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NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 chip won’t ship until July

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It appears that we are are going to wait a little longer before we finally see all the things that NVIDIA has cooking for us in 2013. According to NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, the upcoming Tegra 4 chip will not ship until mid-July, which means most Tegra 4 devices won’t ship until at least August or September:

 

“We ship Tegra 4 starting in Q2 [of fiscal 2014]. We are ramping production now and we will have full production release. [The second quarter] is when we ship to customers. Q2 is also when we ship the Tegra 4 based Shield device…Although it is in the latter part of Q2, it is going to be in Q2.”

Unfortunately, that means that revolutionary mobile gaming device Project SHIELD will be slightly delayed too. Here’s hoping the extended wait will be worth it for all you fanatics out there.

source: electronista

Android 4.2.2 update for Nexus 4 wipes out unofficial LTE

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Remember not too long ago when some adventurous tinkerers found out you could enable LTE on the Nexus 4 because of how similar the hardware is to the LTE-enabled Optimus G? Well, if you’re one of the few using that trick, you may want to hold off on updating your Nexus 4 to 4.2.2. Apparently, in the latest version of Android Google has completely taken away the ability to turn on LTE for the Nexus 4. It’s definitely a disappointment, but when you think about FCC regulations and the like, it shouldn’t surprise anyone Google made this decision. If you just can’t live without LTE, though, I’m sure a few developers will figure out a way to get that unofficial support back, but until then you’ll just have to live without it.

source: Ars Technica

Latest Gartner report shows that mobile phone sales are down overall and Samsung still leads the pack, but Huawei may be primed for a major year

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It appears that there is some minor slowdown in regards to the overall growth of mobile phone sales. According to research firm Gartner Inc., worldwide mobile phone sales amounted to 1.75 billion total units for 2012 which was a solid number, but represented slightly disappointing 1.7 percent decline from 2011 sales. Moreover, while Q4 2012 smartphone sales saw record smartphone sales of 207.7 million total units, which was up 38.3 percent from the Q4 2011— the overall demand for feature phones remained weak throughout 2012. Gartner found that overall phone sales totaled 264.4 million units in Q4 2012, which was down 19.3 percent from Q4 2011 and even found that sales will continue to drop for 2013 as well.

Additionally, the latest Gartner report pretty much solidified what we already knew— Samsung and Apple are far and away the top manufacturers in all the land by owning a 52% market share– though there may be a surprising competitor lurking in the shadows. Samsung held steady as the world’s #1 smartphone by having 64.5 million units sold for Q4 2012, up a whopping 85.3% from Q4 2011; Samsung also sold 384.6 million mobile phones for 2012, 53.5% of which were accounted by smartphone sales. Something surprising that resulted from Q4 2012 is the rapid ascension of a new brand that is quickly becoming familiar with consumers. Huawei had a surprisingly solid Q4 2012 by selling 27.2 smartphones to mobile users— which represented a 73.8% increase from Q4 2011. Additionally, Gartner is predicting a major year for Huawei as they have some superphones on the way that will go directly at the likes of Samsung and Apple.

You’ll find complete details of Gartner’s latest study once you hit the source link below.

source: Gartner

Slacker Radio releases major version update to 4.0

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Streaming radio app Slacker Radio has released a major update taking them up to version 4.0. No details are provided regarding any under the hood improvements, but the user interface has received a major overhaul. Incorporating elements of the Holo design guidelines, the new interface utilizes a blue and white theme that matches up with an overhaul of their web site.

Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) for the Nexus 4 now available to download and manually install

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Monday night, Google started pushing Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) to various Nexus devices, but the Nexus 4 wasn’t one of them. We already posted download links and instructions for the takju Galaxy Nexus, yakju Galaxy Nexusnakasi Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. The Nexus 4 update is now rolling and we have the download link for those that can’t wait for the over-the-air update.

