Expect more Chromecast apps soon as Google schedules hackathon

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We haven’t yet seen too many apps that can stream content to Chromecast dongles, but all that is likely to change over the next month or two as Google has scheduled a Chromecast ‘hackathon’ at its Mountain View HQ next month, reports Engadget.

Google has invited several developers including CyanogenMod / AirCast dev Koushik Dutta and Thomas Kjeldsen to a hackathon on December 7th and 8th in Mountain View. An opportunity to test drive the “upcoming release” of the Cast SDK is promised, plus an opportunity to talk with Google engineers about what it can do …  Read more

Android 4.4 KitKat update begins rolling out to Moto X on T-Mobile

After rolling out the KitKat update to Verizon first in somewhat of an unexpected move earlier this week, Motorola just announced on its blog that the update is now ready for T-Mobile users.

The update comes ahead of many other devices that we expected to get the update by now, including the HTC One Google Play Edition, the Nexus 4 for many users, and the Nexus 10, to name a few. There’s also still no official word on the update for the Moto X Developer Edition, but a few people today report they’ve received the update.  Read more

Verizon launches Samsung Galaxy S4 mini & S III mini for $49/$99 on contract

Verizon announced today that it is releasing new mini variants of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy devices. One is the Galaxy S4 mini, the latest mid-tier version of Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4. However, Verizon is oddly also launching last year’s model today, the Galaxy S III mini.

Despite the fact that the S4 mini is the newer device, the S III mini might be the better option for those on a budget as it will cost customers just $50 on a two-year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate. The S4 mini will come in at $99 with the same rebate. You’ll also be able to grab a month-to-month plan if you drop $249 or $399 for the S4 mini or S III mini, and $10 and $16 a month offers are available through Verizon Edge.

You can grab the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and the Galaxy S III mini from Verizon now.  Read more

HTC One max arrives on Verizon for $299 on contract

 

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Following the launch of the HTC One max on Sprint earlier this month, Verizon this morning officially made availability and pricing details available. As expected from an earlier leak, Verizon is pricing the HTC One max at $299.99 on the usual two-year agreement and it will also be available as upgrade to those part of Verizon Edge for around $25/month or $599 for those that wish to go month-to-month. That compares to the $249 Sprint is asking for existing customers and a special introductory price of $149 for new customers on a two-year contract.  Read more

Samsung S4 beats HTC One in ‘uncheatable’ benchmark test

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Following revelations that almost all Android handset and tablet manufacturers cheat in benchmark tests, detecting the benchmark software and ramping up performance for the duration of the test, GameBench thinks it’s come up with an approach which is impossible to cheat.

Engadget reports that the company – whose co-founders both worked for chipmakers – take a different approach, running real games and using a background app to take systems measurements while those games are running …  Read more

Google releases redesigned Google Translate app for Android

Google today announced that it’s releasing an all-new Google Translate app for Android. The app features a new design, adds support for additional languages, and introduces some interesting new features to make translations even faster.

The app now makes it easy to have translated conversation with someone at the tap of a button and also adds gesture support for quickly switching between languages: Read more

Google launches physical prepaid debit card for Google Wallet

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Following rumors over the past year that Google was planning a physical card for its Google Wallet payment service, the company has just quietly made the project official. While reports earlier this year indicated that Google was scrapping the plans, Google just announced that Wallet users in the U.S. can now order the prepaid debit card. 

The card will be good for Wallet users to access their cash from ATMs and banks and also make payments online and in stores wherever MasterCard Debit cards are accepted. Google ran through some of the benefits of the free Google Wallet card, including no monthly or annual fees: Read more

Nexus 4 owners look alive, Android 4.4 KitKat now rolling out

Thanks to a tipster tweet, the boys at Android Central are reporting Android 4.4 KitKat is now en route to Nexus 4 smartphones. The update weighs in at a manageable 238MB and will of course add all the candy-tasting goodness Android 4.4 brings to the Android world.

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Google launches Android Newsstand, pulls together all of your subscriptions

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Say hello to Google Newsstand, a brand new app for your Android phone or tablet which brings together all of your favorite news sources in one place. Do you subscribe to magazines, newspapers, blogs and news sites? Of course you do and Google is putting all of the full length articles, complete with images, audio and video right inside the app. Articles will be available for offline reading or can be bookmarked to read later.

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HTC’s Twitter accounts discuss upcoming KitKat update details

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HTC’s trend of Android update transparency continued yesterday with hints that Android 4.4 KitKat will arrive stateside on the HTC One before the end of January. In response to a customer inquiry, HTC’s @htcusa account responded “In North America, we plan to deliver Kit Kat (including Sense 5.5) to HTC One customers by the end of January.”

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Moto X now available for $0.01 on Verizon w/ 2-yr contract

From 9to5toys.com

motorola-motox-black-amazon-sale-01We are seeing one of the best deals yet on Motorola’s Moto X, now that Amazon is offering the device for just a penny with a two year contract.

For a little while there, Verizon was offering the Moto X for just $50 along with the use of its online customization tool, which allows users to choose the color of the device and its accents along with an inscription. Even though today’s deal doesn’t allow for the use of the Moto Maker customization app, with the half off promo now over, Amazon’s offer is not one to be missed for those in the market for a Moto X. It also comes on Verizon, which means customers will be able to upgrade to KitKat right away.
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