Google’s Chromecast is finally available in the U.K., lagging months behind the U.S. release, but that hasn’t stopped content providers from being ready to offer support for users. The latest is BT Sport which has turned on the ability to stream content to their Chromecast. Users do need a BT Broadband package or subscribe to BT Sport to get access to the live streams. Assuming they have that though, they can access live Premier League football (soccer for the U.S. readers) matches, along with rugby, MotoGP, UFC matches and some other sports available through the service.
New HTC One (M8) owners who had to go the subsidized or payment plan route with their carrier instead of plunking down $700 for a Google Play Edition(GPE) version now have an option to get the GPE experience on their new device. XDA Forum moderator graffixnyc has posted up instructions, with links to the necessary files, to replace the HTC Sense version of the software that comes on non-GPE devices with rooted GPE software. Read more
Koushik Dutta, the developer behind the popular AllCast app, has released a new video showing mirroring capability between his Android device and Amazon’s Fire TV set-top box. The work follows up on his efforts to get the AllCast app to successfully cast content to Fire TV, a chore he disposed of quite quickly. In his latest video, he shows the screen being mirrored to Fire TV. Read more
The latest rumors from the Korea Herald peg Samsung to release a variant of their Gear 2 smartwatch with a universal subscriber identity module, (USIM) which essentially means the device will be able to make and receive phones calls on its own, no phone needed. Samsung recently filed a patent for a device called the Gear Solo that matches this description, so we’re assuming that’s what the name will be. You’ll have the Gear Fit, Gear 2, and Gear Solo.
Nothing else was really released about the device, but it’s expected to launch only in Korea at first. Even if it did make its way to the US, I’m not sure too many people will be keen on adding a smartwatch as an extra device to their plans. We’ll find out one way or the other.
source: Korea Herald
via: Phone Arena
Oppo has put their latest Find 7a up for preorder at a pretty reasonable $499. The device features a 5.5-inch full HD screen, a Snapdragon 801 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and a 13 megapixel camera. It’s currently one of the cheapest options for a Snapdragon 801 powered device, not counting carrier subsidies.
Oppo is also tossing in a handful of extras for purchasing a device, including a navy blue flip cover, a 32 GB microSD card, and a spare 2,800 mAh battery. Those accessories would very like cost over $100 if you bought them separately, if not more, so that’s not a bad deal at all. Read more
Once believed to be part of the Galaxy Tab4 series, the SM-T800 will stand on it’s own as one of Samsung’s first AMOLED tablets since the Galaxy Tab 7.7.
We already had an idea of the specs from a GFXBench of the SM-T805, but Sam Mobile is confirming specs for another variant, the SM-T800. The SM-T800 is a Wi-Fi-only version, while the SM-T805 could be an international version since it sports an Exynos octa-core. Although it’s also believed to sport LTE, which makes no sense since those models usually have the Qualcomm chipset.
The Masters kicks off today and whether you are a hardcore or casual fan, you will want to head over to the Google Play Store to grab the official Masters Golf Tournament app.
It was just updated so it’s ready to go for what will be an exciting week, even if Tiger isn’t playing. It gets a complete redesign along with an enhanced players section, enhanced tee times, enhanced live blogging updates, as well as the full tournament schedule. Just like last year, you also get eight live streams of video content. Hit the break for screenshots and download links.
We are only a few days from the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, so it’s time to start pondering what their next flagship, the Galaxy Note 4, will include. Samsung has announced each previous Note (phone) model in the fall, so we really don’t expect anything different. Although, they did move up the Galaxy S 5 a bit this year, so they could do the same with the Note 4.
The first set of rumors on the device are just starting to circulate. As to the design, the early consensus seems to think we will get the faux letter back or the 3D pattern found on the Galaxy S 5. Generally, Samsung keeps the same design for the S series phone, but last year was the first year they changed things with the Note bringing in the faux leather back. I think they either keep things the same as the Galaxy S 5 or they go completely different. The faux leather back will most likely be done.
From time to time, Google will change the course of Android that both adds functionality and changes the way we use our most favorite mobile OS. Honeycomb brought us Android on the tablet. Ice Cream Sandwich changed up the UI and brought us guidelines that made Android a more unified experience, Jelly Bean brought us Project Butter with it’s buttery smoothness, and KitKat added Svelte, the ability for Android to run on a wide variety of devices, to the mix.
According to a rumor that Android Police discovered, the next iteration of Android, whether it’s 4.5 or 5.0, will be bringing the experience of Android, Chrome, and Search together on a more unified front for the first time.
Qualcomm continues to lead the way in mobile processors with the announcement of the Snapdragon 808 and Snapdragon 810. Designed for premium mobile devices, these new processors are 64-bit.
Both are designed in 20nm technology with Qualcomm’s 4th Generation Cat 6 LTE Advanced multimode modem providing speeds up to 300 Mbps. The big difference between the 808 and the 810 is that the 810 supports 4K Ultra HD displays, while the 808 supports WQXGA (2560 x 1600) displays. The 810 sports 64-bit quad core ARM Cortex-A57 CPUs and Cortex-A53 CPUs. You will also find an Adreno 430 GPU. The 808 combines two ARM Cortex-A57 cores along with a quad Cortex-A53 CPU. It also gets the new Adreno 418 GPU.
For more information, hit the break for the full presser.