Sports fans who use Google to keep track of their favorite teams can now enjoy a more rich experience. On Google+ today, the official Google page announced an update to its sports results that can be seen via desktop, tablets, and phones. Here are the new features:
League schedules now grouped by day and week
Click on a game for more details and links to websites with more details about the game
Find out complete league standings by doing a quick search such as “NBA” and see latest stats on your favorite players
Searching “March Madness” displays a full bracket to see where your teams currently stand
Facebook annoyed many last week when it tried forcing users to upgrade to the latest version within the app itself. This time around, Facebook has updated the Android app, but pushed the update through Google Play. You can now upload a profile photo, better manage group messaging, and report posts for spam. The social network wants a unified experience across all users and since not everyone had the app set to automatically update, many were still using older versions. While last week’s method of pushing out an update makes sense, there are some issues. First of all, Facebook violated Google Play’s Developer Distribution Agreement. Under 4.5 Non-Compete:
“You may not use the Market to distribute or make available any Product whose primary purpose is to facilitate the distribution of software applications and games for use on Android devices outside of the Market.”
Motorola advisor Guy Kawasaki has left an interesting video on his Google+ page of the Porsche Exclusive with an insightful little comment, “Wouldn’t it be great if you could personalize your phone like this?” Now, the cool thing about the Exclusive is that you’re able to completely customize the vehicle to how you want it. Different paint jobs, stereo, whatever. However, not too long ago, we heard rumors that customers would be able to customize hardware on the X Phone, which would be a significant first in the smartphone industry.
Is it a just coincidence that Kawasaki posted this video? Sure. Maybe cars and smartphones are two of his favorite hobbies and he likes to daydream about the best aspects of both industries. But Motorola needs a kickstart and Google needs to wrangle some power away from Samsung, so something revolutionary like this may not be as far off as we think.
The folks who brought you the Andy Exploded t-shirt is at it again. Mountain View Mashers pertains to a baseball team, or shall I say appleball team, that happens to be pretty close to Google headquarters. It’s the perfect tee to advertise your Android pride, and we have five to give to our awesome readers.
2013 is shaping up to have some great phones and Meizu is getting in on the action with the MX3. Hinted on the Meizu News Facebook page, the MX3 will feature a 5.1-inch full HD display, Exynos 5410 Octa processor, and a narrower bezel. It’s still a rumor and seems that Xiaomi has a head start with the release of the Mi-3. What separates the Meizu MX3 from Xiaomi’s Mi-3 however is the processor. While the Mi-3 packs a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, the MX3 features Samsung’s latest generation 8-core processor. We’ll keep you posted on when (and if) Meizu announces a release date, pricing, and more specs.
More evidence that Samsung likely has a smash hit with the Galaxy S 4 comes from UK retailer Carphone Warehouse which is reporting pre-registrations are four times higher than what they saw for the Galaxy S III. This follows on the heels of a report from another UK retailer, Phones4U, that reported Galaxy S 4 pre-registrations were running 40% higher in the first forty-eight hours compared to the Galaxy S III.
Carphone Warehouse’s Chief Operating Officer Graham Stapleton says the huge number of pre-registrations is a sign of “how hot the Galaxy S4 is going to be.” You can read the full press release from Carphone Warehouse after the break.
A new hack has been revealed which allows people to bypass a pin-secured lockscreen on Galaxy smartphones. Discovered by Terrence Eden who uncovered a Galaxy Note II security flaw earlier this month, by using a combination of keypresses and commands, someone can unlock the screen. The exploit comes from placing a failed emergency call where the screen is unlocked very briefly. On the flip side, Samsung is already working on a software fix and this hack only allows access for a very short period of time. Terrence uploaded a video to YouTube showing the hack which you can check out below. In the meantime, don’t leave your Galaxy smartphone just laying around.
Ladies and gents— say hello to the HTC E1 smartphone. Also known as the 603e smartphone, the E1 is going to be a dual-SIM device featuring a host of goodies inside including Android 4.1, a 4.3-inch WVGA Super LCD2 display, a dual-core chip and a 5MP camera. Unfortunately, the device looks to be destined for Chinese markets only as of this time, but if you do live out there— it’ll cost you 1,799 CNY (or roughly $290 USD), which seems like it could potentially be a steal for lots of potential folks in the market for a new smartphone.
