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Moto 360 getting WiFi support after Android Wear update

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

While we’re waiting for the second-gen Moto 360, you can still choose to buy the original model for a discounted price from the Google Store or customize one in Moto Maker. Or you can also wait to upgrade your smartwatch as a new Android Wear software update was recently announced by Google. Official update should roll out anytime soon.

Just like the Sony Smartwatch 3 getting the new Android Wear features, the Moto 360 will also receive WiFi support, phone free usage, hands free gestures, and quick drawings into emojis. With WiFi support, you can receive SMS and incoming call notifications as long as you are connected to a network. Flicking of the wrist will scroll between notifications or cards of information you want to see. Without having to touch the screen, you can view the previous item or move forward. Emojis are more fun now as you can just draw something on your small smartwatch screen. Your Moto 360 will transform it into an emoji to send to your contacts as an SMS reply.

Perhaps the most important feature of the software update that Moto 360 users will find more useful is WiFi support. Smartwatch only used to work over a Bluetooth range but with WiFi support, you can now leave your phone at home.

An interesting discussion was started over at Reddit when someone excitedly shared that the Moto 360 will get WiFi connection. Other redditors were quick to respond that there was never a doubt smartwatches will get it because there’s always been a WiFi chip inside and that it’s only disabled. Moto 360 uses Texas Instrument’s OMAP 3 processor which actually has WiFi built into the SoC.

Someone commented that this not an unreasonable move because of the poor battery life of the Moto 360 but others replied by saying that battery improved since the Android Wear 5.0.2 update. Based on the comments that followed, Moto 360′s battery has greatly improved compared to before so the WiFi function is more than welcome.

It seems the speculation whether the Moto 360 will have WiFi or not is over. The Motorola smartwatch is definitely getting it.

VIA: Reddit

SOURCE: Motorola

Sony Smartwatch 3 gets new features with latest Android Wear update

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Google really is serious with Android Wear and the smartwatch game. Why, the wearable platform was recently updated and has gotten phone free usage and new hands free gestures. Interaction has become more natural as well because you can now scroll through notifications cards “hands free”. Flicking your wrist inward or outward to go through notifications is now possible. You can also draw on your smartwatch’s face an emoji and watch will translate it to the closest emoji. This then will be used to send to a contact via Hangouts, SMS, or other instant messaging apps support.

Google has also added new features: WiFi support, GPS, and offline. When you leave your phone at home, the smartwatch can still be connected to it as long as it is on a network (WiFi or cellular data). Even if the two devices are not on the same network, you can still show maps, receive notifications, and get data.

We were told the Android Wear update will come to the LG Watch Urbane first and other models will soon follow. As for the Sony Smartwatch 3, this particular model will definitely benefit from the latest Android Wear update. Smartwatch experience is taken to the next level with the recent version of the wearable platform especially the WiFi for Android feature. No need to depend on Bluetooth connectivity because you can use the Sony Smartwatch 3 anywhere as long as you are connected to WiFi. Functions are limited though but you can still read and send messages, see FB likes and tweets, and use some apps.

The Android Wear update also brings a new launcher for opening apps and contacting friends more quickly and easily. Pop up notifications will now be displayed on the Smartwatch 3 even if you’re doing something else on the watch. This means you won’t miss any important notification. And since reading can sometimes be a pain on a small smartwatch screen, the Android Wear brings new adjustable font sizes. This way, you can see bigger text on the screen. Adjusting the font size will show bigger or smaller text depending on your preference.

SOURCE: Sony

New Sony Sound Bars announced, with Google Cast support

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Creating your own home entertainment system for aural and visual pleasure has never been easier now, because of all these new products that OEMs have been releasing. Of course speakers have always been there, but now they’re wireless, digital, and the latest and best ones have audio and video streaming support. Sony announced the pricing and availability of four of their newest sound bars, and one of the best things about them is that they can support Google Cast, so your music and music apps can be cast onto these high-quality speakers.

The four new Sound Bar speakers are: the HT-ST9 Sound Bar has seven discrete amplifiers and nine speakers that will enhance the 7.1 channel surround sound and immersive 800 watts and it hs support for Spotify Connect; the HT-NT3 Hi-Res Sound Bar also with has 450 watts and a 2.1 channel listening experience; the HT-CT780 330 watt 2.1 Sound Bar can be wall-mounted or stand-alone, and has three HDMI inputs; and the HT-CT380 300 watt 2.1 Sound Bar has a flat panel design and can connect to HD devices via Bluetooth and NFC.

