Users of the popular Pandora service on Android will be glad to know that the latest version adds a much requested feature to the app. You can now set an alarm from within the app and choose to wake up to your favorite music streamed straight to your phone.
The app lets you choose a simple alarm along with a snooze timer if that’s more more your thing. You will a see a timer on the screen when you snooze the alarm showing you how much time is left. Read more »
CyanogenMod has just issued a new M2 release of the popular CyanogenMod 11.0 ROM based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
The new M2 release is available for 65 Android devices and you can get it either from the dedicated download portal or via your CM Updater on your CyanogenMod-running device. Read more »
Blackberry Messenger, or, BBM as the cool kids call it, received a warm reception when it was initially for Android, raking in over 10 million downloads within its first 24 hours.
BlackBerry has now a few new BBM features available on the Android version of their application: specifically Voice Calling and Channels. They’ve also ported over 100 new emoticons (your inner teenage girl is squealing, isn’t she?), increased the BBM group size, and added new ways to find friends within the app. Read more »
Acer has officially announced the Iconia A1-830 and B1-720 tablets. The latest additions will be showcased at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that kicks off on January 7.
The Acer Iconia A1-830 sports a 7.9-inch LED-backlit IPS display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels. The 4:3 screen can be viewed at angles of up to 178 degrees. With 1GB of RAM, the tablet is powered by a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor, which also comes with the Hyper-Threading technology. Read more »
We’ve been hearing “console-quality graphics” used to describe GPUs in mobile chipsets since the Tegra 2 but that was wishful thinking. Qualcomm is making a similar claim for its latest generation Adreno 420 GPU only this time it created cool demos to back that up.
The GPU found inside the new Snapdragon 805 uses its power for more than just rendering 3D graphics in games – Qualcomm also worked on video playback (3D and UHD) and even assisting with camera image processing. Read more »
Polaroid has officially unveiled its Q-series of Android slates that contain three budget offerings. The Polaroid Q7 is a 7-inch slate, while Q8 and Q10 are 8-inch and 10.1-in respectively.
All the three tablets from Polaroid are powered by the latest Android operating system, the 4.4 KitKat. Read more »
Proudly announced nearly a year ago, Panasonic’s Toughpad 20″ 4K tablet was finally scheduled to hit the US in January. However it has suffered yet another delay in production and is now expected to start shipping in mid-February.
The Toughpad 4K tablet is priced at &pund;2,700 and arrives with Windows 8.1 Pro out of the box. The resolution produced by the 20″ display is 3840 x 2560 pixels resulting in a pixel density of 230ppi. Read more »
Details on the specs and the benchmark performance of the yet to be announced Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 have emerged. The top-end tablet is tipped for a MWC 2014 release in Wi-Fi-only and LTE flavors.
The Wi-Fi version of the upcoming tablet will sport the model number SM-P900, while the LTE variant will be known as SM-P905. Read more »
Sony recently launched the QX10 and QX100 camera accessories that snap on to the back of your Android phone or iPhone and allow you take much higher quality images with optical zoom than is otherwise possible with the built-in camera. But while these devices are meant to fit a wide variety of phones, they don’t actually fit Sony’s own Xperia Z Ultra due to its enormity.
To solve this problem, Sony has now released new cases for the Xperia Z Ultra, that has a provision on the back to attach these accessories. You just snap them on the back without the attachment tool used for other phones and then use the phone like a point and shoot camera. Read more »
Best Buy treated the ASUS Nexus 7 to a hefty price reduction. Pricing of the stock Android 4.4 KitKat slate now starts at $199.99 for a 16GB, Wi-Fi-only version.
To sweeten up the deal even further, the electronics retail giant also throws in a $25 Google Play Store coupon code to get you started with your app collection. Read more »
LG has officially unveiled the second edition of their Pocket Photo printer. The new generation Pocket Photo is a lot slimmer and is shaping up as a nice companion for customizing, printing and sharing images on the go.
The South Korean manufacturer will be showing the Pocket Photo 2 at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 7. Read more »
After treating us to a mighty good Samsung Galaxy S4 concept last year, the folks from Rozetked repeated the exercise with the yet to be announced Galaxy S5. A hands-on video showcasing a concept of Samsung’s next generation smartphone flagship made the rounds on YouTube.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 concept is based on rumors which have been circulating around the web. Read more »
The Oppo N1 is the first smartphone offered with CyanogenMod out of the box. It’s a great milestone for the CyanogenMod team and we have installed the custom Android ROM on the N1 to see what the experience is like.
Currently, the CyanogenMod 10.2 version is available for the N1, which is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. However, Oppo and the CyanogenMod team promise that version 11 will be out soon. Read more »
The Wall Street Journal reports that Google and Audi plan to announce a partnership for car infotainment systems running on Android. The two companies will reveal their joint plans at CES 2014, which kicks off next week.
The in-car entertainment system in question would run from hardware that’s built into the car’s dashboard and won’t be relying that much on the owner’s smartphone. Read more »
According to a report in Korean media, Samsung has sold 40 million tablets in 2013. The number falls right in line with the manufacturer’s expectations which were revealed during an analyst day in November.
Samsung has reportedly sold 12 million tablets over the past three months alone. Read more »