Xiaomi, a Chinese company that makes a lot of cheap smartphones and sells more of them in China than Apple does, announced a new Internet-powered smart TV today. The TV set is called the Millet TV and it will cost the equivalent of about $500 U.S. It has a 47-inch screen that can show 3D images.
Tablets and smartphones dominate our mobile lives. So it makes sense that apps would break into our living rooms, too. Social networks like Twitter and Facebook always go nuts when a popular show premieres or finishes. Developers and companies are taking advantage of this phenomenon by making apps that complement the TV watching experience.
Here's a novel application for your Pebble watch that will make you wonder why someone hasn't already made something like it. PebbleCam is an app for your Pebble smart watch that lets you see what your iPhone camera is seeing and remotely take a picture of it.
Weather apps are the new Twitter apps. For a time, designers put their efforts into making cool Twitter apps. Twitter apps were a way to play around with different design ideas, while still appealing to a broad base of users. Twitter basically shut down all the third party apps. It wanted to take control of its platform, so the creativity in Twitter apps is pretty much dead.
The app store phenomenon, centered on smartphones and tablets, has been the biggest story in software for the past five years. Its next logical destination: the living room, via smart TVs and set-top boxes connected to the Internet. Smart TV apps would represent yet another threat to the struggling pay TV industry.
Samsung announced its first Android-powered smart watch called the Galaxy Gear today. The Galaxy Gear syncs via Bluetooth with a new smartphone Samsung announced today called the Galaxy Note III. The smart watch has a tiny, 1.6-inch touchscreen display that shows you incoming texts, emails, and phone calls. It also has limited control functions for the Galaxy Note III.
Smart watches, fitness devices, and the consumer internet of things (IoT) are all the rage these days. Everyone is in on the consumer mobile IoT action including large companies like (Smartwatch), Samsung (Gear), (Toq), , Motorola (MotoActv) and smaller companies like Fitbit, Jawbone, and Pebble. I'm an avid Fitbit, Pebble and Polar user, have used Toq, MotoACTV, Pebble, and recently had the chance to use a fitness band called SYNC Burn that I'd like to tell you about, as I think it makes some nice trade-offs between features and price.