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Sep 15, 2014 - 11:31 AM - by dgstorm
Just as Google promised, they are on the march to bring Android to the "next 5 billion" people. They just launched the ultra-affordable Android One smartphone in India. They also shared that the $100 device will be launched in several other nations by the end of the year. This includes Indonesia, the Philippines and South Asia (Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka).
The phone will continue its global march and head to other countries early next year as well. The phone is ultra-affordable because it eschews several of the typical features of most smartphones, like a camera for example. A large number of manufacturers will be building the Android One including: Acer, Alcatel Onetouch, ASUS, HTC, Intex, Lava, Lenovo, Panasonic and Xolo. The first phones will be made by Micromax.
Check out the Google Blog for more details: Official Google Blog: For the next five billion: Android One
Sep 15, 2014 - 10:37 AM - by dgstorm
Image courtesy of older AndroidPolice rumor.
According to the latest intel, the HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet is likely to be announced on October 8th. Since it is 99% likely that Google will announce all of the new Nexus devices together, then by extension, we can surmise that Android L and the Nexus devices will arrive on that date. Of course, that is assuming that this intel is correct, of course.
If this leak turns out to be correct, then here are some other juicy details to go along with it worth mentioning...
Continue Reading @: Google's Nexus Unveiling (including the Nexus 9) Might be on October 8th | Android Forums at DroidForums.net
Sep 15, 2014 - 10:09 AM - by dgstorm
Motorola just announced on their blog that several of their newest devices will be up for pre-order tomorrow (Tuesday, September 16th). Two versions of the new Moto X will be available tomorrow. One is the AT&T version of the phone, while the other is the unlocked Pure Edition version.
The other devices up for pre-grabs will be the Moto Hint (ear bud) for $149.99 USD, and the Motorola Turbo Charger for $34.99 USD. Motorola also shared that their hot new smartwatch, the Moto 360, will be back in stock starting tomorrow. They even reminded us that they have a trade-in program to help make that new device even more affordable.
Sep 15, 2014 - 9:52 AM - by dgstorm
Back in June at Google I/O, Android TV was first teased. Ever since then, Google has had a "Coming Soon" landing page up so you can sign up for more info. At that time, Google said that Android TV would launch in the Fall.
It's September now, which means Fall is right around the corner, and the first trickle of intel has been captured. According to Liliputing.com, It appears that Asus is working on a "Nexus Player" which could be the first Android TV device. Supposedly, the device will launch along-side Android L, which actually makes perfect sense. It was always expected that Android TV would officially launch when Google announces Android L and the other new Nexus devices coming. That is currently scheduled for October.
Getting back to this mysterious Asus Nexus Player, we find some things to like about the device. The device will be optimized to let users stream a variety of internet video from sites like YouTube and Netflix. It will also handle music from iHeart Radio, TuneIn and others.
The device recently showed up in a benchmark online and here are the specs listed:
- 1.8 GHz Intel Quad-core processor with PowerVR G6430 graphics
- 1GB of RAM
- 6GB of storage
- Android L
Supposedly, quite a few other OEMs are planning on introducing Android TV devices, including Razer, Sony, Sharp, Philips, and TP Vision. Most of these devices will simply be Smart TVs using Android TV as the OS of choice.
Sound off and let us know what you think of this revamped version of Google TV.
Sep 12, 2014 - 11:19 AM - by dgstorm
Now you've seen everything...
Yes, that crazy picture above is a real product, despite the fact that it looks like something you would see on SNL. Acer teamed up with fashion designer Christian Cowan-Sanluis to create this hideous and hideously vain product. We felt it was worth sharing for the shock and humor value alone.
This giant, shiny Pepto-Bismol colored monstrosity actually spins 360 degrees and has an Acer Iconia A-1 840 tablet built-in, all designed to help you capture that perfect selfie angle. Apparently it will be a very exclusive product and you have to make an appointment to even try it on.
You can feel comfortable shaking your head now... Hey Acer marketing exec... Weird Al just called and he wants his prop back!
Sep 11, 2014 - 10:37 AM - by dgstorm
The pie chart above pretty much says it all. It looks like KitKat didn't get adopted as quickly as Jelly Bean, although it installed on almost 25% of Android devices now. While we still see a few groups of people who are still on Ice Cream Sandwich and even Gingerbread, what's really shocking is that a tiny .7% sliver of users are still sporting their crusty old Froyo. With Android L on the horizon, we expect to see Jelly Bean numbers diminish, while KitKat will probably still grow for a little while longer.
Check out the source link below for more details.
Source: Android Developers
Sep 09, 2014 - 9:13 AM - by dgstorm
We have great news for Android users who are also fans of the Amazon Prime Instant Video service. Amazon just made an Amazon Prime Instant Video app available for Android! You can grab the app at the Amazon App Store. Now it's easier than ever to watch your Amazon Prime free movies, TV content and more.
On top of this, the Amazon app itself got an update to version 5. This update allows you to browse Amazon’s catalog of digital and physical products and services. It's great to see changes like this take place.
