Samsung has cut a deal with HERE, the Nokia navigation provider, to release HERE for Android, an alternative to Google Maps. We'd noted the HERE-powered turn-by-turn navigation on the Samsung Gear S yesterday, but at the time the significance of the software and services agreement wasn't quite clear: this is Samsung doing its level best to oust Google, and affects all Samsung phones not just a niche smartwatch.
Had your fill of Samsung's videos hailing the revolution of the S Pen? Maybe you'd prefer some semi-real leaks of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 itself. Although we are, naturally, unsure of the veracity of this video and image, we can simply add it to the growing body of knowledge ready to be confirmed or burned at the official unveiling at IFA 2014 next week.
If your set-top box isn't quite router-like enough for you, there's the antenna-toting Orion R28 from Tronsmart, an Android TV Box that is now available for pre-order. Two models are available currently, with a third one being in the pipeline, all of them offering Android 4.4.
This week the IDC has suggested with their outlook on the smartphone market over the next few years that "Mature" smartphone markets will slow. They’ve suggested that "Emerging" markets (Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa), meanwhile, are growing at a rate of 32.4% year-over-year. Who is poised to command which market, you might wonder?
This week I’m meant to publish a review of the HTC One M8 with Windows, the Microsoft-embedded version of the Android original. Once I started using it, devoid of any special or alternate treatment for hardware, it became clear to me that I’d been mistaken: it’s the hardware, not the software, that’d driven me away in the past.
It’s time for new smartwatches from LG and Samsung - at last? While Samsung has been releasing smartwatch after smartwatch over the past couple of years, LG has just begun. Both competitors released their first Android Wear smartwatches earlier this year at Google I/O for developers - now they’re already in their second wave, so to speak.
Squint in just the right way, and what you'll see is Sony's upcoming IFA 2014 range, a trio of devices that suggests two phones and a small tablet are in the pipeline. The video, as with most teasers, is light on details, though we already have a fair assumption about what Sony is readying for its press conference on September 3rd at the Berlin show.
iOS users who feel left out of all the phone-to-device streaming fun might soon find solace from an Android developer. Koushik "koush" Dutta has revealed what appears to be a working port of his AllCast app running on iOS, expanding the reach of his casting ecosystem beyond the confines of Android.