Motorola is working on a smartwatch for launch in 2014, the company has confirmed, with execs confirming the new wearable during a press conference at Mobile World Congress today. Details on the upcoming gadget are scant, but Motorola did say that it would be aiming to address "consumer issues" such as the style of the wearable tech, and the longevity of its battery, two factors that many have argued are still widely unsolved in the smartwatch segment.
Motorola's Moto Maker customization tool for the Moto X will spread internationally in Q2, the company has confirmed, offering buyers a way to create their own combination of colors for the Android handset. Launched in the US back in August, for the moment Moto Maker has only been offered in the one location. As of next quarter, though, buyers in Western Europe and Mexico will get the same abilities.
Samsung's Gear Fit may arguably look the most appealing of the three wearables the company announced yesterday, but Tizen was sacrificed in order to make it happen. Launched alongside the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, the Gear Fit caught attention with its curved AMOLED touchscreen and longer battery life than its counterparts. However, Samsung admits, there may be some drawbacks to the fitness-centric band.
"Log your day, every day" Sony says, hoping that it's the SmartBand SWR10 you choose to do that with, not just a pen and paper. The company's new wearable was previewed back at CES last month but the company saved the details for Mobile World Congress, outlining how the Bluetooth-connected dongle - and, eventually, a Smart Lifelog Camera companion - could not only do the work of a fitness tracker but integrate in every facet of your life. We grabbed some hands-on time to find out more.
Just as the Samsung Galaxy S5 is announced, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Black Edition is made available to the public. Here this week at Mobile World Congress 2014 we’ve gotten the opportunity to get up close and personal with this unique iteration of the device, new back cover and everything. What’s the big difference, you may ask? It’s got faux stitching!
McAfee announced a new security solution at MWC 2014 that will protect Android users from threats online. McAfee is an Intel company and the new software delivers on the promise Intel made in the past for free mobile security software for consumers. The software is available for download on Google Play right now.
PayPal and Samsung have announced that they have teamed up to allow owners of the new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone to authenticate payments using their smartphone. Specifically, the user of the S5 will be able to authenticate payments using the fingerprint scanner integrated into the smartphone.
Panasonic is adding a new rugged mobile device to its toughpad line. The new device is called the Panasonic 5. It features a 5-inch screen and aims directly at workers in the field that need a device that can survive the rough work environments and the outdoors.