Jawbone Up App for Android Receives Update, Now Features UP24 Wireless Syncing

Jawbone UP24 owners, rejoice! Jawbone announced today that the companion app for the company’s UP line of fitness bands has been updated to support wireless syncing via Bluetooth 4.0, a feature that was previously exclusive to iOS devices.

The UP app is packed to the brim with wellness tools like a physical activity tracker, workouts log, and nutritional info notebook. The new Bluetooth 4.0 wireless syncing feature aims to make everything a little more convenient; UP24 users don’t have to worry entering most information manually, as the band will use low-power wireless to continuously populate the app with updates. In addition, the UP app can be used to schedule a vibrating alarm on the UP24 to wake or alert you.  (more…)

Vizio Introduces Portable Smart Audio: Bluetooth Speakers With Built-in Android Displays

Vizio, a company mostly know for affordable TVs, is attempting to combine both the Android and Bluetooth speaker game at the same time this year with the announcement of their new Portable Smart Audio speaker lineup. And when I say “both” I’m talking about Bluetooth speakers with built-in touch-screens that run Android 4.4 “Kit Kat” and have access to Google services. Think of a Jambox or Braven speaker with an Android tablet or phone attached.  (more…)

Samsung Announces the Smartphone Gamepad, a Bluetooth Gaming Controller That is Coming Soon

Most of you probably won’t remember it (I barely do), but during our coverage of the Samsung Galaxy S4 back in March, we managed to get a hold of a Bluetooth gaming controller that Samsung was also hyping at the time. In fact, we took it for a spin in a quick hands-on video during the big GS4 press event. Yet here we are in December, about to leave the year 2013 behind, and Samsung is just now announcing availability. The controller has changed quite a bit though, and is now known as the Smartphone Gamepad(more…)

Bluetooth SIG Announces Bluetooth 4.1 Standard, Brings Lots of Improvements and Intelligence

For a piece of technology that most mobile devices use nearly every day, Bluetooth has not seen a major upgrade since 2010. That will be changing in the near future with the announcement of Bluetooth 4.1 today. The Bluetooth Special Interest Group took to their site to tell us that soon devices will soon be a lot smarter about energy use and information sharing. (more…)

Nexus 4 With LTE Stopped by Bluetooth SIG Yesterday? (Updated)

white nexus 4

A week or so ago, a rumor surfaced suggesting that Google may introduce a Nexus 4 with LTE alongside the Nexus 5. As you are all well aware, the Nexus 4 originally launched last year without LTE, something many couldn’t give Google a pass for. In a day filled with nothing but LTE, the lack of it in Google’s flagship smartphone was inexcusable. But what if they were to re-introduce the phone again this year, only this time with LTE on board? According to a Bluetooth SIG filing that dropped yesterday, there may be a chance of that happening.  (more…)

A Look at What’s New in Android 4.3

Nexus 4 Android 4.3

Not only did we get two new devices from Google today, the Nexus 7 and Chromecast, but we got a brand new version of the Android OS. Android 4.3, still named Jelly Bean, isn’t the most major update for the OS we have seen, but it does bring a few things that people should enjoy. Below, we will go over the additions to Android 4.3 as highlighted by the Android team on their official blog.  (more…)