Google "surprised" us all yesterday by announcing that cellular support was coming to Android Wear. Cue in Oooohs and Aaaaahs and gasps of jubilant shock. Having already heard about the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE through its teaser video back in September, it was pretty much a given that Wear watches were about to learn a new trick and cut their umbilical cord tether to their phones. But understandably, Google had to make things official just in time for the release of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE. (I'll call it WU2LTE from now on, ain't nobody got time for that shit!)
The WU2LTE is coming to the US in the next few days, and it's already available for pre-order on both AT&T and Verizon's sites. AT&T will be selling it starting $199.99 with a two-year contract. Read More
Raise your hand if this comes as unexpected news to you. Crickets. Alright, we know Google isn't really revealing the most secret of secrets with its newest "Cellular support comes to Android Wear" announcement, but it is clarifying a few things we didn't know about how LTE would work on our smartwatches.
In his post, Peter Ludwig, Product Manager for Android Wear, explains that cellular connectivity on Wear will allow you to leave your phone behind and use your smartwatch on the go. However, it doesn't seem like you'll be able to completely forego the phone, à la Samsung Gear S2, because both phone and watch will need to be turned on and connected to a network for Wear to do its thing. Read More
Samsung has just unveiled the newest member of its Exynos family of System-on-Chips (SoCs), the Exynos 8 Octa 8890. Like the Exynos 7 Octa chips from earlier this year and the Snapdragon 820 from Qualcomm, this chip is built on the latest 14nm FinFET process technology. The Exynos 8 Octa 8890 also represents the first time Samsung has custom-designed its own CPU cores based on 64-bit architecture, coupling 4 big custom cores with 4 small ARM Cortex-A53 cores to make up the 8 cores of the chip.
The company claims that the new technology offers a 30 percent improvement in performance compared to the Exynos 7 Octa while still managing to promise 10 percent more power efficiency. Read More
Do you want to bust through doors, fire dozens of machine guns, and kill all the baddies? Then This War of Mine isn't what you're looking for. War heroes aren't just the fighters, they're also the survivors who find themselves thrown into a bleak world and have to scrape for meat, find a shelter, protect each other, and just try to get through each day unharmed and alive. That's the aspect of war that This War of Mine taps into, and it does so with surprising depth and sensibility for a "game". Our own Michael was very impressed when he reviewed it. Read More
We usually equate the words "gaming tablet" with NVIDIA's SHIELD Tablet, but Acer wants to change the rules of that game a little. It previewed its new Predator 8 tablet in April, then announced it back at IFA, and now it's ready to start taking pre-orders in the US. The price is acceptable, if not a steal, for the specs. $300 should net you one and you can already reserve yours online with Acer, Newegg, and TigerDirect among other retailers.
The Predator 8 packs an Intel Atom X7-Z8700 Cherry Trail processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage with a MicroSD slot that can take up to 128GB cards. Read More
Here at Android Police we are usually pretty straightforward, if perhaps a little snarky, with our presentation of the news. Every once in a while though, we run into a story so strange that it is worthy of a more creative approach.
We ran into a press release, a few days back, for a device that was so bizarre we couldn't believe it was real. I've described that device for you in the article below, along with three fake devices that I made up. When you are done reading you can answer the poll at the bottom of the page letting us know which device you think is an actual product. Read More
Remotes, am I right? Yeah, I know. What are you going to do with them?
One option is to toss them all out and replace them with the Logitech Harmony Smart Control. Read More
With this year's batch of Nexus devices, Google has upped its warranty game. In addition to the manufacturer's twelve months of coverage, Google offers an additional year for folks who pay for Nexus Protect. Read More
Who knows what Google has planned for the Nexus Player, but if you want to get your hands on the company's media streaming hockey puck, doing so is becoming easily affordable. Read More