Google knows that a standard black Nexus 4 is a little boring for some, so it appears that it may have a white variation of the device on the way, thanks to a leaked listing online at the TalkTalk website. According to the listing, customers will have an option of getting a Nexus 7 – Nexus 4 bundle, but here’s the catch: the bundled Nexus 4 will be a white version of the smartphone, instead of the standard black. Considering Google has a history of releasing a white version of its other Nexus smartphones, it’s not too much of a surprise that there’s a white version of the smartphone on the way.
Customers interested in the device will have to wait a little while— the device is expected to be available from December 13th. So if you don’t mind waiting for Google to get its next batch of Nexus 4 shipments and would rather have a cooler color of the device instead, the upcoming white Nexus 4 may be worth the wait.
While we know that the new Nexus 4 will support the coveted Miracast feature thanks to Android 4.2, it appears that the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 will each not support Miracast, despite operating on Android 4.2 as well. There seems to have been a major discussion on a Google Forum on whether or not the tablets would feature Miracast and while some users reported it worked and others didn’t— a user by the name of Eth@n took some time to confirm the following:
“Just wanted to confirm that Nexus 4 is currently our only Nexus device that works with Miracast wireless display on Android 4.2. There was a reference to wireless display on our Help site for Nexus 10, but we’ve since removed that reference. Our apologies for any confusion that may have caused.”
So there you have it— don’t try looking for Miracast for now— unless of course, you have a Nexus 4. Let’s see how Google handles this moving forward and wait for a possible update which should enable the feature for the rest of the Nexus devices out there.
source: Google Product Forums
And another Android manufacturer bites the dust. Pandigital is a brand that may not be so familiar with most of you, but it’s a brand with a solid legion of customers. Despite its solid following, it had unfortunately succumbed to the dreary economy and signed most of its assets to creditors in order to better cope with its massive debt. During this transitional phase, there was slim hope that the company would at least try and offer support and warranties for its various products out there, but alas— it isn’t meant to be. Customers of various Pandigital products recently received the following email:
“You are receiving this email as you have recently been shipped a warranty replacement for a Pandigital product.
Please be advised that Pandigital, Inc (the ‘Company’), executed a General Assignment for the benefit of its creditors in favor of Credit Management Association on July 13, 2012 (the ‘General Assignment’). A general assignment is a common law means of concluding the affairs of an insolvent debtor as an alternative to the Chapter 7 bankruptcy process. Pandigital is currently in the process of liquidation by the Assignee.
Due to this liquidation process any further requests for warranty replacements cannot be honored”.
So there you have it— there’s basically no support for the device moving forward which is a bummer. Hopefully most of you who happen to own a Pandigital product have already moved onto other alternatives like the Amazon Kindle Fire HD or Nexus 7 tablet in order to help get over the hopefully minor grief.
More details can be found in the source link.
source: The Digital Reader
Republican Wireless is a new kind of MVNO carrier who has been testing its newfangled service for several months. The company is attempting to reinvent the mobile network space, offering a single device engineered to utilize Wi-Fi whenever it’s available for calls, texts and mobile data. When there’s no Wi-Fi within range, the device will automatically switch to a cellular network.
The service runs $19 per month with no contract and unlimited data, texting and calling. The carrier is poised to offer just one device, a Motorola Defy XT which will be sold outright for $249.99, alongside a one time $10 start-up fee. Sure, it’s not the most appealing handset, but at such a low price point it could prove to be the most viable option for those looking for an economic-friendly option.
So, what do you guys think?
Source: Republic Wireless
Mozilla announced today the availability of its Firefox for Android browser for a slew of new devices including the HTC Status, HTC ChaCha, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Motorola Fire XT, LG Optimus Q and many more.
Before today, Mozilla’s mobile browser only supported devices utilizing an ARMv7 processor. The company has now opened up the software to support ARMv6 architecture, meaning another 50 percent of the world’s entire fleet of Android devices can now download and run Firefox for Android. While this may not seem like a significant milestone, Mozilla believes otherwise, claiming that “this is an important step toward making the open Web free to all.”
As many of you know, the LG Optimus G is the sibling of the Nexus 4 as similarities are abound between the two devices. However, one area where the two devices differ is the Optimus G has a locked bootloader. Well one fine developer over at XDA, ‘thecubed,’ has officially addressed that issue. This developer has created Project FreeGee which is a tool to unlock the bootloader of the device. According to ‘thecubed,’ you can now install “whatever you want.” This includes Android 4.2 intended for the Nexus 4. You won’t be able to immediately install 4.2 upon unlocking the device, but it won’t take long. These developers never cease to amaze me. This only works on U.S. and Korean devices, but will soon be available for the Canadian version of the Optimus G.
As some of you may have noticed, the Play Store received an update over the weekend. While there may not be many changes on the surface, this usually means that they’re getting ready to roll out a new service embedded within the store itself. Sure enough, the folks over at Android Police have uncovered an interesting change. Although not effective immediately, the Store will soon require you to log into your Google+ account before submitting an app review. This will then of course be published for the world to see with your Google+ name and picture. What happens if you don’t have an account? You will either have to choose not to submit a review or you can create an account at that time.
