T-Mobile is changing their Simple Choice plans for consumers, and in most cases, it’s looking like it’ll shape up to be a positive change. Originally, these Simple Choice plans had three tiers at $50, $60, and $70 offering 500 MB, 2.5 GB, and unlimited data, respectively. These new plans add in a fourth tier and alter some of the data allotments. Now customers can select either a $50, $60, $70, or $80 plan, and those plans will net them 1 GB, 3 GB, 5 GB, or unlimited data, respectively.
Unfortunately, this means the unlimited tier is getting slightly more expensive. Before, $70 a month allowed a user unlimited data, while now new customers will have to pay $80 a month. However, the new unlimited plan allows for 5 full GB of tethering, as opposed to the 2.5 GB offered by the previous option. Below the unlimited tier, most other tiers are getting extra data and tethering as well. The cheapest plan is doubled to 1 GB of data and tethering, and the $60 plan is getting 3 GB of data and tethering instead of just 2.5. The $70 plan now offers 5 GB of high speed data and tethering. Read more
HTC Butterfly S owners, fire up the System Updates menu. HTC is pushing the Android 4.4.2 KitKat update to that device. Rather than going to an earlier version of KitKat, HTC is heading straight to the most recent version. The update totals more than 736MB, so make sure you have ample storage. Also, make sure you connect to WiFi to avoid any data overages.
Via: Android Spin
Still waiting for the release of ASUS’ Chromebox? It is coming next week. The small Chrome OS machine is now up for pre-order at online retailers like Amazon, Newegg, and TigerDirect. Pricing starts at $179 and it will ship next week on March 14. This base price gets you Intel’s Celeron 2955U Haswell processor; however, you can upgrade to their i3 Core processor. Just remember, it may be worth the upgrade depending upon how hard you plan on working the system.
Hit any one of the source links to pre-order one.
Source: Amazon, Newegg, TigerDirect
We’re getting a better look at Oppo’s anticipated Find 7 phone, including the full profile of the device. It looks extremely sleek and slim enough to be an excellent follow-up to the Find 5, although there’s no confirmation in the press render about whether or not the device will actually sport a 50 megapixel camera.
Design aside, the Find 7 will have a 5.5 inch 2k screen, a Snapdragon CPU and a fantastic 4,000 mAh battery on board. We’ll know for certain whether the 50 megapixel camera makes it into the final device when Oppo officially announced it later this month.
via: Phone Arena
Unlike many other manufacturers, Samsung managed to keep their Galaxy S 5 out of the FCC approval process until after the official announcement and unveiling, so these new FCC filings aren’t really surprising in any way. Still, it had to happen sooner or later, and now we have concrete evidence that there will be three different models of the S 5 to hit Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile this year, with the model numbers SM-G900V, SM-G900A, and SM-G900T, respectively.
The Verizon variant looks like it’ll sport LTE bands 4 and 13 along with GSM bands 850 and 1900 for global roaming. The AT&T and T-Mobile versions will run on LTE bands 2, 4, 5, and 17, which is typical for their networks. Read more
In celebration of its second birthday, Google’s Play service is offering a completely free digital version of the classic Tom Hanks movie, “Big.” On top of it being free, it’s even the HD version. If you’ve never seen the movie, or if you just need something to watch, there’s really no reason not to grab this one.
Who’s planning on streaming this one to their Chromecast this weekend? Hit the break for download links.
comScore has released their numbers for smartphone market share in the US for January 2014, and the numbers are fairly predictable. Android commanded a majority of the market, accounting for 51.7% of all US smartphones, dipping half a percent from October last year. BlackBerry also fell half a percent point, while Apple pulled up 1% due to Android and BB’s small decline. Android still sat a full 10% ahead of Apple as of January, while Microsoft’s Windows Phone claimed a small 3.2% in third place.
A new company called BLOCKS is looking to jump into the increasingly competitive smartwatch market to compete with offerings from Sony, Samsung, and eventually Google and Apple. Taking a cue from Google’s own Project Ara, BLOCKS wants to differentiate their smartwatch by making it completely modular and customizable.
The smartwatch is still in the prototype phase, but if everything goes well you’ll be able to change nearly everything about the device, from screen size to color to what apps come preinstalled. There’s also a plan for third parties to design modules specific to whatever needs they may have, which sounds like a fantastic selling point.
Unfortunately, we won’t see the BLOCKS smartwatch anytime soon, as the earliest they plan to have it released is mid-2015. Modular mobile devices are still pretty new, so there’s a ton of R&D that still needs to go into it, but we’re excited to see where this goes either way.
source: Techno Buffalo
According to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Google is “pretty sure” that your data is safe. Schmidt said this today at a panel discussion at South by Southwest Initiative.
Google upgraded the encryption process that they use to keep users information secure, and Google was apparently in the process of upgrading their system and encryption when the Edward Snowden revelations were first released. When that news broke, Google says that they expedited the process of upgrading.