Phandroid » Accessories Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:45:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Android Deals: $100 off Kindle Fire HDX, discounted KEMCO RPGs, west coast hip hop sale, and more Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:23:42 +0000 deals

Plenty of great hardware deals abound this week as quite a few outlets are offering sweet savings on devices like the Kindle Fire HDX, Google Play Edition phones, and more. Also going at clearance rates are a few of KEMCO’s RPG titles as well as a solid collection of west coast hip hop albums at Google Play. Act quick — these deals are fleeting. All prices represented below were active and accurate as of the time of publishing.

Hardware & Accessories

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

$100 off Kindle Fire HDX 4G LTE tablet at Amazon with prices starting at $229 for a 16GB model with special offers. The discount puts the LTE edition of the tablet at the same price point as its WiFi-only counterpart, making the purchase a no-brainer for those in the market. The 7-inch tablet features a hi-res HDX display,  quad-core processing, and access to Amazon’s full library of digital content. [Amazon]

Save up to $125 on the purchase of a Moto X smartphone when using coupon code MBXISMOT at checkout. Buyers can save $100 on a 16GB model (final price of $299.99) or $125 on a 32GB (final price of $324.99) or 64GB (final price of $374.99) edition. Act fast, though, as this deal will expire tomorrow, the 23rd of July. [MotoMaker]

Steep discounts on older Galaxy Play Edition phones at Expansys USA while supplies last. Those in the market for a sweet deal on these stock Google Experience phones can snag an HTC One M7 or Samsung Galaxy S4 for $399.99 each or a Sony Xperia Z Ultra for $349.99. The LG G Pad 8.3 GPE is also on sale for an easy $224.99. eBay is getting in on the savings as well, offering the Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition for $425 with free shipping. [Expansys (One M7, GS4, G Pad 8.3, Z Ultra), eBay]

Get these Mpow Muse wireless noise canceling headphones for $69 at Amazon. Featuring Bluetooth 4.0 and active noise cancellation, these headphones pair perfectly with your smartphone and eliminate annoying cord tangles by doing away with the wire altogether. [Amazon]

Apps & Games


Today’s app and games deals couldn’t be much better. Get great utilities like Today Calendar Pro and gps4cam at discounted rates or lose a few hours to one of several KEMCO RPG titles now experiencing steep summer savings.



Music & Media


Kick back with Google Play’s great selection of discounted west coast hip hop albums or take the opportunity to own the classic martial arts flick Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon as just a couple of the many deals going on this week from Google and Amazon. Plenty of options here to beat the heat or kick up the party to the next level.

Music Albums

Music Singles


TV Shows

[Find any great deals not included here? Be sure to send them our way or share in the comments below!]

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Chromecast exploit could allow hackers to hijack your dongle and play whatever they like [VIDEO] Tue, 22 Jul 2014 01:41:48 +0000 Chromecast Featured ready to cast

WARNING: Your Chromecast is no longer safe… from hackers with the time and knowledge to build a hacking device out of a Raspberry Pi. As far fetched as that may sound, it is possible. In fact, one man — a security consultant named Den Petro — actually went through the trouble of creating a little proof-of-concept device he calls the “Rickmote.”

The tiny device — built using an affordable Raspberry Pi — takes advantage of an exploit that allows it to easily hack into your Chromecast and play whatever video (or music or pictures) it liked, with no way for you to regain control. Because Rick Astley’s famous music video was the streaming media of choice, that’s how the device found its name.


How it works is the Rickmote floods the Chromecast with de-authenticate packets, a normal function found in the WiFi standard. It’s only because of the unique way the Chromecast handles deauth commands that makes it susceptible to hijacking. When faced with too many deauth commands, Google’s dongle will simply boot into setup mode, making it easy for a very bad person to connect to the dongle and stream whatever they liked.

