On Thursday August 7, 2014, Sprint announced its plans to close WiMax, the United States’ first ever ‘4G’ network, before the end of 2015. Today, thanks to an anonymous Android Central reader, we now know the exact date for the closure is Friday, November 6, 2015.
On October 7, we will be losing a video streaming service due to fierce competition. Redbox Instant, a joint venture between Redbox and Verizon, will shutdown after launching less than two years ago. The service struggled to gain subscribers when a credit card fraud issue arose. It also did not help that the content found on Redbox Instant was laughable compared to what Netflix and Amazon offer. The kiosks that helped Redbox gain popularity, though, will be sticking around. It is just this joint venture that is being closed.
Here is the notice left on Redbox Instant’s site:
Thank you for being a part of Redbox Instant by Verizon. Please be aware that the service will be shut down on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
Information on applicable refunds will be emailed to current customers and posted here on October 10.
In the meantime, you may continue to stream movies and use your Redbox kiosk credits until Tuesday, October 7 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.
We apologize for any inconvenience and we thank you for the opportunity to entertain you.
The Redbox Instant by Verizon Team
Shortly after the Moto X (2014) launched, the wallpapers on the device became available for download. Now, we have the wallpapers belonging to the Moto G (2014). You will find that Motorola reused some of the Moto X’s wallpapers.
Hit the break to view each wallpaper available and the link to download all fifteen wallpapers together.
According to a report published by DigiTimes this weekend, ASUS is currently in the process of developing its largest ever smartphone, a 5.5-inch Zenfone, which is expected to be unveiled at the annual CES conference in January, 2015.
Earlier this month, LG announced its next budget-friendly smartphone, the Tribute — essentially a rebranded variant of the F60 with some minor carrier adjustments designed to make the phone function correctly in the United States.
It looks like two carriers in the U.S. are gearing up to launch the handset. According to industry insiders, both Sprint and Virgin Mobile have been in contact with LG and are currently awaiting stock.
T-Mobile earlier announced the Sony Xperia Z3 will be joining their portfolio some time this fall. Although the timing was a bit nebulous, it appears the official release may be imminent. This is considerably faster than the timeline for prior Sony devices to come to the U.S. market. T-Mobile has been the only U.S. carrier to show interest in offering Sony devices to their customers, but in the past the release has typically lagged behind other markets by several months. Part of the reason for the faster release this time around could be the accolades Sony’s latest flagship received during IFA 2014.
HTC released third quarter financial info on Friday revealing mixed results for the company. HTC experienced an 8% decline in revenue in September, following the 10% growth they experienced in August, which followed a huge drop in July. Revenues for September fell to NT$16.7 billion ($549 million USD) compared to NT$18.2 billion ($596 million USD) for the same period in 2013. For the quarter, HTC’s revenues fell 11% year over year to NT$41.9 billion (almost $1.4 billion USD).
Due to a few patents Microsoft owns in relation to Samsung’s Android Phones, Samsung owes Microsoft a certain amount of money each device sold.
Although we all know that Google Glas has its own microphone for picking up the user’s words, that mic is severely limited by distance. Someone sitting far away can’t speak and have Google Glass pick it up.
More updates from Google this weekend with One Today getting a new feature called “Pay it Forward.”