Someday in the future, our devices will constantly charge without us needing to worry about running out of power. Wireless charging pads are nothing new, but what about true wireless charging as in remotely? Thanks to Ossia Inc. that might be a reality soon. Recently at TechCrunch Disrupt, they showcased what they are calling Cota technology. It can deliver targeted energy to multiple devices up to 30 feet away with no wires or pads. People will be able to use Cota to not only charge smartphones, but also remote controls, cameras, video game controllers, and more. During their demonstration at Disrupt, they charged a smartphone from a distance of 10 feet away (see demo below)
“We have been developing the Cota technology in stealth for the last six years,” said Ossia CEO, Hatem Zeine. “By revealing for the very first time real wireless power that is remote, efficient and safe, Ossia expects to change everything you think you know about wireless power. Cota will unleash the imagination of product designers and entrepreneurs globally to innovate and create new products that only exist in a completely wireless state – one that is always on and always ready.”
Google updated its ‘Drive’ products today with a few new touch-ups as part of a minor re-design of the popular web platform. In Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms and Apps Script, the product icon will now be featured in the top left corner of the screen, which serves as a quick link back to your files in Drive. The header is also much more compact and simplistic, making things much easier on the eyes and hopefully making the process of creating good content more efficient. Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think about the new look!
Source: Google Drive Blog
Owners of the HTC One in Canada should begin to receive the Android 4.3 update starting today. Early last week the company’s flagship device started to receive the update in Taiwan and today it turns out that Rogers, TELUS, Bell, and Virgin Mobile are all pushing the update to the handset. Below is the changelog.
Software update: 3.22.631.1 (573.96 MB)
This update constains important enhancements and bug fixes, including:
– Android 4.3 update
– Sense 5 enhancements
United States HTC One owners unfortunately have to wait as the September deadline was missed; however, HTC USA’s Jason Mackenzie assured owners that all of the carriers are being “very supportive.” While that means a lot for most of the carriers in the U.S., Verizon will likely require an even longer wait.
Source: Mobile Syrup
Apple has already adopted it, and Motorola is now all in, so why not Google? It appears Google is going to adopt the nano SIM size for the Nexus 5. A Ukrainian carrier called life :) states on their disclaimer page, “Planning to buy iPhone 5S, iPhone 5c, Nexus 5 or smartphone with Android 4.4? Choose nano-sim from life :)” Now I have no idea why they would say “or smartphone with Android 4.4” because that implies that Android 4.4 would require a device with a nano-SIM slot. I don’t have to tell you how ridiculous that would be.
Sure, the potential of BBM on Android was a pretty big deal, but BBM certainly isn’t the only popular instant messaging service available. Samsung has just announced that their in-house instant messaging solution, ChatOn, has just hit 100 million registered users, adding 50 million of those in the last four months. Comparatively speaking, BBM has 75 million users. Samsung does measure total registered users as opposed to BBM’s daily active users, but since users aren’t forced to use ChatOn on any of Samsung’s product, it’s still impressive that 100 million people at least gave the app a test drive.
Of course, it’s not a clean comparison, as ChatOn is available on many feature phones as well as Android and iOS, while BBM is stuck
in the dark ages on BlackBerry devices. BlackBerry’s numbers may grow once the availability of its app grows, but I’m not sure they’re still popular enough to be able to match 50 million new users in four months. Even if they do have an influx of new users, Samsung’s solution is gaining steam and doesn’t appear to be letting up. It probably won’t even surpass WhatsApp’s 300 million users, but it’s a good place to be regardless.
Lenovo has never really had success in the American smartphone market, but in China they’ve seen exponential growth and can compete with major players like Sony and HTC. While I’m sure Lenovo is happy with their market share in Asian markets, their next step is to try to make a dent in the international market, which they’re hoping to do with two newly unveiled smartphones; the Vibe X and Vibe Z.
The Vibe X is a 5-inch phone with a full HD screen and an October 20th release date. It’s aggressively priced at $470, which should give it some momentum when it’s released to the rest of Europe during the holidays. The Vibe Z is a slightly modified Lenovo K900, which we’ve seen show up in leaks every once in awhile. It’s packing a full HD 5.5-inch screen and 2 GB of RAM, but instead of using Intel’s processors, the Vibe Z is sporting a Snapdragon 800. No release date or pricing is available, but it’ll likely be out around the same time as the Vibe X and cost a bit more.
We already know that Samsung will unveil a limited edition Galaxy Note 3 with a flexible (curved) display next month, but according to the Korea Herald, LG is going to offer something similar next month as well. As previously reported, Samsung and LG are going to start mass production in November, but it appears Samsung has the upper hand. Over the next year, Samsung’s flexible panel capacity will hit 1.5 million per month, but LG’s capacity will hit only 35,000 per month.
Also interesting to note is the display sizes that both companies will produce. Samsung is going to offer a 5.5-inch display, which means this limited edition Note 3 will have a smaller display. LG, on the other hand, is going to offer a 4.5-inch display.
