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Dec 16, 2014 - 5:59 AM - by wicked
Video streaming giant, Netflix is showing Android users some love with a social focused update released today.
This update allows Android users to privately share and receive recommendations from friends right from your phone. The service also supports notifications for Android Wear users.
A statement from Netflix Dircetor of Product Innovation, Cameron Johnson:
In September, we announced our new Social Recommendation feature for the Netflix website, iPad, iPhone, PS3, Xbox, and many set-top boxes and smart TVs. Today, we're announcing the same feature has been added to the Netflix app for Android phones. Now you can easily, and privately, recommend the shows you love to the people you care about, right from your Android phone.
We've also added a couple of new exciting features specifically for Android users. First, we're taking full advantage of the rich Android push notification capabilities to add images and action buttons that let you to watch, get more info, or thank your friend for a recommendation. Second, for Android smartwatch users, we've created an Android Wear integration that alerts you when you've received a recommendation, and lets you watch, thank, play, or get more details on the show.
What Netflix movie or TV shows do you recommend? Tell us by leaving a comment in this thread!
Dec 15, 2014 - 12:46 PM - by dgstorm
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is one of Sammy's most impressive and successful devices, especially in the phablet category, but that doesn't mean it can't get better. In fact, Android 5.0 lollipop will be a nice upgrade to the Note 3. Luckily, it may have just started rolling out.
A user in Vietnam is reporting he received the update, but we haven't seen reports of it hitting any other device yet. Perhaps this was just a fluke, or perhaps it is the beginning of an initial rollout. We will keep an eye out for more intel, but if it is the beginning of the rollout, we expect it to push out to more regions across the globe sometime in the first quarter of 2015.
Dec 15, 2014 - 12:36 PM - by dgstorm
Here's an interesting deal for anyone who was considering getting a Nexus 9 LTE Edition on AT&T. They are offering a $100 bill credit if you purchase the LTE version of the Google Nexus 9. The complicated part is that AT&T isn't selling the device through their own retail store.
The way you get the credit is to buy the LTE version on the Google Play Store and then simply activate it with a signed two year contract on AT&T's network. After that you will get a $100 credit added to your account. Here's the statement from AT&T:
Here's a link to the Google Play Store if you want to take advantage of this offer: Nexus 9 32GB LTE Indigo Black - Devices on Google Play
Customers can receive a $100 bill credit when they activate their Nexus 9 with a two-year agreement at an AT&T company-owned store. The Nexus 9 is certified to work on the network with the nation's strongest LTE signal, making this a perfect pairing.
Dec 12, 2014 - 3:14 PM - by dgstorm
The folks at T-Mobile now have the LTE version of the Google Nexus 9 tablet. The device is available online only, for $599.99 outright or $0 and $24.99 per month for 24 months. This is one of the hottest tablets of the year with a 9.7-inch display and NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 processor.
Here's the link for T-Mobile customers to grab one: Google Nexus 9 Tablet | Nexus 9 Tablet Reviews & Specs | T-Mobile
Dec 11, 2014 - 4:20 PM - by dgstorm
Earlier today, several media outlets jumped on the news that Google may have stopped production of the Nexus 5 smartphone, and that once they run out, there won't be anymore. Luckily, we decided to do some digging and wait to report until it was confirmed, because it turns out the report was not entirely accurate.
Still... it's close to the truth, and for fans of the Nexus 5, the news isn't that good. According to the latest information from a Google rep, the company plans to keep producing the Nexus 5 handset at least until the end of Q1 2015. It's still possible they may stop production at that time, but they didn't elaborate further.
It will be a shame if they choose not to build a new edition of the Nexus 5. It seems ideal to have the Nexus 5 in the regular sized handset marketing spot, while the Nexus 6 occupies the phablet space. Perhaps they will simply give a different company a shot at making another Nexus device. We will keep you apprised as more info is revealed.
Dec 10, 2014 - 12:04 PM - by dgstorm
The first in the new Game of Thrones gaming series just hit the Google Play Store for Android. The game was produced by Telltale, famous for previous titles like of The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us. It will come in a six part episodic series, and this first episode is titled, "Iron From Ice." Each episode will cost $4.99 individually, but after getting this first episode, you can purchase the entire series (in-app) for just $19.99 more.
Here's a description taken straight from the Play Store regarding the new characters and storyline in this series:
As you can see from the quote, they also shared the needed specs for the game. It seems that it will need some powerful hardware to run. It kinda reminds you of the old PC days a bit doesn't it...
Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series is a six part episodic game series set in the world of HBO's groundbreaking TV show. This new story tells of House Forrester, a noble family from the north of Westeros, loyal to the Starks of Winterfell. Caught up in the events surrounding the War of the Five Kings, they are thrown into a maelstrom of bloody warfare, revenge, intrigue, and horror as they fight to survive while the seven kingdoms tear themselves apart. You will take on the role of different members of the Forrester household, and determine their fate through the choices you make; your actions and decisions will change the story around you.
GPU: Adreno 300 series, Mali-T600 series, PowerVR SGX544, or Tegra 4
CPU: Dual core 1.2GHz
- - - -
The game will run on the following devices but users may experience performance issues:
- Galaxy S2 – Adreno
- Galaxy S3 Mini
- Galaxy Tab3
- Droid RAZR
Here's a link the Play Store to grab it: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...meofthrones100
Here's the slickest off topic news of the day, and we are sure [USER=61217]@UltraDroid[/USER] got up early to watch it live! The title and details of the 24th James Bond film were just announced. The new 007 film will be called "Spectre," and will star Daniel Craig as the superhero secret agent. For those true Bond aficionados, you may remember that Spectre stands for “Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion" which is the "bad guy" organization that James Bond was pitted against in many of the original Ian Fleming stories.
