New hardware and software isn’t all Apple has launching this week. Tim Cook, the chief executive officer, personally wrote a new privacy statement located on the company’s site. In it, there are jabs at other tech firms and Google is seemingly the prime target. Unlike other tech firms, Cook states that Apple treats users as customers and not a product.
AT&T has announced that they will start taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on Friday, September 19th. Shipping for units that are pre-ordered is expected to start on October 14th. AT&T will sell the Galaxy Note 4 in either Charcoal Black or Frost White. The no-contract cost for the device will be $825.99. Consumers can opt for a 2-year contract and buy the Galaxy Note 4 for $299.99. AT&T Next options will also be available. AT&T indicates that users who activate a new line of service with a smartphone purchased using the AT&T Next program will receive a $100 credit on their bill.
The announcement from AT&T comes on the heels of Samsung’s announcement that pre-orders would start tomorrow. We anticipate other carriers will be releasing their pre-order and pricing details soon.
Google is a company that continues to grow and has branched out into numerous areas, apparently attempting to live up to the inspiration for its name. Despite all the projects and products that Google is involved with, a new report from The Information indicates CEO Larry Page is looking further down the road and apparently sees the company doing things on a grand scale. A couple of the really big ideas that have surfaced include Page’s idea to build a model airport and possibly even a city as part of an effort that is being referred to internally as Google 2.0. Read more
Since the @DroidLanding Twitter account was spotted as active again earlier this month, the hunt has been on for more information about what Verizon has planned for their Droid line of devices. New reports indicate Verizon will release a single Droid device this year, built by Motorola, that will come with a fast charging battery as its distinguishing feature. Motorola, which has an exclusive contract to produce the Droid devices for Verizon, appears to have this single model planned for this year, a change from the last two cycles when three devices were released each time.
Verizon’s Droid line is unique for the carrier in that most manufacturers now make their devices available across multiple carriers. Nevertheless, Verizon apparently sees value in the franchise as some customers still seek the Droid brand.
I guess Samsung is expecting the Galaxy Note 4 to sell like gangbusters. They just announced that it will be available in the U.S. starting October 17th, but pre-orders are already starting tomorrow. Samsung is also guaranteeing a trade-in value of $200 for any working smartphone for all people who pre-order between September 19th and October 16th.
The Galaxy Note 4 could wind up being the phone of the year with its 5.7-inch Super AMOLED quad HD (2560 x 1540) display, 2.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805, 3 GB of RAM, and 16 MP camera with OIS.
The upcoming HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet will most likely be released in October, but if you’re looking for a precise date, October 16th just might be it. Paul O’Brien, founder of MoDaCo, tweeted this info earlier today. The only problem is that this leak comes from an anonymous tipster.
Like I said, in all likelihood, we will see the Nexus 9 in October, so anyone can throw out dates. This anonymous tipster could be right on, but we really don’t know for sure until Google announces it. Last year, Google didn’t host a special event for the Nexus 5, and we are expecting the same this year. The Nexus 6, or whatever they are going to call it, will probably be announced alongside the Nexus 9 in a simple press release. Stay tuned.
We’ve been hearing an awful lot about the Samsung SM-A500 as of late. Usually mid-range phones don’t get so much attention, but since this one is rumored to sport an all metal design, people are interested to see what Samsung has in store.
These images come courtesy of China’s regulatory body TENAA, and unfortunately don’t show off the all metal design we are expecting. However, you can see the metal frame on the sides.
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Amazon has announced another tablet today to target the younger techies out there. The Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition offers two models—one at 6 inches, and another at 7—with prices at $150 and $190, respectively. Read more
Along with a slew of tablets, Amazon introduced Fire OS 4 Sangria. Fire OS 4 will come pre-loaded on the all new Kindle Fire HD (6 and 7), Fire HDX 8.9, and Fire HD Kids Edition tablets. It’s built from Android 4.4, and it’s the usual fork that we have come to expect from Amazon.
Fire OS 4 brings Firefly, Profiles, and Family Library among other software tweaks.