Next Pebble smartwatch aims to be “more everything,” might feature modular components

pebble_watchesWe don’t know what Pebble has up their sleeve for their next smartwatch, but the company says the new watch (which should be out early next year) is going to be “more everything.” While that’s an incredibly vague PR statement that tells us absolutely¬†nothing¬†about the watch, they did clarify a little later.

The new Pebble smartwatch is aiming to be much more customizable than what you see today. Customers should expect more control over their watch over just metal or plastic, and the options should vary beyond just swappable wristbands. The big new development in tech is modular components, so there’s a possibility that we may some Project Ara-esque elements to the new Pebble smartwatch. Read more

Developer brings Android TV to Ouya gaming console

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The Ouya gaming console, or microconsole, is a device suitable for casual gamers. Some, though, find it a little limited and boring. One developer has been able to bring Google’s Android TV platform to Ouya, bringing some excitement back to the device. Not everything is operable, but that is expected to change in due time. All of the connection functions, like WiFi and Bluetooth, work. The issues arise with video and audio playback.

You can head over to the source link for directions and file downloads.

Source: XDA Developers
Via: MobileSyrup

SwiftKey introduces two new Material Design keyboard skins

swiftkey material designSwiftKey is one of the best third-party keyboards available for Android. The app recently went completely free and is now selling themes to support itself instead of having customers pay several bucks for the keyboard up front. The good part about that model is that SwiftKey occasionally adds new keyboard skins to the SwiftKey store.

The latest two entries are focused on Google’s new Material Design standard. These themes take the Material Design aesthetic and blend it with SwiftKey’s own personal look, and the results are pretty great. The themes come in both a light and dark flavor and are available for $0.99 each. Read more

Sony SmartWatch 3 now available for pre-order from Verizon Wireless

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The Sony SmartWatch 3 is finally available for pre-order, but from only one place. And that place is quite surprising. If you want to be the first to get your hands on Sony’s first Android Wear smartwatch, you will have to order it through Verizon Wireless.

They are taking pre-orders for it now for $249. Shipments start on October 30. The Sony SmartWatch is the only Android Wear smartwatch with a built in GPS so it can take advantage of the new features that Google officially announced today. On top of that, it has the best ambient display in the business.

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LG finally announces global release plans for the G Watch R, but still murky

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LG released the G Watch R in South Korea last week, and it will be available in the UK starting tomorrow, but what about the rest of the world? LG sent out a presser with a little information, but unfortunately it’s still a little cloudy. According to the presser, the full round smartwatch will be available at retail sites throughout Europe in the beginning of November. This includes France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. Now as far as the UK is concerned, Clove will have it starting tomorrow.

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NHL 2K15 hits the Play Store

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Following its official announcement last month, NHL 2K15 is now available to download for $7.99 through the Play Store. This latest title in the extremely popular series of hockey games brings an ‘all new’ multiplayer experience, in addition to a ‘visually remastered career’ mode which enables you to create a custom player to take through the seasons.

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ZTE officially launches the budget-minded ZTE V5 Max

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ZTE has officially launched the ZTE V5 Max which is part of its line of V5 series, budget-oriented smartphones. Although not a top-tier phone, we can see how the whole market is rising by taking a look at some of the specs for this new device. The ZTE V5 Max comes with a 5.5-inch display running at 1280 x 720 pixels being run by a Snapdragon 410 64-bit quad-core processor. Currently the device comes with Android 4.4 KitKat loaded, with ZTE’s Nubia UI running on top of it. With the 64-bit processor included, ZTE should be able to take advantage of Android Lollipop if they decide to go down that path.

Other specs include 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. The device does come with a microSD slot that can handle a 32GB card for additional space. For cameras, the ZTE V5 Max gets a 13 MP rear-facing shooter and a 5 MP front-facing shooter. The smartphone will come with a 3,100mAh battery that is removable.

The ZTE V5 Max will be priced at RMB$999 ($163 USD) when it starts selling in China.

source: GSM Insider

Why did Samsung “ditch the stitch” and other design questions answered

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Samsung has posted a new video and a FAQ-type write-up describing the thinking behind several of the design decisions made when developing the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge devices. Samsung explains the devices meld both digital and analog qualities, so designing the devices so they maintain their identity with the rest of the Galaxy Note line is a challenge. Rather than focusing on decorative factors, Samsung focused on the overall feel of the devices to give them what is called a “Modern Sleek” design. Read more