Those of you in Europe and the US who have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of the elusive ASUS Nexus 7 dock are officially in luck as the dock is officially due to arrive sometime this month. Reports are coming in from AndroidWorld.nl that the dock is due to arrive in mid-January, while some US retailer outlets are now showing a similar availability date after previously being slightly vague with the dock’s availability date. Just when you think the Nexus 7 can’t get any better… it gets better— and better late than never I might add.
Hopefully it won’t be too long of a wait for Nexus 7 owners elsewhere in the world.
via: Android Central
We may not know what Google Glass will feature exactly, but at least we know how the revolutionary pair of glasses will potentially look like— at least for those who happen to wear regular glasses. Apparently, Google has been handing out some Google Glass prototypes to some select testers out there as at least one tester was spotted out wearing a specialized prototype similar to what we’ve seen previously, but this time featuring two lenses in front. The fact that we’re seeing a prototype with lenses isn’t too surprising for a few reasons. Rumor has it that not only is Google potentially working with frame makers, but Google could possibly be working on and shipping Glass with some optional mounts for the lenses, which can be fitted at popular stores that carry the lenses.
As exciting news as this recent sighting is— keep in mind that the general public will still need to wait a while before getting their hands on this puppy. A finalized version of Google Glass will not be ready until at least next year, so the only people who will potentially get to have an idea oh how this product and technology will work are the developers (and people of other interests) who will be able to obtain a special preview version. Fortunately, next year will be here before you know it, so hopefully the wait isn’t going to be too bad.
A new entrant in the Android gaming console market emerged today with PlayJam announcing the launch of a Kickstarter campaign to be able to start producing their take on the hardware, the GameStick. PlayJam indicates they are targeting a market price of only $79 for the GameStick. The device is very small, similar to a typical USB flash drive, and will plug directly into a TV’s HDMI slot to provide full 1080p video. Bluetooth is used to connect the GameStick’s controller to the device with PlayJam promising the ability to join other controllers, not limited to PlayJam’s own controllers, for multi-player functionality. When not in use, the “console” part can be stowed inside the controller for easy transport. As far as content, PlayJam indicates they are working with developers of the 700,000 Android games available to identify titles to be included in a customized app store for the device.
Those of you with a Samsung device looking to add a custom boot animation, your prayers have finally been answered. Thanks to the work of XDA members anbech and smokin1337, it can finally be accomplished. As you might or might not know, most Android devices use the bootanimation.zip format for boot animation. It happens to be the default, but Samsung has been using QMG files, which is more expensive, not to mention that it made it very difficult to cook up your own.
Now the bootanimation.zip is back on Samsung devices because smokin1347 created the mod for the Galaxy Note II and anbech did it for the Galaxy S III, but it will work on all Samsung devices that use samsungani to load the boot animation. Here are the notes from smokin1347’s mod:
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Google Glass made big news last year when Google introduced the wearable computer at Google I/O in a stunt-filled, live-streaming action sequence, complete with BMX riders, skydivers, and wall repellers. Since then things have been pretty quiet regarding the quirky eye-wear, but today Babak Parviz, who leads the Google Glass project, conducted a small interview with IEEE Spectrum. In the interview Parviz lets us in on both the progress and the future of Google Glass. Below are the most notable tidbits from the interview:
Just last month we completed some testing of launcher apps on tablets to replace what users may have received on their devices. Among our favorites was Nova Launcher, which just got an update to version 2.0 in the Google Play Store. Nova Launcher‘s developer, TeslaCoil Software, has included several new features in this latest version with many of them being available in the free version.
We recently stumbled upon a slew of images outing Huawei’s upcoming D2 smartphone, but today’s new evidence has all but solidified its impending release. A new press shot of the device has surfaced, showing off the 5-inch device running atop Huawei’s custom UI. If you’re unfamiliar with the device, the D2’s specs include a 1.5-GHz quad-core processor, a full 1080p display and a 13-megapixel rear camera. Huawei is expected to make an official announcement of the D2 at CES next week in Las Vegas, Nevada. We’ll be covering the event live, so stay tuned for all the latest news.
