It’s no secret that some of us out there are pretty excited about NVIDIA’s upcoming Project Shield gaming device, but ever wonder how the brains at NVIDIA came up with and developed the idea of a topnotch gaming system? Well wonder no more as NVIDIA took some time to highlight some of the major factors that came into the development of the new toy. For the most part, NVIDIA believed that it was necessary to develop a new gaming device with items it already specialized in and had in-house— such as stuffing its new Tegra 4 chip and using Android-based software to operate the device— something it is quite familiar with since it already features some sort of Tegra-based chip in all sorts of devices. In addition, NVIDIA used its various development and engineering teams who are also avid gamers and implored the teams to develop a topnotch gaming system that would make not only themselves content, but having other gamers content worldwide as well. Once the concept was fully realized, all that was left was for the company to work out minor kinks like assembling the demo units and voila!!— you have the exceptional device presented at CES. Pretty neat, right?
source: NVIDIA Blog
Hot off the heels of a recent Android 4.2 update, the Sprint Galaxy Nexus smartphone is receiving yet another update— bringing it up-to-date with the GSM model. The new software update brings the Galaxy Nexus to version 4.2.1 and build L700GA02 and features a redesigned camera, new lockscreen widgets and a new way of accessing the Notification Shade among other things. Those of you who own that version of the smartphone can feel free to grab the update by going to your Settings and Software Update if you haven’t gotten that welcomed notification yet. So now that the Galaxy Nexus is up-to-date… all it needs now is just consistent LTE coverage in all markets and it will be a complete phone finally, right?
HTC is certainly no stranger to being a friend to the modding community, but it recently laid the smackdown on a custom ROM site that took full advantage of providing custom ROMs and ROM Update Utility (RUU) files to the HTC fans worldwide. The Taiwanese giant apparently sent a cease and desist letter to HTCRUU.com not because of the fact it provided the ROMing community full ROM and restore files, but rather because the website used an HTC domain and official HTC logos as part of its branding:
“The issue with the site in question was NOT that it provided custom ROMs or RUUs. The site used HTC trademarks without a license from HTC. The domain name contained ‘HTC’ and it used HTC logos, making it appear to be an official HTC website. Like any other company, we must protect our trademarks and brand. We cannot risk being associated with, and held liable for, software that we don’t have any control over that’s put onto an HTC device through a third party”.
So in essence, HTC was being proactive in protecting itself should some of you encounter a mishap or two when utilizing the specialized files and ROMs– after all, it shouldn’t have to bear full responsibility for those different snafus and all. This means that none of you should worry about HTC turning its back on the modding community because after all, it “openly embraces the community that chooses to flash custom ROMs onto their devices. The HTC Unlock Bootloader tool on htcdev.com evidences this support” and “the custom ROM community is valuable to the overall health of the Android ecosystem and we have no intention of abandoning them“. Let’s just hope other RUU sites out there are a bit more discreet with its usage of brandings and naming of those oh-so coveted ROM files.
The closer we get to Mobile World Congress, the more leaks we’re going to see, especially something as high-profile as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab lineup. Engadget’s recently discovered three new models of Samsung tablets in their user agent profiles, dubbed the GT-P3200, GT-P5200 and the GT-P8200. If Samsung follows their standard naming conventions, these will fall into the Galaxy Tab line, but there’s not much else as far as details go. The low end 3200 sports a 1,024 x 600 resolution on its screen, which is pretty lackluster, especially for Samsung. The 5200 showed a 1280 x 800 resolution, and the 8200 packed a Nexus 10 matching 2,560 x 1,600 resolution. Some leaked AnTuTu benchmarks for the GT-P8200 suggest it’ll carry a 1.7 GHz processor, would back up that extraordinary screen resolution. Like with all other rumors, though, it’s best to take them with a healthy dose of skepticism. And we fortunately won’t have to wait long to see what Samsung officially unveils next month.
The Blackberry Z10, equipped with the new Blackberry 10 OS, is black, sleek and in a form factor that’s not too dissimilar from the Nexus 4. Operating system aside, many of us have been wondering how the Z10 measures up some of our favorite Android devices.
