Verizon offering low price, contract encumbered Nexus 7 for $49.99


Verizon is making the Nexus 7 tablet from Google available for only $49.99 to users willing to sign-up for a 2-year agreement. That may be a good deal for users short on cash, although it is unclear just how much savings, if any, the deal represents. Verizon is also offering the Nexus 7 for $349.99 off contract, the same price that the device can be purchased from Google Play.

If you really want to go through Verizon or want to take advantage of purchasing a Nexus 7 over time via a 2-year contract, hit the source link.

source: Verizon

Facebook Android app updated, bringing photos in comments, ability to delete albums, and more

facebook_screenshot_1 facebook_screenshot_2The Facebook app for Android was updated today, bringing a number of new features to the app, especially surrounding photos. The app now allows users to be able to post photos in the comments sections of posts, which has been doable in the desktop version of Facebook for a while now.

The app also now allows users to be able to delete and edit photo albums from their device. You can also untag yourself in photos, as well as upload more than one image at a time. Last but not least, it’s now easier for users to pin and unpin posts to groups.

Facebook seems to be getting closer to rolling out the flat UI to everyone, and some users have reported to already having the new UI. Hit the break for the download link to the updated version of the app!

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Plex makes Chromecast support free for everyone


When Plex first added Chromecast support to their app, it came with a caveat – users had to signup for the PlexPass subscription service to cast media. That is changing with an update to the app that is rolling out to Google Play. Now, anyone using Plex can cast media to their Chromecast device. Although casting support is now available to all users, PlexPass or no, Plex is still not a free solution. Read more

Specs for Samsung Galaxy S 5 Zoom surface on GFXBench


As Samsung prepares to unleash the Galaxy S 5 on the market, it is time for additional devices that are part of the flagship line to start showing up. The newest one is the Samsung Galaxy S 5 Zoom that surfaced on the GFXBench web site. The Zoom monikered devices from Samsung tend to focus on photobug buyers and this device should be no exception. Read more

Developer claims Samsung is using a backdoor to access user data, but security expert disagrees


If this claim is true, Samsung has some explaining to do. According to the folks that develop Replicant, Samsung has “remote access to data.” Now that is a very large claim to be making. So what do they mean? To do this, Replicant says that Android’s largest hardware manufacturer is utilizing two processors as a backdoor to gain user information. The applications processor handles all of the usual functions; however, the other is for the communication coming to and from the handset. Read more

Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is up for sale


Today, Verizon listed the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition with LTE connectivity for sale.

Verizon has priced the device at $699 out of the box and will cost $599.99 if you sign a two year data contract. The device features a 10.1-inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel display, 32 GB of internal storage, 64 GB expandable MicroSD slot, 8,220mAh battery, 8 MP rear camera and 2 MP front camera and runs on Android 4.3.

Source: Verizon

T-Mobile celebrating the anniversary of its 4G LTE with network upgrades and a Verizon attack ad


It has been just a year since T-Mobile announced its 4G LTE network. Since then, T-Mobile has been able to reach more than 200 million people in over 270 metropolitan areas in the United States. To celebrate, the nation’s Un-carrier says they will be upgrading its 2G/EDGE network with the help of 4G LTE. In a company press release, T-Mobile says this “upgrade will provide customers who currently experience 2G/EDGE coverage new access to 4G LTE, and many already covered by 4G LTE will enjoy access to 4G LTE in even more places.” Whenever a carrier decides to expand, consumers always win. Also, T-Mobile plans on completing 50% of this upgrade by the end of 2014.

The other component of this celebration comes from a new lawsuit involving T-Mobile and Verizon. Feeling that Verizon is inaccurately portraying T-Mobile’s coverage map, the Un-carrier is asking that Big Red ceases and desists any advertisements under question.

As we wait to see what Verizon has to say, hit the break for T-Mobile’s new commercial that fights back and the official press release. Read more

Huawei’s Dual OS smartphone will be available in Q2


Huawei is working on a handset with Dual OS powered by Android and Windows Phone together.

As reported by TrustedReviews, Huawei’s Chief Marketing Officer, Shao Yang, said that the company is still committed towards producing Windows Phone smartphones. He said “Compared with Android, the priority of Windows Phone is much lower but is still one of our choices of OS. We are definitely using a multi OS strategy.

Yang said that a Dual OS smartphone powered by Android and Windows Phone together will garner a wider consumer base. “With Windows Phone, one direction for us – and one that we are now following – is dual OS. Dual OS as in Android and Windows together“. Read more

Google lowers cost for Google Drive storage


Today, on the second anniversary of Google Drive, Google has announced that they are lowering the cost for storage on Google Drive. To buy 100GB of storage previously cost $4.99 per month, and now will only set you back $1.99 per month. To buy 1TB of storage used to cost $49.99 per month, and now it will only cost you $9.99. Users can now buy 10TB of storage for $99.99.

The price difference is substantially lower than before, with a terabyte costing a fifth of what it used to. Of course users can continue to use Google Drive for free with 15GB of storage. Current paying users will automatically be moved to a better plan at no extra cost.

Source: Google Drive Blogspot

Amazon expected to release “Project Aria” smartphone this year

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Rumors about an Amazon smartphone have been going on for a while now, and originally the speculation was that the device would be released last year. Clearly that didn’t happen, so we’re expecting a smartphone to be released by Amazon this year.

According to recent rumors, the company is indeed moving ahead with a smartphone, and it’s currently being referred to as “Project Aria”. Amazon apparently wants to develop smartphones that cater to emerging markets as well, but the obstacle for the company will be delivering their content to those areas. Currently Amazon doesn’t have global licenses, so services like Instant Video are limited to inside the U.S.

The U.S. will be a very important market for Amazon if and when they go ahead with releasing a smartphone, and according to sources Amazon has talked to multiple carriers in the U.S.

Source: The Information
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