Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sprint, T-Mobile Rumored To Be Discussing Merger Details... Again

SoftBank which controls 80% of Sprint is expressing optimism about the prospect for mergers in the U.S. wireless carrier industry under President Trump.

The Obama administration was "quite tough on business," SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said Wednesday. But now the "door is open" for potential deals he added.

Masayoshi Son failed in an attempt to merge Sprint with T-Mobile back in 2014 after the plan ran into regulatory hurdles. SoftBank paid $20.1 billion October 14th 2012 taking 70% control, on August 6th 2013 Softbank purchased another 2% raising their stakes to 80% ownership of Sprint and has struggled to turn the U.S. carrier around since.

Now, Masayoshi Son is ready to try again saying that while he is open to other options, T-Mobile remains his "first priority" for a merger with Sprint. T-Mobile CEO John Legere said earlier this year that the company was open to "various forms of consolidation."

Source: CNN Money

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Amazon Prime Video Rumored For Apple TV Fourth Generation

Apple and Amazon are rumored to be close to an agreement which would bring Amazon’s Prime Video app to the Apple TV fourth generation according to a new report from. 

According to people familiar with the two companies, Amazon employees are expecting that the tvOS App could arrive in the third quarter of the year allowing Amazon Prime Video subscribers to stream TV shows and movies to Apple’s fourth generation set top box. 

Currently, Amazon does provide an iOS app allowing users to stream to the Apple TV using AirPlay but it lacks the elegance and simplicity of a native tvOS app. 

According to Apple, the decision not to release a tvOS app prior to this was entirely up to Amazon.

Amazon Echo With Touchscreen Revealed, In Leaked Images

The leak images come from AFTVnews and Evleaks, who has a particularly good record of leaking upcoming products. Codenamed Knight, it is expected later this month and will be the company’s flagship Alexa device.

The device has a slant that angles upwards so that the assumed 7 inch touchscreen will be visible when looking down from above. From the leaked image the interface shows the time in the top left corner with calendar events beneath. The backdrop is of clouds assuming users will be able to customize wallpapers.

Below the display there is a pretty large speaker grill. Similar to the recently announced Echo Look, there also appears to be a camera above the display in the center.

Source: EvleaksAFTVnews

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Android Public Beta Program For Android O, Coming Soon!

Google’s beta program has allowed Nexus and Pixel users to test upcoming features and Android Beta Preview builds before anyone else. 

According to the Google developer's page Developer Preview build 2 is set for the middle of May which is listed as a beta, not alpha likely indicating the first Android O public beta preview.

If you want to be the know about the upcoming release of the Android O beta program be sure to visit our website for updates, check out Google's official Android Beta Google+ Community Page, or visit Google's Beta Program website directly by hitting the source links below. 

Source: Google+ Android Beta Program, Android Beta Program

Monday, May 1, 2017

Google's Android O Developer Preview, Available For Download

Android O Developer Preview images were recently made available for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel and Pixel XL. You can download the Android O Developer Preview at the source link below.
While the official Android O Developer Preview release date is still unknown at this point, but as we've seen in the years prior we should get official confirmation and a glimpse into the first developer version of Android O at the Google I/O Developer conference scheduled May 17th through May 19th.

Source: Google, Android O Developer Preview

Samsung's Bixby Voice Assistant Arrives On Galaxy S8 And S8+ In Korea Today

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Samsung Electronics has rolled out the voice command feature on its Bixby virtual assistant for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ in South Korea.

Samsung began the voice command service at 1pm KST on Monday, after sending a notice in the morning to users of the smartphones.

Bixby, the company's artificial intelligence (AI) assistant rolled out on April 21 when official sales of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ series began in South Korea.

Bixby supported vision, reminder, and home features but the voice command feature was absent. Samsung previously said it wanted to fully prepare before rolling out Bixby Voice Assistant.

Voice command is yet to reach other markets outside of South Korea where the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ is available. US customers are rumored to get Samsung's Bixby Voice Assistant in May.

Source: Bixby