OnePlus’ upcoming CyanogenMod powered smartphone is looking pretty sweet, and a new revelation about the device revealed today makes it even sweeter. According to a forum post, we now know that the OnePlus One smartphone will include a voice recognition feature which is similar to that one Motorola phone that everyone went crazy for last year, the Moto X. The OnePlus One will include the ability to wake the phone from its slumber by uttering a hotword or simple phrase. That’s not all though – OnePlus is promising the usage of voice commands as a security feature as well, allowing you to unlock your OnePlus One with just your voice.
“Tired of unlocking your phone before interacting with it? Pins and fingerprints are a thing of the past! Ever wondered how would it be if you could command your phone to set up an alarm or do a search on Google without having to use your fingertips? The future is now!
We’ve developed a new voice recognition/command feature based on Qualcomm’s technology which the Cyanogen team has implemented into our customized version of CyanogenMod OS. Now, you can train your OnePlus One to recognize your voice and perform different tasks even when the phone is locked!
Vote above to help choose the command that will unlock the OnePlus One!” – OnePlus Forums
Pretty sweet. It seems like the OnePlus team, which is comprised of ex-HTC members has got a few tricks up their sleeves after all. The company is taking to a piecemeal advertising campaign, releasing little snippets of info via Twitter mostly, and forum posts as well.
So far, we know that the One Plus One will be rocking a new version of CyanogenMod, a 5.5 inch screen, a 3100mAh battery, and will release in the second quarter of 2014.
I’m definitely interested in what the OnePlus One team comes up with, and can’t wait to see the OnePlus One in action.
Tinder, the iOS and Android app that matches people by how close they are from one another, has a celebrity problem. While signing up to a dating app is probably the last thing you'd expect any privacy-conscious alphabet-lister to consider, Tinder already counts a few famous faces amongst its millions of users (Ashton Kutcher and Lindsay Lohan reportedly are fans), but they aren't racking up matches because people believe their profiles are fake. According to Hollywood Reporter, the mobile startup wants to remove all doubt from that equation by introducing a verification system for celebrity users that could use Twitter-style checkmarks to signify that an actor, actress or musician (etc.) is who they say they are. Tinder CEO Sean Rad also says that the company could drop the requirement for stars to sign up using Facebook, where they'd have to use their real name instead of an alias, allowing them "to enter Tinder in a different way." We don't yet know when the new system will be implemented, but if it does lure famous users to the service, you never know, you could only be five right-swipes away from Kevin Bacon.
I just don’t get exclusivity deals, in my eyes it only benefits the manufacturer and the retailer, not the consumer and the Garmin VivoFit fitness band is one such tie up. With it being available exclusively at John Lewis.
The NEW Garmin vívofit is the only fitness band which learns about your activity levels and then sets you personalised goals. Designed to turn good intentions into lifelong habits your vívofit tracks your progress and reminds you when it’s time to move. Featuring a unique, curved display that always stays on, it measures everything from the number of steps you have taken and the distance you have covered to the calories you have burned and how you are progressing towards your daily goal. It also tells the time and can even monitor the quality of your sleep. Vívofit’s user replaceable batteries last over one year and vívofit is water-resistant (50m), as well as being compatible with ANT+™ heart rate monitors for fitness activities.
The Garmin VivoFit is interesting for several reasons, firstly it’s linked to the Garmin Connect app on your phone and secondly because it apparently has a one year battery life. Yes one whole year. Other key features are:
· Personalised daily goals
· 24/7 wearable and waterproof soft band
· One year battery life
· Display showing: time, steps, distance, calories and how you are progressing towards your daily goal
· Compatible with a heart rate monitor
· Inactivity monitor
· Sleep tracking
· Wireless sync with Garmin Connect for a complete overview of progress
Hopefully we’ll have one soon to try out and see how it goes. In the meantime head over to John Lewis if your interested and snap yourself one up.
ZTE should unveil its next flagship device, Nubia X6, later this month. As far as we know, it will be the first smartphone made by the Chinese firm to come with unibody alloy design, making for a sexy look & feel.
Now we learn that the X6 will also boast a powerful camera with Optical Image Stabilization, allowing users to take better photos and videos. This particular capability is becoming a standard feat of high-end devices, though surprisingly Samsung Galaxy S5 doesn’t have it; in comparison cameras found in Nokia PureView phones, LG G2 and Nexus 5 all support OIS.
In addition to great camera which will have either a 13- or 16-megapixel sensor, the next Nubia will also boast 2 or 3 GB of RAM, quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) 6-inch screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core chip, LTE connectivity support and a ton of built-in storage. Android 4.4 KitKat will run the show right from the get-go with ZTE’s own software singing on top…
This year I attended Mobile Would Congress once again and took a few mobile goodies with me of course to cover the conference.
