Phandroid » Industry News http://phandroid.com Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:58:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 LG G3 on track to become LG’s first 10 million sales champion http://phandroid.com/2014/08/27/lg-g3-10-million-units/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/27/lg-g3-10-million-units/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:37:36 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=147703 LG-G3-Hero

Don’t call it a comeback, folks. OK, maybe you can. LG has come a long way since the days of the troubled Optimus line and their very early line of Android smartphones, but the LG G2 onward has proven that they are capable of refocusing and getting back to serious business. That fact is soon to be cemented by a major milestone that any company should be proud of.

The LG G3 is on track to become the South Korean company’s first smartphone to reach the 10 million sales mark. Behemoth Samsung has been able to boast those types of numbers numerous times in the past few years with their Note and Galaxy S lineup so it’s nice to see that the personal electronics industry in the country is no longer one-sided.

LG credits much of their success to a philosophy that has them going back to the bare basics in all things they do. Not only does this allow them to focus on good product design and value-added features, but it also helps their different divisions come together to perform as one well-oiled cohesive machine.

If 10 million smartphone sales is the result of that change then we say keep on keepin’ on, LG. Let us know if you’re still enjoying your G3, and read our LG G3 review if you still aren’t sure what the hype is all about.

[via Korea Times]

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T-Mobile’s Music Freedom brings unlimited listening for 6 new services today, Google Play later this year http://phandroid.com/2014/08/27/t-mobile-music-freedom/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/27/t-mobile-music-freedom/#comments Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:13:41 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=147693 T-Mobile Music Freedom 1

One of the most underrated perks of being a T-Mobile customer is Music Freedom. It allows customers to listen to music without having it count toward their LTE data bucket, something the other carriers effectively bill you for. If the original six services weren’t what you fancied, T-Mobile’s adding six more in today’s announcement. Here’s the full list of the latest roster additions:

  • AccuRadio
  • Black Planet
  • Grooveshark
  • Radio Paradise
  • Rdio
  • Songza

T-Mobile also acknowledged that Google Play Music All Access was  – by far — their most requested service, and that they’re on track to add it to the lineup by the end of the year. Here are the remaining six services in case you were wondering what the full list looks like:

  • iHeartRadio
  • iTunesRadio
  • Pandora
  • Rhapsody
  • Samsung Milk
  • Slacker
  • Spotify

And you can expect that list to keep on growing as T-Mobile has a dream to add every possible service they can. Go ahead and load up the tunes to start celebrating.

[via T-Mobile]

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T-Mobile now doubles your data when adding a tablet (sort of); announces up to 10 lines for families http://phandroid.com/2014/08/26/t-mobile-plan-changes-2/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/26/t-mobile-plan-changes-2/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:38:01 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=147572 T-Mobile-4G-LTE-featured-LARGE

T-Mobile has announced some new plan changes that is going to please folks who find themselves adding tablets to their lines often. The company will now give you “double the data” when adding a tablet. That doesn’t come without a caveat, of course: that extra data only applies for that tablet.

What does this mean? A smartphone plan with 5GB of data can add a tablet for $10 more per month, and that tablet will have the same amount of data available as the smartphone. You can’t mix and match data usage how you want though, so there’s no way to use 8GB on the smartphone and just 2GB on the tablet or vice versa. It’s a hard, set 5GB each.

That’s still not a bad deal considering most other tablet plans require adding data plans that are just as expensive as the smartphone. The offer won’t be available until September 3rd, though that shouldn’t be too long of a wait for those of you looking at add a tablet within the next week or so.

To top that off, T-Mobile has announced family plans that can now have up to 10 lines, with each line past the second one costing just $10 more per month. All the other same perks still apply, such as each line getting their own pool of data. This particular change goes live as soon as tomorrow so be sure to rope up more friends and family members if they’ve been looking to join a family plan.

