There’s a number of smartwatch choices now available, but they all seem to be missing the mark. Instead of being an extension to our smartphones, a truly compelling smartwatch will provide contextual information just when you need it. Can you say Google Now? Read more »
AT&T is now selling the Moto X online and in retail stores, beating other carriers to the punch. That’s about to change. According to Punit Soni, VP, Product Management at Motorola Mobility, other carrier devices will roll out in days, per his Google+ account. And, for those waiting to get an unlocked, unsubsidized Moto X, Soni says that Dev Editions are also coming just as quickly. No word on a Google Experience Moto X through the Google Play store just yet, but for those that don’t want a contract and are willing to give up customization options, the wait won’t be long.
Before the Moto X actually launched, I suggested that the phone would be a sort of iPhone for Android: A device that’s designed to be better of the sum of its parts. My review touched upon that aspect as well. Computerworld’s JR Raphael puts a different spin on the same theme that’s well worth the read today; particularly since the handset is now available at AT&T stores.
The cost-cutting for Surface products continues. Following a price drop on the Surface RT and Surface Pro computers, Microsoft’s Touch Cover for both products will reportedly cost $79.99 on August 30; a $40 savings. Read more »
Google and Apple are both taking the same route when it comes to improving their mobile maps: By purchasing smaller mapping companies. This time it’s Apple, which bought Embark and its public transportation map data. Read more »
After long last, the majority of Chromebook users gain the “immersive mode” that appeared on the Beta channel in May. If you have a Chromebook on the Stable channel, check for your software update that includes this and other helpful features. Read more »
Every few weeks I see another “rival” to Google Glass. Some hardware looks much better than Google’s own product, but in the end, will it matter? Few other companies today offer the range of services and software to create a winning wearable. Read more »
Although I haven’t experienced this problem with the Nexus 7 I bought, some users have complained about multitouch issues on their new Google tablet. I’ve read about “ghost taps,” double-presses on the keyboard and other problems when using the small slate, causing some to return their purchase. Droid Life notes that a new software update is rolling out to address the issue on new Nexus 7 devices. Those who have received it chimed in on the official Google Product Forums to say it has fixed the problem. Glad to hear it was a software issue and not a hardware problem!
Google Now, the contextual software that surfaces useful information where and when you need it, gains seven new or improved functions ranging from concert tickets and car reservations to letting your family know when you’ve left work. Read more »
Delta is the latest customer for Microsoft Windows Phones. The airline is equipping 19,000 flight attendants with Nokia Lumia 820 handsets with a commitment to upgrade to newer Lumias over the next three years. Read more »
Google Keep is a nice little catch-all app to jot down thoughts, lists, and save pictures, but it’s about to get a little nicer. On Wednesday, Google announced the addition of reminders in Keep; these can be time-based or location-based, helping to turn Keep into a mini to-do list app. Keep will even suggest nearby locations for when to nudge you. The updated app is rolling out over the next few days in Google Play and is already available in the online version at drive.google.com/keep.
Google Glass is all about getting out the way and to do that, it needs the right kinds of apps. Field Trip is one of those and it’s now on Glass. The app pops up contextual, hyper-local information when you’re near interesting things. Read more »
Do you want a smartwatch that’s a standalone device or a second screen for your smartphone? Why choose one, when you can have both? The Omate promises an optimized Android experience complete with mobile voice and data connectivity. Read more »
General Motors expects to offer wireless smartphone charging mats in some new 2014 vehicles. Before you step on the gas pedal with excitement, know that GM chose Powermat’s technology over the Qi standard, which more phones natively support. Read more »
Unless your eyesight is better than 20/20, it’s not likely you’ll see much benefit from a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 screen. Is LG creating this to improve the mobile experience or simply for bragging rights? To my eyes, it’s the latter. Read more »
Aside from some Chrome tips, tricks and news, thoughts about the timing of new Chrome OS hardware surface during this week’s podcast. We also answer a Chromecast question and share a useful extension that helps you read web content in less time. Read more »
A survey from Gazelle indicates very high interest in iPhone upgrades, even though most respondents don’t feel the technology improves enough to upgrade each year. Why upgrade then? The current iPhone loses its luster within a year, say most. Read more »
It only took two months since Google bought Waze to bring the social, crowdsourced driving data to Google Maps. A new version of Maps for iOS and Android gains driving information while Waze gets Street View and satellite imagery. Read more »
Price comparison apps have been around for as long as we’ve had smartphones. But a similar, new app for Google Glass removes the need to take out the handset: Just “look” at a barcode to get price information and Amazon product reviews. Read more »
Drawing on the iPad is possible with a stylus, but Apple’s tablet doesn’t support pressure sensitivity. Wacom has a new $99 stylus to fix that problem: The new Intuos Creative Stylus measures the pressure you put on it and supports up to 2,048 levels. Swipe the stylus lightly on an iPad to get a thin line; pressing the pen harder on the screen creates thicker lines. The Bluetooth 4.0 accessory is a clever way to add a hardware feature to a tablet without actually adding anything to the tablet.
