Rufus Cuff wants to dominate the wearable market and your forearm

We told you to put on your disappointment pants for the Galaxy Gear 2, but for the Rufus Cuff we suggest rolling up your absurdity sleeves. Seriously, given its three-inch screen you might just have to. This wearable boasts a built-in mic, a camera, a speaker, web browser, voice control, GPS and full access to the Google Play store -- if the Cuff sounds like a smartphone that straps to your wrist, well, that's basically what it is. It connects to your Android or iPhone via Bluetooth for mobile data, making calls and sending texts, but it's running a full version of Google's mobile OS and can hook on to WiFi if you're in a cellular dead-zone or if your phone's battery runs out.

While the gizmo doesn't exactly look practical (we're pretty sure that it won't play nice with the cuffs of a slim-cut oxford), as of this writing it's has raised over $150,000 of its $200,000 IndieGoGo goal, with a handful of days to go. If you dig the idea of strapping one of these monstrosities on your wrist, all it takes is a $249 pledge.

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Source: IndieGoGo

OnePlus One phone and its swappable covers leak out in new pictures

Former Oppo exec Pete Lau announced his plans to make "the perfect smartphone" a few months ago, and now the OnePlus One is almost here. Its launch is scheduled for April 23rd, but Android Authority points out these pictures posted on a forum that claim to show press renders of the device itself and "StyleSwap" covers that will let owners customize its looks. Not-so-shockingly, what we're seeing looks a lot like the Oppo Find 5, although the only question left is whether they're authentic or just a fan's creation. We've already gotten a sneak peek at the CyanogenMod software it will run, and we know how much it costs, but official word on everything else will have to wait until Wednesday.

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Via: Engadget Chinese

Source: Android Authority, OnePlus BBS

Verizon’s Galaxy S4 getting KitKat soon, HTC One M8 gets its first update

Android KitKat

Verizon Wireless will apparently start rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat update for the Galaxy S4 on May 2nd. This is not official information and comes from a leaked internal document, talking about the date. Aside from a number of changes Google brings to the mix, this firmware will also include many Samsung-made enhancements, software updates, tweaks, bug fixes and more.

Another Verizon device getting the update is the HTC One M8. Firmware version 1.55.605.2 is a maintenance release that brings bug fixes, tweaks and other improvements. Connectivity issues have been resolved, including some related to Bluetooth and syncing with the Dot View case. Moreover, the update also adds a new copy and paste feature to the gallery app, as well as mute and edit buttons for video highlights. It is a 121.5MB-heavy download, so you better connect to a fast Wi-Fi hotspot prior to tapping that “Update” button.

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LG Lucid 3 lands at Verizon Wireless

LG Lucid 3 lands at Verizon Wireless

We knew it’s coming and voila – the LG Lucid 3 is now available from Verizon Wireless. This low-to-mid end device won’t impress many with its specs sheet, but it will provide users with a decent value for money.

It packs a 4.7-inch qHD (540 x 960 pixels) screen and 1.2GHz quad-core processor, while Android 4.4.2 KitKat is running the show. There’s also LG’s software singing on top, all with the KnockCode for easy phone unlocking.

Sans any strings attached, the Lucid 3 could be yours for $299.99; alternatively, you can get it for free with a two-year term or for $12.49 per month with Verizon EDGE.

Again, don’t expect miracles from this phone — it’s not the Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8 — but a decent feature set for a reasonable amount of cash.

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LG Lucid 3 lands at Verizon Wireless originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2014-04-19T12:57:28Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j

ZTE Star 1 officially announced in China with a price tag of $225

ZTE Star 1 officially announced in China with a price tag of $225

The ZTE Star 1 we’ve seen few days ago is now officially official. Alas, we’re not sure when or even whether it will hit the Western hemisphere. In the meantime, users in China will be able to pick it up for the equivalent of $225.

That cash gets you a decent mid-ranger with specs that include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core chip clocked at 1.6GHz, 5-inch full HD screen, 2GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash and 5-megapixel front-facing camera. In addition, there’s a 2,300mAh battery, 4G LTE connectivity support, 16 or 32 GB of internal storage, while Android 4.4.2 KitKat is running the show. Users will be able to choose between three different colors, including black, white and pink.

