Google appears to be working on a new method to custom accessories for Nexus devices that is currently dubbed Google Workshop. From the looks of it, Google may have learned a few things from their Motorola experiment, including the Moto Maker platform for creating customized Moto X devices. Google Workshop takes some of those same concepts and applies them to the production of cases and live wallpapers for the Nexus 5. It is unclear whether it would expand to other devices if it goes live.
Earlier this month, we learned that T-Mobile would be altering its equipment installment plan to include accessories. Today, the carrier announced that EIP for accessories would officially launch on July 20 at participating T-Mobile stores.
If you’re planning on plunking down a few hundred on either the newly announced Tab S 8.4 or Tab S 10.5 then you may want to consider looking for some accessories for the new tablets. Samsung has you covered too. Simply named Bluetooth Keyboard, Book Cover and Simple Cover you know exactly what you’ll be getting. Availability and pricing are unknown though.
For many people, a smartphone is only as good as its accessories. If you fall into that category and were wondering what’s going to be available for the OnePlus One, you can finally get a sneak peek at what’s going to be available for the budget-priced flagship device later this year.
When the Galaxy S 5 was announced last month at the Samsung Packed Event 2014, the company did not unveil any accessories for its new flagship.
However, the accessories for the smartphone have appeared in a wide variety on mobile accessory site MobileFun. The first accessory is the Protective Hard Case Cover Plus made of plastic and which has a rugged look. The cover is priced at €25 which costs $35.
The other one is the S View Wireless Charging Cover which has a rectangular cut on the front that allows you to view the screen, answer calls, check the time & weather and view the notifications received. It’s called wireless cover because you can wirelessly charge your Galaxy S 5 without having to take off the cover. The cover comes in black and white variant and the wireless variant will cost you €67 ($93) while the one without wireless charging costs €55 ($76).
The update to Android 4.4 KitKat on the Galaxy Note 3 was a welcome change for the device, which had all the latest hardware, but lacked the latest software. However, while the update did a whole lot of good, it also brought upon an issue that disabled compatibility with third-party accessories.
Samsung began rolling out an update to fix the issue today. It also fixes a bug that prevented apps from writing to external storage on KitKat. Obviously this problem shouldn’t have come up in the first place, but it’s good news that Samsung jumped on it so quickly. The update’s build number is N9005XXUENB3. To check if your phone can grab the update, go to Settings -> General -> About device -> Software update.
For all its success in mastering the smartphone market around the world, at times Samsung seems to think it needs to emulate Apple’s walled garden approach toward their customers. The appearance of Samsung engaging in this type of behavior can create some publicity problems for the company as has occurred over the past few days with regard to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 device. As previously reported, when the Android 4.4 KitKat update started to rollout to end users, reports quickly surfaced that compatibility with third-party accessories was broken. Samsung issued a statement that basically told consumers they should only use genuine Samsung accessories. Apparently Samsung realized that didn’t sit too well with the market as Samsung has now reversed course.
Who knew Matt Lauer and the people over at The Today Show could bring such an awesome deal back. Over on the morning show’s site, they have a way for people to purchase the Moto X with $150 off the full retail price through Moto Maker. But that $150 off code isn’t all they are offering. If you prefer to go on-contract, you get a 50% off coupon meaning that the Sprint or AT&T model will cost $99 and the Verizon model $29.99.
The deals don’t stop here. Accessories also get a 50% off dip. To avoid the massive rush that occurred the last time around, a form is required to receive a code. Unfortunately, bamboo backs are not eligible. Hit the break for instructions.
Just pick up a Nexus 7 in white? The Google Play Edition of the LG G Pad 8.3? Or how about just any smartphone or tablet? Well, Best Buy is currently holding a sale on select accessories for smartphones and tablets. The 20% off sale covers cases, screen protectors, Bluetooth keyboards, bags, chargers, and more. There are some great deals going on and many of the items would make a great gift.. for yourself! The sale is only online and runs through Christmas day. Head on over to the source link below to view what items are on sale.
Source: Best Buy
A new report out of Korea says that Samsung has lowered their smartphone sales projections for 2014 from 360 to 330 million units. In doing so, Samsung hopes to focus on smartphone accessories and peripherals next year. The reason for shifting its focus and lowering sales projections is because the smartphone market is becoming increasingly crowded. But by no means is Samsung worried. Selling 330 million units is certainly a great goal to have. This new focus will likely start with the release of the Galaxy Gear‘s successor when it is rumored to launch beside the Galaxy S 5. This could also mean that the S Pen’s functionality will be expanded with the release of the next Note device. Only time will tell to see how Samsung innovates in 2014.
Source: ET News
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