Smartwatches are designed to provide mobile notifications and functionality without needing to reach for a smartphone. But they usually fall short of replacing your smartphone, instead requiring that a handset be in range and connected via Bluetooth. Omate has just announced its latest standalone smartwatch, the Omate TrueSmart+, which (like severalother watches that attempt to replace a phone) can call, text, and email with its own wireless connection.
Blackberry has been rumored to be making an Android-based smartphone for some time now, and there have recently been some very official looking leaks of the phone. Well, we can officially stop wondering if and when the device will launch, with the company confirming today that it will indeed ship its first Android smartphone, known as the Priv, before the end of the year.
Google has released a new Street View app to accompany its Maps app. Users are still able to view Street View from within Maps, but the separate Street View app offers a variety of additional functionality. Users can view view images and collections from around the world and add their own images.
Over the past year or so, Lenovo's smartphone strategy has been to build devices, like the Vibe Z2 Pro and others, with impressive specs and interesting features designed to appeal the casual photographer. Its latest offerings unveiled today at IFA in Berlin are no different, with the new Vibe P1 sporting a huge 5,000 mAh battery and the Vibe S1 boasting the first dual selfie cameras.
In the last few years, storage space has become a bigger concern on many flagship smartphones – especially entry-level 16 GB models. Rather than increasing the phone's storage, one startup thinks it's high time we remove the concern altogether by sharing smartphone storage with the cloud.
Windows 10 has already been downloaded onto more than 75 million devices since its July launch, but we've yet to see the first smartphones ship running Windows 10 Mobile out of the box. Middle-tier phone maker Archos is looking to be among the first out of the gate with the Archos 50 Cesium.
Google has announced that Android One is expanding to Africa. The program, aimed at making "high-quality smartphones accessible to as many people as possible," will roll-out in Nigeria next, with the launch of the Infinix Hot 2 smartphone. Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Egypt and Morocco will follow.
Starting next week, Chinese smartphone shoppers will have another solid-specced, low-priced choice on the menu. That's when Lenovo-backed startup Zuk is set to launch its Z1, a RMB 1,799 (about US$284) phone powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor.
Compact and portable are great attributes for something you always want to have on-hand. But when it comes to home entertainment, bigger tends to be better. And if you're looking for the ultimate tablet experience, soon "going big" and "going home" won't have to be a choice. The Touchjet Wave transforms your home television into a ginormous touchscreen tablet.
If you want a phone that runs stock Android, your options used to be limited (mostly) to buying a Nexus phone or running a custom ROM. But OnePlus is one of several companies filling that role today with the nearly stock-running OnePlus 2. Let's see how it compares to the pure Lollipop torch-bearer, the Nexus 6.