The SmartWatch is part of Sony‘s Smart Extras for their Xperia smartphones. The SmartWatch connects to an Android phone via Bluetooth and shows you information about incoming calls, and lets you see emails, weather, Twitter and Facebook updates, and even the time. You can even control music playback with the SmartWatch. It has a like the one on Apple’s iPod nano, so you can clip it onto your bag’s strap. Or you can buy one of Sony’s optional watchbands, available in several colors, and wear it on your arm. It fits on any 20mm watch strap, if you have one you already like. The SmartWatch doesn’t have a speaker or jack, but you can listen to the music on your smartphone with a Bluetooth headset. You can even buy apps for the SmartWatch from the Android Market. The SmartWatch should be available in Q1 of 2012. The Sony website doesn’t show a price yet.
Smartphones are getting ridiculously powerful, folks. The smartphones we carry today in our pockets are more powerful than the computers used to launch the first spaceship back in the 1960s, this, is while these smartphones are mostly being used to launch pissed off birds at evil pigs.
The rate at which their power is increasing is phenomenal in itself. With every release of the iPhone, for example, we see almost a 2x or 4x increase in performance over the previous generation. If this performance increase keeps repeating itself, soon we will see smartphones overpowering 7th generation gaming consoles such as the PS3 and X360, so says the President of a popular game development studio.
We’re already hearing news from mobile CPU manufacturers like Nvidia, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments regarding quad-core SoCs which are expected to start reaching higher-end smartphones by the end of next year or sometime in 2013.
In an interview with Industry Gamers, Mike Capps (President, Epic Games) had the following to say regarding the topic in question:
“So I think that’s the real challenge for us now, rather than worrying about the difference between a consoles and some order of magnitude, whether 3X or 4X. It’s about how do we deal with iPhone 8… if you watch where the gamers are going that’s where they are. Your iPhone 8 will probably plug into your TV, or better yet, wirelessly connect to your television set to give you that big screen with good sound. So really, what’s the point of those next-gen consoles? It’s a very interesting situation to be looking at. That’s what we’re starting to think about more… not how do we scale from some Nintendo to some other future console,” he concluded.
CEO at EA John Riccitiello has somewhat similar views regarding the explosion of gaming industry when he stated, just over a week ago, that the is the company’s fastest growing game platform and that, “Consoles used to be 8-% of the industry as recently as 2000. Consoles today are 40% of the game industry.”
Of course, this doesn’t mean that the next generation consoles are pointless. The PlayStation 4 or the Xbox 720 will certainly be miles upon miles ahead of whatever gaming experience the iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S III will provide. What Capps is referring to is how things will change, with a focus on mobile gaming, in the coming years.
I, for one, can’t wait till I can launch raging birds at wicked pigs at 2160p.
The summer travel season is here and that means road trips, and nothing casts a pall over a road trip faster than getting lost, so an in-car navigation solution is the way to go. Not many cars have a fancy navigation system in the dash, so you can either pick up a dedicated gadget to handle the chore or use that fancy smartphone you already own. There are pros and cons to either method, and my preferred way to go is using my smartphone to light the way.
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Winrumors ran (and we confirmed – below) that the iOS 5 Beta’s Safari actually blows by the experimental IE 9 in Mango and scores a 31.
Two big smartphone announcements this morning, and two considerable insights into the prospects of an ailing cellphone giant. Nokia’s new N9 could, with its MeeGo OS, easily have been the Finns fiddling while Rome was burning; the technical previews of Windows Phone 7.1 Mango, meanwhile, could have shown up a platform desperately lagging behind its rivals iOS and Android. Make no mistake, today we’ve seen the biggest glimpse so far of Nokia’s future.
With the exception of the Foxconn fire, we rarely, if ever, report on any real tragedy in this industry. The closest we come to reporting a tragedy probably involves RIM, or Nokia, or some form of a product delay, but very rarely do we write up anything truly horrific. Today, however, a young man from the Panchmahal district of Gujarat, India was electrocuted to death by his shanzai phone.
Obviously, this is incredibly unfortunate, and our condolences are with the family. It happened when 25-year-old Dhanji Damor was trying to make a call while his shanzai phone was plugged in to the wall to charge. He was shocked, and rushed to the hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead from electrocution. In India, people have a pretty common joke about made-in-China phones: “No guarantee, no warranty.” In other words, if it was made in China it could either last forever, or for a hot minute.
It may be funny in some cases, but this should be taken as a lesson to those developing nations who are trying so desperately to keep up with the rest of the world. Those copycat handsets may look and feel just like our precious smartphones, but under that back cover lies a mess of unreliable technology that, as we’ve seen here, can be dangerous.
Batteries are included, but the charger’s not. The Nokia E-Cu concept phone doesn’t need to plug in, it charges from any heat source. Just lay it on top of a radiator and it starts soaking in the energy.