Hyundai is taking a step forward in the wearable market. Meanwhile, Alcatel and ZTE are announcing very interesting devices.
Hyundai has never been known for quality, but the company has changed since a few years ago. With better cars and improved perception, they are now aiming to cater to the techies. The car manufacturer has announced an app that supports Android Wear.
As the first of its kind, it is actually quite an awesome idea. The application will allow users to start/stop their engines, lock/unlock the doors, control horn and lights, locate the car, call Roadside and call Blue Link.
The app will be in the Google Play Store sometime in the first quarter of 2015. The only real requirement here is Blue Link, which your car needs in order for this app to work.
Opinion: This app will be demonstrated at CES, so you can bet that I will stop by and get some hands-on fun for you guys.
Alcatel is not usually a big player at CES, but this year they are bringing some very interesting products. We already know an affordable smart watch is coming to the show floor. What about their smartphones?
Those won’t be missing either, guys. In fact, Alcatel is bringing the Pixi 3 line to Vegas. This includes 3.5-inch, 4-inch and 5 inch devices. The kicker? It will come with multiple operating systems.
Don’t go wild just yet, though! This are not triple-boot devices. You can’t switch between operating systems or anything like that. You will have to choose your iteration during purchase, and you can choose between Android, Windows Phone or Firefox OS.
Alcatel was also quick to mention it’s up to the carriers what they sell. You may not even be able to get all options, depending on your carrier.
Opinion: If only all manufacturers did this, our geeky world would be such a better place.
Sprint started selling a very handy little projector last summer. They called it the LivePro, a data-enabled projector that ran Android. ZTE is aiming to rebrand this product and bring it to the masses, though.
Renamed as the ZTE SPRO Smart Projector, this little device will be awesome for movies and portable entertainment. It fits in the palm of your hand and can project video in sizes varying from 10 inches to 10 feet.
It has a tiny LCD screen, but that is only for controlling what you really want to watch. Specs inside include a 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. Don’t worry about the limited storage, though, it comes with WiFi and will stream videos perfectly.
The device launches on January 6th for $399. Not the cheapest, but definitely a fun gadget if you are looking for a good projector that is portable. Oh, and it works as a battery charger too!
Opinion: I really wish I could have one of these, but $400 dollars is a bit too much for my taste. Are you looking to get yourself one?