Gamestick console now available for $79 preorder

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Android gaming has been growing in popularity since the inception of the platform in 2008. Currently, the only drawback to Android gaming is the fact gaming is generally limited for use on Android smartphones and tablets at this time. Fortunately, a kickstarter project called the Gamestick was introduced which allows for Android gaming to be brought to your TV set via a small console and controller in one, giving Android a more traditional method of playing various Android games. Now the wait is almost over as preorder sales have finally begun, a full month ahead of their global retail launch. Preorders for the device are $79 which is amazing considering that for the same price, you can only buy a major or new released title of any current generation gaming console. Check out the press release below and let us know if you plan on buying one of the new Gamestick consoles.

eBay listing shows Nexus 7 bundle which includes earbuds and Visa gift card for $259.00

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Let’s face it— we know that there’s more than a few of you who still haven’t gotten the awesome Nexus 7 tablet— but there’s a deal out there right now that’s really itching to grab your attention. There’s a eBay listing out there from user buydig that highlights a sweet little Nexus 7 bundle which includes the powerhouse tablet, some earphones, a $30 gift card and a $30 Visa gift card— all for $259 bucks. Oh and to top it all off— buydig is even going to toss in free shipping for those of you who want to save an extra buck or two. Pretty sweet, right?

There are limited quantities of the bundle left, so interested parties will want to head on down to the source link and grab one for themselves ASAP.

source: eBay
via: Droid Life

Skype currently testing video voicemail functionality for users

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Skype has just gotten updated to include the testing of video voicemail functionality for its users. As it stands now, the new feature formally allows users to create and record video voicemails of up to 3 minutes in length that can be sent to individuals around the world. There is a noteworthy catch to this awesome feature though friends— it’s reported that the video voicemails is seemingly a paid feature because while pricing hasn’t been announced, the Skype app all users are given 20 free video messages to begin, perhaps indicating that users of the premium Skype service will be able to send more video messages as opposed to a limited number.

As mentioned before, the new feature is currently in testing— but should be available for most, if not all users— so all you Skype folk be sure to grab the latest update today in order to try out the cool feature. You’ll be glad you did.

 

 

source: Engadget

US Cellular announces a handful of new LTE markets

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US Cellular announced today that it will be covering a few more lucky markets in LTE coverage. Certain cities in California, Kansas and Nebraska will get their first taste of 4G LTE, and several cities in Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin will be getting expanded coverage. No details on exactly which cities they plan on covering or when they plan on launching the coverage, but since it plans on finishing its LTE rollout by the end of 2014, we shouldn’t have to wait too much longer. Any US Cellular customers excited about this news?

Zombie survival game Dead On Arrival 2 looks to push NVIDIA’s Project Shield

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NVIDIA is definitely looking to blur the line between console gaming and handheld gaming. The latest gameplay footage shows zombie survival Dead on Arrival 2, optimized and enhanced for the Tegra 4 in Project Shield, and it looks fantastic. A better physics engine and dynamic lighting are just a few of the improvements that are specific to the Tegra 4, and NVIDIA even hinted that Project Shield should be able to handle multiplayer in this game. Sound exciting? Hit the source below to check out the video.

source: NVIDIA

Leaked screenshots of an alleged Samsung Galaxy smartwatch surfaces

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You know it’s funny, I was just talking to someone about how smartwatches really haven’t taken off, and I said it would take Samsung and/or Apple to make it happen. All of a sudden screenshots of an alleged Samsung Galaxy smartwatch surfaces. What’s interesting is that you see “Altius” in the screens, which we presume is a codename, but according to Sam Mobile, it’s the codename for the Galaxy S IV. What makes things even crazier is the fact that a couple of the images have “altios” (different spelling) in the top right in a smaller font. The last thing is the image above has a Windows Metro feel to it, which doesn’t make any sense. I honestly feel Samsung is working on a smartwatch, but it’s hard to believe these are real screenshots. Just like any other rumor, time will tell. Hit the break for all the screens and make your own conclusion.

Google launches store locator for Nexus 4

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Now that Google has apparently straightened out their supply issues with the Nexus 4, at least partially, they can focus on getting the device into consumers’ hands. First step? Helping people find local stores that stock the elusive device. Google’s launched a page specifically for locating a Nexus 4 in stores near their location. Unfortunately, it only brings up T-Mobile stores, so it’s a little limited in its current state. Using the same tool for the Nexus 7 pulls up many, many more possible retailers, so Google’s definitely got some tweaking to do, but it’s a step in the right direction. Anybody dropping by their local T-Mobile to pick one of these up?

source: Twitter

Die Hard game premieres in the Play Store

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The latest installment in the Die Hard series reached theaters today, but the game also landed in the Google Play Store. Based on the movie, the player takes the role of Jack McClane, the son of the famous protagonist of the Die Hard series, John McClane. In the game, it is your mission to save the world from nuclear warfare as you travel throughout Russia to take down the bad guys.

