Leave it to the Android community to come up with this one. Yesterday the official Google+ Kit Kat page posted the above picture and stated, “Everybody dance now! #AndroidKITKAT” Did Google try to give us a clue as to when Android 4.4 Kit Kat would be released? In examining the comments, the theory is that this post hints at this Friday, October 18. How on earth could anyone get October 18 out of the post?
It just so happens that C&C Music Factory released their hit song “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” on October 18, 1990. To make things even more interesting is the fact that the song is 4 minutes and 4 seconds long (4.4). I’m not sure how the community figured it out, but I am trying to figure out what was harder: sleuthing this supposed “clue” or Google coming up with a popular song that was released sometime in October that’s exactly 4 minutes and 4 seconds long? Of course, that’s assuming this is actually a clue, but it has to make you think twice right?
source: +Kit Kat
It wouldn’t have been hard to guess, but a photo of a new Google display at a Best Buy has been confirmed to be for the upcoming Nexus 5 phone. More and more leaks of both the phone itself and advertising information have been coming out over the past few days, leading up to the inevitable release of the device, which will take place very soon.
Source: +daniel benavides
In the second half of 2012, Verizon bought a chunk of spectrum from some cable companies. They purchased this AWS band to bolster their bandwidth capacity for their network. According to a recent statement by a Verizon spokesperson, Verizon is already deploying LTE in that AWS spectrum to help improve their network in “key markets.” That basically means the parts of the country that are running low on bandwidth are going to get a bit of a boost pretty soon, which equates to less congestion and faster data speeds.
Of course, LTE in the AWS band doesn’t mean improvement for everyone. Not all devices are AWS-capable, so it’s really only going to be newer devices that will see improvements. There also isn’t a specific time table on which markets are going to get the extra capability or when they’ll be getting it, but as the rollout keeps going, Verizon will likely put out a roadmap eventually.
Early speed reports on the AWS-enabled network say devices can get about 80 mbps down and 15 mbps up. Naturally as more devices begin using the network, it’s going to slow down a bit, but that’s still a pretty crazy improvement over Verizon’s already fast network.
source: Fierce Wireless
LG is at it again with their interesting ad choices choices. This time around LG is going directly after their competitors. Their new banner ads will point out what they believe to be faults with other devices compared to the LG G2. If you’re on a Samsung phone, the ad will take a jab at the the Galaxy S 4’s Snapdragon S600 processor compared to the G2’s Snapdragon S800 processor. iPhone owners will see their phone ridiculed by the tiny screen. The G2 has a 5.2-inch screen while the iPhone is a measly 4-inches. And finally LG goes after HTC because the One’s battery is smaller than the G2’s. To check out the ads up close, hit the break for the gallery. Read more
Verizon has been getting plenty of negative feedback because it has been taking them so long to get the Moto X’s most recent update out to customers. Heck, even US Cellular was able to push it out last week.
Today, we have information suggesting that Verizon may finally be sending out soak test invitations for the new update, which will enhance a few features, fix some bugs, and improve the camera enormously. If this is the big one everyone’s been talking about, they’ll join AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular as the carriers that have pushed out the update.
If you are a Moto X customer on Verizon and a member of the Moto Feedback Network, you should be receiving an invitation relatively soon. Let us know when you get it and if it’s the update we all have been waiting for.
Source: Android Central
Chinese phone maker Xiaomi continues to garner interest from industry watchers and their latest tweet will be sure to keep people’s eyes from wandering too far. According to the company, when it was selling its new MI3 smartphones on Monday night, 100,000 devices sold in a span of just one minute and 29 seconds. That is a rate just over 1,123 units per second.
The MI3 smartphone was not the only device popular with buyers. Xiaomi’s supply of MITV set-top boxes, 3,000 total, sold out in just under two minutes. In the past, Xiaomi has sold out batches of 300,000 smartphones in only five minutes. The phenomenal sales rate for the MI3 may be attention-grabbing, but it is not unusual for the up and coming company.
The folks over at Humble Bundle have launched the seventh installment of their popular game-pack series, and this time, it has six games included at release. The team tends to add more games in updates as time goes on.
Probably the best part of it all is that you can name your price. That’s right, you can decide whether you want to pay one cent or a hundred dollars, and also decide how the money is allocated— it can go to charity, or to the Humble Bundle team.
Playing games for a good cause? I’m all in for that.
The pack comes with four games, and if you pay over the average price, you will get two extra games thrown in. Catch the titles and a video after the break.
The next installment of Angry Birds is making its may to a mobile device near you… in December. Angry Birds GO! will be available on December 11. With more than two billion downloads recorded across multiple platforms, Rovio Entertainment is heading into new territory with this addition to the family. GO! will be a kart racing game. And from the looks of it, the graphics are quite impressive If you’re anxious to get back to Angry Birds, hit the break for the trailer. Read more
We’re a fan of innovative home screen replacements. Aviate is nothing like we’ve ever seen before – a replacement home screen launcher that builds “Spaces” that change depending on what you need, when you need it. It’s goal is to make your phone easier to use by simplifying things. For example, it can show news and weather information and shortcuts when you wake up, changes to travel-friendly apps and check-in shortcuts in the afternoon, and then entertainment options in the evening, if that’s what you’re into.
The launcher will learn about you as you go, and suggest new apps based on popularity and the user’s preferences. Plus, the beautiful app is card-based and fits in will with the design of Google Now. Being in beta, Aviate is currently only available to alpha testers, each who have five invites to give away.
Check out a gallery of screenshots and a Play Store download link after the break.