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.
You no longer have to fiddle with your smartphone (or anin-car interface) to share your location while on the road. Glympse has trotted outGlympse for Auto, an Android app that lets you send your position with a minimum of distractions. You only have to tell it who can see your whereabouts and for how long using a big, car-friendly interface -- after that, you're free to focus on driving.
A man is walking across a full parking lot, when he realizes he forgets where he parked his car. He speaks into his watch, saying "Find car." He glances at the watch, and immediately walks towards the located car, speaks into his wrist again, and the door opens. No, this isn't a scene from a sci-fi movie back in the 90s.
European carmaker Volkswagen has rolled out a massive amount of new technology at CES 2015 that will soon be standard fare on their cars and vehicles. One of these is MirrorLink, VW’s second generation “modular infotainment platform”, which integrates Android Auto (and Apple’s CarPlay) into its system.
Volkswagen will add CarPlay and Android Auto support to its cars later this year, the company has confirmed, with the arrival of a new second-gen "modular infotainment platform" in models like the Golf.
Samsung's recently announced smartphones, the new flagship Galaxy S6 and the state-of-the-art S6 edge have not been officially released into the wild yet. However, several accessory makers are busy preparing for their arrival by announcing various gears that are made specifically for these two new devices.
The Razer Nabu isn't exactly a new product, we went hands on with the device back in January at CES 2014. People interested in the device have been waiting all year for availability so they could get one for their own. Razer has now announced that it will begin shipping the Nabu in time for Christmas. The Nabu Smartband will be available on December 2.
Back in January at the CES in Las Vegas, Hyundai announced that the Blue Link app for Android Wear will be ready by first quarter of the year. True to its promise, the smartwatch app is now ready for download from the Google Play Store for any of the Android Wear -running wearable you have. Obviously, it came before the iOS version because the Apple Watch is yet to be released.
If you're one of those eagerly waiting to get your hands on the rumored big size iPad Pro, sorry to douse cold water on your excitement, but that might not happen until later this year. Sources are saying that, instead of a Q1 or Q2 announcement of this strange tablet, Apple is forced to push it to its usual September fare.
It’s officially spring, so let’s celebrate with a Gadgeteer gadget giveaway! We are giving away15 prizes for music lovers, fitness buffs, travelers and more. We have a lot of good stuff to giveaway, so don’t waste any time, please click through to see the full list of prizes and instructions on how to enter.
Last week, India reportedly banned Xiaomi sales and imports because of a patent infringement issue . It was brought to the New Delhi court by Ericsson India who said Xiaomi was asked to license standard essential patents but to no avail.
Emboldened by its unexpected success with the Tizen -bearing Samsung Z1 in India, Samsung is now reported to be stepping on the gas pedal. The Samsung Z2, which is what the next iteration may or should be called, might just be around the corner, months ahead of schedule.
As a longtime gamer, I’ve seen the ups and downs that befall even the greatest of video game companies. I’ve watched companies like SEGA and Nintendo rise and fall, I’ve watched Sony take a few missteps, and I’ve watched Microsoft become an important player in today’s marketplace.
And so the Mobile World Congress 2015 comes to a close and now we're left to pick up the pieces of a whirlwind week. We've been bombarded by a lot of annoucements, new and old products, and promises, and now it's time to weed out the winners from the not so winners. Because everyone's a winner, right? But there are really quite a few that really piqued our interest and earned our applause.
Saturday is here and it's a great time to catch up on all the stories you might have missed this week. We take a look at the recently announced HTC One M9, meet Samsung's Galaxy S6 and S6 edge and dig into Nintendo's complicated relationship with indie game makers. All that and more can be found below.HTC One M9 preview: A battle between polish and progressIt looks the same.
But you didn’t see anyone lining up to buy a Samsung, or anything other than an iPhone, in those days.Things started to change with the first “Next Big Thing” spot. Just like Apple poked fun at Microsoft with its “I’m a Mac” campaign in the 2000s, Samsung’s goal was to tap into the same strategy — a little guy taking swings at the dominant player in the industry — and for a while it worked.
A TUAW reader wrote to us yesterday bemoaning the lack of new products from Apple other than upgrades of previous devices. Among the things he thought were missing were HomeKit products and CarPlay devices. Well, there have been plenty of HomeKit -related announcements at CES 2015, although they're not from Apple - the company simply created the HomeKit framework for others to create products for.
As some of us still await the arrival of the Android Lollipop 5.0 update, we have to rely on leaked previews to see what it will look like on our gadgets. Google Play Editions are usually next to the Nexus devices to be updated, but since there's still no definite schedule yet, preview builds are our only peek at how our gadgets will change once we receive the preview.