For everybody who's waited with bated breath for the widespread arrival of MirrorLink, take heed because the smartphone / car stereo integration technology is about to make a significant splash in the first half of this year.
The HD news heap has reached a toppling point, so Ben and Richard get to work sifting through all the insanity from the past week. One of the major talking points is thestreaming bottleneckof Netflix's content on various service providers. This prompts Ben to provide an overview of the labyrinthine inner workings of the internet, a tall task for anyone to attempt.
I was at work the other day (Cummins, Inc), when someone walked up to my desk to ask for some help with his laptop. As I was talking to him, he happened to notice theNexus 7 in the Zagg Auto-fit keyboard case next to me on my desk. He asked me which laptop it was and when I popped out the Nexus he told me he had one too – in his truck.
This year for Mobile World Congress was a rebirth of sorts, owing largely to the restructuring of Samsung’s release schedule, Sony’s continued success with their Z series, Nokia’s push of Android, and the next big wave of wearables. We’ve also seen brands like Lenovo and HTC push hard with devices that aren’t aimed directly at the top tier.
Mercedes has walked through its Apple CarPlay integration, as well as committing to support Android integration whenever Google deems fit to release it, while working on its own system for Android users in the meantime. The new video, showing how your iPhone hooks up to your shiny new Mercedes-Benz and pushes the driver-friendly CarPlay interface to the dashboard display, comes alongside a renewed commitment by the German marque to support multiple standards, including Google's work-in-progress and MirrorLink. Official Android support will be offered "as soon as Google brings its own in-car infotainment system to market" the company says.
Last year, Sony finally reached the end of the alphabet with itsXperia Z. It wasn't just that the company ran out of letters, though: With the Xperia Z, we saw Sony streamline itsscatteredphonestrategy, piping all its attention into a single high-end device. Then, it followed up with theZ1, which brought a massive 20.7-megapixel camera.
Samsung's device lineup may still be heavily dominated by Android, but change is in the air.Tizen, the open-source OS it jointly develops with Intel, powers the company'sthree new Gear wearables, and smartphones are coming later this year. We got the chance to play with Samsung's latest Tizen phone prototype, which runs a customized build (version 2.2.
The rain of Sony 's apps just keeps on coming. After several rounds of apps coming from the Xperia Z2 meant for other Xperia devices, we have another batch of apps, this time ported for more generic availability, to some extent.
Samsung executive named Yoon Han-kil is talking up some of the plans that Samsung has for new devices in 2014. One of the devices that the executive has tipped is a new smartwatch that will be based on Android . An Android-based smartwatch is a bit of a change considering that the Gear 2 and other devices ditched Android in favor Tizen.
If you're an iPhone user who's dying to try out the new auto-friendlyCarPlay interface, but can't quite shell out the big bucks for a newFerrari, Pioneer has good news for you: Itrecently announcedthat all of its2014 NEX head unitswill be CarPlay-compatible.
Motorola posted the following video teasing the release of its new smartwatch coming this summer called the Moto 360 . The video doesn't reveal much information about the device, but discusses how Motorola's designers are putting the gadget together. It has an attractive round display.
Google announced its plan to take on the billions of TV viewers in the world with a groundbreaking product that would blur the lines between internet and broadcast --four years ago. Executives from Dish Network, Best Buy, Sony, Logitech, Sony and Inteljoined the stagewith Google's then-CEO Eric Schmidt to herald the coming of a new era -- which never came.
Apple's iOS in the Car has been a long time in coming -- we first heard about the automotive interfacelast June, and it still isn't ready despite the presence ofrelevant codein recent iOS 7 builds. The wait may soon be over, though, as theFinancial Timeshearsthat Apple will unveil formal car integration deals withFerrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo next week.
It'd be silly of me to talk about tablets in the past tense -- we still write stories about them daily and clearly, we review them, too. But of the ones we've seen lately, most have been low-end; mid-range at best. The market for high-end slates, once crowded with companies big and small, now looks more like a fraternity.
The PlayStation. The Walkman. The Trinitron. The transistor radio. All icons in Sony’s storied history from an era when the Japanese giants still roamed the earth. The Sony of today is not like the Sony of yesterday.
As hard as it might be to remember today, the iPod and iTunes helped Apple recover from a bruising personal computer battle that saw the company nearly go bankrupt—Apple’s pocket-sized media players helped re-introduce consumers to a well-respected but marginalized brand, providing affordable entry points into Apple’s ecosystem
The art of automotive zen begins with a clean and orderly interior (formostdrivers) and this week's giveaway is sure to help provide a more cable-free ride. The case, cradle and charger folks atiOttiehave done us a solid by offering two Engadget readers the newEasy Flex Wireless car chargerand a Nexus 5 smartphone.
When I was a tiny tot, I watchedKnight Riderand pretended I wasMichael Knight, talking to KITT on my watch. Yet now that there are real-life watches that can do even more things, I don't find myself quite as excited as my 5-year-old self was. Smartwatches have been around for over a decade already (rememberMicrosoft SPOT?), but the category hasn't evolved at the same pace as smartphones.
Even in an industry known for evolving at an impossibly quick pace, it's rare for a product to be replaced in just five months. If you've read ourreviewof Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch, however, it probably makes sense why the manufacturer would want to antiquate it as soon as possible -- while an interesting concept, the wearable was clearly half-baked.