One of the great things about events like MWC is the fact we can see new and innovative technologies that can potentially revolutionize our lives. As electronic giants such as LG develop Ultra HD TV sets, it’s only natural to wonder when it is we can push high quality content and streams from our smartphones to these cool TV sets, right? Well wonder no more as LG has announced it is using the trade show to showcase the first Wireless Ultra High Definition Transmission technology out there in all the land. The aim of the technology is pretty simple: the Wireless Ultra HD Transmission technology looks to ensure the smooth delivery of smartphone content to TV sets faster and more efficiently than previous mobile video compression and transfer systems. There’s less lag and the technology can easily optimze resolution sizes of what’s found on smartphones— so the result is what can be considered smooth and pretty visuals. Oh and LG also claims that its technology can consume less than half the power of other similar transmission standards. Nice.
No word on when we’ll see this device implemented in its TV sets, but we suspect it shouldn’t be too long before we see it in action. Hit the break for more deets from LG in the press release.
LG is using MWC to formally announce its WCP-300 wireless charging accessory. The charger was developed for portability and convenience for consumers— so you know it’s going to come with some pretty impressive dimensions. The unit comes in at only 6.9cm in diameter, effectively making it the world’s smallest wireless charger. In addition to that impressive feat, the charging unit is also Qi-certified and features electromagnetic induction, which produces a magnetic field that creates an electric current in order to give those batteries in devices placed on the charging pad some extra juice. As of this time, the WCP-300 is only limited to the LG Spectrum 2 and Nexus 4 smartphones, but we’re hoping that we more devices compatible with the unit sooner than later.
More details can be found once you hit the break to check out the full presser from LG.
On the heels of the Galaxy Note 8.0 announcement, Samsung announced a new cloud storage solution called HomeSync. It provides a connected media experience for the entire family. It includes a 1TB drive that will sync multiple devices and allows for eight separate accounts to cover the whole family. Family members can upload and download content from multiple devices and share with other family members. Each family member’s area is kept private via their specific ID and password along with file encryption.
It also allows you to stream content from Galaxy devices to the TV wirelessly. The included Jelly Bean media player brings the familiar Android experience to the TV, and gives users access to the Play Store and all their apps.
It will be available in April 2013 in select countries. No pricing was announced.
Google Plus user Joshua Perry earned a spot on a lot of people’s Android circle today. He decided to get creative with an x-ray machine, the Nexus 4 and its wireless charging orb. The results are some pretty cool images for casual and obsessed Android fans alike. Hit the source to check out the full set of his handy work.
A patent application originally filed in August 2011 by Google for what has become Google Glass was published to the USPTO web site today. There has been a buzz around Google’s wearable computer project after a new video was released yesterday showcasing some of the capabilities of the system from the user’s point of view. The new patent provides details about how Google is going about making the magic happen. » Read the rest
Sure we may not see the HTC One smartphone for another month, but that’s not stopping Otterbox from preparing some sweet cases to be available to those of you who choose to splurge on the smartphone. The well-regarded accessory maker has confirmed it has various cases from its Defender and Commuter Series’ that will be available in a variety of colors and designs. Of course the cases aren’t easy on the wallet as the prices will range from $35 to $60, but it’s a pretty solid investment considering you know… it can protect your phone from massive damage and all.
Google usually releases some pretty cool videos, but today is especially cool. Today’s video gives you a really good idea of what Project Glass is going to be like for you. We already know what it will look like aesthetically, but other than the skydiving stunt last year, we really never got a good look at what the experience will be like. This 2 minute video features many clips from family activities and events. It shows you how you will interact with Glass with your voice and it also shows you what types of information will be displayed. If you have even the slightest interest in Project Glass, you need to check out the video. I was already excited about Glass, but now I’m even more excited about the possibilities. Hit the break to see the full video.
Last month at CES 2013 we got to spend some time with Netgear’s Push2TV display adapter, the Netgear PTV3000, checking out the Miracasting capabilities using a Samsung Galaxy S III. As impressed as we were with the possibilities of pushing the display from an Android device to a big screen TV, Netgear still had some work to do to address some issues and expand the list of compatible devices. Those efforts took a major step today with a new update released by Netgear. Support for several devices has been incorporated into the PTV3000, including the Samsung Galaxy S III, the Samsung Galaxy Note II, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, the LG Optimus G, the LG Nexus 4, and some Sony Xperia devices running Android 4.0.4 and above.
If you have one of the devices, hit the break for the full list of improvements and instructions for updating the firmware. » Read the rest
You know it’s funny, I was just talking to someone about how smartwatches really haven’t taken off, and I said it would take Samsung and/or Apple to make it happen. All of a sudden screenshots of an alleged Samsung Galaxy smartwatch surfaces. What’s interesting is that you see “Altius” in the screens, which we presume is a codename, but according to Sam Mobile, it’s the codename for the Galaxy S IV. What makes things even crazier is the fact that a couple of the images have “altios” (different spelling) in the top right in a smaller font. The last thing is the image above has a Windows Metro feel to it, which doesn’t make any sense. I honestly feel Samsung is working on a smartwatch, but it’s hard to believe these are real screenshots. Just like any other rumor, time will tell. Hit the break for all the screens and make your own conclusion.
A few days ago we reported on Nike’s decision to ignore the majority of smartphone users by opting not to bring an app to the Android market to support their fuel band device. In contrast, Fitbit provides Android support for their Fitbit One, Fitbit Zip and upcoming Fitbit Flex wireless activity trackers. They recently updated their Fitbit app for Android to include wireless sync capability using Bluetooth 4.0. The feature will only work with Samsung Galaxy S III and Samsung Galaxy Note II devices. Using Bluetooth 4.0 sync keeps the Fitbit dashboard updated in real-time and the app can provide motivational notifications and social interaction with friends.
In addition to the introduction of Bluetooth 4.0 sync capabilities, Fitbit has added NFC compatibility for their upcoming Fitbit Flex device. A tap on the Flex with an Android phone will automatically launch the Fitbit for Android app. You can read the full press release after the break and grab the app using one of the Google Play Store links. The app is free and only requires Android 2.1 or higher to get the basic functionality. » Read the rest