Sega has just announced that Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed is now available for free on Google Play. What's more is both new and veteran racers can look to expect more content added to the intense title next week. Wreck-It Ralph and Metal sonic will join the collection of unlockable characters on April 29th.
Samsung's latest partnership with Swarovski will bring to market a "crystal collection" edition of its flagship phone, the Galaxy S5. A teaser posted on YouTube by Samsung Mobile Korea reveals that the blingtastic handset, the back of which is smothered in Swarovski crystals, will arrive in May in Samsung's home market.
It's unclear whether the "crystal collection" GS5 will see wide availability internationally, however the limited edition crystal-backed Galaxy Note 3 did make its debut in New York a couple of months back, so there's hope yet for fans of sparkly things.
With the Tizen-powered Samsung Gear 2 now on the market, Samsung is looking to boost the smartwatch's app ecosystem with a new "app challenge" for developers. From May 8, Gear 2 app developers can register their creations on Samsung Apps to participate in the challenge. The prize pool totals $1.25 million, including a $100,000 grand prize for first place.
While smartphone screen sizes appear to be closing the gap between the mobile phone and tablet, larger handheld devices are further advancing screen technology and Japan Display is looking to add 4K to the mix. The company has announced a new 10.1-inch IPS LCD display with a "4K2K" resolution (3840 x 2160). This would provide a super high-definition experience for tablet owners with a pixel density of 438ppi, comparable to premium smartphones.
Samsung's original Galaxy Beam, which incorporated a miniature pico projector, didn't make much of a splash when it launched globally back in 2012. But it seems Samsung's not done with this quirky smartphone design just yet, as a successor has today appeared on its Chinese site with support for the China Mobile network.
'Big uptick in demand for mobile 64-bit products,' ARM EVP tells CNET
With announcements earlier this year from chipmakers NVIDIA and Qualcomm, there's clear momentum building behind 64-bit processors in mobile devices. And in an interview with CNET today, ARM's executive vice president of corporate strategy reveals it's recently seen a "big uptick in demand for mobile 64-bit products," with the potential for 64-bit Android products by the end of the year.
LG got back into the Android tablet game in 2013 with the G Pad 8.3, a generally well-received aluminum-backed slate that eventually morphed into a Google Play edition device. Now we're seeing hints of future G Pads on the way, as tablets dubbed LG-V400 and V700 pass through the FCC.
Following similar updates by some of the U.S. carriers, the first software upgrade for the HTC One M8 has started to arrive in Canada. We're seeing an update to version 1.55.631.4 on our Rogers M8, which adds the new power-saving feature alongside "camera and gallery feature enhancements."
Although it hasn't made many headlines as of late, the Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition is ready to make a big splash by getting its update to Android 4.4 KitKat today. The device was previously running Android 4.3, so the jump in software isn't dramatic, but the 550MB update certainly brings changes. The update changelog isn't all that descriptive either, but folks who have the update installed are noticing some graphical changes, and you'll of course also have access to the latest features included in Android 4.4 by default.
Reports of updates are coming from users with the Wifi version of the tablet in the U.S., so we can't confirm beyond that, but we think more than a few Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition owners will be happy with the update news. Be sure to head into the forums and compare experiences with other members who are receiving the update once you have it on your own device.
The only rule here is the dominant color in the picture, and we can't wait to see your creativity.
We're back to a standard photo contest, building on a single topic that gives you a wide range of subject options that fit your style. This week's prompt is "yellow," so we're looking for pictures that are dominant in that color — beyond that, the choice of subject and style is up to you. We've done plenty of wide-open contests before with amazing results, so we can't wait to see the pictures that come in this week.
After a huge giveaway last week, we're settling back down to our usual setup of giving smaller prizes to more winners. This week, we're picking out three winning photos to each receive a $50 ShopAndroid gift card!
Entering is easy. Just drop your entry in a forums post at the link below. Tell us what Android you used to get the picture, and any back story you want to add to it. We'll pick a winner Tuesday (April 29) night at 11:59 PM ET, and announce them on the blog with next Wednesday's contest.
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