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Aug 29, 2014 - 11:16 AM - by dgstorm
Aug 29, 2014 - 11:14 AM - by dgstorm
For folks who were hoping the Sony Xperia Z3 would come to a US carrier, we have some good news and bad news for you today. The good news is that it is coming to a US carrier. The bad news is only bad news if you aren't on Sprint, because that's the carrier who will be picking it up.
Of course, it's still possible some of the other carriers will pick it up too. In fact, in the past, both AT&T and T-Mobile have sold some of the Xperia line phones. It's good to see Sony devices finally spreading out, but we don't expect massive success in the US for Sony until they work out a deal with Verizon.
Incidentally, it is Softbank who is picking up the device, so it will also be sold in Japan through them as well.
Sony's official unveiling of the device will occur on September 3rd. That's the same day Samsung is unveiling the Galaxy Note 4.
Do you hope the Xperia Z3 will come to your carrier of choice?
Aug 28, 2014 - 11:42 AM - by dgstorm
Sony's mobile division is soldiering on with three new devices in their Xperia line. They just teased the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact & Xperia Z3 tablet, and the video teaser indicates a September 3rd official reveal date. Their video also teases that all three devices will be water-resistant.
We still have no idea if anyone other than AT&T will carry any of these devices in the US, which is typically the case with Sony mobile products. Sometimes there are exceptions, but those are few and far between. Sound off if you would like to see Sony's products come to your neck of the woods.
Aug 28, 2014 - 10:39 AM - by dgstorm
Trying to cut through the confusion of all the latest Motorola smartphones news is like trying to cut down a tree with a butter knife. Despite this, we are going to attempt to disseminate the latest intel, although we suspect it might simply add more to the confusion. Today's story only refers the Moto S, the Moto X+1 and the Nexus X.
Supposedly, Motorola is testing a 5.2-inch version of the Moto S and a 5.9-inch version of the Moto S. The word on the street is that they will be gauging whether to release a 5.2-inch version of the device based upon public reaction of the Moto X+1. Because of this, Google may be planning to clean up some of the unused devices in the supply chain. According to these supply chain sources, Google may repurpose some of those 5.2-inch Moto S devices into 5.2-inch versions of the Nexus X, even though the primary version of the Nexus X will be a 5.9-inch device.
Beyond this industry speculation regarding hop-scotching devices, we also have additional confirmation that Google plans to launch the Nexus X before Halloween. Sound off and let us know which size Nexus X you would prefer, if this intel turns out to be true.
Aug 28, 2014 - 10:15 AM - by dgstorm
It appears that LG was paying attention to the negative publicity regarding their LG G Watch and the positive publicity regarding the upcoming Motorola 360 Smartwatch. They went back to the drawing board with their LG G Watch R follow-up device.
They just officially revealed the final press pics and specs of the device and they are pretty impressive to say the least. Here's the breakdown, and you can check out more pics in the thread below.
- 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320)
- 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
- 4GB Storage (eMMC)
- 512MB RAM
- 410mAh Battery
- IP67 Certification
- Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro/ Accelerometer/ Compass), Barometer, PPG
- Color: Black
- Frame: stainless steel
- Strap: 22mm calf skin leather strap
One other interesting facet of this device is that 100% of its face is a Plastic OLED (P-OLED). LG hasn't shared pricing yet, nor did they reveal actual launch dates, but they did indicate a Q4 release.
We will update you as soon as they are more specific. In the mean-time, sound off and let us know if this will give the Moto 360 some decent competition in this sector.
Aug 27, 2014 - 10:26 AM - by dgstorm
Even though none of the videos included in this quick news blast actually reveal the Galaxy Note 4, all of them are meant to hint at the capabilities of the device once Samsung launches it on September 3rd.
Of course, these videos are simply Sammy's way of amping up the hype machine before their big launch, but we can't blame them for that. The Galaxy S5 wasn't exactly a big hit for the company (compared to their other products).
Check out all four of the videos in the thread below and let us know if you plan on snapping up the Galaxy Note 4 when it launches or if you will wait things out to see the Motorola Nexus 6/X.
