Android’s TED application already featured subtitles for TED talks in over 100 languages, but with version 2.0, TED is bringing some serious localization to the table. The app has been localized for 20 languages and includes everything from subtitles in videos to app navigation interfaces. It doesn’t sound like a major improvement, but localization on that scale is a pretty hefty feat to accomplish. This gives users in over 100 countries the ability to enjoy TED talks and audio streams thanks to the new version of the app.
If you use the app in English, you aren’t going to see much of a difference in the application, despite it getting a full new version number. Regardless, it’s not hard to appreciate the effort that went into getting that localization done.
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A few days ago we reported on a render of the ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini as it prepared to hit the Chinese market. The device is now available in China after being officially launched by ZTE. Several colors choices are available for the back plate on the Nubia Z5 Mini which is selling for 1,888 CNY ($308 USD). Read more
According to a recent report, Google is working on offering a traditional TV programming service that would be delivered over the Internet in competition against typical cable or satellite TV providers. For several years now, companies have been working to add a variety of Internet services to their TV hardware leading to things like Netflix coming preloaded on Blu-Ray players or directly on televisions. Google would turn this model on its head though, taking the hardware people typically use for Internet services and offering TV programming on it. Read more
One can argue whether Google Glass will be the next big thing or not, but for it to succeed, Google will need to provide a prescription version. There are many people who didn’t opt into the Explorer program because there currently is no way to fit a prescription lens. If you currently wear glasses, have no fear because Google was just awarded a patent for a “Wearable device assembly with input and output structures.” It will have an attachable heads up display (HUD) by way of magnets and “In general, frame 712 can be similar to a frame associated with prescription glasses or sunglasses.” I can only assume that this will become available at the same time as the consumer launch. Let’s hope.
Verizon has sent out invites for a July 23rd event in New York City. We know the emphasis is going to be on a few devices because they said, “will unveil the next generation of one of their most popular family of devices.” This could only mean one thing and one thing only: The DROID Ultras that we have been hearing a lot about. We don’t know if they will go under the RAZR branding as well, but we will know soon enough.
What’s most interesting about this invite is that a manufacturer name isn’t mentioned alongside the invitation. All recent DROID announcements were partnered with the manufacturer, which has generally been either HTC or Motorola. In this case, it would be Motorola, but no logo whatsoever. We will know for sure in exactly one week.
Earlier today, AT&T unveiled their new early upgrade plan called Next, but T-Mobile CES John Legere called it “smoke and mirrors” and a “poor copycat.” AT&T’s new Next plan allows customers to pay for devices in 20 monthly installments and also allows an upgrade each year. The only problem is that monthly payments aren’t discounted for those that opt for this route. “They’re charging you twice on the same phone and calling that a good deal,” said T-Mobile executive Andrew Sherrard.
The problem has always been that those that want to pay the full price (off contract) for a phone gets penalized by paying the same monthly price as those that pay the subsidized on contract price. AT&T does nothing to rectify this situation, but T-Mobile does. Now if you are willing to pay the entire upfront cost, AT&T does offer the GoPhone prepaid service, which gives you unlimited calls and texts as well as 2GB of data for $60 per month. That is a pretty good deal, but again, you will have to pay the entire purchase price of the phone. Why AT&T didn’t add the 20 month installment plan to this GoPhone monthly rate, I will never know.
Verizon will announce their Edge plan soon as well, but how will that stack up?
You know that since we saw the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 DUOS leak yesterday, it wouldn’t be long before we saw a 5.8 DUOS leak too. Well the folks at GSM Insider (via the fine team @leakschina) stumbled upon the dual-SIM variant (SCH-P709) of the larger-than-life Galaxy Mega 5.8 smartphone. The device is expected to feature a dual-core processor, qHD display (sigh), an 8MP camera and Android 4.2.2 fired up on the device. Judging by the leak, it looks like it’s headed straight for China Telecom as an exclusive device, so you’d best not hold your breath and expect this variant to hit other markets at this time.
source: GSM Insider
A couple new images of the upcoming LG Optimus G2 have surfaced, this time from a Korean website claiming to have their hands on a model intended for the LG U+ mobile network in Korea. The model number for the device pictured is LG-F320L. The information confirms a couple details about the device, at least this particular version. Read more
Huawei announced today the launch of the Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth as part of their MediaPad line of tablet devices. The device appears to be aimed at younger users, especially those in school. To help make it sturdy enough for that use, Huawei built it using an aluminum metal unibody making it both strong and light. At just 9.9mm in thickness and only weighing 350g, the device should easily slide into the typical student’s bookbag and be able to handle the abuse it will suffer in there.
The MediaPad 7 Youth is equipped with a 7-inch full HD 1080p capable screen driven by a 1.6GHz processor. Power comes from a 4100mAh battery that Huawei says will last almost two weeks in standby mode. Running Android 4.1, Huawei will be released with support for HSPA+ networks and WiFi support.
Huawei did not release pricing information, but they did indicate the device would be available during Q3 of 2013. Unfortunately for North American customers, it looks like the device will only be made available in Russia, China, Asia Pacific markets, Middle East markets, and in Europe.
One of the weirdest quirks of Google Glass is its inherent lack of Play Store support, despite running a version of Android. According to some slightly hidden features in the Play Store’s latest redesign, though, Glass may be getting Play Store support after all.
When installing applications from the web, you can manually select which devices tied to your account you want to send the app to. Now, users with a Glass device are having Google Glass show up in that list alongside their other phones and tablets. Right now, it’s completely useless, as Google makes developers upload apps to a completely different service to get them loaded onto Glass, but it could hint at being able to install apps onto Google Glass with the Play Store down the road.
Nothing’s set in stone yet, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated.