Google and UK wireless carrier O2 are generating quite a bit of excitement in anticipation of the newly announced Nexus 4 smartphone by announcing one heck of a promotion. In the spirit of O2 being able to secure the title of being the only UK wireless carrier to offer the Nexus 4 for one month, it has announced it will offer a free LG TV to the first 100 customers who are able to get the phone. Of course customers will need to keep in mind that the cost of the smartphone and especially the monthly tariffs will probably end up dwarfing the overall cost of the television, but hey— we all love anything free right and who wouldn’t want a new LG TV set?
It’s no secret that 4G LTE has been a luxury only to a select few in the UK, but now more customers will be able to get in on the action thanks to wireless carrier EE. It has announced it will launch the incredibly fast network service to its customers in 11 markets including Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Sheffield and Southampton. While that’s a major start, EE doesn’t stop there as it has announced it plans to bring 4G LTE service to an additional 5 markets by year’s end. This means that those of you who plan on owning the Galaxy S III or HTC One XL will have a lot to look forward to— especially since you’ll likely be taking advantage of cutting edge features like streaming high-quality audio or video and the ability to access much more content or download faster on the go.
Many of you may not have the luxury of enjoying a stock or simplified launcher due to those pesky customized UI skins, but one of the better launchers in the game has just come back with a new update that’s sure to make many users happy. The latest ADW.Launcher update brings the software version to 188.8.131.52 and brings pretty much a new ummm…. “everything”— whatever that means. The hope is that there are new themes and even more customizations to make even the pickiest owner happy. As expected, users will be able to do anything from resizing widgets to developing specialized app folders and all.
The app is compatible with Android 1.6+ devices, so that means that all users looking for a solid alternative have no excuse but to give the latest update a try today.
In celebration of launching the Nexus 4, Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 with mobile, Google has released the first commercial touting its versatile product line. The new 1-minute ad illustrates the company’s updated Google Now interface, ultimately showing the limitless use cases for the new software. Google’s Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 are slated to launch on November 13th for $299 and $399, respectively. These new additions will make their debut alongside a refreshed version of the Nexus 7 with 3G and 32GB of storage for $299.
Google has announced the introduction of its online Voter Information Tool, a resource that will provide in-depth and up to date information on the upcoming 2012 presidential election. Located on the site, users will find access to various helpful scripts and guides, including the ability to find nearby polling places and early voting venues. There’s also an exhaustive guide which covers the information regarding voting requirements, as well as links and details to provide you with the skinny on each of the presidential candidates.
Google has striven to essentially roll out this new Voter Information Tool to serve as a newer, updated version of its long-used US Voter Info website, which was launched leading up to the presidential election in 2008. Additionally, the new software is open-source, embeddable and completely customizable, so you can tailor it to your liking.
With all the excitement surrounding the impending launch of Google’s new family of Nexus devices, it isn’t surprising to hear that the company has reached yet another promising milestone. The folks from Mountain View announced today that the Google Play Store had surpassed 700,000 total applications. Keep in mind this is the same number of applications Apple said it had in its App Store just last week.
There’s no doubt the portfolio of games and productivity apps will continue to increase, ultimately beating out Apple for the number of total applications available to users. However, with the introduction of the Nexus 10, Google will need to make a push for tablet-specific applications if it intends to successfully compete in the 10-inch tablet space.
You can’t say Samsung isn’t innovative. Between that shiny new Nexus 10 tablet and record-shattering smartphone sales, Samsung has found a way to successfully stay ahead of every other Android OEM. That’s not to say that Samsung won’t have a few crazy moments here or there…
A new Samsung flip phone (yes, flip phone) has been spotted in China, packing some serious hardware that puts some newer phones to shame. Best of all, it’s supposedly going to run Android 4.0. Sound crazy? I agree. Just look at what the Samsung SCH-W2013 has for specs after the break:
Fans of the Angry Birds franchise are no doubt aware that we are only a little over a week away from the release of the Angry Birds: Star Wars version on November 8th. Combining the two popular brands, Rovio is hoping it will have another hit on its hands.
In their latest video trailer, we get our first look at some of the gameplay unique to this version. The red bird, aka Luke Skywalker, is shown using a lightsaber to take out the piggies’ obstacles. Meanwhile, the Leia character, a pink bird, is shown shooting lasers on her arc of destruction. As far as locations, we see Tatooine and Hoth, which includes AT-AT walkers in action. Hit the break to view the video.
