If you happen to have a Verizon LTE device and want to get hooked up with a prepaid plan from Straight Talk, you are in luck as the carrier is starting to take SIM card orders for Verizon devices. The addition of Verizon LTE devices as an option for Straight Talk customers should not be too big a surprise since Straight Talk is a Verizon MVNO.
SIM cards for Verizon devices run only $6.99. Straight Talk will not be shipping the new SIM cards for at least a couple weeks while they wait for them to be delivered before they can ship them to their customers. Straight Talk’s primary plan for smartphones runs $45 per month and includes unlimited talk, text and 3 GB of data. Straight Talk does throttle data speeds once customers hit 3 GB of data, bringing the speed down to only 64 kbps.
source: Straight Talk
Thanks to the Zauba site tracking imports into India, including devices for testing purposes like in this case, new information has been gleaned about Samsung’s work on their tablet devices for 2015. The Zauba site listed a couple Samsung tablets entering the country on December 22nd and 23rd, the Samsung SM-T555 and the SM-T1116 respectively. The former is believed to be a 10-inch version of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 5 while the latter is thought to be a budget model tablet. Read more
Amazon reported results for their holiday shopping season and the company seems to be quite happy with the results. Amazon’s membership program, Amazon Prime, added 10 million new members during the holiday season. Some estimates put the total number of Prime members at close to 60 million, which is a huge increase from the estimated 20 million Amazon had to start the year and comes even with the increase in price this past year. Read more
In the lead-up to the new year, OnePlus is doing a week’s worth of giveaways. Click on “Read more” below for the source link which will direct you to the OnePlus forums so you can check out the thread for the giveaway yourself! Read more
On Christmas, HTC gifted its customers with an update to the Gallery app. The update adds a slew of new features with the main ones being Cloud Gallery and Face Fusion. Cloud Gallery saves photographs and videos online for viewing from Facebook, Dropbox, Flickr, or Google Drive accounts. The thumbnail images are saved for browsing in an effort to minimize the space used. The full-size file is brought back once the photo or video is downloaded. For Face Fusion, users can swap two faces to create a new person. It works with freshly taken selfies or downloaded photos.
The following is What’s New for the HTC Gallery app:
- Browse your photos and videos in the cloud (coming soon in some regions)
- Face Fusion photo editor
- Tag view
- Tag images on your phone with keyboards
- Search files on your phone by tag
- See and search tags from Facebook and Flickr (coming soon in some regions)
- Updated timeline layout for feed view and grid view
Hit the break for the gallery and download links.
It is not unusual for Google’s Nexus devices to be in short supply and high demand and that has been the case with the Nexus 6. Availability has been spotty at best since the big smartphone’s release. If you have been looking for a particular combination of color and memory size, you may want to head on over to the Motorola web site as they are listing most combinations as available to order. Read more
The developers behind the Dolphin Browser have released a significant update for users interested in a browser experience outside of Chrome or the stock browser on their Android device. The new update brings Dolphin up to speed to run on Android Lollipop and enables users to view Flash items when they run across them. Read more
In early 2015, DirecTV customers will be able to stream content from The Walt Disney Company’s networks online and to mobile devices. It will allow mobile users to access WatchESPN, Watch Disney, Watch ABC, and much more by using DirecTV account credentials. The DirecTV Everywhere app will activate on-the-go streaming. In addition to this, DirecTV will introduce Fusion, Longhorn Network, ESPN Goal Zone, and ESPN Buzzer Beater to its lineup.
Hit the break for the full press release.
Android and Google would like to wish you a happy New Year, and they would like to do it with another fun and silly Android video. This one shows some of the hit occurrences of 2014, rehashes some viral vids, and shows some more Android characters just taking part in all kinds of craziness. Watch the video below, and leave a comment if you recognize any of the references in the video.
Voice calling for WhatsApp was announced at the start of 2014 with an arrival scheduled for the second quarter. The year is about to end and the voice calling update is still not here. While there is no word as to when WhatsApp will be updated with voice calling, we have a mockup from Androidworld to give us an idea of what to expect.
The app will allow voice calls to be made utilizing 3G, 4G, or WiFi networks. To remember exactly what was said in a conversation, WhatsApp has an optional feature built-in to record calls.