Google schedules Project Glass hackathon later this month

Remember Google’s Project Glass? I know, it’s been pretty quiet lately, but you didn’t expect Google to leave it alone for too long, right? Glass Explorers, the developers who paid the $1500 fee to get their hands on Project Glass before everyone else, have started to receive emails detailing an event Google has scheduled for the ambitious project in a few weeks. This “hackathon” is being set up for January 28th and 29th in San Francisco and February 1st and 2nd in New York, which developers have until January 18th to get registered for. During this little event, developers will get their own hardware on the first day and get some hands on experience with it the second day. If I had the extra cash for it, this is exactly the kind of awesome thing I would spend it on. Anybody else excited to see what’s going to happen out of this?

source: Phandroid

AT&T rolling out Jelly Bean update for Samsung Rugby Pro

The people who found themselves in the position of needing a phone leaning more toward the physically rugged side than the highest end hardware may have purchased a model like the Samsung Galaxy Rugby Pro. Even though they may have given up a bit in the hardware department, they are getting some good news today as AT&T is rolling out an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The update brings with it all the features of of Jelly Bean like camera enhancements, easy mode, blocking mode, and multiple keyboard options.

Users can wait to be notified of the over-the-air update or go to Settings -> About device -> Software update to check for it manually. AT&T also provides instructions for sideloading on their support page found at the source link below.

source: AT&T Wireless

LG Optimus G2 Appears Primed For Fall Release

CES 2013 came and went without a peep from LG regarding the Optimus G2.  Now we’re hearing the launch of LG’s next flagship phone will be delayed until fall 2013 after Google releases the next version of Android, presumably Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie. Then there’s the rumor LG will release a quad-core device, being called the GK, at Mobile World Congress in February. The GK, running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and equipped with a 5.5-inch HD screen, would compete with Samsung when Sammi brings the next Galaxy phone to market, hopefully the Galaxy S IV.

We’re happy to see LG making moves to be a player in the mobile device market but I think the Korean manufacturer could do more for its image by correcting Nexus 4 production issues rather than release a stop-gap phone before the G2. A new LG phone would be a hard sell over a Samsung device after all the off and on again reports regarding LG’s first Nexus.

Source: CNET

Featured Android App Review: Active Lock Screen [Personalization]

Customizing lockscreens are getting quite popular lately. There are already a number of apps, but a new one recently hit the Google Play Store called Active Lockscreen by Celltick Ltd. Just like any lockscreen replacement the focal point is shortcuts to apps, but Active Lockscreen gives you more choices as in the number of apps you can choose to open to. Most custom lockscreens give you around four apps, but Active Lockscreen has four customizable sections, and each section can have multiple apps. Of course you can simply unlock your phone to whatever you were doing last.


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US Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Finally Gets Android 4.1.2 Update

 

If you’re an owner of the US variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, then you will probably be all smiles after hearing this news. Reports are coming in that Sammy has begun pushing out the long-awaited and coveted Jelly Bean update to owners of the tablet. The update brings the Android software to version 4.1.2 and brings with it some nice little goodies such as the multi-window multitasking feature. The update is just now being pushed out to the masses— so if you don’t see anything now don’t fret— it’s probably a good bet that you’ll see it sooner than later.

source: Android Central

 

Google confirms bluetooth audio streaming fix for next version of Android 4.2

Those of who enjoy streaming music over bluetooth may have had a few issues with Google’s latest version of Android, 4.2. Fortunately, though, Google claims they’ve fixed the issue and they’ll be pushing it out with the next release of the software. Since we’ve been hearing so many rumors about 4.2.2, this fix shouldn’t take too much longer to get pushed out to the mainstream. Have any of your had bluetooth issues since updating your device to 4.2.1?

source: Android Police

Featured Android App Review: eWeather HD, Radar HD, Alerts [Weather]

Are you a weather buff or maybe you’re someone who wants the most comprehensive weather app available on Android? Well you have come to the right place because I am going to tell you about eWeather HD, Radar HD, Alerts from Elecont Software. You might be thinking that I am talking about three different apps, but I kid you not that I am talking about one app that has all those features, plus some of the best weather widgets you will find in Google Play.

A few months ago I reviewed eRadar HD: Real-Time and Alerts, which is basically the “Radar HD” portion of the title as a standalone app. That app in itself is probably the most comprehensive radar app for Android, but if you are really into the weather, then you’re going to want to step up to this full fledged product, which adds in the forecast aspect, more alerts, and cool widgets.


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Google Nexus 7 dock now available and in stock

Late last week it appeared all the people waiting for the Nexus 7 dock to be available had a couple weeks wait ahead of them. In a bit of under-promise, over-deliver, retailer EXcaliberPC.com now has the ASUS produced dock in stock and is accepting order for $39.99. The dock provides a stand for the Nexus 7 that puts it at a nice viewing angle for movies, photos, or reading while charging the device and providing a 3.5mm port for speakers. If you are ready to order the dock for your Nexus 7 device, use the source link below.

source: EXcaliberPC.com

Study Shows 35 Percent Of Us Still Using Smartphones While Driving

 

35 percent of the nearly 4,000 people polled by McKinsey & Company said they used their smartphone while driving. Most of those who admitted to the violation, 89 percent, said they used their phone to make calls. The next highest cause was navigation, 68 percent. 39 percent of the self-admitted guilty drivers said they used some form of instant messaging and 31 percent admitted to checking email or just plain browsing the web. The report, called Mobility of the Future, also showed younger drivers were far more likely to use their handsets on the road. When asked about the importance of in-car access to data, 55 percent of 18 to 39 year-olds see it as important. Only 27 percent of geezers 40 to 69 year-olds gave it the same level of importance.

We know it’s hard to keep the phone down while on the road, like REALLY hard, but it’s the law in most states not to mention not the safest thing you could be doing. We’d like you guys to stick around to make fun of our little Android blog. Until Google’s self-driving cars are here, we’ll all need to be a bit safer behind the wheel.

Source: CNET

UK retailer Expansys opens up Xperia Z preorders

Before a phone comes out, we always have a bit of fun with accidental preorders and some leaked product pages. UK retailer Expansys kicked off this morning with an attractive price point of £399.99 ($643.70) for the newly unveiled Sony Xperia Z. This was quite a bit lower than the other preorders we’ve seen, but hey, you certainly wouldn’t complain about saving money, right? Unfortunately, that price was too good to be true, and Expansys has pulled the price back up in line with other retailers to £529.99, or $852.91. Unfortunately, they’re only listing the black color of the Experia Z, and there’s no official release date. Still, though, it’s good to see some preorders, because that means official availability can’t be too far off, and I’m sure I’m not the only one excited to get their hands on one of these monsters.

source: Expansys