The film will co-star the following actors: Andrew Scott, Dave Bautista, Monica Bellucci, Léa Seydoux and Christoph Waltz. On top of the title announcement and the actors involved in the film, a brand new and ultra-limited edition Aston Martin was announced as well (show in the image above). It is called the Aston Martin SPECTRE DB10, and there will only be 10 of them custom made by Aston Martin. Here's more on that subject at Aston Martin's landing page: Built for Bond - Aston Martin debuts unique car for Spectre
Shooting starts tomorrow and will release on October 23rd next year in the U.K., followed by a November 6th, 2015 premiere in the U.S.
Dec 03, 2014 - 11:04 AM - by dgstorm
In case you missed the news late last night, Google just released the first update to Lollipop. Android 5.0.1 (build LRX22C) just hit the AOSP, and factory images for the Wi-Fi Nexus 9, Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 10 tablets are already available as well.
This update seems to address at least two bugs. This includes the factory reset bug and a problem that ruins video playback on the Nexus 7 (2013). Google hasn't officially released any specific info on what the update addresses, so there could be even more to it.
We expect the final update to begin rolling out fairly soon since this is already available as a factory image. For those who don't want to wait, you can get the factory images at the download link below.
Source: Factory Images for Android 5.0.1 & Android 5.0.1 AOSP
Dec 02, 2014 - 5:19 PM - by dgstorm
Kabam, the makers of games like Castle Age and Underworld Empire, just announced they are developing a mobile super hero RPG game set in the Marvel comics universe. They didn't share any further details, other than they plan to release it in the fall of 2015 for Android and other mobile platforms.
The company is no stranger to the Marvel property. They are getting ready to release a fighting game to mobile, called Marvel: Contest of Champions. Here's the press release link below,
Source: Kabam and Marvel Team Up for a Second Super-Powered Mobile Game | Business Wire
Nov 25, 2014 - 11:18 AM - by dgstorm
Best Buy is pulling out all the stops for their Black Friday 2014 sale. They are kicking off their Black Friday sale at 5PM Thursday (Thanksgiving Day). They will be closing at 1AM and then reopening for their normal business hours on Friday morning. Their best deal is a Galaxy S5 on contract for only $1, but here are a slew of additional offers worth checking out:
- HTC Desire 510 4G on Virgin Mobile for $29.99 w/ no contract
- LG G3 on Verizon, Sprint or AT&T for $1 w/ two-year contract
- Samsung Galaxy S5 on AT&T, Sprint or Verizon for $1 w/ two-year contract
- Samsung Galaxy Note 4 $0 down for well-qualified buyers with $50 Best Buy gift card
- Samsung Galaxy S3 4G on Sprint Prepaid for $79.99 w/ no contract
- Unlocked Sony Xperia T2 Ultra 4G for $199.99
- Amazon Fire HD 6-inch 8GB for $79.99
- ASUS MeMo Pad 7 with case and 8GB microSD card for $99.99
- ASUS Transformer Pad TF0310 10.1-inch 16GB for $179.99
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 8GB for $149.99
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 16GB for $399.99
- Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 32GB for $449.99
- Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 16GB for $199.99
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Kids’ Edition 7-inch 8GB for $129.99
- Chromecast for $23.99
- Mophie JuicePack Powerstation Duo battery pack for $59.99
- RocketFish capacitive stylus for $3.99
- Samsung Galaxy S5 S-View Flip cases for $24.99
- Samsung Level On headphones for $99.99
- Samsung 64GB microSD Class 10 for $24.99
- Fitbit Activity + Sleep tracker for $99.99
- Fitbit Flex Activity + Sleep tracker for $79.99
- Jawbone Up24 fitness band for $79.99
- Pebble SmartWatch for $79.99
- Pebble Steel SmartWatch for $149.99
- Samsung Gear Fit for $99.99
*There's one other really cool offer at Best Buy worth mentioning separately. You can actually trade-in any working tablet toward the purchase of a Google Nexus 9 tablet and Best Buy will give you $100 off. This comes in the form of a $50 instant discount and a $50 Best Buy gift card.
Here's the Best Buy link to check out these deals: Black Friday 2014 Deals - Best Buy
Nov 20, 2014 - 12:14 PM - by dgstorm
The factory image for Android 5.0 Lollipop for the Nexus 6 is available now from Google. This version is "LRX210," and can be downloaded from the links below. This is the best way to have a consistent base OS for your device in case you ever need to recover from a catastrophe. We even included a link to the binaries. Enjoy!
Nov 14, 2014 - 3:57 PM - by dgstorm
The Asus ZenWatch Android Wear smartwatch is now available on the Google Play Store. The device will set you back $199.99. Here's a Play Store description to let you know what you are getting for the money:
Here's a breakdown of specs:
Time-honored tradition, smart innovation
ASUS ZenWatch is an exquisitely crafted watch that seamlessly pairs with an Android smartphone. It provides relevant and useful information when it is needed most and serves as a wellness manager.
- Android Wear
- 1.63” AMOLED display - Resolution 320 x 320
- Water Resistant Rating IP55
- Weight 75g
- Battery 1.4Wh
- Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor with 1.2GHz CPU
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 512MB RAM
- Micro USB on Charging Cradle
- 9 Axis Sensor & Bio-sensor
It's currently in-stock and says it will ship in 1-2 days from the time of the order (as of the time of the post November 14th, 2014 at 3PM CTD). Here's the link to the Play Store: ASUS ZenWatch - Devices on Google Play
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