If you’re looking to follow the Olympic games that are currently underway in London without your face glued to the television, Yahoo! has got your back. The app they have created will allow users to closely follow Olympic games without having to watch a minute of television. It will allow you to keep up with the news, photos and access to which countries have earned what medals and for which events. The only downside to this application is that there are no video streams whatsoever.
Next to the locked bootloader, the absence of Google Wallet in Verizon’s flavor of the Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone is a major buzzkill to owners of the device. Fortunately, the Android world is graced with fine individuals who strive to correct unjust actions by big brands. And with that, crafty developers Mike Beauchamp and Dustin Evans developed a special hack, which allows the NFC-capable smartphone to now utilize the famed mobile payment function. Naturally you’ll need your Galaxy S III to be rooted and it wouldn’t hurt to have some working knowledge of how to tweak and tinker, but it’s all worth it once you’ll have that sweet, sweet ability to tap your smartphone against any and all of those Google Wallet payment terminals.
Interested Verizon Galaxy S III owners can hit the source link for full details.
The Nexus 7 is a major hit, but the 16GB version seems to be the more popular version. Or at least Google didn’t anticipate the demand as it seems to go in and out of stock pretty quickly. Google was hoping more people would adopt the cloud concept, but the fact that the Nexus 7 is a WiFi only device makes it difficult at times, especially travelers. Anyways, we just wanted to let you know that the 16GB version is back in stock and it if you get on it quickly enough, there’s a good change you will receive it by the weekend. Just hit the Play Store link below to download.
Those of you in the UK can finally look forward to the elusive Samsung Galaxy Beam smartphone— no seriously this time. Since seeing it in action at MWC this year, the phone has been incredibly anticipated and has even been up for pre-order for quite some time. Samsung has finally gone ahead and announced the projector smartphone will be available in various British outlets, starting today. In case you’ve forgotten, the Gingerbread-powered phone is humming on a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4-inch WVGA display and a projector capable of displaying content— all in high-definition and up to 50’’ wide.
There is no word on pricing in Samsung’s announcement, though we’re expecting it to be somewhere in the neighborhood of £442.80 including VAT ($590). But hey— you can’t put a price on a device that allows you to share those special moments, right? Hit the break to see the full presser from Sammy.
The vast majority of you Android junkies may not have the luxury of owning a Ferrari supercar in our lifetime, but if you live in Brazil— Motorola and Nextel are offering customers a Ferrari smartphone in a budget package. Motorola’s i867 Ferrari is a modest little speedster featuring:
- 3.1-inch touchscreen
- Integrated GPS
- Integrated WiFi
- Bluetooth 2.1
- 3MP Camera with 4X zoom
- Push To Talk
- 200MB of storage with 32GB microSD capacity / 2GB microSD included
The smartphone is available to all Nextel Brazil customers and will go for R$ 1,499 ($741 USD) or for the promotional price of R$ 799 ($395 USD) with a data plan. You’ll find more details once you hit the presser found after the break. » Read the rest
I don’t usually wear a watch, but I love the idea of having a smartwatch. Whether it’s to track my exercising, check apps, or to simply keep time in a fancy way. Well there will soon be another way to do all this and more. MetaWatch’s recently announced Strata has made quite the splash over at Kickstarter. As I speak $141,045 (805 backers) has been pledged with an original goal of $100k. Mind you, this is up from $128k in just 4 hours (more then doubling in the last 24), clearly the project’s still maintaining incredible momentum. » Read the rest
Yes, the tablet we’ve all been waiting for is finally available. The Tokova Soulja Boy Edition tablet comes in two flavors: a 7-incher and a 9.5-incher. Most importantly, they both contain an exclusive design with rapper Soulja Boy’s name and image.
The 7-inch Tiger Shark model goes for $400, sports a 1.2 GHz processor, and 64 GB of internal storage. The 9.5-inch Great White model runs $500 and contains a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 64 GB of internal storage. Both models run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and are manufactured by Tokova.
Overall, the specs are pretty good, but they do seem a bit pricey, presumably due to the special musical branding. For die-hard fans of Soulja Boy, these might be worth it. For the rest of us, there are probably better values.
Hit the break for detailed stats on both models.
Last week we mentioned that Madfinger, developer of zombie shooter Dead Trigger, had decided to make the game free due to the piracy rate for Android apps being “unbelievably high“. This statement, of course, has caused a lot of debate over whether Android apps are easier to pirate than iOS apps, and how big a problem piracy really is for Android.
The latest developer to speak out about piracy is Chris Pruett, the developer of the very popular Wind-up Knight game. His point of view, however, is a little different than Madfinger’s. He took to Twitter to post a series of 10 tweets explaining his thoughts. It started with this:
“Lotta press about Android piracy lately. For the record, our piracy rate is about 12% on Android and about 15% on iOS.“
So first of all, he is stating that piracy is happening, but also states that it’s not an Android only problem, with the iOS piracy rate slightly higher than Android. But he goes on to say more on Google+, basically compiling all his tweets into one cohesive statement. Read it after the break.
Is Google’s Android 4.1 firmware not enough Jelly Bean for you? The Jelly Belly Candy Company has your back with even more Jelly Bean goodness with their release of a live wallpaper dedicated to the little edible treat. The app is free to download and surprisingly offers quite a variety of options. You can select the different types of Jelly Bean flavors you’d like to show up on your home screen and even change the wallpaper to your liking.
Google has given the popular Jelly Bean company some great free advertisement with this firmware name, don’t you think? Head over to the QR code or download link after the break!
Late last week, Brint Kriebel, a device maintainer with CyanogenMod, made a preliminary build of CM10 available for Galaxy Nexus phones. Kriebel indicates he has been using the build for a couple weeks now as his daily driver on his Verizon Galaxy Nexus and most hardware functions work properly. It is an AOSP build, so Google apps are not included. Being a preliminary build and not an actual release, bugs are expected and should not be reported. If you are interested in trying out CM10 on your Galaxy Nexus, hit the source link for the file. Just be sure to make your backup before you undertake the install.