Chromecast now supporting 7 new apps, Sony has to give refunds for dishonest ads and Samsung’s metal A5 launches in China.
Google is announcing Chromecast support for 7 apps today. Some of these happen to be rather popular, so you will want to check out the list before you go turn on your TV system today.
These new apps include Comedy Central, Sesame Street Go, Nickelodeon, TuneIn, EPIX, YuppTV and ENCORE Play. You can go get them from the Google Play Store and get started right away.
Opinion: It’s nice to see so many apps continue supporting Chromecast. What seems weird is that some of these didn’t do so before. I mean these are important apps.
The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) is all over Sony for making false claim about the PS Vita’s capabilities. In short, they are being accused of false advertising, which is something the FTC doesn’t take lightly.
One issue was that Sony claimed PS Vita users could pause any PS3 game, at any time, and continue playing where they left off. Turns out this feature is not available for every game. Sony is also accused of over-exaggerating the remote play function, which is only available in very few games.
Sony will be giving $25 refunds to all users who purchased their PS Vitas before June 1st, 2012. Either that, or they can choose to get $50 of credit for games and other content.
Opinion: It’s good to see the FTC is out there looking out for us in these matters. Sometimes we feel manufacturers can say whatever they want and get away with it. Such is not the case!
The Samsung Galaxy A5 is mostly known for being one of the first devices in which Samsung aims to improve their build quality. It has a metal frame and better materials, even if the phone is aimed at the affordable market.
Looking to get one? Our fellow Chinese geeks can now get it for 2,599 CNY (which is about $420). Specs include a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 5-inch 720p AMOLED screen and a 2300 mAh battery.
Opinion: I am really hoping Samsung takes more of these design elements to its high-end lineup. It’s what they need. People are noticing they can get much better-built devices elsewhere.