It’s no secret that Motorola are refreshing their flagship Moto X and mid-range Moto G models by the end of the year. We’ve also been led to believe that they will be manufacturing the Nexus 6 (codenamed Shamu). If that wasn’t enough, rumors have emerged indicating up to five more new phones from the Lenovo-owned manufacturer, including a Star Wars-themed Droid.
Samsung and Barnes & Noble launched the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook earlier today at a New York City event. As expected, it is a Galaxy Tab 4 repackaged with Nook-only software in addition to what Samsung traditionally offers. There are no hardware differences between this device and the original.
The software is the difference maker here as Barnes & Noble has included what it calls the Nook Advantage to create a better value. The specific Galaxy Tab 4 Nook features that are exclusive include Nook Today, Nook Shop, and a quick access button on the bottom left of the home screen to jump right into whatever reading content — books, magazines, newspapers — you left off with. There are also traditional hubs for newspaper/magazine and video content. If you are not satisfied, breathe easy as the Play Store is pre-loaded on the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook (unlike Amazon’s devices).
Hit the break for images of the Galaxy Tab 4 Nook’s flip cover and our hands on video with the tablet.
Last month Sony introduced their “selfie-centric” Sony Xperia C3 smartphone. The Xperia C3 is a mid-range device with an upgraded front-facing camera and some other features for making it more suitable for grabbing selfies. The front-facing camera is a 5MP shooter, but it does come with an 80-degree field of view. Sony also built-in an LED flash for it for low-light situations. On the software side, the Xperia C3 can detect a double tap on the rear panel or a smile to trigger the camera.
Although it appeared at the time of the announcement that China would be the first market to see the device, it looks like Russia managed to slide in there to grab the honor. The device is slated to sell for 13,990 Ruble ($386 USD) starting in early September.
LG has announced a new multi-room music streaming solution to compete with the likes of Sonos called Music Flow. Like the Sonos systems, different speakers connect to your home network, and with LG’s Music Flow Player app you can stream music to any of those speakers. The app can pull music that’s locally stored on any device, too, so long as it’s connected to the same network. You can also stream music from your phone or internet radio stations.
As a bonus, you’ll be able to control Music Flow speakers with LG’s HomeChat service and the Line messaging app. Like with the other smart appliances LG has been pushing, you can text your home network to start music or get recommendations.
A leaked Lenovo roadmap shows what smartphones the company has in store for the rest of the year, including three devices in September, one in October, and one in November. Five devices in three months means the company is definitely trying to create a strong portfolio going into the holidays.
Barnes & Noble had limited success with the nook tablets so they decided to outsource them with Samsung. Today marks the first tablet from their partnership, the Galaxy Tab 4 nook.
You guessed it…..it’s essentially a Galaxy Tab 4 with Barnes & Noble’s software instead of TouchWiz. However, it will include some of the features found on Samsung devices such as Multi Window for running two apps at the same time. Customers will find over 3 million books (including the best children’s books), an expansive newsstand, and many TV shows and movies. Users will also get daily recommendations based on their habits.
ZTE isn’t all that well known here in the U.S., but that might change with today’s announcement. Remember the nubia 5S mini LTE we saw at CES? Well it’s coming to the U.S. unlocked starting August 27.
It sports a 4.7-inch (1280 x 720) display, 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400, Adreno 305 GPU, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to an additional 32 GB, 13 MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and Sapphire lens, 5 MP front-facing camera, LTE/GSM/WCDMA compatibility, and 2,000 mAh battery. It’s also pretty thin at 7.6mm.
You will be able to purchase this bad boy for $279.99 on Amazon with pre-orders starting today.
Hit the break for the full presser.
The year 2014 will be remembered for its selfies. Anywhere you turn, in the real world or online, someone taking a photograph of themselves can be found. We have already seen companies aim to master the art of a single camera for both sides, but not quite like this. The image above is allegedly an unannounced Sony device that is all about selfies. The entire devices resembles a women’s perfume bottle and has a massive lens for the camera that swivels 360 degrees so that it can be used as a front facing or rear camera depending upon the position.
It includes a 55mm stereo speaker along with a passive radiator. It’s compatible with all phones, but if you have the Samsung Level App, you will get Volume Control, Text-to-Speech, S Voice, and SoundAlive.
With every new phone comes new accessories, and the Galaxy Note 4 won’t be alone. It appears Samsung is working on an ultrasonic cover that could be utilized for those that have vision-related disabilities.
According to SamMobile, the cover will detect nearby objects from its ultrasonic sensor and provide feedback. Users will also be able to choose between three different levels: short, middle, and long.
An insider with a Note 4 prototype sent in the complete description from the accessory, of which you can see after the break.