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Dec 03, 2013 - 10:39 AM - by dgstorm
Google has been having a hard time keeping up with demand for the new Nexus 5 smartphone. It's not surprising considering how impressive the device is for the money. Right now, if you are ordering any of the models it will take a couple of weeks before the device even ships. There is one exception though. The 32GB white version of the Nexus 5 is the least popular option. Because of this it will actually ship in just 1-2 days according to the Google Play Store. If you were looking to grab one and get it before the Christmas holiday, this particular model might be your last opportunity to do that, as the others might cut things a bit too close.
Here's a link the Google Play Store to snap this up: https://play.google.com/store/device...s_5_white_32gb
Sound off and share which Nexus 5 you are most interested in.
Dec 02, 2013 - 3:33 PM - by dgstorm
Sometimes people think outside the box, but sometimes they think so far outside the box you can no longer see the box. A new idea from Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon's is a prefect example of this. He plans to develop flying remote-controlled drones which will eventually be used to help Amazon deliver most of the packages you purchase from them in 30 minutes or less.
Mr. Bezos announced this on 60 Minutes last night (Sunday, December 1st, 2013). In his interview he said, "Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today." Here's a quote from the Amazon official announcement below (followed by a link):
He admitted it will take a few years to implement, but is very doable. If the plan works out, we might one day see the skies darkened not with Terminator drones of doom, but instead with flying robot Santa Clauses. What do you guys think of this wild idea? Is Bezos crazy or just "crazy-like-a-fox?"
We're excited to share Prime Air — something the team has been working on in our next generation R&D lab.
The goal of this new delivery system is to get packages into customers' hands in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles.
Putting Prime Air into commercial use will take some number of years as we advance the technology and wait for the necessary FAA rules and regulations.
Check out this footage from a recent test flight.
Source: Amazon Prime Air
Nov 27, 2013 - 12:10 PM - by wicked
Good news folks! Motorola will be lowering the price of all off-contract Moto X smartphones by $150. The 16GB model will be just $349.99. The Cyber Monday discount is valid for all carriers, both 16GB and 32GB storage capacities, and the special Developer Editions available only via its website. Motorola warns that "supplies will be limited" and they'll be providing more details soon. Moto Maker customization is now available for all US carriers so you'll have plenty of color options if you do decide to take advantage of the sale.
The 16GB Moto X is currently priced at $499.99 off contract, so presumably it will be available for $349.99 on Cyber Monday. (The 32GB model should come in at a slightly higher $399.99.)
Don't miss this deal! - https://plus.google.com/+Motorola/posts/7pBuo1GaxKu
With Black Friday only a few days away we're sure folks are already being inundated with Black Friday deals, so we're going to pile yet another deal on your table. "Oh no they didn't!!" This should be a good one though, so it's worth giving the community a heads up. NVIDIA will be announcing a bundling deal this Thursday, November 28 at 9:00pm Pacific. What exactly that Black Friday deal will be is anyone's guess, but who wouldn't like to save some pennies on the NVIDIA Shield? *raises hand*
Be sure to check out their teaser page and leave a comment if you intend to pick one up.
NVIDIA Shield Teaser
Nov 26, 2013 - 2:29 PM - by wicked
Motorola's new handset the Moto G will hit U.S. carriers in January, but Motorola is making the phone available starting today for $179 on their website. Right now, they are only offering the unlocked GSM version (contract free) with an unlocked bootloader. The CDMA version will become available this January with carriers.
Moto G specs:
- 4.5-inch HD display – the sharpest in its class – that goes edge to edge so you can enjoy movies, photos, video chats and more.
- The newest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor featuring a quad-core CPU for seamless multitasking and enjoying the web, videos and games, with all-day battery life.
- Android 4.3 Jellybean, the most up to date Android of any phone in its class, with a guaranteed upgrade to Android 4.4 KitKat in the beginning of 2014.
- No skins to clutter or slow the experience and great performance with Google’s unbeatable mobile services such as Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Chrome and Hangouts.
- Stylish design with a comfortable curved back and 19 customization options, including interchangeable backs (coming soon) – Motorola Shells and Flip Shells in seven colors as well as Grip Shells in five colors.
The only downside to this device is that it doesn’t support LTE, but what do you want for $179 contract free?
Click here to order
Nov 26, 2013 - 2:22 PM - by wicked
Motorola will be releasing the Droid Ultra and Droid Mini in white according to the very trusted leakster @evleaks. The Droid Ultra and Mini were unveiled back in July.
The Droid Ultra comes with a 5-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a dual-core 1.7GHz cpu, a 10 megapixel rear camera, a 2 megapixel front facing camera, 2130mAh battery, and currently comes in red or black.
The Droid Mini offers extremely similar specs, sporting the same processor, cameras and battery as the Ultra, but with a smaller 4.3-inch screen.
The Droid Ultra and Mini are both good devices, currently selling for $99 and $49 from Verizon.
