Android TV will get new features in the update to Android N later this year. A novelty is the picture-in-picture, that is to say that users will be able to play video while browsing for other content. The platform may also an API for recording live TV, as well as enhanced support for 4K video and HDR. New apps are on the way to the platform from the example Spotify, MTV, Starz, CNN, Comedy Central and ESPN. At the same time released plenty of new Android TV hardware from players such as Sony, Sharp, Philips, Polaroid, Toshiba, RCA, Beko, Grundig and Vestel. Xiaomi has not announced the price yet, but hopefully it is beneficial.
During the recently concluded Google I / O 2016 event featured the American sökjätten, just as speculation before the event took place hinted, the new, and the Google-developed virtual reality platform Daydream. Daydream is a much more advanced version of its predecessor Cardboard and is both software and hardware-dependent and is closely linked with the upcoming version of Android, in short, called N. To ensure that it works as well as possible, Google has developed a standard that interested manufacturers must adapt their hardware for, such as special sensors and displays of a certain quality and standard. By doing Daydream dependent on specific hardware, instead of just consist of software, Google can ensure that delay, repsonstider and image flow will be as good as the technology permits, resulting in a better experience for the user. Although Daydream is still in its early years, Google has been able to find no less than eight manufacturers who are interested in producing Daydream compatible devices; Samsung, LG, HTC, Asus, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE and Alcatel. Missing from the list does unfortunately including Sony and Lenovo / Motorola, but we're guessing that many more manufacturers will join during the year.
Xiaomi s VP teased that the company would have a presence at Google I/O, and, true to his word, the Chinese firm has unveiled a new set-top box bound for U.S. shores.Voice commands, as on Android TV devices like Asus Nexus Player and Nvidia s Shield TV, are parsed by Google s dedicated search app, and the Mi Box s Cast integration will support the standard library of Chromecast-compatible video, photo, and music apps available on iOS and Android.The 4K Mi Box will also ship with the newest version of Android, tentatively named Android N. It features picture-in-picture support, APIs for live video recording, and playback of High Dynamic Range content.In terms of inputs, the 4K Mi Box sports an HDMI outport, a USB port, and an AV port.At an I/O developer session, Sony announced that Google s operating system will power its 2016 Bravia TV line.On the set-top box side of things, Sharp s releasing the Net Player.
The Zenfone 2 was one of the most exciting phones of 2015, and Asus look set to keep the momentum going with the Zenfone 3 this year spotted on Antutu with Snapdragon 820 chipset.While not a perfect device, the Zenfone 2 had a lot going for it.It had a powerful chipset, a lot of RAM, decent overall hardware and incredible pricing.So with that all to live up to what will the Zenfone 3 have to offer?Antutu benchmarks posted earlier today are rumoured to be from the Zenfone 3.The phone labeled as the Asus Z016D features a Snapdragon 820 chipset, 1920 x 1080 display, 4GB RAM.32GB memory, and Android 6.0.1.As you can see from the specs, this version of the Zenfone 3 isn t set to make new RAM records, but with an 8 mega-pixel front camera and 23 mega-pixel rear we might see some better performance in these department this time around.For those of you who still think Antutu scores are worth reading in to then the Zenfone 3 scored 135,000 points, which has it ranking just behind the Galaxy S7 Edge, Xiaomi Mi5 and LeTV LeMax 2.We still have around a month before the Zenfone 3 is launched, but if Chinese media are correct it could be well worth it as pricing could be as low as 1999 Yuan.
GizChina regulars will know that it isn t going to be a phone, courtesy the impending legal hassles.Anyway, US citizens will still be interested in what Xiaomi will soon have to offer in the country.According to sources in China, it is going to be Xiaomi s own MIUI-powered TV box, which will turn any dumb TV smart.The Xiaomi TV box is sold in a few different versions in the company s homeland of China.However, expect one version to go official in the US — perhaps the most powerful of the lot.This version costs 399 Yuan in China, so a price tag of around the $70 mark is what US folks can expect to pay.Xiaomi already sells some accessories and gadgets in the US.However, this is probably the first time Xiaomi will be launching a device as standalone as the TV box.Will the Apple TV finally face some competition?
