LG Odin SoC resurfaces in leaked specs for LG F490L Liger

There’s a saying that goes “if at first you don’t succeed, try and try until you die”. Or something like that. LG has long been rumored to have its own mobile processor in the works, but that has yet to become reality. But if this latest leak of a hitherto unknown LG smartphone, the LG-F480L or “Liger”, is to be believed, then the LG Odin will soon materialize. But it will not be the LG Odin as we know, or have heard, it to be, but an LG NUCLUN instead.

The rivalry between LG and Samsung is sometimes like a huge “monkey see, monkey do” comedy skit. What one has, the other needs to have as well. Since Samsung has also long been in the business of making systems-on-chip or SoCs, it is only natural that LG would want one too, even if just for its own devices. Way back December last year, a certain LG Odin was already spotted in AnTuTu, bearing 8 cores but strangely running at low speeds. Later on, the LG G3 was rumored to sport an octa-core by LG. But, of course, we know that never happened.

Second time’s a charm perhaps, so LG is now believed to be making an attempt again. This time called the LG NUCLUN, the chip will still have that same mix of four high performance cores running at 1.5 GHz and four energy-efficient ones at 1.2 Ghz. The rest of the specs of the Liger are quite decent as well, including a giant 5.9-inch 1920×1080 Full HD LCD screen, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, a 13 megapixel rear camera with OIS, and a 2.1 megapixel front camera. The battery is said to be 3,000 mAh, which sounds normal for such setups.

Of course, now the question becomes when and where will this smartphone, and the LG processor, arrive. There is no answer to that yet, but given the model name, it is likely headed only for Korea, perhaps for a bit of testing. Whether LG plans to bring the LG Odin/NUCLUN elsewhere will depend on how the chip performs there.

VIA: Blog of Mobile

Galaxy on Fire – Alliances now ready for Android gamers

We haven’t featured any games from Hamburg-based game studio Deep Silver yet but the Android version of the Galaxy on Fire – Alliances deserves our attention. Why, this new strategy game has recently taken New Zealand, Australia, and Canada by storm. It quickly became a popular app in the said countries where it was released prior to the major launch this week.

The game has been available on the App Store since last year but it’s only now the Android users can enjoy the game on their tablets and phones. It took the Deep Silver developers a while to make an Android version of the game but they already knew it would be successful after the hundreds of thousands of downloads from the iOS gamers. The developer is expecting more downloads especially now that it has hit the Android platform.

Currently Deep Silver’s flagship game title, the ‘Galaxy on Fire – Alliances’ can be best enjoyed on high-end Android devices like Samsung Galaxy S2 to S5 models, Galaxy Tab 1 to 3, NVIDIA Shield, HTC One, and the Asus Google Nexus 7. As long as the smartphone has a minimum of 512RAM, it will have no problem running the game.

Get a chance to be the commander of the Nivelians, Vossks, or the Terrans in Galaxy of Fire. Your goal is to colonize Shroud Nebula, an uncharted area in space. You’re called to claim more territories, collect valuable resources, and build strong outposts to be victorious. But you can’t do things on your own. You need for form alliances and team up with other players to be able to survive. Survival in Shroud Nebula won’t be easy. It’s one hazardous environment and you need strong teamworks and smart strategies to win.

Galaxy of Fire – Alliances is the developer’s first mobile strategy MMO game (massively multiplayer online game) in the Galaxy of Fire universe. The game shows a star map with about 200,000 stars and space battles featuring hundreds to thousands of other players.

The app also boasts state-of-the-art special effects, high-end 3D graphics, intuitive touch controls, and a mobile-optimized user interface for a remarkable gameplay experience. Game is localized in 14 languages: English, German, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Russian, Japanese, Italian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, Thai, Turkish, and Spanish. This way, everybody can fully enjoy and explore Galaxy of Fire.

Download Galaxy of Fire – Alliances for free from the Google Play Store

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Rovio’s Retry game to challenge and frustrate you

It was a wise man (or jedi) who once said, ” Do or do not. There is no try.” No, we’re not talking about a new Star Wars game, but rather, a game that from the name itself already tells you that they do not agree with this philosophy. Retry is in the vein of games that will highly frustrate you (think Flappy Birds) but will hook you into trying to win again and again and again (hence, the name).

