We've been taking a close look at some of Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo's 2013 offerings: LG's flagship Optimus G Pro, Panasonic's similar Eluga X, and the dual-screen NEC MEDIAS W. DoCoMo announced three other phones at the same time, all of which are at the head of their manufacturer's lineups. We've already seen Sony's Xperia Z, Xperia Tablet Z, and Huawei's Ascend D2. Fujitsu's ARROWS X F-02E matches up to both, more or less.
There have been a few cautious entries into the world of dual-screen Android devices from the likes of Kyocera, Sony, and Samsung, but Japanese manufacturer NEC is hoping to leave these efforts in the dust with their new smartphone. The MEDIAS W has a form factor that's distinctly different from any yet seen in the Android world: two 4.3-inch screens in equal resolution, side-by-side. It's a bit like a smaller, inverted version of the Sony Tablet P turned 90 degrees, or the old Microsoft Courier concept shrunken down.
In case there was any doubt that 5 inches is the new standard for Android superphones, Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has removed all of it with a new hardware series. Right at the top of the list is a new device from Panasonic in their relatively young Eluga family, this one christened the ELUGA X P-O2E. The 5-inch LCD screen is naturally 1080p, and hides a 1.5Ghz quad-core Snapdragon Pro processor, and a 13.2 megapixel camera.
When the specs of the supposed LG Optimus G Pro leaked last week, it seemed almost too good to be true – like one of those fanboy wishlists you see populating forums and sub-Reddits across the web. Now Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo has announced the device as part of its DoCoMo Next 2013 Spring lineup, and the reality matches the leak quite well.
The LG Optimus G Pro will be following the trend of big and beautiful screens.
When Stargate Command launched on the Google Play Store a couple of weeks ago, there were shouts of "For cryin' out loud!" heard 'round the Android gaming community. If you had trouble installing the game thanks to an absurdly limited number of "compatible devices," then boot up your DHD and grab a handy Zat gun: it's now showing compatible with just about everything we can throw at it.
In Stargate Command you play as everyone's favorite snake infestation, Teal'c, as he defends the SGC from Goa'ulds, Jaffa, and Replicators.
I have a confession to make: I haven't been using my Nexus 7 that much over the past few weeks. Why? Because it has been suffering from horrible lag. Everything was peachy keen up until the Android 4.2.1 update, but that's a different story for a different day. For now, the lag is the important bit.
Then we stumbled across a new app called LagFix, which – get this – fixes lag issues on many devices, like the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, Nexus 4, One X+, and more.
Almost one year ago to the day, OneLounder released what is still one of my favorite weather apps: 1Weather. It's a fantastic looking app that delivers useful information about the weather conditions in your area, both current and extended. And, as of today, the app has been updated to v2, which brings a handful of new features to this already-fantastic app:
- Tablet support
- Refined UI
- Optimized radar section
- Added map pin
- Improved ongoing notifications
- Lock Screen widgets
The tablet layout is both intuitive and informative, highlighting the most pertinent information on the main screen: current temp, wind speed, humidity, hourly forecast, and more.
At this point, we can be fairly sure an 8-inch Galaxy Note tablet is a thing that's happening. It has shown up in numerous benchmarks (as the GT-N5100), and supposedly packs a 1280x800 LCD display, which we can all but guarantee will be of the Wacom variety.
Now, Samsung's head of mobile JK Shin has allegedly confirmed the device's existence to Korean news outlet iNews24. The announcement was made at an invitation-only dinner with some of Samsung's newly-promoted high-level officers.
Google's stock woes continue into the new year, with Nexus devices in short supply for the official Android hardware vendor. After a brief restock earlier this month, both the 16GB and 32GB versions of the Nexus 10 tablet are completely sold out in the United States Play Store. There's no way to know when more stock will be available, though we wouldn't blame you for hanging on to your hard-earned cash for a new Nexus device at Google I/O.
With CM10, the CyanogenMod team started pushing out M-Series releases, which are designed to be a more stable alternative to nightly builds. In fact, CM cites these builds as being "mostly stable and ready for everyday use."
We saw two runs of M builds show up for CM10, which were followed by the stable release a few weeks later. Now, the team has released the first M build of CM10.1 for several devices:
- Samsung Captivate
- Samsung Nexus S (+4G)
- Samsung Galaxy S3 USA models (D2*)
- Samsung Galaxy S (galaxysmtd/galaxysbmtd)
- Google Nexus 7
- Google Galaxy Nexus (all variants)
- Google Nexus 4
- Google Nexus 10
- ODroid U2
- Samsung P3100, P3110
- Samsung P5100, P5110
Of course, this is just a starter list and more devices will be added in the coming days/weeks.