Today, Google has aired a new ad that features Google Now. This ad shows a little girl telling her dad to ask his smartphone, which looks to be a Nexus 4, about his flight status. When he checks, he is told that his flight is cancelled and then goes out to play with his daughter in the snow; hence, this ad. You can watch ad in the above video.
The latest ad shows that the Google is still trying to push the family aspect of its products. We’ve seen the company push this aspect before in its Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 commercials earlier. Google’s Nexus 7 ad focuses in on a father and son on a camping trip while the Nexus 4 commercial shows a father and son on a Google Hangout.
Personally, I’m getting a bit tired of these advertisements and think that Google may want to expand its horizons to grab the attention of other markets. However, I do feel that Google’s latest round of commercials does a good job of showing users the features of its products instead of throwing product and software specs into their faces.
Sprint has just announced a new budget 4G LTE smartphone. The phone goes under the name Sprint Force and will be available for $49.99 on a two-year contract. However, to get this price, you have to mail-in a $50 mail-in-rebate. As far as specs go, the device rocks a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, a 4″ 480×800 display and a 5-megapixel camera. The phone is powered by Android 4.0 and there is no word of a Jelly Bean update as of now.
Sprint has also included Sprint ID with the Sprint Force. Sprint ID is a new service which allows users to deeply customize their Android devices without any sort of hacking. The service includes tons of wallpapers, apps, widgets and other gizmos. Sprint has said that “ID packs deliver a complete mobile experience – based on consumers’, students’ or businesses’ interests or favorite brands.”
Overall, the Sprint Force looks like a good device for anyone looking for a cheap yet functional smartphone on Sprint. The device will be good for non-techies or people on a limited budget. Kids will also like the phone as it doesn’t have a huge screen and connects to Sprint ID. For $49.99, this phone seems like an overall good deal.
Verizon Wireless is reportedly readying an update for Galaxy Nexus devices on its network. Last night, the company’s Twitter support handle sent a tweet to a concerned Galaxy Nexus user as response to a question regarding the possibility of a software update. While the company didn’t tweet an actual release date, it did say that the update is coming “soon” and that it will be pushed to users from Samsung over-the-air. We’ve embedded the tweet below.
ianxcom1 Good question! Samsung will push the update directly to your device over the air. Sorry, no release date. But, it will be soon.^LH
Even though Verizon support didn’t say exactly what was down the pipeline, we’re pretty sure that the company was referring to an Android 4.2 update for the LTE Galaxy Nexus in its tweet. Galaxy Nexus users on Verizon have been awaiting this update for quite sometime.
The LTE Galaxy Nexus and the unlocked Galaxy Nexus devices have been weird when it comes to software updates. While the unlocked, GSM Galaxy Nexus has been updated to new software as its released, the LTE model has been lagging behind. The LTE Galaxy Nexus hasn’t been updated to Android 4.2 even though the update has been available for other Nexus devices since November of 2012.
Three UK, a mobile carrier in the United Kingdom, has opened preorders for the recently announced HTC One. The device is available for £34 per month on the company’s Unlimited Internet 500 plan or for £36 per month on the company’s The One Plan. Both of these plans come with 24-month contracts. If you’d like, you can pay £479.99 for the device on a pay-as-you-go plan without a contract. As of now, the carrier is offering both the silver and black iterations of the device for preorder and expects the phones to be delivered on the 15th of March.
The HTC One was announced on the 19th of this month and is HTC’s new flagship smartphone. The device is powered by Android 4.1.2 and runs on a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm CPU with 2GB of RAM. In terms of storage, you’ll have 32GB of storage to fill with apps, music and other content from the Google Play Store. The device is NFC-ready and features a giant 4.7″ 1080p display with a pixel density of 468 pixels-per-inch.
Google has announced that it will be opening registration for Google I/O 2013 on March 15th, 2013 at 10AM EST. The event was announced back in December of 2012 and will take place in San Francisco. The event will be taking place from May 15th to May 17th and will cost $900 for general admission or $300 for academic admission. Attendees will be able to purchase tickets via Google using their Google Wallet accounts. The tickets will go fast, so make sure your Wallet account is up-and-running before the 15th of next month. Google has stated that they will be posting more details about the event via its Google+ page up until the event starts.
Last year, the event took place in June at Moscone West in San Francisco. We should see Google give us more details about Google Glass as well as the Chromebook Pixel at the event. Google is also known to give out free Google gear at the event, so we wouldn’t be surprised if developers and media attending the event walk home with one or both of the devices.
