[App Review] Amazon joins an already crowded field with Prime Music

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The competition between music streaming services is fierce. Everyone from tech giants to smaller, individual services are going at it to get ahold of you for some listening time. In June, Amazon entered the arena with an extension to its Prime subscription that costs $99. The company introduced Prime Music, an unlimited music streaming service that has absolutely no advertisements. Prime Music offers more than one million songs by thousands of artists to be streamed endlessly. It is built into the Amazon Music app that brings together your existing library, a traditional store, and Prime Music.

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Galaxy Note 4 preorders sell out in South Korea

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_4_Charcoal-Black_Front-Pen_02Samsung has already announced they were planning on speeding up the launch of the Note 4 in South Korea to try and create some momentum after Apple’s iPhone launch, and right now it’s looking like that was a smart move. Early reports say all three major wireless carriers have completely sold through their preorder stock of the Galaxy Note 4, which means there is some pretty strong demand for the device.

SK Telecom is the largest carrier in South Korea, and they cleared their stock in just 9 hours. KT and LG Uplus managed to sell out in three days. Since the preorder period was just from September 18th to the 25th, it’s apparent that customers jumped on the chance to get in line for their device. Read more

MediaTek Labs launched to support development of wearables and other devices

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MediaTek announced today the launch of a new global initiative they are calling MediaTek Labs to provide resources for the development of wearables and “Internet of Things” (IoT) devices. The new project tries to provide support for a variety of groups that may be involved in efforts to create new devices across a wide range of skill levels. According to Marc Naddell, vice president for the new MediaTek Labs, “with the launch of MediaTek Labs we’re opening up a new world of possibilities for everyone — from hobbyists and students through to professional developers and designers — to unleash their creativity and innovation. We believe that the innovation enabled by MediaTek Labs will drive the next wave of consumer gadgets and apps that will connect billions of things and people around the world.” Read more

Non-Sony Android devices get access to Sony PS4 Remote Play thanks to new port

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When Sony announced their new Xperia Z3 smartphones during IFA 2014, one of the new features included was PS4 Remote Play. This new feature meant owners of the new devices could use their Sony smartphones as a second screen for the their Sony PS4 gaming platform. Even better than that, users could continue to play PS4 titles remotely on their mobile device. This was some great news for gamers who had PlayStation 4 devices if they were going to invest in a new Sony smartphone. Unfortunately, a Sony spokesperson said the company had “no intent to bring remote play to any device other than Xperia” meaning a lot of PlayStation 4 owners would miss out on the feature. That may have changed now thanks to a new port developed by XDA member XperiaPlaystation who has figured out how to get it working with a much larger population of Android devices. Read more

Samsung shares dip to 2-year low, profit estimates cut

Samsung_Logo_02_TA_CES_2014Unfortunately for Samsung, it looks like their stocks are going to continue taking a beating. After Apple’s iPhone launch weekend, Samsung’s shares have fallen to a 2-year low, dropping down to about 1,161,000 won. On top of that, their profit estimates were cut from 5.7 trillion won down to 4.7 trillion won. Those are some pretty major setbacks, even for a company like Samsung.

Apple’s iPhone is part of the reason why Samsung is getting hit so hard, but other factors include other affordable smartphones from OEMs like Lenovo and Xiaomi. Samsung was the first to scoop up the bottom of the Android market, but other manufacturers are beating them at it now and Samsung can’t keep competing at the prices other devices are being sold at. Read more

Chrome Apps for Mobile gets updated with a faster workflow, cloud messaging, and rich notifications

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Back in January, Google announced Chrome Apps for Mobile, which is based on Apache Cordova, and allows Chrome apps to run on either Android or iOS. Apps can be freely distributed to the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

Google just announced the newest version of Chrome Apps for Mobile that includes Chrome APIs for identity, Google Cloud Messaging (GCM), and rich notifications. It also offers an faster and simpler developer workflow, and modern WebView capabilities have been extended to older versions (back to Ice Cream Sandwich) of Android.

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Samsung speeds up launch of the Galaxy Note 4 to compete with massive iPhone demand

samsung_galaxy_note_4_demo_1Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you heard several news stories about Apple’s iPhone 6 launch this past weekend. The Cupertino based company claims to have sold 10 million iPhones on launch weekend, and they very easily could have sold more if supply could meet demand. Regardless of what we think here, Apple is going to sell a ton of their new devices.

Of course, those record breaking sales haven’t gone unnoticed by other major players, especially Samsung. Samsung has announced that they will speed up the release of the Galaxy Note 4 to try and curb some of the momentum behind Apple’s iPhone, starting with an official announcement and unveiling of the Note 4 this Thursday in South Korea. The device will go on sale on the 26th, the day after the announcement ahead of its original October launch. As of right now, this only affects the launch date in South Korea, so we may not see anything happen quicker in other parts of the world, and it’s not clear if they’re speeding up the launch of the Note 4 Edge, either. Read more

Upcoming Oppo N3 to sport an aerospace grade metal body

Oppo_N3_Built_For_What_May_Come_01We’ve seen a few leaks of the upcoming Oppo N3, and details are slowing trickling in. The latest information is that the body will be built out of aerospace grade metal.

What the hell does that exactly mean? It could be made from either stainless, nickel steel, or titanium. We know they will be shooting for lightweight so don’t expect anything too crazy or expensive. Maybe a lightweight alloy? Could this just be a marketing gimmick?

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Details and images of the Motorola DROID Turbo leak along with Moto S back plate

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It’s that time of the year when the new DROIDs usually get launched, and this year is no exception. We expect the DROID Turbo to get introduced next month, and we have some images and details courtesy of HelloMotoHK.

Baring the model number of XT1254, the DROID Turbo (shown with last year’s DROID MAXX) will unsurprisingly sport a Kevlar unibody along with capacitive buttons on the front. Since the all new Moto X sports a dual LED flash, you can expect that on the DROID Turbo as well. Just like last year’s DROID MAXX, the new Turbo will also sport wireless charging. We presume the Qi standard again. Since the new Moto X has stereo speakers at the front of the device, the Turbo should get the same treatment as well.

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