now available in 20 new countries, expending their reach beyond rival Spotify. The total country count for Rdio is now 51 after today’s annoucement, and gives them service in important markets they weren’t previously in. New users will also get a six month trial in those new markets, as well as two weeks free on mobile.
Moto Maker website once had an estimated delivery of just a few days. But it looks like that estimate has slowly been creeping up. Several readers commented on Monday about how the estimate was sitting at 8 days and it looks like that has been pushed to 13 days as of today. The delay is as a result of the Moto X assembly plant being located in Fort Worth, Texas and the recent storms that have been affected much of the country.
New reports suggest that Microsoft is now considering giving Windows Mobile away to OEMs for free, ending the licensing deal that garnered them about $30 per handset. This move would align Microsoft with Google, giving away their mobile platform for free while driving business to other revenue streams. This is only part of a series of moves being considered by operating systems chief Terry Myerson, along with bringing back the Start menu.
Samsung is no stranger to rolling out different versions and even limited edition models. And to that point, they have recently unveiled the latest Galaxy S 4 variant. The model is the Galaxy S 4 Crystal Edition and it will be a limited run of 3,500 units. Those crystals are real and taking the limited edition a bit further, the availability will be limited to one market.
AT&T recently announced some new plans. These new plans favored users with a contract-free device by giving a monthly discount. Moving forward, it looks like AT&T is going to be further changing gears. There has been some recent talk about how they may reduce device subsidies and start shifting customers to a place where they use a device they own, or one they finance.
Qualcomm first offered the Toq smartwatch for pre-order back in late-November. Then, as was expected, the Toq officially went on sale as of December 2nd. The catch with that, the watch almost immediately sold through the available inventory. We have yet to see whether that was due to overwhelming sales, or limited inventory, but regardless -- the Toq has since landed with another retailer.
Rovio began with some teasing and then dropped an official gameplay trailer for Angry Birds GO! back in October. The release date came along with the trailer and as was expected, Angry Birds GO! has arrived and is now available for download from the Google Play Store. Rovio has released this one for free and similar to other recent Angry Birds updates -- this one also has support for Hasbro's TELEPODS.