In fact, the Rickmote doesn’t even need to be connected to your secured WiFi network to hack into the Chromecast, making it all the more threatening (or annoying, rather). Since this is actually how the Chromecast was designed to work, it seems unlikely Google will make an attempt at addressing this newly discovered “exploit” unless they revised the hardware somewhere down the road.

So what are the odds you find your Chromecast hijacked and playing the most exotic adult movies the internet has to offer? Extremely unlikely. First, the prankster would need to be in range of your network — as well as one of their own — in order to stream their own media to your Chromecast. Once they got out of range, the Chromecast would be yours to setup again. For now, we’re sure your Chromecast is (probably) safe.

[Bishop Fox | via Raspberry Pi | TechCrunch]

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NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet and controller specs, pricing, and release date leaked in full detail Fri, 18 Jul 2014 21:10:27 +0000 NVIDIA-SHIELD-Tablet-leak-2

It was only yesterday we got what could have been our first look at the upcoming NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet thanks to a “leaked” press render. Today, it seems the cat has fully escaped from its bag as the tablet — and official controller — have now been made public.

Leaked in a variety of product slides, the images show everything from specs, to performance benchmarks, even the retail box it will likely come inside. While none of this is official just yet, here’s what we can most likely expect from the Android tab when it hits stores later this month.


NVIDIA Shield Tablet specs

  • 8-inch 1080p IPS display w/ support for NVIDIA Direct Stylus 2
  • NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor (A15 quad-core CPU w/ 192 core Kepler GPU)
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB (WiFi) / 32GB internal storage (LTE)
  • 5MP front facing MPIX camera


The tablet — which is scheduled to be announced on July 22nd — is said to go on sale on July 29th in the US and Canada. This will be followed shortly after by a European release on August 14th (additional regions later this fall). The 16GB model (WiFi) will run $300, while the 32GB version with LTE support will be available for $400. The official NVIDIA Shield controller will be sold for a cool $60 (no word if it’ll work with other platforms).

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The Best Samsung Galaxy S5 accessories Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:16:36 +0000 Samsung Galaxy S5 DSC05766

When it comes to Android smartphones, Samsung’s Galaxy S line is about as ubiquitous as it gets. With the launch of the Galaxy S5 earlier this year, the market has become swamped with accessories and add-ons. It’s enough to make your head spin. We’ve waded through the mire to track down the best Galaxy S5 accessories out there — the ones that will help you get the most out of your smartphone. Let’s jump in.

Best Galaxy S5 smartwatch


Samsung Gear Live

Samsung’s Gear family of smartwatches were designed as companion devices for the popular Galaxy line of Android smartphones, so they are a no-brainer for our list of best accessories for the GS5. We’re particularly fond of the Gear Live, which runs on Google’s recently released Android Wear platform. A highlight of the device is its deft handling of voice commands. Also worth consideration are the Android Wear-powered LG G Watch and upcoming Moto 360. [Samsung Gear Live ($199.00), LG G Watch ($229.00) Motorola Moto 360 (coming soon)]

Other options:

Best Galaxy S5 expandable memory


64GB SanDisk MicroSDXC Class 10 memory card with SD adapter

You can’t got wrong with a bit of extra storage. We’re recommending a 64GB microSD card for its combination of storage space and pricing, but the Galaxy S5 can support cards with up to 128GB of storage. Use the extra space to store music and other media, apps and games, or whatever else you can think of. The bonus? Because the card is removable and includes a standard SD adapter your data is even more portable. [SanDisk 64GB Mobile Ultra MicroSDXC Class 10 Memory Card with SD Adapter ($39.99)]

Other options:

Best Galaxy S5 replacement battery


Galaxy S5 Spare Battery Charging System

The Samsung Galaxy S5 already boasts some impressive battery life, but it never hurts to have a little bit of extra juice. A replaceable power cell makes an extra battery pack a must-have accessory for those times when getting a charge just isn’t convenient. You can snag the spare 2800mAh battery alone for $29.99. [Galaxy S5 Spare Battery Charging System ($49.99)]

