New photos have leaked that show HTC’s upcoming Android Wear smartwatch. This smartwatch initially leaked on Weibo in October, but no announcement or teaser has come from HTC. These new photos were also released on Weibo and show the watch powered on and from a number of different angles.
HTC’s smartwatch utilizes a circular display with a 360×360 resolution and no flat tire bezel on the bottom of the display. Instead, the components are packed into a ring around the display. The watch has two buttons on its edge, pogo pins on the rear and a heart rate sensor. Also notable is the Under Armour logo. HTC and UA previously partnered together to create the Healthbox platform. This smartwatch is a continuation of that partnership.
There’s no word on when this smartwatch will be released, though we’d guess it won’t be too far into the future. An interesting note is that the device pictured is running on a version of Android Wear 1.0, even though version 2.0 is just weeks away. It’s possible that this is simply an early production model and the final version will release with the latest version of Android Wear. Nonetheless, it’s something to keep in mind.
In a new report, The Wall Street Journal says that Samsung’s official investigation into the Galaxy Note 7 fires has discovered that irregularly-sized batteries and a manufacturing issue are responsible. Samsung has declined to comment on the report and is holding an event on Sunday night (EST) to reveal its findings.
The report says that the initial problem came with batteries from Samsung SDI, which were irregularly-sized and didn’t fit properly into the tight parameters of the Note 7. This improper fit led to issues with overheating and subsequent fires.
After Samsung stopped production of batteries from Samsung SDI, it increased production of batteries at Amperex Technology Ltd, a Hong Kong-based manufacturer whose batteries had no record of overheating. However, an undisclosed manufacturing issue arose in the rapid increase in production, leading to further overheating in new batteries from ATL. This issue resulted in Samsung cancelling production of the Galaxy Note 7 and recalling all devices.
Though this report hasn’t yet been confirmed by Samsung, it seems highly plausible, and lines up with a previous third-party finding from Instrumental, which proposed that the overheating issues were caused by a tight design that compressed batteries.
Stay tuned for more coverage as Samsung prepares to officially announce the results of its investigation.
T-Mobile has announced that customers using its popular T-Mobile Tuesdays app can now share gifts with others, even those on other carriers. The change will begin on Tuesday, January 24, and applies to select gifts. For example, the first round will allow T-Mobile customers to gift a FandangoNOW movie rental and $0.25/gallon discount at Shell, while still keeping one for themselves. Additionally, T-mobile customers will receive one free Lyft ride, up to $15, that can either be gifted or kept.
Though gifting does not apply to all prizes, it should be a great perk for T-Mobile customers and their friends and family. It may also prove to be a powerful marketing tool for T-Mobile, with the ability to share gifts with those on other carriers.
T-Mobile customers, keep an eye out for the new feature this Tuesday. And for those who aren’t T-Mobile customers, you may want to begin schmoozing your friends who are.
Google is rolling out a very interesting new feature with Google Play Services 10.2. It’s called “Instant Tethering” and lets you automatically tether compatible Android devices when one loses a connection.
If one device loses connection, it’ll ask if you want to tether to another device that has a connection and is on the same Google account. This works without having to enable tethering; Instant Tethering does everything for you.
Unfortunately, this feature is only rolling out to Pixel and Nexus devices on Android 7.1.1 Nougat for the time being. And even then, all owners of those devices won’t see them, because it’s slowly rolling out server side. Nonetheless, it’s an awesome feature that gets rid of the hassle of pulling out your other device, enabling tethering, and connecting to the network with your first device. What are your thoughts on this? Leave a comment!
Verizon is hosting another sale on Motorola devices. This time the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid are on sale for 50% off if you pick them up on payment plans.
Usually you’d drop $624 or $720 for the Moto Z Droid and Moto Z Force Droid, respectively, but the amount will be cut in half over 24 months. You’ll get bill credits each month, cutting the price down from $26 and $30 per month to $13 and $15 per month for the devices.
If you’re interested, hit the source link and pick one up!
The TAG Heuer Connected is a pricey Android Wear smartwatch out of the reach of most smartwatch customers. The base models start at $1,500, and models can go as high as $10,000 with options like rose gold.
TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver recently spoke about how the watch sold. The company expected to sell 20,000 units and, despite its high price, has sold 56,000 units to date. Despite smartwatch popularity always being bleak in the eyes of the public, TAG Heuer outsold expectations twice over.
Biver also spoke about the next models that should launch in May. The biggest update is the inclusion of NFC for mobile payments. He also mentions better displays, longer battery life, a more accurate GPS connection, and a smaller women’s model. It won’t be a huge upgrade, but rather an update to the previous model.
TAG Heuer is also planning to employ 8-12 people on the Intel campus to establish communication with Silicon Valley. Despite the design of the watches being done in Switzerland, the company is working with Intel chips.
Vizio has announced that its line of SmartCast devices are now compatible with the Google Home. You can now use your voice to control the devices.
You’ll be able to play music through SmartCast speakers and sound bars, turn on movies on SmartCast TVs, and even turn on the devices if “Quick Start Power Mode” is enabled. The voice commands are compatible with Spotify Premium, Google Play Music, Netflix, YouTube, and more.
It’s great to see more manufacturers supporting Google Home. The more support it gets, the more it can do for existing customers and new customers alike. If you own a Vizio SmartCast device, try it out and let us know how it goes!
Android 7.0 Nougat is already making its way to the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, but for anyone who has another one of Samsung’s handsets and has been wondering if they’ll get the latest version of Android, the company has a new list to keep you updated.
The below list includes the devices that Samsung plans to update to Android 7.0 Nougat in the first half of 2017:
- Galaxy S6
- Galaxy S6 edge
- Galaxy S6 edge Plus
- Galaxy Note 5
- Galaxy Tab A with S Pen
- Galaxy Tab S2 (LTE)
- Galaxy A3
- Galaxy A8
The list isn’t huge, but Samsung’s statement that these are the devices getting updated in the first half of 2017 does at least leave the possibility that more could be added later in the year.
Is your Samsung phone or tablet getting the update in the first half of the year?
Samsung Electronics has announced that it will be holding a special event this Sunday, January 22, at which it will announce the results of its investigation into the Galaxy Note 7 fires.
After Note 7 devices began exploding, Samsung filed reports on each incident and took the proper measures in stopping sales and eventually recalling all devices. Since then, the company has been hard at work investigating the fires on a case-by-case basis, analyzing the data gathered to help find the cause of the fires. While theories about the cause of the fires have been proposed, this event will reveal the official cause that Samsung uncovered.
The event is scheduled for 8PM EST on Sunday, with an English livestream available on Samsung’s website. Stay tuned for coverage of the findings.
February 26 is shaping up to be a busy day in the mobile industry, with multiple companies set to unveil new devices on the day before Mobile World Congress officially kicks off.
LG is another name to add to the list, as the Life’s Good crew is officially sending out Save the Date event invites for Sunday, February 26. The invite includes the phrase “See More, Play More.” and includes the date and time for the big unveiling.
The invite itself doesn’t include any details regarding what LG will show off, but the easy bet is on the upcoming flagship, the G6. LG has already said in the past that it could unveil the upcoming flagship at MWC, so the event would certainly line up with that.
Are you looking forward to the G6?