Rumors have been bumping around the internet for a few days now, but Sony has finally put the speculation to rest. The Xperia Tablet Z has been announced, but only for the Japanese market at this point. The Xperia Tablet Z is the tablet counterpart to the recently announced Xperia Z phones, and it's running Android 4.1 at launch.
The Tablet Z has a 10.1-inch LCD screen at 1920x1200 with Sony's Bravia 2 post-processing engine. Inside, it's packing the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro at 1.5GHz per-core, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (with an SD card slot), and an NFC chip.
You know what we like here at Android Police? Solid information. Earlier today, we reported on an alleged render of the HTC M7 that looked a little 'close-but-not-quite'. For starters, that image is not exactly the M7. But a helpful tipster decided to help us clarify some things today, by providing real images of something that more than likely is the M7.
We've been seeing a flurry of photos recently and this to be the most legitimate one yet. This is also obviously a photograph of a real piece of hardware, not a render. This photo corroborates a lot of the information that PocketNow's tipster reported that we mentioned in our last article - notably, that the home and multitasking buttons have been swapped.
Ah, after CES we were beginning to wonder when we'd get our next flurry of conflicting rumors. Today's comes in the form of what is being called an official render of the HTC M7. Trouble is, it's not. For starters, PocketNow claims that they're not made by anyone within the company, however according to someone who 'has access' to a photo of the handset, the front looks about right. Allow me to reiterate that point: the claim here is someone has allegedly seen an alleged photo that allegedly looks similar to this image, but only the front half:
Of course, this render has some issues just on the face of it as well.
Buying a smartphone is a lot like telling a joke - timing is everything. Purchasing a Galaxy S III a few months ago was probably fine and dandy, but today, everybody sort of knows we're closing in on the next round of product announcements for 2013.
When do I buy? Which announcement do I wait for? Do I buy as soon as my contract expires, or sit on my upgrade until something new comes along? It's easy to get paralyzed into a sort of gadget anxiety - where you never commit to buying anything, because who knows what could be coming next.
Having multiple devices that need to stay juiced up while you're out and about means that a portable charger should be a standard part of your on-the-go gear. If you don't already have one – or are in the market for a new one – Daily Steals has quite the deal going on a massive 9000mAh battery pack that can charge up to four devices at the same time.
The primary thing that sets this charger apart from comparable units (aside from being able to handle four devices at once) is that it actually has built-in microUSB and iPhone 30-pin connectors, so you don't have to carry extra cables with you.
Terry Cavanagh, the mind behind VVVVVV and Don't Look Back, brought Super Hexagon – a game already lauded among iOS, Mac, and Windows users – to Android, with its minimalistic, addictive gameplay intact.
The game, for those who don't know, is about as minimal as it gets – you control a small triangle on the outside of a central hexagon. In sync with a groovy beat, walls will quickly flood in. Your job is to avoid those walls for as long as possible. The game's trailer demonstrates the concept perfectly:
For added difficulty, the triangle is controlled not with gestures, but by tapping and holding.
After more than a month of unofficial CyanogenMod builds, the HTC Holiday (also known as the Vivid, Raider, or Velocity) has joined the ranks of devices with official CM support, receiving its first weekly CM10 build earlier today. It's not yet clear when or if the Holiday's build cycle will transition to a nightly schedule.
At the time of writing, the build's known issues involve Bluetooth Audio skipping, hardware video playback, tethering, and the inability to record video in 1080p. Otherwise, the Holiday's first weekly looks like daily driver material.
If you're still toting HTC's Holiday and want to be brought up to speed with Android 4.1.2 (plus the CM enhancements we know and love), hit the links below to keep up with the conversation and get the latest build.
When it comes to iconic video game titles, there are few that meet that qualification like Galaga. The top-down alien shoot 'em up has been re-created time and time again, but now the original creator – Namco – has brought this classic title to Android.
As you might expect, it has been completely revamped for the mobile platform, but it still offers that same classic gameplay that made Galaga a hit back in the early '80s. This is a free game that offers 25 levels of gameplay and "epic boss battles" – so hit the widget to grab it and re-live the glory days of arcade gaming.
If you're a fan of ESPN's in-your-face extreme X Games event, a new way to keep up with all the action just hit the Play Store: official X Games apps for both smartphones and tablets. The apps let you follow all the happenings at the X Games, starting with this year's winter event beginning on January 24th in Aspen, CO.
You can catch the best runs, tricks, and crashes with video highlights, keep tabs on the results in real time, check the schedule to see what's happening next, watch the events live on your device, get an in-depth look at each trick with ESPN's "TrickTrack," and learn more about each athlete with player bios.