Other options:

Best Galaxy S5 charging system


Galaxy S5 Wireless Charging Cover and Charging Pad

You can buy an extended battery to delay the need for connecting your Galaxy S5 to a charger, but you can’t avoid the issue forever. When it does come time to re-up on power, what’s more convenient than wireless charging? With Samsung’s wireless charging accessories you get everything you need to make powering up as simple as placing your phone on the provided charging matt. [Wireless Charging Cover ($29.99), Wireless Charging Pad mini ($49.99)]

Other options: 

Best Galaxy S5 case


Galaxy S5 S-View Flip Cover case

The S-View Flip Cover is the rare combination of  protective case with added functionality, namely the S-View window that highlights a small portion of the Galaxy S5’s display to give users quick access to the date and time, notifications, as well as the ability to accept or reject incoming calls. Also available in a wireless charging-compatible version. [Galaxy S5 S-View Flip Cover ($49.99)]

Other options:

Best Galaxy S5 Bluetooth wireless speaker


Braven BRV-X Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

When it comes to pumping up the jams, the Braven BRV-X is one of the best on the market. Pair it with your Galaxy S5 and you have a portable party in your pocket. The BRV-X has great sound performance both indoors and out and features a ruggedized construction that is resistant to water, dust and dirt, and shock. Check out our full review for the lowdown. [Braven BRV-X Bluetooth Speaker ($189.00)]

Other options: 

Best Galaxy S5 headphones


Audio Technica AX5iS SonicFuel over-ear headphones

If you’re looking for a killer set of headphones you might consider the over-ear AX5iS from Audio Technica. From their SonicFuel line, you’ll get great sound reproduction from these headphones designed specifically for smartphones. Bonus features include playback controls as well as an in-line mic for taking calls [Audio Technica AX5iS SonicFuel headphones ($89.95)]

Other options:

Best Galaxy S5 vehicle dock


Universal Car Mount for Galaxy Devices

Samsung’s universal car mount for Galaxy devices makes it easy to go hands-free while driving or to use your GS5 as a powerful navigation device. The dock can be positioned both horizontally and vertically and will fit all Android devices with screen sizes ranging from 4 to 6.3 inches. [Galaxy Universal Vehicle Navigation Mount ($49.99)]

Other option:

Want to get even more out of your Galaxy S5? Become the master of your own Galaxy with our extensive list of tips and tricks. If that’s still not enough, join the countless others debating and dissecting the GS5 over at Android Forums now.

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Pressy app update brings new triggers and fixes more bugs Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:23:03 +0000 pressy prototype

A new update for Pressy has just arrived over at Google Play, tightening up something annoying bugs and bringing new features that users should be excited for. Let’s get the old out of the way first by seeing which bugs have been squashed:

  • Fixed a bug where some Samsung users could not use the speaker-phone while Pressy was inserted.
  • The earphones icon will no longer be displayed when Pressy is inserted (on all devices).
  • Few issues with Bluetooth speakers and headphones are resolved.
  • Fixed a bug where notifications volume was changed on some devices when Pressy was inserted.
  • No email account found – users who get this error message during activation will now be able to input their email address manually.

The item listed in bold was a big annoyance for users since receiving their Pressy units so we’re glad to see it cleared up so fast. As for what’s new? You can score five new triggers to bring us to a total of 14. The 5 extra triggers will only be found within the “slow” mode so if you’re not fond of that then you’ll be limited to the original 9. Pressy exclaims that this is not because they want to be cruel, but due to a technical limitation. They’re the professional developers so we’ll definitely take their word for it.

You’ll also be able to assign a trigger to an app shortcut now instead of just apps, so if you want to be taken right to a folder, a specific page within the settings menu, or open a message to a specific contact you will finally be able to do all of that. It’s just another small piece that makes the entire puzzle look a lot better. If you’re lucky enough to have received your Pressy units already you can find the update waiting for you at the link below.

