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Oct 29, 2013 - 11:16 AM - by dgstorm
Well, the 28th of October has come and gone and (despite some convincing rumors we reported), the Nexus 5 from Google is nowhere to be found. Perhaps the reveal was going to come on October 28th, but for some reason it got pushed back. Alternatively, it could have just been a big fake out to build hype for the device. That seems much more likely actually...
At any rate, the newest intel is just as obscure and cryptic as the previous one, but this time it suggests we will see the launch at the Google+ event today. If this rumor turns out to be true, Google definitely took a round about way of hinting at the reveal. Basically, the dots are loosely connected between a Nexus 5 marketing slogan on a Canadian Carrier's Nexus 5 pre-order page and a statement recently made by Vic Gundotra (the SVP of Engineering at Google), on his Google+ page.
The slogan on the Wind Mobile preorder page says, "“Google Nexus 5. The smart, new phone made to capture the moments that matter." (Those were our italics.) Gundotra has been posting on his Google+ page over the last few days that he is excited and can't sleep because of his presentation today. What is of note is that he has been using the hashtag #momentsthatmatter.
Obviously this is a bit of a logical leap of faith to assume the two are connected; however, the fact that he has been posting his anxiety about a Google+ reveal is a bit unusual. Normally, these guys are consummate professionals and don't allude to such things before a presentation. Perhaps it is still a bit of a stretch though. It's entirely possible we won't see the Nexus 5 launch until Friday at the same time it is expected to be available on the Google Play Store.
Of course, if anything breaks today, we will let you know as soon as we can!
Source: Google+ - Vic Gundotra
Oct 29, 2013 - 10:58 AM - by dgstorm
HTC America president Jason Mackenzie just announced on Twitter today that the Android 4.3 update for the Verizon version of the HTC One will be delayed by a month. Specifically he said,
Other than alluding to needing to be baked a bit longer, no details have been revealed as to the cause of the delay. Of course, for Verizon customers, it's become par for the course as Big Red's vetting process for new updates is notoriously longer than their competitors.
One Vz customers: we need more time to spin new SW & re-test 4.3 update. Approx a month. Appreciate your patience as we work to deliver
Source: Twitter - HTC
Oct 28, 2013 - 3:38 PM - by dgstorm
LG decided to take a stab at Samsung today. They officially re-confirmed the LG G Flex with some full press images of the device. At the same time they said there's was the first truly curved display, for whatever that statement is worth. Despite their liberal semantics, they also confirmed the specs of the LG G Flex and we find out it really is a 6-inch device. Here's a breakdown,
- 6 inch OLED with HD 1280 x 720 pixels
- Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
- 13MP rear camera
- Volume buttons on the back
- Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (MSM 8974)
- 2GB of RAM
- 32GB of internal memory
- MicroSD card support
- 7.9mm to 8.7mm thick to 160.5mm tall, and 81.6mm wide - weighs 177 grams
- 3,500 mAh curved battery
There's one thing that could easily be said about this device. If you own it and use it in public, you will get noticed. Not only is it's shape unusual, it is obviously a huge device. How many of you guys are intrigued by this? It seems like it would be awkward in your pocket.
Oct 28, 2013 - 12:25 PM - by dgstorm
The above video shows off just a smattering of some of the new features that just made their way to the NVIDIA Shield. The device was just updated to Android 4.3, but that isn't nearly the whole picture. A ton of new features and functions have been added to the device which unlock the massive potential of the device even further. Here's a breakdown of the biggest highlights:
- Android 4.3: Shield is now one of the first few devices to get the most current version of Android - Also some apps can now be moved to the SD card.
- Custom control mapping: Because not every game and app has been optimized for the device NVIDIA's created a way to setup custom mappings. You can even download others' mappings and share with friends.
- Console mode: You can now plug the Shield into your TV and control it wirelessly using a Bluetooth gaming controller - this basically converts it into a much more advanced version of an OUYA.
- GameStream exits beta: This feature is no longer in beta as they have fine-tuned it to their liking.
Here's a cool new NVIDIA video ad for the device.
Also, there's something of particular note regarding the upgrade of GameStream from beta. NVIDIA is offering a pretty cool deal as a celebration for the "event." Here's a quote from them with the details,
Finally, just to give you guys a bit more info, here's a list below of the games which have compatibility with the Gamepad Mapper immediately on release.