In order to do the update your device needs to be running build JOP40D. If you already have a custom recovery, you can just download the Zip file {linked below), copy it to your device, and flash. If you’re running the stock recovery, then download the Zip file (linked below), but leave it on your computer and follow these instructions:

HP to begin building Android tablets and possibly smartphones, too

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After the WebOS and TouchPad failure, HP laid out of the mobile market for a while. Well, latest reports say that HP is going to take another stab at the market, but this time with Android-based tablets instead of WebOS. On top of that, they’re even considering a future Android powered smartphone, too. HP makes some pretty solid hardware, and they obviously do very well in the desktop and laptop market space, so I’m sure they’ll have a great chance to shake up the mobile industry as well.

Rumors say that it’ll be a Tegra 4 powered tablet, which has been in development since Thanksgiving of last year, so this definitely isn’t a hasty decision by HP. Hopefully we’ll hear a little more about these devices in the next few months.

source: The Verge

Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) for yakju Galaxy Nexus now available to download and manually install

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Monday night, Google started pushing Android 4.2.2 (JDQ39) to various Nexus devices. We already posted download links and instructions for the takju Galaxy Nexus, nakasi Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. Finally, we now have the download link for the yakju Galaxy Nexus, which is the international version.

In order to do the update your device needs to be running build JOP40D. If you already have a custom recovery, you can just download the Zip file {linked below), copy it to your device, and flash. If you’re running the stock recovery, then download the Zip file (linked below), but leave it on your computer and follow these instructions:

Google Now officially releases widget, new partners, options

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Google announced a new update to Google Now today, including the availability of a widget for home and lockscreens, a function we first spotted yesterday. The widget is not the only new feature included in this update, the fourth released since Google Now was launched. Google has incorporated Rotten Tomatoes movie ratings on the Movie cards to help you make a decision about what movie to go see. Support for Fandago is included so users can pull up their ticket to be scanned at the movie theater. Combined with Google Now’s trip estimating function, you can even get a reminder about when to leave for the theater so you don’t miss the previews.

The Android iPhone lives: Apple loses exclusivity rights to iPhone trademark in Brazil

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Back in 2000, 7 years before Apple debuted the infamous iPhone, a local Brazilian company called Gradiente Eletronica registered a phone with the same name. As you might expect, Apple has been in courts with the company attempting to claim exclusive rights to use the name internationally. As it turns out, the regulators handling this case ruled in favor of Gradiente Electronica and denied Apple the rights to hold the name exclusively in Brazil. However, the ruling did give Apple exclusivity rights for the iPhone name on items such as clothing, software and various publications.

Fitbit adds wireless sync via Bluetooth 4.0, NFC support for Fitbit Flex device

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A few days ago we reported on Nike’s decision to ignore the majority of smartphone users by opting not to bring an app to the Android market to support their fuel band device. In contrast, Fitbit provides Android support for their Fitbit One, Fitbit Zip and upcoming Fitbit Flex wireless activity trackers. They recently updated their Fitbit app for Android to include wireless sync capability using Bluetooth 4.0. The feature will only work with Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II devices. Using Bluetooth 4.0 sync keeps the Fitbit dashboard updated in real-time and the app can provide motivational notifications and social interaction with friends.

In addition to the introduction of Bluetooth 4.0 sync capabilities, Fitbit has added NFC compatibility for their upcoming Fitbit Flex device. A tap on the Flex with an Android phone will automatically launch the Fitbit for Android app. You can read the full press release after the break and grab the app using one of the Google Play Store links. The app is free and only requires Android 2.1 or higher to get the basic functionality.

Opera announces WebKit-based browser called “Ice”, casually mentions it has 300 million users in the process

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Opera certainly has a lot going for it as one of the top mobile browsers in the world. Hot off the heels of rumors speculatating it would bring what should be a revolutionary web browser in the immediate future, Opera has announced it officially has 300 million users, effectively making it among the most widely used mobile web browsers in the entire world:

 

“300 million marks the first lap, but the race goes on.On the final stretch up to 300 million users, we have experienced the fastest acceleration in user growth we have ever seen. Now, we are shifting into the next gear to claim a bigger piece of the pie in the smartphone market.”

