We have heard it time and time again. Amazon is working on a set-top box… and it gets delayed. But now it looks like next month will be the company’s lucky month. According to Re/code, sources say that Amazon is hoping that March will be the month in which its set-top box is available. Like their Kindle Fire tablets, the set-top box will run a forked version of Android. While there are so many questions still surrounding it, it is also unknown if this product will also be the gaming device that Amazon is reportedly working on. It should be interesting to see just how man capabilities Amazon throws into its first set-top box.
At the last Google I/O conference Google broke away from its routine by not announcing the next version of Android, rather, they focused on showcasing new apps and services it was working on. A new rumor suggests that the Mountain View company will be continuing this trend when Google I/O happens in June.
According to an insider who happens to be “familiar in the matter” says that the next version of Android will not be announced until July along side the rumored Nexus 8. The next version of Android will be 4.5 rather than 5.0 suggesting that the next bump will be small enough to not warrant a whole number increase, but big enough to be more than a X.X.1 bump.
Earlier rumors for the Nexus 8 had the tablet pegged for an April release, but the Google way usually constitutes a new Android version with a new piece of hardware to showcase it.
source: Android Geeks
Before Microsoft fully consumes Nokia, the manufacturer may be releasing a total of three smartphones by June. While we have been hearing about the Nokia X (Normandy) for months, two additional devices will come in May and June respectively. Believe it or not, the second device is being dubbed the ‘Nokia XX’ (for now) and is slated for May. The third device, however, does not have an attached name just yet while being pegged for June. While the Nokia XX will have better specs than the Nokia X, the third device in this trio will have flagship specifications. At Mobile World Congress next week, only the Nokia X will be unveiled or even talked about.
Via: G 4 Games
Now that it is no secret that the Galaxy S 5 will be unveiled this Monday, the big question still remains on if there will only be one “Standard” version or will there also be a “Prime” version as well. Rumors indicate that Samsung is readying a higher-end “Prime” version, but many are speculating that it won’t launch until possibly the summer.
If you’re looking for another clue, you might want to check out the Spigen cases for the upcoming flagship on Amazon. The description clearly reads, “Premium Protection SF Coated Non-Slip Matte Hard Case for Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S5 Prime (2014).” This not only confirms a “Prime” version, but it might mean that we will see it sooner rather than later.
If a new Korean news outlet’s report is correct, the Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy Gear 2 won’t be alone in Barcelona next week. MK News is reporting that Samsung will also be announcing the Galaxy Gear Fit, a healthcare-centric wearable. Like Jawbone, Nike, and Fitbit’s offerings, the Galaxy Gear Fit will track physical activity to count steps or monitor your sleeping patterns. Don’t except this device to be priced on the same level as the Galaxy Gear was as there will be no camera present on this wristband.
Source: MK News (Korean)
When Samsung sent out invites for its Unpacked 5 event we all had an idea of what it would be showing us on February 24. With the big number 5 it’s somewhat apparent that Samsung is hinting at the next Galaxy S phone. Well the Korean company certainly loves to entice the imagination as it released a teaser video this morning. The video doesn’t come out and say anything straight forward, but the number 5 is plastered all over the 35 second teaser.
With all the random words that are in the video it’s hard to know what exactly Samsung is teasing but if we take the teaser video and compare it with current rumors we can get an idea of what’s coming. What about words like wet and outdoors? Well the next Galaxy is rumored to be dust and water resistant, much like the Active line. Words like focus and selfie suggest that the camera will be tweaked and enhanced. Speed suggests that Samsung is looking to boost things in that department, possibly with slimming down the very bloated, Touchwiz UI.
We’ll know in three days when the Next Galaxy will be made official. We have the teaser after the break. What are you hoping for in the next Galaxy? Let us know below.
Yesterday, the Galaxy Camera 2 was up for sale in South Korea and Samsung has now officially announced that the Galaxy Camera 2 will be available globally starting from March 10.
