It's been two centuries since curry made it from India to the UK, and now Indian smartphone manufacturer Karbonn is going to start selling their Android One-powered Sparkle V handset to Britons. The Android 4.4 KitKat-runnning phone launched today on Amazon today for £129.99, though on Friday it'll be going for £99.99 (yes, they're doing Black Friday outside of the United States now… we're sorry).
Samsung didn't just make another smartwatch — it made a really small phone for your wrist
Samsung helped launch the idea of a modern smartwatch to general consumers when it unveiled the original Galaxy Gear. That was in September of last year, if you can believe it, and since then Samsung has launched four more smartwatches — the Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, Gear Fit and Gear Live. And here we are just over a year after its first smartwatch, and Samsung launched its sixth — the Gear S.
Going in the opposite direction of the “less is more” philosophy of Android Wear, Samsung is simply going with more on the Gear S. It has a huge 2-inch curved AMOLED display, piles of features and a bevy of health-related sensors on board. Samsung even went a step further, including standalone Wifi and 3G support so you can leave your phone at home and go watch-only when needed.
Calling this a “smartwatch” actually sells it short a bit — the Gear S has more in common with basic smartphones than other watches. Read along and see how Samsung pulled it together in our full Gear S review.
Fitness trackers seem to be attracting quite of bit of attention lately, and those looking for a tracker have a wide variety of options to consider. But while there are plenty of available options — one company seems to have risen to the top in terms of market share. Fitbit, who first launched back on October 2007, is closing in on 70 percent of the market with the number two player sitting down in the teens.
The stats by themselves may show Fitbit as being a dominant player, but that doesn't necessarily mean a Fitbit branded tracker will be the best option for everyone. That being said, given the wide range of models and price points — as well as the wide range of mobile device support — Fitbit does seem like a good place to start looking. We've seen the folks at Fitbit release several trackers over the years, including some that clip to your waistband, and some that are worn on the wrist. Just last month the Fitbit lineup grew by three. The new models include the Charge, Charge HR, and the Surge — and we took one of them for a spin over the last week.
The Google Play Store is offering major discounts on several movies in their library as early Black Friday deals. Right now you can get newer releases like Divergent, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and 300: Rise of an Empire, for up to 75 percent off.
Verizon is getting into the spirit of the holiday season by giving away a host of digital content today, which the carrier is calling Connection Day. Starting today, all users, regardless of wireless carrier, will be able to access free content from iTunes, Amazon, Pandora, Conde Nast, Boingo and more, courtesy of Verizon.
Blinkbox today announced that iPad and Android tablet owners will be able to enjoy playback without an internet connection, thanks to a new offline mode. Just like we've had with music streaming services for some time, Blinkbox will allow subscribers to download their chosen film or TV show to watch on the go – perfect for travelling or in areas with poor signal.
The Dropbox team have announced a handy new feature inside their official apps for Android and iOS. With Microsoft Office documents open for viewing, it's now possible to hit the edit button to launch the installed Office suite for a more feature-rich editing experience. Once all changes have been saved everything is automatically saved to the cloud, thanks to both parties working on support bridges between the two services.
Motorola's Moto Maker is a great way to customize the Moto X just the way you want it. The latest commercial for the device highlights the fact that you can choose from several back options, colors and accents, along with a custom engraving at the back. And lest you forget, Motorola announced its Cyber Monday deal today, through which you can get the 2014 Moto X for just $359.
After Amazon India teased the imminent launch of the OnePlus One in the country over the weekend, we now have confirmation that the device will be available for purchase starting December 2. The OnePlus One will be available exclusively on Amazon, and will follow an invite-only system, at least initially. Users will be able to win invites by subscribing to the OnePlus newsletter and by taking part in contests hosted by OnePlus and Amazon.
Waiting to get a good deal on the 2014 Moto X? You're in luck, as Motorola just announced that it would be offering the device for $359 on Cyber Monday (December 1), which is a $140 discount off the list price. If you're looking to go the on-contract route, Verizon's variant will be available for just $0.01. Motorola is also slashing 30 percent off all accessories (excluding the Chromecast).
Amazon admitted that it didn't get the pricing right for the Fire Phone, and is now looking to remedy the situation (and get rid of all that unsold inventory) by slashing the price of the handset to $199. That's for the unlocked model with 32GB internal storage, which also comes with one year of Amazon Prime, which in itself costs $99.
We know that a lot of folks really want a great camera on their phone. It's an important part of every device review, and manufacturers have really stepped up their game in the past couple years when it comes to the camera. Phones like the Note 4, the G3 and the iPhone 6 Plus have great camera hardware and great software to use it. Meanwhile, many phones have a more traditional mediocre camera. The new Nexus 6 is a great example of a camera that's good enough, but not something spectacular like Sony's Z3.
Skype for Android has been updated with some notable additions. If you're a multitasker, Skype will now let you continue your video calls when you leave the app with picture-in-picture support for both phones and tablets. Additionally, you can also receive photos when they are sent from iPhone users on the service. Chats will load faster, and Hindu support joins the list of new features.
Good news for Nexus 9 owners craving a little keyboard action: the Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio case is now available on Google Play. According to the listing, the folio will leave the warehouse within 1-2 days, which should put it in your hands sometime early next week.
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