Samsung Officially Unveils Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

Wed, 09/04/2013 - 16:30 -- Marshall Walker

Sony and Samsung announced a lot of products in Berlin today, but the the Galaxy Gear smartwatch will probably be most talked about gadget until Apple releases its new iPhone on September 10. Samsung's new watch will only work with Galaxy devices running Android version 4.3, according to Engadget. However, some tech blogs are also reporting that the smartwatch will work with non-Galaxy devices via Bluetooth. If Engadget is correct, that means the Galaxy watch will only support the newly announced Galaxy Note 3 and 10.1 at launch, although the Galaxy S III and S 4 are supposed to get a 4.3 Jelly Bean update later this year.

Samsung Galaxy GearWhen connected to a Samsung device, the Galaxy Gear watch will notify users of incoming messages, such as calls, texts, emails and alerts, and allow them to ignore or answer any of the messages using their synced Galaxy device. The watch is also equipped with built-in speaker for hands-free voice commands, and includes various features such as a Pedometer and the ability to locate other misplaced Galaxy devices. Other specs include a 1.63-inch 320×320 display, a 1.9MP camera with 720p video recording, 4GB of internal storage, and a promised 24-hours of battery life.

Google Changes Android 4.4 Nickname to KitKat

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 19:40 -- Marshall Walker

In an effort to make Android 4.4 more recognizable, Google has changed its nickname from Key Lime Pie to Kitkat. Lohn Lagerling, director of Android global partnerships, told the BBC that the name change came after Google employees realized "very few people actually know the taste of a key lime pie." Lagerling also explained that Nestle, the company who makes the popular candy bar, had given Google permission to use the name.

"This is not a money-changing-hands kind of deal," explained Lagerling.

Google Android Lawn OrnamentsGoogle's SVP Sundar Pichai later confirmed the name change on Google+, and posted an image of the new Android Kitkat lawn ornament. Little is known about Android 4.4, but Pichai said he "can’t wait to release the next version of the platform that is as sweet as the candy bar that’s one of our team’s favorites." Pichai also noted that over 1 billion Android devices has been activated since its launch.

Logitech Launches First Samsung Galaxy Tab Cases

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 12:34 -- Alex Gardner

Logitech, who is mainly known for its iPad and iPad mini cases, has launched a line of accessories for all the Samsung Galaxy Tab models for the first time. The new Samsung cases include the Ultrathin Keyboard Folio and three Folio Protective Cases without keyboards.
Ultrathin Keyboard Folio 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 3The Ultrathin Keyboard Folio is only available for the 10.1-inch Tab 3, while the Folio Protective Cases are available in three different sizes (7.0, 8.0 and 10.1). It is kind of odd that Logitech left out the 7 and 8-inch devices since smaller tablets benefit more from keyboard accessories. Keyboard cases allow users to get more out of their smaller screens since they eliminate the need for the built-in onscreen keyboard. Hopefully Logitech will reconsider, and launch keyboard folios for all the Samsung Tab models in the future.

HTC Announces BoomBass Speaker and Two New Desire Smartphones

Tue, 09/03/2013 - 11:24 -- Marshall Walker

HTC has officially unveiled its BoomBass speaker and two new affordable smartphones: the HTC Desire 601 and HTC Desire 300.

The BoomBass is a Bluetooth 3.0+EDR speaker geared towards HTC One owners who want to take full advantage of their handset's HTC BoomSound capabilities. HTC says the speaker will be available in October, but did not announce a price. HTC BoomBassThe HTC Desire 601 is a mid-range smartphone with all the same HTC-branded features as the HTC One. It features a 4.5-inch qHD 960 x 540 display, a 5MP rear-facing camera with HTC Zoe, and it is powered by a Qualcomm SnapdragonTM 400, dual-core, 1.4GHz processor. It is also LTE capable and ships with 8GB of internal storage plus 1GB of RAM.

The HTC Desire 601 will launch later this month.

LG Announces G Pad 8.3 Ahead of iPad mini 2 and IFA

Sun, 09/01/2013 - 16:02 -- Sammy Snyder

LG got the jump on all its competition by announcing its new G Pad 8.3 tablet on Sunday. Apple is expected to announce a new iPad mini in the coming months, and Samsung is also planning to unveil its new Galaxy Note phablet and Galaxy Note 3 at its 2013 Unpacked event on September 4.

