Just last month, Sony announced it would scaling back its low and mid range smartphones in favour of its premium devices. This was in no small part due to its financial issues, and a large part of these issues, in Sony’s own words, was a failure to gain a foothold in the U.S. market. Considering that T-Mobile has been the sole carrier to carry Sony devices, this isn’t particularly surprising – that isn’t a dig at T-Mobile, but more a comment on the lack of device availability. That might be about to change as Sony has scheduled an event in New York on October 9th, presumably to formally release the Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact in the U.S., and The Verge is suggesting we could see Sony announcing partnerships with other U.S. carriers as well.
T-Mobile has of course recently confirmed it will be carrying the Xperia Z3, but the fact that Sony has already mentioned a prior weakness in its U.S. sales suggests it should branch out to other carriers too. Of course, Sony’s relationship with T-Mobile is the strongest, so don’t be surprised to see some kind of exclusive deals when the time comes – T-Mobile has tweeted that people interested in the Xperia Z3 Compact in particular should “keep an eye” on their newsroom.
— T-Mobile (@TMobile) September 4, 2014
Whatever the case, many people will be glad to see the Xperia Z3 and particularly the Z3 Compact in the U.S. at all, so stay tuned for updates when the event goes live.
What do you think about the Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact being available on other U.S. carriers? Let us know your opinion.
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We’ve seen the wallpapers for the new Moto X already and because it’s a quieter news day, we thought to round up the new Moto G 2014 wallpapers too. Some of these will have been featured on the Moto X 2014 as well, but there are quite a few new ones as well. Check them out below, but be sure to click through to get the full resolution image:
All the wallpapers have a resolution of 1440×1280, courtesy of the Moto G’s 720p resolution. The Moto G 2014 (or 2nd gen, whichever you want to call it) builds on last year’s stand-out release for Motorola. I don’t think many of us predicted that the budget friendly device would become so popular, but after trying it myself, I’m inclined to agree that it is a fantastic phone. This year’s model ups the ante with a 5-inch display, the same Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz processor 1GB RAM and 8GB storage. The neat thing is this time Motorola has included a microSD slot in the Moto G which means you’ll be able to store more things on it (like wallpapers!).
Let us know what you think about the Moto G 2014 wallpapers in the comments below.
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The Moto G has done it again. We we reviewed this year’s model, and surprise: It’s still the best budget smartphone around. But wait, there’s more — read on for Engadget’s news highlights from the last 24 hours.
To celebrate the launch of the Lumia 830 in the UK and all of the Trek-flavored nerdiness going down at Destination Star Trek in London, Microsoft has taught given its virtual assistant a crash course in the ways of Qo’nos — by which we mean Cortana can now speak a little Klingon. All you’ll have to do is ask, though the first thing the xenolinguists among you will probably notice that her and vocabulary and pronunciation are just awful. SlashGear also adds that Cortana responds when you refer to her as “Number One” — Commander Riker can’t be too pleased about that one — as well as when you tell her to beam you up or “set phasers to stun”. The smarts enabling Cortana’s new behavior haven’t started making the rounds yet outside of the UK yet, but a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed to us those Starfleet commands will work in the US in the coming weeks. In the mean time, there are still other ways to get a feel for Redmond’s Trekkie credentials: remember, that Bing’s Translator can kinda-sorta tackle textual Klingon too.
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Source: The Verge
When Intel pulled advertising from the business-focused gaming website Gamasutra earlier this week, it was due in large part to an internet campaign to hit gaming websites that speak out against sexism in the industry where it hurts: ad revenue. Today, the chipset manufacturer has announced an apology (interestingly timed on a Friday evening) for this. Sort of. Intel says that it never meant to appear to be taking sides in the increasingly hostile debate:
When it comes to our support of equality and women, we want to be very clear: Intel believes men and women should be treated the same… And while we respect the right of individuals to have their personal beliefs and values, Intel does not support any organization or movement that discriminates against women. We apologize and we are deeply sorry if we offended anyone.
These words ring a bit hollow though, given that Intel won’t be continuing its ad-buy with Gamasutra, either. For the brief apology in full, check the source link below.
[Image source: Getty Images]
Not our intent to take sides in gaming debate, apologies if our ad decision offended, more here: http://t.co/HolnuK0704
– Intel (@intel) October 4, 2014
Let’s say you’re perpetually late to the party and are only just now getting around to checking out Star Wars: Tiny Death Star. Well, sadly your 11-month tardiness isn’t doing you any favors here: Disney is pulling the app from both Google Play and the App Store, as spotted by Gamezebo. An anonymous source told the site that Tiny Death Star and Star Wars Assault Team are getting the axe with the intent to retire them and focus on other titles instead. Ian Marsh, co-owner of Death Star developer NimbleBit, revealed to Gamezebo that the delisting is as much a surprise to him as it is to everyone else. Speaking to Pocket Gamer, he said that he hadn’t been told of any of this by Disney before it’d happened and that Mickey and Co. likely no longer felt the game was worth the cost of upkeep anymore. Death Star was a “significant source of revenue” for Marsh and his team, which he says makes this sting that much more.