All four have wireless subwoofers, and the HT-ST9 and HT-NT3 have Sony’s pioneering LDAC technology, so that the sound quality doesn’t suffer even if you connect through Bluetooth. Another selling point of these new Sound Bars, at least the HT-ST9 and HT-NT3, is that they come built-in with Google Cast so that you can cast your music from your Android smartphone or tablet, as well as Chromebook and other devices from other platforms. There is also a SongPal app which can help you join the speakers together with its multi-room functionality.

The HT-ST9 will be available by July this year and will cost $1,499.99 while the HT-NT3 will also be available by then but will be $699.99. Both the HT-CT780 and the HT-CT380 will be in the market by May 2015, with the former at $499.99 while the latter is a hundred dollars cheaper at $399.99. They will be available at Sony’s online shop and authorized dealers nationwide.

SOURCE: Sony

Sony announces new UltraHD 4K TV line, all with Android TV

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

If you think you’re ready to be blown away by 4K digital content, then Sony has got the answer for your TV needs. The Japan-based consumer electronics company just announced its new UltraHD TV line, all with 4K resolution, to start shipping in May but available for pre-orders now. The best part? All of the models come with Android TV.

That’s right. Sony has taken an “all Android TV” approach for its smart TV needs, not surprising with all the digital console-slash-gaming boxes that have all adopted Android TV as their platform of choice. The televisions that Sony are offering, apart from blowing you away with 4K depth and resolution, will all carry its proprietary Sony X1 processor. That means that Android TV will not have any problems at all running on these gargantuan screens.

That X1 processor is not just for show, though. It also means that all existing 720p and 1080p HD content you have will be upscaled to 4K via the X-Reality PRO engine that is run by said processor. Pretty cool, Sony. What’s more, the higher-end models will also feature the TRILUMINOS displays that have made Sony’s Xperia devices so famous.

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Sony rolled out the X900C TV model at CES 2015, and a lot of people were wowed by the 4.7mm slim screen. The X900C will actually ship with this line in 55-inch and 65-inch versions, no prices yet. The X830C 43-inch and 49-inch models will be available in May for USD$1,299.99 and USD$1,599.99 respectively. The X850C in 55-inches for USD$2,199.99, 65-inches for USD$3,499.99, and 75-inches for USD$4,999.99. Lastly, X930C model is 65-inches for USD$4,499.99, while the X940C is 75-inches for USD$7,999.99. Fancy a 4K UltraHD Android-powered TV?

SOURCE: Sony

Samsung Galaxy Tab A ready for pre-order in the US starting May 1

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Finally, we have news about the Galaxy Tab A coming to America. The new budget-friendly is now ready for pre-order in the United States. We know there’s there a 9.7-inch tablet version in Germany and yesterday, we were surprised to find out about an 8-inch model spotted at TENAA. But here in the US, Samsung is bringing the two models ready for all consumers. Unlike in Russia where the tech giant quietly announced the Android tablet, Samsung shared an official press release and has already set up a pre-order page for the Galaxy Tab A.

The Galaxy Tab A is more than just an affordable tablet. It’s lightweight so everyone in the family can bring it anywhere. Even the kids will find this light, portable, and easy to carry. It’s sleek and slim it can easily fit your bag or envelope. What’s good about this model is that it brings “some of the best features of the Galaxy Tab series while streamlining connectivity” as shared by Samsung Electronics America’s Senior Vice President for Mobile Computing.

Not only will the Galaxy Tab A connect the users to their colleagues, family, and friends, the tablet also connects with other Samsung devices such as the latest Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, and other Samsung smartphones and tablets. For parents’ peace of mind, the tablet features a Kids Mode that allows adults to personalize tablet experience in Multi User Mode. No need to worry about the little ones accessing your apps and inbox because you CAN set up a custom mode for their use.

