There's little doubt that Samsung is growing in more than just smartphone sales, and it would appear that the company is setting out to prove it. A recent tipped hire of a former Apple Store designer suggests that the company is ready to bring on the heat to full-fledged retail stores, likely in a fashion not unlike the Microsoft Store wave that hit over the past several years.
In the UK, Sony is pushing a "soft bundle" deal in which a PlayStation 4 and a PlayStation Vita can be had for about a £10 ($13.50 USD) discount. The push is intended to highlight the fact that the handheld Vita can pair with a PS4 through Remote Play, which lets you stream PS4 content to the handheld. Sony says it is encouraging retailers to roll out the soft bundle as of now.
Having just officially learned of the Moto G’s existence this Wednesday, we didn’t expect the device to literally be in stores quite so quick (today is Friday, if you did not know). What we’re seeing right off the bat is availability of this smartphone after Motorola announced it at locations like Phones4U in the UK. While orders in several parts of the world went live online yesterday, today we’re seeing the machine arrive in-stores for pickup.
Those planning on heading in to their local mobile carrier this week to pick up the HTC One in Metallic Blue had better think twice: this device is coming to Best Buy exclusively inside the USA. While the Blue HTC One doesn't differ from its silver or red iterations inside, the casing (the metal casing front and back, that is) is distinct. The folks at HTC have suggested that special pricing will be in effect this weekend as the Blue HTC One kicks off as a color exclusive for Best Buy this Sunday.
Amazon has launched Amazon Art, extending its online shopping service to original and limited artwork for those graduating from dorm room posters. The new store, which kicks off with more than 150 dealers and galleries together mustering over 40,000 pieces of art, spans the budget range too, with some items coming in at under the $100 mark, while at the top end there are pieces costing hundreds of thousands of dollars.
It's been a little while since we've heard about the recently-announced Samsung Galaxy NX Android-powered camera, but it is indeed still here and ready to mingle. According to a couple of UK retailers, the camera has made its way to the region and is ready to start selling with a price tag that rivals the Canon 70D that's coming later this year.
Google's new Nexus 7 was released a bit prematurely today, as retailers like Best Buy and Amazon put the new tablet on sale. First it was Best Buy, and then more and more retailers piled on, offering the new Nexus 7 days before Google would put it up for sale. However, it seems Google is pulling the plug on their originally plans of a July 30 launch, and are selling the tablet right now.
Google's refreshed Nexus 7 isn't supposed to officially land in stores until next week on July 30, but it seems Best Buy is jumping the gun yet again and now has both the 16GB and 32GB versions of the second-generation Nexus 7 available for purchase. Let's just hope the listing don't get taken down like they were with the pre-orders.
Just yesterday, GameStop confirmed that they stopped accepting pre-orders for the new PlayStation 4 after they received incredible demand for the console. This time around, the Xbox One is seeing its first pre-order halt at Best Buy. The Xbox One Day One Edition, which is the only console on Best Buy's website, is listed as "Sold Out Online."