FreedomPop promises 200 mins of voice calls, Google updates the Glass camera and more

freedompopHere are the top mobile news and stories of the day.

  • FreedomPop promises 200 mins of voice calls and unlimited texts on its free plan - FreedomPop used to be a data only carrier; however, they are now offering 200 mins of free voice calls as well. FreedomPop offers wireless internet on Sprint's 4G networks. Via 9to5Google, more here.
  • The Camera in Google Glass Just Got A Lot Better - Google has rolled out a software update to their Google Glasses to upgrade the way the camera works. "It’ll also automatically take HDR pictures in bright scenes." As well, it takes many pictures to roll them into one picture. As the Google Glass capability continues to strengthen, it'll be interesting to see how incredible it becomes. Via Gizmodo, more here.
  • NVIDIA shows off Tegra 4′s pressure sensitive stylus support - "This week at Computex the folks from NVIDIA have been showing off their new core-deep and integrated DirectStylus capability that’s been added to the Tegra 4." The new Tegra 4 architecture could be used by artists and others who love styli. Via Android Community, more here.
  • Wikipad’s $249 Android Gaming Tablet Will (Finally) Make Its U.S. Debut On June 11 - The Wikipad is a 7" Tegra 3 tablet that can lock into a gamepad and become a great game playing device. It is basically the Nexus 7 with a gaming dock. It was released in Europe, but is now going to hit the US shores in the near future. The Tegra 3 architecture is almost two years old and I would be wary investing in this device because it may not perform admirably in the future. Via TechCrunch, more here.
  • Gajah unveils E Ink case for iPhone 5 and Galaxy Note II, out next month for $129 - Gajah is rolling out e-ink rear-displays for the iPhone 5 and the Galaxy Note II. The GN II will be out first, with the iPhone 5 model following. A GS4 version may even be possible. The iPhone version uses Bluetooth 4.0, which has great low-power capabilities, while the GN II version uses Bluetooth 2.1. The low-power aspect will be key for something that will most likely run off of the battery in the phone. Via Engadget, more here.
  • Google Play Store to surpass Apple App Store's 50 billion in downloads within months - Apple recently hit their 50 billionth download, and it looks like the Google Play Store is about to reach the same mark. Android devices are downloading 500 million more times a month than Apple devices, due to the roughly 300M more devices. Via Phone Arena, more here.
  • Verizon confirms HTC One coming later this summer - Verizon has confirmed that a Verizon version of the HTC One device will be available sometime this summer. The One is widely revered as the best Android device of the moment and will soon be available for most of the US (as well as in stock Android format on the Google Play Store). Via 9to5Google, more here.
  • HTC One 'mini' leaks showing 4.3-inch 720p display and UltraPixel camera - HTC is starting to realize that a premium device can sell, and that minor modifications will make it attractive to most of the world. By focusing on one design, they also make the device attractive to accessory makers. Their 'mini' provides a reasonably good smaller device for those who find the bigger smartphones off putting. Via Engadget, more here.
  • BlackBerry Messenger hitting Android June 27 - BBM has long been the hallmark (and only shining piece) of the BB operating system. It allowed a great deal of capabilities for a messenger. However, the release of Facebook Messenger and Google Hangouts make their release a little useless. Via Android Community, more here.
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is official: thin waterproof 5" Full HD goodness - Samsung is releasing an "Active" version of their Galaxy S4. This device has very similar specs to the original S4, just in a water-resistant and tough shell. It will compete directly against the Motorola Droid RAZR line, and should compete favorably against any devices they have already released. Via Phonearena, more here.
  • E Ink and Sonostar pair up for Mobius flexible-display smartwatch, we go hands-on at Computex - "Earlier this week, E Ink announced its Mobius flexible display, a 1.73-inch touch-enabled panel for smartwatches. Now, the new screen has made its way onto the Computex exhibition floor in Taipei. Sonostar, a local manufacturer, has integrated the 320 x 240 grayscale panel within its new wearable." It looks like e-ink will be the display of choice for smartwatches, which are obviously on their way coming up. We will continue to see more and more of them as time goes on. Via Engadget, more here.
  • The Surface Type and Touch Covers Are Getting More Functional - Microsoft is updating their Type and Touch Covers for the Surface tablets. This will allow the top row of keys to be used for more capabilities, as well as print screen and other functions. Via Gizmodo, more here.
  • ITC rules Apple violates Samsung patent, limited ban could apply to iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, 3G iPads - "Under the modified constructions, the Commission has determined that Samsung has proven that the accused iPhone 4 (AT&T models); iPhone 3GS (AT&T models); iPhone 3 (AT&T models); iPad 3G (AT&T models); and iPad 2 3G (AT&T models) infringe the asserted claims of the ’348 patent. The Commission has further determined that the properly construed claims have not been proven by Apple to be invalid and that Samsung has proven that a domestic industry exists in the United States with respect to the ‘348 patent. The Commission has determined that Apple failed to prove an affirmative defense based on Samsung’s FRAND declarations." While this ruling won't really apply to much Apple is still selling, it does apply to their iPad 2 3G. Via 9to5Mac, more here.

Ryan Kamauff

Ryan Kamauff is a senior analyst with Crucial Point LLC. He produces technology focused content for and reports on analytical megatrends at the new IoT focused
About Ryan Kamauff

Ryan Kamauff is a senior analyst with Crucial Point LLC. He produces technology focused content for and reports on analytical megatrends at the new IoT focused

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