Last week we reported on the Google Glass Project going underground until further notice. Google had taken the decision to reinvent their augmented reality device that just wasn't connecting with the consumer as first hoped for. In hindsight it now makes sense why Google chose to make that announcement so public at that particular point in time. Today Microsoft introduced HoloLens, an all-new holographic headset that will be powered by Windows 10.
For those who want to know what Google is up to lately, we present you with the full Google I/O keynote in the video above. The keynote covers such matters as Android Wear, Android Auto (that will compete with Apple's CarPlay), Android TV, Chromecast (and new apps for Android and iOS), Google Play, Google Fit, and more. Our report also covers more of Google's funny statistics and a few notable highlights that drew the attention of the press at this year's Google I/O.
Google's Sundar Pichai, senior vice president at Google, introduced their new Android One initiative at their annual Google I/O developer conference in California today. The new Android One hardware platform is designed primarily to assist OEM's who are selling entry level smartphones into emerging markets. Selling the next billion Android phones depends on this initiative taking flight.
There's been a lot of discussion in the Apple community over the years about how Google and specifically Samsung quote "shipments" vs usage or units sold. Well, Google presented a debatable theory about that very topic at Google I/O today that you might find interesting. I found it to be very entertaining.
On May 20, 2014 we posted a report titled "Microsoft's New Surface Pro 3 Thinks it's a Notebook." In that report we noted how Microsoft's Panos Panay was hell bent on comparing their new Surface 3 tablet with Apple's MacBook Air by continually pointing to it being lighter and thinner. And because the new Surface 3 is powered by Intel Core processors it decided to call its Surface 3 a notebook replacement … a MacBook Air replacement really. Well in Asia this week, Intel played that same tune and beyond. Report Updated at 10: 44 amwith video of Intel's new 3D RealSense camera in action on an Intel processor based tablet.
Today LG introduced their new G3 smartphone at an event held in London, England. Just as we reported earlier this month, LG did in fact deliver their promised QHD 5.5 inch display that provides a 2560 x 1440 resolution. In February we first revealed Samsung's plan to deliver a similar type of display in a new "F-Series" Galaxy Model. That model has recently become the new rumored Galaxy S5-Prime smartphone. The race to deliver QHD displays on smartphones is now on and LG clearly beat Samsung to market. In fact, if anything was impressive about LG's new G3, it was definitely their new display. LG took the pains to carefully demonstrate the reinvention of their display in meaningful ways that dispelled the myth that the human eye could only see up to 300ppi. Their case was compelling which made the rumored 5.5 inch iPhone all that more exciting should it come to pass as we reported on earlier today. Our report presents you with a great number of photos from today's LG event and few other interesting factoids along the way.
Last month we posted a report titled "Nokia Declares War on Samsung with Exciting New Android Smartphones at Stunning Prices." Today, at Microsoft's Build 2014 developer conference, we got a glimpse at their new Windows Phone 8.1 OS that will be introducing Cortana, their synthetic cousin to Apple's Siri. Yet the surprise that emerged from this event was Nokia's introduction of new Windows 8.1 smartphones that will start rolling out in the US this July. The new models, in my humble opinion, are squarely aimed at both Apple's iPhone 5S and 5C. This is definitely going up the ante for Apple's upcoming iPhone 6 due to debut this fall.
At today's Samsung Unpacked Event held in Barcelona Spain, Samsung unveiled only a couple of things worth noting. Firstly, they introduced the all-new Gear Fit device which is a slimmer wearable device for the wrist that's geared for workouts as noted in our cover graphic above. The new Gear Fit design brings Samsung one step closer to delivering their futuristic patent pending design to life that will really turn heads. Secondly, Samsung finally delivered a swipe-style fingerprint scanner to their Galaxy smartphone that will address the mobile payment market. Humorously, Samsung's opening video talked up the new technology features that they were about to introduce, such as a better camera and fitness market features. But then they actually made it point of saying that fashion wasn't really important. It was blatantly a defensive statement against Apple's cool iPhone 5S. It was odd because later in their keynote they noted that "Glamour" was the number one thing that consumers wanted. How confusing can you get? And finally, Samsung's flamboyant co-CEO JK Shin, head of Samsung Electronics' mobile division made a really strange sales point. According to Shin (@ the 49:05 mark of Samsung keynote), "Our consumers do not want eye-popping technology or the most complex technology." No, they just want simple stuff, according to Shin. It's funny that when they can't match Apple's advanced Touch ID feature that's intelligently built right into the Home Button, it automatically becomes eye-popping technology that consumers don't care about. Ha! – Mr. Shin truly missed his calling in life as a standup comedian.
A year ago at CES, Intel's keynote theme was "A Game Changing Year Ahead." Their keynote was deadly focused on delivering the new hybrid notebook-tablet category or convertible Ultrabook that would breathe new life into the personal computer. Did Intel succeed in making it a game changing year? No. But they were successful in stopping the ship from sinking and may eventually stabilize the PC sector in 2014 in as far as notebooks are concerned. A new report published by Gartner just yesterday stated that while the PC market was "Driven by an uptake in Windows ultramobiles, the PC market is estimated to remain relatively flat in 2014, after a decline of 9.9 percent in 2013. The Gartner consumer survey showed that less than eight per cent of users would replace their laptop with a tablet, while a transfer to an Ultrabook is almost twice this figure." As CES began this week, Intel's new CEO Brian Krzanich was on stage to kick-off a series of keynotes at CES 2014. It was a quieter and less ambitious keynote which may indicate that Intel's bigger revelations for the year may be reserved for future keynotes such as those scheduled for Intel's Developer Forums (IDF) or other key industry events throughout the year. For now, Intel's Krzanich revealed a move into wearable computers with a smart earbuds system and a new headset device debuting this year that will allow your smart devices to be operated in a hands-free fashion by tapping into digital assistants like Apple's Siri. Krzanich ended Intel's keynote with a surprising social message about conflict materials.
