Android Wear 2.0, LG Watch Style, and Watch Sport Now Tipped to Launch on Wednesday

The next iteration of Google’s wearable platform, Android Wear 2.0, which was earlier tipped to be launched on February 9 is now expected to be launched on February 8. As per the latest information, the launch of LG-made smartwatches-Watch Style and Watch Sport, which have been pegged to be unveiled alongside the new platform, is now also set to be on Wednesday.

Android Wear 2.0, LG Watch Style, and Watch Sport Now Tipped to Launch on Wednesday

Prolific tipster Evan Blass, who also leaked the original February 9 launch date, said in a tweet on Saturday that the launch of both the watches and the platform have been moved up a day.

To recall, both the smartwatches from LG have been tipped to feature circular, plastic OLED displays but the Watch Sport is said to come with a 1.38-inch 480×480 pixels resolution display while the Watch Style will come with a smaller 1.2-inch 360×360 pixels resolution display.

The highlight of these wearables is said to be a digital crown button, similar to what Apple has provided on its Apple Watch. The button will be used help navigate the interface, and LG is also tipped to include touch sensitive displays that have handwriting recognition features.

Even though both smartwatches are expected to sport 4GB of inbuilt storage, the Watch Sport is supposed to feature 768MB of RAM compared with 512MB of RAM on Watch Style. The LG Watch Sport further houses a larger 430mAh battery against the 240mAh battery on the Watch Style.

The LG Watch Style has been tipped to be priced by the company at $249 (roughly Rs. 17,000) while the pricing for LG Watch Sport is tipped to start from $349 (roughly Rs. 23,500).

LinkedIn’s Redesigned Mobile App Now Available for Android and iOS

LinkedIn back in October introduced redesigned mobile app for users and promised to roll it out soon. The social networking platform for professionals has now started rolling out the redesigned Android and iOS app. For users on Android and iOS, the LinkedIn app is now available via Google Play and App Store, respectively.

The company touts that the new app has been built from scratch and stresses on simplifying the overall user experience.

The app has been streamlined into five core segments – Feed, Me, My Network, Messaging, and Search. Feed will show content from the social network based on what is relevant for the user in industry, function, and skills combined. The new app will enable users to follow content that they are interested in and unfollow things that are not.

“For the first time, as part of a lightweight onboarding process, we are going to ask you what content you are interested in, and over time you can also unfollow things that are less valuable to you,” explains the company blog.

The Me section will include the user’s profile including – who’s viewed profile, who is commenting on, or sharing posts. The My Network section in the app will include daily briefing of what’s happening in user’s professional network.

The new Messaging section will include ways to connect to user’s social circle via casual ways rather than mails. Lastly, the Search is said to be now “300 percent faster and a lot smarter.” The company claims that the new app launcher feature seamlessly launches into other LinkedIn apps for dedicated and deeper experiences such as Pulse, Groups, Job Search, etc.

“We’ve not only rebuilt the new Flagship app from scratch but we have taken everything you love and more to develop a mobile experience that is more intuitive, smarter and dramatically simplifies your LinkedIn experience. We know time is scarce, so we made it as easy as possible for you to connect to your professional network and stay informed about the conversations and content most relevant to you,” said Joff Redfern, VP of Product, in a blog post.

Micromax’s Yu Yutopia Teased to Sport Large Battery Capacity

Yu has once again made Apple its target in the latest teaser for its upcoming Yu Yutopia smartphone. The image hints towards the smartphone’s battery capacity as compared to those found in iPhone models.

The teaser shows the Apple company logo with low battery indication and a caption stating, “Would you enjoy an apple that doesn’t last long?” The teaser directly hints at the size of the Yu Yutopia’s battery to be greater than the latest iPhone models. The image however, says nothing more about the smartphone.

The company tweeted the teaser image saying “High on price, low on juice! High time; #ThinkDifferent #RaiseTheBar! #Yutopia.” Yu Televentures has also started letting interested users register for the Yutopia on its dedicated website.

