Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL hits Germany in October

Remember “the world’s fastest phone”? We got our first hands-on with Huawei’s Ascend D1 Quad XL way back at Mobile World Congress in February, though its actual existence has yet to materialize. However, a new regional launch is finally set to bring the elusive handset to German store shelves in October.

While the phone may have gained a 1 in its name, it still features the same impressive specs. The Ascend D1 Quad XL houses Huawei’s very own 1.2GHz K3v2 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on board storage, which can easily be expanded via MicroSD. Additionally, the 4.5-inch behemoth sports a 2,600mAh battery, which is rated at 500 hours of standby time thanks to Huawei’s battery saving technology.

Availability is slated for the end of October in both matte black and ceramic white colors. While there’s no word on which carriers (if any) will be receiving the handset, it will be sold off-contract for €499 (£395/$625). For the full low-down be sure to check out the official press release below. Read more

Google’s End of Summer Sale offers top-tier Play Store apps for just 99 cents

Google is going all out with its End of Summer Sale. Developers have teamed up with the search giant to offer some incredible deals on some of the hottest apps and games inside the Play Store. Top titles like Max Payne and Crystal Defenders, as well as Modern Combat 3 and N.O.V.A. 3 have been slashed down to just 99 cents for the special occasion. There’s also a healthy slew of productivity apps available, so you’re bound to find something that suits you.

To make your life easier, we’ve compiled a list of the apps included in the sale as well as direct links to the Play Store after the break. Yes, you’re welcome.

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Modern Combat 3, Gangstar Rio and N.O.V.A. 3 on sale for $0.99 at Play Store

Nothing like some of Gameloft’s best games on sale for just $0.99! That’s right, Modern Combat 3, Gangstar Rio and N.O.V.A. 3 are all on sale so get your trio of Gameloft’s finest for under $3!

I haven’t tried any of these games, but from the looks of it, the graphics and game play look amazing. Go ahead and take advatange of this deal to keep you busy in this Labor Day weekend! If you decided to jump the gun, let us know how the game play is.

Links and QR codes will be available after the break.

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Huawei introduces the mid-range tablet MediaPad 7 Lite

Huawei has unveiled their mid-range tablet dubbed as the MediaPad 7 Lite. As the name suggests, the tablet has a 7″ screen and sports a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A8 processor. You can also expect a 1024 x 600 resolution IPS multi-touch 1080p high-definition display along with a 3.2MP rear camera.

The MediaPad 7 Lite will start shipping to South Africa, China, Russia, Philippines and Taiwan from end-August; Indonesia and Malaysia from September.

You can hit the break for the full press release.

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Max Payne, Crystal Defenders, SwiftKey 3 and others on sale at Google Play Store


Today brings great summer sales to some of Android’s most popular apps. Some of the most well known apps that are currently on sale includes Max Payne ($.99), Crystal Defenders ($1.26) and the popular 3rd party on-screen keyboard app SwiftKey 3 ($.99). Other notable apps that are on sale (but not limited to) includes The Lorax, Vignette, Star Chart and Super Dynamite Fishing Premium.

If you love sales and would like to own some of these great apps, now is your chance! You can find some of the links and QR codes after the break.

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HBO Go App Now Supports Jelly Bean Devices, Including the Nexus 7

The HBO Go app received an update yesterday that originally stated it supported Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, along with “performance enhancements and bug fixes”. Unfortunately, many of us who own Jelly Bean devices such as the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7, discovered the app actually didn’t work.

Luckily HBO updated their app quickly, most likely changing permissions in the Play Store to allow devices actually running Jelly Bean, and the app is now available to download on the Nexus 7. Hit the break for download links.

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Blood & Glory: Legend now available in Google Play

After releasing a teaser video last week, Glu Mobile has released their newest game, Blood & Glory: Legend, in the Google Play store. The title follows up the original Blood & Glory game. Gameplay features one-on-one battles against computer controlled opponents.  Most battles take place in an arena patterned after an ancient Roman stadium, though some other environments are present in the game. As players win battles they can earn money that can be used to buy new gear or they can plunk down some real money through in-app purchases. Combined with perfecting different moves, selection of the proper equipment will be key to success. Outside of the gameplay graphics, Blood & Glory: Legend uses a comic book metaphor to advance the story .

Blood & Glory: Legend is free, but is rather large at 315MB. If you are interested in trying it out just hit one of the download links below.

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Featured Play Store Review: Granny Smith [Arcade & Action]

The folks who brought you Sprinkle just came out with another game, and it’s going to be a hit. Mediocre just released Granny Smith. From the name, it’s safe to assume this one is about apples and you would be right in doing so. It also happens to be about an old lady conveniently named Granny Smith. She loves her apples and a thief is trying to steal them from her garden. It’s your job to get the apples before the thief does.

How do you do that? Well picture an old lady on roller skates plowing through farmland and cityscapes. While she is skating at a pretty good speed, you will need to do some tricks such as jumping and swinging to beat the thief. It just so happens that you will probably crash a few times into old barns and offices, and the crash physics are pretty cool. At first, I didn’t think I would like this game based on the concept, but trust me when I tell you that it will get addicting pretty quickly. Just check out my hands on video below and you will see what I’m talking about.


Spectacular physics – Granny Smith uses some of the most advanced destruction physics in mobile games. Crash through crates and windows and watch the pieces fly all over!

Dazzling visuals – Zoom through dozens of vibrant, whimsical worlds! Each level is like a fanciful, three-dimensional storybook.

Intuitive controls – Help Granny pull off crazy moves with simple two-button controls – perfect for both tablets and phones.

Vintage replays – Watch your best runs in retro movie style with cool camera angles and slow-motion effects!

Power Granny up – Collect coins and equip Granny with a helmet, banana peels and baseballs. If Granny is getting old, you have two alternative characters to play with – Scruffy and Stanley!

If you have Android 2.3 or higher, you can enjoy Granny Smith, but if you have a NVIDIA Tegra 3 device, you get additional breakable objects, grass, flowers and dust particles.



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Granny Smith is only .99cents so definitely hit one of the download links below to get started.


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Pantech Magnus Pics Leaked, Heading to AT&T

Pantech is usually known as a budget-friendly handset manufacturer, but according to a leak from Engadget that may all change with the soon-to-be-released P9090, aka the Magnus. This higher-end GSM based phone is heading to AT&T with an 8MP rear camera (with LED flash), a front-facing camera and will run Ice Cream sandwich or possibly even Jelly Bean. Engadget expects this new handset to be powered by a Qualcomm MSM8960 dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 720p display and LTE connectivity. No pricing or announcements have been made by Pantech or AT&T, but we’ll keep you posted.

Source: Engadget

Moleskine App Launching Exclusively For Galaxy Note 10.1 And Galaxy Note II


It looks as if that Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Note 10.1 are going to be a wee bit more appealing thanks to famed paper notebook company Moleskine. Moleskine has partnered with Samsung to unveil the Moleskine app for Android, which our friends at The Verge was able to get some hands-on time and get a feel of the app and its uniqueness to the Note devices. The Moleskine app brings complete sketching, drawing, and note-taking functionality and will feature options like color, size, handwriting-to-text and brushstroke— as well as the ability to delete pages. While they sound pretty standard, the functions operate through each device’s S Pen, so there’s a cool sort of appeal there. The app is exclusive to the Galaxy Note II and 10.1 for 6 months, so for now— you’ll only see the app preinstalled on those two devices and not available anywhere for some time. However you have to admit, it is pretty awesome and it’s cool that Samsung has that type of exclusivity.

source: The Verge