The Mi Box, as you can see below, is a sleek and simple set-top-box that doesn t look terribly different from the Apple TV device and numerous other boxes on the market.The Chinese company boasts having sold millions of set-top boxes and smart TVs in China, where it is one of the most popular electronics companies.It will support the newest at this time HDR10 standard, which will be available starting in Android N, as well as HDMI 2.0a.Under the hood lies 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage alongside a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor and Mali 450 GPU.Those who need more space will be able to attach an external drive using USB.Xiaomi says it will have info on availability aside from the fact that it is launching in the US first and pricing at a later date.
This system includes VR Mode for Android N - that's the next version of Android for all smartphones and tablets - so this is going to be a fully-integrated big deal for the next generation of smart devices.This system is phone-based.There's still going to be a headset that holds your smartphone, just like Cardboard did.Like what Google revealed earlier today as The Google Assistant, this is more of an idea, or a clarification of terms, than it is a brand new set of apps/hardware.Facts about Daydream VIA Google:• Android component and device manufacturers for Daydream-ready phones: Samsung, HTC, ZTE, Huawei, Xiaomi, Alcatel, Asus, LG, HTC, Mediatek, ARM, Qualcomm, Imagination Technologies• App partners: The New York Times and Wall Street Journal are bringing their VR apps to Daydream, Hulu, Netflix, HBO, IMAX are bringing their libraries to Daydream, USA Today, CNN, MLB, NBA and Lionsgate are also app partners• Gaming partners: Ubisoft, CCP, Netease, Electronic Arts, Otherside Entertainment, Minority VR, Resolution, Turbo Button, nDreams, Climax Entertainment are creating games for Daydream• Google services like YouTube, Street View, Play Movies, Play Store and Google Photos will have VR apps• Daydream home will be the first place you go with Daydream, a place for your content, apps, and to discover new thingsGoogle suggests that they are "working with Android manufacturers to add a few key components like specific sensors and screens to their upcoming devices that will make them Daydream-ready."Google also says that they are "sharing a reference design for a viewer and controller with Android manufacturers so they can make their own, they will focus on being comfortable and intuitive."
Chinese mobile dating app Tantan has raised a $32 million USD series C funding from a group of investors, including LB Investment, Vision Capital 元璟资本 , and DST Global.The latter is headed by Russian billionaire Yuri Milner, whose investment portfolio includes big name tech companies, including Didi Chuxing, Xiaomi, Facebook, Snapchat, and Twitter.After this round of funding, we plan to continue focusing on user pain points, improving daily usage, and consolidating our position in the social application industry, a PR spokesperson from Tantan told TechNode.Well this looks familiar…The company claims to have 2.5 million active users, about 80% of which are part of China s post-90 s generation.According to Chinese media, the male-to-female ratio on Tantan s app is 6:4.Founded in 2014, the Chinese app is almost identical to Tinder, down to its UI which lets users swipe left and right for potential matches.In 2015, the Beijing-based company came under fire when multiple security risks in the app were revealed by Hong Kong-based entrepreneur, Larry Salibra.By reverse-engineering the Chinese app, Mr. Salibra discovered that sensitive user data, including passwords and telephone numbers, were not encrypted and vulnerable to hackers.
View photosMoreXiaomi-mi-boxChinese tech juggernaut Xiaomi may be best known for making high-quality smartphones like the new Mi 5 and selling them at low prices, but the company has made it very clear it wants to become a household electronics giant that can rumble with the likes of Samsung and Apple on a global scale.The Mi Box runs Android TV 6.0 and and is positioned to compete directly with the Apple TV, Fire TV and other set-top boxes.Xiaomi's streaming box supports 4K playback, like the Fire TV, but it does it one better with HDR High Dynamic Range for picture quality with more colors, higher brightness and increased contrast.The set-top box has access to a full range of apps available in the Google Play store including YouTube, Netflix, Vudu and more."This is a significant milestone for Xiaomi and I am really excited to be working closely with Google to bring such a great product to our fans in the US.I believe US consumers will truly enjoy the Android TV experience on Mi Box, which brings stunning 4K HDR video and a wide variety of content to your living room," Xiaomi vice president of international Hugo Barra said in a press release.
