Google IO 2015 Coverage

Samsung India leaks info on Galaxy S Duos 2


Samsung India has leaked information on the upcoming (yet to be official) Galaxy S Duos 2. The model number will be GT-S7582 and will have the following specs:

  • 4-inch, 800 x 480 screen
  • 1.2GHz processor
  • 768MB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage, expandable to 64GB via microSD
  • 1,500mAh battery
  • 5MP rear facing camera, .3MP front facing
  • Android 4.2

This device will most likely stay in Europe/Asia and may never see daylight in the States. Either way, the lower-tier device should be announced officially by Samsung in the near future.

source: AUSDROID

Developer says Android 4.4.1 (KOT49E) is coming in the near future


According to MaximusHD ROM developer LlabTooFer, Android 4.4 KitKat’s first update is on the horizon. In a tweet posted yesterday, he says that the “HTC One GE [Google Edition] will get 4.4.1 (KOT49E) in near future...” It makes sense considering the Google Edition devices are second in line to receive updates; however, even the Moto X received KitKat before the Google Edition devices. It’s possible that the Nexus 5 and other Nexus devices receive Android 4.4.1 sometime over the next few weeks and this update would likely just be a bug fixer. We’ll keep you updated if we hear anything regarding this update. Read more

NVIDIA SHIELD update improves GameStream, Gamepad Mapper and more


Today, NVIDIA is releasing an update to their SHIELD handheld console that brings much appreciated improvements. GameStream, the ability to stream PC games to your SHIELD, has been boosted to support 1080p and 60 frames per second when connected through an ethernet cable. You still get 60 FPS when on WiFi, but you’ll drop to 720p. This means you can play some of your favorite games on SHIELD rather than staring at a computer screen.

GamePad Mapper, which allows you to customize your controls, has been given the option to share, download, and rate mapping profiles created by the community. Also, the gyro sensors can be mapped through to analogs to simulate the activity. The right thumbstick can be mapped to look around (like a conventional controller) for games that regularly change perspective via swiping on the touchscreen. Read more

Google and Toyota team up to bring customers Toyota Collaborator


Google and Toyota have teamed up to introduce a new way to buy a car, and of course it involves Google+ and Google Hangouts.

You’ll be able to join a hangout with other people and design a new 2014 Toyota Corolla together. You’ll get your traditional webcam windows with everyone else in the Hangout, but at the top there’s a customizable Corolla. Anyone in the Hangout can adjust and customize different aspects of the car to fit your liking. You can view the interior and exterior of the vehicle, and even “test drive” it with Google Street View Maps. Supposedly, you will also be able to invite a local dealer into the Hangout to find inventory for you. Pretty cool, right?

Obviously there’s still some limitations here. There’s only one model of car supported right now, and you’ll have to live somewhere that a dealer is willing to do this kind of business. But if this is what making big purchases is going to be like in the future, I think it’s a pretty cool concept.

source: Toyota

via: Android and Me

Nuance’s Dragon powers Moto X for always-on speech recognition, but not the Nexus 5


Motorola’s always-on speech recognition with its “Okay, Google” hotword was a killer feature for the device, so it was kind of surprising when it wasn’t available on the Nexus 5. Sure, you can still open Google Now and perform tasks and searches by voice after that point, but with the Moto X, that voice command is always available. Since the Nexus 5 runs KitKat just like the Moto X and has a similar, stronger processor, so theoretically the voice recognition apps should be able to be easily ported over to the Nexus 5, right? Developer Siggi Simonarson thought so, but found out why Google didn’t implement the feature in native KitKat in the process. Read more

[Deal] Moto X Developer Edition on sale for $399, GSM or Verizon


While you are eagerly waiting for Motorola’s Moto Maker site to come back for that $349 Cyber Monday deal, you might want to consider grabbing the Developer Edition for only $50 more. Priced at $399, you won’t be able to customize it, but you will get 32GB of storage (as opposed to 16GB) and it has a fully unlockable bootloader. Motorola has even said they will be lenient on warranties regarding those that unlock and root.

You will have your choice of either the GSM version (T-Mobile/AT&T) or the Verizon version (out of stock at the moment). Both come with a black front and a woven white back. You can also opt for Moto’s new zero down program with interest free payments for 6, 12, or 18 months.

Purchase Motorola X Developer Edition – GSM version / Verizon version

Meizu CEO hints at a 5.5″ 2560×1536 smartphone display


If you thought the smartphone industry would be content with just 1080p screens on device… well, you must be new here. According to some remarks from Meizu’s CEO J. Wong, his company may or may not be working on a 5.5″ display with a 2560 x 1536 resolution. That’s over 500 PPI, which is just insane, and slightly higher resolution than Vivo’s XPlay 3s. Wong hopes we’ll see the screen in one of Meizu’s flagship devices, the MX4G, sometime next year.

source: Ctech

via: Phone Arena

OPPO N1 to be available starting December 10th


OPPO announced late yesterday that the OPPO N1 will be available for purchase beginning December 10th in the US and at least some European countries. This comes approximately one month after the device went on sale in China.  Along with the release date, they are also indicating the device will sell for $599 USD or €449. When the OPPO N1 was released in China, only 10,000 units were available. OPPO has not said anything about expected demand or how many units will be available. The OPPO N1, featuring a 5.9-inch screen and a rotating 13MP camera, will probably find most of its demand coming from buyers who are interested in getting a device pre-loaded with the CyanogenMod verson of Android. OPPO says the device will be available with CyanogenMod, Android, or both when it hits the market.

At present, OPPO’s web site lists their own online store and Amazon as sources for the OPPO N1 in the U.S.

source: +OPPO

LG V510 model number may be for a Nexus 8, not a new Nexus 10


LG_V510_service_manual_leak_2Despite a Telefonica leak last month, it now seems that the model number LG V510 does not belong to a new Nexus 10. Instead, that other tablet could be the possibly hinted Nexus 8 that received Bluetooth certification early last month. According to a service manual that leaked in China, this device has an 8.3-inch display with a 1920×1200 resolution. On the back is a 5MP camera and a 1.3MP one sits on the front. There’s no word on the processor, although we can assume it will be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800. Also inside are 2GB of RAM and a 4600mAh battery. The specs almost mirror LG’s G Pad 8.3, whose model number is LG V500; therefore, it would make sense that this could be a Nexus 8 tablet. Read more

Arctic Eggspedition update for Angry Birds Seasons added to Google Play


Angry Birds fans who are ready to enjoy the holiday season in the game may want to check out the latest update to the Angry Birds Seasons app. Rovio uses this version of Angry Birds as a way to make special levels available based on a variety of holidays and festive seasons from around the world, like Halloween or the Chinese New Year celebration. Their latest update, released today, adds several new goodies called Arctic Eggspedition. Read more