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Asus Zenfone 2 Finally Arriving to US via Amazon & Newegg

May 18, 2015 - 4:09 PM - by dgstorm

Even though the Asus Zenfone 2 was first announced back in January at CES, it is only just now being released to the US market via online retailers. There will be two versions of the device which will be sold unlocked to be used on nearly any carrier, and they are remarkably powerful and affordable. Here's the breakdown:

Asus Zenfone 2 (2GB RAM version & 16GB Storage) = $199.99 Unlocked
  • 5.5-inch FHD (1080p) display (which accounts for 72% of the phone’s front) - with Gorilla Glass 3
  • 1.8GHz Z3560
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB Storage
  • A microSD slot
  • 3,000mAh battery with quick charging (60% in 39 mins)
  • 13MP rear camera
  • 5MP front camera
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

Asus Zenfone 2 (4GB RAM version & 64GB Storage) = $299.99 Unlocked
  • 5.5-inch FHD (1080p) display (which accounts for 72% of the phone’s front) - with Gorilla Glass 3
  • 2.3GHz Intel Z3580
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB Storage
  • A microSD slot
  • 3,000mAh battery with quick charging (60% in 39 mins)
  • 13MP rear camera
  • 5MP front camera
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop

The Asus Zenfone 2 will go on sale in the US tomorrow at Amazon, Newegg, B&H Photo, and Groupon. This seems like a pretty significant device for this small of a price. What do you guys think?

Here's our dedicated section for more discussions on the Asus Zenfone 2: ASUS Zenfone 2 Android Forum at DroidForums.net

Source: Asus Twitter
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Samsung Teases the Box for the Iron Man Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

May 15, 2015 - 10:26 AM - by dgstorm

Samsung's PR team took to Twitter this morning to tease the upcoming Iron Man Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. We don't actually get to see the device yet, but they did share an image of the box.

If the actual phone looks half as good as the box, it could be a real crowd-pleaser, especially for fans of Marvel or just Iron Man. At first it may seem odd that Sammy is only releasing an Iron Man version of the device when they could use Avengers: Age of Ultron fever in order to push out multiple different colored devices. It actually makes sense, however. Samsung and Marvel likely want to see what kind of response they get before they commit to a full lineup of Avengers themed devices.

Either way, the Iron Man Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is "coming soon," so stay tuned. We will share more details as they hit the web.
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More LG Nexus 5 2015 Edition Rumors Hit the Web

May 14, 2015 - 11:08 AM - by dgstorm

We've shared a new Nexus 5 rumor for you guys earlier in the week, and now we have a second rumor to serve as backup. In this rumor LG has supposedly "confirmed" it is considering making the next gen (2015 Edition) of the Nexus 5. Our previous rumor suggested the new Nexus 5 will have a slightly larger screen at 5.2-inches and come later in the Fall of this year. This new intel seemingly corroborates that.

What is really strange is how it was worded. An unnamed LG exec supposedly said, ''it's under consideration at LG.'' This suggests that the decision to take the Google contract hasn't yet been made, but that Google offered the contract to them. When Google was contacted for comment on the subject, they said they would, "not comment on rumors or speculations".

The important question to ask if LG takes the contract is whether LG would use the Snapdragon 808, the 810 or some newer Qualcomm chip in the near future. They obviously were concerned about the 810 and dropped it for the G4. Would Qualcomm be able to come out with their next-gen part (perhaps the 815 or 820) before LG needs to get the manufacturing process rolling?

Source: AndroidPit
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Yotaphone 2 Will Have a White Version with Lollipop and Improved E-Ink Display

May 13, 2015 - 4:07 PM - by dgstorm

Some new info just dropped on the latest Yotaphone 2. Apparently, the phone will see a new release (basically a refresh) with a few subtle differences. One is that there will now be a white colored version. Another is that the phone will now include Android 5. x Lollipop.

On top of that, there is also rumor that the newer version will include new software that will enhance its E-Ink display. Here's a quote with more of the details,

An update to Lollipop 5.0 is rolling out to all YotaPhone 2 devices and aside from all the improvements to Android that this new version packs, it also adds some significant changes to Yota's own software layer mostly affecting the E Ink side. It should be easier to set up a YotaCover (think of it like a widget-based lockscreen) and to switch between panels on the back display.
What do you guys think of the white version? Is this phone as intriguing as ever?

