Dropbox is releasing a new API for developers that should help bring new capabilities to apps that tie into the service for file storage and sharing. The new API handles a variety of sync functions on both iOS and Android devices. Dropbox will now treat files as if they were local, managing syncing, caching, change tracking, and offline access. These functions were previously handled by app developers who had to code all of this themselves. Read more
Ski fans have a new tool available to help them find the best downhill routes at some of the top ski resorts in the U.S. and Canada. Google Maps announced the availability of run and lift maps within their product for 38 locations like Aspen Mountain, Mammoth Mountain, or Stowe Mountain Resort. The information can be accessed on both smartphones, Android and iOS powered, as well as through Google Maps on the desktop. Ski lifts are marked with red dotted lines while the slopes show as blue, green and black solid lines. Hit the source link for a list of the resorts that are available.
source: Google LatLong Blog
The folks at HeroCraft are at it again. We have already reviewed a few games from them and their newest creation, Catch The Candy, just hit the Google Play Store. This one involves an unnamed cute little creature that is trying to reach the candy. It’s kind of like cut the rope in that regard, but in that game you figure out how to get the candy to the main character. In this game you need to figure out how to get the little guy to the candy.
It’s actually based on the hit Flash game so you might already be familiar with it. The main creature has an extendable sticky tail that you will use to move him in a pendulum like way or to push and pull obstacles. It’s quite simple to play. Just tap where you want the sticky tail to go with the hope of maneuvering your little guy to the candy with the fewest moves. You might have to balance on unsteady logs or grip flag poles, and obstacles are plentiful. It’s up to you to figure out what the right path is. It appears easy at first, but it gets hard in a hurry. Read more
We have been hearing (and seeing) some increased mumblings about Huawei’s worst-kept secret ahead of MWC, so it’s only natural that we share with you all some additional shots of its upcoming smartphone. A casual Android fanatic got his hands on the Ascend P2 smartphone and decided to take some photos of its gorgeous display and sexy design. As you can see in the various shots, the device has its colorful full HD in plain view showcasing the awesome and sharp display, the gorgeous backing of the device and of course the smooth and stylish curves. Naturally the attractive design will be complimented by some impressive specs including a quad-core 1.8 GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, a 13MP camera and Jelly Bean running the show.
The good thing is that while we have been treated to even more photos of the upcoming device, MWC is just around the corner, so we’ll be able to see the device in plain view by then. You folks out there excited about this little toy?
We live in a very different world than our parents and grandparents did. We live in a world where the possibility of a person from California is able to see and communicate with a person in Beirut within a matter of seconds, sometimes even microseconds. The sobering news, however, is while we live in a connected world, that connectivity requires a ton of data to make it possible.
Samsung has officially taken the wraps off its newest budget-level device that’s headed straight for Straight Talk and Net10’s wireless networks. The device is called the Galaxy Discover and comes with some modest specs including an 800MHz processor, 3.5-inch HVGA display, 2.7GB of storage built-in and a 3-megapixel rear camera. While those specs leave a lot to be desired— the Galaxy Discover does have one thing most (Samsung) devices don’t— a unmolested Android experience. That’s right friends— the Galaxy Discover comes loaded up with stock Ice Cream Sandwich running the show, which gives a surprising treat to potential customers. Of course the Galaxy Discover probably doesn’t have the specs to run a TouchWiz-flavored Ice Cream Sandwich experience, but we don’t think too many potential customers would complain about having stock Android and all.
So while the device is officially out in the open– it is still unclear of when it will be available for purchase for Straight Talk and Net10 customers, but here’s hoping we see the device sooner than later.
source: The Verge
Who said Android manufacturers didn’t deliver on their word? OK, maybe not always on software updates but HTC is living up to its promise of crappy sales. Earlier this week the Taiwanese giant announced it expected this quarter’s sales numbers to be down as much as 17% over the first quarter of 2012. It turned out January wasn’t quite so bad. HTC reported sales revenue of T$15.54 billion ($527 million US) for the first month of 2013. That figure is 5.9% less than the T$16.52 billion for January 2012. So yes, the M7 is big for HTC.
Source: UK Reuters
That’s HTC’s latest attempt at keeping us salivating over whatever their next announcement is going to be, whether that’s the M7 or something completely different. If nothing else, it’s creepy. A heart melding together with a circuit is an odd choice for attracting attention to a smartphone, but it does seem to fall in line with calling something the Droid DNA, (if they release a phone named after a kidney, I’m not buying it, I don’t care how awesome it is) so this might be a trend for HTC in the future. Or it could be something software related, like a living personal assistant along the lines of Siri or S-Voice. It’s really anyone’s guess at this point, at least until HTC wants to fill us in during their event scheduled later this month.
source: Android Community
It looks like LG has some surprises in store for the public in the near-future after generating major buzz from the release of Google’s latest flagship phone, the Nexus 4. On its Facebook page, LG released an image of a gift wrapped box with the cryptic tagline: “New Series Will Be Unveiled”, while encouraging us to wait and “see what surprise LG has in store for you this time, with an unexpected distinction”. With the upcoming Mobile World Conference later this February, LG is ensuring their spot in the most anticipating unveiling category.
What do you think LG is going to unveil? Many are looking forward to the office announcement LG Optimus G Pro which sports a 5-inch 1,920 x 1,080 resolution display, a 1.7Ghz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, 2 gigabytes of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 3,000mAh battery. Could this be what LG is hinting at unveiling? What might this “new series” entail for LG and consumers?
source: LG Facebook
If this pace keeps up, Galaxy S IV rumors are going to steal all the hype from Mobile World Congress before it even starts. Okay, maybe not, but the rumors are definitely distracting. The latest today comes from SamMobile, who claims to have confirmation from an inside source that Samsung will be announcing the Galaxy S IV on March 15th, which gives them just enough time after MWC to send out some invitations and keep the spotlight on their new flagship. After the announcement, the phone will be released at the start of April, which is a little earlier than the mid-April dates we’ve been seeing.
Like always, European and Asian countries get their hands on the S IV first, while American, Canadian, and Australian carriers will sell the S IV later in May or June. There’s also the standard assortment of accessories Samsung offers with their devices that are slated for a week 15 release in the year, which fits nicely with that early April release. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Hopefully you guys are more patient than I am.