According to a story we reported on yesterday, the Motorola Moto G was going to be going on sale starting January 9th for only $99 off contract with Verizon. The new smartphone will be available through Verizon retail locations and Best Buy at this price. Apparently the leaks regarding this pricing have prompted a reversal of the policy of holding the devices until January 9th and at least Best Buy will sell them as soon as the devices are physically delivered to their stores.
Best Buy spokesman Jonathan Sandler told the LA Times, “the phone is currently landing in stores and is available for sale as soon as it arrives.” Verizon has not commented on the availability of the Moto G or the special pricing.
source: LA Times
If you are ready to take the plunge and invest in a smartwatch type wearable device, you may want to check out a special that Best Buy is running right now on the Sony SmartWatch 2. The device is Sony’s successor to their original SmartWatch and normally retails for $199.99. Best Buy is currently listing the device with a nice discount of 20% for only $159.99.
The Sony SmartWatch 2 has a 1.6-inch transreflective LCD display, is IP57 certified for water resistance, and will work with many Android 4.0 or better devices including a full range of Sony smartphones. Along with Bluetooth 3.0 technology, the SmartWatch 2 comes with support for NFC.
If you are interested in the Sony SmartWatch 2 and want to try to grab it during this special offer, hit the source link.
source: Best Buy
The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 could be unveiled next week at CES, or most likely in February at Mobile World Congress. Either way, we now know a lot more about this beast. It will come in two variants, Wi-Fi (SM-P900) and LTE (SM-P905).
Thanks to an AnTuTu benchmark, The LTE version is confirmed to have a 12.2-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) 16:10 display, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 (8974-AA), Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera capable of recording 1080p video, 2.1MP front-facing camera, IR blaster, Bluetooth 4.0 +LE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, and Android 4.4.2. The Wi-Fi version will likely have identical specs, but they could offer an Exynos processor instead of the Snapdragon.
Since KitKat is onboard, you can expect a new version of TouchWiz, but we don’t know much about it other than there might an improved UI more suited for tablets.
Most of us here at TalkAndroid thought the best phone of 2013 was the Moto X, and it just got better. Motorola is dropping the off contract everyday price of the phone to $399 (16GB). That price is for all U.S. carriers. The bamboo option remains at a $100 premium, which means you could buy a new 16GB wooden Moto X for $499 off contact.
One of the biggest hang ups with the Moto X when it was released, was the price, but Motorola has slowly dropped the price with various promotions. If you’re looking to buy a Moto X, now is a good time, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there isn’t a $299 promotion in the spring.
Sony posted a New Year’s message on its blog today— the general theme of the post included looking ahead to the future, but also looking back at all of the company’s accomplishments from the past year.
In terms of what’s coming down the pike, Sony plans to keep its “Omni-Balance” design as a major part of all of its devices— this scheme involves symmetry of parts, flat front and back panels, and a stylized outer trim.
The company also plans to keep the Xperia Z1 as its main flagship heading into 2014— the device has yet to land in the U.S., but a Z1 sequel could be unveiled at CES next week, so you’ll want to stay tuned for more information. (A miniature Z1 could also be released, but we’ll have to wait and see.)
Wearables seem to be in Sony’s plans for 2014 as well. A successor to the SmartWatch 2 is sure to come, possibly with an entirely new form factor and brand new features.
Source: Sony Blog
The NPD Group has released some sales numbers and analysis for computing devices sold in the commercial channel for Jan. – Nov. 2013 that show a changing landscape led by demand for Android and Chromebook devices. According to NPD, sales of computing devices – desktops, notebooks, and tablets – increased 25.4 percent compared to the same period for 2012. NPD notes that Chromebooks and Android tablets “collectively had the biggest impact on sales growth” for the year so far. Perhaps the most stunning number to come out of their analysis is the fact that Chromebooks now account for 21 percent of all notebook sales in this channel. With one out of every five notebooks being deployed to business and institutional buyers being a Chromebook, we should probably expect to see that start to influence the retail consumer market as well.
Expect a heavy dose of wearables at CES this year, and one of those newcomers could be the LG Lifeband Touch. This one doesn’t appear to be a smartwatch, but more of a fitness/activity tracker much like a Nike FuelBand. Interestingly enough, LG showed the Smart Activity Tracker at last year’s CES, but nothing came of it. It would not only track your activity, but it would provide notifications from your phone. They even have a website setup for it, but ironically, it has a link to the FuelBand on Amazon.
We will be at CES so be sure to look out for a hands on video if LG does unveil it.
source: @evleaks / LG Smart Activity Tracker site
We have heard rumors about a possible Galaxy F phone, which would actually be higher than the Galaxy S 5 on the totem pole. Will the Galaxy S 5 be metal or not has been the big question, but all things seem to point towards not. That would mean the Galaxy F would get the metal body, but everything else as far as the design would be identical to the Galaxy S 5.