Retry is from the guys who brought you (or, as they say, the guys sitting in the next room) that most addictive of mobile games, Angry Birds. But they went old school on this one, using retro 8-bit imagery and a classic jalopy plane. Their game page states the basic outline of the game which is to “Fly. Crash. Repeat.” Hooked yet? If you are the type who goes for the not easy games, then you will be. The plane basically flies through obstacles, earn stars to be able to unlock new worlds and get coins in keeping with the 80s theme.

Being the pilot of a jalopy plane, even if virtually, is always a challenge (we’re just guessing, since we haven’t really flown an actual plane). But unlike real life, here you can spin around, do “white-knucle stunts”, fly through hills of Summer, and even go through time-bending passages (we assume the 90s are going into play sometime soon) of the future. And all this game will try to do is stop you from doing so.

So if you feel like crashing your plane several times and retrying again and again, then download Retry from the Google Play Store. It’s free but there are several in-app purchases, so don’t forget to put in the usual precautions to prevent you from spending too much.

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Galaxy Note 4 Duos unveiled in China in three flavors

Samsung has rolled out a new device in China called the Galaxy Note 4 Duos that is offered in three versions. Two of those versions correspond with different carriers and the third is a SIM-free version of the device.

All three flavors have dual-SIM capability. The China Telecom version is SM-N9109W, the China Unicom version is SM-N9106W, and the SIM-free version is SM-N9108V. One of the card slots on all three versions of the smartphone support 4G TDD-LTE and FDD-LTE.

The second of the SIM card slots on all three versions support 2G networks. The SIM free version is compatible with most carriers 4G networks and will sell for CNY5400, or about $880 in the US.

Pricing on the other two versions of the smartphone is unavailable at this time. Specifications for the Duos versions of the Note 4 include a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, 16GB of storage, and a 3000mAh battery.

SOURCE: Sammobile

Sky+ app update tosses mobile pics onto the big screen

Sky+ users who have a Sky+HD box in their home may have used the Sky+ application before. The app originally allowed Android users to manage recordings when not at home and use mobile devices as remotes for the set top box if needed.

A new update for the Sky+ app has been pushed out and it adds a new feature that makes it easy to view images stored on your mobile device on a larger screen. The update brings with it the ability to sling images you have taken on your mobile to the big screen for viewing in a larger format.

To work, the smartphone or tablet running the app and the Sky+HD box have to be on the same wireless network. If they are on the same network, users only need to tap the camera icon on the apps nav bar and they can see the images stored on their device.

Those images can be viewed individually on the big screen or users can set up a slideshow to show off a bunch of images. The updated app looks like the Sky+ home page and has a new category called “New Recommended.”

SOURCE: Engadget

Google Earth major update: 3D rendering, access to KML files

When was the last time you opened Google Earth on your Android device? Last week, two months ago, maybe never? Google is now giving you several reasons to open and use this often-neglected app as they are introducing 3D rendering technology and giving map-making users easier access to their KML files. While Google Maps is constantly updated with new features, it’s been 10 years since there has been a major overhaul for their less-loved but supposedly more awesome-looking sibling.

“Faster, smoother, crisper”. That’s the promise that Google is giving us when it comes to transitions and browsing through the Google Earth app. The new 3D rendering makes you feel like you are actually skydiving into the places you’re looking at, whether it’s the Eiffel Tower or the Swiss Alps or New York City downtown. They’ve also given a visual refresh for the roads and labels on the app so that it’s easier to look at the places you want to explore through Google Earth. The real-time basemap updates that Google Maps receives will also now be received by Earth.

For those who create their own maps on Google Earth, whether it’s for professional, academic or personal (if you enjoy doing that kind of thing for kicks), they’re making it easier for you to store and access your KML files as you can directly open them on the app from your Google Drive. You don’t need to open your desktop and laptop just to be able to view the maps.

If you don’t have it yet or you uninstalled the built-in app on your device, you can download Google Earth for free (of course) from the Google Play Store. Google promised more 3D updates in the next few months so we can expect a bunch of updates over the next few weeks.

SOURCE: Google

Chainfire unleashes Sideload Launcher for Android TV

The Android TV platform is yet to have a formal launch but already we’re seeing surging interest and activity around it, which is always good for a nascent platform. First there is that unofficial port that will let you install Android TV on an OUYA. Now even SuperSU creator Chainfire is jumping in with Sideload Launcher for Android TV, a handy little utility that will unhide regular Android apps that you might have indirectly installed on Google’s fancy new entertainment platform.

