Google IO 2015 Coverage

Camera samples from LG’s Nexus smartphone leak

After yesterday’s leaked images of LG’s Nexus smartphone, camera samples from the device have made their way to the internet. A slew of photos have hit Google’s Picasa web albums, each designated to have come from the same LG device, codenamed Mako. It appears that both users who uploaded photos are employees of LG Korea, though this hasn’t been confirmed.

Most of the images are 3264×2448 in size which leads us to believe the camera utilizes an 8-megapixel sensor. So, unless the users changed the image size within the camera settings, it seems as though the next Nexus device will sport an 8MP camera. There’s always the possibility that the EXIF data could have been faked, but it seems unlikely. We’ve embedded the full set of images after the break. Be sure to take a look and let us know what you think.

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Spacetime Studios reveals Arcane Legends MMORPG for Android

Spacetime Studios’ highly anticipated mobile MMORPG, Arcane Legendshas finally been revealed in the form of a short cinematic trailer. The title features the same gameplay that players have grown accustomed to in the studio’s previous games. Although, rather than attempt to harness the latest graphics, Arcane Legends offers a retro vibe, opting for cartoon-esque graphics, similar to those seen in Pocket Legends.

Players will be able to choose from three classes including Warrior, Rogue or Sorcerer. Additionally, the combat system has been retrofitted, offering a more robust experience in terms of battling enemies. For example, ranged enemies will attempt to space themselves from your character if you are attacking with melee. Jump past the break to see the game in action.

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Google Wallet’s first major competitor, ISIS Mobile Wallet, set to Launch Oct. 22 in Salt Lake City and Austin

Google Wallet’s acceptance into everyday usage hasn’t been the smoothest, but has been picking up. With some carriers not allowing installs of Google’s NFC-based payment system, not everybody has been able to reap the benefits of living a potentially wallet-free lifestyle. So with such spotty acceptance, is there room for a competitor on this shaky ground? The makers (AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile) behind Isis Mobile Wallet seem to think so. Consumers will finally get to try out the long awaited new service on October 22 in Salt Lake City and Austin.

Isis has a number of similarities with Google Wallet: When users sign up they receive a free $10 Isis cash card credit, along with accepting a wide variety of credit and debit cards. If Isis can negotiate wider acceptance of their application and offer a simple solution to increase the number of NFC payment terminals, their October 22nd might just be a success.

Source: AndroidCentral

32GB Nexus 7 could spell doom for the16GB model

As previously reported, we all know a 32GB version of the Nexus 7 is coming, but now there seems to be a new twist; the 16GB model could be phased out. If this information holds true, the new model will still have a $249.99 MSRP just like its 16GB brother, but sport twice the internal storage. Maybe Google is taking input on how wildly successful the 16GB version was at launch, and giving new customers a reason to spend the extra $50 instead of aiming for one of Amazon’s latest Fire series tablets. From this recent information I would advise any of you who are looking for a new tablet to hold off for a few more weeks to see what Google and ASUS have in store.

This newest rumor would make sense as to why a Japanese customer received a 32GB version in the mail after ordering a 16GB version, as well as lend some truth to a few whispers of potentially removing the $199.99 8GB version from stores as well. For now, we’ll have to keep our ears to the ground and wait the next piece of information to leak or something gets officially announced.

Source: Phandroid

Android 4.1.2 OTA update rolling out to the Nexus 7, brings landscape mode


Right on the heels of Jean-Baptiste M. Queru’s announcement of Android 4.1.2 being released to Android Open Source Project, it looks like the same update is now hitting Nexus 7 devices via an OTA update as build “JZO54K.” The 31.3MB update seems a bit much just to enable landscape mode, so here’s hoping we’ll see a full change log soon. The notification itself pulled from the Nexus 7 simply reads, “improves performance and stability and fixes bugs.” Nexus 7 owners, keep looking for that upgrade notification, or you can always try to pull it manually through the Settings. Hit the break for the full statement from Jean-Baptiste M. Queru. Read more

