Google has just announced that the Android Wear app is now available for iOS. IPhone users are no longer stuck with a square display at their wrists.
At the moment the only officially compatible Android Wear watch is the LG Watch Urbane but some have already got a Moto 360 working with an iPhone. The iPhone needs to be 5 or newer and run iOS 8.2 or newer.
Android Wear brings some new features that Apple Watch does not have like “OK Google” voice commands and a circular display. Mostly it’s still the same, notifications and lots of fitness applications at your wrist with poor battery life.
Sources: Official Google Blog, The Verge
Motorola flagships have barely launched as we get leaks about a new Moto flagship. The Motorola Bounce is mentioned to be shatterproof.
Motorola just updated their Moto lineup with X Style, X Play and G and we already have new leaks. Upleaks has posted the rendered image above to Twitter with possible specifications. The new device is called Bounce for now, we don’t know if it is the final name.
Bounce will pack a 5.43″ QHD 1440p display, Snapdragon 810 SoC, 3GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB of storage. Battery is going to be huge like in the Moto X Play, 3760mAh. Cameras are going to be the same found in X Style and in X Play, 21 and 5MP.
Possibly the most interesting feature Upleaks mentioned in the Twitter post is the shatterproof design. The name Bounce and the image would also suggest that the device would have some rubber around it to prevent damage. Still the most fragile part is the display so we are interested to see what the Bounce has to offer to protect its screen.
According to Upleaks, the Motorola Bounce will launch in December. With its features it’ll compete with Samsung’s Active models and Sony’s waterproof flagships. It’s not competing with the more jewelry like iPhones or Samsungs.
Source: Upleaks in Twitter
IPhone 6S launch is just a few weeks away and we are starting to hear some serious leaks and rumors. We have collected the latest rumors and leaks together.
Apple has already sent press invitations to an event on September 9. We know that the new iPhones will be released there but as always with the S-model, we don’t know much about the changes Apple is going to do. Previously we have had leaked benchmarks and some dummy units confirming that the design will not change. Now as the production has started, have have got a lot of leaks.
Case maker Spigen has updated their front page to have some rose gold iPhone 6S cases. This pretty much confirms the rumors about the new color. The rose gold is not real gold like Apple uses in the Apple Watch but painted aluminium.
9to5Mac has got their hands on an iPhone 6S display assembly which confirms the Force Touch module and a better 5MP front facing camera. The FaceTime camera will also support 720p slow motion video. What the front panel doesn’t confirm is the front facing flash. Apple has added support for the front flash in their iOS 9 code but seemingly it’s not making its way to the new iPhone 6S. It might however be that the 6S Plus would have it because we are yet to see leaked photos about it.
The main camera will see an upgrade from 8MP to 12MP. We are not sure about the pixel size or aperture but iPhones have been great cameras since the iPhone 4, so we can expect a great shooter again. Apple is also stepping up their game in video recording side. The new iPhones will be able to shoot 4K video.
Sources: 9to5Mac 1, 9to5Mac 2, PhoneArena
Apple has announced the September 9 iPhone event. The new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are expected.
The press invitations are sent with the text “Hey Siri, give us a hint”. We already know that the new iPhones are not bringing anything extraordinary, so the text might hint us about the Apple TV getting Siri support. It’s not excluded that Apple might bring some kind of home assistant box but it’s unlikely as we don’t have any rumors or leaks supporting that.
The upcoming iPhones are rumored to keep the same design with just a little thicker form factor to get the Force Touch feature fitted in. The camera is also going to be improved from 8 megapixels to 12. We will keep you up to date as the event happens.
Source: CNBC in Twitter
One of the most anticipated wearables of the year is the new Moto 360. Now the beautiful smartwatch shows up in leaked images.
Motorola Moto 360 was one of the best Android Wear devices last year. Its successor has been rumored for a while now and we were a little disappointed with Motorola not revealing the device with the new Moto phones a few weeks ago.
The new Moto 360 appears to come in two sizes, 360L and 360S. In the photo above, the smaller Moto 360S is joined by the old Moto 360. The larger 360L will be the same size as the current 360. The hardware button has been moved higher to the right side to prevent misclicking the button.
Unfortunately for some, Motorola has not been able to remove the “flat tire” from the bottom edge. To keep the bezels as thin, the digitizer needs to be placed in that little black area below the display.
The new smartwatches are expected to be released in IFA next week.
Sources: Facebook | Google Plus
The tiny enthusiast grade graphics card takes mini-ITX gaming to a new level. It packs full 4096 core Fiji chip and 4GB of HBM memory.
AMD has finally released their third Fiji-based graphics card. The tiny Nano is the smallest of the Radeon R9 family. The card packs the same 4096 core, 256 texture unit and 64 ROP Fiji chip the flagship R9 Fury X uses. The GPU is clocked at 1GHz and the 4GB of 4096-bit HBM memory runs at 500MHz. That means compute performance of 8.19 TFLOPS and memory bandwidth of 512GB/s.