My guess is that the Galaxy F could have a $100 premium over the Galaxy S 5. We have already seen hints that Samsung is having a difficult time selling more phones, so this is one way for them to increase margins.
Retail packaging for the Moto G leaked along with a Best Buy memo stating that it shouldn’t be sold until January 9. The best of all this is the price. According to the tipster, the price will be $99 off contract, which is absolutely incredible. The Moto G has been selling for $179, so this is a little surprising, but perhaps it is a sale price for a limited time? Hit the break for the memo.
With both 2014 and then CES 2014 ready to take over our calendars, rumors about flagship devices from major Android device manufacturers are starting to fly around like confetti over Times Square on New Year’s Eve. The latest news comes from Chinese site Digi-Wo which claims to have information about a couple potential flagship devices from Sony. The two devices are codenamed “Sirius” and “Canopus” and appear to be ready to be announced during the first half of 2014.
Huawei’s powerful Ascend Mate phablet has a successor in the works, and pictures of the brand new Ascend Mate 2 have leaked online. As you’ll see in the pictures, it’s definitely a bit thinner, but has relatively the same square form factor as the original Ascend Mate.
The device will feature a 13MP main shooter, as well as a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 16GB internal storage, 2GB RAM. It’ll also ship with Android 4.2.2 on board as well as Emotion UI. The display is rumored to be the same, so we’ll be looking at a 6.1-inch 720p screen. It’s certainly nothing to sneeze at, but it isn’t the top-of-the-line display we’d expect from Huawei if they’re looking to make a big splash in the market. Hit the source link for more pictures of the device, and even some pictures of it next to its predecessor.
Expect the device to be unveiled at CES next week.
With Android, there is never a shortage of phones, but only a handful can be considered for the best of the year. It’s never an easy pick, but that isn’t a bad thing because it means Android fans have choice. Last year, each of us here at Talk Android made our picks for 2012, so we decided to do it again for 2013. Will we all agree, or will each of us pick something completely different? I was actually surprised at the result. Hit the break to find out what each of us picked.
Earlier this month we reported on sales numbers that indicated LG had only sold 2.3 million LG G2 smartphones since its launch in August, missing a target of 3 million units that LG had established. A new report from Korean news site Yonhap News indicates LG may have met their target after all. As part of the total units sold, Yonhap News indicates 900,000 units were shipped just in South Korea, which is a healthy increase from the previously reported 600,000 unit number.
Analysts believe LG will post an operating loss for the fourth quarter of 2013 partially due to the increased marketing costs LG incurred on the G2. It is unclear what the impact of sales of the Nexus 5, produced by LG, may be. The LG G2 has been recognized as one of 2013’s better devices, but it still seems to struggle to compete with high end Samsung devices for market share. That does not bode well for LG which will really need a strong showing from the LG G3 in 2014.
Archos has announced several devices they’ll be showing off at CES, and it looks like they’re going to put on quite a show. Connected home and health devices is the theme for Archos’s new round of devices, which includes a home camera system, a weather station, an activity tracker, a smartwatch, and even a blood pressure monitor. All of these will be controlled through one central Archos Connected Self App that works on any Android or iOS device for maximum compatibility. The app will allow you to connect to your ecosystem of connected devices from anywhere, which is basically an early entry into home automation like what we’re seeing other OEMs push for.
Aside from the home automation, health devices are the other point of focus for Archos. The Connected Self application will sync to things like the Archos Connected Scale, Activity Tracker, and Blood Pressure Monitor to allow users to keep up with health information synced from across multiple devices. Health and fitness has been an area with a quickly growing market, and Archos wants to take advantage of that.
All of the devices look cool on paper, but we’ll actually get to see them in action next week at CES.
Google’s Chromebooks are taking off with multiple manufacturers pushing multiple low priced options to consumers. What’s great is that we’re seeing decent specs accompanying those low price tags. Samsung looks to be raising the bar with their next generation of ARM Chromebooks. Said to feature a Exynos octa-core CPU, the device will also come with a 12 inch (possibly less) 2560×1440 display. On top of that, the device may come with either 16GB or 32GB solid state drives and 3GB of RAM. It is said to also boast about 7 hours of battery life per charge.
A lot of Google’s success with Chromebooks has had a lot to do with the sub $300 price range and has appealed to budget-conscientious folk. The new generation ARM Chromebook will be no different as it will also feature a price somewhere between $250 and $300. We’re not sure when we’ll see it released but we’ll let you know as soon as it’s available. Stay tuned!