One of the world renowned intelligent camera makers, the chinese Yi Technology are making yet another step towards being the global player by officially entering the important European market.The official distribution will be available first for the Central Europe region with Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania, but that s just beggining of the expansion plans.The Yi brand belongs for some time already under the Xiaomi consortium and their products found the way to over 3.5 million customers worldwide.With the Central European cooperation with the Lion Mobile company they are planning to offer to the european customer the local service, support and warranty, but also the full localisation of their products including the voice control apps.Their most important product is currently probably the Yi Action cam with features like 2K resolution recording, 240 fps slow motion and vast array of optional accessories for all the possible action usage – sport, underwater, skiing, motobike etc.Similar sale success is expected from the upcoming Yi Car Das camera meant for the drivers and offering stable performance in any weather and condition along the bonus ADAS function Advanced driver assistance systems for better safety.Another product to look forward to is the Yi IP Cam for securing your homes and potentially also used as a nany cam to watch over the children.
This is Google s way of moving beyond the Cardboard headset introduced two years ago.There will be a headset, a controller, and many smartphones that work with Daydream.Google is now working with Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE, Asus, and Alcatel on phones that meet the Daydream spec, and the first phones will become available this fall, Google VR head Clay Bavor said today at the Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California.The controllers, which have their own specification, will also become available this fall.There will be Daydream-compatible apps from the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CNN, HBO Now, Netflix, NBA, Hulu, MLB.com, IMAX, and Lionsgate, Bavor said.Developers can start building apps for it in the newest Android N developer preview, Bavor said.Games will become available from EA and others.Google has fleshed out Cardboard with support for the Unity gaming engine and made it work with Google apps like Street View and YouTube.And in a striking move, Google recently reassigned Amit Singh from the top post in its Google for Work business Apps, Chromebooks, Google Cloud Platform to the VR business, where he is now vice president of business and operations.While companies like Facebook and HTC took plenty of time and got everything in order before launching VR hardware, Google moved quickly to release the simple and low-cost Cardboard that required an Android phone in June 2014, just three months after Facebook announced its acquisition of Oculus VR.Cardboard has gained momentum since then and even got a remodel after a year.Most recently, Engadget and Gizmodo cofounder Peter Rojas published a tweet indicating that Google is working on Android VR and that it would be less powerful than the Vive or Rift.While desktops can provide power to VR systems, Google doesn t have the leadership that Microsoft and Apple do with Windows and OS X, respectively, and one could argue that mobile is a higher priority than desktop company-wide at Google.
Google today introduced the latest generation of Android TV partnerships.The connected television platform will be integrated into Sony s and Sharp s next product lines, specifically the 2016 Bravia and Sharp Net Player, continuing a long relationship between the companies.In addition, Google has struck a partnership with RCA, which will produce its first Android TV, and Xiaomi, which will make its 4K set-top box.In Europe, Android TV will be available on Beko, Grundig, and Vestel starting in June.Google also revealed that more apps are in the works, coming from media partners like CNN, Comedy Central, MTV, Freeform, Nickelodeon, Spotify, Starz, Watch ABC, Watch Disney Channel, Watch Disney Junior, ESPN, and others.Soon Android TV-enabled devices will receive some of the features within Android N, which Google also covered at this year s Google I/O developer conference.The platform will receive support for picture-in-picture, recording APIs, and high dynamic range so you can watch videos in 4K quality.Making its debut in 2014 at the Google I/O developer conference, the Android TV is the successor to the company s previous attempt at a smart TV offering: Google TV.It has garnered quite a bit of interest from manufacturers such as NVIDIA, and its technology has been incorporated into televisions made by Sony, Sharp, and Philips.Google most recently released a remote app for the Android TV that works on iOS devices and added support for channels like Showtime, HBO, CBS, WWE, UFC, and Twitch.
