The "video" — for lack of a better term — offers an interactive 360-degree view, and you control the action by moving your phone. Not just any phone, though. You'll need a Moto X to use the Spotlight Player app and its associated clips.
As we saw with the first video Windy Day, Buggy Night is built by award-winning storytellers and animators — directed by Mark Oftedal and featuring many of the folks who worked on Windy Day, including Caldecott medal-winning illustrator and writer Jon Klassen and Academy award-winning producer Karen Dufilho-Rosen. It really is a nice treat for the senses, and shows off some great ideas from the folks making our Android phones.
If it hasn't already, the Buggy Night clip will be pushed to your Moto X soon, and you can access it via the Spotlight Player app. If you need to install or update Spotlight Player, you can do that right here.
It costs less off-contract than the one without LTE. Wait, what?
It's only been a few months since the LG G Pad 8.3 was released, and now US buyers will be able to get their hands on a LTE-enabled version, so long as you're happy with Verizon. When we reviewed the G Pad 8.3 back in November we came away impressed by LG's efforts. It's a thin and sturdy tablet with a fantastic screen, and now all of that is coming to Verizon.
The LG G Pad 8.3 LTE (say that five times fast) is launching exclusively on Verizon's LTE network on March 6th — that's two days from now — and will be available for the first five days (until March 10) at a discounted price of $99.99 with a new, two-year contract. Yep, lock-in. After that, it's $199.99, still with a two-year contract. If you want it without a contract, but still on Verizon, you're looking at $299.99.
Yes, that's less than the $349.99 MSRP of the standard non-cellular LG G Pad 8.3 and the Google Play edition. Even if you weren't planning on going cellular with a G Pad 8.3 purchase, it might not be a bad idea to consider buying it from Verizon, just so you've got the radio there in case you change your mind. Unless there's a pending price drop for the non-LTE version coming up. Either way, not a bad deal here, so long as you're okay with the inevitable bloatware.
With its Pro line of tablets, Samsung adds yet another flagship brand, and bridges the gap between work and play
Introducing the Samsung "Pro" line, a sampling of the best tablet models Samsung has to offer complete with beefed-up specs, a shiny new coat of paint and the next iteration of TouchWiz. It’s yet another tangent for Samsung's tablets tablets, and it complements the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note lines as the company’s high-end brands for tablets.
All in all, there’s four models to choose from – the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4, Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2, and Galaxy Note Pro 12.2.
But what exactly makes a Pro a Pro?
We’ve spent nearly two weeks on opposite ends of the spectrum with the Tab Pro 8.4, a compact and lightweight competitor to the iPad mini and the Nexus 7, and the Note Pro 12.2, Samsung’s largest Android tablet to date. Here, we’ll be looking at the lineup holistically, and exploring what sets these "Pro" tablets apart.
As Samsung prepares to launch its latest flagship smartphone, the company has today released a new promotional trailer showcasing the Galaxy S5's multitude of features. The video focuses mainly on the GS5's new photographic capabilities and fitness features, such as the built-in heart rate monitor and Gear smartwatch integration, while also giving a bit of face time to some of the GS5's lesser-known features, like the new Ultra power saving and download boost modes.
HTC has announced its unaudited revenue figures for February 2014, revealing consolidated revenue of NT$7.2 billion ($238 million) and total consolidated revenue for the year so far of NT$16.9 billion ($558 million). The figure represents a month-on-month decrease of 25.29 percent, and a year-on-year decrease of 36.45 percent as the struggling manufacturer prepares to launch its new high-end smartphone, the 2014 HTC One. HTC must now earn at least NT$17.1 billion in March if it's to reach its NT$34-36 billion revenue prediction for the first quarter.
Looking further ahead, the Taiwanese company will be hoping the new flagship, arriving March 25, together with stronger mid-range offerings like the Desire 610 and 816, will help reverse its fortunes.
