Wal-Mart announces plan to accept smartphone trade-ins at U.S. stores

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Wal-Mart has announced they are joining several other retailers like Apple, Best Buy, Target and Radio Shack, in accepting trade-ins of smartphones for a credit toward the purchase of a new device. Possible credits will range from $50 to $300 for smartphones in working condition and not damaged. The credits can be applied toward the purchase of a new smartphone on two-year contracts with AT&T, Verizon or Sprint, as well as some prepaid plans. Wal-Mart indicates a working, nondamaged Apple iPhone 5 will be good for a $300 credit while a Samsung Galaxy S III will pull in $175.

Steve Bratspies, executive vice president for general merchandise with Wal-Mart says, “more and more, customers are choosing where they purchase new smartphones based on where they’ll get the best value for their trade-ins.” Analysts appear to have a positive impression of the move and think it will help Wal-Mart’s performance in electronics sales. Even with some weakness in that area, Wal-Mart claims it was the number 1 handset retailer for the quarter that ended June 30th.

Wal-Mart says the new program will start on September 21st at 3,600 Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores throughout the U.S.

source: Bloomberg

PSA: Chromecast is back in stock at Bestbuy.com

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I know a lot of our readers are still waiting to get their hands on a Chromecast, but today might be your lucky day. It’s available right now at Bestbuy.com. It has literally been out of stock at Best Buy’s website since the launch, although some stores have been getting small shipments. However, trying to be at the store at the right time usually ends up seeing an empty case.

So click on the source link below and get your order in. Right now the estimated delivery date is between August 30 and September 4, and it looks like you will still get the 3-month Netflix deal. Let us know if you were able to grab one, or a few.

Update: Now showing sold out as of 1:07pm EST. Keep trying though as some orders might get cancelled.

source: Best Buy

Google might rent space at Best Buy for Google Glass

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Back in May, we heard that Google might be opening their own stores specifically for Google Glass. Of course, opening a bunch of new stores costs a lot of money, so instead, Google might attempt to partner with Best Buy since they already have a large presence all over the country.

According to Robert Scoble, he heard a rumor that Google is planning on renting about 6,000 square feet inside every Best Buy Store. Yes, it’s just a rumor, and we are probably a year away from seeing Google Glass available, but this makes a lot of sense. Google has placed Google reps in Best Buys for the Chrome Pixel so this seems like the next logical step.

Let’s just hope they price Google Glass right and they are able to actually supply the demand.

source: +Robert Scoble

Rumor: Sony ‘Honami’ to go by the name “Z1″ in retail stores, expected launch date of Sept. 4

 

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We’ve heard the code-name ‘Honami’ so many times that at this point, most would have expected that Sony come right out and announce it as the official name for their next flagship.

However a well-known XDA-developer, “DooMLoRD,” says that the Honami very well may be known as the Sony Z1 (Z One) in just a few short weeks, as the device’s official retail name.

There are so many One’s, Z’s, X’s, etc. that it’s almost getting hard to keep track of the latter part of the alphabet at this point…

Either way, we would tell you to take this rumor with a grain of salt for now, but as soon as “DooMLoRD” posted the rumor on XDA’s forums, Sony’s Mobile PR division followed him on Twitter— that counts for something, right?

More to come soon as we approach the rumored September 4th unveiling date.

Source: GforGames

 

[Deal] Staples offering coupon deal on 16/32GB 1st-generation Nexus 7 models

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It looks like Staples wants to clear out stock of their first-generation Nexus 7′s before the mad rush for the new Nexus 7, as they’re offering a coupon deal which expires this Sunday, August 18.  By ordering online, on the phone, or at the store, you can use the coupon code to get a 1st-generation 16GB Nexus 7 for $139.90, or a 1st-generation 32GB Nexus 7 for $179.90. If you plan on taking advantage of the offer, now is the time to do it because it expires soon! Official coupons after the break.


