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T-Mobiles Samsung Galaxy S5 isn't the only S5 getting some update love, it looks like VZW is bumping their SGS5 up with a pretty nice update as well. As you can see they squashed some bugs, updated some apps and added some support in this update. Let us know if you were able to pull down the update and your thoughts. Good luck!
Jul 29, 2014 - 11:18 AM - by dgstorm
There's a stylish new action game for Android available on the Google Play Store, and it is supposedly a game from famed movie director John Woo. It's called BloodStroke and sells for only $0.99 at this moment. Your character's name is Lotus, and she is a private security and combat specialist who has been betrayed by her employer. Here's a quote with a description,
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Legendary filmmaker John Woo presents his action-packed mobile debut, Bloodstroke.
Gun in one hand, a blade in the other, Private Security Agent, Mai Lee – codenamed Lotus, shoots and slices through the street of Hong Kong and Beijing to ensure the safety of her first assignment.
This app offers in-app purchases. You may restrict in-app purchasing using your device settings.
"Bloodstroke is a terrific action game." – Touch Arcade, 4/5
"Compelling, fast-paced, and action-packed, Bloodstroke is the perfect time-killer" – 148 Apps, 4.5/5
"Bloodstroke is a bloody and beautiful good time." – Gamezebo, 4/5
ANY MEANS NECESSARY
Protect Dr. Koorse at all costs! Draw enemy fire and use a selection of lethal melee weapons and guns to keep gangsters, snipers and katana-wielding bikers from assassinating your client.
PAINT THE TOWN RED
Equip Lotus with an arsenal of deadly blades and firearms. Cut down your foes using dual chackrams and blow them away with grenade launchers and shotguns to decorate the streets of China with red ink.
Blending traditional brushstroke visuals with John Woo's signature balletic violence, Bloodstroke is authentically presented with distinct graphics and sleek comic book panel cut-scenes that unravel into a compelling tale of betrayal.
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Jul 29, 2014 - 10:10 AM - by dgstorm
Here's a great follow-up story to the one we posted yesterday regarding the rumored Motorola Nexus 6. First, there is supposedly insider intel which supports the idea that Google considered this Motorola Nexus 6 as soon as they sold Motorola to Lenovo.
In fact, according to "people with knowledge of the matter" selling Moto to Lenovo was a huge boon for Google, especially to create a Motorola Nexus device. Google reportedly relishes the idea of pairing some of the core technologies found in Android L with the Active Display and Touchless control tech found in the Moto X.
Additionally, it appears that Google may have ditched their Android Silver plans altogether in favor of this newly refreshed Nexus program. Apparently, the fact that Google’s Chief Business Officer Nikesh Arora (the man who spear-headed Android Silver) has left the company was also a big determining factor in this decision.
Supposedly, Arora and several of the folks on his team had envisioned Android Silver as a replacement for the Nexus and GPe program. Now that he is gone and Motorola is no longer owned by Google, there's nothing stopping a resurgence in the Nexus line instead of shifting gears to the Android Silver program.
Along with this report comes industry speculation that might excite you. Several pundits have pointed out that it is entirely likely Google plans to keep the Nexus 5 along with this new Nexus 6. There's no reason they can't simply do a refresh each year with slightly improved specs to keep up with the advances in technology. This would go against Google's previous procedure of having only one new Nexus smartphone at a time, but the 5.9-inch size of the Moto Nexus 6 could drop it into its own "phablet" category altogether.
This basically means that Shamu probably does not herald the end of the 5-inch form factor. If all of this proves to be true, then we will have the Nexus 5, the Nexus 6, the Nexus 9 and maybe the Nexus 10 if they continue that tablet too.
In many ways this makes much more sense than creating an entirely new branding called Android Silver. The Nexus name is already a well established Google brand. Why fix it if it aint broke?
Finally, there's one other exciting thing about all of this speculation. If Shamu turns out to be true, and Google starts working with Motorola/Lenovo on Nexus products, it could position the new Motorola as the leading global challenger to Samsung and LG in the Android arena.
Jul 29, 2014 - 10:08 AM - by dgstorm
[Editor's Note: Oops. I forgot to post this here yesterday! Here it is and its follow up story will come soon.]
