HTC hosted a little event yesterday. You might have heard that they announced the all new One M9, the Grip wearable, and the Vive VR. Maybe you got to watch or it maybe you were too distracted when trying to watch it. Whatever the reason is, it doesn’t matter, because you can watch it again and again and again if you wish. You can watch it tonight, tomorrow, or next year because it’s on YouTube today and forever. All you have to do is hit the break for the complete show.
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Still on a legacy BlackBerry OS device and love BlackBerry Traffic? If so, I have a bit of bad news for you. The app, which has existed and been maintained since 2010, will be retired as of March 27th, 2015 and will no longer function as per normal according to new emails being sent out to BlackBerry customers.
Nissan-Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn thinks its a good idea for Apple to get in the car business.
Speaking during MWC 2015, Ghosn said that it would be good for Nissan, and other car companies, for Apple to build a car. An all-electric vehicle from Apple would raise public awareness about electric vehicles. From CNET:
“The fact that a company outside of the auto industry wants to do electric cars is refreshing,” he said, adding he was curious about the prospect.
Apple has reportedly been building a team of car experts for an automotive project, and is rumored to be targeting 2020 for the release of an electric vehicle.
Huawei is making a big splash at MWC 2015 with the launch of its first Android Wear-powered device, the Huawei Watch. The new Watch is the first Android Wear device to sport a display made of sapphire crystal, which is a display material that we’re only used to seeing in high-end (non-smart) watches. We got some hands-on time with the new wearable here at MWC, so let’s dive right in to our first impressions of the Huawei Watch.
We know aesthetics are completely subjective, but it’s hard to deny that the Huawei Watch is a looker. For starters, it sports a 316L corrosion-resistant stainless steel body with a circular display. It boasts a 1.4-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 400×400, which makes the display a little sharper than other Android Wear devices currently on the market. To make the design even better, it also comes with a choice of interchangeable leather or metal watch straps that are sized at 18mm. Of course, design can only get a smartwatch so far.
Performance on the watch should be no slouch either, thanks to the 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor backed by 512MB of RAM. Android Wear is a very light OS, so we couldn’t imagine this watch running slowly at all. Unfortunately, we can’t say that for sure, as our demo unit was also running demo software. We’ll need to wait for our full review to find out how it performs with Android Wear.
As for the software, we can expect to see the same Android Wear version available on all other Wear devices. However, Huawei has loaded up 40 difference watch faces to choose from, which is a welcome change from the 10-15 we usually see on Wear watches.
- 1.4-inch AMOLED display (sapphire crystal) with a resolution of 400×400, 286ppi
- 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
- 512MB of RAM
- 4GB of internal storage
- 300mAh battery
- Bluetooth 4.0/4.1
- Heart rate monitor
- Sensors: Gyroscope + Accelerometer, PPG, Barometer, Vibration Motor
- Colors: Black, Silver, Gold
What do you think of the new Huawei Watch? Will this be your next Android Wear purchase?
A new report claims that Apple will let people who come into its retail stores try out a number of its in-ear headphones before they made a purchase decision.
According to 9to5Mac
Beginning this week, when a customer is interested in purchasing in-ear headphones, an Apple Store employee will have the ability to create a custom Demo Kit that holds up to six different models of in-ear headphones. These kits will include a fresh pair ear tips so that the try on process is sanitary. The customer will be able to keep the ear tips regardless if they purchase the headphones. The customer can then plug the headphones into their iPhone or iPod to sample the quality before making their purchase decision.
Some of the headphones that reportedly will be available for testing in Apple Stores are the RHA MA450i, the urBeats, the Beats Tour, the JayBird BlueBuds X, the PowerBeats 2 Wireless and the Bose QC20.
Theming — that’s what all the cool kids are doing these days. The HTC One M9 has theming, the Galaxy S6 has theming, and now Sony is raising up the theming bar as well. Sony’s most recent Xperia devices already offered themable skins, but now Sony has released a new tool called the Theme Creator Beta, a custom Java desktop program that will help 3rd party developers craft their own Sony themes.