2.3GHz quad-core CPU for downsized Note 3 in Samsung's home market
Following launches in parts of Asia and Eastern Europe, Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 Neo has arrived in the company's home country of South Korea with slightly upgraded hardware. Whereas previous Note 3 Neo handsets have included lower-power quad or hexa-core processors, the Korean variant ships with a beefier 2.3GHz quad-core part — most likely a Snapdragon 800, based on the clock speed and the fact that it supports LTE-Advanced networks.
Aside from the upgraded CPU, Korea's Note 3 Neo featues the same 5.5-inch 720p HD SuperAMOLED display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, an 8-megapixel camera and 3100mAh battery. It's also running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and Samsung's last-gen TouchWiz UI, not the redesigned, flattened version found on the Galaxy S5. And you get all the major S Pen stylus features from the full-size Note 3, including direct pen input and easy clip. The device is priced at 790,000 won ($736) and available now.
Streaming control will be available for Android, iOS, Windows and Mac
Although there hasn't exactly been a flood of new services supporting Chromecast after the official SDK was announced, Vudu is ready to throw its hat into the ring. Vudu, if you're not familiar, streams TV shows and videos just like its competitors such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant, and a whole grouping of others.
Unfortunately there actually isn't a whole lot to report in terms of features or availability right now — Vudu simply confirmed today that Chromecast support is coming, and that it will be multi-platform as well. Updated Android and iOS apps will let you cast content under the control of your phone or tablet, while Windows and Mac compatibility comes by way of an updated website interface.
If you're looking to be ahead of the curve and want to join Vudu's beta testing group, you can potentially have an early look — you can register at the source link below.
Facebook-connected 'News' section helps you discover music from friends within Shazam
After first announcing the new look with its iOS app several days ago, Shazam is bringing a fully redesigned mobile experience to Android users as well. The new design focuses on discovery of music and TV along with social sharing, while keeping the same well-known sound searching functionality of previous versions.
When you do search for music by listening to something playing, you'll have quicker access to lyrics, artist biographies, music videos and more. The whole interface makes the experience feel a bit more immersive rather than a simple app that you launch, find a song, then close right away. Shazam is hoping you'll have a reason or two to stay in the app longer now.
Just how likely is the rumored 5.25-inch, 1440p ‘super-flagship?’
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a solid high-end Android smartphone. We said as much in our hands-on preview of the device early last week. But among some sections of the tech community there’s been a whiff of perplexion — and maybe even disappointment — that certain hardware milestones weren’t reached this time around. What about the “2K” (2560x1440) display that the rumor mill — and Samsung’s own slides — had promised? And how come the GS5 has less RAM, and a lower default amount of internal storage than last year’s Note 3?
Even before launch there were rumblings of two different Galaxy S5 models being prepared — "regular" and "prime" flavors — seemingly corroborated by the appearance of benchmark results. The higher-end GS5 Prime, according to analysts and reports from the Korean press, would come with that elusive 2K display and 3GB of RAM. This, among a flurry of post-release rumors, has led some to believe that a larger, higher-spec’d Galaxy S5 could emerge later this year, with the name “Galaxy S5 Prime” appearing online in recent weeks.
But just how likely is this? And how might it fit into Samsung’s plans for the remainder of the year? Let’s dive in after the break.
The latest from Samsung has a lot to offer, so what device are you dropping to pick one up?
The Galaxy S5 is announced and its details are known, and aside from actually getting your hands on one to test out many of the tech-savvy among us already have a good idea of whether or not it'll be our next device. Even just a week out from its official unveiling, we've heard from a whole heap of people who have made up their mind that the Galaxy S5 will be in their pocket as soon as they can hand someone money in exchange for the phone.
So you've decided to buy a Galaxy S5. The real question is, what device are you leaving behind for the new hotness? The discussion has already kicked off in our Samsung Galaxy S5 Forums, but if you have a response you can always drop that in the comments here as well. And of course if you haven't seen our in-depth coverage of the Galaxy S5 just yet, you can read that below.
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