Lenovo’s CEO Yang Yuanqing is back on the interview circuit, explaining more about how he thinks the company can turn around the financial trajectory of Motorola Mobility once the pending $2.91 billion dollar deal closes. According to Yang, a key part of Lenovo’s strategy will be to reintroduce the Motorola brand to China and emerging markets, which will enable Lenovo to turn a profit with Motorola “in a few quarters.”
Spotify held a press event in New York City today to announce some changes to their service. One of the most anticipated changes was the addition of most of the Led Zeppelin catalog to the service.To help users access that new content, Spotify also announced changes to their service to provide a free tier of streaming music on Android and iOS tablets, somewhat mirroring their desktop service. Free streaming will also be available on smartphones, but with a caveat. Users will not be able to set an order once they select an artist or playlist. Instead, content will be delivered in a random, shuffle fashion with ads every few songs. Users will be provided with up to six “skips” per hour. On tablets or the desktop, users will still have to hear the ads, but the music will not be shuffled. According to Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, the move to offer a free tier is expected to entice users to upgrade to one of the company’s premium tiers. Users will notice a new “shuffle” button in the interface now if they are using the free service.
In a Google+ post today, Google announced on their +Nexus page that the new Nexus 7 (LTE model) is now available in eight new markets from the Play Store. These locations include Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, UK, Japan and Korea.
Pricing is expected to be similar to the US pricing structure, and the device comes with a 1080p 7-inch LCD display, Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 3,950mAh battery with wireless charging capabilities, NFC connectivity, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
If you’re from one of the above markets, will you be getting your hands on a new Nexus 7 anytime soon?
Source: Google Play
AT&T continues its assault on the 4G LTE market as today, the carrier named 7 new markets that they’ll be firing up their service in. It seems that AT&T is getting closer to their end-of-year goal, as each time they announce new markets, the regions seem to be smaller and smaller each time (with the exception of Warren County, NJ and Mount Vernon, Ohio.) If you live in one of the following regions, you should be able to get 4G on your device today. Check out the full list below:
- Minot, North Dakota
- Warren County, New Jersey
- Visalia-Porterville, California
- Brainerd Lakes, Minnesota
- Jackson County, Georgia
- Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina
- Mount Vernon, Ohio
Expect more and more announcements to come in the near-future— AT&T’s still got a lot of work to do, and they’ll be sure to update us throughout the process.
Source: Android Central
Amazon announced today that they are making their Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 devices available in more than 170 countries and territories around the world starting June 13th. Customers who are interested in one of the devices can go ahead and place a pre-order now by visiting Amazon.com. Along with access to the hardware, buyers in the new countries will get access to the Amazon App store and all of the content contained therein, including more than 300,000 books that are exclusive to the Kindle Store.
Dave Limp, vice president of Amazon Kindle notes the Kindle Fire HD “is the #1 best-selling item in the world for Amazon since its launch.” The 8.9-inch version of the device is available for $284 while the 7-inch version is available for $214. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 can be preordered by visiting www.amazon.com/global-kindle-fire-hd-8.9 and the Kindle Fire HD is available at www.amazon.com/global-kindle-fire-hd. Interested buyers can also visit retailers who sell Kindle devices.
LG announced today they are going to expand sales of the LG Optimus G into 50 new markets this month. The new markets will join the United States, Canada, Korea, and Japan, all of which already have access to the device. LG hopes the Optimus G will be considered an “ultimate premium 4G LTE smartphone.” While the device does sport some nice hardware, including a Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor, we did not find it was enough to land atop some other leading phones in the U.S. market. Still, buyers have been receptive to the Optimus G as indicated by their recent announcement that they had sold 1 million units. Google also thought enough of the Optimus G to use it as the base for the Nexus 4.
Check out the full press release from LG after the break.
It looks like US Cellular is gearing up to go full swing with their LTE rollout as they just announced two LTE devices will become available in the coming months. According to the US Cellular Twitter account, an LTE tablet will first hit the market in March and their first LTE smartphone will be available in April. Today’s US Cellular tweet reads like this:
4G LTE is almost here! A tablet will be available by the end of March, and our first Smartphone will be ready in April.
At this point there is really no telling what devices they will adopt, but you can bet both will be powered by our beloved Android OS. The first markets to receive US Cellular LTE coverage will be Wisconsin, Maine, Iowa, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas with more areas to follow throughout the year.
Last month we heard about Verizon’s plans to expand its LTE network even further. Until today, we didn’t know exactly which areas were going to receive coverage and many readers were hoping they would be next. If you are still without access to the nations largest 4G network, then you might want to pay attention to the following list. Today, Verizon issued a press release and says they are flipping the switch and expanding coverage on Thursday, Dec. 15th, in these locations:
- Dover, Del.
- Lafayette, Ind.
- Fitchburg/Leominster, Mass.
- Duluth, the Rochester area and St. Cloud, Minn.
- Manchester/Nashua, N.H.
- Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
- Findlay/Tiffin and Youngstown/Warren, Ohio
- Indiana, Pa
- San Diego and San Francisco
- Washington, D.C.
- Savannah, Ga.
- Chicagoland, Ill.
- Baltimore and Hagerstown, Md
At just over a year old, Verizon’s 4G network will reach up to 190 markets as of tomorrows expansion. Pretty good compared to the other carriers 4G coverage. Jump past the break if you want to read the full press release.