[via T-Mobile 1, 2]

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Did Amazon really only sell 35,000 Fire Phones? http://phandroid.com/2014/08/26/amazon-fire-phone-sales/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/26/amazon-fire-phone-sales/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:18:19 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=147564 fire phone software

We’ve spent the past few years wondering how Amazon would look to take their first stab at the smartphone market after a successful outing in the tablets scene. That question was answered with the launch of the Amazon Fire Phone (review), a device that they hoped would pack enough “innovative” features to rope folks in. (And, really, we all assume their true end goal is to get more eyes on their content ecosystem.)

So how has it fared in terms of sales? The official numbers haven’t been made public, but recent web traffic data from Chitika could shed a fair bit of light on the Fire Phone’s performance. Hint: it isn’t great. According to them, Amazon Fire Phone accounted for just 0.02% of web traffic since the 20 days of its launch. That puts it just ahead of the Motorola DROID Ultra, a phone that launched around this same time a full year ago.

The Guardian took the liberty of finding the amount of smartphones currently swimming around the United States (about 175 million) and crunched some numbers to determine that Amazon probably hasn’t sold more than 35,000 units. This takes into account indexing figures that would inflate or deflate web usage for a particular phone (such as a situation where there are more Galaxy users than iPhone users, but iPhone users make up more traffic). It’s sad to say that 35,000 appears to be a very generous estimation for Amazon.

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Amazon’s best selling list would have you believe their phone is selling like hot cakes compared to Samsung and LG devices, however it doesn’t take into account that you can only find the Fire Phone at one of two places  – AT&T or Amazon’s own site — while the others are available at a multitude of retailers and carriers. It also doesn’t hurt that Amazon can push the Fire Phone as their featured phone however much they want. And trust us, they do.

We don’t want to take these numbers as total gospel just yet, but it wouldn’t be hard to believe Amazon has had trouble selling their smartphone. Their launch was marred by a couple of big blunders that would be enough to stamp the “dead-on-arrival” label onto any smartphone:

  1. It launched at a whopping $200 with a two-year contract. The price isn’t that bad for what you’re getting — Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 13 megapixel camera and more — but it’s kind of tough to sell people on it when you can get more powerful and feature-filled smartphones for the same price.
  2. It was made available on just one carrier. Long story short: this isn’t the iPhone. The Amazon Fire Phone can’t get away with launching as a carrier exclusive when it doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. The iPhone did. And the iPhone was available in more countries than just the United States.

Of course, there are many more variables that factor in (such as a limited apps ecosystem and an operating system that is designed to get you to spend money more than providing a quality smartphone experience), but these seem to be the biggest and most obvious.

Amazon did their best to load the Fire Phone up with features that could justify its bloated price tag, but those features turned out to be little more than gimmicks that don’t add much to the overall experience. We contend Amazon might have been much more successful by looking to undercut the big dogs with a more reasonable price tag as they do on their current crop of tablets.

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Amazon also had to sell people on buying into an ecosystem with limited support. The Amazon Appstore has grown quite well since its launch, but developers have made it clear that the Google Play Store is going to be their top priority.

The prospect of an Amazon phone was rather exciting back in 2011 when rumors first began, but in this day and age it seems out of place. The veteran manufacturers of the smartphone industry continue to take steps forward which capture our interests and convince us to want to spend hundreds of dollars to upgrade to new smartphones each year, but Amazon seems to be lagging behind like a startup that hasn’t gotten their feet onto solid ground. Perhaps that’ll change with future iterations and better decisions in how they launch and market the device, but the ship may have already sailed for their first attempt.

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Verizon rolling out VoLTE HD Voice and Video Calling 1.0 “in the coming weeks” http://phandroid.com/2014/08/26/verizon-volte-hd-voice/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/26/verizon-volte-hd-voice/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:56:34 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=147558 VoLTE N000024_1024-x-640

As long as Verizon has been talking about the HD Voice and VoLTE network enhancements we have yet to see any of it launch in any official capacity. Thankfully it appears to be right around the corner as the carrier has just announced that they will begin rolling the service out within weeks.

