We're in a bit of a lull for Android Wear devices. All three launch watches have been released and the second wave is still on the way. You may be wondering, have the app developers slowed down? Hell no, and how dare you ask such a leading question in your head just how? It's okay, though. We forgive you. As penance, read the following zillion words about all the new apps for Android Wear from the last few weeks.
The OnePlus One has had its share of bugs, but there has been one issue that effectively breaks the phone without the owner being even accidentally at fault. One minute you're swiping through the app drawer looking at the best way to kill time for a couple of minutes, the next you're hit with a spontaneous reboot and staring at a phone that boot loops indefinitely, leaving you with a bricked device.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has hired another former Google employee to help the company with its big ambitions. This time around, according to The Wall Street Journal, it has picked up Jai Mani, who will serve as lead product manager in India. The ex-Googler reportedly worked as a strategy and analytics associate for Google Play.
This comes little more than a year after Xiaomi brought on Hugo Barra, Google's former Vice President of Android Product Management, to serve as its VP of Global Operations.
T-Mobile will continue to go it alone in the wilds of the US wireless industry after French telecom Iliad has announced it is dropping plans to buy the carrier from parent company Deutsche Telekom. Iliad's leadership had imposed a deadline of mid-October to decide whether to increase its previously rejected offer of $15 billion for a 56.6% stake in the Uncarrier. That's not happening, so the dream is dead.
Iliad first announced the offer as Sprint was reportedly in the late stages of acquisition talks with T-Mobile.
Another week is just getting underway, but do not despair as you head off to the office for another stint of backbreaking labor. You can always unwind with some apps on your phone, that lovely little slab of plastic and glass that has given you oh so many hours of entertainment. It's all right there at your fingertips, and now you can get a little more stuff for your phone for less money.
For the fourth year in a row, Samsung has debuted a large smartphone that comes with a stylus attachment and called it the Galaxy Note. US Cellular customers looking to get their hands on 2014's release can do so online and in stores come October 17th. The more eager among you can head over to the carrier's site and place a pre-order right away.
US Cellular's version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 goes for $299 with a two-year contract or a staggering $770.16 without.
The camera app packed inside of CyanogenMod 11S, the version of the ROM that launched on the OnePlus One, has found its way onto the Play Store. People who own that particular handset can now look for camera updates to appear alongside all of their other apps. If any of you head over to Google Play right this moment, you may even see that there's one already waiting for you.
If you turn to the Play Store without a OnePlus One running the latest version of CM11S, don't expect to get your hands on anything.
Sony's latest and greatest has been expected on T-Mobile for a few weeks, but now it's official. The Xperia Z3 will be available from T-Mobile on October 29th in stores. However, there's an online-only pre-sale kicking off on October 15th, meaning you can get the phone shipped before it's in stores.
The Xperia Z3 has the same 20.7MP camera most of Sony's recent phones have used, but the other specs are a bit improved with a 5.2-inch 1080p screen, 3100mAh battery, Snapdragon 801, and 3GB of RAM.
The Moto 360 isn't a perfect device, but it's still probably the king of Android Wear smart watches for the time being. One of the cool things about the 360 is the smarter way it makes use of ambient mode (not the ambient light sensor, that's different). The screen will stay on so you can see it without the full wrist-flip gesture, but you can make use of ambient mode to save power when you're not wearing the watch—just lay it face down.