To get started you need to do a couple of things. One, you will need to download and/or update your Amazon app from the Play Store. After that you will need to install the new Prime Instant Video app from the Amazon Appstore.
Here's a link to grab the app for free: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N28818A
Sep 04, 2014 - 9:28 AM - by dgstorm
HTC had their IFA press announcement late last night/early this morning, and they unveiled the Desire 820. Because of the active rumor-mill, we pretty much knew most of the details regarding the device. Here's the full breakdown of specs and features,
- Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor with 64-bit support
- 13MP Rear Camera
- Unique 8MP camera on the front of the device
- 5.5-inch HD display
- 2GB of RAM
- 2600mAh battery
- Front facing stereo speakers
As you can see, besides the cool new 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon processor, the other defining characteristic of the Desire 820 is a much beefier front facing camera designed to boost your selfie and wefie pictures. It also appears that HTC is continuing with their traditional front facing stereo speakers, which is a welcome thing to see.
For a larger mid-range device, this is not too shabby, and it even has an intriguing case design. The phone will hit retail shelves sometime in September.
We included the full press release in the thread below.
Sep 04, 2014 - 9:22 AM - by dgstorm
Sony wasn't done after announcing their new Xperia line of smartphones. They also revealed the Xperia Z3 Tablet, the SmartWatch 3 and the SmartBand Talk.
Not too many hardware details were revealed about the tablet, but here is an interesting quote detailing something unique about these devices, especially for Sony fans,
Here are details of the wearable devices in a quote,
Gamers in Sony's crowd will also have a field day with the new PS4 Remote Play feature This basically allows users lucky enough to own both a PlayStation 4 and Xperia Z3 device to play their games right on their smartphone or tablet. Yes, this remote access feature is available to all three of the Xperia Z3 family. In addition, the new GM10 Game Control Mount will let you hook up your mobile device with a DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller so that you can play your PS4 games right then there, wherever you are as long as you are in the same home network as the console.
Check out the thread below for pics of the wearables.
The SmartBand Talk's display has been the subject of a very recent leak and this formal announcement from Sony confirms that feature but also adds a ton more. While the absence of touch controls might seem a bit limiting to those who are now more attuned to how smartwatches function, this SmartBand is by no means untalented. The wearable's built-in microphone and speaker not only makes it possible to receive calls from your wrist, it also gives users the ability to control some aspects of their paired smartphone using their voice alone. Plus, the 1.4-inch e-ink display gives the SmartBand Talk a longer battery life, without making users miss out on important notifications and data.
The SmartWatch 3 is more like your traditional smartwatch and, when it comes to the specs, it shares much in common with other Android Wear devices, like the 1.63-inch 320x320 screen, 4 GB of storage, and, of course, Google's wearable platform. This extends the SmartWatch 3's use beyond that of an activity monitor into a notification hub and quick action center. Like the SmartBand Talk, this smartwatch is rated IP68, making it the perfect accessory for an active lifestyle. ~ Engadget
Sep 04, 2014 - 9:22 AM - by dgstorm
Here are the details from the Sony smartphone announcement. We have three new devices, a flagship, a mid-range and a budget model. They are the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, & Xperia E3 respectively.
The Xperia Z3 seems like more of a slightly upgraded refresh of the Z2.
- 5.2-inch, 1080p display
- 20.7-megapixel camera
- More rounded aluminum frame
- New, wide-angle 25mm lens with extra-high ISO 12,800 light sensitivity
- Quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor instead of the 2.3GHz version in the Z2
The Xperia Z3 Compact is the mid-range smaller cousin of the Z3.
- Same quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset as the Z3
- Same 20.7-megapixel rear camera (complete with Sony's Exmor RS sensor)
- Same rounded waterproof chassis
- 4.6-inch Triluminos display running at 720p
The Xperia E3 is the budget-friendly device of the crowd.
- 4.5-inch, 854 x 480 screen
- Quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU
- 2,330 mAh battery
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB expandable memory
- 5-megapixel camera.
These devices should come sometime this fall.
Sep 04, 2014 - 9:21 AM - by dgstorm
Samsung wasn't finished announcing stuff after the two Note devices and the Gear S. They also shared the new Gear VR headset. Samsung partnered up with Oculus to bring this technology to market. The device works hand in hand with the Galaxy Note 4.
Luckily, the hardware in both the headset and the Galaxy Note 4 supposedly helps create a rich VR experience.
The famed video game developer John Carmack even took to the stage to help announce this impressive device.
Sep 04, 2014 - 9:20 AM - by dgstorm
Just as predicted, Samsung also announced their Gear S Smartwatch. The defining characteristic of the Gear S is that it has its own nano-SIM card and 3G connection so it can be used as a replacement for your smartphone.
After an initial setup through a Samsung smart phone, the Gear S can operate exclusively as your smartphone. You can also text and use apps. It uses the Tizen OS for all of its functionality and has a 2-inch curved display.
It also includes several health sensors to be used as a fitness device.
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