October 29th is just around the corner, and so is the announcement of the Oppo N3. We’ve already seen our fair share of the device with its motorized, swivel camera and we know there will be two variants, one of which is made of an aluminium-lithium alloy. We’ve only been expecting one device to be announced at the event, however the above image has come out suggesting that the device could be joined by a second device. Of course, the device on the right behind the curtains is the Oppo N3 with the unmistakable swivel camera, however the device on the left is so far unidentified.
The rumour goes on to say that this new device will have the “world’s thinnest appearance” and will measure only 4mm thick. Considering the current record holder, the Gionee Elife S5.1, already comes in at a ridiculous 5.1mm thick, we’re a bit skeptical that Oppo has managed to shave off an entire 1mm somewhere, though we won’t have to wait long to see whether this rumour is true or not. Assuming the image above is to scale, and the Oppo N3 is 5.9-inches as expected, this new mystery device could be no small thing itself.
What do you think about this mystery Oppo device? Let us know your theories below in the comments.
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Super clever and confusing title huh? The short of it all is that those of you that happened to get your Inbox by Gmail invite from Google the other day should now have 3 invites in your Inbox to send off to friends who weren’t so fortunate. Simply open your Inbox app and tap the round compose button. It might take a second to appear, but you should see a golden ticket to kick some love to a a few friends. If you are on the web portal, inbox.google.com, just hover over the compose button.
I am not entirely sold on the app yet myself. I have been trying to use it, but keep running into mental road blocks. Mostly the fact that I don’t use my personal Gmail for anything. At all. Everything of importance goes through my Androidspin email. Unfortunately Google App emails aren’t supported. I certainly do love the look of it and can see a huge organizational benefit. Especially when you start to create your own Bundles to filter what is important for your life.
P.S. Sorry, I am all out.
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Time to break out that Google Wallet account one more time if you didn’t spend it all on the Grand Theft Auto sale. Rubicon Development is having a weekend sale that is sure to get you to fork over a buck or two. Their best known titles are Great Little War Game, Great Little War Game 2 and Great Big War Game, but they also have Fruit Blitz, Yachty Deluxe Premium and Zombies Dead in 20. The Great Little War Game titles are pretty good, I have yet to play any of the others myself.
The Great Big, and Little, War Game titles are all strategic strategy war style games. You build out your troops and move them around the map in turns. The whole series is quite entertaining if turn based strategy games are your cup of tea. Each title brings a single player story line, Skirmish mode and a multiplayer mode. Different versions of the game offer different things like a Pass N Play multiplayer mode. Check out some gameplay footage from Great Little War Game All Out War to get the general idea of the games.
- Great Little War Game
- Great Little War Game 2
- Great Big War Game
- Great Little War Game All Out War
- Zombies Dead in 20
- Yachty Deluxe Premium
- Fruit Blitz
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Xiaomi might be a name that you have heard a time or two here in the sates. It might register with you when Google’s Hugo Barra moved over to the Chinese based company. It might register more if you have ever used MIUI on any of your devices. A number of Xiaomi devices have certainly caught the Android communities attention this last year with the Mi4 and its high-end specs with a $400 price tag and the NVIDIA Tegra K1 toting MiPad for under $300. The company has done some great things, including taking out Apple and Samsung in a number of markets. One concern of users around the globe that want or have a Xiaomi device, is their data privacy. It is a concern simply because all the data centers have resided in Beijing China. I think I even remember a story where Xiaomi was accused of spying on the US through the devices.
Today Hugo Barra put out some details via his G+ page in regards to changes with the internal server infrastructure. The shift is happening in three phases.
- E-commerce migration – Earlier this year the companies E-Commerce Engineering teams started moving their global e-commerce platforms and user data for all international users from Beijing to Amazon AWS data centers in California. Completion is said to happen by the end of October this year.
- MIUI services migration – They have started to migrate MIUI services and corresponding data for all international users from Bejing to Amazon AWS servers in Oregon and Singapore. The migration includes Mi Account, Cloud Messaging, and Mi Cloud Services. Completion is expected by the end of this year (2014).
- Going Local – Next year Xiaomi will work to improve performance of their services in their fastest growing markets, such as India and Brasil. Amazon AWS is not available in those locales so they will work with local data centers to set up the service infrastructure.
All of this should ease current and would be owners of Xiaomi devices as well as ROM flashers of the MIUI OS.
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Have you been considering the Amazon Fire phone for AT&T? Even just a little? Well, AT&T is kicking off a new promotion to sweeten the deal a little. Starting today, October 24th, you have the opportunity to snag a Kindle Fire HDX7 tablet for $49.99 when you buy an Amazon Fire phone.
The Amazon Fire phone with AT&T will set you back $0.99 with a 2-year contract. If you opt for the Next 18 it is $18.75 a month and on Next 12 you will spend $22.50 a month. No matter which route you take, the Kindle Fire HDX7 will run you $49.99. Yes, that is also with a contract and a service plan. If you are more interested in the tablet by its self you are looking at $99.99 on a new contract or a $10 monthly installment plan option for 20 months.
The Kind Fire HDX7 brings you a 7-inch HDX display ( 1920 x 1200), 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and approximately 11 hour usage time. Don’t forget Second Screen, Kindle FreeTime and Mayday live on-device support.
The whole deal is pretty good really if you think about it. You get a complete Amazon experience set up from the phone to the tablet for $51. Check out the Fire Phone and Kindle Fire HDX7 thought AT&T.
