We had a chance to see drawings of a keyboard folio case for the upcoming Nexus 9, but now we have real images courtesy of the NCC. The NCC is the Chinese equivalent of the FCC here in the U.S.
You can easily see that there are two different keyboard layouts being tested, so we aren’t sure which one will be the final product. It could even be something completely different from what we all know, but the design will probably be pretty close.
A couple weeks back we reported that Verizon was planning on launching their HD voice and VoLTE service in “the coming weeks“, and thankfully for Verizon users, that time has come. Verizon customers using compatible devices can start taking advantage of these services today. For now only the LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy S5 are supported, but the LG G3 will presumably be next with more devices to follow suit.
In a market as competitive as the wireless market, carriers have to be able to adapt to changing times. Sprint knew that when they launched their Sprint Prepaid brand (formerly Sprint As You Go), and now to be even more competitive, they’ve made their prepaid plans even more attractive.
As Google’s official announcement of Android One smartphones in India starts to sink in, more details about the three devices unveiled today are beginning to surface. The devices initially revealed for the Android One program include units from Spice, Karbonn and Micromax. Consistent with the Android One minimum specificiations, all of the devices have 4GB of internal storage space which can be expanded with a microSD card. A review of the Spice and Karbonn smartphones reveals a microSD card is required for users to access their camera, download content or take screenshots.
One of the most requested apps from Chromecast owners wanting to stream music via their device has been Spotify. Inexplicably, Spotify has not jumped on the Chromecast bandwagon. However, Spotify announced today that they are jumping on Amazon Fire TV via their Spotify Connect service. Users do need a Spotify Premium subscription in order to access and use Spotify Connect. Using Spotify Connect and the Spotify app on their phone, users can stream music to their TV and continue to use their smartphone or tablet for other purposes. Users can even move out of WiFi range and the Spotify music will continue to play on the Amazon Fire TV.
Do you think this move will help Amazon or Spotify gain new users?
In conjunction with the announcement of Android One smartphones in India today, Google announced a change to the YouTube app for customers in that country. The YouTube app for Android smartphones will be able to download videos when a customer is on a WiFi connection and then they can be watched later when no connection is available. According to Google this new feature will be “a great benefit for times with a slow connection or rewatching videos without using up the data plan.”
Since the Android One series of smartphones is targeted at lower price-points for a market like India, it makes sense for Google to try something like this to help Indian consumers avoid additional data charges or having to upgrade to plans with large or unlimited data caps. We will have to wait to see if Google makes this feature available for markets outside of India. This could probably benefit users around the globe, especially those moving to data plans with caps as carriers increasingly move away from unlimited data. Users who find themselves in locations or situations where any kind of connection is spotty at best would probably appreciate the ability to store videos on their device for later viewing. Users currently have to rely on a variety of different tools to achieve this, so having the capability native to the app would make things much easier.
Point and shoot cameras have slowly fallen to the wayside thanks to the rising popularity of smartphones, so manufacturers have had to take a different approach to keeping their camera businesses alive. Many companies, like Samsung, have pursued “smart” camera options that run Android, allowing users to take pictures with decent camera specs and quickly get their photos on Facebook and Instagram. Read more
Oppo took to its Facebook page this morning to share an image with fans teasing the N3. The image suggests that the announcement will be made in Singapore in October. The folks at GSM Arena also received a possible image of the device showing off the unique design the N series is famous for (below). Just like the N1, the camera on the smartphone will rotate meaning those who into taking selfies will be able to use the full-quality rear shooter for that.
In early August, an LG made smartphone with a stylus surfaced and was said to be coming out to be pitted against the venerable Galaxy Note 4. Later reports suggested that the device would actually be a smartphone for the budget friendly market and would not compete with the Note 4. It then debuted at IFA this year in Berlin showing off some very modest specs. Well, fast forward almost two weeks and the modest G3 Stylus is finally official. Read more
If you’re a student in need of a new phone you should check out the deal Motorola is offering students with a valid .edu address. The company is offering $50 off the new Moto X for those with working (you receive email there still) edu addresses allowing you to get the $499 off-contract device for $449. For that price you’ll get the 5.2-inch SAMOLED 1080p, Snapdragon 801 and 13MP camera wrapped in a nice, easy-to-hold body. While $50 may not seem like much, that money saved can be used to buy whatever it is college kids drink. That’s not the only news the Moto X is making.