ony Unveils Smartwatches with Voice Command, Android Functionality

Sony is offering two new smartwatches. The SmartWatch 3 is the company’s first wearable device using the Android Wear operating system. The company says it’s working in close collaboration with Google to develop this latest generation smartwatch.

SmartWatch 3 will sync with any smartphone that’s running Android 4.3 or later. Sony says that the smartwatch is optimized for those devices, specifically. The SmartWatch 3 will send notifications of incoming calls, messages, and alerts.

The device has a 1.6-inch transflective display. The viewing area on the display measures 320 pixels square. Inside, the SmartWatch 3 has a Quad ARM A7, 1.2 Ghz processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of eMMC memory. This is to run apps specifically designed for Android Wear.

Sony says that SmartWatch 3 responds best to voice commands, though you can interact with the touchscreen or use gestures, too. The company says that voice commands can open apps or even send texts or other messages to contacts.

This device also features Bluetooth, NFC, and microUSB and weighs 45 grams.

SmartBand Talk

Sony’s other wearable offering doesn’t run Android Wear. In fact, SmartBand Talk only has a primitive-looking e-paper display. But this device does allow you to make or receive calls through a Bluetooth connection with your smartphone.

SmartBand Talk will work with smartphones running Android 4.4 and later. Those smartphones must also support Bluetooth 4 Low Energy.

The e-paper display on the SmartBand Talk is just 1.4 inches and the watch, compared to SmartWatch 3, is considerably more slender. It’s less than 24-millimeters wide, according to Sony.

Despite those dimensions, it’s not short on functionality. In addition to its call capabilities, it receives voice commands that can operate your smartphone when it’s out of reach.


But here’s another feature busy users may find very helpful when organizing their lives. SmartBand Talk can also track your movement with an accelerometer and altimeter built-in to the device. These movements are then recorded in a Lifelog app, which helps you set and meet fitness goals and monitor your other physical activity.

Those tracking features are also present on the SmartWatch 3.

Kunimasa Suzuki, president and CEO of Sony Mobile Communications, says in a statement included with the official Sony release on the new products:

“Life is a journey, and journeys are made up of stories and experiences that define you – this is the underlying principle for Lifelog, the Android app at the heart of our SmartWear Experience. We’re going beyond mere fitness tracking and number crunching, to help you log and preserve those emotional moments that matter.”

Image: Sony Mobile


Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Features Camera, Voice Function

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch

Small Business owners and entrepreneurs on the go already look for mobile devices to make their lives easier.

But in addition to smartphones and tablets, there’s a new gadget in town: the smartwatch.  The watch allows users to check updates “hands free” without even touching your phone.   Samsung has introduced its version of the smartwatch, called the Galaxy Gear.

Galaxy Gear Introduced as Companion to Note 3

The Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch introduced last week at an unboxing event in Berlin is the next step for these devices.

The new smartwatch was unveiled along with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, a next generation of the company’s so-called “phablet” device (larger than a standard phone, with features like a tablet).

The watch is expected to work as a companion to the phone-tablet hybrid. A 1.63-inch display allows you to check updates from your phone at a glance to your wrist, and use about 70 pre-loaded apps, mostly with gesture commands.

But what may be the best features allow you to initiate a phone call from the watch or take video or photos from a wristband camera both in conjunction with your mobile device.

Make Calls or Take Video

Using the watch’s S Voice feature activated by double-clicking a button on the side of the display lets you make a call or dictate a text message to your mobile device hands free.

The 1.9-megapixel camera on the wristband can take photos or short videos that can be stored temporarily with about 4 GB of storage on the watch or sent directly to your mobile device.

It’s not clear how wide the appeal will be for smartwatches.  As one commenter here at Small Business Trends predicted on an earlier article about smartwatches, it may be that the only people who are interested in smartwatches are the same people who bought a calculator watch a few decades ago when those were hot.  Time will tell.

