While the web buzzing with the news of yesterday’s Samsung Galaxy S5 announcement, the Galaxy S4 might be feeling a little left out. Luckily, the GS4 is at least getting a little love from AT&T, in the form of an update to Android 4.4 KitKat.
Now it’s important to note that the update hasn’t actually started rolling out just yet, but AT&T has posted up details for the update and says it will start sending it out tomorrow, February 26th.
So what’s new here? The biggest change is that your handset is moving past Jelly Bean, and jumping over to Android 4.4 KitKat and all the new features that come with it. The change-log on AT&T’s page also mentions it will add the ability to drag and drop to uninstall or disable applications and the update should also bring call reliability improvements. Beyond this, we expect at least a few bug fixes and hopefully we’ll see some minor TouchWiz changes like white status bar icons and even some changes to the lock-screen — as hinted by a previous ROM leak.
We’ll be sure to update this page as soon as we receive word that the update has actually started to roll out to folks. Of course, you should keep in mind that even if the update starts tomorrow as planned, it could take days before it reaches all AT&T users.
We’ve already seen one gold plated Porsche Design P’9982 pop up but Gold & Co London are gearing up to be the first ones to offer the device on a somewhat larger scale. Going on sale tomorrow at the Collectors Palace location in the Dubai Mall, the 24kt gold plated Porsche Design P’9982 by Gold & Co is limited to only 99 pieces. No pricing details are available at this time but we’re going to go out on a limb and say it’s no small pocket change. So, anyone lining up to get the FIRST one?
Players will readily ell you, Ingress is much more than a game. Love it or hate it, Google’s augmented reality game has taken off in a big way. Devotees go out in troops, set to take down portals, even going so far as to get tattoos of their faction. With over one million downloads, Ingress has become a runaway hit for [#protected_0#]. Also, it’s still in beta.
That all ends tomorrow, as Ingress flies out of beta and into the mainstream. The game, which now warrants such things as weekly video updates and email blasts to players, is set to bring in a rush of new blood. Originally, the game was on a scaled rollout, as Google’s Niantic Labs wanted to make sure their servers could handle the load, and everyone enjoyed the experience.
For the uninitiated, think of Ingress as a mix of old and new. One one hand, it’s a lot like capture the flag, as you roam around cities in the name of your chosen faction — enlightened or resistance — “taking down” portals. Users are free to choose their side upon signup, and it really hinges on your quick decision based on the backstory. Do you want to help free minds, or do you think it’s a rouse? The choice is immediately yours.
Though a lot like capture the flag, or Othello, the game is also like an RPG come to life. By bringing the augmented reality to your town, and surroundings, there is something eerily exciting about playing the game. While some who enjoy the genre think of games while on the go, Ingress fans can actually play wherever they like. The camaraderie of having a team gives a sense of belonging, and the meet-ups amongst factions only deepen the bond, both to the game and each other.
Currently limited to Android, director of Niantic Labs John Hanke notes that there is an iOS app in the works. After a year, and “a good chunk” of the one million who downloaded the game still playing, Ingress is welcoming the world to its world. Then again, we’re not so sure they’re that different after all.
After a flurry of leaked images, the white version of the Nexus 4 has been officially announced. The device will roll out starting tomorrow in Hong Kong.
LG today officially unveiled one of the worst kept secrets in the mobile industry in the last few weeks – the white Nexus 4.
The white Nexus 4 was first mentioned back in November 2012, but it wasn’t till last month that we’ve seen credible hands-on images of the device. The phone was even leaked in a set of press images, a surefire indicator that an official launch was imminent.
Now that the white Nexus 4 has become official, you should know that, besides the new skin, there’s absolutely no difference between it and the black model. The specifications include the same Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, a 4.7-inch 720p display, and an 8MP camera.
Despite rumors that a new version of Android would be made available along with the white Nexus 4, the device apparently still runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
The white Nexus 4 will become available in Hong Kong tomorrow, May 29, and will roll out in “select markets in Asia, North America, Europe and the Middle East” in the coming weeks. We do expect it to pop up on the Play Store sooner rather than later, probably at the same great price of 9 for the 8GB version.
SEOUL, May 28, 2013 ㅡ LG Electronics (LG) today announced the launch of Nexus 4 White, the newest edition of the popular smartphone developed in collaboration with Google. Nexus 4 White features the same stellar Android™ experience as the original Nexus 4, combining LG’s sophisticated hardware design and popular Google Services such as Google Now and Photosphere for an outstanding overall user experience.
“Nexus 4 set the standard for Android 4.2 Jelly Bean smartphones,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company. “Nexus 4 White delivers the same Google experience to consumers in a stylish and attractive color option.”
