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4 years ago

Lenovo announces the N308, an All-in-One Android computer

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All-in-one Android powered computer starts at $450

With the start of CES Unveiled Lenovo has taken the wraps of its first all-in-one Android computer, the N308. Having to hop between an Android tablet and a desktop computer can be a bit tedious at times, and Lenovo hopes to have solved that for many people. Featuring a 19.5 inch HD+ display the N308 runs Android 4.2 at launch. Inside the computer you can have either a 320GB or 500GB hard drive depending on preference, and it will support up to 2GB of DDR3 memory as well.

Much like a full desktop computer the N308 has two USB 2.0 ports, a microphone, headphone, and LAN jack as well as a 6-in-1 card reader. In addition it will come with a full sized wireless AccuType keyboard and a wireless mouse. Inside the device you will also find a battery that is said to last about three hours, so if you feel the need to move this 19.5 inch display around with you  it can be done. With full access to Google Play and Amazon's AppStore you will be able to download your favorite Android applications without issue.

Starting at $450 for the base model and going up from there depending on options, Lenovo has unfortunately not given an exact release date at this time. 

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4 years ago

Sphero introduces an all new form factor with the Sphero 2B

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New form factor brings interchangeable parts and more

Sphero has drawn a ton of attention with their little robotic balls that were controlled by Android devices, and today they have announced an addition to the family. With the Sphero 2B they have brought a bunch of changes to the device with a whole new form factor, and the ability to change various parts like the hubcaps, wheels, and tires. Having two main points of contacts the Sphero 2B is able to turn on a dime, and offers some crazy speed along with the ease of maneuverability. 

In addition to the new hardware Sphero has also launched seven new applications for CES, which now brings their total up to 35 different titles. In addition to being able to play with this by yourself you can use the built in infrared technology for player vs player or multiplayer game play as well. Priced at $100 the Sphero 2B will start shipping in Fall 2014. If you want to be among the first to have one be sure to hit the link below to reserve your spot, and stay tuned right here to see if we can check one of these out live from Las Vegas.

Source: Sphero

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4 years ago

Follow the Android Central CES 2014 crew on Twitter and Google+

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Don't miss the color commentary from the fellows on the floor

You'll get all the news you want about CES 2014 from Android Central. We're lined up to see all the press events, we're going to walk the floors to see what's there, and of course CES Live will bring the people who make this news and the whole story behind it right to you during the week. If there is such a thing as tech overload, this week will come close to it.

But you'll also want to follow along with the crew on Google+ and Twitter to see what doesn't make the front page here at AC. We promise it will be mostly safe for work and PG-13, and you can even send some feedback to Phil, Alex, Andrew and Richard. They love to hear from you, just like all of us here at AC do. Here's everything you need to know.

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Hit them up and say hello!

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4 years ago

SuperTooth announces the Disco 4 speaker

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Bluetooth speaker packs power and portability

SuperTooth has been creating Bluetooth speakers for the past couple of years, and this year at CES they will be showing off their latest addition, the Disco 4. This wireless speaker will pair with devices through Bluetooth 4.0, or users can easily pair their devices through the tap-to-pair NFC technology inside the speaker. SuperTooth claims that after charging the device via USB for only two hours you will be able to get anywhere from 3 to 12 hours of use from each charge depending on your volume level.

The speaker itself weighs just over a pound, and features an 8 watt bass reflex system for optimal sound quality. With a 30 foot range on Bluetooth connection managing the music being played through the speaker is sure to be a breeze, and the included carrying strap will make it ultra portable.

At this time SuperTooth has not announced pricing, but they have stated that the Disco 4 will be launching in Q1 of 2014. The Disco 4 will be on display at CES, so stay tuned to see if we can get some hands-on time with it to see how it compares to some of the other options on the market.

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4 years ago

From the Editor's Desk: Winging it to Las Vegas and #CESlive!

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I'm sitting here in the airport in Atlanta (aka my second home), waiting for the hop out to Vegas and watching the misery that is trying to get out of the Northeast this morning as we all head to CES. Thinking good thoughts for all the journos trying to get to the desert. 

Folks usually have plenty to say about flying through ATL, but I've always found it to be pretty easy. The seven (seven!) concourses are easily laid out and easy to get to. The new international terminal is gorgeous, and worth swinging by if you have time, even if you're flying domestically. Want a taste for what some of the world's better international airports look like? There you go. It's hard to believe F (and to a lesser extent, E) are in the same airport as T through D.

Here in Atlanta, it's just cold and foggy. Good luck to everyone working their way to Vegas.

