Tuesday Poll: What’s a Bigger Deal, Hardware or Software?

With HTC launching a One (M8) powered by Windows Phone exclusively onto Verizon, it got us thinking just a tad on what aspect of a phone is more important to you, the consumer. Each company has a different hardware design language, as well as a very unique take on how software should look and perform. The point is, if your favorite phone was the One (M8), and now that is available running Windows Phone, would you leave Android because of that?

As another example, if Apple does in fact launch two larger iPhones in the near future, will you be leaving Android only because Apple is finally making bigger phones?

For a few of you, we realize that both hardware and software are equally important, but for the sake of debate, if you had to choose just one, is hardware or software a bigger deal to you?

What's a bigger deal: Hardware or Software?

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Google to Rename All Access to Google Play “Music Key,” Introduce YouTube Music Key Alongside

According to a new leak, Google may look to rebrand Google Play Music All Access soon. Not only rebrand, but introduce an entirely new service alongside it. Thanks to information posted by Android Police, more details are being leaked which cover a possibly upcoming service called YouTube Music Key. Upon YT Music Key’s unveiling, Google will rename All Access to Google Play Music Key, then promote the two services alongside one another for one monthly fee.  (more…)

Virgin America Distributing Nexus 7 Tablets Across Entire Fleet for Crew Members

If you fly Virgin America, be prepared to see the Nexus 7 making frequent appearances in the skies, as the company recently announced that they are to outfit their flight attendants with the Google and ASUS-made hardware.

Nicknamed the Crewpad, the device is used to help flight attendants assistant passengers better. For example, whenever you order food or drinks through Virgin’s inflight entertainment system, the attendant will receive a notification on their tablet, then fulfill your request.  (more…)

Deal: 16GB Nexus 5 in Black or Red for $329, Plus Free Shipping

A new Nexus phone should be here within the next three months, but if it’s the whale rumors are predicting it to be, you may be better off sticking with last year’s much more manageable Nexus 5. Now isn’t a bad time to consider one either, thanks to a daily eBay deal that has the black or red models with 16GB of storage priced at $329.99.

This is the LG-D820, which is the US-specific variant. It’s also brand new and includes free economy shipping with purchase.

The Nexus 5 with 16GB of storage currently retails for $349 through Google Play, but Google tends to charge an arm and a leg-and-a-half for shipping. If you jump on this deal, you are saving over $20.

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ASUS to Possibly Launch Android Wear Device at IFA

According to ASUS CEO Jerry Shen, who held an investors conference on Tuesday, a new Android Wear device may be debuted at this year’s IFA in Berlin, Germany.

Shen mentioned to investors that once announced, ASUS will followup the smartwatch with aggressive marketing efforts, but should not expect to see great revenue returns on the device or sequel device for roughly nine months.  (more…)

Google Posts Four New Android Wear Commercials, Focuses on Voice Commands

We have not seen too much advertising of Android Wear from Google yet, but with Motorola’s official unveiling date for the Moto 360 set for September 4, it looks like Google is now ready to get started.

While the commercials are nothing too special, they do show off Android Wear’s ability to listen to voice commands, display traffic, as well as send/receive messages. If your hands are full and you happen to be sprayed with water, you can now easily inform your friends. Playing with an elephant? Don’t worry, you can ask Google how much they weigh with no hands.  (more…)