ASUS Qube appears at the FCC

30 November 2012

ASUS Qube

An ASUS built wireless device has appeared at the FCC, and it's got the words Google TV all over it. The official FCC docs have it listed as the Qube WITH Google TV Dongle (opposed to the Qube WITHOUT Google TV Dongle I suppose) and show a device with no CPU or GPU, but wireless connectivity. It's pretty clear that this will plug into a TV or monitor and provide a wireless attachment point for another device.

Speculation around the Internet this evening covers everything from the Nexus Q revamp to an ASUS branded Google TV device, but that fact is we really don't know what this will turn out to be. If I had to take a guess (and I reckon I had better) I'd say this just might turn out to be a Miracast dongle that connects any number of devices to a big screen — including a yet to be released ASUS Google TV product. as the O!Mobile Remote app in Google Play suggests.We'll know more soon, hopefully. 

Source: FCC; via Engadget




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Nexus 7 dock

We asked on episode 117 of the Android Central Podcast about when we would see a docking station for the Nexus 7.  An astute listener who is also one of those "people close to the matter" decided to toss us a bone and directed us to the Japanese ASUS site which has what appears to be a landscape audio dock for the 7-inch wonder coming at the beginning of December.

There's not a lot of info, but it says we can use the USB port, and it has a 3.5mm audio output — which can only mean it's using the pogo pins for power and audio transmission. It will sell for 3,480 Japanese Yen (about $41 USD) sometime in early December.

A quick look at my calendar tells me it's almost early December now, so I'm sharpening my credit card. You can bet we'll be trying to get at least one of these when they are available. Hit the link below to see for yourself, and follow the break for the translated version of the website entry.

Source: ASUS Japan; Thanks, Anon!

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Verizon Galaxy Note 2 logo

Plenty more going on in our Verizon Galaxy Note 2 forums.




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Sony has completed its SDK (software development kit) collection with the launch of today's Sony Tablet SDK add-on. The pack allows developers to "make use of the special features included in Sony tablets," the company says. These include the windowed "small apps" found on the Xperia Tablet S, as well as the IR blaster found on the same device, which can be used to interface with TVs.

Code samples and documentation can be found over at the Sony Developer World site.

Sony has yet to see massive success with its Android tablet line-up. But the inclusion of unique features like water resistance and a wedge-shaped design, as well as developer-friendly endeavors like this, could help the company stand out from the crowd.

Interested parties can find more info at the source link.

Source: Sony Mobile Developer World




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Out of the box,  the HTC Droid DNA is one of the best Android phones on the market. But if you’re the type who loves flashing new ROMs which push your phone to the very limit, we have some great news for you! HTC has just posted the Android 4.1 …





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Nexus 4

While nobody is sure how many Nexus 4s have been sold, eBay thinks the demand is high enough to warrant sales restrictions. Normally reserved for things like iPad's an Nintendo Wiis, these rules cover how many phones sellers can list.

You may list a Google Nexus 4 with some limitations:

  • Authorized resellers will be allowed to list an unlimited number of items per week.
  • eBay Top Rated Sellers will be allowed to list up to 8 items per week.
  • All sellers meeting minimum performance standards will be allowed to list 4 items per week.
  • New sellers who’ve confirmed their personal information may list 1 item per week.

Note: Sellers not meeting minimum performance standards or that haven’t confirmed their personal information will not be allowed to list the Google Nexus 4 during the post-launch sale period.

Google Nexus 4 Domain Name and Email Address Sales

Sellers offering Google Nexus 4-related domain names or email addresses for sale on eBay will be allowed up to 4 listings per week.

Officially used to prevent fraud on high-profile items, it's a pretty good feeling to see a Nexus phone get this sort of treatment. If you're planning on selling a Nexus 4, hit the source link to read up on everything.

Source: eBay; via eCommerceBytes




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Jet Set Radio

I'm not normally one to worry about the size of Android applications these days. Twenty megabytes? Download without thinking. Fifty? Sure. Why not?

Sega's much-anticipated Jet Set Radio, however, clocks in at a whopping 587 megabytes. Not exactly a record or anything, but this sucker's big. Took about 8 minutes from download to first push. 

This game is worth the $4.99, though. If you're into the skate culture at all, you'll find something here. The premise, if you're new to the game, is that you're a "Rudie" in Tokyo-To, with magnetically-driven in-line skates. They're powered by some sort of "netrium" battery — and you're powered by Jet Set Radio, "a pirate radio station manned by the DJ Professor K that plays nothing by non-stop hardcore music." And you skate around, tagging stuff and giving the finger to the man — all that jazz.

Gameplay is pretty good. You get the feel of the on-screen joystick easily enough (and I've never been a big fan of those). The four-button layout is simple, and the tutorials get you going. The graffiti tagging gets a little more intricate as time goes on, so pay attention to that.

Hit the download link above to give it a go (again, remember, it's $5, so keep in mind that 15-minute refund window if this isn't your thing), and we've got promo video after the break.

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Despite the size of its Android smartphone portfolio, Samsung's doing a pretty good job keeping popular handsets up-to-date with OS upgrades. That's further evidenced by today's news that the humble Galaxy S Advance, a recent mid-range offering from the Korean manufacturer, will be getting its Jelly Bean update sometime in January 2013.

Roughly translated, a message posted on Samsung's German Facebook page reads –

Dear fans, more and more devices will now receive the update to Android Jelly Bean. Even the Galaxy S I9070 Advance will get this update in January, through Kies and over-the-air.

There's no word on which version of Jelly Bean will be heading to the Galaxy S Advance, but as the Android 4.2 source code hasn't been available for long, we'd imagine 4.1 will be what's on offer here.

Still, it's a substantial upgrade from the Gingerbread-based ROM that ships on the Advance.

Samsung is expected to push out Jelly Bean upgrades for the Galaxy S2 and original Galaxy Note, though no timetable has been offered for these updates. Equally, whether these updates make it to U.S. variants of these phones remains to be seen.

Source: Samsung Germany Facebook; via: SamMobile




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Electrify  Note

Sailboat Champions  HTC

New phones, special deals, news from carriers, great  apps — you name it and it happens just about every day in the wide world of Android. We know that you can't spend every minute glued to your screen to keep track of it all, so here are highlights of the day all wrapped up and easy to read.

Software everywhere

Carriers and manufacturers in the news

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Tomorrow, we get to do it all over again! See you then.




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