The second of 14 winners in our extra-long photo contest
Two down, 12 more to go. Our Holiday Photo Contest where we give away Android mini collectibles every day is moving along, and we've picked another winner. We're picking one submission each day that fits the prompt of "holidays," naturally, and posting their winning photo on the site for all to see.
Hit the break to see today's winner, and be sure to get your entry into the contest thread in the forums if you haven't yet participated. Good luck!
While things aren't perfect, docking the Z Ultra GPe makes for a nice desk or bedside clock or Daydream frame
It's been a while since we had a Nexus or "Nexus-like" device with an official accessory dock. The Galaxy Nexus was made better with it's dock, even though Samsung wanted far too much money for it. If you ended up buying one, you know what I mean. Having your device sit docked at your desk or on your nightstand was handy, and the fact that things worked well between the phone and the dock made it easy. We like easy.
The latest our new weekly series about living with Google Glass comes from our own Jerry Hildenbrand, a neckbearded riddle wrapped in a West Virginia enigma.
Google Glass is no more distracting than your phone, nor is it any less
We all know that if you get caught speeding upwards of 20 mph over the speed limit and you're wearing Google Glass, you're going to get at least one ticket. And you should. Piloting 8,000 pounds of metal traveling at high speeds is a responsibility you shouldn't take lightly.
While very few are complaining about the speeding ticket that was issued in the example above, a good many people are outraged that the driver wearing Google Glass was mentioned on the citation.
I'm here to say the unpopular opinion — it should be mentioned.
HTCDev framework support files for the latest build also available
Just a few short days after most Nexus devices started making the hop to Android 4.4.2, the HTC One Google Play edition is now pulling up to parity. According to a few different tips we've received as well as posts in our forums, it seems as though Google and HTC have pulled the trigger on the small point release, which is starting to hit devices now.
Additionally, HTCDev has posted the appropriate framework support files (coming in at 468.4MB) for the Android 4.4.2 build, confirming that it is indeed ready to head out to users. Most folks will be inclined to just wait for the OTA file to hit rather than tinker with any of that, naturally, especially considering the small nature of Android 4.4.2.
Seeing the update on your own Google Play edition HTC One? Hop into the forums and let other members know how the update is treating you so far.
T-Mobile, regulators likely aren't interested in such a monumental merger
If Sprint has its way, we may be headed towards just three major wireless carriers in the U.S. at some point in 2014. The Wall Street Journal reports today that Sprint is considering a bid to buy the recently-public T-Mobile at a price of about $20 billion, based on its current market cap. The move is reportedly, and not surprisingly, being driven by SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, who has indicated that the $21 billion strategic investment in Sprint wasn't going to be the only big move he made in the U.S.
T-Mobile, on the other side of things, likely isn't looking to be purchased. Taking the attempted takeover by AT&T in stride and generally rethinking its entirety of operations after buying MetroPCS, the UNcarrier probably isn't interested in joining up with Sprint — not taking into account structural and technological issues of a merger. And given the way its subscriber numbers are growing as Sprint's fall, it's only a matter of time before T-Mobile is the larger of the two entities.
Then there's the regulatory situation.
The U.S. regulatory authorities have certainly approved their fair share of mergers as of late. AT&T's purchase of Alltel and Leap Wireless, T-Mobile's purchase of MetroPCS and of course Sprint's double merger of consuming Clearwire and being purchased itself by SoftBank have all gone through with little intervention by the authorities. But it's hard to forget that AT&T's attempted $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile was pretty swiftly shut down, and while T-Mobile is stronger now than it was at that time and Sprint isn't the behemoth that AT&T is, the deal is very similar.
The app you know and love, now with the best BlackBerry news
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls. At long last, at great expense to life and limb and with no small amount of fanfare, we're happy to announce that the second Mobile Nations community has a proper native application on Google Play.
In other words, CrackBerry has arrived.
If you're a fan of the Android Central app — and if you're not, you really should be — you'll feel right at home with the CB version. We've taken all the awesomeness of the AC app, all the blood, sweat and tears, and optimized it for CrackBerry. That means you get all blog posts. All the reviews. All the editorials. You can play podcasts in the dedicated podcast section. Videos play directly in the app. You've got full access to the CrackBerry forums, as well as Shop CrackBerry. (The CB Wallpaper Gallery will be added in a future update.)
And best of all, it's free.
Again, this is a native Android application. And while those on BB10 will be able to sideload it, you'll get a better native BlackBerry experience with the official BB10 app from BlackBerry World. Just something to keep in mind.
We're less than two weeks out from Christmas, and Google's updating everything. We've got two new Google Play edition devices. We've got a white Nexus 7. And just about every app Google makes has been updated — along with yet another update to the Android software itself. Strap in, folks. This is a big one.
White variant of Samsung's latest 7-incher goes under £100 for the first time
If you're looking for a good deal on an Android tablet for someone this holiday season, and you're British, then Amazon might be worth a look. Currently you can pick up the white Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7-inch for just £99. Sure, it's not going to set your pants on fire, but if you're looking for something for a more casual user or for the kids, it's a great price.
This price is for the 8GB model, though being a Samsung tablet you do at least get the option of expanding that with a microSD card. It's pretty tame on the specs, with a 1024x600 resolution display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and two less than impressive cameras, but right now at £99 you'll still likely be better off than with a similiarly priced no-name tablet.