By now you’ve probably seen that sneaky little surprise in Google maps of an Android pissing on an Apple logo. We all sort of figured Google didn’t have anything to do with it, (not intentionally, anyway) but they’ve publicly come out and apologized for the gag, anyway.
The image ended up in the service thanks to Map Maker, which allows users to upload information about their local areas so Google wouldn’t have to do all of the heavy lifting. The edits are supposed to be reviewed and moderated before getting published, but it looks like Google got a little lazy this time around.
Either way, the joke might be worth a chuckle, especially if you’re on the Android side of the fence, but it’s still a little immature and Google is working on getting it taken down as quickly as possible, as they should. I bet they’ll be stepping up their Map Maker moderation team after this, too.
source: Washington Post
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Acer have been pretty busy lately. It has now officially announced its first Android gaming table, which the Taiwanese company states goes hand-in-hand with its Predator PC’s. The slate, which has been rather aptly named the Predator Tab, is set to go on sale in Quarter 4 of 2015.
Unfortunately, we have no solid information with regards to specifications, but we do know that the device will pack an 8-inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, a quartet of front-facing speakers and an aluminium unibody design.
Check out the full set of press shots below:
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To celebrate Leo’s Fortune’s first birthday, the developers over at 1337 & Senri have slashed its price on both Android and iOS from $4.99 to just $0.99. In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, Leo’s Fortune is an extremely fun and interactive game in which you assume the role of Leopold, a once rich engineer who has had his fortune stolen by a sneaky thief. It’s your job to get back what’s rightfully his by chasing after the culprit and navigating through different platforms.
Check it out in the gameplay below:
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In years past, Nokia was one of the biggest players in the cell phone market. As the world started to move away from regular cell phones to smartphones, Nokia got left behind, but started to claw back with the mobile Windows platform and some dabbling with Android-powered devices. All of that came to a grinding halt though when Microsoft bought out Nokia’s mobile device division. In a speech concerning a new R&D center for Nokia, Nokia China president Mike Wang appears to have confirmed that Nokia will return to the smartphone market in 2016 with Android-powered devices.
Wang was in Sichuan, China for an event announcing a new R&D center that Nokia is building in the country. This new facility will be Nokia’s new global headquarters for their R&D activity. In a surprise twist to his comments, Wang also indicated the Sichuan facility would eventually serve as the production base for new smartphone devices the company plans to release in 2016.
Sources think Nokia’s return is limited by the deal with Microsoft. When Nokia is released from any restrictions that were part of that deal, Wang says the company’s devices will likely be powered by Android. The combination of Android for the operating system and locating facilities in China suggest Nokia may be positioning itself to compete in that market with the likes of Xiaomi, Lenovo, Oppo and ZTE.
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Google and Apple have always had their differences, but a new Easter egg inside Google Maps has just taken their rivalry to a whole new level. As spotted by Team Android, if you head to these coordinates with the regular Map view enabled, you’ll see Google’s iconic Android mascot taking a leak on the Apple logo. At the moment, it’s unclear who created this little piece of mischief and whether Google is even aware of its existence. It could have been made by a renegade Google employee, or a member of the public using a crowdsourced mapping tool like Map Maker. Regardless, it’s a crazy (and pretty hilarious) addition that’s sure to rile some of the employees in Cupertino. Shots fired!
Via: Team Android
Source: Google Maps
Unless you’re constantly checking Twitter, there’s a very good chance you’re going to miss something cool. To help keep you from missing those very important tweets, Twitter introduced Highlights for Android. The feature notifies you up to twice a day about tweets Twitter believes are relevant to your interests. Twitter curates Highlights by looking at the popular accounts and conversations among the people you follow, tweets from people close to you and what’s trending nearby. Users can also see the day’s important tweets by tapping the new icon above the timeline that resembles two stacked cards. To turn on Highlights, navigate to Settings>Account Handle>Mobile Notifications and check the Highlights box. The feature is Android only for now, but Twitter says it will consider bringing it to other platforms in the future.
