This is certainly not the first time that Amazon has slashed prices on their Kindle Fire line, and we have no idea if it’s the last. If you’re looking to grab a Kindle Fire, than I would head over to Amazon today and grab one because it could be your last chance. For today only, they are slashing prices by 20% on the Kindle Fire HDX 7″ 16GB ($182.20 vs $229), Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 16GB ($229 vs 269), Kindle Fire HD 7″ 16GB ($135.20 vs $169), and basic Kindle ($56 vs $69).
Motorola’s Project Ara is exciting indeed, but if you think for one second that they will be the only company implementing something like this, think again. It appears Xiaomi might have something in the cooker as well. The image above was shared by Xiaomi founder and CEO Lei Jun, but has since been removed.
Dubbed the Magic Cube, there are some differences. It appears you can’t remove the screen without the mainboard, but we also don’t know how early these images are. We also don’t know how far along Xiaomi is in their development, but we do know Motorola is close to unveiling a prototype.
Magic Cube might have been just the thing that attracted Hugo Barra to the company, so it will be interesting to see how this story develops.
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.
The Google Chromecast has been taking the world by storm since its release in July of this year, selling out almost instantly across stores like Best Buy, Amazon and Google Play. Perhaps that’s why it’s been named Time’s gadget of the year!
Chromecast is already more successful than Google TV, and the number one reason for that has to be its simplicity. The goal of the Chromecast was essentially to do one thing – stream – and it did that at a bargain price of $35.
Other products on Time’s list of the best gadgets for 2013 include Apple’s refreshed line of iPads, which came in 2nd place, and the Oculus Rift development kit, which came in 3rd. The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX also made the list, coming in 7th place.
A new analysis by Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. indicates Google’s Motorola Mobility business unit is selling the new Moto G at an operating margin of less than 5%. A Motorola spokesman says the company does make money on every unit sold, but did not comment on how much that profit might be. According to TechInsights, the Moto G’s hardware costs Motorola approximately $123 to produce, while the company is selling it for $199 off-contract. » Read the rest
Last month, HP Chromebook 11 sales came to a halt when a defect with the charger was found. The device was immediately pulled from retailers across the country and left without a return date. The charger was reportedly overheating after the first few charges and Google urged owners not to use the charger any longer. But now a new one has arrived in the Play Store that will cost $19.99; however, it is currently listed as “coming soon.” The new charger is stamped with the Chrome logo and should be arriving shortly. Those affected by the recall will be able to pick one up for free.
Source: Google Play Store
The Android 4.4.1 update for the Nexus 10 started rolling today. If you don’t feel like waiting for the update, we have the download link for you. If you have flashed a custom recovery you can simply download the update zip file to your device and flash. Assuming you don’t have a custom recovery, hit the break for full instructions.
Courtesy of @evleaks, we’re getting a good look at the Asus Padfone Mini. It looks fairly similar to the original Asus Padfone, although a bit more refined. The phone piece of the Padfone will sport a 7 inch screen, and the tablet looks like it’s roughly 7 inches. Unfortunately, no word on specs, but we’d heard that the Padfone Mini would have a quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU. We should hear an official announcement from Asus about this phone/tablet hybrid fairly soon.
Motorola’s ambitious Project Ara, the customizable, modular smartphone dream, is being taken very seriously at Motorola according to CEO Dennis Woodside. He believes that consumers will eventually want to be more hands-on with building their smartphones similar to how they build PCs, and MotoMaker is the first step in making that happen. » Read the rest
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. As we head into the winter, all eyes will be focused on the Galaxy S 5 and the successor to the HTC One (M8). What does Samsung and HTC have in store? Google already updated KitKat to 4.4.1 fixing the Nexus 5 camera among other enhancements. Speaking of KitKat, thanks to Cyanogen, more users can now get a taste of it with CM11 Nightlies. Google is readying a new Nexus TV box that we hope is a lot more successful than Google TV. Will Chrome apps take over Android and what the hell has been keeping Andy Rubin so busy. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
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