On Sony’s own Xperia Lounge app, the company confirmed the impending release of their Xperia Z4 tablet that will sport a 2k screen. While nothing else is confirmed on the device, we are almost certain the rest of it will be top tier. The Z4 will most likely be unveiled next week during MWC, so stay tuned for further news as things develop.
Still in need of a good high-powered Android tablet, but have been waiting for the right deal? This might just be it as Groupon is offering Google’s 2nd Gen 16GB Nexus 7 made by Asus for a low price of $135 + free shipping (price shows $149.99 on the Groupon page, but apply the 10% off coupon code to get the price down to the $135 deal). While the tablet is ‘old’ by today’s standards, the 2nd gen Nexus 7 is still very much capable of handling any task you throw at it. With the device recently receiving Google’s latest Android software in Lollipop, you’ll get the latest and greatest at such a low price. If this deal interests you, check out the source link to purchase! For the unaware, here’s a quick rundown of the specs:
While most American’s probably haven’t heard of the Chinese phone manufacturing company Xiaomi, their immense success in China has propelled the company into new heights. With the company being previously valued at $4 billion (2012) and $10 billion (2013), rounds have now valued the company at a whopping $45 billion.
How did Xiaomi gain this much success in such a quick time you ask? Clever on-line marketing coupled with cheap/affordable high-powered devices have made them a household name in China. Not only has the company knocked off both Apple and Samsung as the the #1 smartphone manufacture in China, but they are also now #3 world-wide. With over 500 million smartphones expected to be sold in China next year (more than double that is expected to be sold in the US), one can only expect Xiaomi to grow even further. With China clearly under their belt, the Chinese company has their eyes set on the rest of the world starting with India and Brazil, and I’m sure they have hopes of someday being a household name in Europe and possibly even the United States.
To bring a little excitement prior to CES, Qualcomm took to its Twitter account to post a small teaser of a ‘mysterious’ phone that will be powered by their Snapdragon 800 processor. This new device will debut during CES and while the brand of the phone hasn’t been released, all indications point towards it being from LG (most likely the rumored LG Flex 2).
The Humble Mobile Bundle that is currently being offered by Noodlecake Studios recently added four new titles. Alongside the original 6 games (Super Strickman Golf 2, Pumped BMX 2, Wayward Souls, Wave Wave 2.o, Devious Dungeon and Mikey Boots), Blocks Cometh, Flappy Golf, Mage Gauntlet and Box Cat have been added to the bundle.
With Sony’s recent release of their latest flagship in the Xperia Z3, they’ve created their “Demand Great” series to show off the devices capabilities. In this short video, the Z3’s IP65/68 waterproof and “Live on YouTube” features are shown to its fullest. They also bring in wake-boarding champion Justin Gratzfield to showcase the aforementioned features as a demonstration of its capabilities. In the video you can see him bringing along his Z3 while he’s wake-boarding showing off its water-proof feature, and also broadcasting the event using the “Live on YouTube” feature so that his buddy is able to watch what he’s doing right on the go.
Certainly something cool and useful for customers that love the outdoors and don’t want to be worried that their device may get damaged by water. Check out the video below and let us know what you think!
LevelUp Studios, the makers of the much popular Beautiful Widgets app, released their new weather app called Bright Weather. Bright Weather brings forth a slew of features and certainly doesn’t lack in the looks department with its beautiful UI. Here’s a list of what you can expect with Bright Weather:
Today, Google launched “Classroom for Teachers” which aims to make the instructors job a little bit easier. What “Classroom” does is it combines Google’s already successful apps such as Google Drive, Gmail and Google Docs to help teachers organize or even create their lesson plans or assignments. Google hopes this new service will provide an easy tool to make a teachers job more efficient and provide less of a headache. Here’s a little more of what “Classroom” can do:
Google has updated their Maps application across all platforms and bringing it up to Maps 8. The update brings forth several great new features such as lane guidance, the ability to use Maps while offline (finally!), and also a couple of smaller features. Lane guidance will be a godsend for many that drive through some confusing intersections or freeway exits (LA drivers, anyone?). Maps will have an indicator in the top left section of the screen that will guide you through your complicated route. For offline Maps, I’m glad that it’s finally back. Now users are able to save their routes and destinations so that it can be used for offline purposes.
Earlier today, HTC’s stock rose 6.9% (a 10th month high for the company) with investors expecting the company to turn in favorable Q2 earnings. With the HTC Desire 816 selling quite well in China combined with the positive sales and reviews of their HTC One M8 flagship, the expectations that these investors have, could pay dividends in the near future. Hopefully once the Q2 earnings come out, HTC will show their resurgence into the market.
Do you guys think with the new Desire lineup and HTC One M8, the company will finally turn things around and once again become a huge force in the mobile industry? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!
If you own Google’s Glass device, sending money without even pulling out your smartphone may be coming your way via Google Wallet very soon. Through sources that work closely with Google, Google Wallet integration within Glass is in the works and they are already well into the testing phase. The service is already on certain Google employees, and after a few more months of testing, we could see it roll out to the masses No clear timetable has been given on its impending widespread release so stay tuned for further news!
Would this be a feature you would like to have on Glass?
Today T-Mobile is supposedly rolling out the KitKat OTA update for their LG G Flex device. Problem is, is it even KitKat? According to the source link below, it shows Android 4.2.2 as the software. At first I thought it may just be a typo, but the file size is a mere 149MB’s. Seems a little low considering the G2’s KitKat file was about 1.5GB’s in total. Of course, these are just my speculations. Also, it seems users from XDA are reporting that the update has been pulled with no reason given.
If you have a T-Mobile G Flex, have you gotten the update notification today? And if so, is it KitKat?
Verizon has taken the LG-L70 and re-branded it into the LG Optimus Exceed 2. The device is available for pre-paid customers and comes in at just $79.99 without a contract. As for specs, the Exceed 2 comes with a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU with 1GB of RAM paired with 4GB’s of native storage, although that’s expandable via an SD card slot. The device also comes with a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480. With the Exceed 2, you can expect some of the features that are on LG’s flagships such as the QSlide, Quick Memo and even their much popular Knock Code unlock system.
If you don’t wish to take your phone out and respond to your contact, you can now tap the voice icon in your Toq smartwatch and voice out your response. Afterwards, you will be shown your message before you decide to send it out or not. You can check out the new feature right below in the promo video! Download the new update and you’ll be good to go.
Today Kyocera announced their most recent mobile device in the Hydro Vibe and will be released on Sprint and Virgin Mobile’s network come May 9th (May 27th for Virgin Mobile). Pricing for the Hydro Vibe will be set at $0 down and 24 monthly payments of $9.59 with Sprint’s Easy Pay plan while Virgin Mobile will have it at $149.99 off-contract.
As for specs, you can expect a 4.5-inch 960×540 display, 1.2GHz quad-core MSM8926 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot, an 8MP and 2MP front and rear camera respectively. The device will have LTE capabilities and come with a 2,000mAh battery to power it all. Also, it wouldn’t be named “Hydra” if it didn’t have something to do with water, right? You can expect the Hydra Vibe to come with an IP57-rate for protection against both dust and water. You can check the Hydra Vibe’s promo video and full press release after the break.