At MWC 2014, the alternative mobile platform Tizen finally made its long-awaited appearance. Touted as a “dead in the water” project after seeing countless delays, the platform emerged from the shadows with a bang, powering Samsung’s latest wearable devices, smart cameras, and even a prototype smartphone.
At MWC 2014, Yota Devices almost stole the show from its more mainstream contemporaries with its announcement of the second-generation YotaPhone. With no rumour or leak to speak of prior to MWC, the second-generation YotaPhone proved to be a very, very pleasant surprise with its new touch-enabled e-ink display. The company also took the opportunity to show off its first-generation YotaPhone, which is already on sale in Russia and parts of Europe. Check out a demo of the second-generation YotaPhone as well as a brief hands-on after the jump.
With a rugged outlook and jet black leather pants, it’s hard to imagine that Marc Dillon is a COO and co-founder to one of Finland’s hottest startups. The 11-year ex-Nokia veteran speaks with a demeanour unlike most professionals, and his energy is infectious as he interacts with everyone he meets at Jolla’s MWC 2014 booth. With such positive energy, it is still surprising when he says, without a hint of doubt, “I believe this is gonna be the year of Sailfish”.
This is Lowyat.NET’s exclusive interview with Jolla’s Marc Dillon.
The days leading up to MWC 2014 were dominated by news of both Oppo and Xiaomi expanding their presence in the region. It was, largely, well received, as most of our readers enjoying the potential for growing smartphone options. The situation bears another look now that MWC is past. So are both Oppo and Xiaomi still viable options now that we know what is to come in the next 6 months?
At Sony’s regional event to showcase its latest devices from MWC 2014, the company has also shared some information about the devices’ availability in Malaysia. Yup, the Xperia Z2, Xperia Z2 Tablet, Xperia M2, Xperia T2 Ultra, Sony Smartwear and also the Xperia Z1 Compact will all be coming to Malaysia – and they’re all coming next month!
After making its debut at CES 2014 and teasing the “pre registration” from Sony Malaysia, at an event in Jakarta, Sony have finally announced the arrival of the Z1 Compact. The original Z1 was one of the Lowyat.NET team’s favourite phones of 2013 and with the Z1 Compact coming in and trimming the size down while keeping it feature packed, the Z1 Compact may be one of our favourites from 2014.
In addition to the next-generation Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches, Samsung’s new wearable, the Gear Fit arguably stole the limelight – even away from the company’s new flagship, the Galaxy S5. A super light smart band, the Gear Fit is the world’s first wearable device featuring a curved Super AMOLED display. The Gear Fit isn’t just a nice-looking accessory; it is a full-fledged smart band with plenty of new features including a heart rate monitor, pedometer, fitness tracker and even a sleep tracker. Best of all, Samsung also claims the Gear Fit can last up to 3-4 days on a single charge.
Check out our hands on and first impressions of the Gear Fit smart band here.
Can’t get enough of the All New HTC One? Well, here are more teasers from the Taiwanese company. Last night, HTC posted another teaser video, this time talking about the metal unibody. Like the first teaser video, the video starts with the guy talking about the HTC One before pulling out the new HTC One (censored of course) which is apparently even more slicker than before, and a whole bunch of other stuffs that have been beeped out.
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In addition to the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the surprisingly awesome Gear Fit smart band, Samsung’s also introduced a refresh of its much-maligned Galaxy Gear. Called the Samsung Gear 2, the Korean company has given the smartwatch a much-needed overhaul both in the software and in the hardware. At the Samsung Unpacked event, we managed to spend some time with the Gear 2 for a quick hands on.
Jolla’s MeeGo-derived Sailfish mobile operating system is all set to exit its beta stage in March, where the Finnish company is ready to finally unleash Sailfish to the world. At its booth at MWC 2014, the company not only showed off its Jolla smartphone, it also showcased several Android devices running on Sailfish OS – a result of enterprising developers within the company. After all, Jolla’s next step is to release a custom launcher for Android, so it’s probably all in the name of research. CEO and co-founder Marc Dillon was an ever-present figure at the booth, and was ever ready to give a demo on the basic features of Sailfish.
At Canonical’s Ubuntu booth here in MWC 2014, the company is finally ready to shed more light on its alternative mobile platform. While Ubuntu Phone OS does not yet have a smartphone to call its own, the company has made it possible to flash Ubuntu Phone OS to some Android smartphones. At its booth were various Android smartphones such as the Nexus 4, which is used in the video above, showing a quick run through to Ubuntu Phone OS and its Scope UI.
LG’s latest smartphones will come with a new feature called Knock Code. It is an evolution of the company’s Knock On feature that made its debut in the LG G2 last year. Combining convenience and security is quite a challenge when it comes to locking and unlocking your smartphone, but LG may have achieved it with Knock Code.
In addition to the flagship Xperia Z2, Sony also announced a mid-range LTE smartphone called the Xperia M2. Touted by the company as the slimmest 4G LTE smartphone in its class, the Xperia M2 sports a similar OmniBalance design language of the company’s latest Xperia smartphones. We spent a little time checking out the device, so head on after the jump for our first impressions.
LG may have already launched its curved smartphone some months ago, but that’s not stopping the Koreans from displaying its G Flex smartphone at the front and centre of its MWC 2014 booth. As one of the first smartphones in the world to feature curved plastic OLED display, we naturally had to take a closer look. After all, there is a chance that the G Flex may be coming to Malaysia officially.