Instagram is testing a new messaging service, a new LG device is on the horizon and EA has announced a subscription gaming service.
Instagram is known for being a very social and open network, but private messaging seems to be in the works. The company has just announced a new service called Bolt, a one-tap messaging service for both Android and iOS.
It allows users to send pictures or videos to other users. Sadly (or gladly, depending on your opinion) it seems to be in a testing stage of sorts. Bolt is only available in New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa.
Opinion: Does Instagram need private messaging? I personally don’t think so. There are many ways to communicate and send images to single individuals, that is not the point of Instagram and the philosophy it has created.
Looking for a new device to use on Verizon’s network? The guys at Droid-Life got word the an LG G Vista is to launch this Thursday, July 31st. The device is to cost $499 off-contract, while signing a 2-year contract will take it down to $99.
Specs include a 5.7-inch 720p display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, Android 4.4, 8 GB of internal storage and a whopping 3,200 mAh battery. Another interesting factor is that it will sport an 8MP camera with laser auto-focus, a feature previously only seen in the LG G3.
Opinion: I honestly don’t think the price matches these specs. You can get a high-end smartphone for just $100 more! This could be great for those who want amazing battery life, though.
EA has launched a new beta subscription service called EA Access. This service would allow Xbox One users to get unlimited access to what EA calls its “Vault”, a collection of games that includes FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, Peggle 2 and Battlefield 4.
More games are to be added in due time, and the service will come to all Xbox One users “soon”. For now, beta users can sign up for plans that start at $4.99 a month or $29.99 a year. Subscribers will also get early access to some games and will get a 10% discount when purchasing EA titles from the Xbox One store.
Opinion: Subscription services are something not enough gaming services are taking advantage of, but could prove to be the success of gaming’s future. Are any Xbox One users planning to join this service?