We’re still waiting on the Moto X+1 to be officially announced sometime this week by Motorola, but in the meantime we can still speculate on rumors about how the device will launch. The latest leak pinpoints what variations of the device will be available on Verizon’s network, and if you were bummed that MotoMaker was AT&T exclusive for a few months last time around, you’ll be very happy to hear that the customization process should be available to Verizon customers right out of the gate.
LG’s G Watch might be slightly outdated thanks to the G Watch R, but it’s still a fantastic Android Wear device. Today, Best Buy is shaving a full $50 off the list price of the smartwatch, so you can pick one up for only $179, which definitely isn’t a bad price for how new it is. The only catch is that you’ll have to get it shipped to your house, as store pickup isn’t available right now.
This past week seemed to be the appetizer for what will be the main course for the coming week. We did have some pre-announcements such as the Samsung Gear S and the first and only full circle smartwatch, the LG G Watch R. In the win some lose some category, Amazon stole Twitch from Google, but the Fire Phone is an absolute flop. Google updated an app we forgot existed, and Dropbox finally gets more competitive. It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be a crazy and busy week in the Android world.
Motorola to release updated Skip as keychain fob
Samsung announces the Gear Circle Bluetooth earbuds
Android Wear support for WhatsApp open to everyone
Apple vs Samsung
Apple loses bid for injunction of Samsung products
Apps – New
Samsung Announces open registration for Developer Conference
Huawei’s much awaited Ascend Mate 7′s release is imminent, and looks to be happening this Thursday. To hold you over until then, some pictures of the device have been leaked showing the front and back of the 6-inch monster.
Are you Ready to Note? Samsung has been asking us this question a bit too much lately, but it’s hard to deny the effect these teasers are having on the tech world. With each new video we get closer and closer to seeing what may be the best phone of the second half of 2014. The device should be announced at IFA Berlin on Wednesday.
There’s been quite a bit of buzz recently about the metal-framed Galaxy Alpha, and for good reason. Metal is a material seemingly left behind by Samsung in recent years, both for cost-related reasons, and the general design direction moving toward polycarbonate materials. The Alpha aims to end Samsung’s hiatus from metal by being the first device to feature a prominent metal flair from Samsung for a long while. But the design details that should make the Alpha stand out upon release go far beyond the premium metal frame.
Sony tweeted the above picture today, with a caption of “What could these numbers possibly mean? #SonyIFA #IFA2014.” Obviously the first reaction is to assume the numbers are dimensions of a device, but they are nothing like the leaked dimensions of the Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. It may not even be describing the dimensions of a smartphone, since the tweet was sent out by Sony UK, and not Sony Mobile. I guess we’ll have to wait and see for the truth.
For recent big events, Snapchat has opened up a feature that allowed users to beam their photos of the event to a public story, aptly named “Our Story.” During those test events, including the FIFA World Cup and Lollapalooza, over 350 hours of media were uploaded. It’s no longer a test now, “Our Story” is open to everyone. With the latest update, a new Live section appears just below Recent Updates in the app after you capture a photo or some video footage, or alternatively via the Stories button on the edit screen. From there you have an option to select the appropriate event.
Some of the biggest technology companies in the world are all taking a look at Android software developer Cyanogen. They are the developer of the very popular custom CyanogenMod ROM. The community for CyanogenMod has been so strong that is has been questioned whether or not it is actually in contention to be the world’s third most popular mobile operating system. It is being reported by The Information that Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, and Yahoo have all been keeping an eye on Cyanogen with an acquisition or at least a partnership in mind.