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.

Motorola Unveils New Family of Droid Phones Headed Exclusively to Verizon

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 16:02 -- Alex Gardner

Motorola announced a new "family" of Droid devices at a special press event in New York on Tuesday. The new lineup includes the Droid Mini, Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx. The Droid Maxx is the successor to the RAZR Maxx HD, and features an impressive 48-hour battery life. It's 9 percent thinner than its predecessor, and it is equipped with a 5-inch screen, a 1.7 GHz dual-core CPU with quad-core graphics, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. The Droid Maxx will be available from Verizon for $299 on August 20th.

Update: The Droid Maxx is now available for pre-order at VerizonWireless.com.

Motorola Droid Ultra

The Droid Ultra measures in at 7.18mm, and boasts a 5-inch HD display. It also features a unibody Kevlar shell, and a new dual-core X8 Mobile Computing System that promises to deliver faster speeds than its predecessors. It will begin shipping on August 20th for $199 from Verizon.

Update: The Droid Ultra is now available for pre-order via VerizonWireless.com.

Pre-Order the Droid Mini by Motorola

Tue, 07/23/2013 - 15:22 -- Sammy Snyder

Motorola announced a new lineup of Droid devices at a special press event in New York City on Tuesday. One of the those devices is the Droid Mini, which is already available for pre-order from VerizonWireless.com. The Droid Mini is $99 with a new two-year agreement, and it will begin shipping on August 29th.

Droid MiniThe Droid Mini features a 4.3-inch screen, making it slightly bigger than the iPhone 5, and the same size as the HTC One Mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. Motorola's new mini handset features the standard Kevlar reinforced design seen on other Droid devices like the Droid Razr. It's powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, and ships with 16GB of onboard storage (with 2GB of RAM) and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It is also equipped with a 2130 mAh battery and a 10-megapixel camera with 1080p video capture.

The Walking Dead: Assault Finally Available on Google Play

Mon, 07/22/2013 - 16:19 -- Alex Gardner

Seven months after its release for iOS devices, The Walking Dead: Assault is finally available through Google Play. The announcement came on the same day that AMC released the trailer for season 4 of its hit zombie television show. The Google Play version has received a few enhancements over the original iOS release, including improved sound and visual FX.

The Walking Dead: AssaultThe Walking Dead: Assault is a top-down strategy action game that allows you to play as your favorite characters from the series including Rick, Glenn, Shane, Carl, and Andrea. Episode One: Days Gone Bye begins with Rick waking up in the hospital, and ends when the gang escapes their first camp to avoid the zombie invasion. The Google Play edition also features exclusive bonus content like unlockable artwork and wallpapers for your Android device.

Android 4.3 Leaked for Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition

Sun, 07/21/2013 - 14:03 -- Marshall Walker

A new Android 4.3 build for the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition has been leaked. Android 4.3 version JWR66V was built on July 11, and posted to the XDA-Developers forum on July 18. The JWR66V thread includes installation instructions, improvements, bugs and app performance for anyone interested in flashing it to their device.

Android 4.3 for Samsung Galaxy S4The new build allegedly improves battery performance, and allows the GS4 to wirelessly charge even when the device is powered off. Some of the bugs include an issue with the SIM unlock, and problems with some apps like HBO Go. You can see a complete list of improvements and bugs by hitting the XDA link posted below.

Griffin Galaxy S4 Cases Now Available

Fri, 07/19/2013 - 15:19 -- Sammy Snyder

Accessory maker Griffin Technology has announced its new lineup of Galaxy S4 cases. The Passport Wallet and Midtown Wallet are both one-piece bifolds that carry and protect your Galaxy S4, and other important stuff like your ID and credit cards. The Passport Wallet is $30, and features a microsuede lining to keep your GS4 scratch free. The $45 Midtown Wallet also features a smooth interior to guard against scratches and smudges. Both Galaxy S4 wallets are a great option for people who don't like having too many random items floating around inside their pockets.

Galaxy S4 CasesThe "ultra-thin" Reveal only adds a little over a millimeter in thickness to your device, while shielding it from bumps and falls. The Reveal features the same polycarbonate shell and ultra-thin rubber interior lining seen in most smartphone cases. It is $25 and comes in black, blue and purple.

The Survivor with Belt Clip is not for minimalists. The case was "over-engineered" to survive the most extreme conditions. The Survivor from Griffin meets the US Department of Defense Standard 810F with its "shatter-resistant" polycarbonate frame, "shock-absorbing" silicone and built-in screen protector. The Survivor case is for GS4 owners who plan to put their handset through its paces. The case is also dust, dirt, water and vibration-resistant. The Survivor with Belt Clip for the Galaxy S4 is is $54, and available in black, black/blue, and pink/white.

Leaked Image Shows Second-Generation Nexus 7 Specs

Fri, 07/19/2013 - 14:04 -- Alex Gardner

A new Nexus 7 leak has revealed that the second-generation tablet will feature a quad-core 1.5GHz CPU, Android 4.3, and a 5MP rear-facing camera. The "product info tag" published by Engadget, also shows that the new Nexus 7 will ship with 1080p video output support and wireless charging capabilities.

Second Generation Nexus 7The Nexus 7 will retain its 7-inch display, but resolution still remains a mystery. It is also expected to cost around $269 for the 32GB model. It is still unknown if Google plans to release a 16GB version, but it's unlikely.

MoDaCo.SWITCH ROM Beta Tester Applications Now Available

Thu, 07/18/2013 - 20:58 -- Sammy Snyder

MoDaCo made a huge splash with its HTC One ROM demo video a few days ago. The MoDaCo.SWITCH allows HTC One users to switch between vanilla Android and Sense 5 on their HTC One devices. However, the new ROM isn't quite ready for prime time, and today Paul O’Brien announced that he has begun accepting applications for beta testers.

Interested HTC One owners can fill out the short seven question application here. The form asks a few simple questions like, do you have a custom recovery installed on your HTC One, and how would you describe your level of Android ability. O’Brien is asking applicants to answer honestly because there are no right or wrong answers. He will be picking “people of varying abilities and devices," so don't claim "ninja" status if it isn't true,

HTC One Mini Announced

Thu, 07/18/2013 - 16:27 -- Marshall Walker

After weeks of teasing, HTC has officially announced the HTC One Mini. The Mini's 4.3-inch display is bigger than the iPhone 5, and slightly smaller than the original HTC One. It is equipped with HTC's UltraPixel camera, and it is powered by a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, as well as Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5 and BlinkFeed. The HTC One Mini ships with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a 1.6MP front-facing camera. It also boasts HTC's BoomSound speakers with Beats Audio.

HTC One Mini The HTC One Mini's display is slightly better than the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (720p/341ppi vs. 540p/256ppi), however the Galaxy S4 Mini has more RAM (1.5GB vs. 1GB), and features a microSD card slot for memory expansion.

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