Microsoft releases Xbox One Smartglass app into Google Play Store

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Xbox Smartglass hit mobile phones just a few years ago to provide a second-screen experience while users played their Xboxes, and Microsoft recognized it was time to move along in its natural progression.

The Xbox One Smartglass Beta app has hit the Play Store, and it allows users to send feedback to the developers and preview new features.

Hit the break for screenshots of the app as well as a link to the app in the Play Store.

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Verizon to offer ‘buy one get one free’ deal on new HTC One (M8)

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The HTC One (M8) was finally announced today, and once the initial fanfare was over, carriers and retailers began announcing their pricing and availability for the device.

Verizon will be offering a ‘buy-one-get-one-free’ deal on the phone, only for customers who sign a new, 2 year contract. The first phone will cost $199.99.

This is a great deal, especially considering the phone was just released today. More sales like this should come from other carriers, but be sure to jump in on it because it isn’t known how long this will last.

Source: Verizon

Firefox Beta for Android gets updated to support Firefox accounts, data sync

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Mozilla’s “Firefox Accounts,” introduced earlier this year, was created to help sync all data used between the Firefox browsers on your computers, smartphones, tablets, etc. This information includes passwords, browsing history, bookmarks, settings, open tabs, etc.

Now, support for Firefox Accounts has come to its Android beta app. You’ll be able to turn on the feature by tapping on the message that will appear when you open up a new tab while using the updated app for the first time.

Hit the break below for the full changelog as well as a link to the app in the Play Store.

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Sprint taking pre-orders on Galaxy S 5 starting today, releases pricing and shipping information

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Now that the Galaxy S 5 is officially outed and set for launch on April 11, retailers and carriers are preparing to get units moving as soon as they’re available.

Following AT&T, US Cellular and T-Mobile, Sprint has announced that it will begin taking pre-orders on the device, and has released its pricing and shipping information as well.

Pre-orders will begin today, and customers will have to pay $199.99 (after a $50 mail-in rebate) and sign a new two-year contract. You’ll also be able to get the device through Sprint’s Easy Pay plan, in which you get the device for nothing upfront, while you’re charged 24 monthly installments of $27.09, coming out to a total of $650.16 after two years.

Sprint will also be making the new Galaxy Gear line available, and pricing is the same as AT&T’s. The Gear 2 will be offered for $299.99, and the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit will be sold for $199.99 each.

Source: Sprint

Best Buy making sample units of Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy Gear 2 available to shoppers starting today

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Want to test out the Galaxy S 5 and the new Galaxy Gear line before release date?

Starting today, Best Buy will be making sample units of the devices available to the public in its stores, weeks before their respective launch dates.

This would mark the first time a retailer has ever showcased a phone before its launch. The deal is part of Samsung’s year-old partnership with Best Buy, which brought nearly 1,400 Samsung “experience shops” within select Best Buy locations.

Best Buy’s goal here is preorders, and we’re expecting that number to be pretty high in anticipation for the launch of Samsung’s newest line of Galaxy devices.

Source: Mashable

YouTube for Google TV reappears in Play Store, features improved stability

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The Play Store from Google TV had eliminated the YouTube app from its offerings last month, which seemed like a complete head-scratcher at the time.

As it turns out, Google wanted to spend some time working on fixing bugs in the app— the process was finally completed today.

Along with the return of the YouTube app comes improved stability and customizable closed captions.

Source: Android Police

Layar develops Glassware for added augmented reality experience

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Layar, an augmented reality application, has brought its services to Google Glass, allowing users to simply look at things in the real world and obtain detailed information about it through Google Glass.

A simple “scan this” command will instruct the app to find additional information about whatever the user is looking at.

Not sure what we’re talking about? Check out Layar’s video after the break.

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Marketing poster for Verizon’s all new HTC One (M8) leaks online

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Who would have guessed that another leak of the 2014 HTC One would come out before its official unveiling date? (We’re guessing everyone.)

As it turns out, a leaked image of Verizon’s marketing poster for the upcoming HTC flagship has leaked online, featuring the front and back of the device, with the previously leaked flip front cover on the device as well.

Again, expect the device to be officially announced on March 25.

Source: Phone Arena