Still searching for a carrier that fits you? Boost Mobile is running a promotion right now with a reasonable price. Buying one of their LTE devices through the carrier’s site, participating retailer, Best Buy, or Radioshack will allow you to pick up a $35 unlimited plan for six months. Talk, text, and web is included; however, customers will be throttled after 2.5GB of data.
Once the six months are in the past, the monthly bill will jump to $50. But Boost Mobile slashes $5 off per every six months. By the eighteenth month, a bill should be $35 once again. The promotion runs from now through March 31.
Source: Boost Mobile
Google recently scooped up Nest for roughly 3.2 billion dollars, but like any major acquisition, the FTC has to approve the purchase before it becomes official. That was the last road block for Google, and today the FTC has given them the green light.
Typically, the FTC waits 30 days before approving anything to make sure that acquisitions like these don’t violate antitrust laws and that the terms of the deals are okay. In this case, the FTC decided fairly quickly that there would be no reason to hold up this particular buyout, so they approved it ahead of the normal 30 day schedule for Google.
Now we wait and see just what Google is going to create with Nest’s product team on board. Whatever they plan on doing, I’m sure it’s going to be worth waiting for.
source: The Verge
Folks over in the United Kingdom still do not have access to Google’s Chromecast, but according to a listing by retailer Currys, that is about to change. The UK retailer has March 1 as a potential release date. We say potential because a Google spokesperson told The Next Web that it is merely a provisional date that has yet to be confirmed. Hopefully the wait will be worth it for people in the United Kingdom as Google just opened up the Cast SDK to everyone.
Source: The Next Web
If the Nokia X ever gets announced, there’s not going to be anything left about the phone to surprise us. The latest leak comes from a CamSpeed benchmark, which is a benchmark typically to measure camera performance. Nokia’s X phone has shown up in some scores with a 3 megapixel, fixed-focus camera. The original specs we’d heard suggested the phone would have a 5 megapixel camera, so this lowers that bar just a bit.
The benchmark also showed the device running Android 4.1. A few rumors floating around said it would run Android 4.4, but it’s looking like that isn’t going to be the case. Considering how heavily Nokia plans on skinning Android for this phone, they may not have felt it necessary to use the latest and greatest software.
When the dust settles from the Motorola acquisition by Lenovo, Google will have a $750 million stake in the company. That would put Google at owning a nearly six percent (5.94 percent) stake in Lenovo. According to information disclosed at the Hong Kong exchange, the search giant will take 618.3 shares valued at $1.213 per share. Now this isn’t to be confused as Google still owning stake in Motorola post the acquisition but the parent company itself. Either way it looks like Google’s investing in the hardware company just a bit.
LG already announced that the G Pro 2 would be unveiled in February, but we all assumed it would be at Mobile World Congress, which is at the end of the month. However, they might actually unveil it before the big conference. ZDNet Korea is reporting that invitations have been sent out for an event on February 13.
This wouldn’t surprise me in the least bit. First, LG has already been telling us juicy tidbits regarding the phone, and second, a separate event away from the MWC crowd makes more sense. You have less of a chance of getting lost in the shuffle. Let’s also not forget that the Galaxy S 5 is expected to be unveiled on the 24th, so this would give them an extra 11 days of the spotlight.
source: ZDNet Korea
As far as manufacturers are concerned, Samsung is probably the least vocal when it comes to update announcements. We already know that the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy S 4 are locks for KitKat, considering they’re already receiving the update, but other devices were in limbo. However according to a source close to the matter told the folks over at Phandroid, that a few other devices would be receiving the latest OS update. They include:
The Galaxy S 5 recently showed up in AnTuTu benchmarks, and the majority of the specs aren’t anything to go crazy about. It has a 1080p display, a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16MP rear camera, and 2MP front-facing camera. Now we already received one report that the GS5 will sport a 1080p display instead of the often rumored 2560 x 1400 display, but where is the Snapdragon 805 or 3GB of RAM?
The consensus is that this is an engineering sample or one that was appropriately placed to fool everyone. So for now, we aren’t “fooled” just yet, but we will be if this is what gets announced on February 24th. More screens after the break.
The rumored Nexus 8 could arrive sooner than expected. Rumors have the 8 inch tablet pegged as arriving mid 2014, but as Nexus 7 numbers continue to disappoint, that time frame has been moved up. The lack of sales appears to stem from a combination of bigger phone displays and other similar sized tablets. With phablets blurring the lines between bigger smartphones and smaller tablets, the need for smaller sized tablets has been decreasing.
According to DigiTimes, the Asus made tablet is expected to ship two million units starting out and should arrive at the end of April. Even though it’s rumored that HTC has won the bid for a new Nexus tablet it looks like Asus will be making this one.
Motorola Moto G already proved itself as an exceptional smartphone and the best budget phone ever. According to a new report, Moto G will soon be offered by U.S. Cellular on February 10.
U.S. Cellular will be offering the Motorola Moto G to its customers for a full price without a contract, though the pricing isn’t known yet. Currently, the unlocked version of the smartphone can be purchased from Motorola or the Play Store for $179, while Verizon is offering it for $99 on contract. However you can expect U.S. Cellular to sell the device within this price range as well.
The New York Police Department is testing the use of Google Glass to find out if it aids in criminal or terrorist investigations. According to VentureBeat, the Police Department received a few pairs of Google Glass to test out.
“We signed up, got a few pairs of the Google glasses, and we’re trying them out, seeing if they have any value in investigations, mostly for patrol purposes. We’re looking at them, you know, seeing how they work.”, a NYC law enforcement official told VentureBeat.
Remember those slap-on watches that were popular years ago? Well, LG of all people looks like they want to bring them back. According to a recent patent by the company, they’re working on a smartwatch that can wrap itself around your wrist, looking more like a bracelet than a watch (as pictured above). Not just that, but the strap will be able to be fully extended and used as a stylus. Quite an idea.
There’s no guarantee that this will evolve into anything real for LG, but LG does have a smartwatch in the works, according to reports.
Source: US Patent & Trademark Office
ASUS isn’t alone in announcing a new Chromebox this week. HP decided to unveil its own today. Available in Smoke Silver, Ocean Turquoise, Snow White and Twinkle Black, the HP Chromebox is powered by a Haswell processor just like ASUS’ offering. The HP Chromebox has HDMI, DisplayPort, Bluetooth and 4 USB 3.0 ports.
Like the ASUS Chromebox, this one has the same price — $179. HP says that it will be offering an Intel Core i7 model and it will presumably be offered in a Chromebox for Meetings package in the near future. Expect this Chromebox to arrive in the United States this spring.
Earlier today, the Dayframe app was updated with Chromecast compatiblity, but we just got word from the folks at cloud.tv that they had to remove it at Google’s request. When Google announced the release of the Google Cast SDK a few days ago, they mentioned that the SDK wouldn’t be released until the updated Google Play Services app (4.2) was completely rolled out.
The Google Cast SDK for Android will be available in a few days as part of the Google Play services 4.2 update, which is currently rolling out to Android devices.