Motorola came out with an awesome smartphone accessory last year, the Skip. The device let you unlock your smartphone without touching the screen, but you just had to tap your smartphone to this wearable accessory. This time, the company has stepped up its game by replicating the smartphone accessory as a temporary digital tattoo. The accessory, designed by Motorola in collaboration with VivaLnk, can be just “pasted” on your skin, like a tattoo. You just need to tap your smartphone to this tattoo to unlock this. The tattoo works for up to five days, and is water resistant. However, this still works only with the Moto X.
Source: Boy Genius Reports
The Mountain View based search engine giant, Google, has updated its Maps application on Android to a new version, adding a lot of new and exciting new features. One of the new features is voice actions in navigation mode. So with the tap of a button, you can ask questions to the app and instruct it to do things. For example, you can ask how much more distance is left to your destination. Another interesting feature is the inclusion of elevation details in navigation for bikers. So you get to know which route will present minimum climbing for you. The update is already live on the Play Store.
Source: The Droid Guy
After releasing the Samsung Galaxy Star 2, the South Korean smartphone giant is ready to release another entry level smartphone in India, in the next few days. Named the Samsung Galaxy Star Advance, the technical specs of the device are a bit more advanced than those of the Star 2. Phone Arena writes, “Sporting a 4.3-inch WVGA display, the new Galaxy Star is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor of unknown provenience. The handset also offers HSPA connectivity, a 3MP rear camera with LED flash, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, microSD card support, and a 1,800 mAh battery.”
Source: Phone Arena
We know that Twitter is losing its game, the company’s stocks are dropping, and the number of monthly active users is also dropping. These stats were being provided to the world by a number of third party apps. But Twitter decided that it is supposed to do something to bring back traffic to its app or it is going to lose very badly. So, the company just axed the access to its APIs, from these third party apps, on the grounds of violating its privacy policies. We do not know when the micro blogging service is going to lift this.
Source: Business Insider
The LG G Vista has been in the news for a couple of weeks now. The smartphone from the South Korean smartphone manufacturer is set to come to the US shortly. @evleaks has now tweeted a release date, and that is this Friday. The smartphone, which is believed to the US version of the LG G Pro 2 Lite, comes with a 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. The display will be of the 5.7-inch 720p variety, which is a far cry from LG’s recent G3 flagship which has a 5.2-inch QHD screen.
Source: GSM Arena
The LG G3 is an awesome smartphone, and the keyboard that the company released on the smartphone is much better compared to its older version. But even though the global rollout of the smartphone is still happening, the company has already released an update to the keyboard. According to the company, below are the new features in the keyboard:
- Emoji suggestions – if a user types a word like “love” the keyboard will include the heart emoji as a recommendation.
- Application-based Text Tone suggestions – the keyboard will learn what words a users typically uses in different applications and make recommendations using that information. For instance, the keyboard will learn how a user likes to start off emails and suggests that as soon as the user starts to type an email.
- Next Word suggestions – LG says they have improved the algorithms that analyze a user’s style and makes suggestions for next words.
- Bilingual Word suggestions – the keyboard will automatically detect and change to the correct language based on what a user is typing.
- Real-time Path Input – this is LG’s take on tracing words on the keyboard versus tapping them out.
Source: Talk Android
The South Korean smartphone giant, LG, has announced a new product for kids, the LG KizON. The KizON is a smartwatch for the kids, with obviously some control from the parents. The smartwatch comes with a Wi Fi module and a GPS module, giving real time location updates to the kids’ parents on a companion app on their smartphones. Parents can directly call the smartwatch. And if it is not answered in 10 seconds, the call is automatically answered. And with the dedicated button, the kids can easily call one of their parents. The product is available immediately in South Korean and will make to the other parts of the world soon.
Source: The Droid Guy
Foxconn, one of the major suppliers and manufacturers of the Apple iPhone, is said to replace a good part of its workforce with robots, dubbed the foxbots. The company employs at least 1.2 million employees throughout China, and there are frequent assembly line stopages, overtimes, workers’ rights troubles, and much more. If the company successfully deploys these robots, it could avoid all these issues. Also, each robot is said to be able to make 30,000 devices a year. And the company plans on deploying 10,000 such robots, resulting in at least 300,000 devices a year. To begin with, the robots will be making the iPhones.
Source: Apple Insider
When Google announced the awesome Android Wear at the Google I/O last week, it was pretty clear that developers will not be able to design custom watch faces. But that is not the case anymore. There are already a couple of watch face apps on the Play Store which do exactly that, give you custom watch faces. While one of them, ACW Watchface [Beta], is a simple watch face, as simple as it gets, the other one, Band O’Clock for Wear, takes it to a new level by giving you the ability to change the font of the clock, and also change the background to any image in your gallery.
Source: Talk Android
Sony has been working on some seriously awesome smartphones. And the best part is, their “Compact” series of smartphones come with the exact same processor, camera, and all that. Now, the Xperia Z3 Compact specs have leaked out, and it looks like one awesome device. The Sony Xperia Z3 will come with the powerful 2.5 GHz quad core Snapdragon 801 processor, 20.7 mega pixel rear facing camera, Android 4.4.2 KitKat, Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 2.1 mega pixel front facing camera, and much more. However, this is just a rumor, a leak. This is not yet confirmed by Sony officially.
Source: Phone Arena