Canadian shoppers for the popular LG Nexus 4 will have a new source to grab the device outside the Google Play Store. Canadian provider Fido has announced they will carry the Nexus 4 with shipments expected to start sometime in February. Fido has already setup the smartphone in their reservation system which requires interested buyers to deposit C$40 up front. A final price has not yet been announced.
In case you haven’t noticed, in the world of consumer electronics there is a continual effort going on to enable consumers to share content between their mobile devices and non-mobile devices like TVs. An example of this is Apple’s AirPlay system that gives users the ability to mirror iPad or iPhone content to their Apple TV. Apple’s solution enables some other features as well like initiating playback of remote content. Key to this is the ability to discover AirPlay capable devices. Great if you are part of the Apple ecosystem, not so great if you use other solutions or have hardware from other manufacturers. Netflix and YouTube hope to provide an alternative for non-Apple consumers and have launched DIAL with the backing of several other parties. Companies like Samsung, Sony, Hulu and the BBC are backing the effort to develop and implement the DIAL protocol.
In a world where games are so complex, sometimes it’s nice to go a little old school when things were very simple. Tunneler is the perfect example. This remake was created by ilikedroid and is a rendition of the popular DOS game from the 90’s. I have to be honest, I never played Tunneler back in the 90’s, and it’s not because I am too young, that’s for sure. With that said, I think it’s a lot of fun to play so don’t feel like you have to be familiar with it. It’s not going to blow you away with spectacular graphics or gameplay, but in an strange way, that’s what makes the game appealing. It’s old school baby!!
If you’re an aspiring Android developer you will want to check out Droid World. The free-to-attend Android developer event at Apps World North America on February 7-8 in San Francisco is all set to feature various leading Android developers, authors, evangelists and operators divulging their expertise on all things Android.
Sponsored by Barnes & Noble, the Android developer conference runs on both days of Apps World and will be of interest to anyone building apps on the Android OS.
Highlights of the day one track will include expert opinion from James Steele, author of The Android Developer’s Cookbook on how to create the optimal Android experience, and Tom Chavez, NOOK Developer Evangelist for track sponsors Barnes & Noble on how to quickly monetise on the NOOK bookstore.
AT&T’s posted their Q4 earnings, and they had a pretty impressive year. They posted a 3.9 billion dollar loss for Q4, but a 7.3 billion dollar profit for the fiscal year. Worthwhile tradeoff? I doubt you’ll hear AT&T complaining too much either way. They also activated 10.2 million smartphones last quarter, a number they’re claiming is “record setting.” AT&T’s biggest competitor, Verizon, only did 9.8 million smartphones, so that gives the claim quite a bit of credibility. Those 10.2 million smartphones accounted for 89% of AT&T’s total postpaid sales, as well. They’ve also added 1.1 million new customers, 780,000 of which were postpaid users. Overall, there’s room for improvement, but it wasn’t a bad year for AT&T by any stretch.
The DROID RAZR M is one really nice phone for the money. At $49 it’s has some really nice specs including that edge to edge display. A pink version is already available in stores to celebrate Valentine’s Day so if you’re looking for a gift for that special someone, this might be a good option. Of course they really have to like the color pink because they are going to look at it for the next two years. Anyways, Verizon put out a commercial featuring it, so check it out after the break.
HTC just pulled the covers off of another economy device. It features a 4-inch (800 x 480) display, 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB storage, microSD slot, 5MP rear camera, Beats Audio, and 1,650mAh battery. These specs obviously put this on the lower end of the spectrum, but it does feature an interesting circular design on the back so it might not look as cheap as it performs. It’s already available now in Taiwan for NT $7,900 or $275.
The MeCam nanocopter, being developed by Always Innovating, looks to be your personal hovering paparazzi. The voice-controlled hovering video camera can even be set to “follow” mode while it runs video and streams to your Android device (or iOS). The captured video or panorama shots can be shared through Google+, YouTube, Facebook or other social media sites.
