Wondering if the new Android Wear smartwatches will cost an arm and a leg? It doesn’t appear so based on the U.K. price of £180 for LG’s G Watch. The company confirmed the cost to Pocket Lint, saying it would be available in July. This bodes well for other Android Wear devices as I’d anticipate the Moto 360 to cost about the same, although it could have a premium price due to the unique circular touchscreen. Regardless, the ability to bring voice-activated Google Now features to your wrist won’t likely cost more than the smartphone you’ll pair them with.
Apple Maps may be getting a little better at finding what you want thanks to a recent new hire. The company gained Benoit Dupin, former VP of Amazon’s A9 search team. Read more »
With Google’s new Glass at Work program, look for apps to help businesses and enterprises. Perhaps Glass is a better fit for these organizations; there are certainly good consumer uses but Android Wear will help with those. Read more »
In a few days the Samsung Galaxy S5 arrives in stores and the hands of those who pre-ordered. Early reviews are generally positive but not everyone thinks this is a must-have upgrade. Read more »
In time for the National Association of Broadcasters 2014 event, Livestream’s latest app turns Google Glass into a news camera. With Livestream for Glass, you can broadcast live video and respond to viewers chat questions. Read more »
After product pages appeared last week, Samsung today opened up U.S. pre-orders for both of its Chromebook 2 devices. Expect a wait, however as they won’t ship for at least 14 business days. Read more »
Internal Apple documents show that the company knows it is missing big sales opportunities from both cheaper phones and larger-screened handsets as well. That puts the 4.7-inch iPhone reports in a different light, making the upsize a strong possibility in 2014. Read more »
Qualcomm is bringing 64-bit computing to high-end devices but not until the first half of 2015. The newest Snapdragons also support LTE-Advanced and 4k displays, making them potential silicon choices for tablets and even some laptops next year. Read more »
HTC’s new flagship phone, the HTC One M8, may be launching just in time. The company continues to struggle financially, posting another quarterly loss on Monday according to Bloomberg. For the first quarter of the year, the Tawian-based HTC reported a loss of was NT$1.88 billion (US $62M), which follows a small after-tax profit of NT$0.31 million in the prior quarter based on a net operating loss of NT$42.9 billion. HTC looks to have a potential hit in the new HTC One M8 but the prior model also gained positive reviews.
Google has quietly been working on touch capabilities in Chrome OS, such as the on-screen keyboard, but we haven’t seen much hardware take advantage of it. The time may be near for a Chrome tablet or other Chrome OS form factors. Read more »
The Moto G is turning into the little budget engine that could, helping Motorola grab 6 percent market share in the U.K. Intel is wisely thinking of 64-bit Android to better compete against ARM chips while the HTC One M8 impresses at first blush. Read more »
Built from last year’s excellent design, the HTC One M8 shows marked improvements in software and performance based on my first look. I’m not yet sold on the Ultrapixel camera though. Read more »
An early look at Project Ara demonstrates how electro-permanent magnets will hold blocks of the modular phone in place. This approach works both with and without power for the handset, which will be available in three sizes. Read more »
Fans of the Samsung Galaxy S4 that aren’t fond of Google Android might be interested in the Samsung Ativ SE. The handset runs Microsoft Windows Phone and shows that Samsung is hedging its Android bet with Microsoft’s platform. Read more »
For as much good news that Microsoft shared for end-users, developers and device makers at Build 2014 on Wednesday, the reality is the game of “catch up” is still on. And for this race, that’s not likely a gold medal strategy. Read more »
Microsoft crammed numerous announcements into a three hour keynote event on Wednesday at its Build event. Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox all get new features and some of them are shared, bringing more consistency to the Windows user experience. Read more »
We’ll be live from Microsoft Build 2014 at 8:30am PT to hear and see all of the latest Windows and Windows Phone news. Read more »
After months of leading the pack, the Acer C720 Chromebook leads no more according to one popular review site. There’s a few good reasons to choose the Dell Chromebook 11 says The Wirecutter. Tune in to our podcast and find out why. Read more »
Rdio is the next top-tier name to work with Google’s Chromecast streaming stick. On Monday, the music service said its entire 20 million song catalog can be streamed to television through the Chromecast by using the Rdio app on iOS and Android. Don’t skip a step if you don’t use those mobile apps though: Rdio says its web client can also be used to stream music to a Chromecast. Using the apps, Rdio users can tune in to their favorite songs or create a personalized station for streaming, along with album art, to a Chromecast. In addition to Rdio, Crackle and VUDU also launched new apps that support Chromecast Monday.
