Google offering new folio case for Nexus 7 devices


You say you decided to spring for the new white Nexus 7 or took advantage of Google’s bundle offer for a Nexus 7 and Chromecast device? Don’t forget to get some extra protection for your new tablet with a new Nexus 7 Folio. The case now listed in Google Play comes in black or red with a price tag of $49.99 in the U.S. The case is made from polycarbonate with elastomer. The bumper-style case has a trifold cover that gives users a couple different options for how the devices sits depending on how it is being used. Your Nexus 7 will also be able to tell when the case is opened or closed and will wake-up or sleep as appropriate. The case will work with wireless chargers as well.

To grab one, just hit the source link to head over to the Google Play store.

source: Google Play

Samsung Galaxy S4 Crystal Edition made available in Thailand

Crystal Edition

Samsung recently launched a Crystal Edition of the Galaxy S III mini in Germany, and now it will be launched another Crystal Edition device, this time with the Galaxy S4, in Thailand. The device will be available in limited quantities (3,500 units) and comes with studded Swarovski crystals on the back and is essentially the same phone as the Exynos variant of the device.

The price is 20,300 baht, or $630 USD, making it more expensive than the standard 17,400 baht, or $540 USD. It makes sense, because there are crystals on the back.

It’s pretty unlikely that we’ll be seeing the phone in closer markets anytime soon, but if you want one, hurry up before it’s out of stock.

Source: SamMobile

Google adds Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition to lineup


If you have been looking for a large screen smartphone, but want that latest stock Android experience and hopefully faster access to updates, Google has added yet another device to their Google Play Edition lineup that may meet your requirements. The Sony Z Ultra, a 6.4-inch behemoth is now available in the Google Play store for $649 in the U.S. and capable of running on the AT&T or T-Mobile networks. The Sony Z Ultra comes with a Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.2 GHz and 2 GB of RAM to help push the full 1080p HD screen. In addition to being really big, the Sony Z Ultra is dust and waterproof. It also has a unique screen covering that lets you use a pencil or ballpoint pen as a stylus.

If you are interested in super-sizing your smartphone and want something that blurs the line with tablet devices, hit the source link to place your order.

source: Google Play

Plans for Google’s barge in the San Francisco Bay at a stand-still for time being

Google Barge

Rumors about Google’s barge in the San Francisco Bay have been swirling for the past month, adding to the speculation that the search giant will be using the massive floating structure as a showroom of sorts for Google Glass or a number of any other new Google products.

However, new information states that the barge’s construction will not be complete until well into 2014, mainly because the Coast Guard had to inspect the barge and ended up actually requesting a change to the interior of the vessel.

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LG G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition tablet now available in the Play Store


So the LG V510 wasn’t a Nexus device after all, but it might be the next best thing. It’s the G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition and it’s already available in the Play Store for $349. This version of the G Pad 8.3 is identical to the non GPE version except for one glaring difference… get Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.

The rest of the specs include an 8.3-inch (1920 x 1200) Full HD IPS display, a quad-core Snapdragon 600, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot for expanded storage, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, and 4,600mAh battery.

source: Google Play Store

[Deal] Get $35 Google Play credit with purchase of Nexus 7 and Chromecast combo


Google is busy with new deals in the Google Play Store today, releasing some new devices and new versions of existing devices. However, if you have just been waiting to get your hands on a couple devices that have been around for a while, this new deal may just be for you. Google is offering a $35 credit for buyers of a Nexus 7 and a Chromecast device. Just for good measure, they are also throwing in free shipping.

The Nexus 7 and Chromecast must be submitted on the same order. Once the order ships, Google will send the information for buyers to claim their credit via email. The credit can be added to a Google Wallet account and must be added no later than March 31, 2014. If you are ready to place an order this combo of devices, just hit the source link. Act fast though, as Google does not indicate how long this particular promotion will last.

source: Google Play

Google unveils the a 32GB Wi-Fi Nexus 7 dressed in white


The Nexus 5 comes in white so why not the Nexus 7? Well Google just unveiled a white version and it’s already available in the Play Store for $269 (for the U.S., UK, or Japan). It’s only available in the 32GB Wi-Fi variety for whatever reason, but in terms of specs, it’s the same tablet as the all black version. Just like the Nexus 5, it has a black front and white back.

For a limited time, if you purchase any Nexus tablet along with a Chromecast, you get $35 in Play Store credit. A fantastic deal.

source: Google Play

Huawei Ascend P7 specs get confirmed thanks to internal document leak


Huawei’s Ascend P7, the follow-up to the Ascend P6 as seen above (Huawei is really clever with their naming schemes), has been more-or-less confirmed thanks to an internal document that leaked. The Ascend P7 is going by the code name Sophia and will feature a pretty hefty update to what Huawei usually offers. We’ll likely see a 5-inch, full HD screen as well as Huawei’s Emotion 2.0 UI. The processor will be one of Huawei’s in-house chips, but it’s a quad-core clocked at 1.6 GHz. There’s also 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage space on board, plus a microSD card slot. The device will also reportedly have a very high 8 megapixel front-facing camera, which is supposedly going to be used to take “best selfie videos.” Read more

Company brings 3D scanning to mobile devices


Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed an app that can effectively turn a smartphone into a scanning device to produce 3D models of real world objects. The application uses a smartphone’s camera to capture an image of an object and produces a 3D model on the fly using a smartphone’s internal capabilities instead of offloading the data to a computer for later compilation. Users start by capturing an image of the object they want to model. As a user continues to capture images, moving the smartphone around an object, the app continues to capture data points. Using a smartphone’s GPU, the app is able to start building a 3D model in real-time and a user can watch development of the model if they want. The level of detail is dependent on how long a user is willing to continue to scan an object. Read more

Mad Catz M.O.J.O console now available for $249

mad catz mojo

If you’ve been waiting for Mad Catz’ M.O.J.O console, the release date is here and you’ll finally be able to pick one up. A few retailers like Amazon, Newegg, and Gamestop are offering the $249 console, but you can also order one directly from Mad Catz if you would prefer.

The specs haven’t changed since we last heard about the device, so you’re still getting a Tegra 4 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage for games, plus the Google Play Store. Mad Catz has thrown in a AAA battery powered controller and HDMI cable in the box, so you’ll be able to get started without having to buy anything extra. You can also connect any smartphone or Windows PC via Bluetooth to the console.

At $249, this is still a pretty tough sell, I think. The NVIDIA Shield is currently going for the same price and offers a lot of portability (and things like NVIDIA’s GameStream), plus you won’t have to deal with AAA batteries with the Shield. Aside from that, most bigger consoles are seeing holiday sales right now, so it’s not hard to find a PS3 or Xbox 360 for less than 200 bucks. Maybe some people think Android games on a flat-screen offer a better gaming experience than dedicated video game consoles, but I’m just not sold yet.

What do you guys think about Android gaming in the living room? Inevitable future or just a fad that’s going to blow over after the PS4 and Xbox One have been on shelves for a few months? Read more