LG Announces G Pad 8.3 Ahead of iPad mini 2 and IFA

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 16:02 -- Sammy Snyder

LG got the jump on all its competition by announcing its new G Pad 8.3 tablet on Sunday. Apple is expected to announce a new iPad mini in the coming months, and Samsung is also planning to unveil its new Galaxy Note phablet and Galaxy Note 3 at its 2013 Unpacked event on September 4.

G Pad 8.3LG claims that the new G Pad is the first eight-inch tablet to boast a 1920 x 1200 WUXGA full HD display. It is also equipped with 4600mAh battery, a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor and 2GB of RAM. The tablet ships with Android 4.2.2, and it features a lightweight form factor, measuring in at 8.33m thick and only weighing 338 grams.

Kingdom Rush Frotniers is Finally Getting an Android Release

Fri, 08/30/2013 - 19:49 -- Sammy Snyder

Ironhide Game Studio is finally working on a Android version of Kingdom Rush Frontiers. The developer posted a video previewing the beta version for Android a few days ago, but no official release date has been set.

The second game of the popular Tower Defense franchise was released for iOS devices on June 6, 2013. Ironhide eventually released an expansion entitled "Rising Tide" a few weeks later, but gave no mention of an Android, Steam or Flash release, which did not sit well with Android fans. However, the developer has heard the many, many complaints, and has begun working on an Android version.

Kingdom Rush Frontiers AndroidKingdom Rush Frontiers is considered one of the best Tower Defense games ever released for iOS devices. The original game was released as a free Flash version, and was eventually ported to iOS and Android devices after its popularity grew. Both games are medieval defense games where users must ward off advancing enemy armies with their towers, soldiers and magic spells.

Leaks Shows T-Mobile Moto X Only Coming to Google Play

Fri, 08/30/2013 - 19:11 -- Marshall Walker

The Moto X launch has been a confusing one. Motorola originally claimed that the Moto X would be available from AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile this summer, but so far the device has only landed at AT&T and Verizon. Moto X buyers were also supposed to be able to customize their handset through the Motomaker website, and receive the device a few days later, but only AT&T customers currently have this option. So what happened to the other three carriers?

T-Mobile Moto X

US Cellular and Sprint have their Moto X models listed as "coming soon, but T-Mobile still remains a mystery. T-Mobile's Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert originally said that the Moto X "will initially be available through Motorola’s channels," but now a leaked internal screenshot obtained by TMO News, reveals that T-Mobile subscribers may have to purchase their Moto X handsets through the Google Play Store. It is also unknown if the Moto X will be part of T-Mobile's UnCarrier payment plans, or if buyers will have to agree to a two-year carrier contract.

Verizon Moto X Now Available

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 17:26 -- Sammy Snyder

Verizon is now accepting orders for the Moto X by Motorola. The new handset is $200 with a new two year contract, or $600 without. That's $100 less than Best Buy's currently listed "unactivated" price, so make sure you order from Verizon if you are going to buy an off contract model.

Verizon Moto XUnlike AT&T customers who can customize their Moto X using Motorola's "Motomaker" website, Verizon users are stuck choosing between only black or white. However, Verizon did mention it would offer Motomaker support later this year. Verizon subscribers who don't care about having a turquoise handset can order the Moto X starting today directly from VerizonWireless.com.

Google Slashes Nexus 4 Prices

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 20:14 -- Marshall Walker

Google has reduced the price of its Nexus 4 handset by $100 a few weeks before Apple is expected to announce its new low cost iPhone. The 8GB model is now $200, and the 16GB model is only $250. The new price tag puts the Nexus 4 in line with the iPhone 5 and many other popular Android devices. However, unlike most smartphones, the Nexus 4 doesn't require a two-year contract with a wireless carrier. It is also unlocked, which makes it cheaper and easier to use overseas, but it is only compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile's networks in the US, and it doesn't support 4G LTE speeds.