– Twitter (@twitter) April 23, 2015
Sure, you probably don’t need a smartphone with a massive 4,000mAh battery and a trio of SIM card slots, but thanks to Acer, your author can’t stop thinking about one. Acer’s so-called Liquid X2 is clearly well-equipped to play globetrotter, but (just like the Predator tablet) the company’s spokespeople were awfully light on the details. Still, we know it comes with a 5.5-inch screen and a 64-bit octa-core processor thrumming away within its surprisingly sleek frame, along with a pair of 13-megapixel cameras nestled high along its face and back. At last, a device that takes selfies as seriously as HTC’s Desire Eye.
Can’t stop ruminating on those SIM slots, can you? It might seem a little ridiculous — because it is — but that’s nothing new for Acer. It’s been pushing tri-SIM phones since last summer when it pulled back the curtain on the Liquid E700 and now that predilection for threeway connectivity has migrated to a phone you might actually want to buy. Too bad no one was willing to talk price yet.
Alas, the only units to be found on-site were tucked away in an acrylic box, far from my prying, sandwich-stained fingers. On the upside, though, the X2 will be accompanied by a slew of Quick Flip covers in a slew of colors that leave a strip of screen unobscured to give you quick status updates and tidbits of information. With a little tweaking, you can coax them into telling you how much storage space is being eaten up by your photos and music for instance, or providing you a quick Airplane Mode toggle for when you jump on one of your interminable flights. There’s no word yet on whether the Liquid X2 will never claw its way out of Acer’s native Asia, but it’s certainly not impossible. After all, today also saw the launch of the Acer Liquid M220 — an $80 Windows Phone we first got acquainted with back at Mobile World Congress — on US shores.
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How do you stand out if you’re a fledgling smartphone maker that can’t compete on specs alone? If you’re Turing Robotic Industries (formerly QSAlpha), you pour your energy into clever design — both inside and out. The newly unveiled Turing Phone keeps up the company’s emphasis on security, with its own server-free encrypted communication between owners and a fingerprint reader that encourages you to lock down your device. There’s also an Apple-like magnetic charging system, so you won’t send your phone flying. However, the real star of the show is the frame. It’s built from “liquidmorphium,” a metal alloy that’s reportedly stronger than steel or titanium. While there’s also aluminum, ceramic and plastic on the body, that exotic structure should reduce the chances that you’ll wreck your handset through a nasty drop.
Performance-wise, it’s not so cutting edge. You’re looking at last year’s Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and a 5.5-inch, 1080p screen. That’s certainly competent, but you probably won’t regret snagging that Galaxy S6. Its biggest advantages are a healthy amount of built-in storage (up to 128GB) and the combination of an 8-megapixel front camera and a 13-megapixel rear shooter with dual flashes. There’s broad support for North American and European LTE bands, too, so you shouldn’t miss out on fast data.
Like the idea? Be prepared to wait, and pay a fair amount. Turing tells us that its phone should ship on August 10th, and it’ll sell for $740 unlocked in 64GB form, or $870 for a 128GB variant. There are promises of carrier deals as well, although it’s not saying which networks are on deck. Given that many big providers tend to be leery of supporting relative newcomers, a direct order will likely be your best bet.
Source: Turing Robotic Industries
Besides offering the flagship smartphones from Apple, Samsung and HTC, UK mobile operator EE also offers a range of own-brand 4G devices. The carrier’s avian-themed lineup already includes the Kestrel smartphone, Eagle tablet and a number of WiFi dongles, but today it’s rolling out two new LTE phones for those with an eye on affordability. First up is the Harrier, a 5.2-inch 1080p handset that features a 1.5 GHz octa-core Snapdragon processor, 13-megapixel rear camera, 2,500mAh battery and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. It’ll also join the latest iPhones and Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in supporting EE’s new WiFi Calling service later this summer.
Because not everyone wants a big phone, EE is launching a slighter smaller version of the Harrier, unsurprisingly called the Harrier Mini. Although it shares a resemblance to its bigger sibling, which is manufactured by BenQ/Qisda, the Mini is made by Alcatel. It comes with a 4.7-inch HD display, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 8-megapixel camera, runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and also supports WiFi Calling.
