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"Smartwatch maker Pebble has finally released its full version 2.0 app for Android devices, following a public beta originally brought the software and the Pebble Appstore to smartphones using Google’s mobile OS last month. The update, if you haven’t used the beta or if you’re not an iPhone owner, offers the ability to search for, install and manage new apps and watchfaces for Pebble. When the Appstore made its debut on iOS at the beginning of February, there were a few highlight partner apps that came along for the ride, including ones from Yelp, Foursquare, Mercedes and GoPro. The official Android launch brings some new partner software, including apps by eBay, Evernote and Time Warner Cable. The new eBay app offers the ability to follow eBay product feeds, and find stuff to order on your wrist. You can then send those things you’re interested in to your Watch List with a simple button press, so that you can buy them later using your smartphone. Evernote gives you access to Checklists, Reminders and Notebooks on your wrist, with two-way interactivity so that you can tick off items on a grocery list, in addition to being able to review notes. TWC’s app makes it so that customers can control their connected smart home from their wrist, including setting the temperature and setting home and away modes. This is great news for Android users who were looking for feature parity with their iOS counterparts, and the new software partnerships show that Pebble is still working to bring more high-profile app developers on board to show what’s possible with its expanded SDK. You can get the updated Pebble app free from Google Play now." via techcrunch.com
Lenovo(HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today at the 2014 Mobile World Congress announced its nextgeneration of smartphones in its popular S-series. The new S860, S850 and S660 smartphones combine sleek design elements with quad-core performance and new features such as longer battery life for an overall impressive mobile experience. The new devices complement Lenovo’s existing portfolio of smartphones, offering consumers greater choices across multiple price points to fit both lifestyle and budget.
The high performing S860 gives mobile professionals all-day productivity, while the S850 offers the fashion set an incredibly slim yet feature-packed mobile device. The stylish S660 all-rounder, primed for media addicts seeking a blend of fashion and function, completes the trio. Lenovo, the #3 smart connected device maker worldwide, has expanded aggressively into the global smartphone market, introducing smartphones in 25 countries in the past two years.
The new S-series smartphones meet the demands of today’s mobile users coming equipped with quad-core MTK processors and running Android 4.2. The smartphones boast powerful new features, including longer battery life (S860 and S660), sharp image capture functions (S850) and Lenovo’s range of DOit apps. The devices come with dual SIM capability as well as wide-angle front cameras and flash-equipped rear cameras to snap and share amazing photos. Read more inside..
Today Nokia introduces a brand new family of smartphones, the Nokia X family, a range of handsets that combines Nokia design, build quality and services with the ability to run Android apps.
The first three phones in the family – the Nokia X, X+ and XL – are priced between the existing Asha and Lumia lines, at €89, €99 and €109 respectively, to appeal to new smartphone users looking for popular apps and their first cloud services.The X family boasts Nokia’s exciting, high quality hardware design and a range of bright colours. The brand new, tile-based Home screen offers you a simple, elegant way to manage your apps and phone functions and also reintroduces a redesigned version of the enormously popular Fastlane notifications centre – a second Home screen if you like – from the latest Asha devices. Read more here:
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"Does the world need bigger smartphones? Huawei answers this question at MWC with the launch of its MediaPad X1, a 7-inch Android tablet that lets you make phone calls. As ridiculous as it sounds, this device is designed in a way that makes it more usable than other colossal phones. At just 239g heavy and 103.9mm wide, the X1 is the lightest and narrowest tablet in its class, beating the likes of the ASUS Fonepad 7, Kindle Fire HDX 7 and the latest Nexus 7. Don't be deceived by the lightness, though; Huawei has managed to stuff a generous 5,000mAh battery -- again beating the other 7-inch tablets -- and a high-res 1,920 x 1,200 LTPS display inside this 7.18mm-thick aluminum body.