Nexus 4 White comes with the superb 4.7-inch 1280-by-768 True HD IPS Plus display (320ppi) supported by Zerogap Touch technology. At its heart is the high performing Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM.
Starting in Hong Kong on May 29, Nexus 4 White will roll out globally in select markets in Asia, North America, Europe and the Middle East over the next several weeks.
The iMore show has been an overwhelming success, reaching more of you, in more ways, then many of us here on the site could have possibly imagined. However, it didn’t include you as much as any of us have wanted. Increasingly the iMore show had become more about awesome interviews and less about our even more awesome community.
So, tomorrow, we’re changing that. A lot.
Now, the current iMore show isn’t going to go away. It too will change. It’ll get a new name, and become something closer akin to Dubug and Iterate. More on that later, though! For now, here’s what’s happening with the NEW iMore show:
We’re changing the day and time. We’re moving it back to Wednesday and we’re moving it to the afternoon, Eastern Time. We’re still working out the details, and we’ll announce the exact time tomorrow. That’s right, no more conflict with Game of Thrones, Mad Men, or whatever else you were watching!
Peter Cohen will be our new, fairly consistent co-host, but other members of the iMore and Mobile Nations families will be joining us from week to week as well. Also, we’re not going to be abandoning guests entirely. We aim to have some fantastic folks join us as well to help round out the shows and keep up the variety.
And yes, that mean’s we’re changing the format. As much as being able to do a one man show is important as a last-ditch backup, and as much as I enjoy interviews, what makes iMore great are the many voices we have here. So, we’re switching back to the panel-type format we used to use, and that our other site-shows like Android Central and CrackBerry use.
The subject matter we cover will expand from mostly news and hot topics to a better balance of news, apps, accessories, and… Q&A. Yours, the communities, is the most important voice we have and part of our new panel will be YOU. What that means is that we’ll be using the chatroom more than ever before, but what’s more — you’ll be able to send us audio and video questions or comments and we’ll play them live during the show.
Want to be on the new iMore show tomorrow? Here’s what you need to do RIGHT NOW:
Grab your iPhone, iPad, or the device of your choice and record a short (30 second) video asking us your question. Upload it to the internet, and send us the link — Don’t send the video file itself, just the YouTube, Dropbox, or other video hosting link — to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we prefer video — it’s a video show! — audio is fine as a fallback. Just use Voice Memo on iOS, or whatever recording app you like best, ask the question, and email the audio file to
That’s it! That’s all you need to do to be on the all new, all encompassing iMore show!
We’d also love to hear any other suggestions you may have for the show as well. So, run — don’t walk — to the comments and let me know. If you could have your dream iMore show, what would it be? What segments would we include? What guests would we invite on? What kind of Q&A would we do?
It’s the moment that us Google addicts have been (im)patiently waiting for, Google I/O 2013 starts tomorrow! From Google Glass to Google TV, and everything in-between, there’s a lot going down at I/O this year.
The big question is what all can we expect from Google I/O 2013. In a recent interview with Wired, Sundar Pichai said this year’s event will be more focused on the developers and the user experience. That means that it is probably a safe bet that we won’t see a Nexus 5 or even Key Lime Pie.
Based on all the clues that have been dropped leading up to I/O, here’s a guide to what you can expect:
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
The wait for Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie has been nearly torturous, and it isn’t over yet. Android 4.3 has already shown up in our own server logs, and it is looking more likely that we aren’t done with Jelly Bean just yet.
As for what will be new with the next iteration of Jelly Bean? While we don’t know what all will be changed with Android 4.3, we have heard rumors that we will see support for Bluetooth Low Energy and OpenGL for Embedded Systems 3.0 graphics.
With OpenGL, Android will be able to take gaming and graphics-intense apps to a whole new level. That leads into the next major expectation for Google I/O.
Google Play Games
Just this weekend, a leaked Google Play Services update revealed that Android will soon be receiving a new “Games” feature that includes achievements, game matchmaking, cloud save syncing, in-game chat, leaderboards and more.
With several of the Google I/O sessions talking about games, this new GP Games feature will clearly be an important focal point at I/O. All we know for sure is that the service looks to be targeted at Android, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the new gaming features are cross-platform — making their way into Chrome, Chrome OS and maybe even Google Glass.
That means that we will certainly see Google Glass play some kind of role at Google I/O, and we might even see a few special apps mentioned and demo’d. There probably won’t be too many major surprises here, though.
Hangouts (AKA Google Babel)
Without a doubt, Google Babel has been one of the most talked about Google services in the last few months. The cross-platform messenger is now rumored to be called Google Hangouts and has even been spotted in leaked images.