Source: AndroidPolice
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Moto 360 2nd Generation Passes Its Bluetooth Certs

May 13, 2015 - 1:23 PM - by dgstorm

A Motorola device with the BTMW03 model number recently passed its Bluetooth certification testing. Considering that the Moto 360 smartwatch held the model number BTMW01, the smart speculation is that this device is the next generation Moto 360.

If true, it does beg the question of what happened to the BTMW02. Perhaps it was a design that was scrapped during the development process, or maybe it will be a previously unnamed new device...

Source: Bluetooth SIG
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Sprint's Nexus 5 To Get Android 5.1.1 “LMY48B” Update Starting This Week

May 13, 2015 - 10:16 AM - by dgstorm

Folks on Sprint who own the Google/LG Nexus 5 will get another version of Lollipop later this week. Sprint themselves revealed that Android 5.1.1 “LMY48B” will be rolling out to the device very soon. According to their announcement, it should have already started pushing out on May 11th, but it's obviously a bit behind.

The only detail given on what this update does was labeled as “security enhancements.”

Source: Sprint
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Nestle & Google Team-Up Lives On; Will Soon Offer 'YouTube Break' Branded KitKat Bar

May 12, 2015 - 10:22 AM - by dgstorm

This latest news has us scratching our heads, wondering if it is a belated April Fool's joke. Apparently, the partnership between Google and Nestle over the KitKat adversing isn't finished. Nestle just announced they will be holding an ad campaign called the "YouTube Break" which will basically replace some of the packaging on their KitKat bars for a while. Here's a quote with the details,

To celebrate 80 years since the KitKat went on sale, the two companies announced today that 600,000 "limited edition" packs will feature the name "YouTube Break" instead of the familiar KitKat logo in the UK. According to Nestle, it'll form just one of 72 different "breaks" that will feature on more than 400 wrapper designs. The plan is to produce 100 million packs, with the search giant only playing a small role. That said, YouTube will get involved, allowing smartphone owners to watch the day's top trending videos with a "OK Google, YouTube my break" voice search.
Huh? But... why? Did the PR folks at Google forget we have moved on to Lollipop and are almost to Android 6.0 now? We realize that YouTube is obviously a different animal than Android, but the whole thing still seems kinda silly... What do you think?
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Motorola Nexus 6 Total Mobile Data Failure Issues Crop Up

May 11, 2015 - 11:39 AM - by dgstorm

There are a number of users across multiple different carriers (including T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon) who have reported a total mobile data failure on their Motorola Google Nexus 6 devices. The problem reported is that a small "!" shows up on top of their signal bar and they are not able to send or receive data after that. Supposedly, when the users reboot the device, the problem goes away for a few minutes but then comes right back.

The problem started cropping up about 5-6 days ago and has been reported even by a user in the UK. On top of this, the issue doesn't seem to be Android OS specific, since some of the users still had Android 5.0 while others had 5.1.This basically narrows the problem down to the device itself, since it has shown up on multiple different carriers.

There has been no official response from Motorola or Google just yet, and there doesn't appear to be any solution that works either. If we had to speculate, we suspect there may be some minor overheating issue in the LTE radio area of the device. That might explain why rebooting the device gives you a few minutes of use. We will keep you updated as more details are revealed.

For more discussion on the Google/Motorola Nexus 6, here's our dedicated section: Nexus 6 | Android Forum at DroidForums.net

Source: AndroidPolice
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Qualcomm Exec Calls Snapdragon 810 Overheating Rumors 'Rubbish'

May 06, 2015 - 3:35 PM - by dgstorm

With a swath of new flagship devices ignoring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor in favor of something else, it's no wonder that there is speculation across the web that it proves the rumors that the chipset has an overheating problem. This is obviously a source of consternation at Qualcomm, as its VP of marketing Tim McDonough, had some choice words to say about the rumors. Here's what McDonough shared,
“The rumours are rubbish, there was not an overheating problem with the Snapdragon 810 in commercial devices."
He added, "Why was someone spreading false information about the 810? Our point of view is that those rumours happened with the LG G Flex 2 and Qualcomm 810 being first to market with the premium-tier application processor. Then somebody decided to put out some false rumours about that, which is unfortunate but sometimes that’s how business is done. That has forced us to spend a lot of time addressing the false rumours.”