Android 4.1.2 being released to AOSP today


Following yesterday’s news of the LG Optimus Nexus running 4.1.2, today Google Technical Lead, Jean-Baptiste Queru, announced that Android 4.1.2 will be released to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) today. Given the slight, incremental update in the version number, this is viewed as a minor upgrade bringing it to build number “JZO54K” (for the Nexus 7) and is available on the jb-dev development branch as “android-4.1.2_r1.” While a full change log is not available, the Nexus 7 notification revealed the requisite, “improves performance and stability and fixes bugs.” For those that are running custom Jelly Bean ROMs, I’m sure we’ll see 4.1.2 merged into the updates within the next 24-36 hours.


source:  Android Police

Opera Mobile update includes SPDY, added HTML5 support and improved security

 A new version of the mobile web browser Opera has been released in the Play Store. Opera 12.1 isn’t a major overhaul of the app, it’s just an improvement over what was already a solid app. One big improvement is the increased security when browsing web pages. Now you will get a notification if you are visiting a website that has been “marked as being suspicious or used of illicit activity” the same way it does on a desktop web browser. This update also brings SPDY which improves the ability to fetch web pages so it may not jump out at you but you should be able to notice the difference. The latest Opera update also highlights HTML5 being the future of the web, or at least that’s what they told us during the Adobe Flash debacle, and Opera has added support including HTML5 drag and drop and clipboard APIs. Again this is not an overhaul but definitely brings nice improvements to the mobile browser. Hit the break for the full press release.

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Motorola Atrix 2 gets a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich

Motorola Atrix 2 owners are rejoicing today because AT&T started rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update. We were expecting this but there is no doubt Atrix 2 owners will be happy to ditch Gingerbread. This update brings ICS favorites like Face Unlock, swipe away notifications and tabbed browsing. The update also brings Motorola’s quick-launch lock screen which allows users to unlock their phone directly to the camera, phone dialer, text messaging or home screen. It is still unlikely that the Motorola Atrix 4G will get ICS despite the protests, but at least Motorola is making a step in the right direction with other phones.

Source: AT&T

Sprint announces four new 4G LTE devices including Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and LG Optimus G

Sprint has announced the addition of four new devices to its 4G LTE portfolio. They indicate the devices will be available for customers to order sometime this fall. The devices include:

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 able to access both Sprint’s 3G and 4G LTE networks, the 10.1-inch tablet boasts a 1.5GHz dual-core processor running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich;
  • LG Optimus G running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor running a 4.7-inch HD display;
  • LG Mach, an entry level QWERTY slider device capable of full HD video recording and playback;
  • Plug-in-Connect, a tri-mode USB device that users can plug into their computers to enjoy broadband wireless connectivity.

Buyers of these new devices will have to sign up for a Sprint Everything Data plan. Hit the break to read the full press release from Sprint about these new options for their customers. Read more

Featured Play Store Review: Jellyflop! [Brain & Puzzle]

Jellyflop, from Concrete Software, is a brand new physics based puzzle game that just hit the Google Play Store. I doubt you ever saw a jellyfish fly did you? Well in this game, your jellyfish kind of does. It’s up to you to bounce a cute jellyfish around trying to capture raindrops and feathers. Along the way, you will meet new characters and earn achievements.

You are given a certain amount of jelly and your job is to draw lines utilizing this jelly. You can angle them however you want and make them as short or long as you need. The lines have a certain bounce to them so they will direct or re-direct your jellyfish, and hopefully you will collect all the raindrops as well as the feather. Watch out though, because if you draw too many lines, you could run out of jelly. As you would expect from a game like this, you will find obstacles like fans that could blow your jellyfish in the wrong direction. Other things like teleportals could be helpful or not depending on how you look at it. It’s really hard to explain this game, but if you check out their quick trailer video below, you will get the idea. Read more