We’re starting to see a couple of new Nexus 7 2013 edition commercials surface for everyone’s favorite Google tablet on a budget. And like previous commercials for any Google device, they’re targeting the heart. The first ad reveals what appears to be a college student about to perform an all night cram session for a biology exam. The commercial conveniently touts Google’s new text book rental service while also showing off its ability to provide our everyday standard services we’ve come to love, such as, looking for 24 hour coffee shops (been there!). The second ad officially aims for the sweet spot as well as the student’s mother hits him up to let him know man’s best friend at home isn’t feeling too well. The kid instantly high-tails it home providing a glance of what Google Now can really do. The app warns him of a storm coming and alerts him that his flight is canceled as a result. He then leaves his re-route home at the mercy of Google Now, which seamlessly recommends an express train home. Not bad for a quick 15 and 30 second spot. As you can see, in typical Google fashion, it only took a few seconds to show off the powerful combination of software and hardware the device provides. So, the only question left is, are you getting one? Check out the commercial spots below and let us know what you think. Read more
Last week we heard a rumor that Google would offer the Nexus 5 in both 16GB and 32GB varieties, but each variant would sport a different sized battery (2,300mAh/3,000mAh). Pricing would be $299 and $399 respectively. Fast forward one week and the Nexus 5 rumor freight train continues with a different take. The latest comes from AndroidGeeks, suggesting that the 16GB version will go for $399 and the 32GB version will set you back $449. Nothing was mentioned about the different battery sizes, but that’s not surprising as that seemed far-fetched.
Another interesting tidbit is in regards to the Nexus 4. One of the biggest complaints of the Nexus 4 was that it didn’t have LTE. Back in April, it was rumored that Google would unveil an LTE version at Google I/O, but that obviously didn’t happen. However, an LTE version of the Nexus 4 might still be in the cards as AndroidGeeks says that Google will announce it alongside the Nexus 5. According to them, the Nexus 4 LTE will be priced at $299 for 16GB and $349 for 32GB. This would make a compelling buy for those that want to save a few bucks.
via: GSM Arena
While we know Samsung is going to utilize all eight cores of its Exynos 5 Octa processor very soon, the company is struggling to maintain its position in the processor market. According to analysts, Samsung held 9.4% of the market in Q1 of this year and that number dropped to 5.3% in Q3. The problems plaguing the current Exynos is the lack of LTE-A support and, unlike the Snapdragon S800 processor, it can not support shooting 4k videos. Perhaps with the Galaxy S 5, Samsung will be able to ascend back up the AP market with its purported 64-bit architecture.
Source: Daum (Korean)
Via: G 4 Games
Sony just announced the availability of the SmartWatch 2 in the U.S. It’s available at the Sony Store for $199.99 and other select online retailers such Newegg and Amazon. The SmartWatch 2 is an upgrade over last year’s SmartWatch with a bigger screen, NFC pairing, better battery life, and better usability when not connected to your smartphone. Speaking of smartphones, the SmartWatch 2 can be connected to any phone running Android 4.0 ICS or higher. It’s also water resistant.
Sony Store Link: SmartWatch 2
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Sony just announced the availability of both the Xperia Z1 (pictured above) and the Xperia Z Ultra smartphones in the U.S. These are unlocked versions, so you are going to have to pay full retail, but you won’t be tied down to a contract. The Xperia Z1 (C6902) supports UMTS HSPA+ 850 (Band V), 900 (Band VIII), 1700 (Band IV), 1900 (Band II), 2100 (Band I) MHz and GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz. Unfortunately no LTE. It’s priced at $649.99 at the Sony Store and select e-tailers such as Newegg. You have your choice of black, white, or purple.
The Xperia Z Ultra is being offered in both the HSPA+ (C6802) and LTE (C6806) versions. The HSPA+ version is priced at $649.99 and supports UMTS HSPA+ 900 (Band VIII) 2100 (Band I) MHz, 850 (Band V), 1900 (Band II), 1700 (Band IV) and GSM GPRS/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz. The LTE version is priced at $679.99 and adds in LTE Bands 1,2,4,5,7,8,17. Again, both are available at the Sony Store and select e-tailers. Color choices are the same: black, white, or purple.
Sony Mobile Links – Xperia Z1 / Xperia Z Ultra
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An unboxing of the Samsung Galaxy Round just appeared on YouTube. The Galaxy Round is the first phone with a flexible display and as Phil from UNDERkg puts it, “it’s an inflexible phone with a flexible display.” In this video, he compares it to the Galaxy Note 3 and shows us the removable back cover along with the battery. It doesn’t appear the battery is rounded, but it is longer and narrower than most batteries found on other smartphones. If you’re at all curious to see the Galaxy Round come out of the box without having to drop $1,000, then hit the break to see what it’s all about.
BlackBerry is finally nearing the release of their well-known BlackBerry Messenger app in the Play Store. In an interview with Reuters, BlackBerry’s chief marketing officer Frank Boulben said that the service should land “‘within days.'” According to an open letter released today, “6 million Android and iPhone customers pre-registered for the launch.” This is what could give the struggling company a dire boost. Their past relevancy could prove to be crucial for people installing and using the BBM regularly. And if all else fails, BlackBerry may find itself being bought out by another tech giant.
We’re seeing a brand new Snapdragon processor showing up in some benchmarks that appears to be the successor to the extremely powerful Snapdragon 800. This APQ8084 CPU scores just slightly better than Snapdragon 800 devices, so it’s not a major improvement, but it will reportedly make improvements in other areas that aren’t easily measured in benchmarks. The Adreno 420 GPU is getting a 50 mhz clock boost, and it’s getting DirectX 11.1 support. With the video game industry moving towards more mobile devices, DirectX support in a mobile CPU like that would be a giant step forward. It will also support 4k video and 64-bit processing, so we’ll see if there are many devices that take advantage of that in the next year or so.
You shouldn’t expect this processor to be in consumer devices anytime soon, but Qualcomm will likely make some announcements around CES of next year.
If you feel lucky and you are interested in trying out the new OPPO N1 device before anyone else, you may want to check out a new search OPPO launched. They are looking for “ten creative and enthusiastic individuals” to buy the devices for only $99 USD. In exchange for getting the device at such a low price and before anyone else is able to get their hands on it, the “winners” will serve as an “N1 Pioneer.”
These individuals will be asked to implement the device into their daily lives and figure out how they can take advantage of the innovation offered by the device. To demonstrate what they are doing with the N1, the new Pioneers will send in a couple photos taken each week along with their opinions about particular features, general thoughts, and maybe a story about how they put the device to use. OPPO will use this material from the Pioneers on their web site as they bring the device to market.
To find out more and get the link to the application, hit the source link.