Nov 12, 2013 - 1:53 PM - by dgstorm
A little over a week ago we shared a story about a new 12.2-Inch Samsung Galaxy Note tablet which is likely coming this holiday season. A new FCC filing confirms the existence of the device. This one is a 3G capable model with 850/1900MHz frequencies and a Samsung SM-P901 model name.
So far, the rumored specs of this device suggest a robust and powerful feature-set:
- 2560 by 1600 pixel display
- Quad-core Snapdragon 800 SoC
- 3GB of RAM
- 8MP camera on the back
- 2MP cam in front
- 32GB of storage
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
With premium specs like these you can probably expect a premium price, but for those who would want a tablet of this size, it's probably to be expected.
Nov 12, 2013 - 12:52 PM - by pc747
My thoughts after the break.
Video Source: PocketNow
Nov 12, 2013 - 11:54 AM - by dgstorm
Above and below we have a couple of cool videos for NVIDIA's Tegra Note 7 Android tab. The new Tegra 4-equipped tablet just went into retail stores recently and is designed to showcase the incredible power of the Tegra 4. It's an amazing bonus that it sells in the $200 dollar range, especially considering all of the features and power.
This device stands out not just because of its internal power though. It also comes with a slew of interesting features. For example, NVIDIA claims the Tegra Note tablets have superior audio with the “widest frequency range in a tablet”. Apparently, the camera is very impressive too. NVIDIA shares that the camera in the tablet s impressive too and includes the “world’s first mobile computational photography architecture.” This supposedly enables special effects including Tap-to-Track automatic tracking.
Finally, in one of the videos we have included, you get to see the DirectStylus demoed on the device. It's a passive stylus technology that NVIDIA bills as equal to an active stylus despite being cheaper to make. It can supposedly detect pressure levels and even the shape of the stylus tip. This is meant to give you a more creative real-world like experience.
With this device on the market, both Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire HD will have a serious new competitor.
Nov 12, 2013 - 11:21 AM - by dgstorm
The LG G2 for Verizon has been out for a while now and is one of the better deals on the carrier. Unfortunately, you can only get a black version of the device, even though a white version is available on other carriers like Sprint. Luckily for folks interested in a white version of the device, that will change sometime in the near future. A white Verizon LG G2 pic was recently leaked, which suggests it will probably come to Big Red within the next few weeks, and probably by the Holidays.
This pic comes from @evleaks, but if you really want to get a glance at the device in person, you could just check one out in a Sprint store if you have the time. Sound off if you are a fan of the white colored devices.
The Razr HD has not been in the spotlight since its bootloader was unlocked several months ago. The latest development for this device by developer DHacker is newsworthy for sure. He has put together a build of Android 4.4 Kit Kat for the Droid RAZR HD! According to DHacker pretty much everything is functioning in this rom including mobile data, wifi, tethering, bluetooth, camera, and so far no major bugs have been found. All the important stuff seems to be working. If you would like to give this rom a shot head to the source link where you will find the rom and the gapps.
Trekkies brace yourselves for the most awesome Star Trek Icon Pack EVER! Introducing Trek Icons by Theme developer NMiltner. This icon theme is complete with nearly 300 high def hand themed app icons. The list of custom icons is steadily growing as Nmiltner is adding new icons to the app all the time. This Icon pack also includes 7 wallpapers and Kit Kat actions are confirmed working. All icons are drawn to 144x144 scale to allow for the best resolution icons possible. This app also utilizes icon masking which means that every app in your app drawer will appear themed. These high quality, bright, and colorful icons will enahnce your homescreen experience.
These icons will work with many of the popular home screen replacement launcher apps on the play store including Nova, ADW, Apex, Action Launcher, Go Launcher and others. You are encouraged to request app icons through the request module within the app. This theme can be yours for the very reasonable price of $1.49. Head to the play link below for the download.
Via Play Store
There are already several root toolkits for the Nexus 5. Normally root users who own Mac PCs are out in the cold when it comes to rooting and modding their devices since developers normally develop with Windows users in mind. If you own a Mac and you want to root your Nexus 5 you are in luck today. There is a toolkit that will root, unlock your bootloader, and install recovery!
You will need to first download the Android File Transfer Tool
Next download and extract these three toolkits
Inside each toolkit click the Green Android Icon to execute the task
Turn off your Nexus 5 and boot into recovery then run the root toolkit first, followed by the unlock bootloader, followed by the twrp
If you grabbed a Nexus 5 the other day when they released you are probably about ready to root it and flash some mods, if you haven't already. The best part of a Nexus device is the fact that it is incredibly easy to unlock the bootloader and root since it is a developer device. Before you get started on rooting your Nexus 5 you will need to first unlock the bootloader. Once the bootloader is unlocked you can proceed to rooting. There are several root tools and one click methods for rooting Nexus devices, however if you are looking to mod your device it is good to know how to do things manually and get comfortable with ADB. While it is not absolutely necessary to learn the manual method it is fun to learn these things.
Grab the latest SuperUser file here and place on your sdcard for flashing later.
1. Download the latest TWRP recovery to your PC
2. Place the recovery in the Platform-tools folder of the sdk
3. Connect your phone to the PC with usb cable
4. In a command prompt type "adb reboot bootloader"
5. Once in Bootloader type "fastboot flash recovery openrecovery-twrp-126.96.36.199-hammerhead.img" or whatever the recovery name is
6. reboot to recovery by pressing volume down until you see recovery then press power to select
7. Once in recovery you will install zip from sdcard, find and select the SuperUser.zip
8. Reboot and Enjoy!
If you were holding out for the ability to make your Moto X truly yours, the wait is over. AT&T's monopoly on the Moto Maker has come to an end. The option to customize your Moto X is now available on all major carries. You can choose from many different color back plates and accents to fit your Moto X to your style and personality.
Be sure to stop by our dedicated Moto X forums and show off your creation. Moto X Forum
Nov 08, 2013 - 4:20 PM - by dgstorm
Even though the Nexus 5 isn't a Verizon device, we know that many of our members still want to hear all about it. Rather than focus our entire front page with multiple articles on a device which will never come to Verizon, we thought it would be worthwhile to do a daily roundup from time to time when there are quite a few stories on our GoogleNexusForum.com site. Today we had three Nexus 5 stories that might garner your attention. Here they are below:
The first one is the official launch of the Nexus 5 on Sprint with pricing and other details: Sprint Launches their Nexus 5 and Several Other Devices Today; Mail-in Rebates Too
The second one is an even better deal on the Sprint Nexus 5 from Amazon: Amazon Selling the Sprint Nexus 5 for Only $50 on a New Contract
The final one has some extra appeal as it basically details some new features coming to Google Now on the Nexus 5 in the very near future: An Update Coming to the Nexus 5 on November 13th Will Bring New Google Now Features
It's truly a shame that the Nexus 5 didn't come to Big Red, but hardly surprising. They have never been very "friendly" with Nexus devices. We will continue to share Nexus 5 news round ups here on DF whenever we have several stories to share, even if it ends up being at the end of a week instead of the same day.
Nov 08, 2013 - 3:03 PM - by dgstorm
If you are a fan of Dr. Who, or if you just like seeing what crafty new Easter Eggs those crazy Googlers can come up with, then you need to check this out. Apparently, if you bring up your Google Now voice search and ask "When am I?" (make sure you add the question mark), you will get a quite intriguing response. This response will be an obvious Dr. Who reference.
We won't spoil it by giving it away, so make sure to try it out if you are curious. If for some reason you can't get it to work, hit up the source link below for a video demonstration. Enjoy!
Nov 08, 2013 - 11:00 AM - by dgstorm
Just two days ago we shared a report that the big camera update for the Motorola Droid series on Verizon was pushing out to more than just soak testers. Several reports indicated that folks who weren't even in the soak test where receiving it. It wasn't an official launch of the update, but we have that now. Early this morning, Google's own, Punit Soni posted on his Google+ page that the update is now rolling out officially to all of the new Droid devices including the Droid Ultra, the Maxx and the Mini. Here's a quote with his G+ post along with a source link below,
Sound off if you have started getting the update!
Droid users should be getting their update right now. Mostly rounds off the post launch SW update for our new devices.
Next up: Continue work on next round of updates, more SW experiences/app pushes.
Never a dull moment these days.
Source: Google+ - Punit Soni
Nov 08, 2013 - 10:44 AM - by dgstorm
This is pretty phenomenal news for Verizon customers ready to grab a new LG G2. With a special promo code, you can pick up the flagship device from LG for FREE on a new two-year contract. The specs on this device are absolutely top-notch, so this is a ridiculous deal. It's hard to believe that one of the most cutting edge Android smartphones (hardware-wise), can be had for such a phenomenal offer.
Apparently when you have weaker brand recognition like LG that's the result. Either way, it's great for many consumers, and it is only available until November 11th. Check out the source link below for this great offer.
What? You didn't think we would leave you hanging without the coupon code did you? Here it is: VZWDEAL.
Nov 08, 2013 - 10:30 AM - by dgstorm
The Developer Edition version of the Moto X has already been discounted. You can now grab the device for $549 instead of its previous price of $649. Of course, the Dev Edition of this phone has an unlocked bootloader so it makes for a great tinker/modding device. You can get either a GSM or a CDMA (Verizon) version of the device. Here are some source links below if you are interested.
Source: Moto X Dev Edition GSM Version (AT&T and T-Mobile) and Moto X Dev Edition CDMA Version (Verizon)
The quickest way to customize your device is by adding a custom wallpaper. You can now have a taste of the latest and greatest version of Android on your device with the new Kit Kat Wallpaper app! Head to the link below for the download.
Via Play Store
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