They are saying the cat’s out of the bag, but is it really? Every indication pointed towards the Galaxy Note III and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch to be part of the Samsung Unpacked 2013 Episode II on September 4th. Just in case you’re not a believer, Samsung Mobile VP Lee Young-hee confirmed both devices in a chat with the Korea Times.
Another tidbit we knew was that the Galaxy Gear won’t have a flexible display, and he confirmed that as well. The only other thing he offered was, “The new device will enhance and enrich the current smart mobile experience in many ways.” As to the Galaxy Note III, he didn’t divulge anything.
source: Korea Times
After releasing three Xperia Z1 teaser images, Sony decided to take it one step further. They just released a 30-second video that pretty much shows us the entire phone, including the three images they already released. From the G Lens to splashes of water to close ups of Sony’s meticulous design, there isn’t much left on the table other than the phone’s UI. Hit the break for the full video.
Apple’s Siri must be feeling a bit down with all the attention Google’s Glass devices are garnering. Some folks have discovered a bit of an edge to Siri when a user accidentally says “OK Glass” to the personal assistant. The responses from Siri are present in iOS 6 and supposedly even more are offered in the iOS 7 Beta. Some of Siri’s comebacks include a reference to Glass being “half empty” or being akin to strapping a phone on your forehead. The question now is how long will it take for some intrepid Google Glass wearer to produce a response.
source: The Verge
If you typically do a lot of gaming on your Android device, you know how frustrating some control schemes can be on a smaller touch screen. To remedy that, MOGA released their handheld Bluetooth game controllers for Android devices, which bring console-style controls to a portable device. As a follow-up to the original MOGA controllers, the company unveiled a new line of controllers at PAX Prime that bring a unique spin on gaming controllers for phones; namely, the ability to charge your phone while it’s cradled in the controller. Read more
We’re finally able to see what’s likely going to be the LG G Pad 8.3 thanks to this newly leaked press render that places the tab next to LG’s G2 superphone. Now, I’m not saying LG is trying to be similar to Samsung, but I think it’s safe to say they’re taking notice of what’s successful and what isn’t. The G Pad takes many design cues from its little brother, the G2, which is great for giving these LG devices a uniform look whether its a phone or tablet. There’s a few subtle differences, such as where the speakers and cameras are located, but it’s still a similar look that I think will do well for LG.
Unfortunately, no confirmation on specs or release date, but the world is expecting LG to take the wraps off the G Pad 8.3 at IFA. Hopefully the wait won’t be too much longer.
Following a bunch of leaked images of the device, LG’s Optimus L9 II has finally been announced in the Netherlands. Confirmed specs from the press release include a 4.7-inch true HD IPS display, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz, a 2,150 mAh battery, and an IR-port. Camera specs are yet to be released, but 8 MP is expected for the main camera, alongside a 1.2 MP front-shooter.
Price is still unknown but the device is expected to be released this October. More to come as details are released.
Yesterday, we found out that the latest Chromecast update disabled support for ‘video_playback’, which made apps such as Koushik Dutta’s AllCast and Leon Nicholls’ Fling useless. Granted, the only reason why were were able to use these apps were because Koush was able to reverse engineer the Chromecast protocols, thus allowing newly developed apps to run on all Chromecasts, not just whitelisted ones. Google was obviously not too happy about this and made changes with the latest update. My assumption was that Google won’t make local or networked content friendly with the Chromecast in the future. However, there might be a glimmer of hope because The Verge was able to get a response from Google regarding the changes they made….
While you’re waiting for the G2 to debut on the major carriers in September, you may as well check out the video that LG just uploaded to its YouTube account. In the sub-four minute introduction video you’ll get to see all the fancy features awaiting you after you purchase the phone. Besides the rear key functionality, you’ll see the Audio Zoom feature, “Slide Aside” multitasking features, OIS Stabilization and more. Of course if you’ve been living under a rock and missed the whole thing we have the event for you right here. Otherwise you can check out the newest video after the break. Enjoy!
Angry Birds Star Wars 2 is coming out soon, and Rovio is getting us excited by showing off the characters. Rovio has released a few teaser videos to show us four of the characters that will be in the game once its released on September 19. There are a total of 30 characters that are going to be in the game, and in addition, Star Wars 2 will be the first game of the franchise to allow users to play on the “Pork side.”
The game will be available in a free, ad supported version and a $0.99, ad-free version. You can check out the four videos after the break.