Typing “Fuelband” into the Google Play store’s search box doesn’t lead you to the Nike+ Fuelband app for its new workout tracking bracelet. According to @NikeSupport, an official Nike Twitter channel, that’s not changing anytime soon. Nike cited its desire to focus “on the FuelBand experience across iOS and nikeplus.com” as its reason for ignoring the Android market. The Fuelband has a lot of things going for it but mobile sync won’t be one of them, at least not for Android users.
Fitbit, who makes similar workout tracking devices, does have an app in the Play Store but only supports direct sync to a small number of Android devices (including the Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II). Their current product line-up looks much more like conventional pedometers but Fitbit is set to release its own bracelet, the Fitbit Flex, this Spring. If this is a race for Android-fitness dollars, one contestant just dropped out.
We had seen images and pricing leaked earlier this month but today ASUS delivered the official announcement for the MemoPad 10. The announcement came at Thailand Mobile Expo, well ahead of Mobile World Congress, where many had expected the announcement. Spec-wise, the 9mm-thick tablet doesn’t break new ground. It has a 1.2 GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, 10.1-inch WXGA display, 16 GB internal storage and a handy microSD slot. The MemoPad 10 has a 5 MP rear-facing camera, a 1.2 MP front-facing camera and will ship with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It will come in your choice of white, blue or pink for about $360.
Source: GSM Arena
The AOKP developers have released a new version of their Jelly Bean 4.2 work. This latest release includes support for the Acer Iconia Tab A510, T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S II, and the international version of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The build originally included support for the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S II, both the Exynos and OMAP versions, but those have been temporarily pulled. AOKP indicates they should have new builds for those devices available on February 12th.
This latest version includes several new features like a UI mode selector with options for phone, “phablet” and tablet and transparency control for all UI elements. The UI can now support dual panel at any DPI setting and the Car Home function is back. AOKP has re-introduced a quick unlock feature on the lock screen so the Enter key does not have to be tapped once you enter a PIN or password. For minimalists out there, a hidden NavBar option is now available. The Statusbar now has a LastApp toggle.
If you are interested in trying out AOKP, hit the source link for more information on how to grab it.
via: Android Police
In case you weren’t familiar, the Nexus 4 smartphone arrived with full wireless charging capabilities— but unfortunately, there weren’t many options available to utilize and take advantage of the awesome feature… until now. Google has (finally) broken down and listed its wireless charging orb as available on the Play Store for a fairly modest $59.99 listing price. The neat thing is that the device is fairly small— coming in at a mere 130 grams, so the device is fairly small in size and won’t need to take up too much space.
Now only if only Google could solve those Nexus 4 shipping woes, we’d be in business.
source: Play Store
So what is “RARMNJ1320” exactly? Well “RARMNJ1320” is the magic code word that will get you a 32GB Nexus 7 from RadioShack for just $229. For a limited time, RadioShack is selling the Google flagship tablet for $27 cheaper than what you can get it for from Google themselves who charge $249. On top of this, RadioShack is giving free shipping on the device, while Google usually charges $14 to ship. Added together, that’s a savings of $41 for the 7-inch tablet.
Once you’ve selected your tablet and have gone through the process of adding it to your cart, then you will enter the code word for the deal. Please note that in order to cash in on this deal, you’ll need to type out the entire code word and not simply copy and paste it, otherwise it will not work. The Nexus 7 combines portability and performance in a sleek device and for $229, this is a really great deal. If you haven’t already, check out the source for this incredible deal and lets us know how you’re enjoying your new Nexus 7.
Samsung looks to be attempting to retain dominance in the tech industry and this time it’s in the area of wireless charging. As you might remember from CES, Qualcomm is a big partner with the Alliance For Wireless Power (A4WP), which hopes to debut a newer wireless technology utilizing Bluetooth. Surprisingly, this new device doesn’t utilize it, but instead it uses one of the current standards Qi. Speculated as a preparation for a wide release, Samsung has brought this charging plate to the FCC where they have torn down the device. Underneath the top plate lies powerful technology including an electromagnet powering the device. The FCC provided teardown images of which you can find after the break.
Let’s face it— most of us secretly enjoy watching all those faceplants, falls and general slip-ups found on the classic TV show Wipeout, but you been itching for a chance to partake in that type of competitive glory? Well famed game publisher Activision is giving us the chance to live out our wildest dreams by unleashing the Wipeout Android game to the masses. Just like in the real-life gameshow, the premise of the game is for players to go through a gauntlet of obstacles with the end goal of not necessarily to complete them— but to wipeout as best as you possibly can. The great thing about this is users get style points for different wipeouts— so if you have a sick wipeout, players won’t be made fun of like in real life— but rather they will be praised for taking the wipeout like a champ and looking cool while doing it! In addition to having different obstacles like the classic Topple Towers, the game also features some cool replay modes like the ability to re-run wipeouts in slow motion and the ability to compete against friends and earn achievements— giving the game some pretty solid longevity.
