If you head over to the Play Store right now, you'll see that the 8GB edition of the Nexus 7 is currently out of stock ("Coming Soon"). While this isn't really news in and of itself, it's been that way the past 12 hours or so, and we already have a strong suspicion that the 8GB N7 won't be with us much longer.
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When it came out early last month, Beach Buggy Blitz was one of an increasing number of Tegra-exclusive titles to hit the Play Store, which understandably upset some people. Namely, those people without Tegra devices (what a great excuse to buy a Nexus 7, though).
Now, the game has gone for a wider audience, and is available for most modern, high-end phones. The only specific handsets named are the Galaxy S III / II and One series, but there are obviously plenty of others that should be able to handle Buggy Blitz.
In perhaps its soon to be most-publicized decision in decades, FOSS Patents is reporting that the USPTO has issued an initial finding of invalidity on every claim in Apple's patent for "rubber-band scrolling," that is, the scroll bounceback patent which anyone with half a brain knows is about as patent-worthy as any purely aesthetic user interface element is.
While we're just hearing that an entirely new version of Google Wallet is on the way (what exactly is new about it is what we don't know), Google announced via Twitter that MetroPCS is the latest Wallet carrier partner. The Galaxy S III is the only Wallet-compatible device on Metro for the moment, but you can probably expect most future Metro phones to carry Wallet support, as well.
Happy to announce that @metropcs now supports Google Wallet!Have a Samsung Galaxy SIII on MetroPCS?
If you head over to this URL right now, you'll land on a signup page to get an invitation for a new version of Google Wallet. Yep, Wallet is doing something big. And we're not sure what, but we fully expect it to be announced very soon (like, today). The landing page suggests the new Wallet will support multiple mobile platforms - including iOS - not just Android. Take a look:
Yeah, we're excited, too.
If you're not a fan of your phone's stock camera app for its lack of vintage polaroid filters, you probably have come across Camera ZOOM FX at some point or another. It's pretty popular, but since the introduction of Android 4.0, its UI has looked a little dated. Today, that changed - along with over 20 new features, ZOOM FX is sporting a brand-new look. Check it out.
I'm not going to list all the new features here (because let's face it, a filter is not a feature, it's a filter), but here are some of the highlights:
- New UI / performance enhancements (hardware acceleration)
- Portrait mode
- Adjust brightness, exposure, ISO, light metering
- Horizon and stability indicators
- Golden spiral grid
- New UI for photo timer
- Pinch digital zoom
- Gallery mode
- XHDPI support
- Customizable actions
- Facebook sharing
That's a lot of stuff.
Isis launched its mobile payments platform in Salt Lake City, UT and Austin, TX today, in a limited, initial rollout that's probably best viewed as a tech test more than an NFC payments panacea. We've know for quite some time that these would be Isis' launch markets (after numerous delays), and we also had a basic idea of how the system would work: NFC. What wasn't so widely-known is the fact that Isis uses the SIM secure element method to store payment credentials.
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Motorola has just updated its device update timeline, and a whole bunch of phones have had their Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) updates confirmed. Let's just cut to the chase, here are the device getting Jelly Bean upgrades (US Only), with timing where applicable:
- RAZR M (before 2013)
- RAZR HD / MAXX (before 2013)
- Atrix HD
- Photon Q
- Electrify 2
- RAZR / MAXX
- DROID 4
- XOOM (Wi-Fi and 3G/4G) (Q4 2012)
And that concludes the list.