Vizio has announced two new devices that put an interesting spin on Bluetooth speakers. The Portable Smart Audio devices have Android-powered displays built in. There are 4.7-inch and 7-inch models. The whole purpose is to get rid of the interruptions from a smartphone to control speakers. You can control the Smart Audio speakers from a screen that is already there. In case you were wondering, Android 4.4 KitKat is powering these 1200×800 displays and it is stock Android. Support for 802.11n WiFi is inside. Both models are scheduled to arrive in the second half of 2014.
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HP is joining the field of manufacturers who see a market for large, desktop oriented Android powered units. In their case, the HP Slate21 Pro AiO is aimed at business users, especially for those needing a kiosk type solution in an office or educational setting. The HP Slate21 Pro is slightly smaller than the Acer TA272 HUL and the Lenovo ThinkVision 28, which sport screens of 27- and 28-inches respectively and run at a 2K resolution. The HP Slate21 Pro is only 21.5-inches in screen size and unlike the other units, is only running at 1080p resolution. The HP Slate21 Pro also features a Tegra 4 quad-core processor and will come preloaded with Android 4.3. We do not yet have any information on what kinds of ports are included in the unit, but HP has loaded it up with a variety of cloud-based productivity apps and it comes ready with support for Citrix environments for easy deployment on a corporate network.
According to HP, the Slate21 Pro is now available in the U.S. for $399 which includes a keyboard and mouse. Check back for more coverage of CES 2014 from TalkAndroid after checking out HP’s press release after the break. Read more
Thanks to NVIDIA’s new Tegra K1 Super Chip, Epic Games can bring their Unreal Engine 4 to mobile devices. According to their press release, NVIDIA stated “the lines between mobile, desktop and console don’t make any sense any more. They’re gone forever. It’s now possible to run the same UE4 based game on all three platforms today.”
The Tegra K1 chip can produce graphics on par with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 while performing like an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3. Incredible if you ask me. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney says that his company “can take absolutely anything that runs on PC or on a console and run it on Tegra.”
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If Qualcomm’s Toq smart watch was deterring you due to its price, then this is your lucky week. In honor of CES 2014, the company is shedding $50 off of the retail price for entire the week. This means that the Toq smart watch can be yours for just $299. Yes, the same as Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, but many argue that the Toq is actually better. If you were on the fence, this is likely the best that the price will ever become. Hit the source link to buy one.
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If you’re the owner of the original DROID RAZR or RAZR MAXX, an update should grace your devices here in the next week or two. A soak test is currently going out for each device. While some of Motorola’s older devices are slated to get KitKat, neither of the devices that kicked off Motorola’s new generations of RAZRs didn’t make the cut. As Motorola has made it clear on its web site, neither device will receive Android 4.4 and will stay on 4.1.2.
What we can expect from the update would be fixes for problematic bugs, boosts in mobile signal, and/or the addition of bloatware. As soon as Verizon drops official support documents with what exactly the update brings to the table, we’ll let you know. Usually once the soak test goes out, it’s a short matter of time before the update becomes official.
Yesterday, @evleaks leaked both an image (above) and specifications of the Sony Xperia Z1S. The device will have a 4.3-inch, 720p display. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM is packed inside. A 20.7MP camera sits on the back and a 2MP on the front. The battery is sized at 2300mAh and there are 16GB of storage and Android 4.3 is said to be shipping at launch.
As you can see in the leaked image, T-Mobile’s name is stamped on the back. Sony is holding a press conference tonight at 8pm EST where the handset is expected to be announced. Also, T-Mobile has a press event scheduled for January 8 where this device may be introduced to the network. Read more
Two new images leaked this morning courtesy of Twitter tipster @evleaks that are supposedly a couple of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab devices ready to hit the market. One of them shows the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2, a device that saw some images surface over the weekend thanks to a patent application for a cover for the device. The new image shows the front and back of the device, both of which are similar to the current 10.1-inch model, in black. We still don’t know whether Samsung will unveil the device this week at CES 2014 or wait until next month’s MWC 2014. Read more
NVIDIA announced its new Tegra K1 Super Chip last night. For those of you unaware, it has 192 cores in a single processor. But CEO Jen-Hsun Huang finished with an explanation for the company’s self-made crop circle near Salinas, California. In the image above, you can see the crop circle was designed to mock the structure of the Tegra K1 chip. At the bottom, you see five squares that represent the CPU cores. Above that is the GPU, which in actuality would have 192 cores. But rather than putting that in the crop circle, NVIDIA opted to put “192” in Braille. NVIDIA says that this is its marketing for Tegra K1. I guess we will just have to wait and see how many hardware partners go with the new chip.
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Last week when Google and Audi announced a new partnership to bring Android powered and compatible systems to their vehicles, we thought there might be some other players ready to jump in on the effort. Today the creation of the Open Automotive Alliance was announced bringing Audi, GM, Google, Honda, Hyundai and NVIDIA together in an alliance that is “committed to bring the Android platform to cars starting in 2014.” According to Mary Chan, President of GM’s Global Connected Consumer Unit, “Partnering with Google and the OAA on an ecosystem that spans across vehicles and handheld mobile devices furthers our mission to bring vehicles into our owners digital lives and their digital lives into their vehicles…We see huge opportunities for the Android platform paired with OnStar 4G LTE connectivity in future Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles.”
According to the OAA, they expect the first cars with Android integration to be surfacing before the end of the year. As part of their announcement, the OAA has extended an open invitation to other automotive and technology companies to join the alliance. You can check out the full press release after the break. Don’t forget to check back here throughout the day for coverage from CES 2014. Read more
Last year, Motorola launched the very innovative Touchless Control on the Moto X, and ZTE has just announced something similar. It will debut on the upcoming Grand S II and it will allow users to unlock the device or take pictures with their voice as well as answer calls, listen to messages, and play music while driving. Just like the Moto X, the Grand S II (and other future devices) will only respond to the owner’s voice. So in theory, another person wouldn’t be able to unlock your phone. I am not sure I “buy” this level of security. Even though the success rate is high for voice recognition, it’s not 100%. As for photos, ZTE is touting that it will be a better experience for group photos and selfies.
Continuing the “audio” theme, the Grand S II includes triple-MIC noise reduction for clearer calls, high precision voice recording, Dolby sound effects, and a professional BOX speaker.
We will be sure to get a hands on video of the new Grand S II along with its new voice features, and don’t forget to check out our full CES coverage. Full presser after the break.