Another week is coming to an end so it’s time that we summarize and make a round-up with all the most important technology news that really mattered for the past seven days. Our past edition of ‘Tech This Week‘ was rich in important news, such as the launch of Nokia X in India, massive price discounts for the Google Drive storage and European Union’s vote for an universal charger for smartphones and tablets which could become reality by the end of 2017. Now, without further ado, let’s have a look at the most important tech happenings for the week that is ending on March 23.
- Android Wear: to make sure it doesn’t get left behind, as expected, Google has unveiled Android Wear, a modified version of Android for wearable devices, especially smartwatches. The first devices to come with Android Wear are the LG G Watch and the Moto 360.
- Oppo Find 7: the much talked about smartphone has finally been unveiled and it comes with some really impressive tech specs, such as the latest 2.5 Ghz Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and an amazing 538ppi
- iPad 4 replaces iPad 2: Apple has finally decided to get rid of the 2-years old iPad 2 and reinstated the fourth-generation iPad with Retina Display with the 16GB WiFi only version being available from $399.
- 8GB iPhone 5c: to keep up with the rise of affordable smartphones, Cupertino has decided that the best solution right now would be to release a 8GB version of the iPhone 5c and make it slightly cheaper than the 16GB version.
- Moto X in India: Google’s Moto X smartphone has been made available for Indian customers at a price of INR 23,999 ( around $387) for the 16GB version. It comes with a 1.7Ghz Dual core Snapdragon S4 Pro, Android 4.4.2 KitKat, a 4.7 inch 720p display, 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM and a 10 MP camera.
- DirectX 12: at the Game Developers Conference, Microsoft has revealed the first official details about DirectX 12, saying that it will be faster, will allow more complexity, and works on all Microsoft platforms.
- HP’s 3D printer: the market of 3D printers is about to welcome a really big name, as HP’s CEO has hinted that the company will enter the commercial 3D-printing market in June, after having solved a number of technical problems.
- Xiaomi Redmi Note: the 5.5-inch phablet has been made official with two configurations — 1.4GHz/1GB and 1.7GHz/2GB, dual-SIM, 3200mAh battery, 13MP back / 5MP front camera, $129 for the 1.4GHz/1GB version, $159 for the 1.7Ghz/2GB version
- Windows 8 leaker arrested: the most important “security” news for the past week involves a former Microsoft employee who has been recently arrested for having leaked an early build of Windows 8. Apparently, Microsoft managed to find this after scanning through his Hotmail account.