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Xaomi tablet spec rumors and leaked back cover photos surface anew

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Xiaomi has scheduled an April 23 press release, right on the same day OnePlus will have theirs, and naturally Xiaomi won’t be outdone. If these rumored specs for Xiaomi tablet expected to appear that day are anywhere near reality, then Xiaomi probably doesn’t have much to worry about.

The Chinese company, whose affordable but capable smartphones are notorious for selling thousands in just minutes, has long been expected to out a tablet as its next big product. This expectation was lately reinforced by the company releasing its MIUI custom Android interface for the Nexus 7, and then with the teasing of a new device slated for unveiling in two days. Adding even more fodder, we are being given a glimpse of what seems to be the back covers for rumored tablets. They aren’t exactly remarkable and actually bear some resemblance to Apple’s tablet design.

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There are specs going around the Internet as well, and it sounds like a wishlist more than anything else. The display is said to be an 8-inch retina screen manufactured by Sharp and boasting of a resolution of 2048×1536. The rumored processor on this tablet is no less ambitious, being the rather recent NVIDIA Tegra K1 that itself boasts of a 192-core Kepler GPU. It isn’t mentioned whether the processor will be the 32-bit CPU officially unveiled by NVIDIA, or the 64-bit variant spotted in AnTuTu.

These specs do look tasty, but Xiaomi is not exactly known for pulling out all the stops when it comes to hardware, preferring to focus instead on the balance between performance and price. However, considering it would be the manufacturer’s first tablet, it is also possible that it would try to put out the very best, perhaps with a price tag to match.

VIA: Weibo (1), (2)

Jiayu S2 Finally Released

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Jiayu S2 is a new MTK6592 Octa Core device with 6.0mm Ultra thin body and a 5.0 inch FHD LTPS OGS Screen with Corning Gorilla 2 Glass. It has 2 versions: 1GB Ram + 16GB Rom and 2GB Ram + 32GB Rom. Of course the 1GB Ram version will be a little cheaper. The appearance od this one looks pretty nice, and with the thin body, this phone will be a new popular label.

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Free movies and games for some Sony Xperia Z1s, Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet owners

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Sony is giving away more than a dozen free movies and games to owners of Xperia Z1s, Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablets in a small handful of countries. In total, 6 movies and 8 PlayStation Mobile games will be available through the Xperia Lounge application on your device, but only after you install Sony’s new Xperia Lounge companion app, called Pass, from the Google Play Store.

The process is pretty simple, head into your Xperia Lounge app and tap on the indicated promotions, if you’ve got them. If you do not yet have Pass installed you will be directed to it, otherwise, tap to receive vouchers to obtain the movies and games for free. The movie promotion ends on July 31, 2014, but you’ll have until the end of October to redeem your vouchers. Gamers do not have as much time to mess around, the free game promotion ends June 30, 2014, and you’ll have to redeem before July 14.

Free Movies

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Movies are available to Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet owners in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and the UK and to Xperia Z1s owners in the United States. The available movies have a few differences in each region, as follows:

Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK
Captain Phillips, Elysium and Michael Jackson’s This Is It, plus Django Unchained, This is the End and 21 Jump Street.

Canada
Captain Phillips, Elysium and Michael Jackson’s This Is It, plus Total Recall, This is the End and 21 Jump Street.

Japan
Captain Phillips, Elysium and Michael Jackson’s This Is It, plus Total Recall, Moneyball, and Resident Evil: Retribution

Xperia Z1s users in the U.S.
Captain Phillips, Elysium and Michael Jackson’s This Is It, plus American Hustle, This is the End and 21 Jump Street.