The lower cost version of the Moto X, dubbed the Motorola DVX, could be available next month. We already know that it will have replaceable back panels, which means owners will be able to easily change the color of their DVX. Now we have more images of the device thanks to a revision of the FCC filing.
As you can see, the DVX is going to look a lot like the Moto X, but it will most likely be a little smaller. The Moto X has a 4.7-inch display, and I suspect this device has a 4.3-inch display matching the DROID Mini. The only cosmetic differences is the rear speaker is on the left side of the DVX, as opposed to the right side on the Moto X. There is also a Motorola logo at the top left front. As far as internals, we really don’t know anything other than it appears the DVX is a 3G-only device with compatibilities for GSM 850/1900 bands.
A mini version of the Xperia Z1 is on the way folks, and it looks like it will be called the Xperia Z1 f (SO-02F). It’s also codenamed the Honami Mini. A brochure from NTT DoCoMo shows the full specs along with images of the device alongside the Xperia Z1.
Past practice with Android manufacturers has been to put lower specs in the “mini” versions of the flagships, but Sony is going a completely different route by offering flagship specs in the Xperia Z1 f. It’s going to have a 4.3-inch (1280 x 720) display, a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 20.7MP rear camera, 2.2MP front camera, and it will be IP55/IP58 dust and water resistant.
We were thinking that we would never see another HTC Butterfly, but late last week, word got out that HTC will unveil the Butterfly 2 this January. Now the front panel has leaked, which shows that HTC it changing the button style to match the One line. The original Butterfly, which debuted late last year, had a three button configuration (back, home, task)m and interestingly enough the Butterfly S had the same exact button arrangement even though it was released several months after the One. The front panels show that the Butterfly 2 will go with the same theme as all the One variants, which is a capacitive back button to the left and the home button to the right, along with the HTC logo at the center.
The Butterfly 2 looks to be a complete beast with a 5.2-inch 1080p display and a Snapdragon 800. That’s the good news. the bad news is that it’s unlikely that it will ever be sold outside of Taiwan. I can wish though. Hit the break for one more image.
So you’re walking down the street and thinking to yourself that you would really like to find a new Android game to play later tonight. Well if you happen to be in Japan, you just might be lucky enough to walk past a brand new Google Play vending machine that offers 18 different games for your downloading pleasure. Of course, you can take a much easier route and tap on the Play Store icon on your phone. However, the vending machine seems just as easy since all you need to do is select a game, place your NFC-enabled Android phone on the tray, and your game will download in no time. The titles range from free-to-play to paid titles.
If you don’t have an Android phone, the vending machines offer a Nexus 4 for you to try out. Apparently Google employees will man the machines just in case you think it’s free and decide to walk away with it. The Google Play vending machines will be in front of the Parco department store in Shibuya. Unfortunately, there are no plans to bring these machines to other countries, but I think you guys can handle it the old fashioned way. Hit the break for more images.
With all of the smartwatches hitting the market this year, it is not surprising that yet another company hopes to get in on the action. Swissco Ltd has created an Indigogo project to fund mass production of the A.I. Watch, a device that not only serves as a typical small-screen device worn on the wrist in the manner of a wristwatch, with the capability of holding a SIM card and the necessary antennas it can function as a standalone smartphone.
As we edge closer to an announcement of the next iteration of Android, aka
As we can see from the picture above, the white status bar icons are back and identical to the now-removed Korean Keyboard IME screenshot from last week. The antennae toting piece of pie is still there. We also see what appears to be Google Authenticator icons. All of this, debunking the previous screenshot with the transparent icons. If not to debunk it further, the gents over Android Police were able to confirm the accuracy and legitimacy of the leaked bug report.
We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. Last week, the Cyanogen corporation was formed and this week we found out their first partner is going to be OPPO. Surprisingly there wasn’t much news about the Nexus 5, but the HTC One Max continues to capture some buzz. However late in the week, news about HTC working on a Butterfly 2 has us very excited. Samsung reminds us they have been making gold phones before the iPhone ever existed. They also seem to be the first company applying a “regional SIM lock.” Is it a big deal? What about the Moto X? Could it be one of the best phones this year now that Motorola has fixed the camera issues? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.
Best Android privacy apps [September 2013]
Best Android devices currently available under $100 [September 2013]
Official Samsung Galaxy Note 3 accessories listed
Apps – New
No BBM for Android or iPhone this week
Unofficial iMessage App Hits Android, But I Wouldn’t Download It (Pulled from Play Store)
EA releases free-to-play FIFA 2014 to the Play Store
Dead on Arrival 2 now available in Google Play
If you’re looking for a simple way to track how far you walk, run, or cycle, then I highly recommend Moves. Rather than having to input what you’re going to be doing, Moves uses the accelerometer in the background to detect how you’re moving.
What makes the app by developer ProtoGeo so appealing is the user interface. Your travel is recorded into an easy-to-read downward stream, and thanks to Foursquare’s data, you can select the places you have been. Icons will appear in the stream based on these locations, and will get longer based on the duration of your stay. The top of the screen is where you can see how long you have walked, cycled, or ran. If you’re interested in this intuitive new app, hit the break for download links.