Asus Game Box Controller appears on Bluetooth SIG site



There was some word that Asus was working on a gaming device, and now it looks like it’s a definite thing. The image above appeared on Bluetooth SIG’s website, with a description for the “Asus Game Box.” The description says that the above wireless controller is for an “Android system for gaming markets.” It runs on USB 3.0 and will pack a 430mAh rechargeable battery for 12 hours of gameplay.

Previously leaked benchmarks described a Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage running Android 4.3. There’s still a lot more information to uncover, but this is a start.

Source: Bluetooth SIG
Via: Android Police

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 passes through FCC


The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 has been rumored for quite a while now, but we haven’t had any formidable evidence of its existence until now. Today, the 10.1 inch LTE tablet has passed through the FCC certification process, hinting at a launch soon. Benchmarking site GFX Bench has information that suggests a 10.6 inch display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, a 3 megapixel camera on the back and a quad core Snapdragon 400 chipset clocked at 1.2 GHz. The 10.6 inch display may be a typo, as Samsung tablets usually feature a 10.1 inch display.

In addition, the device will have Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat and other hardware features like 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The features suggest a tablet that won’t be nearly as expensive as we initially thought.

Source: FCC
Via: Cult of Android


Google Translate update brings handwriting support for 13 more languages


Google is hard at work today releasing updates for some of its apps, one of them being the Google Wallet app that received an update earlier today bringing the new “Orders” feature. Now it looks like Google Translate is next in line to receive an update.

The new update improves the stability of the app and fixes bugs and crashes. Aside from this, the app now supports handwriting in 13 more languages :  Arabic, Bosnian, Cebuano, Gujarati, Hmong, Kannada, Maltese, Mongolian, Persian, Punjabi, Somali, Tamil, Telugu. Read more

Google Wallet app receives a new update, introduces “Orders” feature


Google announced today that it’s rolling out a new update to its Google Wallet app that will bring a new feature called “Orders”.

With Orders, users can now easily track their online purchases as well as receive notifications of status updates regarding the shipping and delivery of their purchases. In addition, you can view receipts of your past online purchases.

Google said it will fetch the receipts you receive in your Gmail in order to find out the orders that you’ve made online. Read more

AT&T CFO thinks that the Sprint and T-Mobile merger is not possible


AT&T‘s CFO, John Stephens, commented on the recent news that Sprint intends to acquire T-Mobile, and said that he didn’t think that the merger was possible. Stephens mentioned that AT&T has wanted market consolidation in the past, but it didn’t happen. His skepticism towards the merger is possibly because of AT&T’s failed attempt at acquiring T-Mobile in 2011.

Masayoshi Son, the CEO of Softbank, which is the Japanese company that owns Sprint, is much more enthusiastic about the merger, saying that it could ignite a “massive price war” and healthy competition in the U.S. market. Despite this, regulators said in meetings with Softbank and Sprint with the FCC and DOJ that they prefer having the big four companies, even though Verizon and AT&T own 75% of the market. Son mentioned that he thinks the merger would be the only way to challenge the AT&T-Verizon duopoly, and has even raised financing for the merger.

Source: PhoneArena

World’s thinnest smartphone set for release next week


The Gionee Elife S5.5 made some noise last month as it earned its spot as the world’s thinnest smartphone, coming in at 5.5 mm.  The device will finally be hitting the market in China on March 18. Other countries have not been announced, but Gionee said that it will be launched in no less than 40 countries.

Expect pricing to be 2,299 yuan in China, or about $374 or €269. Specs are decent for the price, as the phone will feature a 5-inch 1080p full HD display, a 1.7 GHz octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, a 13MP rear shooter, a 5MP front camera, a 2,300 mAh battery and Gionee’s Amigo Android based OS.

Source: UnwiredView

Samsung patent approved for phone with 21:9 aspect ratio

aspect ratio

We have some news from the US Patent and Trademark Office: Samsung was recently granted a patent for a unique-looking device. It’s a mobile phone, but is much longer than what we’re used to seeing.

The device appears to have a 21:9 aspect ratio display, a ratio commonly seen on some widescreen televisions. We won’t really be able to tell whether this is a good idea or not until the details of the project are released in full, but it certainly seems interesting.

We don’t know when (or whether) we’ll see this phone, but stay tuned for more.

Source: US Patent and Trademark Office

Single and dual-SIM Sony Xperia E1 now available in India


The Sony Xperia E1 is finally available – in India. Both the single and dual-SIM versions are available for purchase in three colors – black, white, and the purple you see above. The black models are in high demand, and are quickly diminishing from stock. The dual-SIM version is priced at  ₹9,750, or around $160 USD, while the single-SIM variant is oddly more expensive at ₹9,990, or $163.

As a reminder, the Xperia E1 was announced on CES with a 4″ WVGA display and a Snapdragon 200 SoC with dual-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 processor, Adreno 302 and 512MB of RAM. The smartphone features Jelly Bean 4.3, a 3MP rear camera, a microSD card slot, 3G with HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and FM radio.

Source: Unwired View


[New Chromecast App] Class6ix brings personalized local and national news to your Chromecast


Class6ix has been around in the Play Store for a couple of weeks now, and I just got a chance to play with it. It’s touted as being your personal video news aggregator for both local and national stories. The best part of it is that it’s Chromecast compatible so you can quickly go through the stories that matter to you on the big screen.

Class6ix basically does all the work for you, but you do have some controls. You first create an account that includes your zip code for your location. The app will immediately assemble a bunch of news stories that include video. Sources include CNN, The AP, The Street, CNet, and others. Over time Class6ix will learn what news is important to you based on what you watch (from beginning to end) along with your location. You can quickly skip videos by tapping the skip button or swiping from right to left.

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Sprint chairman says that U.S. data speeds are horrible, says he can fix that

Japan Softbank  to acquire Sprint

In an interview on Tuesday, the chairman of Sprint, Masayoshi Son, said that the Internet speeds currently available to people in the U.S. are “horrible”, even the speeds offered by Sprint. He then went on to say that he would be able to fix that if the Obama administration allowed Sprint to merge with T-Mobile.

Son said that the merger, which has not been agreed to yet, would allow the company to gain enough scale to install new technology, potentially increasing data speeds by 10 times. Son gave the interview in Washington D.C. and was in the city as part of the campaign to build support for the merger, arguing that he would be able to provide cheaper, faster service to homes and devices.

Source: Recode