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Android 4.4.4 (KTU84P) Factory Image Finally Available for Nexus 7 (2013) LTE

Posted by Kellex October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Android 4.4.4 (KTU84P) factory images were released for almost all current Nexus devices back in June, with the Nexus 7 (2013) “mobile” being the only device left out of the fun. Here we are three months later and the factory images and binaries have finally been posted for the device. Feel free to grab them at the link below. 

Via:  Google Developers

Android 4.4.4 (KTU84P) Factory Image Finally Available for Nexus 7 (2013) LTE is a post from: Droid Life

Hellraid: The Escape Lands on Google Play for $2.99

Posted by Tim-o-tato October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

In a new game to hit Google Play called Hellraid: The Escape, you must escape the clutches of an evil sorcerer who is hellbent (pun intended) on sending you down to the most torturous layers of Hell.

The game is an Escape game, where you must search through torture chambers to find items and clues, solve sadistic puzzles, and escape from being captured by Hell’s many demons and guards. 

Hellraid utilizes Unreal Engine 3 technology, meaning graphics for the title are quite well detailed, with blood everywhere and extremely dark environments for you to explore.

The game only costs $3 with the developer clearly stating in the app’s description that there are no IAPs and no pay-to-win elements. That makes it worth the $3 right there.

As a note, don’t base your buying decision on the game’s in-store rating. At first, a bug was preventing players from opening the game, but an update has been issued and the problem has been resolved. Expect its rating to reflect this issue for the time being until people change their ratings.

Now, go escape from Hell.

Play Link ($2.99)

Hellraid: The Escape Lands on Google Play for $2.99 is a post from: Droid Life

Report: smartphone owners are clumsy – 3% of you have dropped your phone in the toilet

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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I’m sure I don’t need to remind you why smartphone build quality has been making the news lately, but unfortunately we humans are a bit clumsy. We need hardware that can withstand the occasional impact or two.

ZAGG, a company which specialises in robust smartphone accessories, has conducted a survey of 768 US residents, to determine the most likely causes of smartphone damage, so that we may all be a little more aware of our foibles when it comes to looking after our gadgets.

Sadly the results show that 48% of smartphone users and 27% of tablet owners have a device with at least some sign of physical damage. Simple scratches to the body and screen are the most prevalent forms of smartphone damage, but an astonishing 27% of those surveyed with a broken handset had also suffered a cracked screen or liquid damage at least one time in the past. Interestingly, tablet bodies appear just as likely to crack than their displays.

smartphone and tablet damage

When it comes to fixing broken products, 49% of smartphone users and 69% of tablet owners continue to use the broken device as it is.  31% of broken smartphones are just simply replaced with a expensive new model, while only 8% are send off for repairs. But how do clumsy people end up breaking their phones to begin with?

In case anyone has ever questioned the value of a drop test, it turns out that the vast majority of all smartphone damage is caused by users dropping them.

smartphones dropped most often

38% of respondents who had damaged their phones did so by dropping it, followed by various forms of liquid damage making up the most of the other responses. Be warned if you regularly use your smartphone as a source of bathroom reading material, 6 percent of users with damaged phones had to fish theirs out of the toilet. Any tech enthusiasts out there planning on starting a family might also want to note that 16% reported “kids” as the most recent cause of damage to their tablet.

what do you do with a broken smartphone

If you’re worried about your beloved gadget coming to harm, there’s a wide choice of more resilient Android handsets these days, and many flagships are able to withstand a little dust and water too. Failing that, this survey is a good reminder that a trusty case should help see your smartphone through most of life’s bumps and scrapes.

Source: ZAGG;

New Sony Xperia Z3X device info leaks, includes new curved camera sensor

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


New rumors and information are starting to surface about a new device from Sony, initially identified as the Sony Xperia Z3X. Although it appears from the name that the device may represent an expansion of the current Xperia Z3 lineup, there is the possibility this is the Z3′s successor that should come out in early 2015. Besides an impressive list of hardware, the device appears to include a new curved camera sensor that Sony has been working on.

The curved sensor is supposed to be modeled after the human eye with the goal of producing more realistic pictures. The sensor is rumored to have a 2/3-inch diameter and a wide F1.2 aperture. Supposedly it has been floating around Sony facilities since July. If Sony pulls this off and the camera sensor’s performance is as good as Sony hopes, this should get users who focus on photographic cabilities of devices interested in the Xperia Z3X.

