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BlackBerry to offer BBM Android Wear support in early 2015

BlackBerry just announced it’s getting Android Wear support for BBM, and it goes live soonish in 2015. The messaging service is useful only when you have people who use it along with you and if you are intent on using BlackBerry Messaging anyway, even if most of your friends recommend you their WhatsApp and Hangouts nicknames, you could be relieved to find out that BBM is getting Android Wear support.




No one really knows when the update will be put in place, but we all know it will be soon. The CES 2015 press release from BlackBerry mentions the improvement coming sometime in early 2015. The Wear update will allow message notifications that can be dismissed or replied to via voice input or usual response. Users will be able to accept or deny BBM invitations directly from their Wear devices.


LAS VEGAS, NEVADA–(Marketwired – Jan. 7, 2015) – 2015 International CES – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a global leader in mobile communications, today announced at the 2015 International CES that BBM™ will be available on wearable technologies for a wide range of Android Wear™ smartwatches to enable BBM users to communicate faster and more discreetly on-the-go.

According to research firm Canalys1, annual smartwatch shipments are estimated to grow to more than 28 million units by 2015 and more than 60 million by 2017. BBM’s large and engaged user base spends more than nine hours a week within the BBM application. Through Android smartwatches, this active BBM community will be able to access their BBM messages directly on their smartwatch without the need to reach for their smartphone.

“BlackBerry is committed to listening to our customers and integrating new features and partners to improve the BBM Chat experience,” said Herman Li, Senior Vice President, BBM Engineering and Product Management, BlackBerry. “The integration of BBM to support wearable technology is just one way we’re expanding the capabilities of our portfolio and delivering exciting options for customers to easily access BlackBerry’s cross-platform technologies.”

BBM for Android Wear will enable BBM users to seamlessly:

Receive alerts on the watch when new BBM messages come in, see the sender and discreetly preview messages.
Read BBM messages in their entirety, navigate among messages and dismiss notifications with a simple swipe.
Respond to messages hands-free with Google Now or choose from pre-defined messages to quickly send a response.
Accept BBM invites from the watch without the need to access their smartphone.
BBM for Android Wear will be supported by a wide variety of watches that support Android Wear, available from a range of manufacturers. With BBM installed on an Android smartphone, BBM for Android Wear features will become available on the watch automatically. Visit on your Android smartphone to see if your phone is compatible for Android Wear.

BBM support for Google Android Wear Platform will be available in early 2015.


Now all we possible buyers have to wonder is what would a brand new BlackBerry Android Wear device look like?


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Source: Theglobeandmail

Accessories News

[CES 2015] The new SanDisk dual-USB 3.0/mobile OTG stick

CES 2015 is full of surprises and one of them is the new SanDisk dual-USB/mobile OTG stick that helps it catch up to its competitors. The dual microUSB/OTG sticks are no recent invention, but they are still less common than conventional sticks and modems. After Leef Bridged announced its first USB 3.0 stick, this year SanDisk does the same.




The SanDisk Ultra Dual Usb 3.0 drive is a redesigned version of an older model that now handles much faster transfer speeds. The stick will be available in 61 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB versions and it will cost $22.99 to $64.99, depending on your choice. In order to manage your files you can even use the SanDisk Memory Zone Android app.


Source: AndroidPolice

Hybrids News

[CES 2015] Sharp presents new expensive 4K UHD TVs with Android TV function

Sharp is working on the first 4k UHD TVs with Android TV built-in, as fficials announced today. Google’s Android box is not alone anymnore as the CES 2015 brings about the announcement of the first two 4k UHD TVs with Android TV built-in.


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The new 4K UHD TV comes in three versions – specifically the UE3, UB30 and UH30. The UB 30 is the smaller, cheaper version where you will not be experiencing Android TV. The UE30 version is the premium option where you will be finding the following:

