The Moto 360 from Motorola has clearly taken the tech community by storm, as it is arguably one of the more beautiful devices ever previewed in the field. In a world filled with with rectangles and squares, the Moto 360 is a huge breath of fresh design-centric air, but a smartwatch’s style isn’t the only thing that has people wondering. Motorola is tight-lipped with regard to pricing and battery life on the device, and the same goes for LG’s G Watch.
As stated very well by one of Motorola’s designers this morning in a Google Hangout, the first barrier you must break down with consumers is the look and design of the device. Once you have done that, it comes down to price and specifications.
With that being said, we want to know which aspect of a smartwatch is most important to you, our readers. Does it need to be cheap? Does it need to last a full week without a charge? Must it feature a new Mirasol display?
Let us know about your thought process behind purchasing a smartwatch below in the comments section.
With Google’s announcement of the Android Wear platform for smartwatches this morning, we can see that Google’s vision for what a smartwatch should be is exciting to many of you.
Two companies have already unveiled their plans for bringing Android Wear to the market – the Moto 360 from Motorola and the G Watch from LG. Other companies including HTC, Samsung, and even Fossil have announced partnerships with Google to bring Android Wear to the market.
With that being said, it’s time for us to gauge who among us plans on dropping cash as soon as they hit the market. As for when that will be, LG states that the G Watch should launch in Q2 of this year, and Motorola states the Moto 360 will be available “this summer.”
Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
Outside of the ultra-late arrival for the Nexus 7 (2013) on Verizon, Big Red customers have been without a Nexus device since the disaster that was the launch of the Galaxy Nexus in late 2011. OK, so the launch wasn’t the only disaster there, but you get what I’m saying. The last two phones from Google have not made their way to Verizon’s airwaves, even though the latest (Nexus 5) does just fine on all other carriers, including the CDMA-reliant Sprint.
But what if that changed? What if Verizon launched the Nexus 5 late, just like they did the Nexus 7? What if you could buy the Nexus 5 in the coming weeks – would you? With the Galaxy S5 and “All New HTC One” on the horizon, is Google’s 2013 flagship still worth having, just because it’s a “Nexus” device?
If you need help responding to that question, feel free to read our Nexus 5 review. Then hit up the poll and comments to share your thoughts.
What Android launcher are you currently running on your phone? In March of 2013, we asked you this very question, with 45% of the vote going to Nova Launcher. Well, it’s been a year, so it’s time we ask you again.
Over the past year, Google’s own Google Now Launcher, previously known as the Experience Launcher, has become quite the little launcher. With built-in Google Now accessibility by sliding to the right on your screen, we have found that a lot of people have fallen in love with Google’s stock launcher. We know not everyone has access to this launcher, since it’s a Kit Kat exclusive launcher, so if you are still running the “stock” launcher, then just answer Stock Launcher down below.
Nova Launcher’s developer is still working on features for the application, so it would be hard to imagine that many people have left Nova for something else. But hey, you never know.
With the Nexus rumors for 2014 already warming up quite nicely, it’s time to see which OEM our readers would want to make the next Nexus smartphone from Google. We know plenty of folks would love for the new Motorola create a Nexus device, and if rumors are anything, that could very well happen. Unfortunately for Moto fans, the same “rumors” are now pointing to LG making the next Nexus phone.
Alas, that is the beauty of rumors, and nothing is ever confirmed until an official announcement is made. With the Nexus 5 being released back in October, we still have quite some time before we see what Google actually has in store for this year.
We have seen Google take quite a stance with the launch of Google Play Edition devices over the past year, with a total of five different devices becoming available, all from different OEMs. Is GPE the future of the Nexus program? Potentially, but that’s a story for another day.
Let us know below which OEM has your vote for the 2014 Nexus smartphone.
Project Ara, the modular phone project now run by Google, is probably one of the most interesting smartphone developments for tech enthusiasts to pay attention to in years. The idea is simple – you have a bare-bones skeleton phone that can be customized through modules that are created by third party outfits. Things like battery size, camera sensor, CPU, RAM, radio connectivity, and display could (in theory) all be chosen and then swapped depending on the user, time of place, or budget.
Think about a phone that could start at $50 because it only has display and WiFi modules, but could then reach a variety of price points from there through camera additions, 4G LTE radios, a higher-resolution display, an awesome speaker, or a 2-day battery? And then think about next year, when a new camera module is out or a display can be upgraded from 1080p to 2K or Qualcomm releases a new Snapdragon? Wouldn’t that be the life? (more…)
Because we have asked this question for every other major flagship phone over the last couple of years, it’s time once again that we ask if you are going to buy Samsung’s new beast on the block.
The Galaxy S5 seems like it has every thing one could ask for in a current high-end phone (great camera, big beautiful display, revamped UX and next-gen processor), though maybe there wasn’t enough change from year-to-year to create the same kind of buzz we had last year. Or maybe because Radio City Music Hall and Times Square weren’t involved, this year’s launch seems almost somewhat tame.
Either way, let’s find out – are you buying the Galaxy S5?
Rumors for both the HTC M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5 are at an all time high, so it’s time we ask where you all stand as of this very moment. From what we think we know, the Galaxy S5 will launch with either a 5.25″ QHD display or a 1080p display, but that’s if there aren’t actually two different variants of the device; one premium model and one less-premium model. The device is still rumored to feature a 16MP rear-facing camera, a quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and launch with Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat.
The HTC M8 is currently rumored to launch with a 5″ 1080p display, dual rear-facing cameras, a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and come out of the box running Android 4.4.2 Kit Kat. Luckily for HTC fans, reported pictures of the M8 have been popping up here and there of the device, while Samsung fans haven’t been as lucky.
So, if both phones were released tomorrow, which one would get your vote?