The Droid Turf Weekly Recap includes all the major headlines in the Android Ecosystem over the recent week.
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Weekly Recap: 7/3 – 7/7
Amazon confirms that Amazon Prime Day will be Monday, July 11
Amazon Prime Day is a date conjured up by Amazon’s marketing department to promote Amazon Prime, the premium shopping service from the e-commerce giant. On this day – although technically the Amazon Prime Day lasts for 30 hours – Amazon Prime members can benefit from significant discounts on a large range of products, from television sets, Kindle e-readers and tablets, Amazon Echo speakers, and even smartphones. Customers who want to take advantage of the discounts may need to join the Amazon Prime scheme, and benefit from faster shipping services plus Amazon’s Prime cloud services, too. The deals will launch on July 10 at 9PM Eastern Standard Time. [Read More]
Lenovo announces new Moto 360 Camera
Lenovo has announced the Moto 360 Camera, a dual lens camera assembly providing full 360-degree coverage, to be compatible with the Moto Z family of smartphones in the form of a Moto Mod. The Moto 360 Camera should be compatible with all 2017 Moto Z2 smartphones as Motorola promised that the Moto Mod standard introduced with the Moto Z will work for at least two years. Unfortunately, at this juncture, we do not know the price or availability of the Moto 360 Camera mod. [Read More]
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition confirmed
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 was eventually removed from sale after two product safety recalls. This left Samsung with many millions of effectively unsold Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, and after contemplation, the company decided to re-manufacture some of the components into a new Galaxy Note Fan Edition smartphone. The device uses a different, smaller capacity 3,200mAh battery, but is expected to otherwise use similar hardware. The device is being released in South Korea with 400,000 units being sold for an equivalent of $611 and is set to be available elsewhere around the world – but probably not in America. [Read More]
Samsung said to be working on a Bixby smart home speaker
The Samsung Bixby digital assistant is an important cornerstone for Samsung’s electronics business. The South Korean conglomerate has invested considerable time and money into developing the technology. The Samsung Galaxy S8 family has an included Bixby button, designed to trigger the digital assistant, and Samsung has engaged with many third-party companies to include Bixby support and functionality. Though the platform hasn’t been unleashed fully quite yet, Samsung is rumored to be working on a Bixby-embedded smart home speaker. Learn more here -> [Read More]
T-Mobile adds $5 to add-on line pricing, bringing it to $10
Earlier in the year, T-Mobile introduced the T-Mobile One plan, offering customers the promise of “unlimited” cellular data plus other benefits. Later, the carrier offered a One Plus option, which was an additional $5 per line and came with a range of benefits including HD video streaming, 10GB of LTE-speed mobile hotspot data, higher performance international roaming data, plus other perks. Line access was $5 per line, per customer, but T-Mobile has now doubled this to a not-unreasonable $10 a month. The changes went into effect on July 6th, but those who are already on the monthly plan will be able to continue paying $5 per line so long as they stay enrolled. [Read More]
Google announces the Android distribution numbers as of July
Google has posted the latest Android distribution numbers for July. Since the last numbers on record, Android Nougat experienced an upward gain to an 11.5% share, up from 9.5%. Marshmallow also jumped, capturing a record high 31.8% of the pie while Lollipop dove down to 30.8%. Older versions continued to decline. See the in-depth results here -> [Read More]
HMD Global announces Nokia and ZEISS partnership
HDM Global, the parent company of Nokia, announced a new partnership with ZEISS, a camera imaging company. The two will be working together to improve camera quality on upcoming Nokia Android models. The deal is said to be long-term, as new technological advancements could take years to perfect. We hope it means that good things are to come out of Nokia as it pertains to phones. Learn more about the partnership that has people turning heads, right here -> [Read More]