After a brief flurry of leaks, Snap Inc., formerly Snapchat, has revealed its latest product, Snapchat Spectacles. The product follows in a similar line of wearables to Google Glass, adding a camera to a regular pair of sunglasses. Snapchat Spectacles feature a 115-degree lens that mimics the viewing range of the human eye, essentially capturing the same image that you’re seeing. Each tap of the button records up to ten seconds of video.
The glasses will feature a ring of lights around the camera to indicate when the user is recording. It appears as though videos recorded with Spectacles will be uploaded privately to a user’s account, where there will be a specific area in Memories for users to access and post their videos. The glasses will have a slow rollout with initial limited availability, in an effort for Snapchat to gauge how users are utilizing the product.
Pricing is set at $129.99 and three color options of black, teal and coral will be available.
Twitter may soon have a new owner. The social media network has struggled in recent times, with new features failing to take off as hoped. The company has juggled executives and experimented with new initiatives, more or less with no effect. Now the company may be gearing up for a sale, shifting responsibility to a new owner. Several companies are in the mix, but the most notable is Google, as the tech giant has reportedly shown interest in purchasing Twitter.
Twitter’s stock rose more than 20% as the news broke that the company was considering selling. Whether it be to Google or another company, investors are interested in the possibility. Another high-profile company looking at Twitter is Salesforce, which showed interest in purchasing LinkedIn in the past. Now that LinkedIn is off the table, Salesforce is going after Twitter, which caters to a different, but still influential, audience.
There’s no word on how soon a sale might happen, but we’ll keep you posted on the situation.
The past few years have seen wireless carriers in fierce competition with one another, each trying to outdo the others with value. Sprint has been a large part of this battle, and one of its earlier tactics was to offer device leasing to customers. While the program offered increased financial liquidity for Sprint, it hasn’t proven popular enough with Android phones to keep it going.
While Sprint still offers leasing for Apple’s iPhone devices, the carrier is no longer leasing any Android devices. The last Android device to be available for lease was the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, which ceased to be offered in August around the time of the Galaxy Note 7′s launch.
Sprint hasn’t confirmed if it will revive leasing for Android phones, but if it doesn’t, the carrier still offers its equipment installment plan, which satisfies most customers.
Samsung Electronics continues to work through its voluntary recall of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. After a battery defect led to device explosions and fires, the company issued a recall on September 2 for all Galaxy Note 7s sold outside of China. Since that date, the company has worked nonstop in an effort to ease the logistics of the recall and minimize negative publicity.
Samsung has now announced that approximately half of all recalled Galaxy Note 7s in the US have been exchanged for new devices. The company also stated that 90% percent of Galaxy Note 7 owners have opted to receive a new device, rather than returning the recalled device for a refund.
With replacement devices only becoming available on September 21, it’s of note that so many devices have already been exchanged. Samsung is continuing to assist customers with exchanges, and those who haven’t yet exchanged can do so by going to Samsung.com, visiting their carrier store or returning to the retailer where the device was purchased.
The Google news just keeps on flowing. We’ve seen a myriad of Pixel leaks over the past week, but now Android Police is reporting that Google will introduce its own router, named Google Wifi. This router will be sold under Google’s own brand and has a special trick up its sleeve to set it apart from Google’s existing OnHub routers.
Google Wifi will include a number of smart features that are likely to be similar to what OnHub offers. It also claims to have greater coverage, but that’s a common selling point for routers. The selling point of the device is that it will reportedly be able to link to other Google Wifi routers to expand the size of the wireless network. The question is whether the feature will be available right from the get-go or whether it will be saved for a future update.
Google Wifi will be introduced at Google’s event on October 4, alongside the Pixel phones, Chromecast Ultra and Google Home. We’ll keep you updated on further reports ahead of the event.
Last month it was believed that Verizon would be launching HD Voice support for prepaid customers, but that turned out not to be the case. Here we are near the end of September, though, and the feature is now official.
Verizon Wireless has officially announced that prepaid customers can take full advantage of HD Voice beginning Sunday, September 25. With the feature in place, prepaid customers will be able to enjoy high-quality voice calls, as long as the person on the other end of the phone call also has a device with HD Voice support.
On top of all that, Verizon is also adding support for six-way calls, the ability to browse the internet while you’re on a phone call, calls over Wi-Fi, and Verizon video calling.
Google has an event planned for October 4, where it’s believed they’ll not only announce the new Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones, but also reveal more about the Home assistant, a still-unannounced Google Wifi home router, and the Chromecast Ultra, which, if the rumors are true, will support 4K UHD streaming.
Now, according to a report from Android Police, Google Home will cost $129 — quite a bit less than the Amazon Echo, Home’s major competitor. That wouldn’t be too surprising and could give Home a big boost.
As for the price of the Chromecast Ultra, today’s report states that will cost $69. The current Chromecast costs only $35, so that’s quite a price hike. But if Google can sell the features and supported platforms, it might work well. The report also indicates Google will continue to sell the regular Chromecast after the Chromecast Ultra goes on sale.
Do you plan on buying any of Google’s upcoming products?
Blu Products is a company that sprang onto the scene just a few years ago, offering powerful smartphones at incredibly low prices. The company has continued to grow and expand its selection with a variety of models for the diverse needs of today’s market. Blu’s latest device is the Blu Life One X2, which is a successor to last year’s Blu Life One X. The Life One X2 offers some improvements and additions over its predecessor, so let’s look at the specs.
5.2-inch 1080p display
1.4GHz octa-core Snapdragon 430 processor
2GB/4GB of RAM
16GB/64GB of storage plus microSD card slot
16-megapixel rear camera
8-megapixel front-facing camera
Dual-SIM card slot
Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
Blue has outfitted the Life One X2 with an aluminum body that’s available in both Gunmetal Grey and Rose Gold. All of that comes packed into a phone that costs just $149.99, making it one of the best budget-friendly devices on the market.
Follow the source link for the official press release.
At the beginning of September, Sony made the Xperia XZ and X Compact official, with plans to make both handsets available in the United States at some point in the future. Sure enough, Sony has confirmed that both handsets now have U.S. launch dates.
The flagship Xperia XZ will arrive on October 2 with a price tag of $700. The handset will be GSM and unlocked and will be available from Best Buy, Amazon, and other select retailers.
As a refresher, the Xperia XZ features a 5.2-inch 1080p HD panel, a Snapdragon 820 processor under the hood, and 3GB of RAM. It also features 32GB of built-in storage, a microSD card slot, and a USB Type-C port. There’s a 23MP camera on the back.
Meanwhile, the mid-range Sony-branded Xperia X Compact will arrive in the United States on September 25. It’ll also be unlocked, but it will be priced at $500. It has a USB Type-C port, a 720p 4.6-inch display, 32GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot. It also has a 23MP camera on the back.
The Nextbit Robin is a cloud-focused handset that tries to ensure that you never run out of onboard memory by archiving apps, videos, games, and photos in the cloud. Since its debut, the Robin has seen plenty of discounts, and now there’s another sale at Amazon again.
This latest sale drops the Nextbit Robin down to $199.99, which drops the phone down $200 form its normal asking price. Amazon has both the Midnight and Mint color variants available (no red option here), and they’re fulfilled by Amazon directly, so Prime members can get two-day free shipping.
The Robin features a 5.2-inch 1080p HD display, with a 13MP camera on the back and a 5MP front-facing camera. There is 3GB of RAM tucked inside and a battery measured in at 2680mAh, a fingerprint reader, NFC, and a USB Type-C port.