Google posts new Selfie Slam Android commercial

android selfie slamGoogle has released their latest Android commercial, titled Selfie Slam. If you’ve ever wanted to see an extremely tall Android dunk a basketball over a team of other Androids while everyone (including the guy with the ball) takes a selfie, this is the commercial you’ve been waiting for.

The video cashes in on the selfie craze and uses the tagline “Be together, not the same.” I guess the point behind the video is to show how varied and versatile Android devices are, and even though they’re made by many manufacturers with all kinds of different hardware and software, everyone can take selfies in the middle of basketball games together.
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SanDisk announces world’s first 200 GB microSD card

sandiskIf SanDisk’s 128 GB microSD card wasn’t big enough to hold all of your music and movies, they’ve announced an even bigger card to help you out. This new microSD card can hold 200 GB of stuff, which is insane for something you’d put in your phone or tablet. It’s got a few drawbacks, however.

The pricing on the card is expected to run about $400, which is more than what some phone’s cost. Of course, it’s a brand new product, so that steep price is bound to drop sooner or later, but if you wanted one right away you’re definitely going to pay for it.
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Check out Samsung’s official introduction of the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 Edge

samsung_galaxy_s6_front_back_slanted_blueSamsung has posted the official introduction video for their two newly announced flagship devices, the Galaxy S 6 and its Edge counterpart. The video doesn’t really go into a ton of detail about the device, but it gives you a flashy overview of the biggest selling points of both phones.

Hit the break to check it out, and be sure to keep up with the rest of our MWC coverage.


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HTC will release the Hima Ultra exclusively for Chinese markets with the launch of the M9

htc_one_m9_sprint_dark_gunmetal_greyIf you weren’t entirely impressed with HTC’s M9 today, there’s always a chance that the bigger sized version of the device will change things up a bit. According to @upleaks, HTC will announce the Hima Ultra at a Chinese press conference later this year when they announce the M9 for that particular market. Unfortunately, that means the supposedly bigger sized version of the device will be exclusive to Chinese markets, at least at first.

There isn’t much info on what the Hima Ultra will be, but it’s a pretty safe bet it’ll stick to the same mold HTC is using for the new HTC One. We’ll keep you updated as more information surfaces.
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Samsung’s Galaxy S 6 will come preloaded with several Microsoft apps

samsung_galaxy_s6_front_back_standing_blueWhile Samsung may have trimmed some of the bloat from the Galaxy S 6 (and the S 6 Edge), it looks like it’s still going to come preloaded with things you may or may not want. Microsoft’s Skype, OneNote, and OneDrive applications will come standard on your GS6, although you’ll still get to snag that free 100 GB of free OneDrive storage space that Samsung is giving away, so it’s not all bad.

This isn’t the most subtle way to get Microsoft services into the hands of Android users, but it’s definitely going to be an effective one. Google may not like the move, but hey, that’s the beauty of Android being more open than other platforms.
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Sundar Pichai discusses Google’s future with Google Wallet, Google Plus, and the Chinese market

Sundar_Pichai_7885Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior VP of products, was recently interviewed by Forbes about the direction the company is taking in key areas. He discussed Google Wallet, how Google plans to utilize Android in the Chinese market, and where Google’s own social network was heading. It was a pretty interesting interview that shed some light on some of Google’s intentions and more or less confirmed some rumors we’ve been hearing.
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Sprint to off the LG G Pad F 7.0 for free on two-year contract on March 13th

LG g pad f 7.0If you’ve been considering adding a tablet to your monthly cellular plan, Sprint will soon be selling LG’s G Pad F 7.0 on a two-year contract. The tablet comes equipped with LTE radios for Sprint’s network and is the first LG tablet that the carrier has offered. The tab is free on a two-year contract, and it runs just $10 a month on Sprint EasyPay.
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Verizon will finally sell the Nexus 6 on March 12th with Android 5.1 and VoLTE

Nexus_6_Cloud_White_And_Midnight_BlueVerizon hasn’t been in any kind of a rush to release the Nexus 6 on their network, but it looks like the wait is almost over. Most Verizon stores are getting promotional materials for the device that are slated to go up on March 11th with a March 12th launch date, which means we’re about two weeks out from seeing the phone officially active on Verizon’s network.
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Oculus offering up a $1 million prize pool for Gear VR development challenge

samsung_gear_vr_officialOculus has announced a new competition for developers with a fairly massive prize pool for great games or experiences. The challenge is focused around Samsung’s Gear VR, and the prize pool totals up to $1 million. There a few different awards, with the top game netting 200k, the top app or experience taking home 100k, and a few steps below that with different variations of prize money. Games are obviously the central focus here, but quality apps are still getting some recognition, which is good to see.
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