HP TouchPad Android 4.2.2 Build Brings Bluetooth Support

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 18:42 -- Sammy Snyder

The discontinued HP TouchPad has found new life thanks to developer James Sullins' unofficial Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 build. Users who have hung on to the original webOS tablet can now add Bluetooth support by downloading Sullins' ROM from goo.im. Users who have already installed Android on their TouchPad can just download the file and perform a clean or dirty flash to install Sullins' build on their device.

HP TouchPad Android 4.2.2Developers have been keeping the TouchPad alive with various Android builds ever since HP dumped the tablet in 2011. In 2012, developer Dorregaray released a custom build based on Android 4.1 to allow access to all the TouchPad's hardware like the camera and mic.

Sprint, US Cellular, and T-Mobile Moto X Models Will Have Unlockable Bootloaders

Tue, 08/06/2013 - 19:19 -- Alex Gardner

We already know that Motorola plans to release a Developer and Google Play edition of the Moto X later down the road, but Phandroid has learned that everyone will be able to participate in custom ROM fun. Motorola told the Android blog that the US Cellular, T-Mobile and Sprint models of the Moto X will all ship with unlockable bootloaders.

Moto XAT&T and Verizon models wont have unlockable bootloaders, but Motorola has promised to release a Verizon Wireless Developer Edition and general North American Developer Edition for AT&T customers, according to Phandorid. So if you're keeping score, Motorola's Motomaker will only be available to AT&T subscribers at launch, and to Verizon Wireless customers later this year. However, I'm sure a lot of Android users will agree that having access to custom ROMs is a lot better than being able to choose the color of your handset.

Samsung Sends Invites to Galaxy Note 3 Event

Mon, 08/05/2013 - 23:29 -- Fred Straker

Samsung has sent invites to its media event titled "Unpacked 2013 Episode 2" scheduled to take place on September 4 in Berlin. Industry watchers are expecting the company to unveil a new Galaxy Note phablet during the event. Samsung announced the Galaxy Note II last year along with the Galaxy camera at the same event.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 event

When it comes to the invite, Samsung uses a handwritten font described as "decidedly S Pen-like" by 9to5Google. In another hint pointing at the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung asks invitees to "Note the date." Samsung's event is during the 53rd annual IFA consumer electronics trade show, which the company has used to showcase new products in the past.

Best Buy Lists Off-Contract Moto X at $700

Mon, 08/05/2013 - 19:49 -- Marshall Walker

How much is an off-contract Moto X? Probably not $700. Some Phandroid users have noticed that Best Buy has listed the Moto X's "unactivated price" at $699.99, which seems a bit pricey for the mid-range device. However, Phandroid's Quentyn Kennemer points out that Best Buy "often prices its off-contract smartphones beyond normal" because they make more on carrier contract commissions. So this doesn't necessarily mean customers will be stuck shelling out $700 for a contract free Moto X. We'll know the actual price when carriers like AT&T start listing the device on their websites.

Off-Contract Moto X

The Moto X will be available at AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile for $199 with a new two-year agreement. AT&T customers will be allowed to customize their device using Motorola's Motomaker website. Motomaker will also be available to Verizon Wireless subscribers later this year. T-Mobile will not carry the Moto X online or at its retail locations. Instead T-Mobile users will have to buy their Moto X handset directly from Motorola. It's still unknown if T-Mobile will offer their non-subsidized UnCarrier payment plans for the device, but it seems unlikely.

What is Moto Maker?

Fri, 08/02/2013 - 14:39 -- Alex Gardner

After numerous leaks, Motorola officially unveiled the Moto X in New York City on Thursday. The 4.7-inch smartphone is equipped with a Motorola X8 processor (1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro), 2GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, a 10MP Clear Pixel camera, a 2MP front-facing camera, plus more. The Moto X will launch on multiple U.S. carriers starting at $200 with a two-year contract. Pretty normal stuff, however, what makes the Moto X unique is its Moto Maker.

Moto X ColorsThe Moto Maker offers customers 2,000 different ways to customize their phone. This mostly involves picking what colors you want your device to be, but you can also create a personal start-up greeting, have it engraved with your signature, sync it with your Google account, and bundle it with a case or other accessories. Your personalized Moto X will ship four days after you design it, and will be ready for use right out of the box. The Moto Maker will be exclusive to AT&T at launch, with other carriers eventually offering the service too.

