You couldn't swing a dead cat at Mobile World Congress back in February without hitting a smartwatch or a fitness band. (Not that you would want to. Barcelona probably has some kind of municipal ordinance against dead feline hurling.) After teasing us with the companion app, Sony has finally released the Smartband SWR10 in the US. This screenless Bluetooth activity tracker will cost you a C-note on Sony's online store, and it should be showing up at other retailers soon.
The Moto X isn't dead yet – in fact, Motorola is offering a good deal on last year's flagship phone right now. For the next two days, a 32GB off-contract Moto X is only $349. That's $100 off the regular price.
If you're an early adopter of Fuhu's newest tablet for kids, good news: a major OTA is rolling out now that brings many of the advertised features to the device. This massive 1.4GB download brings a ton of new features and enhancements to the unit, as well as a few fixes that should hopefully clear up some of the frustrations users have been experiencing. Here's a look at the full changelog:
Dream Pro Studio™ Draw & Editor Apps: A powerful suite of creative tools that teach your children how to draw and edit movies like a pro!
The Android 4.4.3 rollout is in full swing, with the 2013 Wi-Fi Nexus 7 getting its OTA early this morning and a bunch of flavors of GPE devices and various Motos receiving theirs just a few hours ago. Nexus 5 owners with locked bootloaders even started feeling a bit snubbed waiting for their OTA to arrive, but they can now breathe with ease - not only has the OTA indeed begun, but we have the download link and manual flashing instructions right here.
As just announced on Motorola's official blog, the company will begin rolling out Android 4.4.3 KitKat to unlocked Mot X, G, and E owners this week. Motorola has made a point of rapid updates since it was acquired and subsequently sold by Google, with Punit Soni acting as the public face of Motorola's software update team.
This update will be rolling out to unlocked (T-Mobile) Moto X owners, the unlocked Moto G (including the new and old 3G variants, as well as LTE the version), and the Moto E.
Some days driving just takes too much effort, taking the train takes too long, and buying a plane ticket takes too much forethought. Thankfully Google has made the option available to take two radically different and arguably faster forms of transportation: riding atop a dragon or cruising on the back of the Loch Ness Monster.
A dragon can get you from Snowdon to Brecon Beacons in just 21 minutes. That's not bad considering it's a journey of over 100 miles.
So, Google posted this 'An Android Wear Design Story' thing that's probably moderately interesting if you want some insight into app development on Android Wear and the process of designing an experience appropriate for a smartwatch, but the only thing I came out of that post not being able to forget was this. Freaking. Photo.
My reaction is best summarized by the timecoded YouTube clip below.
Update: Anime provider Crunchyroll has gained Chromecast support as well.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup will start next week, making this just the right time for WatchESPN and MLS Matchday to roll out their new ability to stream matches straight to Chromecast. You still need a cable subscription to enjoy any of the content, but the feature prevents having to reach for the TV remote and navigate that troublesome guide for the correct channel.
You know the Nexus 7 by now, so here's the deal. This is the 2013 model with 16GB of storage. If you head on over to eBay now, you can get a new one for $179.00. The usual price is $229.99.
That's right, this is a savings of $51. That's a 22% discount, and it's more than enough reason to consider picking up a Nexus 7, if not for you, then for someone else who can get by with 16GB of storage.
Google Shopping Express takes the last word in its name pretty seriously. The service, which lets customers shop a number of stores from the comfort of a single site, allows for same-day and overnight delivery - both of which being faster than the usual two, three, four, or more days that regularly priced shipping tends to leave us waiting for. Google Shopping Express is only available in a couple of locations, but now overnight delivery is making its way to Northern California.