When you think of this Sunday’s Samsung Unpacked Event, the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 Edge come to mind, but they do have other rumored devices. We know they have other tablets in the pipeline, namely the Tab S 2, but there is also that round smartwatch (Orbis) that seems close to release. In fact, it was already reported that the Orbis would be unveiled at the same time as the new phones.
Yesterday it was leaked that the next Nexus phone would be made by a Chinese manufacturer, and today we might know who that is. Not only that, it appears that there might actually be two Nexus phones launched this year.
The same leaker is now saying there will be two Nexus phones, one produced by the said Chinese manufacturer, and the other by LG. This isn’t something that Google has done in the past, but it doesn’t sound so far fetched since we already have both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 available at the same time. If you take into account that Google cannot call the next Nexus phone the Nexus 7 for obvious reasons, it’s likely they will make new versions of both the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 6. This would keep most customers happy since not everyone wants a 6-inch phone. It would also solve the issue of having just one expensive Nexus phone. The Nexus 5 could be more budget-friendly and the Nexus 6 would be the premium-priced version.
We already have a pretty good idea of what the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 Edge will look like, but we have probably the best image yet thanks to an employee at Sprint. This image is for a pre-registration page and contest that probably wasn’t supposed to launch until after this Sunday’s Unpacked event.
Android Wear smartwatches are pretty cool as they are, but if you are looking to step up your automation game, then look no further than AutoWear. It’s a Tasker plugin that will allow you to automate just about anything you can think of. It was developed by João Dias (joaomgcd) who also created AutoRemote and AutoVoice.
By utilizing Tasker, AutoRemote, and AutoVoice, the possibilities are endless. You can open up a voice command screen to send voice commands directly to AutoVoice or you can use predefined Google Now commands to do whatever you want. You can utilize floating icons that you can access from any screen. You can even set a particular task to start when shaking your watch. Like I said, the possibilities are endless, and he put together a video (see below) showing you a slew of examples.
Early this month it was reported by Canalys that about 720,000 Android Wear devices were shipped during 2014. Of course that figure didn’t even necessarily represent the total amount that consumers purchased.
As of right now, it appears that there are roughly 1 million Android Wear devices in the wild. How can we tell? The Android Wear app reached 1 million downloads as of yesterday afternoon. Now we can’t guarantee that everyone who downloaded and installed the Android Wear app actually has an Android Wear watch, but I think it’s safe to say that the majority of those downloads probably represent people who actually do have a watch. It also isn’t that far fetched based on the 720,000 figure given by Canalys for 2014, which ended about 2 months ago.
A couple of days ago, Sony mistakenly or on purpose outed the Xperia Z4 tablet in their Xperia Lounge app. The immediate assumption was that we would see it at Mobile World Congress next week, and Sony has confirmed it. In a Tweet a little while ago, Sony said, “Slimmer. Lighter. Brighter. All will be revealed on 02.03.15. #Xperia #SonyMWC.”
The original Moto E was already a killer budget phone, but with all technology, there is always room for improvement. Motorola unveiled the all new Moto E for 2015 yesterday, which provides a bigger display, a quad-core processor, and LTE. At a cost of $149, it’s hard to imagine how Motorola is doing it. It even has Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, which you won’t find on too many phones.
Look for our full review very soon, but for now, hit the break for our quick hands on and first impressions.
For a while, Samsung could do no wrong. With a big-time marketing budget, it didn’t matter if the critics praised them or not. It didn’t matter if their phones were plastic or if they were loaded with tons of bloatware because people went to the carrier stores and bought them. However, things took a big turn in 2014 thanks to many cheaper handsets and Apple’s commitment to enter the 21st century with a larger display on the iPhone 6. By the end of 2014, Samsung’s market share dropped significantly, and companies like HTC are thinking Samsung is now ripe for the picking. Sounds logical right? Wrong!
Samsung will be hosting Unpacked this Sunday, March 1, and it will of course be live streamed. There is already a considerable amount of buzz surrounding the Galaxy S 6 and the Galaxy S Edge, but Samsung wants to add a little more. They have already posted the link for the live stream along with a countdown to the big event, which is just over 4 days at the time of this post.
It might actually be easier to enter the event in your calendar rather than checking the video stream to see how much more time is left. But then again, it’s also nice to have the link ahead of time so you’re ready to go this Sunday. Just bookmark this page and come back Sunday at 5.30 pm GMT / 12:30 pm EST / 9:30 am PST for all the action.
Hit the break for the video.
Samsung will launch the Galaxy Tab S 2 sometimes this year, possibly in the spring or summer. We already know that it will sport a metal build and the display will be more squarish as in a 4:3 ratio. There will also be two sizes, 9.7-inches and 8.0-inches. Probably the most important feature that we know is that it will be very thin, at 5.4 mm.
Today we have a little more confirmation on the rest of the specs thanks to a benchmark test on GFXBench.