Nvidia Tegra to concentrate on ‘superphones’

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According the Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia is not interested in normal smartphones and will instead focus their Tegra efforts on tablets and what is being dubbed “superphones”. Nvidia is mainly interested in devices that can take full advantage of the Tegra’s graphics capabilities such as gaming systems. Nvidia is also very interested in cars in which a demand for visual components are growing.

Nvidia briefly entered the budget smartphone market with their Tegra 3, which was in a number of devices from companies like HTC, Lenovo and Motorola. The chip that came after the Tegra 3, the Tegra 4, was a disappointing product, and hence Nvidia lost their hold on the market.

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Google completes rollout of Google Play Services 4.2, Chromecast compatible apps can now be released

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Last week, Google announced the release of the Google Cast SDK, but developers weren’t allowed to release their Chromecast compatible apps until Google Play Services 4.2 was completely rolled out. If you remember, cloud.tv released an updated version of Dayframe with Chromecast compatibility, but had to pull it later in the day since Google didn’t want new apps to be released just yet. For whatever reason, they allowed AllCast to stay in the Play Store.

Google just announced that the rollout is complete, thus the Google Play Services 4.2 SDK is now available. This new version of Google Play Services includes Google Cast APIs as well as updated Google Drive APIs. and more. This means that apps like Dayframe, and hopefully a slew of others, can now be released with Chromecast compatibility. Let the floodgates open.

source: +Android Developers More info: Google Play Services 4.2

Vivo Xplay 3S delayed until late February

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When Vivo officially announced their new Vivo Xplay 3S smartphone back in December, they were hoping to lay claim to the first smartphone to hit the market with a 2K display. That official announcement followed several leaks in November, like one showing the device’s screen in action. Unfortunately, producing prototypes that help demonstrate a new technology is different from mass production for consumers, a situation that Vivo has been dealing with much to their chagrin. Read more

Most iPhone users admit “blind loyalty” to Apple when upgrading devices and won’t consider other options

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Brand loyalty isn’t a concept unique to smartphones; it’s something pretty much all manufacturers of any consumer product work hard to get from their customers. A recent survey studied iPhone users and asked them if they would consider switching to any other device when it was time to upgrade, and a majority of those users said they were going to stick with Apple’s new iPhone regardless of other phones on the market.

About 78 percent of over 2000 people asked responded that they couldn’t imagine having any other type of phone, and about 52 percent said their reasoning was that they were just very impressed with their current or previous iPhone. 54 percent had previously owned an iPhone. Read more

‘The Room 2’ launches in the Play Store

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The folks over at Fireproof Games are back with another edition of the “The Room” game.

Like it’s prequel, The Room 2 is a “physical puzzler, wrapped in a mystery game, inside a beautifully tactile 3D world.”

I’ve never played the prequel, but I have definitely thought about buying it before, especially because it has great reviews. The new game shouldn’t fall short of expectations either.

Hit the break for a series of screenshots and the link to the game in the Play Store.

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Rovio takes wraps off Angry Birds Stella

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Yesterday Rovio released a teaser image for a new line in their Angry Birds franchise. Today, they have revealed a little bit more in a press release announcing Angry Birds Stella. According to Rovio, the new title will take fans “to parts of the Angry Birds world we’ve never seen before.” Rovio also says the title will be “all about inspiration, empowerment and other real issues, without forgetting entertainment and quirky fun.” Rovio says this new story will exist in both the physical and digital world, with physical items like “toys, books and other retail products” part of the mix. Read more

Queen’s University files patent lawsuit against Samsung over “Smart Pause” feature

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Queen’s University in Canada and a related non-for-profit entity, PARTEQ Innovations, have filed a lawsuit against Samsung alleging the company’s “Smart Pause” technology infringes on a patent filed by the university back in March 2003. The patent was for a technology called “Attentive User Interface” (AUI) which would track the eyes of a user and cause a device to perform certain actions based on detected eye movements. For instance, if a user looked away from a screen, a video being played on the device would pause. You may recognize this as being similar, if not the same, as Samsung’s Smart Pause feature found on the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3. Read more

Lenovo CEO says Chinese, emerging markets will return Motorola to profitability

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Lenovo’s CEO Yang Yuanqing is back on the interview circuit, explaining more about how he thinks the company can turn around the financial trajectory of Motorola Mobility once the pending $2.91 billion dollar deal closes. According to Yang, a key part of Lenovo’s strategy will be to reintroduce the Motorola brand to China and emerging markets, which will enable Lenovo to turn a profit with Motorola “in a few quarters.” Read more

Sprint rolling out Android 4.4.2 KitKat to its Galaxy S 4 today

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Alright Sprint Galaxy S 4 owners, today is your lucky day. The carrier is rolling out the Android 4.4.2 KitKat to Samsung’s flagship right now. The build is VPUFNAE and Sprint’s version is JDQ39.L720VPUFNAE.

Here’s what Sprint says the update brings:

  • Android 4.4 (Kit Kat): The Samsung Galaxy S 4 device will be updated to support the Android 4.4 (Kit Kat) software.
  • Prevention Information alert: Customers should no longer receive “Prevention Information – An application has been forced to stop for an unauthorized attempt to access system in your device. It may be safe to delete an application obtained from an unauthorized route. Check now?” alert messages on the device.
  • Zact Mobile: Device now includes the Zact Mobile compatibility.

Source: Sprint