Drop the BETA
NVIDIA GameStream improves the streaming experience, putting PC games in the palm of your hand. It’s optimized for game-speed Wi-Fi with ultra-low latency and now up to 60 frames per second. GameStream coupled with Console Mode means you can now play PC games on your big screen TV in 720p without having to drag your PC into the living room.
PC streaming officially supports more than 50 of the best PC games, including 2013 blockbuster holiday releases such as “Batman: Arkham Origins” and “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.”
To celebrate the official release of GameStream, for a limited time NVIDIA will offer up to $100 off SHIELD plus free copies of “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag,” “Splinter Cell: Blacklist” and “Batman: Arkham Origins” with the purchase of select GeForce GTX graphics cards. We recommend all users upgrade to a GameStready-Ready Wi-Fi router.
Starting today, select resellers and system builders will be offering the bundle – be sure to check GeForce.com for a list of participating partners.
Source: NVIDIA & Retailers for the Shield
Oct 28, 2013 - 11:43 AM - by dgstorm
The white Nexus 5 just showed up in a leaked pic from @evleaks. That's not all the famed leaker shared. He also claims a confirmed launch date of November 1st for the new device. This would be Friday, just in case you guys aren't counting. The device is expected to be revealed somewhere between the 28th-31st and start selling soon after, so this makes sense to have a launch date of Friday.
Also, not too long ago the service manual for the device was also leaked. It, of course, shared the full specs for the device. Here's what we know:
- 5-inch full HD display
- 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800
- 2GB of RAM
- 8-megapixel rear camera with optical image stabilization
- 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
- 2,300 mAh battery with support for inductive charging
- Google’s new Android 4.4 KitKat
The most recent rumors peg the pricing for this phone somewhere in the $350 price range, and this is without a contract. It looks like Android fans will have something to look forward to this holiday season.
Lets say you are the largest and most successful manufacturer of Android Smartphones in the world. You pay hundreds of millions in advertising dollars to get your product burned into the psyche of anyone that picked up a magazine, browsed the world wide webs or looked at a billboard. How far would you go to achieve your vision of 'world wide domination'? Would you use some other nefarious means to make sure no other competitor could sneak up from behind and steal your market share? Maybe you'd pay people to go online and write bad reviews of your competitors product and praise yours. --Sound of screeching tires and breaking glass-- Hold on! Back up! Where did that come from?!
What if we told you Samsung was just busted for doing that very thing? Early yesterday, Samsung was fined $340,300 by Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission for paying people to post messages online that attacked HTC products while praising Samsung's. Taiwan's FTC site lists nearly 4,000 examples of these types of *ahem*....reviews. Many of these "reviews" are originating on the Chinese message forum Mobile 01. Those of you unfamiliar with this site, Mobile 01 allows people to express their love of Samsung or dislike of HTC, but the kicker is that Samsung explicitly paid people to make these types of posts. This strategy is known as astro-turfing because it imitates a grass-roots campaign, but it is obviously entirely fake and rigged.
Sun Lih-chyun, a spokesman for the Taiwan FTC, said that Samsung's practice of astro-turfing was the first case of its kind in the country. Sun Lih-chyun goes on to say:
A spokesman for Samsung responded to the allegations and said "We are disappointed that the Taiwan FTC has decided that we have violated the Fair Trade Act based on online marketing activities. Samsung Electronics Taiwan is carefully reviewing the decision and will take all necessary steps to protect our reputation as a company which values its customers."
The deceitful behavior has negative impacts on market order and violated the fair trade law.
I dunno folks, but things like this leave us scratching our heads and asking "why?" Sound off in the comments and let us know your feelings on Samsung's practice of astro-turfing.
Source: ABC News
Oct 25, 2013 - 2:51 PM - by dgstorm
Earlier in the month we shared a rumor that the Nexus 5 might launch alongside a new LTE-equipped Nexus 4. There is some new intel out today which supports this theory. A new Bluetooth certification was just passed for a device called the LG E960. That's the same model number as the Nexus 4. The only difference is that this one includes LTE onboard now.
It's actually not too surprising that Google is doing this because the Nexus 4 actually already had the LTE tech hiding disabled inside. In fact, you could easily argue that it was more surprising that Google didn't have it already enabled to begin with.
