We have been crazy busy today! Getting you all that Computex coverage is top priority right now, but that doesn’t mean we are gonna stop giving you other news. We have some juicy stories for you tonight.
There’s an impending battle between Samsung and Google. An ironic situation, indeed, with Samsung being Android’s biggest manufacturer. The future of mobile seems uncertain as Samsung starts making preparation for switching to Tizen, their very own operating system.
So far Tizen has been the cause of many a fear, nothing but an idea. That changes today, as the very first Tizen smartphone is launched. In comes the Samsung Z, a device that is also not a bad contender in terms of specs.
We are looking at a 4.8-inch 720p display, a 2.3 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, 8MP/2.1MP cameras, 16 GB of internal storage and a 2600 mAh battery.
Opinion: We still don’t know about price and availability, but that is really extra information right now. What matters is that this device is now out. Samsung has officially started its migration. What will be of Android if Samsung one day walks out?
Samsung is not staying conservative in the smartwatch wars. They are going nuts, really, announcing device after device. The Gear 2 series were just launched, earlier this year, and now it seems Samsung is getting ready to release a successor.
The Samsung Gear 3 is said to be launched alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The latter device is expected to launch at IFA, come September. We have no other details on said device, but you can expert more information to show up as we get closer to IFA.
Opinion: It’s a little odd to see Samsung hitting the smartwatch market so hard. Why? What could they have in mind for the Gear 3 that the Gear 2 can’t offer at this point? I suppose we will see.
Rumors of Android 4.4.3 coming to Nexus devices have been making rounds around the internet. It’s always exciting to see these updates, but we know how hard it can be to wait for them! Google has just released the Android 4.4.3 factory images and binaries for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. This means you may not have to wait much longer.
In fact, there are ways to install it manually, but you will need some tinkering. If you are not comfortable with words like Android SDK, bootloader and fastboot, we would recommend you wait for the update to come to your device on its own.
Opinion: This shouldn’t be a huge update, but it’s always nice to see bug fixes and performance improvements.