As we told you last time, there’s lots going on in Los Angeles on Friday nights, but we still think our event trumps anything else you could possibly have planned. Our final Engadget Live event of the year kicks off at 7PM this Friday (October 3rd) at the Belasco Theatre.
Engadget Live is all about bringing together gadget lovers and tech brands. You (the gadget lover) will get to put your hands on some of the latest technology your friends haven’t seen. Try out vaporized spirits from Vapshot, experience Jaunt’s world of Cinematic VR, try out Huawei’s powerful smartphones and much more that you can preview in the gallery below.
So if you’re in the Southland this Friday night, get your free tickets and we’ll see you at the Belasco (not to be confused with the Velazco theatre, that’s in New Jersey). Then we’ll gear up for Engadget Expand, heading to New York on November 7-8!
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Can a 6.1-inch smartphone ever be accepted in the mainstream? That was what Jonathan Fingas asked while reviewing Huawei’s Ascend Mate, and found the answer to be a resounding “no.” The handset offered a lot of things that did impress him, including a staggering battery life, big display and the company’s Emotion UI. On the downside, the old(er) internals, 3G-only modem and modest storage meant that the device had “niche proposition” stamped all over it. But, what about you, out there? Did you buy one? If so, what did you like, what did you hate and what, if anything, would you change? Head to the forum and spill your brains.
Source: Engadget Product Forums
Friday nights in Los Angeles aren’t snoozers, especially October 3rd. That night, some celebrity will be caught mid-wardrobe malfunction boozing it up at Club Area by TMZ — or it could be the night Bruce Jenner holds his epic “freedom” party. While we’re thrilled for his escape from Kardashian Prison, we’d like to think that our final Engadget Live event of the year at the Belasco Theatre will be much more exciting — and a lot less flammable.
Stephen Colbert recently roasted our friends at Vapshot, but how about trying it out for yourself? Maybe you’re a little afraid to buy that bendy-phone and you’re curious about Huawei’s powerful Android smartphones (which came with bigger screens far before any iPhone did). Or you want to get your hands on gadgets your friends have yet to touch. Find out what else you can expect by flipping through the gallery below.
So, L.A., grab your free tickets and we’ll see you on October 3rd. After that, no rest for the weary — we’re gearing up for Engadget Expand New York on the opposite side of the country November 7-8 (which, you’ll be able to tune into our live streams no matter where you are!)
Whenever we talk about Huawei, it’s normally within the context of the company’s growing smartphone business. What we don’t talk about as much is the Chinese giant’s massive networking operation — but it’s this department that’s making a big entry into the Internet of Things. Huawei has announced that it’s buying Neul, a Cambridge-based startup that specializes in building low-power wireless sensors for monitoring in various industrial and medical applications. Neul is probably most famous for having built the UK’s first smart road, a 50-mile chunk of highway designed to monitor traffic flow and avoid congestion. Huawei has pledged to use its vast resources to turn Neul’s Cambridge HQ into an “internet of things stronghold” which, we’re sure, will go down really well with those people who refuse to deal with the company on security grounds.
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It’s safe to say that Steve Jobs was off the mark when he declared that no one would buy big smartphones — they’ve become popular enough that Apple itself is now making large iPhones. But how did these supersized devices escape their niche status to become the must-haves they are today? The transformation didn’t happen overnight. It took a succession of ever-bigger phones to spark the public imagination and prove that huge screens were here to stay. We’ve rounded up 10 of the most important examples — head on over to our gallery see how enormous became the new normal.
Austin, Seattle and Boston welcomed our Engadget Live tour this year with open arms and before we gear up for Engadget Expand, we’re heading to one more city: Los Angeles. Grab your free tickets and join us at the Belasco Theater on October 3rd at 7PM.
L.A.’s tech scene is “having a moment,” which was well illustrated through Re/Code’s recent spotlight on “Silicon Beach.” We’re not talking about the Snapchat or Tinder dudes; established companies and new innovators like Oculus VR, Maker Studios, Beats by Dre all claim SoCal as home.
What tech innovators will rub elbows with gadget lovers at arguably the hottest party in the City of Angels that night? Flip through the gallery below to find out and then get your free tickets.
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Cellular providers and phone makers don’t always have the best relationships, but things are getting particularly sour between T-Mobile USA and Huawei. The UnCarrier is suing Huawei for trying not just to copy its phone testing robot technology, but to steal it. The phone maker’s staffers reportedly took illegal photos of the testing gear, and then swiped components; they even tried to break in when banned from the premises. T-Mobile insists that it spent “tens of millions” of dollars to switch to other phones as part of the breaches, and that Huawei may have earned “hundreds of millions” in ill-gotten profit.
You would expect many companies to fight such allegations tooth and nail, but Huawei isn’t. It agrees that there’s at least some merit to claims that its workers were “acting inappropriately,” and notes that the employees involved were fired. While it’s planning to protect itself in court, it “respects” T-Mobile’s right to sue over the thefts and plans to cooperate. Those kind words probably aren’t going to placate Magenta’s lawyers, but they suggest that the two telecom giants won’t be fighting to the bitter end.
