Tomorrow, Verizon will be launching what it is deeming a “game changer.” According to various reports, the carrier will unveil its More Everything plans. These plans will allow for customers part of the Edge program to obtain higher data caps at a reduced price. Having 8GB or less will save you $10 and 10GB or more will retain $20. Apparently Verizon’s Share Everything plans will be morphed into More Everything. Also, Big Red is throwing in 25GB of free cloud storage… because, you know, we need another cloud storage service. This is Verizon’s attempt to fight T-Mobile and lower monthly bills.
Stay tuned for when More Everything is officially announced tomorrow.
Android games are great, but required in-app purchases can put a damper on the fun. Honest Android Games, a new website, attempts to combat that. Every game that is featured on the site is either completely free without any advertising, has a one-time cost when first installing, or a one-time in-app purchase cost to unlock all features, ad-free.
The games, all available in the Play Store, can be sorted by genre, availability, features like immersive mode and multiplayer, and price. The site is accepting submissions, but only the highest quality games will be accepted.
Source: Honest Android Games
Owners of the Moto X on Sprint should be on the lookout for the Android 4.4.2 soak test. Some are reporting that the Motorola Feedback Network has contacted them regarding the update and saying there is a “preview software release” incoming. Both T-Mobile and US Cellular owners have already been updated to the latest version of Android, meaning it is only a matter of time before everyone else issues the update.
If you are one of the people taking part in the soak test, let us know about the update in the comments.
Via: Droid Life
Wish your Moto G had a pure Android experience like the Google Play Edition? You can with MotoTool All in One. Over on XDA, Senior Member Alonsoch provided a way for Moto G owners to easily switch over to stock Android. All the user has to do is download the Google Play Edition firmware, place it in the appropriate folder on a computer, and hit the Convert button. After that, everything should be complete. It really is an all in one process. And if you run into an issue, such as the lack of a network signal, Alonsoch has provided directions for a fix.
Hit the source link for files and directions.
Source: XDA Developers Forum
Oppo’s upcoming flagship, the Find 7, will have multiple versions, according to a recent teaser. The “are coming” part of the image above would seem to give it away.
The two phones should have 5.5-inch displays — one with a 1080p resolution, and the other with 2K (2,560 x 1,440) resolution. Both are likely to have the same processor as well— the 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 SoC. They will run Android 4.3 and should be upgraded to the latest version of Android as well.
The devices will be unveiled on March 19 in Beijing.
Via: GSM Arena
As 2013 drew to a close, news broke that Google’s Chromebook platform and devices were storming the U.S. commercial sales channels. Much of their success has been in places like school districts where low cost devices are needed for deployment to large student bodies. The good news for Google is that students are usually not locked into specific applications and schools tend to utilize cloud solutions to make the constant deployment of technology easier. Things are a little more difficult in corporate settings where business users tend to rely on more specific apps and companies may be more hesitant to use cloud solutions, especially with relatively more stable user populations. Google has taken a step to help break into that market with a recent agreement to work with VMWare to bring access to Windows desktops and applications to Chromebook devices. Read more
When new smartphones are released, we are inevitably hit with videos from folks trying to show how well they survive drops and hits, usually in comparison to other leading devices. Although interesting to those who enjoy watching devices get trashed and fanboys or fangirls who like to find any little thing to claim superiority for their favored device, the results of these videos are really just a single data point. For some folks, like SquareTrade which supplies insurance to consumers who buy electronic devices, the breakability of different devices is important for their rate setting and more extensive, controlled testing is required. The company recently completed another round of testing of popular devices and released the top 10 results. Leading the way as the most breakable device was Apple’s iPad Mini, but other Apple devices along with those from Samsung and Google fill out the top 10. Read more
As Google moves from smart phones to smart homes, their recent acquisition of Nest is now official and complete according to a recent SEC filing. Google reports the transaction closed on February 7, 2014. That was the same day that news broke that the FTC had approved the deal well ahead of the typical 30 day window for anti-trust law compliance reviews. Google’s acquisition of Nest for $3.2 billion was first announced on January 13th, so less than a month later they have already closed.
While Google has moved quickly to wrap up the acquisition of Nest, it remains to be seen whether they will move just as quickly to develop and deploy new hardware to consumers.
source: Securities Exchange Commission
Here’s your crazy story for the day: Microsoft may be figuring out how to bring Android apps to their Windows platform.
Now that Microsoft has a new CEO in place, they’re inevitably going to try out some different new things to give their Windows Phone platform a shot in the arm. According to some close to Microsoft, this radical change would be to embrace Android apps to artificially inflate their app count. Now, we’ve seen BlackBerry try something similar, and it didn’t help them much, but Microsoft has quite a bit more clout to push its own services. Read more
Koush’s AllCast app has seen some ups and downs. It was originally designed to be able to share content to a Chromecast, but Google ended up blocking the feature, and then it was added back last week . The next step for the app might be even bigger, though.
On his Google+ page, Koush hinted that he would be able to stream Android to Chromecast, which presumably means sharing an entire device’s screen to your television. He didn’t explicitly say whether or not that would be an AllCast feature or something else entirely, but the idea is exciting.
It’s always possible that Google could shoot this down almost immediately after release like what happened with Chromecast initially, but hopefully that was a one-time ordeal. After all, if an app like this existed, it would certainly boost Chromecast sales, right?
source: Koushik Dutta