Galaxy S4 launched to high acclaim, but reports of slow sales have dogged the handset since. While new of initial sales reaching 10 million in one month were impressive, the ever-so-suspect “insiders” note that shipments since then have slumped. One report said Samsung was accelerating their Galaxy S5 efforts in response to those slow sales.
Madfinger Games has been teasing the release of Dead Trigger 2 for quite some time now. Looking all the way back to January we saw a brief demo and mention of how it was the first Tegra 4 game. We ended up getting to spend a bit of time with a demo version of Dead Trigger 2 when it appeared on the, then called, Project SHIELD in March. And while we were not expecting the game to drop until late in 2013, it wasn't until September when that release date was finally confirmed.
Samsung has officially announced the US availability of the Galaxy S4 mini. The handset will be coming to a variety of carriers and while we have yet to see any specific launch dates, Samsung has said the Galaxy S4 mini will be arriving in November. Basically, we now look towards the carriers for those details. The handset is heading to AT&T, Sprint, Verizon Wireless and US Cellular.
Kickstarter with promise of being the "smartwatch 2.0." While the specs may not be top of the line, the folks at Omate have essentially offered a full-smartphone for your wrist. And just to clarify, the TrueSmart does have cellular connectivity. Along with the specs, the Omate was said to be running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with the Omate UI 1.0 and according to the Kickstarter page, it would be the "world's 1st smartwatch 2.0 with Google Play App Store."
Verizon Wireless is just about ready to begin rolling out the Moto X software update. This is the one often referred to as the camera update, though there are quite a few other items listed in the changelog -- including a Google Drive promotion. Anyway, at this time Verizon has yet to publicly post the changelog, but we can say the update will be arriving as software version 139.15.1.
Themer last week and more recently, an invite to Aviate has arrived. We have only spent about a day with Aviate so far, and while we have some issues, there does appear to be some potential.
Lenovo is quick to point out that “A #betterway is coming”. On October 30th, Lenovo will host an event which they suggest will give us a new direction forward, and perhaps even a few new devices.
BlackBerry has officially detailed BBM for Android release plans this morning. Aside from the availability of the app, this puts the seemingly never-ending series of rumors and leaks to rest. Basically, if you are an Android user and have been waiting for BBM -- now is the time to download, install and begin chatting.
NVIDIA has been showing off GameStream at an event today and part of that includes something called Game Console Mode. While we offered a bit of detail on the setup earlier in the day, we now have some video, which should offer a much better look at how this all works. Anyway, this video offers a look at a setup using Steam, a PC, the SHIELD, a Bluetooth controller and a television.
Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 Kit Kat -- this event appears focused on Google Play. In fact, the announcement mentions a "night out with Google Play" with further talk of music, movies, games and a special performance.