When ASUS first unveiled the PadFone a couple of year’s ago, I thought it was one of the coolest devices. At the same time, I didn’t think anyone would ever buy into it. I just didn’t think we would be still talking about it in 2013. Earlier this year, they followed up with the PadFone Infinity A80, which most agree was a huge improvement over the original. It appears ASUS isn’t done yet. According to AnTuTu benchmarks a new one is in the works and could be announced later this year. It’s going under the name of ASUS PadFone Infinity A86 and includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, a 1080p display, and Android 4.2.2.
If you want further evidence of the said device, it also cleared the National Communication Commission (NCC) in China under the codename T004. It showed compatibility for LTE/W-CDMA and GSM (GSM 900/1800MHz and W-CDMA 2100MHz).
Well we have some Debbie Downer news for Galaxy S II owners today. It looks like the GS2 won’t get the Android 4.2.2 update afterall. It was originally going to get the update, but “due to adjustment problems in the TouchWiz interface,” it isn’t going to happen. I know this might be a disappointment for many of you, but when you consider that the GS2 is already two years old, it’s not a shocker. It’s very rare to see updates on devices with that kind of age. Thankfully, it received two major updates, and that is darn good in the Android world. Now if you are lucky to have a Galaxy S II Plus, it looks like you might be enjoying Android 4.2.2 in the near future.
Last week we got word that the Moto X will feature Magic Glass as in you won’t find a gap between the Gorilla glass and the back. Now we have some really nice images of the front plate of the phone to feast our eyes on. We actually got to see very similar images earlier in the month, but these are much better quality.
Rumors have the phone at $299, but I have a feeling Google and Motorola will shock us with a $199 to $250 price point. I know the specs aren’t wowing the hardcores, but if you think about it, they are more than enough for the average Joe. What matters most is the performance and user experience. 1080p and/or quad-core means nothing to most people walking into their local carrier store. Hit the break for more images.
What’s that? You’re tired of the content from YouTube, Netflix, and Google Play on your Chromecast already? While I don’t think that’s possible, especially in a week’s time, have no fear! Vimeo and Redbox Instant have been confirmed to be working on adding support for Chromecast.
This move will surely cause Chromecast to be unavailable online for even more time, as the demand for the device has skyrocketed since its initial announcement last week.
Other media sources, such as Vimeo, Plex, HBO Go, Pandora, AOL, Revision3 are all rumored to be working on supporting Chromecast, or are at least “actively investigating and optimistic.”
If you weren’t planning on getting Chromecast before, are you now?
With the HTC One being currently dubbed as the best Android phone in terms of quality by many, Android’s own Hugo Barra wonders why that has yet to translate into the tablet world. It certainly does beg the question as to why an Android manufacturer has yet to make an Android tablet with great build quality like the HTC One or even like Sony’s Xperia Z. According to Barra:
If you look at the execution that HTC did on the One smartphone, it’s pristine, Why hasn’t someone done that on the tablet? Or on like ten tablets?
Obviously it begs the question of why Google has yet to take it upon themselves in creating such a tablet, but then we remember that Google wants to provide affordable but yet high end devices to their consumers (ala the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7). Barra:
Yesterday, an Oppo representative confirmed rumors that they are planning on challenging Samsung’s Galaxy Camera series with a series of their own: N-Lens. With the camera likely powered by Android just like the Galaxy Camera, Oppo views this as a very important project and one that they will put a lot of attention into.
Sadly, no other information was given, but we can speculate a high resolution camera that will take great pictures in low light situations. Are you excited for other companies to challenge Samsung considering their dominance in Android?
If you’re one of the lucky few wealthy enough to live in the Silicon Valley area it has been announced that select Starbucks will have charging tables with Duracell Powermat technology readily available for you to use. They already tested a few select stores in Boston, MA. With plenty of people owning smartphones and tablets these days, I’m sure it will be only a matter of time until more Starbucks will follow suit. Check out the source link below for more details!
source: Duracell Powermat
With Google releasing Android 4.3 recently, we’ve viewed it as more of an intermittent update rather than new features being added. With some digging it looks like a small SMS feature has been unearthed with the ability of 3rd party SMS applications being able to send “quick responses” upon rejecting an incoming call. Although for this to work, the 3rd party application that’s in use has to be updated first in order to take advantage of this new feature.
Another added feature is that Android 4.3 now allows notifications to be read easier by applications such as Light Flow. While Light Flow works wonders for a lot, it is also quite buggy due to Android failing to read the notifications correctly. Once Light Flow and other apps like it update with Google’s new fixes, things should be a whole lot smoother.
source: Android Central
Yesterday LG announced their Quick Window case for their upcoming flagship in the LG G2. While many will say it’s a copy of Samsung’s Smart Cover, and rightfully so, I actually like the route LG took with it as it doesn’t just show time and notifications. It actually has different themes for what it shows such as music widget theme, clock theme, etc. These covers will come in 7 different colors. For more information, check out the press release right below after the break!