Verizon has made it official that they will be announcing something on May 22nd at CTIA. There’s no word on what the actual announcement will be, but it’s probably going to be a big enough deal to warrant a formal invitation like this.
A Galaxy S 4 announcement would be unlikely, since we all pretty much know it’s coming, so it could be some other device announcement. Droid DNA Plus, anyone? It could also be something related to Verizon’s new device payment plans, or something network related, like VoLTE. We won’t for another month, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as we hear anything.
Have you been itching for a unique online gaming center/marketplace that’s similar to say, Microsoft’s Xbox Live? Well it appears that Google may very well be on its way to developing something special in the works. Our friends at Android Police stumbled upon what a unique “Games” folder in the MyGlass app which contains all the essential ingredients for a gaming-based service: full multi-player capabilities, achievements, real-time chats, leaderboards, invitations and lobbies— yeah pretty much the whole nine yards there. Of course this significant leak may just be something for the Android heads to tinker and experiment with… but then again, this could be the start of something really special. Nevertheless, we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears fully open when we hit Google I/O in May.
source: Android Police
Sprint announced today the availability of 4G LTE service in 21 more markets. Some of the locations that Sprint highlights in their announcement include Los Angeles, Charlotte and Memphis. Sprint indicates they are offering a $100 discount through May 9th for new customers switching their number to Sprint when buying a new smartphone on a two-year agreement and a qualifying plan. It does not appear that the special offer is limited to the areas where the new 4G LTE service is now available. The new, official locations with 4G LTE service include:
Last week we reported on the partial release of the new Twitter Music service to select individuals on an invitation only basis. As expected, the new service is now available for the general public. With the official release, we are able to get a little better idea of how Twitter will make suggestions to users thanks to the web interface. Music choices show up using one of five options:
- Popular – New music trending on Twitter
- Emerging – Hidden talent found in the Tweets
- Suggested – Artists you might like
- #NowPlaying – Tweeted by people you follow
- Me – Artists you follow
Since the limited availability was discovered last week, this general release also reveals Rdio and Spotify integration, which is needed to be able to listen to full length songs. At present, the only option presented to buy songs through the Twitter Music service is using iTunes. Twitter has indicated they are working on an Android app, but no timeline has been provided.
source: Twitter Music
It’s looking like eye control is going to make an immediate impact in how we control our games and applications’ UIs in the near-future. A fairly new startup called The Eye Tribe went ahead and announced the official launch of its eye control technology for Android smartphones/tablets and the upcoming release of a developer SDK. The technology can be used for eye-activated logins, eye-tracking scrolling, new gaming control and even user engagement analytics. What’s even more is The Eye Tribe claims an astoundingly low cost of the technology too: the hardware requirements for its product will only cost a dollar in materials. Impressive indeed.
In case you’re interested, signups have officially opened from today and the SDK will be available in June.
source: The Next Web
You may recall yesterday when a developer edition of Google Glass showed up on eBay and started generating bids approaching the $100,000 mark. We suggested the listing may end up getting pulled at Google’s request since the devices are not supposed to be sold or otherwise given away by the developers who have managed to get a pair. It looks like we were right as the auction was canceled yesterday. The appearance and subsequent cancellation of the device on eBay triggered some folks to take a look at the terms and conditions related to owning Google Glass. In there, for the Explorer Edition you will find the following language:
Widely known as an up-and-coming tablet maker, ARCHOS is officially dabbling in the smartphone game by introducing a quartet of new handsets that will be headed for Europe in the near-future. The devices— the Carbon 35, Titanium 4, Titanium 52 and Platinum 48— all range from modest budget-level devices to premium flagships. Additionally, each device will feature an IPS display, dual-SIM capabilities and at least Ice Cream Sandwich on board (the Platinum 48 will arrive with Jelly Bean).
Expect each device to arrive sometime soon with an affordable price tag off-contract.
source: Phone Arena
Back at CES, we had a chance to get our hands on the MOGA Pro Controller, which is the follow up to the original MOGA controller. This one isn’t as compact, but it’s based on PowerA’s top of the line Fusion controller, so it’s for the serious gamer. You get higher quality sticks as well as a second pair of triggers. I will also run on a rechargeable battery as opposed to the original MOGA, which runs on 2 AA batteries. The MOGA Pro will fit larger devices such as the Galaxy Note II, but for gamers that want to use a tablet, they include a really nice tablet stand.
It’s priced at $49.99 and is available online at Amazon, Walmart and MOGAanywhere. Next month you will find it online at Target and in stores such as Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, and Fred Meyer. For a limited time you will be able to download Gameloft’s N.O.V.A. 3 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance for Free with your MOGA Pro purchase.