Back in September 2012, U.S. International Trade Commission Judge James Gildea issued a ruling in one of the many Samsung v Apple cases, finding Apple had not infringed on four Samsung patents being contested in the complaint. Judge Gildea also found Samsung had engaged in a pattern of patent abuse in using their FRAND patents to stifle competition by seeking sales injunctions as part of their legal strategy. Since then, Judge Gildea has been working on finalizing the ruling, including presenting it to the full commission for approval. Until recently, the date for that final action was thought to be January 14th. A notice from the ITC indicates the commission will not take up the matter until February 6th.
LG hasn’t just been focused on developing awesome smartphones, but it’s also been focused on developing awesome TV sets as well. LG has unofficially introduced its 2013 Cinema 3D TV lineup ahead of CES next week. The biggest noteworthy aspect of the new TVs is the fact that they will arrive with full NFC capabilities emphasizing LG’s “Tag On” technology– allowing users of the TVs to pair the TV sets with their NFC-enabled smartphones using an NFC sticker and effectively streaming content with minimal, if any issues. Additional features of the new TV sets includes things like a faster CPU processor, a new Magic Remote which is a motion-sensing pointer and voice-controlled device that features Miracast and of course, higher-end models featuring a near bezel-less design.
We know you’re all itching for some more details and shots of the TVs up close, so be sure to stick around with us next week at CES to get all the details and shots you can handle.
Although the game-changing Ouya gaming console has just been shipped out to select developers, we are already getting an idea of how the console looks and feels thanks to an in-depth overview and description by an excited developer. The overview highlights every aspect of the console as well, detailing everything from what is included in the box to highlighting the setup process and user interface. The setup process is straightforward and simple like any other Android device, while the UI looks to be pretty basic and easy to navigate through as well. There were no games to try out at this time, though the excited developer was bold enough to sideload a port of Deadly Dungeons which although could use some work to increase controller functionality, worked like a charm and gave us a taste of the console’s potential.
I know you’re all itching to get a taste of what the Ouya console is all about, so just head on down to the source link and check out one of the many videos to give yourselves an idea of what the console is really all about.
It’s a new year so it’s officially time to see some new devices— and Sony has delivered by releasing some press shots of a few new additions to its Xperia line of smartphones. Thanks to a couple of listings on Sony Japan’s website, we finally have been treated to images of the Xperia Z “Yuga” and Xperia ZL “Odin” smartphones. While there are no concrete details of each device’s features, earlier rumors have indicated both will feature 5-inch 1080p LCD displays, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processors, 2 gigs of RAM and a 13-megapixel Exmor RS sensor on the rear. The main difference between the two? The Xperia ZL looks to be a bit smaller and more compact than the Xperia Z.
So now that the cat has been let out of the bag, it should be too long before we the devices in person at CES next week— which Talk Android will be at in full force by the way.
The Samsung Galaxy S III managed to get some love in the color department after a few months of availability, and it now seems that the company’s Galaxy Note II is destined for the same fate. A newly leaked image shows the recently released 5.5-inch behemoth in both sleek red and brown colors, solidifying rumors that the device would receive alternate color choices in the near future. There’s no word on which carriers the fresh colors will be headed to, though its entirely possible that they cold see a simultaneous worldwide launch like the originals. So, I suppose the only question left to answer is Amber Brown or Ruby Wine?
Sources: Unwired View, AndroidSlash
The crafty CyanogenMod team has introduced a brand-new clock widget for CM10.1 ROMs today, offering impressive weather and calendar integration. Featuring the same bold face as the revamped clock in Android 4.2, CM’s new clock, Chronus, works on both lock screens and home screens. Also included are several nifty features that aren’t apparent in Jelly Bean’s stock clock widget, with complete control over your choice of weather data and a slew of calendar options. The best part? The new clock will be included in CM10.1 nightlies starting tonight.
LG has unquestionably had a great year with the introduction of the Optimus G and the highly-demanded Nexus 4. It seems as though the Korean manufacturer isn’t ready to slow down anytime soon as the company has already revealed plans to reveal three new displays at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The smallest of the three new display panels measures in at 4.7 inches. And, while that may be the same size as the panel used on the Nexus 4, the company’s newest iteration will feature a near bezel-less architecture, with edges just 1mm in thickness. The new layout would allow future smartphones to retain a frontward appearance that is composed almost entirely of the screen.