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Android Authority Weekly: June 2, 2013

white nexus 4In the AA Weekly, we recap the most significant events that happened over the past seven days in our world of Android. We look at new devices, major news, leaks, and everything else you should know to stay on top of the sprawling Android ecosystem.The fabled white Nexus 4This one’s short – The Galaxy Note 3 is loomingIt won’t be the largest s...

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Google Glass Forbids Apps Using Facial Recognition Sofware Until Further Notice

google glass Google said no to Facial Recognition Apps for its Google Glass gadget today, in an official company posting on Google+ social network. Well, at least until they will have protection in their device, in order to prevent its user to abuse someone else's privacy. I am not sure how they will manage to sort that thing out, but we will see soon enough...

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In what world is the Lumia 521 comparable to the Galaxy S4? In Microsoft’s world, of course!

Galaxy S4 vs iPhone 5 drop test aa (18)You think your new Samsung Galaxy S4 is pretty hot stuff, right? After all, it has mind-blowing processing power, plenty of great Samsung customizations, an amazing 1080p display and Google’s latest and greatest Android Jelly Bean 4.2.My friend, Samsung and Google are fooling you! You’re being double-Scroogled! Instead, you should ditch...

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Sony Xperia S Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Update Arrives, Pre-Rooted ROM

rooted xperia sAndroid 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on the Xperia S at long last! :) Hats off to all you Sony Xperia S owners - it seems that your patience and long-suffering has finally been rewarded, where the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update for the Xperia S has been released. Of course, there were some false alarms before, where just last week, Sony France confirmed th...

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DARPA develops Android-based sensor for future use in UAVs and more

DARPA ADAPT sensor DARPA, the U.S. Department of Defense’s famous research agency, put out a call for developers a few years back for help on a new mobile-oriented project that it started called the ADAPT program. ADAPT — which stands for Adaptable Sensor System — was said to be a way of seeking “novel techniques and processes to rapidly deve...

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Motorola Moto X confirmed, Will be Built in the USA

motorola moto x Motorola Moto X, the next high end smart phone from Motorola was confirmed by the big boss himself, Dennis Woodside, HelloMoto's CEO. This baby will be built in the US of A, this marks a premiere from all the "Made in Cambodia" previous stuff. For the US market, Motorola Moto X will be built in a former Nokia factory in Fort Worth Texas. For the...

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Rumor: Despite what you’ve heard, an LG Nexus 5 prototype is in the works

LG-Nexus-4Earlier this week, LG’s Kim Wong sat down for an interview where he revealed a bit about LG’s plans for the future. Wong also brought up the Nexus 5 and led most of the web to believe that LG wasn’t interested in making the next Nexus phone. LG later issued a statement saying that they weren’t working on a Nexus 5 right now,...

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Motorola shows off digital tattoos and smart pills, not afraid to think outside the box

motorola-tattooYesterday at the D11 Conference, Motorola took the stage and revealed some truly epic news. Not only did we learn that the X Phone is in fact real, the company also unveiled its plans for unique authentication devices in the future.The first of these technologies is a prototype electronic tattoo that Motorola’s SVP for advanced technology, Re...

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LG Optimus G Pro finally rolling out to rest of Asia this June

LG Optimus G Pro Did you know that LG‘s current flagship Android smartphone, the 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro, still hasn’t been made available in Asia outside of South Korea? Indeed it hasn’t, at least not officially, that is. But soon that will no longer be the case, as LG plans on releasing the said handset starting today.The LG Optimus G Pro, which...

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Galaxy S4 Mini official: specs, features, release date and pricing

Galaxy S4 miniDespite rumored to announce the Galaxy S4 Mini at its June 20 media event, Samsung on Thursday went ahead and quietly announced the handset.Is this a direct response to Motorola’s Moto X unexpected announcement? It doesn’t really matter, as by now we already knew a lot of details concerning this Galaxy S4 variant.Specs and featuresJust a few da...

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Moto X Phone launch set for late summer, but no actual release date given

X Phone conceptX Phone conceptAfter unexpectedly confirming the Moto X Phone during a D11 interview, Motorola has issued a brief press release for the handset, mentioning a launch window for the device.During the interview, Motorola’s Dennis Woodside told the audience that the handset will be manufactured in the USA in a former Nokia-owned facility that will em...

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Do you manage Google Apps for your business? There’s an app for that

Google Admin logoGoogle has changed the way enterprises run their IT resources. For one, Google Apps for Business lets organizations run their productivity and collaboration apps on the cloud, whether they’re small firms or big enterprises. This includes mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets, and this also involves various platforms.Android has an adva...

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It’s Official: Moto X Phone Made In The Good Ol’ USA, Out This October

motorola x phone texasX marks the spot for the Moto X phone. With over 130 million smartphones being in existence in the USA even as you read this, has it ever occured to you that not a single one of those smartphones were assembled here? Of course, being “designed in California” does have a nice ring to it, but it is still no the same as having the good ...

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Moto X (Google X Phone) confirmed at D11, will be “contextually aware”

X Phone conceptX Phone conceptMotorola officials have unexpectedly confirmed the Google X Phone – apparently called Moto X – during a D11 interview.Moto’s Dennis Woodside and Regina Dugan were took the stage at D11 to talk about, well, Motorola-related things, and the Moto X came out.The phone has not actually been shown, but Woodside confirmed that the dev...

