Google Gets Uber Creative with its Play Store Movie Rentals Promo [Video]

Just when you thought Google couldn’t get any cooler, they go and make a promo video for Play Store movie rentals that is just about the most awesome ad spot I have ever seen. Not only is it clever and creative, they managed to come up with probably the most unique video to ever showcase the movie rental.

Starring a banana and a crafty scientist, the 60 second spot shows viewers how easy it is to start a Google Play video rental on your laptop and seamlessly finish the movie from where you left off on your tablet. Not only that, you can do this across any Android device, from a Google TV product, to an Android phone. It just works… Unless you live in Europe, that is.

Making a solid effort to bring more movie rentals to the Play Store, Google has recently signed deals with MGM and Paramount. Although it may not be the best price point or the widest selection quite yet, you can bet Google will whip their video rental service into shape in no time. Now, you really gotta jump past the break to check out this video. It’s all kinds of radical.
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Samsung Galaxy S III Plays Well With Others


The Samsung Galaxy S III is already one of the most capable phones out there, and now we’re hearing even more about its capability to use external accessories via the microUSB port. XDA user NZtechfeak has done some testing and discovered that the latest and greatest from Samsung will play USBHost to XBOX 360, PS3 and Wii controllers, as well as portable hard drives, flash drives, keyboards, mice and more.  You’ll need a USB-To-Go adapter to make it all work, but after that the integration is seamless.  See the video after the break showing the possibilities…

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Will the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 sport a flexible display? Most likely not


A couple of days ago we told you about the rumored specs for the upcoming Galaxy Note 2, which will probably release in the Fall. Now a newspaper in Korea is reporting that it will sport a 5.3-inch flexible display. We’ve heard a lot about flexible displays by Samsung, but they aren’t expected to be in production till next year. This seems like someone just spreading rumors. Like that hasn’t ever happened before!!

Anyways, if you really want to spread a rumor, it seems more likely that the Galaxy S IV will sport a flexible display in May of 2013. I’m not making any predictions nor is that from any information. I’m just trying to be realistic. What do you guys think? It would be cool to see the next Note in a flexible display, but I’m just not buying it.

source: sammobile


DROID Bionic Update 5.9.905 Passes With Flying Colors, On Its Way To The Masses

For those of you literally scouring the web for any and every bit of DROID Bionic news you can find, here’s a big tidbit for you.  With the previous soak tests now complete, update 5.9.905 is well underway to a DROID Bionic near you.  You should be receiving the update via OTA shortly so keep checking.  Compared to other updates, it’s a rather small one however, it will address a number of bugs such as the LTE data issues most have been experiencing.  Remember, to check for an update go to Settings–>About phone–>System updates.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the update in the comments below.

source: Droid Life




Google TV to get another push at Google I/O

Google TV’s growth might be slow, but it’s definitely not dead, especially since newer partners like LG and Vizio jumped onboard earlier in the year. Google I/O is all about development, and from looking at the lineup of sessions, Google really wants to show developers the benefits of Google TV apps.

I’m still a believer in Google TV so I’m hoping sessions like “Bring Your App To The Big Screen”, “Get Your Content On Google TV” and “Command and Control in Your Living Room: Building Second Screen App for Google TV” will spur developers into implementing some really special stuff.

I still think they need more standalone set top boxes. We know Vizio has one on the horizon, but they still haven’t announced a date. Maybe we will find out more at I/O, and hopefully it will at least have DLNA capabilities, which was lacking with the Logitech Revue.

source: engadget


Samsung denies the existence of a Samsung Facebook project, Is anyone surprised?

I have to be straight forward with you guys. We should have never posted anything about the supposed Samsung Facebook rumor. It sounded absolutely ridiculous at the time, but we are a news site, and yes news is news. Plus you never know if something just might be true even if it seems completely impossible.

Today Samsung said that its “not true and the the rumor is groundless.” They also provided a little insight as to where this ridiculous notion might have come from. They already have a service called “Family Story” that was launched back in February 2012 on Samsung Smart TVs, Smartphones, Tablets, and the web. It’s family-oriented and does focus on storing and sharing those special family moments. They do plan on upgrading it and making it better as any company would do with services such as these, but they went on to say it’s far from a “Samsung Facebook” as sites were claiming it to be. Let’s move on to some actual news shall we.

source: samsung
via: theverge 



Samsung engineers lived a ‘double life’ in order to keep the Galaxy S III a secret

Remember all the hype surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S III before the actual May 3rd announcement? Everybody was guessing and guessing, but except for some obvious expected things (like an Exynos quad-core), nothing ever really leaked.

Samsung just posted about how they went about keeping things on the down low. Like agents from TV shows and movies, many Samsung engineers found they were living a “double life.”

“I got so many questions about the GALAXY S III from friends and family”, said Senior Engineer YoungDoo Jin (S/W R&D).  “But I’d say ‘don’t ask me or you’ll get me fired.’ I told them to check it out after it was officially made public.”

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Sony Xperia Ion Arrives In AT&T Stores On June 24th For $100 On-Contract

It’s official gang– AT&T’s Sony Xperia Ion on June 24th. While we already saw a hint or two indicating the device would be here by June, there was no official statement from either until now. It is now confirmed the Gingerbread-powered 4G LTE device will arrive for a mere $99.99 on-contract and will be available both in stores as well as the AT&T website. In case you might have forgotten, the smartphone will feature a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of onboard memory, a whopping 12MP camera and of course that sexy 4.6-inch 720p HD Reality Display screen. For those of you that loathe the fact the device will ship with Gingerbread— fear not for Sony already confirmed the smartphone will have the Ice Cream Sandwich update in the future… though no one know when the future is exactly.

You’ll find the full details of the announcement once you hit past the break.

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The Dark Knight Rises mobile game for Android teaser trailer

Android gaming big shot Gameloft has just released a teaser trailer on IGN of their upcoming summer treat, The Dark Knight Rises for Android and iOS. Graphics look good but we’ll still have to wait and see about controls and gameplay. Gameloft looks to unleash Batman upon us sometime during the summer, and I wouldn’t doubt if the release coincides with the film’s mid-July due date. Hit the source link below to check it out.

source: ign

HTC Withdraws ITC Decision Appeal but Battle With Apple Continues

After losing its ITC complaint against Apple a few months ago HTC immediately appealed the decision to a higher court.  HTC has now decided the case isn’t worth pursuing further, and has filed a motion to dismiss the case. This doesn’t mean that the war between HTC and Apple is anywhere near a resolution though. As both companies have complaints filed against each other all over the world, you can be sure the war will continue on for the foreseeable future.

source: FOSS Patents