What’s VoLTE, you ask? Simple: voice calling over LTE. It’s a more reliable way to transmit audio data and affords more bandwidth for the call. This means call quality is improved thanks to higher bitrate and other factors. Most in the industry have taken a liking to the term “HD Voice” for these enhancements. Unfortunately this won’t kick in unless both you and the person you’re calling are on a Verizon VoLTE phone and are both within LTE coverage. Otherwise, it reverts back to Verizon’s legacy network.

Verizon’s VoLTE won’t only bring improved voice calls, though — the carrier also anticipates video calls between two VoLTE customers. They haven’t gone into grave detail about the functionality just yet, though we’re crossing our fingers in hopes that video calls won’t count toward your monthly data allotment. We’ll be reaching out to Verizon to see if they can shed any light on that ahead of launch.

Thankfully Verizon already has a sizable roster of LTE phones that should be compatible with VoLTE, though the carrier says you’ll need to standby for a software upgrade to get in on the fun. Let’s hope it doesn’t take Verizon too long to announce the full details ahead of next month’s rollout. Any Big Red customers out there excited for its arrival?

[via Verizon]

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Official: Amazon (not Google) acquires Twitch for $970 milllion [UPDATE] http://phandroid.com/2014/08/25/report-amazon-in-talks-to-acquire-twitch-for-1-billion/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/25/report-amazon-in-talks-to-acquire-twitch-for-1-billion/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:24:29 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=147489 Twitch-Logo-720

Early reports of Google and YouTube looking to buy video game streaming site Twitch may have cooled down in recent months. Today, sources from both The Wall Street Journal and The Information are now reporting that it could now be Amazon looking to court Twitch, coming in hot with a $1 billion check to sweeten the deal.

Despite negative feedback from users that Twitch as a Google property would be “ruined” — despite Google already having some experience with YouTube — it was a deal that made a lot more sense. Rampant copyright claims have been plaguing popular YouTubers looking to stream game content on the site. Twitch seemed like the next logical place Google would hope to move its content creators, a promised land if you will.

While an Amazon deal doesn’t make a lot of sense, we have seen the company’s new found interest in video gaming with their recent opening of the Amazon Game Studios. Exactly what, other than street cred, Amazon hopes to gain from the deal is anyone’s guess.

UDPATE: Annnnnd…  looks like everything is official, only according to the actual press release, the deal is valued at $970 million. In a statement, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said:

“Like Twitch, we obsess over customers and like to think differently, and we look forward to learning from them and helping them move even faster to build new services for the gaming community.”

Twitch CEO Emmett Shear said:

“Amazon and Twitch optimize for our customers first and are both believers in the future of gaming. Being part of Amazon will let us do even more for our community. We will be able to create tools and services faster than we could have independently. This change will mean great things for our community, and will let us bring Twitch to even more people around the world.”

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T-Mobile gives 2GB of LTE data on Simple Starter plan for just $45 per month http://phandroid.com/2014/08/25/t-mobile-simple-starter-upgrade/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/25/t-mobile-simple-starter-upgrade/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:11:37 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=147474 T-Mobile-logo-sign

Folks on T-Mobile’s affordable $40 Simple Starter plan have likely been loving the unlimited talk and text, plus 500GB of LTE data for $40 per month, but what happens when they decide they’re no longer a light user? Thankfully T-Mobile’s introduced an inexpensive avenue for greatly increasing that pool of high speed data.

The company has announced a new $5 upgrade option that will net you a full 2GB of data on their LTE network, effectively quadrupling your allowance without quadrupling your bill. Unfortunately the Simple Starter plan still kicks you off the data network as soon as you hit that limit, though getting four times the data for just another $5 should help make up for that.

T-Mobile seems to have no shortage of moves to help bring competition back to the United States wireless sector. We’ve seen the other big 3 carriers begin to roll out more affordable plans as a result of T-Mobile’s aggressive strategy, and the Uncarrier still isn’t satisfied.

