Earlier today, a couple of rather exciting photos found on Picasa began hitting news sites showing what could be a leaked device called the Sony Nexus X. Of course, during Nexus season, any rumor or glance at a possible new device is always exciting, but sometimes it's worth while to take a step back and consider whether what we're looking at is actually what it appears to be. Our penchant for putting leaked images under the microscope led us to do a bit of investigating.
After taking a look at the Nexus X photos, we have some doubts about their validity.
Welcome to the continuation of our Android 4.2 extravaganza. If you haven't guessed by now, we don't just have an unreleased version of Gmail; we have an entire LG Nexus system dump. Some LG Nexus prototypes are supposedly running 4.1.2, but the build we have is something different - something newer.It's an in-progress 4.2 build. Most apps in this build identify themselves as version "4.2-[###]" or "JellyBeanMR1" (4.1.2 is JellyBeanMR0). The source asked us to not release the dump, so we won't. Sorry.
What we can do is give you as much information as possible about it. This Android 4.2 build is really different, in that almost nothing works on a regular phone.
Before we get too far into this, let's point out that this rumor is coming from an Israeli newspaper, so it is easy enough for a company to disavow stories like these. With that disclaimer out of the way: Amazon may be looking into buying Texas Instrument's OMAP business. As we already know, TI has expressed interest in getting out of the mobile game. Not to say they'll stop making processors, but that the focus would be less on tablets and phones, and more on embedded SoCs for a variety of applications (such as automotive, vision, and robotics).
Of course, Amazon uses TI's mobile processors for its Kindle Fire line, which runs a very heavily modified version of Android.
In the realm of dual-stick shooters, Android’s offerings seem to be plentiful. However, one company’s name stands out due to their past success: Glu Mobile’s Gun Bros is a franchise that many gamers will recognize. Gun Bros seemed to have it all: an addicting premise, no shortage of customization, and perhaps most importantly, controls that didn’t suck. I’ve played my fair share of Gun Bros, so when Glu announced that they would be releasing a similar title (only this time, with cars!) I couldn’t help but be curious.
Rev Up That Engine…
Indestructible isn’t a concept that feels particularly new: you have a heavily modified car with a number of weapon options, and your goal is to kill enemies before they kill you.
If you're a developer publishing apps on Google Play, the developer console is probably something you're checking every day compulsively. And Google understands that just because you're a developer, you don't need to look at something ugly and boring to track your apps' download and ratings stats, or manage their publication status. Back at I/O in June, Google showed off a bunch of new console features that were "coming soon."
And today, Google is finally unveiling those features in a brand-new version of the developer console, and you can start using it right now. Just head over to the console, and hit the "Try the new version" button (as Google has previously done with Gmail and Analytics), and you'll be good to go.
Back at the end of September, Gameloft released a teaser for its upcoming title Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour. Needless to say, we were pretty blown away by the graphical content and fluid gameplay. Now, the company has released another teaser, this time showing us more detailed gameplay, and some behind-the-scenes insight into the title's creation.
They also give away parts of the storyline for the upcoming title, including the fact that both protagonist and antagonist will be playable characters.
It's assumed that this is the first in a series of development videos leading up to the game's launch, so we'll keep our eyes peeled for more entries to show up.
The Bard's Tale is huge in just about every way. It's a 3.5GB download (at most), it's a long, elaborate game and, until now, it was $6, which is not quite expensive, but certainly pricier than the average game. Today's sale, however, brings the cost down to an outright bargain. For $3 you can get the full Cary Elwes experience on your phone or tablet. It's almost unreasonable not to go for it.
If you're really attached to those three bucks and need some extra convincing, you can always read Ryan's review of the game here. The short version is that The Bard's Tale is entertaining, hilarious, and is a huge download.
If you've been waiting for Android 4.1.2 to hit your GSM Galaxy Nexus (yakju), wait no more. Google has already begun the OTA process, but in case you haven't gotten yours yet, we've got the direct link for manual installation. Yay for you! Here's how to make it happen.
First and foremost, you'll need to meet a couple of prerequisites:
You must be using a yakju device. Not takju, yakjuux, yakjuxw, or any other variant. If you're not sure what build is on your phone, crack open /system/build.prop and see what it says.
You must be on build JRO03C.
So long as those qualifications are met, you should be all set.
The worst kept secret in the history of Nexus devices just keeps on giving, and this time it looks like we have unofficial confirmation that LG's new device will indeed be called "Nexus 4".
Employees from LG and Google have both uploaded photos to Google+ using the unreleased device, and the EXIF information for the shots both call the camera that has been used 'Nexus 4'.
Both of the photos were taken on Saturday, and uploaded to the social network over the weekend. Jason Parks, a Google employee, still has them on his profile, although due to the sensitive nature of the shots, we've chosen not to publish them.