Yesterday, a report out of The Information surfaced suggesting that Google was interested in entering the smart thermostat arena, a space currently with few players, though one could argue that Nest has done a great job at dominating it. The report claims that Google is currently trial testing a service dubbed EnergySense, using Ecobee Smart Si thermostats through “Trusted Testers.” We can confirm through sources that the program is indeed live, is called EnergySense, utilizes both a web interface and Android app, and looks a hell of a lot like Nest. (more…)
This weekend, Target will introduce a new prepaid wireless service called Brightspot. The prepaid service will use T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G network (LTE as well), provides customers with 3 different affordable plans, rewards customers with $25 gift cards for continued service, and allows you to bring your own unlocked GSM device or choose from one of many they will have on hand. The rest of the details can be found below. (more…)
On the heels of this morning’s report that Verizon is changing up device upgrade periods from 20 months to 24 months, we have a follow-up report that may lift your spirits a bit. According to the document we received that appears to be a part of a training guide for this new upgrade policy, Verizon is confirming to employees that a new “Device Payment Plan” will be introduced “soon.” There is also mention of this payment plan being used to pay off the “full retail cost” of devices, an initiative T-Mobile started and is enforcing with their new UNcarrier approach. (more…)
Whenever Google Babel does arrive for public consumption, we’re starting to believe it will be everything we have ever asked for in a unified messenger service. We’re talking synced notifications, cross-platform conversation experiences, a new UI, photo sharing, quick access to live video chats, and on-the-record chat history viewing from anywhere. According to sources of ours who have shared new information with us (including a feature list), we’re getting all of this and more. (more…)
For whatever reason, Verizon has remained uncharacteristically silent since we saw Samsung stand on stage and announce the new Galaxy S4. While T-Mobile, AT&T, and US Cellular have either announced pre-order dates or scheduled launch times, Big Red hasn’t even acknowledged that the device exists. Thankfully, we saw their version of the device cruise through the FCC at the end of last week, so we know it is indeed on the way. And today, courtesy of a long time and trustworthy DL source that dropped some goodies into our inbox, we now at least know what the device will look like once it does arrive.
The Google Play store is an ever-evolving marketplace that has seen its fair share of changes throughout the last few years. It was once incredibly fussy and difficult to navigate while lacking features, but over time, has become much more polished with an image-heavy layout that has likely helped Google push products from apps to magazines to movies and music. The last time we saw a major change was back in July of 2011, though. Since then, we have seen a number of tweaks to make it fit new design guidelines for Jelly Bean and Ice Cream Sandwich, but overall, it hasn’t changed all that much.
Today, I’m happy to show you Google Play 4.0, and the next big UI overhaul. (more…)
Back in November, we were told by sources that a special edition HTC DROID DNA would be made available to employees of Verizon stores. The special edition was said to come in an exclusive red color that no one outside of the company could purchase. It would have a serial number, marking the edition, along with wording imprinted on the back that reads, “Verizon Employee Limited Edition.” Said to launch in December, it appears that these special edition DNAs have indeed started arriving to employees that ordered them.
We have the first pictures of the device. As you can see, it has a red back that flows around the device onto the sides. It’s beautiful. Nothing else has changed – still has the same 8MP camera, quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, and 4G LTE.
At the end of last week, we reported word that Verizon would be carrying a set of special edition employee-only versions of their best devices, leading into the holidays. Lucky VZW employees that chose to pick-up one could choose between a red version of the RAZR MAXX HD, Windows Phone 8X, or DROID DNA. As you can see from the pictures we received, this employee went all-in on a RAZR MAXX HD. (more…)