Recent rumors of the Sprint Galaxy Nexus release date certainly have many prospective and upgrade-ready Sprint customers stewing with anticipation. To appease the anxious and clamoring mob, Sprint has released a new video highlighting the hardware features of their soon to be released Galaxy Nexus along with suggested apps and a quick reminder of Sprint’s soon to be launched LTE network. It’s apparent that Sprint will be releasing this phone really soon, so let’s hope that really soon means the rumored April 22. Who among you are planning on picking up one of these bad boys?
Apparently they didn’t want the video to be public so fast so they quickly removed. Sorry about that.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart has been the late-night television program of choice for roughly 1.5 million viewers nightly for the last 13 years. It’s currently the longest running program on Comedy Central and has won 16 Emmy Awards. Many of you will be interested to know that the Play Store has now released the official Daily Show Headlines app for all the fans that want to relive some hilarious moments 0r keep up to date on what’s coming up on the show in the near future. Keep in mind that you can only view clips and not full episodes at this time, but there’s a lot of cool stuff jam packed into the app. Check out the official list of features after the break.
The vast number of online storage apps and services seems like it’s growing by the day, which isn’t a bad thing. Each new service may offer something better than its competition, so it’s ultimately a win-win for consumers who use the services. Enter: LogMeIn. While its acclaimed for its remote desktop services, the company has decided to dabble in online cloud storage by creating Cubby— which looks to improve cloud storage better than its competition such as DropBox. For starters, users will get a free 5GB, compared to just 2GB with DropBox. Plus– what separates this service from others is the ability to have unlimited sharing of files across devices and with your friends— P2P-style. Very nice indeed.
Cubby is currently in beta, so it’s not available for everyone. That means you’ll have to sign up and wait for an invite in order to try out the service. However— those of you who do have the service already can get in on the action by grabbing the app which is now available in the Play Store now for all Android 2.1+ devices.
Great news for developers that were previously unable to sell their apps in Google Play. The following countries now have the ability to create an Android Developer account, giving the opportunity to price and sell their mobile applications:
- Czech Republic
All they need to do to get started is visit the Android Developer Console and fill out the form to set up a new account. One note that the Android developer blog mentions goes out to all developers sort of as a reminder:
Additionally, we encourage developers everywhere to visit the Developer Console as soon as possible to set prices for their products in the currencies of these new countries. Stay tuned for more announcements soon as we continue to roll out our new billing infrastructure to buyers and sellers throughout the world.
We all love to see updates, and improvements to all things related to our beloved Android system. This latest change in Android developer access is quite welcome by the developers coming out of the above countries. Congrats!
source: android developers blog
Well what do we have here folks? The newly released and uber-cool Sony Xperia SmartWatch has just become even more appealing thanks to online retailer Expansys. The online retailer is offering the productivity watch for only $117.99, which is $32 less than Sony’s listed price. In addition, Expansys highlights the watch usually ships in 6 days— allowing you to own the watch before all of your friends.
Exciting, isn’t it? The price reduction of the SmartWatch means there’s an even better reason to buy the device which connects to your smartphone in order to receive text messages, emails, Facebook and Twitter feeds, manage phone calls, and control music. If interested, make sure you hit the source link below. You may want to hurry too because there’s no telling how long this deal will last for.
There’s nothing worse than a cancelled update, right? That’s what happened yesterday when owners of Vodafone Samsung Galaxy S II’s were supposed to get a big taste of Ice Cream Sandwich. Thankfully it was only a one day delay so your great weekend is still intact. As mentioned yesterday, the ICS update will be available via KIES and then over-the-air starting April 17. As of right now it’s still not available, but from the latest Tweet only a few minutes ago it appears to still be on schedule and should available be soon. Let us know when you get your update and what you’re thinking.
For those of you that are currently enjoying mobile hangouts and group messaging, Google has just updated their Google + for Android app in the Play Store. Version 220.127.116.119322 will now bring users support for hashtags, improved sharing support for 3rd party apps, along with the typical bug fixes. Google + is still quite small compared to other giants like Facebook, but to no surprise, Google is starting to provide users more options and different methods for staying connected with friends and family. I strongly encourage anyone interested to hit the Play Store link below and check it out.
Play Store Download Link
With reports lately about Google making significantly less per Android device versus iOS devices and their recent acquisition of Motorola Mobility, it’s good to officially hear that Google is still financially strong and their 1st quarter earnings report for this year is proof of that. Google reported revenue earnings of $10.65 billion for quarter 1 of 2012, which is an increase of 24% compared to a year ago. In fact, Google earnings have been growing steadily for the past 2 years. Cost-per-click rates were down 12% from a year ago, but other than that, Google seems to be quite content with their latest financial update. Here is what CEO Larry Page had to say about it:
“Google had another great quarter with revenues up 24% year on year. We also saw tremendous momentum from the big bets we’ve made in products like Android, Chrome and YouTube. We are still at the very early stages of what technology can do to improve people’s lives and we have enormous opportunities ahead. It is a very exciting time to be at Google.”
There you have it, people. Google is not going anywhere anytime soon and I, for one, am glad to hear it.
Google’s futuristic Project Glass promises a world where augmented reality is commonplace and information is literally right in front of us. The photos we’ve seen of the prototypes show a specialized pair of glasses, which had many people asking how those who already wear prescription glasses could use the device. Well, thanks to Google industrial designer Isabelle Olsson, we learned that Google is working on a version that can be used in conjunction with an existing pair of glasses. Great news for glasses-wearing geeks everywhere!
“We ideally want Project Glass to work for everyone,” Olsson said on Google+, “and we’re experimenting with designs that are meant to be extendable to different types of frames.”
Check out the high resolution early mockup of how the device might work with prescription glasses after the break.
In Google’s earnings call today, CEO Larry Page was asked about the company’s future plans for tablets, and his response just about confirms the rumor that an affordable tablet is coming from Mountain View. This is what he said:
“We’re very excited about tablets. Obviously there’s been a lot of success on some lower-price tablets that run Android, maybe not the full Google version of Android. But we definitely believe that there’s going to be a lot of success at the lower end of the market as well with lower price products… It’s definitely an area we think is important and we’re quite focused on. “
Does this mean a Google tablet would be the next Nexus device? Maybe. The Nexus line was not really a “budget” series, but more of a reference line that helps establish a baseline that other manufacturers can work from, and developers can play with. Of course, with Amazon’s success with the low-cost Kindle Fire, it’s obvious that a smaller, affordable, 7-inch tablet can be a lucrative segment to target. Just because a tablet is relatively inexpensive does not mean it’s not a good device, so it could very well be worthy of the Nexus moniker.
How Google’s entrance in this market will affect other manufacturers has yet to be seen, but there are some who believe it could make it difficult for them to compete. However, most manufacturers have yet to be successful in this segment, and I believe Google’s entry could serve as a roadmap and catalyst for them to improve their offerings and provide some more competition.