An oft-requested feature for streaming content apps is the ability to display the picture on the big screen, but continue to receive sound through a mobile device so the user can pop their headphones on and tune out external noises. Koushik Dutta, developer of the AllCast app, indicates he is working on a solution to implement this feature when AllCast is used in conjunction with Amazon’s Fire TV set top box.
3D Systems, a primary vendor tasked with creating the 3D printing processes to be used to produce Project Ara phones from Google, shared some information via their blog this week about advances they are making in order to accommodate the project. Since Google thinks modular smartphones will have a key place in the future market, they are pushing for manufacturing processes that can handle millions, if not billions, of units being 3D printed. This means 3D Systems has had to re-think how 3D printing occurs and figure out how to scale it up for mass production.
Xiaomi is looking to take the Asian market by storm with its gorgeous new RedMi Note phablet. It hasn’t been released yet, but according to company officials, the phone has received over 15 million ‘signups’ on its website. These ‘signups’ are not pre-orders — they are simply requests for more information on the device via email — still a nice number.
It’s the company’s first phablet, and will feature a 5.5-inch display, a 13MP camera, and a large battery. The phone also only costs $130, an extremely cheap price for a solid device.
Source: Business Insider
Last month we received word of the upcoming successor to the Moto X, the Moto X+1.
Today, we’re getting some confirmation on those rumors. When on the Moto Maker website, if you replace the Moto X codename, FLEXR1, in the address bar, with FLEXR2, you’ll find a placeholder site for the Moto X+1, as seen above.
We still aren’t 100% sure on what will make this phone better than its predecessor, but some leaked specs of a “next-gen” Motorola device may provide some hints.
Via: Phone Arena
Those of you on that travel internationally and are on Sprint may want to pay attention for a few minutes. The company has announced that it will be offering an “International Connect” plan that will allow you to call people in 65 international locations. Coupled with the “Framily” plan, you’ll be able to pay 15 extra dollars a month to use your minutes to connect to people in other areas of the world. As Kymber Umana, Hispanic marketing manager for Sprint stated:
“We understand how important international calling is to our customers. Connecting with friends and loved ones internationally can be costly and complicated, and we set out to change that with these new competitive and aggressively priced International Connect and International Long Distance Premier offers. Compared to many of our competitors, Sprint has better pricing in over 50 percent of countries worldwide.”
According to a new antitrust lawsuit that was filed yesterday, Google is said to be violating antitrust laws by maintaining an illegal monopoly — not only on Internet search but mobile search as well. This has supposedly affected the search market adversely while inflating the cost of devices of competing companies.
The lawsuit was filed in the US District Court for Northern California. It accuses the Mountain View company of using Android as a way to maintain the monopoly through secret agreements with device makers. These agreements require companies to load Google’s suite of apps onto their devices. Known as Mobile Application Distribution Agreements or MADAs, the agreements have been made with mostly all Android vendors. These agreements essentially help partners facing lawsuits of their own in funding, technical support and other assistance.
Back in February, about two weeks before Samsung’s annual Unpacked event that showcases the company’s new devices, the company took to its Twitter account teasing the event. In that teaser, we saw a possible new set of icons that could be on the Galaxy S 5. Well the announcement has come and gone — with the official announcement of the S5 that’s already gone on sale — with nary a mention about these new icons. Well the folks at Samsung Tomorrow took some time and broke down what exactly that teaser image showed us, regarding both the icons and the phone in general.
The LG G3 will be unveiled on May 27, so the timing seems right for a few decent pics of the device. That is exactly what we have, and these aren’t blurrycam images either folks. The picture above is actually a better version of the one that we posted last week. You can clearly see the new redesigned back button layout that also leaked a few days ago.
We also have two more images below, one showing the front of the device and the other showing the rear of the device again. The lack of bezel on the device is stunning to say the least.
It’s no surprise Samsung is working on a Galaxy S 5 Mini considering its predecessors received the same treatment, but at least we have Samsung to actually solidify the rumors of the said device. The S5 Mini should garner the model number of SM-G800 and as you can expect the specs will be in the mid-range tier. You can expect a 4.5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 2MP front-facing camera, and an 8MP rear camera. Just like it’s big brother, the Mini will also be dust and water-resistant.
You can expect the official announcement of this device in June. Until then, stay tuned!
via: Phone Arena
With Samsung’s new Galaxy S 5 features clearly centering around “health,” it looks like they’re not stopping there as the company has planned an event for May 28th with the slogan of “A New Conversation Around Health Is About To Begin.” With the GS5’s heart rate monitor to their Gear Fit device, it’s clear that Samsung has taken akin to marketing their devices around health-centric features. Looks like in a couple of weeks we’ll see what else Samsung has for us, so stay tuned!
BLU has announced their new flagship smartphone in the Life Pure XL. This device will initially be available today exclusively at Amazon.com for $399.00 for the 32GB black version, followed by a white variant on May 9th. The 16GB configuration will be going on sale for $349.00 in June, along with the introduction of Royal Blue and Glimmer Pink colors. What can you expect with this device you ask? Here are the full specifications:
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), tablet sales have showed a significant decrease for this years Q1 sales as compared to 2013’s Q1 sales. We’ll use Apple and Samsung as examples considering they are by far the two largest tablet distributors in the world. During Q1 of this year Apple shipped 16.4 million units and Samsung had 11.2 million, which is a bit down for Apple compared last years Q1 as Apple had 19.5 million shipped and Samsung actually gained at 8.5 million.
May 4th is a holiday for Star Wars fans everywhere, due to the punny “May the fourth be with you” phrase, and Google is taking advantage of that by offering deals. Named simply the “May the Fourth Be With You” sale, you can find all kinds of Star Wars games, apps, and books, discounted, or even free beginning today.
These deals will presumably run until May 4th, but it’s not clear whether the deals will change as it gets closer to the 4th. You can check out what’s available via the link below.
Source: Google Play
Earlier this year, we reported that Google had 34 cities in mind to expand their Google Fiber product. While we’re almost mid-way through the year, we haven’t heard much of their progress until today. According to Google, they have actually been busy in preparations to prepare Google Fiber for those said cities. Google is currently working through a “checklist” on what needs to be done and almost finished. One of the main things that Google still needs to accomplish in order to come through with their promise would be getting approval from several city councils in regards to its “fiber huts” which would house thousands of glass fibers to coordinate the network.
This is certainly good news and I’m eager for Google to expand Fiber, as I’m sure you are too. Check out the source link below for the official blog post from Google pertaining to this.
source: Google Fiber Blog