3rd Party App Cards Starting to Show Up in Google Now

At the end of January, Google announced that we would all soon start seeing 3rd party app cards appear in Google Now, a move that has the potential to make the service exponentially more useful, assuming you aren’t spammed to death and have enough control over each’s arrival. While I personally have not see any new 3rd party app cards, at least one of our readers started seeing them today.  (more…)

Samsung Shows Off Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Packaging in Unboxing Video

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge won’t be available until some time in April, but thanks to an early unboxing through the company’s own YouTube channel, we get a look at the official, minimal packaging. Yes, that means the faux wood boxes are gone!

After the unboxing, we get another tour of each device’s standout features, plenty of looks at that beautiful glass-to-metal blended body, and the deep, color-changing tricks that the Gorilla Glass 4-covered backs play on your eyes. Samsung also talks about these phones not being able to bend, the new louder-than-ever speaker, and the brightness range on that QHD AMOLED display.  (more…)

Galaxy S6, S6 Edge Buyers to Receive 20+ Digital Freebies Through Galaxy Gifts

As part of its existing Galaxy Gifts initiative, buyers of the upcoming Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge from Samsung will be treated to various app, games, and in-app content.

The list contains over 20 offerings, all of which will be downloadable via the Samsung Apps store. None of these, unless from your carrier, will come preloaded on the device.  (more…)

Huawei Might Just be the Next Nexus Maker

Over the last week or so, rumors suggesting that a Chinese smartphone maker would make the next Nexus phone have really heated up. I still haven’t fully wrapped my brain around the idea, but I can’t say that I would be opposed to it. Companies like Lenovo, Xiaomi, and Huawei are starting to make really nice high-end hardware, they just don’t typically get any attention in the US. And look, if Google wants to repair its relationship with China, maybe this is a first step. Well, that might be a stretch, but going with a Chinese phone manufacturer would certainly be something new.

What if that phone manufacturer had already been decided on? What if Google has decided to go with Huawei? According to Kevin Yang, the director of China research at iSuppli, the deal has already been signed – Huawei is making the next Nexus phone.  (more…)

NVIDIA Announces the NVIDIA SHIELD Set-Top Box for the Living Room

At tonight’s “Made to Game” event in San Francisco, NVIDIA unveiled its newest product, a set-top box for the living room called the NVIDIA SHIELD.

The box features a high-performance WiFi system, USB connectors, gigabit ethernet port, and more. The NVIDIA SHIELD runs Android TV, and in fact, is the world’s first 4K Android TV box. The box comes with a remote, which doubles as the mic you use to control Android TV.  (more…)