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Rockstar Games is celebrating Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 10 year anniversary right now and that means it is sale time. It is hard to believe that GTA: San Andreas is 10 years old already. I remember standing in line the night before release at a GameStop, pretty sure it was a Gamestop, to pick it up for my Playstation 2. Time certainly does fly, doesn’t it? In celebration for the title Rockstar games is having a sale on the entire trilogy that is available for Android and iOS. Yes, there are more GTA games, Rockstar is calling it the trilogy because these are the only three GTA titles available for mobile.
The first two in the list are normally priced at $4.99, so you are saving $2.00 per title. San Andreas on the other hand is usually $6.99, so you are saving $3.00. I am sure some of you have some Google Opinion Rewards credit saved up for a rainy day purchase. It is raining here, so feel free to use that as an excuse. All three titles are discounted on iOS as well as in the Amazon app store for Kindle devices. It might also be important to note that all three also work with game controllers. ie. the Moga line Hit the links below after the video refresher trailer for San Adreas.
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Android Lollipop is currently the toast of the Android community – its overhauled UI and expansive improvements already have many of us salivating. However, while it looks sweet, literally and figuratively, it might not be the best for developers after renowned Android developer, Chainfire, said that root in Android Lollipop could possibly become a rarity due to increased security measures that Google has implemented this time around. In fact, Chainfire has been warning about this day for a long time, and it appears, unfortunately, that he is absolutely correct. In a nutshell, Android Lollipop “breaks” root, and not in the conventional way that can be overcome – for more specifics about the new changes, read Chainfire’s explanation here.
Chainfire’s own root solution requires a custom kernel in order to gain root, however often you require root before being able to flash a custom recovery, and that in itself can only be done with an unlocked bootloader. In the event that a manufacturer locks the bootloader, this will essentially mean the device is rendered a stock device until someone figures out how to circumvent this scenario and enable root. Of course, this fate will never befall the Nexus line with their unlocked bootloaders, but it presents the situation where developers may have to become a little choosier with which manufacturer they buy from.
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Looks like LG had another announcement up their sleeves today. You might remember earlier in the day LG announced global availability of the LG G Watch R. Now they have announced a new phone that will follow in the G3 branding. To make things even a little more interesting, they also announced their own in-house processor packed inside too. First, the device. Meet the LG G3 Screen. Cause, it has a big screen?
The LG G3 Screen packs in the following specs:
- 5.9-inch Full HD IPS display
- 2GB of RAM
- 32GB of internal storage
- 13MP rear camera
- 2.1MP front camera
- 3,000 mAh battery
- Android 4.4
I left the processor off the list because it needs to be explained a little. The processor in the G3 Screen is an in-house creation by LG. THat just means that it is chip that LG has made instead of using a Qualcomm, Intel or what have you. The processor carries the name NUCLUN, pronounced NOO-klun. The NUCLUN is designed based on the ARM big.LITTLE technology. Odd sounding and looking, right? That is how it is though. The processor is an octa-core chipset that carries four 1.5GHz ARM Cortex A15 processors for high-performance and four 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A7’s for less intense processing.
“NUCLUN opens up a new chapter in LG’s history of innovation in the mobile industry,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With this in-house solution, we will be able to achieve better vertical integration and further diversity our product strategy against stronger competition. NUCLUN will give us greater flexibility in our mobile strategy going forward.”
The LG G3 Screen will carry along a lot of the same UX features of the current G3 devices on the market. As an added bounus to the news though, the G3 Screen is the largest smartphone designed for LTE-A Cat. 6 networks. That will deliver download speeds three times faster than regular 4G LTE. All capable, but theoretical, speeds of 225Mbps. That is all well and good, but now we are intrigued to see when and where this device ends up and just how well those processors perform in the real world.
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With the October 29th pre-order window of the Nexus 6 bearing down on us, for everybody not in the US, we’re left wondering when Google is going to allow us to purchase their most powerful smartphone to date. Google has previously said the Nexus 6 release in markets like Australia will begin sometime in November, but MoDaCo’s Paul O’Brien has suggested that the UK might not even see the 6-inch device till December.
Think you’re getting a Nexus 6 in the UK before December? Think again!
— Paul O’Brien (@PaulOBrien) October 22, 2014
This doesn’t immediately imply that the pre-order window in the UK, or indeed in other markets, will only open in December – it could easily open in November. But what it does do is give some insight as to how long buyers of the Nexus 6 may have to wait before getting a hold of their devices after pre-ordering. We’d suggest taking this news with a grain of salt, but this isn’t the first time O’Brien has weighed into the Nexus 6’s future, so perhaps he knows something that we don’t.
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There are some pretty weird things in our world, but this is definitely one of the more bemusing. The above image was apparently tweeted in Japan earlier this month and was retweeted over 37,000 times. As you can see, the person in the photo is using a live rabbit as a phone case, something which has now apparently become an internet meme and spawned a whole series of other photos of people emulating the same unusual feat. Why you would even do this is incredibly confusing, but using adorable rabbits was a nice touch regardless.
Now, I know that rabbits have long ears that look like antennas, but I’m pretty sure they serve no practical purpose if you put your phone into their bellies. Amusement aside, this feat is actually pretty easy to do as a rabbit lying on their back will almost always obediently lie there without moving, something referred to as the “bunny trance” (though the jury is still out on whether you should be doing it to them all the time). Now excuse me while I try and find a rabbit for no apparent reason.
What do you think about this latest craze in Japan with using a live rabbit as a phone case? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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