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All About Android
Episode 178

All About Android 178: Are Smartwatches Legit?

Guest

Hardware

Samsung

Note 4
5.7-inch 2560x1440 Super AMOLED display
2.7GHz Quad-Core processor or 1.9GHz Octa-Core processor depending on location
3GB RAM
32GB internal storage, microSD card slot
16MP rear camera with "smart OIS" / 3.7MP f1.9 front camera
Android 4.4
Supports fast charging (50% charge in 30 min)
3,220 mAh battery
Releases "likely in October", no pricing yet
  • Note Edge
Most of the same specs as the Note 4 except:
5.6-inch 2560x1440 + 160 Super AMOLED panel
3,000 mAh battery
Galaxy VR
Partenered with Oculus,
$200, requires a Note 4

Sony

5.2-inch 1080p screen
Snapdragon 801 processor (bumped up to 2.5Ghz)
20.7MP rear camera with wide-angle 25mm lens
12,800 ISO rating for low light
Rounded corners
Waterproof
Fall release in white, black, copper, silver-green
No price.
  • Z3 Compact
4.6-inch 720p display, everything else nearly the same
  • E3 (budget)
4.5-inch 854x480 display
Snapdragon 400
1GB RAM
4GB storage
microSD
2330 mAh battery.
  • Z3 Tablet Compact
8-inch tablet, same specs as Z3 phone with a 1920x1200 display, 4500mAh battery
Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3 tablet support PS4 remote game, complete with a mount for putting the device on top of a ps4 controller for mobile gaming.

ASUS

ZenWatch Android Wear rectangular smartwatch:
1.63"
320x320
278ppi display,
Gorilla Glass 3,
Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz processor
512MB of RAM.
MeMo Pad 7: 64-bit, 1080p display, 2GB RAM, Burgandy/Gold/Black, around $260.

Lenovo

Vibe X2
Tri-layer design ("first of its kind")
MediaTek octacore
Global LTE
WiFi 802.11ac
5" full-HD
13MP camera
2GB RAM
32GB storage
White/red/gold/grey.
$399, China, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, Middle East.

HTC

Colorful polycarbonate shell
Snapdragon 615 (64-bit processor), will run in 32bit mode until Version L
5.5" HD 720p screen
13MP RFC
8MP FFC
2GB RAM
16GB storage
microSD
2600mAh battery
No release date/price

Motorola

The new Moto X
5.2" 1080p display
2.5GHz snapdragon
13mp RFC
4K video shooter
Improved voice commands and touchless control
Aluminum frame,
$580 off contract, $100 subsidized
The new Moto G
5" HD display
8mp RFC
1.2mp FFC
MicroSD slot
No LTE
$180 off contract
Moto Hint
Bluetooth earpiece
Capacitive touchpad and no buttons
Tap to search/voice command
Shuts off when removed from ear
3.3hr talks time
$150, release in Fall
Moto 360
$250 available today

LG

LG G Watch R
1.3" display (320x320)
512MB RAM
4GB storage
IP67 certification (water and dust resistance),
Solid premium feel, leather strap
22mm watch band compatible
Dial on the side acts as power button with no turning action and long press takes you to settings
Heart rate sensor
Pogo pins for charging
WSJ says release October 14.

Huawei

Ascend G7
5.5" 720p display
All-metal chassis
64-bit 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410
2GB RAM, 16GB storage
13MP RFC with Sony Exmor sensor
5MP FFC with wide angle lens
3000 mAh, 4.4 KK
$325 end of November
Limited sapphire edition in small quantities end of this quarter in China with Sapphire screen.

Alcatel

Onetouch Hero 2
6" 1080p display
Integrated stylus (not Wacom)
Aluminum frame
Light at 170 grams
2GHz octa-core CPU
2GB RAM
16GB storage
MicroSD
3100mAh
13.1MP RFC
5MP FFC
4.4.2.
September in some markets.
Hero 2 is a product line, not just a phone.
Accessories:
An E-ink display they call a "physical widget" for sending things to it (pictures, emails, e-books, etc), IR blaster for remote control, and can be used to make calls too. Round watch running Alcatel's own OS, though they say Wear is likely in their future.

Apple Announcement

58:30

Apps

1:17:30

Amazon is finally opening up its Prime Instant Video to all Android phones (consequently, on the same day that it's Fire Phone is suddenly seeing a price drop to $.99 on contract.) Here's how you can install the app:
Install the Amazon app from the Play Store
Browse Prime Video offerings in Amazon App
Prompt to d/l Prime Instant Video app within the Amazon App
D/L and install from there (make sure your phone accepts apps from "unknown sources")
Watch.
A quick follow-up to the story we discussed a while back about the FTC going after Google and Apple for allowing children to rack up large amounts of in-app purchases in games while their parents foot the bill. Google agreed to a $19 million payout, just as Apple paid $32.5 million in a settlement back in January.

Email

1:22:45

Hey Guys,

Just a quick note about Android Device Manager (and I am sure I am not the only person to mention this). You do not have to install Android Device Manager on your phone to be able to use the service. The App in the Play Store is there to allow you to control a different device to the one you are using (if you have a phone and a tablet, you can install the app on your tablet to remote wipe your phone).

You do need to activate the service via the Google Settings App however.

http://support.google.com/accounts/answer/3265955?p=android_device_manager&rd=1

Steve (Leeds, UK)


Android Arena!

1:28:38

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