On an Android blog like ours, you're accustomed to reading about the rechargeable lithium ion batteries crammed inside smartphones and the external battery packs that can pump juice back into them. Today we're shaking things up. The SkyRC NC2500 is the kind of accessory that can make keeping up with those AA/AAA NiMH batteries you may have lying in a drawer somewhere less tedious. Just pop your batteries in, install the Android app, and look at those charge levels go.
Bubblesoft's BubbleUPnP is fast becoming a one-stop shop for streaming to media centers and set-top boxes. In addition to a wide range of features which we've already highlighted, today's 1.8 update adds native streaming to Google's Chromecast. The app can stream Chromecast-supported file formats (P3, AAC, Vorbis, MP4 and MKV H264, images) almost instantly and without any sort of limit. Transcoded files for the Chromecast will require a desktop app on your local network.
Looking for a rock-solid 7-inch tablet that runs the latest version of Android? Woot has the best deal we've seen yet on Google and Asus' Nexus 7 2013, so long as you're OK with a refurbished model. Tech.Woot.com is offering the 16GB WiFi version of the tablet for $169.99 and the 32GB version for $199.99, today only. That's $60 and $70 off the new retail price, respectively.
You're not going to find a better price on a tablet with these specifications - the 1080p screen alone would push other hardware past the $250 mark, with the exception of the Kindle Fire HDX.
— @evleaks (@evleaks) February 20, 2014
If you thought that the golden HTC M8 seen yesterday was a bit ostentatious, then you'll be glad to hear that it probably isn't the only color option for "The New One." Evleaks (who posted the original gold press render) posted a second shot this morning, showing the new flagship phone in a much more typical dark gray color.
Facebook's $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp was certainly yesterday's biggest story when it came to web and social news. But according to Amir Efrati of The Information, there's an interesting backstory that didn't make it into the financial pages. He reports that six months ago, Google offered to pay WhatsApp to notify the larger company if they received an acquisition offer from anyone else. While an exact amount hasn't been disclosed, the deal was reportedly worth "millions of dollars."
The Information's anonymous sources say that WhatsApp declined the offer - surely a hard pill to swallow for a startup company, even one with the fantastic number of users that WhatsApp boasts.
The kernel source was posted just the other day, which usually signals an update is right around the corner. Indeed, here comes KitKat for the Galaxy Note 3 on Sprint. The 503.6MB OTA download includes a few small tweaks to TouchWiz with Android 4.4.
If you're a big fan of Paranoid Android's Chat Heads-inspired Halo feature, I've got some unfortunate news for you. Yesterday a known member of the Paranoid Android development team, "PirateGhost," posted a reply to an XDA thread waiting on Halo in a new PA beta build.
You are going to be waiting a loooooooooooong time. Halo is dead.
The story was picked up by the folks at the Android subreddit, where reactions ranged from dismissive to inconsolable.
Most of the Android Police team is strangely obsessed with the small vinyl Android collectables from Dead Zebra created by Andrew Bell and other artists. They're just the right size to clutter up a desk, but the same cannot be said for the newest Android collectable. The Mega Android is almost 10-inches tall and costs a whopping $70 for the standard green edition.
New phones and tablets aren't the only thing that Samsung will unveil in Barcelona. A recent Twitter post indicates that the company will reveal a new line of Exynos mobile processors, cryptically titled "Exynos Infinity." The post from the official Exynos account omitted any other details, but a debut during the Samsung Unpacked event on February 24th (concurrent with, but technically distinct from, Mobile World Congress) is a safe bet.
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