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Vortex VR puts LG G3 inside 3D printed VR headset

Posted by wicked September - 2 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

It was recently discovered that Oculus’ Development Kit 2 VR headset would be housing the innards of a Galaxy Note 3. But while that version of the hardware still has to see the light of day in the market, Vortex VR is putting Samsung‘s eternal Korean rival LG front and center with the VRTX One headset, which literally houses an LG G3 inside.

Commercial VR headsets have become the lastest gaming and alternate world fascination ever since Oculus started pushing its Rift headset to the media. But the dream of a VR headset in every gamer’s home has a long way to go, primarily because of price. But Vortex might have an answer by utilizing pieces that are already existing and are more or less more accessible than custom hardware and manufacturing processes employed by other VR companies. And that includes utilizing semi-ubiquitous 3D printing and LG’s impressive QHD smartphone.

And no, this isn’t just the G3′s internal components utilized for the headset, but a full smartphone acting as the head-mounted display itself. The G3′s 5.5-inch 2560×1440 makes for a compelling argument indeed as the pixel density will definitely help in keeping the illusion of the virtual world from falling apart from lack of pixels. In addition, the headset shell itself will be custom printed by 3D Systems, the very same people behind Google’s Project Ara. It is precisely because of its experience with Google’s modular phone endeavor that 3D Systems was able to go beyond the limits of traditional 3D printing systems, delivering printouts made from non-conventional materials as well as the potential to churn out products in bulk in record time.

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That said, this is still all about hardware, which is always just half of the equation. The software side of the VRTX One, which is just as important in establishing that illusion, is said to be developed by Gameface Labs. This startup up also has their own VR device in the works, which you can see in the video below, but what is perhaps more interesting is the fact that they have been working on software that makes regular Android games compatible with a VR headset way of life.

With almost “off the shelf” parts, Vortex VR should be able to deliver the headset more easily to interested buyers, particularly developers who are just as critical in building up this VR ecosystem. And with a price tag of $99.99, the VRTX One is beginning to look like the VR dream come true. Perhaps, also a bit too good to be true.

SOURCE: Vortex VR
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IFA 2014 expectation roundup: smartwatches galore

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

While IFA 2014 itself formally starts in a few days, many companies have scheduled their press events ahead to leave IFA open to actual device demos and showcases. But what do we expect from manufacturer’s this time of year? As it turns out, quite a lot. Unsurprisingly, a lot of those also revolve around the tech industry’s latest babies: smartwatches. Of course, it isn’t just all about smartwatches, as we’re expecting to see a few smartwatches and some tablets these coming days as well.

ASUS

ASUS has been harping about its smartwatch since January, but so far, like Motorola, it has been a no show in that market. But with official teasers already out in the wild, IFA 2014 could finally be ASUS’ time to shine. That said, we still know very little about the ZenWatch, other than it will be running Android Wear and will have voice command support, which isn’t exactly ground breaking. One thing that the company has been try to emphasize was how affordable their smartwatch will be. We curiously await if its budget price will come with budget specs.

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Motorola

Former Google subsidiary Motorola will be making quite a big splash this IFA. Defying expectations of an August announcement, the company will be revealing not just the next Moto X smartphone, but also the next Moto G as well. As of the last listing, the Moto X+1 is expected to bear a 1080p 5.2-inch screen, run on a 2.2 or 2.5 GHz quad-core processor, have 2 GB of RAM, and a 13 megapixel rear camera. Not exactly the latest and highest specs, but Motorola has been known to pull a few rabbits out of its hat with run of the mill hardware. The Moto G2, on the other hand, is believed to be a larger cousin of the budget smartphone, sporting a 720p 5-inch screen, powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 and 1 GB of RAM, with an 8 megapixel camera on the back.

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What everyone might be waiting for will be the Moto 360 smartwatch, something that was hyped a lot since I/O 2014. The smartwatch seemed to promise a lot, like a stylish round face design and wireless charging. Unfortunately, the company seems to have taken its sweet time and part of its thunder has been mostly stolen by LG’s latest revelation.

LG

The Korean OEM has surprisingly laid out all its cards on the table way before IFA 2014 even starts. It has already announced all its key devices, ranging from monitors, curved TVs, smartphones, and yes, smartwatches, ahead of time, making is us wonder if LG has anything left to surprise us with this week. Not that the G Watch R isn’t already surprising. A last minute leak gave us a glimpse of a round smartwatch from LG and, sure enough, the company did officially reveal the the device last week. The LG G Watch R is a bit of a step up from the plain G Watch, employing a round screen that, unlike the Moto 360, utilizes the whole surface. It also gets a higher 410 mAh battery and a heartrate sensor inside.

