Google has unveiled Project Tango, a 3D sensing smartphone, which can make computer vision and perceptual computing solutions like software that maps and creates 3D reconstructions of indoor spaces.
Matterport, the company behind Project Tango’s software (and now working with Google), will be present at Mobile World Congress next week, so we’ll be hearing a lot from them in the next few days.
The software is brilliant, and as you’ll see in the video, pretty accurate as well as it maps an actual room using a Project Tango prototype. There is certainly some room (no pun intended) to grow for this project, but it’s an enormous start. The possibilities are nearly limitless for this type of software, so it’ll be exciting to see how Google and Matterport move ahead here.
Hit the break for the video.
Just yesterday we reported that invites had started to go out to Moto X owners on the Verizon network inviting them to participate in a soak test presumably for the Android 4.2.2 update. Another step was taken by the carrier today indicating the update could be only days away from release as a support document for the KitKat update has been posted to the Verizon web site. The document indicates the update includes some security and stability enhancements, including better synchronization of some services; better roaming connectivity; improvements to battery life and Isis Mobile Wallet; and some Verizon app updates.
For those not participating in the soak test, your patience should be rewarded shortly.
source: Verizon Wireless
Huawei released a teaser video the other day for their MWC 2014 presence. The video indicates a couple new tablets will be revealed along with a new smartphone. Until now, many people seemed to think the possibilities for the smartphone included the Ascend P7 or the Ascend D3. A new possibility has emerged thanks to a new leak from Twitter tipster @evleaks who posted a new image of the Ascend G6 suggesting a reveal coming up this weekend.
The image shows the device, a low to mid-tier version of the Ascend P6, in five different colors including black, white, pink, blue and gold. The Ascend G6 will reportedly be 7.5mm think which is similar to an iPhone 5S. The screen will run at 960×540 resolution and is supported by a 1.3GHz processor and 1GB of RAM. Thus far, there is no indication the device will support 4G LTE nor is there any information indicating it will make its way out of the Chinese market.
The screen shot in the image shows a date of Sunday, February 23, indicating that may be the date it is unveiled.
It’s always fun when we get to see a leaked image of a highly anticipated device before its release. Chinese certification agency TENAA, the equivalent of our FCC, has recently certified the Oppo Find 7. The documentation includes live photos of the device, one of which you can see above. The photos confirm the phablet’s design that had already been leaked.
As a reminder, the Oppo Find 7 will come in two versions – one with a 5.5″ 1080p display and another with a 5.5″ QHD (2560 x 1600) screen. According to leaked benchmark scores, both will be powered by the Snapdragon 800 chipset (four 2.3GHz Krait 400 cores, Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB RAM), pack 16GB storage and offer a 13MP rear and a 5MP front camera. It is still unclear whether they will come with Jelly Bean or KitKat to begin with.
Via: G for Games
Google has released a public beta of the Google Cast extension for Chrome, in order for those who are interested to get a peek at what is upcoming for the extension. The beta release will get new features before the stable release. Right now, it doesn’t seem like there’s that much new to offer, but that will surely change in the near future.
If you’re interested, you need to go to the Chrome extension link that is in the source link, and you’ll be good to go once you disable the stable release, if you have it installed.
Source: Android Police
Owners of the Samsung Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S 4 Mini on Sprint’s network should be expecting a software update very soon. That is because Sprint has launched WiFi Calling and those two devices are the first to gain access. Unsurprisingly, WiFi Calling will allow all calls and messages to take place over a WiFi network. The update for the Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S 4 Mini will be rolling out over the next few weeks.
Let us know in the comments if you have gotten the update!
T-Mobile is done surprising their customers with roaming fees. The new Stateside International Talk & Text offer builds upon the usual $10 plan. In a company blog post, T-Mobile Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert says “we’re introducing a new $15 Stateside International Talk & Text offer that includes all the great features of the $10 plan, plus adds unlimited mobile-to-mobile calling from the U.S. to more than 30 countries and up to 1,000 mobile-to-mobile minutes to Mexico.” But don’t worry if this new offer does not appeal to you. The $10 plan will stick around.
T-Mobile provided this solution since many customers are unsure whether they are calling another mobile phone or a landline. Sievert finished by saying “It’s simpler. It’s a whole lot less hassle. And it’s a whole lot more Un-carrier.”
The Tegra Note 7 now has a new member of the family. Nvidia announced that it will be adding its i500 modem to the 7-inch tablet. The tablet will come in both LTE and HSPA+ bands, and will be available on a few popular carriers. the i500 is said to be 40% more efficient while being smaller than conventional LTE modems. It will also allow for Nvidia to push new features through software rather than having to create a new chipset.
