Just like phones, tablets are getting bigger and bigger. It seems like Sony will be releasing a tablet with a massive 13-inch display sometime next year. The listing above was spotted by Pad News, showing that the tablet will be known as the Xperia Z4 Tablet Ultra. The name is fitting considering the ‘Ultra’ title is designated to Sony’s largest devices. The display’s resolution is 3840×2400 and features the company’s TRILUMINOS, Live Color LED, and X-Reality technologies.
Dubbed as the “Zeus of phones“, Indian OEM Micromax has just announced the Yureka handset in the country. This is officially the first Cyanogen OS running smartphone in India ever since Micromax struck an exclusive deal with Cyanogen for the use of its custom ROM. This whole ordeal has even led to the ban of the OnePlus One in India as it also runs Cyanogen OS by default.
As you know, Dual-Lens Phones are all the rage these days, as seen by the HTC One M8′s commercial success. Huawei also saw some success with its Honor 6 this year with its great value and practical specs.
With Android 5.0.1 rolling out to Nexus devices, it’s technically the latest and greatest that Google offers. Unfortunately, because of the way the Android update process works, many devices will be upgraded to 5.0 first and may or may not see that incremental upgrade over the next few months.
To work around this, Samsung looks like they’re going to be updating their latest Galaxy Note devices directly to 5.0.1 and just skip 5.0. The Galaxy S 5 LTE-A has already seen this update, and it’s been solid so far, so it makes sense for Samsung to go ahead and start sending it out to other devices like the Note 4 and Note Edge.
BLU Products has just unveiled the new Studio 7.0 tablet, which is actually meant to be used as a standalone smartphone. It even comes with an earpiece on the front bezel, which can be used if you have hands large enough to accommodate such an arrangement.
Everything is better in gold, right? Hardware manufacturers seem to think so because new devices are constantly seeing gold introduced as color options at launch or a bit down the road. The Apple iPhone, HTC One (M8), Samsung Galaxy S 5, and LG G3 are just some of the devices available in gold. It looks like the latest handset to ‘go gold’ is the Galaxy Note Edge. While the front and back of this Galaxy Note Edge is black, the frame is gold. Furthermore, the camera lens and flash LED are lined with gold. It looks much better than many of the devices that go full-gold.
The Galaxy Note Edge in gold was spotted in Vietnam; therefore, chances are it stays overseas and folks in other regions like North America are bound to current color options.
Owners of select Sony devices have the choice to manually install a newer version of Android. The company brought a version of the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) to all of its 2014 devices that feature Qualcomm processors. This means that people owning the Xperia E3, Xperia T3, Xperia T2 Ultra, and Xperia M2 can download and install Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Before jumping ahead and getting started, you should know that the camera and modem are not working at this time. What does that mean? You cannot take photos and make calls. Those are two very important features, so maybe waiting for Sony to issue an update is a better idea.
Last month, Sony revealed that it had Android 5.0 Lollipop running on some of its devices.
Sony has more to share about the SmartEyeglass prototype previewed in September. Sony explains that the “single-lens display module” is in full development and mass production is expected to start in 2015. The device has an OLED microdisplay with 640×400 resolution that is able to match all of the sRGB color space. The micro-optical unit allows the microdisplay to adapt to the environment’s lighting.
To ensure quality applications make their way to Sony’s hardware, the company will release a software development kit (SDK). Sony showed how the device can benefit sports. For cycling, it can track routes and measure speed. Runners can do the same and have a personal timer. And tennis players can analyze the hot spots of a racquet and view hit speeds. The SDK, of course, would allow developers to move outside of sports and create many more apps.
Next month in Las Vegas, Sony will showcase a concept model, called SmartEyeglass Attach!, for CES 2015.
OnePlus unveiled a new portable battery pack, called the Power Bank. It’s 10,000 mAh so it can power the OnePlus One three times before it needs to be charged again. It can of course charge other devices, not to mention it features a second port for charging two devices at the same time. It will be available early next year in either Silk White or Sandstone Black and cost $14.99.
Today also happens to be the one year anniversary for OnePlus, and they have a couple of things going on. The first is they posted a video, which looks back at the past year. They are also giving you a chance to win a OnePlus One if you wish them a Happy Birthday on their Vine page.
The ongoing saga regarding the OnePlus One in India continues to chug along and it’s not getting any better for OnePlus. It all started when it was revealed that OnePlus One units in India will not receive software updates because Cyanogen has an exclusive deal with Micromax. Now after 15 days of the phone being available in the country through Amazon, it’s no longer available. Since Micromax has an exclusive deal with Cyanogen, it won’t be a surprise to you that they weren’t to fond of the Cyanogen logo on the OnePlus One.