It’s continuous beneficial changes like these that will keep netting them millions of customer additions each quarter, and as long as they can maintain momentum and a solid network it won’t be long before they’re no longer seen as the underdog. The new plan is available for both existing and new customers starting September 3rd.

[via T-Mobile]

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T-Mobile will give you unlimited LTE data for a year if you refer a friend, disses Sprint just because http://phandroid.com/2014/08/21/t-mobile-unlimited-lte-referral/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/21/t-mobile-unlimited-lte-referral/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:07:43 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=147340 John Legere

T-Mobile has made a bold move today by announcing a new friend referral initiative. Instead of the usual unattractive offering of $20 that other carriers might give you for getting your friends signed up on their network, T-Mobile’s giving you something that you can truly use: unlimited 4G LTE data.

As it stands, T-Mobile’s unlimited LTE data plans come in at a minimum of $80 per month. With this new promotion, you could be on their $50 plan (unlimited data, 1GB of which is LTE) and end up with unlimited LTE goodness for one full year.

Your friend will also have access to that perk for the year, so both of you can bask in the glory of being able to download however much crap you want. And if you’re already grandfathered into unlimited LTE, T-Mobile will give you $10 per month on your bill — win, win, win.

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The move is another great blow to the other carriers that should heat competition up even more. T-Mobile already had a pretty sweet deal in place for those who felt they were bound by their contracts (by paying for their ETFs) and this is just another big offer that will help them steal even more subscribers from the other three carriers.

Interestingly enough, T-Mobile has taken their marketing sights off AT&T and focused on Sprint this time around — their press release boldly calls the Now Network out by name:

Sprint’s customers have suffered much. They’ve endured the Framily.  They’ve endured America’s slowest nationwide LTE network.  And now again, the (ironically named) carrier has forsaken its loyal customers, offering its latest, “best deals” to everyone but its own current customers. It’s hard to watch.

Some might see it as a defensive stance due to Sprint seemingly stepping up their value and trying to take a bit of thunder away from T-Mobile under the direction of new Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure. Just this morning, Sprint announced a new $60 unlimited everything plan that should have everyone else worried.

Of course, T-Mobile might contend that no one will care about unlimited service if said service is shoddy, and they might have a point. But Sprint’s network is improving every day, and should they finally get over the poor performance hump everyone else better look out.

The promotion will begin starting Friday, August 29th and you’ll be able to sign up for it right here. Let us know if you’ll be taking advantage.

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MSU researchers develop an almost completely transparent solar panel, now let’s get it on our phones http://phandroid.com/2014/08/20/msu-researchers-develop-almost-completely-transparent-solar-panel-now-lets-get-it-on-our-phones/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/20/msu-researchers-develop-almost-completely-transparent-solar-panel-now-lets-get-it-on-our-phones/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:54:17 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=147294 zhao-and-lunt transparent solar panel MSU

We’ve seen smartphone battery life make some pretty strides in recent years. Whether it’s low power CPU cores, better optimized software, or just plain ‘ol higher capacity batteries, — manufacturers still have their work cut out for them. But there’s another key piece of smartphone hardware we might soon see play a bigger role in battery life: the display.

Sure, we’ve already seen the benefit of low-power displays with Samsung leading the pack thanks to their AMOLED technology which essentially allows the display to “turn off” pixels individually when displaying black, causing little-to-no battery drain. But what if we could take that a step further? What if our phone’s display was not only capable of drawing less power, but actually adding a little juice as well?

That’s a future we’re imagining after seeing what some researchers at Michigan State University have come up with. These men and women have developed a new type of solar panel that’s almost completely transparent. Similar to the solar panels you find on houses or those 99 cent store yard lights (only smaller), these panels use photovoltaic strips around the edges to capture light. The difference is in the organic molecules used that are able to capture infrared light — which is invisible to the naked eye — that allows them to be almost completely transparent.