EE’s also boosting its range of WiFi dongles with the introduction of the Osprey and Osprey 2 Mini. The Osprey is designed to supplement your existing devices thanks to its whopping 5,150mAh battery, which can charge additional smartphones and tablets while on the go. The Osprey 2 Mini “can be personalised with one of three coloured ‘bumpers’ that come with the device,” which we’re sure will go down well with all the kids on campus.
Now, you’re probably wondering how much all of these new devices will cost. The Harrier will set you back £199.99 on pay as you go and comes free on any EE 4G plan over £22. As for the Harrier Mini, expect to pay £99.99 (the same price as the Kestrel when it first launched) on pay as you go but will be free on monthly plans costing £17 or more. Both will be available from April 28th. The Osprey 2 and Osprey 2 Mini will launch a little later, arriving in “early May.” Both include 3GB of data for £15 a month or you can buy them outright for £69.99/£49.99 respectively with 6GB included.
Got a Nexus 6? Itching to dump your traditional wireless service provider for something a bit more ambitious? Google’s got you covered. After months of speculation and a not-so-subtle nod from Sundar Pichai at Mobile World Congress, the search giant’s new mobile phone service — Project Fi — is finally official. We’re still sifting through the details, but the company’s plan is both as savvy and as unorthodox as we’d expect: Instead of trying to build out and maintain its own nationwide network of cell towers and repeaters, Google’s instead combining Sprint and T-Mobile’s coverage footprints with millions of pre-vetted WiFi hotspots to provide users with the fastest, most seamless mobile experience it can in real-time.
Well, that’s the plan anyway. You’re probably just clamoring for the invite link at this point (here you go), but it’s important to note that Google created Fi to fill in the gaps that already exist in our more-mobile-by-the-day lives.
Google says that if you initiate a phone call while you’re connected to WiFi, for instance, the service will automatically hand it off to whichever cellular network is strongest where you are. Speaking of WiFi, that secure connection feature spotted in a new build of Android is indeed part of the mix here too, with Google acting as a gatekeeper for your device’s data when it’s connected to one of those verified hotspots. Naturally, most Android phones out there won’t play nice with that sort extensive, prolonged network hopping, which means only Nexus 6 owners with a special Fi SIM card can join in on the fun for the time beingGoogle Hangouts can be used to check your voicemail and fire off your daily load of banal text messages too; it’s almost like a fully realized version of Google Voice, itself a grand experiment in mobile that eventually grew outdated and devalued as the companies priorities shifted.
Hopefully, Google stays committed this time. So, what’ll Fi cost you? To answer that question, we’ve got to dig into the basics of the Fi plan first. Everyone who signs up for the service gets the same core features — unlimited domestic calls, unlimited US and international texting, WiFi tethering and free data coverage in over 120 countries — for a base price of $20. From there, all you’re really adding are data costs, and each gigabyte of high-speed access will set you back an additional $10. Yep, that means you can get started on Google’s own mobile network (or “network of networks,” as it’s calling it) for as little as $30 a month if you can skate by on 1GB of LTE data. Oh, and the icing on the cake: You’ll get a refund each month for whatever data you haven’t burned through. Given Google’s general distaste for selling things with contracts, it shouldn’t shock you to hear that you won’t be inking any multi-year deals to use Fi either.
It’s a little too early to call Project Fi a “game-changer,” but I don’t think it’s quite fair for Google to keep likening it to the long-running Nexus device program. For the most part, Nexus phones and tablets aren’t designed to be adored by the masses — they’re meant to be proofs of concept, heralds for what Android could and should be. Fi arguably falls into that mold too as a semi-Utopian network concept that pairs two bitter rivals like Sprint and T-Mobile under a single umbrella of seamlessness, but everything else? The dead simple pricing and the monthly refunds and consumer-first network hopping? That just might be enough to get people thinking about what their carriers should be doing for them.
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Source: Project Fi