Google Play Gift Cards Could Land In Stores On August 26th

We recently reported that Google Play gift cards would soon be available, and today we have more information to back this up. According to this internal image from Target, we could see the gift cards arriving by August 26th. From the looks of it, Target’s current gift card displays should have two open pegs in anticipation of this launch date.

So, are you itching to get your hands on one of these guys? I can tell you right now, as soon as they’re available I’m getting one just to keep in my wallet!

source: Android Police

$250 Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Student Edition Bundle Available Today

Samsung is now offering the Student Edition Bundle of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 for $250 in a handful of stores, including Best Buy, Amazon, Costco, and others. The price is a good deal, saving $100 versus buying all the parts separately.

The bundle will be available from now until September 1st, and it includes an 8GB Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 in limited edition white, a keyboard dock, and a USB adapter that supports plugging in USB thumb drives and other peripherals. Polaris Office will also come pre-installed, which will come in handy for students.

Google’s Nexus 7 is also a great low-cost student option if you don’t need a microSD slot or a rear camera like the Galaxy Tab has. The Galaxy also has an IR blaster, and for only $50 more than the Nexus 7, the Student Bundle is a great choice.

Hit the break for Samsung’s press release.

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Could This Galaxy S III Look-a-like be the New Galaxy Media Player?

If this isn’t Samsung’s newest Galaxy Media Player then honestly, we don’t know what it is. It looks as if it’s sharing the bezel and overall design of the Galaxy S III while also sharing most of the same widgets and applications. The new media player will rock an eye-popping 5.8 inch screen – a full inch larger than the Galaxy S III (measured diagonally).  However, it will sport only a qHD (960 x 540) TFT LCD display, so images won’t appear as crisp as on the Galaxy S III. As far as muscle, we’re looking at a 1GHz dual-core processor, which is plenty for most people, especially when compared to other competition out there.

One feature of note is the stereo speakers found on the player which will make it more usable in noisier environments.  Other disappointments include the fairly lackluster 3.0 megapixel camera and the fact that it comes with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.  However, this shouldn’t hinder most buyers who are in the market for such a device.  Unlike the Galaxy S III, this new Galaxy media player will in fact come in black from the onset rather than waiting a few months after launch.  The player hasn’t been officially announced yet so obviously launch specifics aren’t known at this time.

source:  sammobile

 

 

 

 

 

Sony Xperia S and AOSP – a Google experiment

Earlier this week, Jean-Baptiste Queru, Google’s Technical Lead on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), announced a new experiment he was starting up. Up to now, the AOSP has focused on Nexus class devices. As Queru explains, AOSP was setup so that in theory it would be possible to plug in files for additional hardware targets. Thus far though, the theory has not translated into practice. Queru hopes this new experiment may change that and help identify and eliminate hurdles present in the theory as it moves to practice.

The target of the experiment is Sony’s Xperia S model. Queru selected the LT26 as it is a fairly powerful device currently on the market, has an unlockable bootloader, and a manufacturer that is friendly toward open source projects and philosophy.

If you are interested in helping out with the effort, check out the source link. Otherwise, keep an eye on this experiment as it may yield positive results not only for the Xperia S, but for other devices as well.

source: Google Groups
via: The Verge

Jelly Bean update rolling out to ASUS Transformer Pad TF300

As of today, Asus and Google’s smash hit tablet the Nexus 7 is no longer the only Android tablet boasting Jelly Bean. News started surfacing this morning that some lucky Transformer Pad TF300 owners have received the prompt to download the OTA update. This is yet another huge feather in the cap for ASUS who has easily positioned itself as the top Android manufacturer when it comes to OS updates. With rumours of a Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy S III arriving before the end of the month, here’s hoping it’s a sign of things to come!

If you own a TF300 you might want to go and check for updates, just be sure to check back in and let us know how that Jelly Bean tastes!

Source: ASUS

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE unboxing and initial hands on review [Video]

It was a little over a year ago when the Motorola Photon 4G launched on Sprint, so it seems like the right time for a follow up. Motorola has done just that with the Photon Q 4G LTE. The addition of LTE speaks for itself and the Q signifies the addition of a QWERTY slider keyboard. This device is very much like the DROID 4 with a little more horsepower and the addition of the same diamond cut corners that were on the original Photon.

