Here’s some good news if you were planning on picking up a Moto G when it launches in the US next January; it will come with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box, no software update needed. We had initially heard rumors that the device might launch with 4.4, but when it was announced, Motorola confirmed 4.3 for the device. However, since the update was slated for early 2014 anyway and the US version of the device isn’t being released at the same time as other devices, it’s apparently given Motorola and Google enough time to get the software up to snuff to launch with.
This is definitely good news and makes a compelling argument for the sub-$200 smartphone. It’s certainly not going to be able to compete with the Nexus 5 in benchmarks and pure processing power, but it’ll be able to say it’s one of the few devices that saw a KitKat update in a timely manner.
Anybody picking one of these up next year?
source: 9to5 Google
Looks like Asus is having a big day. The first big new from the tech manufacturer is that they’re readying a wearable device similar to Google Glass and it will be announced at Computex next year, which takes place in Taipei from June 3rd to June 7th in 2014. Unfortunately because of how early this news comes, it means there’s no solid information about the device itself. It seems like everyone else is pursuing glasses and watches, though, so don’t be surprised if we start to hear about either of those from Asus soon.
The second bit of news relates to next year’s inevitable refresh of Google’s flagship 7 inch tablet, the Asus-made Nexus 7. Originally, there was some speculation that Google would pick a different manufacturer for the tablet because Asus was focusing more on their own line of tablets, but according to CEO Jerry Shen, that’s not necessarily the case. The company is still in talks with Google to make that manufacturing partnership happen. It doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see Asus make the next Nexus 7, but it’s clearly a valuable chunk of their business, and I’m sure they’d hate to see it picked up by another manufacturer (although I wouldn’t complain if Google got Sony on board with some of their Nexus devices)
With Google considering moving production to a company besides Asus because they want to focus on their own line of tablets, it really makes you wonder if we’ll ever see another Samsung Nexus tablet with the rumors about the direction they’ll be going in next year.
source: Phone Arena
Acer recently launched the C720 Chromebook for $249 and the device has been receiving generally positive reviews. Even at that low price point, Acer has decided to try to reach an audience with even tighter wallets by releasing the C720-2848 version. The only difference Acer has implemented is a reduction in the amount of RAM, dropping it from 4GB down to only 2GB. In conjunction with that, the new device only costs $199.
The Acer C720-2848 features an 11.6-inch screen running at 1366×768 resolution, an Intel Haswell Celeron processor, 16GB of flash storage, and the aforementioned 2GB of RAM. Performance-wise, this means users may not want to keep quite so many tabs or apps running at any given time. According to Acer, the new Chromebook is available from Amazon and Best Buy starting today.
source: The Verge
HTC’s newest phablet, the HTC One Max, is now available for Sprint users. The device is $149.99 on a two year agreement (with instant savings), but can also be purchased without a contract for just $599.99. The enormous 5.9′ One Max features a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor (the same that is in the One), 2GB of RAM, an UltraPixel back-side shooter, 4G LTE, BoomSound, Fingerprint Scanner, and a 3300mAh battery.
Black Friday is coming up in just a few weeks, but Staples already has great deals flowing. You can get any tablet over $149 for $50 off. That includes the new Nexus 7, and brings down the price to $179 for the 16GB version, and $219 for the 32GB tablet. That is an incredible deal for a brand new, top of the line device.
All you have to do to take advantage of this deal is enter the coupon code 24373 while you’re checking out on Staples.com. This deal is only valid today, so be quick!
Source: 9 to 5 Google
Oppo is one of the most forward thinking smartphone companies out there. With their N1 that features a rotating camera, and their eagerness to use 3rd party ROMs, they are definitely a company to keep an eye on. We already know that Oppo will launch a version of the N1 that runs CyanogenMod in December, but Sohu IT reports that that won’t be all for Oppo and CyanogenMod.
Oppo plans on creating an entirely separate brand for CyanogenMod phones that feature the highest product specs, and use their own marketing, sales channels and development processes. Definitely something to keep an eye on.
Source: Unwired Review
New information regarding the HTC One’s successor is becoming more frequent since it is going to launched within the next few months. We’ve already seen its casing, with a possible fingerprint sensor like the One Max, and @evleaks suggests it could be available on the big four U.S. carriers at launch. Now @evleaks has information regarding the specs of HTC’s 2014 flagship. He says the device will likely, and predictably, have “a 5-inch, 1080p handset powered by KitKat and a Snapdragon 800.” This would improve upon the HTC One’s 4.7-inch display and Snapdragon 600 processor.
An issue may arise with what Samsung will do with their 2014 Galaxy S 5. The company is working on its own 64-bit processor and it is likely that HTC is not going to include one at all. This would put them behind Samsung from the beginning. HTC needs to somewhat future-proof their device for the immediate future rather than being surpassed by Samsung once their flagship launches. Read more
Looks like Verizon is trying to move the Moto X. We already reported that you can get a fully customized version for only $49 through Moto Maker, but if you aren’t into customizing, you can grab a white or black one for Free from Verizon’s website. All you need to do is enter coupon code vzwdeal at checkout and it’s yours for Free.
Personally, I would spend the extra $50 and customize it to your heart’s content, but Free is always nice.
The new chairman of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, has just announced to wireless companies that they are to pass rules that allow people to be able to unlock their phones, allowing them to change carriers. These rules, Wheeler says, are to be put in place by December.
The issue in question, “unlocking”, was in the news back in January thanks to a law that made it illegal for you to unlock your phone and bring it to another carrier, even if you paid all the fees associated with unlocking your device. Currently, unlocking your device requires you to hack it – a move that could send you to jail for up to 5 years.