Screen mirroring now available for Android devices via Chromecast

Google announced today that an upcoming update to its Chromecast app will allow Android phones and tablets to mirror anything to a TV via the Chromecast dongle. If you own a Nexus device, an option called “Cast Screen” can easily be accessed in the quick settings menu. Once your hit it, it will show you the available Chromecast devices available in your WiFi network. Then, you can cast whatever it is you have on your screen.

Folks who don’t have Nexus devices will be able to cast their screens using the Chromecast application. It will accessible in the navigation drawer in the Chromecast app. An update whould be available in the Play Store in the coming days. If you don’t want to wait, you can grab the apk for version 1.7.4 of the app here (credit: Android Police).

If your phone or tablet is in the list below, you will be able to do some screen mirroring. If not, Google says that support for other devices is coming soon:

  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Nexus 10
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Google Play Edition)
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10
  • HTC One M7
  • HTC One M7 (Google Play Edition)
  • LG G3
  • LG G2
  • LG G Pro 2

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Android L Keyboard pulled from Google Play

Android L wallpaper

We should have seen this one coming. After Android L’s revamped keyboard was ripped from a developer preview and repackaged for use with older Android builds, Google has pulled it from the Play Store. The app, which as a rip straight from Android L was far from the original creation of developer Shen Ye, was found to violate certain aspects of Google’s Developer Distribution Agreement.

What is really surprising is just how long it actually took for Google to take action. The Android L Keyboard had amassed 800,000 downloads since it appeared on Google Play shortly after last month’s Google I/O keynote.

Google currently offers their own Google Keyboard via the Play Store, and app which is more or less the same as Ye’s Android L Keyboard minus the Android L updates, particularly the Material Design theme. This surely isn’t the last we will see of the Android L Keyboard, however. For rooted users and those willing to side-load an APK, distribution channels outside of Google Play shouldn’t be too hard to track down.


Ever wanted a projector/mobile hotspot combo? Sprint’s got you covered

ZTE Projector on stand back

In the age of Chromecast and other over-the-air streaming methods, folks aren’t exactly yearning for a portable pico projector. Going one step shy of putting said projector into a phone (looking at you, Samsung), Sprint today introduced the LivePro, a combination mini projector and mobile hotspot powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Sharing YouTube clips with your friends and family while on the go just got a little more weird.

Sprint is calling it a “world’s first,” but we’re left wondering if it was even necessary. Sprint has us asking that question quite often, so it’s nothing out of the usual. The projector portion features a “10-inch to 10-foot projection display” and the 3G/4G hotspot can offer up to 8 WiFi connections simultaneously. A 4-inch touch display gives access to that Jelly Bean user interface and the gadgets 5000mAh battery can even be used to charge a smartphone. Sprint (by way of ZTE) really thought of everything with this one.

The most ironic part? The projector support WiFi Miracast to wireless broadcast video content to the projector. OK, we get that this could be useful when there is no compatible TV nearby, but let’s be real. I suppose we get the angle that this could be a useful business tool, but most modern offices have more than enough equipment on hand to make easy work of showing slides at a meeting.

In short, the LivePro is a device that attempts to do everything you never needed it to do, and it doesn’t do it cheap. When purchased via a Sprint Easy Pay plan, the LivePro will run $18.75/month for 24 months, or $450 total. Welcome to the framily, LivePro!

Carrier leak suggests Sony Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact could arrive at IFA 2014


Recent weeks have brought an early glimpse at the device that most likely will end up as the Sony Xperia Z3, and the timing has led to plenty of speculation as to when we can expect the handset to officially launch. A new document allegedly sourced from Vodafone’s German arm adds to the intrigue, suggesting we could see the Z3 (as well as the Z3 Compact) on shelves before the end of this quarter.

The document in question references an internal rewards program that assigns point values to specific device models. These points are awarded to an employee upon completing the sale of one or more of these associated devices. Listed among the 1.5 point category? You guessed it — the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 compact.

