Google’s good in the marketing department. Really good.
officially the holiday season, and Google wants to remind you that now’s the time to buy, buy, buy.
The company is opening up a series of tent-like pop-up shops for the upcoming season to display some of its latest products, including the Nexus 7, Nexus 5, Chromecast, and the newest Chromebooks.
They will be called “Winter Wonderlabs,” and will be located in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Sacramento, Washington D.C., and Paramus, NJ.
According to The Verge, sources say Best Buy is not selling the HP Chromebook 11 for the time being due to urgent internal instructions. Best Buy managers are being told “stores should stop selling the HP Chromebook 11 effective immediately” and should “partner with Sales Support to pull the product off the sales floor to a secure location in the warehouse.” Even online, listings for the device has disappeared. And Best Buy isn’t alone. Amazon, who Google also partnered with for the sale of the HP Chromebook 11, has taken it down as well. All retailers of the device — Amazon, Best Buy, Google Play, HP — no longer have it available at this time. Why this is happening so rapidly, we’re not sure. Perhaps a defect has been found? Stay tuned for an update.
Source: The Verge
News surfaced of Sony’s mini version of the Z1 handset as more is revealed regarding specs and whether or not the device is slated for international stardom. Well, it appears as though the answer is leaning towards a resounding yes on the latter due to the fact we’re seeing leaked images of the device branded with non NTT DoCoMo nomenclature indicating this is in fact the international version. Expected to be called the Xperia Z1s, leaked images of the device have surfaced and model number D5503, Android 4.3, software version 14.2.A.0.205 and model number “SO-02F” can be seen from the device’s About screen.
In addition to the fact that these screen shots reveal that this is the mini version of the device due to its small dimensions (thanks to the ruler), we can also see there will be 2 GB of RAM on board and 16 GB of internal storage included. Hit the break to check out the screen shots of the handset and stay tuned as we expect an official announcement regarding this device very soon.
The Moto G will be unveiled this Wednesday, and it looks like it might be available the very next day with KitKat on board. It already showed up on Amazon’s UK website with a price of £159.99 or about $257, which is inline with what we have been hearing. Amazon refers to it with the original DVX codename, but also clearly gives us the XT1032 model number along with a November 14 release date.
Speaking of the model number, it showed up in GFXBench, which generally isn’t a big deal, but the fact that it shows Android 4.4 KitKat is amazing. We expected the Moto G to come with Android 4.3, but this is really encouraging. This doesn’t indicate that the initial product will have KitKat on board, but it is an indication that it will get it real soon, which is great news since most budget phones rarely get upgrades. Kudos Motorola!!!
Canada saw a Nexus 5 release earlier today, but they aren’t the only lucky ones. As Sprint announced in their press release, it will be offering the Nexus 5 starting today for only $49.99 on contract (16GB) if you’re switching carriers and porting a number acorss. Amazon and Best Buy also are starting to sell the device today, but for the standard $149.99 price on a new contract.
Off-contract, you’ll be able to get it from Amazon for $499.99 or Best Buy for less at $449.99. It appears that Sprint is not offering the device off-contract, but that may change.
Sources: Amazon / Best Buy / Sprint
If you’re thinking about buying a Samsung Galaxy S 4 in the near future, you have another color option to consider. Samsung’s flagship phone will now come in Blue Arctic, available exclusively from Best Buy. The glossy blue version, which you can see above, will be available beginning next Thursday, November 14, but pre-orders will be available beginning tomorrow for Elite and Elite Plus members, and November 10 for everyone else.
Check out the press release after the break for more information.
You generally don’t need a reason to slash prices, but the recent FAA ruling allowing the use of personal electronics during takeoff and landing has inspired Amazon to drop the Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Fire HDX by 15% for today only.
The Kindle Fire HD is normally $139, but it’s $118 after the discount. If you would rather grab the HDX, it’s priced at $195, a $34 savings. You can even grab the basic Kindle for $59. I still say the Nexus 7 is the best all around tablet in regards to price, but these Kindles are perfect for Grandma and Grandpa. Again, this is only good for today, and be sure to enter promo code ThnksFAA at checkout.
Order: Kindle / Kindle Fire HD / Kindle Fire HDX
It looks like Sprint is going to be offering the Nexus 5 come November 8th, according to the press release below. The device will go for $149.99 with the Sprint Unlimited Data Guarantee for Life.
Separately, T-Mobile’s website says that the device will be available on its own service in the coming weeks. The company has a sign-up page which promises to notify you once information comes out regarding release date and price.
Wireless charging isn’t anything new when it comes to Nexus devices, and Google-branded charging pads aren’t anything new either— the Nexus 4 launched with a dock/charger for the device last year.
But this year, Google has redesigned its wireless charging pad, changing up its design and adding magnets for improved device stability.
The charger is also glossy on top, and no longer features a sticky, dust-collecting rubber finish. The new model is compatible with both the Nexus 5 and the new Nexus 7.
