Like it or not, Google Glass is coming in 2014. It’s about time, since the Glass Explorer Program as been going on for quite a while now. The device has only been available to those that received special invitations or were accepted to the program by Google itself.
Pricing has remained a major question mark— when the product inevitably hits the market later this year, it will surely cost less than it currently does under the Explorer Program, but we still don’t know exactly how much it will be.
CES is now less than one week away, and we’ll soon be getting an up-close look at all the new gadgets for 2014 and beyond.
Plenty of manufacturers have been hinting at what they’ll be showing off at the event for weeks now, and today we received an idea of what Samsung will be unveiling.
The Samsung Tomorrow blog touched upon CES in a recent post, and mentioned that in just the past few months, the company has released the Galaxy Gear smartwatch and also is working on a new “smart home” concept. Here’s what the post explicitly said:
“The wearable device market is on the rise and the concept of ‘smart home’ has started to gain ground. Hence, at this CES, maybe we can expect some innovative products that we had imagined to use in the future.”
So, could we be looking at a brand new Galaxy Gear (Galaxy Gear 2) or possibly the rumored Galaxy Band at CES next week? It was originally thought that it would be unveiled at MWC 2014 next month, but we could be looking at an earlier release.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow
A Samsung design patent might just give us a clue as to what the Galaxy S 5 or even the Galaxy Note 4 might look like. Since the design appears to have a S Pen slot, all things point to the Note 4, but we know that Samsung usually keeps the Galaxy S and Note phones look the same each year. Interestingly enough, this patent was first revealed back in August of last year, and it was believed to be the look of the Galaxy Note 3. This particular patent is a re-application of that August patent.
One thing that is very interesting about the patent is the lack of hardware buttons, which has always been synonymous with Samsung. Could they finally be removing them, or for whatever reason, were they purposely omitted from the document? More pics after the break.
HTC is one of the leaders when it comes to smartphone cameras, and they might be looking to kick things up a notch with the HTC One successor, or as many are referring to as the HTC One Two. Now this is strictly a rumor, but the Taiwanese market and analyst TrendForce are saying that the HTC One successor would sport two camera lens. One of them would be for very critical low light situations, while the other would be for “normal’ conditions. We can only assume this would be an interchangeable lens, but nothing more has been divulged at this point.
source: Mobile Geeks
Lenovo went ahead and sent out a presser announcing four new smartphones that will be showed off at CES. Let’s start with the Vibe Z (pictured above), which is the higher-end model. It features a 5.5-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display, a 2,2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 13MP rear camera (f1.8 aperture), and 5MP front-facing camera. It sports a titanium body that weighs only 140 grams and is only 7.9mm thick. It also has a laser-etched, fabric-feel rear cover. It will be available starting in February in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the Philippines for $549.
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Millions of Snapchat phone numbers and usernames leaked online
Moto G on Verizon to be available for $99 as soon as they arrive
Google files patents for turning conversations into comic strips
According to a story we reported on yesterday, the Motorola Moto G was going to be going on sale starting January 9th for only $99 off contract with Verizon. The new smartphone will be available through Verizon retail locations and Best Buy at this price. Apparently the leaks regarding this pricing have prompted a reversal of the policy of holding the devices until January 9th and at least Best Buy will sell them as soon as the devices are physically delivered to their stores.
Best Buy spokesman Jonathan Sandler told the LA Times, “the phone is currently landing in stores and is available for sale as soon as it arrives.” Verizon has not commented on the availability of the Moto G or the special pricing.
source: LA Times
If you are ready to take the plunge and invest in a smartwatch type wearable device, you may want to check out a special that Best Buy is running right now on the Sony SmartWatch 2. The device is Sony’s successor to their original SmartWatch and normally retails for $199.99. Best Buy is currently listing the device with a nice discount of 20% for only $159.99.
The Sony SmartWatch 2 has a 1.6-inch transreflective LCD display, is IP57 certified for water resistance, and will work with many Android 4.0 or better devices including a full range of Sony smartphones. Along with Bluetooth 3.0 technology, the SmartWatch 2 comes with support for NFC.
If you are interested in the Sony SmartWatch 2 and want to try to grab it during this special offer, hit the source link.
source: Best Buy
Looks like HTC hasn’t forgotten about their EVO LTE on Sprint. According to a tweet from Jason Mackenzie of HTC, the 4G Sprint device can expect to see an Android 4.3 update sometime around mid-February. The update should also include Sense 5, which means BlinkFeed and a handful of other visual improvements.
HTC originally planned to upgrade the EVO 4G LTE to Android 4.3 by the end of 2013, so they obviously missed the deadline by a few months. But considering how open they’re trying to be with delays and scheduling, it’s hard to be too mad at them.
Google has been awarded a patent for what’s probably their weirdest idea yet. The patent involves taking a conversation between two or more people, then turning it into a small comic strip. The idea looks pretty similar to Bitstrips that have been floating around social media for a few months now, but Google filed for this patent way back in 2010.
The key aspect of this patent for Google is the ability to share these comics through instant messaging or social media. That probably means Google was eyeing this idea for a Google+ feature. When you get into the details of how the engine can automatically turn conversations into comics, it really sounds similar to Google’s Auto-Awesome photo features on G+. Of course, turning private conversations into comic strips may not always be appealing, but if Google can get the privacy part right, I could see this being a popular draw to their social network.
It’s just a patent, though, so we may never see anything come of this. You never know with these things.