Free Playstation Mobile games

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As mentioned earlier, be sure to get in there sooner rather than later, as this promotion does not last as long. On the bright side, a greater list of countries are supported, so if you own an Xperia Z2 or Z2 Tablet in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden or the UK, or if you have the Xperia Z1s in the U.S., install your free copy of the following games today:

  • Cardboard Castle
  • Crystal Ice
  • Forevolution
  • Gunhouse
  • Rymdkapsel
  • Tiki Rush
  • Tokyo Jungle
  • Yu-Name: The Puzzle

SingaporeM2SonyDealPlease check into the availability of these deals in your region, we have reports of some users on the M2 network in Singapore gaining access to the deals. Also, some users in the announced regions are receiving an error stating that the vouchers are unavailable, but to try again later. Let us know if you get any unexpected free stuff, or experience any errors.

What do you think about exclusive deals for specific devices like this – should Sony open this deal to all users able to use the Xperia Lounge?








Games seen to be the next warzone for mobile platform exclusivity

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Now that a good number of popular apps are mostly available on multiple mobile operating systems, or their users expect them to be, platform makers such as Google, Apple, and Amazon are looking for the next big opportunity to pull in new users or keep old ones from jumping ship. Now they’ve seen the next battlefield for buyers’ hearts and money: games.

When Plants vs Zombies 2 came out exclusively on iOS months before Android, there was talk of how Apple offered EA some sweet deals to make the hit game exclusive to Apple’s platform before any other. While both parties naturally denied such rumors, it, apparently, wasn’t the first and only case. And it’s not even that unusual. Other game developers and publishers, such ZeptoLabs of Cut the Rope fame or distributor Gameloft have implied as much. And there are no signs that things are going to change any time soon.

We’ve seen such kind of business before, particularly in consoles and handhelds, though fortunately there are those whose profit goals are greater than any platform exclusivity can offer. And games are a good fit for such offers. Games are harder to develop than most mobile apps. They are also harder to port from one platform to another, practically forcing most developers, especially small-sized ones, to capitalize on a single platform as much as they can. And what better way to do that than accepting an offer of free promotion, marketing, and whatnot, in exchange for shunning a good portion of the market. Some analysts believe that people who love a game enough will switch over to the platform that best supports it.

In the past, Apple has had the lion’s share of such exclusive titles, primarily because it was first on the scene and its ecosystem is, admittedly, quite tight. Android fragmentation, both in OS and especially in hardware, has been one of the biggest banes of mobile game development. That, however, is changing, with Android consolidating on its versions as well as its tools. But Google and Apple might have another contender to worry about, and its not Microsoft. Amazon has also been seeking exclusive deals with game developers in the past, but now it’s stepping up its game. Its purchase of game developer Double Helix and its launch of the Fire TV proves that it has an eye on that pie and is ready to fight for it.

SOURCE: Wall Street Journal

CyanogenMod 11 nightly builds available for Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 and HD 8.9

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

True to their word last week, the CyanogenMod team has switched on the build system for producing nightlies for two of Amazon’s previous generation Kindle Fire HD tablets. Now owners of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and Kindle Fire HD 7 may choose to run the latest CyanogenMod version should they tire of Amazon‘s own walled garden that will likely be unmaintained soon.

The arrival of the new Kindle Fire HDX line, as well as the Kindle Fire HD refresh, has practically signaled an inevitable end for Amazon’s older Android-based tablets. Although Amazon has not yet given official word, such is the lifecycle of mobile devices. Now hope comes from CyanogenMod, at least for those willing to part with Amazon’s custom interface and ecosystem in exchange for a more up to date and upgradeable Android system.

In last week’s roundup, CyanogenMod mentioned that nightly builds for these tablets are all but ready to be fired up pending some very minor changes. Those builds are now indeed available for the Kindle Fire HD 7 “tate” and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 “jem”. What makes these two tablets quite unique is that they run on an OMAP TI processor, which is quite out of date and rare by today’s standards. The new Kindle Fire HDX series run on a more common Qualcomm brand, but the newer 2013 model of the Kindle Fire HD 7 still runs on an OMAP TI.