Oct 25, 2013 - 12:23 PM - by dgstorm
We aren't sure what to make of this. The video above is vaguely intriguing, yet still just vague. It is supposedly a new augmented reality game called "Windy Day" which will be coming to the Moto X on October 29th. It was created by Motorola and Jan Pinkava and is based on some new Pixar technology called OpenSubdiv, which is a real-time animation process.
We will keep an eye out for any details which might shed more light on what this thing will be about.
Oct 25, 2013 - 12:09 PM - by dgstorm
Of course, Samsung doesn't want to be outdone by Apple, so they have been working hard to knock out the development on their first 64-bit chip to stay on par with Apples new 64-bit A7 chip. According to recent reports out of Korea, Samsung is nearly finished with the development of their 64-bit Exynos chip. Additionally we are hearing renewed intel that the first device which will support this chip is likely to be the Samsung Galaxy S5. This simply corroborates some of our earlier reports on the subject. Here's a quote with more of the details,
For the laymen out there, the fact that either chip is 64-bit doesn't really do much for mobile devices right now, and it still won't for the near future. The primary advantage of 64-bit processing is that the chip can access greater than 3GB of RAM. It remains to be seen if that is necessary yet in smartphones. For the most part, the most powerful smartphones available do fine on 3GB or less. Of course, as games and other apps grow in complexity, more RAM will eventually become necessary. We are unlikely to hit that roadblock until sometime toward the end of next year or early 2015.
Rumors say the chip will utilize a 14nm process and be based on ARM’s big.LITTLE platform, much like the current Exynos 5 octa. The eight-core chip would deploy Cortex-A53 and Cortex-A57 cores with the ability to push all cores simultaneously while offering reduced power consumption. It would mark the first time Samsung has offered a 64-bit processor in one of their smartphones.
Oct 25, 2013 - 11:51 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like Best Buy Online opted for the "treat" rather than the "trick" this Halloween season. They have a very good offer which is designed to push some smartphones out the door this month. For nearly all of their smartphones you can get $100 bucks off plus free shipping for any new contracts with either AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. Their new offer covers a wide gamut of smartphones including the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, the LG G2, the HTC One, the Droid Ultra and more. Some of these devices end up being only $100 bucks or FREE because of this offer. It looks like the offer is a very limited time only so you might want to head to the link below to check it out.
*As an additional side-note, the LG G2 has an additional $50 dollar gift card on top of this deal which makes it an extra special bargain.
Source: Best Buy
Oct 25, 2013 - 11:18 AM - by dgstorm
The newest Nexus 5 launch rumor seems to keep pace with some of our previous rumors. This one is suggesting the Nexus 5 will be available on October 31st in the Google Play Store in the United States. After that it will show up in Canada on November 7-8. If true this could mean a couple of different things. Either the Nexus 5 will be revealed and launch on the same day, or this could confirm the previous rumors of an October 28th reveal date and subsequent launch a few days later. Either way, it confirms that the end of the month is when we will see the new device from LG and Google.
This intel includes some additional Canadian info: it looks like the Canadian carriers list for the handset will include Rogers, Bell, Telus, Koodo and Virgin. We will keep you updated with more info as it arrives. Whether the reveal date is October 28th or October 31st, that's only a few days away. It looks like this will be a happy Halloween for some folks.
Oct 24, 2013 - 5:28 PM - by dgstorm
At first glance we would not be surprised if you thought the above pic was of Google Glass; however, it turns out that is not the case. Samsung recently filed a patent for the above product, which is obviously destined to be a Google Glass competitor. There isn't much to the design, and we don't really have any details worth reporting. It's intriguing that Samsung seems to be following Google's lead with this. It means they must think there is a possible market there, otherwise it wouldn't be worth the resources to get the ball rolling.
As you can see in the pic, it appears that Samsung version will have at least the following:
- a front-mounted camera
- wired cables which reach behind the neck
- side buttons
- built-in earbuds for audio
Samsung is only referring to these as "sports glasses" so it's possible they will be far less functional than Google Glass. Of course, it is just a patent filing, so there may be much more to it than that. We will keep an eye on this in case something more interesting develops.
Thanks for the tip, Preach2k!
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