On Friday, an unspecified Lenovo smartphone received certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance. Its model number is “Lenovo X2-EU,” so it is extremely likely we are looking at the company’s upcoming Vibe X2. Leaked images of what is allegedly the Lenovo Vibe X2 surfaced recently.
From the certification documents, we do know that it is running Android 4.4.2 which is nearly the latest version of the operating system. By the time it launches, it could have the latest version or Lenovo will just issue a software update right out of the box.
Source: Wi-Fi Alliance [PDF Download Link]
Filters have been a crucial feature on email for a while, but usually you have to be on a desktop computer to take advantage of them. Well, those days are over, unless you’re a user of Gmail. Yahoo mail has received an update this week that includes filters. Now, when using the Android application for Yahoo mail, you can create, update, and remove filters by tapping the filter option and following the instructions. You can filter based on sender, recipient, and content. This update actually helps us all, whether or not you use Yahoo Mail. If you use Yahoo Mail, your benefit is obvious, so go ahead and update the app. If you use Gmail or another provider, maybe this update will be the impetus needed for Google to update the app and give us this much-needed improvement.
Source: Google Play
As we all know, September is going to be crammed with announcements and launches. The latest company to announce participation in next month’s frenzy is ZTE. A Vine was posted to represent its invitation for an event being held on September 16 in New York City. The invitation exclaims that ZTE will being showing “the next hot thing.” It does not give any other information, so we will just have to wait and see what ZTE has up its sleeve.
Source: ZTE USA (Vine)
Via: Phone Arena
Some people are being contacted by Motorola for a chance to reserve a place in line to purchase a Moto 360 smartwatch before anyone else. The company is reaching out to various people on Twitter that are using the hashtag #moto360. Motorola will tweet select users of the hashtag, request that hey direct message them, and proceed to email with details. In the emails, Motorola tells those selected that they will receive an email within the next few days with details on how they can purchase their Android Wear device first. If selected, Motorola makes it clear that you have to act quickly. Otherwise, they move on to another willing consumer.
Hit the break to see the emails exchanged between Motorola and one of the selected people.
Sony tweeted the above picture today, with a caption of “What could these numbers possibly mean? #SonyIFA #IFA2014.” Obviously the first reaction is to assume the numbers are dimensions of a device, but they are nothing like the leaked dimensions of the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. It may not even be describing the dimensions of a smartphone, since the tweet was sent out by Sony UK, and not Sony Mobile. I guess we’ll have to wait and see for the truth.
For recent big events, Snapchat has opened up a feature that allowed users to beam their photos of the event to a public story, aptly named “Our Story.” During those test events, including the FIFA World Cup and Lollapalooza, over 350 hours of media were uploaded. It’s no longer a test now, “Our Story” is open to everyone. With the latest update, a new Live section appears just below Recent Updates in the app after you capture a photo or some video footage, or alternatively via the Stories button on the edit screen. From there you have an option to select the appropriate event.
After releasing the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Samsung appears to be ready to launch a new line of devices based on the same design model. We learned earlier this week that Samsung has three devices in the works, all with an “A” in the model name, leading to the unofficial moniker of “A series” for the line. Now one of those devices, the SM-A500, has surfaced on the Bluetooth SIG web site after obtaining its certification. Not much information about the specs for the device can be gleaned from the Bluetooth SIG entry, although it does appear it may be dual SIM capable.
There may not have ever been a September quite like the one we will see next month. Everyone including Motorola, ASUS, LG, Samsung, Lenovo, and T-Mobile all have something to offer in September. And let us not forget that Apple will be making some noise as well. One name that has been absent is HTC, but it looks like they are bound to join the September fun. According to @upleaks, HTC will have both a smartwatch and a fitness tracker arriving soon.
Some of the biggest technology companies in the world are all taking a look at Android software developer Cyanogen. They are the developer of the very popular custom CyanogenMod ROM. The community for CyanogenMod has been so strong that is has been questioned whether or not it is actually in contention to be the world’s third most popular mobile operating system. It is being reported by The Information that Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, and Yahoo have all been keeping an eye on Cyanogen with an acquisition or at least a partnership in mind.