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3 years ago

Samsung Gear 2 specs

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Samsung has announced the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches. Both are compatible with Smasung's Android smartphones, but neither watch actually runs Android instead switching to Samsung's own open-source OS, Tizen.

The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo essentially are the same thing, only the Neo a tad smaller and lighter, has no camera and has different color options.

Here are the Samsung Gear 2 specs:

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3 years ago

Samsung announces Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches, which drop Android for Tizen

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Revamped hardware and a plethora of software highlight the second round of Samsung's smartwatch.

Samsung has announced the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches ahead of Mobile World Congress here in Barcelona, Spain. These are follow-ups to last summer's Samsung Galaxy Gear. 

Unlike the original Galaxy Gear, which has a full build of Android 4.2.2 on board, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo are running the Tizen OS — an open-source OS Samsung played a big hand in developing. (More on that here.) That's good and bad, of course. It's great for those who have been waiting to see Tizen on a mainstream product (insofar as smartwatches are mainstream, we suppose) and bad for the tinkerers. That's also led Samsung to drop "Galaxy" from the product name.

Thew new OS is just part of the changes, though. The hardware's been revamped as well. The ugly wart that is the camera on the Galaxy Gear is gone, moved from the strap to the body of the watch itself. And Samsung's tucked an IR port in there for good measure, turning the watch into a living-room remote — not really much of a surprise given that wearables will make up a good part of Samsung's Smart Home initiative, announced in January.

And that's just for starters.

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3 years ago

Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo image gallery

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Samsung has just announced its latest range of smartwatches, the Tizen-powered Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, ahead of the start of Mobile World Congress 2014. We'll have more coverage of both watches over the course of the show, but until then you can check out the official promo gallery after the break.

More: Samsung Gear 2; Samsung Gear 2 Neo

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3 years ago

Lenovo teases a new tablet, tells us to wait for tomorrow to see the rest

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Lenovo wants you to be excited for tomorrow's news and gives you a little taste

Lenovo has taken to the Twitters to get everyone pumped for their news tomorrow, and they are teasing with a small picture of what is likely a new tablet.

No name, no specs, nothing but the picture you see above. Is it an Android tablet? Is it a Windows tablet? Is it something else? We'll know tomorrow at 1 p.m. EST.

MWC 2014 isn't even started yet, folks. Stay tuned, this year is gonna be a doozy!

Thanks, Oliver!

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3 years ago

What I'm playing this week: Plants vs. Zombies 2

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By the time you read this, I will be in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress. That's an hour flight from Pensacola to Atlanta. Another 8 hours or so to Paris. The another couple hours to Spain. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. The journey's no longer a novelty.

That means it's time to sit back, relax, and kill some zombies. 

I don't know what it is about Plants vs. Zombies 2 that's managed to capture my ever-waning attention. There are so many pick up/put down games out there, but I keep coming back to this one. It's not all that challenging anymore — I've beaten every level there is to beat. But the "never-ending" levels keep me coming back to build up my back for the day that the elusive fourth world is rolled out. And it's not like I'm spinning my wheels in those endless levels, either. I play till I get beat — which is the idea, of course. At some point you're going to be overrun. 

And when the zombies do eat my brain (and when they do it's usually because of those damned Gargantuans), I often exit the game in disgust, wondering just where I went so wrong in my life.

And then I pick it back up again, and plant some more seeds. 

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3 years ago

We're in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2014!

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The Mobile Nations team has touched down in Spain ahread of what promises to be a busy few days for moble in general, and Android in particular, at Mobile World Congress 2014. We've got six editors on the ground, and we're expecting announcements form Samsung, LG, Sony, HTC and others. So stay tuned to Android Central, CrackBerry, iMore, Windows Phone Central and Smartwatch Fans in the days ahead!

More: Android at Mobile World Congress: What to expect from the show

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3 years ago

Follow Mobile Nations at Mobile World Congress!

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How to keep up with what's happening in Barcelona!

Mobile Nations has landed in Barcelona! We're not just here for cervezas and tapas, of course, but for the annual Mobile World Congress. We've got a lot to look forward to this week – check out our extensive preview if you haven't already – and the team on the ground will be bringing you the very best of it all.

We've a team of six on the ground in Spain, and besides keeping up with everything on the blogs you'll want to be following us on the socials as well. Head on past the break for all the links you need!

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3 years ago

Grab a UK Nexus 5 for just £240!

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Black 16GB in stock now at Carphone Warehouse, other colors on back order

If you've been holding out on picking up a UK Nexus 5, Carphone Warehouse might just have given you the best reason there is to go out and grab one. As of right now, they will sell you one for just £240, the lowest price for a SIM free Nexus 5 we've seen to date in Britain.

The white and red versions are offered at £240, but both are currently out of stock showing a "pre order" button next to them. The white is scheduled to ship on Feb 27 according to the site. If you're happy with a black one, you can buy one right now for home delivery or to collect in your local store. Grab 'em while they're hot!

Source: Carphone Warehouse

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3 years ago

T-Mobile HTC One KitKat update now live and rolling out

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565MB of KitKat sweetness is ready for your HTC One

Ealier we told you that the KitKat and Sense 5.5 update for T-mobile's HTC One would be pusing out soon. Soon is now (tip of the hat to Morrisey) and the update is live and pushing out.

