We know exactly what you’re thinking… “Damn, that’s a big phone!”. And rightfully so. Though it’s being considered for the “Phablet” market, this thing is seriously teetering on the brink of a full blown out tablet. Being just .2-inches shy of the Nexus 7 and other popular small tablets, we’re definitely thinking it’s a flat out tab. The Hisense X1 is “large and in charge” as stated by Editor in Chief Rob Nazarian as he tries to tame this bad boy one-handed. The X1 comes in at a whopping 6.8-inches sporting Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 series CPU, making for a snappy experience when navigating. In addition, the handset comes with a 5-megapixel camera in the front and a 13-megapixel shooter in the rear. Battery life should be optimal to run the true definition IPS display (1920 x 1080) with a whopping 3900 mAh’s. Read more
The man behind the Carbon for Android Twitter client, M.Saleh Esmaeili, has announced the client has hit the wall in terms of Twitter API tokens. This was not an entirely unexpected move for Twitter which continues to limit access to its platform by developers of alternative clients. The news comes only days after new updates were released for the Carbon.
Esmaeili indicates in a post on his Google+ page that he is ready to move on from Carbon and has been working on some new paths to take. That does not mean he is abandoning Carbon entirely as he will keep working on some planned updates. He also indicates that he will not come up with a way to create custom API keys to get around Twitter like some other clients.
During CES 2014 today at T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 4.0 event, CEO John Legere spent some time reviewing results for the carrier. In the last quarter of 2013, T-Mobile added a whopping 1.6 million subscribers. This brought their numbers for the year up to a net gain of 4.4 million new customers. For comparison, T-Mobile lost 515,000 customers during the 4th quarter of 2012. Just looking at the chart presented by T-Mobile tells the story of the carrier’s success during 2013. It may also be a testament to the success of their Uncarrier strategy, which continues to produce results for T-Mobile as well as shake up the industry. Read more
As many guessed, when T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced Uncarrier 4.0 today at CES 2014, the carrier introduced the idea of paying off ETFs from other carriers as a way to make it easier for customers to switch carriers, especially family plans with multiple lines of service. Unlike AT&T’s limited attempt targeted at T-Mobile, Uncarrier 4.0 makes the payment of ETFs for any of the other three major carriers in the U.S. part of T-Mobile’s standard operations. Read more
Touchless gesturing is nothing new with smartphones and tablets, but we have only seen it utilizing the front facing camera. It works okay, but it’s too limited. Elliptic Labs has developed a much better version utilizing 4 speakers on either the front or sides of the device. Using ultrasound, gesturing is so much easier and effortless.
This is something that has been in development for a couple of years, but it will finally come to fruition this year. They released the SDK so any manufacturer can implement it on their smartphones or tablets.
The folks at Elliptic said to expect the first device sometime this year. What manufacturer(s)? They wouldn’t tell me, but they were using a Samsung phone in the demo. Coincidence?
Anyways, check out the hands on (no pun intended) video after the break.
Qualcomm’s Vuforia division continues to impress me each year at CES. We already showed you some of the newer apps utilizing the Vuforia platform, but now it’s time to look at the future. Qualcomm Vice President of Business Development, Jay Wright, gave me a glimpse of Vuforia “Smart Terrain” and it blew me away.
With Smart Terrain, apps can see real world objects and calculate their height, weight, and depth to build visuals for interaction. With just a few objects, you can literally create your own battlefield. Just aim a smartphone or tablet equipped with a 3D camera at the objects and this app will map out a 3D grid around them. You have to see it to believe it.
Check out this hands on video after the break and be amazed.
Home automation is still a hot topic amongst mobile enthusiasts and this year’s CES 2014 has no shortage of such technologies. The latest startup to flag the industry’s radar is Flyover Innovations, a small group of gents from Lenexa Kansas looking to bring the world its flavor of home theater and streaming control. At CES 2014 the company has introduced their latest product dubbed “Blumoo”. Blumoo is a small hardware platform offering the ability to connect any home theater system allowing you to stream your media from your mobile device. The company and their product aim to rid of the traditional “dock” believing that mobile devices should be just that, mobile. Blumoo offers an open source API so the company is hoping other developers will get on board as well. What’s nice about Blumoo is the limited amount of hardware required. You’re in essence using your existing audio equipment. Read more
There were a number of products for kids introduced at CES 2014, including the likes of the Polaroid Kids Tablet 3. There was also a new smartphone for kids called the Kurio. It’s being developed by Techno Source and KD Interactive, and it allows parents to be able to better monitor data use and apply restrictions where necessary. It also has some great specs for a child, including 8GB of storage and a 4-inch display.
Hit the break for our hands on video with the device, and check back here for more CES 2014 information!
There were a number of new companies displaying their products at CES this year. One of those was a company called Sen.se, and they debuted a product called the “Mother” which is a hub for a series of Motion Cookie tracking devices. The tracking sensors are able to track a variety of different information including movement and temperature. The sensors, called Cookies, can be stuck to almost any object and used to capture and analyze movements and parameters that you can set such as distance to the Mother base station.
Hit the break to see our hands on video, and make sure to check back here for more information on CES 2014! You can also click here for more information and to buy the device!
That Samsung Galaxy Grand Lite, that will be officially known as the Galaxy Grand Neo, will reportedly launch in the seventh week of this year. That gives us a rough estimated release date of February 10-16. The device was originally expected to launch between January 27 and February 2.
As a reminder, you can expect the Galaxy Grand Neo to have a 5-inch WVGA screen as well as a 1.2 GHz A7 CPU. It’ll have Android 4.3 out of the box, and of course you’ll see all of Samsung’s typical skins and enhancements. Pricing is set at €299, or around $405 USD.
Source: Unwired View