This could be the biggest move by Google to close the fragmentation version gap — the Galaxy S 4, with an unlocked boatloader, plus stock Android Jelly Bean. It’s unlocked to work on T-Mobile and AT&T with 4G LTE, along with 16GB of onboard storage. The best part seems to be that prompt system updates, unlike the scenario that will play out with the other Galaxy S 4 devices that have Samsing’s Touchwiz interface loaded. There’s only one catch to this whole honeymoon: the stock Galaxy S 4 will cost $649 starting June 26th on Google Play.
Starting at $10 a month (or $8 for those who sign-up within the next few days/weeks), Google’s new music streaming service has big muscles, supported by the likes of Sony and others, with the ability to integrate with your existing Google Play Music songs, while integrating with the existing software interface. Available on tablets, laptops, or smartphone, Google Play Music All Access will also debut a 30-day free trial for new users.
It’s a crazy, wonderful new project that actually makes sense, since no music streaming service has also allowed you to upload your own songs to the cloud. And of course, it’s just one bit of news coming out of Google I/O that will ensure the superiority of the big G for a while longer.
Via: Google Play
HP has announced its second Android-powered device, the SlateBook x2, which is the first Tegra 4-powered, 10-inch Android convertible tablet. A superpowered NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core processor powers the system, with a 1920 x 1200 IPS display, with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean where the only customizations that HP has added are a text editor, file explorer, and others. To bolster the feel of using a laptop, HP added a touchpad and 2 USB 2.0 ports, along with the support for a second battery to prolong usage time. PR after the break.
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Either out of sheer strength or desperation for their legacy to not be full of emptiness and falling quarterly profits, BlackBerry is porting the famous BBM application, their killer feature, to iOS and Android this summer — technically negating any reason to own a BlackBerry. However, from a corporate standpoint, it’s seen differently: “It’s time to bring BBM to a greater audience,” CEO Thorsten Heins said in announcing the expansion, “no matter what mobile device they carry.”
The app is planned to be a “fully featured” BBM experience, with no compromise. In fact, Heins goes on to say that, “We’re starting with messaging and groups, but we’ll bring voice, screen share, and of course, channels later on.”
It really just seems that BlackBerry wants its voice heard, but to what extremes are they willing to go? Jumping ship seems like their current arrangement.
General pre-orders for NVDIA’s Tegra 4 portable gaming console with up to 1.9GHz of processing power have gone live on the internet, priced at $349. Based off of Android Jelly Bean with a console-quality controller, a 5-inch 720p HD retinal multi-touch display, micro SD card slot, 2GB RAM and 16GB of onboard storage, it’s no doubt that NVIDIA is actually pretty good at putting together hardware, despite only being a graphics card and system-on-a-chip company. Plus, you can stream games through any GTX-powered computer, lag-free, thanks to integration. And on the side, the Google Play Store and NVIDIA Tegra Zone can provide all the games you need.
The pre-order link takes you to the $349 order page, with a ship date near the end of June. Taking the plunge?
Via: Project Shield
“Free” is the word that current Windows 8 users will be well-acquainted with come later this year, when Windows 8.1 (the official title) debuts as a free update via the Windows Store in time for the holiday season. During Microsoft’s Build developer conference in June, the full list of l improvements to Windows 8.1 (alongside the public preview) will be announced, but in the meantime, this is all we’re left with.
Via: Windows Team Blog
So, besides the Lumia 928 revision that has been going about the rounds recently, the Nokia Lumia 925 is where some actual innovation is breathing life into Windows Phone. Off the bat, not much has changed: a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 1GB RAM and 8.7-megapixel OIS camera (with Pureview), the Lumia 925 weighs 50 grams (1.8 ounces) less than the Lumia 920. Thankfully, it maintains its 2,000 mAh battery along with the 4.5-inch AMOLED screen, with the HD resolution of 1,280 x 768, while still being coated by Gorilla Glass 2 for toughness, and ClearBlack technology for better presentations of that color. Software-wise, nothing has changed except the inclusion of a Smart Camera app that is more efficient in photo-taking (at least on Windows Phone 8) and can be bonded to the camera button.
Details for a U.S. release are scarce, with no release date or price, but a promised partner on T-Mobile and a release in June for Europe and Asia.
For its 50th birthday, Lamborghini decided to blow their own whistle and make some noise, by releasing the Lamborghini Egoista Concept supercar, which has a 600 horsepower, 5.2-liter V10 engine. Named after the Italian word for “selfish”, this unique concept is centered around a single-person, carbon fiber and aluminum cockpit — while being completely removable — and as a result is designed around the driver, with racing seat, four-point restraints, and a heads-up display, with LEDs all around. While it will never go on sale and will only be available for test drive to the highest friends of Lamborghini, it is an amazing design that looks more like a fighter jet than anything else. That being said, the wheels and body are made from anti-radar material — very convenient, indeed.
This is the Sony Alpha NEX-3N, a camera with a simple, point-and-shoot body, but with an amazing mirrorless 16.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, which is just one of the reasons why it’s a wonderful camera. For what it’s worth, the camera sensor is much larger than typical Micro Four Thirds cameras, with excellent color representation and focus. But let’s not forget the real reason why the NEX-3N is so great — an inexpensive price tag and great photos.
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Nokia made a small update to their flagship smartphone — the Lumia 928. Like the previous model, the Lumia 920, it has a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage space, dual cameras (with a 8.7MP Pureview on the back), and in this special case, Verizon Wireless as a service provider, with 4G LTE. The screen is where the real change is: it’s the same resolution, but is AMOLED-based instead of being a basic LCD, which is an excellent way of getting better battery life. It releases May 16 for $150 with a two-year contract — with $50 mail-in rebate — in a white or black aluminum body.