In a small update this afternoon, Google brought YouTube for Android support to the all-new Nexus Q. YouTube support is definitely welcomed on the media streamer that began shipping yesterday. The support allows users to sit-back and watch YouTube videos on the big screen. Also in the update, Google included a slew of bug fixes and remote function to Android 2.5 devices and older. The function allows users to play YouTube videos on other devices. Release notes are below for your perusal: [Google Play via Android Community]
It has been rumored for quite sometime that Facebook will make its own smartphone to allow customers easier access to the social network. While we have not heard anything concrete, we have more news on the rumored social smartphone today courtesy of Bloomberg. According to the publication’s report, Facebook is partnering with Taiwan-based HTC to release the phone in mid-2013. HTC is behind the well-received One series, along with Thunderbolt and Droid Incredible 4G, so it certainly would not be a bad partnership for either company. Facebook, the world’s largest social network, sees the majority of its hits through mobile devices—without any ads hitting users’ eyes. A Facebook smartphone would allow the company to get crafty with advertising and begin making money off its mobile userbase. Past the news of the partnership, there is no information on availability or pricing of the device. While HTC released the HTC Status in February 2011, which included a Facebook button, it was not a full Facebook phone.
We knew the U.S.-made streaming device would ship sometime in July to those who preordered, but today Nexus Q is officially in stock on the Google Play store. It is shipping in “3-5 business days” to U.S. customers. Nexus 7 certainly had a good start. It sold out at several retailers, but many are skeptical the $299 media streamer will do as well.
A long-rumored refresh of Amazon’s Kindle Fire line was outed by Staple CEO Demos Parneros. According to a Reuters report, the CEO expects to see “five or six tablet SKUs” in Staples’ system shortly, including a larger 10-inch model. Amazon is rumored to release a new line of Fires as early as the end of the month, but it may be reloading with the success of the ASUS/Google Nexus 7.
One of those SKUs may also refer to a phone that is also rumored to be coming from the retail giant.
It has not been discussed much at length, but I would also expect Amazon to be working on a HDTV-type of device that would play its movie and Prime selection. It could also go up against the Apple TV and Google TVs of the world.
Last month, Samsung predicted sales of the Samsung Galaxy S3 to surpass 10 million units sold. Today, Samsung exec J.K. Shin confirmed Samsung reached its milestone.
Shin Jong-kyun, the president of Samsung’s information technology and mobile communication division, told reporters that the phone has become a 10-million seller after it was first unveiled on May 29 in London. He, however, did not give exact numbers.
This translates into about 190,000 Galaxy S3s being sold every day, and easily ahead of its very popular predecessor — the Galaxy S2 — that reported sales hitting 10 million, five months after it reached consumers.
Samsung began selling the Galaxy S3 in the United States less than a month ago, and it began selling the S3 globally not even a month before that.
As a comparison, Apple sold 35 Million iPhones in its most recent quarter—including older models of the iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS. That is around 388,000 iPhones per day. Samsung obviously sells many lower-end Android smartphones too.
A trip over to the Google Play Store today yields a very disconcerting message for those who were hoping to get a 16GB Nexus 7. The purchase option has been replaced by a “Sign up to be notified by email when Nexus 7 (16GB) becomes available.”
The Guardian said Google simply ran out of the 16GB version. Mountain View, according to the publication, has none left, while a ramping up ASUS will not have new units until at least a few weeks out.
The 8GB version is still up for sale and expects to ship in three to five days. I guess folks are being old-fashioned and want to keep their media local.
The reason? Overwhelming demand that far outstripped Google’s expectations. It is next to impossible to find in the United Kingdom, and things are hit/miss even in the United States. eBay is already taking advantage by selling the Nexus 7 at premiums up to and over $100.
Welcome to the combination of supply chain logistics/successful products at Google.
We've started rolling out Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, to Nexus S phones on a number of carriers with more to come. Enjoy! android.com/whatsnew/—
Google Nexus (@googlenexus) July 20, 2012
On Google Plus, Google elaborated a little more on the carrier situation:
We’ve started rolling out Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, to Nexus S phones on a number of carriers including T-Mobile, H3G, O2, Rogers as well as Vodafone in most countries, with more to come. Enjoy!
We just received an invite from Samsung Electronics America to “Save the Date” for a major Galaxy announcement. This business division is not to be confused with Samsung Telecommunications America that handles mobile phones.
What could it be?
We are hoping the Samsung Galaxy Camera lands, but it will likely be a tablet or TV.
SAVE THE DATE
August 15, 2012
Please join Samsung Electronics America for a major announcement and unveiling of the newest GALAXY device. An exclusive press conference will take place where full details will be disclosed.
An invitation with details will follow soon.
More as it comes in. Read more
You may have heard of the world’s thinnest Android phone, the Oppo Finder, when the company put it up for pre-order last month. At just 6.65mm, the company also wanted to show off how tough the device is, and it recently did so by using it to hammer nails into a piece of wood. We would not recommend doing this with any smartphone. Nevertheless, at $393, Oppo Finder packs some decent specs with its 1GB of RAM, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, Android 4.0, and 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display.
As noted in a report from Ars Technica, the ITC’s import ban on Motorola Android devices is set to kick in tomorrow. It covers 18 Motorola products infringing patents related to Microsoft’s Exchange Active Sync technology. Motorola, of course, has the option to pay Microsoft to license the patent, as it has in the past, but the company told Ars in a statement that it plans to continue selling its flagship devices in the U.S. following tomorrow’s ban:
“In view of the ITC exclusion order which becomes effective Wednesday with respect to the single ActiveSync patent upheld in Microsoft’s ITC-744 proceeding, Motorola has taken proactive measures to ensure that our industry leading smartphones remain available to consumers in the US,” Motorola said. “We respect the value of intellectual property and expect other companies to do the same.”
The following Motorola devices are covered by the ITC ruling: the Motorola Atrix, Backflip, Bravo, Charm, Cliq, Cliq 2, Cliq XT, Defy, Devour, Droid 2, Droid 2 Global, Droid Pro, Droid X, Droid X2, Flipout, Flipside, Spice, and Xoom.
Ars also received a statement from Microsoft’s Deputy General Counsel David Howard: