Sony has started a new contest over on its Facebook page, and the prize for this one is rather insane. One person will win the entire Xperia Z3 family, and a SmartBand Talk on top of that.
Today Google has posted an official list of features it will add to the Android Wear platform before 2014 ends. The company has also confirmed once again that all smartwatches running Android Wear will get the updates as soon as these are going to be ready.
This is no surprise, as Google is pretty much in charge of the update process for Android Wear devices, looking to avoid the fragmentation situation that’s persistent in its smartphone and tablet operating system.
According to the ever-present “sources familiar with the matter”, HTC has decided to give up on the idea of creating its very own smartwatch.
In an age in which seemingly every Android smartphone maker has branched out into this new wearable category (undoubtedly helped by the existence of the Android Wear platform), this might sound like an odd decision.
If you aren’t new to the Internet, or tech in general, you probably know those Apple promo videos – featuring a grey background, and Jony Ive using his wonderful accent to tell you how revolutionary every single millimeter of the company’s newest product is. Well, IKEA noticed, and it decided to have a go at this very unique genre of ads.
The result is seriously hilarious. As you can see in the video, IKEA is introducing the world to a brilliant new device: “it’s not a digital book, or an e-book, it’s a bookbook”.
With things already quieting down at IFA, it’s Motorola’s new gadgets that are the talk of the town. The new Moto X supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 standard and Motorola will be releasing a compatible charger soon, the Turbo Charger.
The charger can breathe 8 hours of battery life into a Moto X with a completely flat battery.
Alcatel brought out a new Android tablet at IFA, the Alcatel Hero 8. With an 8″ WUXGA (1920 x 1200px) screen it will compete with the likes of the Lenovo Tab S8. The tablet has an aluminum body that’s just 7.3mm thick though (vs. the 7.9mm plastic body of the Lenovo).
The Alcatel Hero 8 is LTE-enabled and supports voice calls. You may want to use the new Sidekick 2, a phone-shaped Bluetooth headset.
Alongside its long anticipate Moto G2, Moto X+1 and Moto 360, the company also revealed its latest Bluetooth headphone accessory called the Moto Hint.
The Moto Hint, however, doesn’t look anything like the traditional in-ear Bluetooth headset we’ve got used to. It’s very small and subtle in-ear piece, which barely sticks out of your earlobe. Naturally, we were eager to see the compact earbud in action.
The main feature of the Moto Hint is being able to control your phone with your voice. Want to call someone, send a message, locate an address, update your Facebook status, or just check the weather? Just say “Ok Google” followed by your query the way you would in Google Now.
The Motomaker customization service started in the US and in July expanded to Germany. It will continue its European expansion later this month by adding the UK and France to its list of supported countries.
Motorola hasn’t announced the exact launch date but it should be by the end of the month.
Motorola has announced the successor to its most popular phone to date, the Moto G. Once again, called just the Moto G, the new phone improves mostly upon the display, camera, and speakers over its predecessor while retaining the same great price.
The new Moto G has a 5.0-inch 720p display, compared to the 4.5-inch 720p display on the original Moto G. The phone, just like the new Moto X, is bigger than its predecessor.
Motorola has finally taken the wraps off the second iteration of its popular Moto X smartphone, called, well, the Moto X. The new Moto X looks similar to the previous one but is bigger and more powerful now.
The new Moto X has a 5.2-inch, 1080p Super AMOLED display, an upgrade over the 4.7-inch 720p display on the original Moto X. This has made the phone go from measuring 129.3 x 65.3 x 10.4 mm to 140.8 x 72.4 x 9.97mm. To clarify, that’s bigger than the Nexus 5. The compact size was arguably one of the best features of the original Moto X but that’s not the case anymore.
Alongside the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, and Gear S, Samsung also announced the Gear VR yesterday during its event at IFA Berlin. And today the virtual reality headset developed in partnership with Oculus is already up for pre-order in the UK, believe it or not.
For now only one retailer seems to have it. Mobile Fun specializes in accessories for your devices, and since the Gear VR needs a Note 4 to function it probably qualifies. To be among the first people in the UK to own one of these, you’ll have to shell out £150.
Not wanting to let other companies have all the device-launching fun these days, HP decided to introduce four new or updated products of its own. First up, we have the new Envy x2, coming to succeed the detachable tablet of the same name that was introduced back in 2012.
The new Envy x2 comes with Intel’s Core M processor, and will get both 13.3″ and 15.6″ screens. The keyboard dock has been redesigned, now coming with a fabric wrapping.