Fixed $30M licensing pot a sticking point for music executives in Amazon negotiations
More rumors for fabled Amazon services have surfaced, with three different outlets claiming to provide more information about the Prime music service and its long-rumored streaming device. The latest claim for the music service, thought to be offered as part of the Prime delivery subscription, sees the company limiting the number of plays of a track, as a means to increase its MP3 sales.
Claimed discussions with labels stalled over music licensing discount request
Amazon Prime subscribers may receive another benefit in the future, if a rumor is found to be true. It is claimed that the online retailer is looking to expand the Prime bonuses from the current Kindle Lending Library and Prime Instant Video offerings to include music streaming, with Amazon said to be in negotiations with the larger music labels to make the service a reality.
ASUS Zenbook Primes get aluminum construction
The upcoming ASUS Zenbook UX21A and UX31A ultrabooks may join a new Zenbook Prime family and sport all-aluminum bodies, Engadget learned. The bodies would have the familiar design of the current UX21 and UX31. Technical upgrades, however, would include 1080p matte IPS panels and upgraded processors.
Handset name in EXIF data from Google engineer
Photos allegedly taken by Samsung's new Android 4 flagship handset, Galaxy Nexus/Nexus Prime, have appeared on Google+. The pictures were shared by two Google engineers, Roman Kirillov and Chris Yerga, and show "Galaxy Nexus" as the camera name in the EXIF data. The photos use the default resizing for Google+, which limits them to 3 megapixels instead of the 8 megapixels indicated by previous leaks.
Google Nexus Prime will still be world phone
A further Twitter clue from leaker Tom Fleming has hinted that the Google Nexus Prime will still aim for a global launch and more directly take on Apple once again. While only Verizon has its rumored November 3 date, the phone will still be available worldwide. The phone will be available with "GSM or WiMAX radios inside," implying that GSM carriers like AT&T or most Canadian providers as well as Sprint will be on tap.
Nexus Prime may be buried by iPhone 5 release
The first official phone running Android's Ice Cream Sandwich update, alternately called the Google Nexus Prime or Samsung Droid Prime, may ship to Verizon roughly in sync with the iPhone 5. A rumor from a reported Verizon corporate worker claims that the flagship should be available "around [the] release of iPhone 5." He also told Droid-Life that there weren't indications at his level of the Droid badging reserved for Verizon-only phones, although he didn't rule it out.
Ice Cream Sandwich/Android 4.0 coming by November
At last week's Dreamforce conference in San Francisco, Google Chairman and ex-CEO Eric Schmidt revealed that the code-named Ice Cream Sandwich build of Android will arrive in October or November. The software is expected to bring together the smartphone and tablet versions of the OS, making it easier for developers to create apps for both device types. The Droid Prime or Nexus Prime, a smartphone showcase for the OS, is expected to arrive at or near the same time.
Samsung Droid Prime user agent slips out
Samsung's Droid Prime, possibly the Nexus Prime, has had its user agent profile leaked in a form that at once called into doubt and confirmed rumors. The web recognition code for the phone, the i9250, has the Android phone running a 480x800 screen and not the 720x1280 screen commonly rumored before. It would also use an ARM11 architecture more closely linked to TI's OMAP chips, which could support its using a dual-core 1.5GHz processor.
Samsung Droid Prime validated by Bluetooth group
Rumors of the Samsung Droid Prime being Google's true flagship phone were given quick support Tuesday after the discovery of the phone in a Bluetooth Special Interest Group certification. The device is going by its rumored SCH-i515 name, the SCH being an immediate clue as to its Verizon destination. Appropriately, it's also listed as a CDMA phone and coming to North America.
HTC Windows Phone 7 handsets show up in China
Two upcoming HTC handsets powered by Windows Phone 7 have been revealed, including the Prime and Ignite by Chinese site XDA.cn. The Ignite is billed as the flagship, sporting a 3.7-inch, 800x480-pixel touchscreen and an 800MHz CPU from Qualcomm, likely a second-generation Snapdragon. It will also sport 512MB of RAM and a five-megapixel camera.
Prime Gaming Laptop
The Prime Gaming Laptop concept seen here sports three organic LED (OLED) displays to provide users with multiple screen sizes and variable aspect ratios. The 10-inch central display has a 16:10 aspect ratio, while each of the two 8-inch OLED screens flanking it forming one image and expanding the overall aspect ratio to an ultra-wide 32:10. The notebook, again just a prototype, was designed by Kyle Cherry and is aimed at gamers. It has an aluminum body which doubles as a heatsink.