Category: Google

Nexus Devices To Have Insanely Great Cameras

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Google’s Senior Vice President of Engineering posted on his Google+ that he was packing for a trip to the mountains and was unsure which type of camera equipment to bring. “Obviously taking my Android phone and Google Glass,” he stated.

As comments started following one users wrote, “I hope that someday we will just carry our future Nexus and we won’t worry about any heavy camera (smiley face) is that possible +Vic Gundotra any way thank you for all the efforts you have already done”.

Gundotra replied, “We are committed to making Nexus phones insanely great cameras. Just wait and see.”

As phones become more and more apart of our lives, the camera quality on a smartphone has become more of a focus. Lets see if the next Nexus lives up to the Gundotra’s comment.

T-Mobile Begins Selling the Nexus 4 Again

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The Nexus 4 was first released by T-Mobile last year and the device became so popular that T-Mobile’s stock quickly ran out and the stock hadn’t been replenished until now. If you are in the market for the Nexus 4 on T-Mobile you better act fast before this batch of devices is gone too.

As with all providers T-Mobile is selling the Nexus 4 for $199 with a new two-year contract or if you don’t have an upgrade or would rather not extend your contract you can by the device out right for $599. T-Mobile is currently the only way to get the Nexus 4, if you are interested in the Nexus 4 and would like to check it out here is a link to the device’s page on T-Mobile’s website.

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Apple Cutting iPhone Component Orders by 50% – Is The Sky Falling?

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If what the Wall Street Journal is reporting is true, Apple is scrambling to remain a leader in the smartphone industry. The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has cut component order by as much as 50%. This would be a huge indicator that iOS devices are not selling at the levels Apple expected.

There is no doubt Apple has been hurting in the last six months. Between a horrid Maps experience, a shake-up of executives, a falling stock price and loyal iPhone users looking over the fence at the greener grass on Google’s lawn. Android has defiantly taken a huge bite out of Apple and Apple has been slow to respond to the increased competition. Loyal users will only get you so far when your innovations slow down. You will hold them for a few product cycles but they will eventually move on if you can’t give them a device that outshines all others. Apple has to address the the number one thing said by Android users “Android already does that”.

During CES in Las Vegas last week I asked many diehard iOS users how they felt about the Apple ecosystem in general. The responses shocked me because the users all said the same basic thing that I have struggled with.

It boiled down to:

1. iOS is aging and needs a refresh with state of the art technology we have come to expect from Apple.

2. Apple needs to loosen up the strangle hold on developers and what is allowed in the app store. There should be no need for a jailbreak app store. Imagine a community where developers have much more control of their app. It wont happen but at least imagine it.

3. Investment, the iOS users I spoke to have huge investments like I do in Apple products and want that seamless functionality they have come to expect between Apple products. They also don’t want to have to reinvest in another OS.

4. Hope for iOS 7 and iPhone 6, These will be the devices and OS that either keep people with Apple and attract new users or push the loyal users away.

I am not an analyst looking at figures, graphs, stock prices and polls. I am the guy who talks to users everyday and count some of the most influential people in the smartphone industry as friends. Apple is far from being the next Nokia or RIM but there is no time like the present to take a stand and get things back in order before you start seeing articles that Ubuntu is now the second best selling device behind Android. It could happen.

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Google I/O Event To Take Place In May 2013

Google has tweeted “Save the date! Google I/O ’13 will be 5/15-17. Reg info coming in early ’13. Meanwhile, revisit the magic”.

Following up on the tweet was Vic Gundotra from Google, who blogged letting fans know that the event will take place at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco, California. Announcement for registrations will happen in February, so mark your calendar for what will once again be a sellout in record time.

 

T-Mobile’s Holiday Lineup

The holiday season has finally arrived. The time when we to enjoy family, friends, and holiday deals!

Starting today T-Mobile has released their full holiday lineup of smartphones, tablets, and exciting new services. Costumers can now get their hands on the newest devices, including the Google Nexus 4, Nokia Lumina 810, Windows Phone 8X by HTC. In addition EA Games and PowerA have partnered with T-Mobile to bring premium gaming experiences to their holiday line up.

To help their customers beat the Black Friday madness T-Mobile is holding their T-Mobile’s free Samsung 4G smartphone sale on November 16 & 17.

Pricing and Availability for all of T-Mobiles holiday line up are listed below.

Windows Phone 8

Nokia Lumia 810:

-Available starting today online and in retail stores

-Value Plan: $99.99 down payment after a $50 mail-in rebate card and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans.

