Last week we reported on a planned Google+ Hangout to debut the trailer for the new movie “The Internship” coming out this summer. This is a natural fit for Google since the movie takes a comedic look at the life of a couple interns working for the search giant. The Hangout was hosted by Conan O’Brien on February 13th to reveal the trailer for the movie starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson which is set for a June release in the U.S. You can check out the trailer below and note the extensive scenes shot on Google’s Mountain View campus. Clearly Google has been very cooperative with development of the movie. Director Shawn Levy has indicated that he was very interested in tapping into the culture of Google as part of the movie-goers experience. We will be able to find out how successful he was when the film opens.
Remember not too long ago when some adventurous tinkerers found out you could enable LTE on the Nexus 4 because of how similar the hardware is to the LTE-enabled Optimus G? Well, if you’re one of the few using that trick, you may want to hold off on updating your Nexus 4 to 4.2.2. Apparently, in the latest version of Android Google has completely taken away the ability to turn on LTE for the Nexus 4. It’s definitely a disappointment, but when you think about FCC regulations and the like, it shouldn’t surprise anyone Google made this decision. If you just can’t live without LTE, though, I’m sure a few developers will figure out a way to get that unofficial support back, but until then you’ll just have to live without it.
source: Ars Technica
Google announced a new update to Google Now today, including the availability of a widget for home and lockscreens, a function we first spotted yesterday. The widget is not the only new feature included in this update, the fourth released since Google Now was launched. Google has incorporated Rotten Tomatoes movie ratings on the Movie cards to help you make a decision about what movie to go see. Support for Fandago is included so users can pull up their ticket to be scanned at the movie theater. Combined with Google Now’s trip estimating function, you can even get a reminder about when to leave for the theater so you don’t miss the previews.
Earlier this year a rumor surfaced claiming that Motorola’s “X Phone” would debut at Google’s I/O conference along with the debut of Key Lime Pie, Google’s next anticipated iteration of Android. It’s no surprise that because of this, Google’s next flagship has been the focus of anticipation for the last year. Recently rumors have surfaced that suggest that the X Phone will have some never before seen features that will rival competitors. According to a reliable source:
“Google has been working on this device for a long time. It has software features and capabilities that are not available on a Samsung Galaxy smartphone or Apple iPhone. The software is really powerful and it pulls together Google services like no other manufacturer has done in the past.”
These are pretty bold statements in favor of the much anticipated phone and have certainly rekindled interests from individuals waiting on the device. In the past, Google has released a new device along with a new flavor of Android so the idea of them repeating this at this year’s Google I/O is a very good guess. What features could this new device bring to the table? Let us know what you guys would love to see in the next flagship phone from Google.
We all know that Google Now is only in its infancy. I can only imagine what it will be capable of in a few years, but one easy and useful addition would be a widget. It looks like Google is working on one because it appeared on a Google support page yesterday. We have no idea when it will be unveiled or if it will be a standalone update or part of the next version of Android. I presume it will be a standalone update and it will be shown at Google I/O. It’s not available on the support page anymore, but thankfully the above image will give you an idea of what it will look like.
Google aired a new commercial last night during the Grammys and the theme was Google Now and how useful it is in everyday life. The commercial shows how Google Now can help us know what the weather will be like, train/subway schedules, and language translations. Of course this is a Google commercial so they had to throw in a Google+ Hangout at the end of the commercial. The Nexus 4 was used in all the clips, but it’s not highlighted until the end. Hit the break for the 60 second clip.
Google’s latest powerhouse has formally reached a major milestone. While certain fans out there have been critical about its availability, the Nexus 4 smartphone has officially reached the 1-million sales mark. While some have done their best to give an educated guess at how many devices were currently lurking out there in the wild, some crafty XDA users took some time to go to the forums to do some more digging and using a Turkish device’s IMEI number, actually found out that the Turkish device is actually the 999,998th Nexus 4 was officially sold:
“Ladies and gentleman, we just reached the millionth device!
(of course just judging by serial number, i.e. minus gaps)
ATURBK 302KPSL999998 20130205 TURKEY
Which means, IMEI prefix 35391805* is now officially complete and the next one will be started.”
This is a pretty neat achievement considering Google & LG have each had their fair share of stocking issues and continue to create massive pandemonium and demand for the device. In addition— it appears LG wasn’t too farfetched when it gave those lofty sales’ goals and all. Let’s just see how much the Nexus 4 sales numbers climb once Google & LG gets their acts together and finally have the device in consistently.
source: XDA Forums
Motorola took a pretty heavy hit yesterday when a judge in Seattle, WA ruled that 13 patent violation claims made by Motorola were invalidated on the grounds that the claims were too vague and too weak. The patents in question this time around involved several H.264 video encoding patents and were claimed in an attempt by Google and Motorola to seek $4 billion dollars in damages from Microsoft. Microsoft disputed these claims by counter-claiming that Google and Motorola refused to present an answer under FRAND licensing.
I imagine it’s safe to say we’re all pretty excited for whatever Google plans on doing with its second generation of Nexus 7 tablets. Full HD screen? Brand new version of Android? How about swapping out the NVIDIA manufactured processors for a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip?
Even though NVIDIA’s latest Tegra 4 chip is shaping up to be undoubtedly one of the best processors available for phones and tablets, rumors are that Google will be opting for a Snapdragon chip instead due to “competitive pricing” and easier 3G/4G integration. Basically, Google wants something cheap and simple, and that’s exactly what the Nexus 7 delivers. And with some analysts predicting Google to move 10 million Nexus 7 tablets this year, that’s quite a chunk of change coming out of NVIDIA’s pocket. If their Tegra processors average between $20 to $25 each, that would turn into over $200 million in lost revenue. Ouch.
It’s not set in stone, like all rumors, but it’s definitely going to be interesting to see what changes Google decides to make to their incredibly successful tablet.
Still looking for an LG Nexus 4? If so and you are willing or able to use the T-Mobile network, online retailer LetsTalk has a deal going for the device for new activations. Possibly the best part is that their web site shows the device as being “In Stock” and they have free overnight shipping via FedEx. LetsTalk indicates it takes them 1 to 2 days to process the order in their warehouse, so you could possibly have the device in hand by the weekend if things work out right. On top of the availability, LetsTalk also offers a special coupon code, “TALK4TEN” that gives you an additional $8.50 off the price. With a two-year contract, that brings the total price down to $76.49.
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