January 15, 2014
Google has finally given its browser a new version in the form of the Chrome 32's release as a stable version. It is now available for download via google.com/chrome or you can simply do an update right on your Chromes. Click though Settings > About Google Chrome and it should update. What are the things included on this update? With every major update comes with major security and performance upgrades. Aside from that, Chrome 32 has these new features.
ZTE has unveiled their new flagship Android smartphone back at CES 2014 with the unveiling of the ZTE Grand S II. This device succeeds over the Grand S and is now a bit bigger and could possibly be a phablet smartphone. From 5 inches with the Grand S, the Grand S II now sports a 5.5" full HD display. It runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean this smartphone packs a punch in terms of its specs. Unfortunately, there is no launch date yet but rest assured this will come out probably in Q1 of this year and if not in Q2.
Here is the other smartphone Sony unveiled. Dubbed as the Xperia T2 Ultra it is the successor apparent of the Xperia T but this time, though, Sony added Ultra which is probably their way of saying that this is a huge smartphone (phablet) and it is. The Xperia T2 Ultra, albeit being a phablet, is a mid-range device most probably to compete with Samsung's Mega line. It runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and sports a massive 6" display. Like the Xperia E1, this device will also come with a dual-sim variant.
Sony Mobile has just announced two new smartphones that are aimed for those who are conscious over their budget when it comes to buying gadgets. This is the Sony Xperia E1, probably the successor to the Xperia E. Since this device is a low-end handset, expect not so stellar specs but a price that your pockets would actually cheer for. The E1 will also come with a dual-sim variant and will come with those colors.
January 11, 2014
The Asus PadFone Mini, of course. A 4-inch smartphone that transforms, well not really, into a 7-inch tablet. We've all seen this before, the father of the PadFone line is the Asus PadFone, announced back in 2011. We are basically just seeing upgrades and a PadFone that is smaller than the original PadFone's 10-incher tablet dock. The smartphone on this duo looks like a ZenFone 4 and probably it is a ZenFone 4 but anyway, once you put this smartphone on it's tablet dock's behind, you literally change your mobile device experience from a small 4-incher to a bigger tablet which now offers a 7-inch display real estate.
|Asus ZenFone 4|
Asus, at CES 2014, unveiled a line of smartphones with three different sizes that are stunningly designed, in my opinion. The smartphones are the Asus ZenFone 4, 5, and 6. The numbers, apparently correspond to the size of each phone's screen. All of these devices will sport Asus' new Android skin, dubbed as the ZenUI "With simplified icons and menus, a selection of themes beautifully designed to match the device colors and a clever “What’s Next” feature that helps users keep track of their lives, ZenUI is the irresistible front end that proves fantastic functionality can have a friendly face". There is now word yet when these devices will make it to store shelves but it should globally.
January 9, 2014
Then there were the tablets, hybrid tablets as what we call these things. Aside from the Vibe Z, the Chinese tech giant also unveiled a slew of PCs from tablets, to AIOs. This is the Lenovo Miix 2 series which comes in either a 10-inch display or a larger 11-inch display. The Miix 2 apparently runs on Windows 8.1. Unfortunately, I cannot find the full specs of this series aside from what it packs as features.
This is probably Lenovo's first attempt at an AIO but correct me if I am wrong. The devices being announced over at CES 2014 just keeps on coming. This is the Lenovo N308 Home Computer (as how Lenovo puts it) that runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and has a 19.5" display. It is an AIO from the size, the look, and all those ports on the side of this device only that it runs on a different OS rather than the usual Windows. This huge Android is still listed over at Lenovo's US website as "Coming Soon" and Lenovo has not provided us with the full specs so I am just going to write as much as I can get from there.
Lenovo at CES 2014 has unveiled tons of consumer electronic devices from PCs, tablets, and phones either running on Windows or on Android. The first device I am going to post about is the Lenovo Vibe Z which is a phablet. It runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on a 5.5" Full HD IPS display. The other thing that interests me with this device is its back panel. It has a laser-etched, fabric feel rear panel. That sounds very awesome. Lenovo is known for their meticulously designed smartphones and the Vibe Z is also one of them.
January 7, 2014
At CES 2014, Sony Mobile is making waves with two new Smartphones unveiled for 2014. First we have the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. It is basically an Xperia Z1 just in a smaller shell. Like most Xperia phones this is also waterproof. The specs though on this device is also a bit smaller than that of the Z1's but nonetheless this is still a high-performance smartphone that runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and sports a 4.3" IPS display.