G Pad 8.3LG claims that the new G Pad is the first eight-inch tablet to boast a 1920 x 1200 WUXGA full HD display. It is also equipped with 4600mAh battery, a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor and 2GB of RAM. The tablet ships with Android 4.2.2, and it features a lightweight form factor, measuring in at 8.33m thick and only weighing 338 grams.

Kingdom Rush Frotniers is Finally Getting an Android Release

Fri, 08/30/2013 - 19:49 -- Sammy Snyder

Ironhide Game Studio is finally working on a Android version of Kingdom Rush Frontiers. The developer posted a video previewing the beta version for Android a few days ago, but no official release date has been set.

The second game of the popular Tower Defense franchise was released for iOS devices on June 6, 2013. Ironhide eventually released an expansion entitled "Rising Tide" a few weeks later, but gave no mention of an Android, Steam or Flash release, which did not sit well with Android fans. However, the developer has heard the many, many complaints, and has begun working on an Android version.

Kingdom Rush Frontiers AndroidKingdom Rush Frontiers is considered one of the best Tower Defense games ever released for iOS devices. The original game was released as a free Flash version, and was eventually ported to iOS and Android devices after its popularity grew. Both games are medieval defense games where users must ward off advancing enemy armies with their towers, soldiers and magic spells.

Leaks Shows T-Mobile Moto X Only Coming to Google Play

Fri, 08/30/2013 - 19:11 -- Marshall Walker

The Moto X launch has been a confusing one. Motorola originally claimed that the Moto X would be available from AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile this summer, but so far the device has only landed at AT&T and Verizon. Moto X buyers were also supposed to be able to customize their handset through the Motomaker website, and receive the device a few days later, but only AT&T customers currently have this option. So what happened to the other three carriers?

T-Mobile Moto X

US Cellular and Sprint have their Moto X models listed as "coming soon, but T-Mobile still remains a mystery. T-Mobile's Chief Marketing Officer Mike Sievert originally said that the Moto X "will initially be available through Motorola’s channels," but now a leaked internal screenshot obtained by TMO News, reveals that T-Mobile subscribers may have to purchase their Moto X handsets through the Google Play Store. It is also unknown if the Moto X will be part of T-Mobile's UnCarrier payment plans, or if buyers will have to agree to a two-year carrier contract.

Verizon Moto X Now Available

Thu, 08/29/2013 - 17:26 -- Sammy Snyder

Verizon is now accepting orders for the Moto X by Motorola. The new handset is $200 with a new two year contract, or $600 without. That's $100 less than Best Buy's currently listed "unactivated" price, so make sure you order from Verizon if you are going to buy an off contract model.

Verizon Moto XUnlike AT&T customers who can customize their Moto X using Motorola's "Motomaker" website, Verizon users are stuck choosing between only black or white. However, Verizon did mention it would offer Motomaker support later this year. Verizon subscribers who don't care about having a turquoise handset can order the Moto X starting today directly from

Google Slashes Nexus 4 Prices

Wed, 08/28/2013 - 20:14 -- Marshall Walker

Google has reduced the price of its Nexus 4 handset by $100 a few weeks before Apple is expected to announce its new low cost iPhone. The 8GB model is now $200, and the 16GB model is only $250. The new price tag puts the Nexus 4 in line with the iPhone 5 and many other popular Android devices. However, unlike most smartphones, the Nexus 4 doesn't require a two-year contract with a wireless carrier. It is also unlocked, which makes it cheaper and easier to use overseas, but it is only compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile's networks in the US, and it doesn't support 4G LTE speeds.

Nexus 4 Price CutSome analysts believe Google discounted the Nexus 4 to complete with Apple's iPhone C, which could cost around $100 to $149. Apple is expected to announce the low cost, plastic iPhone alongside the iPhone 5S on September 10. Google could also be making room for the next-generation Nexus phone reportedly being manufactured by Motorola for a late 2013 launch.

HTC Zara Leaked Photo and Specs

Tue, 08/20/2013 - 16:45 -- Penelope Wang

Despite a recent push for secrecy, HTC can't keep the upcoming Zara smartphone under wraps. Although the device has yet to be officially revealed, @evleaks is on the scene with a photo and specifications for the Zara, which looks similar to the HTC One. Zara will sport a 4.5-inch qHD display encased by a plastic body.

HTC Zara leak

Also inside, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of built-in storage space, along with a 2,100mAh battery. BoomSound and Beats Audio integration is expected, despite reports that Beats Audio is looking to drop its partnership with HTC. Front facing speakers on the Zara are similar to those found on the flagship HTC One.


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