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Amazon could launch an Android-based gaming console by the end of the year

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I was just thinking the other day that Amazon should probably come out with their own console since they refuse to offer their Prime Instant Video streaming app to all of Android. Now today, news is coming out of Game Informer that Amazon is readying a gaming console for later this year. This is according to sources so nothing is official, but if you think about this, it makes a lot of sense for Amazon. Amazon is all about their ecosystem and if they pair it with multimedia capabilities such as the Prime Instant Video, it could be pretty successful. Sources say that it will include a gaming controller as well.

With companies like Ouya, BlueStacks, GameStick, and Mad Catz, this should be an interesting battle. Lets also not forget that Google will likely release their own gaming console as well.

Thanks Michael!!

source: Game Informer

 

Next generation Kindle Fire HD specs leak

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The fall is usually the time when Amazon shows off their new Kindle tablets. It was two year’s ago that they introduced the original Kindle Fire for $199 changing the tablet scene forever. Last year, they upped the ante with three varieties, again at very competitive pricing. For 2013, expect more of the same. Let’s start with the new 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet. It will have a 1,920 x 1,200 display and it will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC clocked at 2GHz along with an Adreno 330 GPU. It will have 2GB of RAM, a front-facing camera, WiFI, and optional cellular connectivity. Storage sizes will be aplenty, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.

Next up is the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD. It’s display will have a resolution of 2,560 X 1,600 and have the same specs as the 7-inch version, but with an added 8MP rear-facing camera.


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Deal Alert: Groupon offering the unlocked HTC One X smartphone for $349.99

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Groupon is no stranger to having some pretty sweet deals every now and then, but who would’ve guessed it would offer what some of us thought was hands-down the best phone for 2012? That’s right gang— Groupon is offering an unlocked variant of the HTC One X smartphone last year for a reasonable $349.99. Unlike the traditional unlocked version that features a Tegra 3 chip plus HSPA+ radio, it appears that this unlocked model (HTC-PJ83100) will “only” sport a dual-core Snapdragon clocked at 1.5GHz and Ice Cream Sandwich (ugh!). Fortunately, this model will have the same 4.7-inch 720p display, the sweet 8MP camera and oh yes— a built-in 4G LTE radio… though it’s probably likely it will only be made for AT&T bands should you choose to take advantage of the capability. Otherwise, the HSPA+ bands should be compatible for both AT&T and T-Mobile.

Naturally there are other $349.99 options out there like the Nexus 4, but keep this in mind: the Nexus 4 doesn’t feature LTE and an unlocked One X model is more than developer-friendly, meaning that there’s plenty of potential for you tinkerers out there. Nonetheless, interested parties will want to act soon— as of now, there’s only 8 days left for the awesome deal.

source: Groupon
via: Droid Life

Google to open Android Nation retail stores in India

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Google took a step today to improve its presence in India with the announcement that it will be opening brick and mortar stores called Android Nation. Google’s retail locations in India will follow the opening of two such stores in Jakarta, Indonesia last year. The stores carry Android powered tablets and smartphones from several manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC and ASUS. Besides buying the latest in Android devices, customers can visit Android Nation locations to get expert help with their devices and the Android operating system, get info and help with the latest apps, or browse the aisles and shelves for accessories. The stores in India will be opened in partnership with Spice Global.
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Amazon to have one-day sale on the HTC One

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Have you been eyeing the HTC One but haven’t wanted to drop a full $200 on it? Keep on eye on Amazon tomorrow, June 14th, as they’re having a one-day sale on the device for both AT&T and Sprint. New customers can pick up the One for $79.99, and upgrading customers will pay $99.99. Either way you look at it, you’re getting at least a 50% discount. They’re offering both color variations of the device, (silver and black) and you will, of course, have to sign a two-year agreement for the discount pricing. If you’re still on the fence, check out our HTC One review and see if it sways you one way or the other.

Hit the break below for the Amazon links.


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