The device will be priced at $450 and is available for pre-order on Amazon US. It includes a 16.3 MP sensor with a 21x zoom capable lens and a 4.8 inch display. It sports a 1.6GHz quad core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, micro-SD card slot for up to 64 GB of additional storage, and runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. In addition, it includes Bluetooth, NFC, GPS and WiFi connectivity. It seems that the Galaxy Camera 2 will have a WiFi connectivity only, unlike its predecessor, which had a SIM card slot for cellular connectivity as well.
The device should be available before March and if you’re in the US and interested in buying the device, you can pre-order it from Amazon US now.
Source: Amazon US
Just yesterday, Sprint rolled out the KitKat update to its Galaxy Note 3 and US Cellular will soon follow the lead. US Cellular will start releasing the KitKat update to the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 by today.
The OTA, which will be available anytime by today, will update your device to the latest Android 4.4.2 version. The baseband version for the Android 4.4.2 KitKat build for the Galaxy Note 3 is R970TYUFNAE and N900R4TYUCNAB for the Galaxy S4. The update brings a few changes to your device, such as the ability to choose the default texting app, improved location settings, camera shortcut on the lockscreen, wireless printing capabilities etc. and in addition, US Cellular says that it will include a new user interface.
Source: US Cellular
Waze just got a lot better. In an update issued earlier today, Waze will now sync with your device’s calendar to directly access the navigation app. Anything added to your calendar with a location will be added to Waze. When a calendar notification appears, tapping it will open up Waze and supply users with the best possible route to take. So if you have no idea where you are heading, Waze will automatically have the directions ready for when you leave.
Hit the break for download links.
The Mobile World Conference doesn’t begin until later this month, but Archos has already begun revealing some products that they will be introducing at the event. There’s the the 80 Helium 4G, an 8-inch, £230 tablet that has a Cortex-A7 quad-core processor, 4G/LTE and Android 4.3. Also, Archos is going to have a 5-inch, dual-SIM smartphone called the 50c Oxygen, which features a 720p IPS display, MediaTek octa-core CPU, Jelly Bean, and a 6.77-mm thick body.
The devices won’t launch until later this year, but the company will show them off in Barcelona.
A couple days ago Samsung announced the devices in their portfolio for which they will provide an update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat in the U.S. However, Samsung did not say anything at the time about international devices. New information was released today indicating the list of international devices will largely mirror the U.S. list. The notable exception is the Samsung Galaxy S III, which did not make the cut.
Google’s latest attempt at giving you free WiFi is coming in the form of Starbucks’ WiFi hotspots. Starbucks currently uses AT&T’s wireless service to give customers internet access, but Google is internally considering moving to put their own high-speed access into the 7000 Starbucks stores across the US. Google also wants to shorten up the tedious process of finding a hotspot, opening a browser, and accepting terms and conditions before finally being able to actually use the internet.
To accomplish this, Google is testing out an app that cuts that process down. The app would handle all of the encryption and authentication of a Google hotspot, so just by having it installed on your Android or iOS device, you could automatically connect to wireless internet whenever you were in range.
Samsung’s second attempt at the Galaxy Camera will be arriving here in the United States in mid-March with a $449.99 price tag. The actual camera specifications is only half of what the Galaxy Camera 2 offers. Aside from its 16MP camera with 21x zoom, the device internals include a quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz with 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (with a microSD card slot of course), and a 2000mAh battery.
In terms of software, Android 4.3 Jell Bean is packaged; however, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue as this is a camera after all. Be sure to check back with us to see when an exact release date is announced.
Back when Motorola started pushing the Android 4.4 update to the Moto X, Verizon was the first carrier to get it. That was amazing in itself, but it was not duplicated with the 4.4.2 update. However, it doesn’t appear Verizon will be the last since soak test invites are going out now to Motorola forum members. This means the actual update could start rolling out as soon as next week, or the week after at the latest. We will keep you posted.
Cheers Steve and Greg