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LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live now available on Google Shopping Express Wed, 16 Jul 2014 20:55:42 +0000 Google Shopping Express header

Google Shopping Express may not be available everywhere quite yet (okay, that’s a huge understatement), but in the areas where it is live, it’s easy to see how same-day delivery on items you might otherwise be too busy to pick up (or too lazy) could be incredibly beneficial to some. Where you’ll find the usual assortment of goods on Shopping Express — paper towels, food, cleaning supplies — there are also a fairly good range of electronic devices that can be purchased from retailers like Best Buy or Google Play.

LG G Watch Samsung Gear Live Google Shopping Express

Guess it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to find Google has just made available their new line of Android Wear smartwatches available for same day delivery via Shopping Express. As discovered by one Reddit member, both the LG G Watch (black and white) and the Samsung Gear Live are now available from Google Shopping Express with same day delivery, although seemingly limited to only the Peninsula area of San Francisco.

As Google Shopping Express expands, the prospect of near instant gratification of the latest Google Play devices is definitely an appealing one. For those interested, you can find links to the aforementioned Android Wear products below.

LG G Watch (black | white) | Samsung Gear Live

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Samsung Level headphones and speakers go on sale in the US Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:57:43 +0000 SamsungLevelLifestyleImage_8

If you don’t already have a comfy pair of headphones or a nice Bluetooth speaker to enjoy your tunes, Samsung’s hoping you’ll consider their new wares. The company has announced that their Samsung Level line of audio products are on sale in the United States. As you might remember, Samsung’s new lineup consists of four products:

  • Level Over — over-the-air premium Bluetooth headphones with active noise cancellation available for $349.99.
  • Level On — on-ear headphones available for $179.99
  • Level In — in-ear earbuds available for $149.99
  • Level Box — Bluetooth speaker available for $169.99

Gilt will have the goods you’re looking for starting tomorrow. From there, Amazon will get a crack on July 20th, Samsung will be putting them on their website on July 21st, and Best Buy’s Samsung Experience Shops at select Best Buy retail stores will have them to check out in person on July 27th. Gilt will also have an exclusive bundle of the Level Box and Level On headphones for $300. Let us know if you’ll be giving Samsung a chance to fill your personal audio needs with any of these options.

[via Samsung]

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Android Deals: 50% off Nexus 7, Anomaly series on sale, free Breaking Bad and more Tue, 15 Jul 2014 19:20:11 +0000 deals

What if I told you I could point you toward savings of over 50% on a 32GB Nexus 7 tablet? You’d probably jump right on that deal and stop reading this article altogether, but I insist you don’t do so just yet. There are plenty of more discounts to be had, including savings on the excellent Anomaly series of games as well as an Emmy season nod to Breaking Bad. Read on for the goods, but remember, as always, these deals won’t last forever. All were active as at the time of posting on July 15th.

Hardware & Accessories

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Get a 2nd generation Nexus 7 with 32GB onboard storage for $159.99 through eBay’s Daily Deals page. We’re still waiting for Google to announce an updated Nexus 7 for 2014 (or the rumored Nexus 8), but you can save over 50% on last year’s model right now plus snag free shipping in the process. [eBay]

Save up to $24 on the purchase of a Nexus 5, another great eBay Daily Deal. You can get the unlocked GSM version of the Nexus 5 with 16GB of storage for $335 (a $15 savings, now out of stock) or the 32GB model for $375 (a savings of $24). Free shipping is included. [eBay]

A refurbished Kindle Fire HD is today’s Lightning Deal over at Amazon where you can snag a 16GB model (previous generation) for only $89. The deal only lasts for a couple more hours, so act quick. [Amazon]

Get a refurbished Kindle Paperwhite for $85 as Amazon’s Deal of the Day. If you missed out on your chance to save big on the Kindle Fire HD, perhaps this comes as some sort of consolation. It’s not a tablet and it doesn’t run Android, but it sure is cheap. [Amazon]

