In this issue of Recap in Tech – Google Answers Apple with Google Fit, FCC to Look into Internet Load Speeds, Samsung Unveils Galaxy Tab S, Playstation TV Announced at E3 and Amazon’s Mayday Proves to be Quick and Efficient.
Google Answers Apple with Google Fit
In early June, Apple announced the upcoming launch of HealthKit and it’s anticipated that Google will announce a competitor in the health space with Google Fit. Google’s I/O conference will be held in July and Google Fit should be announced if the speculations are true. According to Forbes, Google began working on the fitness system after learning about Apple’s HealthKit and Samsung’s SAMI concept.
FCC to Look into Internet Load Speeds
Due to the ongoing problems consumers are having with lagging Internet speeds, the FCC has agreed to look into agreements between Internet Service Providers and content providers like Netflix and Verizon to determine where the slow down is occurring. There is no word on how the FCC plans to regulate the deals.
Samsung Unveils Galaxy Tab S
Samsung announced the launch of their ‘thinnest and lightest tablet to date,’ the Galaxy Tab S. The Galaxy Tab S is available in two sizes – 8.4 inches and 10.5 inches. It includes a fingerprint reader and KNOX, a suite of secure applications. Samsung plans to offer the Galaxy Tab S with 4G LTE (from AT&T) as well as Wi-Fi. The tablet will be offered at $399 and $499 for the two different sizes in the Wi-Fi edition. This announcement is coming at a time when the tablet market is slowing.
PlayStation TV Announced at E3
Sony announced the release of their newest piece of hardware – the PlayStation TV. PlayStation TV is intended to go head-to-head with other multimedia digital players like the Apple TV and the Roku. The feature that makes the PlayStation TV special is that it allows users to stream games via Gaikai streaming service.
Amazon’s Mayday Proves to be Quick and Efficient
Last year, Amazon introduced the ‘Mayday button’ – a new way to received customer support on their tablets. The 24-hour service features Amazon customer support with the touch of a button. Amazon’s Mayday service has an average of 9.75 seconds to a response time.