Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa poses for its close-up

Samsung has taken to Twitter to show off its all-new eight core Exynos 5 Octa chipset. Other than the spectacular grid of spheres on the rear, there’s nothing really to see here. Although, if rumors hold true, we can expect to see the Korean manufacturer’s new Exynos 5 make its debut inside the Galaxy S IV later this year. For now, we’ll just stare and salivate.

Source: Twitter

Intel to release the oddly named Yolo for Kenyan markets

Intel is preparing to launch Africa’s first Android device powered by an Intel chip, to be called the Intel Yolo. It will run on their latest Lexington platform, and boasts a 1.2 GHz Atom processor, complete with Intel’s signature hyper-threading technology. Aside from that, you’ll be getting a 3.5-inch screen, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, Android 4.0.4, and the increasingly rare micro-SD card slot. It’s not impressive even by last year’s standards, but it’s priced at $125, so it isn’t really aimed at competing with an HTC M7 or Galaxy S IV. It’ll make a splash in Kenya first, but inevitably end up in a few other markets as time goes on. Anybody planning on picking up a phone called the Yolo?

source: Intel

OUYA presents improvements to game controller based on dev feedback

Last month OUYA start shipping their forthcoming gaming console to developers so they could start to get a feel for what needed to be improved. OUYA says they received a ton of comments and feedback on what would make the game controller even better. OUYA has taken the comments to heart and announced today several changes and improvements to the gaming console for the newest iteration.

Render surfaces of Huawei Ascend P2

We have seen quite a bit of chatter about the Huawei Ascend Mate, the smartphone maker’s entry into the supersize phone market. That is not the only device that may be of interest to consumers, especially those looking for something more in line with the size of a traditional smartphone. A new render intended for press materials has surfaced showing the Huawei Ascend P2, the successor to the Ascend P1 that was recently made available to U.S. customers via Amazon.

New patent suggests Google Glass may use bone-conduction audio

 

We recently reported that Google Glass is still very much in the development stage with lots of features and capabilities in flux. Well, one new feature that may or may not make it into the final release of Google’s wearable computer is bone-conduction audio capabilities. A new patent recently filed by the Mountain View company shows us how Google plans to get audio output from the glasses to your ear-drum: by rattling it through your skull! For those of you who aren’t aware, bone-conduction is the process of sending sound waves to the ear drum not through the air, but through a dense material…in this case, your cranium. This is a good solution, because you won’t have to wear an additional ear-bud to hear your notifications, music, or phone calls. It also keeps your audio from being broadcasted through a speaker for the whole world to hear. We’ll have to wait and see if this feature is just another good idea that’ll never see the light of day, or if it’ll make it into the final commercial product of Google Glass. Here’s to hoping for the latter.

Source: US Patent and Trademark Office

Nokia’s CEO Says Google Moving Toward Closed Ecosystem

Nokia’s CEO, Stephen Elop, said Google is closing its once open ecosystem as Android faces increased fragmentation. Elop was discussing the company’s 4th quarter earnings at a press conference when the topic turned to Google. Elop said, “The situation that Android is facing, where the amount of fragmentation that you’re seeing is increasing as people take it in different directions, is of course offset by Google’s efforts to turn an open ecosystem into something that’s quite a bit more closed as you’ve seen quite recently.

Elop is not alone in his critique of Google’s recent “openness” decisions. Earlier this month Google blocked Windows Phone users from accessing Google Maps via the browser but later restored access. Google has also announced it will drop support for Exchange ActiveSync which Microsoft uses to offer push email for Gmail users on Windows Phone. iOS devices also use ActiveSync but they’ll still be able to get push email via Google’s Gmail app for iOS. Google released Maps for iOS but has said it will not develop apps for Windows 8. It’s unclear whether Google is actually moving toward a closed ecosystem but there is little doubt they are playing hardball when it comes to Microsoft and, by extension, Nokia.

Source: The Verge

Google inches closer to developing a smartwatch

I think 2013 is going to be the year of the smartwatch. We’ve already seen a few from other companies, and we’d heard Google may be stepping into the market with them. Well, it looks like Google is definitely going to try to turn that smartwatch patent into a reality, and at this point they’re actively looking for ways to market the device. This really shouldn’t surprise anyone, since we’ve all seen that Project Glass is Google’s next big project, and other smartwatches have had some decent success gaining popularity. With Google’s ability to give you information before you even ask for it, they’d definitely have a leg up on the competition if they do go through with a smartwatch. Who knows, maybe wearable technology is going to replace all of our little handheld phones in the near future?

source: Business Insider

Featured Android Game Review: The Animal Game [Kids & Education]

I know a lot of you are always looking for good apps for your kids so you might want to check out The Animal Game from Wicker Giraffe. It’s a very simple game that teaches your child about animals, but more importantly, it teaches them how to spell and promotes cognitive and phonetic development.

