Three new Motorola devices have been vaguely leaked on Twitter thanks to @evleaks, although there’s pretty much no clarification on what any of them are. The Moto X Play, Droid MAXX II, and Moto Surround were mentioned, and aside from the Droid MAXX II, there’s definitely some wiggle room for speculation on what they could end up being. Read more
It’s been pretty clear that Microsoft would rather work on building apps and services for Android and iOS instead of pushing their own Windows Phone platform lately, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Windows Phone lacks a decent market share, so if Microsoft wants people to use their services, they’ll have to continue to rely on other platforms. Samsung’s partnership with Microsoft for bonus OneDrive storage and preloaded Microsoft apps is a pretty good indicator or this.
While Microsoft already offers apps for some of their own apps, like Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, and all kinds of other things, their next step looks to be creating a standalone launcher for Android phones. The launcher, called Arrow Launcher, sticks to Microsoft’s design language pretty closely, although in its early stages its seriously lacking any customization, which is a big selling point for many Android launchers. Read more
Amazon posted their Q2 earnings for 2015, and the internet retail giant smashed analyst estimates. The company pulled in $23.18 billion in revenue with a profit of 19 cents per share, which is significantly better than their estimated 14 cent loss per share. Amazon’s share prices obviously soared, and ended up well above $500 per share. Read more
We’ve got another rumor to throw on top of the Galaxy Note 5 pile. Samsung is reportedly working on increasing mobile security in a handful of ways on the Note 5, including an improved security suite, a better fingerprint scanner, and a new trick that will link security elements to the phone’s processor.
Samsung has always taken security pretty seriously, which is evident by how many high-end phones they ship with KNOX on board, so these rumors seem pretty likely at this point. Read more
LG has announced a new headset in their Tone line of Bluetooth headsets called the Tone Active. Like the name implies, this headset is geared towards someone wanting a durable pair of headphones to work out with.
The Tone Active features a lightweight design just like the original LG Tone headset, but it’s also IPX3 certified for water and sweat resistance. It boasts up to 9.5 hours of music playback with all of the features you’d expect from a high end Bluetooth headset. Read more
The wireless industry is getting increasingly competitive, so we’re starting to see carriers branch out into other markets to try to look for other avenues of making money. AT&T wants DirecTV, and it looks like Verizon wants to throw their hat into the ring for video streaming services. Read more
Kodi has officially been updated to version 15.0 and uploaded to Google Play. This update, nicknamed Isengard, comes with a slew of new features that should greatly improve your media experience. Read more
The FCC appears to be nearly ready to approve AT&T’s buyout of DirecTV for nearly $49 billion dollars, although it looks like that approval is going to come with a few conditions. The deal was announced about a year ago and has been subject to plenty of scrutiny from the FCC, just like any other acquisition of this size. Read more
If you’ve been waiting to pick up Telltale’s Game of Thrones adaptation, now might be the time to jump on it. The first episode has been discounted on Google Play from $4.99 to $0.60. That’s probably going to be as cheap as you’ll ever find the Android version of this game. Read more
Google is hard at work trying to roll all kinds of content into its YouTube streaming service. We already have Music Key, and a service dedicated to video game streaming is still in the pipeline. There are still rumors of an upcoming paid video streaming service to compete with Netflix and Amazon, though, and some new details have emerged about progress on that service today. Read more