Huawei is one of the first to introduce their new products at CES 2016. First, some new designs.
Huawei built Nexus 6P was rumored to have a gold color option and now it’s true. The gold option will be available soon in the US for the same price as the other colors, $449 for 32GB and $499 for 64GB.
Huawei also updated the Huawei Watch that now has a ladies option. The new version is called the Watch Elegant. It has a narrower watch band, gold plated body and textured bezels. The second new option is called the Watch Jewel and it adds 68 Swarovski crystals to the bezels for extra bling. There’s no information about pricing yet.
Source: CES coverage around the internet
LG has cancelled the launch of the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition Android Wear smartwatch.
The 2nd gen Watch Urbane was supposed to be the first LTE Android Wear smartwatch. Now LG has pulled the device just before the launch due to a complex hardware problem.
There’s no more detailed information about the issue and the device is pulled indefinetly. It’s unsure if the device will ever launch as LG hasn’t confirmed anything just yet.
Source: Android Police
Apple has released a new official charger for the Apple Watch. The Watch can now be charged in two positions.
The Apple Watch comes with a wireless charger in the box. However third party chargers have been popular as the official charger is just the magnetic knob at the end of a cable. Now the premium company has launched a premium charger for the premium wearable.
The Watch can be charged in two different positions. The charging pad has the same magnetic knob as the original charger but the pad lays still on the table and just the knob turns. The Watch can be set on top of the charger on its back or on its side. When the Watch is charged in the side position, it automatically goes into Nightstand mode easing its use as an alarm clock.
The Watch Magnetic Charging Dock is priced at $79 and is available now in most markets. According to the Apple website the Lightning cable is included in the box but the USB power adapter isn’t.
LG has updated the Watch Urbane. The 2nd generation Urbane has 4G and 3G capabilities and relatively large battery.
LG has released the updated the Watch Urbane. It is the first Android Wear watch to feature cellular connectivity. Phone calls can now be received directly from the watch and the device doesn’t need to be connected to a phone.
The body of the watch is made out of stainless steel and the hypoallergenic elastomer band holds part of the electronics inside and therefore isn’t replaceable. The circular 1.38″ P-OLED display features a resolution of 480 x 480. The typical Android Wear specs sheet wasn’t enough for LG. The new Urbane has 768MB of RAM and a relatively large 570mAh battery. Other features are familiar, Snapdragon 400 and 4GB of storage.
The 2nd generation Watch Urbane is officially called the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition. It will be available in four colors, Space Black, Opal Blue, Luxe White and Signature Brown. Pricing and launch date are unknown.
Source: LG Press Release
The iOS 9 update is now available for iOS devices running iOS 8. Apple has delayed the WatchOS 2 update due to a bug.
Apple has launched the iOS 9 OTA updates. The iOS 9 was released in June and is now available for iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and 5th generation iPod Touch or newer iOS devices.
The new iOS brings new system font, updated multitasking view and Siri, keyboard that shows lower and upper case letters and multi window view for iPads.
The WatchOS 2 is not launching yet. Apple wasn’t able to fix a bug before the release date. The WatchOS 2 will be available soon, the exact date is unknown.
Source: Apple Insider | The Verge
LG is expected to release a new flagship Android phone and wearables. The LG V10 might bring G4 features in a larger footprint.
LG has announced an event to happen on October 1. The Korean company is expected to introduce the flagship smartphone that the company CEO teased a while ago. We might also get some new wearables as the LG Watch Urbane is already rather old.
The event invitation tips for the video capabilities of the new flagship. The previously rumored and teased LG V10 is going to feature mostly the same specifications with the current flagship G4 but with a bigger screen. The rear camera is going to stay the same but the front shooter is going to see a downgrade from 8 to 5 megapixels. That would suggest that LG is preparing some great video recording capabilities and even better display for better viewing experience.
When it comes to wearables, LG is one of the manufacturers that can make the difference. LG has a great record in battery life in their smartphones, so they might be the one to figure out the battery life in smartwatches. LG Watch Urbane just got a new gold variant at IFA 2015 but the standard model is starting to feel a little old as the new competitors appear.
Source: LG via Android Central
Huawei has introduced a couple of mobile devices at their event at IFA 2015. Huawei is the first to bring pressure sensitive display to a smartphone.
Huawei just launched the Honor 7 in various markets and they are bringing a few new devices. The G8 is an upper mid-range smartphone decent specifications. It was first introduced in June but Huawei brought it to IFA.
The G8 packs a Snapdragon 615 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 3000mAh battery and a back mounted fingerprint scanner. The G8 is focused on camera capabilities so it packs a great 5.5″ 1080p display, 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5MP front facer. The primary camera has excellent low-light capabilities compared to its price range, the G8 starts at around $350 for the cheaper 2/16GB model. The exact pricing and availability is unknown.
The Huawei Mate S is a high-end smartphone with a 5.5″ 1080p display, aluminium design and a curved back that shrinks the thickness down to 2.65mm at the edges. The Mate S uses Huawei’s own 64-bit octa-core Kirin 935 chip and has 3GB of RAM and 32, 64 or 128GB or storage. It also has a fingerprint scanner on the back.
The biggest thing in the Mate S is the Force Touch like pressure sensitive screen. It’ll be available only with the 128GB model but it surely beats Apple to have the Force Touch.
Cameras are 13 and 8-megapixel and the device is nanocoded against water but it doesn’t have IP certification. The battery is 2700mAh and pricing starts at 649€ for the 32GB model.
Huawei also re-introduced the Huawei Watch that was already shown at MWC last spring. The Watch now has its final components and design as the MWC model was a prototype. It has a 1.4″ 400 x 400p AMOLED display, Snapdragon 400 SoC, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage.
The Huawei Watch is very similar to the Moto 360 but the pricing starts at $349, $50 higher than the 2nd Gen Moto 360. The hardware button placement is exactly the same at the two o’clock position but the display doesn’t have the flat tire the Moto 360 has. That of course means that the bezels are larger.
Sources: Pocketnow, GSMArena, Technodify