The Moto X is Motorola’s current top-of-the-line Android phone but guess what’s outselling it? The budget-priced Moto G. In the U.K., the less-expensive phone put Motorola back on the map in just six months, going from virtually no market share to six percent. Read more »
Ryan Seacrest earned an award he probably doesn’t want: a court order stopping all sales of the Seacrest-backed $99 Typo keyboard for iPhone. BlackBerry proved that a “likelihood” of patent infringement. Read more »
Samsung says its new Chromebook 2 will have a strong performance boost while also running for 8+ hours on a charge. Starting at $320, these will compete against less expensive Chromebooks with Intel chips. Game on! Read more »
The battle of Android flagships is on as both the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 are here. We look at each briefly to help you decide between them. Google I/O is coming but before then I plan to install Android on my Chromebook. Read more »
Super small strands of silver nanowires make for a great flexible antenna according to an NC State research team. When embedded in materials, it could help add more connectivity to our clothes. Read more »
With sales of older BlackBerry 7 phones higher than new touchscreen models, BlackBerry is planning to re-tool its product line with keyboard handsets aimed at government and corporate clients. Read more »
March is nearly over so the April launch of Samsung’s Chromebook 2 laptops should be close. The Chromebooks are now appearing on the Samsung Canada site with a few more details about the features, one of which will come after a software update. Read more »
Choice is always a good thing and iPad owners have a shiny new choice with Microsoft Office for iPad. But the software won’t likely disrupt the productivity suite market and could actually end up hurting Microsoft’s own Surface 2 tablet. Read more »
Android continues to muscle its way into the overall computing device market, illustrating the continued shift from desktops to mobile. By next year, for every 1 Windows computer sold, expect 3.6 Android devices to be purchased. Read more »
Samsung already has a big home presence in sales of TVs, Blu-Ray media players, phones and tablets. Now it wants to light up the rest of your life with new connected LED bulbs. Read more »
The 2014 Google I/O Developer Event is set for June 25 and 26 at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. An official blog post announcing the event webpage shared details on Wednesday and there’s a big change from years past when tickets have sold out in minutes. This year, Google will open registration between April 8 and 10, later choosing attendees randomly. While Android and Chrome often share the spotlight, this year’s Google I/O should provide more information about Android Wear, the company’s platform for smartwatches. LG’s G Watch is expected to debut in the second quarter, perhaps setting the stage for an I/O appearance.
Good news for users of the Chrome browser, and that includes Chromebox and Chromebook owners. Google added direct support for music uploads including the ability to monitor specific local storage areas. Read more »
Thanks to the Windows RT 8.1 software update, Surface 2 is an even better choice for business than before. Microsoft’s Surface team offered its three top reasons as to why and guess what: Chrome OS has nearly the exact same attributes. Read more »
More details of how the iPhone came to be by the software engineer that invented “slide to unlock” according to the patent filing. You’d might be surprised by what the Apple team used to simulate the slower speeds of a 2007 smartphone. Read more »
That was quick: Google is already taking Play Store orders for the HTC One M8 Play Edition. It will cost $699 unlocked and you won’t have it for two to three weeks, but if you want pure Android on HTC’s hardware, this is it. Read more »
Chrome and Android haven’t merged but you can actually run Android on a Chromebook if you know where to look. We share the details on that and discuss Samsung’s performance promises for the new Chromebook 2. Read more »
Want an HTC One M8? You won’t have to wait long, if at all, provided you use Verizon’s network. The carrier will have inventory in select retail stores today while other carriers will start online orders. Read more »
Who has the largest music streaming collection? If you said Spotify, Rdio or Rhapsody, you’d be wrong. Surprisingly, it’s Nokia’s MixRadio which now boasts 30 million tunes, right in time for a potential launch in China. Read more »
College students who subscribe to Spotify just got more money to spend on pizza: The streaming music service announced a half-price discount on Tuesday. Instead of the standard $9.99 a month subscription fee, U.S. collegians can take advantage of a new $4.99 plan available on Spotify’s website. The monthly fee offers the same Premium features as the full-priced plan, including ad-free playback of more than 20 million songs, downloadable playlists for offline listening, improved sound quality and Spotify access on various devices and home entertainment systems.
LG already announced that several of its older phones will get the Knock Code wake and unlock feature; the company is now planning to push the firmware to make it happen. Two handsets will see the software update in April, with more to follow. Read more »