The smartwatch market is aggressively growing with the subsequent release of one product after another. This time, Sony comes with a release of the SmartWatch 3 which is now available on the Google Play Store. Sony's latest offering is to be the first in their wearables line to utilize the Android Wear system.
The watch was first introduced at the IFA trade show in Berline earlier this year and supposedly first appeared on the Play Store in October but only had the "coming soon" label. It retails for $249 and shipment of orders will be commencing in several days.
One of the most notable differences of the SmartWatch 3 is its standalone GPS functionality. The device has its own built-in GPS chip which allows the watch to track its wearer's distance, route, and time during a run. The latest Android Wear software apparently supports GPS, allowing the SmartWatch 3 to function without having to be paired with a smartphone. more >>
The smartphone race is still on and as the holiday season draws near, choices will be harder as customers will have to choose among a large roster of handsets from different manufacturers. Even harder is choosing two different handsets from the same manufacturers like the Nexus 6 and the Moto X 2014.
While both handsets are definitely made by Motorola, the Nexus 6 is a collaborative effort with Google to deliver the purest Android experience while the Moto X 2014 – also known as the Moto X2 or Moto X+1 – is an iteration of an already exisiting Moto X from 2012.
To begin, the Nexus 6. The handset sports a 5.96-inch AMOLED touchscreen with a QHD display resolution of 2560 x 1440. Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset with a quad-core 2.7GHz processor and an Adreno 420 GPU. more >>
The Nexus line of tablets is unique in the way that Google enlists different manufacturers for the production of the device. While the tablets always confer with Google's quality standard, comparing two Nexus devices would be similar to comparing two handsets from different manufacturers. The case would be similar between the older Nexus 7 (2013) and the newer Nexus 9.
The older Nexus 7 tablet was manufactured by Asus and has two versions, the 2012 and the 2013 versions. For this comparison, the 2013 version will be used.
The Nexus 7 has a 7.0-inch IPS LCD touchscreen with a display resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. Inside, the tablet is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4Pro with a quad-core 1.5GHz processor and an Adreno 320 GPU. more >>
The first Nokia-less Lumia, the Microsoft Lumia 535, was released by Microsoft Monday after a report was announced last week about the first Lumia handset to don the Microsoft label. The company had bought Nokia's mobile phone division for $7.2 billion in April earlier this year, which included the condition for Microsoft to produce phones with the Lumia branding.
The Lumia 535 runs on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, Microsoft's latest version of their mobile operating system. The new Microsoft Lumia is a cut above the previous Nokia Lumia 530 and is a low-end phone aimed at the budget-conscious market.
The phone runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset with a quad-core 1.2GHz processor. It has 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 128GB, and 1GB of RAM. It's screen 5.0-inches across with a display resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. more >>
Microsoft has launched the final update for the Xbox One this year and it features major improvements to the user interface, as well as how Xbox users will be able to show themselves to their friends and other people in the community. The update has been available since Saturday and is rolling out to user's Xbox consoles.
The update includes Twitter integration as well as the option to choose custom backgrounds for player's profiles. The background images can be chosen from either a JPEG or PNG file format. Theme art for the achievements can also be used as a background.
Along with the changes to a gamer's profile background, an option to add a short bio and a location is now available. Gamers will now also be able to utilize a feature called "showcase" where users will be able to share their favorite Xbox One game clips. Twitter integration has also made it possible to share these clips with followers. more >>
During this year's BlizzCon, Blizzard had announced first-off the third and final chapter of the Starcraft 2 trilogy, "Legacy of the Void." The company had also announced that the installment will be a standalone game and an expansion at the same time. A release date for the game has not been announced yet.
Blizzard had unveiled a new trailer for the expansion, new units, as well as new game modes. One such game mode is Archone Mode, where two players will be sharing control over a single base and units, taking on another duo in multiplayer.
One other mode, Allied Commanders, was also introduced. The mode is an objective-based, co-op experience where players can team up and play as various commanders from the StarCraft lore. Each commander will be sporting their own abilities and upgrades, as well as unique bonuses for their respective units. more >>