Samsung to release follow-up smartwatch “Galaxy Band” for fitness tracking in early 2014

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I wouldn’t call the Galaxy Gear a success by any means, but the smartwatch revolution has officially begun. They’ll get better and better with time, and it looks as though Samsung’s next wearable will be hitting shelves relatively soon.

In the first quarter of 2014, the company will be releasing the Galaxy Band, a fitness tracking band much like Nike’s FuelBand. Motion, pressure, and humidity sensors will be built-in, and the device will be able to sync with other Samsung devices via Bluetooth. Voice controls may also be included.

Expect a product launch at the Mobile World Congress this February.

Via: BGR
Source: DDaily

Sony testing a “BT Wrist Notifier,” passes through FCC— CES 2014 announcement?

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Sony’s SmartWatch wasn’t all that revolutionary, but it certainly was a huge step in the right direction. We’re a while away from getting the perfect smartwatch, but it looks like we won’t have to wait all that long before taking another step forward.

FCC documents show that Sony is currently testing a “BT Wrist Notifier,” known as SWR10. There aren’t any details besides the fact that the device will use both NFC and Bluetooth.

It won’t be long before an announcement— CES, anyone?

Source: FCC

 

KitKat comes to Nexus Q in unofficial update from XDA developer forums

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Remember that bizarre orb-like device that Google unveiled with the original Nexus 7 back in June 2012?

Although we’ll most likely never see another version of that awkward little orb, the Nexus Q, there is some good news for those that actually own one.

While the device originally shipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, there wasn’t another update for it as Google pretty much marked it internally as a failure— or at least marked it as a device that needed a bit more R&D.

Now, XDA forum member hharte has released a nearly perfect build of Android 4.4 KitKat based on CyanogenMod. Current issues include WLAN and audio w/ Google Music. Either way, there isn’t really any reason why you shouldn’t want to upgrade to this experimental version of KitKat. Hit up the developmental thread in the source link below to get going.

Source: XDA-Developers

Dual 5MP camera unit announced by Toshiba, will allow for stereo-3D shots for both smartphones and tablets

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Toshiba is making waves in the smartphone camera industry, as the manufacturer just announced a dual-5MP camera module which generate a 13MP image through upscaling. With this development, the camera can be thinner than current 13MP cameras. Smartphones will be able to be made thinner as a result as well.

The dual camera unit also comes with a companion chip which will allow for the simultaneous recording of both image and depth information. The depth data will be applied to objects captured in the image— the result will be somewhat of a stereo-3D image.

While Toshiba hasn’t announced any particular release date on the module, it’ll be interesting to see what comes of it and how smartphone manufacturers will adapt to the new camera technology.

Hit the break for the full press release below.


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New Samsung Galaxy Gear ad is all about impressing others, misses the point

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Samsung has been rapidly releasing new advertisements this holiday season. In this lengthy new ad, titled “Are You Geared Up?”, Samsung is showing how well its Galaxy Gear smart watch can impress others. Specifically, how it can help score that lucky lady. A man whips out his Gear while riding a ski lift and the woman becomes infatuated with it. After that, the setting moves to a party. There, Samsung makes fun of itself and other smartphone manufacturers. One guy fumbles his smartphone while another simply handles it with his Gear. Why Samsung is laughing at its own massive smartphones, I am not too sure.

To watch the advertisement, hit the break.
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[Deal] Moto X $150 off coupon is back, 50% off on-contract and accessories too

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Who knew Matt Lauer and the people over at The Today Show could bring such an awesome deal back. Over on the morning show’s site, they have a way for people to purchase the Moto X with $150 off the full retail price through Moto Maker. But that $150 off code isn’t all they are offering. If you prefer to go on-contract, you get a 50% off coupon meaning that the Sprint or AT&T model will cost $99 and the Verizon model $29.99.

The deals don’t stop here. Accessories also get a 50% off dip. To avoid the massive rush that occurred the last time around, a form is required to receive a code. Unfortunately, bamboo backs are not eligible. Hit the break for instructions.
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Samsung GamePad comes with Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 in New Game Edition

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Samsung announced on Monday that they’re GamePad is now available in select European markets. To coincide with the launch, Samsung is launching a Game Edition of their Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. As the GamePad itself is geared to smaller devices (4-6.3 inches) over an 8-inch tablet, the package will come with an HDMI adapter so that you can plug the tablet into your TV. That way, you can game on the big screen.

No word on pricing just yet, but given that the GamePad on its own is €79.90 ($109.17) the bundle may come with a premium price tag. No word on when this will reach American shores, but those of you in Europe, get ready to game on the go.

source: All About Samsung
via: SamMobile

Official CyanogenMod cases available for Nexus 5

cyanogenmod_caseCyanogenMod fans, you can now make your phones a little more CyanogenMod-y, provided you have a Nexus 5. The company has released cases for the Nexus 5, made by Cruzerlite, that come in four different colors – teal, clear, smoke, and black. They are made out of TPU material, which means they are abrasion resistant, have a high degree of transparency, are fairly stiff, but remain flexible.

The cases were designed by CM community member Asher Simonds, and you can find links to buy your own via the source link below.

Source: +CyanogenMod

 

Samsung GamePad availability officially announced for European markets

s4-gamepadWe first heard about the Samsung GamePad all the way back in March, and it’s availability finally been officially announced by the company. The GamePad will launch in European markets for Android phones between 4 and 6.3 inches, and will be compatible with devices running Jelly Bean or higher with Bluetooth 3.0. It will obviously be more compatible with Samsung phones, as the company says that the “most convenient features optimized for Samsung Galaxy devices running Android 4.3 such as Galaxy Note 3, S4, Note II, and S III enable easy connectivity with GamePad via NFC tag and quicker access to games via the “PLAY” button.”

The mobile app to control GamePad is available currently in the Samsung App Store. New markets will be released in the upcoming weeks, but there is no word yet on US availability or pricing. You can see the official press release past the break.
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Google to open up Chromecast SDK in 2014, make it available in new international markets and more

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Nobody ever questioned the simplicity of the Chromecast. It came without any pre-release buzz, and unsurprisingly was able to create all the hype for itself at launch.

In 2014, Google will have some even bigger plans for the Chromecast.

Not only will the device launch in a number of new countries, but the SDK will be opened up so that thousands of apps can be made Chromecast-compatible, as well as a number of other devices as Google plans to partner with a number of electronics companies. The ultimate goal is to make even the most rare apps “castable.”


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