U.S. prepaid carrier Cricket is, for a limited time, raising the roof on their data allotments. New customers that sign up between September 13 and an as-yet undetermined cut-off date will get anywhere from 500MB to 5GB more LTE data on their plan for the same amount. Existing customers will also get more data on their plans automatically, and they won't have to pay anything more for it.
Deezer is marking its US debut by announcing a premium streaming service in the country called Deezer Elite, which will work exclusively on Sonos systems. Through the service, you'll be able to stream over 30 million songs from Deezer's catalog in the lossless FLAC format with a quality of 16-bit/44.1kHz (or around 1,411 kbps), which is is a significant improvement over what other streaming music services like Spotify offer at 320 kbps.
T-Mobile's version of the LG G3 picked up a 154 MB update today, but it's probably not the one you've been waiting for. The build number has seen an incremental change from KVT49L.D85110c to KVT49L.D85110m, with the Android version still at 4.4.2.
Google has announced Applause for its Hangouts suite. This latest feature for the broadcasting and collaboration service enables views of a live broadcast to provide feedback without having to deal with Q&A comments. All that's required is a simple, quick click on the thumbs up or thumbs down buttons, which is then registered on the system as feedback for said broadcaster.
As viewers give provide the old thumbs up, data is accumulated and published under the video to inform everyone (including the broadcaster) as to how viewers are reacting to what's being streamed. It's a neat addition we're sure broadcasters and viewers alike will welcome. This announcement comes off the heels of Google Hangouts and Voice becoming one.
While Qualcomm has focused its attention on the mid-tier and the high-end segments, MediaTek has managed to grab a significant chunk of the market share in the entry-level market. With the introduction of the LTE-enabled Snapdragon 210, Qualcomm is looking to remedy that and take the fight to MediaTek in the budget smartphone segment.
Well, here's a pleasant late-night surprise. Looks like Google Hangouts finally has the long-overdue integration with Google Voice, meaning that your messages from Google Voice (and not traditional SMS messages from the actual phone number assigned to your SIM card — it's a bit of a mess to explain, we know) can finally show up in Google Hangouts.
That means a couple things. First is that you'll only need one app — Hangouts — to receive text messages and Hangouts messages. (Not sure yet what that means for voicemails through Google Voice.) It also means that you'll be able to get traditional text messages through the Hangouts extension in Chrome, which is nice.
Sony did it first with its QX series of "lens cameras," and now Kodak is getting in on the smartphone lens attachment game with its Pixpro Smart Lenses. The SL10 and SL25 are 16MP fully-contained cameras that clip snugly onto your phone of choice and provide drastically improved image quality over what you'd get from a phone.
Intel and Dell teamed up today to reveal plans for a tablet they described as being the "world's thinnest" for a launch sometime this holiday season. The Android-based Dell Venue 8 7000 will be just 6 mm thick.
Users of Verizon's Galaxy S5 are seeing an over-the-air update today. The update brings the S5 to Android version 4.4.4, and includes device-specific fixes for Bluetooth audio issues. Folks in the forums have also noticed minor interface changes, so you have that to look forward to as well.
If you've got a Verizon branded S5, you can check for your update today. Jump in the forums for more discussion!
The big points are that this is a business-based device — you're not going to walk into a store and just pick one up. But if you do end up with one for work, you'll be able to abuse it quite a bit without breaking the thing.
Most impressive perhaps is that it's got one honking removable battery. It's almost comical how big it is. Have a gander.
Google making a splash with Nexus branding at Super Mobility Week? Well, a quick glance at the above photo and you might have thought that. Instead, it turns out this company Nexius is walking that line of brand confusion quite nicely. And it also wants to "Transform your business ... through wireless" apparently.
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