Save 66% on this 5-port USB charger with space for your tablet, Android smartphone, and even an iOS device or two. The Photive 24 Watt 5 Port USB Desktop Rapid Charger is normally $33, but you can get it now for $16.95 [Amazon]

Save $30 on a Philips Bluetooth Soundbar Speaker with Dolby Digital technology. Set it up with your TV or pair with a phone to listen to your favorite tunes, no wires attached. [Amazon]

Apps & Games

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We’ve got some great deals on apps and games this week. Highlights include popular media streaming app Plex for only $1.99 as well as the entire lineup of 11 Bit Studios’ excellent turn-based strategy series Anomaly



Music & Media


Summer is a time for leisure, and this week’s deal have got you covered in that regard. Hot on the heels of its nomination for multiple Emmy Awards, Google is featuring the first season of Breaking Bad at a discounted price (plus the pilot for free) for your binge-watching pleasure. You can also snag MAGIC!’s summer earworm “Rude” for only $0.69 over at Amazon and an excellent compilation of free tracks from Merge Records over at Google Play

Music Albums

Music Singles

Music Compilations


TV Shows

[Find any great deals not included here? Be sure to send them our way or share in the comments below!]


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Use your Verizon Wireless Corporate Discount to get the LG G Watch for 25% Off [Updated] Sat, 12 Jul 2014 03:03:48 +0000 LG G Watch Android Wear DSC06104
If your place of business happens to offer a corporate discount through Verizon Wireless and also includes the 25% off discount on accessories perk as most do, you’ll be happy to know that Verizon Wireless has the LG G Watch available for purchase. While you could buy the LG G Watch on the Google Play Store for $229.99, your corporate discount will knock LG’s smartwatch down to a cool $172.49. Not bad at all, right? How could it get better? Verizon is offering free shipping too.


Should you go for the LG G Watch or Samsung’s Gear Live? Well, that’s up to you. Both Android Wear devices are very similar when it comes to hardware, however a few tiny details do separate the two smartwatches. LG’s magnetic charger is much better than Samsung’s clip on charger, in my opinion. The LG G Watch also doesn’t include the large silver forehead and chin that Samsung’s Gear Live sports. That said, some feel that Samsung’s looks more elegant and as a bonus, rocks a hearbeat sensor.

Will you be using Verizon’s corporate discount to purchase a G Watch? Let us know in the comments.

UPDATE: As many of you have already pointed out, the discount has been removed.

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HTC One M8′s Dot View app gets a huge update, introduces custom wallpapers and more Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:12:16 +0000 HTC Dot View app update

HTC’s Dot View case is arguably the best thing to happen to device protection in a very long time. Not because the Dot View case offers the best protection, or even uses premium materials — it’s because it’s damn cool to look at. Straight up.

Today, HTC’s Dot View app is getting an update on Google Play and it looks to finally add many features/requests lacking in the previous build. Namely, there’s an actual interface giving users the ability to choose from various hand picked wallpapers tailored to the Dot View’s 8-bit like Creative Matrix Display. Should you have a wallpaper of your own you’d like to try out, you can even select one of your vary own, just keep in mind it might not look as cool.

Aside from customization options, the app is getting some new functionality as well. HTC added the ability to redial the 3 most recent calls, and new notifications can be found, viewable by swiping left or right with the Dot View case closed.

One of the smarter moves HTC made lately was unbundling a few of their system apps and making them updatable through the Google Play Store. Typically, users have to wait for manufacturers to push out an entire system update before getting nifty little features like camera tweaks or what have you. A trend started by Motorola with the Moto X, we have to say we like this method a lot better.

You can grab the Dot View update right now in the Play Store, or if this has finally convinced any of you to pick up the Dot View case, they can be found on Amazon for around $27 here.

