Samsung Reportedly Working on Circular Smartwatch of Its Own

As if there were not enough already, LG and Motorola are not the only companies with plans to release circle-shaped smartwatches. The SIM-enabled Gear 2 Solo, expected to debut alongside the Galaxy Note 4 at next week’s Unpacked, will retain the conventional geometry of its predecessors, but Samsung’s newest, unannounced Gear – a model reportedly under development – is reportedly circular, according to a SamMobile source familiar with the company’s plans. (more…)

OnePlus One Receiving Update to Android 4.4.4 Starting Today

The lucky few who have been able to snatch a OnePlus One will be happy to hear that an update to Android 4.4.4 is scheduled to roll out within hours.

The list of changes in firmware 30O is rather long, but it includes a new camera feature which was announced this morning. Clear Image uses the same principles of HDR to stitch together 10 individual photos, while improving clarity and reducing a photo’s noise. The OnePlus One team says that unlike other image-stitching solutions, Clear Image uses intelligent compression to minimize file size while maximizing quality. (more…)

NVIDIA Partners With Acer to Launch Tegra K1-powered Chromebook 13

Cheapness, not performance, continues to fuel the popularity of Chromebooks. Their inexpensiveness relative to Windows and Mac laptops makes them an attractive proposition for light tasks such as document processing and web browsing. But NVIDIA wants to change that perception. Announced this morning, the Acer Chromebook 13 packs a Tegra K1 processor, the same found in NVIDIA’s SHIELD Tablet.  (more…)

Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 Will Leverage Spark LTE Technology

It is well-documented that Sprint’s LTE network is not the fastest in our country, but the carrier’s tri-band Spark technology has been helping to mitigate shortcomings by leveraging less congested bands during peak times. So far, the technology has been restricted to smartphones, but that’s changing, as the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 will be the first tablet to sport a compatible radio. (more…)

YouTube, Android Device Manager, and Google+ Receive Minor Updates

Over the last couple of days, Google issued updates to YouTube, Android Device Manager, and Google+. In tow with the new versions are little more than minor usability improvements and minor stylistic enhancements. Complete design transformations are probably a ways off – closer to Android L’s finalization, most likely – and there aren’t any overt signs that certain highly anticipated features are nearing the implementation stage. Still, we’ll take what we can get. (more…)

Handcent SMS Receives Update to Version 6, Refreshed UI and Texting on PC Included

It’s been more than two years since we last wrote about Handcent SMS, the venerable third-party text messaging app, but that doesn’t mean the folks behind the 10 million downloads strong service have been resting on their laurels. A major update, version 6.0, brings a redesigned UI, computer and tablet SMS capabilities, and support for all versions of Android. (more…)

Report: T-Mobile Phones Last Longer on Battery Than AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Counterparts

T-Mobile has added more customers in the past 15 months than the three other major carriers combined, but the cellular provider may be distinguished in at least one other, more important way. According to tests conducted by Laptop Mag, T-Mobile phones last consistently longer on battery than their AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon counterparts.  (more…)