Rolling display could be portable large screen

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Samsung and LG both brought devices with curved screens to market as proofs of concept and more recently Samsung launched the Galaxy Note Edge that incorporates a curved display along one edge of the device. These efforts only scratch at the surface of what may eventually be possible with flexible displays. A new product from RollRR hopes to bring a display to market that takes full advantage of flexible display technology as well as providing a solution to real world problems. Read more

Vsenn enters the modular smartphone market

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Thus far the modular smartphone market has yet to manifest itself with actual products that consumers can buy. Google is getting very close with Project Ara and appears to be on track for a 2015 release. Google may get some competition from a new entrant to the yet to be established market. A new company called Vsenn has launched a web site indicating they are working on a modular smartphone. Read more

Google adds 7 additional countries to its list of supported Play Store Merchants

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Google has broadened international availability of its Play Store Merchant accounts by adding Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Qatar, and Venezuela to the mix.

For those unaware, Merchant accounts are designed exclusively for developers, enabling them to receive payment for premium apps through Google Play. Prior to today’s announcement, developers in the above seven locations were only able to list apps for free.

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Verizon launches the Ellipsis 8: another low-end, self-branded tablet

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Last fall, Verizon brought us the Ellipsis 7. This fall, Verizon brings us the Ellipsis 8. The carrier is still aiming at the low-end of things with the tablet. The 8-inch display’s resolution is 1280×800, giving it 189 pixels per inch. The processor, while not officially named, is quad-core clocked at 1.5GHz. The battery capacity is 5000mAh. It only comes in black with 16GB of storage.

The cost and capability of the Ellipsis 8 is what will sell it. Without signing a contract it costs $249; however, signing away two years brings that down to $149. The monthly access fee for More Everything accounts is $10. The Ellipsis 8 is available today online and in the company’s stores.

Source: Verizon

Motorola DROID Turbo review: What the Moto X could have been

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I still can’t believe it has been 5 years since the introduction of the original DROID, which was my first Android phone. The DROID was what really started Android’s roll into market share domination. Through the years, Verizon Wireless and Motorola (as well as Samsung and HTC) released a number of DROIDs, but they never seemed to get all that much attention. Unfortunately, they are not only limited to the U.S., but ¬†also limited to one carrier, Verizon Wireless. A DROID phone has no chance of competing with other phones in terms of market share for these reasons alone.

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Google has a guide on how to achieve success with the Play Store

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Any store is only as good as the content in it and the audience using it. Google Play has come very far since the days of being the Android Market. There have been fifty billion applications and games downloaded. Google has dispersed $5 billion in the last year alone to developers creating¬† new content. There is more to just launching an app in the Play Store, though. The steps following the launch are vital to the app’s long-term success. Because of this, Google has produced a guide: The Secrets to App Success on Google Play. It is broken down into sections including engagement/retention and monetization.

Source: Android Developers Blog