Ice Cream Sandwich Value Pack Update On The Way For LG Optimus Vu In Korea

Sure LG has a Galaxy Note competitor that is a no-show out in the States and was supposed to release Ice Cream Sandwich a few weeks ago for the device, but at least it’s finally made good on its promise to deliver the latest necessary update in the form of a Value Pack… well for the device in Korea at least. The Value Pack update that’s currently on the way includes Android 4.0 along with improvements to its UI and productivity apps like its cool note taking software. There’s a nice video which highlights the exact features of the Value Pack, which you can find below, though if you don’t speak Korean, we’d recommend you brush up on it before trying to understand everything.

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source: LG
via: Engadget

Google Drive SDK version 2 released, Now supports mobile apps for both Android and iOS

Google released a new API for Google Drive bringing it to version 2. It offers a simplified developer experience along with mobile app support for both Android and iOS. Mobile apps can now securely use the new API to read and write files directly to Google Drive. On the web users have the “Open with” option to view or edit, but now it comes to mobile phones and tablets in the same manner.

Drive apps for the web has new features too. Sharing is now available with the Drive sharing box that developers can add with a few lines of JavaScript. Users can also open Google document formats in any app that supports the many export formats. An example would be an app that faxes PDFs can now fax a Google document, spreadsheet, or presentation directly.

Last but not least they announced that new apps are coming. For example they are working on a mobile photo editor for cropping photos on your phone. Google Drive is still at its infancy so I’m excited to see what lies ahead.

source: google developers

Bluestacks App Player Is On Its Way To Mac Computers

We’ve seen Bluestacks go from its subtle concept to a reality on PC computers. But what about those of us who happen to use Mac computers? And yes— many Android users do indeed use Mac computers, thank you very much. Well thankfully, the famed app player is finally making its way to Mac computers, albeit in a beta form. The software will be powered by Layercake Technology and will feature a nice bundle of apps from developer partners like HandyGames. CEO Rosen Sharma knows that the PC version of the App Play was easily a resounding success, but realizes its a significant deal being able to break through into Apple’s ecosystem as well— which would ultimately add to the program’s explosive growth.

There’s a developer sign-up page available now, so those of you developers out there interested in developing Mac-friendly apps will be able to finally go ahead and have your chance. But first, click on the break to check out the full press release from the company.

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Jelly Bean ROMs now available for GSM and Verizon Galaxy Nexus

Yesterday the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update was available for download, but it was only for the Galaxy Nexus devices that were given away to attendees at Google I/O, which happens to be the takju GSM version. We knew the development community would be super fast and make it available to all and they delivered.

XDA developer bigxie posted the GSM version and all you have to do is download the ROM (below), wipe, and flash via ClockworkMod Recovery. He even posted a root fix with an updated radio that you can flash with ClockworkMOD.
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Sprint To Launch Its 4G LTE Network In Select Markets On July 15th

Those of you fortunate enough to own one of the few LTE-enabled devices on the NOW Network in select markets will now have something to look forward to in just a few weeks. Sprint has announced it will (finally) unleash true 4G speeds in the Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio markets on July 15th. In addition, it will launch an improved 3G network through its Network Vision program. While the rest of you outside of those markets are disappointed for now, cheer up— more markets will be announced for the additional 4G LTE rollout later in the year and Sprint also pledges the rollout process will be complete by the end of 2013.

Try to contain your excitement there HTC EVO 4G LTE owners. Hit the break to see the full presser from Sprint.

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Puddle THD now available for Tegra 3 devices on Google Play Store

Earlier this month at E3, NVIDIA announced several upcoming games for Tegra 3 devices. One of the five games announced, Puddle THD, is now available in the Google Play Store. The game has been available on the Playstation and the Xbox Live Arcade.

Puddle THD makes use of the accelerometer to control the flow of liquids through a series of pipes, troughs, and other challenges. Initially, one has to control water, but as you move up in levels other liquids become available. Besides the obstacles presented by the mazes, each liquid possesses its own unique set of characteristics that force the user to account for friction, gravity and temperature.
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Quick Unboxing of the Google I/O Nexus 7

We just got done standing in a massive line of people to pick up our free swag from this year’s Google I/O conference. Needless to say it was well worth it. I am not sure if you heard already but every attendee at the conference received a free Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 tablet, and a Nexus Q. After we scored our new toys we went straight to the hotel to check them out and decided to film a quick unboxing in the process. As you will see in the video, the tablet that was given out today is a white-backed developer edition with 8GB of storage. The 8GB and 16GB Nexus 7 tablets that can be purchased right now from the Play Store come with black backs. If you ask me, I prefer black but you won’t hear me complain. Jump past the break to check out the full unboxing and if you missed it earlier, be sure to watch our quick hands-on taken shortly after the official Nexus 7 announcement at today’s keynote.
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Hearst Magazines to Offer all of its 20 Titles on Google Play

With Google’s launch of Magazines being available on Google Play, Hearst has taken advantage of that and has announced that all 20 of its popular magazine brands are now available for purchase and reading on Android smartphones and tablets. Hearst Magazines is one of the world’s largest publishers of monthly magazines, so this should be welcomed by many Android users. Google Play users can buy single issues or annual subscriptions to Hearst titles such as Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire, the newly launched HGTV Magazine, Marie Claire, and many more. Readers will also enjoy these digital magazines in full-color with a clickable table of contents.

This is a great addition into Google Play’s ecosystem and should bring in plenty of subscribers to the Android platform. Anyone out there interested in any of these titles?

Full press release after the break:

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Samsung Galaxy S III will be available at Sprint beginning Sunday July 1st

We’ve reported that the Sprint and T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III’s were essentially being delayed for many due to a low number of inventory. Now the latest official confirmation coming from Sprint has the device arriving at Sprint on July 1st. Here is the official statement from Sprint:

Samsung Galaxy S III will be available at Sprint beginning on Sunday, July 1. It will be offered in a 16GB version for $199.99 and 32GB version for $249.99 (excluding taxes) with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement at Sprint Stores, Sprint Business Sales, Telesales (1-800-SPRINT1) and Web Sales. The 32GB version will be available in Web Sales, Sprint Business Sales and Telesales.

Better late than never, right? Clearly both T-Mobile and Sprint have been overwhelmed with pre-orders and the general demand of this phone and have done their best to accommodate as many people as they can. Hopefully you all have been patient and eager to finally get your hands on this phone!

source: Android Central

YouTube App for Android Gets an Update, Now with Refined UI

Last year Google completely redesigned the YouTube app for their Android 4.0 ICS update. Today they’ve unveiled yet another redesign for their upcoming new firmware Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The app looks wonderful and fluid. Google has given their YouTube app uniformity with their other apps such as the new re-designed Google+ app. The main page gives you a “card” like system of your subscriptions and you can scroll down for new videos. To access your main menu and everything else, you just simply swipe to the right and you are brought to the main tabs. I love the update, it’s elegant and all of the important aspects are now easier than ever to access. You can download the new update via the Google Play store with links after the break:

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