LG announces Tone Active Bluetooth headset for working out

LG tone activeLG has announced a new headset in their Tone line of Bluetooth headsets called the Tone Active. Like the name implies, this headset is geared towards someone wanting a durable pair of headphones to work out with.

The Tone Active features a lightweight design just like the original LG Tone headset, but it’s also IPX3 certified for water and sweat resistance. It boasts up to 9.5 hours of music playback with all of the features you’d expect from a high end Bluetooth headset. Read more

Huawei TalkBand B2 and TalkBand N1 round out Huawei wearables announced at MWC 2015


In addition to the Huawei Watch that was officially unwrapped at MWC 2015, Huawei announced two other wearable devices as part of their portfolio. The Huawei TalkBand B2 is the company’s second generation TalkBand product, combining activity tracking capabilities with Bluetooth headset capabilities. The Huawei TalkBand N1 is a Bluetooth headset for sports enthusiasts who love their music. Read more

Samsung A series smartphone gets Bluetooth certification


After releasing the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, Samsung appears to be ready to launch a new line of devices based on the same design model. We learned earlier this week that Samsung has three devices in the works, all with an “A” in the model name, leading to the unofficial moniker of “A series” for the line. Now one of those devices, the SM-A500, has surfaced on the Bluetooth SIG web site after obtaining its certification. Not much information about the specs for the device can be gleaned from the Bluetooth SIG entry, although it does appear it may be dual SIM capable. Read more

The Galaxy S 5 Prime might have just been Bluetooth certified


While the Galaxy S 5 was the procedural next step in the S line, many folk thought that the phone was somewhat lackluster in terms of being an upgrade over last year’s model. Rumors had the device running at least a 2k display and a metal body. As rumors continued to surface, it was suggested that Samsung would be readying a new line of premium phones that would later be named the Galaxy F line. However, the announcement for the Galaxy S 5 came and went without mention of  the Galaxy F series. However new rumors continued to arise that Samsung was readying a Galaxy S 5 Prime and as we continue along, we’re seeing more and more rumors pop up.

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Xiaomi announces new Android smart TV with 4K display


Xiaomi has officially announced a new television, the MI TV 2,  after releasing its first smart TV last fall. This one proves to be a bit bigger (49 inches), and a really nice new feature — a 4K display — for only CN¥3,999  (equivalent to $640).

Android is built into the TV (MIUI TV skin) and side loading for other TV apps is simple. The 4K panel has 3D capabilities with a 6.2mm aluminum bezel. The processor is a quad-core MediaTek MStar 6A918 chip (clocked at 1.45 GHz), 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage and a microSD slot that can support up to 64GB. 

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Asus Game Box Controller appears on Bluetooth SIG site



There was some word that Asus was working on a gaming device, and now it looks like it’s a definite thing. The image above appeared on Bluetooth SIG’s website, with a description for the “Asus Game Box.” The description says that the above wireless controller is for an “Android system for gaming markets.” It runs on USB 3.0 and will pack a 430mAh rechargeable battery for 12 hours of gameplay.

Previously leaked benchmarks described a Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage running Android 4.3. There’s still a lot more information to uncover, but this is a start.

Source: Bluetooth SIG
Via: Android Police

Bluetooth SIG listing shows what could be the HTC M8 heading to Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile


If you were a bit uneasy regarding the HTC M8 being available on your carrier, this may allow you to take a breath. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) certified an HTC device with the design model number “0P6BXXX, HTC6525LVW.” It is not confirmed that this is the HTC M8; however, it is very likely so. Under the software version number, Verizon is joined by AT&T and T-Mobile as the carriers. Unfortunately, Sprint is nowhere to be found. But, you may recall that @evleaks was tipped that all four of the United States’ big carriers would be getting the HTC M8 by the end of Q1 2014. So if this is indeed the real deal, it looks like everyone will be getting HTC’s upcoming flagship device.

Source: Bluetooth SIG
Via: Phone Arena

Sony wraps up day one of CES 2014 with launch of multiple wearables


Sony’s new Smartwear products include a bunch of really neat devices— included are the SmartBand and the wireless SBH80 Bluetooth headset. They even released some information regarding the SmartWatch 2.

The all-new SmartBand is a bracelet (seen above) that keeps track of the user’s activities throughout the day. Not only is it comfortable, but you can also wear it in the water, and the battery lasts up to five days. You can toggle music using the button on the bracelet, and a companion application called LifeLog lets you look at all of the data being collected by the SmartBand.

The SBH80 Bluetooth headset features NFC, HD voice, and aptX. It surely makes a great companion for exercising or multitasking throughout your day.

As for the SmartWatch 2, there were some minor updates to the device, and more apps are now available, bringing the total to around 300 globally and 250 in the U.S.

Be sure to check out our complete CES coverage.

Source: Sony 1 / Sony 2