Definitely take this story with a heaping helping of salt, but the Holy Grail of Android smartphones might be upon us. The newest rumor is that Motorola is working on a 5.9-inch smartphone code-named Shamu, and that device will be the Google Nexus 6 smartphone.
According to this intel, Google felt it would never be viable for them to launch a Motorola Nexus device as long as they owned Motorola. This isn't meant to suggest that was the primary (or even secondary) reason they sold Motorola to Lenovo, it simply means that now they can entertain the possibility, and supposedly Motorola is high up on their list for the next Nexus phone.
On top of this information, we also have word that the phone will come with a fingerprint sensor and will likely launch in November.
We should remain skeptical for now, but feel free to do a secret happy dance when nobody is looking.
Jul 25, 2014 - 11:21 AM - by dgstorm
There's another cool innovation that the Moto 360 Android Wear smartwatch will be known for. According to a Tech Crunch hands-off video (shown above) at Google I/O 2014, the new Moto 360 will be the first Android Wear smartwatch to include an ambient light sensor.
Of course the primary purpose of this is so you won't have to constantly fiddle with the brightness settings in different environments to be able to see your watch-face. The watch will automatically adjust that for you on the fly.
That's just one more way that Motorola is upping the ante and delivering a more premium smartwatch device than anything that has come before. It appears that Motorola isn't even bothering to compete with the current Android smartwatches. Instead they are going straight for the jugular of the as yet un-released, rumored Apple iWatch.
Smart move Moto! Enjoy the video above!
Jul 24, 2014 - 10:57 AM - by dgstorm
While Samsung's sales have been in a slump, LG seems to be one of the main benefactors as they have a few records of their own this quarter. LG sold 14.5 million handsets this last quarter. This was 20% more than last year and was their highest total ever. (More than one-third of those were LTE models.)
This put an end to three straight quarters of losses and effectively almost tripled their profits. This amounted to an operating profit of KRW 412 billion ($599 million).
According to LG, much of their success was due to the new LG G3 flagship. Kudos LG!
Jul 22, 2014 - 11:17 AM - by dgstorm
Amazon released their new Fire Phone, and most of the hard-core Android community voiced a collective "meh." Despite the "mediocre-ness" of the device, it does have some truly outstanding features. The main draw is the 3D movement afforded by the phone's six cameras.
The Fire Phone will hit store shelves on July 25th, and Amazon wanted to make sure we were aware that there will be some games available immediately at launch which will take advantage of these unique features. We aren't sure how the new movement capabilities of the device will play out in these games, but here's what Amazon revealed.
To-Fu Fury is a platform-style game whose main character is a ninja tofu. (Who comes up with this stuff?) Here's a video for that game:
The second game is called Saber’s Edge and involves more strategic play in a pirate themed setting. Here's a trailer for it:
Both games are already available for $1.99 on the Amazon Game Store: Amazon Games
Jul 22, 2014 - 11:01 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like our previous leak regarding the LG G3 LTE-A in South Korea is both confirmed and refuted. LG officially unveiled the device and everything is as we shared in our previous story here. The only difference is that they revealed the device 3 days earlier than our intel suggested. The date we shared was partially correct though. July 25th is when the phone will launch for retail availability.
Here's a refresh of the specs the new "premium" version of the phone will include, a Snapdragon 805 with 3GB RAM and an Adreno 420 GPU. It will also come with a Qualcomm Gobi 9×35 cat 6 LTE-A modem for 225 Mbps downlink capabilities.
LG seems to only be launching this device in South Korea, just as predicted, but we will keep you updated if that changes.
Jul 22, 2014 - 10:03 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like all of our NVIDIA intel was true in one way or another. The company just officially took the wraps off their brand new Tegra-K1 equipped Shield tablet. The new gaming tablet/portable console device will ship in North America July 29th. It will hit Europe August 4, and other regions of the globe later this fall.
Before we jump into the nitty gritty of its specs and features, we also have pricing details. The Shield Tablet 16GB/Wi-Fi version will cost $299, and the 32GB/LTE model will sell for $399. Additionally, the optional Shield controller will cost $59.
