Nexus 4 Bumper back in stock on Google Play (Update: Sold Out again)

Everyone knows that all things Nexus sell out quickly in the Google Play store, and that includes the Nexus 4’s little bumper case which has been out of stock for quite some time. Lucky for you, the Nexus 4 bumper has returned to stock this afternoon and is ready for you to purchase (at least here in the US). Shipping time is stated to be between three to five business days, so if your Nexus 4 has been running around naked, you could have it covered up by the end of week. Better hurry, we don’t know how long these guys will last. Let us know if you were able to get one.

UPDATE: And just like that, they’re sold out again.

Source: Google Play

HTC One SV with LTE on the way to UK

The HTC One line is beginning to look like that other somewhat popular Galaxy line. It seems like a new version is announced each month. The latest version is coming to the UK in the ‘coming weeks’ and will be dubbed the HTC One SV. This nice little device will rock LTE, a 4.3-inch super LCD display, a snapdragon S4 dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a micro SD slot expandable to 32GB, and an 1800mAh removable battery. It’ll ship with Ice Cream Sandwich, but Jelly Bean has already been announced for the device. Overall, this looks like a solid device for those that aren’t into the massive displays that are beginning to dominate the market. Hit the break for the full presser. 

Yahoo mail for Android gets an overhaul

Well, that didn’t take long. Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, formerly an executive with Google, took to the blogs yesterday to announce that they’ve completely revamped Yahoo! Mail after only five months at the helm of Yahoo!. In the blog, she mentions, they “told us loud and clear”  that customers wanted “fewer distractions when it comes to email.” Well, ask and you shall receive. The updated version is  faster, cleaner, and more consistent across all devices. Along with the mail application running more efficiently, you can specifically expect the following:

  •  Rebranding: The application can now be found as ‘Y! Mail’ on your device.
  •  Better battery performance
  •  Increased stability
  •  More secure with SSL turned on by default
  •  More reliable push notifications
  •  NewUI

What are your thoughts? Do you currently use Yahoo! Mail and look forward to the revamped performance and looks? Let us know.

 

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Google CEO Larry Page talks about a Motorola Nexus, Apple, and self-driving cars

Recently Google CEO Larry Page sat down with Fortune Magazine for a little interview. The first topic that came up was self-driving cars. Larry sees this as a huge “economic good” by saving millions of dollars on parking. He wasn’t just talking about the cost of just parking the car, but actually building garages. Right now the cost of building a parking garage is upwards of $40,000 per space. Larry envisions a self-driving car dropping you at the front door to the building you work at and then it would park itself. When you’re ready to leave, your phone will tell your car that it’s time to head back and get you.

As to Apple, they are both a competitor and a partner, and he said they he and Steve Jobs were friendly at times. He talked about the time that Steve Jobs tried to rally Apple employees by wanting to go thermonuclear war on Android. Larry doesn’t agree with that philosophy because it causes the employees to look at “somebody else” and what they do now and that’s not how you stay two or three steps ahead. He also talked about how Apple is a big distribution channel and they continue to talk to them to continue to provide those services and sometimes they are allowed to and sometimes they aren’t.

Sony launches Xperia Lounge Beta for accessing unique entertainment experiences

Sony just announced the release of the Xperia Lounge Beta app for Android smartphones. Users will be able to access new content from Sony’s world-class portfolio of partners and sponsors. You can expect content from music, sports, films, and gaming and there will be competitions to win tickets to concerts, movie premieres, and sporting events. Users can also stream live concerts, get behind the scenes footage for new films, access music, and meet celebrities.

The app has actually been around for over a year so I am not sure why there is an announcement now. Maybe it’s because there is exclusive content from Coldplay or that they are offering a chance to win tickets to see Swedish House Mafia on their farewell tour or to attend various FIFA events.

It’s available to all Android users, but only owners of Xperia smartphones get access to a special VIP area and streaming mobile content. Hit the break for download links and the full press release.

Android ROM and rooting dictionary for beginners

Diving into the world of rooting and modding your Android phone or tablet can feel like an overwhelming endeavor. Open a forum thread with some instructions and you’ll find yourself staring at all sorts of strange words and confusing combinations of letters. ROMs, Kernels, Nandroids, TAR images…what does it all mean?! We’re here to help! Below you’ll find the newb’s dictionary to the strange language of modding/hacking. This is not intended to be a technical definition of each concept, but an easy to understand explanation for the average Joe.