MSU Transparent solar panels

The panels are said to be extremely affordable with the application of a thin plastic material able to harvest light is obvious (car windows, smartphones displays, and home windows immediately come to mind). The only real downside is in the efficiency of the panels which are only able to capture somewhere around 1% of the light that passes through them. According to MSU College of Engineering lead Richard Lunt, he’s hoping to get that number up to 5% once fully optimized.

By contrast, the most efficient solar panels are able to capture upwards of 40% of light that hits it but then again — those aren’t transparent. And while we’re not expecting to fully charge our smartphones while spending a day at the beach or theme park, even being able to slow down battery drain — not matter how little — is welcomed. Every little bit helps.

Of course there are those that claim more than a day’s battery life isn’t needed (yes, they’re out there), but as we continue to use our smartphones for all our computing needs whether it’s gaming, video encoding, or music streaming, it clear something needs to be done about battery life and maybe solar power could be the answer.

[Wiley Online Library]

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Dear Verizon: your first app store sucked, please don’t try and open another one http://phandroid.com/2014/08/20/verizon-apps-store/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/20/verizon-apps-store/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:15:12 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=147251 verizon_logo

Verizon has had their extremely fair share of bad ideas throughout the years, and you can brace yourselves for another. According to a report by The Information, Verizon and a coalition of other global carriers are considering launching their own Android app store to rival Google Play. The move, should they actually go through with it, is apparently inspired by recent changes to Google’s revenue sharing policy that reportedly cut the percentage for carriers.

We imagine the app store wouldn’t offer much incentive to users to go there instead of heading over to good old Google Play, though Verizon’s reportedly cooking up their own data organizing efforts to be able to offer targeted app recommendations that make sense for each individual. It would take a lot for developers to consider making Verizon’s app store a primary target over primary sources such as Google Play. We imagine Verizon would look to use increased profits for developers and other enticing deals to win them over.

For the user, this creates a major headache and unneeded confusion. What are the benefits of downloading an app from this new store over Google Play if they can be had from both sources? Unless Verizon and their supposed partners use exclusive deals to keep apps out of Google Play’s keeps (which probably wouldn’t be in the best long-term interest of the developer) there doesn’t seem to be any real benefit.

Of course, they could always go the Amazon route and offer free apps like candy to a kid on Halloween, but even that hasn’t been all that sweet. Apps in Amazon’s Appstore aren’t often updated as quickly as their Google Play counterparts. In fact, some apps don’t see updates at all — developers simply forget about them. Why? Because they have an obligation to keep the much larger pool of consumers happy.

Another grave possibility is that Verizon and these carrier partners could block Google Play altogether and force owners of their smartphone to get apps from this new mega-store. It would be a very bold move to gain control over a growing ecosystem that generates billions of dollars per year. Of course, Verizon and those OEMs would lose out on the ability to offer apps like Google Now and Google Search, Gmail, and all sorts of other goodies you can only get by having Google Play.

In that event, Verizon has to tread very carefully — I don’t know about the majority of other smartphone users out there, but I know I would sooner leave my carrier for committing to such a move before simply accepting that I won’t have access to these value-packed apps and services. I know I can’t be the only one who feels the same way, and it could have a much more negative impact over their subscriber base in the long-term. You have to wonder if stepping on Google’s toes is even worth the bit of revenue they’d gain by taking this approach.

So Verizon — please — reconsider. Your first attempt at an app store didn’t work. People have already voiced loud and clear that they much prefer Google’s official offering, which is what compelled you to close your app store in the first place. What makes you think people will feel differently this time around? How much money could you possibly lose from Google cutting your share of revenue when you’re steadily turning in record breaking quarters? Save us all the trouble and headache and just embrace Google Play for what it is: the driving force behind many of the most popular smartphones you sell.