Specs of the Galaxy Tab A include a 4:3 aspect ratio on either the 9.7-inch or 8-inch model, XGA PLS TFT display, 1024 x 768 pixel resolution, 2MP front camera, and a 5MP rear camera. Screen boasts of an Adaptive Display technology that automatically adjusts sharpness, contrast, and color whenever you’re browsing the web, watching a movie, or reading. Or if you’re looking to work and be more productive with this tablet, you can do so with the Multi Window feature. It allows multitasking and already comes with Microsoft Office for Android so you can view and edit Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents right on your Galaxy Tab A. It even comes with 100GB of Microsoft OneDrive so you can store all your media files and docs, readily accessible from anywhere.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab A features tools like Milk Music, Quick Connect, Smart Switch, and SideSync 4.0. It’s also loaded with Galaxy Gifts and Galaxy Essentials you can avail for a better Galaxy Tab A experience. Tablet already runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box and will be available in White, Smoky Titanium, and Smoky Blue for $229.99 (8-inch) and $299.99 (9.7-inch).

You can pre-order from Samsung stores nationwide or from Best Buy, Amazon, and HH Gregg starting May 1. There’s also a 9.-7 inch Titanium version with S-Pen that will be available for $349.99 starting 17th of May.

 

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SOURCE: Samsung (1),(2)

AT&T adds LG G Flex 2, ZTE Spro 2 projector to portfolio

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

You’re looking for a new smartphone or gadget and your carrier of choice is AT&T? Then it’s time for another round of what’s new with your favorite mobile service provider. They have just recently made announcements that the newest member of the LG family, the G Flex 2, and the wireless smart projector, the ZTE Spro 2, will be available at their nearest online and retail stores soon.

The G Flex line of LG has got its newest incarnation, and the “iconic curved design” of the G Flex 2 maintains what it is famous for, and improves it by bringing you higher resolution and slimming down to a more manageable size and weight. The 5.5-inch Full HD P-OLED curved display runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Octa-core processor and has 3GB of RAM and up to 32GB of internal storage. For mobile photography enthusiasts, it has a main camera with 13MP, but more importantly, it has Laser Auto Focus and OIS+, to make it easier to take steady shots even in low light situations.

Meanwhile, ZTE’s Spro 2 pico projector will also be available on AT&T. It is the first Android smart projector that has auto focus and auto keystone correction. With its 1280×720 resolution and 200 lumens, this device is a good option to create a small home theater system or to use during work for meetings and presentations. It can also serve as a mobile hotspot, allowing up to 10 devices to connect to it. You can stream content to the projector through Google Play apps, a micro SD card, USB stick, HDMI output and WiFi as well.

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The LG G Flex 2 can be bought from $0 down through AT&T Next, $23.64/month for 30 months on Next 24, $29.55/month for 24 months on Next 18, or $35.45/month for 20 months on Next 12. But you can also buy the unit itself for $299.99 with a two-year plan or $708.99 for no annual commitment. Meanwhile, the ZTE Spro 2 can be yours for an additional $10/month if you have a new or existing Mobile Share Value plan. You can also get it for $399.99 with a two-year contract or $499.99 without an annual agreement.

SOURCES: AT&T (1), (2)

Samsung launches “Next is Now” campaign for Galaxy S6, S6 edge

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Samsung has finally launched the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge and by now, you’re probably convinced that the two flagship phones, or either of the two, can be a great choice for your next Android phone. The South Korean tech giant has officially launched its marketing campaign for the two called as “Next is Now” which will be released globally. One of the first material we’re treated to is a TV ad entitled “Anticipation”.

Directed by the great Mark Romanek, the TV ad shows us several scenes of anticipation: that first stage performance, a roller drop, a birthday surprise, or a jump on the lake. Samsung wants us to understand anticipation and get your adrenalin pumping. This campaign will be launched all over the world and can be “anticipated” to be featured in several media outfits from television to digital to retail to experiential among others.

The Next is Now campaign seeks to market the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge. Samsung is also anticipating for S6 edge demand to exceed availability. In fact, the company is now having a hard time keeping up with demand for the Galaxy S6.

As one of Samsung’s biggest launches in past years, there will be numerous marketing materials that will be distributed around the globe. The first video shows us different suspenseful experiences–moments of anticipation–that people usually experience. British artist Rita Ora is even featured in the video, recording her last track “New York Raining” in a studio.

