The rumored Nexus 8 could arrive sooner than expected. Rumors have the 8 inch tablet pegged as arriving mid 2014, but as Nexus 7 numbers continue to disappoint, that time frame has been moved up. The lack of sales appears to stem from a combination of bigger phone displays and other similar sized tablets. With phablets blurring the lines between bigger smartphones and smaller tablets, the need for smaller sized tablets has been decreasing.
According to DigiTimes, the Asus made tablet is expected to ship two million units starting out and should arrive at the end of April. Even though it’s rumored that HTC has won the bid for a new Nexus tablet it looks like Asus will be making this one.
Motorola Moto G already proved itself as an exceptional smartphone and the best budget phone ever. According to a new report, Moto G will soon be offered by U.S. Cellular on February 10.
U.S. Cellular will be offering the Motorola Moto G to its customers for a full price without a contract, though the pricing isn’t known yet. Currently, the unlocked version of the smartphone can be purchased from Motorola or the Play Store for $179, while Verizon is offering it for $99 on contract. However you can expect U.S. Cellular to sell the device within this price range as well.
The New York Police Department is testing the use of Google Glass to find out if it aids in criminal or terrorist investigations. According to VentureBeat, the Police Department received a few pairs of Google Glass to test out.
“We signed up, got a few pairs of the Google glasses, and we’re trying them out, seeing if they have any value in investigations, mostly for patrol purposes. We’re looking at them, you know, seeing how they work.”, a NYC law enforcement official told VentureBeat.
Remember those slap-on watches that were popular years ago? Well, LG of all people looks like they want to bring them back. According to a recent patent by the company, they’re working on a smartwatch that can wrap itself around your wrist, looking more like a bracelet than a watch (as pictured above). Not just that, but the strap will be able to be fully extended and used as a stylus. Quite an idea.
There’s no guarantee that this will evolve into anything real for LG, but LG does have a smartwatch in the works, according to reports.
Source: US Patent & Trademark Office
ASUS isn’t alone in announcing a new Chromebox this week. HP decided to unveil its own today. Available in Smoke Silver, Ocean Turquoise, Snow White and Twinkle Black, the HP Chromebox is powered by a Haswell processor just like ASUS’ offering. The HP Chromebox has HDMI, DisplayPort, Bluetooth and 4 USB 3.0 ports.
Like the ASUS Chromebox, this one has the same price — $179. HP says that it will be offering an Intel Core i7 model and it will presumably be offered in a Chromebox for Meetings package in the near future. Expect this Chromebox to arrive in the United States this spring.
Earlier today, the Dayframe app was updated with Chromecast compatiblity, but we just got word from the folks at cloud.tv that they had to remove it at Google’s request. When Google announced the release of the Google Cast SDK a few days ago, they mentioned that the SDK wouldn’t be released until the updated Google Play Services app (4.2) was completely rolled out.
The Google Cast SDK for Android will be available in a few days as part of the Google Play services 4.2 update, which is currently rolling out to Android devices.
Earlier today, HTC Product Manager Mo Versi tweeted that the Android 4.4 KitKat/Sense 5.5 update for the HTC One was approved by Verizon. He also said the update would be rolling out shortly. While many would assume this means days, the update has gone live. Verizon posted the changelog and the update is being rolled out to HTC One owners today.
Let us know if you received the update!
Source: @moversi, Verizon [PDF]
Google is putting the new ASUS Chromebox to work right away. This Chromebox for Meetings system comes with a Logitech webcam, Jabra speakerphone, and remote with a keyboard on the back. These components are all centered around the already mentioned ASUS Chromebox. This Chromebox, however, will be powered by Intel’s Core i7 processor.
The setup will cost a whopping $999 and 24/7 support will cost $250 annually after being free for the first year. To allow the video conference call, a Google account is required to run Hangouts. While ASUS’ Chromebox is the only one available today, Dell and HP are both said to be joining within the next few months.
Source: Google Official Blog
Thanks to @evleaks, we now have a look at what BlinkFeed will look like on the HTC M8. The image, posted just a little while ago, also shows how the company will approach Android 4.4 KitKat. Below are transparent on-screen buttons, something present on a device like the Nexus 5. Also, the notification bar has all white icons on top of a transparent background. As for BlinkFeed, it seems more modern and clean. Stay tuned for more information about the HTC M8 as it is nearing a rumored March announcement.
First it was Samsung that signed a cross-licensing patent deal with Google. Then it was Cisco. Now, Samsung and Cisco have paired up. The deal gives the companies access to their patent portfolios for the next decade, avoiding as much patent infringement as possible. With all three now having deals with one another, it shows how companies want to innovate while avoiding any sort of lawsuit.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow
Rovio has rolled out an update to their Angry Birds Star Star Wars II title adding some characters, new telepods and reward levels. To get the new characters though, you will first have to melt a frozen carbonite pack. Sadly, melting the carbonite will not melt poor Han Solo as his character remains frozen in the substance.
Even though Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak thinks the company is still innovative despite criticism of staleness, he did surprise a recent interviewer with one way he thinks the company could innovate – production of an Android powered smartphone. According to Wozniak, who made what amounts to an heretical statement for Apple fans, he thinks iAndroid “could compete very well. People like the precious looks of stylings and manufacturing that we do in our product compared to the other Android offerings.”
Huawei has been hard at work developing a follow-up to their Ascend P6, and today we’re getting a pretty good look at the design of the Ascend P7, code named “Sophia.” This early render shows a device with some very, very thin bezels, no capacative buttons, and a pretty angular design.
A second leak at Phone Arena shows off the backside shell of the device in person, and it pretty closely resembles the render. The corners aren’t quite as sharp as the render leads on, but the overall angular design is still present in the physical model.
As far as we can tell, the specs of the device are still the same as what we’ve heard previously. 5-inch screen, 1080p resolution, 13 megapixel camera, and a customer quad-core CPU clocked at 1.6 GHz. So far, it looks like Huawei is going to continue making solid, well-designed devices into 2014, although it’s still not likely we’ll ever see this make its way to US markets.
source: Phone Arena 1
Phone Arena 2
LG typically waits until late summer to announce new flagship devices, normally at IFA. This year, they may be shaking things up by announcing their anticipated G3 a few months earlier, though.
The latest reports from ZDNet Korea say that LG has accelerated their release schedule for the device by two to three months, which would see the device being released around May or June. By speeding up the release of the phone, LG can put the G3 in more direct competition with Samsung’s Galaxy S5, which is likely to hit shelves around April.
Out of all of the device manufacturers that are trying to bolster their market share against Samsung and Apple, LG has the best chance of making something happening. Maybe that early release this year will be enough to knock off Samsung’s flagship as the best selling Android device three years in a row. Regardless, I feel like 2014 is going to be a very exciting year.
source: ZDNet Korea