Moto 360 to be made out of plastic?

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When Motorola announced Moto 360 smartwatch they haven’t exactly revealed much details about the smartwatch itself. Everyone assumed the device will be made out of metallic material, most probably stainless steel. Latest report indicate that might not be the case though.

According to a Chinese portal “TechWeb”, Moto 360 might be made out of plastic. We have no idea how credible they are, so take this with a pinch of salt. It would be a real shame if it turns out it is in fact made out of plastic, although to be quite honest I doubt that. The report also states that Moto 360 is quite large, 48mm in diameter. Moto 360 is also expected to be 13.5mm thick, which is about 4-5mm thicker than the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live. This might indicate that the watch is made out of metal after all, although if we consider wireless charging which will probably be placed on the bottom… we can guess all day long basically.

We’re waiting for a more credible information and until then we’ll just assume it’s metal after all. Thoughts?

Sony Xperia Z3 is heading to T-Mobile

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The Sony Xperia Z3 has experienced some pretty serious leaks recently, and even though it’s not actually released yet we have a pretty good idea of what to expect, but up until now had little indication of the carrier that would feature it.

A new recent leak suggests that the Sony Xperia Z3 will be launching on T-Mobile, according to a trusted source cited by TechnoBuffalo.

The Xperia Z3 is expected to feature a Snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM, and a 20.7-Megapixel camera, but most notably a completely redesigned body.

iPhone 6 may have “secure element” for mobile payments

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One of the biggest drawbacks of the iPhone is the inability to pay for things via mobile. There’s no NFC capabilities in iOS, and it’s not clear if that’s on the way or not (though some believe it is). A new report suggests Apple is working with various credit card companies to hammer out a mobile payment option for future devices, and it could be the most secure method available.


In the world of mobile payments, there are far too many options. That’s partially because everyone wants a cut of the transaction, but also because everyone thinks they have a better way to securely process information and those precious  transactions.

Unlike services for Android, Apple has the benefit of controlling their hardware and software. According to The Information, they’ll have a“secure element” in the iPhone that will store card information. They’ll also be doing it all without the hep fo carriers:

Apple has told some partners its system would involve a so-called secured element in the phones—a piece of hardware where sensitive information such as a phone owner’s financial credentials can be stored. The company also aims to run the system without giving up any control to wireless carriers.

Doing it without carriers is also important. Carriers are a big stumbling block for mobile payment solutions. We can look to the ill-conceivedIsis payment solution, or various carriers blocking Google Wallet for no solid reason.

Will it be NFC, though? That’s not known. TouchID is already in place, and you can purchase goods at Apple Stores using it. Of course, Apple has a very strict policy of trusting their customers, so don’t think that capability will come to Walgreens or another retailer. The Information says it will be BLE or WiFi enabling the transaction, which is a much more interesting concept than ill-fated point-of-sale terminals which kind of use NFC payment options sometimes.

Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is what is used in Apple Stores, as we’ve told you about before. It works well, and could be a crafty workaround NFC for a broader rollout. If all a store is being asked to do is work iBeacon tech into their stores for a new payment option, it’s a lot more attractive than fiddling with a myriad of NFC payment providers and hardware. Open app, pay up, and you’re done — it’s a win-win for everyone.

It’s not clear when (or if, because this is still just conjecture, after all) the mobile payment program could roll out, but some are looking to iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 this September. If Apple does end up having an actual, physical storage compartment for your credit info, keep that in mind when you see those iPhone 6 internals leaking out over the next few weeks.

LG G Watch software fix will solve residue buildup

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LG is pushing out a software patch for their LG G Watch, and the reason is a bit stranger than usual. It seems some users are reporting a buildup of residue on the charging pins — something that has no effect on the device performance, according to LG. In an aim to keep people happy with the G Watch, LG is sending out a software patch for the problem.


So, what is that problem? The battery current is causing the terminal pins not he bottom (rear?) of the G Watch to discolor. According to LG, it’s not a problem at all, but they’ve heard the complaints:

Recently it has come to our attention that a small number of G Watch devices have been reported to have developed discoloration and residue buildup on the terminal pins located on the back. While completely safe and unlikely to affect charging, LG will be rolling out a maintenance release over the next few days that will disable the current when the G Watch is not in the charging dock. The maintenance release will be rolled out automatically over-the-air to all G Watch owners. We thank G Watch users for their patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Obviously, LG’s smart watch will still charge when you attach it to the charger, and will (hopefully) have the same battery life. It seems to be as simple as powering down a few pins while you’re wearing it. It’s worth noting there have been no reported issues of people having burns or other skin irritations while wearing the G Watch.

Motorola overtakes Nokia to become India’s 4th largest smartphone vendor

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Motorola is the fourth largest smartphone vendor by shipments in Q2 2014, overtaking Nokia (Microsoft), according to handset sales tracker Canalys. Few months back Motorola announced that it shipped 6.5 million smartphones globally in Q1 2014. According to the report, Motorola shipped 379,310 units of smartphones in India in Q1. The company did not reveal its global shipment data for Q2 yet, but the Canalys report says Motorola has shipped 955,650 units in the Q2 2014.

Microsoft, that now owns Nokia has just 633,720 and grabs the fifth spot in the ranking. As usual, Samsung, Micromax and Karbonn are the top three smartphone vendors in India based on shipments. Sony, that was in the fourth spot in Q4 2013 has been bushed back in both the first and second quarters of 2014. Smart phone market sequentially grew 9% in the second quarter of 2014 and the increase in sales of Moto G helped Motorola to grab the fourth spot, says the report. The company launched the Moto X and Moto E in India in the past few months.