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Tumblr teams up with Ditto to turn your photos into a marketing data goldmine http://phandroid.com/2014/08/19/tumblr-partners-with-ditto-to-identify-brands-in-user-images-to-use-for-marketing/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/19/tumblr-partners-with-ditto-to-identify-brands-in-user-images-to-use-for-marketing/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:04:24 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=147171 Tumblr Starbucks Millenial hipster

Once a place for posting erotic black and white images (or as some would call it, “hipster porn”), Tumblr will soon find itself a haven for multinational corporations looking to find new ways of marketing their goods. Tumblr recently inked a deal with Ditto, a company who specializes in the scanning of photos for brand images — everything from the Nike “swoosh,” to the logos like Coca-Cola, and more — selling that information back to those corporations. The deal will give Ditto “wholesale access” to Tumblr’s vast repository of user generated content (read: photos). All those images of girls sharing their Starbucks drinks? Ditto certainly has plenty to work with.

In a statement to Motherboard, Ditto CEO David Rose said:

“Twitter and Instagram have been suppliers of data to us for over a year and we’re able to look on behalf of brands at what the conversation about them looks like through photos. What’s different about Tumblr is that they’re supplying us with the entire firehose of all photos that we’re then able to interpret.”

Ditto’s unique image identifying algorithm doesn’t just identify brands, but even the expression of faces in photos to indicate the general feelings towards a specific brand. And although Ditto says they don’t identify individual people, they can pinpoint top “influencers” on any given social network, handing off this information to corporations looking to team up with these influencers for promotional campaigns (see the spammy sh*t show Vine has turned into in recent months).

While Ditto and Tumblr’s new agreement isn’t likely to raise any privacy concerns, if the Instagram fiasco of 2013 has taught us anything, it’s that the internet has some major trust issues. Tumblr and Ditto wouldn’t comment on if this was a money-changing-hands kinda deal, or if users would be notified of how Tumblr is planning on using these photos. User data is a lucrative business. We’ve all seen what Google and Facebook has done with it. Now it seems Tumblr — and parent company Yahoo — are looking to cash in on photos and the unspoken data therein.

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Google stock is up 1,293% since its IPO 10 years ago (happy anniversary) http://phandroid.com/2014/08/19/google-10-year-ipo-anniversary/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/19/google-10-year-ipo-anniversary/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:49:06 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=147191 Schmidt-Brin-Page-Google

In case you almost missed it (we wouldn’t blame you if you did) today actually marks the 10 year anniversary of Google’s IPO. Although one of the most influential companies the world has ever seen, things got off to a bit of a rocky start back on August 19th, 2004, the day Google officially went public.

Still seen by many as a one trick pony, Google seemingly only had one product to sell: search. This is largely what lead to an initial public offering of 19.6 million shares at the price of $85 a share, still a success, but short of Google’s original $108-$135 estimate. In his 2004 post, value investor Whitney Tilson didn’t believe Google had staying power saying:

“Just as Google came out of nowhere to unseat Yahoo! as the leading search engine, so might another company do this to Google… I am quite certain that there is only a fairly shallow, narrow moat around its business.”

But as we all learned, archiving the internet and all of its data would later prove to be more lucrative than anyone would guess, and although selling ads is still Google’s bread and butter, we’re seeing the internet search giant branch out into software development (Android, Chrome OS) and even more recently, dabbling into robotics and self-driving cars.

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While there’s no question of the value of Google’s stock — rising 1,293% during their first 10 years — it may surprise you to find companies like Monster Beverage Corp performing  better with a 6,406% increase during that same time span, or even Apple at 4,274%.

Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin originally agreed to only work together for 20 years and while 2024 is just around the corner, it’s interesting to see the huge strides Google has made in just a short amount of time. And where nobody could have guess Google would take over the smartphone market, it’s almost scary to think of where they (and us) will be another 10 years from now.

[Google]

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Sprint unveils new affordable family plan with 20GB of data for $100 http://phandroid.com/2014/08/19/sprint-new-framily-plan/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/19/sprint-new-framily-plan/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:01:21 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=147107 sprint-logo

It hasn’t been long since Brightstar founder Marcelo Claure was named Sprint CEO and it seems they’re already making key moves that’ll help get their name back in the positive limelight. Sprint has revealed a new family plan that promises more value than any of the competitors.

