This is another instance in a long line of carriers’ acting as though mobile devices are theirs to dole out at their whim, on their terms. Rather than offering something fair, they're preying on our impatience as consumers.
WSJ: Google has approached media companies about a streaming service
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google has approached several major media companies about licensing their content for a TV service. Like Netflix or Hulu, the service would be internet based. Unlike Netflix or Hulu, Google has avenues in place which would immediately garner them a large audience.
Xiaomi is very popular in China. So much so, that many treat a device release from them as an event, worthy of skipping work for. They have 14 million users in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan combined, which comprises the bulk of their 20 million worldwide users.
At right around $200, it’s not a significant investment for many, but also not an impulse buy. The success or failure of this will depend on apps and interface. Sony says their interface for this watch is more like Android, which will make it familiar for a wider audience.
The Play Store on Glass would be a strange experience, as it stands. It would be great to have the option to purchase apps and media via Glass, but navigating the Play Store on Glass would be impossible.
In the video below, they show off their new Glass app, which allows users to control their home and/or office via Google’s headset. While it does show our host meandering around his office, turning things off and on with ease, the video doesn’t divulge how.
Sprint will ship three new triple band LTE devices soon
Good news for fans of mobile hotspots today, as Sprint has announced their first triple band LTE devices will start shipping soon. These devices will take advantage of the 800MHz spectrum Sprint is no longer using, which was originally dedicated for their Nextel push-to-talk devices.
Apple’s iPhone: domestic staple, potential international failure
If Apple wants the continued support of carriers, they’ll probably have to soften their stance in regard to the iPhone. It’s the only device Apple requires support with, and the growing Android ecosystem is a large enough hurdle without having carrier roadblocks in addition.
Reports suggest new Amazon Kindle devices will be metal, coming in late August
There is, of course, no official word from Amazon, but some interesting clues hint to a new device. According to Chinese site UDN, Amazon has awarded an RFP for one million tablet housings to Compal, the second largest PC manufacturer to Quanta, which got the nod for last year’s Kindle lineup.