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Nexus 4 in stock, Yours in just 2 weeks!

Now I know not everyone is happy with the way the launch has went with the Nexus 4 but it is once again back in stock (and is expected to stay in stock this time)

It can be in your hands in around 2 weeks, Not bad in my opinion. I waited 45 days for mine and then had to replace it due to a fault.

I’m sure your experience will be more successful than mine!

The bumper is still out of stock however as is the 32GB Nexus 10.nexu4

 

 

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Temple Run 2 now on Google Play

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After the success of Temple Run with over 50 million downloads on Google Play never mind the hits original run on iOS, Imangi Studios have released their eagerly awaited sequel Temple Run 2!

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Android 5.0 – Simple & Awesome [Personal Opinion]

The following post is an individuals personal opinion and vision of Android.

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In October 2011, Google launched Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) which completely transformed Android from an ugly iOS cousin into an OS that had distinctive identity. As Matias himself explained on the stage, “We wanted to break away from the past”. He laid out pretty aspirational goals “Enchant Me”, “Simplify my life”, “Make me awesome”.

Indeed 4.0 was enchanting but there are things in 4.0/4.1/4.2 that can be better and make Android “Simple” & “ Awesome”. Matias also mentioned “4.0 is just the first step towards these aspirational goals”. So it is right to assume that engineers would be hard at work in Google towards achieving the same, possibly for Google IO 2013 reveal.

Till then I want you to see my design concepts for making Android “Simple” and “Awesome”.

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Samsung unveils new 8-core mobile processor

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Just as other chip manufacturers have done at CES, Samsung revealed their new Exynos 5, an 8-core mobile processor which keeps in mind ARM’s big.little reference design. It pairs four larger and more power hungry Cortex A15s with four smaller, energy efficient Cortex A7s. This should allow an increase of up to 70% according to ARM, which will help as devices screens are becoming larger and larger, and more demanding applications and games are being developed. Exynos 5 should allow for substantially more powerful devices, even more so than the already powerful the Nexus 10 which has a processor with a dual-core A15 implementation. The Exynos 5 is also being built on a 28nm process as compared to the 32nm process for the Exynos 5 Dual and the Exynos 4 which should also add to the power saving ability of this chip.

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Sources: ARM, Android Central, The Verge, AnandTech

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Nexus 10 review in haiku!

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Archos shows off Gamepad at CES

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At CES today Archos showed off their take on a solution to android gaming. Rather than having developers cater their games to the specific layout of the device, Archos uses a different solution, one which emulates the controller and maps onscreen buttons to hardware controls. The overall opinion from many sites such as The Verge, Android Community, and Engadget is that support for many games will be limited, but its up to Archos to improve games that the Gamepad will work with.

The device itself has a 7-inch screen, 1024 x 768 screen, 1.6GHz Cortex A9 processor, Mali 400 GPU, Android 4.1, 8GB internal storage which is expandable with a MicroSD, and 1 GB RAM. The device is already shipping in Europe and should be available for $169.99 in Q1 2013.

Source: Engadget, Android Community, TheVerge

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Qualcomm announces new Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 800 chips

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Just as Nvidia unveiled its new processor the Tegra 4, today Qualcomm followed suit and unveiled two new chips, the Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 800. Starting off with the 600, basically a S4 Pro which is in the Nexus 4 or Droid DNA and make everything better and faster, it combines a quad-core Krait 300 CPU with speeds up to 1.9GHz, Adreno 320 GPU, LPDDR3 RAM support, and to top it off will be up to 40 percent faster than the Snapdragon S4 Pro.

The Snapdragon 800 is even faster, which means phones which have this silicon will fly through almost any application. Qualcomm promises a 75 percent increase in CPU performance and to double the graphics compute performance. This is achieved through quad-core Krait 400 speeds up to 2.3GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU, 4g LTE CAT 4 and 802.11ac support, Ultra HD support (4K), support for DTS-HD Dolby Digital Plus and 7.1 surround, and Dual Image Signal Processors (ISPs) up to 55-megapixels.

Both chips have integrated LTE which should provide power benefits over non-integrated solutions, following the precedent of the S4 vs Tegra 3 as was seen in the varying versions of the HTC One X. The Snapdragon 600 and 800 should start arriving mid-year.

Source: AndroidCentral, TheVerge

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Sony reveals Xperia Z a 5-inch, quad-core, 1080p Android phone

Sony’s new flagship for 2013 has been announced it’s called the Xperia Z. The phone itself has a 1080p display, 2GB RAM, 1.5GHx quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, LTE, up to 16GB internal storage with a microSD card slot for expansion, NFC, Android 4.1, a 2330mAh battery, a 2.2MP front-facing camera and a 13-megapixel Exmor RS camera sensor.

Sadly, the phone is not running stock android as many other phones at CES have been, but Sony’s additions may help in the multimedia department with the likes of ClearAudio+, Bravia Reality Display, and Bravia Engine 2 onboard. Furthermore, the software has caught up with HTC in burst photography which allows a 10fps burst mode when shooting in a 9-megapixel format. The camera on the phone also allows for video HDR similar to what was shown off in Tegra 4. In regards to battery life Sony has added on a Battery Stamina mode that automatically kills background processes and apps when the screen is off which will significantly help battery life. The phone is especially cutting edge in terms of its water resistance to a depth of one meter. Similar to the Nexus 4 it has glass on the front and back of the device, which may make for problems as dropping phones with glass on the front and back usually does not go well. The Xperia Z and ZL variant (without the glass back and water resistance in select markets) are planned to be released in March. Sony says the device will be able to be updated to 4.2 shortly after it is released.

Sources: TheVerge, TechCrunch

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Polaroid announces iM1836 mirrorless camera with Android

At CES today Polaroid unveiled the iM1836 mirrorless camera, which has an 18.1-megapixel mirrorless body and a 3.5 inch display, built in WiFi, bluetooth, and Android 4.1. The camera will be able to switch optics with an adapter for Micro-Four Thirds lenses. The camera should arrive in Q1 2013 and comes with a low price tag of only $399, which may be able to produce higher quality pictures than rivals Nikon and Samsung.

Source: Android Police, Engadget, TheVerge

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