Android Wear smartwarches now total 1 million

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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.


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Sony confirms Xperia Z4 tablet will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress

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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.”


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Moto E (2nd Gen) with LTE: Hands on and first impressions

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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.


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Samsung is now the underdog and that’s bad news for HTC

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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!


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The countdown to the Unpacked Galaxy S 6 event has begun, watch the live stream right here

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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.

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Galaxy Tab S 2 specs revealed by benchmark

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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.


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Galaxy S 6 to be pricey, Galaxy S 6 Edge to be very limited and pricey

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I don’t think anyone will be surprised by part of this news. If you were looking to get your hands on the Galaxy S 6 Edge, plan on jumping through hoops because it will be very limited as Samsung won’t be able to produce them fast enough. And not surprisingly, it will be pricey. The 64 GB version will go for €949 and the 128 GB version will be €1,049. That’s €50 more expensive than the iPhone 6 Plus. Converted to U.S. dollars, that’s $1,076 and $1,189 respectively, but it probably won’t work out that way due to extra taxes in Europe.


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HTC One (M9) leaks in three promotional videos, leaves nothing to the imagination

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Well look at what we have here. Here’s the HTC One (M9) on video leaving nothing to the imagination. These three promotional videos, were leaked by @upleaks, but the you know what has hit the fan since their Twitter account is down. Thankfully we were able to pull the YouTube links before that happened.

The videos show off a two-toned metal finish, Dolby Audio BoomSound, the camera software, and various other software enhancements. For example, they show you some new customizations for your home screen and BlinkFeed now shows you meal suggestions. The home widget will also display different apps depending on your location.


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Pebble Time unveiled, color e-paper smartwatch with 7 days of battery life

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As expected, a Pebble smartwatch with a color screen was unveiled a little while ago. Called the Pebble Time, this smartwatch has a similar e-paper display as the original, but it’s in color. It also has the same great battery life with 7 days. The Pebble is the most popular smartwatch that is compatible with both Android and iOS.

Color isn’t the only thing new with this watch as it has a thinner design (20% thinner) and sports a microphone for responding to notifications or taking voice notes.


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Google Glass 2 prototypes already in the hands of select partners

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I know many people think Google Glass is dead, but trust me it isn’t. The closing of the Explorer Program and shuffling of key people is just a normal step of the evolution process. Explain to me how they could transition from a $1,500 Explorer Program version of Glass to a more consumer-friendly version that is much cheaper. The only way is to put things on hold and then re-launch it which is exactly what they will do.


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