The Galaxy S 5 and the All New One keep making headlines, but Google dropped a big surprise bomb announcing Project Tango, which is making us rethink what the Next Big Thing really is. We got a few pre-MWC announcements such as the LG G2 Mini, and a few Huawei devices. Samsung even unveiled followups to the Galaxy Gear, but what software is it running? There is still a ton more coming this week, including the Galaxy S 5. Will there be a “Prime” version or will is just be a “Standard” version? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what will be an epic week in the world of Android.
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The MediaPad M1 is the mysterious Huawei device that leaked last night. And as I noted yesterday, it looks like an even bigger HTC One Max. One thing Huawei did not do, though, is give this tablet excellent specifications like its MediaPad X1. The 8-inch display has a 1280×800 resolution. The rear camera is 5MP and the front camera is 1MP. And there is a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. Huawei did keep thickness in mind. The MediaPad M1 is just 7.9mm thick and there is a 4800mAh battery inside. The tablet will be available in select regions later this quarter.
Huawei has given us a little bit of everything today. We have already seen the TalkBand B1 and MediaPad X1. Now we have the Ascend G6. In short, it is the lesser version of the Ascend P6. While looking almost identical, the Ascend G6 has ‘affordable’ specifications. The 4.5-inch LCD display has a 960×540 resolution. A 1.2GHz quad-core processor is powered by a 2000mAh battery. There is a respectable 8MP camera on the back and a 5MP one up front. A 3G model will arrive this quarter followed by a slightly thicker 4G model in April. And of course Huawei is pushing LTE Cat 4 connectivity.
Huawei has finally made the MediaPad X1 official. This 7-inch tablet weighs just 139 grams and is 103.9mm wide. That makes it both the lightest and narrowest 7-inch tablet around. As for its thickness, it remains slim at 7.18mm. Despite being so thin, a 5000mAh battery managed to find its way into the device.The display boasts an impressive 1920×1200 resolution for your eyes to gaze upon. But what is really interesting about this tablet is that it has LTE Cat 4 support; therefore, it can act as a very large smartphone. Read more
Huawei has officially entered the wearable market today by announcing the TalkBand B1. The device, available in six different colors, has a 1.4-inch flexible OLED display. Present here is the run-of-the-mill tracking feature set: steps taken, traveled distance, and calories burnt. Also, it can monitor sleeping patterns to wake up the user at just the right time. Then there’s a very interesting hardware feature. The TalkBand B1 has an earpiece that can be detached and used for phone calls. That is why people have been questioning its thickness. The 90mAh battery will net six days of use after taking two hours to fully charge. While there is no official price just yet, Huawei’s smartband will be available in China (next month), Japan, the Middle East, Russia and Western Europe later this year.
Expect the battle for smartwatch supremacy to really get interesting in just a few months. It is being reported that Google will be unveil its smartwatch plans next month, with an actual announcement coming in June at Google I/O. And like they do with their Nexus, Google will not be manufacturing the hardware. Instead, LG will step up to the plate. Google is very happy with the job LG has done with the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 that tasking them with a smartwatch was an easy choice. The software for the smartwatch is believed to be based on Google Now, much like Google Glass.
In the middle of the night, @evleaks than tweeted a statement aligning itself with the previously stated announcement date. He said “Apparently Google’s smartwatch is being made by LG, and will launch at I/O.” Does he know something we don’t? Probably. But we’ll just have to keep waiting until more information trickles out until next month when Google is said to give a preview of the smartwatch. Read more
According to a new report by CNET, Google is set to move the Google barge docked at Treasure Island’s Pier One within a month. The barge is a floating showroom made out of shipping containers which would feature new technologies. The California state agency said Google was informed to either file a construction permit or move its construction project to another location.
It seems Google refused to file a permit and instead, chose to move its project to a different location. The barge project has been put on hold for quite some time now due to issues raised by several government groups. When the project is completed, the barge will serve as a showroom while the top deck will serve as a “party” area.
Qualcomm announced its Toq smartwatch last year and made it available for sale back in December 2013 for a price of $350, which was quite expensive. However, Qualcomm has now cut $100 off its original price bringing it down to $249.
The timing may not be a coincidence after we heard a report that HTC might unveil a smartwatch based on the Qualcomm Toq at MWC 2014. With a price tag of $249, the Toq smartwatch is a dollar more expensive than its competitor, the Pebble Steel. The Toq smartwatch features a color touchscreen display that is always active and on while lasting for a couple of days between charges due to a Mirasol low power display fitted to the device. Read more
There’s a handy new app in the Play Store that does you the favor of backing up tons of your important information automatically, just in case something bad happens to the app you’re typing in before you can back it up yourself. Type Machine acts as a service that automatically records all of the text from whatever app you’re using, functioning as a pretty powerful “time machine” in case your app crashes or you just want a history of what you’ve typed in case you change your mind, like in an extremely long email. Read more
No, that is not the ‘HTC One Max 2’ you are looking at. That is an unidentified Huawei phablet sitting next to the company’s upcoming smartwatch. The reason I say unidentified is because while the MediaPad X1 is coming, its design doesn’t quite match this. Above is a premium aluminum device that is almost identical to what HTC’s devices look like. The MediaPad X1; however, looks like the front is all plastic.
The image, posted by @evleaks, was attached with a comment saying “WOW-wei” and I agree with that proclamation. If Huawei keeps up this kind of design language, people will certainly give them a look (as will HTC when they serve Huawei with a lawsuit). Read more