Alto’s Adventure, as expected, became available for Android phones and tablets today.
Vevo has released an updated version of their standalone app that adds several customization features in a bid to be more of a player in the music app space instead of just being synonymous with YouTube videos. The new update comes on the heels of an overhaul of the iOS version of the app that was released last fall and is in conjunction with a new version of the Apple tvOS version that brings similar features to that platform. Read more
The 50d Oxygen is a new mid-range smartphone from ARCHOS. Here’s the rundown on specs.
Sony just expanded its ‘Xperia Beta Program.’ In case you don’t know, it’s designed for users to test the latest version of Android on Sony devices before the official public rollout. The program will help Sony discover bugs and issues that may be embedded in the operating system. This ultimately spotts the issues so that Sony can fix what needs to be fixed before rolling the update out to the public.
After lagging behind Chrome for iOS for several months, the Chrome for Android app is finally getting support for the Physical Web. Google announced that starting in version 49 of the browser, the app will be able to detect and interact with the Eddystone-URL scheme that Google is supporting along with Eddystone low-energy Bluetooth beacons. Read more
Samsung’s next two flagships are on the way, and that means carriers and retailers want to burn through existing inventory of last year’s devices. First up to start dumping Samsung phones is AT&T with a new promotion that includes the Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy S6 Edge+, Galaxy S6 Active, and even the Galaxy Note 5.
This morning, Qualcomm introduced two new products to give the company a stronger push into the wearables industry. Snapdragon Wear and the Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor are both made to enhance the overall experience of using a devices like smartwatches by improving functionality and decreasing power consumption. All of this is while the platform and processor enable wearables to have an energy-efficient 4G LTE connection. Previously, Android Wear devices with 4G LTE connections utilized Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 processor, which really couldn’t manage battery life and maintain high performance. That’s why Qualcomm calls its new products the “next era of wearables.”
Samsung Pay has only rolled out to a couple countries so far, the U.S. and Korea. Samsung clearly wants to see that list expand, but making that happen has proven to be a long, slow process. A couple new markets appear to be ready with a launch just over the horizon as signs point to Samsung Pay coming to the U.K. and Spain markets in conjunction with the launch of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. Read more
Another day, and yet another leak. But this time, it relates to the HTC’s upcoming flagship, the One M10, which is also known by its codename, Perfume. A few hours ago, we learnt from serial leaker Evan Blass that the M10 would hit US retail stores the week of May 9th, with the smartwatch being available some weeks before. Now we have some details about the handset’s cameras, more of which after the break. Read more