Rumors of a joint venture between Verizon and Redbox can finally be laid to rest as the pair have announced today a streaming media and Blu-ray/DVD rental service. The newly partnered dynamic duo will be looking to take the fight to current streaming and DVD mailing leader Netflix.
The service is expected to be available on all major platforms from smart TV’s and game consoles through to handheld mobile devices. It isn’t clear at this time if the service will only be available to Verizon customers. There’s no word on price or a solid release date confirmed as of yet but keep tuned to Talk Android as dig a little deeper to keep you informed.
Softbank, the mobile carrier in Japan surprised us yesterday with the announcement of a Yahoo phone running Google’s Android OS; yeah, strange. Things just get weirder. Today the Japanese carrier brings us the Hello Kitty branded Aquos. For this special Hello Kitty edition, owners will have the privilege to enjoy Kitty themed menus, screens, icons, mail, calculator, alarm clock, and more. Although the phone is heavily branded with Hello Kitty, there is a Snoopy theme as well. While it may be cute and glamorous, don’t be fooled. The Aquos is a beast. Aside from being the world’s first Android flip phone, you’ll find that the Aquos has
- Gingerbread 2.3
- 1Ghz 2nd gen Snapdragon processor
- 16MP camera with 1280×720 HD video recording
- IEEE 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0+EDR
- Micro HDMI
- microSD/SDHC slot (shipped with a 2GB card inside)
- waterproof body
- digital TV tuner
- digital wallet function (Felica/RFID)
- infrared port
- Blu-ray recorder connectivity
Ladies, many of you commented on our previous article about the HTC Bliss with outcries for pocket powerhouse, so I look forward to reading your comments in response to this device. Guys if you think you’re too cool to rock a Hello Kitty phone, it’s also available in plain blue.
Google TV just put out some updates which should make several improvements to the platform. The latest build version is now v1.3, and includes the following features;
- media support for WMA audio
- better Netflix and CNBC Real Time integration
- Improved transition between songs in Pandora
- Support for Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity on Sony devices
- Support for a broader range of Blu-ray discs
This update went out over the last weekend, and so most of you probably have already received the update, however, you may want to double-check your system settings to see if you’re running v1.3, if not, simply let the update roll in.
[via googletv blog]
Google TV is an excellent concept, but the networks have been fighting them at every step. I’m a HUGE fan of the idea, but we need to see Google work out the issues they have with streaming network TV shows to get the adoption that they want, I think. That said, I’m glad to see more companies start manufacturing Google TV devices — especially reputable companies like Samsung, who announced that they’re going to be manufacturing TVs and at least one model of Blu-Ray player. I’m in the market for a new Blu-Ray player soon, and I’m sure looking into getting one that is Google TV-compatible, so I’m excited about this announcement. They also have a standalone companion box that will be released as well, for those who may not need the TV or Blu-Ray Player, but still want to check out the Samsung Google TV experience. After all, options are always better. The standalone unit is said to be smaller than the Logitech and and Sony boxes, which is definitely nice. Also, those of you with Galaxy S phones can use them as remotes for any of these devices, which is definitely something I am interested in. Samsung even says that their devices are capable of supporting other platforms, but no specifics on that at this time.