While it’s been a few weeks since Corning announced the new Gorilla Glass 4, what it didn’t announce was that there were phones already sporting the new glass. While we don’t know why Corning waited until now to announce it, the company announced in a press release that the Samsung Galaxy ALPHA sports the new Gorilla Glass. While there are suggestions that the Galaxy Note 4 also sports it, Corning did not mention it in its press release. That said, Corning states that the new Gorilla Glass is a part of what makes the Galaxy ALPHA as thing as it is.
While Samsung may have missed the rumored Dec. 1 launch date, it looks like rumors that had the month of December pegged for the launch were right. Samsung has the Gear VR headset listed on their web site for $199.99. AT&T also has the the new VR unit up on its web site for $199.00. Before you stop reading though to go get one, you should know that it currently appears to be sold out on AT&T’s web site. Also, you’ll need a Note 4 to go along with the VR headset. What it does is cradle the Note 4 for an immersive 360-degree view. If you have the new Note — or are planning on buying one — here’s what you’re in for spec wise:
As rival online video services kick it into high gear, Google’s YouTube unit is pushing to lock up its top stars. This is happening in the wake of both Facebook and video start-up Vessel courting YouTube stars in hopes that they’ll move away from YouTube’s platform. This courting is forcing Google and YouTube to offer top videomakers bounses if they sign multi-year deals where they agree to post content exclusively on YouTube for a period of time before putting it on another service. But that’s not all.
Samsung and Apple are back in court again as Samsung looks to appeal the $930 million jurors awarded to Apple for intellectual property infringement. During the oral argument hearing yesterday, discussions were technical in nature, and discussed whether or not portions of the iPhone’s design was functional or ornamental. But that wasn’t the only aspect that the three-judge panel discussed.
For those that have been looking at picking up the new folio case for the Nexus 9, Amazon is running a deal where the device comes in for $42 less than the $130 you’ll normally pay for it. That’s right, for about $88 you’ll be able to pick up the official keyboard/case combo made specifically for the Nexus 9. However, those interested in the accessory may have to wait a bit.
One of the most inconsistent things I’ve noticed on my Note 4 is that some web sites are hard to read. With varying formatting, it can sometimes be a process having to zoom in and out, moving the page back and forth, etc. Well Chrome for Android has your back as it now has a hidden reader mode. Reader mode will strip away that annoying formatting. Here’s how to enable it.
Despite the fact that more people are starting to see their OnePlus Ones, the flagship that’s easier on the wallet is already beginning its path to retirement. OnePlus is already looking at the OnePlus Two. We’ve already seen rumors fly as to when we’ll see the second gen flagship killer. However unbeknownst to everyone was what the company was planning in the spec department. That is, until now.
T-Mobile appears to be having a rough go of things when it comes to launching this year’s Nexus devices. First, T-Mobile didn’t receive their shipment of Nexus 6 phablets from Motorola and the company was forced to push back its launch by a week. Next, T-Mobile’s delivery of the 64GB model has been less than stellar. Finally, as of today, the company appears to be pushing back the launch of the Nexus 9.
Good news for those of you in the UK who have been interested in picking up Google’s new phablet. O2 finally has the Lollipop filled Nexus 6 moving through its sales channels. Through the company’s Refresh tariff — the program that allows customers to upgrade their devices whenever they want — the company has a special offer on the table where you get the device, unlimited minutes, texts and 2GB of data. You’ll get this special offer for £38 per month.
Google’s been on a huge kick today and given that it’s update Wednesday, it should come as no surprise. However, with Android 5.0.1 pushing out, a whole slew of Google apps are being updated. One of those apps is Google’s Play Games. Version 2.2 doesn’t add a whole lot, but does up the ante visually.