A recent addition to GFX Bench’s database includes the “Google Nexus Foo,” which seems to be causing quite a few of us in the tech community to be scratching our heads today.
At first, you’d think the 10.3-inch (Full HD 1080 x 1920) device is a tablet, but then when you see it runs Android Wear (KKWT), you’ll start to get a bit confused. The device has no touchscreen, no accelerometer, no barometer, no GPS, no compass, no gyroscope, no light sensor, no NFC, or no proximity sensor — only Bluetooth and WiFi are included.
I often wonder if wireless charging hasn’t caught on because people are waiting for what I call “true wireless charging.” The only working method we have right now is by placing your device(s) on a charging mat, which doesn’t feel all that wireless. Sure, you don’t have to “plug” a wire into your device, but there is one connected to the mat that your device is sitting on.
We haven’t really been sure how Motorola planned on charging up the Moto 360, but now it’s pretty obvious.
As seen in the photo above, the next big smartwatch to come to market will have a wireless charging dock, which displays the watch face while charging. This makes it a serviceable bedside clock.
According to a recent FCC filing for the device, the Moto 360 takes advantage of Qi wireless charging capabilities, which means there are no connectors on the back, as found in LG’s G Watch. (That means no corroding pins!)
This is all good news leading up to the launch of Motorola’s new watch, which should come relatively soon.
Via: Cult of Android
Source: Mister Gadget
It was only a matter of time, and now the LG G Watch charging cradle is available in the Play Store. It’s the primary way to charge the device, so it’s an important spare item to have. It’s available for $19.99 via the link below, and comes with the charging cradle, a micro USB cable, a warranty card, and a WEEE card. Interestingly no AC adapter.
Source: Google Play
Pebble has kicked off a new promotion with a limited run of some pretty cool colors of their smartwatch, including lime green, hot pink, and cool blue. Pebble is calling the shades Fresh, Hot, and Fly respectively, and they’re pricing them at $149 just like the standard Pebble.
Runtastic creates many great fitness tracking apps, and now they’re filling out their product lineup by jumping into the hardware game. The newly announced Runtastic Orbit is a 24-hour fitness band that tracks tons of metrics, including the standard step count, exercise and sleep activities, and calories burned. It also boasts a few unique features, including an ambient light sensor and a vibrating alarm that bugs you if you’ve been inactive for too long. No other device on the market nags you for sitting on the couch for too long, so Runtastic has a great claim there.
The Qi wireless charging standard is one of the most popular wireless charging solutions, but it still has limitations. Since it solely uses inductive charging, your device has to sit on a charging pad to work. That removes the hassle of plugging in a USB cable, but you’re not exactly going to be using your phone if it’s glued to a power mat. Fortunately, it looks like the Wireless Power Consortium is going to be adopting a new technology into the Qi standard that will allow devices to charge at a slightly longer distance.
OnePlus’ ‘One’ phone hit a few (okay, more than a few) bumps in the road since its initial launch. Production was an issue initially, then there were some OS/software issues, and now the company is looking to possibly drop its native CyanogenMod altogether.
But that doesn’t mean the company will stop forging ahead.
A new leak shows the “OneWatch” on an unpublished page of OnePlus’ website. Of course, you should take this with a grain of salt, as a previous leak from OnePlus regarding an upcoming tablet turned out to be false.
For those of you anxiously awaiting the Moto 360 (myself included), a new tidbit of information has come out regarding Motorola’s most recent foray into the world of smartwatches. In a hands-on video posted to TechCrunch’s YouTube page, a representative for Motorola lets slip that the Moto 360 includes an ambient light sensor, a feature that is sorely missing from the Samsung Gear Live and the LG G Watch (the only two Android Wear devices to be launched so far).
We know HTC is planning its entrance into the smartwatch market, and we thought we might have seen a glimpse of a prototype in a promotional HTC video.
But now, HTC has come out and denied that the smartwatch which appears in the video is not a real product.