There’s no word on when these new variant will hit the market. Could they come out in time for this Holiday season?
Nov 26, 2013 - 2:22 PM - by wicked
CheapCast, the free Chromecast alternative, was updated to version 0.4.1. This update brings the support to beam browser tabs straight from your device to your television via HDMI or WiFi. This apparently only works with tabs and not fullscreen casting, and DRM’d services like Netflix and Google Play Movies “actually might never work,” but this is a free solution that will allow you to stream most Flash-based video content.
Grab Cheapcast from the Google Play Store
Motorola has begun selling the Moto G in the US a bit ahead of schedule...well kinda, sorta. The Moto G that is available right now is the SIM-free, unlocked GSM model sold directly by Motorola. The handset is selling for wallet saving $179.00 without contract. This particular GSM model is only compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile and the MVNO's that operate on their networks. The CDMA versions for Sprint and Verizon, as well as the GSM versions sold directly through carriers, will not arrive until January 2014 as planned.
The Moto G has no SIM lock, unlockable bootloader, 4.5-inch 720p display, quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 2,070 mAh battery, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 1.3 megapixel front shooter, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera,and 50GB of Google Drive storage free for two years. We here at Android.net headquarters think this is quite a steal.
For inquiring minds, the Moto G is scheduled to receive Kit Kat sometime in January. Head on over to the Motorola blog for more details.
Today Qualcomm announced that their Toq Smartwatch is officially available for pre-order from their Toq Store with a $350.00 price tag attached to it. Available in black and white the Toq will ship in 1-3 weeks with the charges to your Credit card only taking place after the smartwatch has shipped. The Toq SmartWatch is compatible with most Android powered handsets, so you don't have to worry about compatibly issues.
If you are interested you can head on over to the Toq Store and reserve yours today.
We've yet to see a high demand for wearables (Galaxy Gear) and perhaps with some pricing changes that could all change. What say you? Are these SmartWatches priced at a level you'd expect, or should they be dropped to a sub $300.00 price point?
'Go big or go home' is the message Samsung is serving today with the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2. For the spec fans the Galaxy Grand 2 will not knock your socks off, but it's a pretty decent mid-tier offering. The Galaxy Grand 2 is sporting a whopping 5.25-inch HD display (1280 x 720) with a 16:9 aspect ratio, Quad-Core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1.5GB RAM, and a 2,600 mAh battery that will net you 17 hours of talk time on a single charge according to Samsung. The rear-facing camera comes in at 8-megapixels, with onboard storage at an anemic 8GB. Yes, there is microSD support (up to 64GB).
The phone’s dual-SIM capability lets you switch between different carriers, but the Galaxy Grand 2 isn’t 4G LTE-compatible ( only HSPA+). The Galaxy Grand 2 will ship with Android 4.3 and be available in white, black, and pink. Samsung did not announce specific launch dates, market availability, or pricing details. You now know what we know. We'll keep everyone up to date if they decide to pack the Grand 2 with 4G LTE compatible radios. Any takers if it was 4G LTE compatible?
Nov 22, 2013 - 3:28 PM - by dgstorm
We wanted to share a quick tidbit with you guys this fine Friday afternoon. Our sister-site over at DroidForums.net is holding an Xbox One Contest! The contest is meant as a celebration of the launch of the new Xbox One and our amazing success on XboxOneForums.net. Feel free to head over there and enter to win a FREE Xbox One!
Here's the link to the contest for more of the details: ULTRAAA-CONTEST - DroidForums.net XBOX One Giveaway!
If you have any questions, feel free to post them in this thread.
Nov 22, 2013 - 2:13 PM - by dgstorm
A couple of days ago our very own Garemlin brought us the sad news that LG was potentially shifting away from the smartphone business and refocusing their R&D budget toward their TV business. Luckily, it turns out the report from the Korean news publication which originally reported this intel was reporting unfounded and completely incorrect information. Since that news report, LG themselves have come forward refuting the news story completely. Here's a quote with more of the details,
We have to admit, here at HQ we were skeptical from the beginning regarding this story, but we appreciate Garemlin for sharing it because it could have been true and would have been a pretty big shakeup in the mobile industry. Overall though, it wouldn't have made sense for LG to suddenly dump their smartphone business. It was actually their handset business that posted a decent profit last quarter while they have been struggling in the TV business. Additionally, they have been finding great success with the G2 and the new Nexus 5.
LG responded to a report by Korean publication ET News that it was shifting its resources away from the mobile business and towards televisions, dismissing it as "completely untrue."
"We are more committed than ever in making the LG brand a major player in the mobile space," an LG representative said on Friday. "And we think our products this year speak for themselves."
Furthermore, LG said the report was based on "non-credible sources and uninformed speculation." ~ CNET
Regardless, we feel like we dodged a bullet with this one because the tech industry is really good at surprising us once in a while!
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