Moto G becomes one of the first to get Android 5.0 Lollipop, Beats offers new wireless headphones and Xiaomi announces a promising partnership.
You know a manufacturer is doing a good job with updates when their phones get a major update before even Nexus smartphones. Motorola has been known to do this more than once, and their latest feat has already brought Android 5.0 to the Moto X.
Today we can also add the Moto G to the short list of devices to get the Android 5.0 Lollipop update. In fact, only the Moto X and the Moto G have gotten this update. Aside from these smartphones, only the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 devices currently sport Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Opinion: The update is currently hitting the unlocked version of the Moto G (2nd generation), so stay tuned for a notification anytime now.
Beats has announced another version of its popular Solo2 headphones, this time with a bit more freedom to move around. The Beats Solo2 Wireless headphones offer the same sound drivers and quality as your usual Solo2 on-ear headphones, but this time they come with a battery and bluetooth capabilities.
This headset will offer 12 hours of battery life and side buttons for controlling calls/music. Another great future is the ability to listen without having battery power, via a traditional audio cable.
Interested? These won’t exactly be cheap at $299. You will be able to get them “later this month”, so get your cash ready.
Opinion: I have to wonder how much better these are compared to the original Beats Wireless headphones. The discontinued set costed $279 and seemed to offer the same features. Also, can the Beats Solo2 Wireless headset make it to our “Best Bluetooth Headphones” post? We will have to see.
Xiaomi has been looking to invest in its smart TV ecosystem, but we had no idea they had such huge plans. Today they have announced a huge partnership with Youku Tudou, the biggest online video streaming company in China.
Xiaomi plans on acquiring Youku Tudou’s stock in the open market, essentially buying part of the company. They would then work together to create original content, and Xiaomi would also license Youku Tudou’s current content. This would help boost Xiaomi’s streaming services in smart TVs, smartphones and tablets.
Opinion: Xiaomi has definitely become an authority in the Chinese market, and this will take the company to a whole other level. To take it into perspective, this would be kind of like a manufacturer buying part of YouTube. Big deal….