It’s earnings season, and that means that future plans of various companies are sometimes divulged during conference calls or reports. Samsung Electro-Mechanics recently had an earnings report in which they stated that they have a dual-camera prototype that features two sensors and lenses. A prototype doesn’t necessarily mean it will come to market, but they said that it would be ready for the first half of 2016. That implies that it will come to market, and the first half could mean that we will see it on the Galaxy S7.
Well how things can change in 3 months time. In an earnings conference call back in January, Google CFO Patrick Pichette stated that they couldn’t keep up with Nexus 6 demand. That implied that the demand was so unbelievably high, but as we have learned with supply and demand, even if demand is low, supply could still be an issue. When I reported that story, I titled the post….They have to be kidding: Google admits they can’t keep up with Nexus 6 demand….because it was obvious that the Nexus 6 couldn’t be selling that well.
Google has been know for some pretty clever Easter Eggs, but if what I am about to tell you is yet another one, Google may have crossed the line. If you open Google Maps and go to an area near Rawalpindi, Pakistan (link below), you will find our lovable bugdroid pissing on the Apple logo.
Would Google do this? I highly doubt it as it’s probably some manipulation using Map Maker. Whomever it is, has to be happy with themselves because they definitely made some noise this morning. Speaking of noise…….Is that Larry Page’s phone ringing? “Hello Larry, this is Tim Cook……” You can finish the rest.
source: Google Maps
via: Team Android
NVIDIA made a huge splash when they announced the SHIELD TV, which is an Android TV set-top box on serious steroids. Priced at $199, NVIDIA is clearly going after other consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. However with only 16 GB of storage, that won’t satisfy the hardcore gamer.
Sure, you can attached a USB drive to it, but built-in storage is just plain cleaner. It looks like NVIDIA has realized this need because they are now showing a 500 GB version on their site, which is priced at $299. That’s $100 more than the basic 16 GB version.
The latest version of the Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition will be compatible with both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung announced it briefly at their Unpacked event in March, and they have followed up with availability details for the U.S.
Pre-orders will start tomorrow, April 24 at BestBuy.com, with the ability to purchase one at either BestBuy.com or Samsung.com starting Friday, May 8. BestBuy stores will also carry the device starting on Friday, May 15. They will also offer demonstrations so you can try it before you buy it. It’s not clear how many Bed Buy stores will actually carry it, but the press release does say that it will expand into hundreds of stores over the summer.
Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint became available in Google Play for Android tablets in January, but they weren’t compatible with Android 5.0+ Lollipop, nor any tablet that sported an Intel/x86 chip.
Microsoft announced yesterday via a Yammer post that a preview has been released that take care of both of these issues. These apps are beta, so you have to jump through a couple of very simple hoops in order to try them out.
You must first join the Microsoft Office for Android Tablets Preview community on Google+. Once you do that, you need to become a tester for each app (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) that you’re interested in trying. The links are below…..
Now you will have to ability to download the preview apps from Google Play. The below links might not be available to you for at least 10 minutes and as much as 2 hours. Google Play has to replicate the permissions.
Also be sure to provide feedback in the Google+ community. The faster everyone reports bugs, the faster Microsoft can fix them, which means the faster it exits the preview stage and will be available to everyone.
You will need a qualifying Office 365 subscription in order to get the most out of these apps. You can still use them without a subscription, but you will only be able to make core edits for free, assuming your tablet is between 7-inches and 10.1-inches. If you want extra features like the ability to track changes or insert page breaks in Word, you need to go with a subscription. Subscriptions start at $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year.If your tablet is greater than 10.1-inches, you will need an Office 365 subscription regardless.
A couple of days ago, Google announced that
The main screen is also different in that it gives you a chance to watch a video showing you the features of your watch. You will also find sections for “Jump into action with watch apps” and “Try out watch notifications.”
Another new feature is the ability to pair more than one watch and easily switch between them without having to re-pair them. I am not sure how many people own multiple Android Wear watches, but it’s a nice feature to have.
The Settings have also changed in that there are now two settings screens. The first page is more general and includes a new option for Calendar settings in which you can select what types of events will show on the watch itself. You can tap on the device to open a second page of settings that include the usual stuff like “Tilt to wake” and “Card Previews.”
This update is rolling out slowly so you might not see it in Google Play as available to you for several days, but we have the APK download link for you if you’re impatient and want to sideload now.
source: Android Police
Theming your phone is nothing new, but companies like HTC and Samsung are making it easier than ever with their new Theming apps. After spending time with both the One M9 and the Galaxy S6, it’s clear that HTC has an early lead since it’s so easy to create your own themes on the phone itself.
Samsung, on the other hand, is pushing for developers to create themes. However, it appears that you really don’t need any prior development experience to create themes for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
I don’t know about you, but it seems like one of the U.S. carriers is offering a new promotion every day. It’s impossible to keep up with all of them, and I guess you have to thank T-Mobile for starting this trend.
Republic Wireless dropped a doozy yesterday by announcing they will pay customers for their unused cellular data. Most carriers sell data per month in 1 GB increments or 500 MB for entry level programs, but nobody uses exactly the data they purchased. There is always some left on the table at the end of the month.
LG will unveil the G4 for real next Tuesday April 28, and it will go on sale the very next day. However, if you live anywhere else but South Korea, don’t pencil it in your calendar.
Consumers in South Korea can reserve their device now and pick it up on April 29.