Mobile technology is changing by the minute; sometimes you just can’t catch it all. Here’s what you might have missed this week:
There’s good news this week for the inked among us: You can now unlock your smartphone with a tattoo. Motorola has partnered with VivaLNK to create an “NFC-laced, tribal-looking sticker that attaches to your skin,” according to Yahoo Tech. The “tattoo” isn’t permanent, but will stay on your skin for up to five days.
In June we told you about Amazon’s Fire Phone, and that AirWatch would offer same-day support, as with all major device and OS releases. Today the Fire Phone hit store shelves, only without the usual fanfare of a major device release, WSJ reports.
Morgan Stanley has mapped a chart of Apple’s projected growth following expected hardware releases this fall. Still, Business Insider reports, “You don’t really need a chart or a peek at off-balance sheet commitments to figure revenue is ready to spike.” You can read more about Apple’s latest smartwatch patent at PCWorld.
Google updated the Chrome Beta for Android this week with new Material Design elements and single sign-in for Google accounts. Single sign-in could raise security concerns, TechCrunch notes, though Google has also released security tools such as Android Device Manager. For more on how Material Design plays into Android’s future, read Sarah Perez’s coverage.