Google IO 2015 Coverage

LG Optimus L9 cruises through FCC

LG’s Optimus L9, the latest phone in LG’s budget-friendly L Series lineup, is one step closer to its European release. The L9 has officially passed through FCC frequency testing which is a good sign that its release should be right around the proverbial corner. If you remember, LG stole the early spotlight before IFA officially kicked off with the announcement of the Optimus L9. The Korean manufacturer touted the phone’s 4.7-inch IPS display, dual-core 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel rear camera, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of on board storage – not bad at all for this sleek, budget-friendly device. We will of course provide an update when a solid release date is announced.

source:  FCC

Ice Cream Sandwich Coming to Verizon’s Galaxy Tab 10.1

It’s been a long time coming, but the wait is over for owners of Verizon’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 to get their taste of Ice Cream Sandwich. An over-the-air update is rolling out now that will bring Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich to Verizon’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. The update brings long-awaited features such as Android 4.0 Zero Shutter Lag, Pinch to Zoom, face detection, and an improved picture gallery just to name a few. The only thing left for owners of Verizon’s Tab 10.1 to do is patiently wait for their upgrade prompt, or if you want to see if you can manually pull it, just go to Settings/About Tablet/System Update. Hit the break for the full list of updates that the upgrade will include.

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Featured Play Store Review: Password Genie Data Protection [Productivity]

Security is one of the major buzz words right now as it should be. When it comes to passwords, if you’re like me, you have a bunch of different logins for various sites on top of account numbers for various credit cards and other accounts. Wouldn’t it be great to have a safe place to store all of them? It would serve two purposes; first, it would make them easy to find, but second, and more importantly, it will allow you to use more stringent passwords. Since it’s so hard to remember a bunch of passwords, I know a lot of you end up using the same simple password over and over again. If a hacker can figure it out, they will have access to many sites, and I don’t have to tell you how bad that would be.

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Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD and Update Kindle Fire Now Available On Amazon Website

 

If you’ve been hankering for a brand-spanking new Amazon Kindle Fire or Amazon Kindle Fire HD, today is a good day for you. Amazon has officially listed both products as available on its website and is now ready for consumers’ wallets nationwide. The Kindle Fire HD has the 16GB listed for a cool $199 and the 32GB for $249– though the 32GB model is expected to ship by the end of October or so. In case you’ve forgotten, the Kindle Fire HD features a sweet 1200 x 800 HD display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Dolby Audio and unlimited cloud storage space. The refreshed 8GB Kindle Fire on the other hand, will run you $159 and bring with it more RAM and an even better battery life.

Amazon certainly has perfect timing, doesn’t it? After all— it has released the cool products just in time for the beginning of school, yet right before the Christmas holiday. Head on down to the source link to check out more details including complete order and shipping information.

source: Amazon Kindle Fire HD | Amazon Kindle Fire
via: Engadget

Apple Wins Another Victory Against Android, This Time Claims “Rubber-Banding” Patent Infringement Against Motorola

 

Another day, another win for Apple versus an Android manufacturer. A Munich, Germany court recently ruled Apple can file for an injunction against Motorola phones and tablets, due to claims of a “rubber-banding” patent infringement. This “rubber-banding” patent is essentially an effect that can cause a page on a device to bounce back up after a user has swiped to the bottom of the screen, similar to the bounce back patent that was argued recently against Samsung. The unusual part of this story is Motorola actually acknowledged the alleged patent infringement back in April, but then backtracked and denied any sort of infringement later in August. As a result of this, Apple has a few options on the table for itself. The company can: 1) pay $32 million to enforce a ban which wouldn’t be permanent and would be open to an appeal, 2) pay an additional $12.9 million to force Motorola to get rid of any products named in the patent infringement or 3) pay an additional $12.9 million on top of the other fees in order to pursue a German recall of all Motorola products that infringe on Apple’s patents.

Naturally Motorola (and Google) can only shrug shoulders. A spokeswoman for Motorola is quoted as saying Motorola believes ” this will have a minimal impact on our business, if any“. This is because after all– Motorola doesn’t do major business in German markets, so in essence the potential of a sales’ ban would have minimal impact on its overall brand. Still, if you’re an Android  manufacturer, there may be cause for serious concern. After all that’s happened recently, Apple is definitely not looking to let its foot off the gas anytime soon against anything and everything Android.

source: CNet

Featured Play Store Review: The Tiny Bang Story [Gaming-Casual]

Herocraft recently released their latest game called The Tiny Bang Story, which is about a steampunk-inspired world sadly devastated by a recent asteroid strike. It was already available for the PC, but this is the first time it’s available on Android. You need to rebuild this world by finding hidden objects as well as solve puzzles and brain teasers.

With Tiny Bang Story you will get five distinct chapters that feature amazing graphics and calming music. You won’t find any text so it’s up to you to find your way around the planet and figure out what puzzles need to be completed.

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New Verizon Galaxy S III Update Brings Utility Updates & The Addition Of The Remote Diagnostics Tool

 

If you’re a Samsung Galaxy S III owner on Verizon’s network, you have a nice utility update to look forward to. While it isn’t the Jelly Bean update we’re all looking forward to, Verizon took some time to announce its IMM76D update which brings the following goodies:

 

  • Improved stability and connectivity with Back Up Assistant.
  • Added support for viewing the Guided Tour video’s over the Cellular Network.
  • Enhanced Customer Support with Verizon Remote Diagnostics.
  • Improved Data Connectivity when using SBeam

 

On major feature of note is the addition of the Remote Diagnostics application. You know– the one that allows Verizon customer service reps to fix your device from afar, which could be incredibly handy in some circumstances . If the update notification hasn’t appeared on your smartphone yet, be sure to check your System Updates to try and manually grab it.

source: Verizon Wireless

Motorola Announces 18.5″ Touchscreen Android Desktop in China

 

Motorola is expanding their range of Android devices into the home desktop arena. They are teaming up with WASU, a cable and telecommunications company in China. The desktop is being called the HMC3260 Cloud Broadband, probably because it will be a cloud-based entertainment device. The computer will have an 18.5” touchscreen display, running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and feature a Freescale i.MX53 ARM Cortex A8 1GHz processor. It will have TV and video integration and seemingly run most of the Android apps any Gingerbread phone can. This is not the first device of it’s kind, but if this full desktop experience goes over well, the Google-owned Motorola Mobility may try to introduce this concept into more markets. Hit the break for a full press release. Read more

Quite possibly the coolest Android collectible mini-figure yet

Are you an avid Android mini-figure collector? DYZPlastic’s series 03 will include a cool-looking new “Nexus” doll that dons a smokey dark translucent body along with the ever popular Nexus logo on his chest. If that’s not enough, the little guy is also holding Google’s Galaxy Nexus device on his right hand.

Interested in more images of this? You can head over to the source link for a 360 degree view of the figure.

source: DYZPlastic

US Cellular launches their own Wi-Fi Now application

US Cellular have released an app that helps their customers easily find Wi-Fi connections while they’re on the go. The app is called Wi-Fi Now and is available in the Play Store for free. Once you launch the application on your device, you will be automatically connected to known good Wi-Fi access points that are available around you. The app can also be configured to automatically connect to your Wi-Fi at home after manually entering the connection information. According to US Cellular, this feature will be pre-loaded on all of their Android devices from now on.

This can be a great application for customers looking to save data usages each month. More information available in the press release after the break!

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