Google’s Chromecast is currently receiving a minor update that refreshes the home screen and fixes some bugs. Google says that the update, build 14651, “will be rolled out over the next week, and you should receive the update automatically.” This is nothing new for Chromecast, updates silently get sent over to the dongle so users have nothing to worried or frustrated about. Just leave it connected and Google does all of the work.
Let us know if you see anything different after receiving the update.
Source: Chrome Releases
After initially testing the service in Philadelphia, Verizon’s Same Day Delivery service has gone official in additional markets. The service, which is self-explanatory, allows orders placed online before 10:00AM (local) to arrive later that day. The added cities include New York City, Pittsburgh, Dallas, San Francisco, and their surrounding areas. But be aware that Same Day Delivery may not be available to every single address that surrounds those cities. Another caveat is that prepaid devices are off limits and only on-contract smartphones can be selected. The service costs $20, just $5 more than the overnight shipping option.
Remember the rumored YouTube subscription music service that was reported in October? Well, it’s been delayed. According to AllThingsD, sources close to the situation say that the service will launch in the first quarter of 2014. It was believed that the service had a chance to launch by the end of this year. YouTube has all of the music licenses ready to go, but the company is internally unhappy with the product thus far. Apparently they are trying to find “the best way to integrate user-generated content, like lipsyncs and mashups, along with conventional recordings and videos.” Upon launching, Google may have to decide how to differentiate this service from Google Play Music All Access. Until an official announcement, we’ll keep a lookout for any other updates.
Dead Trigger 2 has received an update today that includes a few new features, tweaks, and gameplay balancing. The new gameplay is focused on giving players more environments to grind through, since many of the upgrades and equipment are still fairly tedious to get in the game.
There are also a handful of issues that have been balanced, including some zombie difficulty. Hit the break below for the full changelog and download link. Read more
In a new set of advertisements, Samsung is telling you why buying a Galaxy device, particularly the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear, is the “smart move.” Three videos take us through the lives of two Galaxy owners as they show us how they handle a day’s tasks with their Samsung device. In the first video, the 5.7-inch 1080 screen and faux leather backing are highlighted. The second video focuses on the Gear’s ease of use in real-life situations and compatibility with a Samsung device. The third is all about the multitasking and productivity of the Note 3 with its Air Command feature activated by the S Pen. Samsung wants to show that their devices can handle whatever your lives can throw at it.
Hit the break to watch the three videos. Read more
Huawei seems like it has always been under the eye of scrutiny after several accusations of cyberspying in the US, and it looks like they’ll finally exit the US smartphone market because of those claims. Huawei believes if they get caught in the middle of relations between the US and China, it could spell serious trouble for the company, and they’re looking to completely avoid that risk altogether.
Many companies have already stopped using Huawei for network equipment, but they still have a presence in the low-end smartphone market in the US. There’s no word on if they’ll pull out 100% with their phones, but the network equipment installation and maintenance will cease.
source: 9to5 Google
The Vuzix M100 smart glasses, which we tried out at CES 2013, can now be preordered for a whopping $999 from the company’s site. The smart glasses, which rival Google’s own Glass, is powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has a WQVGA screen that reaches 2000 nits in brightness. The hardware design causes the M100 to look like an earpiece that extends over the eye rather rather than Glass’ subtle design. Vuzix does say that safety glasses are included and a headphone-like frame is also available for purchase.
Under the hood is a Texas Instruments OMAP4430 processor clocked at 1GHz with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of storage. There is microSD support so you can expand the storage by 32GB. There’s also a 5MP camera that can record in high definition. The M100 has Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi 802.11b/g/n support. The battery is only 600mAh, but there is a 3800mAh rechargeable pack.
On the software side, the M100 has voice navigation, gesture control, and remote control app that works with Android devices. Also, there is a 3-axis gyroscope, accelerometer, and and compass to allows for head tracking. And Interestingly so, the M100 supports iOS in addition to Android devices.
Google, through their NianticLabs development team, has released an update to their Field Trip app. The majority of the changes with this latest version involve changes to the user interface to give it a look more consistent with recent Android design style cues. Read more
HTC has reported a drop in revenue for last month when compared to last year. November’s revenue came in at $522 million, a 27.1% drop from the same time last year. Although that is an increase over October, it is still a dramatic decline year-over-year. Also, with the exception of this month (December), HTC has generated more than $6 billion this year.
Market share is certainly an issue. HTC One sales by now are likely stagnant and the One Max was only released by the end of November. Luckily, HTC’s 2014 flagship, which is codenamed as the M8, is rumored to be on the horizon. And this future device is likely to give the Taiwanese company a much needed boost with impressive specs. We’d love to see HTC find a ton of success, but it may be tough when their largest competitor, Samsung, is rumored to be answering the prayers of consumers next year.