Sony tweeted the above picture today, with a caption of “What could these numbers possibly mean? #SonyIFA #IFA2014.” Obviously the first reaction is to assume the numbers are dimensions of a device, but they are nothing like the leaked dimensions of the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. It may not even be describing the dimensions of a smartphone, since the tweet was sent out by Sony UK, and not Sony Mobile. I guess we’ll have to wait and see for the truth.
For recent big events, Snapchat has opened up a feature that allowed users to beam their photos of the event to a public story, aptly named “Our Story.” During those test events, including the FIFA World Cup and Lollapalooza, over 350 hours of media were uploaded. It’s no longer a test now, “Our Story” is open to everyone. With the latest update, a new Live section appears just below Recent Updates in the app after you capture a photo or some video footage, or alternatively via the Stories button on the edit screen. From there you have an option to select the appropriate event.
Some of the biggest technology companies in the world are all taking a look at Android software developer Cyanogen. They are the developer of the very popular custom CyanogenMod ROM. The community for CyanogenMod has been so strong that is has been questioned whether or not it is actually in contention to be the world’s third most popular mobile operating system. It is being reported by The Information that Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, and Yahoo have all been keeping an eye on Cyanogen with an acquisition or at least a partnership in mind.
Starting today, new and existing AT&T customers who activate a new AT&T Next line with a smartphone will receive $100 credit to their bill. AT&T, like other carriers and their similar plans, offers customers a chance to purchase a new smartphone or upgrade to a new one with zero money down, no upgrade fees or activation fees. The added caveat to Next is no annual service contract. Payments for a new phone are instead broken down over a 20 or 24 month installments. Of course there’s debate over whether or not these types of plans are worth it. That being said if you’re looking to take advantage of this, you can do so at any AT&T retail store or online at att.com/100credit. However this offer is a limited time deal and you’ll have until Sept. 30, to take advantage.
Softbank owned mobile carrier Sprint will soon be offering a Sony smartphone for the first time. The deal is designed to both give Sony’s mobile division a much needed boost and strengthen Sprint’s handset line up as it looks to stem the tide of subscribers that are heading for other waters.
We all know Samsung’s main competition in the tablet market is Apple — the company was smart to release an ad this week highlighting the advantages of its Galaxy Tab S over the iPad Air.
The video highlighted the thinness, weight and screen resolution of the Tab S relative to the iPad Air, which in all categories, it seemed to win.
Of course this is just an ad so interpretation is up to you, but do you think Samsung has a shot at beating Apple and winning the market share battle for tablets? Hit the break for the full video.
Samsung’s Tizen-based Gear S smartwatch is now official, so it’s up to the company and third-party developers now to begin making apps available for the device.
Samsung recently announced a new partnership with Nike in a press release — Gear S owners will be able to download the Nike+ Running app, which utilizes the device’s GPS and 3G connectivity to track fitness data.
The app comes pre-loaded on the device and can track their runs and record data all while their phone remains at home.
The features appear to be the same as the usual Nike+ Running App, except this is optimized for the Gear S.
Android has gained some ground in the US according to the latest report from consumer analytics firm Kantar Worldpanel. According to the latest metrics, Android has gained over 11 points of market share in a year’s time for a three month period ending in July. Much of this gain comes from iOS. The Apple OS saw a 11.8 point drop in the same period.
If any of you have ever used a Lumia phone, you may have some experience with Nokia’s fantastic HERE Maps app. The application is similar to Google Maps in that features advanced turn-by-turn navigation and downloadable maps. Nokia announced recently that they would be bringing the app to Samsung’s line of Tizen-powered Gear devices for turn-by-turn pedestrian navigation. However, the fun doesn’t end there as Nokia has announced that HERE Maps will soon be available for Android, although for now it will be exclusive to Samsung devices.