With the contest ending on September 30th, this makes that month’s IFA 2014 a strong contender for the location of Sony’s next big smartphone reveal. It makes sense, too. Sony launched the Xperia Z at CES in early 2013 only to be followed shortly after by the Xperia Z1 at IFA later that year. Early 2014 saw the launch of the Xperia Z2, this time at the yearly MWC exhibition. The biannual pattern sets up perfectly for the launch of the Sony Xperia Z3 during this year’s IFA show.

Of course, we must consider that this bit of carrier documentation could be inaccurate or at worst faked. If the latter were true, this would be one subtly executed hoax.

We don’t know many details about the Xperiz Z3, but leaked specs for the Z3 Compact suggest the pair could be quite the contenders when they arrive. The Compact is said to carry a 4.5-inch display, Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a whopping 20.7MP rear camera.


Hollywood’s nightmare, Popcorn Time, aims for Chromecast

Popcorn Time has grown in popularity due to it’s ease of use and Netflix like experience. Oh, did I mention that it is free? The open source software streams Bittorrents of movies or TV shows while the viewer watches. Whether or not Popcorn Time is illegal, is not very clear. Even the Popcorn Time website admits the uncertainty. That hasn’t stopped the new team of developers, Time4Popcorn, who took over after the original developers decided to no longer contribute to the project. Popcorn Time has since expanded their supported devices and added many new features, including VPN support.

When it was first developed, Popcorn Time was limited to just computers. Recently, an Android version of the streaming software has been released by Time4Popcorn and is available to download from their website. The group of developers have announced through their blog that the alpha version of the Windows app now supports Chromecast. The beta of the Windows version will be released within a week. They also stated that the Mac and Android versions are soon to follow if all goes according to plan.

This will allow users of Popcorn Time to easily stream movies and TV shows directly to their television without much effort because of the convience the Chromecast device offers. The list of Chromecast compatible apps continues to grow and makes the $35 streaming device something extremely hard to pass up.

Are you an user of Popcorn Time without a Chromecast? If so, does Chromecast support make the little streaming device more attractive? Let us know in the comments below.

Normal’s 3D-printed custom headphones ensure a perfect fit

NORMAL earphones

Music is a very personal thing — from your choice of genres, artists and even equipment. Cost permitting, one would usually want the best audio equipment possible. Not everyone is an audiophile, however, and some would settle for just the stock earphones or headphones that come with their music player or smartphone. But for those who are more discerning, a good quality pair of earphones is necessary for quality listening while on the go.

Most earphones and headphones are mass-produced, however. Some would come with a variety of rubber plugs or foams, which can come in different sizes to at least approximate a good fit. But a new product by a startup called Normal goes beyond trial-and-error. The company is marketing custom headphones built through 3D printing. “Your Normals work only for you,” the company says. Normal actually measures the shape and size of a user’s ear through an iOS or Android app before printing out the accessory via 3D.

Normal earphones parts

Measuring your ear is fairly straightforward. Once you have downloaded and installed the Normal app (Play Store link below), you will need to take an “ear capture” from within the app. You will need to set a quarter (a normal U.S. 25 cent denomination) against your sideburns for size reference.

Normal says each ear is different, so users will need to take an ear capture for both ears so that the company can print out perfectly-sized earphones for each side. “Ears are weird. Really weird,” says the FAQ.

Normals cost $199, which includes shipping and handling within the U.S. Users have the option of choosing a short cable (44.5 inches) or a long one (64 inches). Plugs and wires are gold-plated for best audio signal transmission, says the company. Earphones are printed and delivered within a 48-hour period, and the company says users can exchange or return these if unsatisfied.

As for the specs:

Driver Info 

  • Type: 14mm Neodymium Dynamic
  • Sensitivity: 109 dB /mW
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 KHz
  • Harmonic Distortion: <1%

Cable Lengths

  • Earpiece to Remote: 340mm
  • Total Length (standard): 1130mm
  • Total Length (long): 1605mm

Carrying Case
Size: L: 119 x W: 84 x H: 27mm

Is 3D printing the future of ultra-personal devices such as earphones? Tell us what you think at the comment section below.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra, LG G Pad 8.3 and HTC One (M7) dropped from Play Store

htc one google play edition aa front standing

Google has dropped the amount of Google Play Edition devices down to three from five. Until today’s change, Google had the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, LG G Pad 8.3 and HTC One (M7) listed on the Play Store. All three devices were shown as out of inventory for some time before they were removed.

