Panasonic did not fare well in the consumer smartphone segment with its Eluga line of devices, and now the Japanese manufacturer is trying something different with its latest offering, the Lumix CM1. Dubbed a "connected camera", the Lumix CM1 is an Android smartphone targeted at imaging enthusiasts and sports a protruding sensor similar to that of Samsung's camera-centric devices like the Galaxy K Zoom.
Google announced the launch of the Android One platform in India today, with the first set of low-cost devices now available for purchase in the country. While India is the first country where users get to experience Android One, Google has announced that the program will be making its way to Indonesia, the Philippines and South Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) by the end of the year, with more countries set to follow in 2015.
Along with an international expansion, Google is adding more manufacturers to the fray, which sees the likes of Acer, Alcatel Onetouch, ASUS, HTC, Intex, Lava, Lenovo, Panasonic and Xolo launching Android One smartphones in the near future. Google has also partnered with Qualcomm, highlighting the possibility of a Snapdragon-enabled Android One handset, which may even be the LTE-enabled Snapdragon 210, seeing as how Qualcomm is targeting the $100 segment with its latest SoC.
Oppo has shared an image on the company's Facebook page, which teases a possible N3 announcement in Singapore next month. The company is boasting that the upcoming announcement will be "One More Step" and "Designed For Life".
Motorola has just announced the company will be allowing consumers in the UK to purchase its latest products directly through the online portal. Checking out the latest products on the website will be accompanied by means to actually checkout and have said items delivered. To kick everything off, the Moto G is the first product to be available on the new web store for £149 ($242).
Alongside the launch of Android One smartphones, Google announced that it will bring offline capabilities to YouTube users in India, which would allow users to save videos offline and watch them anywhere, without the need for a data connection.
LG has today announced the G3 Stylus, a new 3G-only smartphone with support for interactive pens, will be rolling out globally. The device itself was unveiled earlier this month at IFA in Berlin, boasting a massive display and stylus pen but available at more affordable price point. The company states the G3 Stylus will debut in Brazil later this week, followed by Latin America and Asia.
Google has officially launched the Android One platform in India. The initiative sees Google collaborating with Indian vendors Micromax, Karbonn Mobiles and Spice in providing an entry-level smartphone that offers a near-stock Android experience and a turnkey hardware solution. The tagline for Android One in India is "Apni Kismat Apne Haath", which translates to "Your fate in your hands."
Ahead of the launch of the Android One platform in India, Economic Times has managed to obtain the pricing information for the handsets, which is claimed to be in the vicinity of Rs. 6,399 (or around $104). The pricing is slightly above the sub-$100 figure Google was targeting in the country.
Com1 is looking to launch its new square-faced, metal-clad Android Wear watch, and the company is looking towards consumers to help fund the project. Launching on Indiegogo, pricing right now starts at $125 and goes up to $170 depending on if you want an aluminum or stainless steel housing as well as watch strap configurations.
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Another newly released gadget means it's time to get out the USB Microscope and have a close look at the things that make it what it is. This time around, it's the Moto 360 and there is some neat stuff to be seen when you get in tight.
What looks like just a round piece of stainless steel on a subtle black leather strap is actually made up of some precision parts, as well as some parts that aren't going to hold up as well as we want them to. I'm looking at you, scratched-up plastic back on a watch that's only three days old ...
Let's all take a good look at the screen, the construction, the sensors and the overall parts and pieces (both good and bad) of the latest Android Wear device and see what makes it tick.
UK's Phones 4U looks like closing the doors on its 720 outlets after EE becomes the final carrier partner to terminate its relationship with the retailer prompting administration. The decision to shutter its stores will affect almost 6,000 employees though private equity owner BC Partners assures that "employees will continue to be paid until further notice."
Everyone here at AC is back home and resting their feet after a couple weeks of the usual globetrotting that comes with being a tech-blogger every now and then. That means we're spending time playing on our phones and tablets using some of the great apps you'll find on Google play.
Have a peek at the ones we recommend you give a look at this week.
Motorola today announced that the Moto X, Moto Hint and the Turbo Charger for quick charging will go up for preorder this Tuesday, Sept. 16.
You'll be able to pre-order either the AT&T version of the Moto X, starting at $99 on contract, or the Moto X Pure Edition, a version of the device without any carrier-installed software. The Pure Edition will be available for $499. The "Pure Edition" also comes with an unlockable bootloader.
Motorola's watch is great, but it could be so much more
Motorola's first Android Wear device is great. I mean really, really great. Visually it is by far the most attractive of the smartwatches we have seen so far, including LG's perfect circle G Watch R, in my opinion. I like the screen. I like the way the watch sits on my wrist. And I like that it didn't break last night when my wrist glanced off the door to the gas station hard enough to make the guy behind the counter visibly cringe. Seriously, not a scratch.
My point is, Motorola has nailed the design and build materials for this watch as far as I am concerned. That said, there are several other parts of this watch that I wish had gotten the kind of love that likely would have resulted in a price increase.
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