T-Mobile launches $40 Simple Starter plan, includes unlimited talk and text and 500 MB of data

by Jared Peters on
tagged , ,

T-Mobile_Logo_01_TA

T-Mobile’s next move is to tackle individual consumers with their latest Simple Starter plan. The plan is good for one line, runs $40 a month and gets you unlimited minutes, unlimited text messages, and 500 MB of data. Similar plans on other carriers run about $60 or $70 per month, but T-Mobile’s plan doesn’t include any type of device subsidy, so you’ll either have to sign up for their Jump program or bring your own phone. With the Jump plan, you’re likely going to be right back to where the other carriers are in terms of pricing.

Still, if you’re looking to try out T-Mobile, this is a pretty low-risk plan to jump into. There’s still no contract involved, and it’s incredibly cheap. Hit the break for the press release below. » Read the rest

New Samsung Galaxy S 5 commercial touts meaningful innovation

by Robert Nazarian on
tagged ,

Samsung_Galaxy_S_5_Commerical_Meaninful_Innovation_Begins

Samsung already ran a Galaxy S 5 teaser spot during the Academy Awards, but with the global launch just two days away, they just released their second commercial.

Those of you looking for Apple bashing will be disappointed though. This one is just a simple spot showing closeups of the phone along with some key specs including a heart rate monitor and a state-of-the-art camera.

Is this the beginning of meaningful innovation? Samsung seems to think so. I guess the consumers will decide starting this Friday. For now, hit the break for the quick 30 second spot.

» Read the rest

Specs revealed for upcoming Xiaomi Mi3S

by Robert Nazarian on
tagged ,

Xiaomi-Mi3S-Snapdragon-801-soon

Xiaomi’s Mi3 is a hit, so it’s no surprise they are working on a successor. Dubbed the Mi3S, this one looks like a complete beast, and if the rumored pricing is correct, it is going to be one hot ticket.

The Mi3S will sport a 5-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, 8MP front-facing camera, and LTE. There is also going to be “more metal.”

» Read the rest

Samsung Gear 2 teardown reveals Exynos processor

by Robert Nazarian on
tagged , ,

Samsung_Gear_2_Teardown_Exynos_Processor_Reveal_01

We already had a chance to see a teardown of the Galaxy S 5, so now we turn our attention to the Gear 2. Famous for complete teardowns, iFixit did just that. Samsung never mentioned what processor was powering the Gear 2 or Gear 2 Neo, but thanks to this teardown, we now know it’s a dual-core 1GHz Exynos 3250.

iFixit also gave a repairability score of 8 out of 10, which isn’t too bad. They found that the watch band is “super easy to remove,” and the screws, clips, and spring contacts make the device easy to open. The battery can easily be removed and replaced. However, on the downside, the display assembly is a little difficult to deal with, not to mention costly. If you want to know more about the guts of the Gear 2, then hit the first source link below.

» Read the rest

Sony uses liquid heat-pipe cooling technology in Xperia Z2 and could be the reason for delays

by Alihassan Mahdi on
tagged , , , , ,

Sony_Xperia_Z2_White_Official_02

According to a new report by DigiTimes, Sony is the second manufacturer to use the liquid heat-pipe cooling technology in a smartphone, mainly the recently announced Xperia Z2.

The first company to adopt this technology was the Japanese vendor, NEC, which used heat-pipes in its 4.7-inch Media X06E announced back in 2013. Since then, Samsung and Lenovo were in contact with Taiwan-based thermal module makers to adopt thin heat pipes technology to be used for their products, though both opted not to use them for the time being. » Read the rest

Google targets Windows XP users with Chromebook promotion

by Alihassan Mahdi on
tagged , ,

chromebook_11_colors

With the end of Windows XP support by Microsoft, Google is trying to take advantage of this opportunity by focusing more on hardware, especially the Chromebook, and to make it popular among enterprises.

The company announced today that upon buying Chromebooks for Business, it will offer a $100 discount off each managed device purchased. In addition, Google has partnered with Citrix and VMware to offer two more promotions as well. A $200 discount will be provided on Chromebooks for Business for those who buy it with VMware Desktop as a Service. Citrix is also offering a 25% discount off its Citrix XenApp Platinum Edition, which includes AppDNA software to help speed up migration from Windows XP to the newest versions.

Source: Google Blog

 

Comcast rumored to be considering their own mobile service provider business

by Christian de Looper on
tagged

Comcast

According to recent rumors, Comcast might branch out from simply being an Internet service provider, and move into the mobile wireless market. According to The Information, Comcast has been considering creating a nationwide mobile network that relies heavily on WiFi.

Rather than purchasing blocks of the wireless spectrum, Comcast would instead use its WiFi hotspots to provide service for a large number of devices. This makes sense considering its WiFi network is growing larger and larger, with over a million public access points. Despite the large area covered by Comcast, there will be spots without Comcast WiFi, which is where other carriers, such as Verizon, would step in.

» Read the rest

US Air Force looking into using Google Glass on the battlefield

by Jared Peters on
tagged ,

google-glass-xl

The US Air Force’s BATMAN (Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided (K)nowledge) research team has recently been testing Google Glass for use in the Air Force, and so far, they like what they’ve been able to do with test units. So far, they’ve tested using Glass in many different scenarios, and thanks to its low power, low footprint design, it’s been fairly helpful. It’s also a nice bonus that Glass sits above the eye and doesn’t obstruct vision, which would be a key element in giving these devices to ground troops. » Read the rest

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for April 8, 2014

by Robert Nazarian on
tagged

TalkAndroid_Daily_Dose

With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Apps

Sony launches Lifelog app for their wearable devices

Pushbullet updated to add full image previews and Tasker Event support

Carriers

Comcast rumored to be considering their own mobile service provider business

Chromecast

YouTube Live Streams on Chromecast now available from the desktop

Reddit user finds that new home screen information may land on Chromecast

» Read the rest

Next Vivo flagship will feature dual-LED flash

by Christian de Looper on
tagged ,

vivo_teaser_camera

Today Vivo released another teaser, giving some information about their upcoming flagship device. This teaser showed us the devices camera, specifically the dual-LED “True Tone” flash.

The camera will be similar to those found on the HTC One (M8), combining yellow and white LED lights to bring better color balance options. We still don’t know the name of the device, which will be the successor to the Vivo Xplay 3S, but it is set to be the first of the “X-Series”, and will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

Source: Weibo
Via: GSMArena