After months of constant backtracking on software updates, Motorola has finally revealed its highly anticipated $100 trade-up program. There’s only one slight problem–it’s garbage.
Owners of Motorola devices not slated to receive an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean need only apply. This means if you’ve got a Droid 3, Droid X2, Admiral, Atrix 2, Atrix 4G, Cliq2, Electrify, Photon 4G,XPRT, Titanium, or Triumph you’re eligible to receive $100 towards the purchase of a new Motorola smartphone. Unfortunately, this “cash” will come in the form of a rebate card rather than an up-front discount.
For example, if you choose to go with a new Motorola device on Big Red you can take your old device into a carrier store and you will be presented with a $100 Verizon gift card which you can then use to pay your bill or purchase accessories. Due to Motorola’s close partnership with Verizon, the process of getting a phone on any other carrier is a complete hassle. Say you opt for the Atrix HD on AT&T. You will have to purchase the phone outright and then send your receipt, along with your old phone, into Motorola. Within 6 weeks you can expect a $100 Visa gift card to arrive in your mailbox.
Sure, Motorola is trying to rectify things with its disgruntled user base, and we applaud them for that. But seriously, every eligible phone on the list is worth more than $100 if you were to sell it on Craigslist or eBay, and cold hard cash is a lot more useful than any sort of silly gift card.
Sprint has announced a slew of new 4G LTE markets today, effectively increasing the number of cities on the waiting list to get access to the carrier’s blazing-fast network. Customers in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; Oakland/Fremont/Hayward, California; Key West, Florida; Fort Smith, Arkansas; Michigan City/La Porte, Indiana; Bloomington, Indiana; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Ardmore, Oklahoma; and McAllen/Edinburg/Mission, Texas will be happy to know that their cities are among the select few slated to receive first dibs on Sprint’s elusive 4G LTE over the course of the coming months.
It’s a little disheartening to see more cities added to the pipeline before Sprint can even manage roll out its new network to markets that have previously been announced. Either way, Sprint still hopes to have most of its rollout completed before the end of 2013, so it looks like these cities will at least see improved data speeds before then (fingers crossed). Hit the break for the company’s official press release. Read more
Samsung seems to be taking over the world (or galaxy?) with yet another smartphone set to be released, this time on US Cellular. The phone leaked by @evleaks is reportedly called the Galaxy Axiom, which is basically a renamed variant of the Galaxy S III Mini, sporting the same 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480) LCD display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 processor, 1 GB of RAM and a measly 4 gigabytes of onboard storage. This phone will take advantage of US Cellular’s growing LTE network and will run Android 4.0 with Samsung’s Nature UX skin on top (you aren’t surprised are you?). As for cameras, it will have a 5 megapixel shooter on the back with a front-facing 1.2 megapixel camera for some fairly decent video-chatting capabilities. All in all, not a bad little offering from Samsung for US Cellular subscribers. If the price is right, this thing could be a hit!
Anyone out there interested in picking this little guy up?
Mobile tech giant, Samsung, has always been one to push the envelope when it comes to developing exciting new advancements in technology, but its latest plans just might alter the future of the modern smartphone as we know it. According to the Wall Street Journal, Samsung is now in the final phase of development for its new flexible display technology, with plans to use them in consumer products in the first half of 2013. Samsung has accomplished this amazing feat by opting for plastic over glass, which not only makes the displays flexible, but lighter and less likely to shatter. The new screens are said to use Samsung’s OLED Technology which it is currently using in its top tier devices such as the Galaxy S III.
Now that Android 4.2 is officially out, next comes the requisite statements from manufacturers stating which of their devices will and will not receive Google’s latest offering. In other words, the ones that will not receive the update are officially dead – at least officially in the manufacturers eyes and physically based on the devices’ hardware specs. Google’s lead engineer, Jean-Baptiste Queru , had this to say about the two devices regarding Android 4.2 and their compatibility:
“There is no support for 4.2 on Nexus S and Xoom. Those devices should
continue using 4.1.2. I can’t comment about the future of Nexus S and Xoom, sorry.”
