According to a Bloomberg source close to HTC, the Taiwanese company is aiming to show off three wearable devices to carrier representatives at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week. One of them is a smartwatch prototype based on Qualcomm’s Toq, the other a smartwatch which will rely heavily on Google Now and finally a bracelet targeted at music lovers.
The source reveals that HTC will likely keep said three devices under wraps from the public eye and only showcase them privately for now – bummer! Read more »
After opening up a beta for its Max data-saving app at the end of last year for US Android users, Opera is now broadening the reach of the app with a pre-registration for its upcoming beta for users in Western Europe as well.
You’ll need to download the app from the Google Play Store and then the app will queue you for the beta. Keep in mind that the beta will be given out on a first-come first-served basis so you better hurry. Read more »
We got to spend some time with Samsung Smartphone GamePad accessory and got some pictures as well as some impressions for you guys.
The GamePad wirelessly connects to any Android device from 4″ to 6.3″ and as you can see snuggles the Galaxy Note 3 pretty comfortably. It works over Bluetooth 4.0 and you can take advantage of the built-in NFC for easy pairing. The GamePad has two analogue sticks, one directional pad, four action keys, 2 trigger buttons on the top and a start select button. Read more »
A new WP 8.1 SDK leak points to fingerprint scanner support in the next OS update, which should put Windows Phone level with iOS and Android.
Also there will be some sort of Start and Theme customization options but it’s unknown what those will be, perhaps the option to finally choose a background wallpaper like in Windows 8.1 on desktop? Finally there’s some leaked information on how WP 8.1 will handle messaging on dual-SIM smartphones. Read more »
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 has a mouthful of a name but its specs sheet is modest at best. It’s a toned-down version of the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0, bringing a lower-end processor and camera while featuring larger dimensions.
The device also does away with the front-facing shooter and calling capabilities, but retains the 1024 x 600 screen, TouchWiz on top of Android 4.2, and is in the same price range at launch. Read more »
Sadly, there’s not much truth to this story, but it’s always cool to look at concepts of what might be. It’s especially cool when dealing with flagships – the phones that will shape the mobile landscape in the future year.
This time we’ve got two concepts of an Apple iPhone 6, built around rumors of bigger-screened iDevices we heard recently. Both rumors suggest a 4.7″ and 5.7″ iPhone, but in these concepts we get a 4.7″ and 5.5″, both of 326 ppi sharpness thanks to their respective 750 x 1338 and 878 x 1568 resolutions. Read more »
Apple has repurchasing a whopping $14 billion worth of its own shares after the share price dropped 8% in the aftermath of the Q1 financial report.
And while many rush to the conclusion that Apple is in dire straits because of its continually flailing share cost Tim Cook describes the move to repurchase Apple shares at the lower price as “aggressive”, “opportunistic” and that “It means we are betting on Apple”. Read more »
Pebble’s appstore is live since yesterday but was an iOS exclusive up until now.
The Android version was said to be coming shortly and we got to see a screenshot of it but now Pebble is releasing its beta version for those most eager among you. The appstore is available for everyone to try, but is primarily intended for Android developers. Read more »
The HTC Desire 700 dual sim is reporting for battery testing duty with a 2,100 mAh juice pack, the only 200 mAh smaller than what the HTC One has. With a screen of far lower resolution and a far less demanding chipset it actually looks capable of beating its elite stablemate here.
The Desire 700 dual sim is quoted at 582 of stand-by and close to 12 hours of talk time. Can it live up to the claims? Results are inside. Read more »
Now that we have the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 available the original is seeing its price cut down and Best Buy is leading the charge with a $400 drop leaving the retail price at $500 which is a really good deal.
According to TheVerge the deal is good from Friday to Sunday but a Best Buy sales representative has told CNET it could go all week. Read more »
The Evernote’s beta app for Android has gained handwriting support and now lets you scribble down notes or just doodle around, saving everything as is – not transforming your handwriting into neat text like on the Galaxy Note 3 for example.
The update will take its time getting to the official Android app but for now you can test the beta through the Google+ group. Read more »
As a refresher – Lenovo bought Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 billion yesterday, which would make it around two and a half years since Google bought Moto for $12.5 billion in 2011.
So by using simple math, you get that Google has lost some $9.6 billion in that span right, only getting a rich patent portfolio to show for it? Adding the money Motorola drained from Google on a quarterly basis the figure is even over $10 cool billion. Well, not exactly. Some analysts are estimating the figure to be only half as big. Here are the numbers. Read more »
Facebook unveiled its own news delivering app called Paper. It’s a minimalist app that’s heavy on eye candy and is mostly swipe-operated. It’s also quite immersive by bringing a full-screen clutter-free interface.
Instead of bringing you your news feed the app will let you chose from a list of curated genres – photography, design, sports, food and science. Big names in said categories will get their fair share of showing off but Facebook also promises to shine a light on emerging voices, letting you subscribe to their feeds as well. Read more »
Fujifilm has premiered the latest member to its X line of cameras – the X-T1. The device is premium-built, highly portable and very advanced. First off it features 80 points of weather sealing so that it’s water and dust resistant and can work up to -10 degrees Celsius. For the sealing to work you’d need to use one of three weather-repellent zoom lenses Fujifilm is releasing this year.
Although lacking a mirror (and thus not counting as a DSLR), the X-T1 has a 16MP APS-C sized sensor and its 2.36m dot OLED electronic viewfinder is said to be the fastest in the world and “almost indistinguishable” from an optical viewfinder thanks to its 0.005s lag-time. The viewfinder also has the “world’s highest magnification (0.77x) for a digital camera” and three modes – Full, which shows a complete view of the scene, Normal which gives the optimum shooting view and Dual, which is designed for manual focus and shows a slit screen of Normal and focus area. Read more »