Sony claims there are more than 300 adjustable components for users of the creator, this includes changing wallpapers, the navigation bar and so much more. Sony’s Theme Creator portal on its website mentions how designers can use themes to promote brands, services or games. “This way, your theme can show up on millions of Xeria devices in the theme picker”. Of course, just because Sony is trying to appeal to bigger companies and brands doesn’t mean it is restricting use of the tool.
Anyone with some basic image editing skills that’s reasonably tech savvy should people able to utilize this tool, though to varying levels of success depending on your experience levels. Once your masterpiece is finished, the Theme Creator will create an APK that can be applied to any compatible Xperia device or can be submitted to Sony for inclusion its repository. Interested in giving it a go? You can download the Theme Creator Beta from Sony’s website.
While its first Android Wear smartwatch might be grabbing the headlines, Huawei also has a new phablet on display at MWC this year. The MediaPad X2 is the sequel to last year’s X1, which, depending on which way you look at it, was either a small tablet or an enormous phone. There’s not a lot new to look at here — aesthetically it’s very similar to the X1 — but internally there are a few changes.
The MediaPad X2 comes in two configurations. You can pick up a 16GB model that comes with 2GB of RAM, or a 32GB model that comes with 3GB. Both have an octa-core processor with a Mali-T628 GPU — the 2GHz / 1.5GHz HiSilicon Kirin 930 — which is a pretty big jump up from last year’s 1.6GHz quad-core chip. There’s also the welcome addition of 802.11ac WiFi, something missing from the X1.
Other than that, pretty much everything is identical. You’ll get the same 13-megapixel f/2.4 main camera and a 5-megapixel f/2.2 selfie cam, the same 7-inch 1,920 x 1,200 display (which is pretty great, for what it’s worth), LTE connectivity, and the ability to make phone calls, if that’s your thing. It even weighs exactly the same (239g), and it’s still super thin (7.18mm). Holding a tablet up to your face to make a call might not be your idea of a good time, but if you’re looking to consolidate and don’t mind making calls from a Bluetooth headset (like, say, Huawei’s shiny new TalkBand B2), you could do a lot worse than the X2. Pricing and availability has yet to be announced, but last year’s 16GB X1 came in at €399 ($445), and we’d expect the entry-level X2 to be priced similarly.
HTC have included theming with their new One M9 device which allows you to completely overhaul the entire look and feel of your device in one hit, and you can see them all below.
Theming changes every element of the user interface of your device from the way the icon looks to the wallpaper, right down to the font used. HTC have bundled a variety of themes giving different that can give different looks to your HTC One M9 right from within the built-in settings.
Which one is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below.
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With the release date of the Galaxy S6 right around the corner, or having recently launched (depending on when you’re reading this), now would be the perfect time to start picking out which case you’re going to use to protect your new investment. Pets, children, butterfingers and puddles all seem to be attracted to new devices.
Whether you’re into a heavy-duty housing or would rather opt for a minimal form factor, most will agree that just one drop, knick, or bash can be both a literal and figurative crushing blow. In hopes of curbing some of that trauma, here’s a handful of the best cases available to compliment your Samsung Galaxy S6:
We’ve heard nothing but good things from our readers regarding Spigen’s line of products so there’s no reason to doubt this Galaxy S6 slim case. Designed for a perfect fit, the non-slip surface is sure to help you keep a grip on your device.
This scratch-resistant clear cover offers something for those folks who have a taste for gold. The poly-carbonate bumper helps protect against impact and the raised lip keeps the front and back free of wear.
Here’s a great option for those who want a tough exterior without occupying too much space. This dual layered design offers drop protection while maintaining a slim silhouette. Plus, take a look at the textured back and tell me you don’t want to grip that.
How about another fine offering from Spigen? This Slim Armor case has the prerequisite shock absorption and precision fit while also implementing a kickstand. Packed in a sharp gunmetal frame, this lightweight option is worth a shot.
Craving something a bit more rugged? This Heavy Duty offering from Evocel packs dual layered protection with a TPU inner layer and poly-carbonate shell. Made in the USA, take one look at the tire-tread inspired design couple with the integrated kickstand and you’ll know that this is the case for those who ride hard.