Both devices were recently given the upgrade to 4.1 but apparently that extra jump to 4.2 was just too much for the legacy devices to crunch. The devices certainly had a fantastic run and I’m sure users will continue to enjoy and use them in the coming year even though they won’t be rocking the shiny new OS.
source: Google Forums
There’s a cool little feature that’s just been implemented in Google+. Whenever a user links to an app in the Play Store on G+, that post will have a direct download link that users can download the app from without being redirected to the Play Store page. Not a huge feature, but little things like that make the user experience that much better.
Google+ has done an excellent job of setting up new ways to share content with friends and family, from music, movies, and now applications. And with Google+ naturally growing in size, it’s great to see Google trying to help it along and adding new features for users.
Thinking about picking up Verizon’s latest superphone? Well, hopefully you’re a fan of Amazon. According to Amazon, Verizon will start preloading a suite of applications on their handsets, with the Droid DNA being the first phone to receive the Amazon treatment. Now if you absolutely despise bloatware – which Verizon loves to put on their phones – this is probably awful news for you. But if you don’t mind some useful, preloaded applications, you can do much worse than what Amazon is offering. The entire Amazon experience is fully integrated into Android, and gives you access to Amazon’s enormous library of music, movies, books, etc. Read more
Not too long ago we reported Spacetime Studios had shown off a new MMO for Android in the form of an awesome cinematic trailer. After a soft launch in Canada and Australia, the free MMO is now available for American users as well. Unfortunately, that also means servers are going to be a little backed up, but that always sorts itself out.
If you’re looking for a free, hack-and-slash MMORPG to waste some time on your Android device, this should be at the top of your list for games to try. Hit the Play Store link after the break to give it a shot. Read more
Vuzix announced its take on Google Glass called Smart Glasses M100. Although it has the familiar cyborg-like single-eye view screen, the M100 looks more like a Bluetooth device than a pair of glasses. Vuzix is calling the Android device, which will run Ice Cream Sandwich, a smartphone display and communications system. It’s set for an early 2013 release and will be able to do the things you’d expect from a hands-free device like calling and sending text messages as well as accessing email, and recording video and still images with its 720p HD camera.
Navigation and augmented reality apps should be interesting on the M100 as it contains an integrated head tracker and GPS for spacial and positional awareness. Smart Glasses M100 will function with any Android or iOS app that supports output to an external monitor. That monitor is a WQVGA resolution screen with a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio. Its field of view is 16 degrees and the image will appear as though looking at a 4-inch display from a distance of 14-inches.
The battery life probably isn’t going to allow for any Life Blogging (do people still do that?) as it will only give you an hour of recording time with the screen on. Standard use should give you up to 8hrs. With the display on, the M100 will give you two hours of use. No pricing yet but Vuzix is offering developers the chance to get in early with a Vuzix Smart Glasses SDK, which includes a pre-production M100 for $999.
Via: Slash Gear
Following up on the story from last week regarding the supposed T-Mobile two-day sale that begins Friday November 16th; it turns out there’s definitely some truth to the sale. Today we’re getting wind of the full device rundown as well as the official pricing of each Samsung device, given you sign on the dotted line for that two-year contract.
First the bad news: These prices are after a mail-in rebate. Now, what we’re looking at is the Galaxy Note II and the 32GB Galaxy S III for $199.99 each with a two-year classic plan after rebate. All other Samsung devices will be free on contract after rebate including but not limited to the 16GB Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II, Relay, and Blaze 4G amongst a slew of others. Additionally, you can pick up the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for $299.99, after rebate of course.
Granted, the contracts aren’t for everyone, especially this day and age. However, there are still a ton of folks out there that rely on these sales every couple of years to score a nice device at a great price.