The Google I/O keynote is going at full swing and we’ve got new announcements coming in every minute. The company confirmed that the first two watches that were announced alongside the Android Wear debut in March, the Motorola Moto 360 and the LG G Watch, will be water resistant.
The water resistance is certainly very important for a smartwatch and these are some great news to everyone who wanted to give Android Wear wearables a try. Read more »
The latest Android version, only known as the L release for now, brings a wealth of cool new features, but Google is particularly proud of the UI enhancements it offers. The company calls the new look Material design and believes it’s cooler and more fluid than anything it has ever produced before.
We even got a short video, highlighting the new design that you can check out here. Read more »
Google announced the smartwatch-ready Android Wear platform in March with LG And Motorola immediately confirmed as the first two manufacturers to embrace it. Those two are expected to finally completely detail their offerings at the Google I/O developer conference that begins next week. However, a new report now suggests that they will be joined on stage by what is currently the biggest player in the smartwatch game – Samsung.
According to CNET sources familiar with the matter, Samsung is planning to launch its own Android Wear-running smartwatch at the event. Read more »
The LG G3 entered the smartphone arena last week, aiming to challenge for the best flagship title. And as it turns out you guys are really liking its chances.
Out last weekend poll pinned the LG G3 against the other high-end droids currently in the market and its results couldn’t be more convincing. The G3 not only won every single battle, it simply trashed every single one of its opponents – the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Sony Xperia Z2, the HTC One (M8) and the Oppo Find 7. Read more »
A 5.5″ QHD screen and the fastest Snapdragon chipset currently in the market squeezed into a super neat looking body – who wouldn’t want to give the Oppo Find 7 a try? And the great news is that you can now do it for free as long as you can write the number 7 quickly enough.
The Chinese company is holding a competition open to everyone around the globe, with a Find 7 unit brings its largest prize. There are also 2 units of the Find 7a trimmed down version up for grabs as well as 5 Bluetooth headphones and 5 6,000 mAh power banks. Read more »
Imangi studios, the developer behind the super popular endless runner series Temple Run, had a cool milestone to share today. Its titles have reached 1 billion downloads across the platforms where they are available.
The company includes both versions of Temple Run in the number, but not the Disney spin-offs Brave and Oz. All games are available on what are currently the top three smartphone platforms – Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Some of the titles also have BlackBerry 10 and Windows RT versions. Read more »
Apple didn’t spend much time detailing the new Safari version that comes as a part of the iOS 8 update, only mentioning its slightly altered UI and improved search box. Today, however, we learn that it will also bring improved HTML5 support.
Benchmarks of the new mobile Safari appeared in the HTML5test.com database, showing that the browser scores 440 points (out of 550). That’s notably better than the 412 score of its predecessor and even beats the Android 4.4 KitKat stock browser, which achieves 428 points. Read more »
Sony has just brought its Xperia T3 smartphone to life and as the tradition goes on such occasions, we get a promo video highlighting the smartphone’s key selling points. If you don’t feel like reading through all the technical specs this is where you can get a quick overview of the mid-ranger strengths.
The video is mostly about the design – Sony is pretty proud of the Xperia T3′s ultra slim waistline and its steel frame. Other features that get a mention are the 8MP camera that comes complete with a bunch of Sony home-baked apps and the 5.3″ Triluminous display of 720p resolution. Read more »
Just as previous announced, Samsung has pushed an update to its original smartwach, the Galaxy Gear that converts it to Tizen and puts it on par with its successors. However, the new operating system (which is simply listed as firmware v2.2 on the Galaxy Gear) introduces little changes to the actual user interface, so you won’t need to get acquainted to it again.
What the update does bring is a standalone music player – so you no longer need your phone when you go out for a run. It will also improve the battery life as Tizen has been found to be easier on the hardware than Android. Read more »
Google keeps expanding the reach of its Play Movies video service and today four new countries have joined the supported list. If you live in Belgium, Philippines, Switzerland or Uganda, you can now rent and purchase movies from the repository.
The new wave brings the total number of countries where Play Movies is available to 69. However, you should keep in mind that this number only concerns movies, whereas TV shows are still only available in four countries. Read more »
Battery maker Mugen has come up with yet another outrageously large battery replacement for a flagship smartphone. The company has released a 5,900 mAh juice pack for the Samsung Galaxy S5, which promises to take its already great battery life to unbelievable heights.
The catch is that you will have to give up on the marvelously slim waistline of the smartphone – the extended battery comes with its own replacement cover and it’s obviously way thicker than the stock one. Mugen hasn’t specified exact dimensions, but has confirmed that the replacement cover also enables Qi wireless charging and retains the NFC functionality. Read more »
Microsoft is holding a press event today, dedicated to its Surface tablet lineup.
Update: The event is now over, but you can still see the replay if you missed the chance to watch it live. Read more »
With Samsung switching from Android to Tizen for its second generation smart wearables, customers and developers alike found themselves with quite a dilemma. With the market for smart watches still quite limited there’s just not enough potential for the two platforms to coexist without getting in each other’s way.
Now however, Samsung will make things a bit easier (if not necessarily better) by making the choice for you. The company has announced that it will be bringing Tizen to the original Galaxy Gear via an Update, granting the platform it codevelops with Intel another boost. Read more »
The Moto E might have stolen the spotlight at the Motorola event today, with its impressively low price tag, but the updated Moto G might actually turn out to be the more important announcement of the day. Motorola Moto G 4G might have settled for the silver medal today, but the smartphone is certainly eager to triumph at the end.
A microSD card slot and an LTE radio might seem like a great deal when you consider the six-month period from the launch of the original, but fixing the two main issues on what was already the company’s bestselling smartphone in recent years sounds like a sure recipe for success. Read more »
Samsung may be busy transitioning its tablet lineup to AMOLED screens and expanding it with new sizes, but it hasn’t completely forgotten about the devices it already has. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, which once was a premium mid-sized tablet is starting to receive its Android 4.4 KitKat update across the globe.
The Korean version was the first to get the boost, but only a few hours later the international version joined the fun with Poland the first market to receive it. Unless there are unexpected issues with the update, all Galaxy Note 8.0 units should follow suit shortly. Read more »