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From the Forums: Android Wear debuts, iPhone opinions, accessory reviews, and more Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:12:48 +0000 fromtheforums

We know the life of an Android user can be overwhelming— keeping up with all the latest happenings via Phandroid is hard enough. Missing out on all the awesome content over at Android Forums is simply a shame, however, so we’re doing you a solid and rounding up some of the best threads of the previous week for your perusal.

This week we have the story of an Android user taking an iPhone for a spin, the debut of Android Wear, new accessory reviews, and more. While you’re checking things out, don’t forget to sign up for an account. Here we go!

Android user tries the iPhone for a month, his opinion might not be what you expect


Longtime lurker and first time poster JDL7 recently had the misfortune of dropping his Android phone into a bucket full of water. With few options in terms of a cheap replacement, he decided to purchase a friend’s old iPhone 4 for $50. So what did he think? Without giving everything away (you should go read his full write-up now), he was left with an opinion that was a bit more positive than perhaps he even expected. Elsewhere, Android Forums users debate whether or not iOS has done enough to stay competitive with the software features found in Android.

Android Wear debuts


The first devices running Google’s Android Wear became available to the general public this week, meaning there is no better time than now to go check out our new forum dedicated to smartwatches and other wearables utilizing the platform. Sticking a bit with the Apple v. Android theme, one post seeing some traction asks how Android Wear devices like the LG G Watch and Moto 360 will hold up against Apple’s long-rumored iWatch.

LG G3 comes to the US


The hype train has arrived at the station as the LG G3 officially went on sale today in the US via AT&T and Sprint. A hot topic on the forums since it was announced in May, a new thread has arrived for US owners of the phone to discuss availability, carrier-based options, and experiences with the version of the phone slightly different than its Korean counterpart. For those picking up the phone today, a tips and tricks thread has you covered when it comes to getting the most out of the G3. If you’ve got some advice of your own, any additions are more than welcome.

Twister reviews Android gadgets and accessories


Have you checked out Twister’s review roundup thread? The exhaustive list covers all sorts of Android goodies, including headphones, speakers, phone mounts and cases, portable battery packs, and much more. His latest takes a look at the Ostry KC06 and KC06A headphones, but chances are if you are considering an accessory purchase Twister has already checked it out.

And so much more…

Like what you see here and want even more Android debate and discussion? Be sure to sign up for an account over at Android Forums if you haven’t done so already. The always growing community of Android fans and enthusiasts — one of the largest on the web — will welcome you with open arms (and threads).

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Dead Zebra announces Heroes & Villains 2, new Android Mini Collectibles to debut at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:34:50 +0000 HeroesVillainsII_SDCC_BoxWithFigures_800

San Diego Comic-Con is just around the corner and the folks at Dead Zebra are already announcing their latest exclusive Android Mini Collectibles release: Heroes & Villains 2.

A sequel of sorts to Andrew Bell’s previous Heroes and Villains box sets, this year we’re seeing the introduction of Super User and BotMan (the heroes), as well as Professor Eval() and A/B Tester (the villains). Sold in a set of 4 figurines for $40 (2 heros, 2 villains), supply is said to be limited.

SDCC officially kicks off next week, July 24th through the 27th so for anyone attending the show, make sure you don’t miss out on these little guys. These new collectibles will be sold at the Dumbrella booth (#1335) beginning on preview night. Don’t miss out!

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Android screencasting arrives for Chromecast in coming days Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:17:16 +0000 chromecast-mirror-android

The latest update to Android’s Chromecast app will begin to introduce some of the new features unveiled at this year’s Google I/O. Specifically, with the 1.7 update Android smartphone and tablet users will have the ability to mirror their screens via Chromecast.

The feature not only allows users to display their Android homescreens on a Chromecast-connected TV or other device, but it also means any application can now be displayed via Google’s budget-friendly streaming dongle. Users won’t have to wait for Chromecast to be enabled on an app-by-app basis.


