Samsung’s Activity Tracker (formerly known as S Band) gets introduced in Germany with a modest price

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The Activity Tracker, which was previously known as the S Band, has been officially introduced in Germany. The Activity Tracker was fully exposed just last week and now Samsung has finally decided to reveal the wearable. In Germany, it is priced at €79.90. That translates to roughly $105 in the United States. If priced in the U.S. like that, it would be a serious competitor to Nike’s FuelBand, Jawbone’s UP, and the entire Fitbit portfolio. The one setback is that Samsung generally limits compatibility to their own devices, although that may eventually change. Read more

Samsung to announce “high-class device” tomorrow, likely just some fancy colors

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Samsung will be announcing a high-class device tomorrow, according to their @SamsungRu Twitter account. The tweet features the image above and a caption that previews a high-class device, something Samsung has never explored.

If you are confused, you are certainly not alone. The image does include a few different colors above the announcement date; therefore, I believe that this is just going to be a device meant for the crowd that like their ‘bling’ very personal. Is it going to be a metal Galaxy S 5? That seems like a stretch considering the attached image.

What do you think this high-class device will entail?

Source: @SamsungRu
Via: Phone Arena

Motorola announces the Moto 360, an Android Wear smartwatch coming this summer

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Motorola has announced the Moto 360, a smartwatch that runs Google’s new Android Wear platform. In its introductory video, Motorola calls the Moto 360 “a truly modern timepiece.” The Moto 360 features a premium build centered around a circular watch face. Like all other Android Wear smartwatches, Google Now is the focus and can be activated by saying “OK Google.” Once activated, the features are just like the ones found on a smartphone or tablet. Sports scores, transportation times, reminders, and even sending a text message can be handled through the device.

The Moto 360, according to Motorola, will be available this Summer in a variety of designs. You can sign up for alerts from Motorola here. Motorola is also holding a Google Hangout tomorrow at 2pm EST, March 19, with the Moto 360’s lead designer, Jim Wicks.

Hit the break for a trailer explaining the Moto 360’s design. Read more

Google may be partnering with LG for the LG G Watch

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Google has announced a new platform for wearable devices called Android Wear and already word is out that LG may be working on a Google device using this new platform. Early indications are that the device is being called the G Watch and besides the Android Wear platform, Google Now will be featured on the device as well as the ability to initiate voice commands using “OK Google” similar to Google Glass devices or the Motorola Moto X. If accurate, this would be the fourth device produced by the duo of LG and Google, joining two Nexus smartphones and a Google Play Edition tablet. Read more

Google officially enters the wearables game with Android Wear, smartwatches coming later this year

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It has finally happened. Google has officially announced Android Wear, a version of Android designed specifically for wearable devices. In an official blog post, Google explains that Android Wear will focus on getting key information to users at the right time, displaying health and fitness information, and providing an extra display to use throughout the day. As you can see in the image above, Android Wear (for smartwatches) is designed to closely resemble Google Now and, basically, it functions the exact same way. In fact, voice searches are still done through the “OK Google” activation.

Who is making Android Wear devices? Here is what Google had to say about that:

“We’re also already working with several consumer electronics manufacturers, including Asus, HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung; chip makers Broadcom, Imagination, Intel, Mediatek and Qualcomm; and fashion brands like the Fossil Group to bring you watches powered by Android Wear later this year.”

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Google could be preparing to kill off Google Voice, merge into Hangouts

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It has been a slow haul for Google, but rumors suggest they are getting close to finally merging all of their communication apps into a single platform. Over the past couple years Google merged their Messenger platform into Hangouts and then added support for SMS text messaging, killing off the Messaging app in the process. The final piece is Google’s Voice and sources believe the company is close to merging that into Hangouts. Read more

Report: Amazon smartphone could finally land in 2014

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An Amazon smartphone has been rumored for several years now, but it might finally come to fruition this year. Yes, I know, you have heard that before. I’m not saying it will happen, but reports seem to indicate that Amazon is ramping up for a release.  Last week, The Information reported the phone is codenamed “Project Aria” and it would be released this year. Now DigiTimes is chiming in saying, “The smartphone supply chain is starting to prepare smartphone component orders from Amazon for a device set to release in 2014.”

It appears that Amazon was close to launching a phone in the past, but decided to go back to the drawing board. After many revisions, they appear ready to go. Specs still are unknown, but we have heard numerous reports that it will include 3D gesture tracking. Stay tuned because it could be a busy year for Amazon. A gaming / set-top device is also expected for this year.

source: DigiTimes

Facebook introduces beta program for Messenger

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Facebook already took advantage of Google’s beta program with the Facebook app, and now they are including Messenger. This is a good thing since they can get feedback from a lot of users before releasing enhancements to the general public.

If you are already a beta user for the main Facebook app, you still have to sign up for Messenger. The good news is both are independent so you don’t have to be part of both. You can choose one or the other. Hit the break for full instructions for the Messenger beta.

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No delays for Sony Xperia Z2, but supplies could be limited

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Last night we reported that Sony halted pre-orders for the SIM free Xperia Z2, which only added fuel to the “phone is going to get delayed fire.” Sony commented on the matter by basically saying that the April 11 launch is still intact.

The bottomline is the demand is going to be higher than the supply. Whether that means that demand is much higher than previous Xperia handsets or they are actually having production issues to meet average demand, it probably results in a shortage. The fact that they halted pre-orders of the SIM free version doesn’t bode well.

Hit the break for Sony’s statement….

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