Author Archives: John Hoff


Hyundai hands car dash to Android, Apple for device-based interface

Hyundai has made it known that Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay will be very much central to how they imagine their cars’ dashboards in the near future, particularly starting in 2015. A new entertainment hub/display will be coming to the Korean car manufacturer’s vehicles that will be ditching the current standard CD player and onboard navigation. The music and map apps on the owner’s Android or Apple device will take over that function.

Double Tap to Wake feature brought back to unrooted Nexus 6

A few weeks back, we talked about an app that brought back the “double tap to wake” feature to the Google Nexus 6 phone, a feature that was planned to be active on the phone but was nixed by Motorola and Google at the last minute. Said app only worked on rooted Nexus 6 phones, so it still presented quite a challenge for those who don’t like/want to root their phones. Enter XDA member “_qwerp” who now presents an alternate solution for bringing back the feature to non-rooted Nexus 6 units.

Telltale Games brings their own flavor of Borderlands to Android

The “Borderlands” series is a wonderfully quirky and hugely popular sci-fi FPS (first person shooter) that has been released mainly for consoles and PC, and is now waiting to release their third installment of the game. The beauty (or campiness) of Borderlands’ comic-based graphics will take a while before it can be translated to Android, or so we thought. Telltale Games – of “The Walking Dead” and “The Wolf Among Us” fame – is ready to give us a point-and-click rendition of the game ostensibly called “Tales from the Borderlands”.

The Blu Studio 7.0 is a budget-friendly 7-inch smartphone

Yeah, you can balk at the size all you want – you know we all did. There’s just something about a smartphone when it breaks the 6-inch barrier that makes it go from useful to weird – not quite a tablet, too big for a phone. But Florida-based outfit Blu wants to take that risk in putting out the Blu Studio 7.0, a huge 7-inch smartphone for the budget conscious.

Sony adds AOSP support to all 2014 Qualcomm-based Xperia units

Sony is one of those manufacturers who seem to have found a groove in balancing their support for after-market software for their devices and continuing to encourage those who are part of the community who tweak the AOSP (Android Open Source Project) for their Sony devices. Because of this commitment, Sony has even now made AOSP support official for all Qualcomm-based Xperia devices released in 2014. Pretty nifty.

Samsung working out deal to compete with Apple Pay

The relatively warm acceptance of Apple Pay – Apple’s wireless payment system that allows owners of the latest iPhone models to wave their smartphone instead of swiping your card to pay – has probably forced Samsung to look for a competing system using its own line of smartphones. The South Korean gadget giant is reportedly in talks with US payments startup LoopPay to make this happen.

NVIDIA’s SHIELD Hub updated, gets Material Design love

The NVIDIA SHIELD mobile gaming device has been around for over a year now, gaining a cult following as one of the best mobile gaming platforms around. Today, this device is getting a relevant update to the SHIELD Hub app which serves as the game launcher platform for the device – some Material Design aesthetic and the addition of 1080p at 60FPS streaming from the device to your TV. Naturally, this update is also available for the SHIELD tablet.

Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft now out for Android tablets

One big problem we all had with Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft card game was first that it was only for tablets, and second that it was only out on iOS (so that meant the iPad or iPad mini) – so, “no, thanks”. Good thing that they understood how big a market there was for Android tablet users, that now the hugely popular card game is now out for Android tablet devices.