Cases are not only a way to protect our devices, but they are also a great way to show off our style. The case market is a pretty diverse one that offers up a myriad of options for slim line cases, specially designed case, various colors, kickstands, waterproofing and many more. Each one of us has a particular style, look and feel that appeals to us over other manufacturer cases. No matter who your preferred case company is, your preferred case version or your specific reasoning for having it, the fact that a large majority of us all have at least one case around is enough.
A good friend of ours has recently launched his new custom print case company and we thought it would be great to have our readers have a chance at getting something truly unique printed up and shipped out. Many of you might remember the image below that we shared on G+ prior to us heading out for CES 2014.
Those were done by brobrocustom.com for us and they certainly made a staement at CES since we had them prineted up with our business card layout. It really came out pretty darn nice.
Since the original launch, Bro Bro Custom has expanded its case offering lineup. With more cases to choose from, we thought now would be a good time to hand out some to our readers.
The process is pretty painless when it comes to getting your custom art, photo or graphic printed. You head to http://www.brobrocustom.com, choose the device you want a case for, choose the case style (there is often more than one style), upload your photo and add any special notes you might have. That is it. Then you sit back and wait for the case to be shipped. So what devices does Bro Bro Custom currently offer? Well, here is the list as of this very moment of their custom print cases.
- Samsung Galaxy S III
- Samsung Galaxy S4
- Samsung Galaxy Note 2
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3
- Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
- Samsung Galaxy S2 AT&T i777
- Galaxy Nexus
- Nexus 4
- HTC One
- HTC One X
- Sony Xperia Z
- And most all of the Apple iPhones and iPads too
Most all of the various cases also offer multiple styles such as wallet cases, thin shell cases, folio cases and the regular printable backs with silicon borders. There are even a few custom bling cases for the ladies.
Most of the cases will run a paying customer anywhere from $15 to $20 with the exception of the iPad cases coming in at $25. Needless to say it is a pretty affordable option to get a specialty print case for work and lifestyle needs.
Each case we received fit their respective devices quite well and offered access to all your buttons, stylus’s and various camera and sensor ports.
What do we have to offer? Well, ANY case you want for any device you want it for. We have a total of 15 codes available to giveaway to 15 lucky people. Bro Bro Custom has offered to ship any case to any winner in the US, if you happen to be international, you can enter as well as long you can pay the shipping on your own.
How to enter:
As always, as simple as possible. We would love to see some action on their Facebook page with a like, but it isn’t necessary. The only way to enter, is to leave a comment down below telling us and Bro Bro Customs what you would like printed up. Maybe it is a picture of your wife and kids, or your first skydiving trip, or a special logo or wallpaper that you want so it ties whole device look together. Of course sharing it around and getting as many entrants in as possible would be great. If you feel so inclined, you can use the hashtag #brobrocustomaspin.
Contest time line
The contest starts right now, Feb 17th 2014 and will run through Sunday February 23 2014 at midnight PST. We will dig out some random winners on Monday the 24th and start sending emails with codes at that time.
Good luck everyone!
Right after we posted about the supposed unveiling date of the HTC Desire 8, Llabtoofer went and posted the specs of the new mid-ranged phone. Now normally when it comes to mid-ranged devices, you can bet that some of the specs won’t look eye-pleasing. These specs actually sound pretty good for mid-range.
Processor: Quadcore Snapdragon 400 1.2Ghz (MSM8926)
Display: 5.5 inch 720p resolution
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
On screen Buttons
Android 4.4.2 out of the box, HTC is learning finally. Pretty high-end camera, and the display should look rather nice. The processor isn’t as powerful as the One line, but this phone isn’t meant for spec junkies. Let us know what you think about these specs.
Chinese manufacturer Huawei just released a teaser video unveiling some of its plans for Mobile World Congress next week.
The video talks about a new tablet with “a beautiful slim design” and long battery life with “days of use,” a new smartphone with “an amazing front camera” and a “multimedia tablet” that can connect to “next-generation LTE networks.”
Besides talking about Huawei’s new devices, the video uses some marketing that takes shots at both Apple and Samsung. To start, the narrator in the promo is talking to an iPhone-like device with a Siri-like voice, with a Chinese accent though.
Second, the narrator asks the fake smartphone assistant if they’re made by “Fruit” or “Somesong,” which it replies, “No, they are Huawei.”
All that being said, we can expect two new tablets and a smartphone from Huawei during its Feb. 23 event in Barcelona.
via Digital Trends
AllCast developer Koushik Dutta has hinted that he could do more with Chromecast than just queue up media, and he now has a demo video to prove it. The clip (below) shows Dutta using Google’s peripheral to mirror an Android phone’s screen on a TV, much like you might with Miracast (or an Apple TV, for that matter). There’s some noticeable lag, but the frame rate is smooth enough to reproduce a couple of rounds of Flappy Bird. Dutta hasn’t said just when he expects to release the new code. However, he hopes to build the feature into AllCast; you’ll likely get Chromecast screen mirroring on Android at some point, even if Google never officially supports more than Chrome tab casting.