Clove, a popular UK mobile phone store, has already started to accept preorders for the HTC One. The 32GB model of the HTC One will set you back a hefty £425, or $658, plus VAT. The store does ship to the United States, but charges an additional £16 ($25) to cover shipping and handling expenses. Clove currently has both the ‘Glacial Silver’ and ‘Stealth Black’ color options available for preorder. If you do plan on purchasing an HTC One via Clove, you should expect the company to ship your phone around the 15th of March when Clove’s first shipment of Ones is expected to arrive. If you want your HTC One as soon as possible, we’d recommend preordering now to get in on the first shipment of phones. The devices will be shipped unlocked and SIM-free.
If you’re unaware, the HTC One was unveiled today at an HTC press event. The device features top-of-the-line specs including a 1080p 4.7″ display (468ppi) and a 1.7GHz Qualcomm quad-core CPU. The device is powered by Android 4.1.2, or Jellybean, and has Sense 5 loaded on top. Finally, the HTC One is crafted from all metal materials and is just 9.3mm thin.
SugarSync has just introduced an unlimited storage plan for business users. The service will initally start as a 1TB plan, though subscribers can email support for additional storage anytime they need it. The account can be shared with three employees and more can be added when needed. SugarSync for business comes with a plethora of features geared specifically towards business users. Employees can collaborate on files and can install the SugarSync Outlook plugin to send all attachments via SugarSync. All files uploaded to SugarSync are protected by 128-bit AES encryption once uploaded and are secured with TLS (SSL 3.3) when being uploaded to SugarSync’s servers.
SugarSync’s unlimited business plan isn’t cheap. Business users can expect to pay $55 per month or $550 per year for the service. A free trial is available via SugarSync’s website, so you can see what you’re buying into before paying.
If you’re unaware, SugarSync is a popular cloud storage service. The company has apps for all major smartphone OSes and even supports Symbian, Blackberry and Windows Phone. You can use SugarSync to backup your files, to share files and access files on the go. SugarSync is in the process of completely reworking its desktop and mobile apps, so it’ll be exciting to see where the service goes next.
T-Mobile has just started selling the LG Nexus 4 for $49 via its online store. You’ll have to pay $100 for the device upfront and send in a $49 mail-in rebate. This deal is only going on for a limited time and requires that you sign a two-year contract when purchasing the device. The device normally sells for $349 off-contract via Google Play and can be used with any GSM network as the device is SIM unlocked. T-Mobile is currently selling the 16GB model and has not announced plans to carry the lower-end 8GB model.
If you’re unaware, the Nexus 4 is the most recent Nexus device which was released alongside the Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 with cellular data. The device features a quick quad-core CPU, a 4.7″ display and 2GB of RAM. The device is manufactured by LG but has strong Google influence. This means that it will be updated to the latest version of Android for the next couple of years. Because of this, the device is pure Google and doesn’t have a skinned UI. The Nexus 4 only supports LTE bands in Canada and can connect to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network in the United States.
Nokia has just announced Music+, a premium music streaming service for Lumia devices. The service will cost $3.99 per month in the United States and €3.99 per month in Europe. The service is essentially an upgrade to the company’s existing Mix Radio service. Mix Radio is a free internet radio service which is run by Nokia. The service allows users to listen to Mixes for free, though users can only skip a limited number of songs. If you hear a song you like, you can purchase it within the application. Finally, the service also allows users to download Mixes for offline listening. Mix Radio is currently only available to Nokia Lumia users.
Why would one want to subscribe to Music+, anyway? For one, the service gives users a lot of benefits over the standard Mix Radio service. When you subscribe, you’re instantly given access to unlimited Mix Radio skips as well as higher quality music streams. Nokia is also launching a desktop Music+ app which is only available to subscribers, so you’ll be able to listen to your favorite Mixes when working from your computer. However, the biggest Music+ benefit would have to be the fact that you can download as many Mixes as you’d like for offline listening. Standard Mix Radio accounts are capped at four downloads at a time.
Verizon has just announced that it will be releasing a pink model of the Motorola RAZR M tomorrow, January 24th. The device will be marketed towards Valentine’s Day buyers who want to upgrade their sweetheart to a new smartphone. The device will still keep its carbon fiber-looking back, though the sides will be colored a nice, metallic pink color.
Aside from the color change, the pink RAZR M looks to be the same as a standard RAZR M on the inside. The device sports a 4G LTE chip, a dual-core SnapDragon S4 CPU and a 4.3″ display. You can purchase the device for $99 after a $50 mail in rebate on a two-year contract.