Last year I was able to get all my photos from a Sony Xperia Z and post using my MacBook Air in the press area (if I was able to find a seat that was!)
This year I had yet another phone with me, the 41 megapixel Lumia 1020 which I thought would be great to get the perfect images, but knowing how bad the WordPress app is, and many of the apps on Windows Phone in general so far, I had a backup plan and thankfully EE came to the rescue and loaned me an iPhone 5S to take.
As I am an EE customer already on a plan that includes roaming, this was great for keeping in touch with the free calls and texts, and with a £25 purchase of 1GB roaming data I was ready to post on the move too.
In fact, many of the posts you saw from me at MWC this year had the photos taken on the iPhone, and the post written and uploaded all on the phone with the official WordPress app running from one hall to another to get the next story.
So whilst WordPress on iOS and Android was fantastic (thanks to SamJPullen for letting me use his Nexus 5 too) , it seems there is still a lot of work to be done on the Windows Phone version which is a shame and meant Windows Phone was as good as unusable for me.
Thanks again to EE for the loan of the iPhone 5S and for letting me post on the move and for the free minutes and texts on the 4GExtra plan.
Focus on the mid-range device and the vast Chinese market seems to be working for HTC. The Taiwanese company has scored 450,000 pre-orders for its Desire 816 phablet in the country in just three days!
That’s a fairly impressive figure that pushed HTC’s stock up for more than 3 percent. After few bad quarters, HTC is getting back to the game.
Back to the Desire 816. It will hit the store shelves in China later this month, after which it’s going global in April. The 7.99mm-thin device rocks a 5.5-inch 720p HD screen, 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front cameras, 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chip, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage, LTE connectivity support, dual speakers and a 2,600 mAh battery. In Europe, it will likely be offered for free with contracts starting at some 25 Euro per month…
During this year’s CES, Archos announced that it wants to compete in the emerging connected home space. To that end they’ve unveiled few products such as motion-sensitive camera, lights, a weather station, and a Smart Tracker.
Although none of these is still available for purchase (as far as we know) that doesn’t stop the French company from launching companion apps. And that’s what they did, having released Archos Home and Archos Smart Home Gateway in the Google Play Store.
Both of these are free to download and will work with just about any Android device though we’re sure Archos would like you to use their own Smart Home Tablet.
Now we’re not sure how the two apps fit into Archos’ vision and why on earth would you need both of them. We see that both offer a dashboard look at various devices, from a weather report to motion detection reports, light control, and door control, as well as manipulation of “programs” or preset actions for various devices, including days of the week and times to act. Now we’re not sure how to try them out without all other Archos smart home gear, but you are free to check ‘em from the two links below. Perhaps what you find out entices you to buy some smart object for your home?
Sony is launching a nice treat for its Xperia users who like customizing their phones. The new Xperia Themes come as part of the recent Android 4.3 Jelly Bean upgrade, allowing you to skin your Xperia smartphone in a number of different ways.
The best part is that Xperia Themes go beyond backgrounds and screensavers — you can skin up to 280 assets including navigation bar, icons, checkboxes, switches, sliders, buttons and folders.
Personally I’m not the one Sony is targeting with Xperia Themes. I do like to organize my apps and have them easily accessible whenever they’re needed, but changing the graphic elements of a theme isn’t my cup of tea. That said, I must also add that most of my friends are going nuts over making their phone look unique. They’ll be trying out any number of different launchers, icon sets and so on until they find the perfect combination… Which will last for about a month and then do it all over again. For those folks — presuming they own an Xperia smartphone — this comes as a blessing.
Sony made sure the included themes look amazing and I’m sure folks will jam the servers while trying to change yet another color/icon on their gadget. Here’s a short video to show you how this works:
You may not be fussed about the launch of the Oppo Find 7 (or you may be squirming with excitement like me), but I defy anyone to be unimpressed by the invites for the announcement event that have gone out to the Chinese press.
They are so impressive that the guys at GizChina have actually done an unboxing video!
The clip consists of someone opening something that looks like a retail phone box and finding a couple of leaflets, one of which has some QR codes printed on, and a rectangular stand with a prism on. He then scans the QR code with his phone, places it face-down on the stand and it projects a short video through the prism.
Have a look for yourself:
I’ve never seen anything like it before, we normally just get an email from a PR company!
In another bizarre turn of events, it seems that there’s an Oppo store in China taking orders for the 1080p version of the Find 7 for CYN3498 (about £340), which is about £60 more than the previous rumours had suggested. Even so, it’s not a bad price!