Another interesting tidbit that was uncovered is the ability for pre-orders. While it’s a little perplexing why you need pre-orders regarding digital content, this feature will presumably be used in their ‘Devices’ section. We all know they could sure use this new feature to at least get an idea of consumer interest in products. I’m personally not a huge fan of having to log into any external account to proceed with what I was doing in the first place. Nor am I a fan of pre-ordering. But given the debacle that was the Nexus 4 launch, it may be necessary going forward. However, we may need to pre-order the pre-order itself if last Tuesday was any indication of things to come.
source: Android Police
In a move similar to T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular announced today that they will offer a truly unlimited data plan. We’re not just talking any old data either. We’re talking unlimited LTE data, and for a wallet-friendly $40 a month. What’s more, you can even add a tethering plan for only $20 a month. Given those prices and speeds, you could essentially have a home phone using your mobile device, a mobile device obviously for your cell phone, and home internet using the tethering option all for $60 a month.
U.S. Cellular says that this deal is for a limited time, for the ‘holiday season’, and to sweeten the pot they’re offering up $100 discounts on some of their more popular LTE devices including the Galaxy S III. Like other carriers, U.S. Cellular’s LTE coverage is a bit spotty, but they claim that 58% of its customers will be covered by LTE by year’s end. They’re obviously aiming to grow their base in this move while also looking to retain more customers. What are your thoughts? Will this sway you to jump ship from your carrier, or convince you to stay if you’re currently with U.S. Cellular? Let us know. Hit the break for the full presser.
Google took a big step in expanding the portfolio of music it is able to make available to customers with a new licensing deal covering several European countries. The license deal with Armonia, an alliance of French, Italian and Spanish licensing groups, opens the door to music from 35 countries. Notable artists covered by the new deal include Lady Gaga and Rihanna.
In addition to the European countries covered by the agreement, Google also gained access to the British and American portfolios of Universal Music Publishing and the Latin portfolio of Sony. Sources indicate royalties for publishers and artists are consistent with industry standards. The breadth of the deal is unusual as license deals with others have typically been on a country-by-country basis.
Thrifty Verizon customers don’t have to wait for Black Friday. Amazon Wireless has a number of pretty solid Android phones on sale for a penny. The DROID RAZR M and, the now year-old DROID RAZR are $0.01 whether you are upgrading or are a new customer. But it looks like the DROID RAZR MAXX is only a penny for new customers. Existing customers can upgrade to the MAXX for $44.99. If you’re in the market for a new handset on Big Red, you might want to spend a minute or two checking out the source link. As usual, I doubt the prices will last long. Happy shopping!
Source: Amazon Wireless
Samsung has recently decided to revamp its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet for Korean markets to include VoLTE, or voice-over-LTE. That will give users fast data speeds, as well as the ability to make voice calls. I can’t imagine too many people holding that monster up to their ear, but speaker phone always works.
Want a great phone at a great price? Amazon Wireless is offering LG’s new flagship phone, the Optimus G, for only $99 when you upgrade or open a new account with either AT&T or Sprint. That is $100 cheaper than what you would pay if you bought it from the carriers.
To review, the LG Optimus G sports a 4.7-inch (1280 x 768) IPS LCD display at 318ppi, 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (Sprint) /16GB of storage (AT&T), microSD slot (AT&T), 13MP rear camera (Sprint) / 8MP rear camera (AT&T), 1.3MP front camera, 2100mAh battery, and Android Ice Cream Sandwich. That is a lot of bang that you’re getting for your buck.
We don’t know how long this sale will last, so if you’re in the running for a new phone on either AT&T or Sprint, you might want to act fast!
Is anyone planning on taking advantage of this deal?
Source: Amazon Wireless (AT&T), Amazon Wireless (Sprint)
Earlier this year, the CyanogenMod team announced that Apollo would be replacing the stock music player to allow for a fully customizable and enthralling experience. When it was first announced, we were told to expect it to arrive in the Android Market within the next couple of weeks. Here we are nearly 10 months later, and the highly anticipated application has finally made its way to what we now call the Google Play Store.
It’s the same music player we’ve come to know and love, and now everybody can take part. Apollo comes in two different capacities: the regular free version and the paid Apollo+ version. Apollo+ costs just 99 cents, features quicker updates and removes pesky advertisements. Future updates are said to bring concert information, tablet optimization, personalized widgets and notifications, as well as support for Google’s Daydream service.
Be sure to scan the QR codes or hit the Play Store download links after the break to try out Apollo. Keep in mind you may need to disable your stock music player within the application settings menu. Also, let us know what you think of the CM team’s new third party music organization tool in the comments below.
At Motorola’s announcement for the DROID RAZR HD and the DROID RAZR M a few months ago, the company promised that it would update its new handsets to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) sometime before the end of the year. Well, with only six weeks left until December 31st, Motorola appears to be making good on its promise. Owners of the DROID RAZR HD who are signed up for Motorola’s Feedback Network are receiving invites to beta-test a new software build. Since the Motorola DROID RAZR M already received its taste of Jelly Bean, it makes sense that the DROID RAZR HD (and RAZR HD MAXX) will be next in line to receive Google’s latest offering. Even though there is no official word on what exactly the update contains, we are guessing that DROID RAZR HD (and HD MAXX) owners are in for a tasty treat!
Did any of you RAZR HD owners receive an invite? What feature are you looking forward to most in the newest update? Let us know in the comments!
They say more and more people are eating out, but there is certainly no shortage of cooking shows and recipe apps. There’s still a lot of people that enjoy cooking at home and looking for new recipes. Top Recipes, from SplashPad Mobile is an app that features over 2,400 recipes for just about any category you can think of including appetizers, desserts, dinners, casseroles, dips, sides, etc.