Mobile devices have become extremely thin within the last two years. Hardware manufacturers are figuring out how to pack so much into a slim figure. Coolpad, through its Ivvi brand, has teased a handset that is just 4.7mm thin. Measuring that thin would separate itself from the pack and be known as the thinnest phone in the world.
Aiming for a thin construction is something that Chinese companies have competed in. The Vivo X5 Max (4.7mm) and Oppo R5 (4.85mm) have each spent time as the thinnest phone in the world, the former being the current champion. Consumers, while appreciating good design, are probably not purchasing a device for how thin it is; however, the title does allow it to be marketed easier.
American customers who are looking for a budget device might want to turn their attention towards the Moto E today. Read more
The M.O.J.O gaming console for Android has now received a price cut in a bid to appear attractive to prospective buyers. The device has seen somewhat lukewarm response since its launch, so a price reduction was right around the corner. With this price reduction, the M.O.J.O can now be yours for just $149.99. Read more
Quite soon, Chrome OS users could have access to Android development tools. An issue posted on the Google Code site reveals that the Android Debug Bridge (ADB) and recovery/flashing tools are working with Chrome OS. The ADB tool allows for data to be sent between devices. Flashing makes it possible to do something like installing a custom ROM on a connected device. The tools would be accessible through the Chrome Shell.
We are not aware of a potential release date since nothing is official.
Via: OMG! Chrome!
Hutchison Whampoa Ltd, which is run by Asia’s richest man, Li Ka-shing, has announced that they will be purchasing the O2 mobile carrier from Telefonica for 10.25 billion pounds ($15.4 billion USD). Hutchison already owns the Three Mobile network in the U.K., so the merger of the two entities under one umbrella will create a new number one mobile operator in the country.
Hutchison’s announced purchase of O2 comes a few weeks after BT announced that it had entered into exclusive talks with EE, currently the largest mobile operator, to purchase the company as part of a strategy to create a company that provides fixed phone service, mobile phone service, and internet service. Read more
While we have been enjoying the search for leaked photos and information about HTC’s next flagship smartphone, expected to be revealed at MWC 2015, HTC is busy taking care of all the steps needed to bring a product to market. One of those steps is obtaining the variety of certifications needed for a device. HTC is on top of those items as certifications for a couple wireless technologies included in the device have been obtained. Read more
CommandWear Systems announced today that they have adopted Pebble smartwatches as part of a solution they make available for first responders. The CommandWear system involves components for communicating with first responders who are actively engaged in the field as well as a system for collecting multimedia information as part of a situational awareness platform. By deploying Pebble smartwatches as part of their solution, CommandWear hopes to help first responders keep eyes, ears and hands free for the job at hand while also improving their situational awareness and communication with central command.
CommandWear indicates the Pebble smartwatch provides the following advantages: Read more
Amazon has updated their Music application that brings in a dedicated Prime Music section. You’ll be able to quickly add music to your library and manage what songs you own, and you’ll be able to stream music without adding it to your library first. The search results and filtering methods have also been improved, so finding music you want should be easier now.
Aside from the Prime inclusions, Amazon fixed a few bugs and added support for the OnePlus One. If you use Prime Music, this an update you’ll probably want to grab. If you’re on the fence, you can check out our review of the service here. Read more
The new phablet from Huawei, the Mate 8, has received a brand new photo leak. While it doesn’t show the phone in its entirety, but the photos show off a rather large handheld device. What we see from the photos it shows a gold and black colored device similar to that of Huawei’s special edition top-tier phones.
It looks like LG had a pretty solid 2014, as analysts expect the company to post a 25% growth in their smartphone market year-over-year. LG shipped about 59.6 million smartphones, up from 47.6 million the previous year. The success of the flagship G3 and its cheaper variants like the G3 Beat and G3 Stylus contributed to how well LG did in 2014. Read more