Samsung SCH-I545 shows up in benchmarks, could possibly be Verizon Galaxy S IV with 1.9 GHz processor

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Here’s some fuel for the fire; we’ve got some benchmarks showing up from a device with a model number of SCH-I545. Could it be Verizon’s Galaxy S IV? Following Verizon’s naming conventions for their Samsung devices, like the SCH-I535 for the S III and the SCH-I515 for the Galaxy Nexus, logic says yes, this will be the Galaxy S IV, complete with a 1.9 GHz Snapdragon processor and 1080p screen. This lines up with all the details we’ve been hearing about the device. However, it does also dampen the possibility of the device launching with the Exynos 5 processor, as was the case with the Korean S IV benchmarks. Although we still don’t know anything for certain, it won’t be too much longer until the official release.

source: Nenamark

via: Ameblo

Google makes factory Android 4.2.2 images available for Nexus devices

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After rolling out Android 4.2.2 updates over the last few days to users, Google has now posted their factory images for the latest version on their developer’s site. The factory images are available for the:

The factory images are especially useful for anyone who has been rooting their device, trying out some ROMs, or other similar activities and find themselves needing a “reset” back to stock. The new images give them a path to do that. Another group that may find some immediate benefit are those who did not receive or opted not to install the update that was being pushed out over the last few days. Now they can install Android 4.2.2 from scratch.

If you need the latest files, hit the source link for downloads and instructions.

source: Google Developers

Google Doodles Now On Google Now

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One of the few complaints I’ve heard about Google Doodles is “I never see them!” The complaint usually stems from users who, like most of us I assume, type their searches into the “omnibox” or via a mobile device. Google has managed to spread the Doodle love to Android users via Google Now. The Doodle isn’t exactly the same as what you’d find on Google.com and you won’t be able to interact with the image in the same way but it will, at least, give you an idea of what everyone is talking about. If you haven’t updated to get yesterday’s awesome Google Now upgrades, do it now!

Source: Android Central

HTC One (aka M7) to debut on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile on March 22?

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With next Tuesday being the big day for the unveiling of the HTC One, we do expect that it will become available sometime in March. We have heard that it could debut as early as March 8 in Europe, but what about the U.S.? Right now the word is that it will land on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile on March 22. We are hearing that there will be a 32GB model and a 64GB model and contract pricing will be $199 and $299 respectively.

What about Verizon you ask? Well back in January, we got wind that it was heading to Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, and T-Mobile was yet to be confirmed. The absence of Verizon is a little disappointing, but I guess it’s not a shocker since they just released the DROID DNA. I think it’s possible that the HTC One might still end up on Verizon, but maybe at a later date as another follow up to the DROID Incredible line. I guess we will have to wait and see.

source: HTCSource

Sony Xperia Z to be demoed to the public at a UK retailer ahead of release

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Sony’s anticipated flagship in the Xperia Z will be publicly demoed ahead of it’s initial release at a UK retailer. While the device was unveiled during this years CES, many have been eager to see it in action. Starting tomorrow on Feb 15th, Phones4U will be displaying demo units of the Xperia Z at more than 300 of their retail locations.

Anyone willing to give Sony another shot in purchasing this Android device?

Hit the break for the full press release!

Archos officially announces Platinum line of tablets that will go on sale this February

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We first saw this line of tablets back in CES. Now Archos has officially announced that the line should be available this February to consumers. There will be 3 different tablets, the 80, 97 and 116 all ranging from 8 to 11.6 inches in screen size. While different in screen size, the specs should be relatively the same with all powered by a quad-core 1.2Ghz processor with an 8-core GPU and 2GB’s of total RAM. The screens will also be powered by IPS type technology that Archos claims will have a resolution that rivals Apple’s recent iPad.

The most intriguing of the 3 is most likely the 9.7 inch Platinum tablet. The screen size is in that “sweet spot” and offers a 2048×1536 resolution display. While it’s still less than the Nexus 10, it’s still a very high resolution. Seems like Archos is certainly stepping things up int heir tablet department. Will you be interested in giving them a shot?

Hit the break for the full press release!