No word yet on when the device will be available, but we suspect it’ll be in retail outlets soon.
Samsung will probably sell at least 30 million Galaxy S 4’s, so why not give a few away as part of a sweepstakes? They actually have 52 to hand out and four grand prize winners will also receive a Samsung 55-inch Smart TV. It’s quite simple. All you have to do is hit the source link below and sign up for the latest email updates for the Galaxy S 4. There is one caveat, and that is you must be a U.S. resident.
They already handed out 15 phones, but they will give away 1 per day starting today through April 21. The four grand prize winners will be selected on April 22.
In something that shouldn’t really be too surprising, it’s reported that the freshly unveiled Galaxy S 4 smartphone actually doesn’t cost too much to make and utilizes mostly Samsung-branded flare on the inside. According to the IHS, the unlocked variant of the device costs a mere $244 (when the $8.50 manufacturing cost is added in) to manufacture, which is $30.50 more than what it cost to manufacture the Galaxy S III. Additionally, the teardown of the HSPA+ version of the device reveals everything that we already know including the 4.99-inch SuperAMOLED display, the super fast Octa-Core processor built-in and the full array of sensors and all that good stuff. The most astounding part about the teardown is not seeing what was mentioned above, but rather the amount of Samsung-branded components inside such as the display and touch-screen module, as well as the apps processor, power management integrated circuit and of course— the SDRAM. When all is said and done— a whopping 63% of the Galaxy S 4’s internal parts are Samsung products. Impressive indeed.
Xiaomi makes some really nice phones, but unfortunately they are only available in China. Those of us stateside can only wonder what it would be like to use the new Xiaomi Mi-3 as it appears to be yet another winner for them. It resembles the HTC One, which is by far one of the best looking phones to date. As far as the specs, they didn’t skimp one bit: 5-inch 1080p display, 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 13MP camera, 3,000mAh battery, and Android 5.0 with custom MIUI skin.
Yes, you read Android 5.0 right, but the bad news is that it won’t be available until the fall. We are expecting Android 5.0 to be unveiled at Google I/O in May so that’s expected. Priced at 1.999 CNY ($320), it’s a lock that it will be another hit for Xiaomi.
A recent memo suggests that T-Mobile may be planning to make unlimited talk and text a “de facto” part of their contracts. Under the new plans, data would be the only changeable factor. “Classic Plans” would be available through “third-party” stores only, and start at around $60 for 500MB of full-speed data with hotspot support built-in. Of course, subscribers will be given the choice to update their service in 2GB increments that cost anywhere from $10 – $20/month.
In addition to these options, subscribers will still have “real” unlimited data on the Classic Plan for around $90, with hotspot available as a customizable add-on. T-Mobile’s stores will be the only ones offering the “contract-free” value plans, starting at an affordable $50, as well as the $70 unlimited plan we saw in January.
Of course this is all speculation until we see something a bit more concrete, but it’s looking more and more like we will see yet another Qualcomm-based device out there… not that anyone’s complaining and all.
The latest update to the popular 9 Innings: Pro Baseball 2013 Android game scores a homerun in the Google Play Store! It’s still the only baseball game on Android that’s Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) Licensed, Those of you familiar with this “real-life” baseball experience will be happy to know that the 2013 update just made this awesome game even more incredible than ever.
Some of the great additions you will find in the latest download are:
140 batters and 110 pitchers have been added or moved to new teams
Real photos and stats are well over 1,400 players
Game schedule now shows the real 2013 MLB game schedule
Acknowledgement of Houston Team League change to the American League West Division
Addition of Daily Rewards! Log in each day to earn bonus rewards.
Android Police has discovered that Sprint is testing a ZTE device called the Quantum (N8910). The Quantum can be categorized as a low to mid-Level smartphone with some fairly impressive specs. The Quantum will reportedly sport the following:
A 5″, 720p screen (320 dpi) with “terribad viewing angles”