On top of the new tablet, the company is expanding availability to other countries. It will be available in Western Europe, Brazil, and Ukraine over the coming months. The tablet will cost a $100 more than its WiFi only cousin at the tune of $299.
We have heard it time and time again. Amazon is working on a set-top box… and it gets delayed. But now it looks like next month will be the company’s lucky month. According to Re/code, sources say that Amazon is hoping that March will be the month in which its set-top box is available. Like their Kindle Fire tablets, the set-top box will run a forked version of Android. While there are so many questions still surrounding it, it is also unknown if this product will also be the gaming device that Amazon is reportedly working on. It should be interesting to see just how man capabilities Amazon throws into its first set-top box.
At the last Google I/O conference Google broke away from its routine by not announcing the next version of Android, rather, they focused on showcasing new apps and services it was working on. A new rumor suggests that the Mountain View company will be continuing this trend when Google I/O happens in June.
According to an insider who happens to be “familiar in the matter” says that the next version of Android will not be announced until July along side the rumored Nexus 8. The next version of Android will be 4.5 rather than 5.0 suggesting that the next bump will be small enough to not warrant a whole number increase, but big enough to be more than a X.X.1 bump.
Earlier rumors for the Nexus 8 had the tablet pegged for an April release, but the Google way usually constitutes a new Android version with a new piece of hardware to showcase it.
source: Android Geeks
Before Microsoft fully consumes Nokia, the manufacturer may be releasing a total of three smartphones by June. While we have been hearing about the Nokia X (Normandy) for months, two additional devices will come in May and June respectively. Believe it or not, the second device is being dubbed the ‘Nokia XX’ (for now) and is slated for May. The third device, however, does not have an attached name just yet while being pegged for June. While the Nokia XX will have better specs than the Nokia X, the third device in this trio will have flagship specifications. At Mobile World Congress next week, only the Nokia X will be unveiled or even talked about.
Via: G 4 Games
Now that it is no secret that the Galaxy S 5 will be unveiled this Monday, the big question still remains on if there will only be one “Standard” version or will there also be a “Prime” version as well. Rumors indicate that Samsung is readying a higher-end “Prime” version, but many are speculating that it won’t launch until possibly the summer.
If you’re looking for another clue, you might want to check out the Spigen cases for the upcoming flagship on Amazon. The description clearly reads, “Premium Protection SF Coated Non-Slip Matte Hard Case for Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S5 Prime (2014).” This not only confirms a “Prime” version, but it might mean that we will see it sooner rather than later.
If a new Korean news outlet’s report is correct, the Galaxy S 5 and Galaxy Gear 2 won’t be alone in Barcelona next week. MK News is reporting that Samsung will also be announcing the Galaxy Gear Fit, a healthcare-centric wearable. Like Jawbone, Nike, and Fitbit’s offerings, the Galaxy Gear Fit will track physical activity to count steps or monitor your sleeping patterns. Don’t except this device to be priced on the same level as the Galaxy Gear was as there will be no camera present on this wristband.
Source: MK News (Korean)
When Samsung sent out invites for its Unpacked 5 event we all had an idea of what it would be showing us on February 24. With the big number 5 it’s somewhat apparent that Samsung is hinting at the next Galaxy S phone. Well the Korean company certainly loves to entice the imagination as it released a teaser video this morning. The video doesn’t come out and say anything straight forward, but the number 5 is plastered all over the 35 second teaser.
With all the random words that are in the video it’s hard to know what exactly Samsung is teasing but if we take the teaser video and compare it with current rumors we can get an idea of what’s coming. What about words like wet and outdoors? Well the next Galaxy is rumored to be dust and water resistant, much like the Active line. Words like focus and selfie suggest that the camera will be tweaked and enhanced. Speed suggests that Samsung is looking to boost things in that department, possibly with slimming down the very bloated, Touchwiz UI.
We’ll know in three days when the Next Galaxy will be made official. We have the teaser after the break. What are you hoping for in the next Galaxy? Let us know below.
Yesterday, the Galaxy Camera 2 was up for sale in South Korea and Samsung has now officially announced that the Galaxy Camera 2 will be available globally starting from March 10.
The device will be priced at $450 and is available for pre-order on Amazon US. It includes a 16.3 MP sensor with a 21x zoom capable lens and a 4.8 inch display. It sports a 1.6GHz quad core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, micro-SD card slot for up to 64 GB of additional storage, and runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. In addition, it includes Bluetooth, NFC, GPS and WiFi connectivity. It seems that the Galaxy Camera 2 will have a WiFi connectivity only, unlike its predecessor, which had a SIM card slot for cellular connectivity as well.
The device should be available before March and if you’re in the US and interested in buying the device, you can pre-order it from Amazon US now.
Source: Amazon US