While we know it will be supported in October, we now know that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is already performing basic functions with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Planete Galaxy uploaded a video that shows off what the two devices are able to do together. Changing themes and music, transferring photos, and creating alerts are all possible as of now.
If you’re interested in picking up a Galaxy Gear in the United States, it becomes available alongside the Galaxy Note 3 in early October. Hit the break for the video. Read more
Facebook is finally implementing what Google+ has been doing all along. Facebook just updated the Android app to version 3.7 giving you the ability to edit your posts so you can fix those typos after the fact. That’s not the only enhancement. You can now use icons in status updates to express what you’re feeling or doing, see upcoming events at a glance on your favorite pages, and create and share new photo albums from your phone.
Facebook is still one of the most popular apps on Android even though it has a dismal 3.7 rating. Just in case you don’t already have Facebook installed, hit the break for the download links.
Toshiba just announced a new dual camera module for smartphones, tablets, and mobile devices. It uses two 1/4 inch optical format 5-megapixel CMOS camera modules that will simultaneously output recorded images and depth data. This means that after the image is captured, the module can change the depth of field and point of focus. Basically, it will refocus the shot after the fact, thus giving your a sharper picture.
Unfortunately, you probably won’t see this module on a mobile device until the later part of next year. Toshiba plans to have samples available this January 2014, followed by mass production in April 2014. Hit the break for the full presser.
Last week Google Glass got a pretty significant update with XE9, but the upcoming XE10 might be the biggest update yet. It will give users the ability to install third party apps. This update will also give developers access to motion tracking and the ability to create their own voice commands. We have already seen some great use cases for Glass, but with third party apps enabled, we will finally see some of the true potential that Glass offers.
Glass Explorers can expect to see XE10 sometime in early October.
The Smartwatch craze continues to push forward, and with it Sony is releasing its second generation of wearable tech with the Smartwatch 2. For £149.99 you can purchase the watch with a rubber wristband where as £169.99 will get you one with a metal wristband from the Sony Mobile Store UK. In Germany the watch with a rubber wristband goes for €179. Other regions including France, Italy and Spain will see it available for €189. The metal wristband goes for €199 in all regions.
The Play Store has also seen the release of a dedicated app for your smartphone. With it, you’ll be able to see what extensions are available for your device. We have a small trailer for you after the break.
As Samsung Galaxy Note 3 devices have started to land in the hand of consumers, those buyers are finding their boxes adorned with a new sticker bearing some potentially bad news. The stickers inform buyers that the device will only work with a SIM card from the region in which they were sold. At this point, images of the stickers for the “American” model and the “European” model have surfaced, though it is suspected there are versions for Africa and Asia and possibly others. It has been noted that the “American” model appears to cover all regions in North, South, Central America, and the Caribbean. Likewise, the European model covers the countries of the European Union and close to a dozen non-EU countries in that region of the globe. Read more
Google Search is turning 15 and to mark the occasion, Amit Singhal, Senior VP with Google Search, spent some time reminiscing about where search has been and more importantly, where Google is going. If you were online back in 1998, you will probably appreciate the memories of the simple blue links that Google returned in response to a search query, a result that Singhal says may have seemed “like magic.” Interestingly, Google’s pondering of the future clearly focused on the search platform on mobile devices, which may be a telling clue about where Google sees the world headed. Read more
There are various reasons why it would be very reasonable for you to want to hide an application or some other form of data on your device. While I’m not going to condone living a secret life away from your family, you may find some of the hidden treasures of the Google Play Store quite useful. Of course, you may have a very reasonable explanation for wanting an application that will hide information on your phone, such as wanting to store sensitive information such as passwords, addresses, photos, etc. I won’t be the judge!
Regardless, the following apps will do the trick. Check out my list of the best privacy apps for Android after the break. I can’t cover them all, so let us know of your favorites in the comments section below. Read more
When it comes to listening to music, Slacker Radio is still my go-to app. It not only has one of the largest selection of songs, the curated and genre stations are the best available. Last week, Slacker updated the app for iOS with a complete redesign and a new feature called “My Vibe”, and this week Android users get treated to the same.
The new design makes it easier to find the music you’re in the mood for, and if you’re having trouble figuring it out, then tap on the new “My Vibe” feature. This allows you to select an activity based on what you’re doing or what mood you are in, and it will suggest handcrafted playlists from Slacker’s team of curators. Yes, they are human and they do an awesome job.
If you haven’t tried Slacker yet, hit one of the download links after the break and thank me later. If you already use Slacker, go get the update and let me know what you think.
A new tablet device from ASUS has shown up in an FCC filing with model number TF502T. That model number seems to hint at the device being a member of the ASUS Transformer family of devices. Whatever it is, the tablet will have WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC capabilities and a 6760 mAh battery. Earlier this month ASUS announced several new devices during IFA 2013 that it was getting ready to release, including some MeMO Pad devices and new additions to the Transformer line. However, the announced battery size for the 10-inch MeMO Pad was only 5070 mAh, so the device at the FCC does not seem to be consistent with that. The new high-end Transformer Pad was listed as model number TF701 when announced by ASUS. That seems to leave only the Transformer Book Trio device as a possible option for the ASUS device that was submitted to the FCC.