Rumors are flying about Samsung's plans for the virtual reality headset market. Just a week after Engadget's last unconfirmed report on Samsung's VR device, there's a new post that sheds quite a lot more light on the subject. First of all, Samsung and Oculus VR (makers of the Oculus Rift and recently acquired by Facebook) are sharing technology to improve each other's products. And secondly, Samsung's device uses a dock for your phone, which then becomes the primary display for the device.
You've got a lot of options for high-end Android devices just at the moment, with the HTC One M8 out and the LG G3 coming soon. But if you want something for Verizon right now and your funds are limited, you could do a lot worse than the Samsung Galaxy S5. Amazon's wireless portal has the phone on Big Red for just fifty bones, assuming you're a new customer or you're adding a new phone line.
Do you want your phone to charge wirelessly and be all cozy on a tiny pillow? Then the Nokia DT-901 Fatboy charging pillow is what you want. Problem is, it's usually a rather expensive charger, upwards of $60 on Amazon and $79 on AT&T. Not today, though. You can get one for $5 (or even less if you're especially keen) with free shipping on AT&T's site. Way better than that Verizon pillow.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 is a massive tablet, as it's a dozen inches of Android tablet that costs as much as a decent laptop. This thing is still going for $549.99 to $649.99 elsewhere, but a refurbished one is currently up on eBay for just $399.99. That's a pretty big savings of at least $150.
That new Google Maps update is pretty cool, but there's more going on than the return of terrain mode. In fact, there are two small, but crazy-useful features in the new Maps that you ought to know about.
Left: Old, Right: New
Dearest readers, have we got the installment of Android Police Files for you today. Plenty of folks have emailed us over the past month and a half with their questions and concerns. Some sent in their criticisms, and others have even mailed us their personal monologues. We've searched through the metaphorical mail bag and selected eight messages we frankly couldn't just keep to ourselves. Please, read on. You're in for a treat.
In the future, sports won't look the way they do now. They will be faster, more complex, and completely saturated with bright neon lights. No game will be immune, no matter how small or seemingly innocent, including dodgeball. Jolt offers a taste of what a futuristic version of this game will look like, and it gives two players the chance to experience it on one device.
The screenshots don't do Jolt justice.
Google's reinvention of the Chrome bookmark system, called Google Stars, was first spotted by Florian Kiersch nearly a month ago. Today, it looks like the Chrome extension and web interface are already live for the public, preceding any official word from Google about the burgeoning bookmarking service. For now, it looks like Stars is still in a dogfooding or testing phase.
Users who install the Chrome extension (linked at the bottom of the post) will be able to access the service's web interface, which will automatically "add the Google magic to your data," collecting a history of topics you're interested in or things you've bookmarked, arranged automatically by date.
The Moto X is one of the best phones you can get right now. What makes it even better is that it's pretty affordable as it stands – a customized 16GB model is $400. 32GB is $450. Damn good pricing. But until the end of today (at midnight), you can get damn gooder pricing. That's right. Gooder.
With the coupon code AFFMTX, Moto is knocking fifty bones off of the 16GB model and seventy-five off of the 32GB model, making them $350 and $375 respectively.
The time has come for America's most patriotic phone to remove its ten-gallon hat and hop down from its saddle, because Motorola Mobility has announced that it's closing down the high-end phone's assembly plant in Fort Worth, TX. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the facility will close its doors before the end of the year.
"What we found was that the North American market was exceptionally tough,"
- Motorola President Rick Osterloh
The reason is simple, the Moto X simply did not sell enough units for Motorola to achieve economies of scale.