Samsung to use their own camera module in the Galaxy S 6

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Rumors have the Galaxy S 6 sporting a 20 MP main rear camera along with optical image stabilization (OIS), but that’s not all that surprising. What might be surprising is the fact that Samsung is going to use their own camera module.

Samsung has been using Sony modules for the past few flagship phones so this is a major change. This news comes from a report in which Korean analysts were talking about Samsung Electro-Mechanics (SEM) in that they will benefit from a 20 MP module for smartphones that will be available during the 1st half of the year when the Galaxy S 6 will be released.


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Nexus Player coming to a store near you on January 25th

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The Google hockey puck looks to be sliding into your local brick-and-mortar store soon!

In a recent article by Gigaom, the website discussed various locations where the writing appears to be on the wall that January 25th will be the release date for the Nexus Player. This device, showcased by Google last year in October, will be bringing you Android TV straight to your television screen.
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Sponge on the Run: Nickelodeon releases game on Play Store ahead of Spongebob movie

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Between my love for the USA channel’s Psych and Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants, it could be said that I like pineapples. That being said, our porous friend is starring in a new game released onto the Play Store today that can get you your kiddos hyped for the upcoming movie set to hit theatres on February 6th.

SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run will let you take Mr. SquarePants on a race with Plankton to find the missing Krabby Patty formula. There are three zones you can race through (Bikini Bottom, Apocalyptic Bikini Bottom, and the human beach) and you can even transform into Super SpongeBob should the waters get too choppy. Oh, and there’s a Mermaid Man costume you can put SpongeBob in, which is awesome!
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Sony releases action packed Rockin’ Goat on the Play Store

rockin goatHave you ever wanted to play a game that puts you in the shoes of an escaped farm goat that moonlights in a rock band? You might have an odd taste in video games, but Sony’s Music division has you covered. They’ve released Rockin’ Goat onto the Google Play Store that stars Elwood the goat as he builds a band and put on rock shows in a 2D platforming experience.

The game looks fairly well done and features music from a few different artists under Sony Music’s arm. Between the music and several mini-games, this one might be worth checking out for a few laughs while killing some time.
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Samsung working on a wearable sensor for detecting strokes early

Samsung ESDAPSamsung’s Creativity Lab has been working on a new wearable health sensor for the past two years. This sensor, called the Early Detection Sensor and Algorithm Package (EDSAP), monitors brain waves and give the wearer information to track potential strokes.

EDSAP uses multiple sensors and a complex algorithm that keeps up with brainwave activity. The user can then use a smartphone or tablet to check up on the brainwave activity and predict the probability of a stroke. The sensor won’t do much for treating a stroke, but if the brain waves start to point towards a stroke, you’d know to seek out medical attention before things got serious.
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Google will sell wireless service through Sprint’s network

Google_Cell_Tower_01Just yesterday rumors started swirling about Google finally getting the mobile network market by partnering with either Sprint or T-Mobile. Less than 24 hours later, it looks like Google has closed a deal with Sprint and will soon begin offering a wireless service to compete with the other major carriers.

According to an insider, Masayoshi Son, president of Sprint’s parent company Softbank, was the key player in getting talks going between the two companies. The deal will function like most other MNVO deals, with Google paying Sprint for capacity, then Google will sell the service to customers. 
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[New Google Cardboard Game] Attack of the Teapotcopters VR is a 3D base-defense game

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If you have Google Cardboard, you might want to check out a new game called Attack of the Teapotcopters VR. Hell, even if you don’t have cardboard, it might be worth a shot since it will still be playable.

Teapotcopters features stunning 3D graphics and is a helicopter flight simulator that was developed by XDA member agnu17. In fact, it’s his first game ever. The goal is to defend the base from enemy teapotcopters. There are 4 levels of play: Earth, Moon, Mars, and Ocean, and 3 helicopters to choose from. You can also collect CopterCoins for upgrades.


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Blood Brothers 2 released for Android devices

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Over twenty-five million people played strategic role-playing game Blood Brothers. Today, those players can move on to the game’s sequel for an entirely new experience. Developer DeNA Corp. has released Blood Brothers 2 for Android Android and iOS devices. The game takes players back to Arnashia one hundred years after the events of its predecessor. A new regime has taken over power and players have to restore order in a world of disloyalty and chaos. Players must build custom armies and recruit enemies to build a strong enough force to be successful.

Blood Brothers 2 is free-to-play with in-app purchases to improve the overall experience and provide an advantage while playing.

Hit the break for the trailer, gallery, and download links.


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Chrome for Android updated with minor adjustments, more Material Design

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The Chrome for Android application, available in the Play Store, is being updated to version 40. The update is not an overhaul by any means but it does make some appealing changes with even more Material Design sprinkled throughout. Tapping on a URL will cue a box that contains the option to copy it. Before, users had to manual cut/copy the URL like any other text. On tablets, long-pressing the close button on a tab provides a button to close all tabs. The most welcome addition, though, is how fixed headers work when zooming. Things are less likely to get messy and crowded with everything staying in its place.

As expected, Google is rolling out the update slowly. You can download the update for yourself by hitting the download link below.

Source: OMG! Chrome! [APK Download Link]