We knew Amazon’s Fire Phone was struggling to pick up traction, but the latest move by Amazon and AT&T might be indicating that the Fire Phone was DOA. After about a month on the market, Amazon has cut the price of the Fire Phone from $199 on contract down to just 99 cents on contract. At least the Facebook First took some incremental steps down to the nearly-free option instead of plunging so quickly. For those of you interested in the off-contract pricing, the Fire Phone has also seen a steep decline to $449.
Those prices reflect the 32 GB version, but the 64 GB has also seen a price drop. On-contract will run $99, while off-contract you can opt to pay $549. If Amazon is struggling to sell any of these phones, though, I doubt the 64 GB versions have gotten any interest at all. However, you do still get the full free year of Amazon Prime with this deal, so there’s still some value in the purchase.
Have any old smartphones or tablets laying around that you’d be interested in trading in for a new device? T-Mobile is kicking off a promotion on September 17th where they will guarantee that you’ll get the best trade-in value for your used tech. This probably means T-Mobile is going to up its current values for traded in equipment, but there are a few extra things the Uncarrier is willing to do for you.
In case you do happen to find a better trade-in deal somewhere else, T-Mobile will match any competitor’s values, and then give you $50 in bill credit for the hassle. This is easily one of the best trade-in deals any carrier has ever done, so it’s worth checking out later this month.
The promo goes live on September 17th, but T-Mobile says they’ll only be doing it for a limited time. We’ve got plenty of new devices hitting shelves soon, so don’t pass this up if you’re on T-Mobile.
Motorola has updated their Migrate application that makes transferring data from an old phone to a new Motorola phone incredibly easy. The biggest addition in this update is the inclusion of non-smartphones, so if you’re trying to get your contacts and text messages off of a flip phone onto a smartphone, this app can take care of it for you. The phone has to have Bluetooth support, but that shouldn’t be a problem in most cases.
All of the other features are still intact, including pulling information from other Android phones and iCloud accounts, but it still only works with a handful of Motorola devices. For the update, hit the link below.
Chris Lacy, developer of other fantastic apps including Action Launcher and Link Bubble, has released his newest app on the Play Store. The app is called HomeTube and is designed to create a kid-friendly environment for your children to browse YouTube videos without you having to keep an eye on what they’re looking at.
The app itself is a pretty simple concept. You can pick from different search terms on YouTube and HomeTube only displays that specific content. Kids will be able to quickly jump around between different videos based on the pre-selected content, so you won’t have to navigate around for them, either.
One of the accessories mentioned with the new Moto X was Motorola’s Turbo Charger. This charger provides an extremely quick battery boost to the Moto X using Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 tech which can give a device up to 8 hours of additional battery life after just 15 minutes on the charger.
Apparently, this Turbo Charger won’t come in the box with the Moto X, but Motorola has updated their accessory page on their website to detail pricing for the accessory. We don’t know when you’ll be able to buy one, but whenever they become available, it’ll run about $35. Fairly expensive for a cell phone charger, but charging up half of your device in just 15 minutes might be worth it. We’ll let know as soon as we hear any more details.
Android Wear is still a pretty new piece of software from Google, but it’s looking like we might see Wear version 2.0 hitting smartwatches in the middle of October. Rumors suggest that some Wear devices will start getting an OTA update on October 15th that might bring things like GPS support and Bluetooth headphone pairing capabilities, plus typical improvements and bug fixes.
After months of rumors, Huawei has finally officially announced the Ascend Mate 7. The Mate 7 boasts a 1080p, 6-inch screen with some extremely tiny bezels and some pretty decent specs.
The phablet is powered by Huawei’s own custom octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and an enormous 4100 mAh battery. You’ll get 16 GB of internal storage space plus a microSD card slot, a 13 megapixel rear shooter and 5 megapixel front camera, and the typical WiFi, Bluetooth, and other radios. Huawei also included a fingerprint scanner located on the back of the device.
If you’re interested in picking up Sony’s Xperia Z3 in the US, you’re at least going to have one option besides importing the device. T-Mobile has announced that it will carry Sony’s PlayStation compatible flagship in store and online this fall. They didn’t give an indication of price, but the $650 dollar range is typically where most new high-end phones fall.
The device features a very high-degree of water resistance, a 20.7 megapixel camera, and a 5.2-inch 1080p screen. For right now, this looks like it might be exclusive to T-Mobile like the Xperia Z was, but maybe after the dust from IFA settles we’ll hear something from another carrier.
To try and steal some thunder away from Samsung’s Note 4 announcement, OnePlus is running a contest to give away their current flagship device. To enter, all you have to do is share a photo comparing the specs of the two devices.
The comparison isn’t completely fair, as it fails to mention some important aspects about the Note 4 like the uber-high screen resolution. Even still, the OnePlus One is a great phone, and winning a 64 GB version for free isn’t bad at all. If you don’t think this will bug your friends too much, you may want to hit the link below just to enter the contest.
source: OnePlus Facebook
With the announcement of the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge out of the way, the only thing left to find out is when and where you’ll be able to pick one up. Fortunately, all of the major US carriers have released some information and sign-up pages so you’ll be able to get your hands on one.
Verizon plans on selling the Note 4 and Note Edge, but they haven’t said anything about the Gear VR or a specific release date. They do have a sign-up page for those of you that are interested, however. AT&T has listed pages for both devices, and they are going to sell the Gear VR as an accessory to the Note 4. No release date here, either.