Periscope is now on Android! I don’t know why I’m acting even remotely excited about this bit of news, but hey, it’s exciting, right? You can now live broadcast your life to random strangers or friends or the tech journalists who keep telling you that this is a big deal. Fun! Such fun. (more…)
Included in the series of announcements surrounding the launch of the Galaxy S6 from Samsung, was word from IKEA that they had partnered with the Korean electronics giant to build out furniture that would include embedded wireless chargers. The thought was to help increase wireless charging adoption, but also to add functionality to your bedside table or lamp that would allow you to ditch the ugly chargers sold to you by Samsung and a variety of other accessory makers. The result, unveiled in April, was a series of lamps, tables, and stand-alone wireless chargers that added some style to something as geeky as wireless charging. (more…)
The LG G4 is making its way to US stores! The phone that has clearly won Tim over, will be available starting tomorrow from T-Mobile’s online store before arriving in stores on June 3. Priced at $0 down with monthly payments of $24.99, you are looking at a $600 investment that will be well worth it. This is a fantastic phone, easily up there in terms of overall package with the Galaxy S6. (more…)
Remember how disappointed you were to not only find out that Sony’s Xperia Z4 was essentially a slightly upgraded Xperia Z3 with no drastically improved additions, but that it was also only going to be available in Japan? Assuming you can get past the disappointment of that slight spec bump, we have good news! It’s being re-branded for the rest of the world as the Xperia Z3+ and is coming in June! (more…)
A new Moto 360 is more than likely right around the corner. Still, if you want the original, which is for the most part the best Android Wear device you can current buy, there are deals to be had. For example, this weekend, Best Buy has slashed $100 off the price of the watch, dropping it to as low as $150. That’s for the leather version, of course, but the metal band versions are $100 off as well with a current price of $199.
Again, it’s closing in on its year anniversary and should be replaced by a new model fairly soon, but as you can tell from the 4.5 star average review at Best Buy, this is a solid little product. After a shaky launch start, Android Wear has turned the Moto 360 into a fine little accessory that is a steal at $150.
Verizon and Motorola are pushing an update to their 2013 line-up of DROID devices, the MAXX, Ultra, and Mini. The update is not Lollipop in any shape or form. It fixes bugs and improves stability. That’s it.
You are looking at a build number of 24.13.2 when all is said and done. The update was approved on Friday, so you should see it any day if you haven’t already. (more…)
Next week is a big one, folks. Google I/O 2015. We’re expecting Android M talk, news about Android Wear, Android TV, Android Auto, Project Fi, and countless other projects Google has going on. But don’t worry, we will be there to bring you all of the breaking stories.
As for what happened this week, well, there was quite a bit. ASUS launched the ZenPhone 2 and we took it for a spin, there are a lot of rumors about what Google will announce next week, HTC claims there will not be a Mini version of the One M9, and folks who signed up for Project Fi may be waiting until mid-summer to receive an invite. See, lots of things.
Below, you will find the list of this week’s top Android and mobile-related stories. (more…)