Motorola took the wraps off of the all new Moto X yesterday at their headquarters in downtown Chicago. It was widely rumored that it would be called the Moto X+1, but it will be called the Moto X, just like last year. Us bloggers will probably refer to it as the Moto X 2014.
Based on consumer feedback, Motorola set out to improve upon last year’s Moto X by giving it a premium feel, a larger display, a better camera, and improved software features.
Get ready for another courtroom showdown between technology titans. NVIDIA has submitted formal complaints that allege patent infringement on the end of Qualcomm and Samsung. The seven patents included have to do with graphic processing units. NVIDIA claims it did reach out to Samsung to negotiate a licensing agreement for the parents; however, Samsung allegedly declined and went ahead with Qualcomm.
Here is the statement issued by NVIDIA’s David Shannon:
We made no progress. Samsung repeatedly said that this was mostly their suppliers’ problem.
Without licensing NVIDIA’s patented GPU technology, Samsung and Qualcomm have chosen to deploy our IP without proper compensation to us. This is inconsistent with our strategy to earn an appropriate return on our investment.
Devices that are said to be utilizing the disputed patents include the recent Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, and Galaxy S 5. Last year’s Galaxy S 4 and Galaxy Note 3 are also eligible. The Galaxy Tab S, Galaxy Note Pro, and range of Galaxy Tab tablets are all involved as well.
The formal complaints were submitted to the International Trade Commission and the United States District Court in Delaware.
We know when at least one of the upcoming round Android Wear devices will be available. LG told The Wall Street Journal that the G Watch R is going to be released on October 14. It did leave out exactly which markets will be getting the smartwatch on that date. Also, an expectation for its price was set. The company says that the round smartwatch will cost more than the $229 that the original G Watch was priced at. While it will ship with a standard strap, LG will have a wider selection available to welcome customization.
For those wondering how it followed the G Watch so quickly, LG explains that the G Watch R was in development for two years.
Source: Digits (The Wall Street Journal)
Samsung fans who are ready to get their hands on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 still have a bit of a wait ahead of them. Although the major U.S. carriers will be making the device available, no dates have been set yet. The Galaxy Note 4 is not expected to actually land in the hands of buyers until sometime later this fall. If you just cannot wait and want to get a little taste of the device, you can add the lockscreen wallpaper to your current device. It is not much, but it may help tide you over as you wait to get the device the wallpaper was designed for.
To get the wallpaper, just click on the image above to get to the full size version, then right-click and save using your browser.
Yesterday after Sony officially unveiled their new Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone, T-Mobile indicated they would carry the device in the U.S. market. It appeared that they may be the only carrier to offer the Sony device in their portfolio. According to documents obtained by PCMag.com, the device may be headed to Verizon as well. The documents indicate the name of a forthcoming device for Verizon is the Z3v, possibly an attempt to not make the pending addition to Verizon’s lineup so noticeable. However, PCMag.com reports the documents they received show a Verizon logo on the back of an Xperia Z3 device. There are also references to support for NFC, wireless charging, 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM and a microSD slot. A screen shot shows Amazon Music, the Amazon AppStore and the Amazon Kindle app all loaded on the device.
If Verizon does pick up the Xperia Z3 for their portfolio, it will be the first time they have had a Sony device available for consumers since 2011 when they carried the Sony Xperia Play. At this time, Verizon has not responded to requests for comment or confirmed they will get the Xperia Z3.
This fall, HP will be releasing two new Chromebooks that are actually updates to models they already offer in 11-inch and 14-inch sizes. Both refreshed models will feature new processors and color options to set it apart from the competition. While the internal storage for both Chromebooks is not very much, owners will receive an additional 100GB of Google Drive space. Both also feature 1366×768 displays.
At IFA 2014 today, Lenovo officially released two new smartphones from their Vibe line of devices. The Lenovo Vibe X2 and the Lenovo Vibe Z2 will be hitting store shelves in China, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe and the Middle East in October. The Vibe X2 will retail for $399 USD while the Vibe Z2 will retail for $429.
The Vibe X2 is “the world’s first layered smartphone” as we saw in some leaked photos. The device is powered by a MediaTek MT6595 octa-core processor running a 2.0 GHz, supports 4G LTE, and has a 5-inch screen running at 1920 x 1080 resolution. The Vibe X2 has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. Lenovo gave the device a 13MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. The unit is powered by a 2300mAh battery. Lenovo includes their custom VIBE UI 2.0 interface on top of Android 4.4 KitKat. Along with the device, Lenovo is also making a couple accessories available, including a battery and a speaker, that can be attached via a Vibe Xtension. The Vibe Xtension effectively creates a fourth layer for the device. The Vibe X2 will be available in white, red, gold and dark grey. Read more
Although Samsung’s announcements during their big Unpacked 2014 event at IFA 2014 have been the focus of many, the company is taking the opportunity presented by the tech show to release some other devices. One of those is a ruggedized Samsung Galaxy Tab Active that Samsung developed to target business users who need tablets in challenging environments. The 8-inch tablet comes with an anti-shock covering that provides protection against drops of up to 1.2 meters. Not surprising, Samsung obtained IP67 certification for water and dust resistance for the tablet. Some of the other changes to the standard tablet may be more helpful than the protective qualities added. Read more
Lenovo’s latest tablet is a bottom-shelf priced tablet with near top-shelf specs: The TAB S8. The greatness starts with the display. At 8 inches and 1920×1200, the screen is sharper than FHD. The bezels are miniscule, causing the screen to almost run from edge to edge of the device. The front panel also features Dolby-enhanced dual front speakers and a 1.6 MP HD camera. On the back, there is a respectable 8 MP camera. Read more
If you were not able to watch Samsung’s big unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and other new products during their IFA 2014 presentation, the video of the nearly two-hour event is now available on YouTube. The event was simulcast to audiences in Berlin, Beijing and New York along with individuals in front of their computer screens around the world checking out the live stream.
If you missed it or had to step away or just want to go back and double-check something, hit the break to view the complete event. After you are done, check out more coverage from TalkAndroid of IFA 2014. Read more