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If LG doesn’t have any announcements left, it will most likely just use its IFA time to formally introduce the devices to the public and later on let them fondle the new devices. Included in this new batch is the LG G3 Stylus, a pen-toting smartphone that was “accidentally” leaked in an LG ad but was later revealed to be a mid-tier device that just happened to have its own rubbery capacitive stylus in tow. Not quite what some might have wished to rival Samsung’s upcoming star.

Samsung

With the premium Galaxy Alpha formally out of the way, Samsung is free to turn all the spotlight on the Galaxy Note 4. As seems to be Samsung’s practice, this device will come with specs higher and bigger than that of its Galaxy S5 flagship. That includes a 5.7-inch QHD screen, a whopping 4 GB of RAM, the fastest Exynos and Snapdragon CPUs, a 16 megapixel camera, and what could be a new fingerprint scanner. But that’s just the specs, of course. It remains to be seen whether Samsung also has anything left to push forward the S Pen again this year, or if the vision for the stylus has somewhat plateaued by now.

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And like the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy S5, the Galaxy Note 4 will also come with its own companion smartwatch. Also announced already last week, the Gear S is Samsung’s surprising yet expected new wearable. While not as visually distinct as the G Watch R, the Gear S boasts one thing that none of this new generation of smartwatches have: it’s very own 3G connection. Unfortunately, but again not surprising, it runs Tizen instead of Android Wear, and we’ll get to see this week if it will be able to stand up to the onslaught of new Android Wear smartwatches.

Sony

Sony’s third smartwatch is a rather late surprise. Not that we didn’t see the SmartWatch 3 coming but, according to last minute rumors, it will be running on Android Wear instead of Sony’s custom software. That is definitely a bit of an unexpected turn of events considering how much Sony has invested in its own smartwatch ecosystem long before Android Wear or even Samsung’s Galaxy Gear arrived on the scene. Still, it’s definitely a welcome change, if true, as it gives Android users more devices to choose from.

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That said, many Sony fans will most likely be waiting with bated breath for what the company’s new smartphones and an unexpected tablet. From what we’ve gathered so far, the Xperia Z3 is likely to be look like another incremental upgrade from the Xperia Z2, bearing almost the same specs with a few upgrades here and there. The Xperia Z3 Compact, on the other hand, only has the Xperia Z1 Compact as the jumping board, since Sony has seemingly abandoned any plans for an Xperia Z2 Compact. Although we did expect a new Xperia tablet to join the crowd, little did we know that it will also be, well, little. The Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact will be the company’s first foray into a small-sized tablet, so fans of Sony’s design and hardware will definitely want to keep an eye out for this.

Wrap-up

These are just some of the major highlights of IFA 2014 this week, but there’s definitely more in store. Huawei‘s Ascend Mate7 will be making an appearance as well as Lenovo’s Vibe X2. Meizu is also expected to reveal its latest MX4 this week. We will definitely have an Android packed week so be sure to keep tabs on our IFA 2014 tag portal so that you don’t get lost in the sea of announcements and devices.

[Deal] Grab an LG G Watch for $50 off from Best Buy

Posted by wicked September - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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LG’s G Watch might be slightly outdated thanks to the G Watch R, but it’s still a fantastic Android Wear device. Today, Best Buy is shaving a full $50 off the list price of the smartwatch, so you can pick one up for only $179, which definitely isn’t a bad price for how new it is. The only catch is that you’ll have to get it shipped to your house, as store pickup isn’t available right now.

Amazon briefly price matched the deal, but it looks like stock has dwindled away so you’ll only be able to purchase it from third-party sellers if you want to take advantage of any free Prime shipping. The third-party sellers have the device knocked down to about $200, which isn’t quite as good as Best Buy’s offering but it’s still better than full retail.

Hit the links below for deal.

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Deal: LG G Watch in White or Black is $179 at Best Buy, $50 Off

Posted by Kellex August - 31 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

Best Buy slashed the price of the LG G Watch by $50 this weekend, dropping it to $179 in either black or white. That right there, is a pretty good deal for one of the original Android Wear devices, which originally retailed for $229. In fact, it still is $229 through Google Play.