An AnTuTu benchmark listing for the device indicates it will have a 6.2-inch quad-HD display powered by a Snapdragon 810 processor with an Adreno 430 gpu. Backing this up will be 4GB of RAM. With hardware like this, the Xperia Z3X should also appeal to buyers interested in the latest and greatest hardware available on the market unless they are scared off by the large size.


sources: 3533, SonyAlphaRumors
via: phoneArena

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Sony’s Xperia Z3 heads to Canada for launch on October 31

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


Sony has announced that its teamed up with Bell, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS and WIND Mobile in order to launch its latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z3, in Canada on Friday, October 31.

The handset will be available to purchase from any of the operators bricks-and-mortar stores, as well as their online ones, too. Sony shops will also be stocking the Z3 for purchase on launch day.

Unfortunately, we have no information with regards to pricing as of yet, but we expect to see the device retail for around $700 on a prepaid tariff or south of $200 on any flexible two-year contract.

Hit the break to view the full press release.

October 1, 2014, TORONTO – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”)today announced the Xperia® Z3, its new Xperia Z series flagship smartphone, will launch across Canada with multiple carriers including Bell, MTS, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS, WIND Mobile and in Sony Stores starting on October 31, 2014. The Xperia Z3 combines all of the details that make Xperia smartphones great – including the highest level of waterproofing, enhanced camera experiences and applications, up to two-day battery life, our best audio quality and PS4™ Remote Play.

“Consumers demand and deserve greatness from their smartphone – in design, camera and battery life,” said Tim Hernquist, Vice President Marketing for North America, Sony Mobile Communications. “That’s precisely what we deliver with Xperia Z3, delivering leading innovations such as PS4 Remote Play in a beautifully designed, fully waterproof smartphone.”

Xperia Z3 blends design and engineering craftsmanship to deliver beauty that will stand the test of time. Its 7.3mm super-slim rounded aluminium frame and durable tempered glass panels showcase superior craftsmanship. At just 152 grams with an easy-to-use interface and symmetrical design, it feels right at home in your hand.

Delivering the highest waterproof rating, the Xperia Z3 is fully waterproof (IP 65/68), so you can take it practically anywhere – whether you’re answering a call in the rain or taking pictures in the pool.

Plus, there’s no need to worry about your smartphone being ready when you are – with optimal battery performance, Xperia Z3 pushes the capabilities of power to give you a long-lasting battery performance of up to two days. Or, get even more from your battery with Sony’s Battery STAMINA Mode, which turns off background functions when you’re not using them to help extend your battery life.

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Samsung shares Galaxy Note 4 launch dates for each region

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


The Galaxy Note 4 has already launched in Korea, but when will you be able to get your hands on one? Unfortunately Samsung doesn’t like to keep things simple by launching it at the same time everywhere, but they posted an image on Facebook revealing when consumers in each particular area can begin purchasing the phone.

It looks like North America and most of Europe will be able to grab the phone on October 17.  Is the Galaxy Note 4 in your future?

source: Facebook


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Google Play Now Listing In-app Purchase Price Ranges and Developer Addresses

Posted by Tim-o-tato October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

This week, users of Google Play will have new information to look over when browsing applications and games on Google’s mobile marketplace. As readers are pointing out, Google has begun publishing in-app purchase price ranges in an app’s description, as well as mandating that developers provide physical addresses to appear on app listings that feature a purchase price or IAPs. 

When these changes were being made, indie developers were not happy about the addition of their physical addresses hitting the web for all to see. Unlike big app development companies, many indie app makers work right out of their home, meaning people will be seeing their physical home address and not one which leads to a corporate office. If you could imagine, that is somewhat scary if you take into account how insane people get over their Candy Crush and Flappy Bird games.

Unfortunately, reports claim that Google’s move is in direct response to a court decision made in Europe that was put in place to protect mobile consumers who buy applications. In the court’s eyes, developers need to be more accountable for the software they sell to users. However, Google has offered no official word or statement on why exactly these changes were placed in the developer console.

There are countless threads on developer forums and reddit, hoping to find a loophole so developers will not need to post their home addresses, such as a PO Box or listing the post office as their physical address. As of right now, it appears no real fix has been found for the situation. Developers have 30 days to list a physical address before Google takes action on their account.

