The Samsung Galaxy Core is a rather basic smartphone with a 4.3 inch, 800 x 480 pixel display, a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. While it’s an entry-level Android phone, Samsung is launching a new line of accessories that could make the Galaxy Core a lot more attractive to some users.
Samsung is launching a new line of accessories that make the phone easier for visually impaired people to use. An Ultrasonic Cover, for instance, detects objects up to 2 meters away and vibrates to let users know about obstacles in their path.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Samsung releases accessibility accessories for the Galaxy Core smartphone
Other accessories include an Optical Scan Stand which lets you position the phone so that it can recognize text with its camera and read it aloud to the user, and Voice Label accessories lets users make notes and tag items with voice labels using NFC. [Samsung]
- Stream Facebook, Google+ photos and videos to Chromecast
Castaway started out as yet another app for streaming media from your Android gallery to a TV. Now it also streams media from your social apps. [Google Play]
- Google Play Store updates enables batch app installs, option for “require password,” force Play Store update
Other updates include notices about in-app purchases in the Permissions screen, some visual tweaks, and more. [Android Police]
- Straight Talk now offers Nano SIM cards
That means you can bring your own iPhone, Moto X, or other Nano SIM phone to the company’s $45 “unlimited” talk, text, and voice plans. [Straight Talk]
- AT&T to shut down Aio wireless brand, fold it into Cricket
Now that AT&T is the proud owner of Cricket, the company is shutting down its own pre-paid wireless service and merging it with Cricket. [Aio]
- American MegaTrends to offer DuOS: a downloadable app that runs Android within Windows
Google and Microsoft may be pushing PC makers not to ship hardware with Android and Windows both pre-loaded. But that doesn’t mean you can’t download an app that’ll let you run both operating systems on the same machine. [CarryPad]