Sprint will apologize to AT&T and Verizon during the Super Bowl


A couple of months ago, Sprint released a commercial about their family plan and kind of referred to AT&T and Verizon as sheep. Well apparently they have decided to issue an apology during the third quarter of some sort of big football game this weekend. Yup, it will be in the form of a commercial. Something tells me they really won’t be all that apologetic. And is AT&T and Verizon really wait for an apology?

Hit the break for the teaser they released earlier today along with the commercial from November that started it all.

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They have to be kidding: Google admits they can’t keep up with Nexus 6 demand


It’s starting to sound like a broken record with every Nexus phone. Google reported quarterly results today and CFO Patrick Pichette acknowledged that they can’t keep up with Nexus 6 demand.

He said, “While the Nexus 6 was well received as a new phone, we had real issues and were unable to secure sufficient inventory to meet the demand that we had forecasted.”

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Could the LG G4 sport a 3K display?


The LG G4 (LG-VS999) was spotted in a leaked document. That in itself is no big deal, but what is interesting is the display resolution, which is 2880 x 1620.

It’s believed that this device is headed to Verizon since the Verizon G3 had a model number of LG-VS985. Now interestingly enough the AT&T version (LG-H810) was spotted in a UA profile a few days ago with an expected resolution of 2560 x 1440.

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Chromecast dominates U.S. streaming, users have hit Cast 1 billion times


Google’s Chromecast costs only $35. At that price, people may assume the dongle is inferior to its competition. In reality, Chromecast is on the same level as other streaming devices. And today Google chief business officer Omid Kordestani pointed to a report from NPD Group that named Chromecast as the top selling streaming device in the United States. Holding the top spot in the United States should not be any surprise because of how low the price is to bring Chromecast home.

Kordestani announced a very impressive Chromecast statistic, too. In the near two years the device has been available, users have hit Cast one billion times. The milestone came last week. Also, Chromecast use has improved by 60% since launching in July 2013.

Saygus V2 pre-ordering opens February 2 at 11:59pm MST


At CES 2015, the Saygus V2 was introduced to the world with impressive components on the inside and out. Saygus announced at the event that the V2 would be released during the first quarter of 2015. We are getting closer to that release as Saygus will take pre-orders beginning February 2 at 11:59pm MST. The introductory price will be $549 before increasing to $599. To get the introductory price, though, customers will need a coupon code received only after pre-registering. That can still be done and ends on Monday afternoon.

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Smart Lock for Chrome open to all Chrome OS users


Prior to today, Smart Lock was only available to users of the Chrome OS Dev Channel. Today, that is no more as the feature is open to any and every Chrome OS user (with a Bluetooth connection). Smart Lock allows Android 5.0 Lollipop devices to unlock nearby Chromebooks seamlessly. The Chrome OS device will recognize the user is already signed in on their phone and bypass the lock screen.

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Microsoft silently investing in Cyanogen


The last two years have been quite good for Cyanogen. The company saw its software ship on new hardware and quickly gain praise. All of this made investors eager to become involved with the software developer. Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, and even Yahoo all were said to have expressed interest in Cyanogen almost six months ago. In October, Google joined those interested but Cyanogen declined what was reportedly an offer to acquire the entire company. Cyanogen wants to operate on its own and keep Android as open as it should be. Of all the companies interested in Cyanogen, it looks like Microsoft has made the most progress.

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Exclusive: NASA recaps Project Tango-equipped Smart SPHERES, hints at next-generation of free-flying robots


Back in July of last year, crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) received a very special payload of devices from Google’s Advanced Technologies and Projects team. The prototype devices, codenamed Project Tango, were meant for NASA’s microsatellites, the SPHERES, that have been accompanying the astronauts on their voyage around the planet since 2006.

I recently had the incredible luxury of corresponding with Maria Alberty of the Ames Research Facility, the group inside of NASA in charge of overseeing the SPHERES and their experiments, with the goal of revisiting Project Tango’s involvement with the SPHERES and adding to the continuity of Talk Android’s reporting on this milestone.

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