Wall Street Journal: Google Plans an Online Site For Direct Sales Of Google Branded Tablets

It appears that Google wants to get back into the direct sales department. They reported plan is an online store for Google branded tablets. If you remember, Google tried to sell to the masses with the Nexus One. It had lackluster sales and wasn’t embraced by many. According the WSJ, “people close to the matter” have said that Google plans to try it again. Only this time it’s going to be with tablets.

Google is desperately trying to cut into Apple’s share of the tablet market. They haven’t had much success, as they currently only control 20% of the market share. Google has been gaining on Apple, but not at a rate to make Apple worry. Back to the story at hand. The “people close to the matter” also claim that Samsung and Asus are going to be big players in the hardware department. This all sounds familiar, as Asus is rumored to be making the first Google branded tablet this year. Also they report that we may even see Jelly Been by the middle of the year, maybe even on the rumored Asus tablet.
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Ice Cream Sandwich coming to HTC Sensation 4G and HTC Amaze 4G on T-Mobile

Here’s some exciting news from the T-Mobile device support pages. HTC’s Sensation 4G and Amaze 4G have been announced to receive Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the near future. No release date was provided nor any other details but I’m sure Sensation and Amaze users are feeling pretty great right now. Be sure to stay tuned to Talk Android as we continue to deliver the latest news and updates.

source: T-Mobile Support 1, T-Mobile Support 2

[Breaking] Newest Google Drive Screenshot Shows 5GB of Free Storage

 

A few days ago we showed you an exclusive screenshot from Google’s pet project, Google Drive, that showed 2GB of free storage. At that time our tipster mentioned something about getting up to 5GB of storage instead of the pictured 2GB but they didn’t really divuldge anymore information other than that. I had a theory that maybe this extra space was to be based on referrals or some other incentives, but as it appears now I was completely wrong. It seems that each and every person who opens a Google Drive account will be given a total of 5GB of free storage. Not 1, not 2, but 5GB right out of the gate as you can plainly see below in the latest screenshot obtained by our tipster. Pretty exciting, no? We also hear that we’re still on track for a release the week of April 16th so luckily we don’t have to wait much longer before we know all there is to know about Google’s upcoming cloud based service. We will definitely keep you posted if our inside source decides to reveal any more information.


2014 Map of Sprint 4G LTE Network Surfaces

Well look what we have here folks. It’s a map showing the plans of Sprint’s 4G LTE Network for the year 2014. The map was posted on Twitter by tech journalist Sascha Segan. It appears to be legit, with questionable drawing skills as some of the states are not properly drawn. I know some maps are drawn up to represent market areas and are not always drawn to represent the States of the U.S. Whatever this case, it shows Sprint’s determination to get 4G LTE out to the masses, no matter how small it seems to be. Jump past the break to see the map and read more. 
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Ubisoft to introduce cloud saving system into mobile games

Let me set the scene, as I’m sure it’s one that many of us have encountered on numerous occasions. You’ve spent a solid hour in the morning smashing your way through level after level on Angry Birds using your trusty Android tablet. Fast forward several hours and you’re sitting on the train on your way back from work and decide to kill some time, you whip out your Android phone to pick up where you left of. Or so you thought, all that hard work you put in hasn’t carried over to your phone meaning you’ve got to run through it all over again. Frustrating right? Well the team over at gaming powerhouse Ubisoft agree and have decided to do something about it.

Head of Digital at Ubisoft, Chris early told Pocket-lint “I think this is a huge issue and I personally can’t stand it where I have to do something over again. We have a cloud-based storage system for that data for you.” Chris also confirmed that Ubisoft’s forthcoming title Ghost Recon Commander will utilise cloud storage, allowing you to access your character on multiple platforms including Facebook, mobile and tablet devices.