 

In addition to hitting the milestone, Opera has also confirmed its “Ice” project which is expected to be a massively improved WebKit-based browser. Its R&D team has spent an extraordinary amount of time ensuring “Ice” operated at an optimal level for users. Of course it is mum on further details, but it has highlighted that it will be showcased at MWC 2013, so we’re going to see what all the hubbub is about in a shade under a few weeks.

Hit the break to catch the presser for additional details.

Pokémon TV giving Android users a chance to relive glory days of catching all the Pokémon

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Unless you were living a rock or weren’t born during the 90s and early 2000s, then you’ll no doubt remember the famed Pokémon phenomena. Well the Pokémon Company International is giving fans a chance to relive the magic and glory of the iconic brand by introducing its Pokémon TV app for Android devices. The app comes jam-packed with tons of episodes featuring Ash & friends, as well as Pikachu of its those cute (and some creepy) friends as well. Naturally it’s going to be difficult to try and check out all the content immediately, so fans and viewers of the app will probably want to pace themselves and prepare for some potentially lost time and productivity done as a result of the app.

The app is available in the Play Store now, so if you’re feeling a little nostalgic and relive the good ol’ days, hit up the Play Store today and grab the app ASAP. After all— it’s available for free, so there’s no real reason not to jump on it.

 

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Motorola X to revolutionize the industry with innovative software

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Earlier this year a rumor surfaced claiming that Motorola’s “X Phone” would debut at Google’s I/O conference along with the debut of Key Lime Pie, Google’s next anticipated iteration of Android. It’s no surprise that because of this, Google’s next flagship has been the focus of anticipation for the last year. Recently rumors have surfaced that suggest that the X Phone will have some never before seen features that will rival competitors. According to a reliable source:

“Google has been working on this device for a long time. It has software features and capabilities that are not available on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone or Apple iPhone. The software is really powerful and it pulls together Google services like no other manufacturer has done in the past.”

These are pretty bold statements in favor of the much anticipated phone and have certainly rekindled interests from individuals waiting on the device. In the past, Google has released a new device along with a new flavor of Android so the idea of them repeating this at this year’s Google I/O is a very good guess. What features could this new device bring to the table? Let us know what you guys would love to see in the next flagship phone from Google.

Source: SmartHouse
Via: DroidLife

Samsung gets in a loving mood by introducing the Galaxy Note 10.1 in Garnet Red

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Samsung is getting into a loving mood by introducing a new variation of its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet for both Korea and additional global markets. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the new tablet will feature a special-edition Garnet Red color and come fired up with full LTE connectivity as well— giving customers yet another way to connect to those various 4G networks out there. Aside from the LTE chip built-in and the Garnet Red color, the tablet will pretty be identical to the original by including a quad-core Exynos chip, 10.1-inch 1,280 x 800 display, 5MP + 1.9MP FFC cameras and all those fun S-Pen bells and whistles.

There’s no word on pricing and availability of the new color variation— but we suspect that we will see something in Korea and additional markets soon… very soon.

source: pocket-lint

Need for Speed Most Wanted gets showcased on NVIDIA’s Project Shield

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Earlier this year at CES, NVIDIA announced a new gaming device they called Project Shield. Project Shield is unique in that the device is essentially an all in one gaming device with the controller and screen. Project Shield runs on Android which means all of the popular games that have been released on Android will work seamlessly with the device. However, NVIDIA took it one step further when they announced that Project Shield is capable of streaming games from GeForce GTX 650+ enabled PC’s. Last week NVIDIA showed us a Real Boxing demo, and this week they are showing off Need for Speed Most Wanted running from a PC to Project Shield.