Now for the juicy parts... here's the primary spec-list:
- 8-inch Full HD IPS LCD display
- Built-in stylus that works with Nvidia’s new DirectStylus 2 tech
- Tegra K1 SoC - 192 Kepler-based GPU cores (with support for some desktop class graphics)
- Quad-core Cortex A15 processor spinning at 2.2GHz
- 2GB of RAM
- Wi-Fi only version with 16GB of built-in storage, and an LTE-equipped version with 32GB of storage
- Both feature an expansion card slot for up to 128GB of additional storage space
That's not all though. This new tablet is more than just internals. NVIDIA have gone all-out by including what they claim are some "world's first" features for this super-gaming tablet. Here's a quote from their presser with the details,
It looks like this puppy is crammed full of awesome gaming features. For some folks, this might just be... [Read More]
String of World Firsts
The SHIELD tablet provides a range of firsts for a tablet:
- PC Streaming: First to stream games from a PC desktop or notebook, from anywhere in the home – using NVIDIA GameStreamTM technology to stream from systems powered by an NVIDIA GeForce® GTX 6xx series or greater GPU.
- Cloud Streaming: First to stream PC games from the cloud. Gamers can access the NVIDIA GRIDTM cloud gaming beta, available exclusively to SHIELD owners in Northern California, to instantly stream a library of high-quality PC games, and then save them in the cloud.
- Twitch and NVIDIA ShadowPlayTM: First to feature Twitch – the leading video platform and community for gamers – which is also integrated with ShadowPlay, an advanced game-capture tool that lets users save and stream their greatest gaming moments. Gamers can stream titles from the SHIELD tablet to friends and foes worldwide. SHIELD Tablet also includes a 5MP front camera to enhance the image of the gamer overlaid on the Twitch gamecast.
- Console Mode: First to feature NVIDIA Console Mode, which takes your tablet gameplay to your big screen TV. Console Mode transforms the device into a full living-room gaming and entertainment experience. Gamers can set up their SHIELD wireless controller, sit back on their couch and play Android games, browse the web and watch their favorite movies — all in native 1080p HD.
Jul 21, 2014 - 2:10 PM - by dgstorm
Although this woman lived to tell the tale of being shot by a robber trying to take her smartphone (and she even kept the phone), this is still something she shouldn't brag about. An anonymous resident in Houston, TX was robbed at gun-point for her Samsung Galaxy phone, but refused to give it up. The attacker told her he would shoot her if she didn't give it to him, and that's exactly what he did.
Somehow, fate was on her side in that moment. She crouched down, preparing to be shot, and the bullet only grazed the top-back of her head, which ultimately required a staple. Her friend heard the shot and let her in the door, where they were able to get the door shut before the robber could gain entry. Here's a quote with the details and her statements,
That last thing she said is a great example of "no truer words were ever spoken." She really, really doesn't get it. "Stuff" is not worth your life. What do you think? Would you have done the same thing in her shoes, or been a bit more sensible?
She said: "He was like, hey, let me get that phone. I was like, I'm not giving you my phone sir. He's like, I'm going to shoot you, so I put my hands up."
She says she crouched down and prepared to be shot. Could a phone really be worth this risk?
She explained: "I looked down the barrel and was like no please don't shoot me." He shot her. Luckily, the bullet grazed her head, rather than doing more serious damage.
Her friend heard the shot and opened the door. Courtney managed to get inside before the robber could follow her.
She was taken to hospital, where doctors stapled her wound.
"I almost lost my life on a $700 phone," she said. "I don't get it."
Jul 21, 2014 - 10:02 AM - by dgstorm
OnePlus is a great example of a company with fantastic marketing but poor final execution. From the get-go, they did a magnificent job at getting the Android community excited about their product. Despite this, when it finally came down to shipping an acceptable product which would live up to those expectations, they have failed on several fronts.
First, they couldn't ship nearly enough devices to meet demand. Then...
Continue Reading @: OnePlus Could be On Last Legs as PayPal Funds are Being Frozen | Android Forums at DroidForums.net
Jul 18, 2014 - 10:42 AM - by dgstorm
What do you think? Could this be the back cover for the Moto X+1? It just leaked online on the HellomotoHK Facebook page. The above image was color-corrected and reposted by the folks at Phandroid.
We can definitely see that Kevlar material (or styling) woven into the design, and this is obviously reminiscent of the Motorola devices of yore. What's odd about this back cover is the extra hole in the design? Could this be a new feature of the device this will be paired with, or simply a placeholder spot for a logo emblem?
Ultimately, this mysterious leak leaves us with more questions than answers. Share your opinion.
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