-Classic Plan: $149.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card and with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

Windows Phone 8X by HTC:

-Available starting today online and in retail stores

-Value Plan: $149.99 down payment after a $50 mail-in rebate card and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

– Classic Plan: $199.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card and with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

Android

Google Nexus 4:

– Currently available via Google Play and will be available in select T-Mobile retail stores and online starting today

– Value Plan: $199.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $15 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

– Classic Plan: $199.99 with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

Google Nexus 7:

-Coming soon – available with T-Mobile service via Google Play

Samsung Galaxy Note II:

– Currently available online and in retail stores

– Value Plan: $249.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

-Classic Plan: $369.99 with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

LG Optimus L9:

– Currently available online and in retail stores

-Value Plan: $49.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $15 per month with a two year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

-Classic Plan: $79.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two-year service agreement on qualifying voice and data plans

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1:

-Available starting today online and in retail stores

-Value Mobile Broadband Plan: $199.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $15 per month with a two year service agreement

-Classic Mobile Broadband Plan: $399.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card with a two year service agreement

Samsung Galaxy S III:

-Currently available online and in retail stores. For more information, visit: http://galaxy-s.t-mobile.com/samsung-galaxy-s3

Windows 8

Dell Inspiron 14z Ultrabook

– Currently available online and in select retail stores

– Value Mobile Broadband Plan: $389.99 out of pocket down payment and 20 equal payments of $20 per month with  a two year service agreement

Accessories

-The AllShare Cast Wireless Hub accessory is available in T-Mobile retail stores and at www.T-Mobile.com for $99.99.

-The MOGA  Mobile Gaming System is available at www.T-Mobile.com for $49.99 and will be in select T-Mobile retail stores starting today.

Google Play Store Reaches 700,000 Apps

Google has been trailing behind Apple in their application market, but now Google has closed the rather significant gap between the two. The Google Play Store has reached 700,000 applications available across all Android devices.

Last week at Apple’s iPad Mini event they announced that they have 700,000 applications available for download in the App Store, and less than a week later Google announced that they have reached the same amount of applications in the Google Play Store.

While the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store may have the same amount of applications avaliable for download, Apple still leads the pack with over 35 billion downloads and Apple has a much tougher approval process.

Android 4.2 Announced

Google has announced the latest version of Android, 4.2. This version is retaining the Jelly Bean name. The new Nexus devices will be running this latest flavor come November 13th.

Whats new in 4.2

Photo Sphere Camera: Snap pictures in every direction that come together into incredible, immersive photo spheres that put you right inside the scene. View your photo spheres right on your phone, share them on Google+ with your friends and family, or even add them to Google Maps for the world to see.

Smarter keyboard, now with Gesture Typing: Google has implemented a SWYPE style keyboard into the OS. Just glide your finger over the letters you want to type, and lift after each word. You don’t have to worry about spaces because they’re added automatically for you. The keyboard can anticipate and predict the next word, so you can finish entire sentences just by selecting suggested words.

Multiuser Experience On Tablets: With support for multiple users, you can give each person their own space. Everyone can have their own homescreen, background, widgets, apps and games. It’s a snap to switch between users without having to logout.

Follow this link for a complete listing of features from Google.

Google Announces The Samsung Nexus 10 And LG Nexus 4

 

Google’s press event was cancelled today due to Hurricane Sandy, but that didn’t stop the company from making their announcements online as they have unveiled the Samsung Nexus 10 and the LG Nexus 4.

The Samsung Nexus 10 has a 10-inch WQXGA display (2560 x 1600 pixel), a dual-core A15 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 5 megapixel rear camera, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, available in 16 GB or 32 GB of internal memory, a 9000 mAh Lithium polymer battery and running Google’s new Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean).

The other device is manufactured by LG, the Nexus 4 has a 4.7-inch WXGA IPS display (1280 x 768 pixel), Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 8 megapixel rear camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, available 8 GB or 16 GB of internal memory, 2 GB of RAM, NFC (Android Beam) and also running Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). The Nexus 4 does lack LTE. This is noted as being due to size and battery constraints.

Both the Nexus 10 and Nexus 4 will be available through Google’s Play Store starting November 13th in United States and other countries. The Nexus 10 will be priced at $399 (16 GB) and $499 (32 GB) Wi-Fi version only.

The Nexus 4 will be available for $299 (16GB) or $349 (32 GB) unlocked in the Play Store, or if T-Mobile is your carrier the 16 GB versions will go for $199.99 on qualifying two-year agreement starting November 14th.