Get reading after the break:

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S III $98 at Walmart on contract

For those still holding out for a deal on the Galaxy S III, Wal-Mart seems like the place to be as it looks like they’re offering the device for $98 for new contracts as well as qualifying upgrades. This doesn’t look like it’s any sort of promo either as we may see this price for a while. It must be noted however that Wal-Mart only offers Classic plans through T-Mobile so you’ll have to crunch some numbers and see if this deal is right for you since Classic plans are typically more than Value plans, yet you don’t have to pay the extra $20 per month on Classic. Decisions, Decisions… Let us know if you’re jumping on this deal as it’s always intriguing regarding the ‘numbers game’ when we’re discussing T-Mobile.

source: TmoNews

HTC Jelly Bean Update List Gets Leaked

 

Sure HTC may be hemorrhaging money at an alarming rate, but at least it’s continuing to make its customers happy by providing guidance on which of its popular devices will be getting the coveted Jelly Bean update. According to a leaked update list from notorious leaker Football4PDA, owners of the following devices will get the Jelly Bean update… at some point:

 

 

This is exciting news indeed— though I’m sure owners of the above devices are eager to know when they will get the extensive update. Hopefully HTC doesn’t wait until even newer pieces of software is out before unleashing the Jelly Bean update to the masses.

source: GSMArena

 

New chip making process in the works for Intel

Much like AMD, Intel, which was once a powerhouse in the processor business, is fighting an uphill battle these days as the market has suddenly shifted to very tiny processors and mobile devices. Also like AMD, they look to gain a foothold in this lucrative market. On Monday, Intel revealed a new way of making chips for mobile devices which it hopes will help to strengthen its position in the very competitive mobile chip market.

Intel is banking on a process they call ‘TriGate’ transistors. This new method consists of three-dimensional transistor structures in its chips which it began work on in 2011. Not surprisingly, this new method will save space, run more efficient, and run faster. However, after over a year’s worth of effort, they have yet to introduce the actual chips into any devices. Further complicating matters is the opinion of industry experts as to whether this new method will be worth the effort at all.

Intel claims the new TriGate SoC (system on a chip) 22-nanometer chip will yield 22% to 65% faster processing compared to 32-nanometer versions. That all sounds well and good but experts challenged Intel and are wondering how so much investment in the technology could only yield ‘minor’ improvements. A former Intel employee added that while the advancements in power are meager, it’ll also come at a price since their methods are not very cost-effective. We should find out in the second half of next year how all of this pans out.

 

source:  WSJ

International Variant Of The Samsung Galaxy Note II (GT-N7105) Officially Getting Jelly Bean Update

 

Yet another Samsung toy has just gotten some sweet, sweet Jelly Bean lovin’. Reports are coming in that Samsung has slowly begun rolling out in phases the Jelly Bean update for the international variant of the Galaxy Note II LTE (GT-N7105). The update will bring the Galaxy Note II’s Android software version to 4.1.2 and the build to JZO54K, while offering some noteworthy enhancements like new additions in the Notification Toggles, customizations to the Notification Panel and a new Group Cast application.

If you happen to own the GT-N7105 variant of the smartphone, head on over to Kies Desktop software or go to your device’s settings and snag that update ASAP because after all— Google Now is looking forward to getting to know you a little better and all.

source: SamMobile

 

Official Twitter app gets updated with photo filters, wages war against Instagram

 

It’s no secret that Twitter has been tightening its belt when it comes to allowing its competition to access its services. Today Twitter tightens that belt one notch tighter with an update to its official Twitter app that adds photo filters. This seems to be a direct attack against its biggest photo sharing competitor – Instagram. Twitter’s latest release now includes eight “creative” filters that enhance your images before you upload them. The filters include: vignette, black & white, warm, cool, vintage, cimematic, happy, and gritty. Twitter has also added cropping and auto-balancing tools. The cool thing about how Twitter is approaching photo filters is that their editing grid allows you to see how each filter affects your photo in a side-by-side comparison (see the screen shot below). This update should cause a lot of people to cut out the middle man and edit their photos and upload them all from the same app, which is exactly what Twitter wants. If you’re ready to update, head past the break and use the QR code or Google play link to get your photo-filtering on.

Bango to bring carrier billing to Google Play

 

We’ve already heard some news today about in-app billing in the Play Store, and now we’ve got a little more to go along with it. Mobile payments and analytics company Bango is stepping into the Play Store to help carriers set up carrier billing within applications. Since the process of starting that carrier billing can be a bit pricey, using a third company for the legwork is financially easier. Plus, it makes things more convenient for some customers and offers alternatives to customers that don’t want to use their credit cards or bank accounts online.

Telstra in Australia is going to be the first at bat with Bango’s billing services, and hopefully we’ll see a few more follow suit. Hit the break for the press release.

In-app Billing v3 brings more changes, makes life easier for devs

Seeing as the majority of top-grossing apps on the Play Store utilize In-app Billing, you can bet they will continue to revamp the tool to streamline it even more. Today the Android developers blog revealed a few changes in the latest version. Below is a summary of the major changes devs can expect to see:

 

  • A streamlined design that makes applications simpler to write, debug and maintain. Integrations that previously required several hundred lines of code can now be implemented in as few as 50.
  • More robust architecture resulting in fewer lost transactions.
  • Local caching for faster API calls.
  • Long-anticipated functionality such as the ability to consume managed purchases and query for product information.

 

I’m sure that’s all good news for devs. The good news for consumers is that it’s now even more easier for developers of apps to take our money. Wait, maybe that’s not so good.

 

source:  Android Developers Blog