Google continues its acquisition spree while Timex and ZTE are ready to bring you new products.
Google has acquired yet another company, but this one looks a bit more interesting. Emu is a smart messaging services that takes information from your messages and offers you relevant information and suggestions.
For example, one will get restaurant and movie reviews if they are relevant to your conversation. In addition, the messaging service can suggest you make an entry to the calendar if you tell a friend you want to do something. The sad news is this service is being shut down after the acquisition is finalized, but we are sure such features are coming to Google’s services soon.
Opinion: This seems to go right in line with what Google has been doing with Gmail and its other services. It seems all services are starting to work together to make a smart experience, and Emu may help improve this.
Qualcomm is spending a lot of energy and time trying to convince manufacturers to use Mirasol displays. I am not quite sure why more haven’t as the technology offers great battery life, a color screen and amazing daylight readability. It seems like it would make for the perfect smartwatch display!
We are no seeing Timex picking up the technology with their brand new Ironman One GPS+ smartwatch. It’s quite an odd name, just like the rest of its functionality. The device runs on its own and needs no connection with a smartphone. GPS, bluetooth, trackers and network antennas are all built into it. It connects to the internet via AT&T.
It’s marketed as a rugged device fit for active lifestyles. It is also priced accordingly, carrying a tag of $399.95.
Opinion: It seems there is no one-for-all smartwatch yet. Some are meant for active users while others are made with functionality in mind. Where is the watch that will accommodate to everyone’s lifestyle?
Those who need a nice, affordable smartphone will probably be looking into Cricket’s option. The prepaid wireless carrier has just announced a new phone you may want to take a look at. The ZTE Grand X will cost you only $99 after a $50 rebate.
The device is launching on August 8th and will come with some fair, yet not awesome specs. It will sport a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, a 5-inch display, Android 4.3, 5MP/1MP cameras and a 2,300 mAh battery.
Opinion: The phone is not too bad for $100, but you shouldn’t expect it to run all high-end games either.