Google Play Books updated to support pinch to zoom and ‘Read Aloud’ feature

Google has issued an update to its official Play Books application today, effectively bringing a duo of powerful new features to word-hungry readers. Users can now listen to the entirety of most of their textual books through the application’s new “Read Aloud” utility. While we wouldn’t recommend using it for a long period of time (it sounds like the voice on your car’s GPS), it certainly seems to do the job.

Along with a slew of bug fixes, pinch to zoom and double tap to zoom are present in the newest version. Google has also incorporated a fresh personalized recommendations menu at the conclusion of the user’s library, offering up a quick glance at what other similar titles are available. Be sure to hit the source link or scan the QR code below to download the update.

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Samsung announces it will drop injunction requests against Apple in European countries

On the same day that Samsung received mixed news regarding the Apple v Samsung fight here in the U.S., the company announced they are dropping their requests for injunctions barring sales of Apple products in several European countries. In courtrooms in the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands, Samsung is withdrawing requests for injunctions “in the interest of protecting consumer choice.” That statements sounds like Samsung has decided to start walking the walk and not just talking the talk when it comes to letting the market, and not the courts, decide which technologies will prevail with consumers. Read more

Samsung releases official 3000 mAh extended battery for Galaxy S III

This news should make power users and heavy gamers happy: Samsung has officially released an extended battery for your Galaxy S III. The extended battery boosts your phone’s battery to a capacious 3000 mAh, nearly a third more than the 2100 mAh battery that ships with the device. That should easily be enough to get heavy users through a full day, and average users through at least two full days of normal usage before your S III gives up the ghost. Besides the added battery life you get a built in NFC chip, an enlarged back casing and the peace of mind knowing that your battery was made specifically for your phone. Samsung is asking for $64.99 to make this battery yours. That may seem a little pricey, but if you’re one who is always worried and wondering if your phone will make it through the day, it may be worth your bucks. Any of our readers planning on picking one up?

Source: Mobile Fun

Huawei Ascend D2 to be shown at CES

Huawei’s Senior Vice President Richard Yu has revealed the company plans to introduce their forthcoming Huawei Ascend D2 Android-powered smartphone at CES 2013. Yu refers to the Ascend D2 as a “dream phone,” probably due to the specifications. The new handset will sport a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.5GHz quad-core cpu, 2GB of RAM, a 13 mega-pixel camera, 2,900 mAh battery and will be loaded with Android 4.1.1 according to details found on the web site for Chinese certification agency TENAA. Yu expresses some concern in his posting on microblogging site Sina Weibo that the Ascend D2 is too costly and will be seen as a niche phone intended for “super” users.

Based on the specifications that have been revealed thus far, is this a phone in which you would be interested?

source: Sina Weibo, TENAA

Google Play Music Brings Music Match Feature To The US

You might be thinking, doesn’t Google Play Music already stream my own music back to me? Yes it does but now it does it in a way that has a few hidden bonuses. Not only does matching the music in your collection with music in Google’s library mean all of your music will be played back at 320 kbps, it also eliminates the need for the long upload process. As a guy who still has tracks ripped at 128 kbps, this makes me very happy.

Google launched Play Music, including the music match feature, last month in Europe. The free service has a 20,000 song max. If that’s not enough music for you, check out our guide to the best music streaming options out there.

Source: Google Play on Google+

Run Jelly Bean 4.2.1 on your Kindle Fire

As mentioned in this space before, it never ceases to amaze what the developers over at XDA can cook up. One dev’s latest feat is actually getting Jelly Bean to run on the ‘outdated’ 512MB RAM equipped Amazon Kindle Fire. As with a lot of hacks, there are some features missing (at the time of this writing) such as Swype keyboard, USB camera support, and photo sync.

However, you do get the benefits of Google Now along with a straight port of basically the exact ROM being pushed to Nexus 7 and 10 users. The process itself is very much like flashing other ROMs on other devices, so those that are familiar with it will feel right at home. If you need to brush up on your rooting skills, you can check our guide and dictionary to assist. Click the source link below for the full list of instructions.

source:  XDA

Unofficial Samsung Galaxy S III WiFi roaming fix now available

Owners of some Android devices, in particular the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Nexus, may have noticed a bug that causes their device to have trouble transitioning between different WiFi access points when access points overlap. XDA Forum member felixchris has put together a hack that addresses one of three possible ways the bug manifests itself. According to felixchris, the three ways that users may experience the bug include: Read more

AT&T 4G LTE Goes Live In Four More Cities

Fast indeed just got a little faster for AT&T customers in four more cities across the U.S. LTE is now live in the following cities:

  • Tucson, AZ
  • Melbourne, FL
  • Springfield, MA
  • Green Bay, WI

Do you live in one of these areas or an area surrounding it? If so, let us know what kind of speeds you’re getting now that sweet LTE service is live in those areas.

Garmin’s Navigon Navigator App Gets Extensive Update

 

Garmin’s Navigon Navigator app has just received an extensive update bringing even more functionality for its users. Right off the bat, Garmin has brought the ability to share your location with others using its Glympse technology. This means that no matter where you might be, users will always be able to share their locations with friends and family via a text message or email with a location link to a tracking map included. In addition, the Navigon app will include even deeper Foursquare integration, which eventually learns your check-in behavior and even offers suggestions of places to visit and check into.

While the Navigon app has been revamped to include more features, Garmin is also getting into the holiday spirit by offering a price reduction of the app. Garmin will be offering the Navigon app for 25% off its normal price— so this means you can grab the app for $39.95, instead of $49.95. Not too bad of a deal, right?

You’ll find the complete presser as well as the Play Store link once you hit the break.

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Polaroid jumping on Android camera bandwagon, interchangeable lens featured

By now you’ve most likely heard of the Samsung Galaxy Android Camera. In keeping with the Android Camera spirit, Polaroid is getting in on the action it would seem. This latest leaked information reveals a mirrorless, interchangable-lens camera powered by Android 4.0. The camera will sport a 3.5-inch touchscreen, an 18.1 megapixel sensor, a pop-up flash, built-in Wi-Fi, a microSD card slot, HDMI outputs, and HD video recording. We’ll have to keep an eye out for any further news regarding this newest player in the Android camera segment. Let’s just hope they get the price right.

source:  The Verge