Image: Samsung


iBall Slide Brace-X1 Tablet With 4G, Voice Calling Support Launched at Rs. 17,499

iBall Slide Brace-X1 Tablet With 4G, Voice Calling Support Launched at Rs. 17,499


  • It has a 10.1-inch capacitive display
  • The iBall Slide Brace X1 offers 16GB storage
  • It packs a 7800mAh battery

iBall has launched the 4G variant of the iBall Slide Brace-X1tablet in India. The 4G variant is priced at Rs. 17,499 and is already available in leading retail stores across the country. The tablet comes only in a Gold colour option.

The iBall Slide Brace-X1 was launched in February last yearfor the price of Rs. 17,999. The new 4G variant comes with many changes: it notably sports a different camera, and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow out-of-the-box.

As for the specifications, the iBall Slide Brace-X1 4G tablet comes with a kickstand just like its predecessor for propping it up on a table anywhere. It features the same 10.1-inch (1280×800 pixels) capacitive multi-touch IPS display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor with MaliT720 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The tablet offers 16GB of inbuilt storage with the option to expand further using a microSD card slot (up to 64GB.)

The iBall Slide Brace-X1 4G supports voice calling and packs a 7800mAh battery. The battery is rated to last up to 24 hours without the recharge. The tablet has a 8-megapixel auto focus rear camera with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies. It packs a 7800mAh battery.Connectivity options on the iBall Slide Brace-X1 include 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Micro-USB, GPS/ A-GPS, and OTG support. It also includes dual chambered speakers, which according to company can deliver a “theatrical experience”. The tablet comes pre-loaded with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint apps, and various utility apps such as Facebook, Saavn, and WhatsApp. There are several GameLoft games like Asphalt Nitro, Bubble Bash 3, Midnight Pool, Modern Combat 4 Zero Hour, and Spider-Ultimate Power as well. The iBall Slide Brace-X1 21 read and write regional languages support.

iBall Slide Brace-X1 4G

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Amazon’s Alexa Voice Assistant Arrives on Fire Tablets

Amazon's Alexa Voice Assistant Arrives on Fire Tablets

Amazon’s Alexa Voice Assistant Arrives on Fire Tablets

Amazon’s Fire tablets are getting the Alexa voice assistant.

The previously announced feature will start rolling out to customers Wednesday. It’s meant to complement what users get on other Alexa devices, such as the Echo speaker. Through voice commands, users can get the news read out to them or listen to music from services such as Amazon Music or Pandora.

The Fire tablets will go beyond Echo by offering full-screen cards with additional details. For instance, when you ask for the weather, Alexa will speak out the current temperature and offer the day’s forecast, just as she does on Echo. But the visual card will also display the week’s forecast. For news and music, the card offers playback control such as pausing and skipping.

For those with both Fire and Echo, making a request on Echo will trigger the Fire’s screen to turn on and present the detailed cards, as long as a Voicecast feature is enabled through the Alexa app.

Amazon says Alexa will differ from Apple’s Siri and Google’s Assistant in being designed for tablets first, rather than phones. That means focusing on tasks typically done at home, such as entertainment, recipes and timers. For tasks on the go, such as finding nearby restaurants, Alexa performs a standard web search or directs you to the Alexa app. Apple and Google have special interfaces with restaurant ratings, price ranges and more, and both integrate that information into their chat apps, too.Although the overall tablet market has been slumping, Amazon.com Inc. has managed to stay strong by slashing prices and encouraging people to buy more than one. Its bare-bones base model costs just $49. Last month, Amazon introduced a new 8-inch tablet for $90, down from $150 for similar models in the past.

So far, Amazon is avoiding business-oriented tablets such as Apple’s iPad Pro and Microsoft’s Surface. Aaron Bromberg, a senior product manager for Fire tablets, said that while such devices work well as laptop replacements, “we also see an awful lot of people that want tablets to use around the house for entertainment.”

“We see the market kind of dividing a bit,” he said.

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