AT&T customers hoping to get their new Moto X handset engraved won’t be able to do so at launch time. Motorola is putting that customization option on hold while it improves the engraving quality. Read more »
NFC isn’t just for digital wallets and device pairing: The wireless tech can also provide a small bit of power to E Ink displays, making it a good option for getting data on a small second screen. Read more »
Google Glass seems useful for capturing first-person images and videos. With the right service and connectivity, you might see future emergency service workers wearing Glass in order to help save lives. Read more »
Looking for a smaller version of HTC’s flagship phone? AT&T will offer the HTC One mini on August 23 for $99 with contract. The handset cuts a few corners but still retains much of the HTC One design, features and build. Read more »
Google’s Chrome Canary, a very experimental version of the browser, is getting a supervised profile feature that will add localized security, reports the BrowserFame site. I’ve seen the same function, albeit in a very limited fashion, in the developer channel of Chrome OS on my Chromebook Pixel. The functionality looks similar to managed users on desktop platforms such as Windows 8 and OS X, which shouldn’t be a total surprise: Google is quietly building Chrome to rival desktop platforms through the browser, which can boost engagement on the web.
How big of a phone will U.S. consumers carry? We’ll soon find out as the 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega debuts on three carriers this month, offering a tablet-like experience with cellular voice capabilities. Read more »
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 is sure to debut on September 4, alongside the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. When could the devices be available? The phone could ship that same week with a minimum of 32 GB storage while the watch should follow a month later. Read more »
When Microsoft’s multi-colored Tag hit the scene it looked like a solid alternative to traditional barcodes because it was capable of providing much more information. Unfortunately, consumers never got used to the colored triangles of Tag. Read more »
The four GigaOM podcasts covered a range of topics this week: From SDNs and VMWare to BlackBerry’s past and present. We also discuss why the future of mobile banking will change due to connected devices, so tune in! Read more »
This week, I had the chance to customize and order a Moto X smartphone. What’s the process like? Watch our video to see. And Samsung is reported to surprise us with a smartwatch filled with features next month. Can it deliver? Read more »
Earlier this week, the SonyAlphaRumors blog posted pictures of a compete Sony camera inside a traditional-looking camera lens. On Friday, the site followed up with images from the camera manuals and found that the lenses support tripods. The interesting idea behind the Sony QX10 and QX100 is to add a high-quality image sensor and optics to an existing smartphone, turning the handset into both a viewfinder and storage device. These snap-on products would allow smartphone owners to upgrade their camera without buying a new phone.
The touchless voice command feature of the Moto X is super; right up until you have to physically unlock your phone. Motorola has an answer for that authentication challenge in the form of a wearable NFC tag and NFC stickers. Read more »
Has Samsung perfected the smartwatch? We may find out on September 4 as the company is said to introduce its Galaxy Gear watch, a wearable device running Android that “will make phone calls, surf the Web and handle e-mails.” Read more »
The wait for the HTC One on Verizon’s network is nearly over. The carrier will launch the LTE-capable Android phone on August 22 for $199 with a two-year contract. Read more »
When the Moto X becomes available, AT&T customers will be able to order their own custom handset online, choosing colors, wallpaper, engraved messages and more. What’s the process like? Watch as I take it through a spin and order a handset. Read more »
Alleged images of a Nokia-built Windows RT tablet have leaked online. Now could be the perfect time for Nokia to join the RT army: Other hardware partners abandoned the platform just as it’s starting to improve. Read more »
It’s no surprise that Microsoft’s Surface RT isn’t a hit. The Windows RT platform as a whole isn’t faring much better. But it wouldn’t take too many changes to turn an updated Surface RT product into a potential winner. Read more »
Need another source for video content on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch? Check out the Google Play store for movies and TV episodes. There’s no official player for these, but you can actually stream the titles through Google’s YouTube app. Read more »
HTC’s “Here’s to Change” ad campaign is live with the first full-length spot appearing on YouTube. What was supposed to be a fun way to raise HTC brand awareness could be seen as a little odd, much like Microsoft’s Seinfeld and Gates commercials. Read more »
Someday, wearing Google Glass to a job interview could become the status quo. My Monitor, an app originally developed to assist with Autism Spectrum Disorder, might be just the thing to put you ahead of the other job candidates thanks to real time biofeedback. Read more »