ROM developers and Android tinkering enthusiasts alike have probably noticed at this point that the new iteration of the Nexus 7, unveiled two weeks ago, does not yet have factory images or driver binaries posted on the appropriate Google Developers page. A similar issue plagued the Nexus 4 in its early days, though eventually images were posted. At the time, legal issues were speculated as a possible reason for the delay, and Android build maintainer JBQ - largely responsible for the images / binaries - said only this in response: "I can't comment."
With the new Nexus 7, JBQ has not outright said that legal problems with Qualcomm are preventing the factory images (and possibly the driver binaries) from being published, but a quick look at the relevant evidence makes it pretty duh-obvious that's what's going on.
LG had hardly introduced its new G2 flagship when they mentioned that it would come to the "big four" American carriers, meaning AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint. They're bringing the fight to Samsung in this carrier-driven market. T-Mobile has confirmed the statement in the LG event: there's already a basic website dedicated to the new 5.2-inch Android handset, complete with the compulsory information signup. There's currently no date or price for the phone on any carrier.
Like with most other devices, there has been no shortage of leaks and rumors surrounding LG's latest flagship, the G2. But now, all the questions have been answered, rumors put to rest, and leaks are no longer necessary – LG just unveiled its newest powerhouse to the world.
Just as previous rumors suggested, the G2 is filled to the brim with high-end specs that almost immediately make this the cream of the Android crop:
5.2-inch 1080x1920 IPS display
2.26GHz Snapdragon 800
16/32GB storage options
13MP rear shooter, 2.1MP front camera
Rear-facing power button and volume control (directly below camera) – long-pressing launches QuickMemo and the camera
138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm
The G2 has the largest display that still fits in the "one hand use" category – thanks to the thin 2.65mm side bezel, it manages to keep the width to a mere 2.7 inches.
HTC hasn't abandoned the market for small phones, as shown by their One Mini at a (relatively) tiny 4.3 inches. But that's still on the premium side, and those who want both a small size and a small price need some love too. Enter the Desire 500, a 4.3" phone with a mixture of features from this generation of HTC hardware and the last one. It's currently slated for release in the UK sometime in August, but HTC has been mum on a price and wider release details so far.
If you know the name of the app you'd like to download... pressone. If you're still using Google TV... press two. [Beep] Yes, that venerable service, Moviefone has been ported to Google TV. Why Google TV? Because it was there, and Moviefone has long since evolved beyond the phone line.
The Google TV version has a different UI than the regular Android app cousin, but that makes sense.
Driving is okay, but it's a little mundane, don't you think? If you need more fun during your road trips, Volkswagen is all over that with its new SmileDrive app. This app follows your trips and turns them into interactive online adventures. It doesn't even require a Volkswagen – just a car with Bluetooth.
The app uses Google+ logins to connect the people in the car, then creates a map for each trip.
Ustream seems to have found its niche in the live streaming of video. The app lets you broadcast live to any number on viewers of WiFi or mobile data. In the new update, developers seem to have spruced up the joint. Ustream is now much more attractive and should also have better video performance.
Sine Mora got its start on the Xbox Live Arcade last summer and has slowly but surely been spreading to every platform under the sun. The 2.5D space shooter might not be the "legendary cult classic" that its description alludes to, but it's certainly been well-received by shmup fans, and it's now available on Google Play after a brief spell on the Amazon Appstore. It's a bit on the pricy side at $5.99.
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a mobilized, social-savvy real-time strategy game, yet another minimal puzzler, and an unapologetically old-school RPG.
Speak softly and carry a big user base. It doesn't exactly roll off the tongue, but that might as well be the unofficial motto of WhatsApp. The cross-platform messaging service has been quietly spreading over the last couple of years, coming to every major mobile platform and gaining over 300 million active monthly users, according to AllThingsD. What's next for the quiet revolution? Voice communication.
Well, sort of - it's more like a short voicemail message, not a live two-way conversation.