Look at this mythical unicorn device... it's a Nexus 5 which has been retrofitted with a built-in fingerprint sensor! The video is simply meant to show off Google's Fingerprint and payments APIs, but the most intriguing thing in the video isn't actually the content, but a prop used in the video. Enjoy!
TAG Heuer just revealed some new info on their upcoming Android Wear device. First, the device will be named the Carrera Wearable 01. TAG Heuer CEO Jean-Claude Biver also shared that the device is going to be based on their regular Carrera Heuer 01 luxury watch design. Here's a quote from Biver,
According to previous intel on the device, the Carrera Wearable 01 will become available later this year for approximately $1,400 USD, and could have a 40-hour battery life.
Asus made some new announcements today at the Computex show. One of their biggest was a series of new tablets. We have the Quad HD ZenPad S in 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch models. Here's the full press release for all the details,
Amazon just added another improvement to the Echo device. Every month (or more) the online e-tailer pushes out an update to the amazing little super-speaker which adds new functionality. This time they added Google Calendar Events integration.
Once you have gone through the process of linking your Google Calendar within Settings in the Amazon Echo app, you will then be able to access a host of features by simply asking your Echo standard calendar questions. Not only can it update you on your calendar events for today, it can also let you know what's going on in the future by simply asking it about a certain day.
Amazon indicated they intend to continue adding more functionality to the calendar app over time. Sound off if you have been looking forward to this functionality for your Amazon Echo.
We have a pretty slick deal alert for you guys this fine Monday morning. Amazon is having a sale on Samsung microSD cards for a limited time. Most of the offers are more than 50% off the regular price. Here are links to some of the best deals of the bunch.
Here's a very intriguing rumor to start your week. Supposedly, Nintendo is considering using Android as the OS of choice for its next generation gaming console. The console's codename is supposedly, NX, and the reason Nintendo might switch to Android is obvious. It would make it much easier for Nintendo to attract more developers.
This is because they would be able to write their games for multiple platforms, so they wouldn't have to expend extra time and resources developing for a single separate platform. To be clear, this probably wouldn't mean Nintendo would suddenly embrace the Android ecosystem. More than likely they would simply use their own forked version of Android similar to the way Amazon handles its Fire products.
Here's a quote with a summation of the details,
If true, this would be a surprising move from the company,...
The big news this morning is slightly off topic, but is highly relevant to tech fans. Microsoft just officially announced the release date for Windows 10. That date is July 29th. Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for folks who currently own a legitimate copy of Windows 7 or higher.
For anyone who needs/wants to purchase a retail copy of Windows 10, the pricing info on the regular retail version of the OS was accidentally leaked by Newegg prior to Microsoft's official announcement. As you can see in the image above, the Home version will be a bit more than previous editions of Windows Home, as it clocks in at $109.99. The Pro version will be a bit cheaper than some of the older editions, however. It is priced at $149.99.
Of course, this info was leaked prior to the Microsoft announcement, so it is possible these prices might change before an official pricing reveal. Here are the requirements to run Microsoft's next-gen OS:
Processor: 1GHz or faster
RAM: 1GB (32-bit) or 2GB (64-bit)
Free hard disk space: 16GB
Graphics card: Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver
A Microsoft account and Internet access
Sound off and let us know what you think of Microsoft's "next big thing."
*The release date is for computers and tablets only; the phone version will launch sometime later.
Update: The above pricing is for the OEM version of the software (purchased with hardware components). The full regular retail versions will be more.
The OnePlus big announcement for this week turned out not to be the OnePlus Two. Instead, they are having a series of flash sales on the OnePlus One throughout the week. These flash sales each take $50 off the regular price for the phone. That means the the 16GB Silk White model will cost $249, while the 64GB Sandstone Black model will be $299.
These flash sales start at different times for the next 10 days and run until a certain threshold of stock has run out that day. Here's the schedule:
June 1 – 12:00 GMT (8 am EST) - (Stock is likely already exhausted for today)
June 2 – 2:00 GMT (10 pm EST -1 day)
June 3 – 12:00 GMT (8 am EST)
June 4 – 2:00 GMT (10 pm EST -1 day)
June 5 – 12:00 GMT (8 am EST)
June 6 – 2:00 GMT (10 pm EST -1 day)
June 7 – 12:00 GMT (8 am EST)
This sale is only available for the global version of the device, which does NOT include India and Southeast Asia.
Google I/O have come and gone and we have a lot we can talk about. Between the news team we have a barrage of stories in the news section highlighting the Google I/O event. I am going to post a few of my favorite I/O articles below.
Nexus and (many) Motorola users should be seeing Android M after it is released to the public while other devices will have to wait for their respective manufacturers and carriers. But if you are wanting a taste now check out some of what @DroidModderX has posted (Clock app and wallpapers).
Those wanting a break from Google I/O talk I want to revisit a talk we have had several times on this forum, which is the idea of an Android/Windows hybrid.
If you are not familiar, a few years ago companies like Asus were developing devices...