Samsung expanding Smart Home with new products and services

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Samsung has announced the expansion of its Smart Home family just in time for IFA 2014. The new products are designed to benefit a home with improvements in security and energy management. Everything from digital door locks to smart plugs will be a part of Samsung’s new Smart Home portfolio that also includes third party devices. The new hardware is capable of being controlled from a smartphone or tablet and even with voice commands.

The updated Smart Home portfolio will be fully detailed and showcased at the Samsung Developer Conference in November. For now, the Smart Home SDK is currently available to developers.

Hit the break for the full press release.


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Estimated Indian pricing for Motorola Moto G2 revealed

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The Motorola Moto G2 is expected to be announced at a Motorola event on September 5th in New Delhi. We have already seen information indicating the device will go for approximately €250 ($328 USD) when it goes on sale in European markets on September 10th. A new entry on Indian shipment tracking site Zauba indicates the price of the Moto G2 in India will be approximately ₹13,000 ($215 USD) for a 16 GB version.

The shipping information also reveals 70,000 units of the Moto G2 have been imported. The only colors that appears to be available are black and white. Reports indicate Flipkart will be the exclusive reseller for the Moto G2.

source: Zauba
via: GSM Arena

Asus ZenWatch to get sub-$199 price when released

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Asus CEO Jerry Shen recently spoke at a media briefing in advance of this week’s IFA 2014 trade show and revealed the company’s upcoming smartwatch device, the ZenWatch, would sell for less than $199. Shen also indicated the device will come with voice recognition for English speakers when initially launched in October. Chinese voice recognition will come later, hopefully before the end of the year.

Shen also revealed the ZenWatch would be capable of working alone or paired with an Android smartphone. He said pairing the device with a smartphone would enable additional functionality, but did not elaborate. Shen also revealed the device would come in one size only.

source: Focus Taiwan

HTC Nexus tablet’s keyboard folio details emerge

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At the end of August, we found out that Google and would be taking its next Nexus tablet very seriously by offering a variety of accessories upon launch. The image above is a render of the tablet’s keyboard folio. The initial pairing process for the keyboard with the tablet will be done through a built-in near field communication (NFC) chip. From there, a Bluetooth 4.0 connection will takeover. The keyboard itself will not directly connect to the tablet. Instead, HTC is giving it a 450mAh battery with the charging port being on the hinge of the case. A small indicator life will display the status of the keyboard.


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New info suggests AT&T will have very brief Moto Maker exclusivity period

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Some new information suggests AT&T will have a very small window of exclusivity with Moto Maker for the new Motorola Moto X+1. Previous reports suggested the new Motorola device’s Moto Maker customization would be available on both AT&T and Verizon, possibly with simultaneous launches and availability. Now sources are saying AT&T will actually get a brief three-day period when they will be the exclusive source for the Moto Maker program.

Verizon fans may be bummed by this, but it is still a big improvement compared to last year’s launch when AT&T had a much longer exclusive period for Moto Maker. There is still no word on when T-Mobile or Sprint may carry the device or get access to the Moto Maker program. That information may come out in the next few days though once the device is officially announced.

source: TK Tech News

Motorola logo on Moto X+1 likely a power button, Moto Aware will pair with Moto 360

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Another day, another round of Moto X+1 information. Today, everything has to do with the hardware of the device. The image above shows the Moto X+1 in white. In the four corners of the front, there seem to be sensors. According to TK Tech News, who has been following the upcoming Motorola device closely, they have to do with Moto Aware. The idea behind the sensors right now is that they will help the Moto X+1 communicate effectively with the Moto 360 in some way rather than just pairing with a Bluetooth connection.

Hit the break for information regarding the Moto X+1′s back panel setup.


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Info about Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pops up on Samsung site

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As the days wind down to IFA 2014 and Samsung’s Unpacked event when the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected to be announced, leaked information about the device should be coming out at a steady clip. The latest example of this is a user agent profile (UAProf) file discovered on the Samsung mobile site. The information verifies the model number of the Galaxy Note 4 is SM-910T. The file also confirms the Galaxy Note 4 will have a quad HD display running at 2560 x 1440 resolution. There are also some references in the file suggesting a 64-bit processor may be included in the device.
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Sony SmartBand Talk and Android Wear-powered SmartWatch 3 details emerge

 

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The wearables products category will be getting plenty of attention at IFA 2014 next week. One of the many companies that will be introducing some new wearables is Sony. They will be introducing a smartwatch appropriately called the SmartWatch 3. The other device, that we are just hearing about, is the SmartBand Talk fitness tracker. The image above is merely a rendering of what Sony will announce and meant to give an idea of what to expect.


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Another Galaxy Note 4 teaser video

Samsung_Galaxy_Note_4_boxAre you Ready to Note? Samsung has been asking us this question a bit too much lately, but it’s hard to deny the effect these teasers are having on the tech world. With each new video we get closer and closer to seeing what may be the best phone of the second half of 2014. The device should be announced at IFA Berlin on Wednesday.


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