You can pretty much guarantee that Google will make this service official at I/O.
Hardware Refreshes and Updates
It just wouldn’t be Google I/O if there were no new hardware announcements. We probably won’t see the return of the Nexus Q, the introduction of the Nexus 5 or anything truly crazy, but it is a pretty safe bet that we will at the very least see a Nexus 7 update.
As for what the tablet’s specs will be? It’s hard to say for sure, though KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims it is coming with a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 1920 x 1200 resolution 7-inch display and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Take those specs with a grain of salt.
Outside of the Nexus 7 refresh, things get a bit fuzzier. We’ve heard rumors about the X Phone debuting at I/O, but that is seeming less likely by the minute. The good news is that we might instead see a Motorola Smart Watch, though nothing is written in stone.
It is also possible that we could see a refreshed Nexus 4. After all, a white variant has already been spotted more than once and then there have even been rumors that an LTE-capable version is in the works.
We haven’t heard much about Google TV as of late, except for the recent release of the Asus Cube. You might think that means that Google TV won’t be a focus at Google I/O. The good news is that back in March, Google TV Developers told us through G+ that we should “stay tuned for #GoogleTV news at I/O”, so that means some kind of GTV news is heading our way at I/O.
Here’s to hoping that the Google TV offers new functionality that works with Google’s upcoming Google Play Games initiative.
On the Chrome OS side of things, there has been some indication that new apps that further push the limits of Chrome OS (online and off) will make their way to I/O.
Last but not least: For fans of Ingress can expect a huge Ingress event taking place at I/O this year.
Bottom-line, Google I/O 2013 might not see tons of new hardware, or even the latest and greatest Key Lime Pie, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t going to be an epic event. In fact for gamers, it is shaping up to be one of the most exciting I/O events yet.
Regardless of what Google throws our way, Android Authority will be there ready to go with first-class live coverage as the event unfolds!
Have an older mobile device collecting dust around your house? Starting tomorrow, AT&T will introduce a new trade-in promotion that could give you at least an 0 credit for your older gear.
Often enough, trading programs only accept a few limited models of phones for trading, but AT&T’s promotion is much less restrictive. The carrier will take any mobile hardware, as long as it isn’t older than three years. That means you can bring in a slightly older smartphone, netbook, tablet, data card or even a feature phone.
AT&T assures that all accepted devices will receive at least 0, but some newer devices might even fetch more than that. What makes this deal truly unique is that AT&T is giving customers flexibility in how to use the credit. The most obvious use is for those looking to get a newer phone. As long as you sign a two-year contract, the 0+ trade-in credit can be used on any smartphone that AT&T sells. This means that newer phones like the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy 4 will only end up setting you back .
Don’t need a new handset? You can also use your credit for picking up mobile accessories, or your trade-in amount can be applied to your monthly bill. If you are feeling charitable, you can also donate the credited amount to the Cell phones for Soldiers charity.
Many times these promotions seem too good to be true, but we admit this is a pretty impressive sounding deal for those that don’t mind committing to a contract.
YouTube has posted an unexpected video on its own channel earlier today, reminding everyone that for the last eight years the purpose of the website was find the best video around.
Not many users are probably aware of this and many people have probably forgotten about the competition, but today is the last day for submitting your video and hoping for your chance of winning an MP3 player and a 0 stipend to go into your future creative endeavor. The prize will be awarded in 10 years from now, in 2013, when the site will reopen to only show the winning video.
In addition to reminding users about the contest, YouTube further explained how the winning video will be chosen by its team of dedicated engineers. Apparently every video ever uploaded to the site will be reviewed by a team of 30,000 technicians who will choose a short list for the best video on YouTube.
A final panel comprised of film critics, YouTube celebrities and prolific commentators will actually get to choose the best video and views won’t matter that much. Whether is the official Gangnam Style video that got a bazillion hits or the video of a man feeding bread to a dog that got around 40 hits, they all have an equal chance to win the top prize.
A bunch of well-known YouTube personas also appear in Google’s official video, talking about their hopes of winning the top spot on YouTube, see for yourself:
Naturally, since we have an established presence on YouTube ourselves, we surely hope that one of our videos will actually be selected as the winner. Sadly though, you won’t be able to watch our videos after today – except for the one of them in case it does win the contest – so better grab a coffee and check them all out before Google deletes them.
Note: yes, this is one of Google’s April Fools Day jokes that hit the web a day earlier and yes, we’re aware it’s a joke. No, YouTube is not going anywhere, and yes, we’ll continue to put out great videos for you to enjoy, so don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel. And yes, those are Apple iMacs in the video above whose logos have been hidden.