Monthly Archive: December 2013
Google is looking to increase its revenue from Play Store sales by altering the percentage that goes to carriers, and the percentage that it retains for itself. Google hasn't commented on the rumor, but according to the analysts, developers' income won't be affected.
Word surfaced back in April that Apple distancing itself from fierce competitor Samsung, forming a partnership with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Those plans didn't pan out immediately, however, because the Taiwanese company - called TSMC - failed to make chips that were up to Apple's various standards. Today TSMC announced that it has ironed out the issues and officially entered into a deal with Apple, but through the next year Samsung will remain the company's main supplier.
Verizon's 4G LTE network hit the 500 market milestone yesterday, and today the carrier has revealed that its first round of 4G LTE-only smartphones will be arriving late next year. The information comes from Verizon's Chief Network Officer Nicki Palmer, who spoke in a conference call earlier with a promise that "[Verizon] will get this right. Our brand is built on reliability."
Verizon Wireless has confirmed today that the carrier will finally be offering a 32GB version of the popular flagship Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone. After initially launching on all US carriers with only 16GB of storage, Verizon included, we'll finally be able to get a model with more storage starting tomorrow for $299.
XYBOARD tablet, we have good news. And it's pretty surprising to say the least. According to the official Motorola update page, the Verizon-branded DROID XYBOARD tablets will be getting updated to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Both the 10.1 and 8.2-inch slates.
Street View has been in the news a bit lately, and today we're getting a look at one more exotic location. From the Galapagos Islands and beyond, now they're going to remote locations unavailable to the general public. Hashima Island, commonly called Gunkanjima, which was also the setting in James Bond's Skyfall is in the Google Street View Trekker's eye this week.
originally announced the Galaxy S4 Active in early June. Since that point we have seen the handset shown off during the Samsung Premiere event which took place a few days earlier. We managed to spend a few minutes of hands-on time with the handset during that event, however that was just the start of our experience with the Active. We received an AT&T branded Galaxy S4 a short while back and as such we have been able to spend a bit more time playing around -- and yes, that includes testing the device in water.
Facebook made a big move to finally add the popular hashtag option to their social network. Made popular (and extremely useful) by Twitter, we now finally have clickable #hashtags on Facebook. While the inclusion was nice, we still weren't able to enjoy the feature on mobile. With millions of users enjoying Facebook on mobile daily, this only made sense, and as of Thursday the feature is rolling out to all devices.
Google+ launched, today it turned two years old. It's hard to believe, we know, but the social network is starting to look all grown up. Two years ago we met Google's second attempt at a social network, and it has continued to increase in popularity, features, and additions to what we see and enjoy today.