VIVO’s Xplay 3S is a monster of a phone, featuring a 2k resolution screen and a Snapdragon 801 processor. It can easily compete with all of the other high-end devices being released this year, but that’s not stopping VIVO from working on something even better. They’ve released some teaser images onto Chinese social media site Weibo, hinting at a device with an even faster Snapdragon 801 CPU, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, and the tagline “discover, record, change,” which seems to hint at the camera being a point of focus for the device.
They didn’t mention anything about display resolution, but since VIVO is obviously able to pack a 2k display into their devices, it would make sense for them to keep that up. We’ll keep you updated as we hear more about this mystery device.
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Google Play Newsstand is one of the Google apps to get an update today, bringing it up to version 3.2.0. The update changes the interface around a bit, adding in separate tabs for different topics such as business, entertainment, and sports in the Read Now section and merging My News and My Magazines into a single My Library section.
Having the different labels in the Read Now section of the app makes it much easier to quickly jump to exactly what you want to read, and creating a single My Library destination will trim the app up and make it easier to navigate. Keep an eye out for the update on your device. Read more
The Google Play Movies & TV application is currently getting the version 3.1.22 update pushed out to users. On the user interface side, Google has finally added a slide-out menu. It is very similar to the one found when using the Play Store itself. The slide-out menu includes Watch Now, My Movies, My TV Shows, On Device, and Shop with the usual Settings and Help & Feedback.
On the playback side of things, the app now has Info Cards. These cards will automatically be displayed as soon as a video is paused. So instead of pausing the video and having to cue the content, it will pop-up right away. Info Cards display information regarding the actors and actresses on-screen.
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Keep an eye out for an update to Google Keep soon, as the search giant has updated the note taking app in the Play Store with a handful of improvements. The interface looks slightly different in the update, with the default status bar changing to Keep’s signature yellow hue. The same status bar will update to match different colors depending on the color of the note you’re currently viewing.
Google has also added in the functionality for searching specific images, and there’s a new trash menu where you can view your recently deleted notes.
This one’s going to be a staged rollout, like always, so keep an eye out for the notification. Hit the link below for the Play Store link. Read more
Amazon’s new Fire TV set-top box does just about everything. Even gaming. As its name suggests, Amazon Game Studios is the company’s very own developer for gaming. Today, the studio has posted a video giving a preview at what it has up its sleeve. Amazon Games Studio assures consumers that each and every game is designed specifically for Kindle Fire tablets and the Kindle Fire TV set-top box. The games in the preview show various genres.
An exclusive title was officially announced as well. Sev Zero is available today for $6.99; however, most people will not be able to play it until their Amazon Fire TV devices arrive in the coming days. Buying the Fire TV’s game controller will actually net you Sev Zero automatically. So if you plan on gaming with your Fire TV, do yourself and purchase the game controller.
Hit the break for an Amazon Game Studios preview and a trailer for Sev Zero. And as you wait for your Amazon Fire TV to arrive, check out the first commercial featuring Gary Busey. Read more
Google’s Chrome Remote Desktop app has taken one step closer to an official release today, with an invite-only beta going live in the Play Store. Unfortunately, that means you probably won’t be able to test it out, but considering Google publicly releases a ton of products with beta tags, this might be widely available sooner than you think.
The app appears to work pretty similarly to most other remote desktop clients. You install the Chrome extension on your PC, then install the Android app from the Play Store, then sign into your Google account to start a connection. Pretty simple, for better or worse.
There’s no shortage of remote desktop apps available for Android, but a (free) Google option might convert a few users.
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Last month, Verizon launched its new More Everything plan which replaced the carrier’s Share Everything service and gave customers more data , cloud storage and unlimited International messaging. The carrier just announced a further discount for customers on its More Everything plan along with the Edge upgrade program. They will reduce $25 off the price of the smartphone line service if customers choose a data plan of 10 GB or more.
Gmail is offering a new feature much similar to the Gmail Shelfie April Fool’s joke. The new feature now allows Gmail users to share their custom theme with their friends, families or anyone. That said, you can now go to Settings, and under Themes, you’ll find the “Share your theme” option which requires you to choose how you want to share your custom theme…. either by sending an email, by Google+, or even by copying and sharing the link provided.
Google will be sharing some of their favorite themes as well on Google+ every Thursday so be sure to check it out. Read more
Today Polaroid announced a new smartphone aimed at teenagers – the PolaSma (Polaroid Smartphone). While the company is struggling to survive, this new device is certainly a step forward.
The device comes with a 5″ LCD display with a resolution of 960×540, as well as a 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT6582 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. It also comes with an 8MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The PolaSma will come in 3 colors, Cherry Pink, Blueberry Blue, and Lemon Yellow.
You read that headline correct. Gary Busey is the star of Amazon Fire TV’s first commercial. Busey, who is a noted hilariously bizarre man, talks to a lamp in the commercial. Yes, a lamp. The idea is that Roku’s streaming set-top boxes cannot use voice commands and Fire TV can. Busey gets to do a voice search of himself. After being satisfied with the results, he goes into one of his trademark screaming fests.
To watch the very entertaining commercial, hit the break for the video. Read more