Since announcing Chromecast yesterday during their “breakfast” event, Google’s latest device has been flying off the virtual shelves. That demand has created a casualty though as Google pulled the Netflix promotion that provided three free months of Netflix service with a Chromecast purchase. Citing “overwhelming demand” that surpassed the limited quantities available from Netflix, the promotion was canceled just one day after the device was first available.
Pulling the Netflix promotion is a ding against Google and has generated some ill will. However, given the pace of orders which led to retailers like Amazon.com and Best Buy selling out and Google itself reporting a 3 to 4 week order fulfillment delay, it seems likely many of the early adopters were intent upon getting a Chromecast without regard to the promotion.
The bigger hurdle for Google now will be reports from buyers as they actually start to use the devices. If they perform as well as they did during Google’s demo, demand could grow for the device. If users have problems though, that could kill off interest just as fast as it was generated.
source: LA Times
With the Chromecast stealing the show yesterday there have been a few subtle changes that came with the 4.3 update that may have gone unspoken. One of those changes happens to be to my favorite camera feature, the Photosphere. With the update, stitching and alignment are said to be much better. This will lead to less errors while giving you more level horizons. On top of that exposure compensation for each frame are improved. This should allow more even toned sphere’s in the future. I don’t know about you but I’m looking forward to that issue being corrected.
Of course, as of this writing Nexus devices are the only ones that can benefit from these changes while Google Play editions should get the updates here in the coming weeks. Here’s hoping that they’re able to extract a working apk for the rest of us non-Nexus toting folks out there. While the camera apk that was leaked from the 4.3 GPe leak earlier in the month gave everyone a chance at snapping Photosphere’s of their own, it’s unclear if it has these improvements baked in. Either way we should start seeing better rendered sphere’s here on out. I don’t know about you but I’m looking forward to it.
source: Evan Rapoport – Google +
With the NFL pre-season upon us Yahoo has decided to bring Christmas in July for football fans everywhere. Once you download the app you’ll be able to sign up for the service. Once that’s done you’ll be greeted by a host of features that will help make your fantasy team top notch. Here’s what you’ll get:
- Live and Mock Drafts: Pick players, set your queue, check results, and chat with other managers.
- Live Scoring: Follow your team in real-time.
- Roster Management: Injured QB? Start your backup right from the Yahoo! Fantasy Football app.
- Matchups: Not sure who you play next week? No need to stop what you’re doing, just check from your phone.
- Breaking Player News: Read the latest updates on each of your players from the experts at Rotoworld to optimize your lineup.
- Message Boards: Keep in touch with other managers and stay on top of important league topics.
- Link to the Yahoo! Sports app for detailed game info
So if you’re a football fan, and happen to divulge in Fantasy Football, this app should have you set. Being able to follow your team in real time will help bring your team to the top, or cry into your beverage. Either way you’ll be able to stay on top of your key players. Hit the break for your QR code and download links. Enjoy!
Like I said the other day, there probably won’t be much to learn about the Moto X when it’s finally unveiled. The leaks keep coming. Today’s leak comes from Tyler Wimberly, who has a pretty good track record. First up is that the Moto X will feature standalone dual-LTE MIMO antennas as well as a separate antenna for 2G/3G This should give amazing reception based on the fact that most phones only have one antenna for all bands.
Next up is Moto Magic Glass. What is that? Apparently the Moto X will feature Gorilla glass molded to polymer. In other words, you won’t find a gap between the glass and the back.
With Latitude going away, I know a lot of you are looking for alternatives. You might want to try Share Where Location Sharing from Ola Bjuremo. It’s probably the quickest way to share your location with friends and family. Texting or emailing your location isn’t anything new, but Share Where has a lot of extra features that make it a must have tool for your location sharing needs.
If you want to share your location with someone, you can quickly do it from within the app. Just select someone from your contacts or manually type a phone number (for SMS) or an email address. You can send your location to multiple people at the same time as well. You can even add text such as “I am here”, “Meet me here”, or “I need help.” Then simply tap the “Send” button and your chosen contacts will receive a message via SMS or email with your message (if you included one) and a Google Maps link showing your current location.
As I mentioned there are a few apps that do similar things in the Play Store, but Share Where takes things a step further. Lets say you are traveling and you want to give regular updates on your location. You can simply choose a repeated time interval (ie 5 minutes, 10 minutes, etc) and your contacts will get a message at each specified interval. Furthermore, if you have Android Jelly Bean 4.1 or higher, you can see the status and amount of time left until the next message is sent in your notification area. You can even cancel any future sharing through the expanded notification.
After Google dropped their Chromecast announcement yesterday, it would be easy to call it the nail in Google TV’s coffin. However, Google doesn’t seem to think so. Sundar Pichai told CNET that Google TV was absolutely going to grow and evolve alongside Chromecast, and neither device would be replacing the other. Considering Google has pledged to update Google TV to Jelly Bean later this year, it makes sense, but with Chromecast preorders sold out within hours, it’s easy to see how much damage Chromecast could potentially do to Google TV’s success.
Pichai also said that Google TV would be getting some newer partners and software updates later in the year, which would go a long way towards helping its popularity. Still, though, it hasn’t had much early success, and it is still possible for Google TV to go the way of Google Reader. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
In case you missed all the commotion yesterday about Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet, their Chromecast device, and the Android 4.3 announcement, you can catch up on the entire event by watching the Google has kindly uploaded to YouTube. It’s not quite as awesome as live streaming the announcements, but it’s close enough. Hit the break below to check it out and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Read more
Just a few days ago we saw a benchmark that suggested Lenovo was going to be releasing a flagship device with a Snapdragon 800 processor on board like every other Android manufacturer on the planet. Today we’re seeing some pictures of the rumored device that do confirm the processor specs as well as a few other details about the device.
It does have a Snapdragon processor, complete with Adreno 330 GPU, so this is bound to be one powerful device. It also sports a full HD, 1080p display, which makes it a comparable device to most other high-end phones on the market today. The screen appears to be about 5 inches, and it will be a dual-sim device. Unfortunately, that means the device will probably only ever hit shelves in China, but depending on how well it sells, it’s always possible to see Lenovo put its top-end device in other markets.
via: Unwired View
We’ve seen some leaks pointing towards a Galaxy S 4 with a Snapdragon 800 CPU before, but now we’re seeing some concrete evidence of the device in the form of a Bluetooth certification. A device with the model number GT-I9506 recently received its certification, and if Samsung keeps up its naming conventions for devices, this mystery device will likely be a more powerful Galaxy S 4.
If you were in the market for a new Samsung device, you might want to wait and see if this phone hits your country/carrier before buying anything else.
source: Bluetooth SIG
HP is looking to continue its success in the low-end tablet market as the company prepares to release a $99 tablet to be sold at Walmart for back-to-school sales.
The device is reportedly being built by Chinese company BYD, will have a 7-inch display, and a single-core Medfield processor. Nothing else is known about the device at this point, but we do know that if all of this is true, this will be a nice addition to the list of the low-end tablets available on the market. We’ll just have to wait and see…