After Google announced the GSM-only Nexus 4 and new, data-enabled Nexus 7, it seemed like the devices would only be available unlocked through the Google Play store to be used on GSM carriers, such as T-Mobile and AT&T. In a bold move, it appears that T-Mobile will be offering the Nexus 4 like any other contract device. On November 14th, the 16GB model of the handset will be $200 with a two-year contract.
The device is offered through T-Mobile’s value plans, so your plan will cost an extra $20 per month for 20 months. Sounds good, right? Well, the math on that comes out to $600, which is quite a bit higher than Google’s asking price. It’s understandable to pay a bit more per month for a subsidized phone, but in this case, it’s a stretch. This could mean T-Mobile is trying to bring in a little extra cash on the Nexus hype, or Google is just willing to sell the device at a loss, which they have done before on other Nexus devices.
Popular music service Pandora announced a major upgrade to the mobile versions of their app. Jumping to version 4.0, Pandora indicates their app will now be feature equivalent between iOS and Android. Pandora indicates the core functionality of the app has been improved, including the interface to make music controls more readily available. Users will now be able to shuffle specific stations, rename stations, and view station details on mobile devices. The expanded information is not limited to stations – users can also delve into artist information like album discographies, biographies and even lyrics.
One of the best features of Google’s new Nexus 4 is its native wireless charging capabilities, but until now, wireless charging has been convenient, but not actually useful. I will contest to how nice it is to be able to drop your device onto a pad and not have to worry about cables, but unfortunately it severely limits those who want to use their device while charging. Google’s charging orb for the Nexus 4 may just fix that.
Instead of a flat, boring mat for inductive charging, Google has chosen a half-sphere, very similar to the touchstone Palm used for its Pre and Pre 2. This orb offers a variety of advantages; you can orient the phone in either landscape or portrait mode, it allows for easier use as an alarm clock in similar ways to the original DROID’s desk dock, has a much smaller footprint to save space on your desk or nightstand, and looks much more interesting and attractive than a boring black mat.
Magnets will hold your Nexus 4 in place for optimal charging, as well as activate a new feature called “daydream” (another Palm Pre-esque feature) that displays recent photos, as well as various updates from your Google Now cards. Currently, there is no information on pricing, availability or compatibility with other devices, but I’m willing to bet that it will launch with the Nexus 4 on November 13th.
Google announced the Nexus 4 today which allows Android users to buy a phone outside of the influence of the major carriers. It turns out that freedom comes at a price: LTE. Google wants to retain control of the software without running into the sort of issues it faced last year with Verizon and Google Wallet. Google could not have released an LTE phone without working with one of the carriers.
Verizon has the largest LTE network but, like Sprint, requires compatibility with their CDMA 3G network. AT&T has said it will allow unlocked devices to access its LTE network, but can’t guarantee everything will work nor can they promise to provide technical support for such devices. Another factor besides access is cost. The cost of building an unlocked LTE phone may have pushed the price beyond the $299 Nexus 4 debut price.
Earlier today Google announced the release of Android 4.2, an update to Jelly Bean. One of the big features being touted is the new camera app that introduces a feature called “Photo Sphere.” To help folks visualize the new capabilities, Google produced a video showing how it works and a taste of the final product. Like normal panoramic photo mode, the camera will guide you to where your next snapshot needs to be aimed using a targeting system. Unlike panoramic photos, the app guides you to take some photos on more than one level, some higher and some lower than your initial plane of focus. All the photos are then stitched together to effectively create a “Street View” type photo. You can move right or left, up and down some, and you can zoom in and out.
Anyone want to guess how long before Google enables users to upload these videos to Google Maps, effectively making anyone with a Photo Sphere capable device a part of their Street View fleet? Hit the break to view the video showing this new capability.
Australians are starting to see some movies available for purchase via the Google Play Store app. This ability is currently only via the app and has yet to make its way to the Web Store. Ausdroid is reporting prices ranging from $19.99 AUD for The Raid up to $24.99 AUD for The Avengers.
Although the ability to purchase movies takes the Google Play Store one step closer to being a true iTunes competitor in Australia, our friends down under still lack the ability to purchase music or TV shows.
Elecont Software is one of the top developers for weather related apps, so I figured I would let you know about eRadar HD: Real-Time and Alerts. Over the last few days, the weather is one of the hottest topics due to Hurricane Sandy, but lets face it, the weather is always a major focal point with everyday life. There isn’t a day that goes by where someone doesn’t ask me if it’s going to rain or snow. With eRadar HD, you will always have that information in your pocket because it tracks radar in real time.