At GDC 2015 NVIDIA took their wraps off another Shield product, only this one is built for TV. The Shield console will fully leverage Grid, a service whereby NVIDIA will host games on their servers and beam them to your home for playing. The real MVP of the show is NVIDIA's new Tegra X1 processor, which will sling 4K video about willy nilly and handle graphics twice as well as the K1 chip found in their Shield Tablet.
HTC is currently running a sweepstakes that allows residents in the U.S. a chance to win the One M9. The contest will run through March 24, 2015, and as is mandatory for all contests that are conducted in the US, the manufacturer has to mention the monetary value of the product that is being given away so that potential winners can calculate the tax they may incur. HTC has done just that, stating that the One M9 will have a retail value of $599.
It looks like Galaxy Note 3 owners on T-Mobile are about to get a sweet treat. According to Samsung's support FAQ for the device, Android 5.0 Lollipop should be rolling out to devices starting today.
In an recent news conference, the head of LG's mobile division, Cho Juno, said that the company is aiming for a design overhaul on its upcoming G4 handset, departing from the look and feel of last year's G3.
Hyundai announced today that it has recently updated its Blue Link Android app bring Android Wear compatibility, allowing users compatible car models to perform a number of userful remote functions right from their wrist.
I am under water. Still standing, but under water. Deep in the ocean, actually. Schools of tiny fish are swimming by. Rays float overhead, just under the surface. A whale saunters over. Is it deep enough for a whale but not too deep for the light to penetrate down to the deck of the sunken ship on which I was standing? I don't know. And I don't care.
I slowly, carefully wander over to the edge of the deck of the ship. Close, but not too close. The sea floor is a long way down, and the railing not all that high. I don't want fall off.
Wait. Where am I again?
It was, to say the very least, an odd experience.
It's almost not fair to write about Vive, the virtual reality system that HTC and software company Valve announced here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. "You have to experience it" was the line the folks who make the thing kept telling us leading up to the announcement.
And they were right. But I'll do my best.
BlackBerry has announced that BBM for Android has been downloaded over 100 million times from the Google Play Store. This milestone comes just 17 months after the launch of the app.
Your Galaxy S6 won't have to look like everyone else's, that is if you can find a theme that fits your style.
Most of the criticism surrounding Samsung's software is about the looks more than the functionality, but with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge Samsung is giving users the ability to quickly and easily change the look of TouchWiz. Usually reserved to those who want to root their phones or use various other tricks and third-party apps, theming is now baked into the software on the latest Samsung flagships. It isn't as complete or tweakable as some may want, but it offers more customization than any previous version of TouchWiz did.
The best of what we saw from Mobile World Congress 2015
As we wrap up another MWC, it's time to talk about the shining gems that we've seen this year. Android had a huge presence this year, with several huge announcements along the way. There were things announced here that could easily be the start of major shifts in the mobile market we play in today, as well as incremental but no less exciting improvements to the technology we rely on every day. We've seen a ton of new things on the show floor this year, but as is often the case there are a few things that stood out in the crowd, and that's what we're going to talk about now.
Here's a look at what we thing was the best of Mobile World Congress 2015. It's an exciting list, but perhaps even more exciting is the knowledge that we're only just now entering the third month of the year. With an opening like this, it's clear there are going to be fun times ahead.
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Yota today announced that beginning in April, the YotaPhone 2 will be available to consumers in the US through Indiegogo. The company is to also offer early bird pricing and bundle options for a limited time only.
After announcing plans to launch a direct-to-customer Mi.com store in the US later this year, Xiaomi has announced that it will offer a similar storefront to European customers. There won't be any handsets up for sale, however, as Xiaomi has mentioned that like the US store, the European offering will only sell accessories.
Samsung Galaxy S5 owners on Rogers, TELUS, Koodo, WIND Mobile and other networks in Canada should be looking to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop.