Earlier today we found out that the Galaxy Gear’s successor would not be Galaxy-branded and it would be joined by the Gear 2 Neo. In that same leak, we also saw what the two devices would look like. And thanks again to @evleaks, here is the Gear 2. This time it has an orange wristband (as does the current Galaxy Gear). Below the display is likely a home button. And above, it looks like the bulky camera from last year’s design has been absorbed into the main structure. » Read the rest
ASUS showed off their Transformer Book Duet TD300, a convertible tablet with a long name that ran both Windows 8 and Android 4.2.2, at CES just last month. The tablet looked pretty cool, giving you the best of both Android and a more traditional Windows operating system, and it could switch between the two on the fly. Unfortunately, it’s looking like the TD300 won’t ever make it past the design phase.
According to a Chinese publication, ASUS has cancelled the TD300, citing resistance from Google. It was originally slated to be released in the second quarter of this year to US markets, but apparently there was something about it that Google really, really didn’t like. ASUS didn’t comment on exactly what that reasoning was. » Read the rest
Great news, HTC One owners! (At least some of you.) If your carrier is AT&T or T-Mobile, the Android 4.4 KitKat update has officially been approved, and will be set to begin rolling out shortly. This information is provided by HTC Executive Product Manager @moversi.
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The Mobile World Congress rumors are flying, and we won’t see them start to slow down before the event begins next week.
Sony has released a short video teaser for their MWC event, which says that we’ll see “something extraordinary” on Feb. 24. We should expect to see either the Xperia Z2 smartphone or the Z2 tablet— if we see both, then we wouldn’t be surprised either.
Stay tuned for live updates on every bit of information coming out of MWC in Barcelona next week. Hit the break for Sony’s video below.
Google has unveiled Project Tango, a 3D sensing smartphone, which can make computer vision and perceptual computing solutions like software that maps and creates 3D reconstructions of indoor spaces.
Matterport, the company behind Project Tango’s software (and now working with Google), will be present at Mobile World Congress next week, so we’ll be hearing a lot from them in the next few days.
The software is brilliant, and as you’ll see in the video, pretty accurate as well as it maps an actual room using a Project Tango prototype. There is certainly some room (no pun intended) to grow for this project, but it’s an enormous start. The possibilities are nearly limitless for this type of software, so it’ll be exciting to see how Google and Matterport move ahead here.
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Just yesterday we reported that invites had started to go out to Moto X owners on the Verizon network inviting them to participate in a soak test presumably for the Android 4.2.2 update. Another step was taken by the carrier today indicating the update could be only days away from release as a support document for the KitKat update has been posted to the Verizon web site. The document indicates the update includes some security and stability enhancements, including better synchronization of some services; better roaming connectivity; improvements to battery life and Isis Mobile Wallet; and some Verizon app updates.
For those not participating in the soak test, your patience should be rewarded shortly.
source: Verizon Wireless
Huawei released a teaser video the other day for their MWC 2014 presence. The video indicates a couple new tablets will be revealed along with a new smartphone. Until now, many people seemed to think the possibilities for the smartphone included the Ascend P7 or the Ascend D3. A new possibility has emerged thanks to a new leak from Twitter tipster @evleaks who posted a new image of the Ascend G6 suggesting a reveal coming up this weekend.
The image shows the device, a low to mid-tier version of the Ascend P6, in five different colors including black, white, pink, blue and gold. The Ascend G6 will reportedly be 7.5mm think which is similar to an iPhone 5S. The screen will run at 960×540 resolution and is supported by a 1.3GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. Thus far, there is no indication the device will support 4G LTE nor is there any information indicating it will make its way out of the Chinese market.
The screen shot in the image shows a date of Sunday, February 23, indicating that may be the date it is unveiled.
It’s always fun when we get to see a leaked image of a highly anticipated device before its release. Chinese certification agency TENAA, the equivalent of our FCC, has recently certified the Oppo Find 7. The documentation includes live photos of the device, one of which you can see above. The photos confirm the phablet’s design that had already been leaked.
As a reminder, the Oppo Find 7 will come in two versions – one with a 5.5″ 1080p display and another with a 5.5″ QHD (2560 x 1600) screen. According to leaked benchmark scores, both will be powered by the Snapdragon 800 chipset (four 2.3GHz Krait 400 cores, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB RAM), pack 16GB storage and offer a 13MP rear and a 5MP front camera. It is still unclear whether they will come with Jelly Bean or KitKat to begin with.
At the last Google I/O conference Google broke away from its routine by not announcing the next version of Android, rather, they focused on showcasing new apps and services it was working on. A new rumor suggests that the Mountain View company will be continuing this trend when Google I/O happens in June.
According to an insider who happens to be “familiar in the matter” says that the next version of Android will not be announced until July along side the rumored Nexus 8. The next version of Android will be 4.5 rather than 5.0 suggesting that the next bump will be small enough to not warrant a whole number increase, but big enough to be more than a X.X.1 bump.
Earlier rumors for the Nexus 8 had the tablet pegged for an April release, but the Google way usually constitutes a new Android version with a new piece of hardware to showcase it.
source: Android Geeks
Before Microsoft fully consumes Nokia, the manufacturer may be releasing a total of three smartphones by June. While we have been hearing about the Nokia X (Normandy) for months, two additional devices will come in May and June respectively. Believe it or not, the second device is being dubbed the ‘Nokia XX’ (for now) and is slated for May. The third device, however, does not have an attached name just yet while being pegged for June. While the Nokia XX will have better specs than the Nokia X, the third device in this trio will have flagship specifications. At Mobile World Congress next week, only the Nokia X will be unveiled or even talked about.