So far, the company has confirmed that the Yu Yutopia will include 32GB of inbuilt storage instead of 16GB, which is still the minimum inbuilt storage given by Apple in its iPhone models. Previously, the company confirmed a Quad HD display on the Yu Yutopia smartphone. If true, this would be the company’s first smartphone featuring a QHD display. The company also hinted that the Yutopia would sport a metal build which would be company’s first smartphone made out of metal. It recently took dig at the OnePlus 2 smartphone, which doesn’t support the Quacomm Quick Charge feature.

To recall, ahead of the Yu Yunique launch in September, a high-end smartphone from dubbed Yu550 was spotted in Geekbench listings as well as at an Indian import/ export manifest site. The Yu550 may be the high-end smartphone the company has been teasing.

To recall, the Yu550 smartphone spotted at Geekbench listing showed few specifications including a 1.5GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 (MSM8994) processor coupled with 4GB of RAM. The smartphone was said to feature a 5.2-inch full-HD display and run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop-based build of Cyanogen OS. The Yu5050 scored 1353 in single-core test and 4622 in the multi-core test.

Honor Z1 Band Fitness Tracker Goes on Sale

Honor on Friday announced that the Honor Z1 Band fitness band is now available to buy in India at a price tag of Rs. 5,499. The band was launched in India in October this year.

The Honor Z1 Band features a 1.06-inch (128 x 128 pixels) Oled circular display and is powered by a Cortex M4 STM32F411 chip made by STMicroelectronics, clubbed with 128kb RAM. Compatible with both Android and iOS, the wearable is also IP68-certified, which makes the device water resistant and dustproof. The device additionally houses Bluetooth connectivity option with a range of 10 metres and uses MyFitnessPal app to deliver information on user’s sleep schedule and tracks fitness. Notification alerts, customised dial, call reminding, SMS notification, calorie consumption tracker, calendar function are few more features added in the device.

Sporting a polished metallic finish, the Z1 Band is backed by a 70mAh battery, which rated to deliver up to 4 days of working time and up to 14 days of standby time. Using the magnetic charging dock, the band can be fully charged in 1.5 hours or can be charged for 10 minutes for a full day’s use.

Interested users can buy the device in two colours – subdued black strap with Gun-Metal Black Band and Cool cream strap with Silver Band from Flipkart.

“We are pleased to announce the launch of new Honor Z1 Band in India today. Consumers in India are becoming serious about their fitness regimes and are therefore looking for a gadget that tracks their overall health. The Z1 Band is our latest offering under Honor umbrella that deliver information on user’s sleep schedule and tracks fitness. We are hopeful that this new band would be received well by the Indian audience,” said P. Sanjeev, Vice President Sales, Huawei India.

T-Mobile Google Nexus 6 Android Marshmallow Update Coming Soon

Google Nexus 6

If you own the Google Nexus 6 on T-Mobile then you can expect to receive the Android Marshmallow update shortly.

T-Mobile has announced that the Android Marshmallow update for the Google Nexus 6 has now been approved and that the update should start rolling out soon.

The news that the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update had been approved by Google was announced by Des from T-Mobile on Twitter, you can see the tweet below.

As yet there are no details on exactly when the Android Marshmallow update will land on the Nexus 6, although as T-Mobile said it would be soon, we suspect it will land some time in the next few days.

As soon as we get some more details on when the Marshmallow update will be rolled out to the Nexus 6 we will let you guys know.

Samsung Galaxy View Price Dropped To $499 In The US

Samsung Galaxy View

Samsung recently launched their new Samsung Galaxy View tablet, when the device was launched it retailed for $599.99, the device has only been available for about a month.

Samsung has now reduced the price of the tablet in the US by $100 and it is now available from a number of retailers for $499.99.

The tablet comes with a massive 18.4 inch display that has a Full HD resolution of 1920x 1080 pixels and the device is powered by an octa core processor clocked at 1.6GHz and it also comes with 2GB of RAM.

The device features either 32GB or 64GB of built in storage, there is also a microSD card slot for extra storage and it comes with a 5700 mAh battery and a 2.1 megapixel front facing camera.

There are no details as yet on whether this is a permanent price drop, you can find more details about the tablet at the links below, it is now available from a range of retailers in the US at the new lower price.

