Amazon has launched some virtual currency this morning. The currency is called Amazon Coins and they were originally announced back in early-February. The Amazon Coins will be used by Kindle Fire users and to get things started, Amazon will be giving users 500 free Coins. Of course, there are options to buy additional Coins. Plus we should also mention that Kindle Fire users will not be required to use these Coins.
Google I/O just about ready to begin, naturally a big part of what we are going to be seeing over the next few days will be related to the conference. Before it begins though, Sundar Pichai has recently spoken to Wired and the discussion touched on everything from challenges to the dominance of Samsung, the merging of Chrome and Android and of course, Google I/O. Just to clarify though, it still doesn't look like the two Google operating systems are going to be merging anytime soon.
Xperia Z. That smartphone promised to be able to survive complete submersion in water and offered nice features as well. One of those features was a full HD resolution five-inch display.
Google Play Games, the new home for gamers and Android's response to iOS Game Center, has been revealed this weekend just days before Google I/O. Back in April some details found inside the Google My Glass APK hinted at a gaming center, but today we know all the juicy details. Android will finally be getting universal cloud-based game saves, and much, much more.
Motorola's upcoming smartphone lineup. We've been waiting to see what Motorola and Google cook up together, and today that may have been revealed in an FCC filing. The device is being listed as the Motorola XT1058 with 4G LTE and headed to AT&T. Most likely this is the X-Phone (or XFON) and more details on why can be found below.
Google I/O 2013 is less than a week away at this point. The conference runs from May 15th through the 17th and will hopefully bring plenty of goodies for Android users. While there is still some question as to what will be shown and announced, we do know that Google will be running things a little bit different this year. The Google I/O schedule was released earlier in the month and it shows just one keynote. The keynote will run for a few hours on the morning of May 15th and this will be where our immediate attention is focused. The Android Community team will be on-site to bring you the latest, however as we recently saw with the release of the Google I/O 2013 app, these events will also be streamed for those not able to attend.
Galaxy Tab 7.7 is their first and only tablet to use their Super AMOLED technology, and is still one of our favorite Samsung slates. Sadly it launched with Gingerbread, then back in the summer of last year was updated to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Today according to SamMobile the Tab 7.7 will be able to enjoy the latest and greatest.
Xiaomi might not be exactly what we'd call a household name in the U.S. smartphone market, but over in China the company has quite the following, and releases some pretty stellar hardware at great prices. We've seen plenty in the past, but their latest device that was leaked today is aiming bigger than most, and comes in ridiculously affordable at just $130 according to reports.