Earlier this week Strategy Analytics reported that Xiaomi is the fifth largest smartphone vendor in the world in Q2 2014 with 15.1 million shipments. Even though the company entered India last month with the Mi3 smartphone, it will take months to grab a decent market share in India, since the company is selling smartphones only in batches.

HP smartwatch taps designer Michael Bastian and Gilt

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The brand you’ll see on the smartwatch coming from designer Michael Bastian is Gilt – but given that you’re a tech reader, the first name you’ll recognize in this collaboration is Hewlett-Packard. While the triple team-up here hasn’t let it be known what software it’ll be running quite yet, the concept views of this smartwatch have been revealed – and it looks rather nice.

Michael Bastian, Gilt and Hewlett-Packard – is this the dream-team you’ve been waiting for in a smartwatch? The engineering is being done by HP – that includes all the hardware manufacturing, and we’ll go ahead and assume the software as well. From there, it’s all Bastian.

Google Now Launcher now available for all devices running Android 4.1 or higher

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Google Now Launcher arrived along with the Google Nexus 5 running Android 4.4 (KitKat) so that you can directly access Google Now from the home screen. Back in February Google released the Google Now Launcher on Google Play for its Nexus and Google Play Edition devices running Android 4.4 (KitKat). Today Google has released the Google Now Launcher for all devices running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or higher. Even though you could side-load Google Now launcher APK on other devices before, the Google Play app would offer you instant updates.

Features of Google Now Launcher

  • Google Now on your home screen – it’s easier than ever to get just the right information at just the right time.
  • Just say “Ok Google” – when you’re on your home screen, just say “Ok Google” to trigger voice input. Then say your search query. Or tell your phone what to do, like send a text message, get directions, or play a song.
  • Faster search – tap the search box and you can enter your query immediately.
  • Easy access to your favorite Google products and services, like Gmail, YouTube, and Maps.
  • Larger viewing area – the status and navigation bars are now translucent, so your wallpaper pops from every pixel, and is even visible when you expand your apps drawer (when supported by device).
  • Intuitive wallpaper picker – select any image that’s stored on your device, or in the cloud. Position and preview your wallpaper before you set it.

Micromax rolling out Android 4.4 KitKat update for Canvas Knight A350

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Micromax started selling Canvas Knight A350 with Android 4.4 (KitKat) back in June and it relaunched the Canvas Knight officially with 2GB of free data for Vodafone customers. At that time the company did not reveal any details about the KitKat update for current users. Now the company has started rolling out Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) update for the Canvas Knight users, according to DroidGuru.in.

  • OS Upgrade : [ KitKat OS 4.4.2]
  • Music Album art will now be displayed on the lock screen while playing music.
  • Improved user interface.
  • Where is my Perry, Toy Story and Kingsoft office will be removed after the upgrade due to its large size and risk of incompatibility

The Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) update for the Canvas Knight A350 is about 388.18 MB and is available over-the-air (OTA). Micromax recommends to contact the nearest service centre for manual upgrade to KitKat, if you face any issues with the OTA update. Do you own a Canvas Knight smartphone? Have you received the KitKat update? Let us know in the comments below.

Flappy Bird is back as Flappy Birds Family for Amazon Fire TV

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Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen said in an interview back in May that he would bring back the game in August with multiplayer capability. He also said that the game would be less addictive than the original. Now the creator has released a new game, Flappy Birds Family for Amazon Fire TV, an Android box that was unveiled recently. The game is not available for Android smartphones or tablets.

Flappy Bird for iOS was released in 2013 and soon arrived on Android. It suddenly became a phenomenon on both Android and iOS platforms months after it was released . It also became the No.1 game on both these stores and was generating thousands of dollars in revenue from in-app ads. Suddenly the creator decided to pull the game from the app stores.

The new Flappy Birds Family game has different-colored bird characters, local multiplayer mode and more obstacles like ghosts, for players to avoid. It is free to download on Amazon Fire TV and doesn’t include any ads like the first Flappy Bird game. It is not clear if or when the game would be available for other Android and iOS devices.

Spice Smart Flo Mi-359 and Stellar 451 3G with Android 4.4 now available for Rs. 2899 and Rs. 5499

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Spice Retail launched Stellar 520 and Stellar 526 handsets in the Stellar range last week. Now the Smart Flo Mi-359 and Stellar 451 3G, affordable smartphones running on Android 4.4 are available on Saholic. The Smart Flo Mi-359 is any entry-level phone with 3.5-inch HVGA screen, 2G EDGE support and a 2-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. The Stellar 451 3G has a 4.5-inch FWVGA screen, 3G connectivity and a 3.2-megapixel rear camera with LED flash.

Both these smartphones have a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, powered by a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and dual SIM support. Looks like the Smart Flo Mi-359 is inspired from HTC One.

Spice Smart Flo Mi-359 specifications

  • 3.5-inch (480 x 320 pixels) capacitive touch screen display
  • 1.3 GHz dual-core processor
  • Dual SIM
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • 2MP camera with LED flash
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 12 mm thick
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • 2G (EDGE), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth
  • 256MB RAM, 512MB internal memory, expandable memory with microSD (up to 32GB)
  • 1400 mAh battery

Spice Stellar 451 3G specifications

  • 4.5-inch (854 x 480 pixels) capacitive touchscreen IPS display
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • Android 4.4 (KitKat)
  • Dual SIM
  • 8.7mm thick and weighs 156 grams
  • 3.2MP rear camera with LED flash
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • 512MB RAM, 4GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory with MicroSD
  • 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS
  • 1450 mAh battery

The Spice Smart Flo Mi-359 comes in Silver and Grey colors and is priced at 2899. The Stellar 451 3G comes in White and Grey colors and is priced at Rs. 5499.