Wireless charging has been getting more and more attention as of late, and yesterday we showed you that remote wireless charging was even possible. Today, we have news that Qualcomm has joined the Power Matters Alliance and has plans to develop the standard for hybrid wireless charging.
This news comes only a month after Qualcomm joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). Qualcomm will reportedly take on a “senior leadership role” at the Power Matters Alliance, and will work on ways for PMA devices (PowerMat) to receive wireless power using both low-frequency induction and high-frequency resonance.
If they are successful, more devices will be compatible with a wider range of wireless charging docks/stations/mats.
It’s all good news for consumers, who will have many more options on the market very soon.
MetroPCS has announced the addition of the LG Optimus F6 smartphone to their portfolio of devices available for buyers on their prepaid no-annual-contract service. The LG Optimus F6 will be able to access the T-Mobile 4G LTE network via a MetroPCS unlimited data, talk and text plan starting at just $40 per month. MetroPCS is offering the Optimus F6 for $199 through retail stores and online at their web site. The Optimus F6 has a 4.5-inch display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processer, a 5MP 1080p capable rear-facing camera, and comes with Android 4.1 installed. Hit the break to read the full press release for more details if you are interested in grabbing an Optimus F6 from MetroPCS. Read more
Another day, another Snapdragon 800-powered Android smartphone. Sharp announced their latest flagship offering for Japanese carrier Softbank, called the Aquos Xx, and it’s got specs to compete with any other phone on the market. You get the de facto standard flagship processor, a Snapdragon 800, 2 GB of RAM, a full 1080p, 5.5-inch screen, and a 16.3 megapixel rear camera. On top of that, it sports an incredible thin bezel. As of right now, it’ll only be available in Japan this December, but depending on how it sells, it’s possible we could see it in other markets. Read more
Last month, Samsung released a short film called “Dreams”, which is based on a girl using her Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear to create a spectacle in front of closed toy shop. She uses My Magazine, Action Memo, and Smart Relay and the Eurythmics song, “Sweet Dreams” is featured. It’s a strange video, but not strange for Samsung if you know what I mean. Today, Samsung released a shorter 60-second version for TV. I am not going to say anything more about either of them. Just hit the break for both videos and let us know what you think of them.
Samsung released the firmware for the Galaxy Gear (SM-V700), but what’s surprising is that it appears to be based on Android 4.2.2. One of the reasons why the Galaxy Gear is “only” compatible with the Galaxy Note 3 is because of Android 4.3’s Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) compatibility. Now I put “only” in quotes because it was found that the Galaxy Gear is somewhat compatible with the Galaxy S 4 even though that’s not supposed to happen till later this month. We couldn’t understand why, but this probably explains it. Interestingly enough, The Galaxy S 4 has built-in support for Bluetooth LE and that is why it will connect to the Gear.
Wireless charging is still a mess since there continues to be no standard, but that hasn’t stopped companies from making moves. Samsung (Samsung Ventures Investment Corporation) just made yet another move by investing $4 million in PowerbyProxi, which supports the Qi standard. Both companies are also part of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). On the surface, this sounds like we are moving closer to unification, but lets not forget that Samsung is also a member of the Alliance For Wireless Power (A4WP), which uses a completely different standard.
While all these companies try to figure it all out, yet another option is gaining traction which utilizes Cota technology. It allows for devices to be charged remotely with no wires or pads up to 30 feet away. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear that we will have a standard anytime soon.
Leaks abound about the Nexus 5 like alleged screenshots and rumors the device will support a nano SIM card slot. The latest bit of news is another leaked image of the device. What makes this image noteworthy is the lack of notoriety – it looks just like previous images of the device. This seems to lend credence to previous leaked images that have been spotted.
According to reports, the image surfaced on a web site forum and was subsequently deleted, but not before it was grabbed by several visitors.
Over the weekend, we learned that LG is possibly working on a new device known as the LG G Pro Lite Dual. As the name implies, it will likely be a dual-SIM variant of the Optimus G Pro. Today, Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru learned that the rumored device may include a stylus. While it may not have the pressure sensitivity of Samsung’s S Pen or even the capabilities of it, it would be a welcome addition since the G Pro Lite Dual is purported to have a 5.5-inch display.
The LG G Pro Lite Dual is slated for an mid-October release in Russia and the specs are assumed to be watered down from the Optimus G Pro, hence the “Lite” moniker.
Source: Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru (translated to English)
Owners of the HTC One in Canada should begin to receive the Android 4.3 update starting today. Early last week the company’s flagship device started to receive the update in Taiwan and today it turns out that Rogers, TELUS, Bell, and Virgin Mobile are all pushing the update to the handset. Below is the changelog.
Software update: 3.22.631.1 (573.96 MB)
This update constains important enhancements and bug fixes, including:
– Android 4.3 update
– Sense 5 enhancements
United States HTC One owners unfortunately have to wait as the September deadline was missed; however, HTC USA’s Jason Mackenzie assured owners that all of the carriers are being “very supportive.” While that means a lot for most of the carriers in the U.S., Verizon will likely require an even longer wait.
Source: Mobile Syrup
Apple has already adopted it, and Motorola is now all in, so why not Google? It appears Google is going to adopt the nano SIM size for the Nexus 5. A Ukrainian carrier called life :) states on their disclaimer page, “Planning to buy iPhone 5S, iPhone 5c, Nexus 5 or smartphone with Android 4.4? Choose nano-sim from life :)” Now I have no idea why they would say “or smartphone with Android 4.4” because that implies that Android 4.4 would require a device with a nano-SIM slot. I don’t have to tell you how ridiculous that would be.