Grab your HTC One — you did charge it up, right? — open the settings, and get to checking. I'm playing with the wife's, who just got her update, to see what I can see, but per T-Mobile, here's your changes:

  • Android 4.4.2 update
  • Security enhancements
  • Cloud Print service
  • New Bluetooth profiles

Sound off in the comments and let us know how it's running for you.

Thanks, Nick!

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3 years ago

Facebook will no longer change your privacy settings after you die, but will make you a Look Back video

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The advent of social media profiles has created an interesting problem, from a philosophical perspective: what happens to your profile after you die? Originally they would just go dormant unless somebody had your password, but then Facebook updated their policy to place the profiles of our dearly departed into a "memorial" mode where visibility was restricted to only friends. But starting today, Facebook is changing that:

Up to now, when a person's account was memorialized, we restricted its visibility to friends-only. This meant that people could no longer see the account or any of its content unless they were Facebook friends with the person who passed away. Starting today, we will maintain the visibility of a person's content as-is. This will allow people to see memorialized profiles in a manner consistent with the deceased person's expectations of privacy. We are respecting the choices a person made in life while giving their extended community of family and friends ongoing visibility to the same content they could always see.

Additionally, Facebook is offering users the option to create a posthumous "Look Back" video (by 'users' we mean the live ones — they haven't figured out Facebook Afterlife… yet). Reacting to a plea from John Berlin of Missouri, the father of Jesse, who passed away in 2012, Facebook did the work to make it possible to create Look Back videos for memorialized accounts, saying that "John's request touched the hearts of everyone who heard it, including ours."

As the biggest and most interconnected social network out there, Facebook also sees the most death among its ranks. In fact, in October of last year, XKCD tackled the question of when Facebook's dead will outnumber living members, and the answer was sometime in the next 50 to 120 years. It's still an interesting philosophical debate: what happens to your digital presence after you're no longer present?

Source: Facebook

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3 years ago

AT&T's HTC One KitKat update also approved and coming soon

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AT&T green lights the Android 4.4 and Sense 5.5 update for the carrier's HTC One

Following on the heels of the T-Mobile HTC One's KitKat update getting approval, we find that AT&T's version is also approved and coming soon!

It takes a bit to get the update URL primed and ready, and there are probably some last minute preperations that are needed — a must-have when you have so many customers. If you've got an AT&T HTC One in your pocket, keep an eye out. And you know who to holler at when that KitKat update starts to come down!

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3 years ago

TestFlight developer acquired by Apple

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Oh, so that's why they were shutting down Android support

Burstly, the developers behind a beta testing framework called TestFlight, has been acquired by Apple under undisclosed terms. TestFlight isn't particularly well-known around Android circles, so it's no surprise that they announced the termination of their Android beta a few days ago.

Having used TestFlight a few times to preview iOS apps, I can say it's a great tool, but mostly it just highlights how silly wide-scale pre-launch app distribution can be on iOS compared to Android. On Android, you get an .APK and away you go. Sure, there are many developers who are sensitive to that installation file leaking out and getting subsequently pirated. Plus, when dealing with anything outside of Google Play, you need a mechanism for updating apps, since new builds will be coming fast and furious. In those cases, there are still several Android beta testing solutions available out there. It just happens that TestFlight was the most well-known one, even though it had made a name for itself primarily on iOS.

Developers, how do you beta test your application? Do you need a specific solution to do get through the process?

Source: TechCrunch

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3 years ago

Android 4.4 and Sense 5.5 OTA for T-Mobile HTC One expected 'shortly'

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Technical approval from the carrier has been given, rollout to begin soon

Good news everybody! Well, everybody on T-Mobile with an HTC One. The KitKat and Sense 5.5 update has been approved and is on the way soon.

T-Mobile has replied in the Twitterstream, and they say to keep your eyes peeled on their newsroom for more information.

We don't expect much deviation from the standard 4.4 and new Sense we've seen on other phones — and that's a good thing because it runs pretty well. Keep your batteries charged, and keep checking for that update. When it hits, holler!

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3 years ago

Fitbit stops sales and recalls Force amid rash of skin irritation complaints

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Responding to complaints of skin irritation from Fitbit Force users, Fitbit has stopped sales of the fitness band and is conducting a recall of the product. They're offing a refund direct to consumers for the full retail price of the Force ($130) and have set up a dedicated webpage and call center to handle the recall.

Fitbit CEO James Park said that "only 1.7% of Force users have reported any type of skin irritation," that test results have shown "are likely experiencing allergic contact dermatitis." The growing chorus of reports about skin irritation was likely a factor in pushing the company towards the recall.

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3 years ago

Sony teases 'Something Extraordinary' on Feb. 24

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Tablet, or phone, or both? We'll know soon enough.

Sony has posted a short teaser for their Mobile World Congress event, telling us we'll get to see "something extraordinary" on February 24. 

We've seen the Xperia Z2 leaked, and plenty of leaks and tips of the new Z2 tablet are out there, so either or both is a safe bet. Both look quite nice, and should do well with the growing number of Sony Android fans out there.

Whatever it is, you know we'll be there live to check it out when they give the world the first look. Keep it locked on AC for everything Mobile World Congress!

More: Preregister for info from Sony

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