Fitbit s Blaze device has several features in common with the Apple Watch: Users can see text notifications and calendar alerts, and the device can be used to control music.Revenue more than doubled in 2015 compared with 2014, but the company has spent heavily to drive sales growth and future product launches.1 seller of wearables in the first quarter of 2016, with about 25% of market share, according to data from International Data Corp. Apple held the third-largest chunk of the market, behind Chinese electronics company Xiaomi Corp. Fitbit shipped 4.8 million units in the quarter compared with Apple s 1.5 million.We are focused on making wearable devices that motivate people to reach their health and fitness goals and that also make their lives easier with the smart features they need most, said James Park, Fitbit s chief executive and co-founder.Mr. Park added that Coin s technology will further our strategy of making Fitbit products an indispensable part of people s lives.Fitbit said this month that first-quarter sales climbed 50%, showing that less-expensive fitness trackers still have legs as they compete with the Apple Watch.
As many already anticipated, Google is stepping up its virtual reality ambitions at the company s developer conference this morning, announcing a new mobile VR platform baked into Android N called Daydream.Google will take a similar approach to what it s been doing with other Android devices: it ll build a reference design for the headset and controller, which will pair with its existing Nexus 6P smartphone, but with the goal having third-party device manufacturers build their own headsets and controllers based on the Daydream platform.A few big names have already signed up to build Daydream-ready phones too, including Samsung, HTC, LG, Huawei, Alcatel, ZTE, Xiaomi and Asus.If Google succeeds in creating decent VR experiences, this bottom up approach may help the company capture more of the market faster than Oculus and HTC can with their platforms -- even if it's an inferior experience.Google hasn t announced pricing details for its headset and controller but it will likely be less expensive that its than its VR counterparts.The new Daydream headset will reach the market this September while Daydream-ready phones are promised for this fall.
Users have downloaded more than 50 million Google Cardboard-enabled apps since the debut of the humble virtual reality headset developers found under their chairs at I/O two years ago, Clay Bavor, VP of virtual reality at Google, announced as he showed off Google s latest VR efforts on Wednesday at this year s I/O developer conference.Google unveiled Daydream, the new platform for virtual reality that s built on top of Android N, to take VR more mainstream.Google has been working with partners including Alcate, Asus, Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei and ZTE to develop Daydream-ready Android N phones, with the first phones slated for release this fall.Google has also released reference designs for a VR headset and controller.Bavor also noted that YouTube has been built from the ground up for virtual reality to easily watch standard and VR videos.Google Photos, Play Movies and Street View will also get the Daydream treatment.
We thought Google I/O was all but wrapped for the day, but Xiaomi had one last surprise.The Mi Box, which has previously only shipped overseas, will finally be coming to the US for the first time—and it s bringing 60 FPS 4K support with it.That would make the Mi Box only the second Android TV box that streams in 4K, with the other being the Nvidia Shield.It s also Google Cast-ready.The remote can double as a game controller, but Xiaomi will be selling a second game-centric controller, much like Amazon does with the Fire TV.The Mi Box also has 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage which is expandable via USB , but the rest of the details about the Mi Box are still sparse.
