This week of Halloween is perhaps an appropriate time for Samsung’s attempt to piece together a DSLR type camera with an Android smartphone to resurface. The Samsung Galaxy NX, announced this past August as being on its way to market in October, has shown up in the FCC database with support for AT&T’s LTE and HSPA data services. When first announced, the device was projected to retail for $1,599. The FCC filing suggests its availability from AT&T is imminent, so we will see whether that is still the price it will go for. We still have no word on whether the device will make the promised October release date for this mash up of devices. We also do not know whether any other carriers may have opted to include the Galaxy NX in their portfolios.
I don’t know about you, but the staff here at TA believe that these are some exciting times to be alive in the technology industry. And this year is certainly the year where it appears the “wearable devices” market is breaking out in similar fashion to that of the tablet boom we’ve seen a a few years back. Google Glass is also moving seamlessly through developers’ hands and gaining new ground daily. Next on the menu? Smartwatches!.
Following the heels of the success of the Pebble Watch, a kickstarter project that went well back in early 2012 and is still thriving in the market and Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch (hands-on) which was just announced as a companion to the Note 3 and now other smartphones as well, Google will soon be introducing its own smartwatch to the masses as it’s currently in “late-stage development” per sources for The Wall Street Journal. The device will obviously run Android and make use of many of the Google Now features currently present on devices. Check out the video below of The Wall Street Journal’s Yun-Hee Kim who briefly interviewed Eva Dou about what we can expect with the highly anticipated device. » Read the rest
One of the main criticisms of the Galaxy Gear at launch was that it was only compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1.
Now, Samsung has begun adding support for the device to many other phones in the United States. The support will come via software update, which will soon come to the Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note II, and the Galaxy S III.
For some, the software update will come today, but it should go out to everyone over the coming weeks depending on exact model and carrier.
Google is looking to expand its Glass Explorer program, which provides thousands of developers with the option to own their very own pair of Google Glass.
Although Glass isn’t expected to be available on the consumer market until 2014, Google is ramping up production on the devices anyway, with a possible upcoming dispatch of more Glass units into its Explorer program in the coming months.
How will Google make these extra Glass units available, you ask? According to the Financial Times, existing Glass owners “will be able to invite a limited number of friends to buy the device.”
Samsung’s recently launched Galaxy Gear got off to a relatively strong start at Best Buys across the country with a very high attach rate with the Note 3 and revamped Note 10.1. Unfortunately, that’s where the good news ends, because according to a recently leaked document, a ton of people are returning the Galaxy Gear. Some numbers pin the return rate for the Gear at Best Buy trending over 30%. Ouch. Samsung is proactively trying to figure out what’s causing that kind of massive return rate by getting Best Buy to ask customers exactly why they’re returning the Gear. Hopefully we’ll be able to see what the most popular answer is, but if I had to make an early guess, I’d bet it would be something along the lines of “I went home and realized I paid $300 for a watch at Best Buy.” » Read the rest
Ouya, the popular game console manufacturer is at it again with what appears to be a follow through on promised new Android powered gaming devices. Announcements of Ouya 2.0 are already in the works and is geared up for a release to the masses some time next year. In addition, the company is in favor of updating the look of their consoles with a whole new design leaving previous models behind. CEO Julie Urman made the following statement to further corroborate:
Our plan is to have Ouya 2.0 sometime next year, we haven’t finalized the date of that. We’re still determining what exactly we want that to be. For the hardware, we are looking at different chips. We are looking at what type of performance we want. » Read the rest
An image of a new portable gaming device from MOGA surfaced today thanks to @evleaks showing a new direction for the form factor the company may be heading down. Unlike previous devices that were similar in style to traditional gaming system controllers with a mobile device mounting to the top side, the new MOGA Ace Power puts the mobile device in the middle with the buttons flanking that. Also noteworthy is the fact that it is coming equipped with an 1800 mAh battery that can be used to recharge a mobile device similar to the rest of the MOGA Power Series controllers.
The downside, if you are not put off by the change in the form factor, may be compatibility with Android devices. The leaked image shows the MOGA Ace Power with an iPhone. Considering how the controller appears to cradle the device, it seems like it will be a challenge to produce the new controller in a way that takes into account all the different Android powered smartphone sizes and shapes.
It looks as though Samsung’s got their version of “rec specs 2.0″ coming down the pike, as recent patent filings by the company reveal designs for new sports smart-glasses, which connect to your device via micro-USB.
This new device, if it comes to fruition, will of course join the Galaxy Gear smart-watch as part of Samsung’s new line of “wearables.” It isn’t exactly a Google Glass “copy,” especially because it’s got micro-USB connectivity attached, and it is also meant for a separate demographic, athletes.
The patent also describes the device as having integrated earphones for listening to music and taking calls hands-free. It will also be able to display notification alerts while you’re exercising. Hopefully they’ll be compatible with more than one smartphone, unlike the Galaxy Gear at launch…
If Samsung plans to continue with the ‘Galaxy’ brand name, expect the device to be called “Galaxy Glasses.”
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As we wait for battery technology to improve, many turn to battery accessories to give their devices that extra ‘push’ that they need to get them through the day.
Xtorm has a new solution that most will probably find extremely useful. The company has launched a solar battery pack accessory for the Galaxy S4, which promises to add an extra 3000mAh of battery capacity to your handset.
The design is a bit bulky, but you don’t have to keep it attached at all times. When your phone needs a boost, simply plug it in and let it do its thing— of course keeping it plugged in will ensure that you’ll have a near-full battery at most times, but for aesthetic reasons, it’s understandable that you’d want it to be disconnected at some times.
The Xtorm GS4 Solar Power Pack will hit store in Europe for about €50, or just under $70 USD.
Samsung may be planning on forcing consumers to only use officially licensed Samsung products with their Samsung devices in the future, according to a recent rumor. Things like batteries, chargers, and likely S-View cases would need to be authorized with an ID chip that only Samsung would manufacture, completely cutting out most of the third-party market for those accessories. The bright side of that situation would be that we would hear less about people’s batteries exploding because they used a knock-off battery or USB cable. The extreme downside is that the price for Samsung accessories is already extremely high ($60 for a flip case with a plastic screen in it, seriously?) and lack of much third-party competition would keep those prices high.