Via: 9to5 Google
Source: Koushik Dutta (Google+)
Shortly after Flappy Bird was pulled from the App Store, several clones of the original game soared up through the App Store charts, including a game called Flappy Bee, which stole artwork from a different app.
Two Flappy Bird clones
According to TechCrunch, Apple began cracking down on Flappy-titled games over the weekend. One developer, who tried to release an app called “Flappy Dragon” into the App Store, had his app rejected by Apple for attempting to “leverage a popular app,” thus violating App Store Review Guideline 22.2, which references apps that contain “false, fraudulent, or misleading representations.”
22.2: Apps that contain false, fraudulent or misleading representations will be rejected.
We found that your app, and/or its metadata, contains content that could be misleading to users, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines.
We found your app name attempts to leverage a popular app.
Several additional Twitter comments revealed that other developers were facing the same rejections on games attempting to use the Flappy moniker, though multiple “Flappy” apps remain in the App Store, including Flappy Fish, Flappy Plane, Flappy Pig, and Flappy Puppy, having presumably made it though the review process before Apple began cracking down on Flappy apps.
Flappy Bee, the aforementioned app that used stolen artwork and managed to make its way to the top of the App Store charts, has, however, had its name changed to Jumpy Bee, suggesting that Apple may also be asking some existing clone apps to change their names to put an end to the Flappy frenzy. At the height of its popularity, Flappy Bird was reportedly earning $50,000 per day from advertising, so it is unsurprising that developers have rushed to fill the Flappy Bird void.
Though Apple has begun cracking down on the Flappy phenomenon, two popular Flappy Bird clones, Splashy Fish and City Bird – Flappy Flyer remain the number one and number two free iPhone apps some eight days after the original Flappy Bird game was pulled from the App Store.
Last year’s Battroborgs were a blast, but not without their quirks. Accuracy was not one of the tiny bot’s strong points, and moving or turning was an exercise in frustration. This year, TOMY decided to simplify things a bit, while adding armed combat to the mix. The resulting Battroborg Warriors wield swords and scythes, and ditch the dual-fisted controls for a more streamlined system that uses only a single accelerometer-based remote. Obviously, we had to swing by the company’s booth at Toy Fair to try our hand in a one-on-one battle against the reigning champion, Senior Brand Manager Tom Zahorsky.
The first thing we learned is that you’re no longer simply trying to make repeated contact with your opponents face. Instead, battles are won by toppling your foe, which is easier said than done thanks to their broader base and lower center of gravity. The improved stability does make it easier to turn your warrior, which is accomplished by flicking the controller in the same direction over and over again. It’s the same premise as the previous version, but it’s a little less fickle and instead of throwing a full punch, the bot nudges itself gently in one direction or another. Fuller swings with the controller, which is shaped like the hilt of a katana, launches your warrior’s attack. Our red cyber samurai took brutal two-handed swings with his blade, turning his whole torso into the blow. While Zahorsky’s purple and black ninja wielded dual weapons that he used to pummel us into submission… repeatedly. When a “g-sensor” inside the combatant detects that it’s been toppled, it turns a light in the chest from green to red, to indicate its demise (though, that feature wasn’t working just yet in the early prototypes we played with).
The single-handed controller simplifies the act of dueling, and even pumps out sound effects as you swing your weapon. Instead of 2.4GHz wireless, TOMY decided to rely on IR for controlling the Battroborg Warriors, though that doesn’t net you any additional play time — you’re still looking at 20 minutes of combat before needing to recharge. There is less of a chance of interference from cordless phones or WiFi, but you also have to maintain line-of-sight with your plastic avatar and only two bots can battle simultaneously. That means you can’t have a 20-person battle royale anymore, but the new arena packaged with the warriors isn’t exactly conducive to such an epic clash anyway. The smaller ring (with fewer options for customization) is designed to force confrontation, though it also had a tendency to trap our samurai in a corner with his back facing our opponent. One welcome addition is a pair of trap doors. If you strike a lever on either side of the board, it opens up a pit under your foe, leaving them vulnerable to a mortal blow.
Battroborg Warriors should hit shelves in June across the US. A package of two bots, two remotes and the arena will cost $70; while individual combatants will set you back $30.
Edgar Alvarez and Daniel Orren contributed to this report.
With the biggest week of the smartphone calendar still to come at MWC 2014 in just a week’s time, we’ve already had a taste of things to come this year with the launch of the LG G Pro 2 with its 4K capable camera. It’s clear that in the early going in 2014, manufacturers are going to be trying to keep up with each other in the video recording domain, aiming for that elusive 4K status. However, I don’t think this is where the real battle will be waged, nor will this necessarily win over us consumers either. While it will be influenced by video recording capabilities, I think the real battle between smartphones in 2014 will be determined by who can produce the best quality photos.
This was especially telling at the end of 2013 with the release of two of the best budget devices we’ve ever seen. The LG-manufactured, Google-mandated Nexus 5 was fantastic value for flagship level performance with none of the premium cost, and Motorola’s last hurrah under Google, the Moto G, brought surprising performance and a very impressive screen in a package that may as well have costed pocket change. However, one resounding criticism of both these phones is that the camera performance was less than stellar. To be sure, other flagship devices like the Galaxy Note 3 and Xperia Z1 have much better cameras, but despite even the Xperia Z1 having a monstrous 20.7MP camera, there hasn’t quite been an outpouring of love for its abilities.
