LG claimed around 67% of the global smartwatch display market and a whopping 91% share of the revenue in the first quarter of the ongoing year, according to a latest report from market research firm DisplaySearch.
As per the report, LG shipped 8 million display units in Q1, 2015, up from 1.1 million units it shipped in the same quarter last year. It was followed by Japan Display, Futaba, and Sharp with 1.4 million, 1.12 million, and 900,000 units, respectively. Read more »
As it promised last month, Samsung has now made the software development kit (SDK) available for its next smartwatch. This will allow developers to have apps ready for when the watch will hit the streets, but it also means we get to discover some of the features of the device.
Samsung’s next wearable will be a round smartwatch, as the company itself has already confirmed. According to past rumors, it will be sold as the Gear A, though its maker is for now referring to it only as “The Next Gear”. Its codename is Orbis. Read more »
Motorola is clearly working on a successor to the Moto 360, its first ever smartwatch. And now it looks like this upcoming wearable has been certified by the Bluetooth SIG.
As you can see, a “Motorola Android Device” bearing the model number BTMW03 has been listed by the authority that handles Bluetooth certifications. Considering that the Moto 360 has the model number BTMW01, this is in all likelihood its successor. Read more »
Skype Translator has been available as a closed preview since December of last year, but starting today everyone can use it. You just download it from the Windows Store, and start using it. You will however need to have either Windows 8.1 or the Windows 10 preview on your PC or tablet.
Skype Translator is the Sci-Fi-like bit of software that translates what you say into another language in near real-time. For spoken languages, it currently works with English, Spanish, Italian, and Mandarin. So you could be talking to someone in English, while that person would hear a Spanish translation of what you’ve just said – alongside a collapsible transcript window. Read more »
You may know Nokia for its phones, but the company is much older than many realize – today it’s celebrating its 150th birthday! And while it no longer makes phones, Nokia has done many things over the years, and “change is a part of its nature”.
This six minute video says “Happy birthday, Nokia” with a quick look at the company’s past and a glance towards the future. Read more »
Yu is growing its business with a new phone and an entry into the health gadget field. The YuFit smartband aims for availability with an INR 999 price tag ($16/€14) and pays special attention to the Indian market with the first calorie counter for Indian food.
The company is adding a human touch with real life personal trainers, the first 1,000 users get access to the service for free. Read more »
Apple is currently negotiating with Chinese banks as well as Internet conglomerate Alibaba over the launch of Apple Pay in the country, according to CEO Tim Cook. In an interview with Xinhua, China’s state-run new agency, he said, “We very much want to get Apple Pay in China,” adding that “I’m very bullish on Apple Pay in China.”
Launched back in September last year, Apple’s mobile payments service has been continuously gaining ground in the US, where the Cupertino-based company has partnered with over 180 financial institutions till date. However, Cook said he believes the service could take off even faster in China. Read more »
Google posted an Android 5.1.1 Lollipop factory image for HTC Nexus 9 (Wi-Fi). The firmware sports version number LMY47X.
The LTE-capable Nexus 9 is yet to receive the Android 5.1.1 treatment. Read more »
Emails can be dull, but Giphy for Gmail is now here to change all that. In what is probably the greatest innovation to hit email since signatures were invented, Giphy for Gmail brings animated GIFs straight into your emails.
Giphy for Gmail is a Chrome extension. Once you install it, you’ll see a new rainbow button inside Gmail’s Compose screen, alongside the text formatting options. If you click it, you’ll be able to quickly search for and discover many animated GIFs just begging to be put inside your email. Read more »
HTC hasn’t been doing so well in the past few years, if you look at smartphone sales numbers as well as profits. But it looks like the company will soon try to make some money off its software too, and not just hardware. A leaked document purportedly originating at HTC shows us plans for introducing ads into Blinkfeed.
As you may know, Blinkfeed is the home screen newsfeed that’s built into HTC’s Sense UI that sits atop Android in all the devices it ships. Blinkfeed has been released into the Google Play Store a while back, allowing for faster updates. And now it looks like one such future update could bring with it ads. Read more »
AT&T is releasing a new Android tablet tomorrow, but it’s the first one to actually bear the carrier’s brand. The AT&T Trek HD is going to become available online on May 12, and in stores nationwide on May 15.
It’s an 8-incher with “HD” screen resolution (we’re guessing that means 1,280×800), a 5 MP rear camera, a 2 MP selfie shooter, and 16GB of expandable internal storage. Read more »
The Edge variant of the next Samsung Galaxy Note phablet, which is said to be internally codenamed Project Noble, has been spotted on benchmarking website HTML5test. The website scores web browsers in their ability to properly load HTML5 elements.
The test was performed on the Samsung browser 3.2 installed on a Samsung ZenZero device running Android 5.1.1 – ZenZero is said to be the internal name of the Galaxy Note 5 Edge. The browser got 503 points, which is a great score – the best-faring currently available mobile browser Chrome 39 scores 493. Read more »
Snapdragon 810 didn’t turn out as great as many was hoping for – it is plagued by overheating issues and one major player – Samsung – has even opted out of Qualcomm’s services. Mediatek announced recently a new lineup of high-end SoC models with 10 and 12-core CPU configuration and the race for the next generation is now officially on.
The chip maker seems to be working on the 810 successors already – the Snapdragon 818 – and the purported specs are now out. Apparently the S818 SoC will also offer a 10-core processor, new and powerful Adreno 532 GPU, and LTE Cat. 10 connectivity. Read more »
OnePlus has officially launched its 10000mAh Power Bank in India, exclusively on Amazon. The Power Bank is available in Sandstone Black or Silk White and is priced at Rs. 1,399 ($22).
The OnePlus Power Bank has a capacity if 10000mAh with two USB out ports capable of 5V 2A each but if you have two devices connected simultaneously each one drops down to 5V 1A. The Power Bank has the same finish as the OnePlus One and comes with an LED charge indicator that can be activated by gently shaking the power bank. Read more »
It looks like the Apple Watch can run a web browser if you hack it. The crafty developer Comex has enabled the feature after tinkering with Cupertino’s wearable device.
As you can imagine, browsing the worldwide web on the tiny screen of the Apple Watch is an exercise in frustration. Read more »