Sunday, 15 April 2012

Android-powered watches get Internet savvy

Japanese consumer electronics titan Sony and venture-backed Italian startup i’m Watch were each sporting spins on timepieces that use the Google software to connect wearers with email, music, websites or other online content.
Sony’s SmartWatch was promised by the end of March while i’m Watch was released at CES.
“This is the right period for the watch,” i’m Watch chief executive and co-founder Massimiliano Bertolini told AFP at the company’s booth on the show floor.
“Everybody wants to have technology that is also fashion,” he continued.
“That is the Apple secret; making devices that people fall in love with.”For some time now California-based Apple has been letting iPod Nano owners turn the small, square devices into Internet-connected watches complete with wrist straps.
I’m Watch ranges in price from $350 for colorful models with silicon wrist bands and aluminum-cased touchscreens to $15,000 for one made of pink gold and adorned with diamonds, according to company designer Gianluca Negrello.
Wearers are alerted to new Gmail messages or fresh posts at online communities Facebook or Twitter and can access digital photo albums or free Google Web-based services such as Calendar.
Messages can’t be sent from touch-screen i’m Watch, which can connect to their own online shop for applications or music. People can make phone calls using i’m Watch, which links wirelessly to smartphones.
Sony said at CES that by the end of March it will release a touch-display SmartWatch capable of connecting to mobile phones wirelessly using Bluetooth capabilities.
Applications will be tailored for SmartWatch, which will be priced at $149.
SmartWatch devices being sported by workers at the Sony booth were tethered wirelessly to Android-powered Xperia smartphone models the company unveiled at the show.

Nokia Lumia 900

By Introducing the Lumia 900, Nokia is effectively bringing a larger, 4G LTE, version of their Lumia 800 to the market. It has just about all the qualities of its predecessor, but the larger size changes the user experience slightly, and the battery life seems to be better out of the box. The Nokia Lumia 900 builds on the new industrial introduced by the Nokia N9 which uses a single bloc of polycarbonate that effectively becomes a cradle for the rest of the phone. This makes it extremely resistant to shocks, while giving it a soft texture. The question is: are you ready to try Windows Phone?

Galaxy S II I9100

Google Nexus tablet a ‘done deal,’ claims report

The Google Nexus Tablet is all set to go, an Android enthusiast claims; it is even cheaper as compared to Kindle Fire. Mr. Eric Schmidt, Chairman at Google stated that the company planned to market a tablet of the highest quality. According to the reports, the Mountain View based firm had reached out to Asus for designing a Google branded slate based on Eee Pad MeMo tablet. Earlier reports indicated that the Google Nexus Tablet will be available for the price range between $199 and $249. It is likely to be revealed at CTIA Wireless trade show of 2012 in New Orleans that takes place from 8th May to 10th May.