HTC’s Dot View case is very unique, very cool case for the HTC One (M8). The only drawback, of course, is that the case only works with HTC apps, so it won’t show notifications for third-party apps like, say, Twitter. Shen Ye, popular for working with HTC devices, has fixed that.
Earlier today, he uploaded a photo of the Dot View case showing a Twitter notification, which looks surprisingly good for something not officially supported from HTC. He said that “Sense already hooks into social networking APIs, it shouldn’t be hard to get DotView to show these notifications.” Guess he was right. Read more
Now that Google owns Nest, it’s no surprise that the Nest Learning Thermostat is now being offered in the Google Play Store. The price is the same as everywhere else, $249.
If you’re not familiar with the Nest Learning Thermostat, it is the “Mother” of all thermostats. You don’t even have to program this one because it figures out what your habits are based on when you’re home or not. It even knows what the weather is outside, plus, you can even control it from your phone or tablet. It isn’t cheap, but the goal is to save you a lot more than the price of the device over time.
To celebrate Earth Day, Google is going to plant a tree for each Nest ordered from the Play Store for today only. Hit the link below to get your order in.
Click here to order from Google Play
Last month we learned Sony was working on rolling out an update that would include improvements first seen at MWC 2014. Sony has announced that they have started to roll out the update. The Sony SmartWatch 2 device which is currently supported by about 400 apps is also being updated with a couple new editions for buyers to choose. Sony has partnered to get the SmartWatch 2 to be the official accessory of the 2014 FIFA World Cup and in recognition of that has released a special “Brazil” edition of the smartwatch. Sony has also launched a “Business” edition. Read more
Going in a new direction, Samsung has released a video that combines five spots they have started to run in a few markets around the world for their new Galaxy devices. The ads are a definite departure from some of their previous efforts like their “Next Big Thing” series, relying on animations that pop with color. Two of the ads center on the Samsung Galaxy S 5, Gear 2 and Gear Fit and how they work together to both help users get through their daily activities and stay connected. The other three ads focus on the Galaxy S 5 and some of the new features Samsung brought to market with their latest flagship device, like the fingerprint scanner, water resistance, and the fast focus camera app.
Hit the break to check out the video and let us know what you think about this new marketing direction for Samsung. Read more
Rounding out a trio of teardown’s by iFixit this week is an attempt to find out just what it inside the Samsung Gear Fit device. The team’s teardown revealed some tightly packed electronics inside the device along with some good news. Although it would take quite a bit of work, users could replace their own battery should the need arise. As iFixit discovered, the main body of the Gear Fit just pops out of the watch band, so we can expect to see aftermarket options start to appear to help people personalize their Gear fit. Read more
LG has confirmed that they will have the new LG G Watch available, at least in the U.K., before July. Considering Google I/O is scheduled for late June and LG is one of the manufacturers working with Google to produce Android Wear powered devices, possibly even a Google-branded device, that seems like a good time for an announcement. According to sources, pricing in the U.K. will be less than £180 ($299 USD). Read more
Google’s Chromecast is finally available in the U.K., lagging months behind the U.S. release, but that hasn’t stopped content providers from being ready to offer support for users. The latest is BT Sport which has turned on the ability to stream content to their Chromecast. Users do need a BT Broadband package or subscribe to BT Sport to get access to the live streams. Assuming they have that though, they can access live Premier League football (soccer for the U.S. readers) matches, along with rugby, MotoGP, UFC matches and some other sports available through the service.
Oppo has put their latest Find 7a up for preorder at a pretty reasonable $499. The device features a 5.5-inch full HD screen, a Snapdragon 801 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and a 13 megapixel camera. It’s currently one of the cheapest options for a Snapdragon 801 powered device, not counting carrier subsidies.
Oppo is also tossing in a handful of extras for purchasing a device, including a navy blue flip cover, a 32 GB microSD card, and a spare 2,800 mAh battery. Those accessories would very like cost over $100 if you bought them separately, if not more, so that’s not a bad deal at all. Read more
Despite a bumpy start in the wearables market with the original Samsung Galaxy Gear, the company still has lots of resources to try for a better round with their new Gear 2 and Gear Fit. Although we have learned this past week that Samsung was effective in annoying Apple with their “Next Big Thing” ads, for wearable tech there is little competition to deal and certainly no one as big a target as Apple was in the smartphone market. That means Samsung has to be creative in choosing the marketing path to take with their new devices. Their latest ad for their Gear devices suggests they are shooting for an emotional connection. Read more
Nest, the company recently acquired by Google for their home automation hardware – thermostats and alarms – announced the discovery of a problem with their Nest Protect: Smoke + CO Alarm product. The alarm unit has a feature called Wave that lets users wave a hand in front of the unit to silence the alarm should it go off. Not a bad feature when the alternative may involve climbing up on a chair or something to push a reset button or even pull a battery. During internal testing, the Nest team discovered the units could incorrectly interpret certain actions in a specific set of circumstances as a wave and silence the alarm even though the user may not have intended to do so. Nest’s CEO, Tony Fadell, indicated they had received no reports of this occurring with units in the hands of customers, only in their own lab testing.
In response to this discovery, Nest is pushing out an update to units already deployed to turn off the Wave feature. They have also taken the step of halting sales of the Nest Protect alarms to ensure the malfunctioning units don’t end up in the hands of consumers before a fix can be issued. The Nest team is already working on a solution and will send an update out to existing units once they are satisfied it addresses the issue. Hit the source link below to read the full statement issued by Tony Fadell.