Google Now is one of Android’s killer features, but it pretty much only works for consumer purposes. For most people, that’s perfectly fine, but in Google’s eyes there is a huge, untapped market for a digital voice assistant for enterprise customers. According to a new report from The Information, Google may be working with HP to bring some type of Google Now for business onto smartphones.
The theory behind using Google Now in an enterprise is that it would be easy for an employee to use voice commands to check out company specific information like product inventory levels without having to manually search for and type things. It’s already easy to use Google Now to check the weather or sports scores, so it makes sense that if it could integrate into a business system, it could be a huge hit. If any company knows about business and enterprise systems, it’s definitely HP, so if this report is true Google picked a pretty solid partner. Read more
Google is reportedly working on a new feature for the desktop version of Hangouts that will make chatting a much better experience for users. This new feature is called “Ultra Violet” and will allow you to set up floating conversations that you can move around your screen, as opposed to just having minimized tabs like we do now.
The circles float around like Facebook’s famous “chat heads” and expand into a full conversation when clicked. Whenever a new conversation starts, another chat head is added to the row below the current conversations, which makes it easy to keep track of which conversations are currently active. Read more
The Galaxy Mega 2 will be hitting shelves soon enough, and now we have some photos to get an idea of what the device will look like.
The phone, which will have a 5.98-inch display (720 x 1280 pixels), is powered by a 64-bit capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, Android 4.4 KitKat, a 5MP front shooter, a 13MP rear camera with flash, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, and microSD card support.
Sony’s Xperia Z3 Compact is expected to be a mini version of the Z3 flagship, and the phone recently passed through the FCC in two separate variants for different carriers: FCC ID PY7PM-0810 and PY7PM-0812.
According to the FCC documents, the device will have a 4.57-inch screen, and overall dimensions of 127 x 64.9 mm. That comes out to be the third highest screen to phone size ratio of any Sony Xperia device — 69.85 percent. The original Xperia Z was 69.83 percent, the ZL was 74.97 percent and the T2 Ultra was 71.69 percent.
While several manufacturers have released their second round of smartwatches this past summer, Sony’s entry in the market, the Sony SmartWatch 2, was released almost a year ago. It should be no surprise then that Sony may be ready to reveal the next version of their wearable device, the SmartWatch 3, supposedly during IFA 2014.
Yesterday, a Manhattan test database revealed what we thought were the specs of the upcoming Nexus 6, which is made by Motorola and codenamed “Shamu.” However, the full GFXBench database listing, not to mention the AnTuTu database, reveal a different story that is likely to get you very excited.
Samsung has been creating quite a buzz recently with news of a virtual reality headset being released under the name Galaxy VR. The device is expected to debut at IFA around the start of September. Read more
Motorola’s most anticipated device of the year, codenamed Shamu, has shown up on the GFX Benchmark database. Although the results weren’t complete, the scores are fairly similar with other devices running Snapdragon 801’s. The results showed that Shamu will sport a 1080p screen, and rumors have led us to believe that the size of the screen could be anywhere from a normal size, like 5-inches, to phablet size, like 6-inches.
Yesterday we saw where Samsung had quietly slipped the Samsung Galaxy Alpha in as a sponsor for a yachting regatta in Moscow. Today, more images of the device have surfaced thanks to a Russian source. One of the interesting shots shows the results of an AnTuTu benchmark run on the device that puts it above the HTC One (M8) and the Samsung Galaxy S5. While an Exynos 5 octa-core processor that supposedly powers the device helps, much of the performance gain could be due to the lower resolution screen of the Galaxy Alpha. This frees up the processor for other chores outside of producing graphics and makes a strong case for full HD screens being overkill on devices like smartphones that have small displays. Read more
The HTC J Butterfly was recently unveiled Japan with KDDI, but it could be landing in other destinations soon. The Butterfly hasn’t made it’s way out of Japan ever since the first iteration. In fact, it winded up being a Verizon DROID-branded product, the DROID DNA, at that time.