NVIDIA ‘P2570′ passes through the FCC, looks like the next Shield to us


Typically when a consumer electronic is a hit, it’s eventually rewarded with a follow up. While we probably wouldn’t label NVIDIA’s Shield a runaway success, it managed to make a few waves in world of gaming. So we’re not too surprised to see what looks like a sequel to the chip maker’s Android-powered gaming device passing through the FCC. Listed as the “P2570″ (the originally Shield was the P2450) this device bears a strong resemblance to its possible predecessor.

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AT&T offering $50 Google Play credit with purchase of an Android device

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 11.06.57 AMLast week, Google, Amazon, and Sonos teamed up to offer 6 months free of Google Play All Access and a $50 Amazon credit with the purchases of a Sonos speaker. Now, Google is partnering with AT&T for another deal. Starting today, you will get $50 in Google Play credit when you purchase a qualifying Android smartphone from AT&T. The credit is valid towards anything in the Play Store, such as apps, movies, music, and TV.

Every Android device AT&T sells qualifies, while iPhones Windows Phones obviously do not. The deal is also valid with all of AT&T’s contract options, including two-year agreements and AT&T Next. The deal will run until July 17th and is available on AT&T’s website only, not in stores. A new line of service is required, as well.

AT&T is selling a variety of popular smartphones right now, including the HTC One M8, Moto X, and Galaxy S5. You can read more about this offer on AT&T’s website.

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Smartphone maker Xiaomi continues to grow, outsells Apple in China during Q1 2014

A new video out of Bloomberg details  just exactly how a once unknown Chinese phone company has able to leapfrog the household names in technology and become the sixth largest mobile handset company in the world, and the third largest in China. Xiaomi was founded back in 2010 and went the total opposite direction in terms of strategy from Apple and Samsung. Making Android powered devices, Xiaomi has focused devices with high build quality and excellent performance.

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YouTube for Android update finally adds ability to manually choose a streaming quality

Google this evening released a minor update to the YouTube for Android app, bumping it to version 5.7. The update doesn’t add much, but does finally add one long awaited feature. With YouTube 5.7, you can now manually choose the quality in which you want a video to playback.

In previous versions of the app, you could only toggle between HD and HQ. Now, you can choose from 144p, 240p, 360p, and 720p. 1080p support appears to still be missing. The auto option will presumably choose the best stream based on your internet connection at the time of playback. To bring up the quality toggle, click the action button on the upper right corner of a video, then click the settings gear icon.

The update is rolling out slowly to Android devices, so it may take a little while to hit your device. In the mean time, keep an eye on the Play Store.

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Employees of USAA are now banned from wearing Google Glass, other wearables


Update: Statement from the USAA after the break…

Google Glass continues to receive a lot of press attention, with much of it being in a negative light due to the device’s camera. And this may be the beginning of yet another saga of Glass bannings, as 9to5Google has learned that USAA, provider of home, life, and auto insurance as well as banking for families of military members, has banned Google Glass from being used by its employees. Read more

KitKat hits 13.6% of devices in latest Android distribution numbers


Google has just released its monthly numbers on Android distribution and in it KitKat has jumped up to 13.6% of devices from just 8.5% in last month’s report. Google’s report includes data for a 7-day period ending today, so we’re thinking that the release of KitKat updates for a number of new devices in recent weeks had something to do with the rather significant jump up from last month’s stats. Read more

Amazon announces June 18 event for new device unveiling, expected to be a 3D smartphone

Update: Amazon has officially announced its 3D phone dubbed the Fire Phone. You can read the full breakdown here.

Amazon has just announced that it is holding a press event in Seattle on June 18th. The company says that it will unveil a new device at the event. Amazon is also letting anyone request an invite to it by simply filling out a form on its website.

The company also posted a video showing reactions to the new device by customers. One person remarked that “it moved with” them and another claimed that they’ve “never seen anything like” it before. All the customers are essentially moving their heads around with the device. It is widely expected to be a 3d-capable smartphone, which the company has allegedly been working on for quite a while.

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Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet spotted with Verizon branding


Last month, Sony started accepting pre-orders for its Xperia Z2 Tablet, but absent from this announcement was support for any US wireless carriers. Apparently this exclusion doesn’t mean that Sony’s slim slab will be avoiding its the US of A, as @evleaks recently posted renders of the Z2 with Verizon branding. With an entry-level price of $500, this waterproof slate features a 10.1-inch Full HD TRILUMINOS display, a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm APQ8074AB quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, S-Force Front Surround, a 2.2-megapixel front-facing camera, an 8-megapixel rear-facing shooter and Android 4.4 KitKat.

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Microsoft updates its SmartGlass mobile apps with a universal remote for your TV and cable box


Today, Microsoft released a highly anticipated update for its SmartGlass mobile apps for Xbox One. Following suit with a full system update for Redmond’s newest game console, this refreshed companion app adds fast access to all of your TV and app channels with the introduction of OneGuide support. Also new to SmartGlass are the abilities to compare Achievements, filter recorded game clips and organize your console’s pins remotely. But the standout new feature here is the addition of a universal remote that can be used to control your cable, satellite box or TV.

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System dump reveals LG G Watch details including default apps, Snapdragon 400 chipset, background images


Yesterday we mentioned the boot logo for the LG G Watch that had leaked to the Internet, and with it came what might be the next official Android logo. This information surfaced from an LG G Watch system dump leaked on Twitter last night, and a quick dig through it reveals some more interesting tidbits of information about the device… Read more

No-contract Moto X going on sale tonight, $100 off for two days


Motorola announced on Twitter and the company’s website today that the 32 GB Moto X will be available for $100 less than its usual price for the next two days. The sale starts tonight at midnight and runs until Friday.

Only the unlocked, no-contract model will be discounted. That specific version usually runs about $499, so this is a pretty decent drop for those wanting to get their hands on the KitKat-powered smartphone.

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