If you thought for a second that Google was out of the hardware business, then think again. In what came out of nowhere, Bloomberg is reporting that Google just made a deal to buy Samsung Electronics for $200 billion in cash and stock. We aren’t talking just the mobile division folks, we are talking the whole shabang, including TVs, appliances, display panels, and semiconductors.
We found it hard to believe that Google would buy Motorola and turn around and sell it to Lenovo pretty quickly, but I think it’s clear that Motorola was too limited. Motorola only dealt with the mobile side, but in order for Google to bring Android to the next level, TVs and appliances need to be in the mix as well. Owning both companies at the same time would certainly be an antitrust issue.
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April Fools’ Day Jokes
Google April Fools’ Day jokes for 2014
Samsung Fingers gets announced, the first entrant into the smartglove game
HTC unveils the revolutionary new wearable HTC Gluuv
Moto X and Moto G get new April Fools’ Day boot animation
If you own a Moto X or Moto G, be sure to head into the Play Store and update your Boot Services app. Then reboot your phone to see Motorola’s new April Fools’ Day boot animation. It features a UFO, Bigfoot, and the Loch Ness Monster. You will also find the new “Powered by Android” branding at the beginning of the sequence. This isn’t part of the April Fools gag, but something Google is mandating for all Android OEMs moving forward.
For those of you that don’t have a Moto X or Moto G, hit the break for a quick video.
Smartwatches are lame, and HTC isn’t afraid to tell everyone that. Instead of wasting time developing something that no one would want, HTC has (probably) spent millions developing the wearable tech of the future, the HTC Gluuv.
Designed to function as a companion device to the new HTC One, the Gluuv is, well, a glove. It fits perfectly on your hands and puts tons of different technology literally at your finger tips. The Social Fingerz of the device let you gesture to interact with different social networks, so you can “thumbs up” that restaurant you just visited on Facebook, then take an “armie” in front of the restaurant with the Gluuv’s phenomenal 87.2 megapixel camera.
The Gluuv is the wearable device we’ve all been waiting for. Who’s ready to buy one?
source: HTC Gluuv
Smartgloves are here. Samsung has announced Samsung Fingers, a wearable glove that has everything and the kitchen sink. And 5G connectivity. This is not your ordinary connected glove. Samsung Fingers has a built-in speaker and microphone, so yes you can communicate with your hand. Making sure the processor does not get behind is 4GB of RAM, more than your smartphone, and 32GB or 64GB of storage is available.
Being that this is a wearable, there is a variety of sensors. They include an accelerometer, thermometer, gyroscope, barometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, and compass. Did I mention that a 3-inch wide flexible display is located on the palm? Oh, and there is S Laser. This is a beam projector that has a 1080p resolution. Samsung Fingers weighs just one gram.
Samsung has yet to give a release date, but more information can be found when you hit the source link below. Happy April Fool’s Day.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow
Earlier today, an HTC Butterfly owner was wondering where the Android 4.4 KitKat device was. On Facebook, where the Butterfly owner left his concern, was answered briefly by HTC. The company said the update “should indeed be coming soon, Potchi. Stay tuned.” A great sign for both consumers and HTC as the Butterfly was released in December 2012. Extended support for software updates is always a way to keep everyone happy.
In the United States, the Butterfly was released on Verizon with the DROID DNA name. That update is expected later next month if it hits the targeted approval date of the second week in April.
Source: HTC (Facebook)
Sprint has begun pushing out the Android 4.4 KitKat update to their version of the LG G2. The changelog for the update isn’t very detailed, listing that it’s just an upgrade to Google’s latest version of Android and a fix for Sprint’s Next Radio audio problems. You’ll still get all of the improvements that KitKat brings to all devices, however.
If you own a G2 on Sprint’s network, be sure to start periodically checking for the update. Let us know in the comments if any of you have gotten it already.
Expanding the network of retailers offering the Pebble smart watch, Pebble has announced Target will be carrying the devices for $149.99. As part of a special promotion, Target will be the exclusive retailer for the Arctic White version of the smart watch for a limited time. Jet Black and Cherry Red versions of the device will also be available.
In making their announcement about availability at Target, Pebble highlights some ways the smart watch can be used to help “Pebblers” stay fit. These include apps like the Couch to 5K running app or the 7-Minute Workout app.
If you are interested in a Pebble, you can head on down to the closest Target location or visit them online at target.com to place an order.
The Moto X has been out for the better part of a year now, but Republic Wireless is finally adding Moto Maker customization options to their variant of the phone. Beginning at 9AM PT on Tuesday, Republic Wireless customers will have access to all of the colors and finishes that other carriers have had.
In addition, Motorola is including free wood or bamboo backing to the first 2,000 customers who order from Republic Wireless’s website. As a last addition, Republic Wireless is now offering a 32GB Moto X, which was not an option previously.
Source: Republic Wireless
Apple and Samsung were scheduled to return to the courtroom today in the latest round of legal disputes between the two smartphone giants. Unlike the first trial that focused heavily on hardware issues, this new round will emphasize software, especially features found in the Android and iOS operating systems. That focus on software features found in Android means Google will play a much larger role this time around. Read more