Walmart is jumping into the HDMI dongle competition, Verizon has released a Moto X version for football fans and Sony is teasing Android 5.0. This and more past the break!
Google, Amazon and Roku are not the only ones competing for your living room this year. These companies’ HDMI dongles are to be joined by a 4th competitor – Walmart. The major retailer is to release the Vudu Spark, a new device that has recently shown up at the FCC.
Walmart’s device is unlike the competition, though. FCC files corroborate that it will be a Vudu-only device. That is not offering much, even if it does tie in with UltraViolet. No details on price or release date are given, but we can be sure this little guy will be available before you can start filling up those stockings.
Opinion: I wouldn’t really buy an HDMI dongle that only works with one service unless I had a huge incentive (namely price). I feel Walmart will have to try really hard to compete against the already low-priced Chromecast. Which, by the way, does support Vudu.
The Moto X is likely the most customizable device around, with a plethora of colors and materials to pick from and make your device truly yours. Today football fans get a little extra love with the “football leather” version Verizon is offering.
It literally looks and feels like a football leather-clad smartphone, making it a very cool topic of conversation for your football reunions. In terms of pricing, it is placed right next to the wooden version at $119.99, as opposed to the $99.99 they charge for the base version.
Opinion: I am still a fan of the wooden version, but we can’t deny this phone is amazingly cool. Will it ever reach non-Verizon users, though?
All manufacturers are ready to start working on Android 5.0 Lollipop updates and Sony is not about to stay behind. The manufacturer is ready for action and they are already teasing the AOSP version of Android 5.0 Lollipop up and running on its Xperia Z line-up.
They even have a video of a Sony Xperia Z3 running the new software. Check it out below. Oh, and if you are in Sweden you may be able to test it. Sony is launching its 3Beta pilot program, in which Son fans can test drive this software on their Sony Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact devices.
Opinion: It’s good to see Sony moving quickly. It seems to be running very well for being an early test. It will be a while before most of us see any results, though. For now let’s just take a look at the video and keep on waiting….