With sexy lookin’ metal body (we think it’s made from metal), the Star 1 is obviously going for folks who liked the Huawei Ascend P6 and may opt for an upgrade when the Ascend P7 launches within the next few weeks. We’ll see how or whether this phone will affect Huawei’s sales figures…

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LG L65 with Android 4.4 KitKat, low-end specs unveiled in Russia

LG L65

LG is reading from Samsung’s book launching devices left and right in hope to reach as many buyers as humanly possible. Their latest phone, marked as L65, fits into the L-series, boasting low-end specs and relatively low price.

The LG L65 comes with a 4.3-inch IPS screen with WVGA (480 x 800 pixels) resolution, 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chip and 1GB of RAM. In addition, it has a 5-megapixel rear and VGA front-facing cameras, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, 2,100 mAh battery and 4GB of expandable storage. Android 4.4 KitKat is running the show with LG’s own software, Knock Code included, singing on top.

Price wise, the unlocked L65 will sell for 7,490 Rubles (about $210) in Russia; there’s no word whether it will also be available in other markets, but we assume it’s heading to the CIS countries as well as few other markets in Asia…

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Beats Music update lets you subscribe from inside the iOS app

Beats Music on Android, Windows Phone and iPhone

Odds are that you weren't riveted by Beats Music when it first arrived, but the streaming service has just delivered a pair of big updates that may give you a good excuse to tune in. For the iOS app, the biggest improvement is visible when you're signing up -- you can now subscribe from within the software rather than heading to the web. The move makes it that much easier to keep the music flowing after your trial is over, and may just help Beats grow its fledgling customer base.

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Via: Recode, Droid-Life

Source: App Store, Google Play

Now Android fans can play one of the greatest computer games ever on their tablets

Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition Android

Old-school RPG fans still get nostalgic when you bring up Baldur's Gate, the classic Bioware D&D-based adventure that set the standard for computer RPGs when it was released all the way back in 1998. In fact, the Balur's Gate series's popularity has been so enduring that studio Beamdog has overhauled it with improved graphics and features while also adding touch controls to make it easy to play on tablets. Although Beamdog released its Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition for the iPad a while ago, the studio has finally gotten around to porting it to Android, and it's now available on the Google Play store for $9.99. Although the iPad version of the overhauled Baldur's Gate received mixed marks for its buggy controls, early reviews of the game over at Google Play are pretty strong, as it's currently averaging a score of 4.5 stars based on 72 reviews.

Verizon’s Droid Maxx now available in two new colors

Verizon's Droid Maxx now available in two new colors

As part of the plan that seems envisioned to prolong the life of the aging DROID MAXX smartphone, Verizon decided to launch two new color variants. The Droid Maxx in glossy red and black with chrome accents both come with just 16GB of internal storage, and a lower price of $99 with two-year contract or $499 sans any strings attached.

If you need more storage, there’s the old black model with 32GB of space that could be yours for $50 or $100, depending whether you want to sign a contract or not.

Aside from the fresh paint job, this remains the same Droid Maxx under the hood with same software running on top of Android that includes Touchless Control and Active Display. So who’s in?

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Verizon’s Droid Maxx now available in two new colors originally appeared on IntoMobile.com on 2014-04-18T20:21:26Z. FV1gMYsz9b5j

KitKat Update for the Verizon LG G2 Finally Arrives!

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Oh happy day! While LG G2 owners on about every carrier have already been rocking Android 4.4 KitKat for some time now, we Verizon LG G2 customers have been stuck waiting, and waiting, and waiting. That wait is now over, as Verizon is finally rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat to LG G2 owners.The software update contains a version number of VS98024A, and comes in at 669.4MB. It’s a pretty hefty update, so make sure your device is charged and that you download the update using WiFi.

Here’s a peek of what’s included in the KitKat update:

  • Color Adjustment has been added
  • ‘Magnification Gestures’ label is now ‘Touch Zoom’ label
  • ‘Shades’ label is now ‘Screen Shades’ label
  • ‘Captions’ have been added
  • ‘Touch and Hold Delay’ is now ‘Touch Feedback Time
  • ‘Speak Passwords’ label is now ‘Read Passwords’ label
  • ‘Power Button Ends Call’ label is now ‘Power Key Ends Call’ label
  • ‘Easy Access’ label is now ‘Accessibility Settings Shortcut’ label
  •  OS upgrade to Android KitKat 4.4.2
You should receive a notification update once the update becomes available for your device. You can also always check manually by heading to your Setting panel and clicking About phone and Software update.
I’m downloading the update now, and can’t wait to play around with Android 4.4 KitKat! Let us know how you like the update.
via: Verizon

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