It is currently unknown whether or not we will see new Google Play Edition devices, especially with the rumors of Android Silver. Android Silver was expected to replace the Nexus line however, Dave Burke stated that the Nexus line of devices is essential for Google displaying how they believe Android should run.

“You can’t build a platform in the abstract, you have to build a device (or devices). So, I don’t think it can or will ever go away. And then, I think Nexus is also interesting in that it is a way of us explaining how we think Android should run. It is a statement, almost a statement of purity in some respects. I don’t see why we would ever turn away from that, it wouldn’t make sense.”

For those who happen to be looking for a Google Play Edition device can still choose between the HTC One (M8), and the Moto G. Currently, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is listed as out of inventory on Google’s web store.


Unlocked Sony Xperia Z1 Compact now officially available in the USA!

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In an unexpected turn of events and without a single warning, Sony has just made the unlocked Xperia Z1 Compact available for USA residents. We never thought we would see it coming to the States, as a similarly specced, albeit larger Xperia Z1S was released for T-Mobile. What makes the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact so special, though?

This device is more than just another high-end smartphone. In fact, it’s a very special phone – it’s one of the very few powerful smartphones that cater to the smaller screen fans. The problem in the mobile industry is that most manufacturers really follow the “bigger is always better” law.

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High-end specs are almost always paired with large screens, while those who prefer the comfortable, one-handed experience tend to be left with miserable specs. The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact breaks boundaries with a 4.3-inch display, yet the power to take on any of its larger brothers.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact specs

  • Launched with Android 4.3, updated to Android 4.4.4
  • 4.3-inch Triluminos IPS 720p display
  • 2.2 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • 20.1MP/2MP cameras
  • 2,300 mAh battery

Those are some stunning specs! And this little guy can even go against today’s best smartphones with pride on its shoulders. In fact, it beats the Sony Xperia Z2 in benchmarks, a device that sports a superior Snapdragon 801 processor.

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Performance

You can go ahead and read our full Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review to see all the details. We can tell you right now this is one hell of a smartphone, though. It will be a great fit for those looking for a capable phone without a gargantuan display and body.

Buy the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact straight from Sony’s website for $549.99. There is no longer a need to import it or get it from odd retailers. Who is signing up for one? For those most savvy and spendthrift it can be had for as low as $420+ on Amazon, making it one of the better deals for those seeking a great, high performance device in a compact (and durable) package.

[Deal] Get the LG G Watch for $171 at AT&T


Don’t want to shed $229 for the newly announced LG G Watch? Would you like to save close to $60 on it? I have a way to do that.

AT&T lists the G Watch as an accessory, which it is actually. A promotion over at allows you to save 25% when buy 3 or more accessories. This is very similar to the Nokia Fatboy Qi charger deal we posted a while ago.

Here is how to get the discount:

The total amount should be be $179 and you get free shipping.

As a reminder, the LG G Watch run on Android Wear which was announced on June 25. It packs the following specs:

  • OS: Android Wear (Compatible with Android 4.3+)
  • STRAP: 22mm (0.86inch) Changeable Watch Strap
  • SCREEN: 1.65” IPS LCD
  • DIMENSIONS: 37.9×46.5×9.95 mm
  • BATTERY: 400 mAh
  • PROCESSING: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor with 1.2GHz CPU
  • WIRELESS: BT 4.0
  • MEMORY: 512 MB / 4 GB
  • PORTS & CONNECTORS: Micro USB on Charging Cradle
  • SENSORS: 9 Axis (Accelerometer/Compass/Gyro)

Is this deal enticing enough to get the LG G Watch?

Thanks Kyle

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Xiaomi Mi3 to be available in India on July 15th, for Rs. 14999 – Details

Xiaomi Redmi NoteXiaomi is coming to India and will be launching its first ever Mi phone called as the Xiaomi Mi 3 for Rs. 14,999. This device was originally announced last year in September and was released in December. This release will definitely make many companies sweat as its price is low when compared many other smart ...

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