For the next hour and a half, Groupon is hosting a special sale on Samsung’s latest budget-friendly ultra portable Galaxy Tab variant, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0. This particular slate usually retails for around £160, but Groupon is offering customers a 19% discount — meaning that the device can be yours for £129.
Verizon has posted the official update documents for a rather pleasing upcoming upgrade for Samsung’s former flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4. The paperwork reveals that the update, build VRUEMK2, is scheduled to bring some bug fixes and stability enhancements, in addition to unlocking the annoying micro USB restriction, which meant that users could only use official Samsung chargers on their handsets. So from now on, all non-Samsung chargers will work correctly with the S4.
The latest build (KOT49H) of Google’s recently updated operating system, 4.4.2 KitKat, is now officially available to download for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. However, this update doesn’t use Android’s standard over-the-air (OTA) upgrade process. Instead, you will have to download the 4.4.2 factory images and install them on your device via the search engine giants Developer Platform.
Google’s official Android Device Manager application launched earlier today – not to be confused with the ADM Play Services feature which was released three months ago - and is available to download directly from the Google Play Store. This new app allows users of the service to remotely track, ring, lock, encrypt, or wipe their other devices, directly from their Android-powered smartphone or tablet.
Developer Crytek, known for top-shelf console and PC games like Far Cry and Crysis, is coming to the mobile space with its first free-to-play game for Android and iOS, The Collectables. The game is published by mobile powerhouse DeNA, using its Mobage mobile games platform which allows the game to release on multiple mobile devices and systems.
The game is coming soon for free on Google Play and the iTunes App Store, and it’s based on Crytek’s proprietary CryEngine graphics technology, bringing a new level of visual performance to the mobile gaming space. The Collectables has both tactical and action-based mechanics, letting you lead a squad of unlikely heroes on missions around the globe.
Samsung’s taking smartphone bling to the next level. Apple may have beat it to gold, but the South Korean company is hoping to make crystals mainstream. Its new Galaxy S4, launched today in Taiwan, is decorated with real Swarovski crystals and it’s anywhere near as expensive at you’d expect it to be.
Google’s Nexus-branded wireless charger is now available to purchase from Google Play in the United Kingdom. The £35 device, which is compatible with the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, and Nexus 7, is currently shipping in 1-2 business days.
As expected, Spotify has today announced a new music streaming service for Android and iOS that won’t cost you a penny to enjoy. It’s not traditional Spotify streaming as you know it, though; the new “Shuffle” feature lets you pick an album or artist then delivers tracks in a random order.
Dell has today announced its new Chromebook 11, an affordable notebook built with students and teachers in mind. The machine sports an 11.6-inch display with a 1366×768 resolution — just like HP’s Chromebook 11 — and it will be available with either 2GB or 4GB of RAM and a starting price of under $300.
If Santa forgets to drop by your neighborhood this year, it may be because he’s been too busy selling the Galaxy Gear for Samsung. Saint Nick promotes the “miracle” smartwatch’s built-in camera, its ability to take calls, and other features in a new one-minute ad uploaded to Samsung’s YouTube channel.