When Google made the move earlier this year to start consolidating all of their communication platforms to the Hangouts app, one feature that went missing was the ability to include phone calls as part of a Hangout. In response to user demand, Google announced today that they have brought that feature back to the desktop versions of Gmail, Google+ and the Chrome extension. Possibly due to the negative vibes created by removing the feature, Google not only brought the feature back, they have improved the calling features by making calls to U.S. or Canadian numbers free.
Some new images of Huawei’s forthcoming mid-range device, the Huawei Honor 3, reveal a couple features that may help the device set itself apart from other competitors. First, as one of the leaked photos indicates, the device will be waterproof, although we do not know to what extent. This implies the device will be dustproof as well. Another image shows what appears to be an infrared blaster similar to those found in high-end smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 or the HTC One.
In a week that seems to be full of leaked images, the latest batch to be discovered steps things up a notch as several images and even a video surface showing the forthcoming LG Optimus G2. The images show a device apparently heading to the Sprint network based on the information shown in the settings screen and not because of any logos on the exterior of the device.
After the tablet craze started, Amazon jumped and and built a solid tablet lineup with the Kindle Fire, which is still one of the most dominant Android tablets in the market today, and according to BGR Amazon is going to make some major improvements to their tablets by the end of the year to stay competitive. There will be three new tablets to replace current models on the market, which includes the Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″.
In case you’ve forgotten— the latest additions to the Samsung Galaxy Tab family are officially here with the arrival of the full Galaxy Tab 3 series of tablets. While each tablet model bears an uncanny resemblance to the Galaxy S 4 per se, the new tablets come in 7-inch, 8-inch and 10.1-inch varieties— allowing for topnotch flexibility for a wide range of customers by including items such as a built-in IR blaster and expandable memory up to 64GB for each model. Oh and Sammy went ahead and tossed in some nice goodies for added measure:
“In addition, each of the devices in the Galaxy Tab 3 family comes with added value through pre-loaded content and Galaxy Perks available at www.samsung.com/us/galaxyperks. Specifically, hundreds of dollars’ worth of content, including a $10 voucher for the purchase of apps, books, movies and music in Google Play; one year of free access to the Boingo Wi-Fi network in North America, including more than 35,000 hotspots in the United States, Canada and Mexico; three months free Hulu Plus service; and two years free Dropbox Service with 50GB storage space.”
Don’t think all of the cool content will cost you a pretty penny either. Samsung is offering some pretty competitive pricing too as the tablets are priced at $199, $299 and $399, respectively, so the Korean giant is placing a bet that all that nice content and freebies will be enough to woo in customers by the masses.
More deets can be found once you hit the break and check out the full press release.
Originally, Clove in the UK listed Sony’s brand new smartwatch with a July 15th availability despite Sony saying the smartwatch would be available later in the year. Now Clove has moved that July 15th date back a few weeks to September 9th, claiming the original information they received from Sony was incorrect. It’s kind of a “he said, she said” situation, but at least that gives everyone a little more time to preorder the device. And anyone on the fence about preordering one will definitely have a better look at the smartwatch at IFA, which is that same week that the device is slated to go on sale.
source: Android Central
T-Mobile has a little event tomorrow which is widely believed to be phase 2 of the UNCarrier plan as well as the Sony Xperia Z and Nokia Lumia 925. What is phase 2 of the UNCarrier plan going to entail? Well TMONews uncovered a survey that T-Mobile conducted with some of their customers back in February and the goal was to find out if they would be interested in the ability to upgrade more often. This is actually something CNet also hinted at back in March. The plan would allow customers the ability to upgrade anytime with a possible limit of twice per year. It would also require a membership fee.
If T-Mobile does in fact unveil something like this, it will sure give them yet another edge over Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. Unfortunately their overall coverage is still lacking.
It will be interesting to see what the fee will be and if this will end up more of a money maker for T-Mobile rather than an advantage for the consumer. How many people will actually sign up for it, but “forget” to upgrade. I know our readers won’t “forget”, but imagine T-Mobile sales associates pushing this plan on mainstream consumers. I can see a lot of people signing up, but never bothering with the upgrades.
Last week we told you about a new security threat that was uncovered by Bluebox. It was actually uncovered several months ago and Google was informed about it in February. At the time of the posting, Google didn’t make a comment, but it appears Google did indeed patch the hole back in March.
Gina Scigliano, Google’s Android Communications Manager, did “confirm that a patch has been provided to our partners – some OEMs, like Samsung, are already shipping the fix to the Android devices.”
There is only one problem. The patch is in the hands of the OEMs and it’s up to them to update devices. Anyone want to take a guess as to how long it will take for all Android devices to receive the update? Have no fear because there hasn’t been one case of the exploit taking place. Google regularly scans the Play Store for such things and nothing has popped up.
Those who wanted to take the risk and flash the latest Sense 5 to their HTC Butterfly have had that option for a while, but now HTC is finally officially providing their older phones the latest operating system. The Taiwanese HTC Droid, also known as the HTC Butterfly, can now download Sense 5 and Android 4.2.2. It’s delivered in two packages – one for prep and then one for the actual upgrade.
Earlier, HTC said that some of their features on Sense 5 would be exclusive to the HTC One, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for Blinkfeed, as it’s part of the Butterfly update. The update obviously isn’t yet available for the DNA, but the way things are going, don’t be surprised if it is soon.
Boy oh boy— if we didn’t know any better, we’d think that Google is purposely trying to tease the public since we keep seeing
At this rate, Google might as well just go ahead and show us the final product already. Sheesh.
via: Android Community
So you think Google’s Nexus line of smartphones are impressive in setting the bar for quality phones at affordable prices eh? Well you’re about to even more impressed at this tidbit of news from ADSL Zone: Google’s Motorola unit is rumored to bring a variation of its imminent X smartphone that will arrive in Europe for an astounding 250 Euros (roughly $250 here in the States). Moreover, Europe’s version of the X smartphone will have a different name than the U.S. version and will be completely subsidized— meaning European customers will be able to take advantage of the low price point without having to be locked under contract for a period of time.
Of course this is all hearsay for now and there’s no word on when exactly the new version will arrive (all indications are pointing to a “Q4 release”), but if this is true— then Google is certainly positioning itself to take over the smartphone world… one country at a time.
source: ADSL Zone
via: Phone Arena
It’s that time of the month when we get to see how well different versions of Android are doing, and the numbers look pretty good for Jelly Bean. Last month, Jelly Bean devices accounted for 33% of Android devices, which has improved about 5% to 38%. Ice Cream Sandwich devices slipped a bit over 2% to account for 23.3%, and Gingerbread devices are holding strong at 34.1%, although it’s worth mentioning that Gingerbread devices on API level 9 have disappeared completely.
Overall, Google holding out on Android 4.3 is definitely helping Android manufactures slowly catch up their devices to current software, which I’m sure has been the intended effect. Hopefully we’ll see this trend continue next month, too.
source: Android Developers
According to Taylor Wimberly of Android and Me, the new Moto X Phone is going to come with some new technology to raise the stakes in terms of camera performance for a smartphone. The clear pixel technology the device is said to use is based on some technology patented by Kodak back in 2005. Although it has been around a few years, this appears to be the first known use in a smartphone.