There are currently eight categories in the gaming section of the Play Store. In February, that is all going to change. According to the Play Store’s support page, the number of categories will expand to seventeen. The page says “Google Play game categories will be expanded to cover a greater variety of games when listed in the Google Play Store.” With a game-playing set-top box reportedly in the works, it would be wise for Google to expand. Also, Android’s gaming categories could use some variety. After the change, the categories will be: action, adventure, arcade, music, role playing, simulation, strategy, puzzle, card, casino, casual, board, family, trivia, word, racing, and sports.
Remember @evleaks‘ tip that the LG V510 was indeed a Nexus tablet? Well, now a new image of the purported device shows that it may not be a Nexus tablet after all. In the image above, you see LG’s logo smacked right in the middle of the back. Also, this device seems to be made out of shiny plastic, not the same material as Nexus devices. This was supposed to be the rumored Nexus. Prior to @evleaks‘ tweet, it was believed that this model number belonged to an LG G Pad 8.3 with LTE packed inside. Since @evleaks‘ information came from a tipster, it may be wrong; however, I’d like to believe that the LG V510 is the Nexus 8. After all, wouldn’t it be great for Google to hit that 8-inch sweet spot?
Samsung has moved 10 million Galaxy Note 3 phones in just 2 months, which is way ahead of the four months it took for the Galaxy Note II to achieve the same total. Looking back at the original Galaxy Note, it took 9 months.
To celebrate, Samsung created an infographic of all their phones that are part of the “10 Million Seller Club.” The oldest phone is from 2002, the SGH-T100, which was a flip phone. Samsung will of course be adding to this list next year. Hit the break for the full infographic.
Korean media is reporting that Samsung might go with PLS LCD displays instead of traditional AMOLED displays for next year’s Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy Note 4. According to sources, it would cut production costs by 20%.
With Samsung peaking in smartphone sales, Samsung is obviously looking for other ways to increase profits. It could also provide other benefits though. The S Pen in the Galaxy Note 4 might get better performance with an LCD panel. We will keep an eye out for more info.
CyanogenMod recently announced a screencasting app for Android, and that app was released yesterday through the Play Store beta channel. Of course you can’t simply download the app, that would be too easy! Instead there are a few requirements.
First of all, you must be running CyanogenMod 11 nightlies or later. You also have to join the CyanogenMod community, and you have to sign up for the Play Store beta program. Links are below.
Once those requirements are met, you can download and use the app. The CM screencasting app has been highly anticipated for a number of people, and is interesting because you can initiate recording from any screen by pressing the power and volume up buttons at the same time. Check out the video of the app after the break!
With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!
Everyone wants in on the mini market with smaller models of their full-size devices. Samsung, Sony, and HTC have all released downsized devices. This time around it seems that the LG G2 will be getting a downsized sibling. While the G2′s screen is 5.2-inches, this model’s would be 4.7-inches. And this device will pack the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. It is unknown if the display will be 720p or 1080p. A reveal could be in the works for CES 2014 in January; however, that is nothing but an assumption.
Verizon has started rolling out an update for Samsung Galaxy Note 3 devices on their network, bringing users some fixes for different issues along with some new apps. The new apps include a MyInfoZone widget, VMWare, Verizon Support & Protection (VSP) v.2.0.0, and Verizon Cloud. As far as issues, Verizon says they have addressed the following items: » Read the rest
Despite progress on the Google Maps preview proceeding very slowly in terms of adding back in features that were present in Classic Maps, Google continues to work on other fronts to make their new maps framework something to be experienced. Their latest addition was announced today and continues their effort to capitalize on Photo Spheres and their ability to mimic the Street View. In fact, Google says you can now build your own Street View by stringing together several Photo Spheres in the Views community and then sharing the result on Google Maps. » Read the rest
Today AT&T announced the first agreement for a U.S. carrier to offer international LTE roaming after revealing a new collaboration with Rogers Communications in Canada. With the new agreement in place, it is possible for AT&T customers roaming in Canada to use their existing LTE device on the Rogers network. According to the announcement, Rogers covers about 70% of Canada’s population and delivers the fastest LTE network in Canada.
To access the Rogers network with an AT&T device, they can add a Data Global Add-On package to their account. Packages are available for $30/mo. providing 120MB, $60/mo. for 300MB, or $120/mo. to get 800MB of data. While not able to access LTE yet, the Data Global Add-On gives users data access in more than 150 countries around the globe.