Samsung may not be the only one to release a standalone smartwatch. The Moto X now comes in more wooden colors. Meanwhile, Toshiba took the time to announce some new laptops and tablets.
While Android Wear looks to be a simplified wearable software, it seems it may well be capable of more. New rumors shed light on a version of the LG G Watch that will work as a standalone device. This device would utilize a SIM card, which will give it data for messages, internet and more.
Said LG G Watch version would have an integrated, non-replaceable SIM card. This likely means it will be tethered to the carrier you buy it from. The same source states this device will also be available from the Google Play Store.
Opinion: This whole rumor seems a bit shady to me. Either LG is going nuts or the source is. It’s already weird to hear about an Android Wear device that works on its own. We have seen stranger things, though, and it seems Samsung believes there is a market for this, as well.
It seems Motorola is ready to get rid of Walnut in exchange for Rosewood, for its Moto X back options. Some users have been reporting the new option popping up in Moto Maker. The image still doesn’t match Rosewood’s deep red hue, but Motorola is probably still working all that out.
Of course, it should still cost that $25 premium fee all wooden Moto X devices cost. We still aren’t seeing this option in Moto Maker, but the guys at Android Central seem to be. It might only be a matter of time before it rolls out.
Opinion: I happen to be a huge fan of these wooden Moto X backs, and Rosewood was my favorite when I saw it back in the device’s announcement. It sure took them long!
Those looking for a new laptop and/or tablet can now find refuge in Toshiba’s arms. The company has announced a set of new devices. First, there are the Click laptops, which include the Click 2 and Click 2 Pro.
The first offers an Intel Pentium processor and a 500 GB hard drive for just $586.99. Meanwhile, the Click 2 Pro offers a 4th-gen Intel Core processor, along with a beautiful metal, 0.78-inch-thick body. Both also offer a 128 GB SSD, making the device snappier, while being able to keep more internal storage on board.
As for the tablets, we have two Windows 8 Encore tablets, sized at 10 and 8 inches, with $270 and $200 price points, relatively. The most impressive tablet is probably the Excite Go, though, which offers very modest specs for a $109 price point!
Opinion: I am really liking the prices on those tablets. The Encore devices have great prices and Windows 8, while the Excite Go offers Android for just over $100. Impressive, Toshiba!