The ASUS Transformer AiO is a strange sort of beast – it's half desktop computer, half massive Android tablet. Here's the thing, though: it's surprisingly cool. I've been using one for the last week or so (review coming soon), and have been extremely surprised at the amount of utility I've found in this mix-n-match device, as well as how well thought-out it is. But I'm getting ahead of myself here – you'll have to wait for the review for the full skinny.
One of the biggest peeves that, well, everyone had when the redesigned Spotify app hit the scene back in June of last year (yes, it's already been a year) was the lack of landscape support. Updates came and went, but we were all left wanting.
Here we are, one year later, and landscape support is here. It's finally real. For me, personally, there's just one problem: I canceled my Spotify premium membership yesterday and switched to Play Music All Access as my full-time streaming service.
Nothing can break a good app quicker than an ugly interface. Conversely, a subpar app can be thrown into the limelight thanks to a beautiful UI. The point is: we're all slightly vain and love to look at pretty things. If you're a developer, making your app visually appealing is absolutely clutch for success; if you're just not sure where to start, however, we've got a book that should be just what the doctor ordered: Android User Interface: Turning Ideas and Sketches into Beautifully Designed Apps ($25, Amazon).
We've been seeing images of a white version of the Nexus 4 for several months now (including some recently-leaked press shots), but LG just officially took the wraps off of it. This new N4 is virtually identical to the current edition in hardware specifications, as it features a 4.7-inch 1280x768 display, 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB RAM, and of course Android 4.2; so no surprises there.
Oddly enough, the handset will start its journey in Hong Kong on May 29th, and will "roll out globally in select markets in Asia, North America, Europe, and the Middle East over the next several weeks." That's a step away from the norm, where Google usually releases new Nexus devices in the US Play Store first.
NVIDIA SHIELD, the company's first in-house built device, is officially available for pre-order for $350. And no sooner than the announcement was made, the "this is too expensive!" comments started showing up. I want to explain why I think that line of thinking is not only unfair, but also illogical.
The issue with SHIELD, in my opinion, isn't actually with SHIELD itself but rather the way people are perceiving it.
HTC has come a long way since '97, when it was working on touch-based Windows CE devices. Over the last 15 years, the company has released many new technologies and new devices, including the Compaq iPAQ and a variety of other popular Pocket PCs. It released the world's first 3G Windows Mobile smartphone. The first commercially-available Android phone. The first Nexus phone (which, sadly, didn't make the cut in the video).
The HTC One is undoubtedly HTC's best and most innovative phone to date. Up to this point, making one your own on The Now Network meant shelling out $200 for an upgrade or $100 if you came from another carrier (thanks to Sprint's number porting incentive); if those prices are still too steep for your taste and you've been waiting for a better deal to come along, now may be the time to buy.
When news broke that Verizon's and AT&T's versions of the Galaxy S4 would ship with locked/non-unlockable bootloaders, people were... upset. This sort of action was basically expected from Verizon, but AT&T had historically left its device's bootloaders unlocked, allowing users to do what they wanted with their own handsets. To make matters worse, the Galaxy S4's bootloader signature verification is nearly impossible to crack.
Then, at the first of the month, all-around genius hacker Dan Rosenberg released a teaser for his upcoming tool that would "hack" the AT&T's versions bootloader.
Ready for some top-notch game titles for a buck each? Great, because we've shortened the deal list to just two extremely worthy titles today: AVP: Evolution and Fieldrunners 2. Both have been knocked down to a mere dollar for Memorial Day weekend, and both are excellent games.
For the uninitiated who may not be familiar with AVP: Evolution, it's the next stage in the murderous battle for supremacy between the two other-worldly titans of our time: Alien and Predator.
Google is going a little nuts with the card UI updates today – first Drive, and now Play Magazines. Today's update brings Google's magazine-reader to version 2.0, and makes it overall easier to use and nicer to look at – both welcome additions to an already-good app. Besides the new Card UI that replaced the terrible rolodex style called StackView, Magazines followed suit and adopted the new slide-out navigation drawer that we first saw in Google Earth and Shopper.