The Mobile World Conference doesn’t begin until later this month, but Archos has already begun revealing some products that they will be introducing at the event. There’s the the 80 Helium 4G, an 8-inch, £230 tablet that has a Cortex-A7 quad-core processor, 4G/LTE and Android 4.3. Also, Archos is going to have a 5-inch, dual-SIM smartphone called the 50c Oxygen, which features a 720p IPS display, MediaTek octa-core CPU, Jelly Bean, and a 6.77-mm thick body.
The devices won’t launch until later this year, but the company will show them off in Barcelona.
A couple days ago Samsung announced the devices in their portfolio for which they will provide an update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat in the U.S. However, Samsung did not say anything at the time about international devices. New information was released today indicating the list of international devices will largely mirror the U.S. list. The notable exception is the Samsung Galaxy S III, which did not make the cut. Read more
Google’s latest attempt at giving you free WiFi is coming in the form of Starbucks’ WiFi hotspots. Starbucks currently uses AT&T’s wireless service to give customers internet access, but Google is internally considering moving to put their own high-speed access into the 7000 Starbucks stores across the US. Google also wants to shorten up the tedious process of finding a hotspot, opening a browser, and accepting terms and conditions before finally being able to actually use the internet.
To accomplish this, Google is testing out an app that cuts that process down. The app would handle all of the encryption and authentication of a Google hotspot, so just by having it installed on your Android or iOS device, you could automatically connect to wireless internet whenever you were in range. Read more
Samsung’s second attempt at the Galaxy Camera will be arriving here in the United States in mid-March with a $449.99 price tag. The actual camera specifications is only half of what the Galaxy Camera 2 offers. Aside from its 16MP camera with 21x zoom, the device internals include a quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz with 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (with a microSD card slot of course), and a 2000mAh battery.
In terms of software, Android 4.3 Jell Bean is packaged; however, this shouldn’t be too much of an issue as this is a camera after all. Be sure to check back with us to see when an exact release date is announced.
Back when Motorola started pushing the Android 4.4 update to the Moto X, Verizon was the first carrier to get it. That was amazing in itself, but it was not duplicated with the 4.4.2 update. However, it doesn’t appear Verizon will be the last since soak test invites are going out now to Motorola forum members. This means the actual update could start rolling out as soon as next week, or the week after at the latest. We will keep you posted.
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With Apple offering a gold version of the iPhone, as well as the upcoming All New One, it’s no surprise the Galaxy S 5 will as well. A Screenshot of Vodafone’s inventory system confirms it. Unfortunately we don’t know if this will be a limited edition for certain areas or if it will be a wide release.
Let’s not forget that Samsung also offered a couple of gold Galaxy S 4 variants, but not for many months after the initial launch. This time, it should be available right away. So is gold the new black?
When Google sold Motorola to Lenovo, they kept the Advanced Technology and Projects group, which we know was working on Project Ara. Well, something else has been in the cooker as well: Google’s Project Tango. According to the leader of Project Tango, Johnny Lee, it is something they “have been working quietly on over the past year.”
Project Tango is a very unique smartphone that uses a motion tracking camera and depth sensor that can detect the 3D world that we live in. It can learn the dimensions of rooms and spaces, including your entire house. Can you say augmented reality? Imagine playing a game in your own home with other characters. It’s also perfect for directions beyond the street level, such as a mall or an unfamiliar and very large building.
HTC’s One successor has been leaking like crazy these past few days, and now we’re seeing certification from the FCC, one of the last pieces of the puzzle. The M8 has gone through the FCC approval process, and the design of the phone was in clear view. It matches up with the slick rounded corners that we’ve been seeing on all of the other leaks from the device.
This particular model supports AT&T bands, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and WiFi, so there’s nothing particularly interesting in the specs. You should expect to see other carrier models get approved in the coming weeks leading up to HTC’s official announcement.
Samsung will very likely show off a bendable tablet design at MWC this year, but don’t expect to see it out in the open. The Korean media says Samsung has a prototype ready to show off this year, but only to a select group of people behind closed doors. The tablet will reportedly be able to bend at a 90 degree angle to function similarly to a laptop, as seen in the figure above.
There’s a lot we don’t know about this device, especially since there haven’t really been any leaks from Samsung about it. We do know that Samsung is in a race with LG to put flexible screens on any and every device, though, so a bendable tablet makes perfect sense. Hopefully after MWC blows over we’ll hear a bit about this device.
The Chromecast is one cool device, but one of the more underrated things that it does is display some really awesome photographs as wallpapers. Google takes images from the some of the greatest photographers and displays them whenever your Chromecast is idle as in “Ready to Cast.” Wouldn’t it be cool to utilize these wallpapers on your phone, tablet, or even your desktop? Well you can and it’s really easy.