Across the figurative pond, we have the Apple iPhone 5S and the Nokia 1020, both with their share of toys. The iPhone of course has its 8MP camera, but perhaps crucially, that camera has an aperture of 2.2 which gives it some incredible light sensitivity, and is the source of many determined photographers to show off exactly how special the iPhone’s camera is.
There is, of course, also the Nokia 1020 with its insanely impressive 41MP PureView camera which gives it unprecedented quality and zoom capabilities that aren’t available in any other phone. Likewise, the Nokia 1020 has its staunch supporters who continually show their approval of the phone through projects which highlight exactly how brilliant the camera is.
Several professional photographers have asserted that they would replace their secondary cameras, normally of the point-and-shoot variety, with either of these phones, some even going as far to say replacing their DSLR as a primary photography device. While certainly, some photographers may prefer Android devices for their cameras as well, they are far and few between and from what I’ve seen, produce far less impressive results. Perhaps it does not matter to the average joe, but the fact that it is widely understood that despite the fact the iPhone has “less megapixels”, but still results in superior photo quality should be most telling. Android manufacturers take note: those ever-inflating camera numbers are fooling no one.
There are, of course, examples of Android manufacturers making an effort to subvert this fruitless pursuit of ever-increasing megapixel count: HTC is of course the prime exponent of this with their UltraPixel technology which in my opinion took canyon-sized steps to narrowing the divide between Android and its platform competitors. HTC is rumoured to be taking their improvements to the next level in their next flagship device, the ethereal HTC M8, which allegedly utilizes a dual-sensor camera configuration to give it unprecedented photo quality capabilities; for exactly why this dual-sensor camera is going to rock, check out our explanation here.
I think that Android manufacturers need to follow HTC’s lead and really invest in developing new and innovative ways to improve camera quality because I think that we’ve already seen what we’ve needed to see performance-wise in 2014. Of course, we’re going to see new processors that push the limits of what should be possible from a device that fits in your hand, and batteries will continue to increase in capacity despite staying the same size, but through all these advancements, the progression of camera and photo quality has stagnated. However, with the increasing popularity of image based social networks like Instagram, Snapchat, and Pinterest, Android can’t just concede all these users to Apple and Nokia while they bicker within the Android market; they need to compete in a meaningful way.
Furthermore, I predict that by mid-2014, or even the end of 2014, pretty well all Android flagship smartphones will be rocking a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 or 805, 3GB RAM, and a 2K display; so what will the differentiating factor be then? I say it will be the camera, and not some novel ability to film 4K videos that you aren’t able to output to its full potential on your non-4K TV or device; it will be the ability to take pictures that rival the abilities of the iPhone, Nokia 1020, maybe commercial cameras, and definitely its Android competitors. That will, and should be, the race that Android manufacturers strive to win in 2014.
The Nokia X shall be upon us by the end of the month, and today we get a fancy little press render which you can see above. Evleaks just posted this press render of the Nokia X, and it definitely screams Android. The name, Nokia X, shows up in that Android green, and even the device itself shows its Android colors.
A lot of you are probably over hearing about this phone, simply because the specs did not impress. Obviously this will be a budget-friendly phone, which we are still wondering what they plan on pricing it. It better be around the Moto G’s price, but we will have to wait a couple weeks to find that out.
Samsung has ‘another’ new device headed to various parts of Europe, Russia and Asia. The Samsung Galaxy Core LTE, or the Galaxy Core 4G, is another low-end to mid-ranged offering for consumers who crave data speeds, but need the premium price tags associated to the higher-end flagship devices with powerful processors and HD screens.
The Galaxy Core will offer up a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage with MicroSD card support, a 4.5-inch PLS TFT screen at 960 x 540 along with a 5MP rear camera and 0.3 front facer. Powering this little guy is a 2,100 mAh batter. You will end up with NFC and Bluetooth 4.0 right along with Android 4.2.2. Don’t forget, you will also end up with some of the special Samsung apps like S Voice, S Translate and S Travel.
It won’t be a Note 3 or S4, but it will certainly appeal to those that need a little bit more without the premium price tag. Pricing details and launch dates are still under wraps.
The HTC Desire 8 will be HTC’s jump back into mid-ranged devices. If you don’t remember, HTC stated last year that they were going to strictly concentrate on premium devices, like the HTC One, instead of multiple devices that included mid to low-range products. The quietly brilliant company then realized how dumb that was, and promised that focus would go into mid-ranged devices as well the premium ones.
The image above was spotted making the HTC Desire 8 official. The render of the phone itself was actually leaked out last week, but not much else came along with that leak. The only specs we know so far is the phone with have a 5.5-inch display and a 13 MP camera. It obviously will have a plastic casing, which gives it more of an HTC One X kind of look to it.
This screenshot apparently has the date February 24th written on it, indicating that HTC will be unveiling the new phone at MWC next week. Any further information we get on the HTC Desire 8, we will let you know.
Source: Talk Android