The Samsung Galaxy S5 has only been on sale a single weekend, but Samsung executives are already looking toward the future. Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team, spoke to Reuters about the GS5′s likely sales performance and the near-future debut of Tizen smartphones. (more…)
AT&T continued its rollout of Kit Kat (Android 4.4.2) updates to its line of Samsung Galaxy devices this morning, adding the Galaxy S4 Active to the list, while Verizon can’t seem to update any of its. AT&T has already updated the Note 3 and Galaxy S4, but had yet to show love to its Active variant until now. Well, their support pages show that it may have received it back in May, though today is apparently the start of the mass rollout.
As far as the update goes, we’re looking at a bump up to Android 4.4.2, with better lock screen controls, better handling of SMS, a restyled notification bar, new location controls, and more. (more…)
It’s now official – the OnePlus One will arrive in the U.S. at a price under $400. The smartphone start-up announced the news this morning on Google+ and through an email to our inbox. Since we are only a week away from the April 23 launch, the only thing we need to know now is what the phone looks like and how customized the version of CyanogenMod is that it runs. It may be similar to this.
To recap, the OnePlus One is a phone created by a former Oppo executive who wanted to create the ultimate Android phone at an affordable price. It runs a custom version of CyanogenMod, is being hyped on a weekly basis with a slow rollout of spec announcements, and will launch in 16 countries shortly after it is announced on April 23. The phone is by all means filled with premium specs, so depending on its size, design, and overall package, could be one hell of an option. (more…)
If you’ve just purchased an HTC One (M8) or Samsung Galaxy S5, it may be worth stocking up on MicroSD cards in case you ever run low on system storage space. Today’s Amazon Gold Box Deal of the Day is on Kingston storage devices, some discounted more than 65% to prices you likely won’t see too often. (more…)
If you have been in the market for a home entertainment media server-type device, you may want to take a look at Samsung’s HomeSync, which has been on-sale for a few days at Best Buy for the ridiculously low price of $99. The device typically retails for $299.
HomeSync is being sold as a home cloud server/media center, with 1TB of storage, that can hold all of your family photos and videos, but also be used as a media hub. It can be used to play Android games on your big screen TV, to watch movies through Google Play or other services, or as a partitioned server for multiple accounts to use for storage. (more…)
A recent job listing from Google shows that the company is eyeing an expansion of Google Fiber into New York, New York. The listing is for a Regional Sales Manager (shoutout to TDWP), a role which will essentially evangelize Google Fiber to property management companies and negotiate contractual language for the service. (more…)
Matias Duarte, Android’s design guru, sat down last week at the Accel Design Conference with The Verge’s Josh Topolsky to talk what else, about design. In his 37 minutes of time, Duarte covers a range of topics from general, broad design ideas to making better developer tools for Android to the overuse of flat design and the idea that “mobile” should be dead. He also happened to be hiding and Android Wear watch under his jack, which Topolsky tried incessantly to get Duarte to use in front of the crowd. (more…)