Samsung hasn’t really kept their flexible displays a secret, but I guess they wouldn’t have to. Flexible screens are one of the coolest new ideas for not just smartphones, but technology in general. Now we’re hearing word that Samsung is going to demo a bending 5.5 inch screen at CES next year. It will supposedly have a 1,280×720-pixel HD resolution and a 267 pixel density, plus the fact that it’s straight out of a Star Trek episode. They’ll also have a 55-inch screen to wow consumers that are more interested in televisions. Of course, this is only one part of what makes up a touch screen display on a smartphone, but Samsung is well on the way to getting these used in smartphones.
It’s been a slow, arduous process so far– but Samsung is getting out its Premium Suite update to the UK variant of the Galaxy S III smartphone. In case you’ve forgotten, the update not only brings a whole lot of Jelly Bean goodness, but it brings items like Multi-Window capability and of course– included Contextual Actions such as Page Buddy. The update is available from today, so all of you Galaxy S III owners in the UK who haven’t gotten that coveted update notification yet should head on down to your Settings and Software Updates in order to grab the update immediately.
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VUDU is a popular streaming app for movies and TV shows. Now VUDU has launched an application for everyone’s favorite new video streaming device: Android tablets. The app has a very clean, nicely designed interface that really utilizes all of the screen space on tablets’ larger screens. It’s worth mentioning that 1080p streaming isn’t supported on tablets (yet) so that may be disappointing for owners of super high-res tablets. Either way, more video streaming apps are never a bad thing. Hit the source below for the download links.
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Speed lovers will want to head over to the Play Store right now because Need For Speed: Most Wanted is on sale for 99-cents. That’s a great deal when you consider the regular price is $6.99. Today also brings a new update that includes new tracks, events, and cars:
- Start trouble in the new Marussia B2 and the Pagani Zonda R
- Test-drive your fresh wheels in 2 new Hot Rides Events
- Race NFS Edition cars like the Hummer H1 Alpha! Get ‘em fast – each car is available for ONE week only
- Collect as many new rides as you can to unlock brand-new milestones
- We’ve also made some under-the-hood upgrades to keep your game finely tuned and running smooth.
If you’re itching to burn some rubber, hit the break for download links.
We started hearing rumors of a $99 Nexus 7 several months ago, and whether they are true or not, I’m sure it will happen sometime in 2013 based on the competition between Amazon, Google, and Apple. The latest comes from DigiTimes, and they are telling us to expect to see it sometime in the 1st quarter 2013, or more likely the 2nd quarter.
This information comes from the fact that O-Film started shipping what’s called glass-film-film (GFF) screens for the Nexus 7 this month. These GFF displays will not only help cut production costs for this cheaper version, but it will also make it thinner. Although it’s expected that the tab could come in at $99, other experts are questioning if it can even be done, and think $129 to $149 is more likely. For initial shipment estimates, Google and ASUS are shooting for 500,000 to 600,000 units with mostly likely the majority of them going to emerging markets.
‘Tis the season to be jolly and famed video game developer Sega is certainly trying to get into the holiday spirit by offering some great deals for some of its popular titles for those of us here in North America. Between now and January 3rd, gamers will find games such from the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Jet Set Radio and Total War Battles between 99¢ and $1.99. Of course you’ll want to make sure your device has enough space to hold each game and you’ll want to set aside an hour or two (or two or three or four) in order to have time to play the addicting titles, but hey– it’s a nice problem to have, right?
Hit the break to see the full list of titles and the Play Store links for purchase and download.
If for some reason you’re still rocking a Galaxy S II on AT&T (and haven’t already installed a custom ROM), you’ll be excited to know that the carrier is rolling out a minor update to Android 4.0.4. Keep in mind this is for the original Galaxy S II (i777), and not the Galaxy S II Skyrocket.
Considering the device already received an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich during summer, we had thought the device reached the end of its update life cycle. Thankfully, Samsung hasn’t forgotten about its 2011 customers. The update is now available for download exclusively through Samsung’s own desktop-based Kies software. While we still don’t have an official changelog, users will need to be running a recent build in order to flash the upgrade.
After months of rumors and even an early hands-on video, the long awaited official ASUS dock for Google’s Nexus 7 is finally upon us. Well, sort of. Eager owners can now pre-order the charging and audio-supported dock from B&H Photo for $39.99. Unfortunately, there’s no word on when exactly the little guy will ship, but it’s definitely a good sign to see it hit the intrawebs before the end of the year. If you’re the patient type, you can head to the source link below to reserve yours.
Source: B&H Photo
Google originally explained that it purchased Motorola almost exclusively for its wide portfolio of intellectual properties, and today that statement has been validated. Google has officially sold Motorola’s successful set-top box business for a staggering $2.35 billion. ARRIS is the recipient of the new business, ponying up $2 billion in cash and around $300 million in stock. The end result will have ARRIS garnering a quality swath of set-top patents, along with Google taking a 15.7 percent ownership of ARRIS
Of course, this news isn’t completely shocking as we had heard rumors of Google putting Motorola’s cable box business up for auction earlier this year. Sure, Google TV on your cable box would have been pretty darn cool, but it appears Google has chosen to go in a different direction. Be sure to hit the source link below for the full run-down.