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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.
Jul 17, 2014 - 11:36 AM - by dgstorm
International markets will soon get a new LG G3 alternative called the G3 Beat. It's a mid-range device with a 5-inch display and more affordable price (although the exact details of that price have yet to be revealed). Here's the full press release below with its features and internal specs. The pic above compares the G3 Beats (on the left) to its G3 flagship brother (on the right).
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SEOUL, July 17, 2014 ― LG Electronics (LG) today announced the official launch of LG G3 Beat, a mid-tier variant of LG’s highly acclaimed LG G3 smartphone. The LG G3 Beat delivers a similar premium user experience, sophisticated Floating Arc metallic design and fast Laser Auto Focus technology featured in the G3 but in a more compact package dominated by a 5.0-inch thin-bezel display, setting it a class above other similarly priced mid-tier devices.
The LG G3 Beat was developed to address the growing low- to mid-tier segment of smartphone customers who want a great device that’s more compact but still powerful enough to run the most popular apps. With the fast pace of technology in the wireless industry, it’s now more possible than ever to offer a smartphone that does all this but at a lower price point than was previously possible. LG G3 Beat retains the best features and functions of the G3, delivering its values without compromising usability.
Proving that less can be more, the LG G3 Beat comes with a largest-in-class 5.0-inch HD IPS display with a screen-to-body ratio of 74.1 percent, the highest in the mid-tier smartphone segment. The LG G3 Beat offers impressively thin bezels and a robust 2,540mAh battery. The LG G3 Beat features the Floating Arc Design first unveiled on the LG G3, boasting smooth curved sides and gradually tapered edges for the ultimate comfort in grip and feel.
“Smartphone manufacturers cannot ignore this growing segment of consumers who want the best balance of looks, features, performance and, of course, price,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The LG G3 Beat represents our commitment to the mid-tier smartphone market that demands mature technology, proven branding, great innovation and attractive price, all in a single device.”
Highlights of the LG G3 Beat include:
- Laser Auto Focus enables the G3 Beat to focus precious moments faster than ever before by measuring the distance between the subject and the camera using a laser beam.
- Touch & Shoot lets users simply touch anywhere on the display to focus and shoot, reducing a two-step process to just one.
- Gesture Shot allows you to simply clench your hand in front of the screen to automatically begin a three-second countdown before the picture is snapped.
- Smart Keyboard learns how you type for faster input with fewer mistakes, reducing errors by up to 75 percent.
- QuickMemo+ lets you jot, sketch, take notes and be as creative and inspired as you want to be.
The LG G3 Beat will make its debut on July 18 in South Korea and begin its global rollout from Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries in the weeks that
Jul 17, 2014 - 11:29 AM - by dgstorm
How would you feel if your brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 4 let you know you should put on sunscreen because of the volume of ultraviolet rays that are out that day? It's a bit of a gimmick, but Samsung is the king of throwing those into their devices, and the latest rumint suggests that might just happen.
Supposedly, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 might have an ultraviolet sensor as part of its S Health line of services. This sensor will allow the phone to warn you when your skin might need some extra protection because the Sun's rays are a bit too caustic at that moment. The phone will actually be able to measure and inform of you of the UV Index level at that time, simply by holding the device at a 60 degree angle of elevation towards the sun.
Here's a quote below discussing some of the facts and myths about ultraviolet radiation.
What would you think of this feature if the Galaxy Note 4 actually included it? At first blush it seems silly because we should know and be careful about the sun, but sometimes it's easy to forget. Maybe a gentle reminder from our device might not be too bad...
The statements below are false:
- A tan results from your body defending itself against further damage from UV radiation.
- A dark tan on white skin offers only limited protection equivalent to an SPF of about 4.
- Up to 80% of solar UV radiation can penetrate light cloud cover. Haze in the atmosphere can even increase UV radiation exposure.
- Water offers only minimal protection from UV radiation, and reflection from water can enhance your UV radiation exposure.
- UV radiation is generally lower during the winter months, but snow reflection can double your overall exposure, especially at high altitude. Pay particular attention in early spring when temperatures are low but sun's rays are unexpectedly strong.
- Sunscreens should not be used to increase sun exposure time but to increase protection during unavoidable exposure. The protection they afford depends critically on their correct application.
- UV radiation exposure is cumulative during the day.
- Sunburn is caused by UV radiation which cannot be felt. The heating effect is caused by the sun's infrared radiation and not by UV radiation
- A suntan is healthy.
- A tan protects you from the sun.
- You can't get sunburnt on a cloudy day.
- You can't get sunburnt while in the water.
- UV radiation during the winter is not dangerous.
- Sunscreens protect me so I can sunbathe much longer.
- If you take regular breaks during sunbathing you won't get sunburnt.
- If you don't fell the hot rays of the sun you won't get sunburnt.
Jul 17, 2014 - 11:26 AM - by dgstorm
Well, that didn't last long... Just when Microsoft surprised us by releasing the Nokia X2 Android smartphone, it seems they were only teasing the possibility that they were planning to keep the Android phone in their lineup. Instead they just announced they are killing it off.
Microsoft Vice President of devices and services division, Stephen Elop just shared a long blog post in which he confirmed that Microsoft will stop producing the Nokia X Android line of phones and transition all of their smartphone development to Windows Phone. It looks like their plan is to build budget-friendly smartphones to target emerging markets. Here's a quote with some of the details,
It's possible we will still see a Nokia X phone lineup, but it won't be an Android device. Ultimately, this probably should come as no surprise. In fact, it was actually more surprising that they went ahead and released the Nokia X2 Android device. It's too bad we will likely never see a high-end Android device developed by Microsoft. Ah well... that's that.
We will be particularly focused on making the market for Windows Phone. In the near term, we plan to drive Windows Phone volume by targeting the more affordable smartphone segments, which are the fastest growing segments of the market, with Lumia.
In addition to the portfolio already planned, we plan to deliver additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices.
Jul 15, 2014 - 11:18 AM - by dgstorm
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