You probably thought Android Wear devices would not be a good form factor for playing games. If the game is simple enough that may not be true. For example, developer Sebastian Mauer has released an “inspired” game called Flopsy Droid for Android Wear devices. Hit the break to check out some screen shots showing how a flying Droid can be piloted through a series of obstacles. If you are lucky enough to already have an Android Wear device, you can use the download links to grab this free game. » Read the rest
Although smartwatches should not be subject to typical smartphones risks like being dropped, they will still be subject to a host of new hazards like users accidentally bumping up against tables or counters, knocking them into sinks, and other not healthy for tech situations. Their small size should help them when it comes to durability, but inevitably some people will find their devices need to be repaired. To save a few dollars, some of those individuals will decide to undertake repairs themselves. The team over at iFixit has run a couple new Android Wear devices through their teardown process to get an idea of how hard or easy that may be. » Read the rest
It’s become a trend for manufacturers to release a video discussing what their thought process was in the design for each of their flagships. The LG G3 might not be as high quality as the HTC One (M8), but its design is simple yet attractive.
LG’s goal with the G3 was to increase the display size but try to keep the overall device size around the same as the G2. Not to mention, pack more features like a bigger battery, OIS+, dual flash, and laser focus. The G3 is made of plastic, but the metalic finish gives is a premium feel that you don’t get with other plasticy phones, ahem…Samsung.
Hit the break to see the video.
It looks like some people are enjoying voice controls for media that is currently playing as part of Google Now. So far the only commands available are “Next Song” and “Stop”, but we can only assume more options like “pause” will be added when it’s officially released. It appears that only a a few people have it now which means the full rollout could happen within the next few weeks.
You can easily check to see if you have it. Just say “OK Google, Next Song” and you will see the screenshot at the top left if the update has been pushed to your device. If not, you will see the top right screenshot and you will hear, “Media controls are not supported on this device.” It’s also weird that you need to tap your device in order to play the next song. Hopefully that will change.
You can see a video of this in action by jumping past the break.
Sony wasn’t the only one to introduce a new phone today as ZTE also had a few tricks up their sleeve. They just unveiled the nubia Z7, the nubia Z7 max, and the nubia Z7 mini.
The nubia Z7 (pictured above) is clearly the flagship here with its 5.5-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440) display, quad-core Snapdragon 801, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 13 MP rear camera with OIS, 5 MP front-facing camera, dual-SIM capability, and 3,000 mAh battery. It will sell for €410 ($550)
It’s no surprise that Sony just announced their new selfie-centric smartphone today after teasing it yesterday. The Xperia C3 is being touted as the “world’s best selfie smartphone” with its “PROselfie” cam along with specific selfie apps. It sports a 5 MP front-facing camera along with a soft LED flash and Superior Auto Mode.
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We’ll just file this one under “probably a good idea.”
Isis Mobile Wallet, a digital wallet app, will be changing its name to avoid any confusion or controversy it may have sparked because of the similarity of its name with the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militant group.
LG had detailed their recently announced G Pad 10.1, including what software features it’s going to borrow from the G3 and the hardware that powers the 10-inch tablet. Unfortunately, the hardware doesn’t match what you’ll find in the G3, but many of the best software features are present.
The tablet will come preloaded with “the best of the G Series premium UX,” including Touch and Shoot camera and selfie gestures, the G3′s smart keyboard, and dual-window mode for taking advantage of the larger 10-inch screen. We’ll also see the new QPair 2.0, which can sync up the G Pad with your phone and see all of your calls and texts on your tablet without ever touching your phone, and KnockOn, which is one of the coolest security features on LG’s products. » Read the rest
While the LG G Watch has been in the Play Store since it was officially announced alongside the Gear Live at Google I/O, it had only been available in select markets. Today, LG announced that the device is now available through the Play Store a select retailers worldwide.