What Samsung wants to say is: having a Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 edge is like holding the future in your hands. It’s like anticipating for that special moment where you are unsure of but is exciting, mind-blowing, and definitely satisfying. As part of the Next is Now marketing campaign, Samsung has published several videos on YouTube already. Watch the other videos below:

Edge Design – Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Official TVC

Camera – Samsung Galaxy S6 Official TVC

Fast Charging – Samsung Galaxy S6 Official TVC

Wireless Charging – Samsung Galaxy S6 Official TVC

SOURCE: Samsung Tomorrow

Google+ brings changes, Material Design to Communities pages

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

While we’re still pretty unsure how Google+ will eventually play out, given the changes that have been happening to a number of Google-related products, that does not stop their developers from making changes and improvements to the app. The latest aspect of the social network to receive a make-over is its Communities pages, bringing the ubiquitous Material Design animation and some other physical changes to the page.

If you’re just using the usual Google+, you won’t notice any changes at all. But if you’re a member of any of the Communities and head on over to that section of the network, you’ll notice that it looks distinctly different from the rest of the page. It differentiates itself from the main Google+ stream so you’ll definitely know that you’re in a “different place” when browsing through your Community page. It also gives you a new Material Design animation that is evident when you pull down from the top page.

Ever since Bradley Horowitz stepped into Google+ and started handling the Photos and Streams, people have been speculating that huge changes will be happening to the social network, particularly since it has been performing way below expectations. The inclusion of Google Drive in the last update, where you can now view your photo stream into the cloud service as well, has confirmed that big changes are afoot. While this new update may not be a big change, it is still worth noting.

The animation changes are not yet evident when you update your Google+ to version 5.3. You also need to install the new version of Google Play services, which is version 7.3.27. Then don’t forget to restart Google+ for the changes to take effect.

SOURCE: +Google

VIA: Android Police

More OPPO R7 leaked pictures, bezel-less display is gorgeous

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Somehow we just can’t get enough of the OPPO R7’s bezel-less display, and so we appreciate more leaks like this where we are given a better view of that beautiful screen. We’ve seen this edge-to-edge screen before, and we’ve also seen a new brand in LeTV try to steal OPPO’s thunder, but man, this phone looks really nice.

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The sad thing, though, is that this specific leak continues to let us stay in the dark about the phone’s specs. We know that a screen like that would have to need something upscale underneath it to make sure there are no lags on the device, but we would feel better knowing what kind of specs we can expect, right?

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Based on earlier reports, there are some meager information, like the inclusion of a 20.7-megapixel main camera, possibly a Sony camera module. There is also talk of an octa-core MediaTek processor, but this is really in the realm of speculation. From what the pictures show, there seems to be three capacitive buttons at the bottom of the screen.

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There is no word on the launch as of yet. If we want to go by OPPO’s history, they usually launch an R-model device every six months or so – this would mean that the R7 may just be a few weeks away. Here’s hoping somebody leaks a benchmark test for the R7 soon.

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SOURCE: Weibo

Get your guitar rocking with AmpliTube UA app and iRig UA

Posted by wicked April - 21 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Who says you need to spend a fortune to make your guitar sound extra good? Of course you need talent to begin with, but with the right gear, you can make yourself sound even better. At least, that’s what this new app wants to happen with you, your guitar, and the soon-to-arrive iRig UA. The AmpliTube UA app turns your Android smartphone into a professional-sounding guitar and bass amp multi-effects processor, much like what a physical guitar rig would actually sound like.

You’ll get virtual amplifiers carefully recreated from the “real” ones, stompbox effects, cabinets (not furniture, but real guitarists would know what this is), and other guitar effects, all from just your smartphone. Connect your guitar to your iRig, then connect your iRig to your smartphone, and voila, instant guitar rig for your semi-professional gig at a party, for practicing for your next recording or even for just your personal use at home. The app comes with 21 pieces of gear, including 9 effects: Noise Filter, Delay, Overdrive, Wah, Chorus, Flanger, Phazer and Octave. You need to be an iRig UA user however, and you even get Distortion if you register for the first time.

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The app will also give you 5 amplifiers, each with their matching cabinets: Lead, Clean, Bass, Crunch and Metal. If you need to mic your set-up, you also get two microphones, dynamic and condenser. You can even expand your gear with in-app purchases from various brands like Fender®, Orange®, Ampeg®, Soldano®, etc. AmpliTube also gives you exclusive content from their Slash and Jimi Hendrix collections.

While you can use the app on its own, but without audio-in (just as a “dry” audio demo), it is still best if you pair it with the iRig UA, which will be available in the market for $99.99 by May 2015, but can be pre-ordered on the IK online store now. The AmpliTube UA app is free to download from the Google Play Store, but there are in-app purchases available.

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SOURCE: Ik Multimedia