As we all settle into the comfortable seats of our resting places and enjoy a sip of coffee for the weekend, what better company than catching up on what were the biggest stories in the world of personal tech in the week gone by. Just like our previous series, ‘Tech Recap of the Day’ we promise to keep the stories as concise as possible giving you a peek. So without delaying it any further here are the stories that caught our attention over the span of this week:
Clearer images of the LG G3 surface
LG is expected to show us the successor to the vastly popular LG G2 towards the end of this month. It will round up what has been a mixed bag year as far as flagships of 2014 go. While HTC and Sony have impressed, it has been a rather shaky start for Samsung. Which way will LG go? Well, if looks could kill, we would say the LG G3 is going to be a hit! According to the leaked shots of the device in golden variant, LG will move to what is either a metallic or a very shiny back. What is also interesting is that the back button configuration remains the same even if the buttons themselves are redesigned, and perhaps there is a laser beam that is built on the back of the phone. But that is just the rumor and could well end up being nothing more than an IR sensor.
First image of the Moto E leak out before the launch?
Motorola is expected to roll out the Moto E in India on 13th of this month. The device is eagerly awaited by the media with several already confirming it to be a game changer in the sub Rs 10,000 segment when virtually nothing is confirmed. However, given the success of the Moto G and Moto X, people are willing to bank on Motorola and that is a good thing for the Lenovo owned company. The first alleged image of the device has appeared and we cannot help but think that the phone looks very similar to the Nokia Lumia 710 all those years ago. The photo was picked by Android Police from Motorola Mexico’s page so there could be a decent chance this is a real deal. We will wait and watch though till the official announcement is made.
Google Play Services 4.4 adds Android Wear support
The folks over at Android Police have torn apart the apk of the most recent Google Services which took the version to 4.4. The update has added a lot of interesting stuff, none more so than support for Android Wear perhaps indicating the impending arrival of the much awaited smartwatches. The other interesting find in the apk has been perhaps the move from Google to open its Hangouts API to developers who can then integrate the conversations within their apps. With the Google I/O just around the corner, looks like someone is definitely getting up to a lot of work.
In what will be Apple’s biggest acquisition, the company is all set to acquire Beats Electronics for as much as $3.2 billion. There have been intense negotiations starting from last year itself and if the reports are to be believed, Apple will buy both the headphones as well as the music streaming services of Beats. The deal could go through as early as next week, but it makes little sense at least from the outside on why Apple wants to buy beats, given that Apple doesn’t really need their music service nor their brand name. It could only indicate, Apple may well be planning to venture into some new verticals which we aint aware of yet.
In a sea of plastic and metal, a glass option for you. Finally, after a long wait, Sony has finally bought the Xperia Z2 to our shores after the device was announced at MWC earlier this year. Sony has priced the device at Rs 49,990 and is expected to go on sale starting May 12th. However, some of the dealers have already got their stocks and are selling the phone for as low as Rs 48,000. Sony has also bundled a smartband as well as a flip case in goodies worth about Rs 6,000 plus an accidental warranty for the first six months with the device.
If subtle colors are not your thing, this is for you. This week we saw the press renders of a hot baby pink HTC M8. With mothers day coming up on the calendars shortly, it looks like the perfect gift for your mums. Given that HTC bought at least five colors for their HTC M7, it looks like the experiment with colors will continue with the M8 with the shiny baby pink variant just being one of the several new colors we can expect. The device without a doubt would be targeted at the female segment, but last time HTC did that with HTC Rhyme, it did not go too great, recall that?
HTC B2 first image leaked
Remember the HTC J Butterfly? It was the very first phone to carry the 1080 P display and one of the better designed of its time. The monstrous phone was succeeded by the Butterfly S and looks like the time has come for the Butterfly S to pass the baton to what is currently codenamed, HTC B2. Popular twitter account @Evleaks has shared an image of the device and has revealed that the phone is indeed the successor to the Butterfly. With the HTC One line of devices doing so well, it would be interesting to see how will HTC market and position the Butterfly series now.
With that we come to an end of the roundup of the big stories in the world of consumer tech, we hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead. Stay tuned for latest in the tech space, right here.