Amazon has launched its first shipments of its recently announced Fire TV Stick dongle, but the early birds who jumped first to get the $39 device are the lucky ones. Amazon's listing of the Fire TV Stick shows they won't get anymore in stock until at least January 15.
A few screenshots have leaked of an unreleased version of HTC Sense running on Android 5.0 Lollipop. What's particularly noteworthy here is the redesigned notification tray and Lollipop-style multitasking view. These screens are from Sense 6.0 running on the HTC One M8.
Samsung's first curved Note is an interesting tech demo, but it's far from a slam-dunk overall
Samsung has been at the forefront of new display technologies throughout its recent history, pushing the limits of what AMOLED panels in phones and tablets can do. Beyond improvements in resolution, brightness and colors, Samsung has recently tinkered with curved and flexible displays of all sizes and types.
But in terms of real consumer products, the history is much shorter. It started with the Galaxy Round — a pretty basic phone that didn't do anything new aside from being curved. Then Samsung applied the curved tech to wearables with the Gear Fit, a neat little fitness band, and later in the year the Gear S, a 2-inch curved glass behemoth of a smartwatch.
And then the Korean giant came out with something different entirely — the Galaxy Note Edge. Launched right alongside the flagship Galaxy Note 4, the Note Edge reveals its biggest trick in its name. Although it looks like a "normal" phone from most angles, the entire right edge of the screen is dramatically curved — enabling a few neat experiences that aren't possible with a flat display.
The Galaxy Note Edge isn't like any phone you've ever used before, and that's both good and bad. Read along with us for our full impressions of Samsung Galaxy Note Edge, and see how Samsung is trying to make curved displays a mainstream feature.
Bookseller Barnes and Noble is trying to revamp its Nook brand with a new app that will allow users to purchase and download selections from a large library of audiobooks. The app now available in the Google Play Store with an offer of two free audiobooks from a select list of titles.
Anybody shopping for Android apps, accessories, smartphones, or tablets will want to take a skim through these sales we've scrounged up from around the web. Every day, we comb through these sales to make sure they're fresh and accurate, and try to find a few more. Latest additions will be at the top of each list.
As always, if you find any sales out out there that aren't included, let us know in the comments.
T-Mobile is giving its Simple Choice plan users some cheaper options for international calls. Starting today, they can sign up to get unlimited calling from the US to landlines in over 70 countries for just $5 a month per account, up to 10 lines, with the updated Stateside International Talk option. It's also offering the same plan, plus unlimited calling to mobile phones in over 30 countries and 1,000 minutes to mobile phones in Mexico, for just $10 a month per account.
Samsung has launched a new app and service called Milk Video, which it says will make "it easier than ever to find and share the best and most talked about online videos." At the moment the app is only available in the US and can be used by a select number of Samsung's Galaxy devices,
Ingress, the experimental GPS-based game from Google's Niantic Labs that has spawned book series, support sites, and massive multi-city and even international events, is turning two years old. Time flies in an open beta, huh? Anyway, the good folks at Niantic have some impressive numbers to show us about all the things we've accomplished in that time trying to see who will control the XM, the Enlightened or the Resistance.
Let's see how much walking they've made us do trying to get those portals working.
Following a delayed launch, the Nexus 6 is finally available from T-Mobile in the US. You'll be able to order the handset online from the T-Mobile store, or from your nearest retail outlet. Both the 32GB and 64GB models are listed for $649.92 and $699.84 respectively. If you'd rather go for a contract, prepare to be locked in to pay either $27.08 or $29.16 a month (no upfront fees), depending on which variant you end up selecting.
UK mobile operator O2 has announced new plans for families and those with multiple handsets. Sharer and Family Sharer enables O2 subscribers to share data bundles of up to 8GB across multiple mobile devices attached to a single account. The new plans aren't limited to smartphones either as tablets and other data-connected hardware are all included.
Samsung is bringing the Galaxy Note Edge to Germany after its poll asking customers whether they were interested in the device saw over 165,000 votes. German customers will not only be getting the handset, but will also be receive a three-year extended warranty along with a flip wallet, display cleaner and a 64GB Samsung Evo microSD card for free.
Samsung plans to launch a new flexible display for smartphones next year, according to Lee Chang-hoon, vice president of the business strategic team at Samsung Display. Chang-hoon revealed during the Samsung Investor Forum 2014 in New York that the company will launch a flexible screen that can essentially be folded in half, though a finished product has yet to be decided on.
The critically acclaimed puzzle game Monument Valley is available for free via Amazon's Free App of the Day promotion. Usually retailing for $3.99, today's promotion is a great way of getting one of the best games available on Android for free.
After announcing the 64-bit Nokia N1 tablet yesterday, the Finnish manufacturer is now showcasing the features of the device. One of the standout inclusions is the Z Launcher (now publicly available), which "allows you to have the right content at the right time," according to product manager Tuukka Järvenpää.
Have you ever felt like searching through tweets you published years ago? Now you can using Twitter's search engine. Searches on the social network were previously limited to just a week before tweets were removed from the index (but still viewable by other means – direct links, profile timelines, etc). Twitter has worked on rolling out a new search engine that not only keeps up with the plethora of tweets being beamed to the service on a daily basis, but also enable users to search through those vintage messages.
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