Google Fiber just might be the best thing that ever happened to the internet, but it might not grow as fast as we would like. We can talk about cord cutting all we want, but the bottom line is that most Americans like the triple play bundle that cable companies offer. You know, those package deals that consist of TV programming, phone service, and the internet.
The latest and greatest Android Wear smartwatches from ASUS, LG, and Sony are now available for pre-order in the UK through Expansys.
The ASUS ZenWatch, which is supposed to be pretty limited, is going for £159.99 ($257). If you want to spend a little more, you can grab the Sony SmartWatch 3 for £189.99 ($305) or you can get the best of best, the fully round LG G Watch R for £219.99 ($353).
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Earlier in the year we had a chance to sit down with Elliptic Labs to see what they were working on regarding gestures and smartphones. Hand gestures are nothing new, the new Moto X even uses a few. However today’s offerings have only utilized either the camera or IR. In the case of the Moto X, it’s the former. Unfortunately with those technologies, you get too many false positives or no responses at all.
When LG announced the G Watch R, they did say that it would become available in October, but when exactly? Back in September, it was rumored to be October 14, and it looks like that one will hold. According to the South Korean media, it will indeed be released next Tuesday, October 14, at least in South Korea. It could also become available as soon as tomorrow at one retailer, which might have an exclusivity period.
Pricing is the other big question and the reports indicate 352,000 won, which equates to about $332. That’s a pretty steep price tag. Based on the original G Watch price of 270,000 ($253) that’s a $69 difference. Add that to the original U.S. price of the G Watch, and you get $298.
Now that Samsung has broken the seal on the use of metal on their phones, they won’t be stopping at the Galaxy Alpha. The Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 are both on the way, with the A5 probably closer to release.
Android MX was able to get their hands on the both the A3 and A5 and put together a short little video (see below) showing off the devices. They even included the Galaxy Alpha for reference. As you can clearly see, both the A3 and A5 designs are similar to the Galaxy Alpha.
The Samsung Gear VR was introduced at the Unpacked back in September, but we haven’t heard much chatter on when we can expect to buy the device or how much. it will cost. One would think with the Holiday season approaching, that it would certainly be by the end of the year barring any production issues.
According to Samsung internal documents, we are looking at a release date of December 1st in South Korea with a price of 200,000 Won, which equates to about $187. Unfortunately South Korea is the only region mentioned, but we can only assume other areas will launch around the same time. As to the pricing, my guess was $199 for the U.S., which is inline.
Thanks to Zauba, which tracks shipment records, we have an idea of much both devices will cost. The Desire Eye (pictured above) is valued at 21,490 INR, which translates to about $350. The One (M8 Eye) comes in at 27,035 INR or about $440.
I am sure you woke up this fine Monday morning saying to yourself, “Wouldn’t it be nice to see the back of the Nexus 9?” Well you wish has come true, and guess what? It says “Nexus” on the back!! :-) Now there is a little bit of a letdown here. You are probably aware that HTC is making the device, which could mean a lot of metal. If that was your wish, I am sad to report that one won’t come true.
Other than the REcamera, will we see the One (M8 Eye) or the Desire Eye at this week’s HTC event? Sony is also holding a presser this week, which could finally solidify a presence in the United States. Will it be limited to T-Mobile, or will the other carriers follow suit? We continue to see a lot of leaks regarding the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9, but don’t count out the new DROID Turbo. Google’s new YouTube music service appears to be just about ready for launch, not to mention the latest version of Android. What will it be called? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another interesting week in the Android world.
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