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Apr 16, 2014 - 10:52 AM - by dgstorm
Although static benchmarks are not a reliable source of information to truly gauge your experience with a smartphone, it can still be entertaining to see how well new devices perform in them. We found some benchmarks which supposedly confirm OnePlus' plans to build a premium and powerful device to take on the competition. Their new OnePlus One, which is set to be released very soon scored an impressive 38,179 AnTuTu benchmark.
By way of comparison...
Continue Reading @: OnePlus One Beats The Competition in AnTuTu Benchmarks; Including Galaxy S5
Apr 15, 2014 - 9:40 AM - by dgstorm
If you are one of the few out there who like the idea of the Google Glass wearable eyewear, and are looking forward to dropping $1,500 bucks to try them out, then today is your lucky day. For today only Google will be allowing anyone in the United States the opportunity to join the current Google Glass Explorer program and purchase the test product for $1,500 USD.
For your money you will receive...
Continue Reading @: For Today Only Anyone in the US Can Purchase a Google Glass
image represents the Lenovo K900
Here's a little bit of news about Lenovo and the launch of a new smartphone coming from the Chinese company. According to Android Headlines, Lenovo will announce at some point soon the Golden Warrior S8 Smartphone.
The device will reportedly come with a gold finish, 5.3-inch screen sitting at a resolution of 1,280x720 pixels, MediaTek MT6592 Octa-Core, 13-megapixel shooter, front-facing 5 megapixel camera, 16 GB on board storage with microSD support in tow. The smartphone will run on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)--yes you read that right, no 4.4 KitKat. The handset will be pitched as a mid-tier handset and will be priced at a paltry $130.00 US Dollars or 'thereabouts'. Despite running Jellybean and the not so dazzling screen resolution, if the phone is priced sub $200.00 US it will be a steal.
It's not clear what Lenovo's launch plans might be for the Golden Warrior S8 since it hasn't yet been announced. Too see pics of the Golden Warrior S8 please visit AndroidHeadlines
Apr 10, 2014 - 2:54 PM - by dgstorm
Leave it up to the folks at Google to take Android to the next level for reliability and security. Google just announced their plans to extend their security services beyond Google Play and create a system for real-time continuous malware monitoring for Android. They will be evolving their "verify apps" service to take on the worthy task of finding and eliminating malware before you ever have to worry about it. Here's a quote from the Google blog with more of the details,
Source: Android Official Blog
Think about the ways your home is kept secure. You rely on structural security features—secure locks, a rock-hard foundation, strong windows and doors. You might also have an alarm or video camera to give you an extra layer of security, with a support team behind those tools making them more powerful, all but invisible until the moment you need them.
We have a similar approach to how we deliver security improvements in Android. As part of Android’s foundation, we built safeguards like application sandboxing, which confines apps, minimizing their ability to damage other parts of your phone. But just like your home, Google offers a built-in “service layer” (kind of like the phone equivalent of that alarm service for your home) to most every Android phone and tablet that’s constantly being strengthened, and it’s included for free. We’re adding to that service layer, further fortifying your Android phone or tablet.
Verify apps: now protecting you continually
Building on Verify apps, which already protects people when they’re installing apps outside of Google Play at the time of installation, we’re rolling out a new enhancement which will now continually check devices to make sure that all apps are behaving in a safe manner, even after installation. In the last year, the foundation of this service—Verify apps—has been used more than 4 billion times to check apps at the time of install. This enhancement will take that protection even further, using Android’s powerful app scanning system developed by the Android security and Safe Browsing teams.
Because potentially harmful applications are very rare, most people will never see a warning or any other indication that they have this additional layer of protection. But we do expect a small number of people to see warnings (which look similar to the existing Verify apps warnings) as a result of this new capability. The good news is that very few people have ever encountered this; in fact, we’ve found that fewer than 0.18% of installs in the last year occurred after someone received a warning that the app was potentially harmful.
Even though the risk is miniscule, we’re committed to making sure that the best available security protections are available to all Android users. This includes service-based protections such as Verify apps, as well as security features within the platform itself.
Apr 10, 2014 - 11:58 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like LG's take on Android for their upcoming G3 will hold some interesting surprises with a slightly revamped Optimus UI. A leaked pic surfaced and is purported to be the UI for their new flagship G3. The new look is obviously "flatter" than your typical Google OS, and suggests design tones similar to the new iOS 7.
Along with this supposedly leaked UI design, there is further intel/speculation from the source that the G3 will be very top-of-the-line, including a 2K (2560 x 1440 pixels) 5.5-inch display and Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 805 processor. This seems to go hand-in-hand with previous rumors of the device.
We will continue to look for any hints of the LG G3 and bring them to you ASAP.
Apr 10, 2014 - 11:17 AM - by dgstorm
The modular phone concept, Project Ara, has been in the media a great deal lately. Just yesterday we got word that a working prototype would be coming next month. Today's news suggests the Google project is ready to go to the next level. They just opened up Project Ara to developers and released the Module Developers Kit (MDK).
Furthermore, The Project Ara developer's conference will be...
Continue Reading @: Project Ara Now Open to Developer's and Google Releases Module Developers Kit (MDK)
Apr 08, 2014 - 9:57 AM - by dgstorm
The first unboxing video for the new OnePlus One has hit the web on YouTube. This one comes straight from the developers, and it features CyanogenMod's own Steve Kondik doing the heavy lifting in the video. Sadly, it's really more of a teaser, because it doesn't actually show the device... just the read and white packaging.
The final unveiling for the phone will happen on April 23rd. We already know the phone will cost...
