Android Overload: Google granted Face Unlock patent, Samsung chooses PowerVR SGX 544 IP for Exynos 5 Octa, and more


The Android Overload is where we feature the biggest news stories from throughout the day (see above video), as well as stash all of the stories/articles/news bits that didn’t make it onto our front page. But just because they weren’t featured doesn’t mean they aren’t worth taking a look at. In fact, there’s almost always a little something here for everyone. So, take a look around and let us know if you find any gems.

  • New to the Play Store is Songstone, an app that plays music through your earpiece while you wait for a caller to answer. Kinda cool but really, who places calls anymore? [Google Play]
  • Instabridge lets you share your WiFi with friends, and vice versa. It’s like a social network with hotspots. Genius! [Google Play]
  • Google begins testing Shopping Express for same day shipping. Partners with Target and other local retailers in San Francisco. [TechCrunch]
  • Hurrah! Google is granted a patent for Face Unlock, flaws and all. [PatentBolt]
  • US Federal Trade Commission warns advertisers about placing promotional messages on mobile and social media platforms like Twitter. [Reuters]
  • If you were curious as to the what were the US’ top ranked pornographic search terms, look no further. New York likes their college girls, while California has a thing for Asians. Texas? Why, teens of course. Finland likes ’em “mature.” Wow. Let’s just file this under Android porn, shall we? (Obviously, not suitable for work). [PornMD]
  • Amazon Prime is a huge success. More than 10 million served (myself included). [BGR]
  • Samsung goes with the PowerVR SGX 544 IP in the Exynos 5 Octa CPU, not an ARM’s Mali GPU. [Anandtech]
  • Google X Labs is getting ready to announce another “moonshot” next month. Can’t wait. [TNW]
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 visits the FCC. Release is soon upon us. [FCC]
Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Haha …sharing is caring… instabridge. Shares your passcode with your friends who can then share it with their friends pretty soon you get 5 or 6 emails saying you broke the dmca from your ISP and your on shut down. Oh ya sharing is caring. Check the video here. Funny stuff ツ

  2. Another product reveal from Google X labs? COOL!
    So far they have released a bunch of cool things so can’t wait to see what it is!
    Hopefully it will be related to android or otherwise Chrome.

    1. Maybe they fixed the Nexus Q….made it useful….

  3. Please explain how that porn “news” is related to Android…

    1. You Sir, just made my freaking morning, luckily I did not have coffee in my mouth or else it would of been all over my keyboard. Kudos!

    2. I’m more concerned that the link seems to only lead to a porn search engine and not even to what the blip mentions. LOL…??

      1. OK never mind I didn’t have it set to desktop mode on my phone. once I did the right story came up.

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