  • 60” (diag.), 70” (69.5” diag.), 80” Class screen sizes
  • 4K Ultra HD: 4X the pixel resolution of Full HD
  • Revelation™ Upscaler
  • 4K Ultra HD Streaming (HEVC/h.265; VP9)
  • AquoMotion™ 480
  • AquoDimming™
  • SmartCentral™ 4.0
  • Android TV platform
  • 4K Ultra HD Specs (HDMI 2.0; HDCP 2.2)
  • 70″ (69.5” diag.) has 16% more screen area than a 65″ (64.5” diag.) Class; 80″ (diag.) has 50% more screen area than a 65″ (64.5” diag.) Class TV
  • Modern Design – ultra slim bezel, sleek stand
  • Dual Stand Placement Options (70” diag./80” diag.)
  • Wallpaper Mode
  • Quad-core processor
  • 4 HDMI, 3 USB, Wi-Fi
  • MSRP 60” Class LC60UE30: $1,999.99
  • MSRP 70” Class LC70UE30: $2,799.99
  • MSRP 80” Class LC80UE30: $5,399.99


The UH30 is the best option around ansd you will get a touchpad remote, some more ports and better post-processing too. Below you can see the full description:

  • 70” (69.5” diag.) and 80” (diag.) Class Screen Sizes
  • THX 4K-Certified Picture Quality (THX certification pending 70” (69.5” diag.) only
  • SPECTROS™ Rich Color Display
  • Revelation™ Upscaler
  • 4K Ultra HD Streaming (HEVC/h.265; VP9)
  • 4K Ultra HD Specs (HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2)
  • AquoMotion™ 960
  • AquoDimming™
  • SmartCentral™ 4.0
  • Android TV platform
  • 70″ (69.5”) diag. has 16% more screen area than a 65″ (64.5” diag.) Class.; 80″ (diag.) has 50% more screen area than a 65″ Class
  • Modern Design – ultra slim bezel, sleek stand
  • Dual Stand Placement Options
  • Wallpaper Mode
  • Quad-core processor
  • Touchpad Remote
  • 4 HDMI, 3 USB, Wi-Fi
  • MSRP 70” Class LC70UH30: $3,199.99
  • MSRP 80” Class LC80UH30: $5,999.99


These Sharp devices are really expensive though, which means Android TV is not necessarily the top selling point. If you are looking for the Android TV experience, you can get it pretty cheap with a $99 add-on box, but if you have the budget and the desire to own a TV with all the features, go ahead and try a Sharp!

Source: BusinessWire

Mobile News Reviews

[CES 2015] LG G Flex 2 announced today – meet the smaller, faster and prettier curved smartphone

LG G Flex 2 made a first appearance at CES 2015 today and it appears that the curved phone trend is only starting. The phone looks similar to the parent device but its tech construction is much more different.

LG G Flex 2 is the first phone announced with a Snapdragon 810 processor – the octa-core chip constructed with four cores working on the speed processing while the other four will take care of the standby tasks and other low-overhead chores. This chip is using the ARM 64-bit reference design in order to fight Apple products, and the next generation of Qualcomm cores could be the real future. On paper and in tests, the new chip is a demon clocked at 2.0 GHz which – even if it doesn’t seem much is a substantial increase when it comes to certain processing tasks – is much more powerful than similar existing hardware. The CPU also provides more speed with 300Mbps LTE.


LG G Flex 2


The curved LG version 2.0 is also sporting an Adreno 430 GPU that has no less than 288 shader cores and it supports native 4K encodes and decodes. The GPU is fabricated using a 20 nm process, which means it is more efficient than cheaper GPUs.

The G Flex 2 has a slightly smaller screen than its predecessor at 5.5”. But it still lays somewhere on the phablet side of things. The screen resolution has been increased to full HD at 1080p and the display quality seems to be improved.

Considering it is a device with a curved display, LG G Flex 2 worked on its protection more, thus the new Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is improved in what concerns scratches and shock resistance, and LG says it is 20% better than the previous model and other Corning Gorilla 3 screens.

The self-healing factor is improved as well and scratches on the back seem to heal within 3 seconds of being scratched. Cutting the coating down through to the plastic elements will result in a permanent scar though, so be careful how you scratch your handset.

Flex 2 is helped by a 3000 mAh battery to hold things juiced up and a nice 13 MP camera with laser auto-focus, dual-flash and OIS+. The 16 GB version is getting 2 GB of RAM whereas the 32 GB version will be getting 3 GB of RAM.

Of course, LG’s second flex attempt runs on Android 5.0.1 with a small layer of LG software on top. The device will present some mini-apps for Wear devices, which makes it the first Android OEM to insert Wear support into its own OSA.

LG did not announce when G Flex 2 will be officially launched and its price is a mystery as well at this point. We do know that it comes in silver and flamenco red and you will probably pay premium bucks for one.



Source: AndroidPolice

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