Verizon has used the @DroidLanding Twitter account since 2010 to post cryptic messages regarding the release of different DROID devices.
Seeing as the release of the newest Motorola DROID devices are imminent (Motorola has a scheduled event for Sept. 4), the Verizon employees running the account took to the page to send out a new tweet, about nine months since its last tweet.
Two devices from Sony are exposed in the image above. The smartphone in the woman’s is the Xperia Z3 and the wearable on her wrist is the SmartBand Talk. The Xperia Z3 is shown in copper and the handset will also be available in black, white, and mint green. An image showing the color options can be seen after the break. The SmartBand Talk on the model’s wrist has an interface that does resemble something from Android Wear. And the image above confirms the curved e-ink display for this fitness tracker.
A few days ago the Samsung SM-A500 turned up on the Bluetooth SIG web site after getting its certification from that group. The device is part of a new series of phones from Samsung based on the Samsung Galaxy Alpha. A new sighting of the device on the GFXBench site gives us much more information about the SM-A500. According to the information on GFXBench, the SM-A500 will have a 4.8-inch screen running at 1280 x 720 resolution. That is slightly larger than the Galaxy Alpha’s 4.7-inch screen. The smartphone appears to be driven by a Snapgradon 410 processor running at 1.19 GHz. This is not the most powerful of processors, but it does come with support for 64-bit computing, so it should be able to tap into the benefits of Android L.
The SM-A500 as tested was equipped with 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory. The rear-facing camera is listed as a 12 MP unit while the front-facing camera is a 4.7 MP shooter.
Expect to see more of this device leak over the coming weeks, along with siblings SM-A300 and SM-A700.
Starting today, Google’s enterprise solutions will fall under a new name. The company has announced that Google for Work is replacing Google Enterprise. The rebranding is to better align itself with small businesses rather than large companies alone. Google, as stated by chairman Eric Schmidt, wants small businesses to feel empowered by the tools available. Google for Work includes services such as Gmail, Drive, Maps, Search, Chrome, Android, and much more. On the hardware end of things, Google is making sure that Google for Work is an extremely useful tool on Android and Chromebook devices.
Google continues to make their YouTube service more valuable to film-makers and casual users, including the launch of the new Fan Funding feature, which allows the video’s host to set up a virtual tip jar which fans can contribute to using their Google Wallet. The service, which has so far launched in the USA, Japan, Australia and Mexico, can be used directly from the video’s page or from the Android app. Obviously YouTube gets a cut of the donations, which in the US equates to 5% of the total donation plus a flat 21 cents.
Users of Sky’s NOW TV streaming service should head over the Play Store (or Apple’s App Store) and update their NOW TV app as the popular service now includes Chromecast support. The app works for casting TV shows, movies and sports, making the service even more valuable. Read more
There are a slew of apps for managing your grocery lists, but Bring! Shopping List turned it up a notch with the introduction of Android Wear support. In fact, the developer is touting this as the first grocery list app to do it.
Bring! was introduced late last year and it’s one of the lesser known options. However it includes most of the same features that made the others so popular such as syncing between family members, sharing, and push notifications. What separates Bring! Shopping List from others is that it’s image driven rather than just a list of text. They offer over 350 hand drawn images for various grocery items and they appear in red when you need to buy them.
A picture of a Sony Xperia Z3 from a training event appears to have revealed the specs for the device. The Xperia Z3 that was being used for training purposes had a sheet with specs affixed to the back of it. Although the image could be a fake, the specs seem to line up with previously leaked information. Assuming the image is real, there are a couple bits of new information we learn from the pic. Read more
The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact will finally get revealed tomorrow at IFA, but for an appetizer, we have some pictures and what could be the final specifications of the device.
As you can see in the images, Sony will be offering the phone in white, black, mint and orange. As for specs, you can expect a 4.6-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 20.7 MP Sony Exmor RS rear camera with the capability for 4K video, 2.2 MP front-facing camera, stereo speakers, IP68 certification for dust / water resistance, and a 2,600 mAh battery. It will measure 127 x 64.9 x 8.6 mm (5 x 2.55 x 0.33 in) and weigh 129 g (4.55 oz).
In a new interview with CNET, Google’s Director of Engineering for Android Wear David Singleton and the Vice President of Engineering for Android Hiroshi Lockheimer talked about the future of the Android Wear platform and where they see it going in the near future. According to Singleton, “one of the things we’re going to be able to do is add the ability for these devices to start working with some of the other devices you might wear on your body” as part of several updates expected to be pushed out. The two engineers think the update cycle for Android Wear will be quite fast, reminiscent of the earlier years of Android on smartphones. Read more