You read that title correct. Tomorrow, Amazon could be entering into a new field. Back in February, Amazon started to have negotiations with music companies. These negotiations would have to do with a music streaming service. We then heard in March that Amazon’s music streaming service would be more akin to iTunes Radio in that it would not offer unlimited access to music. Instead, it would be focused on user preferences. Earlier today, The New York Times confirmed that it would be a limited music streaming service that may be introduced and launched tomorrow. And as previously reported, Amazon will be limiting the service to Prime subscribers. Read more
For years, people have been wanting a consistent design across Android. While Google and popular developers have done a pretty good job, many third-party developers have failed to follow Google’s recommended design language. It looks like the company will unveil Quantum Paper alongside the next version of Android. Quantum Paper will provide uniform design across all platforms. This information comes from Android Police, saying that “Quantum Paper is a hugely ambitious project, looking to unify and codify paradigms for visual, motion, and interaction design across all platforms, including web, Android, and iOS.” This is not related to Project Hera; however, Quantum Paper’s design does appear in Project Hera. Read more
It’s been quite some time since Android launched 4.4 KitKat, but it looks like Samsung’s Galaxy Note II (Verizon) will be finally receiving the update OTA. Here’s the build number: KOT49H.I605VRUFND7
You’ll get the standard KitKat update (white icons on notification bar, bug fixes, some new apps, etc.) as well as Samsung’s add-ons including Knox 2.0. If you’re looking into a Gear 2, the Note II will now be compatible.
Source: Verizon Wireless
Pebble’s latest smartwatch, the Pebble Steel, will be going on sale in all Best Buys on June 15th. The watch features a waterproof design, a week-long battery life, and rich notifications, as well as continued updates and access to Pebble’s app store, so it’s definitely a worthy upgrade to the original Pebble Smartwatch.
The watch will be launching in two colors: Brushed Stainless and Matte Black. Both versions come with a leather watch strap, and Best Buy is going to offer matching Brushed Stainless and Matte Black straps later in the year. The Pebble Steel will run $229 when it releases. Read more
Google has become better and better at providing contextual cards at the top of search results based on queries made by users. If you don’t know what I mean, just search “What’s the weather?” and you’ll find a nice-looking card with the current temperature, precipitation, humidity levels, wind speed as well as the week’s forecast.
Similar cards appear for various queries, including sports data.
Now, Google has added some really great looking cards for World Cup information, including team lineups before matches, schedules/brackets, standings, stats, and even a timeline of plays from the game. Just search “World Cup” or “World Cup USA” and you’ll see what I mean.
Google has released a new plug-in for Microsoft Outlook that will allow Outlook users to jump in and out of Hangouts calls, as long as they have a Google Apps account. They can join existing Hangouts as well as start new Hangouts from a newly added button in Outlook’s menu.
Pretty handy for users that run into cross-platform issues. You can check out the plug-in at the link below.
We knew Microsoft was gearing up to release their Outlook Web App onto the Play Store, and today it’s finally been made publicly available. The app has all of the features that were previously seen on the iOS version and will allow you to manage your Outlook inbox, calendar, and contacts. You’ll get also the useful clutter feature that Microsoft talked up, which separates the unimportant emails from your inbox and sticks them in a “clutter” folder. Pretty handy if you have a lot of junk coming into your inbox.
Hit the link below to grab the app for yourself. Read more
Google just launched a new firmware update for Glass, which requires an update for both the eyewear and an update to the MyGlass app. The update allows users to instantly see photos captured with Glass on their phones, where they can share them to their favorite social media platforms.
The updates will also allow users to track their favorite world cup teams, and get updates on scores straight to their phones. Furthermore, the update will allow users to see their parking location, as well as track packages that the user has ordered.
Pushbullet and EvolveSMS are teaming up to give users Motorola Connect-like features on their devices. The software will allow users to view and reply to SMS messages on their Android phone from their computers.
The software is currently in beta, so there might still be a few bugs, but the idea is that the partnership will deliver similar results to what Motorola did with the Moto X and Motorola Connectivity suite. Instead of having to reach for their phone to see and respond to messages, users can simply reply on their computer.
A couple leaked press images reveal some new Alcatel devices are on their way to T-Mobile. The Alcatel OneTouch Fierce 2 and Alcatel OneTouch Evolve 2 are successors to a pair of budget smartphones that T-Mobile released last fall. No pricing or availability information leaked with the images, but the original OneTouch Fierce and OneTouch Evolve sold for only a few dollars per month. Read more