Upon entering the game your child can choose either land or sea animals (over 40 in all). For each round they are given a silhouette of an animal, and even as an adult it’s not always so obvious as to what animal it is. They will also see how many letters make up the animal name along with twelve letters to choose from at the bottom. All the letters required to spell the animal name are included in those twelve letters. If you haven’t figured it out yet, it’s your child’s job to figure out what animal it is and spell it.

Beta 3 of Carbon Android App Sync and Backup now available

As promised by Koush, the 3rd and final Beta version of Carbon Android App Sync and Backup is now available. This version brings support for non rooted devices, the Box cloud service, notifications, and a cancel option. For those of you that aren’t rooted, you will need to download and install the new Windows desktop app.

We should see the final version hit the Google Play Store around January 30th because that’s when this version will stop working. Hit the source link for more information and/or to download the files.

source: +Koushik Dutta (Koush)

 

Pictures of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 leak

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 will definitely be unveiled at next month’s Mobile World Congress, but if your want a better look at it a little early, we have some pictures for you. As a reminder it will feature an 8-inch (1280 x 800) Super Clear TFT display, a 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16/32GB of storage, microSD, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 4,600mAh battery, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It goes under the codename “Kona” and it will have the following model numbers, GT-N5100 and GT-N5110. There are two models to designate the WiFi-only version and the 3G/WiFi version. Hit the break for some more pics courtesy of DDAY.it.

Temple Run 2 Hits The Play Store, Brings Even More Action And Bigger Monkeys

 

We know that you all can’t get enough of the original Temple Run, so we are happy to report to you that the anticipated follow-up to the hyper-addictive original has officially made its way to the Play Store. While gamers are treated to the same usual allotment of treacherous mazes filled with all sorts of obstacles that was found in the original game, Temple Run 2 brings some snazzy new graphics that highlights some awesome colors and details, new powerups, new special powers for each characters and wait for it– bigger monkeys. All of this equates to possibly hours of productivity lost because yes friends— the game is that good.

The game is available now in the Play Store and ready to land on your Android device. But before you grab the new game, be sure to hit past the break to check out some images from the game as well as a nifty little trailer vid that’s sure to tickle you just a little bit.

Facebook App The Most Widely Used App In The U.S. For 2012

 

We’ve told you about how us Android users use Facebook more than iOS users— and now it appears that we use Facebook most among the apps found on our mobile devices. According to a recent ComScore study, mobile users tended to use Facebook more than Google Maps between March and December of 2012, based off of the monthly mobile usage trends. What’s even more astounding is the fact that Facebook consistently ranked first in terms of mobile app engagement— meaning among all the apps available on devices, most people spent their time using the Facebook app compared to everything else, including Google Maps, Gmail and Instagram.

So while Facebook and Google Maps ranked tops among all the apps out there for mobile users— ComScore is quick to highlight that there’s a possibility in 2013 that we may see different apps out there challenge for the top spot like Netflix or Twitter apps. Regardless— 2013 should be an exciting year for the usage of apps on our mobile devices.

source: ComScore

Google Rumored To Be Secretly Working On New Wireless Network, The World Wonders Why

 

 

Does Google have its sights on making a unique wireless network? Reports are indicating that it sure seems to be the case. In case you’re not familiar— Google recently submitted an application to the venerable FCC, asking for an experimental license to create an “experimental radio service” which would cover the Googleplex headquarters. What’s even more unique about the request is that the wireless frequencies would be compatible with select devices built to access certain frequencies— ranging from 2524 to 2625 megahertz and currently used by mobile carriers in markets abroad like in China or Brazil— meaning that many Android devices would likely not be compatible with this new network as of this time. Oh and here’s something that’s certainly eye-catching: Google plans on using wireless frequencies that are controlled by Clearwire… which just so happens to be part of the NOW Network’s family in case you’ve forgotten. The end result is the wireless frequencies would be more reliable than that of WiFi and would ultimately be “licensed spectrum”.

Naturally both Google and Clearwire are each staying mum on this interesting piece of news, so we won’t know of anything concrete or confirmed for now. But you can all bet that all eyes will be paying close attention in anticipation of what is to come.

source: WSJ Blog

Nexus 4 coming to Australia February 1st via Harvey Norman retailer

Well, the Nexus 4 debacle continues. Google’s coveted flagship device has been out of stock on the Play Store for what feels like months, and in certain parts of the world, it actually has been months! Our friends down under haven’t been able to purchase the device since it sold out minutes after launching on that fateful day in mid-November. You would think that as soon as LG pushed out more Nexus 4’s, the Play Store would be the first to get stocked up, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. A new press release by LG says that they’ve partnered with Australian retailer Harvey Norman to begin offering the device unlocked starting February 1st of this year. That may be good or bad news depending on how desperate you are to get your hands on the device because Harvey Norman will be offering the Nexus 4 for $496, which is $100 Aussie dollars more than you’d pay if you purchased it through Google’s avenue. The phone is available for pre-order now on Harvey Norman’s website. It is really getting hard to understand Google’s and LG’s partnership and strategies as of late. I, for one, am hoping this is the last time Google partners with LG to make a Nexus. See the press release after the break if you’re looking for more details.