AT&T‘s CEO Randall Stephenson said at an investor conference in New York this week that he’d “be surprised if, in the next 24 months, we don’t see people in the market place with data-only plans. I just think that’s inevitable.” Of course, he wasn’t necessarily saying AT&T would offer data-only plans in two years, but merely stating that someone most likely will.
A data-only plan would consider phone calls and texts as just another form of data. Smartphone usage trends on AT&T (and probably other carriers) indicate people are using fewer minutes each month. This makes sense with messaging and social networking apps doing a lot of the communication heavy lifting for many folks these days. Even voice calls can be made without using your carrier’s minutes.
Now let’s hope they increase the throttling thresholds, or do away with data speed caps all together before launching a data-only plan.
MADFINGER Games, makers of the very popular Shadowgun, just announced their upcoming title called Dead Trigger. It’s a first person shooter and zombies are involved so we’re already excited. The storyline is that the world has collapsed due to a strange infection that turns regular people into zombies. You guessed it, you need to take the zombies down with your collection of weapons.
Dead Trigger will be compatible with many devices, but they will release a NVIDIA Tegra 3 version which promises to be console quality. It also supports game controllers so you can connect your device via HDMI to your big screen and play it like it was an Xbox 360 or a PS3. MADFINGER games was able to maximize what the Tegra 3 offers by adding ragdoll physics, volumetric fog, specular lighting, and enhanced fluid and water. You won’t find anything like this in the standard version.
In their usual timely manner, Verizon is gearing up to finally push the ICS update to the Motorola Xoom 4G LTE on June 4th. The update will be the exact same Android 4.0.4 IMM76K update that the Galaxy Nexus is getting and will most likely rollout in stages. Big Red has already posted the support documents on their support page so if you want to see the official stuff hit the source link at the end of this post.
As far as what is included, you can expect the usual Ice Cream Sandwich features as well as bug fixes, better stability, improved speech-to-text software and network connectivity, a built-in photo editor, and the swipe to dismiss notifications feature. As I said earlier, not much new but long over due at any rate. These should be welcomed changes to you Xoom 4G owners. Enjoy the Cream, friends.
Today we received an invite from Google to attend a Google Maps event next Wednesday, June 6th where they plan to unveil the “Next Dimension of Maps.” Details are pretty slim right now but I imagine this has something to do with the next step in Google’s 3D mapping programs and a basic improvement over Google Maps in general.
At this invitation-only press gathering, Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps and Google Earth, will give you a behind-the-scenes look at Google Maps and share our vision. We’ll also demo some of the newest technology and provide a sneak peek at upcoming features that will help people get where they want to go – both physically and virtually. We hope to see you there.
What’s interesting about the timing of the event is that Apple plans to veer away from using Google Maps on all of their products and will unveil their 3D competitor only five days later at WWDC 2012. Looks like Google knows about their fruity plans and wants to cut them off at the pass. What, you didn’t think the Apple / Google Maps divorce was going to be pretty, did you?
Either way we will know more next week and I imagine in typical Google fashion they have something stellar up their sleeve. Anyone care to guess what groundbreaking stuff they will unveil? Shout it out in the comments below.
Our friends over at The Verge just received what is believed to be press shots of the T-Mobile Galaxy S III. We have recently heard rumors of a June 20th launch on T-Mo and now we can put a face to the name. What’s interesting about these images is that the device adorns the physical home button which has previously been abandoned on U.S. Galaxy devices in the past. Also worth noting is that the color options remain the same as overseas versions of the kit. Usually when a U.S. carrier brings on a device that is offered through other carriers, it has been their M.O. to molest the device’s appearance to make it stand out more. Not in this case. If these images are the real deal it just goes to show that Sammy is starting to put their foot down on cosmetic alterations and are taking a ‘Take it or leave it’ stance. Good for you, Samsung. You’ve earned it.
No word on pricing or exact availability for the T-Mobile Galaxy S III but if previous rumors hold any truth we should see a launch on July 20th along with our friends from up North. Now the real question is how do you U.S. peeps feel about a physical home button? I think I like the idea really.
source: The Verge
Ever noticed how Android games are becoming more and more refined yet the ability to control them hasn’t? We are starting to see console quality games on phones and tablets and even more so on Tegra 3 devices. The only problem with having these awesome games is that the on screen touch controls never really seem to improve. I’ve found that the best way to play a game on my tablet is with a Bluetooth controller but when I want to use my phone I find that propping up the device when I am out and about can be quite annoying. Enter PowerA’s Moga bluetooth game controller for Android devices, a sure fire end to annoying game play on Android smartphones.
If you were wondering what life would be like if you owned the new Galaxy S III, well, Samsung has you covered. Sammy just uploaded a video to YouTube titled, “Samsung Galaxy S III – A Day In The Life,” and shows how the device will take center stage in any
cheesy family household. After you watch this three and a half minute video you will ask yourself how you’ve lived such a happy life without the GSIII.
The video basically outlines all the neat features that are packed inside the Galaxy S III. There really isn’t anything new except for how the device can make any family member smile. While I think the phone will be a huge success, I don’t think this video will play any role. Jump past the cut to check out the video for yourself and be sure to leave us a comment. I know you will be dying to say something!
For those of you folks who have been waiting to go into an actual brick and mortar Sprint store to pick up a new HTC Evo 4G LTE, well, you wait is almost over. Sprint has finally given us the go ahead to mention to everyone that they plan to be fully stocked in most retail locations across the nation beginning this Saturday, June 2nd. Just in case you live in a small town or in an area where stock might be limited, you may want to call ahead of time just to verify that your local store will have a device for you when you get there. Price on contract is $199 and if you still have any doubts about this kit be sure to check out our initial hands on video and full review. This is one sweet phone and I was definitely sad when we had to return the review unit. I don’t think you will be disappointed.
The MOTOACTV sports/fitness watch seemed cool when it first launched, but I must say, Motorola has done a fine job with updates and has really made it the best watch to own, even if you’re not a fitness nut. This latest update (version 7.2) now allows you to see Facebook updates and read your Twitter updates. Plus there are more options for golf, better workout planning, and so much more. To get the update, just plug your MOTOACTV into your PC or MAC. Hit the break for the full list of enhancements.
It looks like Google is going on the offensive by filing an antitrust suit against Microsoft and Nokia in Europe. Google is actually calling this a defensive measure, and their complaint is that both Microsoft and Nokia are using proxy companies like Canada-based Mosaid Technologies to enforce their patents and share the revenues derived from them.
As you know Nokia is now making phones based on Microsoft’s Windows Phone software. Because of this, Microsoft and Nokia formed a cross-licensing deal for their patents. Shortly after that was in place, Mosaid bought an entity called Core Wireless, which owned 2,000 patents and patent applications originally filed by Nokia. Google is alleging that Nokia colluded with Microsoft and Mosaid, and as a result, reversed course on their commitment to open-source software.