If Apple delivers the iPhone 5S with a fingerprint scanner next week, then they'll have beaten Samsung to the punch. With the Samsung IFA event concluded, they failed to deliver this new feature that was highly anticipated. It appears that Apple could very well end up being the first top tier smartphone player to deliver this next generation biometric security feature. With Samsung missing out on a fingerprint scanning feature, you have to wonder if Apple will still be able to deliver this feature on cue next week. You have to admit, it sure ups the ante for next week's iPhone event.
Getting ahead of LG's G2 smartphone launch today, another South Korean smartphone maker by the name of Pantech announced yesterday that their new smartphone debuting in later this month through SK Telecom would be shipping with both LTE-Advanced and fingerprint recognition functionality. So why did this smaller smartphone maker rush their announcement yesterday? They did it because they were convinced that they were going to be able to steal LG's thunder on this new smartphone feature due to a Korean report last month claiming that LG was going to steal Apple's thunder on this feature. Their leaked photo in the Korean report was bang-on as to the look of the new LG 2 rear button. But in the end, LG failed to deliver a fingerprint scanner for the G2 today during their event in New York. We reported a few weeks back that both Apple and Samsung were both suffering from low production yield problems with their respective fingerprint recognition sensor chips. So it's a mystery as to why the top smartphone leaders aren't able to deliver what Pantech will in days from now. Yet besides the fingerprint mystery, LG did in fact deliver a few minor surprises at the event today and our extensive report with over twenty-five graphics will lay it all out for you. Will it be enough to be considered an iPhone killer? Time will tell depending on what Apple plans to release in September, yet it's unlikely to make a dent against the next iPhone. While LG delivered a decent new round of smartphone improvements, I think at best their new smartphone could help them in their bid for the coveted number three spot globally.
This year's Intel Computex keynotes did in fact deliver some very interesting new features that will be coming to market later this year. Features like their NFC "Tap to Pay" eWallet, their all new Fast Access Login feature and new ways for users to share content with future TVs. Intel even had a breakthrough announcement regarding a new device coming to market in the second half of 2014 which could be exciting. Our report presents you with an in-depth look at the keynote highlights at Computex while showing you that Apple has similar projects on record. Yet the one thing that may interest Apple fans the most is that one Intel keynote slide accidentaly revealed something new about Apple's iTunes that could play into Monday's WWDC announcements.
Intel began the year strongly at CES in January by delivering a keynote about 2013 being a game changing year for Intel. It was all about a game changing product on the way called the Ultrabook Convertible. Last week in Beijing, Intel's IDF was in full gear once again to excite their developers in China about the coming new product category. The theme echoing throughout their main keynote was that the next generation Ultrabooks in the form of convertibles and detachables were going to deliver the very best 2 for 1 computer deal for consumers that they won't be able to ignore. The new devices will deliver the best powered notebook and the best featured tablets in one device. Intel believes that this this is the game changer they need to breathe life back into the PC market which just experienced its worst quarter in more than twenty years. Will they be able to pull it off? Time will tell.
The Consumer Electronic Show is always fun each year and we try our best to follow Intel's keynote as we do with Intel Developer Forums (IDF) held biannually. While Briton's ARM has stolen most of the innovation thunder away from Intel over the years, Intel continues to drive innovation in many areas of the business. During September's IDF they revealed their breakthrough radio technology that will fuel the build out of next generation broadband network infrastructures. This will allow wireless carriers to update to future wireless standards at the speed of light though software updates instead of hardware equivalents today. While we applaud Intel for their work in many areas of the market that will benefit us all over time, it's great to see that Intel will finally deliver their long awaited Ultrabook Convertible. It will be the first generation notebook-tablet device with an all new grounds-up architecture called Haswell that will reinvent notebooks. Could it be the game changer that they've been hoping for since the arrival of Apple's iPhone in 2007? Could this product finally put Wintel back on consumer's radar screens after years of sluggish sales? For enterprise workers and students alike, it looks like the Ultrabook Convertible could potentially hand Wintel their first homerun in years. But will it be enough to be the most popular device for 2013? Time will tell.
This year's Intel Developer Forum (IDF) has come and gone and the troops are all psyched up over yet another slick marketing slogan that Intel is so good at crafting. This year's theme was noted as being: The next era of computing: Transparent Computing. There was a definite disconnect between their slick new theme and what they actually delivered during their three main keynotes. Yet, there were a handful of points and future features worth noting, especially one integrating NFC into Ultrabook trackpads for ecommerce. Yet the big breakthrough that Intel shared with the world at IDF 2012, was their ongoing work in digital radios and how that will help wireless carriers save money building out their LTE infrastructure using the cloud and more importantly, eventually allowing carriers to implement next generation wireless standards quicker. Intel's Justin Ratner stated that "This software-defined radio designoffers the versatility to add new radio protocols over time as they're introduced with a simple software upgrade." For tech buffs, that's certainly a breakthrough worth noting.