CEO John Legere’s company, T-Mobile, was the only carrier in the nation to offer first-party Wi-Fi calling— until now.
Internal training documents reveal that Spring will be joining T-Mobile with its own offering, beginning on two Samsung devices, the Galaxy Mega and the Galaxy S4. The Wi-Fi calling will be enabled through maintenance updates.
If you haven’t heard of Nextbit, we won’t blame you. However, you might want to keep an eye on the up-and-coming company in the future.
Supported by a team of former tech giant employees including Google, Apple, Amazon and Dropbox, the company just received an $18 million dollar investment from Accel and Google Ventures as it looks to “build something bigger.”
Ubuntu Touch, the popular operating system’s mobile version, will be stopping support on several high-end Nexus devices— the 2012 Nexus 7, the Nexus 10, and the Galaxy Nexus. Canonical, the commercial entity behind Ubuntu, hopes to scale down focus in order to improve Ubuntu’s current version, 14.04. Making one operating system work seamlessly on multiple devices is a lot of work, and for a project so early in its life, this may be a good idea.
Plans for support on the Nexus 5 have also not been announced, so don’t expect that to come any time soon either.
Although support is being dropped in the short term, this marks an effort by Canonical to continue pushing for the long-term growth of Ubuntu Touch. The more solid and stable the product, the better.
Meizu’s upcoming phone, the MX3, will apparently run Ubuntu as well as Android. This dual-boot feature will be extremely useful especially for developer-types who like to make use of both operating systems for programming.
How do we know this? The Meizu Weibo website recently leaked photos of the device running Ubunto— the information comes just a few days after Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said that there is a Ubuntu device in the works that would be coming from a high-end manufacturer.
The device is expected to come to the United States in Q3 and will also run Android 4.2.2.
Source: Phone Arena
Smart Stay and Smart Pause are just two of Samsung’s interesting and unique features that are included on many of their devices, but the functionality of these tools have sometime been questioned. Although the concepts are great, they sometimes do not work as well as advertised…
Either way, the addition of these features have proven to be successful for Samsung, especially in the marketing department, and the company is showing no signs of slowing these additions down. According to a recent patent application filed by Samsung, the Galaxy S5 will reportedly include head-tracking gesture controls. The device will be able to carry out functions determined by a wink or nod of the head. SamMobile offered an example: the phone could be able to go to the last webpage in a browser if the phone detects a head movement to the left, or the browser could go to the next page after a move of the head to the right side.
It all seems a bit silly, and I’d have to guess that people would look a bit ridiculous jerking their heads around and winking at their phones to control their devices. The idea is cool, but is it practical? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Yesterday at CES, Hisense announced a new line of Android-powered Ultra High Definition (UHD) televisions, including the H8c series and Hisense H9 3D series.
The H8c will be available in 65-inch, 55-inch, and 50-inch models, and the H9 will be available in much larger sizes, including 85-inches and 75-inches. The H9 also comes with Bluetooth 3D glasses, an RF remote with NFC, and Smart Interaction capabilities including voice/gesture controls.
Both televisions will ship with versions of Android 4.2 and will include features such as Netflix, Vudu HD Movies, Amazon Instant Video, Pandora, Chrome, and YouTube. Best of all, the TVs are Google Play certified so you’ll be able to easily download other applications as well using your Google account.
A third television, the H8s, has a curved UHD display and a 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution. This TV has the same features as the other two series TVs, including built-in HDMIx4, 3 USD ports, the AirBridge Digital Media Player and Receiver, and the Merlin Air Mouse remote control.
Hit the break for the full press releases the new televisions for Hisense.
Samsung knows that its Galaxy Gear smartwatch will get beat out either by itself or another competitor very soon. Some may even argue that it isn’t or never even was the best smartwatch on the market.
But at least Samsung has provided an explanation.
In a recent interview with Re/code, Samsung Design America studio chief Dennis Miloseski said that the whole concept of the smartwatch is still a work in progress.
Nokia fans looking for an Android-powered device from the manufacturer were likely very happy when news broke that a device codenamed Normandy was supposedly under development. However, reports indicated Nokia was planning to fork Android similar to what Amazon does with their devices. This was likely being done to appease Microsoft. Now, new images have leaked courtesy @evleaks that purport to show the Android user interface developed by Nokia. The design seems to be influenced by the Windows Phone interface. Sources point out the call dialer is very similar to what Windows Phone users get. Also of note is the apparent inclusion of Skype by default, a possible sign that Nokia will be utilizing non-Google services or at least making Microsoft backed apps the defaults.
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ZTE will be showing what it’s got at CES next week— some of the products it’ll be unveiling include the Grand S II smartphone. The device will feature voice control technology which can be used to easily take pictures and unlock the device. The nubia 5s and 5s mini will also be released, which are phones that feature professional-grade photography.
That’s not all, either— the company plans to release the “Iconic Phablet,” which features a 5.7-inch HD Display, “smart viewer” mode for multitasking with two apps on screen at once, and has a quad-core processor. Wireless charging capabilities will also be built in.
Another device ZTE will be showing off is the Projector Hotspot. In this case, the name tells all. It’s a mobile hotspot and mini video projector hybrid. This device will surely be great for a variety of different environments. Whether it be at home for streaming media, or in the office or classroom for showing presentations, it’ll surely be a useful and handy little device— at the right price, that is. The hotspot can connect to up to eight devices as well.
ZTE will also be launching its first smartwatch, which will be called “BlueWatch.” The device constantly analyzes data including body fat percentage as well as other data.
Hit the break for ZTE’s full press release.
Tech companies have seemingly been filing patents at record pace as of late— whether it’s to serve as ammunition in inevitable court battles or to actually use them for possible future innovation, we can all agree that they do serve as a glimpse into the future.
On December 31st, Samsung was awarded a patent for a foldable tablet.
If you were wondering, “how hasn’t anyone thought of this already?” don’t worry, I was too. It’s definitely one of those “of course” patents, but either way, it will make for an exciting product if the idea end up coming to fruition for the company. With flexible screens starting to hit the market, the possibilities are endless.
A visual rendering in Patent US D696,693 shows that the tablet will be able to snap into two parts and close like a book. If it hits the market soon and works as planned, expect it to be a success.
Via: US Patent and Trademark Office