Want an NVIDIA SHIELD? The folks from NVIDIA are giving one away, along with two fantastic games and a special edition Shield for the grand prize winner. The contest starts today, and runs well into June.
VoLTE is coming, and AT&T is bringing it to you. The Galaxy S4 mini will be available with “HD Voice” form big blue starting May 23. Starting from $49.99 with a two-year contract, the little device promises to jumpstart a big revolution in how we consume with our carrier plans.
XLTE, Verizon’s “new” data offering, is now live. Those in several states covering roughly half of Verizon’s current LTE footprint can already take advantage, and the new service covers a lot of exisiting handsets as well. Customers who have an appropriate handset in an XLTE market should notice faster data transfers and better overall performance.
Apple and Motorola, who have been embroiled in patent litigation, with both sides now agreeing to drop the suit. In a statement, Apple and Google (who owned Motorola at the time the suit was originally heard) both said they’d work together on patent reform.
Though Google Glass is now widely available to those in the US, it comes at a heavy cost. Most who are interested in Glass aren’t ready to blindly shell out $1,500, so they stay away. For those who are interested in Glass, but not doling out a mortgage payment, we have only this to say: get a room.
Google has released their I/O schedule, and it looks like the angle is better apps and more of them. Though there are some interesting sessions for Developers, we’re getting just about what we’ve expected. Gaming, wearables, and design rule the event, but there are a few gems hidden in the mix as well.
Google has updated payment options in the Play Store today, and it seems to be a bit of a concession on their part. The biggest change is that we’ll now see PayPal as an option when making purchases from Google Play. Aimed at the international market, it suggest Google wants Play to scale quickly.
Flappy Bird, which took the world by storm and caused most to rejoice when it was eventually pulled from circulation, is coming back. The game’s creator has vowed it will return at some point in the near future, replete with a multiplayer mode.
The HTC One (M8) is one of the better Android devices we’ve seen in a long time, but it was missing one key feature. The Extreme Power Saving mode, bragged-up on launch, was absent from US variants of the device. Promising to include it shortly, HTC has made good on their word, and those with an AT&T HTC One (M8) are starting to see it via an update.
Google still has Glass in beta, but Samsung may be nipping at their heels. A new report suggests Samsung is working on a Google Glass competitor, and readying it for release later this year. The heads-up wearable is said to be called “Gear Glass”, suggesting it’s may be the one-sided wearable we’ve heard about previously.
[caption id="attachment_183517" align="alignnone" width="600"] Picture from Samsung heads-up wearable patent[/caption]