Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 now on sale through US Play Store
Google has started accepting orders for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 in the Play Store. Shoppers in the UK eager to pick up the stock Android phone can choose from 8GB or 16GB variants, priced at £239 and £279 respectively, while those in Australia will be paying A$349 for 8GB and A$399 for 16GB. Anyone in the UK more interested in Samsung’s tablet, meanwhile, will pay £319 for the 16GB model and £389 for the 32GB version, while Australians will be paying A$469 or A$569. Several stores across Europe are also live — including France, Germany, and Spain — with the 8GB/16GB Nexus 4 priced at €299/€349, and the 16GB/32GB Nexus 10 costing €399/€499. The devices aren’t up in the US Play Store just yet, but when they do go live, customers will be paying $299/$349 for the 8GB/16GB Nexus 4, and $399/$499 for the 16GB/32GB Nexus 10.
Interestingly, Google is also offering a bumper case for the Nexus 4 not unlike what was created for the iPhone 4. Just like Apple’s offering, the case is designed to slip around the edge of the handset, but provides no protection for the glass back.
Update: The Play Store has been sluggish since orders first began, no doubt due to sheer demand, and now it looks like some models of the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 are no longer available to buy.
Update 2: The Nexus 4 has completely sold out in the UK, as has the 32GB Nexus 10, but the 16GB version of the tablet is still available. As for the US? We’re told that the Play Store will go live with the devices at 9AM PT/12PM ET.
Update 3: The US Play Store is now live with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 slightly ahead of schedule.
Update 4: And just like that, the Nexus 4 has sold out, with both capacities reverting to “Coming soon” status. The Nexus 10, meanwhile, is still up for grabs.
Update 5: Google has posted an update on the situation, stating that “There’s been so much interest for the Nexus lineup that we’ve sold out of some of our initial stock in a few countries!” The company says that it expects to add more inventory in the coming weeks. However, we were able to order a 16GB Nexus 4 through the Google Play Store just moments ago, so if you’re anxious to get your hands on the latest Android flagship phone, it might be worth checking out the site throughout the day.
Windows head Steven Sinofsky leaves Microsoft
Steven Sinofsky, the Microsoft executive in charge of Windows, has left the company. Julie Larson-Green is to assume control of Windows software and hardware engineering, and CFO Tami Reller will be in charge of the Windows business. The changes are effective immediately, and no reason was given for Sinofsky’s departure. He had the following to say in a statement:
“It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft. I am humbled by the professionalism and generosity of everyone I have had the good fortune to work with at this awesome company.”
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, meanwhile, said “I am grateful for the many years of work that Steven has contributed to the company.” Sinofsky had a reputation as a brilliant yet controversial leader who could be difficult to work with, despite a strong record of shipping products on time. After working with Microsoft Office, he took control of Windows 7 following the troubled Vista launch and continued this role through last month’s Windows 8 launch. His official title was President of the Windows Division.
The Verge has seen Steve Ballmer’s letter to Microsoft employees on the departure. On Sinofsky, the CEO had the following to say:
“As we enter this new era, and with the successful launch of Windows 8 and Surface behind us, Steven Sinofsky has decided to leave the company. Steven joined Microsoft in 1989 as a software development engineer and has contributed to the company in many ways from his work as a technical advisor to Bill Gates, to leading the evolution of the Microsoft Office business, to his direction and successful leadership of Windows and Windows Live as well as Surface.”
Julie Larson-Green has been at Microsoft since 1993 and was responsible for program management, user interface design, and research on Windows 7 and 8. Her new role will encompass “all future Windows product development in addition to future hardware opportunities,” and Ballmer described her as “the best possible person for this job.” Just two weeks after the Windows 8 launch, however, the real question is why now is the time for Sinofsky to go.
Update: Sources inside Microsoft have given The Verge more details on Sinofsky’s departure. We’re hearing that the executive shake-up wasn’t based on any issues with Windows 8 or the Surface launch, but personality clashes within the ranks.
Sprint adds 9 new LTE cities to its to-do list
The carrier says it’s beginning work on delivering LTE to nine more markets, including the Twin Cities.
Sprint is building out its 4G LTE network little by little, today listing 9 more markets to get LTE treatment.
This Kinect Patent is Terrifying, Wants to Charge You For License Violation
A patent filed by Microsoft last year, but only made public last week, wants to turn your Xbox 360′s Kinect into an instrument via which large companies can monitor your media usage and, if you’re found to be in violation of something, charge you for it.
And no, I am not making that up.
The patent application, titled “CONTENT DISTRIBUTION REGULATION BY VIEWING USER”, is a means of using Kinect to monitor not just what you’re watching (or listening to) on your Kinect, but more importantly, how many people.
Here’s the important part, straight from the application itself:
The technology, briefly described, is a content presentation system and method allowing content providers to regulate the presentation of content on a per-user-view basis. Content is distributed to consuming devices, such as televisions, set-top boxes and digital displays, with an associated license option on the number of individual consumers or viewers allowed to consume the content. The limitation may comprise a number of user views, a number of user views over time, a number of simultaneous user views, views tied to user identities, views limited to user age or any variation or combination thereof, all tied to the number of actual content consumers allowed to view the content. Consumers are presented with a content selection and a choice of licenses allowing consumption of the content. In one embodiment, a license manager on the consuming device or on a content providers system manages license usage and content consumption. The users consuming the content on a display device are monitored so that if the number of user-views licensed is exceeded, remedial action may be taken.
Basically, when you buy or rent something like a movie, you’ll only be granted a “license” for a certain number of people to watch it. If Kinect detects more people in the room than you had a license for, it can stop the movie, and even charge you extra.
So if Microsoft has its way, you won’t just be renting movies any more. You’ll have to decide how many people are watching, and no doubt pay more. And if one extra person turns up to your movie night? So help you God, you are going to pay.
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