Lenovo has announced their newest Android tablet, a 10.1 inch YOGA tab with some pretty high-end specs. The YOGA Tablet 10 HD+ sports a 1080p screen, a powerful Snapdragon CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and a pretty large 9,000 mAh battery, and like the other YOGA tabs you get the handy little kickstand that lets you stand the device up in a variety of ways for reading or watching movies. It comes out of the box with Android 4.3, but Lenovo is planning an update to 4.4 later on. You’ll also get an 8 megapixel rear camera, a 1.6 megapixel front camera, up to 32 GB of internal storage and a micro SD card slot. It’s not going to compete at the extreme high end of the market, but at the right price, this tablet could do very well in the midrange market. » Read the rest
Xperia users will now have another navigation option to choose from as Garmin announces a new way to navigate. The new app will also work with Sony’s SmartWatch 2. The app itself will include onboard maps, lane guidance, speed warnings, social media integration among other things. The smartwatch extension will display walking directions and provider user navigation without the need to look at your phone. Joern Watzke, VP of world-wide mobile business at Garmin Wuerzburg GmbH, had this to say:
“We’re thrilled to bring Garmin’s premium navigation features to Xperia smartphones. Garmin XperiaEdition boasts a comprehensive navigation feature set not available from other apps. The unique integration with Sony SmartWatch 2 provides users a seamless experience that extends smartphone navigation in the car to displaying pedestrian directions on the user’s wrist.”
Those who use ChatON will be happy to know that the Samsung chat app will be adding location sharing to its list of features. Partnering with Glympse, a person-to-person time-based location sharing tech company, users will have the ability to share their location via the Glympse icon. Users will then be able to share real-time movements on a map for a set period of time with their friends. Co-founder and CEO of Glympse, Bryan Trussel, had this to say about how easy location should be:
”We believe location technology should be ubiquitous and incredibly easy to use, and by putting it directly into an SMS conversation, we’re providing a rich and immediate way for people to share where they are.”
The update should be live soon, if it isn’t already, otherwise you can download the app from here in the Play Store. ChatON users, you’ll have to let us know just how well it works when you get it. We have the presser for you after the break. Enjoy!
KitKat is currently rolling out for LG G2 users on AT&T. According to the carrier, KitKat will make the G2 17 percent faster than Jelly Bean, and improve battery life dramatically. Among the improvements:
- Improved user interface with Android 4.4 KitKat: The latest version of Android includes enhancements such as restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen mode, improved closed captioning support, and stronger security.
- Improved battery efficiency: the phone plays music more efficiently and supports the battery-saving location mode, extending battery life.
- Faster processing speed: The latest version of Android provides a noticeable speed boost that runs applications 17 percent faster than before and web-browsing speed is mproved with the Chromium engine.
- Printing in the Cloud: Google Cloud Printer makes it simple to print documents via Wi-Fi or a Bluetooth connection.
- Enhanced “Knock On” feature: The responsiveness of LG’s Knock On feature has been improved.
To download, make sure your device is more than half charged, and head to Settings > General > About phone > Software Update > Update now to get started.
The Galaxy S 5 and the All New One keep making headlines, but Google dropped a big surprise bomb announcing Project Tango, which is making us rethink what the Next Big Thing really is. We got a few pre-MWC announcements such as the LG G2 Mini, and a few Huawei devices. Samsung even unveiled followups to the Galaxy Gear, but what software is it running? There is still a ton more coming this week, including the Galaxy S 5. Will there be a “Prime” version or will is just be a “Standard” version? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what will be an epic week in the world of Android.
The MediaPad M1 is the mysterious Huawei device that leaked last night. And as I noted yesterday, it looks like an even bigger HTC One Max. One thing Huawei did not do, though, is give this tablet excellent specifications like its MediaPad X1. The 8-inch display has a 1280×800 resolution. The rear camera is 5MP and the front camera is 1MP. And there is a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. Huawei did keep thickness in mind. The MediaPad M1 is just 7.9mm thick and there is a 4800mAh battery inside. The tablet will be available in select regions later this quarter.
Huawei has finally made the MediaPad X1 official. This 7-inch tablet weighs just 139 grams and is 103.9mm wide. That makes it both the lightest and narrowest 7-inch tablet around. As for its thickness, it remains slim at 7.18mm. Despite being so thin, a 5000mAh battery managed to find its way into the device.The display boasts an impressive 1920×1200 resolution for your eyes to gaze upon. But what is really interesting about this tablet is that it has LTE Cat 4 support; therefore, it can act as a very large smartphone. » Read the rest
There’s a handy new app in the Play Store that does you the favor of backing up tons of your important information automatically, just in case something bad happens to the app you’re typing in before you can back it up yourself. Type Machine acts as a service that automatically records all of the text from whatever app you’re using, functioning as a pretty powerful “time machine” in case your app crashes or you just want a history of what you’ve typed in case you change your mind, like in an extremely long email. » Read the rest
No, that is not the ‘HTC One Max 2′ you are looking at. That is an unidentified Huawei phablet sitting next to the company’s upcoming smartwatch. The reason I say unidentified is because while the MediaPad X1 is coming, its design doesn’t quite match this. Above is a premium aluminum device that is almost identical to what HTC’s devices look like. The MediaPad X1; however, looks like the front is all plastic.
The image, posted by @evleaks, was attached with a comment saying “WOW-wei” and I agree with that proclamation. If Huawei keeps up this kind of design language, people will certainly give them a look (as will HTC when they serve Huawei with a lawsuit). » Read the rest
That was quick. Right after the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo leaked this morning (and tonight), Samsung has made both smartwatches official in Barcelona. While they look strikingly similar to the original Galaxy Gear, there have been some changes inside and out. But the biggest change is that Android is no longer under the hood. Samsung’s very own Tizen is. What does this mean for device compatibility? Well, Samsung says that it will work with various Galaxy devices right away. Despite not running Android, Samsung has announced CNN, Weather Channel, and Garmin among others have created an app for their Tizen-powered smartwatches. A dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz is running the show here.
What’s the difference between the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo? The latter will not have a camera and the weight of the smartwatch will be lighter than its camera-featured sibling. With typical use, both smartwatches should get 2-3 days on a full battery. Light use will net around 6 days. The Gear 2 will be available in Charcoal Black, Gold Brown and Wild Orange and the Gear 2 Neo has Charcoal Black, Mocha Grey and Wild Orange color options. As of now, pricing is still unannounced for both devices.
Hit the break for the official press release. » Read the rest