Besides that depressing matter, Google is also listing in-app price ranges, detailing just how much you can spend inside of an application. To us, this is a great idea, just so users can see how ridiculous a few companies are with their IAPs. Please, no one should spend $99 on Candy Crush or $50 on Kitten Taxi. It’s ridiculous to my eyes. Go donate to charity instead.

Do you think Google should force developers to display their physical address? Does that seem fair?

Google Play Now Listing In-app Purchase Price Ranges and Developer Addresses is a post from: Droid Life

HTC REcamera Stops by FCC With Bluetooth and WiFi

Posted by Kellex October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Next week, at a press event in NYC, HTC is going to announce the REcamera, a GoPro like camera companion for your smartphone that is waterproof and will probably be sold as the ultimate selfie machine, because companies are still clinging to the selfie craze. Don’t believe me? Just look at the official images pulled from the REcamera’s official launch website.

The device, as is typically the case before any product gets announced, stopped by the FCC this week. As you can see in the image above, we have a tube-shaped device with FCC labeling on the bottom. The tube-shaped design matches up exactly to the official images we have already seen that show off a camera built from submarine parts (OK, I made that last part up). 

The FCC docs also confirm Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi (802.11b/g/n) on-board, so this little guy should have no problems pairing with your phone for instant sharing of those previously mentioned submarine selfies (quick, someone trademark that). Other than that, the filing mentions specifically that this is a “companion camera” under the brand name “RE.”

This is the REcamera.

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Via:  FCC
Cheers Justin!

HTC REcamera Stops by FCC With Bluetooth and WiFi is a post from: Droid Life

LG F60 rocks quad-core processor and 2100 mAh battery

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

LG has pulled the covers off a new smartphone that it promises will bring a premium 4G LTE experience to users. The new smartphone is called the LG F60 and LG is billing the device as a “stylish” new smartphone. Out of the box, the F60 runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

Under the hood, the smartphone has a 1.2GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor. The screen is a 4.5-inch WVGA unit with 207 ppi, and the quad-core processor is mated to 1GB of RAM.

Storage options are 4GB or 8GB and the smartphone features a 5MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera. The camera has gesture shot support, a front camera light, touch and shoot capability, and the smartphone supports Knock Code.

Power comes from a 2100 mAh internal battery and the device measures 127.5 x 67.9 x 10.6mm. LG also equips the device with Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and A-GPS. Depending on the market, the smartphone will be offered in black or white colors.

SOURCE: LG Newsroom

LG unveils its F60, a LTE-enabled mid-range handset

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

LG F60

In a rather more subdued manner than the deluge of recent product launches, LG has announced its latest 4G LTE handset – the LG F60. The F60 aims to offer consumers LTE data speeds in a stylish mid-range package. So let’s dive right on into the specs to see if LG can deliver something worthy of your money.

  • Quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon (Snapdragon 400 most likely)
  • 4.5-inch WVGA (800×480) IPS display (207ppi)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB or 8GB internal memory
  • Camera: Rear 5MP/ Front 1.3MP
  • 2,100mAh battery
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • LTE/Bluetooth 4.0 / Wi-Fi / A-GPS connectivity
  • Size: 127.5x 67.9 x 10.6mm

At a glance, the hardware is a bit of a mixed bag. The quad-core Snapdragon processor, acceptable RAM, and battery are what we’ve come to expect from good mid-range handsets of late. However, the 800×480 resolution display leaves us with a pixel density of just 207 at 4.5-inches, which is not as sharp as we’d like. The camera and internal storage options are also a tad below par, and with no word on expandable storage yet, it’s very hard to recommend the F60 compared when with the likes of the Moto G, unless you really want those LTE data speeds. On the plus side, the handset will be available in a dual-SIM variant, ideal for business users.

LG F60 front and back

Pricing and availability hasn’t been announced yet, so we can’t quite say just how good or poor value the F60 is compared with other mid-range smartphones.

However, in the same vein as LG’s recently announced L Fino and L Bello, features from the LG G3’s UX software will be making their way to the LG F60, including the camera’s gesture shot feature, and Knock Code lock option. If you’ve been eyeing up some of these features but don’t want to splash out on a flagship smartphone, the F60 could be quite an appealing mid-range option.

Color variations are limited to just black and white. Retail details and markets will be announced at the time of availability, and should start appearing in the coming weeks.

Source: LG;