We thought Batman’s high frequency generator receiver was impossible to make, but Google is getting there. LG is giving us a demo of their QuickCircle case and a new HTC device has shown up. Meanwhile, Google continues its shopping spree.
Ok, so it isn’t exactly like Batman’s sonar, but this new tablet is said to be able to map its surroundings. Project Tango is its name – a 7-inch tablet with infrared depth sensors, two rear-facing cameras and software that allows capturing 3D images.
Google is said to produce 4000 of these by next month. These would be launched ahead of Google IO and some will go to developers. Maybe it will be one of the IO freebies?
Opinion: I wonder how these will work. I assume the whole mapping feature will be done on demand and not in the background. That would eat up the battery very quickly.
The LG G3 could probably go down in history as the worst-kept secret in the mobile industry. The device has been all over the news for months, and LG doesn’t seem to even care by now. The Korean manufacturer has just released a video demoing their QuickCircle case, which will be one of the LG G3’s top selling features.
Opinion: It looks like LG has many QuickCase functions ready upon release, which is something we need. These case-centric features are usually very limited at launch.
We are getting another look at what could be the HTC M8 Ace. This time the image comes from TENAA (kind of like China’s version of the FCC), and it is giving us a full frontal shot, as well as a look at the back of the device.
The device looks like a normal mid-end smartphone, but there is something that makes it stand out. Those speaker grills are huge! Could this be a music/media centric device? Maybe. We will have to wait for more details to emerge.
Opinion: I actually believe the larger speakers make the device look a bit ugly, so I am hoping they can make up for that with functionality. BoomSound is already awesome – can HTC improve it with this device?
Google is spending billions all over the world, acquiring companies from all walks of life. Today’s rumor assures us the Search Giant has its eyes on Skybox, which they are planning to buy for $1 billion.
This company has a very interesting set of skills. They provide live satellite imagery to their customers. Yes, live video. It’s quite impressive – you can see it for yourself in the video below.
This is still a rumor, but Tech Crunch states they have heard this information coming from 3 different sources.
Opinion:This technology is quite remarkable. We do have to wonder what Google could want with it, though. Maybe Google Maps is going live? Sounds nuts, but crazier things have happened.