Coming off IFA 2014 in Berlin and the announcement of the Ascend Mate 7, Huawei isn’t stopping its momentum. Today the company announced the China market bound Honor Play 4. The mid-range device sports a 720×1280 (720p) 5-inch screen, a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor with 1 GB of RAM. It also has 8 GB of internal storage. As far as cameras are concerned the Play 4 sports an 8MP rear shooter with a 2 MP front camera. The battery is removable and comes in at 2,000 mAh. It’s dual-SIM capable, has NFC and LTE onboard. The device costs 799 yuan (roughly $130). We have a gallery for you after the break. Enjoy.
LG has had its fair share of strange and daring devices over the years, but for their newest phone, the Wine Smart, the Korean manufacturer have gone down a more nostalgic path. The Wine Smart is an entry level Android phone running 4.4 KitKat, in a clamshell form factor. While Samsung has released similar devices, this one is aimed specifically at handicapped or elderly users, meant to be easy to use but far more powerful than the feature phones that typically use this form factor. Hit the break for a quick teaser video from LG.
The breakout success of Google’s Android One program has prompted manufacturers like Karbonn, Intex and Spice to move forward with a second wave of budget devices, launching as early as December. The initial Android One devices launched last week with prices as low as $105, and these will likely be priced similarly. Karbonn is expected to be first to market with their next device.
As rumored in previous weeks, HTC will be stepping back into the tablet (and Nexus) game with the Nexus 9, the company’s first tablet since 2011 and first Nexus device since the Nexus One in 2010. According to the Wall Street Journal, the tablet is the product of endless collaboration between Google and HTC, with the latter’s engineers flying back and forth between headquarters constantly.
If you own a Nexus 4, you’re probably getting fairly worried that your still-relevant device will be getting left behind this year like its well-loved predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus was last year. It turns out,
Consumers interested in getting a new Motorola Moto X (2014) on the Verizon network will probably be disappointed to know that the device will initially come without support for Verizon’s new Advanced Calling 1.0. Advanced Calling 1.0 is Verizon’s new “product” that routes both voice and data over the LTE network. The Moto X (2014) will not have access to Advanced Calling 1.0 when it launches on September 26th, but will get it via a software update sometime later this fall.
Samsung is now listing the Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 on the official Samsung site for Thailand, which may be about as close to an official announcement as we will get. The Galaxy Mega 2 is the successor to the Galaxy Mega 6.3 and Galaxy Mega 5.8 and has a 6-inch screen that falls in the middle of its predecessors. That big screen runs at 1280 x 720 resolution.
It was a rather slow week, but there were some interesting things. Android One was officially launched for the next 5 billion people. The Galaxy Note 4 goes on pre-order, but does it stand a chance against the iPhone 6 / 6 Plus? Speaking of pre-orders, the Moto X 2014 is also available. Will it rise above the original? We seem to be getting closer to a new DROID launch on Verizon. Is turbo charging enough to make it successful or does Motorola and Verizon have something else up their sleeves? Oh yeah, Amazon announced new Kindle tablets. That’s right more devices with forked versions of Android. Woo Hoo!! It’s time to get caught up and get ready for what is sure to be another interesting week in the Android world.
Thankfully, that annoying restriction is on the way out. Now you can create a new Google account in order to further compartmentalize your online presence without making ANOTHER Google Plus account. Unfortunately, if you want to use YouTube or leave reviews on Google Play, or set up your Android phone, you will still need to set up an account on Google’s fading social media site.
On September 26, the Moto X (2014) will be available through Verizon. A leaked internal document shows that the wait for the Motorola flagship is almost over. Verizon will have both 16 and 32GB versions with Moto Maker customizations being an option. As expected, it will cost $99/$149 with a new two-year contract. Forgoing the contract route and using the Edge payment plan will be $24.99/$27.49 per month.
To really generate some excitement, Big Red is hosting a promotion in which the bamboo back panel with white will not carry any extra cost. The Edge price stays at $27.49 for this promotion.