Google's begun rolling out an update to Maps, bumping it from version 7.5 to version 7.6 just after flipping the switch on dynamic rerouting. Officially, what's new in the update hasn't been laid out, but as usual we've managed to get the APK and take a quick peek inside. In this post, we'll outline some of the new, interesting bits we've found in the new app, and those who don't want to wait for the update can grab the APK themselves at the bottom of the post.
It's about that time of year, folks - as Mobile World Congress approaches at the end of February, more and more upcoming phones are going to be leaked. The first major leak is from @HTCFamily_ru, which posted a photo of an unknown HTC phone this morning. It appears to be a new member of the One family; the rear is the only visible angle, but it's showing off what looks like two cameras on the back.
As Google Glass continues toward an inevitable public release, users (and developers) are still trying to puzzle out exactly what the device is best suited for. There are games, cooking apps, news alert apps, and of course a tidy bundle of Google services in the slowly expanding list of official Glassware. Of course, there's more to Glass than official Glassware. Developers are making some fairly compelling tools for Google's eyeball computer, and Brivo Labs, in an effort to "explore the future of wearable technology," recently published a demonstration of one such tool.
Sticking with the cryptozoological theme, the Ouya folks have released the first console update of 2014 and it's called Jackalope. The update should appear on consoles in short order, and you'll have to update if you want to continue playing. However, that won't be the case next time thanks to that Jackalope magic.
Well, we've seen this coming for weeks now – leak after leak showed off the bright red Nexus 5, and now it's finally available. The cost is the same as other Nexus 5s: $350 for 16GB or $400 for 32GB. Not that we expected it to be any cheaper anyway. On the upside, if you want one for free, here's your chance.
So there you go. Hit the link below to make one yours today.
Nothing lasts forever. As it is with leftovers, so it is with Android phones, or at least their manufacturers' willingness to expend time and money updating the software. XperiaBlog reports that Sony announced a dozen of its older Android phones won't be getting any more software updates. That means no software at all, not just major Android version bumps. The former flagship Xperia S and its American cousin the Xperia Ion are probably the most popular phones among them.
Are you not experiencing the pleasure you need and deserve from your current tablet? Do you find that your 10-inch tablet simply isn't satisfying? The Samsung has the solution: not one, but two brand new tablets that offer a fabulous 12.2 inches of diagonal screen real estate. The Galaxy Tab Pro and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, along with the smaller Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 and 8.4, are both launching in United States retailers on February 13th.
Say what you will about Samsung's plastic designs and overbearing skins, the original Galaxy Note 10.1 was and is one of the more capable stylus-enabled tablets on the market. If you're looking for a good deal on the WiFi version, eBay has a refurbished model for just $229.99. That's almost $300 off the original 2012 price, and still a solid $170 off of the retail price (even for a refurbished model).
The Galaxy Note 10.1's biggest plus is the Wacom-powered digitizer and stylus (S-pen) combo that comes standard with all members of the Note family.
Today, Google finally opened the Chromecast up to developers in a meaningful way, releasing the Google Cast SDK and integrating the relevant Android API into Google Play Services, the ever-growing backbone of Google's Android-based offerings. The update has already begun its rollout. Of course, that means we're going to look inside and see what's new, and we've also got a download for those who just can't wait for Play Services 4.2 to hit their device.
It feels like we just got done with CES, but Mobile World Congress is looming heavy on the horizon. As usual, Samsung will be there with bells on, but it will shun the show floor in favor of a dedicated Unpacked event. The first Unpacked venue of the year has been set for Monday, February 24th, according to Samsung Tomorrow. It will start at 8:00 PM local time (2:00 PM Eastern), putting it right at the end of the show's first day.