By the way ...  You can find all our CES coverage here!

And now, a few other thoughts rollin' around the ol' melon. ...

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4 years ago

Qualcomm Toq smartwatch review

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Qualcomm's Mirasol display brings a new dimension to smartwatches, but you still have to set your expectations properly.

The Qualcomm Toq tells a familiar tale, one we've heard from smartwatches before. "It's pretty cool, but ..." It's that caveat that has stuck in our mind after a few weeks with the Toq, and it's a big one. Or maybe several big ones.

But perhaps it's better if we better define what Toq is. It's a smartwatch, sure. It connects to your Android phone over Bluetooth and shows notifications, the weather, stocks — and the time, of course, with a number of interesting and attractive watchfaces.

But what Toq is, really, is a Mirasol display with a smartwatch attached to it. As a technology, Mirasol has been around for a few years, but nobody's really picked it up in any great numbers. Even Toq wasn't originally planned as a major consumer product. But here it is, and you can buy one for $350. This is the most expensive smartwatch we've tested. 

Is it worth it? Let's find out.

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4 years ago

Watch this: 'Wrist First: This is the Pebble Smartwatch'

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You're about to get a deluge of wearables news this week from CES in Las Vegas. And that includes something Monday from Pebble, the Kickstarter darling that has one of the more affordable smartwatches currently available. (And, what's more, it's cross-platform as well.)

We spent the day with Pebble a few weeks ago to get inside the company, and perhaps get a feel for what's next.

Peep the video above, and be sure to read the full feature, "Wrist First: This is Pebble." Then head on over to our newest sister site, Smartwatch Fans, and say hello!

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4 years ago

Samsung turns its attention to your home at CES this week

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Smart Home aims to connect all your devices, appliances with a single app and a new protocol

Samsung has long been entrenched in the smartphone and tablet space. It's begun its push into wearables with the Galaxy Gear. And this week at CES, Samsung is inviting itself into your home.

The new Samsung Smart Home aims to consolidate all your connected home appliances — yes, refrigerators, ovens, TVs ... whatever you've got — with one app, and one protocol to rule them all. And it intends to do so with a three-tiered process:

Device Control uses your mobile devices — phones, tablets or smartwatch — as well as a smart TV to control your home devices. Think lighting and air conditioning, Samsung says. If you're going out for the night, tell your phone (or watch — Samsung's pushing the Galaxy Gear hard in this initiative) "Going out," the lights will dim, and the temperature adjust accordingly. Or say "Good night" to turn everything off. And this will work anywhere, from any device.

Home View will let you peek in on your home through any connected cameras.

And Smart Customer Service lets you know when it's time to have your connected appliances serviced.

To get everything talking together, Samsung's rolling out its Smart Home Software Protocol (SHP for short) that'll let all your Samsung devices play nice. Samsung also says it'll open it up to other manufacturers, too. Whether they choose to do so is another matter.

Samsung's going to start with smart TVs and phones, and run with it from there. We'll get a better look this week at CES is Las Vegas. Be sure to swing by our CESlive hub for all the latest.

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4 years ago

HTC ekes out a $10 million profit in Q4

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Finally, a bit of not-quite-dismal financial news for HTC. While the Taiwanese manufacturer didn't hit expectations with its fourth-quarter earnings, it did manage to turn a $10 million profit — which it failed to do the previous quarter.

The uptick can at least in part be credited to its sell-off of the 25 percent stake it still had in Beats Audio — a move that netted HTC a one-time addition of some $85 million. 

HTC's not out of the woods yet, but it's made strides in rolling out updates in a more timely manner, and we'll have to see if there's any tangible result to the continued executive changes.

Source: Reuters

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4 years ago

Apps of the Week: Calendar Status, Tropica, Tweetings and more!

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See the apps we're using on a daily basis

After skipping a week of our regular column to highlight some of the best apps of the year from each of the Android Central editors, we're back onto a regular schedule with Apps of the Week. In this weekly column we show off a single app from each of the writers here at AC, along with a quick explanation of why you can find it on our devices.

While they may not always be the most popular, best selling or flashiest apps, if they're installed on our phones and tablets then there's reason to talk about it. Read along with us after the break and see if we can recommend an app or two for you to install on your own device.

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4 years ago

How to change the watch strap on your Pebble

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Make your Pebble — or any other similar watch (smart or otherwise) — your own with a new strap

You've probably noticed that wearables — like smartwatches — are the new hotness. Around the office here, our favorite of the ones we have tried is still the one that got it all started, the Pebble. It's super-functional, affordable, and comes in a selection of colors to suit just about any taste. Yet they all come with a black silicone strap.

