LG has released the weirdest phone I have seen. Meanwhile, Chromecast and Box are introducing some great software offerings. This and more past the break!
LG is known for adopting new technologies, form factors and overall novel ideas. This time they are really making me scratch my head, though. Enter the LG AKA, the first phone to come with… eyes?
The phone will offer a case that leaves the top part off the device uncovered. Depending on the situation, the phone will display eyes, notifications and other statuses, making this both a fun and helpful feature.
Like many other phones, the LG AKA likely won’t be seeing markets outside South Korea, where it launches today for 500,000 Korean Won (about $460). Specs include a 5-inch 720p display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, 8MP/2MP cameras and a 2610 mAh battery.
Opinion: Needless to say this is made for a younger demographic. Likely kids, as these phone take on funny cartoon characters when in their cases.
Though the Chromecast has offered gaming to a certain extent, it has never shown gaming to be a major attraction. This is not to say the device can’t handle some fun. In fact, it could be used as a great multi-player platform, which is Google’s next step in the evolution of this HDMI dongle.
Today Google is introducing a series of family-friendly games that can be played by anyone with a smartphone. These titles include Wheel of Fortune, Hasbro’s Monopoly Dash, Scrabble Blitz, Connect Four Quads, Simon Swipe, Just Dance Now and Big Web Quiz. They are also announcing support for Showtime Anytime and Starz.
Opinion: This announcement could signal a whole new era for Chromecast and its users. Multi-player games? That’s a whole other level, guys.
Touch ID is starting to become a standard in iOS security as more applications add support for the fingerprint reader. Box adds itself to the list today (only days after Google Drive), adding support to Touch ID with its latest update to the iPhone and iPad applications.
This would allow users to unlock documents by simply using their fingerprint, as opposed to a cumbersome pin number or password. In addition, we can now see some aesthetic changes to the web version of the service.
Opinion: The new web interface does seem to look much sleeker, and Touch ID support is always welcomed. I still prefer using Google Drive, but Box is a great alternative.