Android TV is technically a full Android system but its use case dictates a different form of user interface. The launcher for Android TV itself, nicknamed “Lean Back”, has been revamped to accommodate that, but it has also imposed a somewhat superficial requirement on apps. While you can definitely sideload and run regular Android apps on Android TV, they will not appear on the Lean Back interface unless the apps have been updated and advertise themselves as compatible.

Chainfire’s utility solves that with a very simple fix. Sideload Launcher practically exposes those sideloaded apps’ icons on Android TV, which means you will be able to launch them normally. Of course, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should as apps that aren’t designed or optimized yet for Android TV might not look or even work well on a large screen. Users who insist on doing so should be aware that problems arising from it should not immediately be blamed on the Android TV platform itself.

Sideload Launcher is available on Google Play Store but unless you have the ADT-1 dev kit, a Nexus Player, or perhaps an OUYA, you won’t be able to install it, much less use it. Chainfire claims he doesn’t foresee this app to be popular, but we’ll have to confirm that once Android TV finally lands. Sometimes, it is the little, seemingly inconsequential tools like these that make a platform worth using.

SOURCE: +Chainfire

Humble MoBOOile Bundle offers spooky games for Halloween

It’s time again for a new version of the Humble Mobile Bundle, and this time out it’s a special version for Halloween. The bundle for October is called the Humble MoBOOile Bundle and the six games that are available have more of a spooky twist to them.

The games that you get no matter how much you spend include Rebuild, Oscura: Second Shadow, and Containment: The Zombie Puzzler. If you spend more than the average payment, you get three additional games.

Right now dropping $2.98 or more will also get you Five Nights at Freddy’s, Dead Effect, and The Walking Dead: Assault. There is also another free game you get with the bundle called The Spookening.

The folks behind the Humble Bundle say that more free games will be added later in the week. So far, the spooky bundle has raised over $52,000 with 17,736 purchases.

SOURCE: HumbleBundle

Sony intros LinkedIn for Info-eye camera

Sony’s Info-eye Xperia camera app has been revolutionary. When it was first introduced, Sony had little to show. We knew it’s a smart social camera that could do more than just take photos. It’s a smartphone camera being reimagined to make “socializing” faster and easier.

Sony collaborated with LinkedIn, a business-oriented social network, to turn the smartphone camera into something that will make business networking a cinch. With the updated Info-eye app, a user can take a picture of a business card. The app then scans the card and automatically searches LinkedIn for matches. This way, the user can quickly connect with the contact. Even if you lose the card, at least, you already found the person and connected with him on LinkedIn.

The app seems like an easy project to do but it was not. Sato Takasi, a member of the Info-eye developers, said that they had a hard time matching up fonts. He said: “The inherent difficulties in matching up different fonts, different fields and then integrating all that into a reliable LinkedIn search posed a huge challenge but we’re really happy with the result.”

Takasi also noted that ‘immediacy of the contact’ is very important in business networking. Snapping a photo of the business card and connecting to LinkedIn is a great solution to socialize with another professionals while it is fresh.

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The Info-eye is considered as the “smart eye” of the phone. This may be the first app but we can expect more similar programs to be developed. After LinkedIn, maybe Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or Instagram integration? All these are possible with face recognition.

Actually, the Info-eye team earlier mentioned something about food recognition. That seems useless but you know, taking photos before every meal is the norm these days. Maybe food recognition will make it easier for people on Instagram to tag a certain restaurant or meal….or not. What do you think?

SOURCE: Sony Mobile

Droid Turbo spied in the flesh

Not too long ago some images of the coming Motorola Droid Turbo turned up showing what the device will look like. Those images were renderings rather than shots of a real phone in the flesh. This week some leaked photos of an actual device have turned up on the web.

The photos show a rounded device with what looks to be a faux carbon fiber back in a satin black color. When the rendered images turned up, the specs for the device also leaked. We know it will have a 5.2-inch screen.

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The resolution of that big screen will be 2560 x 1440 and the smartphone will pack 3GB of RAM. Those specifications are confirmed in the leaked images. Under the hood will live a Snapdragon 805 processor.

Power will come from a 3900 mAh internal battery and the camera on the rear will be a 21MP unit. The leaked images also show that the device will run Android 4.4.4 and will be coming to Verizon. The official announcement is slated for October 28.

SOURCE: Android Spin