HTC Announces One max with 5.9-inch Display and Fingerprint Scanner

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 10:38 -- Marshall Walker

HTC has officially announced the HTC One max smartphone. The One max boasts a large 5.9-inch full HD 1080p display, however, the huge screen comes at a price. The One max "weighs 217 grams and is over 16 centimeters long and 10.3mm thick," according to Engadget who got an early look at the device. HTC has also added an iPhone 5s-like fingerprint scanner on the back, and removable back cover which allows you to upgrade the 16GB or 32GB of internal storage.

HTC One maxThe One max is powered by the same as quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor as the original HTC One, and it features a quad-core 1.7 GHz CPU and powerful 3300mAh embedded battery. It also ships with Android 4.3 and an updated version of Sense 5.5.

Samsung Reveals a Curved Galaxy Smartphone

Mon, 10/14/2013 - 01:11 -- Fred Straker

Samsung finally found an excuse to integrate its Super AMOLED flexible display into a product. The Galaxy Round is for real, and features a curved body. This Android smartphone has a rounded shape, making the back convex in the palm of the user's hand. Before the device was officially announced, rumors pointed to a handset that was curved along the horizontal axis.

Samsung Galaxy Round

Instead, Samsung claims the curvature will provide a comfortable hand grip feeling to the user and an exclusive curved display viewing experience. In case you might be wondering, the Samsung Galaxy Round does not bend. In fact, the company has integrated new functionality based on the unique shape of the device and its ability to tilt or roll.

Google Releases Official Nexus 7 Microsuede Case

Tue, 10/08/2013 - 17:27 -- Sammy Snyder

Google has launched its first official case for the new Nexus 7. The new cases are made to the exact specifications of the 7-inch tablet, and feature built-in stands to make typing and watching movies easier. The microsuede cases are available in four colors (black, white/red, gray/blue, gray, red) for $50, and will begin shipping tomorrow.

Official Google Nexus 7 CaseGoogle-branded accessories, like the Nexus 4 bumper, have been known to sell out quickly. We can only hope that Google has learned its lesson from previous shortages and have plenty of stock available, but pre-ordering your Nexus 7 case right now may not be such a bad idea. You can reserve your Nexus 7 - 2013 case via Google Play.

HBO Original Series Now Available on Google Play

Mon, 10/07/2013 - 20:03 -- Marshall Walker

Non-HBO customers who have been clamoring for a way to access the channel's original series without paying for a subscription have finally got their wish. Google announced today that several popular HBO shows like Game of Thrones and True Blood are now available on the Play store.

HBO On Google PlayGoogle Play users can rent individual episodes for $2 - $3 per episode or pay $19 - $29 for a full season. Currently there are only seven shows available, but HBO has promised more will be added, along with their original documentaries, in the future. The available HBO series are: Game of Thrones, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom, Veep, Girls and The Wire.

Use the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 With One Hand

Thu, 10/03/2013 - 09:11 -- Fred Straker

The display on Android phablets can be great, until you need to place a phone call or answer an email with one hand. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rocks a 5.7-inch display, making this task difficult if not impossible for most users. In this case Samsung thought ahead and included a built-in software solution.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

One-handed operation mode can be configured in the settings to snap everything into a tiny screen using a simple gesture. There are several options which configure how the window behaves, with the main one being "Use for all screens". Once enabled, one-handed operation can be invoked to the left or right side of the Galaxy Note 3 and the window can even be resized.

Pre-Order the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX From $229

Wed, 09/25/2013 - 23:55 -- Fred Straker

Amazon has stepped up its tablet game again, this time with the Kindle Fire HDX. Both the 7-inch and 8.9-inch HDX will feature 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processors, providing 3x the power of previous models. Not only is the main chip fast, but the Fire HDX sports an Adreno 330 graphics processor which delivers console quality gaming 4x faster than the previous Kindle Fire HD.

Kindle Fire HDX apps

Amazon didn't forget the Kindle's roots as an e-reader. When using a special low-power reading mode, battery life is extended up to a maximum of 17-18 hours. This mode automatically shuts down unused system components, consuming only enough power to display your new favorite book. Speaking of content, the Fire HDX has full access to the Amazon content ecosystem. Ongoing revenue from tablet users purchasing content means Amazon can keep HDX prices low.

Kingdom Rush Frontiers Coming to Android This Thursday

Sun, 09/22/2013 - 12:14 -- Marshall Walker

Ironhide Game Studios announced this weekend that Kingdom Rush: Frontiers will be available for Android devices on September 26, 2013. Android fans have been waiting for a Google Play release since June. The game was originally only launched for iOS devices, and was quickly followed by an update entitled Rising Tides featuring all new levels and characters. This did not sit well with Android fans, who thought Ironhide should release the game for other platforms before worrying about releasing bonus material for iOS users.

Kingdom Rush Frontiers AndroidThe original Kingdom Rush and its sequel are considered two of the best Tower Defense games released for mobile devices in the last few years. Kingdom Rush Frontiers is $3 for the regular version, and $5 for the HD version on the Apple App Store. It is safe to assume it will cost around the same amount from Google Play... And it is worth every penny!

Sony PlayStation 4 App Launching in November

Fri, 09/20/2013 - 02:16 -- Fred Straker

The PlayStation 4 will come to North America on November 15th, and with it Sony plans to launch a companion app for Android and iOS devices. Completely redesigned, the new PS4 app was first announced by Sony in February, with more details just revealed at the Tokyo Games Show. Access to the PlayStation Network from a phone or tablet is only the tip of the iceberg.

PS4 companion app

PS4 gamers can actually use their mobile devices as a second screen with certain games. Much like the PlayStation Vita, this feature makes it possible to use the app as a controller or view supplementary game content on mobile hardware. For example, a map could be displayed on your Android phone while completing a mission on the main TV.

Pre-Order the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from T-Mobile

Thu, 09/19/2013 - 14:16 -- Alex Gardner

T-Mobile is now accepting pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. The phablet is $199.99 down with $21 monthly payments for 24 months, for a total of $504. The Note 3 is expected to start shipping from T-Mobile on Wednesday, October 2nd.

T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 3You can pre-order the Note 3 in either white or black directly from T-Mobile.com. Unfortunately, there is still no pre-order page for the Note 3 companion Galaxy Gear smartwatch, but it is expected to be available from T-Mobile on October 2nd too.

Moto X Developer Edition for Verizon Now Available

Wed, 09/18/2013 - 18:51 -- Alex Gardner

The 32GB Moto X Developer Edtion for Verizon is now available on Motorola.com. Motorola told Engadget that the GSM version (compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile) will be available on Friday, and that a Droid Maxx Developer Edition is also launching today.

Moto X Developer EditionMotorola previously released the bootloader unlock for both the Sprint and US Cellular models, which means all the individual carrier models will eventually be custom ROM-friendly.

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