For $100 per month through the entirety of 2015, you and up to 9 other folks can share a pool of 20GB of 3G and 4G data, plus an extra 2GB per line on all devices. Sprint contends it’s even better than T-Mobile’s newest $100 4-line plan, which gives you 10GB to split between those folks. Here’s how they’re breaking it down against similar offerings from other carriers:

sprint framily 4 line

Of course, the value slowly diminishes as you add more than 4 lines, but it still turns out to be a pretty good deal no matter how many lines you have. We’re not entirely sure where these prices will end up after 2015 expires, but we’ve reached out to Sprint to find out. We imagine both Sprint and T-Mobile’s prices will hike to the realm of the other two big carriers at that point. For now, though, there isn’t a much better deal out there if you and a big group of family or friends don’t mind sharing a large pool of data.

The most exciting thing about this announcement is that Sprint says they’re not through yet — we’re asked to keep our eyes peeled for even more goodness in the weeks or months to come. For that, we tip our hats to Sprint, their new CEO and the benefits that tough competition breeds.

[via Sprint]

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Verizon reveals new $60 single line plan with 2GB of data, unlimited talk + text http://phandroid.com/2014/08/18/verizon-new-plan/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/18/verizon-new-plan/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:25:49 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=147008 verizon single line plan

Folks not interested in going the Share / MORE Everything route will be happy to know that a new affordable single line plan has been made available for Verizon. The carrier’s new plan brings you unlimited text messages and talk minutes, plus 2GB of data for $60 per month. That becomes $50 if you are using Verizon Edge, which makes it a pretty decent deal up against the competition. Overages are $15 for every 1GB you go over in case you were wondering.

The line is meant for folks who use just one smartphone device — no tablets allowed. Have multiple devices? The More Everything plan might be more your style. It might not still be the absolute best value you can get in mobile (T-Mobile makes it quite difficult these days), but for Verizon’s standards this is a pretty neat option if all you want is a no-frills plan that doesn’t come with many hooks or moving parts. You’ll be able to get the plan on an existing or new line by logging into My Verizon, heading into a retail store or giving them a ring.

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Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 810 shows up in benchmark result, has us dreaming of future Androids http://phandroid.com/2014/08/15/qualcomms-64-bit-snapdragon-810-shows-up-in-benchmark-result-has-us-dreaming-of-future-androids/ http://phandroid.com/2014/08/15/qualcomms-64-bit-snapdragon-810-shows-up-in-benchmark-result-has-us-dreaming-of-future-androids/#comments Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:46:29 +0000 http://phandroid.com/?p=146950 Qualcomm Snapdragon Chips

While some of you no doubt already setting some money aside for new devices to arrive later this year with Qualcomm’s more powerful Snapdragon 805 processor (current rumors point to the Nexus 6, aka “Shamu” as one of the first), Qualcomm has apparently already begun testing their next model: the Snapdragon 810.

Announced earlier this year, we’re not expecting to get our hands on any devices running Qualcomm’s advanced Snapdragon 810 processors (MSM8994) until at least 2015, but the folks at GforGames spotted an AnTuTu benchmark running on a prototype device packing a 6.2-inch 1600×2560 resolution display, 4GB of RAM and is running on Android 4.4.2.

Antutu Snapdragon 810

The benchmark doesn’t reveal much about the 810 other than some basic information like an Adreno 430 GPU and a 64-bit octa-core CPU (4 Cortex-A57 cores and 4 Cortex-A53 cores). Although not pictured, sources who spotted the results mention they were “impressive.” Keep in mind the CPU wasn’t even operating at full capacity when tested, showing a 200-940MHz clockspeed and not the usual 2GHz+.

While there’s no way we could guess which will be the first phone running the new processor, we can start placing bets (my money is on the LG G4).

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