While Lenovo works on completing its purchase, Motorola has found a new leading man. Rick Osterloh is now Motorola’s presiden and chief operating officer. What will Osterloh be doing? Reporting to the Motorola Operating Board at Google until this big acquisition is finished and the company ends up in Lenovo’s hands.
Osterloh, while not being a notable name on the surface, is actually a longtime Motorola employee. He joined the company in 2007 when it bought Good. From there, Osterloh worked with development teams for Motorola’s Android devices. Also, Osterloh worked with Skype until Microsoft spent a fortune on it before returning to Motorola recently.
This will sure be handy if true. The guys at Android Police are saying that Google Now will be getting a feature that would detect and remind you where your car is parked. It would detect where you were when you exited the vehicle and remind you with a card later on. From there, users can find their way back to the car. If it is an inaccurate location, there will be a button to correct it (for later reference, I assume).
Source: Android Police
Geeksphone, a spain-based smartphone manufacturer, released it’s new flagship, the Revolution, back in February which dual-boots Android and Firefox OS.
A few weeks ago, you could get the device through the company’s website, however, it is now available for sale on Amazon in the Europe. If you’re interested to get your hands on it, you can order one from Amazon Spain, Germany, France and the U.K and it will be available in Italy soon. If you order it before April 15, you’ll get a 30% discount reducing the price to €240 which is equivalent to $330.
Google just announced today that it is rolling out an update for the Chromecast. It carries the build number 16664 and brings a few changes along with one important feature.
According to the changelog, the update brings a few bug fixes and stability improvements, better support for IPv6, an “improved DNS robustness” and most importantly, “Chromecast audio volume level is retained across sessions”. This means that the volume settings will be saved so that when you switch to Chromecast, you’ll never have to deal with really high volume levels or a low one.
Source: Chrome Releases
Reports are surfacing today indicating the Download Booster feature on AT&T versions of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 is missing. The Download Booster, a feature that Samsung highlighted during their launch event, gives users the ability to combine WiFi and LTE connections when downloading files larger than 30 MB. The combination is supposed to give a boost to download speeds. It appears that consumers who have started to receive their devices from AT&T have discovered the feature is not enabled and the switches to turn it on are not even present in the settings or notification panel. Read more
Samsung has started opening dedicated retail space today in locations throughout the U.K. Similar to Apple stores, the locations give consumers the ability to get some hands on time with a wide variety of Samsung devices. In a special treat, Samsung is making the new Samsung Galaxy S 5 and Samsung Gear devices available in the new “Samsung Experience” stores before the official launch on Friday. The stores are actually being operated by Carphone Warehouse, a Samsung partner in the U.K. Locations include London, Newcastle, Liverpool, Bradford, Bristol, Manchester, Bournemouth and Cardiff.
Google has been internally testing out a new design for the calendar app in Android, and some screenshots of the new interface have leaked out for us to take a look at. The app is picking up a much cleaner look, abandoning the grids and lines that we’re used to in favor a slightly more colorful, flat, minimalist design. There’s a daily agenda feature and a heavy dose of social integration thanks to Google’s massive push with Google+.
The daily agenda feature rounds up all of your events for the day, including contact birthdays and information from G+, and pools them into one place for you to look at. Many other third-party calendars and OEM skin calendars have been doing this for a while now, so that would be a very nice addition to the stock Google calendar. There’s also a new separate birthdays menu that will show you upcoming birthdays from your contacts. It looks like a nice way be able to keep up with your friends’ birthdays without having it clutter up the rest of your calendar. Read more
After news came out earlier this week that Samsung, despite its size and commanding position in the smartphone market, was still expecting a decline in operating profit for the second quarter in a row, many people started wondering what the future may hold for smartphone manufacturers. Analysts indicate the market is already suffering from softening margins and the pressure will be on market leaders, like Samsung and Apple, to make their high-end phones more affordable. Besides the squeeze on margins at the high-end, analysts also see more of the market shifting to other segments, especially low- and mid-range smartphones targeted at the “mass market.” Read more
T-Mobile’s next move is to tackle individual consumers with their latest Simple Starter plan. The plan is good for one line, runs $40 a month and gets you unlimited minutes, unlimited text messages, and 500 MB of data. Similar plans on other carriers run about $60 or $70 per month, but T-Mobile’s plan doesn’t include any type of device subsidy, so you’ll either have to sign up for their Jump program or bring your own phone. With the Jump plan, you’re likely going to be right back to where the other carriers are in terms of pricing.
Still, if you’re looking to try out T-Mobile, this is a pretty low-risk plan to jump into. There’s still no contract involved, and it’s incredibly cheap. Hit the break for the press release below. Read more
Samsung already ran a Galaxy S 5 teaser spot during the Academy Awards, but with the global launch just two days away, they just released their second commercial.
Those of you looking for Apple bashing will be disappointed though. This one is just a simple spot showing closeups of the phone along with some key specs including a heart rate monitor and a state-of-the-art camera.
Is this the beginning of meaningful innovation? Samsung seems to think so. I guess the consumers will decide starting this Friday. For now, hit the break for the quick 30 second spot.