Google acquired Bump and Flock in an acquisition back in September, and they’re ready to begin phasing it out. CEO and cofounder David Lieb announced that both Bump and Flock will no longer be available in the Play Store, or Apple’s App Store after January 31, citing that the company is “deeply focused on their new projects within Google.”
That means that everything you have stored on Bump and Flock will disappear after this month, as all stored data will be deleted from servers. All you have to do to backup your data though, is go into the app, and follow the instructions that will appear after tapping “More.” Bump will then send an email with a link to let you download all of your stored data.
Source: Cult of Android
One of the best sources for Android news on Twitter, LlabTooFeR, has some news for HTC users. A tweet was sent out explaining that the HTC One, One Max and One Mini are expected to get their Android 4.4.2 KitKat updates later this month, or next month. In addition to the new OS, the update will also include the new HTC Sense 5.5 UI.
For the Butterfly S, LlabTooFeR says that the test phase for 4.4.2 just began, so the update might appear in March or April of this year.
For those of you hoping that Nokia will grace us Android enthusiasts with a premium phone running our favorite OS. However even if the rumors that are circulating are true, and Android is coming to a Nokia device, it appears that it’s a forked version of the OS. Assuming that’s the case, access to Google’s Play Store may not be available. Given that we’re in a post Microsoft acquisition phase for Nokia those chances are even smaller.
The device looks reminiscent of a Ashia running Series 40 software. Even as such this is strictly speculative as no one is sure even such a device will ever make it to market. While we’re all hopeful that someday Nokia will bring their amazing hardware to us, if current rumors ring true, this is not the Android we’re looking for. Even if it could come in multiple colors.
The game changing Moto G is looking to be everywhere. We’ve already seen it confirmed for Verizon at a $99 dollar price tag. Not to be outdone Boost Mobile announced via a presser that they too will be carrying the Moto G. Theirs will be just a little bit more expensive with a $129.99 price tag. It will be available in select stores January 14th with a nationwide launch January 20th. The first Motorola phone on Boost Mobile is also slated to come with FM radio NextRadio.
For those of you interested in a more thorough explanation we have the presser for you after the break. Enjoy!
E FUN is ready to bring some new tablets to the market during 2014 and at least two of them will be on display next week at CES 2014. The new devices are both quad-core powered tablets running Android 4.2 and will come in 8-inch and 10-inch sizes. The Nextbook 8 and Nextbook 10 will be on display during the event and E FUN indicates they will be available during the first quarter of 2014 for $129.99 and $149.99 respectively. Although not ready to make the journey to the event, E FUN also indicates they will be coming out with a 7-inch Nextbook 7 which will sell for $99.99 when it is released during Q1. Read more
Do you need remote access to your home or work Windows 8 (or 8.1) computer? Well it’s not all that hard to setup. Microsoft recently released their official Remote Desktop app and this guide will help you set things up. You will not only be able to access your home or work computer remotely from your Android phone or tablet, but you will also be able to from an iOS device as well. Hit the break for the step-by-step instructions.
Archos announced today that they will be releasing two new 4G LTE capable smartphones at CES 2014 next week. These devices will mark Archos’ entry into the 4G market and consistent with their commitment to provide consumer-friendly technology, the devices will be unlocked. The devices will also be affordably priced at €199.99 (≈$273 USD) for the Archos 45 Helium 4G and €239.99 (≈$328 USD) for the higher end Archos 50 Helium 4G.
Both devices will come equipped with a quad-core processor running at 1.4 GHz, 1GB of RAM, and support for microSD cards for external storage. The Archos 45 Helium 4G will come with a 4.5-inch 854×480 resolution screen and a 5MP camera. The Archos 50 Helium 4G is slightly larger with a 5.0-inch 1280×720 resolution screen and has a slightly better camera at 8 MP along with a marginally larger battery at 2000mAh versus its sibling’s 1700mAh batter. Both devices will come loaded with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
Huawei plans to unveil a brand new “Ascend” series device at CES 2014 next week in Las Vegas, but it’s unclear on the specifics. A sequel to the Ascend P6 has been rumored, which could be branded as the Ascend P6S or the P7. Photographs of the Ascend Mate 2 have been leaked recently, so this could be the mystery device as well.
Either way, video after the break teases the new Ascend phone to come next week. We’ll know which one it is (or both) soon enough!
If T-Mobile hadn’t been so successful as of late, CEO John Legere’s antics wouldn’t be as entertaining. And he knows it too.
In a recent post, Legere let us all know how he did with his 2013 resolutions. Unsurprisingly, all were completed— he followed up with a second image, this one of a list of his brand new resolutions for the upcoming year. (If only all of us could be as successful with our New Year’s goals…)
In 2014, Uncarrier 4.0 will be unleashed to “transform the wireless industry.” Legere promises to “remove customer pain points” and bring faster 4G LTE service after expanding the coverage last year. The next list item, “unshackle the family from those other guys,” is definitely interesting.
What it could mean, is that T-Mobile will let customers from other carriers the ability to “escape” their current contracts by paying off early termination fees.
Expect some of these announcements to be made official at CES 2014 next week.
ZTE will be showing what it’s got at CES next week— some of the products it’ll be unveiling include the Grand S II smartphone. The device will feature voice control technology which can be used to easily take pictures and unlock the device. The nubia 5s and 5s mini will also be released, which are phones that feature professional-grade photography.
That’s not all, either— the company plans to release the “Iconic Phablet,” which features a 5.7-inch HD Display, “smart viewer” mode for multitasking with two apps on screen at once, and has a quad-core processor. Wireless charging capabilities will also be built in.
Another device ZTE will be showing off is the Projector Hotspot. In this case, the name tells all. It’s a mobile hotspot and mini video projector hybrid. This device will surely be great for a variety of different environments. Whether it be at home for streaming media, or in the office or classroom for showing presentations, it’ll surely be a useful and handy little device— at the right price, that is. The hotspot can connect to up to eight devices as well.
ZTE will also be launching its first smartwatch, which will be called “BlueWatch.” The device constantly analyzes data including body fat percentage as well as other data.
Hit the break for ZTE’s full press release.