Walmart to launch Chromecast competitor for VUDU video service

vudu-spark-walmartAccording to leaked FCC documents Walmart is readying its own Chromecast competitor for its own streaming/digital copy retrieval service, VUDU. The VUDU Spark as it looks to be called, resembles the media sticks of its competitors namely the Roku Streaming Stick and Fire TV Stick. The stick will come with an RF remote control (Zigbee based) and will pump the Vudu streaming service straight into your TV. We’re not sure if it’ll do anything other than that, like screen-mirroring, and we’re not sure on how much this will retail for.

source: FCC
via: engadget

Walmart offering low-cost T-Mobile tablets with ‘free data for life’

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T-Mobile announced this morning that in a new partnership deal with Walmart, the wholesale corporation will be offering a few low-cost tablets which will come with ‘free data for life’ from T-Mobile.

Granted, the ‘free data’ only includes up to 200MB/month, it’s still a solid deal given it’s ‘free.’  Hit the break for details on each tablet and alternative data plans.


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HP readies $99 Android tablet for back-to-school sales at Walmart

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HP is looking to continue its success in the low-end tablet market as the company prepares to release a $99 tablet to be sold at Walmart for back-to-school sales.

The device is reportedly being built by Chinese company BYD, will have a 7-inch display, and a single-core Medfield processor. Nothing else is known about the device at this point, but we do know that if all of this is true, this will be a nice addition to the list of the low-end tablets available on the market. We’ll just have to wait and see…

Source: DigiTimes

Walmart to begin taking Galaxy S 4 preorders on Tuesday

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If you’ve been itching to preorder the Galaxy S 4, you might get that chance starting this week. According to some internal material for Walmart, preorders for the device start this Tuesday, the 16th. There’s no word on pricing, but it will launch on multiple carriers. Nothing really groundbreaking there, but it’s good to see some dates.

AT&T has already announced the 16 GB version of the device will run $199, while the 32 GB will be $249. I can imagine that pricing will be similar on the other carriers, and in Walmart. I guess we’ll know in the next few weeks, either way.

source: Phone Arena

HTC One confirmed to arrive for Verizon in March, but leaked Walmart document says its replacing the DROID DNA upon its release

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We’d just found yesterday out that the HTC One is indeed headed to Verizon’s network after all, but could it be at the expense of another touted device? According to various reports, Big Red’s variant of the device is expected to be released sometime in March throughout Walmart stores across the country, alongside the other variants for AT&T and Sprint. However— once the device is released, Walmart (or Verizon) is intent on showcasing the device and will immediately replace the DROID DNA with the One smartphone instead. I know, I know— it’s certainly a bitter pill to swallow for all of you Verizon customers out there— especially with all the hype and pandemonium that both Verizon and HTC put into the launch of the DROID DNA.

Hopefully this is some sort of gaffe or snafu and Verizon customers won’t have a reason to loathe (and/or hate) Verizon and Walmart for this curious decision.

source: Droid Life & Gotta Be Mobile


About the Author: Roy Alugbue

Conceived as Spock’s 4th cousin, Roy has had quite the life. He was born in beautiful San Jose, California, raised in Los Angeles, California and now resides in the greater New York City area. He has always been fascinated and obsessed with technology, especially the continuous advancements of mobile platforms. He was a Blackberry slave since his undergrad days at the University of Southern California until realizing in Feb. 2011, there were greener pastures in the land of Android. His first Android phone was the Motorola Atrix 4G, and he hasn’t looked back. He currently works in corporate media, enjoys following media and technology trends, reading a good book, weightlifting, playing on his XBOX 360 and conversing with total strangers.


[Deal] Grab an Acer Iconia A110 Tab for $178 from Walmart Canada

 

Looking for a 7 inch tablet? Yesterday a great deal popped up for the ASUS Nexus 7, and today we’ve got a big discount for you on the Acer Iconia tablet. Walmart Canada has the 7 inch, Tegra 3 powered A110 tablet for only $178. That’s a great deal considering it comes with a few things that the Nexus 7 lacks, such as the MicroSD card slot and an HDMI out. It’s running Android 4.1 and has 8GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a 1024×600 display, and a 3420mAh battery, all for less than $200. Who’s picking one of these up?

source: Walmart

Pricing for Galaxy Note II, LG Optimus L9 from Walmart Leaked

It certainly seems like that time of year, when retailers begin their holiday inventory and setting their price points. Tonight we’re hearing that Walmart pricing has been leaked on a couple of T-Mobile phones that may be of interest to you. TmoNews  has information revealing the pricing of select T-Mobile, on-contract devices from Walmart. The rumored pricing are as follows:

 

Walmart is typically cheaper than T-Mobile on its devices so it’s a little interesting that these prices are a mirror version of T-Mobile’s. Just keep in mind that with all leaked pricing, it’s always subject to change. What are your thoughts or experiences on purchasing your device and plan through Walmart?

 

source:  TmoNews

US Retailers Reporting Google Nexus 7 Tablet As Sold Out

Looks like Google may have hit a home run with the $199 Nexus 7 tablet (read our full review here). According to Reuters, retailers across the US are reporting their stock as being sold out. So far, GameStop, Staples, Sam’s Club, Office Depot, and Walmart have all run out of their pre-order allotments before the Nexus 7 even hit store shelves.

We blew through the first two allotments,” a GameStop spokesperson stated. Their third allotment won’t arrive until August. GameStop would not say how many units comprise an allotment.