You can check out our hands on from CES and look for our review soon. Hit the break for the full press release.
Pantech plans on giving Samsung, HTC, and LG a run for their money with the Vega Iron. We told you about this one last week, but Pantech just made it official. It will come with a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 13MP rear camera, 2150mAh battery, WiFi that supports 1 gigabit, and Android 4.1.2.
The Vega Iron sports a metal frame and the smallest bezel ever in a smartphone, at 2.4-millimeters. Look for this one to go on sale in Korea, but we have no word on if it will appear in other areas.
Anytime I read a story that talks of nanotechnology I get all warm and fuzzy inside, and my inner geek jumps out and screams. Business Insider is reporting on work being done by nanotechnology researcher, David Carroll of Wake Forest University. Carroll is working on something he calls “power felt”, this thin piece of material can convert heat and movement into electricity. I know everyone reading this is thinking they can now charge their phones on the go. However there is more to this wonderful material that could change everything as we know it.
It can be sewn into clothing or wrapped around an object. It is light weight which gives it an advantage over other thermoelectric materials currently available, and it feel like wool felt. His felt also has a medical application to it too. Wearing the fabric could help determine a lot of information about the wearer based on heat readings.
What’s your favorite color? Well unless you went on a tangent, you may be able to pick up Motorola’s X Phone in your color of choice. The rumor mill is churning and what’s being pumped out is word that Motorola’s new phone may come in 20 different colors. Now all of this is according to a source for Phone Arena, so take it with a grain of salt.
Is this part of what Eric Schmidt was hinting about? This also sounds like it could be some of the “wow” they want to put back into their phones. In any case, this sounds like an excellent idea by Google and Motorola. I’m sure customers will see it that way too. Let’s hope this is one of the few rumors that turns into reality.
Source: Phone Arena
Falcon Pro has just gotten an extensive update which brings even more features and awesomeness to all of you obsessed Twitter types out there. The update brings the software version to 1.8 and brings new goodies such as:
- *Starred Users* Inline Articles preview with offline access (enabled for all Starred Users that you follow)
- *Starred Users* Individual notifications (disabled by default)
- *Starred Users* Offline access
- New translations including French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Polish & Norwegian— with more to come
Of course users of the app can also expect even more buttery smooth operation and a sweet, intuitive UI to help navigate the show. Hit the Play Store link below to grab the latest update today.
Play Store Download Link
Provo mayor John Curtis took to the podium this afternoon to officially announce the “epic” news that Google Fiber is coming to Provo, UT. According to the deal that was announced, Google Fiber will offer free Internet service for any of Provo’s 115,000 residents who are currently on the existing iProvo network for a mere $30 activation fee for up to 7 years. Google will upgrade the existing network to Gigabit technology as part of the project and when the upgrade is complete, residents will be able to upgrade their service to Gigabit level. Google is also offering to provide free Gigabit service to 25 local entities like schools, hospitals and libraries. Provo’s government has been struggling with their iProvo network, going so far as to solicit proposals to sell the network to a private entity. After making a trip to Silicon Valley and being able to meet with Google representatives, Provo officials realized Google Fiber fit in nicely with a 50-year visioning process that was underway for Provo. This announcement makes Provo the third city to have Google Fiber, following in the footsteps of Kansas City and Austin, Texas.
The cat is out of the bag as both Sprint and T-Mobile will carry the Samsung Galaxy S 4. The S 4 can be found on both carrier’s websites, with Sprint having a big banner that uses Samsung’s tag line: “Countdown To The Next Big Thing”. Additionally, there is also a countdown clock with just under 13 and half hours to go at the time of this writing. T-Mobile has it on their site as well however it is a little less in your face, with just a little box with “Coming Soon” on it.
We have already seen Verizon and AT&T confirm the S 4, as well as Telus in Canada, and even Walmart has started taking preorders for the device. So the fact that Sprint and T-Mobile has joined the game, should be of no surprise for Samsung’s new flagship phone. Sprint is offering the device for $249 with a new two-year contract. Existing customers can get it for $149 with a new two-year contract. In a hope to gain new customers, Sprint has extended that price offer to new customers willing to switch their numbers. So if you switch your number to Sprint, you can also pick up the S 4 for only $149 with a new two-year contract.
T-mobile is more mum on their plans. There is however, a sign up page for anyone who wants to receive information on the phone. If you don’t feel like signing up for it, don’t worry we already signed up, and will always pass along any info we get to the readers.
Source: Sprint, T-Mobile
via: Gotta Be Mobile