Samsung was rumored more than once to be actively developing a plan to break away from Google’s Android mobile operating system and release devices powered by its own Tizen platform, but that has not happened yet. Considering that Samsung and Google have inked an important partnership earlier this year, it’s highly unlikely that Samsung will ditch Android anytime soon. But there’s one more reason the company may be far from actually making it on its own in the mobile business, a new survey suggests: Samsung’s own software apps rarely become instant hits with customers. More →
The marriage between Google and Nest just got even more official. As Android Police points out, Google has started selling Nest thermostats on its Google Play store starting at $249. And given that it’s Earth Day and that Nest is an eco-friendly, energy-saving thermostat, Google says that it will plant a tree for every Nest unit sold on Tuesday. Nest, which was founded by former Apple exec Tony Fadell, was acquired by Google earlier this year for $3.2 billion. Earlier reports have indicated that Google isn’t interested in Nest just for its smart thermostats but also for its team’s design prowess that won it accolades from several Apple fans over the years.
So let’s say you’ve decided to cut the cord on your expensive pay TV service and get all your favorite shows over the Internet. Which apps will you need the most on your connected television? NPD Group has just come out with a new survey of connected TV users and has unsurprisingly found that viewers see Netflix as their most essential app for TV watching. However, Netflix isn’t the only TV app that cord cutters love and the rest of NPD’s survey on popular TV apps contains some surprises. More →
Apple on Tuesday issued a new update for its wildly popular mobile operating system. iOS 7.1.1, which is available immediately over the air (OTA) and should show up soon as a download through iTunes, is a minor update with bug fixes that follows Apple’s last major release, iOS 7.1. The update is compatible with the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s and iPhone 4, as well as recent iPad and iPod touch models. Apple’s brief change log for the iOS 7.1.1 update follows below. More →
The Xbox One has a major PS4 problem, recent sales numbers have revealed, with sales of Sony’s new console sales seriously outpacing Microsoft’s. While Sony has recently announced that it sold 7 million PS4 units, Microsoft was only able to say it shipped over 5 million units to stores, without saying how many of them have actually been sold. Forbes says that in order to prevent Sony from further widening the gap, and winning the early Xbox One vs PS4 war, Microsoft has to cut the price of the Xbox One. More →
Last week’s rare blood moon eclipse was amazing, but it also took place in the middle of the night so most people in the U.S. probably missed it. But there is no need to fret, of course — that’s why Al Gore invented the Internet. More →
AT&T knows that it can’t beat over-the-top content providers such as Netflix and Amazon, so it figures it might as well join them. AT&T announced on Tuesday that it has joined with the Chernin Group media holding company to invest $500 million in a new venture that will “acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top (OTT) video services.” This is particularly interesting because it’s the first time we’ve really seen a company that offers pay TV services make this kind of big investment in over-the-top video. Cable companies such as Comcast and Time Warner Cable have traditionally done their best to wall off live cable TV programs from the Internet, but the popularity of over-the-top services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Instant Video has apparently grown too big for AT&T to ignore. The company’s press release announcing the venture follows below. More →
Amazing but true: The folks at TechSmartt don’t just try to destroy phones, they also try to use them. TechSmartt, which has tried and failed to kill the Galaxy S5 multiple times this year by putting it through a wide range of torture tests, has put together two terrific videos that each contain more than 50 tips for getting the most out of Samsung’s Galaxy S5 or the HTC One (M8). More →
Amazon doesn’t plan to unveil its first smartphone until later this spring, but the world got an early look at the handset last week when BGR posted exclusive photos of the unannounced device. We also shared several key details about the phone’s software, which features unique hardware-assisted 3D effects that will help differentiate Amazon’s smartphone lineup from rival devices.
Apple CEO Tim Cook doesn’t have the same reputation as a “visionary” that late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs had but that doesn’t mean he won’t try to be inspiring. In a new video released on Monday, Cook describes how Apple’s overarching goal with everything it does is to make things “better,” whether it’s through products such as smartphones and tablets or through its use of more environmentally friendly power sources. More →
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