We reviewed the G Watch and came away interested in the future of Android Wear as a platform, but were a little bored with the device’s design. Also, keep in mind that LG just announced their new premium round version of the G Watch, the G Watch R, which should put this device to shame. But, if you want in on the Android Wear game, this is the best deal in town.

Best Buy Links:  G Watch (black) | G Watch (white) 

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Deal: LG G Watch in White or Black is $179 at Best Buy, $50 Off is a post from: Droid Life

Android Authority this week

Posted by wicked August - 31 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

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The countdown to IFA has begun, and more info about the devices coming at the show surfaces every day. This week, Samsung teased us ruthlessly ahead of the Note 4 launch, HTC launched the 64-bit Desire 510 and hinted at the Desire 820, Sony’s new Xperia lineup leaked, LG launched the G3 Stylus, two new smartwatches landed, and Asus reminded us that it too has a wearable coming.

At AA HQ, we’ve been busy preparing for the big show next week and the good stuff coming later this fall. Tech news is finally picking up again, and we couldn’t be happier!

Video roundup

Check out Jayce’s popular weekly Android news roundup!

IFA is a big deal this year

Well, IFA is always a big deal because it’s the start of the busiest season in tech, the time when all companies put out their best products so they’re ready on the shelves when holiday shopping begins. Yes, the spring season is important too, but it’s the end of the year that really matters. And this year, competition is intense. Not only we have a slew of cool Android devices duking it out against each other, but the long-awaited larger iPhone is going to make the mobile race more interesting than ever. It all starts next week: Note 4, Gear VR, G Watch R, new Moto X and Moto G, new Xperia devices, and more.

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Fun, games, and a lot of hard work

Tech blogging can be hugely rewarding , especially if you’re passionate about the things you’re writing about all day. Attending shows like IFA, CES, and MWC is one of the best things about it. You get to interact with the people behind the devices, you get to see cool new toys before most people, and overall it’s just lots of fun. On the flip side, it’s also lots of work, especially if you’re part of a small team. Attending briefings, live-blogging, running from one booth to another (especially at IFA, which takes place at a huge and confusing expo complex), all while writing posts and coordinating with the team back home… it can be challenging at times. But don’t get me wrong – the sleep deprivation is totally worth it!

#IceBucketChallenge

We did it. Well, some of us did it. Our YouTube team (Kevin, Joe, Josh, Lanh) and our fearless leader Darcy accepted the challenge to get drenched in cold water and  donate to the ALS Association (Lahn also donated to Water.org, while Josh thoughtfully took the challenge on a patch of parched grass.) The results are in the video below – check out this post to learn where to donate and support the fight against ALS.

Coming up next

Obviously, next week will be dedicated to news from IFA, with the Note 4 front and center. Keep an eye on our tag page for round the clock coverage, and don’t forget about our YouTube channel.

Motorola programed its autumn event on September 4, but for some reason it’s in Chicago, not Berlin. Keep an eye out for our Moto X+1 and Moto G2 hands-on impressions.

A Gear Live is awaiting its new owner. And a Nexus 5 is going up for stakes through this Sunday Giveaway. Because what’s better than free gadgets?

The stuff you shouldn’t miss

Here’s some of our interesting content this week, perfect for some weekend reading:

Top news of the week

And here are the top news in the Android world this week:

Note 4 rumor and teasers:

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HTC goes 64-bit

Xperia Z3 and 8-inch tablet

G3 Stylus is here

ASUS teasers

Gear S and LG G Watch R

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New LG model number spotted on LG U Plus site

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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It is not much to go on, but a previously unreported LG device has shown up on the web site of South Korean carrier LG U Plus. The mystery device has a model number LG-F520L. Outside of that, there is no other information to go on. To try to add a little context though, the LG-F470L listed corresponds to the LG G3 Beat while the LG-F460L is the LG G3. So a model number in the 5xx series could indicate the device is part of the next generation smartphone line from LG.

source: MyLG

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LG G Watch R revealed to have a hefty price tag

Posted by wicked August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

LG has just showed its new hand in the smartwatch market by unveiling the round G Watch R just days before IFA 2014 commences. But while it may have stolen the spotlight from the equally round Moto 360, LG’s German outfit has revealed the Android Wear device’s biggest, and perhaps only, flaw: it’s price.