The Photon 4G LTE has a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) ColorBoost display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 8GB of internal storage, microSD slot for an additional 32GB of storage, 1785mAh battery, Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC, and Android 4.0.4. It’s also considered a world phone, but the SIM isn’t removable so it’s not going to be as flexible as you would like since you’re forced to work with Sprint’s roaming agreements abroad.

Since it’s a QWERTY, it’s not the thinnest phone in the world at 13.7mm thick, but the keyboard is the most usable and the sexiest to date. If you are a Sprint customer and you love QWERTY’s, then this is the phone for you, but I’m still questioning the $199 price tag on this one. On the flipside, the Photon Q 4G LTE is the first Motorola phone to have an unlockable bootloader via the tools on their new site.

Our own Roy Alugbue will do a full review, but for now check out my initial hands on video after the break.

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Motorola files new patent case against Apple, seeks import ban on iPhone and iPad

While Samsung is still part of an ongoing battle with Apple, Motorola has decided to step up and join the fight. Google’s Motorola Mobility filed a new case with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) Friday, claiming some features on Apple’s products infringe on it’s patents.

After having it’s entire case against Apple dismissed earlier this summer, Motorola has now requested an import ban on Apple’s iPhone, iPad, iPad touch and Mac computers, claiming infringement on seven of its intellectual properties. Interestingly, the allegedly-infringed features include Apple’s Siri voice-recognition software, as well as e-mail notifications, the music/video player and location reminders.

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Cloud-based gaming service OnLive officially acquired by ‘newly-formed company’ with ‘substantial funding’

Yesterday, it was reported that the popular cloud-based gaming hub OnLive had allegedly laid off a majority of its staff and planned to file for bankruptcy. OnLive remained quiet for several hours after the initial rumor became widespread. When asked about the potential folding of the company, OnLive’s director of corporate communications refuted the claim by saying “we don’t respond to rumors, but of course not.”

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At Long Last: Testimony Is Finished In Apple Vs. Samsung Case

 

“We are done”. Those are the words of Judge Lucy Koh expressing an understandable sigh of relief after the epic Apple vs. Samsung battle out here in the States. The testimony and deliberations included words from famed professors to more or less gag orders aimed at Samsung developers. While Samsung and Apple will have a few hours for their closing arguments on Tuesday, the ultimate decision will be left to a jury of seven men and two women on whether or not Samsung did in fact, commit several patent infringements. And in case you all weren’t sure before, the panel will have a lot to think about too. In order for an infringement ruling to be made, the jury will have to unanimously agree that a particular patent is valid and infringed by a particular device. The issue is: there are tons of different phones and tablets named in the case (i.e. the Samsung Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab) in addition to the various patents.

We’re absolutely certain all eyes in the tech world will be on the ruling the jury and Judge Koh makes for the landmark case this upcoming week.

source: AllThingsD

Motorola Device Unlocking Site Now Live

 

It was reported last month that it was Motorola’s goal “to provide a way to unlock the bootloaders on our devices…for those that like to venture down that path of phone customization.  It now appears that they’ve made good on their goal and promise.  Motorola’s site which will make this option available, is now live and filled with all the steps along with warnings and disclaimers one would find on any developer’s post such as XDA.  There currently aren’t any Motorola phones available for this feature but Sprint’s Photon Q is listed as the first phone that will take advantage of all the unlocked goodness. You will need fastboot, the Android SDK, as well as the Motorola drivers in order to unlock.  It’s also highly recommended that before you attempt to unlock that you read all the warnings, disclaimers, prerequisites, and consequences found on the link below as it’s not always for the feint of  heart.  All of said warnings and steps are clearly laid out on Motorola’s site, which can be accessed in the link below once you’re ready to take the plunge.  You’ve still got little time to do your homework on all things unlocking in the Motorola world before the Photon Q launches.

source:  Motorola