Kindle Fire HD owners excited for CyanogenMod goodness should probably remember what nightly builds are, or, rather, what they are not. A CM11 nightly build for any device does not necessarily mean it will get an M snapshot release, much less a final stable CM11 release. It all depends on the state of the build at the time of testing and on the maintainer’s decision. That said, for users who can live with occasional problems, bug fixes, and raw new features, CyanogenMod nightlies might present a better alternative to running old, unsupported, and maybe even insecure Android versions.

Download: CyanogenMod (Kindle Fire HD 7 “tate”), (Kindle Fire HD 8.9 “jem”)

Samsung Galaxy S5 International Giveaway

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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Welcome to the Sunday Giveaway, the place where we giveaway a cool Android or tech gadget each and every Sunday.

This month our Sunday Giveaway is sponsored by Opera Max for Android. Please be sure to have a look at our review of Opera Max and see how you can use it to save money by saving data usage.

— Updated:  April 20 2014 —

The winner of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been selected, congratulations to Dustin G. (Sweden). We will be in touch with you via email.

We have continued to filter through the screenshots to find the users with the most data saved. You can find the current leaders with the most data saved on our Pinterest page.

This week’s prize is another Samsung Galaxy S5. If you have already entered the giveaway, you need to do nothing, you are automatically in the running for this week’s prize. If you have not yet entered the giveaway, please follow the instructions below to get your entry in.

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We will be giving away the following phones during this month long giveaway:

  • Sunday March 30: HTC One (M8)  Winner: George M. (USA)
  • Sunday April 6: Sony Xperia Z2 Winner: Robert M. (USA)
  • Sunday April 13: Samsung Galaxy S5 Winner: Dustin G. (Sweden)
  • Sunday April 20: Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Final Grand Prize winner to the user with the most data saved during the giveaway: 1 Android Phone of your choice (Samsung Galaxy s5, HTC One (M8) or Sony Xperia Z2)

We will be drawing a winner each week, everyone is eligible to win the final grand prize that will be selected on Sunday April 20 2014. The user who submits a screenshot with the most data saved will win the final grand prize 1 Android phone of your choice, (Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One (M8) or the Sony Xperia Z2). View the current leaders on our Pinterest page.
Follow Android Authority’s board Opera Maxed Out Giveaway on Pinterest.

This giveaway is an international giveaway.

Introducing Opera Max

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Opera Max does not work on encrypted apps. So in order to get the full benefit of Opera Max, you may have to relegate a lot of your activity to your browser. This means using the browser for things like YouTube, Facebook and others that the app itself may not fully support. That way the data can be compressed and you can start using less data on more stuff.

Read the full Opera Max Review

How to enter the giveaway

You can earn entry tickets into the giveaway by completing the following tasks in the RaffleCopter widget located below.

  1. [5 Tickets] Download Opera Max.
  2. [10 Tickets] Submit a screenshot showing how much data you saved using Opera Max.
  3. [Up to 10 Tickets] You can earn up to 10 extra tickets by referring others to the giveaway using your custom url provided in the RaffleCopter giveaway. The users must signup for the giveaway in order to earn the extra ticket.

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  • If we can not ship to your Country , you will be given the option of online gift cards equal to MSRP of the prize.
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  • Only 1 entry per person, do not enter multiple email addresses. We will verify all winners and if we detect multiple email addresses by the same person you will not be eligible to win.
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OnePlus One CyanogenMod 11S and press photos show up ahead of launch

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

We’re just literally a few days away before OnePlus tries to make a big splash in the mobile industry and, of course, we’re still getting last minute entries into the leaks and teasers book. This time around, we’re seeing official previews of what is billed as a pre-production version of CyanogenMod 11S running on the OnePlus One, as well as some revelations about the hardware that will run it.

