I recently reviewed the Sony SmartWatch, which I now wear daily on my wrist to up my geek cred. My review concluded that the watch was “for gadget freaks and early adopters only” due to the spotty Bluetooth, random crashes, and not being able to see the time without touching the watch.
My patience has paid off, however, since I received a firmware update yesterday that vastly improves the SmartWatch in many ways. The watch requires a constant Bluetooth connection to your smartphone, and the phone needs to be running Sony’s SmartWatch app. The app was updated first, automatically for me, from the Play Store. Once the app finished updating, it fired off the watch firmware download and pushed it to the watch. The entire process took less than 5 minutes and was very smooth.
Once the SmartWatch rebooted, it re-connected to the phone and that was that. Now to explore what has changed.
Clearly not satisfied with the universal acclaim dished out to the recently released Galaxy S III, Samsung has today unveiled the Galaxy R Style for the South Korean Market.
The device resembles a cross between a Galaxy S II and a Galaxy S III however the spec list is closer to the S II. You’ll find a 4.3″ Super AMOLED display, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 ICS, LTE connectivity, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, 16GB internal memory, a 5MP rear camera and a whopping 2000mAh battery.
The timing of the release is a touch odd given the imminent arrival of the vastly superior Galaxy S III, perhaps Samsung spies a gap in the mid-tier market. The Galaxy R Style will retail at 700,000 KRW ($590) and should be available from Q.3 this year. An international release seems unlikely at this time.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow
I can’t believe we’re already at week 3 for our ASUS Transformer Pad Prize Pack giveaways. That means this is the final one. Congratulations to Eric To who is going to receive an ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, a matching keyboard dock, a Logitech controller, and a Jambox speaker. Eric picked the newly released Sonic 4 Episode II for Best Overall Gameplay.
A special thanks has to go out to both NVIDIA and ASUS for providing these awesome prize packs. Don’t forget there’s still time to get your votes in at NVIDIA’s Players Choice Awards site for a final chance to win one of these prize packs. It ends today so don’t forget to vote if you haven’t already. The Players Choice Award winners will be announced next week at E3 so stay tuned.
The Samsung Galaxy S III is taking the world by storm. We’re hoping to see it in North America in a few weeks, but it also looks like the folks in Australia are going to get some GSIII lovin’ as well. Virgin Mobile is taking orders now with delivery in 2-3 days, that is if you’re ordering the 16GB Marble White version. The 16GB Pebble Blue is supposed to arrive in early June and the 32GB version won’t be available till late June.
As to pricing, they start at $47 per month and go as high as $64 per month. Hit the source link for more info.
The UK Post Office is going to rollout contactless payment technology on June 6. The overall plan is to hit 11,500 branches, but initially the focus will be on 200 branches near the Olympic Games venues in London. By October all 11,500 branches should be onboard, which will make the UK Post Office the biggest user of contactless payment technology in Europe.
MasterCard PayPass and Visa PayWave cards will be supported as well as Near Field Communication (NFC). Phones equipped with NFC can pay transactions up to £20. Unfortunately Google Wallet isn’t available in the UK, but there are many Android phones that have NFC like the Samsung Galaxy S III and the HTC One X that will be able to utilize the service.
A couple days ago ASUS aired a teaser video for an announcements they plan to make at this year’s Computex. Simply calling it their “Next Transformations,” the original teaser video showed us an outline of what appeared to be a new entry in their line of Transformer Tab tablets and keyboard docks. Today, ASUS adds to the excitement by unveiling two more teaser videos, both of which help put the pieces together a little more.
We already reported that there is a good possibility that T-Mobile might have the Samsung Galaxy S III in stores on June 20, and we just received further confirmation. During a live stream of the Vodafone GSIII launch in Australia, June 20th was mentioned as the “first stop in its nationwide US tour in New York.” Not sure why New York would specifically be mentioned other than it could mean that it will get unveiled on that date in NYC (and not officially released).
With Canada also getting the GSIII on the same day, it looks like it could be a special day for all of North America especially if the U.S. version gets 2GB of RAM just like our friends up North are getting.
First to announce an Intel Medfield-Based Android handset at CES was Lenovo however, the Lava Xolo X900 wound up being the first to actually hit the market. Nevertheless, Lenovo is still on schedule to launch the LePhone K800 as they’ve just announced a launch in China, with the device making it into the hands of the masses by the end of May. Recall the specs: 4.5-inch 720p display, an Intel 1.6GHz CPU, 8 meg camera and 1GB of RAM. The Intel CPU is the Z2460 as we knew it as the “Medfield” assisted by the Intel XMM 6260 chip to support various HSPA+ networks. At $525 the Android Gingerbread 2.3 device’s launch date for international availability is still unknown. But we’re working on it. Feel free to let us know what you think in comments below.
For those of you who like to use alternative keyboards on your Android device I am sure you have heard of SwiftKey by now. In case you aren’t a member of the SwiftKey V.I.P. Community (on their email list), they just released a new SwiftKey 3 beta build and with it comes a slew of improvements:
- Improved prediction algorithms
- Better, more consistent punctuation key behavior
- Smarter Smart Space functionality (which will make it easier to enter email addresses etc)
- A refined experience in Google Chrome Beta
- Fixed missing predictions on the longpress of @ and .com
- Improved gestures
- Eliminated lag on letter pop-ups
- Various other minor bug fixes and usability improvements
The only thing they ask is that you participate in giving feedback by going to their VIP Community to report any bugs that you may find. After all, this is still a beta program even though it feels like a finished product. Grab one of the new SwiftKey 3 Beta’s from the appropriate link below. Works great on tablets, too!
SwiftKey 3 Beta (phone): Download
SwiftKey 3 Beta (tablet): Download
If the title didn’t already say it, Huawei’s Ascend P1 S device at 6.68mm and Oppo’s 6.65mm Finder are about to take the back seat when it comes to the “thinnes wars”. ZTE is now touting a device code named “Athena” which is sporting a mere 6.2mm thin chassis while also throwing in some big specs under the hood. While we don’t know all of the specs just yet, we do know the device will sport an IPS res display at 720p as well as a Cortex-A15 CPU (multi-core). We’ve also found that the device will sport 64 GB of internal storage and use a skin overlay dubbed “Miflavor UI“, assuming over Android’s ICS 4.0. In addition, the director of the company has stated that the device will come in a variety of different colors to choose from for customization. Check out the pics above and below and feel free to toss your thoughts in the comments section below.