SwiftKey Flow Beta updated with a handful of fixes and a new installer

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If you’ve been using the SwiftKey Flow Beta, SwiftKey has a new release for you that’s going to make your experience just a little bit better. There’s been a lot of work done under the hood, so there’s not too many new features in this beta, but there is a brand new installer for the keyboard to better match the Flow theme. Hit the links below to check out the changelog and get your hands on the new app, and remember that this is a third-party application, so you’re going to have to install it like you would any other app outside of the Play Store.

Real Racing 3 Crosses The Freemium Finish Line On Feb 28

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If you’re a fan of Racing games on your Android device than you are in luck. Team Firemonkeys (the group behind the Real Racing Series) announced that the game will be hitting the Play Store on February 28th as a free to play experience, or in other words, free to download with in app purchases. Of course team Firemonkeys knows that this decision will be met with some criticism so they had this statement prepared in response.

How To Install the CyanogenMod 10.1 MMS application on any Android 4.1 ROM, includes Emoji and Quick Reply functionality

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By far my favorite feature of CyanogenMod is their customized native MMS application. It offers so much more functionality than the stock Android MMS app. While it looks almost exactly alike, CM and his group have added useful features such as the much popular emoji emoticons that were made popular by iPhone users. Other notable add-on’s is the quick reply function, pop-up feature, gestures for SMS templates, stripping unicode support, and much more.

Samsung working on three devices as part of Project J

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More news from the folks over at SamMobile indicates Samsung’s Project J actually constitutes three devices. According to previous reports, Project J was the code name for the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV. Over the past few months as we have watched for information about Samsung’s successor to the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone, we have seen the Galaxy S IV referred to as Project J, Altius and by the model number GT-I9500. The assumption has been that Project J referred to that one device, the Galaxy S IV. Based on upcoming accessories, SamMobile now reports the code name actually refers to three devices.

Motorola Solutions Showcases AME 2000 technology, aims to give federal agencies and enterprises an extra layer of security on devices

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Motorola Solutions has just launched its AME 2000 service for those looking for a secure wireless connection on their devices. AME 2000 essentially:

 

“Combines a commercial-off-the shelf (COTS) device with general hardware and software to provide end-to-end encrypted voice and data communications through private or public wireless networks to support the missions of federal agencies”.

 

So basically Motorola’s technology combined with some special VPN networks allows for secure data-in-transit between a mobile device and a customer enterprise through private and public broadband networks, including GSM, 3G, 4G LTE and Wi-Fi. In addition, Motorola’s AME 2000 allows for encryption of microSD cards and specialized secure OTA updates for specialized devices.

You’ll find some additional details in the presser once you hit the break.

Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) for mantaray Nexus 10 now available to download and manually install

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We already posted the download link and instructions to install Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) on the takju Galaxy Nexus and the nakasi WiFi-only Nexus 7, and now it’s time for the mantaray Nexus 10 (All Nexus 10s).

In order to do the update, your device needs to be running build JOP40D. If you already have a custom recovery, you can just download the Zip file {linked below), copy it to your device, and flash. If you’re running the stock recovery, then download the Zip file (linked below), but leave it on your computer and follow these instructions:

You will need the latest version of adb in order to proceed. Just download the latest Android SDK to make sure you’re up to date.

  1. Power off your mantaray Nexus 10, and power back on by holding the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons while it boots.
  2. The fastboot menu should appear and you should see “Start” in the top right. Press Volume Up till it changes to “Recovery.” Press the Power button to select it.
  3. You will see an Android with a red exclamation point icon, press Volume Up and the Power button at the same time.
  4. You will get a new menu and you can navigate to “apply update from adb.”
  5. Now it’s time to connect your mantaray Nexus 10 to your computer via a USB cable
  6. Open the command prompt in Windows (cmd in Windows, regular shell in Linux and Mac) and navigate to the directory that the Zip file is located in.
  7. Type: adb sideload eaef14432ff5.signed-mantaray-JDQ39-from-JOP40D.eaef1443.zip
  8. The update will install and reach 100%.
  9. Reboot and enjoy Android 4.2.2

 

Download mantaray build JDQ39 for the Nexus 10 from Google’s servers. **This is ONLY for the the Nexus10!!

Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) for nakasi WiFi-only Nexus 7 now available to download and manually install

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We already posted the download link and instructions to install Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) on the takju Galaxy Nexus, and now we have the same for the nakasi Nexus 7, which is the WiFi-only version.

In order to do the update, your device needs to be running build JOP40D. If you already have a custom recovery, you can just download the Zip file {linked below), copy it to your device, and flash. If you’re running the stock recovery, then download the Zip file (linked below), but leave it on your computer and follow these instructions:

Samsung EVP believes Apple attack against Samsung is “a loss” of innovation

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It’s no secret that many of us believe that Apple’s ongoing attack against Samsung is a waste of time and is shameful to say the least, but the ongoing attack can be considered as something even worse. While speaking at the opening night of D:Dive Into Media 2013, Samsung EVP David Eun did not dabble into specifics regarding the continuing litigations that are a waste of time, money and resources— but rather he made it very clear that the ongoing dispute is “a loss” for innovation and more importantly— us, the consumer. So it’s pretty cool finally hearing something that we can all agree upon from such a high-ranking official at Samsung.

