Motorola has become one of the best manufacturers when it comes to updating devices, and it looks like they’re keeping up the trend with Android 4.4.4. They’ve announced that a handful of devices will be receiving the incremental update, including the Moto G in Brazil and India, the Moto E in France, Canada, and Asia Pacific, and the Droid Ultra in the US.
The 4.4.4 update includes everything that came with 4.4.3, including a new dialer and some camera tweaks, plus the usual bug fixes, performance enhancements, etc. If your device wasn’t listed, I wouldn’t worry too much. Motorola has been great about getting things updated, so we’ll likely hear some more news about it in the next few weeks.
OnePlus posted a new teaser image on the Google+ page today suggesting something new is going to be announced on July 22nd. The image includes the phrase “Knock on wood” and “7.22” engraved in what appears to be wood. There are a few options that the tease could be referring to. The most obvious would be the announcement of faux wood back covers for the OnePlus One similar to what Motorola offers for the Moto X. If that were the case, OnePlus may also announce the availability of other cover styles as well.
LG has been following a steady progression with the latest tablets for their portfolio as they get them to market. Announced in May ahead of their big LG G3 reveal, LG expanded their tablet options for customers to include new 7-inch and 10.1-inch versions. In June the new tablets, along with the G Pad 8.0, were released to European retailers. Now, about one month later, LG is making the devices available in the U.S. market.
The LG G Pad 7 will carry a suggested retail price of $149.99 and the G Pad 10.1 will go for $249.99. Both versions are Wi-Fi only. Initially, the devices will be available at major retailers like Best Buy and Newegg.
If you are in the market for a new tablet, do you think you will take a look at the new LG G Pad devices?
source: LG Press Release
More bad news for Samsung as a new report says one of the company’s suppliers in China is engaging child labor. The Shinyang Electronics factory has been identified by China Labor Watch, a New York-based organization, as having several children and underage student workers employed at the plant. CLW alleges that not only are children being used, they are being forced to work 11 hour days with no overtime pay nor are they receiving social insurance. Read more
While you’re waiting to get your hands on the OnePlus One, we are now starting to get info about the successor….the OnePlus Two. It’s in the works with a codename of “Lettuce” and apparently the OnePlus One was codenamed “Bacon.”
That’s all we have for now, but you can be sure that whatever specs the OnePlus Two has, it will be more superior than the OnePlus One.
Also, in case you have figured it out yet, the OnePlus Three will most likely be codenamed “Tomato.” That and 50-cents won’t even get you a cup of coffee.
Samsung has announced a partnership with International Talent Support to create the Samsung Galaxy Award, a competition for creative designers to come up with an accessory for the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. The winner will receive €10,000 ($13,600 USD) for producing a design for an accessory that is “both effective and unique.” Samsung indicates the accessory can be a cover, a case, a bag, or whatever else the designer can come up with. The one requirement though is that is has to be made from Diesel denim material, part of an effort by Samsung to merge technology with fashion.
Samsung will accept drawings for prototypes from participants in the ITS program. The designers will prepare their sketches using a Samsung Note tablet and an S Pen. Ten finalists prototype drawings will be exhibited on July 11th and 12th, although Samsung does not indicate when a final winner will be selected. It seems to be implied that Samsung will eventually put the winning selection into production, so be on the lookout for a denim based accessory to appear sometime in the next few months.
source: Samsung Tomorrow
The LG G Vista has been leaking slowly, and now we have a few specs to share with you. The Verizon-bound device (VS880) is expected to sport a 5.7-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, a quad-core Snapdragon 400, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, 8 MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front-facing camera, 3,200 mAh battery, and Android 4.4.2. It’s also expected to be 9.9mm thick and weigh in at 162 grams.
This is an obvious mid-range device, with hopefully pretty competitive pricing. Unfortunately we don’t know what Verizon plans on charging for this device nor do we know when it will be released. We will keep you posted.
We’ve been all waiting to hear when we can finally get our hands on the LG G3 for Verizon, and now we finally know. We not only have availability information, but also pricing and launch date.
We know that Motorola is readying the Moto X+1, but let’s not forget the DROIDs. We can only assume that new DROIDs will be announced around the same time, just like last year. TK Tech News has already leaked the Moto X+1, but they were given images of another device, but all we know is that it probably isn’t the Moto X+1. What we do know is the display is larger than the Moto X, but it’s our understanding that the Moto X+1 will have a larger display as well, at 5.2-inches. They do compare this device to the Nexus 5, and does appear bigger.
Lenovo’s Golden Warrior smartphone has finally been given an official launch date after a few previous leaks. The device will hit shelves in China on July 18th, and Lenovo is offering a fantastic deal to Weibo members that will allow them to get their hands on the phone for roughly $32. Even if you can’t manager to get in on that deal, the device will run between $130 and $145, depending on which Chinese carrier you want the golden smartphone on. Read more