The Samsung Galaxy View is available from Samsung, Amazon, Best Buy and more retailers for the lower price of $499.99.

Nvidia Shield Tegra X1 Tablet Gets Benchmarked, Specifications Tipped

The rumoured Nvidia Shield Tegra X1 tablet, which was previously had a leaked launch date for March this year, has now purportedly gone through the GFXBench benchmark test, revealing partial specifications.

According to the GFXBench listing, the unannounced Nvidia Shield Tegra X1 tablet features an 8-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) resolution display and is powered by company’s octa-core Nvidia Tegra X1 processor (only four Cortex-A57 cores listed, clocked at 1.9GHz), clubbed with 3GB RAM and Nvidia Tegra X1 GPU. The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based tablet includes 32GB inbuilt storage, of which 25GB is user accessible.

It is worth mentioning that the company introduced its Nvidia Tegra X1 processor in January this year during CES 2015. It housed an 8-core 64-bit CPU (4x Cortex-A57 + 4x Cortex-A53) and a 256-core Maxwell-based GPU and was claimed to be the first mobile chip to provide a teraflop of processing power. The latest device to run on Nvidia Tegra X1 SoC is Google Pixel C tablet.

Nvidia last week re-launched its Nvidia Shield tablet as the Shield Tablet K1 priced at $199 (approximately Rs. 13,000).The company’s Shield tablet was launched last year but was recently recalled in the US after the company found the battery in the device can overheat, posing a possible fire hazard.

For specifications, the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1 features an 8-inch (1920×1200 pixels) IPS display; 2.2GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra K1 4+1 core processor coupled with a 192-core Kepler GPU; 2GB of RAM; 16GB of storage along with microSD card slot; and 5-megapixel rear and front cameras.

Unlocked Nexus 6 Dropped To $200 On Amazon

Nexus 6

Amazon has dropped the price of the Nexus 6 to just $199.99 this is for the 32GB model, the company is also offering the 64GB model for $259.99, this is for the unlocked handsets without the need for a contract.

The Nexus 6 is last years Google nexus smartphone and the handset comes with a 5.96 inch display with a Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels.

The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor and comes with 3GB of RAM, there is also a 3220 mAh battery and dual cameras.

On the front of the handset there is a 2 megapixel camera for video calls and on the back of the device there is a 13 megapixel camera for photos and videos.

The Nexus 6 comes with Android Lollipop and you can find out more details about the handset over atAmazon at the link below.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Smartphone Gets Official

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Xiaomi has announced their latest smartphone, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the handset comes with a 5.5 inch display with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

The handset comes with a MediaTek Helio X10 processor and features 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, there is also a 3GB of RAM model than comes with 32GB of storage.

Redmi Note 3

Other specifications in the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 include a 4000 mAh battery and a 13 megapixel rearcamera with phase detection auto focus.

The handset comes with a full metal casing and it measures 8.65mm thick it also comes with a built in fingerprint sensor, WiFi, Bluetooth and Xiaomi’s MIUI 7.

You can find out more details about the new Redmi Note 3 at the link below, prices for the handset will start at around $140.

New Android Studio 2.0 Contains Enhanced Performance And New Android Emulator

Android Studio

Google has this week released a new version of its Android Studio, integrated development environment or IDE in the form of Android Studio 2.0. That brings with it a wealth of new features, tweaks and performance enhancements for Android developers to enjoy.

The Android Studio IDE first launched back in 2013 and was moved out of its beta testing phase just over a year ago, and has been created to provide developers with everything they need to build a custom Androidapplication.

 

Android Studio 2.0 includes a new Android emulation feature that supports all Google’s Android platforms, as well as improvements to the existing code editor, and code analysis tools that developers have become used to. Google explains more :

At the core of Android Studio is an intelligent code editor capable of advanced code completion, refactoring, and code analysis. The powerful code editor helps you be a more productive Android app developer.

New project wizards make it easier than ever to start a new project. Start projects using template code for patterns such as navigation drawer and view pagers, and even import Google code samples from GitHub.

For a full list of everything you can expect to find within the latest Android Studio 2.0 development suite jump over to the official Android developer website via the link below.