Much like with Flappy Bird earlier this year, should you have the games on your device they’ll still remain playable, but won’t be updated or available for new players to download soon. It’s worth noting that this isn’t anything new for Disney: shortly after getting the Star Wars license, Walt’s empire halted work on the very promising, internally-developed Lucasfilm next-gen title, Star Wars 1313. As of this writing, Death Star was still on iTunes and the Windows Phone Store — maybe download while you can and then eBay your device later. Google fans, however, will have to settle for Angry Birds Star Wars.
Gameloft has made quite a name for itself in the mobile gaming world for its high-quality game franchises and the most recent addition to its impressive library was Modern Combat 5: Blackout, the fifth entry in its first-person shooter series that bears quite a striking resemblance to a certain console counterpart (read: Call of Duty). Similarities aside, Gameloft has set about delivering a no-holds-barred shooter experience on smartphones and tablets, and for the most part, we’d say everyone would agree that they have. Unfortunately though, the game launched at $6.99 USD, making it a bit dear for the average casual gamer, but the good news is that the game is now on sale on the Play Store, bringing that formidable price down to a more friendly $3.99 USD.
It’s still not hugely cheap, but many people would say it is worth it thanks to Modern Combat 5′s bespoke singleplayer and online multiplayer. And if you’re looking at a way to really see what you’re device can do graphically, there aren’t many other games that can boast beautiful graphics like Modern Combat 5 does. If you’re interested in picking up
Call of Duty Modern Combat 5: Blackout at the reduced price, be sure to hit the Play Store link provided below. Be quick though as we’re not sure how long it’s going to last.
Have you played Modern Combat 5: Blackout? What are your opinions of it?
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Microsoft had over a billion reasons (per year) to pursue a patent licensing deal with Samsung back in 2011 over the latter’s use of Android. That fact is laid bare by a lawsuit today over the interest on payments (based on the number of Android devices sold) that are supposed to flow from Korea to Redmond. Re/code posted the unsealed lawsuit this evening, showing how despite the existing deal, Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia last year lead to Samsung holding up its payment for the second fiscal year of the deal, and then refusing to pay interest on it. All of that is according to Microsoft, which also claims Samsung is threatening to hold off on paying its end for the third year of the seven-year deal. The documents reveal Microsoft’s patent licenses cover some 80 percent of the Android phones sold in the US (up from 70 percent in 2012), and that the deal includes provisions for Samsung to lower the amount owed by developing and marketing Windows phones and tablets, and for Microsoft’s use of Samsung patents. The amount in question? A paltry $6.9 million, although a decision on whether the deal will remain in force going forward is clearly worth more than that.
I love Disney, but when it comes to smartphones, I probably wouldn’t make it an open statement that I do. Still, if that’s your thing, then maybe the Disney Mobile SH-02G is your kind of thing. If the device looks a bit familiar, that’s because it was forged in a partnership between Sharp and Japanese telco, NTT DoCoMo – Sharp’s most recent device was the almost-bezel-less Sharp Aquos, and while the Disney Mobile SH-02G isn’t quite on the same level as the Aquos, Disney decals aside, it is still an objectively good looking phone with very obvious design cues from the Aquos.
The device will launch with a 5.5-inch display, 2.3GHz processor, 2GB RAM and 32GB storage. Along with those very fair hardware specifications, the Disney Mobile SH-02G will also get the benefit of Disney theming – the one pictured at the top of this article is the 2014 Winter model, featuring Frozen, of course. The device is also said to have Disney apps already installed and some kind of LED illumination insert, though a version of Android has not been specified. As with most devices launched in Japan, however, it’s not likely to become available globally, but maybe it will if it becomes particularly popular over there.
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Google introduced its Android One program earlier this year, which focuses on building budget-friendly, solid quality smartphones for the developing world. Back then, the search giant made it pretty clear that, with help from manufacturers, it wanted to create a big splash in emerging markets — such as India, where the first Android One devices were revealed last month. But a rumor suggests Google’s next step is to build what it couldn’t buy when it lost out on messaging king WhatsApp to Facebook. The Economic Times, a trusted Indian news outlet, is now claiming the company from Mountain View has started working on a messaging app of its own that will head to emerging markets first, before potentially launching elsewhere.
Citing sources familiar with Google’s plans, The Economic Times says the purported service will “likely” launch in 2015, noting that it’s still in the early stages of development. One key way it might differ from the existing Hangouts service is that it wouldn’t require a Google account to login, and unlike WhatsApp, it would be entirely free to use. Hooking the service up to Gmail may have helped Google get messaging users in the US, but competing with Whatsapp and its ilk (WeChat, Line, Viber) may require more flexibility and support for different devices.
Source: The Economic Times