New App: ‘Rockmelt’ news reader released to Google Play


Rockmelt, a news reader for Android, was recently released to the Google Play Store and immediately received rave reviews. The application offers an interface much like the one provided in Google Currents, and features a stream of news stories categorized by themes/interests or specific news sources that you can “follow.”

Content is gracefully placed on the screen and the interface is simple enough for even the biggest smartphone newbies to understand. The search feature allows users to search for specific news sources instead of just picking categories, which will help readers narrow down their selection of incoming content. And of course there are plenty of social media features, allowing users to post content directly to Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

Check out a video, a screenshot gallery, and the link to the app in the Play Store after the break. Read more

Dolphin Browser updates to v10, brings new UI and Web App Store

Dolphin-browser-version-10One of the original third party web browsers for Android was Dolphin Browser. Since it was originally released, bigger browsers like Chrome and Firefox have surpassed it in popularity, but Dolphin still hasn’t given up making updates and improvements. Today Dolphin’s developers updated the browser to version 10, bringing quite a few new features.

There’s a brand new, cleaneruser interface. Another nice addition is the new “Web App Store,” in which users can add popular web apps to their homescreen via shortcuts. Also, version 10 introduces the “Dolphin Key,” which enables gesture and swipe shortcuts to the menu or tab list. Also, Flash support has returned.

After the break, you can find the change log and download link.

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Rugged NEC Terrain officially announced for AT&T

NEC_TerrainDetails of the NEC Terrain leaked a few months ago, but today AT&T made things official.  As you can see from the picture above, the unique thing about this phone is that it has a physical QWERTY keyboard and is candy bar style – something we haven’t really seen in smartphones  in years. Also, it is very rugged – water-resistant, dustproof, and shockproof. There’s even a dedicated push-to-talk button.

The Terrain is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor at 1.5 GHz and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. A 5-megapixel rear camera and 0.3-megapixel front camera comes along as well. Since the keyboard takes up much space, the Terrain has just a 3.1-inch display.

You can get the NEC Terrain beginning June 21 through AT&T Business Solutions for $99 with a two year contract.

Source: AT&T

Insiders claim Samsung not interested in Facebook phone

Yesterday when Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg met with executives from Samsung to pitch a new Facebook phone, we concluded such a collaboration was improbable. New reports today from unidentified insiders close to the discussions indicate Samsung is unlikely to take up Facebook’s quest to become the “second Google.” The insider hints that Samsung already sees Google as a rival in the smartphone market and does not want to “nurture” yet another competitor. The sense of Google being a rival, instead of a partner, appears to stem from the belief that Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility last year has the two titans on a collision course for market share.

Besides not opening any new financial doors for Samsung, a partnership with Facebook to produce a new handset could have a negative impact on Samsung. After being widely panned, Facebook’s Home launcher could be seen as a downgrade relative to the image Samsung is trying to present. Samsung is also working on initiatives like Tizen, which would probably give it much more control over the user experience than what they would achieve in a partnership with Facebook.

Samsung has not yet offered any official word regarding the nature of the meeting or their response to Zuckerberg’s entreaties.

source: The Korea Herald
via: phoneArena

Falcon Pro pulled from Play Store due to token authentication issues


After the authentication token issues earlier this week, third-party Twitter app Falcon Pro has been pulled from Google’s Play Store. On Monday, Falcon Pro reached its limit of 100,000 users, who were each given an access token. Once that 100,000 limit was reached, new users could no longer get tokens to access the app, thanks to official Twitter third-party app rules. As a workaround, developer Joaquim Verges released a new version of the app that revoked all previous tokens so users would have to log in again, which would free up unused tokens and pirated apps. A few months ago, this solution worked to get around the token limit, but according to Verges, the limit was reached within 24 hours. To keep anymore people from buying the app, the developer has pulled the app from the Play Store.

As a courtesy to those who bought the app, Verges has uploaded the last available version as a Google Drive link until he can figure out another workaround for that token limit. Hopefully this won’t be the end of this fantastic Twitter application.

source: Android Authority

NVIDIA announces plans to expand business model to address growth in visual computing demands


NVIDIA announced via their blog today that they are preparing to take things in a new direction by licensing their GPU cores and visual computing patent portfolio to other manufacturers. NVIDIA notes that during recent years, as PC sales have been in a decline, sales of other computing devices have been increasing. Going along with this changing landscape, consumers are demanding faster, crisper, high definition displays that produce vivid images no matter what device is currently in use. Driving those displays are the GPUs and NVIDIA is in a good position to capitalize as they have been a long time leader in the GPU market for PCs and more recently, they have been successful in the Android device market with their Tegra line of chips. Read more

AT&T set to launch LTE network in 9 new markets starting today


AT&T continues to increase its LTE coverage around the U.S. as part of its goal to reach most of the nation’s populace by year’s end. Today, the company launched its network in 9 new markets, listed below:

  • New Bedford, Massachusetts
  • Gallup, New Mexico
  • Rio Grande Valley, Texas
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Florence-Muscle Shoals, Alabama
  • Providence and Kent Counties, Rhode Island
  • Logan, Ohio
  • Tri-Cities, Washington
  • Salinas, California

Expect more updates on AT&T’s expansion of their LTE network in the future as they continue to blanket their 3G footprint.


LG ready to start mass production of flexible displays


LG Display has announced it will start mass production of flexible OLED displays for smartphones during the fourth quarter of 2013. The flexible displays will support ultra high-definition and besides the benefits of being flexible,will be very thin as well. According to LG’s official statement, “We have completed the development of our first flexible displays. We will mass produce flexible displays from the fourth quarter of this year.” The production facility in Paju is expected to be able to produce 12,000 sheets on a monthly basis, though it is not clear how many devices could be produced from a single sheet. Read more

Samsung Galaxy S 4 in Aurora Red officially available exclusive to AT&T

galaxy-s4-aurora-redWe’ve known that Samsung  and AT&T had an Aurora Red Galaxy S 4 in their plans for a while, but now it’s officially available. Exclusive to AT&T, the Aurora Red Galaxy S 4 runs for the same price as every other S4 – $199.99 with a two year contract, or $639.99 without a contract – and has the same specs as other S4’s.

With this color addition, you can now buy the Galaxy S 4 on AT&T in three colors – Stealth Black, Glacier White, or Aurora Red. Of course, word is that more colors like Blue Arctic, Purple Mirage, and Brown Autumn should be available later this summer. Stay tuned.

source: AT&T
via: Android Authority

HTC One Mini to hit AT&T around August


Just yesterday we got confirmation about the HTC One Mini’s name and size, but no carrier availability. If you were planning on picking a Mini up if it came to your carrier of choice, you may be in luck, because according to a source close to HTC, the device will definitely be available first on AT&T’s network sometime around August of this year. They didn’t say if the device would be available on any other carriers, but if HTC can keep up what they’ve been doing, we may see this device on several other carriers in the US. And, if they get lucky, Verizon may carry the device sometime in late 2015.

To recap, the HTC One Mini has a 720p, 4.3″ display, a Snapdragon 400 CPU, and Android 4.2 out of the box. Anybody excited for this device later this year?

source: Phone Arena