We knew Samsung would unveil a new smartwatch at IFA, but they decided to pull the curtain a little early. The Gear S will sport 3G connectivity and a curved Super AMOLED display. Samsung feels the 3G connectivity will give consumers the “freedom to live their life on the go,” but we’re not really sure why it’s necessary.
The curved display is probably the more important feature as it’s 2-inches (360 x 480) and features a conversation view and condensed font. According to Samsung, it will fit your wrist more comfortably than a traditional non-curved smartwatch. It’s also paired with a flexible wrist strap for more comfort.
Who wants a nice new wallpaper? The Galaxy Note 4 will be officially unveiled in a little less than a week, but the default wallpaper is already available for your downloading pleasure. Since the display on the Note 4 is going to be Quad HD, it’s pretty big, 2560 x 2560. The JPG version is above. Just click on it to open the full resolution version, then right click on that and click “save image as.” However, if you want the full blown PNG version, we have that download link below. Enjoy!!
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Want a chance to win a brand new Moto 360? Motorola and Yo are running a contest where they’ll be giving away 20 smartwatches to users that click a link that Motorola is sending out through Yo. It’s a pretty simple contest, and all you need to do is download Yo on your phone. You can’t win if you don’t try, right?
Interestingly, the terms and conditions for the contest on Motorola’s Facebook page mention that the value of the Moto 360 is $249, which is the same price point that we’ve seen mentioned a few times. There’s a chance that the device could launch at a lower (or higher) price point, but it’s looking more and more likely that $249 is the magic number.
Several media outlets overseas in Asia are already getting their hands on the new Galaxy Mega 2. The people over at DroidSans did get a Galaxy Mega 2 and were kind enough to publish a preview of the device rather quickly. The front of the Galaxy Mega 2 features a 6-inch display with 720p resolution. Flip it over and you will find a familiar faux leather back panel. The inside of this big device is a processor straight from Samsung itself. The quad-core Exynos processor here is clocked at 1.4GHz and comes with Mali-400 GPU. The person previewing the device notes it is speedy and performs well. While the camera is only 8MP, it is said to be impressive due to the built-in HDR Mode.
Both T-Mobile and MetroPCS will have devices available from Alcatel OneTouch this fall. The carriers will both offer entry-level devices in the form of the Fierce 2 and the Evolve 2. Through T-Mobile, the monthly price for each handset with an equipment installment plan will not exceed $5.50; therefore, it is pretty clear that this device is targeted at someone getting a smartphone for the first time or someone in need of a budget device. T-Mobile and MetroPCS are the first carriers to be getting these two from Alcatel OneTouch.
Samsung and Apple are the biggest manufacturers of smartphones, but China’s state-run wireless operators will pose a threat to their business models. China Mobile Ltd said it will cut subsidies by $2 billion, while other competitors are cutting as much as $1.9 billion. This will impact the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 as well as the iPhone 6.
Subsidies make expensive phones reasonable by offering the phone at a lower price while locking in the customer to a long term contract. So for example, a phone that might cost $800, would only cost the customer $100 with a subsidy. Both the Note 4 and the iPhone 6 are likely to retail for over $800, so how will consumers take to these higher costs? Probably not too favorable. While the consumer might not have to pay the for the full retail cost, it will still be a lot higher than the $100 they are used to.
It just might be the last year of the Nexus, and if it is, it could go out with a bang. We already know about the Nexus X, but is it going to be a 5.2-inch model or a 5.9-inch model?
It’s expected that the Nexus X will in fact be 5.9-inches, but we also know that Motorola is testing two Moto S devices, a 5.2-incher and a 5.9-incher. It’s unclear whether Motorola will release both devices, but a source close to the supply chain is saying that Google is readying the unused device. So If Motorola releases the 5.9-inch version under the Moto S name, Google would then take the 5.2-incher and make it a second Nexus device.
Since Apple introduced 64-bit computing to the smartphone market last year, Android fans have been waiting to see when a 64-bit processor will show up in an Android device. In addition to waiting on manufacturers to ramp up production of 64-bit chips to be placed in Android devices, Google has to add support to the operating system. That should be coming with the release of Android L. A new user agent profile file found on the Samsung web site suggests the company is poised to have a 64-bit device ready in the near future to go with the official release of Android L.
The file that was discovered is for a Samsung SM-G530F which is listed as having ARM Cortex-A53 processors instead of the typical Cortex-A7. The Cortex-A53 processors are found in the Snapdragon 61x line of 64-bit processors. The processors are expected to run about 50 percent faster than the Cortex-A7 chips. They are also supposed to be more power efficient, so not only will they be faster, they should last longer on a battery charge.
Continuing with their “Ready to Note?” theme for the upcoming Samsung Unpacked event, the company has released four new videos, joining one released a couple days ago, highlighting how customers use their Note devices. Each video is a “Love Note” with a different user describing how they have used their Note devices and the kind of impact it has had on their life.
You can check out each of the videos after the break.
LG’s G Watch is less than two weeks old but that isn’t stopping LG from releasing their next wearable to the world, the G Watch R. A couple days ago the Korean tech giant released a teaser video to build hype and today they’ve posted the above image to their Facebook account. The similarities to the upcoming Moto 360 are obvious, including a round display and a single button on the side of the device. However, LG is the only company so far to release a smartwatch with a completely circular display (the bottom portion of the Moto 360 serves as a touchpad).