While some would call it an inevitable eventuality, others were taken a bit aback when Google teased a wearable SDK at SXSW a couple weeks back, and later announced Android Wear. For those of you playing at home, Google has created no fewer than five variants of the Android OS tuned to a specific piece or style of hardware to date - Google TV, Chromecast (which does indeed run Android), Google Glass, Nexus Q, and now Android Wear.
At this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, three Android smartphone unveilings really did stand above the rest: Sony's Xperia Z2, LG's G Pro 2, and Samsung's Galaxy S5.
We know which one is going to sell best, which will have the biggest marketing budget, and which has more plastique - the Galaxy S5's success in spite any of any perceived shortcomings is all but assured. That's just kind of how these things go.
While all signs point to a Galaxy S5 unveiling on Monday at Samsung's Unpacked event at MWC, we still know very little about the phone itself. Leaks have been hard to come by, and we still don't really have a definitive sense of what the device will even look like. Of course, consumers are watching this release closely - the Galaxy S series of devices is the second most-popular smartphone on earth.
This weekend's poll is a pretty simple one, but one that I'm curious to see the results of given our worldwide audience: how did you pay for your current phone?
In the US, there are generally three ways (broadly speaking) you can buy a smartphone - on-contract from a wireless carrier (aka subsidized), outright (full price, no contract), or as part of an installment / financing plan. Carriers like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile offer phone financing plans, offsetting the full cost of a device by spreading it over the course of one or two years.
Google made a whole lot of folks happy this week, particularly Chromecast owners, by finally opening up the SDK for the media stick to the public.
This means some of your favorite apps will likely be receiving updates in the near (or not so near, as the case may be) future allowing them to stream content to your television through your Chromecast. Exciting times, indeed. Support for the API on the user end was implemented in the recent Play Services 4.2 update, so you should be able to start using those apps that have already added Chromecast support immediately.
As you've doubtless heard by now, Lenovo is buying Motorola. Which means Google is selling Motorola. Which means some people are, understandably, upset. The future is uncertain for Moto - the company lost nearly $400 million last quarter, and that number is the worst yet under Google's leadership, despite slashing 80% of the Motorola workforce since Google acquired the company in 2011.
Undoubtedly, Lenovo's leadership will bring some changes at Motorola.
So here's one we haven't asked you before, and it's pretty straightforward: how much internal storage (read: not including SD card or other expandable options) does your current phone have? We've asked you how much storage you need, and whether you have to have an SD card, but not what you're working with right now.
Oh boy, memory!
This isn't some kind of big, pressing issue, but hey, it'll be interesting to see how many gee-bees everyone has, right?
This week's poll is utterly, totally subjective in nature. Our question? What are your feelings about wood? Specifically, the wood that will soon be available for order on the back of your customized Moto X.
Motorola has introduced three options - ebony, teak, and walnut, alongside the existing bamboo, bringing the total number of plant-based backplate options up to four. Real wood comes at a cost of just $25 over the standard X, which seems downright reasonable, if I do say so myself.