Early this morning, Twitter’s @evleaks leaked what could be an upcoming redesign of Samsung’s user interface for Android. Previously, the company used Nature UX; however, this looks comparable to their new UI being used with the Galaxy NotePRO and TabPRO series tablets. Samsung calls it Magazine UI. The font is much lighter and everything seems flatter, albeit not on the same level as iOS. If Samsung does opt for this change, we will likely see it when the Galaxy S 5 is announced. The key to @evleaks‘ tweet is that Samsung is “exploring” this new user inferface. Read more
The folks that walked away from Oppo started up manufacturer ‘OnePlus,” shortly after leaving their previous jobs. Today, the company announced that it will be finally producing its first device, which will run a version of CyanogenMod and will be available in the first half of 2014 in “select markets.”
The goal is to “put the best software on the best hardware.”
The company won’t simply be creating the device and then loading up CyanogenMod on it— the company will apparently be getting tons of input on the hardware from the CM team, which is always a good sign.
The phone, expected to be called the OnePlus One, and should also have some extra software features built-in.
Details are a bit shady on this one but expect more to come out in the near future.
Source: OnePlus Forum
At CES 2014, Garmin decided to announce its HUD+ device to make driving safer. Like the original HUD did, information is projected onto the driver’s windshield. The difference is on the software side. Before, the HUD only worked with select Garmin apps that users had to purchase from the Play Store. The HUD+, however, allows drivers to use its own companion app. The original HUD will stick around for $149 while the new HUD+ will retail for just $179. Not bad for people that want a heads-up display.
Hit the break to watch our hands on video. Read more
After not saying much about it during their CES 2014 keynote, Intel has confirmed that they are powering all Dual OS devices. If you may recall, Intel President Renee James made a cameo appearance at ASUS’ event when the Transformer Book Duet was announced yesterday (which we got our hands on). These devices can switch between Windows and Android in a matter of a few seconds. With this capability, many OEMs hope that they can serve both professional and tech-loving users with Windows’ productivity and Android’s openness.
Intel officially announced during their keynote that they are indeed entering the smart watch bonanza, pitting them against Samsung, Pebble, and Sony from the start. The interesting thing about their unnamed smart watch is that it does not rely on a smartphone at all. The smart watch uses geofencing technology to deliver notifications based on location. Intel also announced the Intel Edison chip that the company plans to use to power small devices like a smart watch.
The final major announcement from Intel’s event was their Jarvis smart headset. Jarvis, a reference design for OEMs to run with, wraps around a user’s ear and connects to a smartphone to gather information. Like Google Now, it can deliver directions, restaurants nearby, and other information to assist users.
As T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere prepares for the company’s Uncarrier 4.0 event on Wednesday as part of CES 2014, he has been on a virtual rampage of sorts generating all kinds of press related to his spat with AT&T. The latest bit of news comes courtesy AT&T’s developer party being held to cap off their conference in conjunction with CES 2014. Legere showed up with an entourage, including T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter, to check out the party at which Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were scheduled to perform. “Crashing” the party may be too strong a word as Legere and company did show up with tickets and were allowed in with no problem.
Shortly after arriving though, Legere ran into CNET reporter Roger Cheng who tweeted out a picture of the two. A few minutes after that, security showed up to bounce Legere’s group from the festivities. It is entirely possible Legere would have been asked to leave even if he had not had the fateful run-in with Cheng, but that tweet certainly seems to have hastened things a bit. In the end though, it seems like AT&T may have played into Legere’s hand as he was able to capitalize on the stunt via Twitter and continue to press on AT&T while building interest in T-Mobile’s Uncarrier 4.0 event.
Be sure to keep an eye on TalkAndroid for our CES 2014 coverage and find out what other shenanigans may be going on at the event.
via: Android Authority
Unlike the basic Acer Iconia B1-720 aimed at the very low end of the tablet market, Acer does hope to move up the chain a little bit with another refreshed Iconia device for 2014, the Acer Iconia A1-830. The Iconia A1 comes with a 7.9-inch screen running at 1366×768 resolution and Android KitKat 4.2 out of the box. Like the Iconia B1, no additional UI is laid on top of Android. Acer anticipates an upgrade will be available shortly after the device is released later this month to a newer version of Android. To help justify the $149 price point, Acer constructed the Iconia A1 with an aluminum back.
The Iconia A1 is still far from the top of the line when it comes to tablet devices, but for a basic unit at a low price point, this could be the ticket for some consumers. We have a hands on video after the break. Be sure to keep an eye on TalkAndroid for our continuing CES 2014 coverage. Read more
Motorola is on a roll these days. The popular Moto X beat out both the GPe devices and Nexus 4 in getting KitKat, Their newest device, the Moto G, the budget device that we’re even excited about, has received Android 4.4.2 ahead of schedule. However, even as such that update was limited to being stateside. That’s no longer the case though.
Starting today, Moto G devices in the UK will be receiving the latest verison of KitKat. With the update you’ll see most of the benefits that comes along with KitKat. That includes the smart dialer, Hangouts SMS as the default SMS handler, and printing support. Once the update takes, the build will be KLB20.9-1.10-1.9. If you haven’t received the notification for the update yet you can go to Settings>About phone>System updates. .
source: Motorola UK
Although many attendees and followers of CES 2014 event may be checking out all of the top-end gear announced by manufacturers, that doesn’t mean other market segments are left out. Case in point, Acer showed up at CES 2014 with their new, updated versions of the Acer Iconia line of tablets. In this video, we found the Acer Iconia B1-720, a 7-inch device that is at the bottom of the product line. Still, the Iconia B1-720 comes equipped with a 1.3GHz processor and a 1024×600 resolution screen. Acer ships the unit with Android 4.2.2 without any additional UI. There are no plans to update the unit to newer versions of Android. The suggested MSRP is $129, so street prices should be significantly lower. It may not be a device to knock anyone’s socks off, but it should perform basic tablet duties quite well.
Check out a quick hands-on video with the Acer Iconia B1-720 after the break and watch TalkAndroid for more coverage from CES 2014. Read more
Along with the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 announced by Samsung at CES 2014, the company also announced three other tablets sans a stylus – the Samsung Galaxy TabPRO series with devices in 8.4, 10.1 and 12.2 sizes. All three of these tablets run at 2560×1600 resolution and ship with Android 4.4 KitKat. In our hands on video, you can get an idea of how Samsung’s new Magazine UI works along with the “window” system used for running up to four applications at one time. That latter function could prove useful for buyers that opt for the larger sized tablets.
Hit the break for our hands on video and keep an eye on TalkAndroid throughout the day as we continue with our CES 2014 coverage. Read more
The Samsung Galaxy NotePro and TabPro series’ went through a number of leaks, but the tablets have finally been made official after Samsung announced them at CES on Monday. A total of four new tablets were announced, with the LTE version of the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 featuring a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, and the WiFi only version featuring an Exynos octa-core processor. It also has a 2560×1600 display resolution and will ship with Android 4.4 out of the box.
Hit the break to check out our hands on video, and make sure to check back here for all the latest CES 2014 coverage.