gameloft’s finest for under $3!

I haven’t tried any of these games, but from the looks of it, the graphics and game play look amazing. Go ahead and take advatange of this deal to keep you busy in this Labor Day weekend! If you decided to jump the gun, let us know how the game play is.

Links and QR codes will be available after the break.


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Huawei introduces the mid-range tablet MediaPad 7 Lite

Huawei has unveiled their mid-range tablet dubbed as the MediaPad 7 Lite. As the name suggests, the tablet has a 7″ screen and sports a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor. You can also expect a 1024 x 600 resolution IPS multi-touch 1080p high-definition display along with a 3.2MP rear camera.

The MediaPad 7 Lite will start shipping to South Africa, China, Russia, Philippines and Taiwan from end-August; Indonesia and Malaysia from September.

You can hit the break for the full press release.


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Max Payne, Crystal Defenders, SwiftKey 3 and others on sale at Google Play Store

 

Today brings great summer sales to some of Android’s most popular apps. Some of the most well known apps that are currently on sale includes Max Payne ($.99), Crystal Defenders ($1.26) and the popular 3rd party on-screen keyboard app SwiftKey 3 ($.99). Other notable apps that are on sale (but not limited to) includes The Lorax, Vignette, Star Chart and Super Dynamite Fishing Premium.

If you love sales and would like to own some of these great apps, now is your chance! You can find some of the links and QR codes after the break.


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HBO Go App Now Supports Jelly Bean Devices, Including the Nexus 7

The HBO Go app received an update yesterday that originally stated it supported Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, along with “performance enhancements and bug fixes”. Unfortunately, many of us who own Jelly Bean devices such as the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7, discovered the app actually didn’t work.

Luckily HBO updated their app quickly, most likely changing permissions in the Play Store to allow devices actually running Jelly Bean, and the app is now available to download on the Nexus 7. Hit the break for download links.


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Blood & Glory: Legend now available in Google Play

After releasing a teaser video last week, Glu Mobile has released their newest game, Blood & Glory: Legend, in the Google Play store. The title follows up the original Blood & Glory game. Gameplay features one-on-one battles against computer controlled opponents.  Most battles take place in an arena patterned after an ancient Roman stadium, though some other environments are present in the game. As players win battles they can earn money that can be used to buy new gear or they can plunk down some real money through in-app purchases. Combined with perfecting different moves, selection of the proper equipment will be key to success. Outside of the gameplay graphics, Blood & Glory: Legend uses a comic book metaphor to advance the story .

Blood & Glory: Legend is free, but is rather large at 315MB. If you are interested in trying it out just hit one of the download links below.

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