Google’s new Chromecast is an absolute hit, but another thing we can all agree on is that we would like more services or apps to join the party. We already know Pandora, Vimeo, and Red Box Instant are coming soon, but what about HBO? Apparently they are looking into it. “We are actively exploring supporting Chromecast as another way for our subscribers to enjoy HBO Go, but at this point we can’t comment on specific plans regarding timing,”
Just give the Chromecast a couple of months, and I guarantee you will see a lot of new apps and services jump in. HBO Go isn’t promising anything here, but they have nothing to lose by offering it. In fact they probably have more to gain.
Today Google announced a new community site called Views, which allows people to publicly share photo spheres to Google Maps. Users just need to sign into the VIews site using their Google+ profile. They can then import their existing photo spheres from their Google+ photos or Gallery. The photo spheres will then be part of Google Maps for those particular locations.
Furthermore, each user will have their own Views page where all of their shared photo spheres will be found. Views also incorporates the Street View Gallery so you will be able to see panoramas of the most popular Street View collections. Just click on “Explore” at the top of the Views site to browse a map of these special collections right alongside shared photo spheres.
The fall is usually the time when Amazon shows off their new Kindle tablets. It was two year’s ago that they introduced the original Kindle Fire for $199 changing the tablet scene forever. Last year, they upped the ante with three varieties, again at very competitive pricing. For 2013, expect more of the same. Let’s start with the new 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet. It will have a 1,920 x 1,200 display and it will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC clocked at 2GHz along with an Adreno 330 GPU. It will have 2GB of RAM, a front-facing camera, WiFI, and optional cellular connectivity. Storage sizes will be aplenty, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.
Next up is the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD. It’s display will have a resolution of 2,560 X 1,600 and have the same specs as the 7-inch version, but with an added 8MP rear-facing camera.
Two variants of the the Galaxy Note III showed up in GFXBench’s site revealing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.3GHz along with an Adreno 330 GPU. The models are SM-N900S and SM-N900L, destined for SKTelecom and LGU+ respectively. The other big news is that Android 4.3 is onboard just like we reported last week. The Galaxy Note III is shaping up to be a complete beast. We should get to see it in all it’s glory in about a month. Who’s excited?
Earlier in the year we released the TalkAndroid app to make it easier for you to keep track of all our news, reviews, and guides. Not only can you read all of our posts, but you can easily add comments and share articles with your friends.
After listening to feedback, we just uploaded an update with many improvements. We added a brand new resizable and scrollable widget that will always show you the latest posts. Watching videos is now way easier thanks to the built in YouTube player. We also added auto-refresh upon opening the app, and last but not least, the notification counter now shows you the number of new articles since the last time you opened the app.
If you haven’t downloaded the app, hit one of the download links after the break to get started. What do you have to lose? It’s Free and it’s tablet optimized as well!! We love your feedback so please let us know what you think.
It feels as though it has been quite a while since HTC has released positive news about its sales numbers… The wait will continue.
Earlier today, HTC announced that it expects a 30% decrease in revenue in the next quarter as the company struggles to release popular mid-range devices, and as the high-cost, low-margin HTC One fails to garner the same explosive sales as its competitor at Samsung.
In its press release, the company blames its poor quarter on a “higher cost structure and a lack of economy of scale.”
Unsurprisingly, HTC announced that they have a number of mid-range and innovative products in line for release next quarter. Hopefully their future plans turn things around for the Taiwanese phone maker, which currently ranks ninth in global market share, holding 2.4 percent of the market.
You can literally find Android powering any type of device, from GPS units to cameras to kitchen appliances. When you think about it that way, it sort of makes sense that Panasonic would slap Android on a house phone, even if that does seem a little backwards in this market. The new phone, dubbed the KX-PRX120, is a simple landline phone running Android 4.0. It has a measly 1450 mAh battery (which I guess wouldn’t be so bad considering you would never be far from a charger) WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth connectivity, a 3.5 inch screen and even a front-facing camera for video calling.
The device is exclusive to European markets, but it’s interesting. Would you pick one up if it was available in the States, assuming you still even have a landline?
source: Connected Digital World
When Google introduced Chromecast, one of the biggest selling points was that it was device-independent. It didn’t matter what version of Android you were on, as long as you had the Chromecast and updated your apps to support it, you were good to go. For the most part, that holds true, just not for Verizon Droid RAZR owners.
Apparently, there is some kind of bug with the RAZR that prevents it from casting anything from Google Play Music or Google Play Movies & TV. The icon for casting simply doesn’t appear. The bug doesn’t affect YouTube and Netflix apps, and other Verizon and Motorola devices are seemingly unaffected, so this is specific to just the RAZR, and likely the RAZR MAXX. It’s tough to tell if this bug is because of Motorola software on the device or simply a quirk in the updated versions of Google’s Play apps. I guess we’ll find out soon.
source: Droid Life
Not to say that Samsung’s Exynos Octa Processor was marketed as an eight-core processor, but it certainly came off that way, and was probably part of the marketing strategy for the tech-giant. (Only four cores of the processor can be active at once, meaning that it truly isn’t an eight-core processor.) However, the company seems to be working on a true octa-core processor which is scheduled for mass production later this year, and is expected to compete with MediaTek’s new octa-core CPU.
Samsung’s new CPU is also rumored to feature custom ARM cores, which could make this processor an absolute beast. Although we don’t have any other information on it at this time, we can expect to find it in the Samsung Galaxy S 5 next year. (Yes, we are already talking about it.) It’ll be cool to see what Samsung can do this time, as their past processors haven’t really panned out to what they could have been.
Chinese phone manufacturer BBK is plotting to dethrone Huawei as the king of slim smartphones. Their newest offering, the Vivo X3, is the first smartphone thinner than 6mm (0.236 inches) making it slimmer than an iPod Touch 5th Gen and Huewai’s record-holder, the Ascend P6, which measures at 6.18mm.
BBK, while not a wildly popular brand, release extremely solid, cutting-edge phones with an emphasis on high-fidelity sound. Expected to launch in China sometime in August, we still know very little about BBK’s ultra-thin device, although we can assume that it will have a low-capacity battery and will be more expensive than your average Chinese smartphone. Let us know what you think in the comments and hit the break for more pictures of the Vivo X3 next to other smartphones.