Sony announces the mid-to-high end Xperia XZs, Xperia XA1 and Xperia XA1 Ultra [Video]

In addition to its just-announced XZ Premium flagship, Sony took on Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress to introduce three new devices that (hopefully) cover just about any performance and quality point on the road between the mid and high end.

They are the Xperia XZs, the XA1 and the XA1 Ultra. Let’s check them out…

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Google announces new faster API for Google Cloud Datastore

Today Google has announced a new faster API for its NoSQL database for web and mobile apps. It goes without saying that this is read as a foreign language to anyone without a development background, Google says that it  has “redesigned the underlying architecture that supports the cross-platform API for accessing Datastore outside of Google App Engine, such as from Google Container Engine and Google Compute Engine“…

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Samsung announces that Android 7.1.1 Nougat is coming to Galaxy S7, S7 edge in January

In November, Samsung opened the Galaxy Beta Program so that users of the Galaxy S7 or S7 edge could beta test and provide feedback on the upcoming release of Nougat. After rolling out the fourth major update last week, Samsung has announced that they will release the final and official build of Android 7.1.1 Nougat to their flagship devices in January…

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Fitbit announces fashion-oriented leather/metal fitness band, Alta

Fitbit didn’t exactly impress the market when it tried to launch a full-blown smartwatch last month, its stock price falling 11% in response to the idea of the company seemingly attempting to compete with the Apple Watch. It may have better luck with its latest offering, a fashion-oriented fitness band called Alta offering five days of battery-life. The emphasis here is on style, the 0 unit available with both leather bands () and stainless steel bracelet (0).

The Fitbit Alta will be available for pre-order from tomorrow at Amazon, Best Buy, Target, Walmart and other retail sites, with shipping in March or April, depending on configuration.

Via Engadget

LeEco announces Le Pro3 and LeS3 smartphones, four high-powered Android TVs

So we already had a pretty good idea of what LeEco was going to announce today thanks to a leak on its website earlier this month, but now have it all on the record. The event itself was full of buzzwords and marketing speak that all means close to nothing to most people. But sprinkled in, the Chinese company announced a slew of Android-powered products coming to the United States… more…

Chrome 49 for Android will notify users of nearby smart beacons, Google announces IoT research pilot

A part of Google’s Internet of Things approach involves placing low-energy Bluetooth beacons in the world that can communicate with smartphones. Starting with version 49, currently in beta, Chrome for Android will be able to read and interact with these beacons. Google has also announced a research pilot that provides gear to university researchers working on IoT.

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Huawei announces Android Wear 2.0-powered Huawei Watch 2 and Watch 2 Classic

Huawei has today announced the Huawei Watch 2, its followup to the largely-successful Huawei Watch which originally launched in 2015. But the Chinese company is actually launching two successors to the Huatch today: a sportier model with silicone straps and LTE, and a “Classic” model that will serve the crowd looking for something more like its predecessor…

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