The Nano has one HDMI port and three DisplayPorts. It takes maximum of 175 watts through one 8-pin PCI express power connector. It measures at just 6″ in length and two PCIe slots in width. AMD claims that the R9 Nano is the fastest and most power efficient enthusiast grade graphics card for mini-ITX builds.
Sources: R9 product page | MarketWatch | AMD in YouTube
Sony is apparently bringing its new flagship in three different screen sizes. The Xperia Z5 Premium will have a 4K display.
An unofficial Sony Georgia Facebook site has released the picture above with a text that reveals new information about the upcoming Sony flagships.
The original text is in Georgian but Evleaks has put it through Google Translate and found out that there’s some new information. By the looks of it, Sony will bring three variants of their next flagship instead of the usual two. With the normal sized and the Compact model there’s a new Premium model with bigger screen. The screen is not only larger but it has four times the pixels of the normal Z5. The Z5 is going to have a 5.2″ 1080p Full HD display and the Z5 Premium will have a 5.5″ 2160p 4K UHD display. Z5 Compact is going to have a 4.6″ 720p HD display.
The Facebook post also suggests a 23 megapixel camera with F1.8 aperture, OIS and super-fast focusing. As we already know from the previous leaks, the Z5 and the Z5 Compact will have a fingerprint scanner on the side and the post also confirms the same scanner in the Premium model. Previously there’s been leaks suggesting that the Z5 will have the Snapdragon 810 SoC and 3 or 4GB of RAM.
These leaks are very interesting. Sony was one of the firsts to put a 1080p display on a smartphone and now they are doing the same with 4K. The phones are presumably released next week and launched later. As usual, pricing and availability are a big question especially in the US. Sony doesn’t have very good record in bringing their devices to the States but hopefully they have figured it out. Personally I can say that if these leaks are true, the Premium model will most likely end up in my pocket as my daily driver.
Source: Sony Georgia Facebook
Via: Evleaks Twitter
Sony has teased their upcoming Xperia Z5 smartphone in Twitter. The Z5 will have a great camera with some special focusing features.
Sony is known for its amazing pocket cameras and DSLR’s and their smartphone cameras have always been great. We are waiting the Xperia Z5 to be released and now Sony has teased the upcoming flagship.
Sony Xperia GB released the photo above in Twitter with text: “Get ready for a smartphone with greater focus. All will become clear on 02.09.2015.” That means that the Z5 will be released just before IFA 2015.
According to rumors, the Z5 will pack a QHD display, Snapdragon 810, 3 or 4GB of RAM, fingerprint scanner on the side and the standard waterproof glass and aluminium sandwich Sony design.
Note 5 S-Pen breaks after inserting the pen backwards. Samsung suggest customers read the manual.
It’s time for a new Note to hit the markets, it’s time for a new debate about Samsung’s design flaws. Users in Android Central’s forums are reporting broken S-Pens after inserting the pen backwards to the device. The new patented click to eject mechanism allows the pen to be inserted backwards but after that the pen will be stuck. Some users have lost their S-Pen for good or broken it physically after forcing it out. Others have got their pen out with no physical damage but the S-Pen detection has been broken.
Some people think that Samsung should make it impossible to insert the pen backwards or even provide a free replacement for broken S-Pens. Others think that it’s just a case of “you are using it wrong” if users are inserting the pen backwards.
Samsung has answered the debate by asking people to read the manual before using the device. In the manual there’s clearly said that the S-Pen might get stuck, break or even break the phone if it’s inserted backwards. Samsung hasn’t come up with any solutions to get a stuck pen out. At the moment we just suggest that you don’t insert the S-Pen backwards and if you already did and got it stuck, contact Samsung service to find out how much it would cost to get everything right again.
Sources: Android Central, SamMobile
Intel has launched a tiny new motherboard standard with support to LGA based CPUs in IDF 2015. The new motherboard is smaller than mini-ITX and it supports upgradeable Intel CPUs unlike previous Intel NUC motherboards.
The new 5×5 gets it’s name from it’s size, 5.5″ x 5.8″ or 140mm x 147mm is the smallest standard with LGA socket. The 5×5 has two SODIMM slots for RAM, one M.2 slot and one SATA 3 slot. It however makes compromises to get to it’s size. It doesn’t have a single PCIe slot and it only supports CPUs with maximum of 65W TDP because it only uses DC power.
On the back of the motherboard there are two HDMI ports, two USB 3.0 ports and an Ethernet port. On the front, there are two USB 3.0 ports and one audio port.
Manufacturers can modify the specs of the motherboard when building their own. Only the size and positioning of the CPU socket are standard. The upcoming boards will support LGA 1151 socket and with it 6th generation Skylake CPUs.