A new report out of Korea says that Samsung has lowered their smartphone sales projections for 2014 from 360 to 330 million units. In doing so, Samsung hopes to focus on smartphone accessories and peripherals next year. The reason for shifting its focus and lowering sales projections is because the smartphone market is becoming increasingly crowded. But by no means is Samsung worried. Selling 330 million units is certainly a great goal to have. This new focus will likely start with the release of the Galaxy Gear‘s successor when it is rumored to launch beside the Galaxy S 5. This could also mean that the S Pen’s functionality will be expanded with the release of the next Note device. Only time will tell to see how Samsung innovates in 2014.
You say you decided to spring for the new white Nexus 7 or took advantage of Google’s bundle offer for a Nexus 7 and Chromecast device? Don’t forget to get some extra protection for your new tablet with a new Nexus 7 Folio. The case now listed in Google Play comes in black or red with a price tag of $49.99 in the U.S. The case is made from polycarbonate with elastomer. The bumper-style case has a trifold cover that gives users a couple different options for how the devices sits depending on how it is being used. Your Nexus 7 will also be able to tell when the case is opened or closed and will wake-up or sleep as appropriate. The case will work with wireless chargers as well.
To grab one, just hit the source link to head over to the Google Play store.
source: Google Play
Google is busy with new deals in the Google Play Store today, releasing some new devices and new versions of existing devices. However, if you have just been waiting to get your hands on a couple devices that have been around for a while, this new deal may just be for you. Google is offering a $35 credit for buyers of a Nexus 7 and a Chromecast device. Just for good measure, they are also throwing in free shipping.
The Nexus 7 and Chromecast must be submitted on the same order. Once the order ships, Google will send the information for buyers to claim their credit via email. The credit can be added to a Google Wallet account and must be added no later than March 31, 2014. If you are ready to place an order this combo of devices, just hit the source link. Act fast though, as Google does not indicate how long this particular promotion will last.
source: Google Play
Dead Zebra wanted to release these cute Ornamental Androids with Series 4, but they weren’t ready yet. Thankfully they just got announced and should arrive in time for your decorations or at least to put in someone’s stocking or under the tree. Unfortunately, that might not be the case for international buyers though. They are offering either blue or red, and both come in a matte metallic finish with silver glitter and a small metal hook.
They go on sale tomorrow (Dec 10) at 11:00am EST and again at 11:00pm EST. They are $10 each and there is a limit of 2 per person. You can buy 2 of the same color or one of each color. You can also opt for the special “Tree Pack,” which costs $90 and includes 5 red and 5 blue. Hit the source link for more information and make sure to put in a Google Now reminder in for 11:00am EST tomorrow. Hit the break for more images.
Developer-wiz Koushik Dutta of CyanogenMod has made a bit of a discovery in the Android 4.4.1 patches.
It looks like Google is preparing to add Android mirroring to Chromecast in the near future. However, Dutta pointed out that the API isn’t available to anybody except Google and the OEM. This essentially means that developers won’t be able to tool around to come up with new ways to integrate the feature. Similar solutions like Android mirroring on Chromecast won’t be able to be built into things such as Apple TV.
The API could become available to everyone in the future, but for now we’re pretty much left in the dark.
Source: +Koushik Dutta
This will probably be the most unique news story you’ll read today. Honda has shown off a smartphone case with a built-in airbag called the Smartphone Case N (which shares a similar name with their upcoming N-WGN model car) that can technically protect your phone from any kind of nasty drop, similar to airbags in a car. The case can sense how fast it’s falling, so it can deploy an airbag in as little as 0.2 seconds to make sure your $600 dollar device doesn’t shatter into tiny pieces. It’s a cool concept, just a little quirky.
The case itself is huge and looks like it might do an okay job of protecting the phone without an inflated airbag, but it’s still interesting either way. You’ll probably never see this case hit the market, but this could open the door for some other weird phone-protection developments down the line.
Chromecast isn’t only just for streaming video and music content to the big screen— now, people are finding that it makes for a pretty nice tool to stream games to your TV.
A very simple tic-tac-toe game for Chromecast has just been developed, and the app is available on both Android and iOS. Simply grab another player who also has the app installed, and easily display the game on the big screen for all to see.
It’s nothing mind-blowing for now, but the concept is certainly pretty cool and will make for some interesting innovations in the future. Hit the break for the link to the game in the Play Store.
It’s almost Christmas, and that means we can start getting excited about waiting for Santa to drop presents down the chimney. Google is obviously in the Christmas spirit, as they’re started up a page where you can check in on Santa every day to see how his Christmas preparations are going. A new event unlocks each day showing just what Santa and his elves have to do to make sure Christmas goes as planned, and that includes videos, games, and other little interactive events. It’s a pretty fun concept, and a good way to keep your mind off of how excited you are for that new tablet you asked for this year.
You can follow the Christmas Countdown on a website, on an Android app that’s set to be released in mid-December, or a Chromecast app. There’s even a Chrome extension. This is one of the first Chromecast apps we’ve seen Google publish on the Play Store, but it’s probably just one of many to follow.
source: Google Blog
Any.do, the extremely popular note-taking app, recently opened up a beta for Cal, their solution to a calendar app. Today, they’re taking the beta tag off of the app and making it officially available in the Play Store.
Cal features many of the same things that make Any.do so great, including the elegant and fluid interface that Any.do is known for. On top of that, it boasts some deeply integrated social features that connects your social circles with other data to make suggestions for who to meet and where to meet them at. It’s also integrated with Any.do, Google Maps, and Uber, so it’s a nice attempt at trying to congregate many services into one place. The incredibly useful widget from the beta has made it into the final version with a few improvements as well. » Read the rest
The Vuzix M100 smart glasses, which we tried out at CES 2013, can now be preordered for a whopping $999 from the company’s site. The smart glasses, which rival Google’s own Glass, is powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has a WQVGA screen that reaches 2000 nits in brightness. The hardware design causes the M100 to look like an earpiece that extends over the eye rather rather than Glass’ subtle design. Vuzix does say that safety glasses are included and a headphone-like frame is also available for purchase.
Under the hood is a Texas Instruments OMAP4430 processor clocked at 1GHz with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage. There is microSD support so you can expand the storage by 32GB. There’s also a 5MP camera that can record in high definition. The M100 has Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi 802.11b/g/n support. The battery is only 600mAh, but there is a 3800mAh rechargeable pack.
On the software side, the M100 has voice navigation, gesture control, and remote control app that works with Android devices. Also, there is a 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, and and compass to allows for head tracking. And Interestingly so, the M100 supports iOS in addition to Android devices.