In addition to confirming that Google is releasing a software development kit for Android wearables, Google has reiterated that it is working on expansion plans for Chromecast. Android SVP Sundar Pichai said that Chromecast will launch in "many more countries" in a few weeks, according to a report from The New Web. UK retailer Currys made it clear that Chromecast would launch there in March, but Pichai's comments suggest that won't be the only place outside of the US to get the HDMI streaming media dongle. Chromecast has sold millions of units, according to Pichai, and that number may soon climb as the device goes international.
AT&T has once again lowered the costs of its service for individual or duo accounts. The carrier today announced that it shaved $15 off the standard plans, which lowers the cost of maintaining an individual line to only $65.
There have been several rumors since last year that Google will release a smartwatch and version of Android made for wearable devices. Android SVP Sundar Pichai has confirmed that the latter half of those rumors are true because Google is set to release an Android wearable SDK in two weeks.
The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro has a desktop-inspired interface thanks to tools like Multi Window and the new Magazine-style layout. The Android tablet with a 12.2-inch HD display also has a laptop-inspired price.
Motorola is going back to school in the latest update to its MotoMaker customization site. Moto X buyers can now choose from nine new back colors or three new accent colors to get more options for personalizing the device. Motorola pitches the new colors as a way to get combinations related to American universities.
Though the Moto X can prompt Google Now even when the phone is off, the Nexus 5 can only do it on the home screen. A new video shows that the Nexus 5 is capable of having always-on listening just like the Moto X; Google simply chose not to include it.
Google Play Music has a new feature that allows users to create radio stations based on their current playlists. The new radio station tool appears to allow for a shortcut to having a more diverse and accurate station than the typical artist or song based tools that take time to learn the best songs to play based on feedback. A quick comparison of my DMX stations shows the playlist-sourced station did a better job playing the hits. Users can create a station by navigating to Playlists and tapping the column of three circles and selecting "Start radio." The tool works only with handcrafted playlists, so auto-created playlists for Recently added, Purchased, or Thumbs up will not work.
Verizon Wireless is the best performing network, followed by AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Analytics firm RootMetrics recently released those rankings, which pleased Verizon and obviously upset T-Mobile.
Google is quick to throw up a sale in celebration of certain milestones, and the latest promotion is to commemorate Google Play turning two. Google has lowered the price on several apps, games, and media its storefront, including free in-app bonuses or discounts in games like Badland, FIFA 14, and The Sims FreePlay. Several Dr. Seuss books can be had for only $1, movies like Star Trek: Into Darkness and The Great Gatsby are $9.99 or less, and an annual subscription to Entertainment Weekly is now at half price. The full list of deals are viewable in Google Play.
LG, in an attempt to promote its G Flex smartphone, has taken a rather strange path to let people know about the device's self-healing coating and curved display. Very strange.