Source: Seattle Times
Although HTC may have pulled out of the smartwatch race, it looks as though Huawei will join the smartwatch party in the near future. In an interview at IFA 2014, Huawei CEO, Richard Yu, said that the company is readying a device for release next year and confirmed that it would be running the Android Wear operating system. Yu didn’t say much more than that on the device, but said it would be “innovative and beautiful”. He also mentioned it would be “more beautiful” that Samsung’s recently announced Gear S, however that being decidedly the black sheep of the smartwatches announced at IFA 2014, we would say that isn’t a terribly difficult feat.
Huawei’s previous wearable ventures only include the TalkBand B1, a device that is more closely reminiscent of a fitness device than full-blown smartwatch. We’d expect any future devices to resemble a more traditional watch form factor, but we’ve yet to see anybody focus on fitness with Android Wear. Also, we’d question Huawei’s plan to release next year when all the manufacturers will already have a foothold in this market, but it does give them a chance to correct any potential mistakes other smartwatches have. Whatever the case, we’ll likely be hearing more about the device the closer its release date comes.
What do you think of a Huawei Android Wear smartwatch? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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Huawei’s super-sized flagship may’ve taken center stage at the company’s IFA press conference, but there was still plenty of love in reserve for another new addition to its product range: the Ascend G7. It also caters to those who like their screens big, and the spec sheet is nothing to shrug at. Build quality has been awarded particular priority, with most of the phone constructed from a single piece of metal, and the imaging experience has been carefully considered too. It’s not exactly cheap at €299 (almost $390 converted), however, which may leave some wondering where exactly the G7 fits in.
The G7 doesn’t command as large of a footprint as Huawei’s new Ascend Mate 7, but it’s not far behind with a 5.5-inch, 720p display. At that size, you’d usually expect a full HD panel, but it’s one of several compromises for the sake of using more premium components elsewhere. Although the G7 doesn’t have quite the asking price of a flagship, Huawei wanted it to look like a flagship. Aside from two panels around the camera lens and speaker grille on the back of the handset, everything but the face is made from one piece of metal.
The problem is that the quality of material isn’t backed up by any kind of inspired design like, say, HTC’s One and One M8. To reuse the old adage, it’s just a square with rounded corners. The panel around the display sports a subtle dotted effect (similar to the ceramic back of the Ascend P7 Sapphire Edition), but that pleasant touch still doesn’t push the overall look of the device above average. It comes in three styles: one has a white face, silver metal and white detailing around the camera and speaker; the others both have black faces, with either solid charcoal or golden backs. I might have warmed to the metal unibody a little more, if it wasn’t so uncomfortable in the hand.
The edges of the device are sharp — painfully sharp. At 7.6mm thick and weighing 165g, I expected it to be relatively hand-friendly despite the large screen. When you get up to that almost awkward size, though, you need to apply slightly more pressure to your grip than you would with a smaller phone. This exacerbated the problem, and when I was done taking pictures of the G7, I was happy to put it down after handling it for all of five minutes.
Thus, I’m not sure using a solid metal block was the right choice here, even if it looks high-end. The money you’d spend on a G7 does go towards other things, though, like the 13-megapixel main camera with a Sony BSI sensor and 28mm lens. There are all kinds of imaging tricks the G7 can do, like after-the-shot refocusing and live ‘beautification’ when recording video. Selfie addicts will also appreciate the 5-megapixel front-facing camera with 88-degree, wide-angle lens.
The camera experience is clearly one of the handset’s strong points, but there’s also Cat4 LTE (up to 150 Mbps download speeds), 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage and a sizable 3,000mAh battery. The only other blip on the spec sheet, aside from the 720p display, is the 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm chipset, but it’ll likely do the trick for everyone but the most demanding. The Ascend G7 is positioned as a sub-flagship phone, remember, and I’d be way more worried about how comfortable it is to use than the clock speed of the processor.
The handset is launching this month for a recommended price of €299 in several European countries (Germany, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Hungary, The Netherlands, Poland, Norway), as well as Turkey, South Africa and Mexico. It’s also due to hit other regions in the future, though it’s not clear exactly where or when.
Having built up a consumer-facing business over recent years with smartphones and tablets, Huawei made its first move into wearables this year with a fitness tracker-cum-smartwatch (pictured above). The company is far from finished in this burgeoning product category, though, as Huawei’s CEO Richard Yu has told us the company’s prepping another wearable that’ll launch next year — this time running Android Wear. He wouldn’t reveal too much more during an interview at IFA, but said it’ll be both “innovative and beautiful.”
Yu’s tight-lipped about what form factor the watch will take, but did say it’ll be “more beautiful” than Samsung’s latest effort, the Gear S. Huawei’ll have plenty of competition, of course — although perhaps none from HTC, which’s allegedly ditched its wearable plans for now. The likes of LG, Motorola, ASUS and Sony already have smartwatches running Google’s wearable platform, and there’ll likely be several more players and products by the time Huawei comes to market. Given the firm’s current smartband doubles as a Bluetooth headset, however, we wouldn’t be surprised if its smartwatch also had some kooky features to make it stand out from the crowd.
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