Let's get the remaining specs out of the way. First and foremost, you get a pair of cameras: 13-megapixel f/2.4 on the back, and 5-megapixel f/2.2 on the front. There's 16GB of internal storage, and you can add up to 32GB of external space via microSD. The SoC here is Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin 910 (as seen on the Ascend P6S), which features a 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, along with 2GB of RAM and a Mali-450 MP4 GPU. There's support for both TD-LTE and FD-LTE, meaning you can enjoy 4G speeds in both China and a large part of the world. Likewise, the same phone also works on both WCDMA and China Mobile's TD-SCDMA 3G networks. Sadly, the WiFi radio only goes up to 802.11n instead of the more powerful 802.11ac, but the 150Mbps LTE Cat 4 radio should somewhat make up for this -- if your carrier supports it, that is. Read on for our hands-on video and thoughts. Huawei is pricing the X1 at a pretty competitive 399 euros." Read more here:
This year's all about LTE Cat 4 for Huawei, which is why it's pushing this faster 4G technology into both the high-end market as well as the lower price points, in order to help drive its network business -- LTE Cat 4 only works if your carrier supports it, after all. At MWC, the company announced the launch of two affordable devices that will come with this 150Mbps technology: the Ascend G6 4G and the MediaPad M1. The Ascend G6 appears to share some design elements with the higher-end Ascend P6, so it looks quite pretty in the above render. It features a lesser 4.5-inch 960 x 540 LCD, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, NFC and an adequate 2,000mAh battery. The cameras are surprising nice, though: there's an 8-megapixel f/2.0 imager (with Sony's IMX134 sensor) on the back, plus a 5-megapixel front-facing counterpart with unknown aperture. This phone will first arrive in its 3G-only, 7.5mm-thick form in Q1 this year, followed by a 7.85mm-thick 4G version in April. via engadget.com
Even in an industry known for evolving at an impossibly quick pace, it's rare for a product to be replaced in just five months. If you've read our review of Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch, however, it probably makes sense why the manufacturer would want to antiquate it as soon as possible -- while an interesting concept, the wearable was clearly half-baked. This morning, Samsung is starting off Mobile World Congress by announcing the Gear 2 (shown above, right) and the camera-less Gear 2 Neo (above, left), both of which (the company hopes) will address most of its predecessor's pain points when it arrives in stores worldwide this April. Read more here:
There have been a lot of rumors on the next BlackBerry 10 handset the Canadian company would launch this year, but none of them was confirmed until BlackBerry's last quarterly earnings call from John Chen, who talked about a device called “Jakarta.”
BlackBerry “Jakarta” was leaked a while ago via handset manufacturer Foxconn, along with some details on its specs, which suggested that that was the mid-range BlackBerry 10 smartphone. Today, N4BB.com reports that the first official specs for the BlackBerry “Jakarta” have been leaked along with the first press render of the smartphone. Judging by the look of the handset, BlackBerry “Jakarta” could be a solid choice for those who wish a full touch BlackBerry 10 device but can't afford to grab the Z10 or Z30. Read more inside..
Sony this week commenced the Android 4.3 update for a number of Xperia smartphones. Effective Thursday, the Sony Xperia T, TX, V and SP are finally picking up the most current release of Jelly Bean. In addition to standard features like Project Butter and support for Bluetooth Smart, the updates add in a number of custom Sony touches. The entire portfolio of Sony apps has been enhanced and upgraded: Walkman, PlayMemories, and the Battery Stamina Mode all receive a fresh coat of paint. Sony has also loaded a custom interface as part of the update, introducing "Xperia Themes" and downloadable UI packs. Although the Android 4.3 update has started for each of these devices, exact timing varies by market and carrier, so have a little patience if you don't see it right away. via reviews.cnet.com
"Lenovo and Google today have entered into a definitive agreement under which Lenovo plans to acquire the Motorola Mobility smartphone business. With a strong PC business and a fast-growing smartphone business, this agreement will significantly strengthen Lenovo’s position in the smartphone market. In addition, Lenovo will gain a strong market presence in North America and Latin America, as well as a foothold in Western Europe, to complement its strong, fast-growing smartphone business in emerging markets around the world.
The purchase price is approximately US$2.91 billion (subject to certain adjustments), including US$1.41 billion paid at close, comprised of US$660 million in cash and US$750 million in Lenovo ordinary shares (subject to a sharecap/floor). The remaining US$1.5 billion will be paid in the form of a three-year promissory note." Read more inside..