Don't misunderstand me, there is nothing wrong with the strap on the Pebble. It's soft, will fit a fairly big wrist, and it's plenty flexible. Those are traits you want in your watch strap. And we understand why black was chosen, because black goes with everything. But some of us are never happy and need change.

Thankfully, changing the strap out on your Pebble is easy. Any 22mm watch strap will fit, and there is no heavy lifting required. All you need is the new strap and a thin tool of some sort that will fit between the strap itself and the body of the Pebble where it attaches. We go over it all, after the break.

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4 years ago

Announcing the 3 Moto G giveaway winners!

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Three members have a post-holiday gift from Android Central

Knowing that not everyone got exactly the device they wanted over the holiday season, we decided to give away Motorola's great new inexpensive handset, the Moto G, to three lucky members. Keeping the contest thread open for just a few days yielded 3300 entries over 133 pages in the forums.

And while we surely wish we could have given away more than three Moto Gs, we're glad a few more people will have a brand new phone on the way starting today.

Congratulations to InsaneCheesebsinc1962 and ojocell!

Each of you can expect a Moto G to arrive in the next few days. We hope you enjoy it!

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4 years ago

AT&T Developer Summit to focus on wearables

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Focus shifts to apps for wearables at AT&T hackathon

This year AT&T has put a huge focus on wearable technology at their Developer Summit Hackathon that runs for 48 hours during CES. Usually the hackathon is for regular apps, but this year they have moved the focus from the standard applications over to the wearable ones, with a grand prize of $25,000 on the line.

On site AT&T will provide devices from Pebble, Wahoo, Samsung and various other wearable companies as well as offering developers Audrino boards and other pieces to make their own if they wish. 

In past years there have been tons of great ideas that come from the hackathon, so we are excited to see what the developers can do this year with the new category. With wearables becoming more and more popular it is great to see companies like AT&T getting behind them and pushing developers to get creative with the devices. Stay tuned to our coverage of the event and let's see what these developers are able to put together!

Source: AT&T, @PebbleDev

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4 years ago

Bitspin, developer behind Timely alarm clock, 'joining Google'

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Timely quickly became one of our favorite alarm clocks on Android as much for its beautiful design as its functionality and simplicity. And the hard work appears to have paid off, as developer Bitspin has announced on its website that it is "joining Google."

Details of the deal were sparse Saturday morning — we've got an e-mail in requesting more information — with just three sentences on Bitspin's website. "We're thrilled to announce that Bitspin is joining Google, where we'll continue to do what we love: building great products that are delightful to use," the message begins.

The immediate impact on Timely appears to be minimal. 

"For new and existing users," Bitispin writes, "Timely will continue to work as it always has. Thanks to everyone who has downloaded our app and provided feedback along the way; we truly appreciate all your support."

Timely, which was updated on Friday with some bugfixes, has between 1 million and 5 million installs, according to its Google Play listing.

Update 10:26 p.m.: Google got back to us this evening but had no additional details to share regarding the "joining."

Source: Bitspin; Thanks, Greg, for the heads up!

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4 years ago

T-Mobile CEO John Legere is not impressed by AT&T's $450 promotion

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Exec takes another opportunity to tease big CES news

AT&T is likely feeling the heat from T-Mobile at this point. Building on the increasingly unfriendly battle between the two carriers, AT&T released a customer incentive today that offered T-Mobile customers up to $450 to switch (likely back) over to AT&T. Some have taken it as more of a cheap and half-hearted attempt at winning back a few customers than an actual policy response, and as if there was any uncertainty CEO of T-Mobile John Legere released a statement today saying as such:

This is a desperate move by AT&T on the heels of what must have been a terrible Q4 and holiday for them. I'm flattered that we have made them so uncomfortable! We used AT&T's cash to build a far superior network and added Un-carrier moves to take tons of their customers - and now they want to bribe them back! Consumers won't be fooled...nothing has changed; customers will still feel the same old pain that AT&T is famous for. Just wait until CES to hear what pain points we are eliminating next. The competition is going to be toast!

Legere goes so far as to call the AT&T promotion a "bribe," and if you've followed his Twitter account for any length of time you'll know he isn't interested in pulling punches. This is naturally a bit of foreshadowing for T-Mobile's upcoming UNcarrier announcements at CES 2014, and whether AT&T's promo was a preemptive strike of sorts or not, we're sure to see some fireworks next week.

Source: T-Mobile

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