Alcatel dumped quite the set of announcements at CES with new phones and tablets, and now we've had a chance to get our hands on the new Pixi 3 line. These super budget-minded phones come in four different sizes — 5, 4.5, 4 and 3.5-inches — with specs relevant to their sizes, and most interestingly come with the choice (at time of purchase) of Android, Windows Phone or Firefox OS.
A couple of beautiful devices that offer up Samsung's new design on the cheap
If it wasn't clear at this point, Samsung is taking its new metal design seriously and expanding it throughout its new lineup — including these two new additions, the Galaxy A3 and A5. These budget-focused models are hitting India and Asia at low price points, but bring competitive specs, nice style and many of Samsung's trademark features and software.
Now that Lenovo has officially acquired Motorola, it looks like the purveyor of Moto X's is looking to break back into China. The company announced today that it will be coming to the country early this year with a set of three devices: the Moto X, Moto G (with LTE), and the all new Moto X Pro.
While still mostly an accessory for developers to play with and build new experiences with, the Myo armband has been on the short list of gadgets to keep an eye on for a while now. The promise of an arm cuff that responds to your hand gestures and controls anything from your thermostat to the channel on the television is interesting enough, but it looks like the Thalmic Labs folks at CES this year are ready to show off some mobile integration.
Check out the video as Rene and Adam get the rundown on all things Myo, but remember that these are still pre-order only for the moment. At the absolute least, it's great to see the forward momentum.
The world's latest bendy phone, the LG G Flex 2, is en route to U.S. Cellular and Vodafone UK. Vodafone has locked down a 6-week exclusive following launch. Back in America, a U.S. Cellular spokesperson has confirmed that they'll be offering the G Flex 2 this spring, though other details were scant.
A quick look at what Android Auto will look like on Panasonic's system
Panasonic, a member of the Open Automotive Alliance, brought their incoming Android Auto powered head unit with them to CES 2015. This head unit is not a unit that consumers can buy and install themselves in their personal vehicles but it is one that will be coming soon to several different car OEMs.
Update: We have confirmation from LG that this is an LG watch made for Audi, running a variation of Android Wear. LG is working on a webOS based wearable, but this is unrelated.*
At the Audi press conference at CES 2015 today, Audi hailed a series of partnerships with leading tech firms including LG, Samsung Display and NVIDIA as the carmaker unveiled new Android Wear-supported in-car systems. But the press conference wasn't call cars — Audi board member Ulrich Hackenberg kicked things off by summoning an Audi Prologue onto the stage using a mystery smartwatch.
At its CES 2015 press conference we saw ZTE announce the Grand X Max+, and though it wasn't on hand during the announce we've tracked one down to check it out for ourselves.
ZTE promised that the Grand X Max+ would be the prepaid premium phone that would rival flagship phones on post paid carriers. While I wouldn't say that the phone is at the same level I would say that it is one of the better prepaid devices I have ever tried out. The device it's feels well built but is lacking a heft that makes for an enjoyable experience in the hand. The front and rear sides of the Max+ are made of glass while the side are made of plastic. Besides the obvious fear of dropping the phone and cracking the rear glass the build feels like what you would expect from a mid-tier smartphone. The power button and volume rocker are pretty flush with sides so they are difficult to find but have a good throw.
After a very full day of unveilings yesterday, CES 2015 has officially begun. That mean's many things to many people, but for us it means it's time to start CES Live. As you know we've teamed up with the folks at GeekBeat to show off as many shiny new things as we can get our hands on. We're broadcasting live from the show floor all week, and will be serving up bite sized portions of new tech and interviews with all of your favorite Mobile Nations and GeekBeat personalities throughout the week.
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Pioneer Electronics announced today as part of CES 2015 that it will begin to sell three of its Networked Entertainment eXperience (NEX) in-dash multimedia receivers with Android Auto support starting in March, allowing current car owners to have Google's connected vehicle operating system installed inside their cars.
Streaming music service iHeartRadio has announced a number of new partnerships at CES 2015. The company is teaming up with seven different brands to integrate their service into new devices, including those made by Google, Sony, TiVo, and more. iHeartRadio will be one of the first apps ready for Google's new Cast for audio system, and beginning next month, will be available on Sony's PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles.
Following a closed preview period from November, Microsoft Office for Android tablets is now available for free to everybody in the Play Store. Apps for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are all good to go on devices between 7 inches and 10.1 inches, though Microsoft is still actively soliciting feedback to improve the experience.
Smartphone manufacturer HTC and athletics performance company Under Armour today at CES in Las Vegas announced a new partnership that will bring the newly launched UA Record apps into the HTC product line.
No new devices were immediately announced, but HTC is "designing a series of products to work seamlessly with UA Record," the new health and fitness initiative that UA launched this week that includes a new Android application. The app is part fitness tracker, part athletic social network, and that fairly clearly points the way to some sort of fitness-specific device — or perhaps clothing? — from HTC. But, again, nothing official so far.
HTC in late 2014 began branching out from the traditional smartphone and tablet space with the HTC RE camera, saying at the time that it was just the beginning of a new category of products for the company.
MediaTek has announced that they will be powering Sony's upcoming 2015 Android TV-enabled Bravia sets, shown off on Monday at CES2015. The company is also collaborating with Google on the first Ultra HD TV platform powered by Android TV.
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