Nexus 4 Price CutSome analysts believe Google discounted the Nexus 4 to complete with Apple's iPhone C, which could cost around $100 to $149. Apple is expected to announce the low cost, plastic iPhone alongside the iPhone 5S on September 10. Google could also be making room for the next-generation Nexus phone reportedly being manufactured by Motorola for a late 2013 launch.

HTC Zara Leaked Photo and Specs

Tue, 08/20/2013 - 16:45 -- Penelope Wang

Despite a recent push for secrecy, HTC can't keep the upcoming Zara smartphone under wraps. Although the device has yet to be officially revealed, @evleaks is on the scene with a photo and specifications for the Zara, which looks similar to the HTC One. Zara will sport a 4.5-inch qHD display encased by a plastic body.

HTC Zara leak

Also inside, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of built-in storage space, along with a 2,100mAh battery. BoomSound and Beats Audio integration is expected, despite reports that Beats Audio is looking to drop its partnership with HTC. Front facing speakers on the Zara are similar to those found on the flagship HTC One.

Dungeons and Dragons: Arena of War Coming to Android and iOS Devices for Free

Tue, 08/20/2013 - 13:32 -- Marshall Walker

Hasbro and mobile game developer DeNA/Mobage are now accepting early registrations for their upcoming Android and iOS game Dungeons and Dragons: Arena of War. Mobage also released the first trailer for the game which you can see below.

Dungeons and Dragons: Arena of WarArena of War is part of Wizards of the Coast's D&D revamp entitled "D&D Next". The game is a 3D battle-RPG set in the Forgotten Realms, and "features iconic D&D locations such as Baldur’s Gate and monsters such as the Beholder," according to the press release. Mobage also promises the game will include a future live event that will offer an "ever-changing experience to players."

Samsung to Launch Galaxy Gear Smart Watch

Tue, 08/20/2013 - 03:34 -- Fred Straker

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy Note 3 event keeps getting more interesting. Now according to a Bloomberg report the company plans to announce the Galaxy Gear, a wristwatch-like device, alongside the updated phablet. Samsung is eager to get in the game and compete with existing products such as Pebble and the Sony SmartWatch 2.

Samsung smart watch concept

Much like the concept rendering above, the Galaxy Gear will be Android-powered, making phone calls, displaying email messages and accessing websites on the go. The Gear is not expected to have a flexible display, however Samsung is working on the technology for future iterations. Rumors of an Apple-designed, iOS smart watch have also been percolating, and Samsung is looking to beat Cupertino to the marketplace.

Beats Audio Wants to Drop HTC

Mon, 08/19/2013 - 15:14 -- Marshall Walker

One of HTC's biggest selling points for its new line of HTC One handsets are the dual frontal stereo speakers with an "authentic sound experience from built-in Beats Audio." However, Beats Electronics LLC is looking to part ways with it "Asian partner and bring in a new investor that can provide it with fresh funds for growth," according to Wall Street Journal.

Beats by Dr. DrePeople familiar with the matter claim the founders of Beats Audio, Jimmy Lovine and Dr. Dre, are looking to buy out HTC's 25% stake in their company. The headphone maker already bought back half of HTC's 50.1% stake last year, and purportedly aims to buy the rest of HTC's remaining interest in an effort to separate itself from the struggling smartphone and tablet maker.

HTC One mini Coming to AT&T in August

Mon, 08/19/2013 - 13:38 -- Alex Gardner

The HTC One mini will land at AT&T on August 23rd for $100 on contract. The compact version includes all the same features as the original HTC One including BlinkFeed and BoomSound. It sports a 4.3-inch 720p display and HTC's UltraPixel camera. The mini is powered by a 1.4 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and it ships with Android 4.2.2 and 16GB of internal storage. The HTC One mini features a slightly better display than the Galaxy S4 mini (720p/341ppi vs. 540p/256ppi), but only includes 1GB of RAM, compared to the S4's 1.5GB.

HTC One mini

"Our customers loved the HTC One, so we are excited to offer this slimmer, more compact version," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices, AT&T. "We're proud to continue to offer our customers so many choices with a broad smartphone portfolio all on the nation's fastest and most reliable 4G LTE network."


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