The game is available now for all Gingerbread+ devices for $1.99, so if you’re ready to try out a different type of cool action– hit the break to grab the game today.
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One of the real hidden gems in the ROM community has just been updated to become one of the best apps imaginable. For those of you not familiar, Paranoid distinguishes itself from other custom ROMs because of its “Hybrid Engine”, which allows users to select both dpi and layout on a for each app available on a device—- meaning that instead of users being forced to modify the look of the device UI, users can instead optimize various apps to what works best for each one. While the concept of the app is certainly cool, everyone knows that there is always room for improvement and the developers have certainly delivered. The new Paranoid Android build includes the release of the PIE control system which allows users to disable onscreen buttons and instead, utilize a swipe gesture to access various common functions— giving users some extra screen & display to use. Oh and for you Nexus 4 users: there is a special screen calibration feature available which allows users to greatly optimize the display and allowing for all that content to be displayed with some extra pop.
As of now, this ROM looks like it’s only meant for Nexus users— so if you’re an owner of the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 or Nexus 10— the new ROM is ready and waiting to be used by you today. Hit the break to check out one (or all) of the source links to get additional info and grab yourselves the ROM— but be sure check out a few of the videos highlighting Paranoid’s neat features first.
Google aired a new commercial last night during the Grammys and the theme was Google Now and how useful it is in everyday life. The commercial shows how Google Now can help us know what the weather will be like, train/subway schedules, and language translations. Of course this is a Google commercial so they had to throw in a Google+ Hangout at the end of the commercial. The Nexus 4 was used in all the clips, but it’s not highlighted until the end. Hit the break for the 60 second clip.
@evleaks is at it again. They have a pretty good track record and I am assuming that will continue with their latest leak, a press render of the HTC One. We already reported last week that it will be the official name of the M7, but forget names, what does it look like? There’s a good chance that it will look just like the above image.
Now we had seen a leaked image of the said device last month, and if you remember, the buttons were switched up. Instead of having from left to right, back/home/multitasking, the previous image had from left to right, back/multitasking/home. I still can’t understand why HTC would do that, but the same theme continues with this image, but the htc logo is in place of the multitasking button, which is even more bizarre. Other than that, there isn’t much more to say other than this image appears to be the second color option and the newer clock widget is prominent as opposed to their classic flip clock.
I’m pretty sure we will see another leak or two before next Tuesday’s big announcement, so stay tuned!!
In today’s world of tablets, smartphones and “phablets”, the lock screen is probably one of the single most viewed elements of any device. Recently with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Google added the ability to have widgets on your lock screen which brought the usefulness and importance of the lock screen to a new level. One thing that has been oddly left out of the Android feature list is the ability to view notifications on your screen. However thanks to XDA member Roymam there’s an app for that.
We already know LG will be unveiling a few phones at MWC, and it looks like three of those bad boys will be the L7 II, L5 II, and L3 II. It was about this time last year when the first versions of the L Series were unveiled, and they might not have been the most popular phones in the land, but 10 million units sold isn’t too shabby. Fast forward a year and the second versions are ready to take on the world. Hit the break to get the scoop.
One of the main reasons people choose to go with Android is because of the customization of the OS. With features like custom app launchers and widgets, Android is widely regarded as the favorable OS for anyone looking to make their smartphone or tablet exactly the way they want to. Due to the open-source nature of Android, many users look to do what is known as “rooting”. “Rooting” is essentially getting to the bare system of the device and unlocking the potential of your smartphone or tablet by use of super-user permissions.
Depending on your phone, carrier and manufacturer, the process of rooting your phone could be either extremely easy or extremely tiresome. Luckily there are developers who’s mission is to create a seamless and user-friendly ways of rooting devices and bringing custom ROMs, or custom user interfaces to your device.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Apple and Samsung have been in a patent war since 2011. Current CEO Tim Cook has been on record as saying that he does not like to participate in what he calls “patent litigation” and apparently he wasn’t lying. According to a lengthy article provided by Reuters, Cook claims that the late Steve Jobs, Apple’s co-founder and former CEO, opposed and overruled him on the decision to go after Samsung in court for patent infringement.
As more and more of us start to truly embrace our mobile devices, it’s only natural that we begin to really take advantage different means to save the different pieces of content on our devices. That’s why online storage solution Box.com is offering a sweet deal for new users. While this special 50GB of free storage offer is listed as a “Dell Exclusive Offer” exclusive, it appears that anyone and everyone can take advantage of this sweet, sweet deal— so you don’t need to necessarily own a Dell computer or be a Dell employee to enjoy this awesome offer. The cool thing about this offer is that Box.com generally offers a pretty solid 5GB of free storage for new users, so it’s pretty cool that its 50GB promotion is ready to be taken advantage of by new prospective users.
There’s no word on how long this promotion will last, but we’re pretty sure that you’ll want to head on down to the source link and take advantage of this awesome opportunity as soon as possible. Be sure to use the source link below to get the deal.