It’s great to see Ubisoft address this issue and here’s hoping that other games developers follow the trend. Better yet, perhaps Google could help us out and bake cloud storage for mobile gaming into Google Drive.  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

source : Pocket-lint

Sprint’s HTC EVO One – A Former Favorite Is Getting A Refresh

The original HTC EVO made waves on Sprint for being one of the first “big” phones and of course, more importantly,  for being the first 4G enabled phone. It’s been about two years since then so perhaps your EVO and your contract have begun to wear thin. If so, you may be excited by the rumors going around. A tipster in communication with our friends at Phandroid has detailed the existence of an up and coming HTC EVO One. Obviously, we knew we were going to see something soon.  Sprint and HTC have a collaborative event scheduled for April 4th. At the time of that writing we speculated the focus of the event may be the HTC One X, but now…now I’m not so sure. The EVO was a landmark device for Sprint and in my opinion most deserving of a special press congress. I’m sure we’ll hear more about this on April 4th, if not sooner, but in the mean time, what do we know so far? 
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ASUS Transformer Prime Update Rolling Out Now Sans Face Unlock

I have some news for you Transformer Prime owners who are eagerly awaiting that “awesome” update ASUS Italy was talking about earlier. We got to see some interesting details about the update yesterday and today the update is actually rolling out. The bad news about the update is that this appears to be missing the “awesome” Face Unlock feature we were reading about, but the update is still good nonetheless.

If you own a Transformer Prime you should hopefully have an OTA update waiting for you right now. This update will bring you to software version 9.4.2.21 and includes a few new features. The biggest advancement in the update is the support for Ethernet connectivity via an upcoming USB accessory allowing for a wired network connection – No word on when that accessory will be available. Also to be expected is a new lockscreen option that displays incoming notifications directly on the lockscreen, a fix for the annoying screen flicker, improved HDMI support, and updates to the ASUS apps. I also noticed tethering and portable hotspot options (presumably to share via new Ethernet capability), Wi-Fi direct, device encryption and status bar locking.

If you have yet to receive the update notification you can try and force the update by looking under Settings > About Tablet and check for updates. If you successfully pull the update let us know in the comments what you think! Oh, and be sure to tell us if you find any other features I missed!

 

Oh no not again, Could there be a DROID Bionic 2 in the works?

Well I don’t think there is anyone in the world of mobile that would disagree with me when I say that the DROID Bionic was probably the biggest disappointment in 2011. I can’t remember a more hyped up phone that literally didn’t delivery an ounce of anything. Now all of a sudden a possible followup is showing up in Asurion’s open enrollment forms. That’s right the DROID Bionic 2. Are you kidding me?

Droid-Life is speculating that it could be a placeholder for the version without a 16GB microSD card. The assumption is that they break out every version of the RAZR based on color and storage and put a 2 in the model number, but to me it doesn’t add up. I don’t see a “2″ next to any of those RAZR titles. The DROID Bionic 2 is listed as such, but yes it does have a “2″ in the model as well. Lets hope it’s a simple mistake.

Who’s ready for a DROID Bionic with a 3300mAh battery? Let’s hope that if this is true, they will drop the seriously awful PenTile display.

source: droid-life

 

HTC One S for T-Mobile could launch on April 22

The HTC One S has already been announced for T-Mobile, but when? With Europe getting the complete HTC One series in early April, it has to be pretty soon right? Well there aren’t any obvious assumptions in mobile, but things might be looking good for April 22. Sunday isn’t a normal day for T-Mobile releases. Usually it’s a Wednesday or Friday, but since they’ve launched phones on Sundays before, it could be a strong possibility. Love to hear from T-Mobile customers. Are you excited for the One S?

source: tmonews

 

Samsung Outlines ICS Update Additions, ‘Face Unlock’ Now Requires You to Blink for Added Security

Samsung today announced new features that were added to the ICS update that is scheduled to hit select Galaxy devices. Samsung’s Product Planning Team, the folks in charge of creating the update, spoke with Samsung Tomorrow detailing what is to be expected in the Galaxy S II and Galaxy S firmware updates.

The man in charge of the Galaxy S “value pack” update, SangHyuck Nam, says the device’s firmware update will contain five additional functions and expects customers to be happy with the upgrade since they “tried to make functions as similar to those found in ICS as possible.” One of the more notable features included is the more secure ‘Face Unlock’ function, requiring the user to blink to prove that in fact it isn’t just some ne’er-do-well using a picture of the owner in an effort to unlock the device. Another big addition is a custom  version of Go Launcher, called S Go Launcher. This new launcher will allow the user to further customize the phone’s home screens and to replace standard ICS icons with ones of the owners chosing. Also included is ‘Photo Editor’, ‘Beta Font’ for font sizing, and a ‘Snapshot’ feature that allows for taking pictures while filming video.
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