McDonough also pointed out,
But we all build pre-released products to find bugs and do performance optimisation. So when pre-released hardware doesn’t act like commercial hardware, it’s just part of the development process.

I think someone very artfully took that and used it to fuel the rumours and took something that’s completely normal and sent it to some less sophisticated news outlets to give them a story.”
McDonough also posed the simple question “who stands to gain from the rumour?” Of course the answer is Samsung, who moved away from Qualcomm to push their own Exynos chips. McDonough seems to be suggesting that Samsung was angling to setup their Exynos chip as a potential mass market competitor to Qualcomm.

Still, his accusations offer no proof, and it's obvious from the Snapdragon 808 in the LG G4 and the rumors of a Moto X 2015 with the same chip that the big OEMs are skittish about Qualcomm's flagship chipset.

One thing's for sure, even if the Snapdragon 810 doesn't have a real overheating problem, the damage has already been done. There's an old Hollywood saying that there is no such thing as bad publicity, but that's not necessarily true in the tech world. Once consumers start hearing that a device is flawed, it doesn't always matter whether it is true or not, they will avoid it like a disease. You can't blame the OEMs for skipping the 810...

Source: Forbes
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GoatZ is a new Add-on from the Makers of The Goat Simulator

May 06, 2015 - 11:29 AM - by dgstorm

The Goat Simulator is an awesome success story because it combines comedic creativity in a package that was easy to make. In fact, many of the "bugs" in the game where intentionally left because they added to the hilarity offered by the crazy things you can do with your goat.

Of course, because of the runaway success of the game, you had to know the developers would come out with an add-on to the "soon-to-be-franchise." This expansion takes the goat to a new low quite literally... It's called GoatZ and your beloved Goat is now a zombie who must consumer people to live! Imagine the horror and the comedic gold!

GoatZ will hit Steam tomorrow, May 7th, for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It will also come to Android and iOS as a standalone game for $4.99 (the same price as the original Goat Simulator).
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LG Watch Urbane Gets the iFixit Tear-Down Treatment and is Surprisingly Repairable

May 05, 2015 - 1:50 PM - by dgstorm

Whowouldathunkit? The LG Watch Urbane scored a 7 out of 10 on the iFixit repairability scale after making it through their dissection process. Here's a quick quote with the summary of their findings, but be sure to check out the source link below for all of the details and great pics,

  • Once you're inside, the motherboard is very easy to remove—three Phillips screws and a few connectors.
  • With the motherboard out, the battery is very easy to replace; only mild adhesive holds it in.
  • Features a standard 22 mm band secured with spring bars—replacement and style swaps are easy.
  • Glued back requires heat and prying to open, and replacement adhesive to properly re-seal.
  • Because the display is adhered to the back of the front glass, which is removed from the front, screen replacement is very difficult and will require re-adhering the display layers.
What do you guys think of the LG Watch Urbane? Is it a serious Android Wear smartwatch competitor?

Source: iFixit
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Samsung Plans to Release 'Iron Man' Edition of the Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge; Coming Next M

May 04, 2015 - 3:24 PM - by dgstorm

Do you guys remember when we posted that intriguing rumor that Samsung was considering making "Avengers" themed Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge variants? That rumor is one step closer to reality. According to a report from the Korean Times, Lee Young-hee, head of marketing for Samsung's mobile division, the company is definitely planning at least an "Iron Man" edition of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

Here's a quote with the details,

The new phones will reflect design aspects of Iron Man's armored suit. The character is an American superhero featured in the recently released "Avengers: Age of Ultron" filmed partly in Seoul.

"The color of the new Iron Man phones will be red. We will decide on other details soon after discussions with Marvel Studio. It will be released either at the end of May or early June," said Lee Young-hee, head of marketing for the company's mobile division.

She made the remarks after watching the movie at a theater in southern Seoul. Senior Samsung executives including Shin Jong-kyun, handset division chief, watched the movie with about 50 reporters.
Supposedly Marvel and Samsung already made a licensing partnership back in June of last year, so this could be the fruits of that team-up. So far, the main advantage for Samsung is that their products have been featured in Marvel films. This could be the reverse cross-marketing that many fans of Samsung products and Marvel comic book movies have been clamoring for.

What do you think? Would you go out of your way to pick up an "Iron Man" themed red and gold Galaxy S6 Edge?
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