Sony unveiled some interesting accessories for devices at MWC this week and one of them is the smart Bluetooth speaker BSP60. This little round thing that may remind you of some childhood animated characters (Mickey Mouse anyone?) is in fact a voice assistant, alarm and 2.5 Bluetooth speaker, among others.
It can be used with some Sony apps like Voice Control Extension to set times and alarms or make phone calls for example, and it has a nice built-in microphone you can give commands to via the OK Speaker command.
Smart Speaker BSP 60 also has NFC to make conference calls and pairing easier. The most important selling point of this little accessory is the look, however. The speakers are hidden in the two ear-like bulges that can light up when they pop out. The little bubble also has small wheels that can be used to roll it around on flat surfaces.
Sony’s BSP60 speaker will sell for a not-as-sweet-as-it-looks price of $299 and you will be able to get it sometime in the second quarter of 2015.
Dell announced a new tablet focused on education today. Venue 10 is part of an education-oriented product system running on Lollipop Android. The device will also have a Windows 8.1 “twin” and they will both debut this spring. The devices will probably not be available in many places and they will not look like high-end tablets, but they may prove to be interesting enough.
Dell’s Venue 10 will have 10.1 inch screens with HD or Full HD resolution. They will come paired with Wacom digitizers which will make them ready for true active stylus input; that means the stylus will probably be sold separately. Among the accessories users can get is the keyboard used mainly for easy typing and Lenovo-type functionality.
Venue 10 will have Intel Atom processors with probably 10 hours of life, microSD slots and USB and microUSB ports. An important feature for the school relevance side of the tablet is the network activity light which alerts teachers when students are using the web. The tablet also has NFC support.
Both Venue 10 devices will sell for $299 when they release later in 2015, or they will be available for purchase for $349 with a keyboard.
LG G3 is no secret anymore as it was launched today at a special event in London after tons of leaks on the Internet. The phone can now be seen by everyone and even be pre-ordered on Sprint, T Mobile, AT&T and Verizon. The LG flagship for 2014 takes center stage with its QHD screen at the 2560 x 1440 p resolution and dpi of 538. Sadly, it appears the metallic case is not that metallic after all as it is made of plastic and not real metal like HTC One.
The flagship has a 13 MP sensor with an unpredictable boost in what concerns a focusing infrared laser module found next to the rear camera. Under the “metallic” chassis, LG G3 hides a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor at 2.5 GHz with 2 GB of RAM for the 16 GB storage model and 3 GB of RAM on the 32 GB storage model. The device retains a well-deserved microSD slot and has a consistent 3000 mAh battery that lasts for almost a whole day (depending on usage frequency). The battery can be swapped for a more potent one for those who want more power.
Among the interesting features the device has are wireless Qi charging options, Wi Fi a/b/g/n/ac, a 2.1 MP front camera, NFC support and Glonass GPS. There is also Slimport support and a USB 2.0 port.
LG G3 retains the rear-positioned buttons and places its power and volume buttons beneath the primary camera, which means that the sides are pretty much empty. On the bottom you will wind the microUSB port and the headphone jack. The device retains a slim and clear figure, measuring 8.9 mm in thickness, which means it is just up there with the likes of HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S5.
Android lovers will see that the device retains its virtual navigation buttons in a standard layout. It also runs on Android KitKat 4.4.2, even if it is heavily customized. Even if LG didn’t brand its changes, they include a smart keyboard that learns what the user types and allegedly decreases typos by up to 75% and an adjustable keyboard option as well. The flagship has a Google Now-like assistant named Smart Notice that will remove apps and files that clog your phone or even remind you to call people. Content Lock is another interesting feature that blocks files from friends and connected PCs and there is also a kill switch that remotely disables the phone just in case it is stolen.
LG G3 abounds in accessories, among them we mention a wireless charger and a Bluetooth speaker. The most important though is the QuickCircle case (it uses a circular view style to window the screen and allows the user access to basic functions) which comes in different colors.
LG G3 rolls out starting tomorrow in South Korea where it is available in Titanium, Black, Red, Gold, Violet and White. The device will also launch in over 170 countries but there are no official launch dates yet. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T Mobile offer pre-purchase and pre-order and they have some interesting sweepstakes for those who do.
● Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 801 (up to 2.5GHz Quad-Core)
● Display: 5.5-inch Quad HD IPS (2560 x 1440, 538ppi)