Leak suggests Motorola will move emphasis from wood to leather in 2014

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In 2013, Motorola focused on wood being the material worth emphasizing with the Moto X. With its Moto Maker platform to produce custom devices, Motorola needed something to differentiate the Moto X. However, upon launching, the wood backs did not exactly maintain the buzz from when the Moto X was revealed in August. The hype cooled off because wood backs came long after the device’s release.

Now, in 2014, it seems that Motorola will be shifting its focus to another material. That material? Leather. On Twitter, @evleaks tweeted “2013:wood::2014:leather.” Of course, this is a very vague tweet on the surface. But what other company used wood in 2013? None, just Motorola.

So it looks like leather will be adding leather to its Moto Maker platform this year. Will it be available for the current Moto X? I would not think so. I believe that the leather backs will debut on Motorola’s next device, either the Moto X + 1 or the rumored 6.3-inch device. Read more

Amazon has Samsung’s Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit available for pre-order

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Samsung’s newest wearables are now up for pre-order through Amazon. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches along with the Gear Fit smartband can all be pre-ordered today. The Gear 2 costs $299 while the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit both carry a $199 price tag.

Hit one of the source links below to pre-order yours.

Source: Amazon [Gear 2] [Gear 2 Neo] [Gear Fit]

TAG Heuer announces a luxurious solar-powered smartphone

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Need something a little bit more premium feeling than the HTC One (M8) and its aluminum construction? Enter TAG Heuer’s Merediist Infinite smartphone. The company that manufactures primarily watches and other high-end accessories is the smartphone and it features a solar panel to charge the device. To start charging, the device needs natural light; however, artificial light will work to a lesser degree. To do this, TAG Heuer is putting one of Wysips’ solar panels in-between the glass and LCD components of the display.

Only 1911 units will be produced to sell and the price tag will show just how premium TAG Heuer is making the Merediist Infinite. The device will be made of titanium, rubber, and carbon fiber.

As you prepare to break the bank for TAG Heuer’s device, hit the break to watch an introductory video. Read more

Samsung shows off Galaxy Ace Style in Germany

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The Samsung Galaxy Style Ace still hasn’t officially been announced, but that didn’t stop the company from showcasing the device in Germany. The device is said to feature a 4-inch WVGA display, 5 megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing shooter and 4 GB of internal storage. Other hardware details are limited, but it’s supposed to be one of the first affordable smartphones to run on the latest Android 4.4 operating system.

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New photos of Huawei’s upcoming Ascend P7 leak

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Huawei’s next flagship, the Ascend P7, will be unveiled next month on May 7 at a press conference held in Paris. The device has been leaked quite a few times now and recently, a new series photos of the upcoming Ascend P7 surfaced online.

The new leak comes from a French website which showcases an alleged prototype of the Ascend P7. From the photos leaked, it seems that the device looks pretty much similar to its predecessor. As for the specs, the device is rumored to sport a 5-inch full HD display, a 13MP rear facing camera with an 8MP front facing camera, and a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. Read more

Sony releases the unlocked variant of the Xperia Z1

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Sony’s Xperia Z1 which was announced late last year, has been available for sale for quite some time now, however you had to sign a contract to get your hands on it. Sony has now released the unlocked Xperia Z1 with support for US LTE on T-Mobile and AT&T’s networks as well as on Canadian LTE network. This means that you can now get a SIM free Xperia Z1 without having to sign a contract.

Everything put aside, the unlocked Xperia Z1 would cost you a whopping $620. Considering that it was released last year in September, the price is quite high.

Source: Sony

Samsung goes for touching story to market Gear 2 and Gear Fit

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Despite a bumpy start in the wearables market with the original Samsung Galaxy Gear, the company still has lots of resources to try for a better round with their new Gear 2 and Gear Fit. Although we have learned this past week that Samsung was effective in annoying Apple with their “Next Big Thing” ads, for wearable tech there is little competition to deal and certainly no one as big a target as Apple was in the smartphone market. That means Samsung has to be creative in choosing the marketing path to take with their new devices. Their latest ad for their Gear devices suggests they are shooting for an emotional connection. Read more

Amazon’s new Dash device makes grocery shopping extremely easy

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Amazon recently announced a new device that will make grocery shopping with AmazonFresh extremely easy.

Amazon’s new Dash is a thin long device that works much like a remote control. The device has a microphone and a barcode scanner to which you can speak into the microphone with the name of a product or even scan the barcode of a particular product to have it added to your Amazon Fresh account.

Amazon is offering the device as a trial-basis and to get one, you’ll have to be a customer of Amazon Prime Fresh which is only available to customers in San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Prime Fresh subscription costs $300 year and is only available in a few cities. Read more

What happens when a Tesla Model S runs over a Samsung Galaxy S 5?

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Seems like an odd question, which can only be a sign that someone gave it a try. Twitter user @iCrackUriDevice decided to do some drop tests of the new Samsung Galaxy S 5. The goal of these and other drop tests involving Samsung devices is often to assess how well the plastic used for the Galaxy S 5 holds up compared to “better” materials like the metal used for the iPhone or an HTC smartphone. Samsung has stated they use plastic not only to control costs, but because the increased flexibility improves survivability. In addition to drop tests, @iCrackUriDevice decided to see how the Galaxy S 5 would hold up to pressure under the wheels of a Tesla Model S. Read more

TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for March 31 – April 6, 2014

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This week’s biggest news wasn’t about a phone or tablet, it was about the TV. Specifically, Amazon’s brand new Fire TV set-top box. Will it be compelling enough to sway fans from the Chromecast, Roku or Apple TV? We are also hearing that Google is readying their next generation set-top box, dubbed Android TV. Can both Android TV and the Chromecast coexist? The Samsung Galaxy S 5 will finally launch globally this week. Will it live up to the hype or will the HTC One (M8) keep it in check? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another exciting week in the world of Android.

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