European readers, no one could blame you for being a little miffed at Google when it comes to the Play Store. The company's focus on the United States is impossible to deny, especially when you look at the availability of carrier billing. But they're slowly, slowly rolling out the feature to more and more carriers and countries. Today Both Switzerland and Belgium get one carrier each added to the Play Store billing club: Swisscom and Mobistar, respectively.
There are some companies that seem to really love puns. Google certainly does, but so does Amazon. Amazon's new service is called Kindle MatchBook, and it lets you buy the Kindle edition of books at a steep discount if you've bought them in physical form from Amazon at some point in the past. It doesn't even matter if you still have the book, or if you lost it a decade ago.
As more and more people adopt smartphones, and as these devices get increasingly powerful, the amount of time the world's population spends recharging devices grows exponentially. We've seen multiple ways of addressing this problem, ranging from wireless charging to solar-powered battery packs and even a Kickstarter project that empowers people to recharge handsets by walking. JUICIES+ doesn't seek to reinvent the wheel. Instead, the campaign just wants to give our cables the same premium look and feel of the phones they power.
Traditionally, Google has stuck with generic names for Android versions: Cupcake, Donut, Éclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Jelly Bean. Thus, when the big unveiling of 4.4, codenamed KitKat, happened out of nowhere this morning, the web was abuzz with questions. How can they do this? Is this a joke? I thought the name KitKat was "trademarked!" Well, there's a very simple answer to all these questions: it's a mutual partnership.
We've shared some rather cool things you can do with Google TV in the past, but if you happen to have one, chances are you actually want to use it for watching video every now and then. While Netflix, Crackle, and YouTube may be enough to provide your movie, sitcom, and cat fix, none of them offer much in the way of news reporting. Now there's no chance I could introduce a source that would please all of our readers, but I'm sure at some of you will be pleased to know that AOL has released HuffPost Live for Google TV.
Totem Runner sounds like just another endless runner, possibly set place on a tropical island and starring an offensively stereotypical tribesmen of some kind. While your first hunch wouldn't be too far off the mark, this game dishes out a particular twist that just may come as a surprise. The provided experience is what you get if you take all of the Animorphs (too old?) and combine them all into one character, then turn that guy into a fierce warrior that looks strong enough to make me wonder why he needs to turn into an animal in the first place.
If you missed out on the ruckus Google caused this morning, here's a quick briefing: the upcoming version will not be 5.0, nor will it be called Key Lime Pie. Instead, it's 4.4 KitKat. No joke – this is legit. Sundar Pichai even put a picture of the new statue up on Twitter and G+. This is happening.
The question is, though, what new features can we expect? KitKat itself has taken to YouTube with just that information.
Just yesterday we shared leaked photos of the upcoming but unannounced Sony Xperia Z1, otherwise known as the Honami. The folks at XperiaBlog shared a collection of official rendered press photos, and now they've got their hands on a full press release and specs ahead of tomorrow's planned unveil at IFA. Altogether, it's nine pages of material reminding us that Sony's successor to last year's Xperia Z flagship should be quite the impressive piece of tech.
Sony just can't keep a lid on these QX lens camera things. After a ton of images showed up yesterday, we've now got all the specs and pricing. There's even a lovely little video that tells the tale of hipster love.
The new Cyber-Shot QX100 and QX10 lens cameras will be announced on September 4th at 4PM London time. The QX100 will go for $500, and the QX10 will cost $250, which is spot on with the leaks.
How many times do you unlock your smartphone within the span of a minute? I can't count the number of times I've unlocked my phone, started a podcast, put it down, changed my mind, unlocked the phone, selected a new podcast, put the phone back down, heard a chime, unlocked the phone, responded, and put the phone down - finally - for long enough to focus on something else. For the sake of convenience, I desperately want to leave my phone unlocked, but doing so frankly isn't safe.