Here we go again: it’s Friday, and that means it’s time to catch up on this week’s biggest news. We’ve got everything from Amazon’s insane drone-based delivery service to Google’s plans for real robots, a smartphone with a swivelling camera arrives next week, even more smartwatches and more news from Three. It’s all here, in your Gadget Digest!
Amazon takes to the skies, while Google’s building robots!
If you thought Amazon Prime was good, wait until you see what the e-tailer’s got coming up next. Say hello to Amazon Prime Air, a new delivery service that makes use of drones to transport your package to your home in 30 minutes or less that the e-tail giant hopes to have off the ground by 2018. Why wait for next-day delivery now?
Not to be outdone, Google’s roped in the creator of Android, Andy Rubin, to helm a new secret project that would see the search giant create real robots. That’s right, Google’s making real-life androids, with Rubin leading the project, who has a passion for robotics himself.
Swivelling selfie smartphone arrives next week!
The Oppo N1, the Android smartphone with a rotating camera was originally scheduled to launch this month, and the Chinese phone maker has come through with its promise. Next week will see the N1 touch down, which is the first phone to come complete with a 13-megapixel camera that can swivel around 206 degrees, letting you take selfies and snap photos at odd angles. It’s set to launch on 10 December, and will set you back €449 (£372.20).
Smartwatches are taking off, and two more players are entering the fray. Nike’s got plans for brand new smartwatch to take on the likes of Adidas, Samsung and Sony, although there’s currently no word on what exactly the sports giant is cooking up – expect it to tie in to your sporty lifestyle though.
Meanwhile, ex-Vertu designer Frank Nuevo has his eyes set on a brand new high-end smartwatch, bringing his taste of luxury goods to watchmaker Metawatch. There are no details on just how high-end the watch will be, but if the outlandish phone designs from Vertu are any indication, you could be looking at some diamond encrusted wearable tech in the future.
Three starts its 4G rollout!
Good news for those on Three: the mobile network has started its 4G rollout in three cities across the UK, and the network’s aiming to bring its high speed coverage to even more areas in the new year. Three’s aiming to offer high-speed mobile access to 50 cities across the UK by the end of 2014, while it aims to have 4G covering 98 percent of the UK by the end of 2015. The network has also extended its Feel at Home programme, offering four extra countries on the list including the USA, so you can jetset around the world and not have to pay any extra roaming charges. Excellent.
More gaming goodies
If you’ve ran out of room for more gaming consoles under your TV, don’t fret, Piixl’s Jetpack gaming PC will be right up your street. The Steam OS-compatible computer is a thin machine that slots behind your telly, hanging onto the mounts that used to hang it on a wall. It’s no slouch in the specs department either, as there’s plenty of room and cooling for overclocked processors, top notch graphics cards and even a whole terabyte of speedy storage.
Nvidia’s handheld Shield console also received an update this week: you’ll now be treated to improved GameStream skills, a new GamePad mapper for regular games, and the inclusion of the new GRID Cloud Network which brings OnLive style streaming to your Android gaming clamshell – well, if you’re in California that is. Fingers crossed it rolls out across the globe. Read Amazon Prime Air revealed, Google’s making real robots, swivelling cameraphones, smartwatches...