Amazon has rolled out a couple updates to their Amazon Echo home assistant appliance to help improve its usefulness. The first new feature that will impact the most users is the ability to play audiobooks and music from multiple Amazon accounts. Read more
You may think it would be hard to re-orient Wednesday from being known as anything other than Hump Day, which you probably say in your head using the voice of a certain camel, but Verizon thinks they can do that. They have announced they are launching a new campaign called #WhyNotWednesday in which they will offer samples of “the best of the digital world.”
It seems like everything is going Material these days and the ads that appear on your mobile device are no exception. DoubleClick, the company behind many of the ads that show up in the apps you use has announced their AdMob network and DoubleClick Ad Exchange spots are being overhauled with a Material design inspired look. Read more
If you have purchased a new smartphone this year, there is a good chance your device supports Qualcomm’s new Quick Charge 2.0 technology that helps decrease the amount of time it takes to juice up your device. There is also a good chance that your smartphone manufacturer only shipped a regular charger to you instead of a Quick Charge 2.0 charger. If you want to take advantage of some Quick Charge capabilities or just want a good, beefy charger, Newegg is holding a flash sale through Monday for a pair of devices from Tronsmart. Read more
Social network Vine has announced some upgrades to their service that focus on the music. The new features will impact how content creators as well as consumers experience the service. Vine is adding a new “Snap to Beat” option for users who want to add some music their video clips and some new features for users to discover popular music on the network. Read more
ZTE has announced they plan to showcase products from four product lines at IFA 2015. ZTE’s CEO Adam Zeng says the company hopes to show “our global commitment to product longevity and will see us rollout more products from our four core product lines across markets worldwide.” Headlining the charge will be the ZTE Axon smartphone which will be the company’s new flagship device intended for global markets. Read more
Acer has announced two of their smartphones will be coming to the U.S. market. The devices include the Acer Liquid Jade Z and the Acer Liquid Z410. Both smartphones will support 4G data speeds and come in thin, light form factors that Acer hopes will attract buyers. Read more
Trying to anticipate developments in emerging markets Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Obi Worldphone has announced two new smartphones designed to meet the upgrade demands of consumers in those markets. The development of emerging markets as high growth areas for budget smartphones over the past couple years is fairly well known. Obi Worldphone is hoping to ride in to those markets when all of the first generation buyers who opted for budget phones are ready to upgrade, but do not want to go for a full-blown high-end device. As Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies, Inc., notes:
“Over the next three years one billion users will upgrade from low-end, starter smartphones to models with more power and greater functionality. The Obi Worldphone no-compromise design and aggressive pricing makes it very appealing to this audience as the market for smartphones expands and the upgrade market for smartphones accelerates.” Read more
Qualcomm has announced that they have reached two separate deals to sell UK L-Band spectrum to Vodafone and Hutchinson 3G (H3G). Each of the buyers has agreed to purchase a 20 MHz block of the total 40 MHz of L-Band spectrum that Qualcomm owns. Terms of the deals have not been announced and both transactions are subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.
L-Band spectrum in the European Union is targeted at providing Supplemental Downlink (SDL) service for Mobile Network Operators. SDL can help them meet demand for downlink-centric services like streaming video on-demand over the cellular network.
source: Qualcomm (PR)
ARCHOS announced two Android smartphones they will be making available this fall and that will be on display at IFA 2015 this year. The two devices include the ARCHOS Diamond S, described as a “superlative” smartphone “that the average person can afford” according to Loic Poirier, CEO of ARCHOS. The other smartphone announced is the ARCHOS 50e Helium. Read more