U2′s newest album may not have cost you a dime but that doesn’t mean someone didn’t pay for it. In this particular case that “someone” is Apple, as The New York Times reports that Tim Cook and company are paying roughly $100 million in royalty fees and marketing expenses as part of a deal to give U2′s newest album away for free.
If you grabbed an Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7, or have one on it’s way, keep an eye on the lockscreen offers for a chance to get $5 free credit at the Amazon mp3 store. I ran across this one last night while playing a movie or two, and just had to share the news.
Amongst the slew of hardware announcements at Amazon’s event yesterday was the confirmation that Whispersync was expanding to more of Amazon’s services, such as Audible. The new feature, dubbed Whispersync for Voice, will let you sync reading/listening positions of a book if you own both editions. In addition, it will sync bookmarks and notes across devices. However, it doesn’t appear to sync listening positions across devices, which is what I was really excited about. I listen to my audiobooks on a variety of mobile devices and would like not to worry about what position I’m at on any of them. This is a step forward, but I hope to see a full sync option soon. To download the free app, hit up our Google Play Store link.
Samsung wants iPhone users to know that they don’t have to give up their data if they switch to a Samsung Galaxy device. The company on Friday said that it would offer Galaxy buyers a free copy of Easy Phone Sync, an Android app designed to port crucial data from an iPhone to an Android device. Among other things, Easy Phone Sync can transfer iTunes music, videos, podcasts, pictures, contacts and text messages. So far Samsung has only formally extended the offer of complimentary Easy Phone Sync to users in the United Kingdom, although anyone with a Samsung Galaxy device can download the app for free from the Google Play store. Click the jump for the full press release.
So there’s a little event coming up in a couple of weeks in San Francisco. It’s called Google IO, and if you somehow haven’t heard of it, it’s Google’s yearly app developer conference. Lookout Mobile Security is hosting their annual “Party Your Apps Off” event at a top secret location in downtown San Francisco on the night before Google IO begins, June 26. Last year’s party was amazing with free food, unlimited drinks, tons of Android giveaways, and of course awesome people to mingle with. This year is going to be even better, because on top of the free food, drinks, and incredible giveaways, the Lookout team will have some passes to the exclusive Ninja Party at DefCon in July to hand out, as well as a photobooth, one of the city’s best Food Trucks, and more! You never know, you might even run into Phil or one of the other Android Central guys at the party!
Samsung’s iCloud competitor, dubbed S-Cloud, may be unveiled at next month’s Galaxy S III announcement in London on May 3rd, a South Korean newspaper reported on Friday. The service is similar to Apple’s offering but without any limitations on the type of content users can upload. The service is also expected to have access to popular TV shows, movies and music with free and paid content that will be available across a range of Samsung devices. The amount of storage allotted to users is rumored to be “more than 5GB,” although it isn’t clear if that will be free or is there is an associated charge. Earlier rumors suggested Samsung would delay the service after having trouble developing a suitable infrastructure for the global market. According to Maeil Business, however, the company has partnered with Microsoft to support its S-Cloud service.
BigDinCA writes in our Android Forums,
I’m heading up to the Bay area this weekend and want to stop and check out the center of the Android Universe, but I am clueless. Do they give tours? Is it an open campus that I can just explore? Where can I park, and is it free?
You’ve read our initial preview and our full review, but maybe you still have some burning questions about the One S, HTC’s latest 4.3-incher that’s out now in Europe and coming to T-Mobile USA later this month. Fear not — we’re standing by to answer your questions about the device over in the Android Central forums, so whatever you want to know is just a post away.
Google’s cloud storage service that looks to compete directly with Dropbox may launch during the first week of April, according to a report from GigaOm. Google Drive will apparently allocate 1GB of storage to users for free, and additional options will be available for a fee. Dropbox, the market leader in cloud storage, currently offers 2GB of free storage. It also provides several ways for users to obtain more free space, such as recommending friends to the service. Google’s Dropbox competitor will reportedly feature a domain-specific version for Google Apps customers and it will have an API for third-party apps, allowing users to store content from other apps within Google Drive. Earlier reports indicated that the service will allow users to store photos, videos, documents and other files in the cloud, and will be accessible from computers as well as Android tablets and smartphones.
A settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit filed against Samsung over a number of its television sets. The company is offering free repairs and up to $300 to customers who owned one of several TV models that were manufactured prior to December 31, 2008. The lawsuit alleged that a power defect caused TVs to experience a delay in turning on, making a clicking sound, cycling on and off, or simply not turning on at all. While Samsung denied the allegations, it agreed to settle to “avoid the costs and uncertainty of continued litigation.” Hit the break for a list of the models covered in the settlement.
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