As Google I/O prepares to get underway later this week, companies are poised to share their stories and successes not only for the media covering the event, but with the developers as well as they hope to entice them to use their wares in their own solutions. One company that is on-hand is Qualcomm which produces chips used in many Android-based devices. Their latest graphics processor, the Adreno 420, just happens to be making its public debut in the market with the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy S5 Broadband LTE-A device. Part of Qualcomm’s new Adreno 400 family of SoC GPUs, the chip will help raise the bar for mobile-gaming experiences and should bring mobile devices on par with desktop systems.
Sprint is not done getting some attention today. After launching HD Voice and expanding its 4G LTE network along with Sprint Spark, the carrier is welcoming anyone to try them out for 30 days risk-free. Don’t like what Sprint has to offer? Get your money back. This includes everything like service and upgrade fees. This 30 day risk-free trial program begins June 27.
Sprint’s HD Voice compatibility is now spanning across more than sixty smartphones (including prepaid). They have lit up 4G LTE in twenty-eight new markets, covering 471 cities and 225 million people. And their Sprint Spark has been activated in three new markets. Not too bad for a company that is on the verge of merging with another carrier.
Hit the break for the full press release.
People around the world are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Google Glass in their respective countries. While the United States has been the go-to for a bit of time, Google has finally opened the Glass Explorer program to another nation. Starting today, people in the United Kingdom can join the Glass Explorer program for £1,000. Just as with the United States wearers, people in the United Kingdom can choose between five colors and get to tailor their experience if they need prescription lenses.
Hit the break for the introductory video.
Sprint has added a (sort of) brand new device from Samsung. The carrier is adding the Galaxy S 5 Sport to its rotation. While that handset may not sound familiar, it currently exists over at AT&T with a different name. It is nearly identical to the Galaxy S 5 Active. Coming in Cherry Red and Electric Blue, the Galaxy S 5 Sport sports a different textured back than the GS5 Active. This is to make the handset easier to grip. Behind the 5.1-inch 1080p display is Android 4.4.2 (with TouchWiz), a quad-core processor, and 2GB of RAM. The usual 16GB of internal storage is what you have to work with.
Earlier this month, Samsung made the 8-inch and 10-inch versions of the Galaxy Tab 4 available in India, but the 7-inch wasn’t included. After a bit of delay, you’ll finally be able to pick up a Tab 4 7.0 off of Indian retailer Flipkart for about Rs 18,000.
The variant that Samsung is launching is the 3G model, which is typically how Samsung launches tablet products in India. Otherwise, the Tab 4 is identical to the models released everywhere else in the world with a 1280 x 800 resolution screen, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, and 8 GB of internal storage.
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about HTC’s Butterfly 2, but according to Taiwan’s FCC equivalent, the Butterfly 2 4G has been certified for sale. The certification proved a lot of the rumors that we’d previously heard, including the 1080p 5-inch screen, 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, and 13 megapixel camera.
Since the device is now fully certified, it will probably go on sale in Asian markets pretty soon. Since the original Butterfly didn’t make its way to the US (outside of landing on Verizon as the Droid DNA) don’t expect this one to be much different.
via: Phone Arena
Microsoft has bumped up the amount of free storage you get with OneDrive to 15 GB, bringing it up to par with Google Drive’s free space. On top of that, the pricing for different tiers of space is going to see a big drop in order to stay more competitive with Google’s extremely low prices. The 100 GB tier, which used to cost $7.49, will now run $1.99 per month, which is exactly where Google has their 100 GB tier priced, and Microsoft will sell you 200 GB per month for $3.99. Definitely some big price drops.
Are these price changes enough to sway you over towards using OneDrive instead of whatever cloud service you have right now?
source: 9to5 Google
Last week Amazon finally introduced their first smartphone to the world, which didn’t seem all that spectacular. Amazon does have a major brand, but the pricing and lack of anything compelling makes me wonder if it will succeed. However, according to a report from the Korea Times, Samsung and LG should be scared.
One industry official said, “The top appealing factor for the Amazon phone is competitive pricing and the technology that enables it to produce three-dimensional (3D) images.” What competitive pricing? $199 on contract and $650 off contract is far from competitive. Yes, the 3D, or as the call it dynamic perspective, is different, but is it something that consumers really desire?
With the newer Snapdragon 805 being all the rage as the processor to beat, other chipsets have a decent uphill battle facing them as they attempt to dethrone the Qualcomm chip. Only one has been able to do that so far, and that’s Nvidia’s Tegra K1. However if benchmarks are to be believed, the second chip to do so is the Exynos 5433. Codenamed “HelsinkiPro” the SoC is said to be an upgraded version of the Exyno 5430 — codenamed Helsinki. See what they did there?
If you’re looking to blow $1,8o0 then you may want to consider the new Google Glass frames by Dian Von Furstenberg. Now available in the US, the package comes in a bundle with Glass, one pair of sunglasses and a pair of optical frames. There are multiple tints for the sunglasses and a single pair of optical frames in a variety of colors.
Being able to hook up to your WiFi network with your computer or tablet is pretty convenient, but what if you’re on the road, or in an area without a wireless network in sight?
Well there’s good news — setting up a wireless hotspot on your device, which you can then connect to with your laptop or tablet, is extremely convenient. The feature is available on most smartphones these days, but carriers usually charge around $20 or more each month for a simple subscription to the service.
But what if I told you that you could experience the same service for only a one-time fee of $7.95? You’d take it, right? Well hit the break to find out how.
One of the biggest complaints people have had at the Galaxy S 5 — besides a “lack” of innovation — is the device’s backing. Some people haven’t been impressed with the dimpling and some have even gone to the extreme of comparing the gold S5 to that of a Band-Aid. There’s a decent amount of memes on the matter if you search hard enough. Even so, Samsung has announced a new variant that will make those unhappy people, a little less unhappy.
“Mini” variants of devices have been popping up for some time now, and cater especially to those who would like a premium smartphone, but wouldn’t mind sacrificing some of the higher-end specs so that the screen size can shrink a bit to their liking.
The LG G2 Mini, which was announced last February, has not been as successful as LG might have liked, and perhaps that’s because it wasn’t all that “mini.” The device, which featured a 4.7-inch screen, was a bit big for some users, who might have decided on another smartphone with similar specs and a smaller screen.
Now, it looks like LG has picked up on the lost potential for sales — according to rumors, it looks like the device’s successor, the LG G3 Mini, will feature a smaller screen, of 4.5 inches.
Need a new tablet at a great price? The Nexus 7 still holds the title as one of the best overall tablets, even when not considering price. But now through September 30, purchasing the Nexus 7 through Google Play will include 3 months of All Access for free. After that, you must cancel your subscription or pony up the $9.99 per month price.
Not too bad, Google. Are you interested in purchasing the Nexus 7? Or are you waiting for something else? Let us know in the comments.
Source: Google Play [Details]
It may be a generation old now, but the HTC UK team thinks the HTC One (M7) is still something special, especially after being named the “Best Phone of 2013” by an unknown source. To celebrate, they have had a 24k gold plated version of the device made and will be giving it away via a Twitter-based contest.
The full rules are available on their Facebook page. Entrants are only allowed one entry, accomplished by retweeting a specific tweet. The winner does have to be a resident of the U.K. If you are interested, you have until the end of the day on June 29th to get your entry in.
source: @HTC_UK, HTC UK on Facebook (rules)