Ahead of its September 3 launch at the IFA trade show in Berlin, Samsung has fully revealed the design of its much anticipated smartwatch, the Gear S2. As part of the company’s latest teaser, a Samsung executive has posted an image of the wearable on his Instagram account showing off the Gear S2 in its full glory.
LG was earlier rumored to release a premium device during the second half of 2015, but new information now says that idea was never on the table.
Despite quickly taking over the top spot for smartwatches, the Apple Watch has not been the roaring success some may have hoped for. Manufacturers of Android-based smartwatches have already discovered this truth, that the wearables market has not yet caught on fire, as shown by poor results for 2014 sales when only 4.6 million units were shipped. Nevertheless, several companies are preparing to introduce a new wave of smartwatches at the IFA 2015 show next week in Berlin, including ASUS, Huawei, LG and Motorola, with a heavy focus on the use of Android Wear for the operating system. Read more
For pet owners who worry about leaving their critters, whether for a day at work or a longer, extended vacation, may be interested in some new Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices to be shown at the Pet Fair Asia conference schedule for later this week in Shanghai. Binatone, in partnership with Hubble, will be showcasing some new products from Motorola to help pet owners keep track of their furry friends. Read more
A few weeks ago, Qualcomm unveiled three new SoCs, the Snapdragon 212, 412 and 616, all designed for the budget-friendly mobile market. The Snapdragon 616 being the most powerful of the three was intended as a small upgrade over the successful Snapdragon 615, and benchmarks actually show a significant improvement despite the two SoCs being almost identical. Read more
It is no secret that HTC is desperate to improve its deteriorating financial situation, but it doesn’t look like that the Taiwanese electronic company is going to rely on original ideas for that. The device that HTC is reportedly banking upon to improve its profit margin looks eerily similar to Apple’s iPhone 6 in terms of overall design.
During Google I/O this year, the company showed off Now on Tap, which looks to be an extremely cool use of Google Now’s information scraping. Since then, Microsoft has already updated their Bing app to offer a similar experience, and it’s expected that Apple will do the same at some point. The competition in the digital personal assistant space is heating up very, very quickly, but unfortunately, Google may end up struggling to be competitive with other giants, according to some recent news. Read more
There was a a lot of disappointment in that the Moto X Play would not be making its way to the United States. However, it seems that it’ll be making its way to US shores as a Verizon exclusive: the DROID Maxx 2.
A new add-on for Microsoft’s Excel and Google’s Sheets from messaging company MSG91 will users to send text messages directly from spreadsheets that they’re working on. Plug-ins and add-ons are gaining popularity, especially with power users that spend a lot of time in office apps and programs, and a messaging extension that can leverage a spreadsheet’s data can be very useful. Read more
Charging Android and iOS devices differs based on the port. Although USB Type-C ports are appearing, most Android devices have a micro-USB port to handle charging and data transfers. Apple’s iOS devices, however, have always used proprietary technology with the latest being the Lightning port. Friends and family getting together usually borrow chargers, but you can be left without a chance to get your device any power if the majority of devices around you aren’t similar.
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