Did you happen to drop the new XE11 update on your set of Google glasses? If you did, here’s an update feature you may not know it had. The new XE11 update introduced a plethora of changes to the device but did you know there’s support for Google Play Music? And while there hasn’t been an official announcement, yet, there is certainly support for the application. Sideloading the new apk will allow access to several commands specific to Google Glass which will in turn allow control for music playback.
To get the function rolling you’ll need to say “ok glass, listen to….” and just insert your playlist name, artist, album or song. You’ll instantly be met with a card that pops up starting the feature. In addition, a card remains up for you to control other functions of Play Music such as play, rewind, skip and stop. In addition, you’ll be able to control the volume and engage radio play via the hardware’s touchpad. If you’re one of the lucky ones to have Glass check out the full instructions below on how to sideload the apk to get started. Read more
Xiaomi is no stranger to selling massive numbers of phones in a short span of time, and during a sale for Single’s Day (the holiday opposite Valentine’s Day) they moved about 220,000 phones in three minutes. Ignoring the fact that the Chinese use Single’s Day as an opportunity to buy gadgets, Xiaomi had a total 380,000 devices in stock; 110,000 units of three smartphones, the flagship MI3, the MI-2S, and the Hongmi, and 50,000 set top Xiaomi boxes. Within three minutes, they had sold through their entire 110,000 phone stock in three minutes, and a good chunk of their other devices had been sold, too. All in all, Xiaomi says they moved right at 220,000 devices in those three minutes.
It’s hard not to be impressed by those types of numbers, but there’s still room for improvement for the Chinese smartphone maker. After all, if they could ramp up production to be able to consistently sell their stock instead of only selling a small stock every few months, they would easily be able to compete with some of the bigger smartphone manufacturers.
source: GSM Arena
With just one day until a possible announcement, Sony’s Xperia Z1S is seeing what could be its final leak. As you can see at the top left, the device is a miniature version of their flagship Xperia Z1. But here’s the catch, the specs aren’t going to be dumbed down even though the form factor is smaller. Behind the 4.3-inch 720p screen is the Snapdragon 800 processor and a 20.7MP camera. If you’re interested, it may even windup on U.S. shores.
Via: G 4 Games
The Moto G will be unveiled this Wednesday, and it looks like it might be available the very next day with KitKat on board. It already showed up on Amazon’s UK website with a price of £159.99 or about $257, which is inline with what we have been hearing. Amazon refers to it with the original DVX codename, but also clearly gives us the XT1032 model number along with a November 14 release date.
Speaking of the model number, it showed up in GFXBench, which generally isn’t a big deal, but the fact that it shows Android 4.4 KitKat is amazing. We expected the Moto G to come with Android 4.3, but this is really encouraging. This doesn’t indicate that the initial product will have KitKat on board, but it is an indication that it will get it real soon, which is great news since most budget phones rarely get upgrades. Kudos Motorola!!!
Well it doesn’t always follow the rumor, but this time it did. It was expected that today would be the day the Moto Maker would become available on Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless. Well actually T-Mobile was rumored for last Friday, but we will let that slide. Motorola just announced that “The Gift of Choice” is officially available on all carriers. Previously it was only available on AT&T.
Motorola also announced that you can now choose a custom phrase for the back of your Moto X. This was something that was supposed to be implemented when the phone launched, but they weren’t happy with the quality. Apparently the fiber laser technology has been corrected. Last but not least, the price is $99 ($499 off contract) on all four carriers to celebrate. This price has already been available for most of the carriers, but Moto X is saying it will be for a limited time.
Although a bit pricey at $300, Goophone’s newest wearable may make some noise in the smartwatch market. It may not look like it, but the device sports a Windows Phone-looking display but runs Android 4.0, and features full access to Google Play. The device also doesn’t require a connection to a smartphone to make things happen. It’s completely independent, and works its magic all by itself.
The device comes with 3G and can be pre-ordered starting today in both black and white. It’s a pretty big device, as you’ll see in the video below, but you’re definitely getting a lot of functionality. The screen is a 1.54-inch 240 x 240 pixel display, or 220 ppi. The processor is a dual-core MediaTek CPU at 1.2 GHz, and it has 512 MB RAM and 4GB internal storage. The camera is 2MP, and the battery should last 48 hours of stand-by time. The watch also works on GSM and WCDMA frequencies.
If you’re willing to shell out the dough for it, this smart-watch may be the best one on the market right now in terms of functionality. Hit the break for a hands-on video.
During the many, many lawsuits and court battles that Samsung and Apple have engaged in, there have been some occasions where each company has had access to private documents and information from the other company. Of course, that information should only ever be used in the context of the legal battles, but apparently Samsung had a different idea.
In one phase of Apple and Samsung’s patent fight, Apple gave Samsung confidential documents explaining their patent agreements with companies like Nokia, Ericsson, Sharp, and Philips. The court issued a protective order that was supposed to prevent Samsung from doing anything with those documents that wasn’t related to the lawsuit. According to Apple, Samsung leaked that information to roughly 90 employees and 130 unauthorized lawyers, which is a pretty big leak. Samsung executive Dr. Seungho Ahn attempted to use the information to strong-arm Nokia into a licensing agreement, but now that Nokia has joined Apple’s side in a motion for sanctions, I’m sure Samsung regrets the idea. Read more
Yesterday, @evleaks tweeted a very interesting piece of information. According to him, the HTC ‘M8′ (the One’s successor) will be heading to AT&T, “among others.” That mystery phrase at the end left things a little open. So a tweeter asked him if Verizon would be joining the fun and it turns out they will. But not just those two. A tipster informed him that “all four carriers” would get the device by the end of Q1 2014. This means that HTC would be launching next year’s flagship with AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile right from the beginning. That strategy would correct the mishap of the One launching roughly six months late on Verizon. The given date indicates a launch between January and the end of March. Keep an eye out for plenty of leaks regarding the HTC ‘M8′.
Hit the break for the tweets. Read more
Since the release of the HTC One, we haven’t really heard too much from HTC except for their disappointing financial situation and the loss of a number of key execs at the company. Despite this, they have kicked off their “Here’s To Change” project a couple of months ago, but all is silence in that campaign. Now they are kicking off something entirely different called, “Here’s to Creativity.”
The goal of the “Here’s To Creativity” project is essentially to collaborate with what HTC thinks are the “brightest change-makers in design, art and technology”. The first product to get the spotlight in this project is the Gramohorn II, which was designed by Justin Wolter, a graduate of the Chelsea college of art and design. The Gramohorn II is designed specifically for use with the HTC One, and uses what’s called “passive amplification” to raise the overall volume coming from the device by up to a huge 50%!
Who knows what we will see next from the “Here’s To” project, but it’s sure to be interesting!
Source: HTC Blog
With Samsung possibly shifting its focus to tablets for 2014, we have some new information on one of their upcoming tablets. Passing through the FCC again is the Galaxy Note 12.2, but this time it seems to be the WiFi-only model. The previous FCC filing had only LTE bands that were supported in Korea; therefore, we were unsure if this massive tablet would make its way onto U.S. shores. A WiFi-only model could prove that this will indeed be available in the United States.
The Galaxy Note 12.2 is set to be available in early 2014. The tablet has a 12.2-inch screen with a 2560×1600 resolution. Under the hood will be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor/Samsung’s own Exynos 5420 (depending upon your market), 3GB of RAM, and Android 4.3 or maybe even Android 4.4 KitKat. And in true Note fashion, the S Pen stylus is sure to be on board.