Hopefully Apple will realize sooner than later that it’s probably not worth it to keep going on with the petty and meaningless battle.

source: Engadget

Android apps now available on Windows 8, Microsoft Surface Pro courtesy BlueStacks

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BlueStacks, the mobile software company that helps you run Android apps on Windows 7 and Mac OSX devices, announced a new version today that includes support for Surface Pro devices and Windows 8. BlueStacks is available as a free download which new Windows 8 and Surface Pro users can get from a new site: GetYourAppsBack.com. BlueStacks reports they have recorded 5 million downloads of their software just from their site. They have also been working hard to develop OEM partnerships, like they recently announced with Lenovo, which has yielded  download numbers “as strong or stronger” than from their own site.

Once installed, Windows 8 and Surface Pro users can install apps from their phone and run them fullscreen with full touch-enabled capability. Check out the video and full press release after the break.

Korean Version Of LG Optimus G Pro Confirmed To Have 5.5-Inch Full HD Screen

LG is following suit with Android’s most successful manufacturer, Samsung, they’re going big. LG confirmed the the Optimus G Pro for South Korea will come with a 5.5-inch full HD screen. As expected, this Galaxy Note II-sized device will beat the Galaxy S IV to market. This larger variant sounds like the one we expect announced at Mobile World Congress. If ginormous phones are your cup of tea, you’ll want to keep a close eye on our MWC coverage.

At this point the Optimus G Pro’s main advantage over its Samsung counterparts is its full 1080p screen but the rest of its specs are nothing to scoff at. It has a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, microSD slot, LTE connectivity and a nice 3,140 mAh battery. The South Korean version is, but for its half-inch larger screen, identical to the Japanese version.

Source; Unwired View

Vertu Ti smartphone aims to set the bar for Android luxury devices

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Think you have the ultimate smartphone? Well famed smartphone manufactuer Vertu wants Android fanatics to think again about what the ultimate smartphone is thanks to its newly unveiled Ti smartphone. This impressive jewel is all luxury on the outside, but pure business on the inside. The device utilizes a special sapphire and titanium casing on the outside which houses the Ti’s 3.7-inch WVGA screen which is complimented by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 8MP camera with full 1080p video recording, 64GB of on-board storage and a heaping scoop of Ice Cream Sandwich. Oh and best of all— Vertu is even tossing in complimentary Key feature which acts as a concierge service where a live customer service support team will be available 24/7 to answer questions or address issues for whatever it is you may need.

Naturally this impressive luxury package will come at a king’s ransom— Vertu is listing the Ti smartphone for a whopping $10,000 at this time. It’s no doubt a bit excessive, but we’re sure that there’s a couple of you out there who wouldn’t mind having a new sapphire and titanium-encrusted toy to play with.

source: Vertu

Korean variant of Samsung Galaxy S IV appears in benchmark database with Qualcomm CPU and 1080p display

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The rumor mill for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV is only beginning folks. Today’s update comes from the GLBenchmark database where a Korean variant (SHV-E300S) appeared. We find that a lot of devices show up in the GLBenchmark database, and although we aren’t able to get the full scoop, there is usually some relevant information available.

The first bit of information is about the processor. Most of us were hoping for the new Exynos 5 Octa that was introduced at CES. Unfortunately that won’t be the case, at least for this model. It appears to be a quad-core Qualcomm S4 Pro clocked at 1.9GHz (with an Adreno 320 GPU), which is very surprising. Let me reiterate that this is one variant and doesn’t necessarily mean that there won’t be other Galaxy S IV variants with the Exynos 5. On the flip side, it should also be noted that the phone appears to be one of the fastest with 41.3 fps in offscreen speed and 39.4 fps in onscreen speed.

Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) for takju Galaxy Nexus now available to download and manually install

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Last night, Google started pushing Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) to the GSM Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. Unfortunately a lot of people are still waiting for the update to hit their devices, but if you have the takju Galaxy Nexus (The one bought from the Play Store), then you can download the Zip file and update it yourself. Again, we don’t have the changelog, but we are pretty sure that this update will at least fix the known Bluetooth streaming bug, among other things.

Upcoming Google Now widget leaks

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We all know that Google Now is only in its infancy. I can only imagine what it will be capable of in a few years, but one easy and useful addition would be a widget. It looks like Google is working on one because it appeared on a Google support page yesterday. We have no idea when it will be unveiled or if it will be a standalone update or part of the next version of Android. I presume it will be a standalone update and it will be shown at Google I/O.  It’s not available on the support page anymore, but thankfully the above image will give you an idea of what it will look like.

source: Google (no longer there)
via: AndroidCentral

LG makes the Optimus L7 II, L5 II, and L3 II official

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Yesterday we got word on the updated Optimus L series and LG didn’t waste anytime making them official with a presser. The Optimus L7 II, L5 II, and L3 II will probably not be part of the announcement on 25th, but they will certainly be on display during the MWC Conference. This upgrade seems to be a way for LG to try and recapture some of the success the “L-Style” line has had in the past with around 10 million units sold since last year’s launch.  In terms of specifications these devices are mid-range at best and the dual-SIM technology suggests they aim to sell this on the central/eastern European market.