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Pebble is planning to bring us ‘something special’ at CES, possibly new hardware

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The year 2013 might have been the year that wearable computing really started to become a buzzword, but there’s still no denying that smartwatches, computerized headsets and other wearable gizmos are very much in their early stages.

Could 2014 be the year that the wearable market truly kicks into high gear? It’s certainly starting to look that way. Not only is Google getting ever-closer to pushing out Glass to a wider audience, we’ve also heard all kinds of reports suggesting that early 2014 will see various wearable announcements from Archos, Samsung, Sony and even LG.

Let’s not forget Pebble, though. Although Pebble obviously didn’t start the smartwatch revolution, its Kickstarter campaign in the later part of 2012 certainly helped bring further attention to the wearable market. And now it looks like the smartwatch company is getting ready to wow us again at CES.

Taking to its official blog, Pebble has now revealed that they have “something special” to show us at CES, and have even announced that they will be live-streaming their press conference on January 6th (Monday) at 11pm PST for all those interested in seeing what Pebble plans to bring to the table.

So what exactly does Pebble have in store for us? Officially we have no clue, but we can speculate a little. Considering the company has already announced an app store and the original Pebble is already almost a year old, some kind of new hardware makes sense. Then again, we really don’t know for sure, but luckily we don’t have long to wait.

What do you think, would you be interested in a second-generation Pebble, or are you more interested to see what kind of wearables LG, Samsung and Sony have up their sleeves?

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Samsung UK teases “something new and groundbreaking” on Facebook

Samsung‘s annual Unpacked event is just days away, where the company and their CEO will take the stage to announce what’s next from the company. We already know what to expect though. That being the Galaxy Note III and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Well, today they’re teasing “something new and groundbreaking” on Facebook, which we can only assume is the Galaxy Gear.

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There’s nothing new about the Galaxy Note III. Even though it will have an impressive 5.68-inch display, quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 13 megapixel camera. What’s more exciting, is the wearable Android device that will be strapped to your wrist. Samsung’s first smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear.

We’ve seen countless leaks confirming September 4th in Berlin, Germany, will be when Samsung shows it off. One of their execs even confirmed the device earlier this week. While we don’t know the exact details yet, Samsung is promising that this will be “groundbreaking”. Some recently leaked specs show a decent device, but sadly they also claim only 10 hours of battery life. If the device does everything rumors have claimed, it will still be pretty impressive.

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Talk of a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and even a 4 megapixel camera and built in speakers all inside a smartwatch. It is reportedly going to do it all. Be a smartphone companion, track calories and heart rate like other watches, compete with the Nike FuelBand and more. Samsung has big hopes for this device, and we can’t wait to see it. Oh, and their Facebook page is even giving away one on launch day. Whatever that groundbreaking device may be.

We’ll be live in Berlin for all the details from Samsung, and hopefully all the hype doesn’t instantly make the Galaxy Gear seem not as exciting. We’ll have to wait and see.

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Spotted: LG Optimus G2 or Nexus 5? Or something entirely different?

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An image showing an unannounced LG device has hit the web, with speculation suggesting we could be looking at an early version of LG’s upcoming Optimus G2 flagship, or even at the next-gen Nexus 5.

Before we dive into it, we’ll tell you from the start that this image is yet to be confirmed, and we can only guess on the kind of the device it shows. So take it with the appropriate amount of salt, like you would do with any other leaked image or new rumor.

The following picture has been provided by renown leakster @evleaks, who has offered various similar images in the past, most of them rather accurate. After posting some images allegedly showing the AT&T version of the Google X Phone, the same person posted this picture on Facebook, without revealing more details about the device:

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Based on recent rumors and reports on upcoming LG devices, the most likely LG candidates for this handset are the Optimus G2 or the Nexus 5.

A few days ago, an unknown device has been spotted with the Bluetooth SIG, and variations of it have been discovered in purported AnTuTu benchmark results. At the time, it was suggested that we were looking at the first Optimus G2 traces, and that some versions of the handset would pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, and we even wondered whether an Optimus G2-like Nexus 5 isn’t also in the works. After all, since the Optimus G and Nexus 4 are almost twin brothers, why shouldn’t LG and Google continue the partnership this year and launch two similar Optimus G2 and Nexus 5, respectively?

A different Korea-based story said earlier this week that Google and LG could be partnering up on various upcoming devices, including a new Nexus handset – supposedly the Nexus 5. Furthermore, LG has been named as the potential maker for the next Nexus smartphone since the beginning of the year, but we never moved past the rumor phase.

From a different point of view, considering that LG’s most recent flagship device (the LG Optimus G Pro) has been just announced in the U.S., the device in the picture above is likely a future handset, one that we shouldn’t expect to hit stores that soon. We would expect the Optimus G2 and/or the Nexus 5 (no matter who makes it) – or any other flagship LG device – to hit stores in the fourth quarter of the year.

Is it the Optimus G2? Is it the Nexus 5? Is it something entirely different? It’s too early to tell, but there certainly are some interesting details to mention, assuming that we’re looking at an actual LG device here.

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First off, this unconfirmed LG handset comes without any hardware buttons on the front, features a small bezel and a prominent LG logo on the front, in a place you wouldn’t expect it to see especially on a future Nexus 5 handset. The volume keys can’t be spotted either, although you would expect to see them either on the left or right side of the handset.

We’re also looking at a different speaker grill, a different sensor placement and what looks like a taller screen. The Droid Guy has done some measuring based on that USB charging cord and estimated that we’re looking at a device that measures 5 x 2.5 inches with a 5.5-inch viewable area.

Would the Optimus G2 sport a screen as big as the current Optimus G Pro? While it would make some sense to see the Nexus 5 sport a 5-inch display – because that would make the fifth-generation Nexus also pack a 5-inch screen, which happens to be a popular size for 2013 flagship Android smartphones – would Google go beyond 5 inches? After all, just recently, we’ve learned that Motorola’s upcoming handsets would be “just right” when it comes to size, so it would be certainly interesting to see a bigger Nexus come out.

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Facebook wants to set up Home – or something – on iOS.

Facebook wants to get Facebook Home on iOS. This should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone familiar with Facebook, their business model, the realities of the smartphone market, and global plans for world domination by anyone, anywhere. Specifically in this case, however, it’s Facebook’s product director, Adam Mosseri, who’s talking it up. According to Bloomberg:

“We’ve shown them what we’ve built and we’re just in an ongoing conversation,” Mosseri said, referring to discussions with Apple and Microsoft.

“It may or may not be Home,” he said. “We could also just bring some of the design values to the iOS app. That might be how it ends up. Or we could build just the lock screen. Maybe then it’s not called Home, it’s called something else.”

Anyone who thinks Apple will surrender control of any of the Lock screen or Home screen experience to Facebook or anyone else is nuts. I’ve already written and said a ton about why I think Facebook Home is nicely done but wrongly focused, and if anything it’s different not better — solving some problems by creating some different ones.

Facebook could make a better iOS app. If Apple ever opens up inter-app communications and actionable notification, perhaps they could even build a Facebook island with ChatHeads-like functionality throughout it within whatever very specific, very limited frameworks.

But Facebook Home on iOS? I’ll expect it only when, and if, I ever see it.

“There are no ads on [Facebook Home] yet,” [Mark] Zuckerberg said. “I’m sure at some point there will be.”

Source: Bloomberg

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