Google is expanding its virtual reality ambitions with a new system called Daydream, which encompasses a range of VR-capable Android smartphones, a headset design, a controller and applications.The Alphabet Inc subsidiary will release Daydream this fall, said Clay Bavor, Google s vice president of virtual reality, at its I/O developer conference near its Silicon Valley headquarters Wednesday."Daydream is our platform for high-quality mobile virtual reality," Bavor said.Daydream is designed to make VR ubiquitous by working with current and future versions of the company s Android mobile operating system, the latest of which is code-named Android N."What that means for developers is there are going to be a lot of Daydream ready phones," Bavor said.Companies including Samsung Electronics, Alcatel-Lucent, Asustek Computer, HTC, Huawei Technologies, LG Electronics, and Xiaomi are building phones compatible with Daydream specifications, Bavor said, noting that several will be ready this fall.The company is working with companies like Netflix, CNN, HBO, and Hulu to build new applications for Daydream, he said.Also it s re-writing Google s own software, including Photos, Google Play Movies, Street View, and YouTube, to work with the system.Along with that, Google has created a new controller to help people interact with the VR software and content, for instance sending a virtual dragon swooping up and down in a VR video game.Google s first public foray into virtual reality was Cardboard, which lets people turn phones into virtual reality headsets using a lattice of plastic, Velcro, and compressed paper.It also made enhancements to Android to let the operating system support VR-friendly content, like 360 degree videos.Meanwhile, rivals like Facebook Inc. and companies such as HTC and Samsung Electronics produced their own high-end standalone devices, betting that better graphics and precision would encourage people to shell out several hundred dollars for their own devices, versus as low as $15 for Cardboard.With Daydream Google is taking on rivals using a similar strategy to the way it has used Android to compete with Apple in smartphones -- build great software, marry that to cheaper hardware, and then attach it to an ecosystem populated by as many developers as possible.Today, it s hard to get your hands on a premium VR headset, even if you re willing to drop the $1,500 or so needed for the headset and corresponding computers.
Google just introduced Google Daydream — a new design for virtual reality that it hopes will beat out Facebook's Oculus as the new standard for virtual reality.Like the Samsung Gear VR, which is powered by Facebook's Oculus technology, the Google Daydream design will let you slot in a smartphone as an easy, affordable path to virtual reality.But the Gear VR only works with Samsung phones.Google is thinking a little bigger."VR should be mobile, approachable, and for everyone," executive Clay Bavor said on stage at Google's I/O developers' conference on Wednesday.Google's Daydream reference design also includes a basic motion-sensing controller.Google has already signed on Samsung, HTC, LG, Huawei, Alcatel, ZTE, Xiaomi and Asus to make phones that would work with Daydream.Since Google introduced its deceptively simple Cardboard headset back at its 2014 conference, virtual reality has turned into the next big battleground, with Facebook and Samsung all making big bets on the technology.But Facebook's Oculus headset is really expensive and Samsung's Gear only works with Samsung phones.NOW WATCH: A SpaceX rocket just did something not even its engineers thought was possibleLoading video...
Like a number of other bits and bobs announced at Google I/O thus far, there are still some important questions left unanswered about the Mi Box — but here s what we do know about Xiaomi s forthcoming set-top box.It s sleek, it s small and it s apparently won the Chinese phone maker a couple of design awards already.The Mi Box is powered by Android TV 6.0, is capable of beaming 4K video at 60 FPS and supports Dolby Digital Plus audio playback.It does HDMI 2.0a and features a quad-core ARM processor, Mali 450 GPU and has 2GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, which is expandable via USB.The controller also doubles as a gaming controller for Android TV-compatible games.Availability details for both products are still forthcoming, though the company noted that the product is coming soon in a press release issued today.
Fitbit s not investing in Coin s current product offering, Coin 2.0, but instead bringing the company s near-field communication, mobile, and wireless talent on board for as-yet unspecified future projects.The Y Combinator-backed Coin made a lot of buzz back in November of 2013 when it unveiled the eponymous Coin card, a universal card replacement capable of storing and switching between the magnetic strip information of debit, credit, loyalty, and gift cards.After a meteoric start — it blew past its initial funding goal of $50,000 in less than 40 minutes — and several delayed shipments, its first production product, Coin 1.0, debuted in April of last year.Coin is halting production and sales of Coin 2.0 cards, it said in a blog post, and ceasing development on Coin 2.0 s firmware, the Coin mobile companion app, and its Coin Rewards and Coin Developer programs.Current Coin users can expect their cards to work for the duration of their built-in battery s lifetime, Coin said — an estimated two years.Increased competition is likely also at fault — thanks to aggressive pushes by Apple, Garmin, Xiaomi, and others, Fitbit s share of the wearables market dropped from 38 percent in 2014 to 27 percent last year.