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Are smartphone component shortages here to stay?

broadcomm chips modems smartphone components [aa]  (2)We already know that the reason behind the Snapdragon 600 and Exynos Octa split in the Galaxy S4 came down to production issues, and how can anyone forget the HTC One’s component shortages. It’s obvious that there’s a growing trend with production difficulties in the smartphone market, and it seems that other component manufacturers are a...

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Geneva Model S Wireless Review: This Bluetooth Speaker Is Chic Décor Eyes Will Dig And Ears Will Love

DSC04470I don't have high expectations when it comes to audio. I want something that sounds good enough not to make my friends cringe and doesn't take half a day for me to figure out how to set up. If the device producing the sound happens to look nice, that's an added perk. When I pulled the Geneva Model S Wireless out of the box and started streaming mus...

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Pebble ready to ship out more pre-ordered smartwatches soon

pebble-watchIt’s been four months since Pebble first started shipping out smartwatches to its Kickstarter backers, and after some technical glitches and a few delays, Pebble is finally just about ready to start shipping watches to those who pre-ordered after the initial Kickstarter campaign.In a forum post, Pebble announced that customers who ordered Jet Bla...

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Kingdom Rush Review: Orcs and Trolls and Yetis, Oh My!

Kingdom Rush Review: Orcs and Trolls and Yetis, Oh My! Kingdom Rush is a mythical themed Tower Defense game that puts you to work saving a kingdom from trolls, giant spiders, and other beastly creatures. The game plays out like every other TD game we’ve played as you’ll have to set up towers to keep the evil sorcerer’s troops from advancing – style and substance is what makes Kingdom Rush stand...

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Google Blimp To Deliver Wi-Fi Connectivity To The Heart Of Africa

google blimp When you mention Google, what comes into your mind? Chances are, we will think about Google being the first and foremost search engine authority in the world, and that is absolutely correct. The thing is, Google's foray into making humankind live better surpasses more than delivering accurate as well as relevant search results. Without Goo...

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Takes After The Human Torch

gs3 explode"I'm such a hot phone even until now, baby!" "Flame on!" was most probably the phrase that a certain Samsung Galaxy S3 owned by a Reddit user exclaimed at approximately 3.15am EST, where it burst into flames approximately an hour after it was plugged in to recharge its drained battery in order to have it be ready for a brand new day's...

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The HTC One to be on Verizon “before July”

samsung galaxy s4 vs htc one one back aaThe HTC One was meant to be the one to bring HTC back. It’s a dynamic phone with awesome build quality, but fell short in a few respects. Sure, the production slowdown hurt a bit… but there was another problem. For whatever reason, the HTC One didn’t make its way to Verizon customers immediately. A phone meant to revive a slumping HTC sho...

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Hard to break up: Samsung resumes providing LCDs to Apple

AppleYou’ve probably forgotten this already, but there once was a time when Samsung and Apple were best of friends, like two peas in a pod. However, technology is a fast moving market and in a post-2012 world, it would be difficult to get Samsung and Apple into the same room without one taking a bite out of the other (no pun intended).After countless ...

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Rumor: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 will feature Intel chipset

Samsung Logo aa 600px 2In recent years Intel has pushed hard to roll its x86 processors onto mobile devices running both Windows and Android. Unfortunately, none of these attempts have exactly blown anyone’s socks off – or if they have, they were just too limited in marketing to make any major impact.What Intel needs is a tablet maker that will help them really s...

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Samsung tightens its grip on China, sells 12.5 million handsets in Q1

china androidThe Chinese smartphone market is a tough one to crack, especially for premium handset manufactures. The market is dominated by more budget orientated handsets, and companies like Apple have been struggling to match their Western markets performances due to the higher price point of their handsets.However, it appears that Samsung is going strong in...

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Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 listed on Adorama, tablets still not official

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0An electronics retailer has listed two unannounced Samsung tablets on its website, revealing pricing details for the devices.Adorama seems to know something we don’t, considering that it’s ready to list the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 tablets even though Samsung is yet to unveil them. We will note that the site doesn’t expl...

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Sky's Google Play Apps Hacked, Users Encouraged to Uninstall

nexusae0 unnamed55Sky's Android applications on the Google Play Store have been hacked by an anonymous group called the Syrian Electronic Army group. The company has recently advised users from its Twitter account to uninstall the application from their Android smartphones and tablets while the situation is being resolved. The Featured Picture on Sky'...

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The Best New Android Apps of the Week – May 26, 2013

best.new.android.appsThis week’s list of the Best New Android Apps of the week offers up apps that let you video chat, browse the web, and search for solid WiFi signals. There’s a little something for everyone and we hope you enjoy our picks for the best of the bunch from the past week… 1. Zoner Photo Studio If you’re looking for a new photo app, Zoner Pho...

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Google to cease Android developer payments in Argentina

“Don’t cry for me, Argentina!” President Cristina Kirchner’s tough foreign currency policies have resulted in difficulties for Android developers and users in the country (Photo credit: AP).Update: Corrected information regarding Google Play purchases from within the country.Even in a globalized world, not everything is perf...

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