In another “saw this one coming” moment, Google+ Messenger is going away, leaving us with Hangouts. The Google Talk refresh does all Messenger ever did, and then some.
A clamshell phone is a very niche product, and could be part of a broader effort for Samsung in the emerging Chinese market.
The sleeve sells for $29.99, which isn’t a bad price at all — until you go to checkout. Currently, the Play Store is charging nearly $20 in shipping.
Today, the company announces “Skins”, which is a durable coating for your device to absorb shock from bumps, falls, or whatever else you encounter in your day-to-day awkwardness. Unlike Liquipel’s waterproofing, which requires the device to be sent away, these skins can be applied by the user.
Google is now intent on actually knowing what you’re looking for — or at. A new patent filed by the Mountain View company wishes to track your eyeball, a bit like Samsung’s new devices do. The difference is that Google wants to know what you’re looking at in the real world, not on your device.
We’ve all read reviews that claim a phone’s call quality to be “tinny”, or otherwise less than adequate. Those little speakers don’t often help when it comes to relaying quality audio. Inflection, cadence, and other variations in speech or background noise can give an inferior speaker fits. Kyocera, makers of mobile devices few are impressed with, but ceramics that many are wowed by, may have figured out how to both improve call quality and device integrity.
While many are skeptical of the device’s origins, what is known is that its using Android. Much like the tablet we showed you a few weeks ago, this device is pretty locked down.
Dubbed the DSC-QX10 and DCS QX100, the lenses won’t have and LCD viewfinder or normal camera controls of any kind. They will rely on your phone or tablet as a viewfinder, and to control the action beyond manual zoom.
Competitive pricing, however, remains elusive for the Play Store. From music to movies, the best deal for media is often elsewhere. Textbooks are no exception, as established booksellers like Amazon have Google handled soundly.
A 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM, and 1,024×768 7-inch screen all front Android 4.0.4. Nothing spectacular, but also not terrible. Purchased by a tourist who only wishes to be known as “Michael”, this severely hamstrung Android tablet seems to be running pretty smoothly, as you can see in the video below.