Continue Reading @: OnePlus One Pseudo-Unboxing Video from CyanogenMod's Steve Kondik
Apr 07, 2014 - 4:18 PM - by dgstorm
Although it sounds like something out of Shadowrun novel, there is some new tech on the horizon which could make our worries about smart-device battery drain a thing of the past. An Israeli company named StoreDot just showed off a high-tech new prototype battery charger at Microsoft's Think Next event. This new battery charger utilizes Nanodots technology, which is essentially some of the newest nano-tech available.
Nanodots are bio-organic nanocrystals with superior energy storage capabilities, although commercial applications for them could eventually be seen in data storage, flexible displays, and imaging sensors. In this particular application...
Continue Reading @: Prototype Nano-Tech Charger Can Fully Recharge Your Cell Battery in Under a Minute
Apr 07, 2014 - 11:29 AM - by dgstorm
Supposedly, a smattering of support docs for Android TV were leaked from Google. These support docs lend credibility to the rumors that Google will be ready to launch Android TV to replace Google TV very soon.
Besides a streamlined interface, it looks like the Android TV remote is being redesigned as well, with a focus on navigating easily back and forth between menus. Here are some of the quotes found from Google in the documents,
They also added, "Access to content should be simple and magical," and, "Android TV is Android, optimized for the living room consumption experience on a TV screen." The docs also seem to suggest that Google is simplifying Android TV a great deal and removing some of the extraneous features found in Google TV.
"Android TV is an entertainment interface, not a computing platform. It’s all about finding and enjoying content with the least amount of friction. "[It will be] cinematic, fun, fluid, and fast."
The removed features are telephony, cameras, touchscreen support and near-field communication. Google is also working on creating ready-made interfaces so devs can just plug in games, shows, photos, music, films and more. Finally, the docs also seem to indicate that the interface of Android TV should never take more than three gestures to go from the homescreen to a new piece of content. Additionally, search is now secondary to intuitively understanding what you want and delivering it as soon as possible.
Still, universal search is an important feature and has some improvements. Supposedly, pressing Search on the controller allow you to search within individual apps as well. Check out the rest of the included docs' pics below in the thread.
Over the weekend, one of the big news stories to come down the pike was rumors of a Moto X+1. At first the speculation suggested it would be the new successor to the Moto X, and that could still be true; however, the smart money is on intel that it will be a new Moto Maker version of the Moto X which will include a leather back.
Both hints of the device came from famed leaker @evleaks. His first posted hinted at the name, and his second seems to be a dead giveaway about at least one aspect of the Moto X+1. You can see his tweets in order from top to bottom above. What do you guys think? Is upgrading the outer case enough to make folks want a new Moto X, or does the +1 need to have more going for it than that?
originally written by dgstorm
Via: Droid Forums
Apr 07, 2014 - 10:59 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like Qualcomm is just never satisfied with impressing mobile tech geeks. They continue to push the envelope, even when we are already blown away by the amazing tech they show off. Their latest creations scheduled to debut next year are the Snapdragon 808 and 810. Here's a quick spec breakdown of these powerhouse chipsets,
Snapdragon 808 MSM8992: (The 808 differs from the 810 primarily with a different core arrangement and slightly slower GPU and memory interface.)
- CPU: 2 Cortex A57 cores + 4 Cortex A53 cores (hexa-core, big.LITTLE arrangement)
- ISA: 32-bit/64-bit ARM v8-A, 20nm
- GPU: Adreno 418
- Memory bandwidth: 64-bit LPDDR4-933
- LTE: Cat 6/7 LTE, built-in
- eMMC interface: 5.0
- Wi-Fi: no (requires separate Wi-Fi module)
- Camera ISP: 12-bit dual-ISP
- H.256 encode/decode: no/yes
Snapdragon 810 MSM8994: (The 810 is the higher-end of the two chipsets, and is designed to follow-up the Snapdragon 805, which is coming later this summer.)
- CPU: 4 Cortex A57 cores + 4 Cortex A53 cores (octo-core, big.LITTLE arrangement)
- ISA: 32-bit/64-bit ARM v8-A, 20nm
- GPU: Adreno 430
- Memory bandwidth: 64-bit LPDDR4-1600
- LTE: Cat 6/7 LTE, built-in
- eMMC interface: 5.0
- Wi-Fi: no (requires separate Wi-Fi module)
- Camera ISP: 14-bit dual-ISP
- H.256 encode/decode: yes/yes
It looks like Qualcomm is now starting to make excellent use of the big.LITTLE architecture, which makes their stuff a bit more similar to Samsung's Exynos. Regardless of how things are evolving in the mobile tech world, Qualcomm seems to be on the leading edge. Can Samsung and NVIDIA (or any of the other chip OEMs) really compete with Qualcomm's lead?
Apr 07, 2014 - 10:41 AM - by dgstorm
There's a new software update for the NVIDIA Shield gaming device. It brings the Shield up to Android 4.4.2 and adds a host of new features.
Here's a breakdown below:
- Remote GameStream Beta
- Notebook Support Beta
- Console Mode: Now Keyboard & Mouse Compatible
- Gamepad Mapper Improvements
- New TegraZone
- Android 4.4.2 "KitKat"
- GameStream Quality Controls
- Multi-PC Pairing
- 1080p Console Mode Battery Charging
On top of these features and fixes, this new update also brings additional functionality. The list of compatible NVIDIA GeForce GTX-equipped desktop PCs for the Shield GameStream now includes the GTX 600M, GTX 700M, and GTX 800M laptops. You can find out more at the source link below.
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