Aug 26, 2014 - 1:18 PM - by dgstorm
If this latest intel is accurate, then Google is planning to continue their tradition of naming each version of Android after a desert. Supposedly, Android L will be called Lemon Meringue Pie. While this is not really the kind of earth-shattering news that will make or break your day, it's still worth sharing.
We are a bit skeptical of this rumor only because it seems strange that Google wouldn't have already called it Android Lemon Meringue Pie when they announced it as Android L during Google I/O earlier this year. Stranger things have happened, and there is nothing stopping them from returning to their previous pattern.
Despite our skepticism, the intel is very solid. Developers have uncovered several instances of the next Android OS being described as "LMP." These have been found amongst the WiFi certification docs, to the Android Open Source Project repository and more.
Of course, if you remember, the previous iteration of Android was called "KLP" (for Key Lime Pie) right up until they finally launched it as KitKat instead. They could still come up with an entirely new desert name or ditch the deserts altogether.
Aug 26, 2014 - 11:53 AM - by dgstorm
The above is a concept render found on the web.
Although it's probably no surprise, the latest intel seems to confirm that Samsung plans to include a fingerprint scanner on their Galaxy Note 4, just as they have on their Galaxy S5. On top of this physical feature, Sammy is supposedly going to include some additional software features as well. Here's a quote with a few of the details,
Will the fingerprint scanner rise in popularity as the technology evolves? How important is this feature to you?
The Galaxy Note 4 will pack the same fingerprint sensor technology as the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Alpha, Synaptics’ Natural ID sensor, which will offer users the same kind of features available on the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Alpha, but also brand new ones.
In addition to Screen Lock, Private Mode, Samsung Account Verification and PayPal payments, Samsung
will launch a Fingerprint Shortcuts feature and Web Sign-in mode.
Fingerprint Shortcuts will let users assign a different app to each registered fingerprint, so the app can be quickly launched from the lock screen, while Web Sign-in is supposed to allow users to easily log into various sites by associating log in information to their fingerprints.
Aug 25, 2014 - 11:52 AM - by dgstorm
Aug 25, 2014 - 11:34 AM - by dgstorm
Right now, the best deal you can find on T-Mobile is called their Simple Starter plan. It offers unlimited talk and text and 500MB of LTE data for only $40 per month. Its primary distinction is that when you hit your 500MB data limit, you are kicked off their data network until the following month.
This obviously means that folks who are finding themselves to be more than the lightest casual user are getting bumped off fairly often. Luckily, T-Mo decided to offer a new value for these customers. Starting September 3rd, users can keep their Simple Starter plan, but upgrade the LTE data line on it to 2GB per month for only $5 bucks more. This means you can have ...
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Aug 25, 2014 - 10:45 AM - by dgstorm
In the video above, Samsung indirectly starts up the Galaxy Note 4 hype train by reminding us of how cool the S Pen is on their devices. They also take a moment to remind us of their September 3rd event in which the Galaxy Note 4 will launch.
We have to admit, showing the practical side of the S Pen is a smart marketing move, as it makes the device much more appealing to a great many users. What do you guys think of the S Pen? Is it one of the main selling points for the Galaxy Note series?
Aug 25, 2014 - 10:33 AM - by dgstorm
As a follow-up to DMX's excellent article from yesterday which detailed the Nexus X name for the up-coming Motorola-made Nexus device, here is a new piece which supposedly reconfirms the rumint. TKTechNews followed-up on their own original story on the subject by reaching out to some more of their sources.
According to their insider source at Best Buy, they can confirm that Motorola is working on a device which is internally called the Nexus X. Additionally, this same source indicated that the final retail name of the device "most likely will end up as the Nexus X instead of the previously rumored Nexus 6.
Along with this exciting news, this same source shared details on a new Motorola device coming to Verizon called the Moto Luge LTE. This device will supposedly launch on Big Red's network on the 28th of August.
The video above details a bit more of what DMX shared with us yesterday.
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