Verizon to make a special announcement on May 22nd

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Verizon has made it official that they will be announcing something on May 22nd at CTIA. There’s no word on what the actual announcement will be, but it’s probably going to be a big enough deal to warrant a formal invitation like this.

A Galaxy S 4 announcement would be unlikely, since we all pretty much know it’s coming, so it could be some other device announcement. Droid DNA Plus, anyone? It could also be something related to Verizon’s new device payment plans, or something network related, like VoLTE. We won’t for another month, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as we hear anything.

Google Play Service may be working on a full-fledged gaming network behind the scenes

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Have you been itching for a unique online gaming center/marketplace that’s similar to say, Microsoft’s Xbox Live? Well it appears that Google may very well be on its way to developing something special in the works. Our friends at Android Police stumbled upon what a unique “Games” folder in the MyGlass app which contains all the essential ingredients for a gaming-based service: full multi-player capabilities, achievements, real-time chats, leaderboards, invitations and lobbies— yeah pretty much the whole nine yards there. Of course this significant leak may just be something for the Android heads to tinker and experiment with… but then again, this could be the start of something really special. Nevertheless, we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears fully open when we hit Google I/O in May.

source: Android Police

Sprint 4G LTE now available in 21 new markets

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Sprint announced today the availability of 4G LTE service in 21 more markets. Some of the locations that Sprint highlights in their announcement include Los Angeles, Charlotte and Memphis. Sprint indicates they are offering a $100 discount through May 9th for new customers switching their number to Sprint when buying a new smartphone on a two-year agreement and a qualifying plan. It does not appear that the special offer is limited to the areas where the new 4G LTE service is now available. The new, official locations with 4G LTE service include:
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Twitter Music officially released, Android app still in the works

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Last week we reported on the partial release of the new Twitter Music service to select individuals on an invitation only basis. As expected, the new service is now available for the general public. With the official release, we are able to get a little better idea of how Twitter will make suggestions to users thanks to the web interface. Music choices show up using one of five options:

  • Popular – New music trending on Twitter
  • Emerging – Hidden talent found in the Tweets
  • Suggested – Artists you might like
  • #NowPlaying – Tweeted by people you follow
  • Me – Artists you follow

Since the limited availability was discovered last week, this general release also reveals Rdio and Spotify integration, which is needed to be able to listen to full length songs. At present, the only option presented to buy songs through the Twitter Music service is using iTunes. Twitter has indicated they are working on an Android app, but no timeline has been provided.

source: Twitter Music

The Eye Tribe officially launches its eye control technology, also confirms developer SDK will arrive in June

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It’s looking like eye control is going to make an immediate impact in how we control our games and applications’ UIs in the near-future. A fairly new startup called The Eye Tribe went ahead and announced the official launch of its eye control technology for Android smartphones/tablets and the upcoming release of a developer SDK. The technology can be used for eye-activated logins, eye-tracking scrolling, new gaming control and even user engagement analytics. What’s even more is The Eye Tribe claims an astoundingly low cost of the technology too: the hardware requirements for its product will only cost a dollar in materials. Impressive indeed.

In case you’re interested, signups have officially opened from today and the SDK will be available in June.

source: The Next Web

Google reserves right to deactivate Explorer Edition Google Glass devices

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You may recall yesterday when a developer edition of Google Glass showed up on eBay and started generating bids approaching the $100,000 mark. We suggested the listing may end up getting pulled at Google’s request since the devices are not supposed to be sold or otherwise given away by the developers who have managed to get a pair. It looks like we were right as the auction was canceled yesterday. The appearance and subsequent cancellation of the device on eBay triggered some folks to take a look at the terms and conditions related to owning Google Glass. In there, for the Explorer Edition you will find the following language:
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ARCHOS launches 4 new devices for European markets

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Widely known as an up-and-coming tablet maker, ARCHOS is officially dabbling in the smartphone game by introducing a quartet of new handsets that will be headed for Europe in the near-future. The devices— the Carbon 35, Titanium 4, Titanium 52 and Platinum 48— all range from modest budget-level devices to premium flagships. Additionally, each device will feature an IPS display, dual-SIM capabilities and at least Ice Cream Sandwich on board (the Platinum 48 will arrive with Jelly Bean).

Expect each device to arrive sometime soon with an affordable price tag off-contract.

source: Phone Arena 

MOGA Pro controller now available online, retail availability coming in May

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Back at CES, we had a chance to get our hands on the MOGA Pro Controller, which is the follow up to the original MOGA controller. This one isn’t as compact, but it’s based on PowerA’s top of the line Fusion controller, so it’s for the serious gamer. You get higher quality sticks as well as a second pair of triggers. I will also run on a rechargeable battery as opposed to the original MOGA, which runs on 2 AA batteries. The MOGA Pro will fit larger devices such as the Galaxy Note II, but for gamers that want to use a tablet, they include a really nice tablet stand.

It’s priced at $49.99 and is available online at Amazon, Walmart and MOGAanywhere. Next month you will find it online at Target and in stores such as Walmart, Best Buy, GameStop, and Fred Meyer. For a limited time you will be able to download Gameloft’s N.O.V.A. 3 – Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance for Free with your MOGA Pro purchase.

You can check out our hands on from CES and look for our review soon. Hit the break for the full press release.


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Pantech Vega Iron is official, features 5-inch 1080p display with a very small bezel

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Pantech plans on giving Samsung, HTC, and LG a run for their money with the Vega Iron. We told you about this one last week, but Pantech just made it official. It will come with a 5-inch 1080p display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 13MP rear camera, 2150mAh battery, WiFi that supports 1 gigabit, and Android 4.1.2.

The Vega Iron sports a metal frame and the smallest bezel ever in a smartphone, at 2.4-millimeters. Look for this one to go on sale in Korea, but we have no word on if it will appear in other areas.

source: Pantech