Author Archives: John Hoff


Workaround allows DRM functions on unlocked Sony Xperia devices

There are a lot of good reasons for you to unlock the bootloader of your Sony Xperia device, as there are a lot of cool aftermarket software and stuff out there that will make your cool Xperia dievice even cooler. But the downside to an unlocked bootloader is when you lose the imaging features that require DRM authentication – including the X-Reality image enhancement engine, the audio noise cancelling feature, and the BIONZ image enhancement engine among others.

NovaKey wants to change the way you type

The premise of NovaKey – a new keyboard app – is that normal touchscreen keyboards still require you to look at the screen to make accurate taps on specific letters. By radically changing the orientation of the keyboard, NovaKey creates specific and unique “gestures” for each character – allowing for what they say is a more natural and fluid touchscreen typing process.

Snail Games to release Obox gaming console at CES 2015

You’ve seen it before, and you’re likely to see it again – whatever the big manufacturers can do, China can do as well. Snail Games, an online gaming outfit based in China is planning to take on Sony and Microsoft by putting out an Android gaming console called Obox Online, scheduled to be launched at CES 2015 in Las Vegas just a few weeks from now.

Install Google Play on your Amazon Fire Phone

The Amazon Fire Phone is a neat little device, with its robust specs and proprietary but efficient Fire OS. The “proprietary” part – which means the device is locked to Amazon’s App ecosystem – also means that the phone does not have full access to the Google Play Store, until now, that is.

Android 5.0 build leaked for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3

More and more people are getting themselves excited for their smartphones and tablets to be upgraded to Android 5.0 by their manufacturers, and Samsung users are not exempt from the hype. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – last year’s flagship phablet – is scheduled to get a bump to Lollipop, but lo and behold, here we have a Lollipop build leaked for the device.

Island Castaway: Lost World arrives on Android

After being very popular with iOS tablet users the free-to-play strategy game Island Castaway: Lost World now arrives at the Google Play Store to work its charms on Android users as well. With the multitude of choices for F2P games out there, this app better bring it’s a game to make it big over Android.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Max to be launched in Korea

Courtesy of the Samsung-specific Sam Mobile website, we are getting our first look at a very new Samsung Galaxy Grand Max – a phablet that will be launched in Korea, with no news yet if the gadget maker is bringing the said device to the international market.