It has been no secret that OnePlus has been collaborating with Cyanogen, Inc. even while the latter was still working together with OPPO, from which OnePlus’ own founder and CEO came. It is also hardly surprising to learn that the version of CyanogenMod on the OnePlus One will have a distinct look and feel. We see here a mix of the usual CyanogenMod look, icons and all, as well as some OnePlus-specific features that sport a flatter and minimalist appearance, particularly the lockscreen. One difference with stock CyanogenMod is that CyanogenMod 11S seems to allow more fine-grained control over which theme elements are actually used, allowing users to combine bits and pieces of themes as they please. One particular detail that caused some amount of trepidation was one shot that showed the screen without any on-screen navigation buttons. The gallery was later updated to show a shot with the navigation buttons visible for all to see, but there is still some question as to whether OnePlus has something in mind, like, perhaps, a navigation panel that slides out when unused.

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If the software has had you interested, then the hardware might get you disappointed, depending on how much credence you give this other half of today’s news. OnePlus’ PR has supposedly leaked out some press materials that give more details into the physical aspects of the smartphone, and it was looking strangely like the OPPO Find 5, a much older device announced in late 2012. The dimensions are practically the same and the screen is said to also be similar, which means a 5-inch 1080p display. This would contradict OnePlus’ own claims of creating an engineering wonder, squeezing a 5.5-inch screen into a 5-inch frame. That said, the source of the rumor does say it might not be true and that it could even be a red herring planted by OnePlus PR to increase the hype.

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And so far, OnePlus has indeed been showing how much it is trying to master the art of hype, teasing just enough to leave people wanting to know more. Whether that actually translates to the real deal that will leave people wanting to actually buy the OnePlus One is something that we will finally get to see and judge for ourselves come April 23.

SOURCE: OnePlus, OnePlus Bulletin Board

Android 4.4.3 imminent release hinted by Google Edu Device Setup app

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

We’ve already heard word of an Android 4.4.3 update already in the works, but now we’re seeing hints that the release might be coming soon. An app maintained by Google under its Education endeavor was just updated to add, among other things, support for Android 4.4.3.

The app itself, called the Google Edu Device Setup, won’t probably be of much interest to most end users, unless they’re part of the Google’s Education program. It is practically a tool for Google Education administrators to setup and manage tablets that were bought from the program, allowing them to simply copy approved configurations to devices instead of manually tweaking each one. The new update opens up the app to even non-Nexus tablets and, as mentioned, adds support for Android 4.4.3.

Up to now, the exact details of this upcoming Android version are still shrouded in mystery and, therefore, rumors and leaks. The most that we can say about it is that, given the version number, it will most likely be an incremental upgrade and we should not expect groundbreaking changes. Then again, Google has been known to break a few conventions when it comes to version numbers and releases, so we’re still expecting the unexpected.

Though this app does confirm the existence of Android 4.4.3, it doesn’t really give us a more solid date of when it will arrive. Given that Google I/O will soon be upon us, it is probably reasonable to expect that it will roll out around that time to take advantage of the hype around the event.

TasGear: A Tasker Extension for the Samsung Galaxy Gear

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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With wearable technology taking center stage this year, one can only expect more active development to be seen in this area. This includes tighter integration of apps between wearables and our phones and tablets such as the Tasker extension for the Sony Smartwatch 2, a handy little app that allows you to control and operate Tasker straight from the watch on your wrist. Being a very useful and practical extension, XDA Senior Member Orbonis was inspired to develop something similar for the Samsung Galaxy Gear called TasGear.

Sharing many similarities with the Tasker Extension for the Sony Smartwatch 2, TasGear packs in quite a lot of features that Tasker users will no doubt find useful to have on their Galaxy Gear. These include:

  • View and start tasks from your Galaxy Gear
  • Send a response back to the watch once a task has been executed
  • Read responses to you using Text-to-Speech
  • Has a favorites menu for quick access
  • Send messages between the watch and the connected device

Tasgear does not require the connected phone or tablet to be rooted in order to work, although your device has to be one of the select Samsung Galaxy devices which have Galaxy Gear support.