This brings up the question of just how many units have been made for the initial production run. A previous rumor pointed to only 600,000 tablets being made in June, which could account for the quick sell-outs. With the Nexus 7 getting highly-positive reviews praising its high-end specs and low price, 600,000 doesn’t seem like nearly enough.

Of course, prior Nexus devices haven’t been top sellers in the past, so perhaps Google simply underestimated the demand of a low-cost/high-performing tablet. I’d rather believe that over Google purposefully keeping the initial production numbers low to artificially drive up demand. The Nexus 7 is good enough to stand on its own and doesn’t need marketing tricks to make it look popular.

Who’s already ordered theirs, and have you gotten it yet?

source: reuters


About the Author: Ed Caggiani

Originally from the East Coast, Ed now makes his home in San Jose, California. His passion for technology started with his first ColecoVision and Atari gaming systems, and has grown stronger through Tandy computers, IBM clones, Palm Pilots, and PocketPCs. Ed's love for Android began with his first HTC Hero, then blossomed with the original Evo 4G, and now the Evo 3D and Motorola Xoom. He graduated from Syracuse University with a B.S. in Communications, and is now a professional User Experience Designer working in Silicon Valley. In his spare time, Ed enjoys video games, jamming on guitar, and spending time with his wife, two cats, and Logitech Revue.


T-Mobile And Walmart Offer New Unlimited Family Plan, Includes 3G Data And No Contracts

You already know that T-Mobile and Walmart are two brands giving you the most value for your buck. Now they’re looking to give you even more value by introducing new prices for the WalMart Family Mobile Unlimited Talk, Text and Web family plan. The plan is not just affordable, but more importantly— it’s contract and committment-free. One less thing for customers to worry about.

The WalMart Family Unlimited Talk, Text and Web plan works in a straightforward way. After a $25 starter kit for each line, the first line gets unlimited talk, text and web for $45/month, while it’s $35/month for each additional line after that. This would add up to $80/month for two lines, $115/month for three lines, etc.

While you do get to enjoy data access, keep in mind you’re limited to 3G speeds, not T-Mobile’s solid HSPA+ 4G network. If you’re interested in the plan, make sure you sign up for the plan as soon as possible as T-Mobile and Walmart are wooing new customers by offering a 5GB monthly data cap at 3G speeds until March 31st if you sign up by March 16th. If you sign up afterwards, you’ll be limited to a measly 250MB at 3G speeds per month. Oh and you kinda sorta get throttled to slower data speeds once you go past your limit. At least you’re not charged overage fees.

Despite some of the minor trade-offs, this is great for families seeking to get the most out of their bucks. More importantly, this would be a great way to introduce your family to the Android family (hey, what can I say– I’m a homer for Android). Let us know if you plan on keeping your current cell phone plan with that fancy 4G data or if you will consider signing up for the family plan instead in the Comments section below. Hit the break for the full presser from WalMart.


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About the Author: Roy Alugbue

Conceived as Spock’s 4th cousin, Roy has had quite the life. He was born in beautiful San Jose, California, raised in Los Angeles, California and now resides in the greater New York City area. He has always been fascinated and obsessed with technology, especially the continuous advancements of mobile platforms. He was a Blackberry slave since his undergrad days at the University of Southern California until realizing in Feb. 2011, there were greener pastures in the land of Android. His first Android phone was the Motorola Atrix 4G, and he hasn’t looked back. He currently works in corporate media, enjoys following media and technology trends, reading a good book, weightlifting, playing on his XBOX 360 and conversing with total strangers.


T-Mobile & Walmart team up – Monthly4G Prepaid Plan

Come October 16th, Wal-Mart and T-Mobile are offering an exclusive $30 no contract plan called Monthly4G that nets you unlimited web and text as well as 100 minutes. Of course news of the deal has already led to people preparing to flood Wal-Mart in droves, however, a collective question was on their minds. Which devices will be allowed on the plan? Well there are six specific devices being offered with the plan, notably the Android powered Samsung Dart. Turns out you won’t really be limited to just those though. Suppose you wanted to use a Samsung Galaxy S II or you just wanted to purchase a SIM card for use with the offering and select your phone later, either of those choices are fine with T-Mobile.

It doesn’t say anywhere that this is a limited time offer, but no telling how long it may last. If you decide to take advantage, note that this offer will only be available at Wal-Mart and T-Mobile.com.

Also if you’re wondering about the Samsung Dart,

Available exclusively from T-Mobile, the Samsung Dart T499 is an affordable Android™-powered handset that offers essential smartphone features in a simple, stylish form-factor. Featuring a 3.14-inch touch screen display with a virtual QWERTY keyboard and Swype™ for easy text input, the Samsung Dart enables spontaneous connectivity with an enhanced Web browsing experience, support for personal and corporate e-mail, and access to popular social networking sites. The Dart also features a 3-megapixel camera with digital zoom, video recorder, voice dialing, speakerphone, as well as GPS capabilities with turn-by-turn navigation with Google Maps™. Pricing will be $119.88 plus tax.

[via tmonews]


About the Author: Jim Farmer

Originally from Mathews Virginia, Jim is now residing in Newport News where he attends Christopher Newport University, majoring in Computer Science. He interns with NASA Langley by day, and scours the internet for Android News by night. In his free time, he enjoys stand-up paddle-boarding, pwning on XBOX Live, coding, or hanging out with his favorite gal in the world, Morgan. His hero is Dean Kamen, you know, aside from Andy Rubin, and as for politics he’s for Open Source, Net Neutrality, and Unlimited Data.