G Watch and Gear Live Now Available for Pre-order on Google Play

The world’s first Android Wear smartwatches, the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live, are now available for pre-order through Google Play. Thankfully, they should both ship within a week or two.

The LG G Watch is priced at $229 and comes in either Black Titan or White Gold. It has an expected ship date of July 3 and is available in the following countries:  Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States.

The Samsung Gear Live is priced at $199 and comes in only one color for now, black. It is expected to ship by July 8 and is available in the following countries:  Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States. (more…)

Full Specs for Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch, the First Android Wear Devices

The Moto 360 may have been depressingly absent from the I/O keynote this morning, but two other smartwatches have the honor of being the first devices to run Android Wear - the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live.

While both devices share the same rectangular form factor, that’s where the similarities end. The G Watch’s display compromises resolution for slightly more screen real estate – a 1.65-inch LCD (280×280) versus the Gear Live’s 1.63-inch AMOLED (320 x 320). But the G Watch trumps the Gear Live in another area – battery capacity. It has a 400mAh, greater than the Gear Live’s 300mAh.  (more…)

LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live Available Today on Google Play

We are only an hour into the keynote for Google I/O 2014 and have already seen a number of massive announcements. We’ll have more on all of that soon, but wanted to quickly point out the first hardware announcement of the day – Android Wear watches will be available later today on Google Play.

Google didn’t announce pricing just yet, but the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live can be purchased this afternoon.  (more…)

Verizon Announces Galaxy Tab 4 8.0, Calls it The “Family Tablet”

Verizon made the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 for its 4G LTE network official this afternoon, announcing that the Samsung-made tablet would be available online and in stores starting June 26 for $379.99. For a limited time, the tablet will be available for $279.99 with a new two-year activation, for those of you who need constant LTE connectivity on your tablet devices.

The tablet’s ability to allow for multiple profiles on the one device is Verizon’s main sell, a feature that has been available for Android devices for quite a while. With multiuser capability, Verizon touts the Galaxy Tab 4 as the perfect family tablet. Not only can you all have separate application and wallpapers, but you can also have fun together with apps such as WatchON and built-in games.  (more…)

Sprint Announces the Galaxy S5 Sport, the Now Network’s Own Ruggedized Smartphone

This morning at Sprint’s press event in Chicago, the Now Network announced the Galaxy S5 Sport alongside Samsung. The GS5 Sport is essentially a Galaxy S5 Active, but for Sprint’s network. The main difference we are seeing are color options, but customers will still see a ruggedized exterior, good specifications, plus the touted water and dust resistance.

For specs, we are looking at a 5.1″ 1080p Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 801 processor, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear-facing camera, 2MP front-facing camera, heart rate monitor, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, 2,800mAh battery, 16GB of memory with access to microSD slot, and runs Android 4.4.2. In addition to these specs, Sprint and Samsung teamed up to throw in a bit of fitness apps and software, claiming the device is “like having a personal trainer” in your pocket. (more…)

Benchmarks Claim to Out Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Specs

It’s probably safe to say that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is one of the most anticipated smartphones of the entire year. I can tell you right now that this phone won’t be for me, but there is no denying that people love their super-sized phones. The tech media thought the original Galaxy Note would never catch on; boy were they wrong. Samsung has sold millions upon millions of Note variants each year, proving that our world lives by a “bigger is always better” mantra.

The popularity of the Note series has led to a wave of rumors and speculation about future versions, because well, people can’t seem to get enough Note talk. We even dubbed Note owners “cult” members during the early Note 2 and Note 3 days. They are a serious and passionate bunch, to put it nicely.

And that leads us to today, where purported specs have been spotted for a device that could be a Galaxy Note 4. The specs come to us via AnTuTu benchmark, a site that has been pretty hit or miss over the years when it comes to providing us information early. But hey, hypebeast, right? This is the Note 4 we are talking about. (more…)

T-Mobile on a Roll, Updating Galaxy Note 3 and G Flex for All VoLTE Markets, Galaxy S5 as Well

If you thought that T-Mobile was done making moves after its event last night, you would be wrong. T-Mobile is looking to continue to impress people with the roll-out of their VoLTE service to more markets around the country, assuming those people have devices that are ready to take advantage of it. Starting today, updates are coming to devices like the G Flex, Note 3, and Galaxy S5 with support for all of the new markets.  (more…)