Xperia Z3V Gallery and Hands-on

Today at a NYC press event, Sony revealed their next partnership with Verizon Wireless with the announcement of the Xperia Z3v. This new device comes with a bevy of impressive features including a 3200mAh battery with wireless charging and Remote Play capability. The press event to unveil the device was filled with motivational videos and talk about empowering the next generation of users to be able to connect, create and share moments. There were live demos on stage and they even gave us a release date (which Android manufacturers usually have trouble with). But is the device worth all the fanfare?  (more…)

HTC RE Camera Gallery

At their Double Exposure event yesterday in NYC, HTC announced the Re Camera. This inhaler periscope-shaped device is actually a handheld camera device that will be able to record life events and interface with your mobile devices. It doesn’t turn off or have a viewfinder, but it does come with a button. The whole idea is that you are able to pay more attention to what you are recording and less to the device that is doing the recording. Tap the button to snap a picture or hold it down to record.  (more…)

HTC Desire Eye Hands-on

HTC made it official today with the announcement of the HTC Desire Eye. This device is packing a 5.2″ FHD display, Snapdragon 801, 2GB RAM, and comes with Android 4.4.4 right out the box.

Of course, the defining feature of the Eye is its dual 13MP cameras. That’s right, both the front facing camera and back shooter are sporting the higher resolution. They’ve created what I overheard one rep say, “the ultimate selfie-taker.” I spent a good ten minutes playing with the camera, including the Split Capture feature, which is a part of the new EYE Experience for HTC’s cameras. The front facing 13MP camera is definitely heads above any other Android device that I’ve handled.

The Desire Eye is also rated IPX7 on the waterproof scale, features BoomSound speakers, 2,400mAh battery, and a microSD slot for cards up to 128GB in size.

Check out the quick hands-on gallery and video below!  (more…)

Sony Announces SmartBand Talk and SmartWatch 3

Sony has announced the release of two new products to bolster its SmartWear Experience lineup. The SmartBand Talk and SmartWatch 3 are both designed to improve, as well as enrich your life.

Both products are able to communicate with Sony’s Lifelog, an app which aims to track and store your ever-waking moments. Beyond tracking your fitness goals, the Android app seeks to understand and create stories based on moments of your life. Coming later in 2014, there will be a web interface and open API, allowing more experiences and personalization opportunities.  (more…)

Google Play Services 4.1 Update, Turn-by-Turn Multiplayer Now Possible

An update to the Google Play services has begun rolling out to Android devices. It brings along with it some pretty neat features for developers. Of course, these new options will slowly make their way into the apps and games that we love to use. There are a few improvements as part of this rollout, including the support needed for the newly-announced Google+ integration with Gmail
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Oppo N1 Trailer Reveals Possible CyanogenMod Inc Partnership

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Earlier this week, CyanogenMod announced it was incorporating. One of their announcement hints was that they were already partnered with a mystery hardware vendor to bring an official CM-powered phone to market. Earlier today, manufacturer Oppo tweeted about its new device, the Oppo N1, and provided a link to a trailer. This is pretty basic marketing, but the real surprise in the room was an appearance from Steve Kondik, the founder of CyanogenMod. (more…)

A Few Thoughts on the Galaxy NX and Galaxy S4 Mini

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Yesterday morning, Samsung unveiled a bevy of products at a Premiere event in London, some of which were brand new, others that were previously announced just unseen publicly. We got to see new tablets, phones and even a new mirrorless-Android-powered camera. I wouldn’t blame you if you were unable to list all of them. I was, however, able to play with a few of the new devices and see if Samsung has delivered any innovATIV products. Here are some quick thoughts on the Galaxy NX and the Galaxy S4 Mini.

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