After going through a couple iterations, Google finally decided to brand their version of an app store, along with music, movies, books and other stuff, as Google Play. It may be hard to believe, but that move to unify their online stores and implement a single brand occurred only two years ago. To help celebrate the anniversary of that change, Google is holding a “Happy Birthday” celebration with deals on a variety of goodies. » Read the rest
If you’re in the UK and the Xperia Z2 is your next phone of choice, than you might want to get your pre-order in at Phones 4u. It will be available from free at £47 per month on contract. All pre-orders will also get the Sony SRS-BTX300 wireless speaker (valued at £119), and get 50% of the new Sony Smartband as well as a free Active Pack. Last but not least, if you pre-order the phone on a 4G tariff, they will throw in a £50 Google Play voucher.
So if the Xperia Z2 is in your future, you might as well pre-order to get these extra special deals. We have a the Phones 4u hands on video and press release after the break.
It’s time for another episode of the Samsung vs Apple war. If you remember, back in December, Apple asked Judge Lucy Koh for a permanent injunction againt Samsung that would ban the sale of over 20 phones and tablets in the U.S. This was after Apple was finally awarded a total of $930 million in damages from the original landmark verdict back in August 2012. Judge Koh denied the injunction, but the future doesn’t look all that bad for Apple.
The two giants will face each other in court again later this month, but it’s on a different set of patents that involve newer devices such as the Galaxy S III. Many industry experts think more damages will be awarded to Apple since these newer products were bigger sellers. Apple and Samsung did try to settle things with a mediator, but unsurprisingly, that didn’t go so well.
Will this war ever end?
LG will be sending the L90 to Russia later this week.While it’s not launching in other areas yet, this is a good sign that it will soon. The device packs a 4.7 inch screen, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a 2,540 mAh battery. On top of that it sports either a 5 or 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera.
source: The LG Newsroom
Mad Catz and OUYA will be working together to bring OUYA content to the M.O.J.O. micro-console. With this content, the console itself will receive a price cut. It will now be priced at $199.99 in the U.S. with a similar price cut heading to other major territories. All existing content will be available on the console later this spring, with more content on the way. Darren Richardson, the President and CEO of Mad Catz Interactive, Inc. had this to say about the deal:
“With more than 680 games and 33,000 developers signed up, OUYA features an impressive catalogue of content from AAA developers and independent publishers, all of which are designed to replicate the core gaming experience, taking advantage of the TV and controller.”
So if you’re in the market for a dedicated Android console but can’t decide between the M.O.J.O. or the OUYA this may make your decision a little easier. Hit the source link for the full presser.
Source: Mad Catz Pressor
Remember when the Desire 310 was accidently unveiled? Well it’s officially official now and coming April 10 in Germany, Netherlands, Austria, and Switzerland. Pricing is €160 ($220) in Germany, €170 ($233) in the Netherlands, and CHF 180 ($206) in Switzerland.
As you can see, it’s close to the same price as the Moto G, but in many ways is not as good. The Moto G has a better display (1280 x 720 vs 854 x 480) and a dual-SIM option. However, the Desire 310 does offer 1080p video recording and a microSD slot. HTC is betting on buyers wanting the expandable storage. Will it work?
Are you a fan of Aviate Launcher? You’ll be glad to find out that the developers behind Aviate Launcher recently released a new update which adds support for custom icon packs. This means that you can now use the same icon packs that you use with other launchers.
To enable custom icons, swipe left through Aviate to get access to the spaces menu and go to settings. Once you’ve opened the settings, you can tap on the “Set Icon Pack” button. You will then be brought to a menu where you can set an icon pack, download new packs, or go back to the default Android icons. It was reported on their blog that most icon packs that work with the popular launchers such as, Nova and Apex, should work fine with Aviate Launcher as well.
This is a major update for Aviate Launcher and if you haven’t grabbed the latest version yet, click on the download link after the break.
Google and Samsung are worried about the consequences of a successful takeover deal between Microsoft and Nokia. According to a new report by Bloomberg, Google and Samsung held a talk with China’s Ministry of Commerce regarding licensing fees, citing two government officials familiar with the matter.
The two companies asked the Ministry of Commerce to ensure that the Microsoft-Nokia deal would not result in higher patent licensing fees, specifically in wireless technologies that will remain under the control of Nokia. In addition, two other companies, Huawei Technologies Co. and ZTE Corp., have expressed their concern regarding this matter. The companies have asked the regulators to set conditions on the deal.
OnLive shut down its business a few years ago and sold out to Lauder Partners in 2012 for just $4.8 million. The company released a statement back in August 2012 regarding the change of ownership stressing that this matter would not affect the development and production of Onlive.
Now, a few years later, Onlive is back with full potential offering customers two new services, the PlayPack and CloudLift plan. PlayPack charges customers a mere $9.99 monthly subscription fee that will give them access to Onlive’s collection of 250 titles in the cloud via mobile devices.
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