It’s also expected that Qi-compatible devices will also work with the pad (last year’s Nexus 4), but only phones with magnets inside of them will actually stick to the charger.
The device should be available on the Play Store online today, but pricing and shipping availability information is not yet available.
Hit the break for info on new cases from Google and LG.
Phones 4u, the UK retailer, hopes to capitalize on potential Samsung Galaxy Note 3 buyers who want something a little unique by being the exclusive source for a pink version of the large, stylus-equipped smartphone. The Galaxy Note 3 is also available in black and white. Phones 4u has already started selling the Galaxy Note 3 online, including the pink version, and the device will be available in retail locations starting on Friday. In addition to the exclusive color option, Phones 4u is throwing in some freebies for buyers including a £120 ($193 USD) wireless speaker, three months of 4u Wi-Fi and either Sky Sports Mobile or Spotify Premium if the buyer opts for a Vodafone 4G plan.
Hey, who doesn’t love a good discount nowadays? Well, you’re in luck. The MotoMaker Moto X has now dropped to a mere $479.99 for a no-contract version of the handset. If you want to own your device right out, we think this is a pretty fair price to go the hassle-free route of not being locked into a carrier. The original drop to $99 for the on-contract device is still available should you want to go the subsidized route. However, at this time the offer for the non-contract device only extends to the AT&T version through the MotoMaker site. The off-contract price is good for the 16GB model while the 32GB will run you $529.99. Stay tuned as we’ll keep an eye out should the offer extend to T-Mobile customers which would be ideal since the device is currently a whopping $599.99 for a 16GB (Dev Edition $649.99/32GB). It would probably be in Magenta’s best interest to get the ball rolling on a price drop to take advantage of the upcoming holidays. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments below.
T-Mobile continues to make waves in the industry by undercutting its competition with great deals. And while most “great deals” don’t include high-end devices, T-Mobile appears to be doing away with that, extending most of their deals to super devices like the Galaxy S 4 and GS Note III. To continue the momentum,, Magenta is set to offer the Nexus 7 with LTE (2013) and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with the low low price of $0 down. Sure beats the typical $99/$199 down doesn’t it?
The announcement was made on the heels of their “Unleash the tablet” campaign, in which the company announced they’re offering 200 mb’s of free data per month on all tablet data plans. Your options, should you opt for the N7, would be a 24-month payment plan at $16/mo and for the Tab 2 10.1, $19/mo for 24 months as well. In addition to these data offerings, T-Mobile is also including options such as boosting up to 500 mbs on a one-day pass at only $5 or a whopping 1GB weekly pass for $10. And if you tap a hair over that you’ll just be throttled, so no fear of overage charges. You can snatch the Tab 2 10.1 up now as it’s already available however, the N7 won’t be ready for consumers until Nov 20th. Hit the break for the full presser and if you have any thoughts feel free to leave them in the comments below.
If you’ve really got your heart set on a Red HTC One Mini you’re in luck. The folks over at Phones 4U in the UK, who already have a red HTC One, have just announced they’ll be offering the flashy mini variant starting in November. The offer, for now, is exclusive for Phones 4U customers only so you’ll just have to be patient if they’re not your carrier. However, if flashy colors aren’t your thing, you can pick up the One Mini in silver and black over at EE, T-Mobile, Orange and Vodafone for free on contract at just £26/mo ($41.94/mo).
If you’d like to pick up a SIM free device you’ll be looking in the price range of around £389.95 ($629.07). If you’re feeling froggy and want to jump on the Red One Mini, check out the link below to Phones 4U and don’t forget to check out the press release for the more granular details.
For those wondering when the LG G Pad 8.3 was going to be available in the U.S., look no further. It’s been roughly about a month since its announcement at IFA in Berlin and we’ve seen hints of the device here and there since, but LG is now making the U.S. release official. As you can tell, the device is sporting an 8.3-inch 1920 x 1200 display and will be available at your local Best Buy beginning November 3rd for in store purchase. However, if you want to jump the gun and get one now you can head over to Best Buy’s website and grab yours in either white or black for $350. Hit the break for the rest of the specs, pics and PR info and feel free to leave your comments about the tab in the comments section below.
Key Features Include:
Processor: 1.7 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 600
Display: 8.3-inch, Full HD IPS (1920×1200 pixels/273 ppi)
Memory: 2GB RAM, 16 GB eMMC ROM; microSD Slot up to 64 GB
Camera: 5MP AF BSI
Battery: 4,600 mAh Li-Polymer
Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2.
Size: 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3mm
It wouldn’t have been hard to guess, but a photo of a new Google display at a Best Buy has been confirmed to be for the upcoming Nexus 5 phone. More and more leaks of both the phone itself and advertising information have been coming out over the past few days, leading up to the inevitable release of the device, which will take place very soon.
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