For starters, its 4.2-inch screen, which would have been among the largest smartphone displays a couple years ago, feels small when compared to the Nexus 4’s 4.7-inch screen and downright tiny next to the Galaxy Note II‘s 5.5-inch screen. It might be unfair to compare its 1.5 GHz dual-core processor to the quad-core engines under the hoods of the two previously mentioned Android devices. The demands of the Blackberry 10 OS are not necessarily the same as those of Jelly Bean. The iPhone 5 has received few performance complaints and its A6 dual-core processor is barely pushing over 1GHz. When it comes to RAM, the Z10 is on pretty even footing with 2GB of RAM. Battery life also seems to be on par with the Nexus 4 and this is despite only having an 1800 mAh (removable) battery vs the 2100 mAh battery on the Nexus.
I don’t know too many people who are planning to jump from Android to Blackberry (and by too many people, I mean none) but spec-wise the Z10 looks more like a standard smartphone rather than a superphone and possible savior. For those stuck on Blackberry enterprise accounts, the Z10 looks like a better choice than what you had, but will anyone else give it a try?
Koushik Dutta, developer of popular apps like DeskSMS and Clockwork Mod recovery, has been teasing up with betas of his new app, Carbon. Those betas have expired today, but the official app is now available in the Play Store in two versions, a free and paid app. The app backs up your apps and data to an SD card, or cloud storage if you don’t have enough memory on device to store all of your apps. Rooted devices can just use the application itself, but unrooted users will need a companion desktop application to get it working. Motorola users are left out in the cold on this one, though; there’s a bug in Motorola’s software the breaks Android’s backup features.
The free version of the app is ad-supported and lacks a few features of the premium version, such as Android-to-Android sync and cloud sync. There’s also a scheduled backup feature planned soon for the premium version. If you’re running Android 4.0 or above, hit the links below to try out the app.
Play Store Download Link (Free)
Play Store Download Link (Premium)
Do you always forget to call your loved ones or important work contacts? We are all busy with work, school, and family, but there are certain people in our lives that we want to make sure that we connect with regularly. It could be a close family member, an important work contact, or a friend. With our busy schedules, sometimes we just forget. If there was an app that allowed us to organize our important contacts so that we’re reminded when necessary, maybe we would be better connected. Appropriately named Keeping Touch, from Morice Keeping, does just that.
Late yesterday we reported on a leaked image that purported to show a new white version of the LG Nexus 4 smartphone. The question on everyone’s mind was whether it was a legitimate image. Today more images have surfaced showing a white, well mostly white, LG Nexus 4 device. The images showed up on a Vietnamese web site and show the device being held in someone’s hand as they rotate the device around for different views in a series of fifteen shots. Not impossible to fake, but these latest images would require a lot more effort to produce if someone were trying to pull a hoax on the tech world. Read more
It appears that there is yet another smartphone on the way from Vertu. In case you’re not familiar, Vertu is a luxury brand that was sold by Nokia sometime last year. According to Eldar Murtazin, the new Vertu smartphone will make the official switch from the Symbian platform to the Android platform. In addition, the new smartphone will only cost a “measly” $4,000— compared to tens of thousands of dollars for previous Vertu smartphones. Hopefully the rumored smartphone will arrive with a butler as part of the package, but then again– that might be some wishful thinking.
US Cellular, the nation’s eighth largest wireless provider, is offering anyone bringing 2+ lines a fat $300 payoff. The carrier will issue payment in the form of a MasterCard debit card. The phone selection isn’t too bad either, the Galaxy S III is available for a subsidized rate of $149 while the Galaxy Note II is $349. US Cellular only has a handful of LTE cities, none in California, but they tend to makeup for their lack of 4G coverage with lower rates. As a CDMA carrier it is unable to support GSM phones like the Nexus 4 which made its long awaited return to the Play Store yesterday.
There’s a $30 activation fee and the promotion does not apply in all markets so interested parties should hit the source to investigate further.
Source: US Cellular