Google Play Games received a sizable update to version 1.5.08 this afternoon, bringing with it the ability to see who’s playing in other games. You can also see invitations for multiplayer games or quickly search for “something fun” to play in Find Games. And that’s about it for now.
We have the .apk file for you below if you’d like to sideload it before the staged rollout hits your device. (more…)
We know that not every phone released has an awesome camera, as not every company has the resources to throw in huge sensors to bump the price of their products. Sony’s answer to the problem is to let everyone take advantage of their camera technology via the QX-line of detachable smartphone lenses. Last year, they released the QX-100 and QX-10 lens, which are attachable to almost any smartphone that is currently available for purchase. (more…)
A new warfare game is now available on Google Play, Frontline Commando 2, the sequel to the first Frontline Commando from Glu. For anyone who plays any FPS games on a console or desktop, the lead character in this new mobile game may remind you of another character, Simon “Ghost” Riley from the Call of Duty series, but we’re sure that’s just a coincidence. (more…)
Since receiving the update to Android 4.4.2, a handful of readers who own the Moto X (Verizon variant in particular) reached out to ask if we had heard of others experiencing battery drain that wasn’t there with 4.4. After poking around your regular Google product support forums, Android forums, and Google+, I think it’s safe to say that many are indeed experiencing a decline in battery life after making the move to Android 4.4.2. The question is, what’s the culprit and is there a fix? (more…)
With the Nexus rumors for 2014 already warming up quite nicely, it’s time to see which OEM our readers would want to make the next Nexus smartphone from Google. We know plenty of folks would love for the new Motorola create a Nexus device, and if rumors are anything, that could very well happen. Unfortunately for Moto fans, the same “rumors” are now pointing to LG making the next Nexus phone.
Alas, that is the beauty of rumors, and nothing is ever confirmed until an official announcement is made. With the Nexus 5 being released back in October, we still have quite some time before we see what Google actually has in store for this year.
We have seen Google take quite a stance with the launch of Google Play Edition devices over the past year, with a total of five different devices becoming available, all from different OEMs. Is GPE the future of the Nexus program? Potentially, but that’s a story for another day.
Let us know below which OEM has your vote for the 2014 Nexus smartphone.
Which OEM do you want to make the next Nexus smartphone?
According to business sources of Gizmodo Germany, who spoke at MWC last week, Google has selected LG for the third year in a row to create the next Nexus smartphone. Previous rumors indicated that the Nexus program was actually coming to a close in 2015, and that Lenovo, the new owners of Motorola, would be the last company to create a Nexus phone for Google. (more…)
Evernote for Android received its first major update in some time this morning, one that includes handwriting. As Evernote puts it, “Sometimes there’s no better way to capture an idea than to write it down or sketch it out,” so that’s what we’ve got now.
As you can see in the screenshots below and the embedded video, this is more than a separate handwriting add-on. Evernote wanted you to be able to go “from writing to typing to taking photos and back all within a single note.” So if you are recording a lecture, you can still type out notes and then switch to handwriting to draw examples, charts, or boredom-laden smiley faces.
Oh, the handwriting has also been made searchable, assuming your handwriting is clear enough. Pretty neat, right? (more…)
Samsung first introduced its new over-sized 12.2″ tablet, the Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, at CES back in January. The company announced this morning through a press email that the device goes on sale through major US retailers beginning March 9, for the price of $649.99 at 32GB. Retailers for the device include Best Buy, Walmart, Amazon, Tiger Direct, PC Richard and Sons, Fry’s, and Newegg. (more…)