New Android Nintendo DS Emulator: DraStic DS

New Android Nintendo DS Emulator: DraStic DS

DraStic DS Android NintendoiFans forum member TylerDrgnHeart has posted a review of a new Nintendo DS emulator for Android called DraStic DS. The emulator is compatible with several popular Nintendo titles, including Super Mario Bros, Pokemon Pearl, Pokemon Platinum and Pokemon Black.

Overall, I think this emulator hit the jackpot for Android DS emulators. If you guys are feeling brave and want to test other games, feel free to post your results here and I can start a cumulative list of game compatibility. These game tests were run mostly on my Nexus 4, with a single test on my HTC One X for good measure. Both phones ran at about the same pace.​

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New Nexus 7 Suffering from GPS Issues

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Google’s latest Nexus 7 is a fantastic piece of hardware: the 1080p display is among the highest-resolution panels ever put on such a device, and the Qualcomm SoC ensures that the tablet is as fast as any other device on the market. However, it appears that the 2013 Nexus 7 is not without its issues: according to various reports across the internet, there’s something wrong with the GPS chipset.

The issue seems to be with continued use of satellite tracking, which is necessary with turn-by-turn navigation. Hopefully the issue is in software, and can be fixed via an OTA update; regardless, Google has already stated that they are looking in to the issue.

Is your device affected?

[AndroidCentral]

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Is it too late for BlackBerry Messenger on iOS and Android?

Is it too late for BlackBerry Messenger on iOS and Android?

blackberry-iconBlackBerry Messenger is launching on iOS and Android before the end of the summer, and the company is now sending beta invites to certain people through its Beta Zone program.

But a large majority of smartphone users now have iPhones or Android devices with iMessage or Google Hangouts, and then there are apps like WhatsApp, Viber and Kik Messenger.

The number of messaging services available nowadays is substantially higher than when BlackBerry reigned, so does BBM still have a chance to thrive on iOS and Android? Or, is it too late?

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Google Announces a New Lighter, Thinner Nexus 7

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We were all pretty sure it was coming and, sadly, we all pretty much knew exactly what the device would be by now. Google has announced its new Nexus 7, the successor to last year’s well-regarded model, shipping in an overall package that’s 2 mm thinner and 50g lighter. On top of the weight loss, the new Nexus 7 has been graced with a higher resolution, 1920 x 1200 screen, which is a major improvement over the previous 1280 x 800 display. (more…)

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Meet Canary: The Smartest Security Device You’ll Ever Need

Meet Canary

A group of security experts are working on an innovative new product called Canary, which serves as an all-in-one security system that you can place right in the middle of your home — be it a house, apartment, dorm room or wherever you live. The device has a sleek design akin to Apple products, and can be set up to work with iPhone, iPad or an Android device in just 30 seconds or less.

Canary has several built-in features for tracking its surrounding environment, including an HD camera, microphone, night vision, motion detection, and sensors for temperature, air quality and humidity. So when your home has movement or a sudden change in temperature — during a fire, for instance — Canary will instantly alert you and give you prompts to call, message or signal a siren. (more…)

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HTC One Mini Announced With 4.3-Inch Screen

HTC One Mini

Looking to cater to those users that prefer smartphones with smaller screens, Taiwanese handset maker HTC today unveiled the HTC One Mini with a smaller 4.3-inch display. The rival Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini also packs a 4.3-inch screen, while the flagship HTC One has a 4.7-inch display.

Other hardware specifications for the HTC One Mini include a 1.4 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, LTE connectivity and the infamous HTC UltraPixel camera. While these tradeoffs and the lack of NFC are present, HTC still believes it is a “no compromise” experience.

Android handset makers continue to release a myriad of smartphones with various features and price points, with the goal of targeting as many consumers as possible. Samsung has led this initiative with the Galaxy S4 and its S4 Mini, S4 Zoom, S4 Active and Google Edition running stock Android Jelly Bean.

[The Verge]

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Galaxy Folder: Samsung’s Upcoming Android-Based Flip Phone

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At a time when sales are increasingly shifting towards smartphones, leading handset maker Samsung is looking to bring back the flip phone. After conquering the market with a myriad of Android-based smartphones, the South Korean giant plans to release a Galaxy feature phone in the coming weeks.

The device, which will allegedly be called the Galaxy Folder, is expected to have an 800 x 480 pixel display, dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, LTE connectivity and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Look for the Galaxy Folder to launch in South Korea in the coming weeks, according to Korean website Digital Daily.

And here I was, thinking that flip phones were a thing of the past.

[Digital Daily via BGR]

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Google Hosting a Mysterious Press Event Next Wednesday

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As reported earlier today by Engadget, Google has this morning sent out invites to a special “breakfast” with Sundar Pichai, the Mountain View corporation’s head of Android and Chrome. There’s no word yet on what the event is exactly for, but we can of course expect there to be an announcement of some kind. Considering Pichai’s position at Google, it’s likely that the announcement will be somewhere in his realm–Android and/or Chrome–but, then again, that’s a very big and broad part of Google now.

There have of course been rumors of Android 4.3 getting some light, but I personally would love to see the next Nexus 7. Google’s own tablet offering is already more than a year old and is due for a refresh, in my humble opinion. For the record, a Moto X unveil is unlikely as that would surely be Motorola’s announcement, not Google’s. What do you think the event will be for?

The news first came from JR Raphael on Twitter; you can find that tweet embedded after the break. (more…)

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Google Issues Patch to Android Partners That Fixes Major Security Hole

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Gina Scigliano, Google’s Android Communications Manager, said that while Google didn’t have a statement, she could “confirm that a patch has been provided to our partners – some OEMs, like Samsung, are already shipping the fix to the Android devices.”

Bluebox Security recently discovered a security hole that gives a malicious user the potential to convert a legitimate application into Trojan malware. All applications installed on Android have a cryptographic signature, to prevent unapproved modifications or tampering, but this flaw allows an attacker to bypass that signature and make changes that go unnoticed.

It is now up to Android partners to seed the necessary software updates to users, and at least Samsung is already confirmed to be doing so at this point. In the meantime, Android users should keep a close eye on the publisher of the app in which they are planning to install. Google Play does have additional security checks in place, putting users that install apps outside of this marketplace at the greatest risk.

[ZDNet]

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Jelly Bean Finally Eclipses Gingerbread as Most Used Android Version

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It may have taken over two-and-a-half years, but Gingerbread was finally surpassed today by Jelly Bean as the most used Android software version. The latest numbers for a two week period ending July 8th reveal that 37.9 percent of all Android smartphones and tablets that accessed Google Play were running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean or newer, compared to 34.1 percent for Gingerbread.

This is an important milestone for Google, as fragmentation has often been highlighted as a major issue plaguing the Android platform. For years, the issue of having too many hardware manufacturers, carriers, screen sizes, software versions and so on has been a burden on Android developers. And despite the rise in adoption of Jelly Bean, over one-third of all Android devices are still running software that was released in December 2010 or earlier.

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Apple has even been using the fragmentation of Android to its advantage, promoting how 94 percent of its devices are running iOS 6 or later in a pie chart that looks eerily similar to the Android one. For developers, there is certainly an upside to having all users running on the same software and using one of the few iPhone models available.

Google recently announced versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One running stock Android, which will receive streamlined updates similar to the Nexus family of devices. Both devices hit the market last month, and should help further reduce Android fragmentation.

Additionally, experienced users have long bypassed the need to wait for software updates by rooting and flashing custom ROMs, such as CyanogenMod, to their Android devices. If you’re an Android user, let us know which device you have and if you’re part of the 37.9 percent running Jelly Bean.

[The Next Web]

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