Upon downloading the update, users will find a “Cast Screen” option among the others listed in the Chromecast app’s navigation drawer. Nexus devices will see a toggle fro screencasting directly in the Android quick settings menu. Once enabled, the user can navigate their phone in the normal manner with a one-to-one projection appearing via Chromecast.

Screencasting is still being dubbed a beta feature, and it unfortunately will not be available to all users immediately. Google says the new capabilities will “roll out to popular Android phone [and] tablets from Samsung, HTC, LG, and others” first. The Chromecast 1.7 update should reach Google Play in the coming days.

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Ever wanted a projector/mobile hotspot combo? Sprint’s got you covered Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:29:51 +0000 ZTE Projector on stand back

In the age of Chromecast and other over-the-air streaming methods, folks aren’t exactly yearning for a portable pico projector. Going one step shy of putting said projector into a phone (looking at you, Samsung), Sprint today introduced the LivePro, a combination mini projector and mobile hotspot powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Sharing YouTube clips with your friends and family while on the go just got a little more weird.

Sprint is calling it a “world’s first,” but we’re left wondering if it was even necessary. Sprint has us asking that question quite often, so it’s nothing out of the usual. The projector portion features a “10-inch to 10-foot projection display” and the 3G/4G hotspot can offer up to 8 WiFi connections simultaneously. A 4-inch touch display gives access to that Jelly Bean user interface and the gadgets 5000mAh battery can even be used to charge a smartphone. Sprint (by way of ZTE) really thought of everything with this one.

The most ironic part? The projector support WiFi Miracast to wireless broadcast video content to the projector. OK, we get that this could be useful when there is no compatible TV nearby, but let’s be real. I suppose we get the angle that this could be a useful business tool, but most modern offices have more than enough equipment on hand to make easy work of showing slides at a meeting.

In short, the LivePro is a device that attempts to do everything you never needed it to do, and it doesn’t do it cheap. When purchased via a Sprint Easy Pay plan, the LivePro will run $18.75/month for 24 months, or $450 total. Welcome to the framily, LivePro!

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This could be our first look at Samsung’s upcoming VR headset, coming to this year’s IFA 2014 [RUMOR] Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:43:51 +0000 Samsug Gear VR manager setup

Even though the whole “virtual reality” thing failed to catch on in the 90′s, it seems big name manufacturers are ready to (once again) bet big on VR headsets in the coming months. The whole trend was recently spurred by Oculus Rift who was able to show the world that VR — if done right — could be the next frontier of video gaming peripherals. After Oculus Rift was snatched up by Facebook (of all companies), we watched as manufacturers like Sony began showing off their own VR headset during this year’s E3 2014. It’s clear OEMs are taking virtual reality very seriously.

Enter Samsung who, rumors suggest has been working on a VR headset of their own. Despite coming equipped with a high density OLED display, the VR headset is said to undercut the competition on pricing. Other than working with Oculus Rift on the software side of things (while Samsung supplies the hardware), not many other details were know (like what the headset will actually look like).

Samsung Gear VR headset render

Not to be confused with Samsung’s rumored Gear Glass headset, the boys at SamMobile have allegedly secured a render of what the headset could look like once it finally hits retail, along with the device’s official title: Samsung Gear VR. The headset, which according to the diagram features a touchpad on its side, looks not too much unlike a pair of underwater snorkeling goggles.

Similar to Google’s own Cardboard VR headset given to IO attendees, the bulk of the processing relies on a docked smartphone, utilizing all the sensors found on our modern mobile devices to help track head movement. There’s also a “see through button” on the side of the headset for a smartphone’s rear camera to peek through, providing wearers with quick glimpse of the real world without having to take off the headset (maybe to feature some augmented reality in the future?).

According to sources, Samsung is gearing up to unveil the Gear VR during this year’s IFA 2014 in September, alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Should be an interesting show to say the least. If Samsung can hit a low enough price point, anyone thinking about giving something like this a spin?

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