The G Watch R is practically the G Watch encased in a more stylish circular frame. You will enjoy the same hardware and same Android Wear features, including the 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of storage, and an Ingress Protection (IP) rating of IP67. But it also adds just a bit more, with a higher 410 mAh battery and, for the first time, a heartrate monitor. Unlike the Moto 360, however, LG utilizes the whole surface of the 1.3-inch 320×320 Plastic OLED (P-OLED) display, giving it a much bigger effective area to utilize.

But do those improvements, as well as the round watch face, warrant a drastic increase in price? Unlike the global announcement, LG Germany has revealed that the SRP for the G Watch R stands at 299 euros. Directly converted, that’s around $395. In contrast, the LG G Watch only costs $229, and that is already higher than the Samsung Gear Live’s $199. But even if it were to surprisingly only cost $299 in the US, that is still quite a price jump.

That said, we still don’t know the Moto 360′s price tag, or its features for that matter. Motorola’s first Android Wear smartwatch might win against the LG in that category only. Plus wireless charging, if that indeed comes to pass. A bigger battery, a heartrate sensor, and a circular face are definitely enticing new features that would make you want to reach out for a LG G Watch R, but are you also willing to pay the price for it? Let’s find out when come face to watch face at IFA 2014 next week.

SOURCE: LG

LG G Watch R pricing revealed

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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LG sent us a presser last night regarding the G Watch R, but it didn’t specify any pricing. However, the German presser did. The full circle smartwatch will go for €299, which is €100 more than the G Watch.

Die LG G Watch R wird in Deutschland ab Oktober zu einem UVP von 299 Euro verfügbar sein. Auf der IFA in Berlin ist die G Watch R vom 5. Bis 10. September am LG-Stand in Halle 11.2 bereits zu bewundern.

Google translation:

The LG G Watch R will be available in Germany from October at a recommended retail price of 299 euros. At IFA in Berlin Until September 10 at the LG booth in Hall 11.2 already admire the G Watch R on 5.

This translates to $395 here in the U.S., but I wouldn’t expect that to be the price here. In fact, it’s likely to be $299 to $329. That would be a $70 to $100 premium over the $229 price for the G Watch.

Considering the watch sports a full circle display, a $100 premium seems logical even though I know most of you were hoping for $50. Assuming the Moto 360 comes in at the expected $249 price point, is LG really pricing themselves out of the ballpark? They have the full circle, but of course they also have more bezel. What do you think? Too much of a premium for that extra 5% of the circle or are you happy to pay the additional $50 to $75 over the Moto 360?

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via: Android Police

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German Press Release Pegs LG G Watch R Price at €299

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Price may end up being the most significant differentiator between the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R, if the company’s German press release is anything to go by. According to LG’s PR department, the G Watch R will retail for €299, which is equivalent to around $400 US.

That’s not all. LG also pegged a firm release date for European territories – October.

When the G Watch R eventually reaches American shores, don’t expect the price to be quite so high; VAT and tax rates often inflate the value of electronics sold in Europe, but even considering $400 a ballpark estimate, it seems fairly unlikely the G Watch R will retail for less than the Moto 360′s rumored price of $249.

Future smartwatch owners, will the G Watch R’s price point influence your decision one way or another?

Via: LGAndroid Police

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Style comes at a cost – G Watch R to cost 100 euros more than G Watch in Europe

Posted by wicked August - 28 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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LG took us by surprise with its late night announcement of the circular G Watch R, but there were two important details missing from the official press release – the G Watch R’s price and availability.

Now, thanks to an apparent slipup of LG Germany, it looks like we found out the price, and it’s not good news.

According to the German press release announcing the G Watch R, the device will cost 299 euros, a full 100 euros more than the rectangular G Watch, released just a couple of months ago.

Since the specs of the circular G Watch are almost the same with those of its rectangular predecessor, the logical conclusion to draw is that you pay for the image. The circular P-OLED display may be more expensive and manufacturing costs could be overall higher for the G Watch R, but it looks likely that LG is trying to bank (at least partially) on the more desirable circular form factor.

In our open thread on the G Watch R and how it compares to the Moto 360, most of you said you’ll wait for details before making a decision, and the price is probably the most important detail of all. Motorola’s round smartwatch will probably cost $250 – if the G Watch R costs $300-$350 in the US, it may have a hard time competing.

The German press release also slates the G Watch R’s release date for October, though other regions may get it at a different time.


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