Google knows that everybody loves more free storage space, so they have tripled the amount of free cloud-based storage they offer on Google Drive from 5GB to 15GB. Kind of. Previously, Google Drive offered 5GB of storage, and Gmail offered 10GB. Now, 15GB of free storage will be shared between Drive, Gmail, and Google+ photos (previously Picasa), so while there is still the same amount of space being offered, users can now freely choose how they want to split up their 15GB. Compared to other free cloud storage competitors, Dropbox offers 2GB of free storage, Apple iCloud 5GB, and Microsoft SkyDrive 7GB.
In addition to the additional free space, the previous lowest tier option for additional storage space, $2.49 per month for 25GB, has been removed, making the new cheapest option $4.99 for 100GB. All of these changes will roll out in the next few weeks.
Source: Google Drive Blog
The on again, off again saga of the Motorola X Phone continues with a new entry today courtesy of graphic benchmarking site GFXBench. Going by the codename “Ghost” a Motorola XT1058 showed up sporting an 1196 x 720 screen resolution and Android 4.2.2. The device lists a MSM8960 chipset, which makes it seem likely it is running a Snapdragon S4 Pro or Snapdragon 600, although the testing results may reveal something more. Read more
The HTC First launched just last month, but sources say that the device known as the “Facebook phone” will soon be discontinued by AT&T. The source told tech website BGR that AT&T has sold less than 15,000 units nationwide, and will be returning their unsold inventory back to HTC as a result of its poor performance. We should have seen this coming last week when AT&T dropped the phone’s price from $100 to 99¢ just a month into its availability.
Despite the report, a statement by an AT&T spokeswomen said, “as mentioned previously, we do pricing promotions all the time and have made no decisions on future plans,” giving a glimmer of hope to those who are fans of the phone with Facebook Home in-built.
Do you find yourself with a bunch of videos and pictures with no organization in sight? Do you wish you had the time to edit them and make them more meaningful? Then look no further because I have an app for you. It’s called WeVideo and it’s a very simple video editor for your Android phone. As people are starting to use their phones more and more for both videos and pictures, an app like this is a must have.
WeVideo is actually an online editing tool, but now you get many of the same features on your Android phone at basically no cost. I know what you’re thinking. You are saying to yourself that this is just going to be another app that is complicated, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Trust me, within minutes you will have some really cool videos.
How many times have we all been cooking something in the kitchen, using either your tablet or phone for the directions? Do you remember that on-edge feeling that something could spill on it? Well we can rest easier now, because Archos has got the answer for us in the way of their new tablet, the Archos ChefPad.
It doesn’t look like they are playing around either, as this thing comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, and has an A9 dual-core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz, as well as a Quad-core GPU Mali 400 MP4 to go with it. It also has 1 GB RAM, and 8 GB internal memory, but that can be expanded up to 64 GB via a micro SD slot.
Even though they are selling this thing as a kitchen tablet, the hardware can still get down on some of the more processor heavy games as well. The tablet also comes pre-loaded with Chef Apps, OfficeSuite Viewer 6, and the Archos Media Center, and more. A protective case and stand also come with the tablet out-of-the-box.
No word on price for the device yet but that could change. We will keep an eye on this one and let you know as soon as we hear something worth sharing.
We know how painful the wait for the Galaxy S 4’s launch is for you Verizon customers out there, but it’s looking like you customers out there won’t need to wait too much longer to grab one of those puppies after all. The nation’s largest wireless carrier has confirmed by tweet that it is moving the official launch up one week to May 23rd— next Thursday. This means that those of you will finally have a chance to pay $199.99 for the 16GB version and sell your soul to Verizon for the next two years… or you could just suck it up and pay $649.99 and grab the flagship device outright. Either way, we’re sure that prospective customers must be more than happy at this exciting news.
In line with Google’s priority of strengthening communication between developers and their users, they have given developers the ability to reply to user reviews via the Google Play Developer Console. Responses by developers will appear publicly below the original comment in the Play Store. Once a developer replies to a user’s comment, the user will receive an email and can then either reply to the developer directly by email, or update their review.
Back in November, Play Store reviews became integrated with Google+, with the goal of less anonymity leading to higher quality comments. Today’s update strengthens communication a step further. It’s a feature that’s long overdue and should help improve app development.
Source: Android Developers Blog
If you like quiz games, you might want to check out Quiz of Seers from Blyts. We are very familiar with Blyts because we covered another cool game from them called Greedy Spiders. Quiz of Seers is a new app that’s already getting great user reviews. It offers three game modes: Single, Versus, and Live. Single is where you play on your own to get some practice. The Versus mode lets you play against your friends or random players, and the Live mode pits you in battles with multiple players worldwide in real time. Whichever mode you choose, you gain points that will ultimately earn you potions. Each potion gives you the ability to eliminate one of the multiple choice answers. Signing up is easy, you have your choice of creating an account via email or Facebook.
During a quarterly earnings call last Thursday, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed Tegra 4 powered devices should be announced this quarter as several tablets are in development. Two of the devices will be coming from HP including the HP Slate 21 AIO and the HP Slatebook 10 X2. Toshiba also has a tablet device in the works, the Toshiba AT10LE-A, which will be powered by the Tegra 4. Going down in size a bit, sources believe ZTE is working on a “super phone” that will be powered by the Tegra 4 chip. In house, NVIDIA themselves are working on a handheld gaming console Project Shield that will be powered by the new quad-core chip.
The new Tegra 4 chip was announced earlier this year at CES 2013. The Tegra 4 is built on four Cortex-A15 processors and 72 graphic processors capable of driving 3200×2000 LED displays with Ultra HD video. Running at 1.9 GHz, the Tegra 4 is the company’s successor to the Tegra 3. Although slightly less powerful, the Tegra 4i will start to hit the market during the latter half of 2013 with an integrated i500 LTE modem.
Huang sees “these new computing devices becoming like entry-level PCs.” NVIDIA is trying to throw as much power into the devices as possible as they think performance will be a differentiator for buyers in the future.
source: Tom’s Hardware
A few months ago, Amazon announced their Coins currency for its Kindle Fire devices. These coins would essentially be in-app currency exclusively for Amazon’s App Store and can be used to purchase apps, games, and in-app content. The Coins have an exchange rate similar to normal currency, so 1 coin equals 1 cent. Kindle users will receive a free 500 Coins to test the service out, and more Coins can be purchased from Amazon.
The biggest advantage to using these Coins is buying in bulk. Amazon says you’ll be able to get up to 10% off if you buy large amounts of coins, so it can save you money in the long run. The Coins also help developers because it gives consumers a universal currency to use to buy apps and games, so that’s always a plus. Developers will still get their 70% of revenue from app purchases, so no change there. I think this is going to be a great service for Amazon and Kindle Fire users, and I think it’s safe to say we can expect Amazon to push this new system pretty hard in the next few months.