Google IO 2015 Coverage

Huawei to offer Ascend P1 through Amazon for US customers

If you’ve been itching to get your hands on a Huawei Ascend P1 in the States, you’ll now be able to get one directly through Amazon without jumping through hoops to get one imported. Huawei will be offering the phone unlocked for $450 on Amazon, although without LTE. At that price point, the dual-core, 4.3 inch phone may have a hard time competing with the Nexus 4, but for those of you that can’t seem to buy a Nexus 4 no matter how hard you try, this may be a good second option. Anyone going to pick one of these up? Read more

Sprint to begin offering prepaid service on January 25th

Sprint tries their hardest to offer the most value for their customers’ dollar, and for the most part they do a great job, especially with their unlimited data plans. Now Sprint looks to be getting into a pay-as-you-go service to offer more flexibility for consumers who don’t want to sign a contract. According to some leaked documents for Sprint employees, customers will be able to get on a prepaid plan with their choice of four phones. Read more

LG bringing the “kitchen sink” to CES 2013

When you think of CES 2013, you are probably thinking of the latest electronic gizmos and gadgets, from smartphones, to tablets, to computers, to gaming systems, and so on. You may not be thinking so much about your kitchen appliances. LG wants to change that and is planning to bring some equipment to CES 2013 to give you a little mental nudge in that direction. They may not be bringing the kitchen sink, but they are planning to bring the refrigerator, the stove, the washer/dryer, and even a remote-controlled robotic vacuum cleaner to demonstrate their “Smart Household” concept. Read more

Further proof the U.S. is gadget hungry: We now have more internet connected gadgets than people

I don’t this is going to be a shocker to anyone, but it sure is eye-opening when you consider that there are now more internet connected devices than people in the U.S. According to the NPD Group, there are about 425 million such gadgets in homes that consist of smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, and of course desktop computers and laptops. With 311 million people, it’s a lock that this spread will continue to grow.

Desktops and laptops continue to dominate the numbers, but mobile is growing fast and furious. Right now there are roughly 183.8 million desktops and laptops, but between smartphones and tablets, they make up roughly 164.8 million. The rest of the numbers are comprised of video game consoles, HDTVs, media players, and Blu-ray players.

Is it possible that by the end of 2013, smartphones and tablets will overtake computers and laptops?

source: NPD Group

LG Rumored To Announce Optimus G2 At CES Next Week, Will Come Decked Out At 5.5-Inches And Feature A 1080p Display

 

Hot off the heels of having a very successful 2012 campaign, LG is set to come into 2013 with a bang by introducing a new flagship device to the masses as early as next week. According to DigiTimes, the Korean manufacturer has developed the Optimus G2 smartphone, which is a full 5.5-inch device featuring a 1080p display and newly minted Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Prime MSM8974 chip. Although additional details are slim for now, it appears that LG is clearly intent stealing all of the phablet attention as we’re also expecting to see offerings from Huawei and Sony as well.

Ladies and gentlemen– let the next round of the phablet wars begin. Let’s just hope Samsung is ready for what looks to be an exciting battle.

source: DigiTimes

Nexus 4 sales unofficially estimated to be around 400,000 so far

There is no question that the Nexus 4 is the hottest Android device right now, but how many did they sell? Since the wait times have been so long, the assumption is there could be millions in play or was it just the fact that LG and Google went too conservative in their estimates? Well you certainly aren’t going to get this information from Google so the only thing left to do is a little sleuthing. No problem since Android has the biggest enthusiasts around. Nexus 4 owners took their IMEI numbers and backtracked the production number of their devices by adding it to the end of an LG mobile link (see below). The site returns the IMEI followed by a long string of characters. Hit the break to interpret the results.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt All Set To Visit North Korea In The Near Future

 

Google head honcho Eric Schmidt is all set for for a visit to North Korea as part of a goodwill mission with former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. While the country is identified as a potential hotspot oozing with technological and academic talent, North Korea country is mainly known for its almost militaristic-style government and a country with restrictive internet policies. For now, North Koreans currently has access to a built-in intranet, though access to outside content through the internet is currently not available. While Google is not likely to launch a business venture in North Korea, it is likely that the country is interested in Google specialties as email, maps and products and services. But then again, there is the potential that Google may push for North Korea to embrace access to the World Wide Web: Schmidt is no doubt a supporter for granting internet access for any and all people in the world and  also believes “the Internet and mobile technology have the power to lift people out of poverty and political oppression”. It’s also possible that we may see the overall expansion of Android into the country as well.

Regardless of what it is that comes out of this meeting, it should be something that should progress the isolated country. We’ll know what happens soon enough as Schmidt and Richardson are due to arrive to North Korea possibly as early as this month.

 

source: Associated Press

Starting this month, all T-Mobile stores expected to carry the LG Nexus 4

If you’re still dying to grab the Nexus 4 but were unable to due to the influx of orders that crammed Google Play, then you may be in luck as T-Mobile is planning on carrying the device on every store starting this month. Thanks to an image obtained by TMONEWS, we should expect every T-Mobile store to carry the device, presumably for the same $200 on contract price tag.

Will this finally be your chance to nab the elusive device?

source: TMONEWS

HTC claims new licensing agreement with Apple will benefit them in 2013 and beyond

In case you haven’t heard, Apple and HTC have reached an agreement that will finally end their ongoing patent battle. The new 10 year agreement will cover all current, pending and future patents. Upon the contract, it’s estimated that HTC will pay Apple between $6-$8 per Android device that they ship.

While that may look bad on paper, HTC China’s President Ray Yam believes the move could actually benefit the company in the future:

“The settlement with Apple will start to pay off next year, and the fourth quarter of this year is still going at a set pace. The biggest benefit to us is that we can put more energy into innovation, which is more important than anything else for a technology company.”

I can see where Yam is going with this. With the numerous patent fights against Apple finally behind them, HTC can now focus their resources on “innovating” and making a quality product rather than wasting time and money fighting against a losing battle against Apple. HTC is poised to make drastic changes in this coming year in how they market and create their products. With their over all market share quickly dwindling down and taken over by Samsung, I’m sure they need all the help they can get.

I for one would love for HTC to make a comeback and stay in the game, thus we’ll see how it turns out for them this year.

source: BGR