Wednesday 2 January 2013

02/01/2013: The Galaxy S3's 'sudden death' issue may be nearing a fix! The GameStick hits KickStarter, iOS Jailbreaking updates and much more!

The Galaxy S3's 'sudden death': Fix coming soon!

   A couple of weeks ago we reported that Samsung Galaxy S3's were randomly dying; there is a thread over on XDA which details the problem and where people with the same issues have been discussing their issues. 

   It seems that Sammobile stumbled upon a post from Samsung Benelux to which explains how Samsung is busily working to fix the ”sudden death” problem which a select number of the 16GB variant have been suffering from. 

   Samsung again advises you to locate your nearest Samsung Care Point if you've had this issue and they will make everything as good as new! Hopefully we'll have more details on the fix soon!

There's a new KickStarter option for Android gamers!

   In the middle of last year a little Android powered games console came to the market called the OUYA! It was insanely popular and smashed through it's backing target! Fast forward to the first week of 2013 and Kickstarter proudly presents to you the GameStick!

   This is a tiny HDMI dongle-based game console that is designed to offer perfect portability and freedom while also offering a wide variety of games which we will come to in a minute! The whole device centres around the 'plug in and play' attitude and ease of access also extends to games as well. The creators have roughly 200 titles optimised from the Google Play store already and they're currently working with another 250 developers from places like Madfinger, Hutch, and Disney. Because you get the games direct from the Play Store GameStick are saying you won't be spending any unnecessary extra money on the games if you've already paid for them for your phone and/or tablet.

   You can currently back this project as an early-bird for $69 which will earn you a device and a controller, or if you aren't so lucky you may have to cough up an extra $10 to secure your pre-order. You can check out all the options here andHDMI dongle and a prototype controller embedded below. 
Via Slashgear.

In other news:

  • Earlier in the week the iOS jailbreaking duo of Installous and Hackulous announced that they would be closing their doors because of their 'stagnant' forums and the challenges of moderating big forums. That doesn't seem to be too much of an issue though because of the emergence of Zeusmos and Kuaiyong, both of which offer one-click installs of pirated apps which don't require your device to be jailbroken.
    Via TheNextWeb.
  • Google has teamed up with Kia to offer Google Maps and Google Places in your shiny new car! The deal includes Kia's UVO system which will be updated to allow users to send directions from their smartphone or computer to the in car system. The Google Places feature comes in useful if you need to find your nearest dealership and you'll keep the current assortment of music, hands-free and voice recognition features which should give you a comprehensive in car experience!
    Kia Via Engadget.
  • A supposedly new smartphone by the name of the Sony C530X (C5303) or HuaShan, has been caught showing its stuff on the GLBenchmark. The tests showed up a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960T chipset with Adreno 320 graphics.The smartphone will also supposedly have a 720 x 1280 display with onscreen navigation buttons and Android 4.1.2 if the benchmarks proves to be accurate. We're not sure whether we'll see this device in daylight at CES, but it will most likely be here by the time MWC has finished in Barcelona this February!
    Via XperiaBlog.
  • Nokia is planning to lock down their firmware site Navifirm. The news is not surprising as it's been slightly strange that Nokia has let anyone waltz in and take the pre-release software they wanted anyway! If you want your Windows Phone 7.8 action earlier we suggest you head over to the download site and yet the programme and the firmware you need before the end of January when the site gets locked down!
    Via WMPowerUser.



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