The MeCam is technically still in development so we’re still missing a few key details such as battery life and information about the image quality. The estimated retail price will be a very reasonable $49. It will have a Cortex A9 processor (1 to 1.5GHZ), 1GB of RAM, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth connectivity and it will have an SD card slot for storage. Always Innovating has set 1st quarter of 2014 as a possible launch date but the design company has yet to come to an agreement with a manufacturer.
Check out the video after the break and start planning your party-drone strikes!
The start of the year means financial reports for many companies. Sometimes we’re a little surprised, sometimes things are about where they should be, and in Samsung’s case, they blew expectations out of the water. Samsung even outdid their own estimates. That’s how successful it was. The early reports had Samsung pulling in about 8 billion in profit for Q4, so everyone had pretty high expectations for the tech giant to begin with. At the end of the year, Samsung managed to bring in about 27.2 billion dollars in profit, and they did about 188.15 billion dollars in total revenue. Needless to say, a huge chunk of that came from Samsung’s smartphone division, with the record-breaking sales of the Galaxy S III pushing that. It’s safe to say that Samsung had a pretty successful year in 2012, and they’ll continue to keep that momentum in 2013. Hit the source if you want to read more of the gritty details about Samsung’s fiscal year.
Skype for Android has been given a breathe of life today as a new update has officially brought portrait calling to tablet users. The majority of the application still doesn’t support portrait mode, though this is unquestionably a step in the right direction. Previously, users with top-mounted front facing cameras would be forced to use the tablet in landscape, inevitably creating a strange camera angle. Also included in the update is a slew of much-needed bug fixes, as well as a swath of languages including Norwegian, Portuguese and UK English. Be sure to hit the break to grab the new version from the Play Store.
Samsung has taken to Twitter to show off its all-new eight core Exynos 5 Octa chipset. Other than the spectacular grid of spheres on the rear, there’s nothing really to see here. Although, if rumors hold true, we can expect to see the Korean manufacturer’s new Exynos 5 make its debut inside the Galaxy S IV later this year. For now, we’ll just stare and salivate.
Intel is preparing to launch Africa’s first Android device powered by an Intel chip, to be called the Intel Yolo. It will run on their latest Lexington platform, and boasts a 1.2 GHz Atom processor, complete with Intel’s signature hyper-threading technology. Aside from that, you’ll be getting a 3.5-inch screen, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, Android 4.0.4, and the increasingly rare micro-SD card slot. It’s not impressive even by last year’s standards, but it’s priced at $125, so it isn’t really aimed at competing with an HTC M7 or Galaxy S IV. It’ll make a splash in Kenya first, but inevitably end up in a few other markets as time goes on. Anybody planning on picking up a phone called the Yolo?
Last month OUYA start shipping their forthcoming gaming console to developers so they could start to get a feel for what needed to be improved. OUYA says they received a ton of comments and feedback on what would make the game controller even better. OUYA has taken the comments to heart and announced today several changes and improvements to the gaming console for the newest iteration.
We have seen quite a bit of chatter about the Huawei Ascend Mate, the smartphone maker’s entry into the supersize phone market. That is not the only device that may be of interest to consumers, especially those looking for something more in line with the size of a traditional smartphone. A new render intended for press materials has surfaced showing the Huawei Ascend P2, the successor to the Ascend P1 that was recently made available to U.S. customers via Amazon.
We recently reported that Google Glass is still very much in the development stage with lots of features and capabilities in flux. Well, one new feature that may or may not make it into the final release of Google’s wearable computer is bone-conduction audio capabilities. A new patent recently filed by the Mountain View company shows us how Google plans to get audio output from the glasses to your ear-drum: by rattling it through your skull! For those of you who aren’t aware, bone-conduction is the process of sending sound waves to the ear drum not through the air, but through a dense material…in this case, your cranium. This is a good solution, because you won’t have to wear an additional ear-bud to hear your notifications, music, or phone calls. It also keeps your audio from being broadcasted through a speaker for the whole world to hear. We’ll have to wait and see if this feature is just another good idea that’ll never see the light of day, or if it’ll make it into the final commercial product of Google Glass. Here’s to hoping for the latter.
Source: US Patent and Trademark Office