With so many wearable devices coming to market it is getting increasingly difficult for any one of them to generate significant buzz. One device that does seem to have captured the interest of industry watchers is the Motorola Moto 360 smartwatch. This can be seen by the sharp-eyed folks who spotted an inadvertent appearance by the Moto 360 on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon late last week.
Computex took place this past week so we had some new devices from ASUS. We also got the official announcement of the HTC One (E8) and the Samsung Galaxy W. This coming week we have Samsung’s unveiling of their new AMOLED tablets. Is Samsung overdoing it in the tablet segment? The Amazon phone is no urban legend folks. It will finally be unveiled in mid-June. Google finally released Android 4.4.3 to Nexus / GPE devices, and Motorola wasn’t far behind in releasing the same update to the Moto G and Moto X. Finally, could the “Android” logo get changed? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the world of Android.
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On almost every Netflix-capable device except mobile, the streaming service will continuing rolling into the next TV episode or movie once the current one ends. With the latest update to Netflix’s Android application, Post-Play arrives. With this, users have a hands-free experience to continue watching TV episodes on a smartphone. Post-Play for movies, for now, is capable with only tablets. And in a few months, Netflix plans on having Post-Play ready for Chromecast. So go ahead and binge-watch without ever touching a device until you are finished.
Hit the break for download links.
Motorola recently announced their new “try before you buy” promotion, but that’s not all the Motorola related news to come out this weekend. Reportedly, Motorola is set to release the 64GB version of the Moto X tomorrow, Sunday June 7, which will be available via Motomaker.
The confirms recent rumors suggesting that Motorola would release a 64GB model of the device, and it also suggests that the upcoming Moto X+1 would have similar storage capabilities. The device is set to cost around $100 more than its 16GB little brother. It’s set to come to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Republic Wireless, but it’s unknown if it will be released to Verizon.
The FCC recently approved the upcoming Samsung SM-G906S, which is supposed to be the Korean version of the Galaxy S5 Prime. The SM-G906S is, according to the FCC, the same as the SM-G906K and SM-G906L.
The FCC did not reveal too many details about the device, however it did mention that it features LTE band 5 and band 17, both bands that are not supported on any US carrier.
If you were trying to get an invitation to purchase the OnePlus One, check your inbox. The company has announced that they’ve finally sent out the first round of invites to potential buyers, which will allow a handful of potential customers to get their hands on the black 64 GB version of the device. The white 16 GB version will come a bit later, and if everything goes according to schedule, just about anyone should be able to grab a device with an invite by the end of June. Fingers crossed, right?
Anybody get their invitation yet?
Lately we’ve seen Google push for location-sensitive reminders in Google Now, especially with the monthly walking counts and parking spot reminders, but it looks like they’re close to finally adding in contact-based reminders and notifications. In short, Google Now will be able to give you a notification about something whenever you’re around a particular person or place.
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!!
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AT&T to expand offering of tablets on GoPhone pre-paid plan
John Legere to remain CEO if T-Mobile successfully merges with Sprint
With a number of companies releasing LTE octa-core chips, it looks like Huawei is ready to join them. Huawei’s new Kirin 920 is made up of a quad Cortex-A15, plus a quad Cortex-A7. These two cores work simultaneously, along with a Mali-T628 GPU.
The chip also includes a multi-mode LTE Cat 6 radio, allowing for data speeds of up to 300 Mbps on carriers that are set up for carrier aggregation. The Kirin 920 also has a low-power I3 sensor co-processor, along with a Tensilica HIFI3 audio processor. A release date is still yet to be announced.
One of the nation’s most badass executives will not be going anywhere even if his company goes through a merger. I’m talking about John Legere, T-Mobile’s very vocal CEO. If T-Mobile and Sprint successfully merge after agreeing to a deal, Legere will remain at the helm of the conglomerate. We have already heard Sprint CEO Dan Hesse would have no problem stepping back and allowing someone else lead. Bloomberg is reporting that negotiations are ongoing and Legere is at the forefront of the future.
If there is anything the mobile industry needed from carriers, it is a firecracker and that is certainly what T-Mobile has in John Legere. His Un-carrier movement has forced other carries like Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint to rethink strategies. In fact, T-Mobile is even paying early termination fees (ETFs) for consumers to jump ship from rivals. With Legere leading the nation’s third and fourth place carriers, there would likely be some more force coming at Verizon and AT&T.
Previous rumors had suggested that the Nubia Z7 was another name for the Nubia X6, but now it looks like the name is being used for an entirely new device. A press photo was released today, reportedly showing the new device.
The photo reveals the back of the device, showing the camera with an LED flash. The translated text says “a little more beautiful”, which suggests that the device will be fashionable. While we don’t know official specs about the rest of the device, rumors suggest that it will have a 5-inch display and run Android 4.4.
Google is reportedly in talks to buy music streaming service Songza. Songza, which competes with Pandora, has around 10 million users, and is apparently being offered $15 million by Google.
While they do have Google Play Music, Google has reportedly been on the lookout for a music streaming service for a while now. Songza is a little different than other music streaming services, in that they service music taking into account what people are doing when they listen to the music. Suggestions include “working in the office” or “boosting your energy”.
Source: New York Post
For just one penny, you can bring home the Moto X on June 9.. for two weeks. This Monday, Motorola is allowing people to customize their flagship smartphone and carry it around for two weeks before forcing them to make a decision. You will not be able to pull a fast one on Motorola as they’ll have billing information to deliver the full Moto X price. But it is a great way to spend some time with a device prior to making a purchase.
This is a “while quantities last” promotion, so act fast on Monday. Click here for full directions and rules.
Hangouts for the web recently got an update which allows users to sketch a message and send off the masterpiece to a buddy.
It’s a bit like Snapchat, without the expiration of the message of course. A few different options are available to users like brush width and a variety of colors.
To create a sketch, hover over the camera icon, click on the pencil and then begin. Sketches can be edited after they’ve been sent, which is a cool feature as well.
If you didn’t get the update yet, be patient because it’s still rolling out to everyone. Expect the feature to make its way to Android relatively soon as well.
Source: Android Police
AT&T’s pre-paid plan, GoPhone, will expand its offering to a bunch of new tablets. So if you’ve got one of the below tablets (or are planning on purchasing one) then you can buy data time on the GoPhone service monthly. Hit the break for the full list of compatible tablets.
Once you have the tablet you’ll also have to buy a GoPhone SIM Kit card for $9.99. Then you can pre-pay for your tablet’s data plan on AT&T. The plans are as follows:
1. 250MB for $15/month – 100MB of additional data costs $10 each
2. 3GB for $30/month – 500MB of additional data costs $10 each
3. 5GB for $50/month – 1GB of additional data costs $10 each