Break Me Off a Piece of That… Android KitKat
It looks like Nestle is all in. As a tie-in, there will be codes inside specially marked Kit Kat bars that can be used to win Google Play app store credits and Google Nexus tablets.
Great, now the jingle is going through my head and I’m craving chocolate.
Microsoft Buys Nokia’s Handset Business
In addition to purchasing the handset business, Microsoft will also Nokia’s CEO Stephen Elop returning to head up its mobile devices business. Mr. Elop was in charge of Microsoft’s business software division before leaving for Nokia in 2010. Though departing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer would not confirm it, Mr. Elop is considered by just about everyone to be the frontrunner to succeed Mr. Ballmer.
Amazon Announces a new Kindle Paperwhite
WiFi versions are priced at $119 with ‘special offers’ (as known as ‘ads’) that display when you are not reading and $139 with no special offers. 3G versions are priced at $189 for the special offers version and $209 with no special offers. Not surprisingly, the Kindle Paperwhite qualifies for Amazon Prime 2-day shipping.
Microsoft’s ‘Patch Tuesday’ Bigger than Normal
Sony Gets Curves
On September 4th, Sony introduced the world’s first curved screen LED television. According to Sony, the model KDL-65S990A . “provides an all-in-one cinematic experience for the home, combining a subtly curved visual panel with Sony’s acclaimed TRILUMINOS® Display color system for accurate, deep, vibrant colors, and a powerful angled surround sound speaker system to complete the home theater like never before.” It will be available in October at Sony Stores and select electronics retailers nationwide for $3,999.99
Samsung Debuts Its Smartwatch…
The Galaxy Gear uses Bluetooth connectivity to your Samsung Galaxy device. It is compatible with the new Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. Software updates are expected to make it compatible with the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III and Galaxy S4. The Galaxy Gear will be available in the U.S. in October for $299.
… and the Galaxy Note 3 …
… and the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition was also unveiled. Just like the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung’s tablet will run Android 4.3 and have a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Its 10.1-inch display’s resolution is 2560 x 1600. It also has a 8-megapixel rear camera, supporting full HD 1080p video recording. It will be available in 16-, 32- and 64-GB models, expandable with a microSD card. Like the other products, it will be available in October.