So if you’re interested in trying TasGear out, visit the application thread for more information.

 

The Android Community Team: a bit of offline time

Posted by wicked April - 20 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

In recent weeks we’ve taken a collective look at apps, but this time around we are are going a different route. Our topic for the week is what we do when away from the computer. But as you’ll soon see through the post — we may be able to step away from the computer a bit, but it is not easy to get away from technology these days, even if you want to disconnect.

Juan Carlos Torres

The weekend is a great time to catch up with other parts of our lives, some of which aren’t exactly related to our day jobs. In my case, it’s time for some much needed downtime with manga and anime. I’m not exactly what most would consider a manga/anime buff, but I do have my fair share of favorites, most of which are mainstream popular ones and very few that stray into the “artsy” realms. And sure, I do from time to time get into the “Western” side as well, particularly in the Marvel universe. Aside from consuming content, however, I do sometimes get into a bit of creation myself, though nowhere even near decent yet.

I must admit, however, that my devices aren’t really that far away. After all, some of my books and comics are easier to access on tablets and watching videos are more convenient when you can do it anywhere. And even when it comes to drawing or art, a Wacom tablet and a computer, or in my case an amalgamation of the two, is just within arm’s reach. Still, brief pauses such as these help remind me that there is joy and life beyond the computers, gadgets, and technologies that are intricately woven into our lives every day.

Nate Swanner

When the question was posed to me by Editor in Chief Rob Nelson as to what I do when not taking advantage of technology, I cocked my head like a confused Pug. Away from technology, you say? Tell me more!

I work with technology all week long: discussing it, testing apps, trying to break cameras. The natural assumption is that I would like to remove myself from it during the weekend, but I don’t. I may not actually tap my fingers on the desk combing through my RSS feed or reading your tips via email, but I don’t really stray from it. If anything, the weekends are when I make technology work for me instead of vice versa.

If I take a long walk, I likely have My Tracks running in the background. Play Music All Access is typically streaming during a drive, and I’ve also been testing out Dash (review coming soon!). If I’m out and about, I find my way around using Maps, and get reviews via Yelp. I also have a camera available when I have a smartphone on my hip, and that comes in really handy sometimes (Portland, Oregon is a unique place).

Technology is never far from us, and I’m never far from it. I just find ways to make it work for me when I’m not working, and that actually deepens my affinity for it during the week. Besides, if Android Wear is going to be as great as we think — there will be no escaping our digital, connected selves.

Robert Nelson

I’m old enough to remember the time when it was much easier to get away. A time when you could walk out your door and enjoy the day, it was also a time when you were basically unreachable once you left your home. After all, we didn’t carry phones everywhere we went, much less smartphones that offered the internet in your pocket.

I’ll admit I am hyper connected. I generally have a smartphone (or two), my Pebble, Fitbit and more with me at any given time. And as much as I love the convenience that comes with technology — I also have to admit I sometimes wish I could truly disconnect. I sometimes watch those Alaska shows on TV and think how neat it would be to live off the grid, and in a way where technology and time of day didn’t control your every movement.

But then a commercial comes on and I get board and realize I’m already browsing on a tablet. Yeah, I can’t ditch technology. But while I would have a seriously hard time giving it up and living in the woods — there are times when I put things away for a bit. I actually think it is healthy to disconnect for short periods of time, sort of a way to clear the mind.

For example, my family tries to go on weekend camping trips every so often and given they are power free locations — any device usage is kept to a real minimum. More regularly though, I am an avid runner and triathlete. My smartphone always goes with me (for emergency, entertainment and tracking), however I make sure to turn the ringer off so I am not disturbed by any incoming messages or calls.

So how about it — are you able to disconnect? Do you even try? Or are you falling closer to us and find technology is just stuck in your lives. Having said that, I think Nate summed it up well when he said he finds ways to make it work for him when he isn’t working.