Motorola Reveals Moto X with 24-Hour Battery

Fri, 08/02/2013 - 13:06 -- Fred Straker

After several leaks the Moto X has finally been announced by Motorola. The new flagship Android smartphone is packed with several unique features to make life easier for users. The Moto X is the first handset where both the hardware and software were developed under Google's control since it acquired Motorola last year.

Moto X official

A highlight known as Touchless Control features Google Now integration and a dedicated processor that is always listening for voice commands. Directions, weather and more are all available to the user from a system designed to facilitate hands-free operation while reducing power consumption. Snapping photos in a hurry is possible thanks to Quick Capture, which opens the stock camera app with a flick of the wrist.

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Kingdom Rush Frontiers to Get a Major Update, Still No Android Version in Sight

Sat, 07/27/2013 - 12:10 -- Alex Gardner

Ironhide Studios announced a major update to its popular tower defense game Kingdom Rush: Frontiers, but the developer still managed to leave Android fans out in the cold. Ironhide published a trailer for Kingdom Rush Frontiers: Rising Tide to its official YouTube page on Friday. The first major update to the game brings all new levels, enemies and heroes, but only for iOS devices. Ironhide did promise that they're working on Android, Steam and Flash versions of the game via their official Facebook page:

"Hi everyone! We are working very hard to deliver the Android, Flash and Steam versions as soon as possible. Your feedback is always welcomed and very useful for us. Stay tuned for more news and surprises! Thank you for being part of our awesome community!"

Fans of the original Kingdom Rush have been demanding an Android version of the sequel since it landed on Apple devices in June. However, it took Ironhide almost a year to release the original to Google Play after its initial mobile launch. It is unknown how long it will take for the sequel to make it to other platforms.

Second Generation Nexus 7 Now Available at Google Play and Best Buy

Fri, 07/26/2013 - 18:34 -- Sammy Snyder

The 16GB and 32GB WiFi-only models of the second generation Nexus 7 tablet are now available through Google Play and Best Buy. For some unknown reason, Best Buy lists the tablet as in stock, while Google Play is sticking to the originally announced July 30th shipping date. The new Nexus 7 LTE model from AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile is still a "couple of weeks" away.

Second Generation Nexus 7The 16GB model is $229, and the 32GB version is $269 from both Google and Best Buy. Both models are powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.3. The new tablet boasts a 7-inch 1920x1200 HD display (323 ppi), a 1.2MP front-facing camera, a 5MP rear-facing camera, built-in wireless charging, NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 support. Other features include SlimPort support, stereo speakers, surround sound and up to 9 hours of active use.

What's New About Android 4.3 Jelly Bean?

Wed, 07/24/2013 - 17:55 -- Marshall Walker

Google announced Android 4.3 Jelly Bean alongside the second-generation Nexus 7 at a press event held earlier this morning. The new OS will ship with the Nexus 7 tablet on July 30th, and it will begin rolling out to the first-generation Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus today. As expected, Android 4.3 is only a slight upgrade to the Google operating system. Here are the new features Google announced at the press event.

Android 4.3

Multi-User with Restricted Profile

This allows users to lock down a profile. This feature is perfect for parents, who can now monitor what apps their kids are downloading and block in-app purchases.

1080P HD Movies

Neftflix now supports 1080P HD streaming to Android 4.3 devices.

Bluetooth Smart and Bluetooth 4.0

The Nexus 7 can now used with Bluetooth devices like the Runtastic heart-rate monitor Google previewed at the event. This opens the door for many more Nexus 7 accessories to be made in the future.

Google Announces Thinner and Lighter Nexus 7 With Android 4.3

Wed, 07/24/2013 - 14:13 -- Marshall Walker

Google has officially announced the new Nexus 7 tablet. The ASUS created device has received a bump in resolution from 1,280 x 800 to 1,920 x 1,200, giving it 323 PPI. It's powered by a Qualcomm 1.5GHz quad-core S4 Pro CPU, an Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. It will also ship with the newly announced Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Google Nexus 7 Tablet 2The tablet has retained its 1.2MP front-facing camera, but it has also gained a rear-facing 5MP camera. The new Nexus 7 is also 50g lighter and 1.8mm slimmer that its predecessor. Other new features include wireless charging, NFC capabilities, Bluetooth 4.0, and SlimPort support.

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