Samsung announced the Gear S smartwatch earlier, but they also announced the Gear Circle earphones accessory. It can be paired to your smartphone via Bluetooth, allowing you to receive calls, listen to music, and make voice commands. It also features a magnetic lock, allowing you to lock the earbuds around your neck when not in use. Last but not least, it features a vibrating feature to let you know when someone is calling your or when you have received new notifications.
We’ve heard several rumors that Samsung is cooking up a SIM-enabled Gear smartwatch, and it’s looking like we’ll see it sooner rather than later. The latest rumors points to Samsung unveiling the new version of their Gear smartwatch (along with a VR headset) alongside the Galaxy Note 4 next month. Since the original Galaxy Gear launched with the Note 3, this a pretty predictable pattern.
Remember the Motorola Skip accessory that was released last year around the same time as the Moto X? It was a little accessory that allowed you to unlock your phone with ease. You would attach it to your belt and Motorola also offered Dots (stickers) to place in different parts of your house. It wasn’t a bad accessory, but it was limited in that it was only NFC and you had to place the phone right next to the Skip for it to work. As with all technology, Motorola is looking to improve Skip, and FCC documents just outed it.
Sony seems to have latched on to the concept of smartphones being used for selfies and sees it as a way to market devices. Last week we saw Sony move to start selling their “selfie-centric” Sony Xperia C3 smartphone in Russia. We also saw a bizarre looking device that had the distinct appearance of a perfume bottle that we eventually determined was a camera. That device turns out to be the Sony DSC-KW1 and it is a real thing.
The Galaxy Note 4 is set for launch on September 3 and Samsung is busy preparing its marketing campaign for the masses.
A new video shows off the S Pen, which will come with the Galaxy Note 4 — nothing really new or exciting in the video, but for those who haven’t laid their eyes on a Galaxy Note before, it may be of some interest.
Stay tuned this week for more information on the device, and be sure to hit the break to watch the video.
Google had all but locked down its media-streaming device, the Google Chromecast, soon after its release, but if you’ve been waiting for root access to your device since then, your time has officially come. According to the XDA developers forum, developers GTVHacker, Team-Eureka, and fail0verflow have exploited a new vulnerability which allows root access to the current software build and new models.
Fans of Flappy Bird may have been excited to download its sequel, Swing Copters, and then were either greeted by a cheap knock-off or disappointed to find that they had to sift through dozens of clones that were released before the official app even saw the light of day. Thankfully, Google has taken matters into their own hands and have removed all of the clones from the Play Store.
It’s any techie’s dream. One charger for all (most) of their devices.
We’ve seen devices piled up on power-mats, but nothing really close to a three-way USB charger.
The USB plugs into the wall charger (as usual) on one end, and on the other, there three micro-USB plugs split from the original cable. With the $39.99 device, you’ll be sufficiently able to charge three devices at once — but is it worth it?
Many have argued that the market isn’t yet ready for a massive influx of smartwatches, but Samsung would disagree — and perhaps that’s all that matters.
We’ve already seen the Galaxy Gear, Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Fit and Gear Live come from the manufacturer, and it appears that we should be expecting the arrival of the Gear 3 relatively soon.
Virtual reality is a hot topic these days, and it seems Samsung is dunking their toes in early. Some images of what appears to be Samsung’s rumored Gear VR have made their way onto the internet, conspicuously close to the upcoming IFA 2014 event. Bearing the model number SM-R320, the Gear VR is expected to compete with Sony’s upcoming Project Morpheus headset. The headset boasts the advantage of being developed in collaboration with Oculus VR, makers of the Oculus Rift, and is rumored to feature an OLED display.